Monday, 5 March 2018

Welcome to another week ... March too!

Morning all,

March was supposed to herald the commencement of spring but no such luck!! We had snow, snow, and then (for a change) just a little more  .... snow! I realise we got off pretty lightly by comparison with parts of the UK so I hope you are all doing OK and have either enough supplies or been able to get out and obtain them. It's been more like winter than winter was!!! Fingers crossed it will start to improve ... and soon! That said, most of the snow thawed on Sunday and we had rain too - not a winning combination as the street was awash, it was like a little river. Glad we live at the top of the hill and hoping those at the bottom didn't suffer any adverse effects either.

Whilst we were "snowed in" I chose to craft for England! ....

I used to do more journalling but set it aside in favour of cardmaking (I know, right?!?!) Got the chance to return to it and created the base layers (1 - 4) and then put it aside for a couple of months before returning to it one Sunday morning when I didn't feel like making a card!

My journal page
Layer 1 - Dylusions pink and purple paint applied with a brayer
Layer 2 - Pebeo pink through the Stamposaurus stencil
Layer 3 - Liquitex black acrylic through an Imagination crafts stencil
Layer 4 - Stamping with the Stamplorations Art Marks set of stamps
Materials used:
  • Cook and Black journal page coated with white gesso
  • Dylusions paint in crushed grape and bubblegum pink applied with a brayer
  • Knocked back with a small amount of white gesso and applied with a moist babywipe
  • Pebeo Studio iridescent pink paint applied through a Stamposaurus stencil using a plastic spatula
  • Liquitex Basics black acrylic applied through and Imagination Crafts stencil using a plastic spatula
  • Stamplorations (from Art Marks) and Creative Expressions images and text stamped randomly using Ranger Archival watering can and jet black inks
  • I stamped the Prima image and flower (910518) on to a snippet of white card and used Faber Castell polychromos pencils to colour
  • I stamped the text image and grid image (from Close to my Heart D1412 - noted backgrounds) using Ranger Archival watering can ink, before fussy cutting out 
  • I stamped the Stamplorations words (from "It's all about you - typed and boxed) on to a white snippet using Ranger Archival jet black ink and coloured using Faber Castell polychromos pencils
  • I found a large punched flower just hiding on my desk so I stamped the text and grid over my punched and cut out flowers using Ranger Archival watering can ink before layering them and adhering to my page, along with my now cut out and coloured Prima image.
  • It looked OK but a bit "bright and shiny" - IYKWIM so I took my carbon sketch pencil and added a few strokes around the outside of the add on images, smudging with that most useful of tools, the finger!
  • Stardust stickles added to the stars and flower centres as well as tracing round the smaller Stamplorations text
Layers 1 -3
Layer 4
Layer 5
To just grunge it up ... a little bit!
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Artiste - March challenge - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES
  2. Welove2Create - challenge No. 6 - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES

And then, following my recent discovery of my lack of non specific occasion cards .... I made another

My card
And a closer view of my image
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • Snippets of card in both white and red die cut using MFT faux stitched nesting rectangles
  • Red satin ribbon (with glittery polka dots)
  • Stampers Anonymous image (from CMS214 - RUNWAY) and MFT sentiment (from BB49 Bitty Bears) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils
  • Dimensional foam tape (for attaching my panel to the card base
  • Stardust stickles to bling it up a bit

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 321 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 77 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Fashionable Stamping - challenge No. 132 - ONE FOR THE GIRLS
  4. Allsorts - challenge No. 457 - LADIES ONLY
  5. Morgans Artworld - February 15th challenge - ANYTHING GOES

It's also the birthday of my good friend, Wynneth today so please join me in wishing her a very


Liz said...

Great art journal page, Kathy. I must admit I never know where to start doing something like this, but I'm going to an art journal workshop in a couple of months, so watch this space! Super card too.

I'm glad to see the disappearing act of the snow, although it was a good excuse to stay in an craft all day! xx

Lillianb said...

Love the journal Kathy no suprise on the colour. great card as well mate,


Mervi said...

Beautiful and stylish card!
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Challenge.
Happy Women's Day;-))m

Sue Crease said...

Thanks for sharing with us your Hey You! Card today over at LPCF.

Sarn said...

Wow - what a fantastic art journal page. Love all the layers and the sentiment.

Super cool general purpose card too.

Happy Monday!


Sarn said...

I am such an airhead sometimes . . . I meant to say that I most definitely DO join with you in wishing Wynneth a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


brenda said...

Lovely colours and design for our 'ladies only' theme at Allsorts challenge, many thanks for joining in.

B x

Pat said...

First Happy Birthday to Wynneth, and on to your gorgeous Art Journal page Kathy which is so bright and pretty and love the contrast with the dark colour stencilling and background stamping, and your sweet lady looks great over the top. I also love your very chic lady, definitely looks Parisian to me, and love her cute dog too, and a great card for all sorts of occasions too. x

Di said...

Love your Art Journal Kathy - mine has been sadly neglected as I just cannot bring myself to splosh paints etc. around with gay abandon - and hen I do it looks like a pack of dogs had a fight! Sigh. You've got it cracked though.

And I do like your snippets card very much indeed - there's something sort of Katherine Hepburn about the lady herself. Great use of snippets and lovely colour combo as well.

Happy Birthday to Wynneth!


Di xx

Annette Stapylton said...

Lovely work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Challenge, best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT for<br

Craftnut said...

Thanks for entering our challenge at allsorts Tracy x

Juls said...

Such a fab page & I love your card too, thank you for sharing it with us at We Love to Create crafty hugs Julia xx

Daffodil Cards said...

Super journal page and I love your classy and very elegant card. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card at Morgan's Artworld. - Faith DT

Judy V said...

Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Morgan’s ArtWorld!

Lys Scrap said...

A bright and joyful journal spread! thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge blog!

Gemma Hynes said...

Lovely journal page, thank you for joining in the challenge on the Love to Create blog.