Wednesday, 30 December 2009

My Sister's Christmas Card

I'm disappointed with the photographs of this card I made Tracy as it doesn't show the richness of the colours nor the sparkle of the perfect pearls in the panels of handmade paper.


I love making these multi panel cards, they give the recipient so much to see. They are time consuming to make & it is always advisable to make enough handmade paper to begin before doing any stamping. On the back panel I embossed with a cuttelbug folder to add interest.
All stamps are Crafty Individuals.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Boxing Day

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas and got nice things to create with for the new Year. I'm currently staying with my Dad in Immingham. I spent most of Xmas Day in bed poorly, my tummy was really not happy, but it is lovely & warm here at dad's and Im far better today. The snow is thankfully nearly all gone as it caused havoc with travelling on the trains.
I had to get a new mobile phone on Xmas Eve as mine kept going blank on me which proved awkward as I kept getting stranded at the station, trains running up to 40 minutes late & I need to know I can contact work & warn them. My phone is over 5 years old so my new one is quite modern & taken me a day to work out. The good part is I'm now on a contract which will work out far cheaper for me, the phone was free & it has two built in cameras so no excuse for not taking photos when I'm out & about. I am terrible for leaving my camera at home & missing the perfect shots!! I have work to share once I get home & can access the pictures on my own computer.
So for now, I wish you another fabulous day eating festive fayre & playing with your new toys :)

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Middle of December....

and I can't believe I haven't blogged!!!!
To be honest I have been very busy at work & the trains have not been running to time so once I get home I am too busy with chores to upload my photos. So here are a few cards. I only made cards for family & very close friends. Time is not something I have in abundance right now.
The first card is for Audrey, it was her birthday the first week of the month.
The rest are my Christmas cards. I will show my sister's card another day as I need to resize all the pictures of it.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Year of Studio Calico - November

Another page for my album. Sadly there is only one page left to go next month & the album is full. But as I enjoyed every second of creating this, I have an idea for another one in the New Year.

All materials from my Studio Calico kit - Market Place.
Background is Jenni Bowlin Calendar page from the Dec 08 kit.
Patterned Paper- Cosmo Cricket-Earth Love-Remember
Basic Grey-Nook & Pantry-Pear Tart
Cosmo Cricket -Earth Love-Repeat (covering house)
Mini Chipboard house - Maya Road
Title - American Crafts Fabric Alphas -Delight- Leaf Green
Chimney smoke -AC dots from alpha pack coloured black with acrylic paint.
Red Tissue for house window.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Karin's Oriental Birthday Piece

It was Karin's birthday at the weekend and after our usual birthday game on the forum, I can now show my piece. Instead of a card I went with a hanging & just made an ATC for a tag. The background was one of my "happy" experiments & at the time I made it all I had in my mind was rich opulent summer colours. I actually made this in July but kept hold of it for Karin's birthday. My favourite part was adding the beading at the bottom. It took a bit of fiddling but eventually I got there.

Close up of beading. (Can you tell Im proud!)

Making it proved easier than photographing it!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

A Page to Share

This was a page I made during my time on the mojoholder DT. It was one of the lifts we had lined up but never featured. The original page was done by a dear blog friend, Christiane Muller.
The photo was supplied by my sister from her holiday to France. I just added stamping to the page along with the gorgeous map flowers from one of my Studio Calico kits.

Friday, 13 November 2009

safe HAVEN

This layout was made last weekend and it has been terrible trying to get a photo of it. Im still not 100% happy with this one but it is the best of 10!! The picture was taken a few weeks ago during my stay with my sister, Tracy. This is her home & I love it! Im on a half day holiday from work today so thought it might be the perfect to try one last time to get a photo while it is daylight. After all I am never normally home until 5.45pm and daylight is just a memory by then!

