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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for October 2012 is:

Season’s

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the Season’s theme.

Colours

Here in the UK we just arrived at autumn, so a warm colour palette of earth tones for us

  • Reds
  • Greens
  • Yellows
  • Browns

Of course if you live outside the UK you are likely to have a different colour palette to match your own current season, choose from that for your project this month.

Techniques & Styles

Lets go off the wall a bit this month, how about trying a different craft for the first time. Here’s a few to get your ideas going

  • Art be that painting/drawing or paper crafts
  • Jewellery making
  • Knitting. There are some fabulous yarns around in all the colours you can imagine
  • Holiday projects. There are plenty of holidays coming up, where ever you are in the world jump in early and save yourself some stress.
  • Baking. (My cooking is awful but I bet yours is great) How about baking up your favorite supper/pudding with seasonal products.

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another picture of an ATC background that I made using Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint.

Mottle Gold

Mottle Gold

This piece is likely to be stamped over in the end with text or images, this is just a starting point. It has various colours of System 3 Original acrylic paint and a gentle wash of Imitation Gold Pale Cryla to add a subtle brightness.

I’m enjoying experimenting with colour and texture for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. How about you, have you got the paints out yet this month? Give it a go, its all about having fun and trying new stuff. Use what you have in the back of the cupboard, neglected, forgotten and just waiting for a challenge like this to be given permission to come out and play.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A while ago I had a try with Friendly Plastic, which really was a disaster. After getting some new plastic and seeing Liz Welch demoing flowers I managed to modify the technique and made these.

Friendly Plastic Flower

Friendly Plastic Flower

Liz makes hers using a pan of hot water, I can’t do plastic indoors because of the birds and created mine on a heat proof sheet using a heat tool. If you would like to find out how to make these flowers check out Liz’s DVD Bend it Shape It, which I recently reviewed.

I’m going to use these as closures on my hand-made journals. I’ll show you a picture when I have one ready ;)

What do you think, I like them, not so sure the red one came out so well with the extra layer in the centre, I used a Crop A Dile to punch a little disc to add ‘gem’ style to the middle. I really like the purple one though.

Friendly Plastic Flowers

Friendly Plastic Flowers

Links

If you would like to find out more about Friendly Plastic, how to use it and where to buy it, check out the links below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post something a little different. A vintage style ATC that features glitter! Yep you did hear that right I’m using glitter! Now before you think I’ve lost the plot entirely I should say that this is no ordinary glitter. Oh no, this is unlike any product you’ve seen before. This features Wink of Stella by Zig!

Vintage Floral ATC

Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella are a fabulous new pen range by Zig, I’ll be reviewing them on Wednesday and on Friday you can see a video tutorial I made, showing you round the pens and some techniques using them. It’s tricky to get the light right to show the twinkle, can you see it in this one?

Close up of Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella pens, add some sparkle

 

Get your wish lists ready, its gonna be a very exciting week!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today’s post is a shameless love in and advert for Julie Prichard’s Layer Love class over on Ning. I really want to learn how to paint, I’ve always tried and not got very far, so when I saw Julie was offering this online class I was jumping up and down. I love her style and really wanted to learn how to create the grungie backgrounds she is famous for. Sadly I thought I had missed my chance as registration for Layer Love closed before I had available budget.

Luckily for me and for you too, is that Julie has now reopened registration, so we can all get a chance to share some Layer Love. I joined earlier this week and now I’m desperate to get hold of the required paints, so I can give these new techniques a go.

 

Are you on a tight budget and worry that you can’t afford the supplies, as well as the class at the same time?

Why not get the class now, see how to do the techniques and invest in the materials a bit at a time. You get access to the class videos till Spring 2010 so there is plenty of time ;)

 

If you like the Tim Holtz grungie backgrounds, you are going to love Julie’s style, I’ve added links below so you can have a look at her work. Hope to see you soon, over on Layer Love.

 

Links

Julie Prichard’s Blog

Layer Love Class

 

Thanks Julie, your video’s are superb and I’m learning so much, even before I put brush to paper.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie

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