Friday, 14 July 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Shine card

Hi, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest creation. A card using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamp set.
There are so many things you can do with this beautiful paper pad. I used the 8x8 paper pad, they reduce the whole paper down so you have a smaller sized image, perfect for this 6x6 card blank.
 
I used one of the papers for the blue background that I mounted onto some black card. I then cut the stars out from one of the other papers and collaged them onto the background.
 
Using a black Steblo pencil I drew around the stars to darken the edges.
 
The two postcards are from the ephemera pack. Lots of beautiful cards that have a different design on each side so lots to choose from.
 
Using the Stamp set 2 I stamped some of the images onto Kraft card and cut them out. Then added them to my card as you can see.
 
I completed the card by cutting a part of one of the borders from the border paper and threading it through a diamante ribbon slide.
 
You can find the Graphic 45 Hollywood paper pad, stamps and ephemera pack in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
 
 
Diamante ribbon slide -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/gatsby-chic-ribbon-sliders-18875-p.asp
 
6x6 card blanks -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/50-craft-uk-6-x-6-card-blanks-white-14478-p.asp
 
Thank you for dropping by, I thought this would make a lovely card for someone who has passed their exams perhaps.
 
Please drop by again soon as I will be back again very soon with another project.
 
Till then, love Katrina

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood little house

Hello, design elf Katrina here to welcome you once again to the Fruit Pixie blog.    Today I have a project to share with you using the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers and stamps. 
My dear hubby bought me the Tim Holtz little house die for my birthday and I thought I would try it out using these wonderful papers and stamps from Graphic 45.
 
I cut the base out of some thick chipboard and then cut the Graphic 45 paper again using the same die so the pieces would fit perfectly. I used the 8x8 paper pad for this as the scale of the images was better for a smaller project. 
 
 I cut the die cut parts of the Graphic 45 paper apart as I find you get a better finish to your finished project if you don't go around corners with paper.
 
I painted all of the sides using the Cosmic Shimmer black paint.
 
I stamped some of the stamp images in black ink onto kraft card and cut them out. I then used them as collage pieces along with a paper stamp from the stamp border paper.
I used more of the borders to decorate the roof and the sides.
 
To finish it off I drew around the collage images with a chalk pencil.
 
I really enjoyed making this little house, I think I will be using this die a lot.
 
I hope you liked my project and it has given you some ideas of your own.
 
You can find this beautiful paper pad and stamps in the shop here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/vintage-hollywood-703-c.asp
The paint I used here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
Thank you for joining me, I will be back very soon with another project. Until then, take care
        Love Katrina

Friday, 30 June 2017

Borage art journal page

Hello, design elf Katrina here again to show you what I have been up to recently my craft nook.   A couple of posts ago I showed you how I build up my art journal pages. For those of you who have not come across art journaling before I should explain that all it is really is a book where you can express yourself through art. It can be any book, any style and all that really matters is that you enjoy making your pages.  There is a lot out there for art journalers, it has become very trendy at the moment and if you believe all the hype can be very expensive to even begin. As an art journaler of many years experience believe me all you need is a book and your choice favourite craft products that you already have.          I love my paints so I began with a simple paint and stamped page you can find here -          http://thefruitpixie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/angels-are-near-art-journal-page.html  The book that I have been working with is the IndigoBlu Junk and disorderly book which has a mixture of dark and light pages as well as a few tags. You can find it in the shop here - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
So now I can show you my page. This time I have built on the layered background and added some collage and some creative lettering.
To start this page I wanted something in the background, under the paint. This just gives you something peeping through background. So I used a piece of book paper from a Chinese book and glued it to the base, along with a vintage coat check ticket.
 
I had chosen my paint colours to match my main collage piece and added a little of each colour to my glass mat.
 
Paint the background using more than one colour at the same time and covering up the pieces of collage. 
 
One of my favourite ways of making different marks with my paint is to use an old credit card or gift card, any of the plastic cards we get these days. You can get all sorts of wonderful marks with these. Just draw the edge through some paint and just play. You can make lines of course but you can also put it down on the edge then tilt it slightly and spread the paint from your card onto your page. This gives a great mark.
Once you are happy with your background (if you Don't like it then just add more paint until you do like it) you can start to build up your finished page.
 
I chose a wild flower print from the ever changing ephemera section of the Fruit Pixie to be the main focal point of my page. I tore the borage plant out of the page to make it easier to blend in with the background
 
I also cut the little plant description out and a dictionary definition from a dictionary page and added that to the page.
 
One thing I love to do on my art journal pages is my own creative lettering. I have been playing about with calligraphy ever since I was at school. This time I used a glass dip pen and acrylic ink to write my word. 
 
The only tip I can give you about lettering is just practice and play with your own writing. You do have to change the way you think about the way you form your word. You are drawing your letters not writing. I always begin by drawing the basic letters, like you do when you learn to write, leaving a bit more room between your letters. Then gradually fill them out until you get the look you want. Just keep tweaking them until you like the look. You will find that you form your own style and look, which is great!
 
 
To finish my page off I used some of the stamps from the ephemera section. I did get told off by my hubby, a stamp collector since a boy, for not letting him see them before I used them. Apparently I have used a victorian stamp which he was horrified about. Oh well!! 
 
I also used some postage themed rubber stamps from my own collection with a grey ink,  just to add another layer.
 
So there we have it, the finished page. Don't forget to add a date and signature so you know when you made it.
 
The Fruit Pixies ephemera section along with the Fruit Pixie Etsy shop is always worth a look for interesting collage pieces for art journaling. 
 
All the products I used, except the stamps, were from the Fruit Pixie. Because of the ever changing products available in the ephemera section because they are all vintage pieces, you might not be able to get exactly the same but you can use the idea and techniques to achieve your own beautiful page.
 