Materials list; Studio Calico October 2009 kit Yearbook and Add on Fall Festival
Patterned paper;
My Mind's Eye-Abbey Road-Lucky Me "Sisters"/Forever Rings paper
Basic Grey-Indian Summer-Acorn
Bo Bunny-Delilah-Circle Scalloped
Bo Bunny-Delilah-Here's 2 u
BG Indian Summer element stickers (bird, leaf trail border, journal block)
American Crafts Fieldhouse Blue Skies (felt tree)
MME-Abbey Road (spotted orange brad)
Fancy Pants Orange pom pom trim
safe (white letter stickers ASDA)
Haven (Cosmo Cricket The Boyfriend chip alphas.
Kraft cardstock base.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Apologies to my blog friends

due to some rather suggestive comments left by a sex site, it is with regret that I have had to put comment moderation back onto my blog. It is hoped that they can not then link to your blogs too. I am disgusted that Blogger allows them to get through to be honest. I have enough to do out at work all day without having to patrol my blog.
Anyhow, finally I have a photo of a layout I made about two weeks ago! It is a very old photo taken during a very difficult period of my life but I remember this as been one really nice day. We were all dresed for winter but it was gloriously hot. We were friends & step brothers & sisters back then.
I made it bright & cheerful even though that time of my life was miserable & dark. All the same the photo holds a memory that I have of sun, laughter & holidays. The girl at the very front was a friend I met up with each weekend when we stayed in our caravan. Photo taken around 1978/9.
Materials used from Studio Calico September 2009 kit Cotillion, with the odd few embellishments used from older kits. I thought this Basic Grey paper screamed 1970's. Names printed onto blue dymo tape.

Monday, 2 November 2009

October page for my Year of Studio Calico

I have had a week off work from 24th Oct until today and I went away to visit my sister, Tracy in Newcastle for a very long weekend. Bless her, she had got Swine Flu and despite nasty hallucinations from the Tamiflu drugs, she looked a lot better by the time I got up there and we had an amazing girly time together. I had the pleasure of relaxing, listening to the sound of silence interupted only now & then by the sound of cash tills as we shopped. :) :) Once I got back home I decided on a total break & spent my hours home making. I love burning scented candles while reading in a corner wrapped in fleecy blankets. I find it the only way to truly recharge my batteries. The home making bit was defrosting the freezer & cooking to fill it up for the winter months ahead.
I took some lovely photos while up at Tracy's and this one of the hens waltzing into the house to see what she was doing just begged to be scrapped.

The materials are all from the October SC kit- Yearbook and the add on Fall Festival. (Another page will foloow once I can get photos) I only got this kit when i got home as the postman left it with my designated safe place but we kept missing each other the whole week.
It was great to get it & have a few days to sit & decide how to use it.
Jenni Bowlin calendar page (Dec 08 kit)
Paper - Jillibean Soup, Lentil Soup-Vegetable broth.
American Crafts Remarks Garden Walk journal block.
Sassafrass Lass Paper Whimsies Beatnik Buds.
Prima Flower centres.
Title both stamps from the kit.
Paper edges & calendar distressed & inked with Versamagic Chalk ink in Gingerbread.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Guest Designer for Little Shop of Sketches

I had the pleasure of being guest designer over on Little Shop of Sketches this week. My dear friend Pearl contacted me early last month to ask if I would return the favour as she had kindly done a GD spot for me on mojoholder. The sketch was fun to work with & I kept my page simple to show off the tranquil photo that I had taken at Xmas while staying with my sister, Tracy.
Here is a close up of my simple cluster of embellishments.

The materials I used are all from my last 3 SC kits.
I have been away from blog land for a while as I am rather tired. I am at the stage where getting out of bed is difficult in a morning and I'm finding myself late getting ready for work. The warmer duvet is partly to blame. I'm only up this early today because I have a train to catch in an hour!
Thankfully I am having a week's holiday from work starting with a long weekend this Saturday, when finger's crossed I am going up to Newcastle to stay with my sister, Tracy. I say finger's crossed as right now she has the flu & as a precaution the doctors have given her the swine flu drugs, Tamiflu. Once I get home I have a day out at Meadowhall shopping and plan to rest. I made a layout just for the hell of it last weekend but so far haven't had the right light for a photo then the day it was perfect, both sets of camera batteries were flat!!! Still they are fully charged & ready for my trip.
3 days & counting!

