Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Happy hump day! I hope you are all well?
I got soooo annoyed this morning with an ebay seller who sold me something for £4, sent me a faulty item (totally useless). I sent over some photos to prove it, but he/she offered a refund of £1.50 and no replacement! He or she were clearly passing love notes instead of listening to their maths teacher. I don't know about them, but in my world if I order something I expect it. If I don't get it I want my money back, not a third, not a half, ALL of it!! I got my refund, don't worry :) A matter of principle.. And then my printer stopped working again so couldn't print out my digi... I got myself so hot and into such a flap this morning I needed to do something fun and crafty to snap out of it.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Hope you have had a good start of the week?
I haven't done any art journaling for some time so had a real craving to do so. I have quite a few photos to show you so I'm going to try to keep the 'talking' to minimum (ouch!:) and get right to the subject.
The Mixed Media Place has a new challenge - Summer Music, Volume 1: 'Freedom' - and Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog challenge is 'J is for...' in my case 'journaling' and my artwork was created with these two challenges in mind although there's a message behind my page spread (in my opinion, a whole point of journaling...).
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
How are you all doing? What a glorious weather we had today! So hot! Just lovely...!
I fancied making something equally hot looking so I decided to have a rummage through my stash and pulled out a few of my tie dye backgrounds. If you are a newbie and have no idea what 'my tie dye' technique is then hop over here, have a browse and a good read. You might like to try the technique ;)
Anyway, so I chose a nice pink, yellow and orange mixed background made with Dylusions, nice and bright colours, dry embossed it using the 'Moroccan Night' embossing folder and sponged the raised areas and all edges using the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I cut a strip of a similar pink-ish paper from another background and created my banner & stamped my sentiment (Avery Elle, Petals & Stems set), I also added the pretty golden string with beads and adhered the front panel to my pink base.
I'm back with a card I made last night. I say last night, because it took me all day to figure out how I wanted to look. It literally gave me a headache. I felt like my creative soul has gone on vacation! I hope it gets back soon!!! The thing is, I wanted to follow the STAMPlorations Blog Challenge #16:
It's simple, right? Well, that's the problem... simpler the sketch, more you have to think to come up with something catchy and fancy. Or maybe it's just me... I mean, my father always used to tell me sarcastically 'why to do it the easy way when you can do it the hard way!'... For example, when I was a kid I used to love maths, but I would get to the result the harder way, hence the thought that maybe I tend to over-think things. Aaaaanyway...
After wrecking my brains I decided to grab a few supplies and get cracking in a hope that it would just 'come to me'. Well, it did and this is what I came up with...
Saturday, 19 July 2014
I hope you are enjoying your weekend?
I made a CAS tag for the challenge #2 over at Tag You're It! and would like to share it with you.
I crated the same coloured background by sponging the Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberries & Barn Door Distress Inks onto my mini tag. I took the Crafters Workshop 'Landscape' stencil and stenciled in the buildings background using the Barn Door. Then using the detailed half of the stencil I added some VersaMark ink and embossed it using my white Wow! embossing powder. The buildings have squares on them which is my translation of the talented Laura Bassen's square background.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are all well?
I made myself a new stencil that I call Funky Feather :) The whole plan was to design and decorate a bag! I simply sketched this feather on a piece of paper that I then layed over my cutting mat and under my acetate sheet and the simply followed the lines (as much as possible, I usually perfect the design as I cut). When my stencil was ready I inserted a larger piece of a cardboard into the bag to protect the back of it, mixed my Artists Acrylic paints with the Decoart Fabric Medium, cut up my new dish sponge into smaller pieces, secured my stencil in place with some masking tape and proceeded to sponge the colours on allowing them to blend to avoid harsh lines. I did the two side feathers first, then washed and flipped the stencil to get a different shape of the feather in the middle. Easy way to achieve variety with your stencils.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Just popping in very swiftly to add one more project that I promised you the other day. Every time I tried to post about it something got in a way. Sorry for the delay... I finally have a spare moment, but first I'd like to welcome my new followers! Thank you for joining my little blog, it's great to have you on board! I hope you will enjoy my posts! :)
Here goes a little bit about the tag booklet... I played with my Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks and wanted to test my handmade stencils so decided to make a tag booklet. I have seen them around and thought they were rather cute. I had a real urge to create something really grungy and was totally inspired by one of Tim's presentation videos on how to use his products. He made a gorgeous grungy tag, as he does, and I fell in love with it and wanted to have a go myself. I used the same inking techniques, the water splatter and dripping, sponging over a torn edge... so much fun, but I do need more practice! In the end I did a bit of stamping and added a few elements and some Glossy Accents. I also did a bit of doodling to add a bit of 'me' to it. This tag booklet is more of a experiment rather than a planned piece of artwork as I mainly wanted to test all these supplies so it has its flaws, but it has made me want to play more and surely that's what it's all about.
Monday, 14 July 2014
As promised in my first post of the day I am back with my second project! I'm here to show you a tag loaded with techniques, colour and fun elements using mostly Tim Holts supplies and techniques. But before I start rambling about my tag I'd like to mention that I got a real surprise last night! I am the winner of the Anything Goes challenge at That Craft Place Challenge Blog! It was my Album Covers that got me there! Yay! It was nearly midnight when I stumbled across this wonderful news in my blogger reader and, as you can imagine, I could hardly fall asleep with all the excitement!:) I'm so proud to have won this challenge and am very grateful to the DT for selecting my creation. Thank you!
Now onto my tag...
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend? I got to spend a nice weekend with my little family and it was lovely! The weather was so lovely we got the bouncy castle out so the girls could have a bit of fun outside and I got to catch up with my other half after his trip to France. It's good to have him back ;) There was a happiness overload when girls saw him upon his return. It's so lovely to see them bonding like that. Aaah... :) I know you didn't get any posts from me, but I wasn't slacking ;) In fact, I made three items this weekend. I will post about them all separately otherwise it would be a very long post.
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Second post for today! You can find the first one HERE. Sunday is nearly over and I have so much planned! How much I will manage to do remains to be seen! :)
I made another card today which was inspired by the Craft Stamper Magazine challenge 'Emboss Resist Technique' which is sponsored by WOW!. I thought I'd get mine out and play a little. I wanted to make a card that was all about nature and had the airy feel to it.
It's been a lovely weekend so far. I hope you're all having a good one too? I'd like to welcome my new blog buddies and say hello to all of you amazingly talented people. I see your creations popping up in my feed again.. I feel like a sponge some days.. just sucking in all the creative goodness and I can't seem to get enough so keep them coming! I couldn't let you starve though so I am here with a card.
I have so many gorgeous backgrounds created using my Tie Dye Transfer technique, I don't know what to do with them all. So before you get totally sick of it I want to show you one more card...
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
I have news!!! Exciting and fun news!!!
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit the amazing and full-of-inspiration Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine Blog that currently feature a blog post about my Tie Dye Transfer Technique that I recently developed. At the same time I would like to thank to Nikki and her team at Cardmaking & Papercraft for this wonderful online feature. Big thank you!!!