Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Goodbye for a While ............

A short post to say "goodbye" as I join our boat (Mrs Muir) tomorrow in Lochinver, Sutherland, Scotland. I fly from Shetland to Inverness (via Kirkwall) very early tomorrow morning and then I have a four hour bus ride through some spectacular scenery to this wild and wonderful coast in northern Scotland. 

My husband has sailed Mrs Muir down to the Scottish  West Coast this year (on his own) so that we can have more time to visit Lewis and Harris, Skye and also perhaps get to Islay and Jura - all wonderful Scottish Islands I have not been to by boat. We are away for six weeks in total (fantastic!).

So I'll leave you with a few of the cards I made today when I realised that there were quite a few birthdays while I was away and I should have made them before now!!

I've been having a bit of a Tim Holtz Dress Die "fest" this week!

Have a lovely summer everyone !
and happy crafting x

Monday, 25 June 2012

Roses in my garden ..........

Another 3D piece!  I am really loving these!

The base is an old CD, which didn't colour very well with alcohol inks, so I covered it with paper and used a gold pen around the edge.  I used another of my East of India ribbon spools and the Tim Holtz Dress Form die. 

I made all the flowers this time, apart from the little pink ones on the dress and label.  (I am still working on recreating these!).

I also fancied having a go at "flying" butterflies - I've got a bit to learn about this yet (my acetate was a bit thick!) but watch this space!

The whole project was made from one piece of Pion Design paper and I've still got some nice patterned pieces left for a journal page.  So a very economical project which kept me busy again on a very wet and windy Sunday.

Thanks again for looking.

PS I have just taken these photographs in the garden - time 22:10!  These lovely long summer evenings are fabulous.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

My little dreams .......

Hi Everyone on this very wet and windy Sunday.  As it was also a very wet and windy Saturday I had a lovely day crafting!  I have wanted to make a 3d project for a long time, but never seem to be inspired to start, so when I saw yesterday's Technique Video on Swirlydoos there was no looking back!!

As you can guess this was made using the Tim Holtz Dress Form Die and the folding of the papers was quite laborious, but very effective.  I have been saving these reels from my East of India Ribbons and all I needed to add was just a small amount of paper and a few bits and bobs from my stash.  It was so much fun building it up.  I made the flowers on the base but I was too impatient to make more (!) so I added some small bought rosebuds and leaves.

I am so thrilled with it! - I was still glueing at midnight last night, but wasn't going to bed until it was finished!

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of your day! x

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Simmer Dim

I just thought I would share this photograph.  It is 00:10 am and the sun is setting here in Tingwall.  It is the shortest night - in Shetland it is called the simmer dim.  A light mist is settling over the fields and the loch.   I am so blessed to live in such a wonderful place.

Good night ! x

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Whatevers ......... and the story of Sunniva and the strange feeling of silk ..............

This is my first Whatevers post.  Intrigued ?  Well I am certainly excited by this challenge by Catherine Scanlon, Natalie Kalbach and Vicki Chrisman ........... the Whatevers is a creative story telling project. 

I use alot of vintage photos in my collages and journal pages and often wonder about the story behind the photograph.  Well this is the chance to make that story.  Each month a "Whatevers" photograph will be provided and you can make a journal page, a scrapbook page, anything you like, as long as you tell the story of the photograph.  Such a brililant idea!!!!!

All the details are here on Catherine's blog if you want to join in.  Look here if you want to see the journal page Catherine made and links to Natalie and Vicki's pages too.  You will also find the linky tool at the bottom of Catherine's page and be able to see other stories that have been posted.

And here is my story for this wonderful photograph.  I had no idea where these journal pages were going - I used Rusty Hinge and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks as my paints are packed away and on their way to Orkney on the boat (which I will join next week), so a little bit dark and my PC threw a wobbly when I tried to print the photograph in sepia, so good old Vintage Photo came to the rescue.  The good camera is also on the boat!

I have named my two children Sunniva and Magnus and this is the story of Sunniva and the strange feeling of silk .....................

Sunniva shivered ......... shivered again ........... Why had her mother insisted on her removing her wooly semmit so the dress fitted better.  It was still March - no one in Shetland removes their semmit even in the summer!  It was all right for Magnus he had a nice thick sailor suit and wooly stockings.

But ............... she so loved the beautiful dress which had been borrowed from cousin Mina and more so the strange silky feel of the dress against her skin.

"Finished" said the man behind the photographic contraption.  "Oh well" she thought with another shiver "back into the wooly semmit and the fair isle gansey"  At least she would be warm, but ......... for a short while envied the posh ladies from the city and their beautiful clothes.

(semmit is the Scottish word for vest!)

I hope you enjoyed this and think about joining in.  Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Just the Bees Knees ..............

My father-in-law's sister, May Atkinson - a most wonderful person (the Bees Knees is a 1920s expression for a wonderful person).  She grew up in the East End of London, born within the sound of Bow Bells, so therefore a true Cockney!  I love this photograph and am pleased to say that even into her eighties her hair was always "crimped" and she wore a very fine black net over it to keep it in place.  She was a lover of life!

I decided that some of my layouts are becoming a bit "samey" (even though I like them!) so I decided that I would do something quite different and inky for this month's Swirlyhues challenge.  Thankfully it suited this month's colours which were quite a challenge to put together. 

