Thursday, 15 March 2012

A Story of Everyday ............

Notes that create a
timeless story of everyday .....
a journal of memories we cherish.

I love this quote and thought it would suit this photograph well.  It is not a good photograph in that I had to hide various bits of the hall architecture!  But it fitted in well with this month's Swirlyhues colours.

Here is the storyboard:  quite a bit out of my comfort zone!  But I was determined to keep the strong colours - being a bit of a wimpish sort of person, I have tended to soften the colours in past months.  And green ..... ooooch just not what I use at all.  But once I started I really enjoyed this.  This month the layout was optional, so I have used for inspiration Lisa's tutorial for this month's kit which includes "burlap" probably what we would call hessian, and the layering tutorial again.   I have used papers from Tim Holtz and Basic Grey.

The flowers were made from Tim Holtz Craft Co-ordinations, very thick to manipulate as the water just doesn't soak in. They are loosely based around Pascale's Camelot Flower Tutorial.  Instead of inking the edges and creases I used some smooth sandpaper to reveal the craft core.    The pearl stick pins were coloured with alcohol inks and I managed to get my last few drops of Shabby Shutters Distress Crackle Paint out of the pot!

In case anyone is interested, this spinning wheel is a copy of an old one found in a house clearance in Shetland.  My husband made it for me last Christmas and it spins beautifully.  Here I am spinning natural white Shetland wool very finely for a half shawl I hope to knit.

Many thanks for looking!  Enjoy the rest of your week.

PS  All the tutorials can be found on the Swirlydoos blog and forum.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

A little bit of me ..........

I thought I would share a few journal pages I managed to do whilst on holiday in Ireland.  I didn't have too much with me (try tellling that to RyanAir!) so I had to think hard about how to use my supplies, but it is always good to stretch yourself. 

This page was for the Rebel Stampers Monthly Challenge (February) - the theme being our favourite television programmes when we were young. I had completed the background at home and it was rather dark and I didn't have any gesso with me to lighten it. This butterfly stamp got well used! and I used ideas from Kate Crane's article in the Craft Stamper and Scrap365.

Our March challenge was our favourite book or author.  I just love Tolstoy's Anna Krenina and have read it many times (always hoping the ending might be a bit different .....).  The flowers were cut from some napkins I found in a shop in Ballyvaughn where we were staying.  They took alot of cutting, but look quite spectacular when stuck on the page.

The theme for April was a life journey and I wasn't too sure what to do with this one.  Whilst walking through the woods near our thatched cottage I thought how much my mother and father would have enjoyed my life and what I am doing, so the tag contains some personal thoughts on the years I haven't been able to share with them.

Having been a bit emotional about the last page I decided to do one more page for myself.  I am just loving splattering paint at the moment, so I managed to find Terry's old bus pass in his wallet and just scraped and splattered paint for the background and found this lovely butterfly quote on the internet.

All in all it was a lovely week - lots of music, meeting some friends made last year and meeting some new ones, lots of laughter particularly in relation to language misundertandings (we were sharing a cottage with a chap from New York and another from France).  We both really hope to go back again next year.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Right at the last minute ..............

Today is the very last day for this month's Swirlyhues submission and yes ..... that's me just scraping in!  We have just returned from a fabulous 10 days in Ireland, where I met up with and this year got to know, some fabulous people (more about that in another post) and four days with our little grandson (and his Mum and Dad of course).  I just didn't get the chance to finish this layout before we went away, so yesterday, in between unpacking, washing, Tesco's, opening mail, etc. I managed to get it all stuck down.  But it was too late to get a good photograph - grhhhh!  So here I am bright and early submitting this blog post.

This month's colour hues were quite interesting and whilst I loved them I might not have chosen to use them for a vintage layout.  However, I recently got a heap of photographs printed of my father's side of the family and I just had to use this one of my Great Aunt Alice (or Allie as she was known).  I am not sure she would have gone for the pink and apricot colours, but I think she would have liked the blues and the vintage feel.

This was the Swirlyhues board: hues and sketch layout.  Then of course we have to use at least one of the amazing array of tutorials posted on the site:  so I used Lisa G's Swirly Hibiscus Flower Tutorial, Camilla's Layering Tutorial and one of Lisa G's digital butterflies.  I just love making the Hibiscus flowers and now have quite a stock of them.  The fit so well with the small distressed rolled roses.

Papers were from Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Collection and the Distress Collection, along with this lovely piece of Webster's pages music.  The beautiful corner element is by Dusty Attic painted with Snowcap Acrylic Paint - I am just loving these Dusty Attic pieces.

So now off to get some breakfast and hopefully I'll get to post a few more pictures of some crafting I did in Ireland over the next few days.