Friday, 26 April 2013

Day Dreaming ......

I have had a very busy week working on projects which unfortunately I can't share at the moment, but there will be a lot to share during May!!  However, I thought I would share this layout - I ran out of time for the CSI Challenge a few weeks ago and I finished the final bits of glueing last night.

I wanted to have another go at creating a background with gesso and inks as my first one was a bit of a hit and miss affair. I used a piece of cardstock which I didn't really like and did some initial stamping with black staz on through a mask, although you can't really see that.  I added Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge and then covered it all with gesso.  Once that dried I added a bit more DI and spritzed it with water and some Picket Fence Crackle Paint here and there.  I really love how all this comes together.

I added a few bits of stamping over the top and some circles with the top of a bottle.  Then decorated the page as usual with lots of scraps from some favourite papers.

The colours for the challenge were orange and yellow with black and white and the challenge was to document an aspiration.  As I was in a hurry I used alot of bits and pieces from my scraps box and used a mixture of bought and made flowers.  

Thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a lovely weekend x

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A Beautiful Sunset and Great Excitement!

This is THE post and news I have been so excited about!  I have been invited to join the Anything But a Card Challenge exceedingly talented Design Team - to say I am excited and absolutely thrilled is a bit of an understatement!  So here I am with my first post. 

Although the new theme is April Showers, the challenge includes anything with a water theme including mermaids, beaches, seas, the colour of seas/oceans, thunderstorms, rainbows, and of course spring showers and umbrellas. And of course you can make ANYTHING as long as it is not a card.

So I have gone for a sea connection as I love this photograph taken late evening last summer whilst we were at anchor in Loch Gairloch when the sunset turned the sea orange. I did not use any special filter, this is just as my camera took it!

So before I explain some of the details I'll give you the link HERE for the challenge page.  There are some wonderful pieces from the very talented Design Team, including another two new members in addition myself.  And there are some amazing entries so far.  You have until next Sunday 28th April to submit entries and I look forward to seeing you there!

I tried to recreate the feeling of the sunset on my background page.  I used Antique Linen Distress Ink and a Compass Template first and then used spray inks to get the colour on the page. I used Moonlight and Slate Glimmer Mists and Gingersnap Smooch Spritz. I don't spray but undo the bottle and use the plastic end of the spray and drag it across the page.  A but difficult to explain but hopefully this photograph will make it clearer!

It is always a bit dark so I then add some gesso to lighten it up.  I just put it on with an old credit card and spread it about as and where I think I want to dull the colour.

I love the texture!  And then I tap the plastic thingy bit (getting real technical now!) and add some splotches of colour.

I love to put quotes on my scrapbook pages but I have no luck with rub ons - bits go on nicely and the rest looks a mess.  So I recently bought some Letraset Safmat (self adhesive printing film) and printed off an A4 sheet of quotes.  It is possible to see the join on the page, but you can place your embellishments to ensure that it does not look obvious!

Thank you so much for looking and sharing my excitement.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Using Prima Scraps .........

Well I can't resist a flower challenge! and when I heard from Alison that Eclectic Paperie's current challenge was Flowers, I had to have a go.  I also needed a couple of birthday cards so this was the result.

I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die to cut three petals from cream card, which were then scrunched up after spraying with a home-made spray - Victorian Velvet Re-inker and Biscotti Perfect Pearls.  Once dry I teased the leaves out carefully and moulded them on a foam mat to get some depth and added a few stamens.  I also used up some much loved Prima papers from the Tea Thyme collection.

Do hop over to Eclectic Paperie for some lovely flower inspiration - a most beautiful canvas from Sherry and some lovely entries already.  Everyone very different.

It is also my week for the Round Robin Card Challenge over at Swirlydoos.  The twists were Ying Yang, add some letters and use up scraps.  I also had to "lift" from Manda's card hence the tri-fold card.  I knew all my little bits of Prima Almanac would come in useful one day. 

So it has been a great "scrappy" couple of days!!

Enjoy your Saturday wherever you are - very windy and wet here, so a day inside (again!).

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

A colourful mess !!!!

Another day and another challenge and a big welcome to more followers - great to have you here!

It is a bit of a mess! but I had fun experimenting with three pots of Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay inks which I mixed with water and used as if they were watercolours.  I love the vibrant colours : Magenta, Teal and Aqua. Not for the faint hearted.  

I left myself a journalling square in the middle of the page and didn't know what to do with it, so I tried a bit of doodling and hand wrote a quote I found during the week which I rather liked.  It doesn't quite match the page, and I am not sure about the gold, but I am in an experimental stage with my journalling!

I am entering this into the current Artful Times Challenge which is stencils and masks.  Again Von and Neet have done two great pieces and there are some lovely entries, all very different.

I hope I am not bombarding you with posts this week!  One more big exciting one to come on Sunday but there might be one on Saturday too!


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Flow Away on the Wind ......

A very apt title as it is blowing a hoolie here!  After three weeks of beautiful calm weather we have had three days of gales!  

One of my wonderful surprises last week was to be in the top three of the very first Country View Crafts Challenge.  And all three of us are being asked back as Guest Designer's in May, which is very exciting.  

