Wednesday, 30 July 2014

TIO 172 - P and cogs

The challenge this fortnight at Dragons Dream is set by my lovely teamie Gabrielle - and what a challenge she has set!  We're to use P and cogs... o-kaaaaaay!!

I don't seem to have ever got round to buying a cogs die... rummage, rummage - ah, Maya Road box of chipboard pieces labelled gears, but they'll do...  Now, the P bit...

 I covered a size 8 tag in Grunge Paste  and used one of the Catalyst tools to make a pattern in it.  Let it mostly dry and then painted it with watered down Peacoat (ooh, another P!) Fresco - the older, translucent one.
painted the cogs with Fresco - snowflake first, then sprayed it with some of the Snowflake/Beach Hut mix I used in the journal page the other day - was too similar to the background.. dried that, painted it white again, then French Roast, before adding Treasure Gold - Onyxite, Indigo and White Fire.
Stamped Dina Wakley's Lonely Girl on white Smoothy card, and water colour pencils to add some colour.
Glued the cogs to look like speech bubbles, and stamped a little "dream" onto a scrap of white card.

Hope you have fun with Gabrielle's challenge, we'd love to see what you come up with.


another month nearly over... it is boring to say, but where is the year going? It seems such a long time since the WOYWW anniversary, and it's nearly 1st August... which means I need to make an anniversary card for my brother and his wife... oops!
anyhow, you're here for desks.. WOYWW, the brainchild of Julia (info here) asks us to share our crafting spaces...Can you SEE a space here?!

Decided I'd take this week's "desk" shot from a standing position... really shows up how much clutter (mess) I have surrounding me when I work... the journal page on the left is a WIP and the one on the right is a finished one I did for a Paperartsy challenge last week.
The scraps box is overflowing again (that's the box you can't really tell is a box, out of which is poking the "reserved for stampingbyh" card from the WOYWW crop from a couple of years ago..
Does it look any better from sitting down?! you can make out the white of the scraps box, behind all the pen pots,  at least!

I think I need a sort out sometime soon... not sure when it will get done though, as I'm busy on Saturday having my hair cut and highlighted (got to make room for the hairdresser somehow too...) and Sunday is the Stamperama show at Stevenage which I am going to with some crafty mates... always a good show, small but perfect! (and yes, that means stash will be on show next week!) and of course I'm still hooked to the Commonwealth Games on tv, go team England (and Scotland and Wales!)

I'll leave you to rummage, and will go and make that anniversary card... see you at a desk nearby soon -  don't make a mess will you.....!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Drift Flowers Journal page

Been re-discovering the joys of my journal again lately, this page actually started out in my Craft Barn Q&L journal but I couldn't make it work for the quote, so I carefully cut it from that journal to use in my larger A4 Seawhite journal that I'm currently using.

I cut a Paperartsy post card into different sized strips and glued it to the journal page with multi medium.
I had a little paint left in my spray bottle (Beach Hut and Snowflake) which I spritzed over the journal page, and dried. I gesso'd over the page too, using watered down gesso, to blend the postcard strips into the background more.

Stamped the Drift Flowers (by Memory Box) using Cornflower Blue archival, randomly to fill the page.

Added splatters of gesso flicking it from a paintbrush and dried that

 Then using a Stickles lid and black gesso, stamped some circles over the page.  Took one of my 2 Gelatos (I won them in a giveaway and have never used them) and blended it round the edges of the page, then used Black Soot distress ink around the border, because I wanted to define where this page ended, and the background journal started.

Spritzed the background journal with the last of my spray paint mix, and brayered it to blend out, then used the Paperartsy mini splatter and Salty Ocean distress ink, round the edges.

Stuck the loose page onto the background page.
Am liking the black gesso, (a little of which goes a long way, I had enough left on my craft mat to completely cover a size 8 tag for use later)

Craft Barn Q&L 15 - Mind/Ignorance

Time for another Craft Barn Q&L challenge - this fortnight, the song lyric or quote is to include the word Mind, or Ignorance (or both).  I went for a quote by Confucious "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance"

 I brayered my journal page with Peacock Feathers distress ink which gives an almost stippled look to the background.

I used Watering Can archival ink for my stamping, Tim Holtz images with second generation stamping for some of the ???'s

I used the Paperartsy mini stamp on a piece of smoothy card and painted the image with watered down Dolly Mixture Fresco, and Beach Hut for the glasses.

I wrote the quote on my page with a Pilot drawing pen, going back over the letters to get a slightly thicker lettering.

and finally edged the page with Black Soot distress ink.

Entering the Craft Barn challenge here

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Kate Yetter inspired journal page

This week Kate was back with three fabulous projects, one of which was a gorgeous journal page - you can see it here 

My page underwent some changes of heart along the way - the first image I was going to use, was too solid so I couldn't paint it and then my drippage wouldn't drip properly!!

Anyhow, eventually, after melting all over it, here it is... the colours aren't very good as I've taken the photos tonight, and the flash has fired for some and not others
 I started trying to get Eggplant to drip without watering it down in a bottle, big mistake!  the blue is ok, that's South Pacific mixed into a bottle that already had Snowflake in it, and although I don't like how it's dripped, it's dripped better than the eggplant - I switched to Dylusions then.
look how different it appears with flash!  The true colour - the purple is the fuschia Dylusions spray - is in between the two!!  I may try taking them again in daylight tomorrow.

I coloured the Lynne Perrella image with Eggplant  Beach Hut and Vanilla Frescos, watered down
anyhow, I am entering this to the Paperartsy challenge here

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

WOYWW 268 - 23.7.14

Time for another hop skip and jump round the desks of the worlds - check out the link up here
Not much to show today - a started journal page for a Paperartsy challenge - some new stash (of course!) - the Tim Holtz stamps/framelits die set - truth be told the butterflies are a bit tricky to die cut, the dies kept sliding off the stamped image when I put the top cutting plate on top, when I first tried them - but they'll be fun to use.  The Eiffel Tower however works a treat !
Just need to find something to use them on now...
Do you ever buy stuff and not know what you're going to use it for?

Short and sweet for me today, just like Julia likes it!!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Just playing - journal time

Hi, I was drawn to playing in my journal today, just for fun - haven't done that for ages!   I used the A4 Seawhite, with it's lovely heavy paper and for the first time in absolutely ages, my Dylusions sprays - took the turquoise , fuschia and white linen.
I blended and spread the sprays with a brayer before spritzing with water and brayering a bit more (hence the crease in the page!)

 Then I used one of Lin Brown's stencils and Snowflake Fresco, the sprays kind of come through, being waterbased, I added a bit of Dolly Mixture on the blooms, and Seaweed on the stems.
 used plum archival ink and the mini text stamp (MN75) through the stencil

 and one of Lin's flower greetings in the corner.