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Face Your Fears – I Dare You

We’ve put the clean and tidy journal away for the moment and created two pages in the mixed media one instead.

A very different journal indeed, all grungy and painty with loads of texture, this is definitely the touchy feely one of the two.

Not much colour used on these pages because the previous ones here were very vibrant and busy so a more subtle tone was called for.

Out came the Pebeo modeling paste plus some Tim Holtz tissue paper.  Chalk paints were used alongside some dry brushing with Gesso.

 Selection of stamps, stencils and tissue paper used.

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

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

More Cards For Clare

Another two cards which are going home to Clare … she really can have her pick about which to use for JP’s birthday.

Stamps used are called Sideshow and School Desk from Stampers Anonymous … totally ashamed to say the Sideshow set was bought in February and first time of using them.

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Below is an 8″ x 8″ card which I very rarely make but was thinking that it would be a good one for Clare’s dad’s 80th birthday.

We can decide that later as it will be very easy to add something extra onto the card.

Stamps used on this card are from darkroomdoor, also used the ruler stamp from an Indigo Blu set called Sewing Mends The Soul .  You can only just see a little of this because it was used to frame the man and clock.  Clock came from another Stampers Anonymous set called Pen & Pencil.  Can’t think for the life of me why it’s called this as there are no pens and pencils in sight on the set.

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Shirl

Embrace The Next Chapter In Your Life Amber

We had the most truly amazing news about our granddaughter Amber’s ‘A’ Level results on Thursday and how proud are we????

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She got an amazing … 2 A*s and an A.  How super cool is that???  Couldn’t get any higher sweets – you are a star yourself.

One A* was in Art, no surprise there!!!!  An A* in Graphics Design, again no surprise there as she worked so hard to achieve this.

The real surprise came with an A in English which she worked her socks off for.

Grandma and Grandad are extremely delighted and happy for you sweetheart.

She’s off to Arts University Bournemouth in September and we wish her all the luck in the world in her newest adventure in life.

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Late for the FSC challenge this month because not long back from holiday with Andrew.  Went to Turkey and crafting was not even on the horizon.  So sorry girls.

FSC is resisting this month and it was the lovely Avril who picked the theme for this challenge.

Went for a very old technique where you use wax paper for the resist.  This technique is fabulous as it gives you an embossed effect but with none of the raised area, which means you can stamp without any problems.

Wax Resist

Ran the wax paper through the embossing folder first, then placed the wax paper onto a piece of A4 white card before ironing over the top.  Please put a silicone craft sheet over the paper before you put your heated iron on top.

You could always sandwich the wax paper between two sheets of cardstock (then iron over) this means you would have a negative and a positive of the embossed image.

This is how the A4 card looked after I blended DI’s picked raspberry, peacock feathers, spiced marmalade and mowed lawn over the top.

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The embossing folder used was an 8″ x 8″ so the ends of the A4 card had no resist wax on it.

When you get to this stage you can do anything with the cardstock … cut into quarters so you have enough to make 4 cards, die cut into tags or you can get at least 10 ATC’s from it.  Watch out for some lovely tags and ATC’s in the future, all using the above cardstock.

This is my card for the challenge, decided to use a different embossing folder for the background because I wanted to make an 8″ x 8″ card.  Also used different coloured DI’s.

A little bit steam punky and if you click on the image you will be able to see that the embossing folder used is full of clock faces.

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All stamps and inks used are from the Tim Holtz range, the white on the card is acrylic paint and the border of the card is machine stitched with black thread .

Here is another card which I made a few weeks ago and the background is done using the exact same technique, an embossing folder and wax paper.

I would 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

Cork, Crafty Friend And Crafting

Finally finished … this canvas was started whilst away in Cork the other week with Crafty Friend.

We spent a whole day crafting which was amazing and I also managed to start another canvas which just needs a bit of tweaking before showing.

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A few close ups of the collaged piece … which will soon be hanging in my craft room as I love it to bits.

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Shirl

Join FSC As We Go Under The Sea

FSC is delving into the underworld of the sea this month and it was the lovely Dani who picked the theme for this challenge.

As you can see the captain went down with his ship and things took a bit of a murky turn at the bottom of the ocean.
Poor Mr Terry-Turtle looks quite confused as to what happened and Miss Julie-Jellyfish can’t wait to get away.

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How sweet is that face … no, not the Captain … Terry-Turtle!!!!  You can find him along with Julie-Jellyfish in the Stampin Up catalogue in a set called ‘From Land To Sea’.

The ships wheel is from the same set but the anchor is from another set called ‘The Open Sea’.  Both were stamped and fussy cut before adding to the card.

Poor Julie-Jellyfish was also stamped upside down to give the illusion of plants on the ocean bed.

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I would 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

A Look Of Haughty Disdain

In my previous post I made a canvas with a rust technique and just knew the girls would love to do this so in the class today we made a miniature version.

Lots of painty dimension was added to a 5″ x 7″ canvas plus they used a product which they have never used before … ‘Beeswax’.

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All the images were stamped onto tissue paper before adding a wash of colour onto the back.

Now as you know, tissue paper when wet becomes very tricky to use and shreds rather easily.  Everything nearly went to pot but all was rectified in the end and each went home with a rather tasty looking canvas.

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Shirl

Finger Painting

What a glorious sunny Sunday it is today, well in my neck of the woods anyway, I really hope it’s good wherever you are.

Andrew and I had a really boozy and late night yesterday (taxi time) but it was worth it and now we are meeting up with Crafty Friend to go for lunch, couldn’t get any better.

The Saturday class went well, we concentrated on painting only with our fingers and baby wipes.  It was all about the acrylic paints and them there little fingers.  We even added crackle paint with the fingers (everything was all gooey and messy) yum yum!!!  The only time a brush was used was when we added decoupage glue to the card and tissue paper.

Because we were using templates from a Stamps Away aperture collection (Set 1) I felt it needed to be mounted onto an 8″x8″ card to do it justice.

Theresa even enjoyed it and didn’t worry too much about the messy digits.

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More pics plus the stamps used were from an old Tim Holtz ATC set.

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Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend (sun still shining, things are looking up).

Shirl