Hello Lovelies - well where has this week gone to eh? I feel like I am over the jet lag but really I'm not up to speed with everything at home - hence my lack of posts! I took a bit of time out today to do a journal page for the junk journal junkies over on facebook. The theme is lessons and the coloours ivory, purple and gold...I forgot the gold but this is what I came up with.
I started with violet storms infusions and then used distress inks to add the background thru' a clarity stencil and also a stencil girl stencil.
A close up of the part of the page with the face created from the stencil girl stencil.
I added the words and then stamped the indigo blu feather stamps.
My words mean a lot to me on many levels. I know that life can be cruel and hard but if you choose to see the glass as half full things never seem so bad.
Hello lovelies! Well I hope this post will mark a return to normal blogging life for me! My jetlag has been bad but I feel I've now turned a bit of a corner. I managed to sleep until 5.50am today so its all good!!!
I think our visit yesterday to Clarity Cumbria may well have had a pivotal role in the recovery of normality! We had a lovely day - playing with some fabulous stamps. Here's what I made.
I really like this one - it was a good start to the day!
This one involved a bokeh technique which I struggled with .... but I quite like the look on this picture!
I went a bit freestyle on this one but I do like the result!
my final picture is a bit odd - not sure where that shadow comes from! Nevermind - you get the idea! This one showed me how tired I was - my sun slipped in front of my mountains so I added my sticker to cover the error!!!
It was a lovely day and lovely to see just how busy the class has become over the years. No wonder as Jo Rice is such a superstar!!!
Good morning all! Its very early as we are still getting used to being the right way up again! Coming back from downunder NZ has its drawbacks - but we'll get there!
Just wanted to share a few photos that we had done by photographers whilst out there. The first ones are from Hamner springs - our favourite place!!!
Next our pictures from the antartic centre....
those penguins are so very cute!!! We went on a backstage penguin encounter and got very close to one little penguin called Nick - all the little blue penguins at the centre are rescue penguins - Nick was rescued from a shark attack - in the nick of time - hence the name - he had one toe missing!
Finally the christchurch gondola...
it was a great place to visit indeed! The views at the top were just amazing!
No more NZ pics now - I promise! Back to the crafting world asap!!!
Hello lovelies! How are you? I hope you are doing good! Today I have some cards for our Christmas card club - the theme was humourous and I knew just the stamp set I wanted to use. Its by hobbyart - thanks mum!!!
three clean and simple cards - I think they'll do!!!!
Hello lovelies - its my turn today over at the countryview crafts blog - our theme this month is ' Rust' and I have an inspirational piece to share with you today. I did the rusting effects again using the techniques of andy skinner and decoart products - see here.
Here's my make and a step by step.
Here's the finished piece ...
I started with a cogs embossing folder and embossed a piece of card.
Next I sprayed it with cobalt black not covering entirely.
once dry I added a layer of quinaconone gold...
I stamped and painted a sheena douglas stamp image and cut out another barbed wire piece made by using sand paste through a stencil and rusting in the same way. I then arranged on a piece of card coloured with distress ink...
Good morning all! Its time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils - our theme this month is 'Lucky Star' and here's what Branka had to say about it.
For this challenge I would love to see a mixed media project that has star/s in it somewhere. You can create anything you like as long as you include a star. Don't forget to use stamps or stencils or both! Can't wait to see what you create! So I was wondering what to make - and stumbled across a star box template from crafters companion - and so I decided thats what I would make! I started by using distress stains to cover 2 x A3 sheets of card.
Next I used stencils and blueprint sketch DI to add stars.
Then I used the template and drew around it ...
and cut out the base and lid ...
Next I scored and creased and made the box up.
Finally I decorated it using lace, flowers, a stamped dragonfly and a stamped star that I also cut out using the template.
Good morning all! Well I'm very excited to tell you about the new challenge over at countryviewchallenges that starts today. The theme is 'rust'. I absolutely loved playing to make something for this theme - sorry I don't have a step by step as I got carried away!!!!
Here's my finished piece - its actually very large - its one of the etcetera-tags---thickboard-large from Tim Holtz. I started by using paste through a clarity stencil and a Tim Holtz stencil directly onto the tag surface. Next I used Andy Skinners rusting techniques that you can find here ...rusting
I did the techniques directly onto the tag after adding cogs cut using Tim Holtz dies. I also added the rust technique to barbed wire that I made by adding gritpaste through a dutch doobadoo stencil. And again to some industrial parts from tando.
Here's a close up of some of the rusty parts ...
I love this barbed wire!
The words were cut from another tim holtz alphabet die and coloured with distress oxides. The butterflies are of course from Tim Holtz.