Saturday, 19 May 2018

I like to learn new techniques and experiment.

Well now the excitement of the wedding is over and we turn off our televisions, or tune into the football, our day to day lives carry on.    Another warm day so until the heat of the day had passed I stayed indoors.

Result, Turquoise and Stirling Silver pendant.   This will be popped into the shop in a day or two.

Then time to get inky, I'm honestly not sure which I enjoy more.   If you are on Face Book you might have seen an interesting technique in recent days involving ink and a piece of twine.   Well of course I had to have a play.   Mixed results, still experimenting with paper/card, inks and thickness of twine.

I've used what I think is the most successful attempt and I've used both halves.   First trimmed down to a 5 1/2 inch square.    The patten put me in mind of a floral arrangement but rather than trying to stamp flowers all over it I used Glimmer Mist.   This bottle is blocked and will not spray, but if you take the spray mechanism out and hold it over the card then press a drop will fall from the tube.   You can get more ink into the tube by putting it back into the bottle, pressing and releasing the spray button.   I've chosen to add dragonflies to this piece the larger one coloured with Sakura pen in a silvery shimmer ink then over marked with white pen.  To soften the stark white edges a misty colour was dusted over them.

Then the other half of the impression, which gave me an excuse to use this much loved calla lily stamp.  Stamped it directly onto the card but that did not seem quite right.   In the past I've used this image with vellum and made 3D designs with it.   Dug out some vellum and green stayzon, which has been overlaid on the stamped image, the vellum wrapped around the card all held in place with eyelets.

Sharing both of these with:

Inkspirational - They have a picture inspiration, it was the greens (my favourite colour) that drew me into the picture.

Crafty Calendar - Things with wings.

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More -  Make your Mark.

Fussy and Fancy - Favourite Florals


Monday, 14 May 2018


Well the sun is still shining but there is a lovely breeze, I've just been out for a walk the breeze made it a comfortable walk.  This is my kind of weather long may it continue, will have to get the watering can out later.

Came home and finished the card I'm going to show you now.  I love being in my craft room with the patio doors open onto the back garden.  Wimp Harley does not venture out through the cat flap if he can avoid it.  That cat is a master at avoiding using the cat flap.  However if I go into the garden or am at least in paws reach he will pop out for a quick look around.   He was still in the craft room with me when a Starling stopped by to check out the green stuff.  Harley flew out and was almost on the bird before it realised.   The bird did escape but not before a paw strike, so Harley can move when he wants to.

The card.   My flower stamps are real treasures some of them are 20+ years old, good old wooden back red rubber stamps.  Floral cards are very much to my taste I'm not a fan of a lot of the more "modern" stamps and styles.  It is always a real pleasure when there are challenges that allow me to indulge myself.

The old music sheet background is genuine sheet music which has yellowed and aged.  All I needed to do was distress the torn edges to blend in.  The main stamp is Inkadinkado in the style of PSX.  The oblong panel was die cut, coloured with ink remaining of an Inkylicious duster and stamped.   The sunflower was stamped again, coloured with Chameleon Pens and fussy cut out.  I wanted the image to go over the edge of the panel, with this does silicon glue gives it lift.   The second image tucked behind is from Penny Black, colour has been brushed over the image rather than carefully painted on.  Edges torn and dusted with Rusty Hinge.

So who gave me permission to indulge myself?

Fashionable Stamping - Floral,  Thank you for my recent win girls,

Studio 75 - Fussy Cutting, something else I love doing.

Creative Artiste - This monthly challenge is always anything goes mixed media

Retro Rubber - Beautiful Flowers, the challenge that encourages you to use your older stamps.  And why not new is not always better.

Going to go and carry on enjoying this weather now.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Chicken Pox!

It's a very still Saturday afternoon now, and as the clouds close in it is getting darker.   Think the promised rain is on its way.  The ducks and gardens will be grateful.

Having munched the green stuff with the munching machine I was at a loose end so had a little look around craft challenge blog land and got some inspiration.   The themes that attracted me were;  Use a Cute Stamp, D for Dots, Humorous, and a colour challenge Yellow, Blue, Grey.   Here is the post card that resulted, when it is used it will be a get well card I think.    The challenge sites are listed below.

This is an older Penny Black stamp, they made a short series of the chicks I've got 2 have been unable to get the third yet. ......  Stamped in Black Memento ink and coloured with ProMarkers using different shades of the 3 colour challenge selection.   

Less is More - Theirs is the colour challenge and of course all entries have to CAS.