Sunday, 11 October 2009


Today is my fellow Scrapbooking Teamie, Angela's birthday. I made this mini layout card for her as I know she is at her happiest near water. Paper is Dovecraft, Sequin waste from haberdashery. Photo was taken by me at Christmas during my stay at my sister's house.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Welcome Millie Jane - Crazy Amigo Challenge

One of my teamies, Nic & her husband Ian welcomed their new daughter Millie Jane into the world on Sunday. She will be adored by her big sister, Isabella. This is the card I made for them all. I hand stitched the row of tiny buttons onto the lace. It was rather fiddly but worth it as it looks unique.

A friend of mine, Rein, stopped by to tell me that the challenge over at Crazy Amigos is baby/ birth cards. So I am adding the link & entering my card.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Travel Project

This is a recent project I made to give away to a friend of mine, Marjolein & it took a while to get decent photos as the camera had flat batteries. The moment they were charged the weather was too bright or too dark, typical really.
The first picture shows the front cover & the tag I made to send with it.
This is page 4 of the 6 page book.

This is page 5.
The other pictures are really not good enough quality to blog. Shame but that's how it goes sometimes. I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend so far. I am having a great time. I had my feet up all afternoon flicking through a magazine & I feel like I have had a more than a day off work.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

A Challenge

I am a team member of Scrap Shoppin' Girls and we haven't done a lot of team stuff in a while. You know how life gets in the way & time flies by. Babies are born to some ( well one born & another due VERY soon), Grandchildren for another. University study for one and new jobs for myself, followed by a career for the university student. So we decided to do a sketch to get the creativity flowing. The sketch we picked is an old Pencil Lines one. Here is my version below.

My designed is made mainly from my August Studio Calico kit -Over the Rainbow & the add on No Place Like Home.
Patterned Paper; Knave of Hearts, Summer's Day, Crafty Strips & Collage Cuts - Tell Your Story-Collage Press.
Making Memories -Great Escape -Compass Foil.
Large Brad, Cherry- American Crafts
Title - Bamboo Alphas - Making Memories
Reverse Tiny Circle Alphas, Jenni Bowlin.
Ric Rac from my stash.
Photos - from my sister, Tracy taken in France 2007.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Two pages from last weekend

I unplugged the phone last weekend for some chill-out "me" time. I am frazzled from the last few weeks of staff coverage & needed to shut myself away.
The first page is using my FountainSquare/Hobson Grove Studio Calico kit from November 2008 but I used the photo frame from this months kit as it fitted with my design. Leaves are stamped with some Habico clear stamps I bought over two years ago. Title was using the Making Memories Bamboo alphas that went perfectly with tis photo.

This 2nd page is from my latest SC kit. White cardstock. MM eyelet die cut paper which I inked with Broken China distress ink to make it stand out. The papers are Basic Grey-June Bug Aggie & Anna Griffin- Darcey Multi Floral. Yellow trim is Maya Road. Title June Bug chipboard Alphas.
Photo is my sister's cat, Kia.
I just need to say sorry to my regular blogs that I visit, but some of them I just can't get onto to comment. I get so frustrated when my computer freezes & I ended up having to shut down so I have not blog hoped very much lately. Time is a little too short, any spare time I have, I want to spend creating, while listening to music, breathing in the scent of burning incense.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Finally.... Something to share!!

I have had a busy few weeks at work as it is peak holiday time & everyone is jetting off to warmer climes. I have also been busy completing a travel project, when I could fit in some crafting time, which I can't share until it reaches its destination. I really need to get it posted off ,but I was run off my feet yesterday & missed the post office!!! Still I can get it all sorted out & post at work in the week. Someone should receive it throught the letterbox soon ;)
Anyway here is a page to share from my new September SC kit, Cotillion. I really want to create with this one as the papers that came are far nicer in reality. Sometimes photos just don't do things justice. I love the last kit too, but am lacking inspiration for it right now. But, the beauty is these kits don't really date so I can always use them anytime in the next year.
The page is another for the Year of SC album & again is made from the Jenni Bowlin calendar that came in the 2008 December kit.

