Wednesday, 17 December 2014

WOYWW 289 - it's beginning to look a lot like....

... Christmas... even here, where I have no space for a tree.. well not a big one!
 the hand made cards I've received so far are on the living room window sill where I can see them all the time.. The little tree is battery operated but sadly doesn't show up so well today... it's lovely and sparkly though!  The tall jar of pot pourri needs re-fragrancing too....
 and the window sill at the end of my hall/top of the stairs, has my remaining decorations, the lovely basket of dried spiced fruit I got last year at the York Christmas market, and a greenery swag, and this year I bought a little set of battery operated lights (again they don't show up too well)
 a little better here and you can see the wooden icon I decorated a couple of years ago. (the red lights you can see are a neighbour's, down the road, lol!!)

but you're here for a desk -
well,of course I don't have one, but here is my floor today,  I have been Christmas shopping - for me.... well I did get some gifts at the same time, but when a girl has a SIL who also crafts, it's too tempting to buy things for me too.... this is today's haul, there are more on the way!!!

Now, I've kept you long enough, you need to get back to Julia's Stamping Ground to visit some more desks. Happy nearly Christmas!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Brusho Canvas

The brusho canvas really caught your eye in my WOYWW post last week, and even though I thought it needed something (words maybe?) I couldn't decide what...
When I was out Christmas shopping yesterday, I popped into CassArt in Kingston and caught sight of the Liquitex paint markers... I've seen people using these (or similar) and saying how good they are, so picked up a black and a white... and then thought as I won't be going back anytime soon, I may as well have a few colours too... (only 3!)

Anyhow, after I finished my Craft Barn challenge earlier today, I was looking at the pens, and the canvas, and decided to outline the stencillled flowers with the black paint marker and the stems with the cobalt turquoise.
I had taken a few pics during the early stages of  working on the canvas ... loving the red

 then we jump to a bit later on, used orange, both reds that come in the starter selection, turquoise, yellow, and probably some black too..
 as you can see, I was having trouble deciding which way up it would end...but I love the drippage with the turquoise
 as you can see, it turned again!  Used the JoFY stencil with black gesso over snowflake fresco, which picked up the colours underneath, so tainting them pink!
Also stencilled some of the bubbles from Lin's stencil too.

so, I'm still not sure if it's finished, (the edges should probably be coloured over all the drips!) but for now, I quite like it, and I'd hate to do something which would then ruin it...

*Edit*  you are right, Sam though I am not sure the picture picks it up too well... edged with black
oh, perhaps it does..

Craft Barn Q&L - Faith/Harmony

Today seems the final Craft Barn Q&L challenge - it's been a bunch of fun and I have a journal full of great quotes, a random win and a wall of fame page!! 

This last quote or lyric is to use Faith or Harmony (or both)  This is my page.
 Background is brushos - turquoise, ultramarine at the top and leaf and emerald greens at the foot.  I smooshed the colours with a brush to blend and cover the pag, then when they were dry, spritzed white shimmer DecoArt  Media spray through a dotty stencil, but due to the slightly wrinkly page it's gone a bit splodgy, so I blotted it with kitchen towel.
love the shimmer though, (sorry it doesn't really show up)

 I wanted to use "David" by Tim Holtz as he was itching to be inked and thought he could be the subject of the quote, I stamped him on white card in black archival ink and stuck him to the page,
then stamped greenery (both from Tim Holtz sets) firstly in Fern Green along the foot of the page, overlapping David slightly, and the second in Potting Soil archival inks,

The bare branch at the top, is a Stampscapes stamp, stamped in Potting Soil and Black archival inks.  I filled the top, again overlapping the branches to get depth and to aid with the quote..

which is,

Hopefully, David is living in harmony with himself and the universe!!  Thanks for looking, and thanks to the Craft Barn for a great year of challenges, can't wait for January to see what's next! 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Glad you could come back for another desk-hop round the world... no doubt Julia sent you
I expect you're all ready for the big day in just over 2 weeks... cards finished and presents wrapped.... well I can tick the first one off at least!

