Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Crafting with Wendy Vecchi

I had the most amazing day on Sunday in London attending none other than the uber talented Wendy Vecchi's Make Art in England workshop. For my non "art" blog friends Wendy is a Ranger designer and colleague of Tim Holtz and this was her first visit to England. I booked this workshop so long ago and could hardly believe it finally arrived. It was the most amazing sunny hot day in London and we were grateful for the air conditioning in the hotel conference room which served as the workshop for the day. Wendy was very patient having photos taken with everyone .............including me.

As well as being uber talented Wendy is such a sweet kind person and a great teacher. The project she had designed for us to made was an art box to contain 4 tags which would also be made during the day. This is Wendy showing the blank box on her left and her finished version. She had used brown tones for her sample.


We spent the morning embossing, inking and stencilling our own boxes. We were able to choose our own choice of colours.
These were the finished pieces. Wendy put them all on display to show how different things turn out.
It was great to see how plain boxes turn out so differently ,so many colour variations.
This is mine......I went for green and browns for the base colours.
 and here is  the top once I had inked up and glued on the flower decoration.
These tags are the 4 originals made by Wendy as her samples to demonstrate the various techniques. Interestingly she cuts the ends off her tags to make them less rectangular, I really think it works well.
It was so lovely to catch up with new and old blogging friends. Brenda, in the middle, who kindly sent me the next 3 photos. as my camera battery died before the end of the day and Suse with me.
Julie of Juliz Designs who I met for the first time
We were all kept very busy but lots of time for chat ;0) 
Lots of concentration going on here. Below are some of the ladies from Brenda's AVJ design team.

 Wendy gave us all a little button as a keepsake.....I will treasure this...


So here are my finished pieces with my own interpretations and add ons.  Wendy says she is always delighted to see how her ideas get translated into so many different ways. 

I love the rich colours on my box, I'm really glad I went for green as the base. Lots of stenciling and blending with archival inks. The gold embossing paste gives such a gorgeous shine.

On the top I added dots from a stamp and red to the flower pieces...it reminds me of a strawberry. 
and here are my tags 
Tag 1. I used blues and brown to make a distress ink background. I added a couple of stencils to the background. Wendy gave us the faux granite cup and saucer die pieces to which we added the white "dots". The little tea spoon was awesome. I also added some remnant rubs.
Tag 2. We were given this brilliant rose stamp and cut out and layered it for dimension. My version of this tag is quite different to Wendy's original. I used blue and red archival  ink and rubbing alcohol to make the background.

 Tag 3. The tree is a stencil, I love this and it's on my wish list. The little shed, door, flower and bird were put on tape to raise and layer.
Tag 4. Using Wendy's art parts. The background is distress inks.  I added a daisy stamp to the glove and added a pop of red too.

and one Arty shot of them all together
I would like to enter my box and tags (if they are allowed) into the following challenges;

Rhedd's Creative Sprit anything altered goes I am entering my altered box
Frilly and Funkie thing with wings my tags have plenty of wings!
Artistic stamper anything goes
Mixed Media World stencils there are lots here including the great small cross one I used on the box. Wendy also showed a great technique off setting the stencil and adding colours in tag 3 at the bottom.
Fussy and Fancy things with wings
Penny Black and More summer flowers
Try it on Tuesdays use stencils I lots and one if my favourites is the tree stencil...it's on my wish list
Papertake weekly anything goes


Thanks for stopping by. I am truly blessed by the friendships I have made via blogging. The crafting day "Making Art" with Wendy is a day I really treasure. I loved what we made but if I had to choose a favourite it was the actual box and tag 1...how cute is that cup, saucer and tea spoon! Thanks to Wendy and her team.....she really did  inspire me to "Make Art".

Back on Thursday with my final GDT piece for Noor...

Bye for now,

Jane x

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Christmas in August

Hello everyone, it's Billy, Jane's cat here and yes you have read Jane's blog title correctly.  It might be the first day of August but it's also that summer day of madness when she makes her first Christmas card of the year. I am keeping out of the way as all I can hear is lots of Christmas humming coming from her studio window and there seems to be glitter everywhere. If I go in I may come out looking like a very sparkly cat.

