Monday, 27 January 2014

Birthday Number Three, Happy Birthday, Rachel!

Crikey, three birthdays in four days. That has to be a record!!
Well today it is the turn of Rachel (aka Taniwha)
Again, Rachel,  is a scrapper friend of mine & I decided that
as she had a scrap style Christmas card, I would do a mixed media birthday card.
I am quite pleased with this, it turned out better than I imagined & I got
chance to play with some forgotten art materials, my soft & oil pastels.
I won't bore you too much with the detail,
 but basically I glued book text to a piece of watercolour paper.
I applied white gesso to the surface & once dry
I coloured it with the soft pastels, adding oil pastels at the edges
to give a darker frame effect.
I stamped the background with TH Attic Treasures
& Elusive Images - Paris Postcards set of 4 plates.
I die cut the bookplate (TH) & applied gesso then antique linen distress paint.
I added a touch of brushed Pewter distress paint too.
Added Madame Payraud -  Washi Tape strips
an Xcut die cut swirl & Memory Box Butterfly
which was stamped with text. Adding two brads for decoration.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Birthday Number Two, Happy Birthday Pauline!

As I said yesterday, it's Pauline's birthday today.
she is a scrapper friend of mine but I decided on a
mixed media card for her birthday.
I incorporated my fav technique of the moment;
stamping with paint!!!
 as I love the mini doily so much I made it a feature on the back.

I used TH Wood & wallpaper stamps
Crafty Individuals Girls on Beach stamp
Die cut circle frame
Marion Smith Designs paper
Madame Payraud paper tape
That Special Touch Stencil - Delicate
Memory Box die - Honeyblossom
TH Die cut swirl
Coloured girls with Distress Markers
see you again Monday for birthday number three!!!!!
hint another mixed media card....

Friday, 24 January 2014

Birthday Number One, Happy birthday to Kath!!

Kath, my aunt has her birthday today.
I am not going to tell you her age but it is a big birthday.
I made this stamping with an inked glass block using wild honey
then I stamped the Urban Stamps Madame Payraud Postcard stamp.
I then added a bit of text stamping & the die cut birds & lamp posts.
I added detail with Jo Capper-Sandon's Stampotique Bee
& the other part of the postcard set, which houses the greeting.
I have 3 birthdays this weekend so pop back tomorrow for birthday number 2, Pauline.
Then on Monday it is the turn of Rachel, for birthday number 3!!!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

A Thank You

to my sister & brother in law for my lovely Christmas presents.
I had hoped to share with you a page from my journal but have decided I really hate the
colour.... thank crunchie for Gesso!!!
It really is the defender of all evils!!
Anyway the card above was made to send my thanks
& it was simply done with two memory box dies.
I've had a few days off work & made 4 cards for up
& coming birthdays.
I'm also off work after Tuesday for a week :) & I
have an online class lined up along with some more
craft tidying up & I have also promised myself that I will
make a few Christmas cards in readiness for the festive season.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Penny's Birthday

My craft friend Penny had a birthday on Friday.
Now to say she is an Alice Cooper fan is
not really enough words to explain her passion!
Naturally her card needed to feature the man himself
so huge thanks to Andy Skinner who just
happened to have two great images on his website.
Front of card

inside of card
The images were added using image transfer.
Inkjet printer and sticker sheets.
I used distress stains, inks, texture paste & stencils.
My stencils are by Julie Fe i- Fan Balzer
I only wish I had lightened the background more.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

New Year, New Craft

Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope 2014 will be filled with crafting delights for all my friends.
I started my first page in my art journal & this year I am going
to share each page. It strikes me the only way to be arty from now
until May when light is poor, is to create small do able pages.
More on that next week.
My forum friend, Carol had a birthday this week.
Normally after Christmas I am a tad rushed.
She gets a card I feel I don't put enough effort in.
So this year I started it early!!!
My design is based on a tunnel book.
 This is the inside of the front design.
The part with the girl was stuck to the card front.

Products used;
Distress re-inkers neat, swirled on watercolour paper
TH Stamp - weathered wallpaper
Corner stamps from my stash
Girl - Paper Bag Studio

This is  a canvas I fell in love with in July.
Alex Clark has an art gallery run by her mum right near my sister.
She bought me this for Christmas, I was thrilled when I opened it!!!
I love the colours, they are so yummy.