Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Art in a bad mood

It is a kinda therapy.    Not in the best of places today but looking forward to meeting up with a friend for lunch tomorrow that'll set me right.

So looking to settle my mind today a visit to the craft room appealed.   It was certainly not going to be a "nice", or "pretty" this time expressive certainly.    The background is a Brushos laid down a couple of years ago and kept just in case.   The stamps are Indigo Blu and several years old.   Hot air ballon stamped in Archival black, the same ink used for the Victorian gentleman which was stamped on plain card and cut out.    ProMarkers used to add a couple of dashes of colour and blacken the inked image.

To give the ballon a little lift the right hand edge has been gilded with gilding flakes.   Finally some gold coloured wax was touched and dragged down the right hand edge of the tag and the right hand edge of the gentleman.   Oh yes nearly forgot 10 was added with more gilding flakes just because.

So not pretty but it helped and IRL I'm rather pleased with the results.   Why a tag?  just because they are a quick format that I quite like.

I wonder if these people will like it.

Craftaholics R Us - Wednesday weekly challenge with an Anything Goes theme.

I Love ProMarkers - Gosh I've been working with these pens for years now and they still my go to colouring medium.

Creates and Makes - This is a monthly challenge who currently have an Anything Goes theme.

Crafty Calendar - Another monthly challenge whose March prompt is Add a Tag or Make one.

Mix it up - This challenge is always anything mixed media goes, and their March prompt is Make your own Background.   Told you I'd seen this theme somewhere!

OK Mrs Grumpy here is going to have a cup of coco and watch some mindless TV.

Sunday, 18 March 2018


Snowdrops are quite possibly my favourite flower.   They are springs advance bloom along with Hellebore they will flower with snow on the ground.   My Snowdrops were out in full force earlier this month.

Sadly I have only found one Snowdrop stamp but it is the perfect image and does come out at this time of year.   Yesterday during my crafting binge I made this postcard.

Snowdrops stamped I made a mask with quite a bit of fussy cutting to allow the background to peep through.   Mask in place my stencil placed sunshine yellow dusted over it.   The mask removed the image coloured with felt tip pens.  Next 4 or 5 different shades of DI were dusted over the edges of the card.   I did consider putting the mask back and stamping the snowdrops again "behind" the first image.   Then the solution hit me drops of water onto the dusted background.   By now the stencil marks were looking a little faded so I went over them with a yellow felt tip pen.   Finally some glossy accents on the 4 foremost flowers.

There were a couple of challenges in mind for this one.

Artistic Stamper - Sponsored by the business of the same name this monthly challenge is open to all mediums and styles.  Their challenge this month is Stencils and Masks.

Country View Challenges - My second postcard for their postcard challenge this month.

Take it Make it - This is the Craft Stamper magazine challenge.  All this year their monthly challenges are anything goes.

Unfortunately I have not found the Make your own Background challenge I'd seen somewhere.

This year is the first for several years that I do not have my own made calendar and it seems odd so one of my projects for the rest of this year is to make next years calendar.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Green Bird

Well it is a miserable day, and the battery on my cordless vacuum his died.  Apparently if you do not use your cordless vacuum frequently the battery left on charge gives up!  Perhaps I should have cleaned the kitchen floor or something but after my last post my craft room put out another call to me.  Well what choice did I have in view of that.

There are a lot of green themed/spring themed challenges out there at the moment they were part of the inspiration for this CAS postcard.

I've never inked this little Stamping' up bird before today became the day.   Inked with Sepia Archival, and then stamped again to make a mask.   Tando brickwork stencil overlaid the masked image and dusted with Crushed Olive DI.   Un masked the bird was coloured with ProMarkers in different shades of green, the shale colour was used for the branch.

Hay Presto a CAS card, a fun little green bird.   So who sent me off down this path?

Addicted to CAS - This fortnights code word is BIRDs.   It is always worth checking out what this team does they have a brilliant range of styles but always keep it CAS.

Challenge up your life - Another fortnightly challenge seems a lot of good challenges are fortnightly now.   This time their prompt is Stencils.

Less is More - This challenge is 7 or 8 years old now, originally stated by two friends on from Southampton the other from the Isle of White.  They have both now moved on but have left a talented team in there place all of whom honed their CAS skills and style with this challenge.   Another fortnightly challenge looking this time for Stencils and One Layer.

CAS-ual Fridays - Final challenge this post.  An interesting fortnightly challenge with another fascinating team.   In honour of St Patricks day they are Going Green.

Nearly time to eat, think the chef is doing something special today.

Yes it's Spring, you can tell by the snowfall

Well it is not so unusual weather we are having, Snow, Sun, Hail, Wind & Rain.  Here in the UK we do not thankfully get the weather extremes experienced in some other parts of the world.  But nature does like to tease us with 4 seasons in one day.   Today might just be that day.

One of my hobbies is genealogy and with the help of DNA testing has been helping me to double check "discoveries" and fill in gaps.   This week I was able to send to a 4th cousin in New Zealand information about one of his lines that he had not completed much on.   Then someone else asked for some help with her Sanderson line, no relationship found, but I was able to send her some of the information she was looking for.  Turns out she is not so confident on computers whereas I just march on in there to find what I want!  Which of us is right I wonder?

In between there was a jewellery order to complete and send to Australia, how pleased am I with that!  Finished a birthday card for Granddaughter but cannot share that yet.   Made Granola, now this you might think is not worth a mention but it was the first time I'd made it.   With my Chef son here we have a cupboard full of ingredients but he had a cold and I do like my cereal breakfast so it had to be done.   Think the result of his visit might mean I spend more time in the kitchen when he goes back to London.

All the time I wanted to get into the craft room and eventually managed a little while there yesterday and finished this piece for my 6" fat book project today.

