Thursday, 28 July 2016

An Invitation to Afternoon Tea

Well here's the scrapbook page I put together to celebrate our afternoon tea.  I kept it fairly plain (for me anyway) using two colours and no fussy embellishments. 
I cut the blue and white gingham paper and wrapped half a paper doily around the largest section.  I decided to leave the white background and use the centre white strip of card for my journaling but the white outside edge dominated the page.  To tie everything together I used the left-over doily half and Distress Ink Broken China to create a soft border.
The title was cut using the Cricut and Gypsy Font cartridge and the rosette panel was cut from the Elegant Edges cartridge. 
The Tea Party invitation is a Crafty Individuals Stamp, on thick card using DI Broken China and Brushed Corduroy.
Here's the link for the Raspberry and Coconut Cupcakes BBC GOOD FOOD  and you'll find the Cookies and Cream Cupcake recipe under Tutorials in the sidebar.  Happy baking and ... 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Afternoon Tea

A quick non- crafting post today to showcase our baking and cupcake decorating skills. 
Louise was home and we decided to bake and then have afternoon tea, nicely laid out with a vintage tablecloth, croched doilies and cake stands.
 Date and honey scones
 Coffee and walnut streusel muffins
 Fresh raspberry and coconut cupcakes
 Oreo cookies and cream cupcakes

We decorated the cupcakes using the techniques we learned at the cake decorating class in April, using a variety of food moulds and flower cutters. 
Chatting across the table with music in the background, getting all excited about the colour of icing we were going to use and what decorations to put on the cakes was a lovely way to spend a day.
I used my lovely metal heart-shaped cake stand Louise bought for me a while ago and a cardboard one I bought as a spare.

That was on Sunday and needless to say there's nothing left!
There will be a scrapbook page to commemorate the day which I'll share with you soon.  In the meantime, get baking and decorating.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Beside the Seaside, Beside the Sea

Today I'm sharing something I made for a mixed media swap at STAMPERS UK with the theme of 'Seaside'.

I used a thick piece of  white chipboard which was inked lightly with Distress Ink Broken China and sprayed on both sides with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Blue.  The holes at the top were punched with the Crop-a-Dile.
The centre panel was cut from the same chipboard and inked but not sprayed, before stamping with StazOn black ink and attaching with a hot glue gun along with the pebbles, shells and starfish.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

A Vintage Journey

I'm sharing a piece I made for the current theme at A VINTAGE JOURNEY which is 'Monochromatic'.
This challenge blog is for those who love vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk and they welcome entries of all kinds as long as they are rooted in the above and are tasteful.  I chose to make a vintage shabby piece in shades of blue.

I started with a piece of chipboard as my backing, then ran a piece of watercolour paper through the Cuttlebug to dry emboss a Victorian-style swirl pattern which I then sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Blue.  You're allowed use white or black with the monochrome theme so I allowed some of the white paper to show through and when dry, sanded away some of the spray from the embossing.  The paper was then fixed to the chipboard backing with Mod Podge.

I painted the scalloped chipboard frame with pale blue craft acrylic paint and then sponged lightly with white chalk paint.
The small roses, cameo, heart and corners are made from Martha Stewart white paper clay, pushed into a mould.  Some of these were sprayed with the Vintage Mist and others were painted lightly with the blue acrylic paint.

 A little lace, some white paper flowers and a pearl pin added to the shabby vintage feel of the piece.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Take Your Partners ..

For the compulsory artist trading card swap at UKATC of 3 cards, all different but with a free choice of theme. 
For the first card I used Crafty Individuals' perfume stamp and Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve, cutting out the images and adding to a die cut frame with 3D foam squares to create a collage.
Next I stamped a music script with DI Fired Brick onto white card that had been spritzed with Tattered Angels'  Glimmer Mist in Spun Sugar.
The butterflies were stamped twice using DI Black Soot to create the faded image with the CI sentiment.

The last card uses a CI image from People & Places 2, miniature image book, placed onto a scalloped mat.  The brown card was distressed along with the miniature piece of sheet music and collaged with a stamp.  The wording is from Tim Holtz postcard selection, stamped in DI Black Soot.


Monday, 4 July 2016

In My Garden There Is ...

This is the theme for  ART JOURNAL JOURNEY this month and I can't wait to see how everyone interprets it.
I knew immediately what my page would be about - a certain four-legged, furry friend!
Using a large chipboard bird house as a mask, I sprayed the whole page with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Patina.  I used a Tim Holtz wood grain stencil and white texture paste over the masked-out image to give me the bird table, painting it brown when dry.
I drew the vines and flowers by hand using green acrylic paint and printed the wording using WordArt.
The little sparrow is a stamp from Crafty Individuals, using Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and the cat was stamped using black StazOn.
Pop over to Art Journal Journey via the link above and see what everyone has made of the theme.