Friday, 25 November 2011

Grungy Monday 28 : Metal Embossing and Alcohol Inks

I was annoyed to miss last week's challenge, but I was just toooo busy.  A little easier this week, so I am pleased to be taking part again.

The Tim Holtz technique for this week's challenge is here.  Not so much a technique more an amazing pumpkin!  No pumkins left here, so I took the technique and embossed a 4" x 6" piece of silver metal and then sat wondering what on earth to do with it!   Then for some reason, I suddenly remembered that I hadn't made the covers for my journal of our holiday in the summer (just three months since we have returned .......!)  I chose stream and aqua alcohol inks,together with a bit of sunset orange which perfectly matched the colours of our wonderful cruise of the west coast of Scotland.  So now my journal is bound and I have had a lovely time re-reading about our adventures.

Linda has made a most wonderful gift box from her sample and there are some lovely ideas and wonderful work in the gallery, so do click the link here and pop over and see them.

As I write this the wind is banging around the house. It is slightly less strong than last night, which was awful.  Violent storm force 11 winds were forecast and we certainly got them.  At 2 am this morning, hail was hitting the window at probably 70 mph.  Thankfully the polytunnels are still standing in the garden!  But we have more strong winds and wintry showers forecast for tomorrow and sunday.  Winter has arrived ................

Have a good week everyone.

Swirly Hues Challenge : November Palette

Margaret, my mother - a happy heart makes it own song .............

Another month and another entry for the Swirly Hues Challenge.  As usual I followed the given sketch (although I turned it on its side) and stuck to the colour pallette and used a number of tutorials, not just the one required.

What a great set of colours for this month's challenge.  They reminded me so much of my mother.  I have wanted to scrap this photograph for a long time, but I knew it had to be something special.  The photograph was taken in 1939 when she was eight years old and is the only photograph I have of her as a child.  The original photograph is beautifully faded but sadly I couldn't get the same colours when I scanned it.  Mum always loved soft pink and soft greens and of course pearls - so I think she would have liked this layout.

I used a number of tutorials from the Swirlydoos site:  
:  clustering and layering - I have five layers of sticky pads!
:  stamping with gesso - my flourishes were covered in gesso (they are just cut from cardboard on the Cricut) and then I stamped into them.
:  Hibiscus flowers - all the flowers are made from cream cardstock

The Swirlydoos site is fantastic for tutorials and the most wonderful ideas for layering.  I have used a number of new features noted whilst I was travelling around the galleries:  the ribbon and eyelets, the lace poking out from under a tear, little butterflies appearing to hover.  Do have a look at the site as it is amazing!  I find something jaw dropping every time I visit!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Top Girls

What a busy couple of weeks!!!  First the Shetland Arts and Crafts Fair (which was very successful) and now our production of Caryl Churchill's play Top Girls.  This is a huge challenge for us - all women cast being directed by a male!  A very wordy play and some very strong parts and characters.  I play Pope Joan (who gets very very drunk and keeps reciting Latin) and Joyce, the bitchy sister who in the last Act has a massive arguement with her sister Marlene - THE most exhausting part of the play for me.  

Everyone in the play seems to have a reference to a particular dress or clothing, so I decided to make a tag for everyone for the first night depicting this.  It was alot of fun and everyone seemed to appreciate their individual tag.  It was our first night last night and we had a great audience.  Two more nights to go.  I will certainly need a rest by Sunday!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Swirly Hues Challenge : October Palette

Another month and another Swirly Hues Challenge on the Swirlydoos site.  I wasn't too sure of this challenge given the colour combination and my time constraints at the moment, but I just had to have a go!

As well as the Swirly Hues challenges - interpreting a sketch layout, working with a particular colour palette and choosing a techniques tutorial, my husband added an additional one ........ "please don't cover me with flowers, lace and butterflies"!  So not a bit of my usual bits and pieces in sight!
I used the water distressing tutorial - link here.  You don't quite put your paper under the tap, but alot of water is involved!  A bit scary when I had also inked  my page on a blank piece of cream cardstock using masks and stamps .  Unfortunately I hadn't bargained on it warping so much, so it doesn't sit very flat and was it was difficult to adhere all the embellishments.  I was trying to achieve the look of an old map ............ way to go yet ............

Do have a look at some of the entries for this challenge as they really are stunning!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Grungy Monday 25 : Create a Loving Tribute

An unusual challenge for this week's Grungy Monday - using your favourite Tim Holtz products create a loving tribute to a friend, relative or inspiring person who has passed away.

My scrapbook layout celebrates my wonderful parents who I sadly lost many years ago when they were only a handful of years older than I am now.  They both had cancer at the same time which was kind of unfair, but they were both amazingly strong for each other and for us.  This wonderful photograph was taken when they were on honeymoon in July 1953.  My mother used to make all her own clothes then, so I expect this dress was one of her own creations - isn't it stunning.  I'd love to know what colour it was!  She was also an (untrained) artist and I just know she would have loved Distress Inks and I often wonder what she would have created with them.  

I struggled to find a suitable muted background paper, so just had to dive in and ink and stamp my own.  It is the first time I have done this and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  So I expect I will be doing it again.  I only used Antique Linen Distress Inks as I was trying to get a good tone on tone effect.  Although I did add a little Vintage Photo for the splatters.  

The Tim Holtz products used:

Distress Inks:  Antique Linen and Vintage Photo for the background Victorian Velvet on the flowers
Die Cuts:  Weathered Clock, Tattered Florals (I made the flowers) and Tattered Leaves 
Grungepaper (Leaves)
Idealogy Tickets

Thanks again Linda for a great challenge.  I wasn't too sure of this at first, but I spent a lovely afternoon thinking about my parents whilst doing this layout.  There are some great entries for this challenge already over on Studio L3 so do have a look.  And of course get along to the Tim Holtz blog for some great tutorials and inspiration.  

I am also entering this layout into the Artistic Stamper November Monthly Challenge which is backgrounds.   There are some wonderful design team creations so do check them out.

Have a great week!