Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Things you do when you can't sleep ...........

Hi Peeps

Well I couldn't settle last night so I decided to make this mixed media piece. 

I'd done the base in the afternoon.... I keep attempting a white based project but my mucky paws just can't help it ha ha they always end up dark again

First I covered my canvas board with paper/scrap/lace/diecuts
I used PVA to stick

Then I painted it with a good coat of gesso

Then stuck on my 'bits' I gesso'd some underneath as I layered up

Then covered again with Gesso

Then the fun started....
I forgot to take pics whilst splashing colour on so I'll talk you through it

I sprinkled green and red brown primary elements powders and spritzed with water
then sprayed old gold and copper mica sprays

then dribbled watered down raw umber Deco Art acrylic
and let it run whilst moving the canvas side to side

Then I dry brushed with white acrylic some of the higher pieces to highlight them

then using Deco Art quinacridone gold and trans yellow oxide.... I first did a wash over everything
then darkened a few pieces (the ones  I'd highlighted)

Once dry I sprinkled a bit of distress embossing powders on and a touch of antique bronze EP

Then very lightly rubbed a little Inka Gold paste over a few areas
I did my best with the photos but its hard to show the gilding

For the Fob, I filled it with UTEE, added the words,
added a bit of gold and black Inka Gold Paste to the edges
then added clear UTEE to make it dome and make the words look suspended in the fob.
Finally I glued it in place and cleaned the mediums off the bulb and gem

As you can prob tell I thoroughly enjoyed myself
and once hubby got up at 5am  I went back to bed...... so I even managed a nap ha ha

Thanks for visiting
Be Good
Kathryn xx

Friday, 31 July 2015

Blog Hop and Give Away ....

Hi Peeps
Welcome to the first Personal Impressions blog hop.
Here's my contributions
My projects have been made using the following products from our Craft Excess website!

Personal Impressions Stamp Set - Thanks a Bunch
Nitwit Deer Friends Papers - Blocks
K & Co - Vellum Quotable Notables
1st Prize is £40 voucher
2nd Prize is £25 Voucher
3rd Prize is £15 Voucher
To be in with the chance of winning one of these prizes you need to complete the following:
2. Comment on all the sample makers blogs below
3. Like Craft Excess FB page

4. Comment on the PI Hop Post
There will be 3 prizes to give to 3 lucky commenter's
Two of the prizes will be picked from 2 of the sample makers blog
so be sure to comment on all the blogs.
Below is the blog hop list to follow, we hope you enjoy!
Happy Hopping!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Mucky Fun ....

Hi Peeps

I went to the Indigo Blu open day last week and saw some great demos ... Mike from Krafty Hands was altering a coffee jar and it looked amazing, so I decided to have a go with the black gesso but put my own twist on it.


Unfortunately I was so in the zone that I didn't take pictures whilst making, but I'll talk you through it. 


I used an old doue Egbert coffee jar. 
Coated with ModPodge 
Wrapped with a piece of embossed card and cut a circle out for the lid.
Then I stuck a mix of embellishments on with a glue gun ... It looks a state at this point as all the embelies are diff colours but don't panic .... 
Paint the whole thing with black gesso you will need a couple of coats to get in all the books and crannies. 
I then dry brushed very very lightly with white acrylic paint.
Once dry I did a wash of quinacrine gold then lightly brushed my embelies with the same and a touch of yellow. 
Once dry I dry brushed with inka gold. 
Then sealed the jar with glue n seal. 

I totally enjoyed myself .... And you should have seen the state of my paws... Very mucky indeed ha ha 

Thanks for looking 
Be Good 
Kath xx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bathroom makes ...

Hi peeps 

I'm just sharing these frames which I've finally finished ... Talk about a labour of love .... Took a while but I love them. 
I used a mixture of mediums and paints but mainly Deco Art and Liquitex
All made from reclaimed wood and drift wood and the sails are from a hessian bag. The nets are just scraps I had leftover from another project that I stippled with Deco Art acrylic paints. 

