Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ally Pally - day two... you know I said I wasn't spending????

Best laid plans of mice and men... it had to be done! "found" a few extra goodies I needed today, on day 2 of Ally Pally...

 the lovely Lin Brown was there today demo'ing with Leandra as Mark was at the trade show and JoFY has gone to the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court (may give that a go next year!)
Here are some of Lin's gorgeous backgrounds
 just scrummy aren't they?
 Cazz was there too today, lovely to see you again.

 we had the obligatory #patwit group shot, although Cazz had disappeared!  Millie, Leandra's daughter was there again today, manning the tills with Karen this time
L-R, Millie, Leandra, Lucy, Lin and Lin, with Julie Ann and Alison in front.
I also met Cindy, a fellow WOYWWer who was there today, and seemed to be having fun every time I bumped into her.
 more of Lin's masterwork
and - erm... a "little" pile of new goodies...some of them were bargains, honestly!!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ally Pally - Day 1

Evening all... had a great day at Ally Pally for the autumn Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show - great company, great demos and great shopping...

 First stop as always is Paperartsy - Jo Firth-Young and Leandra demonstrating
looks like Jo's doing a Tommy Cooper impression "just like that" ... but was making some fab things with her stamps and paints
 and Leandra was rocking the backgrounds
 this was really fab IRL
 Jo crackling an MDF J...
 We did look elsewhere. This stand always has fabulously decorated mdf piecess,
 and the lady was demonstrating how to make this gorgeous flower... may be going back for supplies tomorrow!
Overall impressions, where there were less stalls there, certainly less people - although it was quite crowded early on - and nothing spectacularly new, apart from some new Hot Picks..!!
 but shop I did... various sizes of flat canvases, one of the new Hot Picks,some Prima bits and another Paperartsy stamp... that's the Paperartsy haul!
 some chip frames and shapes, lots of stencils (although I find I have the 12x12 numbers already, lol!!
some MDF letters (going to decorate them soon.. "create" they spell.  more stencils (bargains) pad of paper (standing behind the Clarity word strip stamps - got them Sam!!) mdf shapes, some Tim stamps and other bits and bobs.

It was great to put faces to names for some more twitter followers (Lynnette and Christine - Craftyfield) and meet up again with Alison, Lin, Jo V, and I've probably forgotten some more, sorry!!

Sorry about the photos, it was very dark when I took these and had to turn the light off to avoid the glare from the flash.

I am going back tomorrow, but apart from restocking some Frescos once I have checked which I need, and maybe some of those flower/seed bits won't be spending a lot!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WOYWW 276 - not a lot to see..

So here we are. Wednesday again already! This week's desk fest - well mine anyhow - is a little bare. and a little staged...
but it's as the result of a request!

Someone suggested a while ago, I should line up my journals (that I'd referred to as being like Goldilocks) so you could get an idea of the size... so here they are. With a 12 inch ruler for scale.

But that's quite a boring workspace to share and makes for a very very short post... so what else can I share? hmmm.

a bit of a show and shame photo - you can just make out the back of the chair under the pile of crafty goodies... all sorts on that chair (there is a box holding it all, honest!  the pile is getting higher and higher..

at the front, the blue box contains all manner of things - some sprays that don't see the light of day these days - buttons, flowers, all kinds.. and under that is another of the same boxes with more stamps in...

Maybe one week I'll open the lid for you. On the box, to the right is my pile of "made things" - tags mostly, for the Dragons Dream DT that I'm on - and to the left, another box with little bits in - Prima stuff mostly..
so that's me this week... hope you've had a good look round. Next week, there will undoubtedly, be new stuff to show, as this weekend sees the stamp show at Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally to it's friends) so........  Have a good week. and happy desking! Here's the link in case you need it!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Mop Ups and Leftovers..

When I was making the cards in the previous post, I spread the leftover paint in two of my journals that I am working in - my little A6 one and the A5 one I used in my late night crafting yesterday.
Here's the results - no step by step photos as I forgot!
 this is the A6 journal, stamps are Kaisercraft and I've accented some of the images with Plum, Hint of Mint and (for a change) Marlin - all watered down to add translucency.
this is the A5 journal, added some grunge paste through the Roman Numerals stencil, and Sara Naumann stamps by Paperartsy in Plum and Library Green archival ink.  Sorry about the photo, the daylight bulb wasn't angled right!

I stamped the "creativity" text on tissue in black archival and glued it with matte medium.

They're not just for Christmas...

... the Lin Brown new Limited Edition paints, that is.... I've been inspired by Wanda Hentges 's Christmas cards using Lin's new stamps and paints to make a couple of birthday cards that I need for this week coming...

I love Lin's new paint colours, so used the same three that Wanda did, and followed her method to make my background on a piece of Paperartsy Smoothy paper - Plum, Wintergreen and Hint of Mint (lush, all of them!)
 I was going to make two cards using a 6 inch square card blank as my base, so cut two squares that measured 5 and a half inches square, which left some handy offcuts, as we'll see!
 For the first card, I used the large flower from JoFY14 and the grass from JoFY25, the words are from JoFY26, stamped onto some of the offcuts.  I coloured the flowers with Inktense pencils and edged all the edges with a black chisel-nibbed pen.
I used foam pads to mount the words on the card before fixing the whole square to my card blank with double sided tape.

on the second square, I stamped the delicate script background from ESN11 in Library Green archival ink, before adding another scraping of Hint of Mint to knock it back into the background.
 the flowers on this one, come from JoFY10 and the butterfly - also on a piece of the leftover background - from JoFY9. I spritzed the cut out butterfly with Prima Colour Bloom Glistening Waves to add some shimmer
and words from JoFY11.

Entering the Paperartsy September challenge (inspired by Wanda) here

Friday, 12 September 2014

Artful Blooms journal page

After a very lazy evening and a discussion on twitter with some fellow #patwits about how little we'd all done this evening, I got my second wind and decided to finish a journal page I'd started sploshing some paint on a few days ago.

 I'd been using the new Lin Brown Limited Edition and Chalk  Frescos...
 and took out some of the Ellen Vargo scratchy stamps and more of the Plum and Chalk paints stamped randomly to start with, only it kind of ended up a border!
 and some lighter stamping in the middle
 I decided for my focal point I'd stamp the Lin Brown flower on tissue - I used Library Green and Plum archival inks...
 and painted the back, trying to keep to the painted bits only
before gluing it to the page with matte medium, and then stamped the artful blooms on tissue in black archival .

What was quite a quick page has turned into a late night so I'm off to bed now!!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

DragonsDream - #175 Tag it On - J and Die Cuts

This fortnight is the turn of my team-mate Elizabeth to set the theme for the latest challenge at DragonsDream - and she wants us to use the letter J and die cuts.

I went at this from a couple of angles.
I painted a piece of poly-cotton with Slate Fresco (one of the new shades from Jo Firth-Young's second Limited Edition boxes) and let it dry.  I applied a layer of Fresco Crackle Glaze and went out for the day...
When I came back, I added a thick(ish) layer of Turquoise Fresco (from the same set) and let the cracks appear...
worked much better than the last time I tried this on fabric!
 I die cut a tag from the crackled fabric and set it aside while I die cut some leaves from a sheet of paper from the  Prima "Cartogropher" pad. I used the Tim Holtz Garden Greens die, and the Spring Greenery decorative strip, and used a bit from each.

Stamped Joy from an alphabet set (Paperartsy) and edged with Turquoise Fresco.

Before I mounted the layered tag on a card blank, I added some ribbon.
Hope to see lots of beautiful die cuts when you join us in this fortnight's challenge - don't forget you need to use at least one stamp and a tag.