Friday, 4 May 2012

An unexpected afternoon off

I was given the afternoon off today, quite unexpectedly so it meant I had time to play - and it had to be with the new spring edition distress inks again. First off I was asked by a twitter friend Anna, to use the purple again. I made some ATC's:
 The one on the left is shaded lilac onto the atc, then the circles (crafters workshop template) are seedless preserves.  The bird and the text are stamped on white card which I coloured with shaded lilac under a light layer of peacock feathers - love this colour!!
The ATC on the right is coloured with the same two inks, only the blue is underneath (and it's a cream coloured atc blank not plain white) and I threw some drops of water at it.   Apart from "she flew" (Wendy Vecchi) all stamps are by Paperartsy.
 Then I used the squeezed lemonade ink onto a tag, shaded the edges with the lilac which blends to a bluey greeny colour. which I quite liked - but then I used Dyan's luscious leaves stencil with the peacock feathers and it's hidden most of the other colour!

The Paperartsy stamp is stamped onto one of their kraft paper bags that I brought home some show stash in, I added a few touches of twinkling h2o's on the label and the dragonfly, not sure how well it shows up.
This is a journal page I started yesterday, first used Dyan's alphabet stencil with the lemonade ink (it is very pale on the page) added the same leaves as above - inks are iced spruce and bumping done with evergreen bough. The flower stencil has wild honey.

The Paperartsy stamp was done in black archival and I've added pan pastels for some colour blending.
Finally, I was taking a break and got up to make a cup of tea, when I saw this chap in my downstairs neighbour's garden, typically he turned as I took the picture and by the time I got to a different window to try again, he'd gone!! They are as bold as brass, aren't they, urban foxes!!

14 comments:

Minxy said...

WOW you have been productive, great stuff

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

What a. Relative afternoon Helen, love your creations in purple and the journal page is fab, great layers of interest. Great pic of the fox, you were lucky to get that one lol. Tracy x

sam21ski said...

Hey well done you to an unexpected productive afternoon off. I'm guessing you got to leave work early with it being bank holiday.

Love everything you've made and now I really, really DO NEED those inks!!

Thanks for making me spend even more money Helen!!!!

Sam xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm playing catch up here because I've been gone so much this week, OR trying to catch up with others on WOYWW. I like the "purple passion," but I really like the climbing man with the writing on the wall. I sincerely like your tags, too.

I've never seen a fox, except in photos or on TV. That was fun to see!

Angela Coles said...

cute fox, fabulous artwork
bless you

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...super stuff Helen & your work rate is commendable...loVe your birdie ATC's & great use of the paper bag on your Tag...super journal inkiness...I adore foxes, how loVely you managed to capture one, there's a fab nature watch on at the mo with the Urban Foxes, had me in tears at one point...Mel :)

Wendy said...

Nice use of lovely new inks Helen, you sure did not waste your afternoon off did you :) A fox, amazing, we get them in the garden but never actually seen it, just what it leaves behind!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

You've been very creative, wonderful pieces.

Gabrielle said...

Love the use of the new colours - fabulous to see them in their glory! I like these a lot! I love your new visitor too! So hugely cute!

inkypinkycraft said...

The colours a yummy, must get mine out to play! I love the journal page you have done! You have used your time well and made some great things! Hugs trace x

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh they are all lovely - I have just had the new inks turn up on my doorstep this morning but havent opened them yet! off to remedy that now....

brenda said...

Deep, deep depression has set in Helen, has we arrived for the first half things might have been different. I couldn't bear to watch the medals and had to turn off with the final whistle.

After all that, lovely to see some bright and cheerful art work here.

And a picture of Reynard, have you been watching the program about them, I recorded them and still have some to go, but they are fascinating creatures, expect when they attack the hen house as they have done here a good few times, we've fed many over the years.

Have a good weekend.

B x

Gillian .... said...

Now that's what I call making the most of your afternoon off, what a fab selection of inkyness. Hehe those foxes are sly aren't they! x

Carmen said...

We see a lot of foxes when we go to Hastings to see Craig's Mum. They aren't shy are they? Had one come out right in front of our car just seconds after we got in to leave, think he was checking to see if we'd left anything :P