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Good Ole Bubble Wrap

Showing pages from the new A5 art journal which I had to buy on my last trip home.

Two on the go now but I just might take this one home with me when I next go and leave it there.  That way I will always have something to doodle in.

Used some of the new PaperArtsy stamps that I bought whilst at a class with Helen Chilton, Sandy had her shop there.

Extended the ends of the flower petals with some doodling flourishes and added numbers to the leaves.

These are the first two pages when the book is opened and as you can see I have used the SU Beautiful You stamps plus a variety of others.

Clare has very little crafting stuff which is good because it means I have to improvise and use things which I haven’t used in ages.

Bubble wrap is one of those great alternatives to stencils and it came in handy for these pages.  Painted gesso onto it which gave a fantastic resist on the page.

Shirl

Beautiful You

It’s a long time since I have fallen in love with any Stampin Up stamps but the new set called Beautiful You are sooo pretty.

Whilst home Clare and I had a great time using them but left all the cards with her.

So today I made some more for myself.  Both cards have been framed with doodling and a splatter stamp.

Extended her dress a little with a black fine liner pen and also added stripes and polka dots to it.

This card uses a different technique than above because she was first stamped with bleach then dragged the stamp a little before taking off the card.

Left it to dry naturally before over stamping with black ink.  Added some polka dots to the umbrella.  Next came the splattering with bleach to imitate raindrops.

 Bleach is such an effective medium to stamp with.

Both cards together.

Shirl

Amber’s Unseen Canvas

Thoughts are looming in my mind about what direction my card is going to take for Amber’s 19th birthday.

Because of this I realised that no pics of the canvas I made for her 18th birthday last year were ever shown.  Sorry but for some reason I haven’t got a photo of the whole canvas only sections of it.

Not the best photos because whilst making her canvas I didn’t take any pics until she had seen it which left only my iPad to take them on the day.  It was an old iPad and didn’t take the best of pics but since then Andrew has bought me an iPad Air which takes far better photos.

Fell in love with the metal bird hanger but it was painted a boring white.  Amber would have hated it like that so alteration time with paints and stamps.

Shirl

Just A Number At FSC

FSC wants to see ‘It’s Just A Number’ for this months challenge which the lovely Brenda picked as her theme.

The smaller numbers on my card have been white embossed to make them stand out more on the painted and stencilled background.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Shirl

 

Tag Time

Just back from the UK where we have been celebrating Alex’s birthday.  He has just turned 17, learning to drive and growing up way too fast.

Had lots of playtime whilst away and even managed to get to a class at the Craft Barn with Helen Chilton.  We made a Marquee Sign with lights but stupid here left it at Clare’s house.  You can see Helen’s make here but I used different stamps and colours on mine.

Also had time for some art journaling with Clare but had to buy a new A5 book because I left mine at home … now I have two on the go.  Note to myself when visiting Dot must remember to take it with me!!!!

It’s been so long since I have made a tag and today was just perfect to start one.  Beautiful sunny weather and lots of crafting time.

Bought stamps and paints at the workshop … Sandy had her shop there.  Below you can see I have used one of the new PaperArtsy stamps on my tag with some of the new paints.

The ‘Dream On’ sentiment came from the bottom of a stamp from Finnabair.

The eye stamp is so old that my poor little brain can’t remember where it came from.

 

Sorry for not visiting anyone whilst away but tomorrow is catch up time to see all that I have been missing.  See you soon.

Shirl

Number Of Colours Canvas

Hi everyone just thought you might like some colour in your lives to remind you that Spring is just around the corner.

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Don’t you just love those dylusions paints.

Shirl

All About Winter or Spring At FSC

FSC wants to see ‘Winter or Spring’ this month which the lovely Caro picked as the theme.

I went for Spring with my DT piece and as you can see love is definitely in the air with this make.

Unusual for me to have hearts on my card but because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner I made this for Clare to give to JP.

The script heart stamp is a discontinued one but it was made by Anita’s and the LOVE stamp is from Studio 490.

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Showing the card that my Saturday class made which was mainly about the water colouring and die cutting.

The backgrounds on both cards were water coloured and I used the die cuts for dry embossing rather than cutting out.

Apart from the flowers and birds which were cut out and glued on afterwards.

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Both cards together.

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Shirl

Easier Art Journaling

Dot and I both agree that we wished we had started our art journaling in a smaller book rather the the normal A4 size.

Feeling more comfortable with this A5 book because when starting something in the larger version my interest tends to wane before it is finished.  Where as with this one I can’t wait to finish.

Love the first page with all the sewing, stencilling and collaging but the second isn’t too shabby either … lol. 

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Used the same colours on the second page but whereas the first has collaged layers the second is one flat layer.  Both are a nice contrast to each other.

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Finally bought one of those small date stamps because when looking back at the pages I like to know when it was started.

Close up pick of those collaged layers.

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Already started the next pages!!!

Shirl

First Post Of 2017 – Australia Here We Come

Happy New Year Everyone.

If I was going to do a bucket list one thing would definitely be on it – a trip down-under to visit my great friend and crafting buddy Dot from Ink Art Designs.

Not in my wildest dreams did I think that this would happen.

Well 2017 is certainly going to be an exciting year for Andrew and myself as our Christmas present to each other is a trip to … Australia!!

Because of the long haul flight we decided to break it up with a four day stay in Hong Kong before flying into Melbourne.  We will be staying with Dotty for nearly three weeks then the journey home will be broken again with a four day stay in Singapore.

Dot has already started planning all the exciting things that we are going to do but for me the highlight has to be the crafting retreat that she has booked us into at Cockatoo Downs Farm.  Even the name sounds magical.

Shock horror is Andrew coming crafting with us????  Shouldn’t think so, he has to take care of Dot’s dog but did I fail to mention that she lives next to a golf course!!!!

My first piece of the year started with this tag and my idea was for it to go onto the first page of my new A5 Journal Book.

As usual off I went on a tangent – have problems with reigning in my thoughts when crafting – by the time I had finished the tag it didn’t fit in with my journal page.

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Will show the journal page another time in the meantime here is a close up of the tag.

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Shirl

Last Post Of 2016

That’s nearly it for 2016, never to be seen again.

Ahhh but the memories remain and I really hope that 2016 has left you with some good ones.

On this very special day of the year my memories always return to my Mum and Dad and a family tradition that we used to follow.

Mum being Scottish and very traditional we had to call the last day of the year Hogmanay.  My fondest memory of this day is ‘First Footing’.

Just before midnight mum would shove dad out the door with a lump of coal in his hand (plus various other items) only letting him back in when New Year had struck.  Although we all laughed at the time because it seemed so silly I really do miss doing this.

For my last post of the year I am showing one favourite make from each month of 2016 starting with January.

January – February – March

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April – May – June

Mr Cool11

July – August – September

1Steam Punk2

October – November – December

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Can you see I love colour???

Shirl