Monday, 22 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: Paper Dolls with Lynne Perrella Collection {by Helen Chilton}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

These stamps by Lynne Perrella are great fun, and Helen has turned one into several with bespoke clothing! This could be a fun holiday activity for any budding school age crafter, or even older ones! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you my retro colours project. I decided on a retro toy to go with my 50's colour scheme. I remember Jo making one of these for a post a while ago but these new Lynne Perrella stamps lend themselves perfectly for this so I'm giving it another go. I've also added another type of doll to the collection.

The hardest part of all was choosing the colour palette! If you put 'retro colours' into Google you get so many results you don't know where to start. All I knew was that I didn't fancy the 70's brown colour scheme as the wallpaper in my first flat was a large brown, orange and purple floral design - gave me nightmares! So I've picked what I hope is a sort of 50's diner colour palette

I just stamped the doll onto mountboard using an ATCoin to draw the base and make the stand.

She'll stand like this:

The clothes are stamped onto glossy card - note the different necklines to add variety.  I coloured these with Distress markers which is very quick and easy. However when I tried to colour the doll herself the same way, the mountboard was just too porous to allow for any blending so I used pencils instead.

Here are all the outfits embellished in different ways. I've added a few dotty areas as I felt that gave it a '50's' look - might be quite wrong there, but I liked it! The bow is made from the butterfly wings:

Once I'd started I was on a roll so decided to make a jointed doll. You need two stamped images for each doll:

Then you just cut out the pieces ...

... and join them together. At this point you can go on and add a string pull to make the legs and arm move, but I've always thought they look a bit peculiar so I left it at this.

You can have great fun posing them - they're really quite athletic (unlike me!)

My original plan was to create a different coloured outfit for each decade but I got so confused with all the colour palettes that I gave up on that idea! 
When you do stamp the image for the outfits it's worth drawing on the tags before you start cutting out as it's very easy to just cut them off. I've had a lot of fun making these - as usual there's a lot of detail in the Lynne Perrella stamps which makes them easy to embellish. Just think, you could make a whole dancing troupe of the jointed dolls - add some net skirts and the can-can comes to mind!


Sunday, 21 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: 1950s Diner Style with Hot Picks 1605 {by Lotte Kristensen}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

Lotte has selected her retro colours and applied them and stamps in an interesting block formation to create a wonderful journal cover with a selection of vintage genre stamps. 
~  Leandra

Hey everyone, it's Lotte here - Retro Colour Palettes, what's not to love??!  I was hard pushed to choose between 1970s orange, brown, yellow and teal - or 1950s diner style fire engine red, robin's egg blue and black and white (like the tiled floors).  But  in the end I went with the 1950s combo, because I just love the pale blue with the red - it shouldn't work, but it does!  

(I got the photo off Pinterest, unfortunately there was no mention of who took it or where it came from, or I would have credited the photographer!)

I went with red and light green-blue, and some buff to offset both:

So, I decided to make a faux Midori style journal, because you can never have too many journals, right?!  And because I wanted to make squares of colour (echoing the black-and-white tiles of a 1950s diner), I looked for stamps which were largely rectangular in shape:  

Oh yes, I fancy myself sitting in cool coffee shops, sketching and making wry observations on the behaviour of 21st Century man (and woman):

So, let's get started!  I first cut two pieces of heavy calico fabric to measure roughly 21 x 30 centimeters (the inserts measure about 10 x 19 cms), and painted the top layer (which will be stamped) with a good coating of white gesso, and when that was dry, I spritzed a wee bit of Distress Spray Stain in Tea Dye:

When all that was dry, I lightly marked out squares with a water erasable pen (or you could use a pencil) and filled in with my chosen colours - Vintage LaceLondon Bus and Mermaid Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints.  I'd already done a test run on a piece of normal paper to give me an idea of colour and stamp position: 

Next, I stamped a selection of the stamps all over, but within the rectangles, in Shadow Grey Ranger Archival Ink Pad:

And then it was time for the main stamping, which I did in Onyx Black Versafine Inkpad:

When this had dried thoroughly (Versafine takes quite a bit of time to do so properly), I glued the two pieces of calico together along the spine bit, let that dry and then punched two holes at the top and bottom of the piece, before adding silver eyelets.  Next I stitched the two pieces together on my sewing machine.  If you don't have one of those, you can just glue the two pieces together and stitch the flipped over bit by hand (next step!):

I positioned the blank notebooks inside the cover and folded over to determine where to stitch the flaps down:

Then it was time to thread some elastic cord through the holes, to keep the notebooks in place: 

Now, you can keep the cord long to wrap around the journal when not in use:

Though personally, I prefer just to keep the ends short - I would've added some beads if I could've found some suitable ones:

And a view from the back (almost the same as the front LOL!):

So this was quite a nice and simple project, for a change - as I said already, I love journals, and hand made ones are the best because you can completely personalise them and get something no-one else has.  I've already planned to make some for Christmas pressies - hoping if I start now, I might actually end up being on time LOL!

