Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Here we go again.. Wednesday.. WOYWW day... and yes, I've been shopping... was getting withdrawal symptoms!  not just once.... or twice... but 3 times!

 this is the sum of the first two purchases... from a store that is closing down ( if you want to grab some bargains) they arrived a couple of days apart, and in case you're wondering why I didn't just get it all at once, Wendy's adding things day by day to the sale...
 and these from Artist Trading Post arrived just in time for sharing, on Tuesday.

I realised though, as I was looking around the room,that when I got the two days buys back together for the top photo, I'd missed something out..  so this is day one on it's own, lol, (I couldn't be bothered to get everything out again to redo it) -  the fab wooden stamp is by Stampington and it's gorgeous, I've used it already.

So, no more excavating (again) owing to being sidetracked by goodies!  Have a cracking Wednesday, and I'll try to visit lots of you later... didn't do too well last week!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A trio of journal pages..

Been faffing again today for most of the day. some journal pages have come out of it but not without a fight, lol!
Let's start with the one that was a nightmare
 it started out ok... some swipes of leftover Fresco on a journal page (China) and some stencilling with the new JoFY stencil, in China and Blueberry.
still ok..

added some stamping... a new JoFY flower...
not good, even though I painted them (no photo of this stage, must have forgotten)
so painted over the page in Chalk Fresco.
It blanks out most of the stamping (good) and leaves some of the stencilling fairly visible (like that)...
 re-do the stencilling, just in Blueberry, repositioning the stencil to further hid the stamping underneath....

Not bad.. but what to go on top?  It's quite dominant, the Blueberry colour..
 added some different stamping, the circles are from the Sara Naumann stars set, the marks are made with the edge of one of those Catalyst things that come in different shapes... used Forget me Not archival and Blueberry paint respectively.

still a bit dominant, so added a wash of Chalk again, watered down so it only partly knocks it back...

Needs a final centrepiece...

so stamped one of the new Lynne Perrella images on smoothy and painted with translucent Frescos, China and Blueberry and a little zesty Zing.  A few final marks (another Sara stamp in black archival this time) before sticking the image to the page. Don't think it's wonky in real life!
page 2 - Be Happy - this in the A6 small journal.

the page had some texture paste stencilled on the left hand side already, added some more stencilling,  a Crafters Workshop stencil called Believe Script (think I'm going to like this one as much as the "art is" one then  painted over the left page in Oyster Blue,  then more stencilling from a new Crafters Workshop stencil in Blueberry. (Butterfly Collage)
 stamped the Stampington "elegant butterfly " stamp in Forget me Not on tissue, tore it and glued it to the centre.

Like this one...
and this one's ok too... Swipings of Blueberry, Glass Blue , China and Oyster Blue Frescos, keeping a light hand with the cut and dry foam (partly to spread the paint thinly and partly to keep the colours light)

Stamped the Indigoblu image on tissue in black archival, roughly tore it, painted on the reverse Snowflake behind the iris of the eye and then Glass Blue and a little Blueberry, to blend in with the colours on the page, glued the eye to the page.
Added some stamping in Cornflower archival, with the honeycomb from the Indigoblu borders set, and then 'keep taking chances' which is from Dina Wakley.

Thanks for looking

Friday, 20 March 2015

Tag and ATC swap

I've recently joined in with another tag and atc swap and they are now on their way to their new homes.
Here's the ones I created - the theme was 'birds'

 tag one, Fresco background, the grasses stamped in the background are from Lost Coast Designs. the bird is from one of Lin's new sets for Paperartsy. the twigs for the nest were supplied by my other friend Lin, and which I've been hoarding!
 tag two, Stencil Girl stencil, and some shading with Fresco's, the bird is one of Dina Wakley's scribbly birds, with some hand-shading for the feathers.
 was quite pleased how the scribbly bird turned out.
 atc's .  crackle backgrounds.  I did write down what colours I used for this, but can't find where I put it...the one on the left is Antarctic on top...
Dina's scribbly bird on the left, and Harry (Lost Coast scruffy bird) on the right.
 Used Dusty Teal and Antarctic for the feathering...
Hope whichever of my swappees gets these, likes them!

Our next theme has been announced - watch this space!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Dragons Dream - TIO - Toffee and Lace

Hello, and welcome for another fortnightly challenge from the Dragons-  this week the multi-talented Julie Ann would have us dreaming of toffee and lace.  