Materials List;
Patterned paper, Studio Calico double sided Papillon.(butterflies/stripes)
Mini Frame stamp, Studio Calico.
Title, "you & me" & red flowers; Anna Griffin Darcey flocked stickers.
Sub title; sisters, Jenni Bowlin reverse black stickers.
Inks; Rangers black archival. StazOn Teal Blue.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Year of Studio Calico - August

As I only got this kit two days ago I am late making a contribution to my Album. I chose this photo taken by my sister, Tracy on her trip to France in August 2007. This is the first time I have created anything in days. I had my sister with me over BH weekend & the mojo forum took a break. I have two pages ready for when we get back so Im glad as time is very short for me right now.
We had sad news on our forum, our dear friend Suse passed away and we had little to say & crafting seemed a little pointless. I found creating hard as I was also very busy, actually am still very busy at work covering staff holiday time in our office & another of our branches in York. I have several projects half started & I'm certain I will get round to completing them eventually.
Just two more weeks to go & life should be back to normal at work & I will have some time for myself.
Materials; From the SC August Kit "Over the Rainbow" & add on kit "No Place Like Home" except for the Jenni Bowlin calendar page which came in the December 2008 kit.
Mini Compass Mask; Tim Holtz
Fired Brick Distress Ink.
Paper; Making Memories, Great Escape- Foil Compass. Collage Press, Knave of Hearts Collection-Crafty Strips.
Black cardstock. Black ink.
Title - Making Memories, Great Escape- Bamboo Alphas.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Mojoholder # 122 Kelly Goree

Something went wrong and this did not upload on Friday evening!!!!! I only found out 5 minutes ago!!
This week over on Mojoholder, we are featuring guest artist, Kelly Goree. Make sure you duck over there and see what the other DT ladies created. My page features another Australian photo that my Dad took but printed on my printer..... yup MY printer is back in action. Seems the problem I have had was simply that the ink cartridges I used were remanufactured ones & it upset my printer real bad. I won't be doing that again, in a hurry, I can tell you. Any how, I love this picture taken at Billabong Koala Park, New South Wales, Australia. Dad stayed with friends in Poret Macquarie and he went along with his camera for some excellent photos.

Materials List; (I'm being good & using up some old stuff!)
Bazzill Kraft cardstock.
Bazzill Rain Forest cardstock (photo mat)
Patterned Paper strips;
Basic Grey -Urban Couture-Pashmina
Basic Grey -Mortifica -Jade
Basic Grey -Scarlet's Letter-Desire
Basic Grey -Scarlet's Letter-Repose.
Inks; Rangers Archival black. Rangers Adirondack dye ink, Meadow.
Fiskars border punch
Title:- K&Co Adhesive Woodgrain Alphabet.
Green & silver embellishment - The Range as one of the Craft Works products that being at 99p Super, smashing, nice value!! :0) They do tiny foam alphas brads & all sorts.

I'm very impressed that this layout used up old papers but I kept looking longingly at all the new stuff!!

Saturday, 15 August 2009

SaWo #68 Make a Journal Page

I don't have a journal but I have always fancied making random pages & making them into a minibook. The page below is a kind of mix of all that is in my head right now.
I used to live on a Dairy Farm & I love Friesian Cows. I was very lucky to find this image of a cow in a magazine a few days ago & cut it out hoping to use it with the sellotape transfer method that I used on my tag for the TIO challenge on Wednesday. Perfect for this journal page. I have painted gesso over a book page & applied distress inks in a rainbow effect to illustrate that I love all colour. The travel words, bicycle & Paris ticket stamp are because I'm working on travel themes for my DT layouts & two other (secret for the moment) travel themed projects. The thistle picture, again sellotape transfer method as i just loved the picture as soon as I saw it. The clock because time is important to me, I have a fixation with images of clocks. The heart because mine is sad right now but all the happy colours cheer me. The rest are fill in pieces that represent things I like really.
I really enjoyed making this. It was great & I will make more now I have tackled my first!