Creative Knockouts - Humorous, there are some brilliant bright and bold samples there.

Alphabet Challenge - D is for Dots.   This challenge is the same age as my blog, & it is great to see it still going and to be able to play along once in a while.

CAS on Friday - Use a Cute stamp, and keep it CAS!

By for now, Harley is bored so I have to play with him now.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Washed up

There is a story to this canvas, isn't there always?   The Humber inspired this project one area especially, Barton was the home of the rope making industry locally and the old rope factory is a fascinating place to visit.   Part of the works were out doors in a section known as the rope walk this leads to what is now a nature reserve.   There is a trickle feeding into the Humber at this point, there are muddy banks that make me think of primordial earth, bare mud with the marks of running water veining it down to the trickle and then into the river itself.

These pictures taken a few years ago might give you an idea of the area I'm trying to describe.   The impression I got then has remained with me.   Can't you just picture those first creatures climbing out of the water and starting life on land?  Of course bring the focus back out and the modern world pops into view, there's the Humber bridge.  Somewhere I love to drive over, I've not walked it yet, the climb up is more than I can contemplate at the moment.

So with this imagery in mind this canvas got started.   The base layer is bronze/brown Powertex spread over with some texture balls included.   Some ribbon and and a natural fibre shower scrunchy were coated with Ivory Powertex and laid over the canvas.   The shell came with a scallop I treated myself to, and some Viva Terra applied to add more texture.   Then I lost my way and set it aside for a year or two.

The canvas has been scratching away inside my head for a little while.  Looking at it again decided to spray it with Glimmer Mists sprays in Blue, Purple, & Pink.   Looking better more texture, florists moss and some hessian ribbon.  More Glimmer Mist spray, this time Green.   The note in the little bottle reads Help!, Glossy Accents secured the bottle and it's cork.  Finally shell pearls, I'm not a fan of these for my jewellery they came in a kit and were set aside.

So there you have it Humber Inspired, All Washed Up.  Sharing it with

Frilly and Funkie, This fortnightly challenge has a theme of Surf's up and it must be vintage.   

Creates and Makes, Monthly Anything Goes Challenge.

Love to Create, Monthly Always Anything Mixed Media Goes.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Non crafting post

Today I'm sharing a few photo's I've taken when I've been out and about recently.  They'll give you a bit of a flavour of this area.   The name Grimsby has been a bit of a joke over the years but in fact this really is a lovely part of the world.

While Bob was here we had a couple of walks out.  This is a picture of the Humber Estuary taken from Cleethorpes shore line, 13th March.  That dot on the horizon is one of two forts built in WW1 to protect the Estuary.   

This is a view of the Freshney whose banks I often walk along listening to the song of local birds.   The area round here is marsh and there is a drainage channel along the right side of the river as you view it here.  This channel is full of bull rushes and I'm looking forward to watching them develop over the year.  This picture was taken on the 19th April this year when we had a few lovely days between wet spells and the muddy bank was pretty much dried out.  Mind you I did come home with muddy boots.

A few days later (1st May) at the beginning of the current dry spell I took this picture, it is the same stretch of the Freshney from the other end.   It looks like a bird had started a nest on the pipes that cross the river at this point.  On the same walk I also had fun looking out for plants that had escaped their gardens and had become weeds.   Weeds are after all plants growing where they are not "wanted".

Here is the Freshney again, well it is just round the corner no travelling required to enjoy these walks.   This time we are looking across from one bank to another and a beautiful old church.  This was just last Monday in the early evening.

If you read my last post you will know I didn't go for a walk yesterday (8th May) but got very excited when I realised how fantastic the sun set was.  That whole section of sky was an array of pinks shot through with sunshine yellow.

It is cooler today so I will be out and about again, who wouldn't when they live in such a lovely part of the world.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

To go for walk or not?

Had a little battle with myself today, part of me wanted to go for a walk but it is still so hot that the other part of me didn't want to.  So spent time in the craft room debating what to do.   Not walking seems to have won out.  Not working tomorrow so perhaps I'll go for a wonder somewhere then.

While in the craft room I came across some thick card die cuts sent to me by a friend many years ago while I still lived in Hedge End.  Yes I've carried these bits of cardboard with me through 2 house moves, knowing they would be useful one day.

