Thursday, 24 May 2018

GD Minialbum 'FantaSea'

Hello everyone!

Kerstin is back and I want to share with you some pages from
 my new Minialbum or Junk Journal ''FantaSEA''.
Although it's still spring, we are already having summer temperatures here and it's also very dry. This makes me long for a fresh sea breeze at the beach, holding a shell  to my ear, closing my eyes and making the sea rustle in my mind. Absolutely beautiful and relaxing!

There are a lot of beautiful things which you can use on small projects like cards, tags, or ATC's.
I have discovered my enthusiasm for junk journals at the moment. With these you can combine and collect so many beautiful and beloved things. I love it because you can collect memorabilia and also try techniques and products.
 You leaf through it again and again and you can always take it with you to quickly show friends what you love doing.

For the cover of my Minialbum I wanted to try a new combination. I crocheted some marine motifs and sewed them on the fabric envelope.

some How-to tips

When a blank white page stares at me, I always feel the need to personalize it.
Mostly I use spray paints - here I did so in combination with a stencil. A bit of spraying, wiping, stamping and the page feels not so strange anymore.
 Then I found in my paper stash some beautiful papers from the Kaisercraft 'High Tide' collection. The delicate colours were very suitable to the brown shades of the gorgeous MDF shapes.
I also added a saying from this collection and  I thought it would be a good idea to frame them to make them stand out better.

To do so I used some leftovers from Calico Craft Parts kits; here from the Garden Shed Kit.

The small houses were painted thinly with white acrylic paint 
and then redrawn with a black fineliner.

These small MDF motifs 
with such great attention to detail
are absolutely awesome!

Bell, binoculars and anchor were completely painted with silver acrylic paint,
the lighthouse only a little bit in some spots.

You can see I have used both, the possibility to leave the MDF parts untreated, as well as to paint them.  I love their designs with great attention to detail; they give a lot of depth and character to the motifs.

Sheet of Mini MDF Nautical Motifs Style 2; 3; 4; 5 

This project was so much fun to create and I love the sceneries that you can build using all the fab mini wood shapes. I am sure this was not my last junk journal page with these parts :-)!

Thank you very much!
Happy crafting!

Monday, 21 May 2018

'Today!' Canvas by Julie Ann.

It's lovely to be back at Calico Craft Parts blog with a new project to share. There's something thrilling about waking up on a May morning, your mind bursting with new ideas for art projects. That's the mood I wanted to create with this chunky mini canvas, which I created as a companion piece to a canvas I called 'Take Flight'. Now, if we stand them side by side they read 'Take Flight Today!' That's something I hope you will feel like doing, but not before you've taken a look at my mini canvas.

I'm so glad that Helen at Calico Craft Parts created the wonderful little house kits. I've found the possibilities for creating not only free-standing 3D miniature wonderlands but also interesting 'stand-out' focal points on canvasses limitless.

For this project, I began with the snowy white bare, chunky canvas and some torn tissue and fragments of my own doodles.

Collage and mixed-media backgrounds have fascinated me for a long time. I love the challenge of integrating what - at first - are little more than random scraps into a cohesive background. This time it was fun to use my own doodles and see how I could transform them by spraying with diluted acrylics and randomly stamping with script in inks and white acrylic. I also did some dripping of acrylics mixed with a string gel medium in blues, pinks and turquoise.

You might remember I used this medium on a tag a couple of weeks ago? l had some left over that I had mixed in a small glass container and covered with cling film and I can report that it still worked well after 2 weeks' storage! I wanted to create the idea of flight and soaring high into the sky so I took one of the doves from the Calico Garden Birds sheet, painted it white and then added a coat of clear ultra thick embossing powder melted with a heat tool. These Calico Craft Parts can take more than their share of altering!

I love how box canvasses allow you to extend over the sides of the project with stamping, dripping and spraying.

Once again, I've left the roof open to the skies. This time I wanted to create the impression that my little bird-house character offers the visitors to her cottage refuge, but without them having to sacrifice their freedom to take flight when they wish. As well as the doves flapping above the open roof, a tiny wren has settled on her hand.

Once they were integrated into the canvas background, I was able to add just a touch of water-colour to the doodles. The face was drawn on to paper that had been stamped and collaged with various scraps of tissue, including paper patterns.

What are your plans for today? Who knows what adventures await you if you are open to all that the world might have in store. Step forward with an open heart and arms wide to embrace the day like my little bird-house lady. Have a wonderful, creative time until we meet again.
Calico Craft Parts Used
Block Style Wide House kit, mini
Sheet of Wood MDF Garden Birds
Standard Jointed Art Doll Kit, Style 1, Small

Thursday, 17 May 2018

A Little Bit of Verdigris by Jennie

Hello and welcome to my second ATC this month giving me an opportunity to try out some newly learnt techniques.