Daring Cardmakers - Lace

The theme on Daring Cardmakers blog is Lace. It's been a year or more since I entered a challenge on this fabulous site. They are all very talented ladies & I had the honour of being Guest Designer in September 2007!
The main reason, for my not having entered any challenge o this fabby blog is, I just don't seem to make cards anymore! If I do make them its for a particular birthday, but I no longer make them every week. However I feel quite nostalic today as sadly my BIL Nigel passed away 5 years ago on this date, & I thought I would enter my Paris Postcard.
I made this postcard to pop into an envelope with some documents for my sister & as it has just a strip of lace I thought that it might just pass! Background is pink core'dinations card (Earth tone pack)The Gold Floral stamp is Elusive Images Damask Florals stamped in Adirondack Butterscotch dye ink. The torn page is from a book. I have painted it with artists Gesso & inked the edges with Adirondack Wild Plum dye ink. The torn paper ontop of that is some handmade paper using Adriondack inks & perfect pearls spray.
The Eiffel Tower (Elusive Images, Paris Stamp Collection) is stamped onto watercolour paper & coloured loosely with inks & a waterbrush. The blossoms are stamped with a script stamp. I layered up the whole piece with the strip of lace & added a gem for the flower centre. I stupidly forgot to take a photo of the back of it as it was stamped to look like a postcard!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Wednesday Stamper - Paisley

Here is my entry for this week's Wednesday Stamper Paisley theme. I had stained a piece of card with coffee and used a section of it for the Birds tag in the post below. Having enough left to cut into a 4x4 I decided to use this paisley stamp from a free Papermania pack of stamps that I got as a subscription gift. I thought at first that the stamp set would be too "cute" but teamed with natural colours & my favourite image (I call her gypsy) I think they look quite grown up. I watercoloured the images with a selection of Adirondack dye ink pads. I used my favourite Colourbox Fluid Chalk Ink pad , Dark Brown to ink over some sequin waste to add a bit of contrast.

TIO #16 Strictly for the Birds

This week's theme on Tag it On challenge is to make a tag with birds in mind. My tag is white card, stained with coffee & left to dry naturally for a day. Then I overstamped the whole piece with a crackle background stamp & Distress ink, Brushed Corduroy before cutting into the shape of a tag. The tree stamp (CI) was stamped onto some very thin paper & glued directly to my tag. I stamped the bird (CI) cut out & coloured with adirondack inks. The bird is meant to be a member of the Tit family but I have coloured it to make it look more like a Jay. The large bird was a picture in a magazine & I used a large piece of sellotape (clear parcel tape) to make an image transfer. I layered it over the other image to give a collage feel to my piece, but as the tape is clear it gives a more transparent look than a thick layer. I could have used tissue paper for a thinner layer, but I have no large bird stamp.The flower (CI) was stamped on cream card & I water-coloured a very loose thin brown ink over to give it a more vintage look. I then stamped a leaf design in the bottom corner. As usual I haven't made my mind up how I want to use the tag so I have not finished it at the top with ribbon, fibres or brads.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Mixed Media Monday

I made this little watercolour last night for a travel project that I am creating & this morning when I checked the lastest challenge for Mixed Media Monday, I saw that it fitted the theme of Blues & Greens. I stamped the Italian Building image (Cherry Pie) in Black Versafine ink & then using a water brush (Royal & Langnickel) I watercoloured using Distress inks, Faded Jeans & Broken China for the sky. Brushed Corduroy for the building & a mix of two Adirondack dye inks for the grass, Meadow & Lettuce.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

SaWo No.67 Textured Paint

The challenge this week on Saturday's Workout is Textured Paint. I can tell you that earlier this evening, this piece of work was sat in the bin as a piece gone wrong. Then I had an idea & it was resurrected. I didn't use paint, I used a very thick layer of gesso but it dried too flat really for my liking. Still, after adding red acrylic paint in two shades the texture stands out far more.

Stamps, Cherry Pie. Paint Folkart & Anita's. Ink, Rangers Adirondack Dye pads, Cranberry & Currant. I wrote the words Dream & Wonder in the wet gesso.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Mojoholder Challenge 121 - Micayla

It was a major rush this week for me to produce my Design Team piece as when my ink replacement cartridge finally arrived, it was no better than the other one! So I had to place an emergency order to another company to see if I could get it here in time to do a page. Then I ended up having to go to work by bus as there are no trains in our area for quite a while due to track repairs. It means leaving home at 7am & not returing home until 7pm so I am a very tired, grouchy pixie right now! Everything was against me from the weather to the sheer cost involved & the total lack of daylight to take photos after 7pm at night.

On Mojoholder we are featuring one of my friends tonight, Micayla Metcalf. She makes some ubberly gorgeous things and has a very beautiful daughter who I'm certain will provide her with enough scrap matrial over the next 20 years to sink a ship. Do pop on over to her blog, the link to it is her name.

