Thursday, 4 February 2016

Stamps and Stencils February challenge

Hello, my crafty friends! 
I am here today to announce that our February challenge has just started at Stamps and Stencils
Our hostess Sue has chosen the theme 'Splatter, Spritz, Smoosh'!  
Here is the description:

What can be better that getting messy in your craft room, so for this challenge it's time to get out those sprays, paints and inks and really get messy ! We want to see splattering, spritzing and smooshing! Just remember to include either some stamping or stencilling. 

I was inspired to create a tea bag art journal page and here is the final result:



I decided to use only tea and Vintage photo Distress stain spray for this project so I pulled out my old book art journal, covered my pages with white gesso and started to play with my used tea bag. 


Here is the result of 'smooshing' the tea in several layers. I also used my stamping acrylic block for this technique.


I prepared my spray bottle for some spritzing but I filled it with tea, not with water.


I used one of my TCW stencils and Distress stain spray in Vintage photo on the background and then I spritzed it with my spray bottle with tea. 


After a lot of smooshing, spraying and spritzing I added some splatters using my gold acrylic paint diluted with water. 


To create my paper art doll I used several different stamps and a Tim Holtz Birdcage die. I wanted to achieve a rust effect so I used a Vintage photo distress embossing powder and some distress stains on my Birdcage die cut. I also used some thread, some vintage buttons and some lace trims to add more texture.  I love to doodle on my art journal pages so I used my Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens, my FC charcoal pencil, Stabilo Woody pencil in gold and my FC fine liner for some doodling. For the quote I used Idealogy small talk stickers.


I cut the bottom part of my used tea bags and glued down some old photos inside.  I used my Distress crackle paint in Clear Rock Candy on top of my tea bags. For more interest, I added a tea dyed piece of a medical gauze and a leftover from my Birdcage die. 



That is it for today!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving sweet comments!

Happy crafting!

Hugs! Branka xxx

Challenges:
Altered Eclectics - February challenge - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - February - Make your own Background
Frilly and Funkie challenge blog - Enjoy your Embossing
Love to Create challenge blog - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Our Creative Corner - Sew and Sew challenge
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - February challenge
Mixed Media Place blog - Creative Gym #16 - New Beginnings - I used tea bags in my project for the first time







30 comments:

  1. Branka, your page is an absolute delight from start to finish! I love how you used the teabags (fantastic idea) for the background and a photo holder and the stencil you used is absolutely gorgeous. As for the lady, she is magnificent! Hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Thank you so much, my friend! Your wonderful comment means much to me! I am glad you like it! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

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  2. Wow, Branka, I was on the edge of my seat, taking in all your steps! Fabulous use of tea (and other than iced, the only use I can appreciate)on your pages. I've never seen that stencil before, but it is lovely! Great idea to use the tea bags with photos! Sa-weet! And those splashes of gold just melt my heart!

    Thank you for the heads-up dear! Wink, wink! Lots of love to you!

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    1. Thanks so much, my dear, for such a sweet comment! I am so happy that you like my page! The stencil is TCW Mini Damask. Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

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  3. Wow Branka, you rocked my challenge! I was glued to your step by step, tea in your spritzer?? Then you used the tea bags for photos! I love, love, love your pages, the threads, buttons and haberdashery embellishments work do well. Thank you for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner, hugs Jan x

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan! Your challenge theme is just wonderful! I am glad you like my page! Hugs! Branka x

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  4. Wow Branka, this is just incredible. I love how your mind works, you have such an original style that always leaves me wanting more!! This page is such a vintage masterpiece and all your elements are just amazing! Fabulous tea bag technique, it's such a treat to get a glimpse into your process! Love it!!

    While I'm here - Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Enjoy Your Embossing' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

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    1. Thanks so much, dear! You made my day, again, with your wonderful comment! Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

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  5. Branka!!! I am amazed by this spread! The color and black and white combo is perfect! The tea bag "frames" are just delightful and inspiring! The lovely thread and other embellishments really look amazing. I see we are both into paper dolls - eek!!! JOY!!! Perhaps we could swap sometime. Hugs and love to you for inspiring me so much today!!! So great to be your teamie, Autumn

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    1. Oh, thanks so much, Autumn! I love to create paper dolls lately :) Yes, we could swap, I would love to! I am so proud to call you my teamie! Huge hugs and lots of love to you! Branka x

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  6. What an inspirational post Branka. I have never heard of tea bag Journalling, your pages look incredible. Always a treat to stop by your blog.
    Hugs, Julie x

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie! Always happy to see you here! Hugs! Branka x

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  7. so very creative Branka - I absolutely adore this!!! Brilliant! Big hugs rachel x

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  8. B, this is tea-rrific! Hehe! If I could just delve into your brain for a second while you were creating this masterpiece, I would be thrilled! Awesome sauce and genius use of the tea and the bag. A mini mister!?! Say what! Absolutely genius and original idea. Fantabulous girl doll you designed and her bird cage dress is wowzers! Gorgeous use of the stencil and tea for your background. Love the bits of thread as well. Stunning dearie! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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  9. Absolutely brilliant idea to use a tea bag to make a vintage background! Spritzing tea is also terrific! I love your art journal pages! Thanks for playing along with us in the “Make your own background" challenge at Country View Challenge blog this month!

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  10. Hi Branka!
    Oh my goodness! Your pages are fantastic. I love the way you layered your tea stain and inks to get a gorgeously vintage background. The tea bag frames are absolutely inspired. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  11. Oh my! This is amazing! I love the tea bag frames- that's absolutely brilliant!

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  12. Fantastic journal page Branka ! Love the tea bag smooshing ! Sue C x
    P.S. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie too !

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  13. Absolutely stunning pages, Branka - nothing beats the subtle vintage tones of tea. Love the texture of the teabags, and splendid LP art doll!
    Alison xx

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  14. Love the use of the tea and bags!! Clever girl! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!

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  15. Beautiful journal pages! The lovely texture and techniques are wonderful and inspirational. Thank you for joining us this week in the "Enjoy your Embossing" challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

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  16. Wow Branka...your journal pages are so beautiful.Love the tea bags and how you have used them with the images inside, a lovely soft effect to the page.
    Love the Birdcage Girl too...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge at Altered Eclectics....x

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  17. Fabulous journal pages, love the use of tea and tea bags, The Lynne Perrella stamp is just right for the art doll.

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  18. WOW Branka! Fantastic journalling with so many clever idea/techniques. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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  19. what a wonderful page!! I love all the details! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

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  20. Really cool! Thank you for joining the Mixed Media Place challenge!

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  21. Nothing has quite the same effect as tea does, a beautiful colour palette, the photos in tea bags are a particular delight and the touches of gold and using thread just ticks all the boxes for me. Absolutely beautiful Branka. Ruth xx

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  22. I hope you enjoyed a nice cuppa with those tea bags first. This is a truly inspirational piece of journaling, wonderful background and I love the photos in the empty bags. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.

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  23. Just popping back Branka to say thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel x

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  24. Congratulations on your Top Pick at Our creative Corner! So well deserved, my dear! Hugs!

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