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!