Friday, 2 September 2016

'Man in the Moon' is featured.....

Hi Everyone 

I'm back again , this time to share with you some real 'happy' news ! 
Today my 'Man in the Moon' canvas that I blogged a few weeks ago now is featured on 
I am absolutely thrilled, honoured  and incredibly humbled.
All Thanks to Seth for the feature, for appreciating my art and for creating and designing such fabulous dies  and stamps  that provide so much inspiration, without them the  'Man' would never have happened ! 

This is one very proud moment in my creative journey . 
   Thanks to you guys too for all the  positive feedback and  amazing comments you left on the  for the 'Man' .. If truth be known  I doubted  whether to blog this piece, thinking it wasn't blog worthy , holding it back for over a month before  I did So glad I threw caution to the wind and took the risk ...... 
  Have a lovely weekend everyone 

Create inside a Frame - A Vintage Journey- September 2016

HI Everyone and Welcome
How you all doing? Hope you've all had a great week and are all set to hear about our September Challenge over at A Vintage Journey. 
This month, our lovely Julia is the host and her chosen challenge theme is:
'Create Inside a Frame.'
'For this months challenge we would like you to create something inside a frame. Whatever you use show us how you have incorporated a frame in your vintage , shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk project. We can't wait to see all of your creative frame ideas'
I'm sure you'll agree its a fabulous challenge Julia has chosen and as always there will be a random winner who will receive our Deco Art sponsor prize and 3 pinworthy winners who will be chosen by our Creative guides.

I think I must have had the last three AVJ Challenges in mind when I created my project for Julia's challenge.  I have been creative inside the framed area of a mirror using texture paste and a selection of Tim Holtz layering stencils keeping it all very monochrome! 
The frame was measured and divided into 9 sections.  The sections were cut from mount board , primed with gesso and painted using Black Soot distress paint .
Each panel was then assigned a Tim Holtz layering stencil and worked on individually applying  Ranger Transparent gloss texture paste through the chosen stencil. A lengthy process but then if  a jobs worth doing ..... 
Heres a few of the panels in their glossy state .
Silver gilding wax enhanced the stencilling and gave it a more distressed metallic appearance , whilst still retaining a slight sheen, light dependant. 
After priming and painting the mirror frame with Black Soot Distress paint the panels were positioned and adhered in place.
 The corner trims and horizontal panel dividers are Tim Holtz industrial stickers (Frames and Trims) and the vertical dividers are lengths of the outer frame of Tim Holtz Alpha Parts with  eyelets and ideology fasteners used at the points of intersection. 
Now for some close ups of the Tim Holtz layering stencilled panels beginning with
the Gothic and Lattice layering stencil
the Numeric and Harlequin layering stencil 

the Flourish Layering stencil  
the Mesh layering stencil 
and finally the Cargo and Tracks Layering stencil and as a finishing touch -a simple small talk sticker
'Be your Beautiful Self'.
   I hope  I have offered some inspiration with my 'Create in a frame' project . If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to view some of my fellow Creative Guides  projects - there are some fabulous creations to be seen.
We hope you will be able to join in with the challenge and as Julia says ' We can't wait  to see all your creative frame ideas! '

I would like to enter this into the following challenge: 
That Crafty's- All Square Challenge
(The mirror is square and each of the 4 corner panel's are square)  

 Thank you all for stopping by today.
As always your follows, visits and comments are much appreciated and extremely valued.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Take care
keep on the happy side 


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016- August

Hello and Welcome Everyone,
Hope you are all going good and enjoying your weekend. Its been a stressful couple of weeks here, but yesterday I finally got to spend  some time in my 'happy place' creating this months Tim Holtz 12Tags of 2016- just the tonic I needed! 

Tim's August tag and tutorial can be found here so be sure to pop over to see and learn from the 'master' himself.
As I have pretty much stuck to Tim's tutorial for this month's technique remix tag- 'Brayered stains and Frameworks,' I have just a few photos to share.
Here they are
The colour palette I have worked with is Wild Honey distress stain( brayered) , Rusty Hinge and Walnut Stain distress inks inked with blending tool) . I also used Black Soot distress ink to distress the edges of the tag.

