Saturday, 29 September 2012

Resins to be cheerful

Ok so it a bad pun but love the song  ( remember Ian Dury and the Blockheads)  and I have been happily playing with resin mostly trial and error with the help of some you tube videos mostly American where they like to make cute things agghhhh

 Dhu I did realise this photo was so out of focus. In some of the videos they used Chocolate mould with and without a realising agent (what ever that is no one ever said !) well I can tell you they stuck and I had a devil of a job getting them out and ended up recking the moulds but all is not lost because I like the heart shape so much I made my own mould :) but because the the finish of then are dull when you remove the resin it has a dull surface.These are still to be finished

The circle is UTEE topped with the resin and the cabochon my biggest failure I'd experimented colouring the resin with Pan Pastels but the result was far to opaque so used the rest in the leaf mould and it took ages to cure, the lady which looks very pretty  also didn't work to well  it's a bamboo tile which has rounded edges so one drip too many and it was straight over the edge  and made a mess might try that one again some time
Here I tryed adding different things , a stamped image sealed front and back with mod poge before being  stuck in and adding the resin, the pendent has pearl powders and bizantia looks nice ing the flesh, then 2 bottle tops a heart and a plastic type fabic bow that one took longer to cure as well.

A few of the finished and nearly finished items .
So far my favourite for colouring the resin is  perfect pearls or adding torn tissue coloured with inks but I do seem to get more bubbles when I  do that .
Sorry  I am rambling a bit so here's my finding and please feel free to email me if you want to know more I might have the answer lol

  1. It takes long to cure than you think
  2. Before it is fully cure you can take it out of the mould a manipulate the shape ( gonna try that with some wings when I get a mould)
  3. Glossy mould equal glossy finish
  4. Something lose there colour eg holographic foil and some gems
  5.  You can use blister packaging but only once (unless you know what this mysterious releasing spray is)
  6. Al way seal paper unless you want it to go translucent
Now for my finale and favourite piece which I'd like to enter into the Happy Days Challenge Steampunkery 

Friday, 28 September 2012

Challenge 14 at Artful Times

What a fab array of trees we had last week , a real feat for the eyes :)
Now on to this months challenge at Artful Times a postcard 6x4 and we are asking you to use script text or numbers but other than that you can choose any image you like
I started with a page from a book and sprayed with dylusion inks and used a small alphabet stencil with black ink and I think you can just see the perfect pearls the large text stamp I've had a very long time and I think it's from the then dimension forth, so there I am looking at the background think what shall I add as my image oh if only I had some of those wacky bird stamps but hey ho never mind I'll draw my own ;)So stick to the theme and follow the rules and you could be in with a chance of winning a £10 voucher from Oyster Stamps
Have fun and I look forward to seeing what you  make :)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Halloween for the Out of the Hat ladies thought I had missed this one but just remembered a 5x5 I made a while ago and hadn't bloged phew :)
Hope this fits the bill I wasn't thinking Halloween at the time, I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder before masking and spraying the background with dylusion inks
Thanks for popping by and hello to my new followers love to have your company

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Out of the Hat

Just a quickie for the lovely ladies at Out of the Hat who would like to see something oriental and I've only just made it in time I hope
So what have I been up to, well I've been faffing about and playing with resin a bit of knitting, sewing and more jams and chutneys but more of that later when they are finished
Take care all :)

Friday, 14 September 2012

Challenge 13 at Artful Times

Thank you all for sharing your inchies with us over the last fortnight we certainly saw a lot of inspiring ideas :)
It's my turn to choose the theme for the next fortnight At Artful Times and I would like you to make a tree your main feature be it card tag or altered art but as you can see I still have metal and wire on the brain but I think I have got it out of my system for now :) back to inky mess now I think
The tree of life is quiet easy to make and I followed a tutorial on You Tube

Check out what Sam and Neet have made both very different
 Come and join us and we will be only to pleased to visit you and if you have followed the rules one of which is to give some idea as to how you made your entrie, you could be in with a chance to win a £10 voucher from Oyster Stamps

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Packaging for Out of the Hat

Not so much the packaging as  I use that a lot, a lot of the time but what holds the packaging together, I mean the staples in big boxes you know the ones made out of the corrugated cards friends think 'm batty hording trash but I do get round to finding a use for it eventually :

I can't remember where that spring came from but it came in handy for making the links .
Now pop on over to Out of the Hat as see what the lovely ladies have made over there :)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Altered Book with Jennie

Today I've had a really good time time when I did the Altered Book class With Jennie from the Stamp Connection who came to a local shop at Fareham so nice not to have to travel to far :)
Of course we all started by looking at what our book was call and most of us Oh I want to read it mine was called the Age of Elegance expecting a Romance but no it was about wars anyway I digress
Lot's of different product Terra paste spray inks gesso UTTE. The front back and spine is gesso through a stencil and stamping with gesso dabbed with colour wash

Somewhere in the middle we did the folded page with tags
Then at the back we did the niche  it could have been deeper but I was losing the will to live sticking all the pages together lol it was then covered with Terra paste and stamping into it
 and then onto the melt pot for a mold to go into the niche
I shall have to continue this book as I'm so pleased with my results,
Thanks for popping by and if you get the chance for a class with Jennie you won't be dissapointed :)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Vintaj Bracelet and a new challenge in blogland

The first Tuesday of the month at Pickwell Farm is Jewellery making and last night we made bracelets using the Vintaj collection from Ranger pretty cool stuff ! so if your in the Southampton area pop by it's an aladdin's cave of crafting goodies
Snag Our Badge! is the challenge blog where I'm entering my bracelet A fab DT with lots of inspiration

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Favourties for Out of the Hat

Out of the Hat are asking this week what's your favourite well for me it's got to be stamping oh and of course I love masking and then there's my new favourite tools the ink dusters and Less is More are having another colour challenge of pink and brown which spells vintage shabby chic to me in a CAS style.
The lady from Paper Artsy was stamped in brushed corduroy on a background of tattered rose applied with the ink duster, the corner flourish from Creative Expression was then stamped over the masked lady with victorian velvet.
Hope you like it and thanks for popping by :)
I'm also entering this in Addicted to stamps who also want to see a CAS card