Until next time :D

Lotte x

Saturday, 20 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: Painting on Fabric with EKD {by Carol Fox}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

This is such a fun idea that can spin off into so many directions with ease. Carol has chosen Kim's retro stamps with bright retro colours, and I love the door-stop idea! There's so much satisfaction when you create a project from fabric, and then make something from that fabric too!!! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, Carol with you today, and I'd like to share with you a fabric doorstop. Fabric is one of my favorite mediums to work on. I think this is simply because sewing was my first love in the crafting world and now I love to create my own fabric patterns with stamps and stencils either with plain cotton as I have here, or on ready made items that I have purchased, nothing grabs me while shopping like a nice white plain T Shirt just waiting to be altered into your own personalised item.

So if you don't fancy making a whole item like I have here grab a T Shirt and have a go; maybe that one you dropped your takeaway down and the stain has never gone away.

I added a flower embellishment  to my finished doorstop.

I used Little Black Dress to stamp images from EKD06  and EKD03 onto plain white cotton


I used 3 colours to paint my images Tango, South Pacific and Granny Smith

I added Satin Glaze to them to slow the drying time as fabric is quite slow to paint onto and gave them a little spritz of water to thin them slightly, just a tiny amount as too much will make the paint wick into the fabric.

once all my images were painted I made up my doorstop stuffed it and added dried rice to give it some weight.

I found some stickles in my stash that matched quite well with the Fresco paints I had used, so I added some sparkly highlights to my images.

I stamped the flower from EKD06  three times onto white cotton and stuck this onto Grunge paper. Once coloured I layered the images up to make my embellishment. I did not have a small orange button so I painted a white one with Tango Paint to match.

stamped and coloured a couple of acrylic charms, using stamps from EKD03. I sealed the painted sides with glossy accents. I added these with some beaded ribbon to my flower.

I just cut my door stop to a size that I wanted and it has ended up approximately 14 cm square and 16 cm high and I had a rough idea of how to make it up so I just went for it. But there are lots of ideas with links to patterns on Pinterest if you want to make one and need a pattern or instructions.
I enjoyed making this as I like to make useful things and it is nice to use your crafting skills to make things you will see out and about in your home.....and my cat loves the dangly charm

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

Carol x

Friday, 19 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: Tea time memo pad with ESC {by Etsuko Noguchi}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

A really interesting start to Etsuko's background of collaged scrap papers. Her images pop on top with a 50's inspired retro colour palette. ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Etsuko My favorite things with you today, and I'd like to share with you 'Tea time memo pad' using Raquel's fancy Scrapcosy stamps.
I like the design and colours in the 50's and here I expressed it using the collage technique.

These are my colours palette I used. My impression of 50's colour palette is matte, so I mixed Snowflake Fresco a little with transparent and semi-transparent colours.

First of all, I pasted various book pages, letter scripts, book papers, stamped papers, stenciled papers etc. with gel medium, added my home made stamps and colours on the Smoothy White Stamping card, and made the master board.

I chosen the master board part and made five cards, also added a little colours.

The card on the right cup is painted Captain Peacock then embossed black using ESC16 stamp. On the left is painted mixed Pixie Dust and Orchid using ESC15 stamp. Both used Smoothy White Card.

These cards used ESC16 stamps and Fresco Paints used Chartreuse on the left and Autumn Fire on the right.

The fifth card used ESC16 stamp and Fresco Paint Zucchini and each card is tagged stamp by ESC15.
This card can be used either when you were invited or when you will have guests. And you can write down what was fun at that time.

The cover stenciled the PS133 with Captain Peacock and Chartreuse Fresco and letter Tea time embossed black using PS107 stencil.

The matchbook inside is stenciled by black gesso and the flap painted by Autumn Fire Fresco.

This is the finish. it is very interesting that the 50's simple colours palette matches with adjacent colours. My project is easy and fun to make. Why don't you make some card with your colours palette. 

Thank you so much for visiting.
Etsuko xxx

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