Here is where you can find the products I used -
 
IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
 
 
Cosmic Shimmer paints - http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
Ephemera -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/ephemera-64-c.asp
 
I really hope you enjoyed looking at my Art Journal page and will have a go yourself. It really is a great hobby. If you have any questions Ill be happy to help. You can ask them here or on the Fruit Pixie Facebook page.
 
Please remember that Sarah-Jane, the Fruit Pixie is on a well deserved holiday From 22nd June until 12th July 2017. So any orders placed during this time will be dispatched after the 12th July 2017.
 
I will be back very soon with another project to show you. until then, take care
 
                                                                                Love Katrina
 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Sunshine hanging plaque

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project.   First I apologise for the long gap between posts this month but my Mum has been in hospital and what with daily life and hospital visiting it has not left much time to craft.   I have had fun though making this hanging plaque using the wonderful chipboard houses and chipboard trees by Crafty Individuals.
I cut a base for my plaque from some box card and covered it in paper from the Craftwork Card Bohemian Dream paper pack. I cut a strip of more of the paper from the same paper pack to give my house,tree and bush a base to sit on.
 
First I chose a house then a tree and bush from the chipboard sheets and painted them a base colour using the 
Cosmic Simmer chalk paint. I then chose an IndigoBlu stencil and added some contrasting paint through the stencil.
 
Once dry I stuck them together and drew the outline with a black fine liner. Then assembled my plaque using some die cut clouds, sun and a kite. I added the little word and number also from the Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams papers.
 
I then just had to,add some of the Craftwork cards Candi as apples on my tree.
 
The bright yellow word Sunshine was added to finish it all off.
 
I love these chipboard shapes, they are so easy to paint or colour with inks and I love the quirky shaped houses.
 
You can find the chipboard shapes here-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/crafty-individuals-chipboard-399-c.asp
 
Paper pack-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/craftwork-cards-8-x-8-collection-pack-bohemian-dreams-25673-p.asp
 
Paints -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
Thanks you for joining me today, I will be back again very soon with another project to share with you.
 
Until then, take care, 
         love Katrina
 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Angels are near Art Journal page

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my latest project for the Fruit Pixie.   I have been an Art Journaler for about 10 years now and I think it is one of my favourite ways to craft. What I love so much about it is no one judges, you don't have to show it to anyone if you don't want to. Everyone has their own style so everyones journals will be different, which is a good thing. The best thing though is its all for you, which is very unusual in crafting.     Now if you are a keen crafter, which I am assuming you are, you would of noticed that art journaling has become trendy over the past couple of years. Every craft product producer has jumped on the band wagon and insist you need all the wonderful products to be a good art journaler. The truth is you don't need anything special, as long as you have a journal to work in and something to work with your good to go.        So I thought it would be nice to show you how I go about making my pages. Starting with an easy page aimed at the complete beginner and working my way through lots of different techniques I have learnt along the way.          To start with you need a journal. For these demonstrations I will be using the IndigoBlu Junk and disordley art journal
This is great for a beginner because it is bound together using book rings so you can take the pages out to work on them.
 
So lets start. The key to a beautiful art journal page is layers and layers and layers. Just keep layering until you like the look.
 
The way I like to work is choose a few paint colours to work with, don't choose too many colours, about 5 or 6 at the most and choose some light and dark colours in your set. I used the Cosmic Shimmer chalk paints. Pour out a little of each paint you have selected in front of you, I work on a glass mat but I have also use a glass chopping board you can get at the Pound shop or other high street shops.
 
I then just get some colour onto the page. I use all sorts for different things for this but my favourite is a wet wipe. These are great to paint with and there is no brush to wash at the end!!! If you are a bit nervous about painting with a paint brush then give the wet wipe technique a try, just scrunch it up and dip,it in the paint then wipe it onto your page. It's much quicker and easier than a brush and blends the colours beautifully.
 
Next I turned to some stamps. Visible Image has some great art journaling style stamps. To start with I used Visible Image Orbital stamp but instead of using ink with them I used paint. Just sponge the paint onto your stamp and stamp as usual. You must then wash the paint off straight away with soapy water. This wont hurt your stamp at all, as long as you wash the paint off immediately. I keep an old toothbrush to use for this.
 
I then used the Angels are near stamp set also from Visible image. I used paint again but this time I wanted them to stand out a bit more, so I used a dark pink paint.
 
I felt they were a bit too visible so I added a bit more paint by dry brushing it on top. To dry brush take some paint onto your brush
but then work almost all of it off by painting backwards and forwards on your glass mat. Then use what is left on your page. It gives you a lovely soft finish.
 
To finish off my page I stamped and heat embossed the feather and quote from the Visible image Angels are near set. I used the Cosmic shimmer pastel blue embossing powder for the feather and a black embossing powder of my own for the quote
 
Finishing with some paint splats. For these water down your paint with water and using a toothbrush pick up some paint and aiming at the page quickly stroke the brush part of the toothbrush with your finger. This is a bit hit and miss so if you need to, protect your work area.
 
Congratulations you have a finished are journal page. Of course you can build up the page more if you like but I thought this was enough for a complete beginner. 
 
You can find the IndigoBlu journal here -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/indigoblu-junk-and-disorderly-art-journal-26811-p.asp
 
Cosmic shimmer paint -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-paints-644-c.asp
 
Visible Image stamps -
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/visible-image-angels-are-near-25123-p.asp
 
Cosmic shimmer embossing powder-
http://www.thefruitpixie.co.uk/cosmic-shimmer-embossing-powders-313-c.asp
 
I will be back soon with the next page in my art Journal. If you have any questions, ask below or on our Facebook page and I will be happy to help.
 
until then, take care
     Love Katrina