This project is allowing me to re discover old techniques and styles.  It also allows me to indulge myself in experimenting with mix ups I've not tried before.

Designer papers are something I have a whole pile  Mountain of but have rarely used.  I love all the vibrant bold colours and designs of these papers but find them hard to incorporate into my style and or cannot imagine covering them.

Here I managed to use a page of Crafty Individual paper it is packed with Spring/Summer colour while the flowers make a nice backdrop.   Over this is stamped acetate, the stamp is probably more than 5 years old certainly more than 2 it is an Inkylicious stamp used with Stayzon.  The acetate used to be part of a booklet cover, I rescued lots of these while I worked locally before they went into the shredder.   Vellum heart has been embossed with a Sweet Poppy stencil another old technique it felt good to use again, it has been stuck to the page with silicon dots at the point.  Finally snowdrops this stamp is more than 6 years old I cannot now remember the manufacture it was one of those smallish UK companies that sprang up at the height of stampings popularity.   The image was fussy cut allowing the delicate flower heads to move.

Lots of different techniques brought into play for this page!   Now sharing it with

Retro Rubber - Their current theme is a tic tac toe and I'v used the far right column Embossing, Green, Vellum.

Crafty Girls Corner - Make it green, my favourite colour.

That's Crafty! - A monthly challenge that appeals to me this month with the theme Spring into Action.   Feel pretty sure I sprang into this one.  sorry.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Is it Spring yet?

Meteorologically yes but the actual solstice is not until the 20/21 March, so it is almost spring but the promise of it is appearing.   My snow drops are looking lovely tucked away as they are if a bit late this year.

I'm also marking the passing of a great man today Prof. Stephen Hawkins who has died aged 76.   He was remarkable for his knowledge and understanding of the universe and for the way he explained it to the lay person making the discoveries even more interesting and relevant.   His appearance on Star Trek Generations playing poker with Einstein and Data was we are told a high point for him.   Sleep well Professor.

A couple of posts ago or maybe it was just the last one I mentioned that I was working on a pearl heavy piece.   All finished now and one became a set, here they are.

Each pearl had to be threaded onto a head pin and then attached to a chain or jump ring with a jump ring.   But the finished pieces are worth it.

And I managed a little inkiness as well.

Some stamping here and lots of stencil work.  Distress Inks and Adirondack inks all brushed over the stencils.   Memento ink used for the stamping and ProMarker for the journaling.   As is all to often the case had not idea where this was going or how it would turn out until it was finished when it pleased me very much.

Sharing this with.

Inspiration Destination - Fortnightly anything goes challenge with a twist.   This time the twist is Spring or Pastel colours.   My Journal page seems to fit the twist quite well, hope these talented girls agree.

Words 2 Craft by - A monthly challenge who are looking to see how the words in the image below inspire you.  In honour of Woman's History Month.

Everybody Art Challenge - Always anything goes.

Love to Create Challenge - A favourite anything mixed media challenge of mine.

OK so Harley cat has to go to the vet for his annuals now.   See you all later.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Mother's Day

This was a different Mother's Day for me.  With my son stopping with me and spoiling me anyway with excellent food it was really nice to just have him here to say those magic sounding words,  It has been known for him to remember at about 10pm and send a FB message before now!  Next year normal service will have resumed so I'm making the most of this.

At home I'm in the middle of a pearl heavy necklace, need another 30 or more pearls.  Finding that paper-crafting is a welcome break again.  Tags have always been a favourite thing of mine todo and this afternoon it was fun to just have a little inky mixed media play.

Good old TH tag die, stamped and masked with the Clarity blossom branch and a little Stamping' up bee.   A TH tag stencil and Distress ink dusted over, more DI dusted over the tag in yellow and blue.  Masks removed ProMarkers used to colour main images making them really pop, the little bees wings were coloured with Sakura pen.   A little blue ribbon and bow just completed this tag.

Of course I checked a few challenges for inspiration before I started, they are.

Challenge up your life, going round and reacquainting myself with challenges I'm inspired by the new look many of them have and the work that is still going into keeping them fresh.   This challenge is a case in point with their theme for the fortnight of Tags.

Fashionable Stamping - This challenge has been around for a few years now, with some of the original team still making inspiring samples.   Another thing I've always loved is that this is a stampers challenge no digis allowed.   For Fashionable Stamping it is Spring time.

My time to Craft - Another fortnightly challenge that I used to enjoy and it is great to see them still here.   Their current prompt is Easter/Spring

Right I'm going back to being spoilt for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Washing on the Line!

It did not stay out there long but it was nice to be able to hang things out there for a little while.   Spring is here and the sun will show it's face again soon.    Then in another 4/5 months we will probably be complaining that it is to hot.

With the season in mind crafters are turning to spring themed projects and I am no exception.  Don't need much excuse I happen to love the colour green.

Green acetate makes the card while a very old Do Crafts stamp was used for the image.  Carefully coloured the image with ProMarkers in yellow, blue and green.   Blue Stickles dotted in the daffodil centre's.   An old die cut the shape for an exact square and there is an identical one attached to the inside for a message.  I know I said I was not going to make cards but the idea for this one appealed to me.


Here are some of those spring and green themed challenges.

More Mixed Media - I knew there was another specific challenge I had in mind for this.   Their theme is Green!

Cards in Envy - A fortnightly card making challenge and their theme this time is "Green Things".

Crazy for CAS - This is a Dutch based monthly challenge and new to me, but I like their prompt "Spring" and thought I''d share this with them.

The Paper Players - I like these girls their rules are simple, loud and clear no nonsense here.  Hopefully they have been obeyed by my entry.  Theme Spring has Sprung.

Now I need a little gift box and have a couple of boxes that need altering so should be able to sort that out quite easily, craft room I'm coming....