A couple of weeks ago I shared a Rusty Elements ATC and today I am using the same colours but in a different way.

I started, as before, with an ATC blank which I primed with DecoArt Tinting Base and stamped a lovely floral design using an Archival Ink. You may recall that on my last ATC I used a few drops of DecoArt Acrylic Fluid Paints with some water in a spray bottle. 

I used these same sprays but with a lighter touch and got this gorgeous effect behind the stamping.

I then used the same colours on the frame but this time daubing them with a paintbrush and adding in a little DecoArt Metallic Gold. I kept repeating this process until I was happy with the effect.

The tiny little crackle heart was actually made for another project, but I thought the colours fitted perfectly!

I managed to find a vintage photograph which just fitted the frame and raised the frame on sticky dots to give it a bit of depth. I love how the colours all merge together.

I didn't want to add much more other than the quote and the heart and flower.

Another little experimental ATC!

As always thank you for joining me today and look out for me again in a couple of weeks when I will be sharing the third of the experimental ATCs using the same colours but in a different way.

Jennie x

Calico Craft Parts used:

Monday, 14 May 2018

A Wonderfully Weird and Wonky House - by Claudia

Hi, servus! How lovely to have you stop by today! It is time for my every-other-Monday project and to be honest I don't have a clue on how to introduce this took a completely different direction than I had intended right after the start and kept doing so during the process and I am still not sure who won - the house or

I wanted to create a house that would not only have a wonky roof but also look as if it had become wonky in itself over looks a bit weird too I think (which wasn't intended...but hey - weird and wonky - that's too Ws and I love I have decided to embrace "weird" and find it wonderful instead!)

Calico Craft Parts used:

- Block Style MDF House Kit - Tall with Wonky Roof
- Sheet of Mini MDF Door Wood Shapes
- Sheet of Tiny MDF Window & Door Wood Shapes
- Skeleton Tree MDF Wood Shape - Style 8

Someone in the house has been counting....years? Months? Days (weeks?) before and after a certain date? Who knows...and what has happened to the tree?

To create the marbled effect on the house I experimented with the new DecoArt pouring medium and Americana paints. The picture shows the three colours that I have mixed with the pouring medium (according to the recipe given on the container) - well, actually the picture captured the moment before I stirred the mixes with some Popsicle sticks.

I had primed my wonky house with a thorough coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint "primitive" and covered the workspace with a large sheet of paper before I started pouring the paints onto it. I used a tiny glass bowl to keep my house in a "wonky" angle for the paints to properly run and drip. 

Then I used a skewer to drag the poured on paints into each other and create random "fan" patterns.

The Calico Craft Parts windows, door and tree were placed into the wet paint. Then I left everything to dry for at least half a day. 

Using the same paints again I dry brushed some white onto the door and windows and black onto the tree. I also sprinkled on some red from a DecoArt Red Mister for a bit of contrast. 

Using a detail brush I added some patterns, roof tiles and steps.

I added some red by painting the door and a window with red from the Mister and using washi tape.

Other washi tapes added more black and white patterns to the design. 

Look at the weathered and worn front! Maybe the house has been abandoned. It loos as if it needed a thorough make over and a lot of fixing. But you can still sense traces of the love the owners once had for it.

So here it is - my wonderfully wonky house. I hope you like it - weird as it is! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Secret Garden by GD Kerstin

Hello everyone!

Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams here again and I'm so excited
and happy to be invited to the Calico Craft Parts blog as a guest designer this month.

I was in search of a little gift for a friend. She loves the children's novel
'The secret garden' just like me.
It's a wonderful story with an old forgotten garden
 which is rediscovered and makes the children happy.

How I did it:

I used the back part of a picture frame and a sturdy solid piece of cardboard, which was covered with canvas and a string. Then I chose some beautiful suitable wooden shapes from Calico Craft Parts.
I thought of the Robin, a friendly bird, the closed old gate and the wild roses and ivy from the story. There are so many awesome craft parts to choose from, so selection wasn't easy.
And then I discovered the new possibility to create your own words from Craft Parts with a special font. The  "Olde English MDF Wood Font - Create A Word - Joy was perfect as addition to this project.

Calico Craft Parts wood shapes used:

 before and after

weathered look technique

 1. use a transparent plastic foil
2. add a thin layer of Matte Medium (DecoArt)
3. now a thicker layer of Crackle Glaze Clear (DecoArt) 
4. glue the window onto the foil
5. use Crackle Paint White (DecoArt) with your fingers 
 for the window frame
6. finally spray all over with Distress Spray Stain 'Vintage Photo' 

 some close up's

 the picture is interchangeable and can also be complemented by a beautiful saying

Thanks so much for your invitation as your guest designer this month,
it was a huge pleasure for me!!!!

Happy crafting!