Due to lack of time it is a pretty simple layout but I am totally happy with it :o)

Materials List;
Bazzill Cardstock-Lagoon? not really certain on that one
Patterned Paper - Jenni Bowlin - Navy Harelquin (Studio Calico Kit Aug '08)
Title - "Venice" - American Crafts Patchwork black fabric thickers (I adore these & want some in every single colour!)
"beautiful" rub on by Crate Paper.
Corner swirl stamp- Kelly Panacci -clear Damask Set
Word stamps- Travel, Discover, Destinaition, Explore from travel sets by Royal & Langnickel & Clear Design.
Inks - Rangers Adirondack Dye- Denim, Rangers Archival -Black.

As my journalling says, I have never really cared for going abroad on holiday, I love some of the beauty this country has to offer & there is so much I haven't seen, but I would love to go to Venice & float down a canal on a gondola. I would love to see Paris too!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

TIO #15 Nature's Beauty

The Tag it On challenge this week is be inspired by something you consider to be natural beauty & make a tag. If you can add a piece of nature to the tag. I'm a bit late with this as I got home too late last night for me to create my piece & get a decent photo of it.
So tonight, despite very horrid dark weather I have managed to get my photo.

Stamps are Cherry Pie. Shells from my own little collection that I keep in my bathroom.
Inks, StazOn Timber Brown & Teal Blue. Distress ink, Broken China.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Mixed Media Monday

The theme over at Mixed Media Monday is Nature's Blues & Browns. I have carried this idea in my mind all day at work & am thrilled that it translated to the "page" exactly as I planned it. (A rare thing for me!) My ATC is made from a book page coverd with gesso. I stamped my images in Timber Brown StazOn. Once the images were dry I sponged on blue distress inks Faded Jeans & Broken China. Straight after this I sponged areas in Brushed Corduroy. I then spritzed it with a little water & mopped the puddles with kitchen towel. Before it was dry I re-applied more Brushed Corduroy to add to the distressed look. I decided to keep the design minimal & kept to just the teasels & butterflies. (Teasels from Big n Wild Things, Gel-รก-Tins, Butterfly from Crafty Individuals CI-226)

Sunday, 2 August 2009

SaWo No.66 Peeling Paint & Petroleum Jelly

Here is my entry for this week's Saturday's Workout challenge. To create a background using paint & petroleum jelly (vaseline). I made this 4 inch canvas. It is actually a piece of canvas board and is a cover for a Bind it All book. They come in packs of two for you to use with your BIA. I haven't made the holes as I wanted the image to go to the very edge before I did. I plan to make a mini travel book so this stamp of Sacre Coeur was perfect for the front. I had bought the stamps in April & began an envelope book, but when my printer refused to recognise the ink cartridge I had to put it to one side as I needed some photos of France printing. My sister took a few pics of some stunning buildings while on holiday last year. Now the ink is back I can get it completed!

I first painted the background with Peach Bellini acrylic paint by Ranger. Once dry, applied the vaseline in random areas & then painted Anitas Lemon Yellow acrylic paint over the top. Once that was dry I removed the vaseline areas of paint to allow the background colour to show through. Once my images were stamped I coloured bits in with cotton wool balls & Adirondack dye ink pads. Adding a touch of blue to the sky area. I used my favourtie Stampers Anonymous Artful Mosaic stamp & several travel words from various sets. (its good to be using those words as I have owned the sets for nearly 6 years!!)

You may need to click on the picture to get a clearer view.
I noticed that in my Design Team page below. I have used fabric rip strips in place of patterned papers & you can't really see that unless the photo is larger!

Friday, 31 July 2009

Mojoholder Challenge #120

This week on the mojoholder we have the fabby Jennifer Mcguire. I have to admit this isn't one of my favourite pages to work with as I really do shy away from multi photo layouts. Im a believer in minibooks for lots of pics & no more than 3 or 4 on a page. Even then Im struggling to use 4!! So you will see that my page is a very basic version of the original. But, that is what mojo is all about. Finding your mojo from another source of art that inspires you to create your own unique piece.

