Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dragons Dream - TIO - X and Purple

Hi, and welcome back to the Dragons Dream TIO  for our penultimate tag in the alphabet challenge... boy, that's gone fast!  This fortnight, it is my supremely talented team mate, Julie Ann, who was "lucky" enough to pick (i.e. be left with) X - probably one of the hardest letters in the alphabet to depict... The twist is to use purple...

I sprayed my tag with the crushed grape Dylusions spray.  not before I'd picked up and sprayed a tag with after midnight by mistake - oh well, got a blue tag ready for another time now!  
Got a somewhat patchy coverage (made worse by the flash on the camera!!)   Used the two skeletons from my new super sale bargain price Tim Holtz set (mini halloween) and heat embossed them.

Wrote xray in white pen in the space on the tag, which immediately picked up the purple colour from the spray.  Of course I intended that to happen, it's a shade of purple now!!  It looks whiter in the photo than it does in real life!!
Finished with some chunky purple fibres from my stash.

I know Julie Ann will have made a beautiful, elaborate tag for her entry, because she always spends a lot of time and effort on her tags - but time is against me this time so it's a quickie here!!  Do pop over and see what the rest of the team have dreamt up for this challenging letter!  See you soon.

time for another WOYWW....

... but not a lot again! some finished but slightly disappointed with, journal pages (the one I was faffing with a couple of weeks ago) Head to Julia's for the wheres, whyfors and hows - once you've checked mine out!

The previous post tells the pluses and minuses of how this page came along.... and the eagle eyed amongst you may spy a little something hiding under the journal.... to find out what, you'll need to visit the post after this one later today!!
tee hee! Happy Wednesday (unless like me you do most of your visiting later!)

Monday, 17 November 2014

twin journal pages...

it's been ages since I played in my journal just for fun, but I was bored yesterday (no football to watch!) and I couldn't summon enough enthusiasm to make some more Christmas cards...

The page on the left was mostly done, and was hanging around on a WOYWW desk recently but I don't seem to have taken a proper sized photograph
 this is the right page. it's gone through a few transformations, I was painting over some random brush strokes that I didn't want, with Plum and Chalk Fresco . The yellow is brusho dropped in the wet paint.  and smudged around... and partly wiped off. Stencilled Marlin and Chalk through a stencil.
the left hand page has had more brushos dropped on it and both have gesso circles (lids from an old glue bottle or something)  The right page I diluted with some gesso first, it was a bit dark to do anything over..
 and black gesso with a stickles lid, and a credit card
 followed this through on the other page too
 the pages needed something to focus on, but I chose to stamp in Cobalt archival ink on Paperartsy Crackly tissue (still hoarding some) but once I glued it to the page, it blends in too much, the background is too dark...
 used Plum archival on tissue for the right page, which shows up a little better.  Would have been better on white card, I think....or the stamping done in black ... or left off altogether!

thanks for looking!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Craft Barn Q&L - 23. Friendship/Journey

Hello, hope you are having a good Sunday.  The new Craft Barn challenge for their Q&L reaches no 23. The prompts are Friendship and/or Journey.  Searched out a few.... have quite a lot of stamps with 'journey' on them... but I really liked this quote by Aristotle "Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies".

 I started by stencilling Ice Blue Fresco paint through the large numbers template from crafters workshop
 then, stamped the image by Tim Holtz onto the journal page, and again on scrap paper.  I cut out the main image and added some colour to the dog and layered it over the journal
 stencilled some leaves with Grunge Paste in the corners and when dry, added Pan pastel

typed up the quote on scrap paper and glued it to the page.
 This came together really quickly, and I love this image of the little boy and his dog, which quite fortuitously has a "friend" definition as part of the stamp.

Just wanted to say a big thank you to the Craft Barn (and the for pulling my name out of the hat for the prize for the "nowhere" challenge - it was fun spending the voucher yesterday!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

WOYWW 284 - a little bit of this and that

Welcome along for another What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday... I'll start, this day after Armistice Day, with a closer look at the photo of my Dad that was sitting on the workmat the other week,
together with one of my Mum - that's her, sitting on the top of the Spitfire - she served in the Wrens, as an Air Mechanic, working on the Spitfire. This would have been taken some time after 1944 as that's when her service record shows she was enlisted. Hopefully you can enlarge it to see it a bit closer - I look very like her, though Julia thought I looked like Dad. (I can see lots of my middle nephew in him, the more I look at this photo now)
Dad served both in the Army and Navy. This picture was taken at Christmas 1942, as it is noted on the back, when he was in the Navy.
On my desk proper - well actually not, it's the kitchen counter - some flowers I received at work on Monday, from a grateful client whose mortgage application I had helped process to a happy conclusion. It's so nice to be appreciated and to receive a thank you!  And yes, of course I saved the bow! I nearly saved the pretty cellophane, but had to tear it too much removing it!
 the "desk" proper on the floor - my normal place of work, as most of you know (and as is stated in my blog header) - and some more new stamps (yes, Mary Anne, MORE!) I took advantage of a post on Facebook from the Stamp Attic announcing further clearance offers, and - erm - snapped up 5 more sets!! Well, it would have been rude to have ignored such bargains!

Finally, another photo from the Tower of London on Saturday
the stunning poppy installation to commemorate the First World War and the 888,246 British and Colonial servicemen who lost their lives. Several of you have visited the post I published on Saturday  and I make no apology for the number of photos I shared on it!!
This weekend I need to crack on with some more Christmas cards as after my spurt the week before last, I've not done any since!  In the meantime, I will get to as many of your desks as I can.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

heads up - poppies are about

Just a quick post to point you in the direction of "photosbyh" today for LOTS of poppy pics from the Tower

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Dragons Dream - U and Quotation

We are nearly at the end of our alphabet challenge at DragonsDream - how fast has that gone?!  This fortnight, the gorgeous Gabrielle has chosen U, and to use a quotation - don't forget you must use a tag and at least one real (non digital) stamp.

I went for my old favourite, Tim Holtz's Umbrella Man...

 I painted my tag with a mix of Elephant and Chalk Fresco to get a slightly lighter gray than the Elephant is (could have just used Concrete of course!)

Stamped the raindrops (Designs by Ryn) - new, yum!! in Watering Can archival and filled the raindrops with Glossy Accents and set aside to dry.
Umbrella Man was die cut from a piece of paper from Finnabair's Sunrise Sunset pad and the quotation on a piece of the leftover paper.

I have to say, I am very impressed with the Ryn stamps, they stamp beautifully, even unmounted - I have run out of EZ mount! - this is a perfect stamping, just by inking them and stamping the rubber onto the tag.  It is really thick rubber, so I maybe won't need to mount them at all (result!)

Edged the quote and the die cut, with Old Paper distress to match the edge of the paper and used foam pads to mount them to the tag.

Hope you'll join in with us again, we love to see what you create.  We're already dreaming up the next set of challenges, hope you'll like them....