This month's challenge is butterflies and I thought I would have a go at a hanging with the Tim Holtz Birdcage Die.  

I have used Weathered Wood Distress Crackle on some ordinary cardboard and then dressed it up with some scrunched netting and muslin leaves.  The flower was made with the Donna Salazar Carnations Die Set from handmade paper (not mine!). I have just completed an online course with Donna and now have quite a few new ideas for flowers as a result!

I did stamp some butterflies, but they looked a bit wimpy so I cut into a wonderful piece of Graphic 45 paper for these gorgeous beauties.

Do pop over to the Country View Crafts latest challenge HERE as there are some stunning DT entries - absolutely TONS of inspiration from a very talented group.  There are new entries being released all the time, so scroll up to the Home page too to make sure you get them all.

Have a lovely day and don't get blown away!

Monday, 15 April 2013

A Little Piece of Texture

Hello everyone and a special welcome to my new followers - I really appreciate that you want to visit my blog and see my work.

This is a quick post to share a small texture ATC which I had great fun making.  I made a similar one for an ATC swap and enjoyed it immensely, so when I saw a pile of interesting bits and pieces lying on the desk I just had to make another one.  Everything is stuck down randomly then coated with fairly thick gesso and then spritzed with gay abandon!

Which fits in very nicely with the Artistic Stamper Monthly Challenge which is TEXTURE.  Do click the link HERE as the DT pieces are very inspirational and there are some super entries too.

I had a very exciting week last week and various posts this week should explain why!

Thanks for visiting x

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Inspired By .......

Who or what are you inspired by ?  the current challenge over at Anything But a Card.  And what a lovely opportunity to be able to thank Catherine Scanlon for being the one person who has opened up so many different avenues to me.  

Catherine teaches at My Creative Classroom and I have done quite a number of courses with her and I have enjoyed every one, but the one class which was the "light bulb moment" was her doodling into journalling class.  I spent two glorious weeks doodling and then we started painting.   I just love this negative style of painting, putting the colour onto the page, sometimes with your fingers, then looking for the shapes in the colours and painting the rest of the page out with gesso.

This page started as a bit of an experiment as I wanted to see what would happen if I used this style of journalling on dictionary paper.  It has worked well in places, but as I tore my paper into strips it hasn't always stuck down well and did lift in places with all the water I chucked at it!

I would recommend a visit to Catherine's blog:  Art from the Heart as her flower painting and journalling are amazing.  She uses wonderful vibrant colours and her pages are alot of fun.  

Thank you Catherine x


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Mini mini books ..........


Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to those of you who have started following in the last couple of weeks.  I really appreciate your support and having you around.

As soon as I saw Jean Hardy's little fold out card in this month's Craft Stamper I had to have a go.  I thought the idea would make a lovely photo book, so I set to and started making these for my friends who visited Shetland last year and now I can't stop making them!!

I have made my photo books quite small - the little book measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" (ATC size) and the wallet is not much bigger. ( I'll give you the sizes below in case you want to have a go).  This is a great size for using up  photographs which need cropping.

The books need to be kept quite flat in order to fit in the wallet, but you can have great fun decorating the wallet!

I've made three so far and need another two to complete a set for the five of us!

Sizes:  Each book and wallet needs a single sheet of 12 x 12.  First I cut the book:

Outside cover:  7" x 2 1/2" which folds in half
Inside pages:  12" x 2 1/4" which I folded concertina style inside the book.

This is how I make my wallets for journals, ATCs etc.  I hope you can see the measurements from the photograph (the flaps are 6/8").

Then I used the rest of the sheet and some additional scraps to decorate the book and wallet.  I think these would make lovely birthday cards or for a special occasion such as a ruby anniversary.

We are still struggling with the old computer (the new one MUST arrive tomorrow) and so I have been visiting and commenting from the I-Pad but I don't seem to have set that up correctly and so could only leave one word comments on many of your blogs!  I hoped you didn't think I was being a bit strange!  Normal service will be resumed (I very much hope!) this coming week.

We have a very special visitor at the moment - my little grandson (and his Mum and Dad of course) who is chattering away from dawn till dusk.  Absolutely delightful - if a little hard on the old knees!

Monday, 1 April 2013

Leafy Layouts ..........

A quick post to share the layout we made at Shetland Scrapbookers on Saturday.  Julie was hosting this meeting and we used alcohol inks to colour acetate leaves.  Great fun especially as many of the members had not used alcohol inks before.

We also stamped a frame around our photograph using post it notes - again to lots of "ahhh!"

As usual lots of talking and laughter and this month eating of hot cross buns, so stamps go down squint and bits get stuck in the wrong place, so not always the best of work, but always alot of fun, especially as we only have a three hour session!

Did you notice that this is another green project - I am sticking to my resolution to do more green!

I see there are lots of lovely blog posts which I need to visit so my apologies for not getting around to visit you.  It has been a busy few days singing in Church, but the voice can now be rested and no minor panics of things I need to learn.  The weather has also been amazing - this is now day 10 of blue skies and sunshine and light winds, so I have been trying to tidy up the garden as well.   It is still cold, but very enjoyable - I just hope it is not our summer!

I hope you are all enjoying the Easter weekend wherever you are.