Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday and the start of another week

Morning all

Not a day I normally post but yesterday's post SHOULD have had a journal page in it but it was FAR too photo heavy so I took out the journal page and am posting it today, hope that's OK with you all!

And now here IS the slightly spooky journalling .... this so did NOT start off as a page likely to have spiders and crows on it but hey, life's like that sometimes isn't it?.

My journal page
And a closer view
Materials used:
  • Crawford and Black A5 sketch pad page
  • White gesso, applied with a dried out baby wipe
  • Brayered background using Daler Rowney acrylic inks in pearlised Genesis green and purple lake and then Ranger pearl acrylic paint dabber - set aside to dry
  • Pebeo Studio iridescent green paint applied through a Dylusions stencil using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and a foam pad
  • Pebeo Studio iridescent pink paint applied through a Stamposaurus smaller circle stencil using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and a foam pad
  • Images from Stampers Anonymous, Dylusions, Hampton Arts and Inkadinkad - stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and watering can inks
  • TCW small circles stencil and Ranger Archival jet black ink, applied using cut and dry foam

First background layer with acrylic inks and paint
Building up the background with paints and stencils
Some stamping
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Welove2create - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING (Mixed Media) GOES
  2. Creative Artiste - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Boots - 15th August challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD
  4. Stamplorations - Stencil Sunday #58 - ANYTHING (Mixed Media) GOES + MUST include stencilling

 

When I nipped across to enter the panpastels challenge I discovered I had won a prize so, thanks to the lovely peeps there.


Premium Art Brands  with this entry 

Have a great week

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Another lazy Sunday .....

Morning

Hope your weekend's coming along a treat, we've had friends here for the weekend but more about that later .... this post IS a little photo heavy - sorry - hope you've got a minute or two to spare.

Got some new stash at a recent shopping trip and hubby also bought me some Sharpie marker pens so there seemed to be a card waiting to happen ..... interestingly enough I wanted to make a DL card as a gift card holder and that's what this project started out as. You know what it's like though, you open a drawer and see an image and want to use it even though it's not suitable for the gift card - and so, a birthday card happened. FYI ... I STILL have the gift card to make, maybe tomorrow!


My card
And its envelope
And now the inside
Materials used:
  • White linen effect, 300gsm, DL card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card for the insert and image panel
  • Snippets of black card - for matting
  • Lavinia image stamped using Memento tuxedo black (London fog for the insert)
  • Sharpie markers used to colour
  • Glossy Accents used on the flower "buds"
  • Anita's sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 243 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. CraftyCatz - challenge No. 334 - ANYTHING GOES PLUS TWIST ... BIRTHDAY
  3. CAS-ual Fridays - challenge No. 154 - TIME TO COLOUR

And now for my LIM entry, was out all day yesterday .. see below, and didn't get around to it until this morning ..




Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of black card cut to 14cm square
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square
  • Snippets of card in black, grey pearl and white
  • Length of grosgrain ribbon
  • Dimensional foam tape
  • Plaid dimensional gloss (for the glass and I also dotted around the white space as "bubbles" from the VERY exotic cocktail!
  • Images by: Sparkle 'n Sprinkle (frog in two sizes), Inkahootz (two part sentiment)
  • Ink: Ranger Archival jet black
  • Colouring: Pro Marker alcohol markers + the neon yellow green zig clean colour brush marker





I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 290 - SOMETHING EXOTIC!
  2. The Pencil Case - challenge No. 26 - ANYTHING GOES - but MUST use hand colouring
  3. Moving along with the time - challenge No. 27 - Clean And Simple
  4. Little Miss Muffet - challenge No. 144 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. The Paper Players - challenge No. 309 - CAS CHALLENGE - SOMETHING SWEET

As I said at the top of this post, we've had company this weekend. Wynneth and Tom came to visit, Mr Tom wanted to accompany my husband to the Bristol Model and Engineering Exhibition and Wynneth and I managed to find a Mixed Media workshop to attend along with two other long standing craft friends, Cherry and Debbie!


Fran Westmorelands example for the class
Almost ready to roll
Part way through - looks total pants
Debbie and Cherry .... posers!!!!
And here's one taken by Debbie, it's of Wynneth and me!
The four of us managed to produce these "not quite finished" works of art
in six hours, oh, and a little craft shopping too!!
Wonder how they will end up!

Thanks for stopping by and ..... Enjoy the rest of your weekend



Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Purple Princess is away from her desk .... AGAIN!

