Last evening my OH and I popped in to town to see The Mousetrap .. never seen it before, it's been running for over 60 years so I wanted to see what it was all about. I understand there are plot twists which change and which allow the murderer to change from performance to performance so I can't tell you who did it ... as I would then have to kill you!
One of my friends is currently cracking on with journal pages on a regular basis and it's reminded me how enjoyable it can be and how seldom I open up my own journal. Another friend will be going to a craft class covering art journalling which has, again, turned my thoughts to the process. It's quite unnerving the first few times you do it, particularly if you like Clean And Simple (as I do) and sketches - which I ALWAYS used to use but, over time, I have come to embrace the casual freedom. There's no RIGHT WAY or WRONG WAY only YOUR WAY!
|My journal page|
|And in closeup|
- A page from my Crawford and Black A5 journal
- White gesso
- Paper Artsy Fresco paints in pansy, orchid and squid ink, brayered pretty randomly
- Hobbycraft white acrylic paint brayered randomly too
- JOFY boulder image stamped around the outer edge using Ranger Archival watering can ink and, using the same ink the Inkadinkado numbers randomly stamped
- Dimensions "faux brick" stamped partially and randomly, using Ranger Archival jet black ink
- Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped partially and randomly using Color Box white ink
- Visible Image barbed wire stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink and the girl stamped on to a separate snippet of white card using Memento tuxedo black and coloured using alcohol markers Once she was finished I fussy cut her out and stuck her on to my page using Tombow ink. A soft carbon pencil was used to draw & smudge an outline around her
- Visible Image sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink - and any bits not covered darkly enough were "filled in" using a Faber Castell pitt pen. I used a white gel pen on the downward strokes although this hardly shows in the photograph but shows better in the closeup
- Finally, I put some of the Hobbycraft white acrylic paint on to a craft mat and smooshed a spray can top and cork through before "stamping" randomly, deliberately allowing my "stamping" to trespass on to my image and then highlighted with stardust stickles and BINGO ... done!
I am loving the grungey colours and overall effect of this page and hope you will too ..... I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
- WeLove2Create - challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
- Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 206 - ANYTHING GOES
- CRAFT challenges - challenge No. 376 - ANYTHING GOES
- Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 438 - DRESSING UP
I bought some new stash this week and could hardly wait to get it inky ..
|The front and back of my card and the back of the envelope|
|The front of my envelope and inside of my card|
- 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
- Two pieces of navy, 300gsm card cut to 14cm square
- Two pieces of white 200gsm card, cut to 13½cm square
- Snippet of card (cut to 13½cm square) and die cut with a circle die, to act as my mask
- Distress Inks: tumbled glass, salty ocean and blueprint sketch applied to my masked circle using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool. I then splattered water using my fingers, allowed to develop before blotting with paper towel and setting aside to dry
- Prima image (new stash from Tuesday shopping expeditions with friends) stamped using Memento rich cocoa ink
- Paper Artsy additional splatters added using Memento Bahama blue ink
- Imagine That (new stash from the Imagine That closing down sale) sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
- Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to my card front panel, to seal the water based inks
- Stardust stickles to highlight
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
- Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 288 - COLOUR THEME of blue and brown (my 2nd entry)
- Penny's Papercraft - challenge No. 290 - ANYTHING GOES
- CASology - challenge No.210 - DIZZY - tenuous but .. wouldn't you be dizzy (if you were that bird) flying around all those Worlds?
- Happy Little Stampers - August challenge - CASe THE DESIGNER ...... see below ... I used the mask element and the stamping outside the mask
And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of pal, SandraT
Facebook for the senior generation
For those of my generation who do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook exists: I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.
Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passersby what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later, and with whom.
I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day.
I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them.
And it works just like Facebook.
I already have four people following me: two are police officers, then there's a private investigator, and a psychiatrist!!!!!!!!!.
And last, but by NO MEANS least, I opened the door yesterday morning, to a delivery driver and found myself wondering what himself had ordered! Except the delivery was for ME!and it was FLOWERS! Aren't I lucky?
|Don't they beautiful with our anniversary cards too?|
|And an aerial view, in closeup, so you can see the flowers which make up this beautiful bouquet|
THANK YOU SO MUCH DARNELL, it was a pleasure and lovely to have had the chance to meet you and be part of the Darnell Roadshow. If you haven't been following Darnell, then do pop over to her blog and catch up here.
Have a great weekend