Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A New Pencil Pot..

made from recycling the centres
from two empty reels of tape.
You can tell it's handmade & that just
adds to my delight!
The bottom roll was from metal duct tape
& the top was left from double sided tape.
 Another view of the completed article.
Embossed metal tape with blue
metallic paint on it.
 Here's what they looked like to begin.
I was working on my Tombstone at the time
& while waiting for things to dry,
I was putting this together.
I covered them inside & out with white cardstock strips
& painted them with black gesso.

 I stuck metal duct tape to thin card & embossed
them all using Tim Holtz Bingo & Fragments
embossing folders.
I then pieced them together onto the pot
as I have seen Lorrimarie Jenkins do in
many of her altered book projects.
 In the bottom corner, you can see the top reel
just painted black on the outside.
I decided to put a little paint on the finished piece
just to highlight the edges. I didn't want a thick cover.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Altered Folder

This is my first attempt at an altered folder.
The folder in question was from back in the day
when I was an agent for Freemans' Catalogue.
I kept it for years knowing I could re-purpose it!

Here's what I did.
This first photo doesn't show the colour too well.
I used black gesso over Golden Pumice Gel.
I then glued on die cuts & added pearls.
Then coated the whole thing in black gesso.

Next I added metallic paints - dry brushing them
over the surface. 
In the next two photos, I have altered the
shadows so the blue/green colours
will show up more.
 This is the back.
I'm not entirely happy with how it looks,
but in fairness, getting the right light might have
helped my cause!!
It looks really streaky in this picture,
but it isn't in real life.
I house all my Memory Box & Spellbinder dies
in this folder. Memory box come in such
adorable envelopes, I didn't want 
to throw them out!
 The pumice gel was applied through a stencil,
I'm wishing I had the Fleur De Lis for this project.
But I'm happy with it for a first try.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Dina Wakley Media - Show Us Your Media Gratitude

Challenge Month Five

Grateful for Kindness

First page for 2020 of this Gratitude project.
Kindness is an important part of my life.
Without it, I don't think anyone could cope
with daily living. So for my theme I went with
a circle background. It is to signify how
Kindness breeds Kindness in an endless way.
To begin I added white gesso to the page.
I then added Golden Light Molding paste
through TCW Stencil, Ring Doily.
Once dry, I added colour.
Dylusions paint in
Peony Blush / Cherry Pie / Crushed Grape.
I sprayed with water to get it moving.
Once dry, I added the same colours plus white,
with ghost stenciling using the same stencil.
This seemed too vivid once dry, so I brayered
gesso over the top to tone it back.
Next a bit of black background stamping
with a Bo Bunny background stamp
& also some French script.
After adding some DWM Collage tissue
in circles, I stamped onto copy paper,
my image from DWM From the Past.
I stamped her again onto light card.
I adhered the copy paper version,
added brown shading around her with 
Woody 3 in 1 880/630,
then stuck the card version on the top.
I printed my quote with the dymo label maker,
added to the page & used woody 880/334
to create shadows around the words.
To finish, I wrote my journaling &
added Tim Holtz Small Talk phrases
relevant to the words I wrote.
I just put that the world can be a better place
with just a smile or a few words. They might make
someone feel like they matter, at a time when
they may well be feeling very low.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Birthday Wishes

for my friend, Colette.
Today is her birthday & here is
the card I made for her.
 The paper is Cardboard Patterns,
 from The Works.
The ladies are from the set,
"Beautiful You" Stampin' Up.
I coloured them with my Aldi 
Metallic pencil crayons.
I cut them out, then adhered them to
the white panel over the blue shaped paper.
The design is based loosely on a sketch 
Happy Birthday stamp by MFT as is
the shaped scalloped border die,
used to cut top & bottom of the blue paper.
Edges all inked Altenew Persian Blue. 

Friday, 3 January 2020

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Art Journal page for my Colour Exploration Journal.
A nice wintry feel to kick off the New Year Blogging.

I began this page with gesso.
Once dry, I applied my first colour, 
PaperArtsy Blue Smoke in vertical strokes,
taking care not to hit the edges.
This was overlayed with Wolf Eye.
Once dry, I added my final blue layer,
using Iceberg. I made this far more watery,
spraying it with water to create a running,
dripping effect down the page.
I dried it all well & then stamped with
a free snowflake stamp from Craft Stamper,
in Blue Smoke.
Once dry, I added Golden Light Molding paste
through the Tim Holtz Crossed stencil.
I printed my focal image, adding a light blue vignette
to it as I felt it would help it blend better
to my page than plain white.
I added text stamping with two free stamps
from Simply Cards & Papercraft issue 182,
"Let it snow" & "Walking in a winter wonderland"
I dry brushed gesso lightly to knock back the
stamping & to add splatters.
After adhering my image, I went in with
Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 pencils;
800/405 Ultramarine, 
800/470 Turquoise
this added just the right amount of contrast
& shading. To finish I added Tim Holtz
Christmas Clipping stickers.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year's Day Birthday

Happy Birthday to my brother in law, Martin.

Martin adores Border Collies.
As I have no new motorcycle stamps,
I figured I would make him a dog card.
These pictures were found online & neither
had names or watermarks so I can't credit
the photographer.
The papers are from out of my die cut books
I added two strips of washi tape,
in black stripes & turquoise.
I die cut the banner & added stamping.