Wooden Advent

Lorna here with a Christmas home decor piece.
Firstly i painted my wooden drawer set with white paint. I then used the Mintay Papers Home For Christmas papers to cover the drawer fronts. I cut the shape then distressed the edges of the papers with my scissors.
I did some fussy cutting from the paper set and used 3d foam pads and gel paste as my glue. I found lots of old alphabets and used the left over numbers for my drawer numbers, painted red, white and gold.
When i had finished my drawers i then wrapped the whole thing with some wide ribbon and made a lovely big bow for the top, then added Prima Marketing flowers to make a lovely floral and ribbon arrangement on the top.

Christmas Album

Happy Christmas everyone Kasia Here. I Hope you are all looking forward this season cheer.
I have prepared Christmas albums for all the photos I will take during this season.
I used AB paper pad-breeze of the forest. I made the album myself  from scratch.
To make a hinge you will need 3 rectangular pieces, each 1cm smaller. The size is up to you. My first hinge was 9 cm width and 14cm long. You need to score each piece 1.5cm on each side as those side will be holding your pages.
You will need 6 cards to use as pages. I used 250gsm white card.I glue each folded card to each flap from my hinge. I left the opening on the top so I could place some tags/notes/photos in those pockets. I used the same pages for a cover but I glued double paper to make it more sturdy. I used scissors to distress the edges of each page.
Before decorating the outside of the album, I firstly I adhered the ribbon to go under the papers.
Each page was decorated with a paper from the same paper pack. Each page is 14cm x15cm hence you can decorate 4 pages with one 12inch sheet. Cover … I used some burlap, lace, cut our embellishments to decorate it. Added some flowers and deco topping crystal. I added some gold splatters and mdf word to finish it off.
Hope you enjoy my project and will have go at Christmas album as well. Crafty Christmas to all Kasia x

Fresh Feel Christmas Cards

It’s Kasia here and I am back again with some Christmas cards ..those ones are made with purpose of posting hence I tried to make them as flat as possible, using only few layers.

I have used Christmas tree chipboard from Creative Embellishments, they come as a strip of tree . I cut them into small sections. I coloured them with Fabrika Decoru Metallic Paint Bounty. I also added some wax as the bit of shading.

Main Paper background comes from AB studio Christmas collection, Secret Wood. They are layered onto black card to frame it.

I used Kaisercraft Music stamp to add interest to the background I heat embossed it using a gold embossing powder.

I wrapped a bit of thread around the base and sentiments was heat embossed too.

The only dimensions is added by using double sided foam tape to lift the tree of the paper… Hope you enjoyed my Christmas flat cards… I will be back with more projects soon…. Kasia x

Here are the finished cards.

Christmas Star

Lorna here today using:
. creative embellishments holly wreath
. cheesecloth
firstly i gesso’d the edges of my star, i cut out my backing paper making it slightly smaller than the star , i distressed the edges with scissors, then using a journaling pen and the rustic paint (ruby) also using the ruby i stenciled on the stars onto my backing paper.
i painted my wreath with the rustic paint , placed some cheesecloth in a circle on the star then mounted the wreath using 3d foam pads and gel paste as my glue.
i then did a lot of fussy cutting from the home for Christmas element sheet that comes withing the paper pack, this was all mounted to create height using 3d foam pads and gel paste, all overlapping, i then added my title which is from the Tim Holtz idiology chipboard Christmas quote chips.
i added some ribbon to add a bit more texture and as a hanger.
lastly i mixed some white paint with a little water and splattered.

Christmas Tag

Lorna here with my first christmas mixed media project for this year
firstly i gessoed my MDF tag with white gesso and when dry, I used the tree stencil and clear 3D gel with glitter through the stencil to create my back ground. I quickly gave that a dry and then played with the oxide ink sprays by spraying water and moving the ink around to add the colour to my back ground and again I dried it .
From the Mintay Papers pad, Home for Christmas I did some fussy cutting from the element sheet. I used 3d foam pads and  the 3D gel medium to add my cut pieces with some height .
I added my chipboard title from Tim Holtz again using the 3d foam pads and 3D gel medium to fix in place.
lastly i covered my titles and using the white gesso mixed with water, I splattered a little.
I finished the tag with a pretty ribbon.
Here are some close ups.

Christmas Cards

Hello everybody Kasia here… This is the time of the year when I realise I need to make few Christmas cards for my friends and family. This year’s AB studio Secret Wood Christmas papers were just perfect for this.

Firstly I fussy cut all the elements.

I prepared my layers – black and gold and silver mirri card. I used my sewing machine to create the stitch border.

I distressed the edges using oxides  faded jeans and vintage photo.

I layered up my fussy cut elements and added some sisal, gauze and lace to add more texture. You can find some great items like this for adding texture in the trimmings bags

Some of the background were stamped with musical notes stamps by Kaisercraft.

I added chipboard sentiments.

I still wanted those cards to be flat and ready for posting. I used 7inch square blanks and matching envelopes. I enjoyed making those cards but I need more. I will be back soon with some more Christmas cards ideas.