Morning peeps,

If you've swung by my bloggy this morning expecting to see my LIM entry (since it's my usual "Go To" challenge of a Saturday but ...... I have guests this weekend and we're heading to Crafty Ideas for a Mixed Media Workshop. I'm quite excited as we've no materials to take so it will ALL be new to me .... not only that but my friend and I will be meeting up with two others which will make it way more fun too. Wish Crafty Ideas luck - they have NO IDEA what they've let themselves in for!!!

In the meantime, I've a Christmas card to share with you ....


My card
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
The front of my envelope and the front and back of my card
Materials used:
  • 10cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of red card cut to 9cm square
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 8½cm square
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image and Kaisercraft sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and Memento tuxedo black inks
  • Sharpie and alcohol markers to colour
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen and stardust stickles, to highlight





I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) July/August challenge - PEOPLE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS
  2. ABC Christmas challenge - August 17th challenge - "Q" IS FOR QUICK LAYOUT
  3. CRAFT challenge - challenge No. 377 - CHRISTMAS
  4. Jingle Belles - August 12th challenge - RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER .. the colour not the critter - main colour on card should be RED
  5. Merry Monday - Christmas link up ... whilst on a challenge break over summer there's an ongoing opportunity to link up your Christmas makes and win at the end of the break
Since I'm at a workshop where not everyone will know me, I've made myself a name badge ... yes, I DID make one for the Happy Little Stampers Retreat .. but I added glass bead glitter gel which looked terrific but made the badge rather hard to read!! DOH! Behold - Plan B), which I certainly hope is easier to read!





Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card snippet cut to ATC size
  • White card snippet to which I applied white gesso before brayering Fresco paint in pansy and Ranger Dabber in pearl, to give a background
  • Once that was dry I used a Dylusions circles stencil and a Tim Holtz mini blending too to apply fresco paint in squid ink
  • Once that was dry I used a Stamposaurus mini circles stencil and the same mini blending tool to apply Daler Rowney acrylic ink in purple lake and silver pearl
  • Dylusions alphabet set and Kaisercraft 35mm film border image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

At this point I decided to step away .. though my first instinct was to bling it up again with either stickles or glass bead glitter gel - some people NEVER learn, do they?

I'll be back tomorrow with some photos and, hopefully, my LIM make .... have a great Saturday


Friday, 19 August 2016

It's Friday and time for a smile!

Morning all,

Firstly, I'd like to welcome new follower, June McFarlane - thanks for deciding to follow my blog .... hope you will continue to find it of interest to you.

Well, I've another busy couple of days ahead as we've friends visiting this weekend and I'll be taking said pal to a workshop at Crafty Ideas tomorrow, leaving the boys at home, solo, not sure this is our best idea but hey ..... It'll be fun as it's a mixed media workshop and, as if that wasn't likely to be fun enough, we'll be meeting up with two other pals too!! Woo Hoo!

I was rummaging through my drawers (oo-er missus) recently and realised it had been a while since I used this funky set of images from Viva Las Vegas which had been given to me by a good friend ... we'd had a telephone conversation one day which involved us both being on the same web site and ooh-ing and ahh-ing over various VLV images ... my friend has a good memory and she got them for me as a gift! Thanks mate! Hubby had also bought me some sharpies and I thought I should give them a whirl too, so .... here are both in action along with a piece of kit I seldom use either, Ranger dabbers.


My ATC
And a close up which, I hope, better shows the sentiment on top of the pearl paint

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of 300gsm navy card with white gel pen border doodled
  • Snippet of white 200gsm card
  • Viva Las Vegas image stamped twice using Ranger Archival jet black ink, once on to snippet of card and once on to a sheet of full coverage post it, which I then cut out to use as a mask.
  • Sharpie markers used to colour image, post it placed in position before using the neon pink sharpie to colour background too.
  • With post it mask still in place I used a Ranger dabber (white pearl) and a piece of cut and dry foam (since the dabber part was dried up although the paint was fine) to apply the pearlised paint through a TCW stencil
  • Once the paint was dry I inked up the Visible Image mini flourish using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink and stamped a border around the outside and, using the same ink, the Viva Las Vegas sentiment
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 207 - MAKE YOUR MARK
  2. Crafting By Design - August challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 18 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Southern Girls - challenge No. 141 - ANYTHING GOES

Recently I spotted a blog post by Kim Dellow ..... sparked my imagination a bit and I felt I had to try it ... however, I SHOULD point out that I had to use brusho's rather than the Paper Artsy Infusions since I don't own any infusions!


