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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

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July – August – September

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October – November – December

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Can you see I love colour???

Shirl

Hope Everyone Is Still Enjoying Christmas!!!

Last week Dot and I were creating some backgrounds with the Gelli Plate, nothing else just creating backgrounds.  Then she got so tired and went to bed.

Yuk … that time difference really mucks about with our crafty time!!!

Carried on crafting and below are just two of the backgrounds which I made.  Turned out super cool, so decided to forge ahead and work on the left hand picture.

So from this …..

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came this ….

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Absolutely love the Gelli plate and how it works but who had it for about 4 years before it came out of the packet?

Shame on me!!!

Wow how much lovely crafty time did I miss out on by leaving it on the shelf?????

Reason it stayed on the shelf was because the first time I used it I was at Crafty Friend’s house and we used hers.

Ahhhh but we used it with ink and Shirley totally didn’t like the result it gave so mine stayed on the shelf, unused, still in the packet, for all that time.

Saw a video, about a year ago, where they were using paint so took it out of the packet and had a go.   Whoa …. what a difference it made and since then I have never looked back, use it so much now.

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The owl is a stamp by Sheena Douglas called The Wise Owl.

Shirl

Shabby Chic Betsy

Can you tell how much I’m in love with these wooden wall hangings?

When teaching my classes I always have a finished piece of work to show plus I also start another to make along with them but never seem to finish it.

Started this wall hanging in the class but only got as far as the background being completed before I had to discard and help the girls.

Sat and finished it this morning but alas no snowman or penguins.  Used another stamp from Stampotique called Betsy.

The stamp has a lot of edgy bits (think she got wet and is shaking herself) which I didn’t want.  That’s when the reverse masking technique came into play and hey presto no wet drips hanging from her.  Also added a few embellishments.

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Andrew loved my snowman wall hanging so much that he took it into work and hung it up for some Christmas spirit.

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Shirl

Class Christmas Wall Hanging Meets FSC

FSC is all about ‘Anything Goes’ this month which was picked by moi.

Combined this Christmas wall hanging with my Saturday class and my DT piece for FSC.   Definitely been a bit cruel to the girls this week, made them stamp and paint onto a wooden plaque, no stamping onto tissue paper or using the Misti as a cushion … they just had to go for it!!!!

Bought a few plain wooden plaques from a little craft shop in Gorey called Different Strokes Art & Craft, Sara the owner is soooo helpful everytime I pop in.

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Firstly we very lightly finger spread some gesso over the edges of the wood but left the middle clear.

Created the skyline with a mixture of paints and Marvy Le Plume brush markers.  You could use any brush markers it just happens they were the first I picked up.

Because I own quite a few different makes of brush markers – Marvy Le Plume, Stampin Up, Tombo, Copics, Promarkers, Tim Holtz – to name a few – well I have been crafting a long time lol … I tend to just use whatever comes to hand first.

Very disappointed with the Tim Holtz brush markers as some have dried up plus they have very rarely been used.  Definitely a waste of money in my book and to make matters worse Stampin Up had the same problem but fair play to them they apologised and took them off the market.

The Marvy Le Plume and Tombo are the oldest of my sets (probably bought these 15/16 years ago) but they have never dried out and work every time.  Can highly recommend both of these makes.

Stamps are from Stampotique Originals called The Crew and Snowman.

Stampotique has to be my favourite quirky stamps of all time.  How terrified do those little penguins look of that snowman???

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Entering the above for The Artistic Stamper Challenge – Christmas

Because FSC is an Anything Goes challenge this month you get a bonus card showing from me.  Quite a pop art looking make don’t you think?

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Bought my first lot of dylusions paints whilst home, first time of using them with some Dina Wakley stamps – All The Gals and Positive Women.

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

Andy Skinner Back On Hochanda

 Didn’t buy a thing when Andy was last on Hochanda in August because I bought a lot of DecoArt products from The Craft Channel when he aired there last year

He’s back on Hochanda today showing some different goodies but this time round, not sure how it happened, but things just fell into my basket.

Hope they get here before Christmas so that I can have a play.

Totally been using the other goodies just never get around to showing anything made with them.

Sandra this is definitely grunged up and yes my fingers were twitching to distress the edges on the last card – your comment made me laugh.

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As soon as my goodies arrived this was my very first project which made me extremely happy as it turned out not too bad for a first go.

Andy was at the other channel on 22nd October 2015 so this has to be at least a year old.

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Shirl

Batch Making Christmas Cards After Class

For my Saturday class this week we made another Christmas card.

Loved how crisp and clean the card looked so after everyone had gone home I made a batch of them ready to send out to friends and family.

So glad I decided to do refresher courses with the girls and revisit some of the old techniques that we have already covered.

I was just a little stunned that the girls could not remember that I taught the spotlighting technique to them a few years back.

Love this technique as there are so many ways that you can spotlight certain areas.

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Everything was in front of me on the table so grabbed my camera and took a few step by step photos.

My Misti is over a year old now and it has revolutionised my stamping especially as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The only draw back has always been its limitations in the size of paper you can use and it can also be a bit cumbersome.

It had to happen that someone would hop on the band wagon and invent a tool that would eliminate this problem.

Wahooooo! My Saturday girls and I have all put our orders in for the new:

Rare Earth Load N Fold Solid Stamping Tool Set.

Smaller, more manageable and – the best bit – you can use any size paper you want … yayyyy!!!

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Best part of making these cards was the white embossing of the trees and then inking with green ink.

A few splatters of white paint before punching out with a stamp punch from SU.

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Shirl

Wobbly Head Doll

Whilst having a Skype session with Dot yesterday Mr Postie delivered some Crafters Companion stamp sets  here and here.

Of course a girl just has to have a play right away and this quick card was born.

Only one problem with these stamps, they come unmounted … would rather have a choice like PaperArtsy and pay extra for a mounted set.

OK so I’m lazy!!!!!

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The stamped image from PaperArtsy reminds me of those dolls which have their heads on coiled wire and they wobble like crazy.

Mixed my media again – this time it was inks and paints.

Also the other mix of stamps which found their way onto this card are from darkroom door, Star and French Script  … stamping heaven.

Shirl