This is another page for my Year of Studio Calico album, using the current monthly kit Documentary. Only 10 days & my new August kit will be here :)
Still clutching at straws for photos as the ink cartridge replacement only arrived today, or at least it is sat at the sorting office (ggrrr!!!! not remotely funny anymore)

Materials List;
Jenni Bowlin Calendar page (Dec SC Kit)
Square of Blue Spotted Patterned Paper - Scenic Route Garden Grove-Joy Street.
Two pieces of the Studio Calico Fabric ripstrips - marevellous stuff & it looks great in place of paper pieces! A little something different to try.
Circles of paper - Studio Calico - Tickets Please.
3 Blue Buttons taken from Great Escape Blossom & button pack -Making Memories.
Photo - Taken by my dad in 2006 in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.

So, to recap, a simple page, but with hidden extras. Honestly I am thrilled with how the fabric ripstrips worked out!! I wasn't sure they would work but I'm all for giving it a shot :)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

WS - Take a Ride

The theme over on Wednesday Stamper is Take a Ride & I was inspired to create this piece of art from a set of travel stamps I have sat on my craft desk. I made the 4x4 background by stamping a protion of it with my Crafty Individuals Harlequin stamp in Rangers archival black ink & colouring over it with Versamagic Chalk ink, Gingerbread. I tore a strip of black script paper from 7gypsies & glued it down next to the stamped section & inked the rest of the piece with caramel & butterscotch Adirondack dye inks & a touch of Versamagic chalk ink Pumpkin Spice. The tag is torn & inked in denim Adirondack around the edges. I stamped the car, masked it off & stamped the sign post so it appears to be behind. Then I added the word travel. I finished ot off by stamping the word journey & inking the string attached to the tag.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Shared Art & Tag It On

Here are two pieces of art that I made this week for my Chrysalis forum friends.
The first piece is a matchbook for Jo.

Front Cover; Chipboard "N" covered with Rangers Crackle Glaze. Overstamped with StazOn.
Back cover; lightly gesso'd & inked in Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint Distress inks.
The back & front is a strip of Basic Grey Urban Couture Pashmina patterned paper. It measures 11x3.5ins, scored into a matchbook.
The inside; made with Vanilla Bazill cardstock scored to make a tiny book. Pieces of the BG paper glued on the back & background papers made & cut to fit the front of each page.

Stamps; Crafty Individuals CI226 and PaperArtsy Petals plate no.4 (words)
Background papers made with Mustard Seed/Shabby Shutters/Peeled Paint Distress inks & sprayed with Interference Green Perfect Pearls. I stuck to a limited colour scheme & one plate of stamps throughout. But I had to use the second plate for the words to finish the project off.
All images stamped in Butterscotch/Meadow/Caramel & Lettuce Adirondack dye ink pads.

This second piece is for Penny.
My Angel Tag

This background was intended for another project, but once dry it wasn't quite what I was after. Later on that day, I was clearing away when this piece fell into my hands. It was the perfect size & colour for another idea that had formed in my head.
It was made with Distress inks -Dusty Concord/Broken China/Scattered Straw and a quick dab of Shabby Shutters! Spritz with Perfect Pearls Interference Blue.

Images are stamped in Adirondack Dye ink,Eggplant and the background piece is edged in Denim.
Girl image is an acetate from crafty Individuals.
Clock from Artistic stamper, "clocks & keys" plate.
Butterfly & wildflowers from the same plate above on Jo's matchbook.
Flower Scroll; ATC mini elements SSGuild.
One of my Chrysalis Forum friends advised me that this piece of art for Penny would fit the Tag it On Time Flies challenge so if they don't mind my entering this piece, I think it fits well.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Saturday's Workout No.65 ......

This week the theme at Saturday's Workout is to create a Canvas Back Shrine/ Shadow Box.
I was shopping yesterday in a local arts & crafts store & found a pack of 4 mini canvases, each measuring 7cms square. I threw them into my basket sure I could create something with them. I also bought a pack of 2 mini easels for displaying my artwork at home. So you can imagine how pleased I was to see that the Saturday's Workout would be the perfect excuse to play with one straight away!! It is, of course, the very first one I have made so please go easy on me if it isn't as beautiful & elaborate as some of the ones I have glimpsed already.
Front view. Painted with gesso and inked with Distress inks, Faded Jeans / Broken China.
The inside has had gesso applied and a sheet of white text covered in gesso stuck inside. Over the top of the text I have stuck on some white tissue which was stamped in Teal Blue StazOn with the Artful Mosaic stamp by Stampers Anonymous. I had to cut sections of the tissue to allow it to fit nicely across the back. I then stamped my favourite image (the smaller version) 3 times in Archival black ink and layered her on foam pads. Adding blue colour to the final set of flowers.

