Friday, 14 June 2019

New transfers and stamps - Brenda

I have really fallen in love with Andy's new stamps from Creative Expressions especially the 'enigma' one which is fabulous for using on a background. It is so versatile and cleans so easily too whatever the medium used.

This became a journal panel, so I decided to start a new visual journal to which I will add 5 x 7 inch panels.

I used several bits from my leftovers box to create this especially the crackle frame and in the background to it is one of the new mixed media transfers from the 'French Fancy' set.

I often make up my own quotes and do myself sheets of them on the PC, they are printed on an inkjet printer so I give them a coat of matte medium to seal them

If you would like to see more details you will find them over at Bumblebees and Butterflies with process steps and additional photos too.

Thanks for stopping by.
hugs Brenda xx

Supplies from Country View Crafts
Andy Skinner stampsstencilstransfersQuick Grab glue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Mediums

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Mixed Media Panel with Andy's New Product- by Fiona Randall

Morning Fiona here today to share a project with some of Andy's new products and to say I'm in love is an understatement.
I wanted to play with the new Lava paste so I created an assemblage piece using the lava paste as my main focus for a textured background. This paste gives an amazing texture as you heat dry it. Once dry I gave the whole background a coat of DecoArt Chalky finish in carbon and then blended DecoArt Media Fluid Interference acrylics until I was happy with the result. Finally a wash of Quinacrodone Gold was applied to finish.
Panels were then given an aged Patina bronze effect and applied to the background in a staggered formation. Next up one of Andy's Door plates and frame from his Industrial Elements set was given the rusty treatment and an eye print placed behind. 
 I then stamped Andy's new Gypsie Queen Moth stamp with versamark onto black cardstock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then painted the butterfly with the interference paints to match the background and fussy cut and attached to the rusty doorplate and attached to the main piece as shown.
Texture sand paste was then applied to a bookplate from the Industrial elements set and a die cut fleur de lyes. these were then given the same treatment as the textured background and added to the panel and doorplate as shown.
Finally some of Andy's new transfers were applied to the bookplate inner and the bronze panels to finish. I am amazed how easy they were to apply.
Close up Detail.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Products Used.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Freedom is Fragile

Hi all
I've finally got my hands on lots of Andy's new products....
and you'll find most of them used in this project, 'cause they are fantastic! 
 Stamps, embossing powders, stencils, and transfers, plus a lot of found objects, and some recycled bits too! Here are a few close ups, and for a REALLY detailed step by step, and lots more pics have a look at my blog where I also explain the meaning behind the peace and why I used certain things.
 Layers, layers and a few more layers...….the base layer has paper, paints, heat embossing, feathers, wax and then LAVA PASTE!
 The top layer has stamping and embossing, paint, charcoal, rusty wire, nail, metallic lustre, box clasp, etc!
 Paints added to the lave paste, wax on the feathers.

 Die cut lace, a unburied rusty nail, rusty wire, upcycled ribbon, paints, etc.
I hope you have a lot of fun with Andy's new products! Most of which are available at Country View Crafts with free UK mainland p & p and they are pretty quick too!
Thanks for looking

Products used:
Andy's new products used: Gypsy Queen, Enigma and Distressed Wallpaper stamps, Raindrop stencil. Transfers, Raspberry Ice Cream and Satin Sunset embossing powders. and Lava Paste
DecoArt paints & products used: Nathol Red Light, Titanium White, Prussian Blue Hue, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Decoupage Glue, Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre
Other poducts: Versamark ink, distress inks, Posca Paint Pen, Black Fineliner, Rusty Wire, Gems, wax
Repurposed items: Rusty Nail found in a field, feathers found in Richmond park, back of a notepad, ribbon from a dress, clasp from a broken box

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Andy's new Products - by Nikki Killinger

Morning everyone,
If you saw Andy on Create & Craft on Thursday, you will know all about his fantastic new products.  And if you didn't, I'm sharing a couple of them here on my project.  I have to say they are pretty cool!

I opted to do a small canvas panel that 'jumped out' at me when I was tidying up, or attempting to find a space to work in more like.

I wanted to play with the new Lava paste, and decided just to palette knife it all over the panel, with no particular pattern.  When you heat this stuff it does it's own amazing thing, depending on how thick or thin you apply it, it gives an amazing texture as you heat dry it.  I gave the whole panel a wash of paint with a bit of Paynes grey media fluid acrylic and water.  Next I painted White Antiquing cream all over, and when dry, rubbed back leaving the white between the texture.  This was followed by some Ultra matte varnish, to seal the Antiquing cream, before giving a 'dirty wash'.

I wanted to add Andy's new transfers, and try them over the texture, which they were made for.  I actually couldn't believe how easy they were to apply, and how well they go over texture.  No more stamping on tissue on uneven surfaces for me.

I built up a background with the transfers, overlapping some of them as well, which works perfectly.  Some neat Quinacridone gold was added to the panel as rust drips, and I darkened the edges.

I stamped and fussy cut the new 'Gypsie Queen' Moth stamp, and added Triple Thick Glaze before curling the wings and adding to the panel.

This was more like a play day than 'making a sample' day, it was great fun seeing what the new products can do.

I also made a quick pair of shrink plastic earrings some of you may have seen already, but thought I'd add them here.  Simply stamped with the Gypsie Queen stamp.

Thanks for stopping by, we appreciate it. x

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Products Used:

Lava Paste - Creative Expressions
'Gypsie Queen' stamp - Creative Expressions
Poe Diversity Transfers - Creative Expressions
Alchemy Plus Transfers - Creative Expressions

DecoArt Media Line: Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, White Antiquing Cream, Ultra Matte Varnish.

Triple Thick Glaze.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019


Hi it's Brenda here today to share a tag I've made with some of Andy's new products. 
I have to say I have totally fallen in love with the Distressed Wallpaper and Gypsie Queen stamps and they are just perfect for creating some shabby vintage designs.

Of course these new images are all going to fit with his other stamps - you can see the text stamped in the background which has come from the older Tech Trauma set.

And there are some fabulous transfers that are going to fit in with all my mixed media projects. The title of the tag is one of them and it rubs on like a dream.

There are a few more photos and some process steps over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you care to pop over.

Brenda xx

Products from Country View Crafts
Andy Skinner - Creative Expressions Stamps - Distressed Wallpaper and Gypsie Queen.
Andy Skinner - Creative Expressions Mixed Media Transfers - Poe Diversity
Andy Skinner - Illusionary Artists - Tech Trauma
DecoArt Media Line - Media Fluid acrylics - Medium Grey Value 6,  Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White, Titan Buff.
DecoArt Media Line - White Gesso