I made the anchor one ages ago but just thought I'd share it too. 
I rusted the anchor using a technique by Andy Skinner

Really had fun with these and they look pretty good in my bathroom too

Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kathryn xx

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hello ... Remember me

Hi peeps 

My apologies.... I've been so busy I've just not had much time to craft never mind blog .... 
So here's a few things that I've made lately .... 

Here's a tag using Finnabair stamps 

A card I made for a friend 

And the second anniversary card I made for a friend as the first one she found a bit dark ... So I'll give the first one to steve for ours ha ha 

My version of the 12 tags of 2015 May tag (Tim Holtz)

Thanks for looking x Hope you're all well and happily crafting xx 

Be good x 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Simple Ideas for Mucky Paws

Hi Peeps

Happy Mothers Day !

As some of you may know, I now have my own little online shop with my own designs of Stamps and  Stencils, and also some embellishments....... here's my link if you fancy a browse. I'm still designing for other companies, but fancied branching out myself hee hee

Today I'm sharing a few quick samples I've made with my own stamp sets and the shapes templates.
NOTE: They are only the fronts/toppers .... I've yet to matt them up.
I've used Distress inks and Versafine, Ranger embossing powders and a few die cuts.

The first two are quick clean and simple cards (direct to card), I have a YouTube vid showing how I made them if you want to know more.

These ones I made at Linda's last Weds .... again relatively easy to do,
 a couple direct to card and the other two with simple embellishments.


Thanks for looking
Be good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Having a me day .....

Hi Peeps
I finally got to play with my new Tim Holtz stamps at the weekend ... so I made a couple of tags
my mojos been a bit on and off lately but I'm getting back in he swing of it now

Stuff I Used and Did
Cut a large tag and plate from cardboard with Tag and bookplate die and distressed it
Ran through ebosser with TH splats embossing folder
Grunged some more with Vintage Photo and Black Soot DI's
Cut out some Tiny Tabs with TH die
coloured embelies with DStain burnished gold and covered with rock candy crackle
Stamped cogs in black and white
Stamped and coloured the dude with tea dye and cracked pistachio
Added string and the other bits and glued it all down

With this one I die cut the flowers and leaves from TH strip dies, coloured and left to dry
Using kraft card I stamped the butterfly and cut the tag.
Coloured Butterfly in with DI's and lightly coated with rock candy
I shaped the flowers and added brads, also made deely boppers for the B-fly
Stamped background with white acrylic then coloured with DI's
Then stamped and embossed the sentiment and put it together.
Thanks for looking
Be Good
Kath xx

Saturday, 13 December 2014

In ruins ........ Literally

Hi Peeps
Here's one of Steve's Christmas presents, its taken over a week to do !!
Lots of drying overnights and hard work as its so big but it was worth it.
I've used lots of techniques, mainly following
tutorial but with a bit of tweaking thrown in
I can't tell you the main technique for the 'skin' as its not fair to Andy
but if you haven't done one of his tuts online you are seriously missing
out on some brilliant techniques and useful arty hints and tips.
I've taken an A4 2015 diary and created this
Its a really big surface to do in one hit but I really enjoyed it!
I've used
Deco Arts Media acrylics
Pebeo Studio acrylics
White, Black and Prussian Blue acrylic paints
Embossed card
Grunge paper
Tim Holtz Embossing folders and dies
Multi Matt Medium
Liquitex Modeling paste
Cogs Stencil
Bits from my stash
Close up of back
Close up of front
It was a real labour of love and I hope he likes it after all the work lol
Thanks for looking
Be good
Kath xx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Having a mucky day :)

Hi peeps 
I enrolled in one of Andy Skinners online workshops at the weekend so I've had a little go whilst following along..... Very mucky fun indeed ....

So here's my first run of some of the techniques for the Book of Ruination 

I've ordered some A4 note books to do a proper job but I don't think it's bad for my first attempts .... I seem to have got the hang of it better on the back cover lol 

Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Some news to Share !!!!

Hi Peeps
Well I've finally done it ...... I've opened my own shop with Stamp and Stencil designs and a few other bits....... Feel free to pop over and have a browse ..... more designs will be added after Christmas so keep your eyes peeled

Mucky Paws Crafts

Here's a few quick samples using my stamps ....
some others are posted in the gallery on the shop page
Thanks for looking
Be good
Kath xx