Door hanger from the MDF Man given a coat of chalk paint.  I am so in love with chalk paint it is so adaptable giving a great base to do all sorts of different things on.   Today it is just a base, background to the coloured card.   Each die cut has been coloured with ink or paint and then glued in place.    The ribbon on the floral side has been glued on along 3 flat sides, bows tied in same ribbon added on top.   Also dug out from eons old stash the paper flowers and sticky back pearls.

Sharing this with:

Try it on Tuesday - This time their theme is Stencils and/or Die Cuts.  My door hanger is all about die cuts.

The Cats Pajamas - Before my little crafting break some challenges did not seem "right" for me.  Coming back this year I've changed either in style or how I view things not sure which.  Anyway this is all because this is the first time I've entered this monthly challenge.  Their theme for May is Die Cuts.

Artistic Inspirations - The is a fortnightly challenge I've come to love, their regular theme is Anything Goes.

A Inky Mess - This challenge runs from the 25th of each month and is all about Mixed Media, (Anything goes).

Here on the east coast the forecast is for this weather to carry on for a few more days, getting cooler anyway a bit wet but mainly sunny.   Still to see if it will be cool enough for a walk tomorrow.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Glorious Bank Holiday week-end, and it aint over yet.

Here on the Humber the weather the last few days have been glorious.   Been quite a full on week as well, sending Bob off onto his next success;  reclaiming the house, well starting to at least there is still a lot of Bob's stuff to be packed away.

I've also been working on the garden for a couple of months now.  For one reason and another I've not  really tackled it before but this year I'm going to claim it.  Just about got it back to it's base now ready for what ever I decide to plant.   Far to embarrassed to take any before pictures, it looked something like my neighbours now.

To much time in the sun is a serious no no for me, my skin burns and I end up feeling very ill.  So as the day heats up I retreat to the craft room, just behind the patio doors.  My right arm has been strained for a couple of weeks now which rules out chainmaille, and small repetitive movements such as bead knotting so no jewellery for now.

Messy inky arty stuff on the other hand is just fine.  Didn't want to make a card.  Wanted to do something different it's the exploration of techniques and styles that appeals to.   There were 3 arches and one frame left from a Tando set, they had been gessoed previously and I decided to use them this time.

Start then with these 4 pieces of chipboard.   Time to ferret around in my stash for stamps that would fit.   Penny Black brush strokes are firm favourites of mine and we are just entering Strawberry season!   The stamp was inked with Whisper felt pens and pressed onto the chipboard.   Loved the water colour effect that resulted but it felt flat.   Re-inked that stamp and used it on white card.  Now this type of image is not really designed for fussy cutting but that is what I attempted to do.   The rest of the white arch was dusted with a previously used Inkylicious duster that had not had all the ink worked off.   This gave the edges a lovely sort of pastel turquoise/teal shade.  The second stamping was added with dollop of silicon glue at the bottom.  To celebrate the summer feel a little smiling sun charm has been attached near the top.

The frame needed some patten to compliment the arch, out came my tapestry stamps, lots of little leaves, flowers and butterflies stamped all over it.

Side one complete the other side demanded to be done.   The arch for this piece was fitted inside the frame and stamped with the Clarity stamps bird.  This went onto the frame but as both pieces were stamped together they were a perfect match.   The bird has been coloured with Chameleon Pens.   Again the bird was stamped a second time on card, coloured and fussy cut.  Adirondak inks dusted over the arch and frame this time.   Second bird attached with silicone along the length of the birds body.    The Clarity blossom branch stamped over the frame this time.  

A third arch sandwich between the two decorated ones and fitted into the frame.   Now to find a way of making this little piece of home decor stand up alone.   Tucked away in my stash this empty spool, a little D frame saw and some files created a channel to fit the arch into.   Just to make sure everything stays in place a little more silicon glue holds everything in place.

This was so much fun to make it is very rewarding.  Hopefully these other people will enjoy it as well.

Love to Create - This monthly challenge always puts a smile on my face it is so bright, cheerful and inviting.   Their theme is always Anything Creative Mixed Media goes.

Penny Black and More - A challenge I always enjoy, this month their theme is Anything Goes with Rubber stamping as at central feature.

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Calendar refers I think to the fact that this is a monthly challenge.   Umm kinda into monthly challenges for this.  For May the prompt is Things with Wings.

Creative Artiste Mixed Media - And another monthly challenge, always anything mixed media goes.

Pause Dream Enjoy - It was only recently that I found this weekly challenge but like so many it is a lot of fun.  Their theme this week is Lots of Layers.

OK work tomorrow, then maybe a trip to the garden centre.  So by by for now.