Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Birds in Flight

Over on the challenge site "Fun With ATC's" the theme is Birds. I covered my atc with Jo Sonja's acrylic paint "Jaune Brillant", stamped around the edge with Adirondack Sepia using one of Tim's stamps. I cut my pictures of birds from a Graphic 45 paper,distressed the edges and edged with DI Rusty Hinge. I attached with a brad one of Tim's Idea-ology bird charm. I also used one of Tim's fragments which I coloured with Ginger and Butterscotch Alcohol Inks, used the Blending Solution  to make a clear area for my picture and attached the fragment with Glossy Accents. Hope you like it as I did this very quickly to meet the dead line.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Summer Holidays

I am a member of Graphicus Guild and each month take part in a ATC swap. It involves 2 ATCs they can be the same or 2 different ones but they must follow a theme and this months is "Summer Holidays" and the colour yellow, so here are my 2 for this month. I have used a set of acrylic Hobby Art stamps throughout and I love them because they have a beach hut stamp. I have a yearning to live near the sea or at least have some kind of holiday home on the coast and own a beach hut, strange I know but maybe because I am Pisces. Back to subject once I had stamped all the images I coloured them with my Copic Markers, the background too . I used Glossy Accents on the windows, the sun and the sails of the boats. The clouds and the waves were done using Woodware "Fluffy Stuff"it is fun to use as you just use it in the same way as Glossy Accents but then you heat it with the heat gun and it fluffs up. Hope you like them, I think I am going to get quite a lot of use out of these stamps this "summer".

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Anything Goes week 8

This cute little fella is a "STAR" I love him and so have used him for Anything Goes challenge which is to use Stars in any form. I coloured my ATC background with DI Tumbled Glass then I sprayed through a Crafters Workshop template (mini cosmic swirl) using Dyan's Altered Original spray in Sky Blue. My little guy is a Stampotique Original, coloured with my Copic Markers, his hat is from Dyan's Downloads cut from one of the houses. All the stars are also from Dyan's Downloads, the silver one I coloured with a Ranger Dabber and the 3 bottom ones I covered with Glossy Accents and did the same with his boots to make them nice and shiny. The wording was done on the PC and finally I faux stitched around the edge. So that's it, my star.

Monday, 19 July 2010


This week on Anything Goes the challenge is "Sparkle and Shiny". My card is full of sparkle and shines brilliantly. I used Broken China DI on the main part of the card and layered Tim's Vintage Shabby blue papers, distressed the edges and used Stickles silver all around the edges. Tilda was colourd using my Copic markers, her umbrella has glitter raindrops and her friend the frog has diamante eyes and a shiny gold crown. I also used Stickles Star Dust on the dots on the background paper. So I think there is lots of sparkle and shine on there.


At the Craft Den this month the ATC swap title is "Sewing". I painted a piece of canvas material with Worn Lipstick DI, stamped the paper pattern and the tape measure in black added the small safety pin and stitched on the 3 buttons. I machine stitched all the way round twice using a straight stitch I then sprayed the whole thing with Crafty Notions gold just to give it a sheen.

Monday, 12 July 2010

A Great Weekend

Hi everyone, I have just had a great weekend. One of my grand-daughters came to stay on Friday after school and on Saturday we went to that wonderful place AFTH to do some Art Journaling. It goes without saying we had a fantastic time talking, eating, laughing and of course doing some art work using all of Dy's wonderful inks,sprays, stencils, downloads, paints, I could go on forever LOL. Here are a couple of pages that I did for you to see, both are completely different styles.
On Saturday tea time when we got home my other Grand-daughter came to stay and on Sunday we all went to Pontefract, you know the place where they make Pontefract Cakes, they are not cakes actually but sweets. It was a Licorice Festival in Ponte this weekend and I just love licorice so we had to go. Sorry we all forgot to take our cameras and so no photos. There were plenty of stalls of various kinds and lots of street activities and the weather was fantastic. After we popped along to XSCAPE just down the road had a Pizza, a Thorntons ice cream and a wander around. Even the girls said they enjoyed themselves which you are never sure about when they are teenagers.
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Saturday, 10 July 2010

Isabel's challenge page

Here is another of Isabel's pages, this one is the challenge page that Dyan set using the Dressmaking pattern paper and the Swirl stencil. The scallop shapes at the top of the page, the little figure and the "People say I am a dreamer" are all Teesha More downloads which Kate kindly let her use. I am showing you Isabel's pages as quite honestly they are much better than mine. I might show you mine tomorrow as now it is a quarter past midnight.

Two days in one week

How lucky am I having been to AFTH two full days this week. The first day was Wednesday which was a "play day", these days are brill as you get to do whatever art work you want with no interruptions. If at home there are constant interruptions, take the dogs out, do some cleaning, shopping,cooking etc while at AFTH you just get to play as long as you like. I spent the day doing a page in a friends circle journal which I can't show you in case she sees it,sorry! Today was Art Journaling day, Dyan gave us a challenge which was to use one of the large Crafters Workshop stencils and some dress pattern tissue. You might not be able to see but there is lots of layering and one of my favourite Stampotique characters stamped on to a piece of tissue under the umbrella and a quote from one of Dyan's downloads.
I took my 13 yr old grand-daughter with me today, she loves to go to AFTH but it was her first time at a Journaling workshop but she did a couple of fantastic pages and what made her day was that she sat with Kate Crane (The Kathryn Wheel) and was able to watch Kate produce another stunning page and pick up a few tips from her, thank you Kate for being so kind and attentive. So here is one of Isabel's pages for you to see.

Monday, 5 July 2010


This challenge over on "Anything Goes" finishes tonight so I have only just made it again. The challenge is "VINTAGE". I have used a 4x4 canvas covered in Gesso, painted with Claudine's Traditional Tan. Using Gel Medium I placed a torn piece of music sheet and went over the whole piece with DIs Shabby Shutters and Scattered Straw. The type charm "Chic" is a 7Gypsies and the images are from a sheet of Graphic 45 "Domestic Godess", cut out and outlined with a black pen. Everything can be bought at Art From The Heart.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Goodbye June Hello July

As a number of people have remarked we are half way through the year and where has time gone. I know they say as you get older time flies but even much younger people are remarking about how fast this year is going. Here are my pages for June and July in the Art Calendar challenge organised by the lovely and very talented Kate. For July's pages I have used  Altered Original sprays from Dyan at Art from the Heart, stencils and a few stamps from Stampotique Originals. Now I need to upload to Flickr following my grand-daughters instructions.