23 November 2014

Snowflakes and Stars....

I'm still in 'creating with a Christmas theme' mode, but wanted to change things up a little and be a bit more subtle! For my project today I've created a very Dina Wakley inspired panel....
This is postcard sized, so nice and quick to do!
As it's Dina inspired, of course I've used some Dina Wakley paints in there!
Sky, Lapis and Blackberry, to be precise!
My cardstock was primed first with white gesso, as well as giving a great base for the acrylic paint , adding gesso first means you can scratch patterns into it that show though once the colour is on top. You can see the swirly design in the above pic!
I used a bit of waste card, leftover from something else as a focal point...
I was going to stitch everything with white thread...but my white bobbin appears to have gone AWOL, so I used the red that was already threaded into the machine!
I actually think I like it better than white!
I used white paint flicked on to give splatters, then printed on to give the larger snowflakes. A smidge of outlining, and a few chit chat stickers to finish!
Hope you like it!
See you soon.......
Trish xxxx

pssst..... have you heard? We are having a SPECTACULAR Christmas event over here on the ASOI blog!
There will be something wonderful on the blog EVERY SINGLE DAY... be it a fabulous Christmas project from one of our talented guests, or a spotlight on a product. A little bird tells me there will be a rather large prize up for grabs concerning those 12 products, so make sure you bookmark us and pop back on December the 1st!

19 November 2014

An event not to be missed.

We are very happy and excited to announce our big Christmas extravaganza called
The Twelve Projects of Christmas.

I cannot believe what an amazing line up we've got for you with twelve crafters and twelve products to tempt you as we go into Christmas. Each day we'll be bringing you inspiration and  gorgeous projects to look at.

So make a date in your diary starting on the 1st December to stop by.

18 November 2014

Where's the snow?

I love the snow but right now we're experiencing nothing like it as we're still having to put up with mild seasonal temperatures. That might not sound like much of a pain but when the plants in the garden are growing and flowering and spring bulbs are coming out, that's bad news. Wasps and flies are still annoying us in the house and I just want the season back.

With what was still on my work table I thought I'd create my own snowy project.

For a change I've gone for a candy pink background and added some snowy texture with Golden texture paste. If you want to add some snow to cards or tags Golden is perfect as it's so light and adds no weight at all.

I used the good old sketchy Snowman from mr T Holtz which is actually on promotion at the moment.

Off doing the snow dance, Jaine x

16 November 2014

Let It Snow...

Or, bring on the weird Christmas assemblages!
Remember back in the summer when I created an Art Doll with a glass vial for a body? No? THIS one....
Whilst I was creating her, I had an idea for something else..but I've had to wait until it was the appropriate time of the year to show you!
My snowmen......
I used the smallest three vials in the Craft Medley set to create my snowy scene...
Filled with 'snowballs' (i.e the filling from a beanbag!), with tiny dotty buttons and some printed out words..
I wrapped some red cord around the neck of the bottle to resemble a scarf..
The heads are felt balls that I created months and months ago to use as beads for another project. Felting your own beads/balls is a palaver and a half, involving lots of soapy hot water and squeezing and rolling. I would recommend doing an online search for white felt beads!!!!!
The eyes are tiny seed beads, and the nose is the pointy end of a bamboo skewer, painted orange..
I had fun with these, and they have now been kidnapped by my youngest daughter who thinks they're very cute! Which is odd...'cute' wouldn't be my number one aim when creating anything! *note to self* must be weirder......
See you soon!
Trish xxxx

08 November 2014

September layout

Well here we are in November already and the Christmas crafting is going up a gear, but before all that here's a layout from my Project Life album for September.

I looked in my stash for a suitable background paper to start from and found this beautiful Jenni Bowlin paper called Modern Mercantile. It fitted the mood perfectly.

For the rest of the layout I've used off cuts of other Jenni Bowlin and Glitz papers.

Jaine x

05 November 2014


You may have guessed it that the new BasicGrey collection, Aurora is safely arrived with us today and is already up on the website!

This is a fabulous collection with 12 double sided 12x12 papers, 6x6 paper pad, 
embellishments and sticker sheets

There's also a coordinating set of clear stamps, rubber background stamps
and stencils from Hero Arts.

You can find the full collection here, with a 10% discount if you purchase all 12 papers. 

31 October 2014

Happy Pumpkins !

I've got a quick and easy card to share with you this week. I love Autumn/Fall and all the beautiful colours. Inspired by the abundance of pumpkins around at the moment I made a card for a special someone. I just know it'll make him smile!

I stamped two of the pumpkins from Stampotique Originals directly onto my card. The middle one was stamped using Archival Ink onto some cardstock that was painted with acrylic paints. His googly eyes were made by drawing onto a couple of tiny circles with a Micron pen and covering them with Glossy Accents.

Thank you for calling. Happy Halloween if you are celebrating. Gez

26 October 2014

Extreme Faux Bleaching!

I'm not calling this an 'old school' technique, as I've only really been doing this since Distress Inks came out. Not *that* long ago??! Still, this is a technique we all do from time to time, so why not just take it to the next level? Faux Bleaching, or, if you would rather....flicking water droplets at stuff!
 Here is my finished project...