I used paper from the 'Dapper' pad, gold mirror, textile and textured surfaces for the inner pieces of the honeycomb frameworks.
The ideology mirrored star is tinted with Latte Alcohol ink and with my sewing machine back  'in situ' I was able to add some stitching to my tag and of course some of my much loved paint splatters.

and in case you don't fancy scrolling back up again- here is my take on 
Thanks Tim for yet another fabulous tag and monthly dose of creative inspiration- the best medicine anyone could ever wish to be prescribed!
Thank you all for taking time out of your day to stop by . I really do appreciate your visits, follows and comments.
Hopefully see you again soon but in the meantime be sure to
Take care
stay on the 'happy' side

Friday, 5 August 2016

Stencil it! - A Vintage Journey- August 2016 Challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Its so lovely to see you all again. Hope you are all doing good and keeping on the happy side.
Today we launch our new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey and its my pleasure to be hosting.  
This time the theme is
'Stencil it!'
There are so many fantastic stencils available to us right now and so many ways in which to use them. We would like you to include stenciling in whatever it is you choose to create for this challenge. Don't forget inks, spray. paints,texture/embossing pastes are all stencil 'friendly'. So be sure to have fun and embrace your stencils in your vintage, shabby, mixed media,art journalling, industrial or steampunk projects 

A random winner will receive our sponsor prize ,a £20 voucher to spend at Country View Crafts and 3 pinworthy winners will be chosen by our Creative guides .

So for my 'Stencil It' project I chose to reacquainted myself with my much neglected art journal and create a journo spread that has both striking imagery and a meaningful message about 'self doubt'  using several stencils with various mediums- paints, inks, texture paste and gilding wax.
Be prepared to scroll as it is rather a long post but if you're all set lets get started. 
With an initial idea in mind - I wanted two silhouette faces looking at each other- the risk of any 'blank page' syndrome was thankfully reduced. 
 I created the face silhouettes using the following products (yes I know I'm a bit of a 'clean freak' with my stencils, all my craft goodies to be honest)
I also applied Broken China distress ink with a blending tool to add some colour to the space between the two facial images.
  I applied transparent texture paste through Tim Holtz flourish layering stencil over the face silhouettes.
(Apologies for the difference in colour tone of the Broken China. I must have taken these photos in a different light/ time of day.  I can assure you though they are the same pages not as they say 'Ones I made earlier'! The texture paste is a lot glossier too than the lens has picked up)
I worked on the space between the reflecting images using a few Tim Holtz layering stencils with distress inks.(oops seems I omitted to include Tims bubbles stencil in the photo- sorry)
and some of Tim Holtz stamps with archival ink aswell as one other stamp from my stash
I began with some Monoprint stenciling. Some Tim Holtz spritz and flick technique too
then some darker stenciling and stamping. The gloss of the transparent paste can be seen better here. 
Tims new Numeric stencil give the pages some number symmetry
I used silver gilding wax to give the flourish stenciling an aged metallic appearance. Again it proved tricky to get the photos to show the full effect ,but believe me it really does look impressive!
and the quote (Thanks Tim) that resonates so deeply for me says exactly what I am trying to convey through these pages!
 And once again in full my 'Stencil it' journal spread.
   I hope I have offered some inspiration with my pages and if you haven't already be sure to pop by
 A Vintage Journey  to view some of my fellow Creative Guides inspiring projects. 
We hope you will be able to join in with this challenge as we
 are looking forward to seeing all the stencil friendly projects you create.

I would like to enter this into the following challenge 
Craft Stamper - TIMI August Challenge- Take a Technique: Stencils and Masks 

Thank you all for stopping by today and for enduring the long post.
As always your follows, visits and comments are much appreciated and extremely valued.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Take care


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Man in the Moon!

