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.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Inspired by Joanne W - Paperartsy

Well, after missing last week completely I had to have a go this time... and on Wednesday the lovely Joanne Wardle was back with some "simple" cards... you can see her's here

I made three - but one was a bit of a disaster, so I'm not sharing that one!

 My Kraft card isn't the best - I bought a pack of A4 card at a show, and it's really not card-making quality, it's not smooth, so quite hard to work with (blaming my tools, you see!)

Anyhow, this one is with the Lin Brown flower, a Paperartsy background and a Kaisercraft clear stamp.  I used archival for the background text, as I really didn't want to get paint in all those spaces!!
Added some splatters too, after I'd "finished" - Joanne is right, it adds something that just makes it better!
and this one, with the solid leaf (although not solid paint-application!!)

Entering the Paperartsy challenge here... now off to melt some more somewhere - all I can say is, thank goodness Fresco paint IS so slow drying, couldn't have born to use the heat gun today!  The thunderstorm that woke me in the middle of the night doesn't seem to have got rid of any of the humidity.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Dragons Dream - H and brown

This fortnight at Dragons Dream, it's the choice of May and she has set the letter H, and to use brown...

I've used my JoFY beach hut to represent "home" which as we all know, is where the heart is...

 took a size 10 tag and painted it first with Mud Splat and then French Roast Fresco's, applied a layer  of crackle glaze (wet here, as you can see!)
 Stone as my top coat - fabulous crackles

 took my JoFY beach hut and stamped it on Heavyweight Smoothy Paperartsy paper, coloured it with Frescos and pencils (Mud Splat then Toffee lightly for the wood, and brown pencil for the roof.)

Cut the doors (painted with Beach Hut) and then stamped the heart (Darcy's for Paperartsy) behind where the open doors would be, stuck the door down.
Stamped my other hearts and the text - the alphabet is one of the Inkadinkadoo sets I got at Newbury.

Added some brown check ribbon to finish.

We look forward to seeing your H's at TIO. Don't be shy, don't forget your one real stamp on your tag.

WOYWW 267 -

Well once again, it's time for the weekly desk-fest that is What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  Link up here and join the fun.

Not much happening on my workspace right now...

 recently I was lucky enough to be picked for a random prize, for leaving a comment on a blog post at Our Creative Corner (fab challenges!) and on Saturday this box full of goodies arrived!




Wow, just for leaving one tiny little comment - can't be bad!

A selection of stamps, ribbons, embellishments, some paper
and some fab looking things called "sew easy" - stitch piercers- several different stitch styles - sewing without a machine! Can't wait to play with these. I've never heard of these before, but they look great fun.

I had a great day out last Saturday at Hampton Court Flower Show, if you'd like to see LOTS and LOTS of photos check my other blog here!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Craft Barn Q&L 14 - Imagination and/or Logic

As soon as I saw the challenge posted this morning I knew I'd use one of my Tim Holtz stamps for imagination - so whilst it's possibly not a bone fide quote, I hope it'll be allowed.

 I used two of Tim's other stamps too, stamped in Potting Soil archival at the bottom and Fern Green at the top.  I wanted to knock them back into the page though, and so used a watered down wash of Honey Dew fresco paint
 The 'imagination' stamp onto heavyweight Smoothy card from Paperartsy, edged with Tumbled Glass distress ink.
I die cut the Memory Box butterflies from the same card  and before I eased them out of the card (they remain attached when you die cut them) I brayered them with Beach Hut Fresco.
Glued the butterflies around the quote round the page, kept it really simple this time!

Entering the Craft Barn Q&L challenge 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Julia's "Big Birthday" Birthday Card

Monday was the birthday of our lovely WOYWW leader, Julia.  As she proudly announced on her blog, it is her 50th... a milestone indeed.  I had mine a few years ago, lol!!

Anyhow, I needed to mark the occasion and sent her a card lovingly crafted with my favourite Paperartsy Frescos. I've had this post ready to publish since the weekend, but thanks to our "fabulous" Royal Mail, the card only arrived today, even though it was posted in plenty of time to arrive early never mind on Monday!  Never worry, Julia has confirmed it's arrival, so here's a bit of a step by step to creating it.

I used different colours to the last time I did this technique - but didn't write them down, which is a shame...

 lots of layers brayered on, before the chalk knock-back layer!
  then stamping starts!


 before cutting a 6x6 square to fit a card blank, and some more stamping with archival ink this time...
and some die cut flowers. You'll notice I didn't add the 5 or the 0 out of kindness!!

Hope you've had a fabulous birthday, Julia!