Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Lightning Strikes!

So...for the last few months I've been sitting on a project with a huge dilemma...Okay...huge may be a slight exaggeration as I resolved the issue when...well...like most of my art work and projects, in its own time.  

For those who have read 'about me' you will know that I have a beautiful baby boy who is now 8 months old. His nursery is pretty bare at the moment so a few months back I bought Kaisercraft letters (his name) to decorate for his room. Since then I've been on the search for boy paper. Did I find any? Yes! Did I find any I liked? No! So the letters stayed in the spotlight bag where I bought them from, in my craft room and were left there until lightning struck! 

[insert lightening bolt here]
Comic books! 

Now its been awhile since I have done any decoupage so I did a quick google search and while I was online a pinterest search and found that I had most of the items already. All I needed to buy was the comic book and some white acrylic paint. 

Here is the supplies I used to create this project.


  • Wooden letters 
  • Paper (of your choice)
  • Paint
  • Foam Brushes
  • Decoupage Medium (I used  Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium - Matt)
  • Large Brush
  • Sand Paper block and nail filer
  • Scissors and Utility Knife (craft knife) for finer detailed areas
  • a used gift card voucher
Decoupage, though some projects can look quite intricate and complicated is actually very simple. I basically started by giving the letters a light sand, making sure they were clean and dry (if they have any stickers, don't for get to remove them). I then painted the sides and though not necessary (as no one will see it) I also painted the back of each letter. I let them dry and repeated it three times. I felt it needed a few coats as I found that the wood showed through the white paint. 

Once dry, I lightly sanded them again (mainly the front) so that I had a nice smooth surface to work with. I then smothered the front with my medium and stuck the paper on. I used the gift card voucher to smooth out any bubbles and a brush to remove any excess medium that spilled out the sides. I let them dry, then using my scissors and craft knife I trimmed the paper close to the letters. Whatever paper was left around the edge was then sanded away. I used the nail filer to get into any small grooves, and then to seal it smothered some more medium over the letters.


Here is the finished result:



and a close up shot:



A couple of things I found when doing this project was that I had to make sure that the comic strips of the paper were lined up for the A and M as they were too wide and I needed two pages to cover them. But if you look at the photo of the 'A' above you can't even notice where the two pieces of paper connect. I used my paper trimmer to get a nice straight edge so that the papers aligned beautifully. I also sanded them quite a bit and was happy to have some of the wood showing through as I wanted to create that distressed look. 

Overall I am very happy with the result and can't wait to put them up in his room. All I need now are some 3M Velcro strips and its done!

Oh....and a little something arrived in the post for me today. :)
My challenge prize from scrappit!
Aren't they beautiful?



The complete set of 24 colours. Cant wait to get into them.


Happy Crafting!

 Samantha

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Challenge Winner and...more!

Let me start off by jumping and dancing around the room!!

A couple of weeks ago I entered into my first ever challenge with my work of art called "Be your own Beautiful". This week, with much anxiety and suspense the winner was chosen and it was ME!

I was so happy and really surprised when the Scrappit team announced it on their facebook page. There were so many other great entrants. The judges would of had a difficult time picking a 'winner' for sure.

So...what did I win?
The FULL set of Time Holtz Distress Paints. ALL 24 colours. 
What a prize! I cant wait for them to come in the mail so that I can start creating and playing with them. 

In the meantime... I've been trying to clean up my Pinterest page and by trying I mean 'getting very distracted by all the awesome ideas I've pinned and want to do and...what was I doing again?'  I even added a new board called Distress Paint Ideas. So...by all means check it out, along with my collection  of pinned Card Ideas and my own little board of Made by ME! 


Happy Crafting!

 Samantha


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

I have a little confession...I am addicted to...

Have I mentioned that I am addicted to stencils...and stamps...but oh! how I L.O.V.E stencils!

I have my own little stash which seems to keep growing and growing. Recently I purchased this Prima 6" x 6" stencil called 'Floral' and with it created this card.



I enjoyed playing with this stencil and some water colour paint (Koh-I-Noor Watercolour Discs) so much that I made a couple more using different colours.This time with a birthday theme to add to my 'just in case' 'OMG' I forgot your birthday - quick! grab a card stash... 




Now...I thought I'd take a little time in todays blog to talk about the Koh-I-Noor Watercolour Discs. This was a new purchase I bought recently. The owner of the art shop I go to knows that I am a big fan of highly pigmented colours. So he recommended this product and I am so glad I bought them. They come in a 12 or 24 pack and have a ink-like intensity. I bought the 12 pack for under $15.00 and I think the colours pulsate with vibrancy. But be warned, if you don't wash your hands straight away they do stain and apparently don't come off for a few days... 

For these cards I also used water colour paper which was recommended, though I haven't tried what the watercolour would do on plain card stock. Watercolour paper reduces the absorption of the paint into the paper, which is what you want to do so that the pigments remain on the surface and the colours remain brilliant.  

Anyway... that's it for now. Stay tuned for more artistic creativity, as today I bought some comic books...

Intrigued? 


Happy Crafting!

 Samantha

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Inspiration everywhere!

So yesterday in Big W as I was looking through the book section (wanting to buy one for my little boy) I came across this colouring book which I immediately drew inspiration from. 


So for $5.00 I bought it and with my inktense pencils have been colouring in this book full of flower doodles (I feel like a little girl again). Not only have I been colouring in but I got the inspiration to do my own flower doodle and of course colour it in with my inktense pencils.

Here is a photo of my flower: 



I drew it first in pencil. I liked knowing that if I did a mistake that I could erase it. I then used my micron pens (no.3) and went over it. 


Here is the coloured in photo:


I just love the vibrant colours...and working with my inktense pencils was so easy. It took an hour to colour in the whole flower. I used Tim Holtz distress ink pads with a blending tool to create the background. 

Pinterest is also a great source of inspiration. I have started a new board called Zentangles/Doodling of which I am adding more and more pin to as I just love this technique/style. I wonder how I can add this to more of my work...


Happy Crafting!

 Samantha

Monday, 8 April 2013

A little something for me...

Last week I spoiled myself. Though not necessarily an impulse buy as I did do a fair bit of research into this product, it was certainly an expensive splurge. So...what did I buy you ask? (Drum roll please)

A 36 pack of derwent Inktense pencils


I just absolutely love these pencils. They are so easy to use and being a high pigment pencil the colours just 'pop'. I haven't been able to do much with them (yet!), it has unfortunately been a very hectic week. My little one has been sick and teething and over the weekend I had my stairs re-stained so I didn't had access to my craft room...but...I did manage to complete my April ATC's of which all 9 were coloured in using my new Inktense pencils. 

Happy Crafting!

 Samantha