Last year it was Christmas July, this year she is having Christmas in August. The reason for this that today is another of those Guest Designer posts she is doing for Tracy over at Noor!UK. The theme for the new challenge for August is none other than Christmas. Have a peep here  and you can see the other DT cards on display too? Why not join here and enter this month, there is a Noor voucher on offer to the winner. As you well know Jane is Mrs Christmas in disguise and she did a woop when she found out the theme.

I tend to sit out here on the patio...I don't think her heat gun can be felt from here. It's nice and cool in the shade.


As she is busy she asked me to show you here card she made.
She says she used a die called an accordion to make it....well knock me down with a feather because I thought an accordion was an instrument but hey I'm only the pet cat here.

What do you think of my photography skills, not bad for a cat eh. She asked me to do some close ups too. I think I mastered the zoom button OK.

 She says she used a new star die ...I'm getting a bit worried that she's killing off stars now..what next ...the moon?
 She also got out her best gems and stuck them on.....I wonder if that means that she'll be looking for new ones for her earrings now she's used them?



Well it might be Christmas in August in Jane's studio but out here in the garden it's still very much summer thank goodness. Have a look here...pretty

 but like these green things below, pretty inedible to a cat. I think I'll stick to Felix thank you.


She says she enters challenges and gave me this list....I wonder if I will get extra treats for doing this for her...my claws keep getting in the way of the keys on the computer. These are the ones she would like to join in the fun with her card;

Whimsy stamps Christmas in July
Simon says stamp work it Wednesdays die cuts
Winter wonderland Christmas songs/carols Jane's  Christmas song inspiration was none other than Bing's "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas"...I can hear her humming it now.
Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper August
Christmas cards all year round snowflakes
Die cut Divas favourite holiday mine just has to be Christmas!
ABC O is for Open
Allsorts pearls and gems

Honestly it's a cats life here. Jane says she'll be back soon and of course I will be back in December when the other festive madness happens and she starts bringing real trees in to live inside the house with me. It's only 146 days away.......eeek!
 On second thoughts don't worry, no need to stress about that yet....I think it's time for another snooze. I've been sooo busy....
I just need to find a little sunbeam first to warm my tummy
Ok that will do 

Bye for now,

Billy (and Jane x)

The products Jane used are available in Tracy's shop just click on the links below

Thursday, 30 July 2015

A puzzle piece

Tracy over at Noor!UK has asked me to do a couple more guest designer pieces for her so I am back again with another mixed media "piece" for her.

In the packet of goodies she sent me was this great MDF puzzle piece. I also have in my stash the soft puzzle and decided to combine them both with my design.

The Dutchdobadoo MDF pieces are really great quality. I gessoed the base and painted it with Sky Fresco acrylic paint.
I then painted on some Paperartsy crackle and added vanilla paint on top...I didn't take a photo of this bit..sorry!
Next I got out some of my sprays and had a general spraying...
until I was happy with the colours
I then got out my favourite Visible Image stamps...I just love these....and stamped parts of the softboard puzzle with black Archival ink....

And this is what I came up with

 You can see the great crackle effect in these close ups.
 I coloured the stamps with Distress ink and a brush.

 and added a few white highlights with pen
The Tim Holtz tags sum up my mood when I made this......I enjoyed playing and the finished piece really did make me giggle.

I would like to enter my mixed media puzzle within a puzzle into the following fun challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesdays anything goes

Rhedd's creative spirit altered art

Mixed Media Monthly

  summer days I was inspired by the summer themes in the graphic, sunglassess, ice cream and sunshine and  sitting in my garden studio and looking out at my garden in the sunshine. I made a blue "sky" base for my piece and added some summery colours to my puzzle pieces.

Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind comments. Remember that I have a giveway open until Sunday 9th August, the link is in my side bar at the top and also here. Everyone is most welcome to enter.


I'm back again on Saturday joining Tracey over at Noor with their new challenge and to give you a clue I may be handing over to Billy for that post.........and the C word may be mentioned....LOLOL...Vivienne cover your eyes and ears now!!

Thanks so much for visiting,

Bye for now.

Jane x