Bright Bright colour, with spots, splashes and drips where the ink colour has been removed.
My card was coloured with 4 different colours of Distress ink, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Festive Berries to be precise. As we have the primary colours in there in varying forms, we get a little colour mixing going on in places, greens oranges and purples emerge where the colours meet. The first layer of 'faux bleaching' takes off quite a few spots of colour..
As you all know already, big drips of water give big areas of 'bleach', spraying water will give tiny spots! Instead of stopping at the point though, add a little more inks to the dried background. I have kept the colours the same, i;e adding more yellow over the yellow areas. It would be easy to muddy the colours if you tried adding blue over a pink bit! This has the effect of toning down those first 'bleached' out areas, the shapes are still there, just not as 'white' as before. Keep repeating the water, drying, ink technique until you have a more layered look, with the drop marks varying in hue...
The only downside to this technique is that your card will have a tendency to curl because of all the water and heating you've done to it. You can see my background is a little warped in the pic above! This is easily rectified, simply stick (or sew!) the card to another bit of heavy cardstock to keep it flat.
I sewed my background to a bit of black card...
I added a few black splats of paint, and even had a go at 'bleach printing'... the semi circles you can see are the edges of a bottle top dipped in water that has been pressed onto the piece.
Very simple stamping to set off all that colour...
Of course, you could go as wild as you want with the design, for some reason I felt that less is more with this piece!
See you soon,
Trish xxx

22 October 2014

An altered frame

As it's nearly Halloween I thought I'd do a bit of altering for a change. It's not usually my thing but for Halloween I can make an exception.

I've had this frame for ages. It was a cheap plastic one which I always intended to do something with and rid it of the Barbie pink, so what better way than with a coat of black gesso.

So this is what I ended up with. As well as the frame I also used the gesso on the doily which came out brilliantly.

The photo was one from my hoard of photo's and I just gave him a fancy hat, a pumpkin treat bag and stripey legs. I think he looks far better than when I started.

I also went around the frame with some Inka Gold cream. 

Have fun this Halloween.

Jaine x

20 October 2014

'Old School' 3 -Salt!

Another old favourite inky technique today, although this time I've only used bits of the background created on my final piece! My finished creation is this page...
The bright red poppy heads are the product of todays spotlight technique: Salt backgrounds!
Adding rock salt to wet ink is a great way to create fab texture and interest, and it's really simple too!
Step1: Prepare! The is messy, so put your card down on a wipe clean surface.
Step 2: Spray! (or drip...) Any drippy ink will work for this, acrylic inks, ink sprays, stains, you name it. I knew I was going to use the result for a poppy head, so I sprayed in just the one colour. You can go as bonkers with the colours as you want!
Step 3: Reactivate the inks with a little more water so the surface is nice and wet...
Step 4: Add on the rock salt...
Step 5: Spray with a little more water to make sure the salt has a nice wet bond with the surface..
Step 6: Now you can go one of two ways. Leave it to dry by itself, or blast with a heat gun. Drying naturally gives nice results...but for the impatient.....Blast with the heat gun!
Step 7: Once ALL the ink is dry, wait until the cardstock and salt is cool. It's really quite surprising how hot salt gets! Once cold, rub off the salt...
Step 8: Admire the fab textures and design the salt creates!
I then cut circles from my salty background, and added seed beads to the centres to give me my poppies.
I typed straight onto an old book page to give me my title...
Which was very apt, because I wanted to doodle my way around the rest of the piece, no stamps at all. I was a bit hesitant about letting go and creating the stems and leaves of my poppies, so really needed to believe in myself!
I *think* it worked, but need a lot more playing about until I'm confident!
Have a go with the salt, its a really nice technique!
See you soon,
Trish xxxxx

18 October 2014

Recycled & reused !!

I've had such good fun making a card from my ever growing box of paper scraps, score!!

It was so simple, I am going to try this again!

Is it just me or do others save the beautiful packaging when they buy new crafting supplies... I couldn't throw this packaging away so I used it as the starting point for my card!

There is a lovely collection of Prima goodies over in the SHOP. I decided to use the packaging from the lovely, scrumptious Say It In Crystals yummy, embellishments!!

Using scraps of Tissue Paper by Tim Holtz, patterned scrap papers and old pages from a dictonary! Each were matted and layered to produce a simple card. Using a couple of stamped images from Stampotique Originals.

 Bella, Bella...

Happy creating, Gez

17 October 2014

Courage my friends.

Oh I do love it when something comes together so effortlessly like the page below called "Courage",

Working in my big journal I had already used the Prima 12 x 12 flower stencil to add a base layer of texture paste. I painted over that totally with Claudine Hellmuth Studio paint in Classic Teal which is an absolutely gorgeous colour. Once this was dry I took a sanding block and gave the whole page a gentle sand to take off the top layer of paint and reveal the beautiful stenciled image below.

That all done I seriously didn't want to cover it up and would have been quite happy to leave it like that but that doesn't make much of a page really, so I clustered a few off cuts, a piece of glittery tape from My Minds Eye, a bit of journaling and I stamped and embossed the lace border by Prima and Finnabair taking a paintbrush to flick off some of the powder to give it a tattered look.

I think that's all it needed as I wanted to leave plenty of "white space" as they say.

See you soon

Jaine x