Hugs Kasia

Recycling Halloween into Winter/Christmas

Hi everyone it’s Louise here with what I hope you will find a useful and cost saving activity.

A lot of you, especially after the recent Halloween season, will have some decorative items that you may want to clear out. I had this Halloween sign that I picked up from a poundshop that after the event, I wasn’t sure whether or not to keep. I had a think and decided why not upcycle it and make something for the winter season.

I began by coating the sign in 2 coats of Prima white gesso. It’s important to do thin layers and dry and repeat as necessary rather than try to do one thick coat as you’ll more than likely find it doesn’t dry properly and will cause problems later when you want to add things on top. I decided on 2 coats to help cover the slippery and dark surface.

Next, I wanted to start adding some interest and texture. I took our exclusive winter stencils and my favourite Fabrika Decoru texture paste and added pattern to each of the parts of the sign. I also use a palette knife and the paste to create the effect of snow by patting it onto the sign with the knife flat. I love this paste as it really holds shape well and rises as you dry it. Also, I find it drys very quick compared to some others I have used.

This created a great start for my piece and now I wanted to build a bit more dimension and great interest. I took a selection of metals, chipboards and moulded pieces from my stash and used Fabrika Decoru 3D gel to stick them to the sign. The moulded stars were made previously using Prima Marketing modelling material

and stars and moon mould

Some of the pieces weren’t the right colour or the surfaces too slippy to be add water based mediums too so I then gave these a light coat of the same white gesso

Now my piece was ready for the fun stage – colour. I chose 3 winter colours of my beloved Prima Marketing impasto paints. I decided to create an ombre sort of effect. I achieved this by watering down the white paint and adding all over the sign. I then gradually added the jade colour and at the very end worked in the cobalt. These are 2 of my favourite shades.

Impasto paint has a matte finish which I think i wonderful, but for a bit of added interest, I decided to introduce a touch of metallic paint using Prima Marketing Sparks paint in Unicorn Hair. This is a soft silver/gold colour adding a nice highlight to the texture on my piece.

I continued this principle by adding a soft metallic lilac wax colour over the textured parts of my work, particularly the stencilling. This really helps to pick out any details that may seem a bit lost under the layers and bring them to the forefront again. This product is in the colour Heather Hills

Now I needed to create a focal point for my work. I used the same wax on our exclusive winter chipboard bauble piece. I didn’t add gesso first as I wanted a rustic look. I stuck this to the piece this time with Prima 3d gel as its super thick. On top of this  I added a Tim Holtz vintage ephemera winter scene and for a title his chipboard winter title. I added a little of the same wax to the title and photo to bring the piece altogether.

And with that, my piece was finished. Here it is hanging and some close ups.

I really enjoyed making this piece and I think it just shows you can easily recycled things and can incorporate less expensive materials in our work to bring a good cost balance. Why not give something like this a try for yourself.

Oh Christmas Tree

Hello Everybody, Today I am sharing my Christmas project.

The Christmas tree base from Woodouts is a very thick mdf that is great for all sort of mixed media projects.I covered the based with one of the papers from AB studio Christmas Collection -Breeze of the Forest. All paper elements are fussy cuts from one of the paper from the same paper pad by AB studio

I distressed the edges with oxide -old paper. I use prima flourish mould as a base to build my focal point.

I added some paper flower and little girl embellishment from Tim Holtz.

I used gold wax to add some more dimension to mould and mdf itself. Finally black splatters and chipboard and paper sentiments completed the project.

Hope you enjoy my Christmas tree project and I will come back with some more very soon… Crafty Hugs, KASIA

Sunday, cuttin n stickin

Sunday, cuttin n stickin
well what a fab Day i had with Louise and Kasia
plotting and planning, cuttin n stickin!!
we were planning a 2020 retreat, making samples of some of the fab new papers in the shop Thompsonscraftsupplies
spending time with fab friends and eating a gorgeous lunch, what more could you ask for…..oh to do it all again soon please!!
these are AB Studio Breeze of the Forest papers, absolutely gorgeous and the quality of these papers is amazing, just loved all the fussy cutting, and layering, one of my fave ways to craft.
started off on the book and i covered the front cover with one of the 12×12 sheets, sanded, inked and sanded again the edges and all over, then i coloured a heavy paste and stenciled some flowers which matched the papers perfectly.
i then went over with a clear gesso.
next was a lot of fussy cutting and picked where my design was going, top left corner and bottom right corner.
i decided on my layering, and then using something to give height to the elements, either folded card, lefteover mdf pieces, those that are left in the sheets or 3d foam pads, i layered up and stuck my pieces in place using 3d gel.
tucking bits behind, lots of overlapping.
then the splattering with watered down white gesso.
when it was all dry i coated it all with a layer of clear gesso to help protect in when in use.
The Gift box
it was the same principles for my box i cut my pieces to fit the tops and sides on my box, using some open scissors i distressed the edges, stuck them down , inked the edges and then covered with some clear gesso which dragged some of the ink into the main paper which gave a lovely effect.
i layered up with some cheesecloth first then the fussy cut elements.
Thanks for reading
Lorna