I used a complete hotch potch of supplies:

I dragged Glimmer Mists and Smooch Spritz over cream card for the background and then used Antique Linen Distress Ink over a large mask.  I toned down the inks a bit with some splodges of white gesso (how I love that stuff!) I used Tarnished Brass Distress Crackle Paint on the bracket but it is very "brassy" and needed toning down too with some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.   Then it really was a massive hunt through my supplies to find black and orangey papers and embellishments.  I also added more of my own flowers.

I am pleased with the end result and glad I branched out a bit and did something different.  It really is worth hopping over to Swirlydoos and having a look at the fantastic layouts made by the Design Team using these colour hues.  

I hope everyone is having a good weekend - it is terribly cold here still (we've got the heating on!) but at least it is dry.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

More bits of plastic ....................

It is my turn to lead the Shetland Scrapbookers crop at the end of August and I normally do a mini-book which proves very popular.  This time I have decided to share with everyone a small scrapbook from recycled plastic packaging.  I recently bought a new cycle helmet and was very attracted to it as the box (which was far larger than the helmet) had a plastic cover with very little printing on it!

I cut various different shapes for the book using the Rose Creation Shapeabilities die and the Sissix Styled Label Die.  The only thing you have to think about when decorating is making sure that each side of the plastic matches, unless of course you want it to show through.  I used some scraps of paper and a few embellishments.  No flowers!  - I can't wait for a grandaughter!

We had alot of fun one lunchtime with our grandson Callum who was trying to copy us "popping our cheek" but without success!  He thought it was great fun though!  A little mini book like this is just perfect for a few photographs of a single event.

Thanks for looking and I hope it might inspire you to have a go yourself - after all it is only some old packaging and some scraps of paper!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Where flowers bloom so does hope ..................

I have really enjoyed Catherine Scanlon-Mathews course Journal to Art and have spent alot of my spare time in the last couple of weeks completing a number of art journal pages.  These are quite large (12" x 8") so take a bit of time!

This page is from a photograph I took of the red hot pokers in my garden which sit quite nicely among the daisies and are in bloom all over the garden at the moment, despite the cold temperatures.  I reduced the photograph to a sketch in photoshop to remove the clutter and then used the shapes to create the journal page. 

This second page is a bit more whimsical with a design of flower I quite like doodling!  The task was to include a bit of text paper in our design - mine is very subtle!

Considering we started five weeks ago with some simple doodles, Catherine has a wonderful way of stretching each one of us in the way our art wants to develop. Her videos and encouragement are truly inspiring!  I certainly now feel so much more confident in my journal art. 

Catherine ran the course through My Creative Classroom and hopes to run it again in the future.  I can certainly recommend it!

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Just a bit of plastic ..........

Compendium of Curiosities Vol II : Challenge 8
Repurposeful Packaging

Well here we are again at the end of another week and the CofC Challenge and I am just scraping in with my finished project (it's not as if it is a big one!).  It was quite difficult to take a photograph, but basically I've used the front of a Ranger plastic packet to make my card and all the details are inside the card instead of the front.  I did make a lovely embossed plastic flower for the front but it just didn't look right so I stamped a butterfly instead.

All the details for the Challenge are HERE at Studio L3 and thank you Linda again for coming up with another fab challenge.   Do have a look at some of the entries as they really are fantastic.  And if you have the great book then the technique is described on page 62.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Spring Blossoms ...........

As soon as I saw this wonderful photograph of my cousin Cath's beautiful daughter Toni and her (very new!) husband Paul I just had to scrap it.  And ......  the colours just fitted in perfectly with this month's Swirlyhues Challenge.

Here is the storyboard for this month's challenge.  Thankfully the sketch is optional as I started following it and then got sort of carried away!  I love these papers from Pion Design, the only problem is deciding which side of the paper to use - both sides are so beautiful. 
Pascale has just posted a wonderful tutorial on Swirlydoos for these lovely spring blossom style flowers.  As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have a go.  I've used slightly different flower dies, but I should think it is a flower which would work well with any die set.    I didn't have any puffy paint for the inner buds, but used Woodware puffy stuff, which heats up into a sort of blister and works quite well on this stamen style punch.  Click the link HERE for Pascale's picture tutorial.  And do have a look at the entries on Swirlyhues - they are all fantastic.

If you enjoyed the challenges of Gingernsap Creations you will love their new site Unruly PaperArts.  Although a new site, there is already huge array of ideas and tutorials to browse through.  This month the challenges are all centred around spring, and one particular challenge is for "best bouquet".  When the blooms sat on my desk all ready for the layout, they made such a beautiful bouquet, so I thought I would enter this layout and start to join in the fun.  Again do have a look at the entries as there are so many wonderful ideas.

I hope everyone has enjoyed this long Jubilee celebration weekend.  It has been a bit quiet up here in the furthest outpost of the UK, but I think we had the better weather (amazingly! ............).

Once again thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the week.

Friday, 1 June 2012

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date ..........

I suddenly realised last night that I still had time to enter this weeks Compendium of Curiosities II Challenge 7.  Linda has chosen this week that timeless technique - Brushless Watercolour with Distress Stains detailed on page 49 of Tim's Fantastic Second Book. 

So I set to and made this little ATC (knowing that I was short of time ......) and using the lovely swirl freebie stamp on last month's Craft Stamper magazine.  I even managed to get a photograph in the dusk but then discovered that Shetland's broadband link was down - AGAIN!  This was the second time in 48 hours.  Sadly we didn't get connected until 9am this morning, so I've missed the deadline for entering the challenge, but thought I would post my ATC anyway.

However, do head over to Studio L3 to have a look at some of the fabulous entries and Linda's wonderful double stamping take on the technique.

Hope everyone has a fun day! x