My card
The front and back of my card along with the back of my envelope
The inside of my card and the front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm,card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square (one piece was watercolour card)
  • Two pieces of black card cut to 14¼cm square
  • As per Kim's technique I stamped the Marion Emberson image using Versamark ink before sprinkling black brusho over the top.
  • Using a short bristled paintbrush I smooshed the powder over the inks image and shook off the excess (or so I thought!)
  • Using a mini mister (I tried another "less fine" mister first ... didn't work at all well!!!) I sprayed the image and watched the magic develope!
  • Once dry I sprayed with acrylic ink/water sprayed from a mini mister ... this DID activate the brusho's a little more but, once dry, provides a waterproof layer over the top as well as a fab pearly sheen
  • Marion Emberson image and sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink .. the image was to co-ordinate the insert/reverse and envelope

 


And the post? Well you can see it here OR you can watch the video below ... of course, you CAN do both, if you prefer - either way ... ENJOY!




I tried a less solid image and different colours first but my inexperience meant it didn't make the cut in to a card - want to see?




Was at a birthday party last evening, started off sunny, hot and sticky when we arrived .. birthday boy still managed to wear himself out playing football and bouncing on the trampoline though - it's tough being 4! Great cake, Zac!


 

Nights are drawing in and I caught this shot on the way home, only three hours later!




Still a bit light on Friday Funny's so here's another, found on facebook, which tickled my funny bone!



Have a great weekend ..... don't forget, if YOU have a Friday Funny you would like to submit then please leave me a separate comment about it, with your e-mail address which (of course) I shan't publish. If I use your funny you will be entered in to a prize draw which is made following the last Friday in the year.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Morning and welcome to WOYWW

Morning all,

I am still trying (somewhat desperately) to keep up with my plan to use as many snippets as possible and what better way than to use them to make ATC's?


My ATC using no less than five snippets - YAY!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of linen effect black self adhesive paper adhered to my ATC blank
  • Snippet of 300gsm watercolour paper which had been smooshed with brush's, water and silver pearl acrylic ink
  • JOFY  (JOFY09) circles image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • JOFY (JOFY09) stylised bud image stamped on to a snippet of white card  using Ranger Archival jet black ink before colouring using Sharpies (new stash my hubby bought me earlier this week, having spotted the offer in Tesco's), including the background
  • Paper Artsy Fresco glaze applied to image panel and left overnight to dry
  • Fiskars "SMILE" sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink on to another snippet of white card, coloured with sharpie pens and fussy cut out before running through my Xyron sticker maker to apply dry adhesive to the entire surface




I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Take a word - August 14th challenge - CIRCLES
  2. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 325 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Boots - 15th August challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - August 16th challenge - ANYTHING GOES

Yesterday my car was in for service, I dropped it off at the garage and my hubby picked me up .. we nipped across to Hobbycraft. Well, actually, I nipped in to Hobbycraft and he nipped in to Maplins, frankly, I think he would rather stick pins in his eyes than accompany me CRAFT SHOPPING! I went in for a small box canvas and came out with some card blanks too, as Hobbycraft had them on Buy One Get One ½ off - which made them very reasonable. I decided to make some 10cm square cards this Christmas .... they always look so cute when I receive them!


My card
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The back of my card and the inside
Materials used:
  • 10 x 10cm white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of red card cut to 9cm square
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 8½cm square
  • The Design Company Santa image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • My Favourite Things sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles and Wink of Stella glitter brush pens to twinklify Santa's beard, shoes, gloves and the stars as well as ground him!




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required - July/August challenge - PEOPLE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS
  2. Christmas Card Challenge - challenge No. 36 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES with an OPTIONAL twist of brown
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts challenge Extra - August challenge - ALWAYS ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  4. Merry Mondays - Lori's Christmas in summer Link Up - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  5. ABC Christmas challenge - August 17th challenge - "Q" IS FOR QUICK LAYOUT

And now for a sneaky peek at the mess which is my work space .. someone once told my husband that a cluttered desk is a sign of genius ... something I've PLAINLY taken to heart!

CLUTTERED? YES ........ GENIUS? I don't THINK so!
And a view of some of my tools/materials too

I'll be entering this desk over at WOYWW #376, where I'm entry No. 14