Fortunately there is a Fresco paint colour called Toffee, so I used that as my starting point.
Put a blog of paint on the tag (size 8) and brayered it out to mostly cover the tag, I left a few gaps for a bit of interest.
 I added some stencilling - one of the new Crafters Workshop stencils (this one is called butterfly collage, although I've not used the butterfly bits!)  I mixed some Prima light paste with a bit of the toffee paint, and stencilled the criss cross pattern down the right side of the tag.

It was a bit odd looking when it dried,so I partly sanded it back and added some of the same stencil with Nougat Fresco, both sides.
I edged the entire tag with a little Nougat on a piece of cut and dry foam.
Took me a while to figure out how to incorporate the lace, I tried all kinds of things, kept faffing, as you do.  In the end I settled for this, gluing it lightly in place, and took a silicone flower which I first painted with diluted Nougat, (to hide the pale pink) and coloured it with Renaissance Treasure Gold, and glued it to the lace into the hole in the tag.  It wouldn't stay in place, so added a brad
My centrepiece is a stamp by Dina Wakley, one of her new scribbled sillhouette ladies, stamped in black, on white Smoothy card from Paperartsy, and cut out.

The sentiment (also by Dina) went at the bottom, partly to give her something to ground her, so she wasn't hanging in mid air, and partly cos there was nowhere else left for it!! I edged the card with Toffee paint, and stapled it to the tag with Tim's tiny attacher.

Hope you'll come and see what the other Dragons have dreamt up this time - don't forget to join in, make a tag and use at least one real stamp.


Hi, deskers - I don't have much to show today, as I forgot to delve any further down the box that I started excavating last week.
We went for a quick drink after work on Tuesday to celebrate St Patrick's Day (love a pint of Guinness now and then!) so I was home later than normal.
So this is a speedy not quite desk share
My Fresco box got so full I had to buy a second one, but the stencils still live on top (for now) along with a load of new stamps I haven't got storage sorted for yet...
So I'll leave you to get on with the desks, link up is at Julia's as always...

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Paperartsy Challenge - Deconstruct

Hi, the new theme at Paperartsy is "deconstruct" or re-purpose or upcycle...There have as always, been some fabulous projects shared, lots of rusting from Alison and Julie Ann, and a peeled paint journal from Pam.
I had occasion to make some birthday cards recently for a couple of lovely PaTwits, and had some of the tissue left over

 I had the two strips from the edges of a 12x12 sheet of decorated tissue, left and decided to use this in two ways.

I painted a journal page using a couple of the same shades of Fresco I'd used for the tissue, Plum and Chalk, with a little Banana, brayered to get a bit of a patchy finish.

I took part of one strip, and die cut some shapes...the new Tim Holtz Thinlets die, Mixed Media.
This proved somewhat tricky with the thin tissue.. however, eventually it worked. I glued it to the corners of the page as shown

then to use one of the larger pieces - I damped the tissue and tore the edges so it would fit down the middle, leaving the honeycomb die partly visible.

I painted the reverse of the tissue with Chalk, so that the stamped images on top would pop more from the front.
Glued this to the journal with Matt Glaze, and painted over the top with the glaze too.
 I wanted some more of the honeycomb die, but it had been so tricky to remove the centres from the honeycomb shapes, I used a piece of Smoothy card.. ran it back and forwards through the Big Shot twice, before removing it.  Still a bit of a faff, but eventually got the centres removed.  It was too stark to leave it white, so I grabbed some Plum Chalk and Banana paint and lightly dabbed it over with a brush, removing some of the paint with a babywipe to get a hint of the colour
For the words, I used the words on one of Jo's new stamp sets (JoFY33) stamped in black on Smoothy card, and cut into pieces,(deconstructed them!)  glued to the page with double sided tape and outlined with black portfoleo pastel, smudging with a damp brush

hopefully this is deconstructed enough, it was certainly fun playing with the leftover tissue again. Entering the Paperartsy challenge here 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


Hello, welcome back for another journey round the world, courtesy of Julia's Stamping-Ground 

I don't have anything new to share today, well I do sort of... First, it's time for the top layer of the box on the chair..
 I was asked to photograph it as I went down... all I've really moved the is pizza box that holds a couple of scrap layouts (the only 2 I've ever done) and some mdf letters I intend to alter eventually (ha ha)
There are a lot of bits of mdf of various kinds in this box (or at least on the top) -boxes, letters, chests,
and a fair few journals on the arm of the chair...

so I thought I'd line them up and see how many there are... I have a few completely untouched and a few on the go (start at the black A4 spiral bound one and work to the right, they all have pages done in them - that's 6, all different sizes.. and in fact I can see another one that's been started too, that is in the wrong place!)

So I hope you liked my line up today.. will see what I can dig down to next week!