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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Being good is just not fun ...

This is my DT piece for our current challenge at Try it On Tuesday which is Angels & Demons. 

We are very kindly being sponsored by Dilly Beans Stamps and this gorgeous images is one from their huge selection.  They have so many images to choose from it was a hard choice for me to make my selection!

I created this page in my art journal and I decided to start with a painty background using my fingers to add the colours (love doing that bit!)  Once it was dry, I used a flower stencil over the opposite corners and added some harlequin stamping and the lovely blooms.  I coloured the blooms with a gelly roller and my favourite white sharpie for the centres.

My gorgeous girl was coloured with DI's and watercolour pencils with some little pearl dots added to the hem of her tutu.  Couldn't resist adding the glitter - I am a bit of a glitter fiend - but she really did deserve it as she is an angel!!

The journalling was done on my computer and the additional of the stamped bunting and some braid (glittery again I know!) finished my project.

Hope you feel inspired to play along - the challenge lasts another week and there's nothing like being a devil or an angel to keep you amused!!  Check out the other DT gals take on this topic as they are great!  

Take care and have a great week ...


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Hide Out

This photo was taken of me in a large hole in a tree in Trewidden Garden, Cornwall.  

The story behind this picture is that all my boys are now just getting taller than me, so have very kindly taken to referring to me as a 'Hobbit'!!  We found this tree and they decided it was a Hobbit Hole so I got inside it.  

Unfortunately for me, a very large bumblebee had also decided this was a great space so shortly after this photo, I was jumping up and out of it's way!!

I started the page by stitching a couple of fluid lines around the paper.  I then created a painted effect reminiscent of the stripy tree bark and once I added my circular photo, I applied green modelling paste for the mossy ground and continued to blend out the photo into the background with acrylic paint.

I added some honeycomb stamps and the butterflies and script before flicking acrylic ink around a bit!

I carefully stamped some texture from a Tim Holtz stamp giving an impression of random flowers before adding my foxgloves which I painted with Neon II watercolour crayons.

The hand is by Tim Holtz as are the butterflies in the centre. The free flying butterflies are by Lost Coast Designs.

I stamped and cut out my little bird (different colours) and added the felt stem, flowers and button.  The plate label at the top was die cut from grungeboard using an Alterations bookplate bigz die which I applied Green Gold InkaGold to for a metallic look.

I am entering this layout into the 
Scrap265 June Sketch Challenge 
Country View Crafts Challenge 4 - Die Cuts.  

I think I will also pop it into Our Creative Corner as a second entry in their 'Recipe' challenge (it's a really good challenge!) as I have used lace in my moss, metal brads and inks, paints & more so it definitely qualifies!!

Have a great week and thanks for visiting! 


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Busy Bee

I created this page using a kit I was supplied with by Scrapbook Magazine.   I've never really gone for kits but I found that I really enjoyed using it as I had to focus on the best ways to use the various elements and how I could adapt them to suit my style.   For this project,  I was allowed to add other things but obviously the page needed to represent the kit so I tried to limit myself from a total stash raid!!

I added painted swirls to the backing paper and then heavily distressed the second paper using paints and inks and adding bits of vintage paper.

These lovely bees are by Lost Coast Designs.  They are a bit of a fiddle to cut out but worth the effort. I stamped them on vintage music paper before dipping them in beeswax - highly appropriate!

I used FlitterGlu and Copper Thunder gilding flakes with my honeycomb stamp to create their homes - lol!

I created my heart from some wired twine from the floristry wholesalers and added some acrylic paint to distress it.

The large letters are by Ten Second Studio which I embossed and painted with Stewart Gill paints.  The smaller letters are by Graphic 45 which are also embossed and distressed with paint.   

The pin and lace are from the kit.

I'm really pleased with the way this page came together as the colours really bring out the copper in Seb's hair and it's a rare shot of him standing and thinking and he's using running and darting!

I'm entering this page into the Creative Corner 'Recipe' Challenge - I used Lace, Metal and Paints.

Have a great week and thanks for popping by ...


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

WOYWW 209!

It's Wednesday already so time for another peep at my workspace.  If you are new to this weekly snoop, pop over to Julia's blog at Stamping Ground and you can see all the links to everyone's desk.  Then you can spend a nice evening hopping around the planet looking at what we are all up to!!  Fun!!

Have to say my workdesk has been rather boring of late - all work and no play is making this girl rather dull.   But not so dull when the pay hits my bank account - then it all seems worthwhile!!

Sadly my neighbour's wife died suddenly a couple of weeks ago and I have been trying to support him.  He is 91 and such an interesting man.  He was involved in the D-Day landings and many other wartime battles and we have had many interesting conversations about the war and loads of other topics over cups of tea and coffee and if I'm lucky, a "ginger doodle" on the side (a scrummy biscuit which he makes himself!).  It makes me sad that I never spent more time with him when his wife was alive.  She had alzheimers and so was not great company for him although he was absolutely devoted to her and they had been together for 70 years.  We have always had little chats over the fence but I could have got to know him better and enjoyed what we have now a lot sooner and helped to prevent times of loneliness for him.

Anyway, on to the desk ...

I have been completing a scrapbook page about my youngest son.  Well, despite being a triplet he is still the youngest by 1 minute!!  I was supplied with a kit (can't say too much about it as it's due for publication next month) which I had a free rein to use how I liked.  I made two pages for the magazine and let them select the one they wanted.  This one was sent back to I'm free to put it online.    I did a bit more fiddling with it, adding a bit more painty bits so later on I will put a post online showing the details.

Have a great Wednesday everyone - I've got to get back to work which is hard as the sun is shining and the beach hut is tempting me!! 


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

One for the Men

So it's Tuesday again and that can only mean one thing ...  It's time for a new Try it on Tuesday Challenge!!  This week we are focusing on creating for the men in our lives - and that doesn't have to be for Father's Day, it can be for any occasion. 

We are very kindly sponsored by Dilly Bean of sillydillybeans.blogspot.co.uk who have provided us with some great digi stamps.  If you would like to be in with a chance to win some digi stamps from them, just get creating and make sure you link back to us in your blog entry and only enter your piece into a maximum of 5 challenges (including ours).

This great robot caught my eye so I transposed him onto Ranger metal tape in three sizes and used a metal tool to create the rivets down his centre.  My tag was coloured with broken china, tumbled glass and dusty concord distress stains over which I then added picket fence and brushed pewter. 


The whole tag is embossed with cogs (didn't really show in this photo) and then I also added some more cog imagery using masks and DI.  I added a few random splatters of arcylic ink in prussion blue and some circles stamped with pewter distress stain.


I wanted some more metal elements and found these silver metal rings in my stash which I remember buying in a bead shop at The Custard Factory in Birmingham.  Perfect.  I also found a great bead to go around the eyelet which I also got from the same shop (can recommend their selection if you are ever in the Birmingham area!)


The ribbon is dyed with stormy sky and pewter distress stain and I couldn't resist some springs coiled from silver floristy wire to finish it off!!

Hope you are feeling inspired to join in this fortnight.  Pop by the other DT girls' creations as they are fab!!