Hello and Welcome Everyone .
Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday?
So what brings me here today?  Well  a few weeks ago now, maybe even a month ago  I made a project that I  didn't get round to blogging.  As I think its suitable for a couple of current Challenge blog themes I am here today  share it with you.  I must confess that step by step photos are minimal as I got so engrossed in the creativity that I forgot to capture the moments - sorry!  I can and will though take you on a tour around the canvas accompanied with a few words so you can see all the texture and detail and get a general idea of how it developed.  Its an altered canvas, that I'm calling
 'Man in the Moon'.
 The inspiration for this piece began initially with Seth Apter's Spellbinder die 'Drip Drop'. Seth has  released some fantastic dies, this is just one of them. It was a real 'must have' as soon as I saw it. ( of course the others are 'must haves' too)  as it kinda reminded me of my much loved 'dream catcher'!
 As you can see there are two parts to the die but I only used the outer part for my project, die cutting it 3 times using greyboard, adhering the die cuts together to give depth and thickness. I repeated the process to create a 2nd. I then gessoed and painted both- first a couple of coats of of Brushed Pewter distress paint then a couple of coats of Black Soot distress paint. Once dry I scratched the surface with my finger nail (I got long nails!) to peel back some of the black to reveal the silver. Crackle glaze (Deco Art) provided the cracks. The 2  dies were adhered together, one on top of the other. 
  The canvas was altered using moulding plaster cloth, Distress paint (Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Picket Fence), crackle paste(Deco Art) and  crackle glaze  Deco Art) to create a crater like surface that resembled something similar to that of the moon as I imagine it.  As you can see I masked off a rough circle in the centre of the canvas for the face and die frame to fit into and built the texture up around the circle 
the 'Man in the Moon' face is stamped in black Archival ink with glossy accents dropped over the eyes (the lens has just about picked  the gloss up)
Both the face and the die cut frame were adhered in place and a fine spritz of 
Mica distress spray (brushed Pewter) finished off the canvas.
Now if your ready I'll take you on a tour around the canvas
Notice the crackle and the texture! 
 Holding the heat gun close to the drying paint created some bubble spots too.
The thickness and depth created by adhering several die cuts together can also be seen. 
This helps give the impression that the face is embedded within the moons surface . 
 So that's my 'Man in the Moon' canvas that I really enjoyed creating .
Time now to head over and link this up to the following  Challenges before time runs out
(the circle of the numerous die cuts and the face) 
Thank you so much for stopping by today. 
I hope you feel your visit has been worthwhile and that you have enjoyed your time with me and 'The Man'
Your visits, your comments and follows are greatly appreciated!
For now  though I will love you and leave you 
look forward to seeing you again soon 
Take care 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016- July

Hi Everyone and Welcome .
Some of you maybe meeting me here from seeing one of the tags I created and blogged already for
 Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016- July  and for some of you it maybe the first stop by my blog today and you won't have seen that tag yet. So for those who haven't hopped over here with me here's the link you will need to see the  post and tag  I am referring to.
Time now for the other one of the two tags I have created for this months 12 tags of 2016. Again as before and as mention in my earlier post I followed Tim's tutorial and techniques (which can be found here) but changed it up a little due to my craft stash lacking in some of the supplies. Forget the summer holidays/vacation season,here at Ink-A-Pink its all about the winter holiday season.
    I used Tim's Stampers Anonymous Christmas Blueprint 2 stamp set - love the skate blueprint stamp (brings back happy memories of my teenage weekends spent at the local rink speed skating- still have my 'Bauers' up in the attic somewhere) and Broken China, Stormy Sky, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress markers and Inks to watercolour and distress, not forgetting the resist with the Distress Micro Glaze. Such a fab product that I really must use more often. All thanks goes to Tim for reminding me of this .
The words are created using Tim's Sissix Handwritten Holidays thinlit dies and Holiday Words Thinlit dies. I also used a  silver pen this time to add highlights to the word 'peace'. Love how this makes it 'pop'. You'll notice too that I have chosen to use a deep blue tag this time , die cut using Tim's Bigz L Tags and Bookplates die.
I finished off the hole on my tag with an eyelet- in this case aged silver. The hanging snowflake was silver/pewter but  it was too shiny (imho) so I toned down the shine using silver Alcohol ink and Hickory Smoke distress crayon and added an brad to the centre. Of course there had to be some paint splatters (you know I love my splatter brush) to give the impression of falling snow and  the white ice dust that blades on ice createTim's new Distress Mica sprays give the image a delicate shimmer - you're gonna have to trust me on this one as the lens has failed me yet again
This tag has five aged silver star fasteners in line with all the other metal embellishments and silver highlights and shimmer and a micron Archival ink pen created the faux stitching( yes, my sewing machine is still sat on the naughty step after refusing to play fair)
and here again is the other of the two tags I have created for Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016

I really have enjoyed creating both tags (the other can been seen here) just as I always do. Tim's monthly tag is something I always look forward to seeing and creating. So thanks once again Tim for providing the continual creativity and inspiration that you do. 
Don't forget I'd love to know which of the two tags you prefer. Despite my earlier indecision I think its this one that has my heart - probably because of those happy ice skating memories and smiles it brought to life whilst I was creating it. 
A huge thanks goes out to you all for the time you have spent with me today. I really do appreciate it but its time now to love you and leave you 
look forward to seeing you all again soon . 
Take care 
keep on the happy side