Side View. I stamped the words Treasure and Memories around the edges and glued a tiny shell on the inside ledge. The pictures are not brilliant ,but if you click on them they do go bigger.

The light is very good but my camera is still not 100% happy!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Mojoholder #119 - Marjolein

This week on mojoholder we are featuring a good friend of mine, Marjolein Bussink.

She says, my name is Marjolein Bussink, pure Dutch but live in Canada for 3 years now and am very happy here! I love anything vintage, mixed media, freestyle, and start to get hooked on stamping! I am a member of the DT for the blog wijDUS (DUS stands for Dutch United Scrappers) DUS is short for SO if you would translate it! As usual the other DT members have all done there takes on this layout and can be seen over on our blog.

I know you may have seen this photo before, but I have nothing else. As you know I had to miss out on last week's DT page as I had no photos. The good news is my ink cartridge replacement will be here by the middle of next week!! (big sigh of relief!)

Materials list;
Cardstock-Bazzill Kraft
Patterned Paper - Scenic Route, Garden grove-Lemonwood Lane (July '09 SC Kit)
Studio Calico - Papparazzi (July '09 SC Kit)
Studio Calico - Fabric rip strips (July '09 SC Kit )
Rub on Filmstrip - Royal & Langnickel
SEI - Performated Tickets - En Route (July '09 SC Kit)
Camera - Studio Calico (July '09 SC Kit)
Lace Border - Studio Calico ( Dec '08 SC Kit)
Mini Numbers - Studio Calico (Sept '08 SC Kit)
Old fashioned camera - Travel set of stamps - Dimensions
"The" - Basic Grey Boxer stickers (July '08 SC Kit)
"Camera" - K&Co Woodgrain Chipboard Alphabet (July '09 SC Kit)
"never lies anymore" - Black Tiny Alphas (Dec'08 SC Kit)
Other bits;
Chipboard Swirly Bird & Ric Rac -American crafts Thickers - Patchwork Accents (Mar '09 SC Kit)
Inks; Adirondack Dye pad in Meadow, Rangers ARchival Black pad
Paints; Adirondack Dabbers - Willow & Pebble. (Used around picture & main layout)

You could say that this has been a Studio Calico colaboration!!

Happy 30th Birthday, Louise!

I made this card in a similar vein to the one I made for Suse & the Wednesday Stamper challenge. The difference being I had the sense to make enough coloured background before I started ;0) Despite how free the colours are, matching them up mid card is very difficult. The Distress inks used were, Faded Jeans/Broken China/Dusty Concord. Once made I spritzed with Perfect Pearls Interference Blue mixed in water. I tend to allow these pieces to air dry whenever possible as they naturally flatten. Heating them to speed the drying time does warp the card & it is annoying having to flatten under heavy objects.

Card front; The dragonflies (cover issue stamp of Craft Stamper) were stamped on the card in StazOn Teal Blue & the vellum wings are embossed in clear powder. I used a fiskars border punch for this one & silver embossing powder.

The inside; I stamped the feather design from the Venaissance Set-Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen in Adirondack dye inks Wild Plum & Eggplant to give it a two tone effect.
The back & behind the front panel; You can see the colours of the distress background far better in this photo. I love the imperfect bits where a bit of white is showing. I overstamped the whole pieces with my Hero Arts Old Letter Writing background stamp in Adirondack Dye ink Eggplant. The trick with this is to ink the stamp & stamp it down onto a scrap piece first so that the second impression is much lighter. This way it doesn't dominate the design.

The corner stamps are Design Objectives & I had forgotten I owned them as they were hidden away in the back of the stamp drawers!!

I really love making these background pieces & spent an hour creating plenty for future projects. Pop back soon as I have another piece of art to share, but not before I share my Mojoholder Design Team page tonight!