Sunday saw me buckle down and get them written -
 here they all were in the box waiting.. I found a few tasks to do before I progressed to the next stage...
 getting them out of the box, and laying them on the sofa!

But they had to be done, and by the end of Sunday, they were...
here they are in a pile waiting to be posted on Tuesday (because I was buying the stamps on Monday!) - together with a card to collect a parcel from the sorting office this  yesterday morning

As you can see, I even had time to play a bit at the weekend too, with a canvas I'd been messing about with a few days/weeks ago, with brushos (the background) and some stencilling (the flowers)
It's by no means finished as I'm stuck with what to do next!

My craft mat still looks the same now (minus the cards which are now hopefully being dealt with by Royal Mail!)
I've got a couple of hours off this afternoon (now getting very confused about when I'm talking about, as it's still Tuesday night...) to do some Christmas shopping, got a couple of presents to buy that need to go in the post, but hope to be home early enough to visit some more desks too.  Catch you soon!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

DragonsDream - TIO - M and Holly

So, the end of the alphabet... this fortnight was Jax's choice at Dragons Dream and she took M, and holly.  Very festive...Here's my tag.

 I started with brushos on my tag, but forgot to take a picture of this stage.
I used Emerald Green and Lemon and let them drip a bit to cover most of  the tag.

I stamped the "Christmas Carol" (Tim Holtz stamp) onto some Paperartsy tissue, with black archival.

It's too wide for the tag, so I tore it to fit and glued it with matte medium

Stamped three of the pairs of holly leaves (also Tim Holtz) on thin copy paper and Library Green archival ink and cut out.
I added some red Liquid Pearls for holly berries.
tied some red velvet and organza ribbons, and then dripped some scarlet brusho and spritzed with water, and dripped it over the tag.

My "M"?  haven't you guessed?  it's Music... Christmas music (or Manuscript) at that!

Come and see what my talented team mates have dreamt up over at Dragons Dream Team.
Hope you have all enjoyed playing along with our alphabet challenge this year, we can't wait for the next round of tags!

See you soon.

WOYWW 287 - it's here (December that is!)

Hi, and welcome for another world trip the easy way - courtesy of Julia's The Stamping Ground .  I am writing this earlier than usual, as Tuesday will have seen me out for an early Christmas "do" after work, and whilst it may not be a very late night, I couldn't take the chance of having time to write this when I got home...
There are, once again, new goodies to share - no Black Friday bargains, but some a bit of a save on some and just plain greed for the rest!

The gelatos are the bargain, with £10 off, and the DecoArt Media sprays I enjoyed so much I had to get a load more... the little bottles are antiquing creams and the fat tub is sand texture paste.  Whilst I was buying them, I had to have the stencils too! (they are 12x12 to give you an idea of size)  Good job I can have parcels delivered at work, although as it turns out they may have been delivered on Saturday at home, but I couldn't take the chance.
Just need a load of free time to be able to play with them all now!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Craft Barn Q&L 24 - Heart/Risk

I look forward to the alternative Sundays when a new Craft Barn challenge is announced.  I look forward to finding a great quote quickly wherever possible, that I know I will be able to illustrate in my journal...

I don't so much look forward to fighting with the computer to keep the internet connection alive but that's my fault for (still) not ringing my provider to moan about it!

However, I have my quote, "words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart" - a Shakespeare quote again today; I have my journal page!

 I have kept it really simple today. I used part of a Stencil Girl stencil, and Iced Spruce distress ink to outline the heart in the middle of my page.  I also used  Iced Spruce to stamp a Paperartsy script stamp (my favourite, MN61) inside the heart to continue the theme of the quote

After removing the stencil, I then used the Art is stencil by Crafters Workshop (I think this has to be my favourite ever stencil) and randomly applied Evergreen Bough through parts of the stencil, around the heart.

I wrote the quote, with a black Sharpie marker, as shown, taking the actual words of my quote, as a guide

so, as I say , a really simple, quick entry today.  Am linking to the Q&L challenge here