Wednesday, 22 October 2014

DragonsDream TIO - D - Red

Hi, time for another DragonsDream challenge at TIO - this fortnight, May would like us to use the letter D and red.
 I think you may be able to guess what my word is!!
I started by embossing the hearts (Dina Wakley) on the tag and painted the tag with Cherry Red Fresco (from the second of JoFY's Limited Edition sets)
I stamped the large Dream (Clarity, from on of the word chain sets) at the top in black archival, and then repeatedly stamped the Ompression Obsession stamp in Wendy Vecchi's red geranium archival ink..

but forgot to take a photo before I sprayed the tag with the Prima Colour Bloom spray Peony.
It's um - quite shimmery!!

 this one taken without flash shows it a little clearer!
I distressed the edges and inked it with first the red archival and then Walnut Stain distress ink,
 added a chitchat sticker and some red fibres with just a little white for contrast
Hope you'll find time to check out the rest of the Dragons tags, and have a go yourself - we'd love to see you join in - just don't forget at least one real stamp.
It's nearly time for a new theme as we're almost at the end of the alphabet - wonder what the Dragons will come up with!!

WOYWW 281 - not a lot going on!

Well, there isn't much happening here this week, so I won't keep you from the other desks for long...the link up is here at the Stamping Ground  Took this one standing up to get in more of the "view" of the floor-desk
the green canvas bucket - which confused many of you last time -  is still full of dirty water (though it is different dirty water!)
The journal is closed now - the pages did get finished, in case you didn't see the post, this is how they ended up
it's funny how different people view these,I am not as keen on the page on the left (mainly because of how I applied the Plum Fresco over the Grunge Pasted bubbles) but do like the one on the right...

anyhow, that's me this week - no new shopping (it's on it's way though...!!) Catch you at a desk nearby very soon!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

It's Not Easy Being Green...

Got to love a bit of Kermit... anyway, my lovely friend Sam is a big fan of green, and it's her birthday, so it seemed right to make a card for her in her favourite colour...

I decided to create a masterboard with Frescos , because I love masterboards and Frescos make it so easy.
 I brayered various greens on my paper - Guacamole, Limelight and Sage then added a little Beach Hut for contrast,
added some stamping in Guacamole and Beach Hut then a watery Honeydew
 before some more stamping in Hey Pesto  - Ellen Vargo's stamps throughout.
Added some script stamping using Olive archival ink - a quick spritz of Colour Bloom (Glistening Waves)

Trimmed a piece to fit a 6x6 card, distressed the edges and edged it with Evergreen Fresco,

 then used one of the die cut/embossed dragonflies Emma did for us when we went to Port Sunny - this is a grungepaper one, I painted it with Beach Hut then added Colour Bloom sprays in Glistening Waves, a spritz of Cobalt, and Sunshine, and when it was dry, a brushing of silver Treasure Gold
 Stamped the happy birthday from JoFY25 and cut them out, painted the letters with Twinkling H2Os

Happy Birthday,Sam!!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Those part done journal pages..

these journal pages from WOYWW on Wednesday, have sat on my floor for days, for about a week and I got fed up looking at them, so decided to try and finish them off...

 it looked a bit like this for a while too!
Marlin Fresco with Chalk (probably, I started it so long ago)

Didn't take any more photos along the way... various stamps on the right, then the strips of paper on the right, are leftover from the masterboard I used for Julie Ann's birthday card in September.
I added some Grunge Paste through Lin's circle stencil on the left, and just with paint on the right page.

added some daubs of Plum Fresco over the grunge paste but it looks a bit odd in the photo - a bit better in real life! and stamped some of the words from the Clarity word chain sets Lin and I got at Ally Pally, trimmed and edged with Plum Fresco.

Not very happy with the page on the left, quite like the one on the right!  Glad these are done, and I did wonder about showing them, but there are some good bits amongst the bad!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Craft Barn Q&L 21 - Nowhere/Hug

This fortnight's Q&L challenge from the Craft Barn is Nowhere/Hug.  Whilst my lyric flew straight into my head, I did check out some quotes too, and found a couple I really liked.  But, sticking with my first instinct "Nowhere Man" - the Beatles, of course. I decided to keep it fairly simple, with a Sixties kind of feel...

 I started with a layer of gesso, then Antarctic Fresco, before stencilling Turquoise through the 12x12 Burst stencil (crafters workshop)
I stamped my small Umbrella Man on a scrap of paper, omitting his umbrella, and cut him out, sticking him to the centre of the stencilled pattern.
I knew I wouldn't fit all of the words in, but wrote as much as I could, as neatly as I could!

Rectified a mistake which I spotted as I was uploading the photos...

Entering the Craft Barn Q&L challenge here

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


Hello again, thanks for all your comments last week - dinner and Evita were both brilliant! I am very lucky to have such a great boss!!

I haven't been particularly crafty since Port Sunlight and still haven't started my Christmas cards, which I really should have... my floor space today has a partly done journal page, and that's it - everything else that is surrounding it, is the normal stuff on show!!

Don't look too closely at the dirty water in the bucket!

The page on the left has been through various stages, including some Christmas trees which didn't come out very well (my black archival pad needs re-inking!) and which I stencilled back over on top again. We'll see where this page goes soon... probably.
I should be making a couple of birthday cards, but haven't had any ideas for what to do yet... can't leave it much longer though, or they'll be late!

so, that's me, short and sweet today, just how Julia likes it... Check out the links (join in, why don't you?! here at the Stamping-Ground...  you're looking for WOYWW.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Journalling my way back to Paris..

I've been meaning to journal (or scrap, is probably a more appropriate term) some more of my Paris photos for a while, and (I wasn't putting off starting my Christmas cards, at all, how very dare you!) I have done another one today.

I had printed out some photos of Notre Dame when I stayed with Julia for the WOYWW crop in May and used one here, with some more mementoes of the trip.  If you fancy revisiting the rest of the photos, Notre Dame is on this post here
 To protect the page and to prevent anything seeping through to the pages beneath that are already completed, I gesso'd the page first, then applied a thin layer of Antarctic Fresco, then used the Stencil Girl stencil with Stone Fresco, and mixed a small amount of Tikka Fresco into the leftover Stone, to add a few highlights of the mixed colour, through the stencil.
I had to use this stencil, as it complements the staggeringly beautiful architecture of Notre Dame, perfectly.
the fleur-de-lis is from Technique Tuesday, stamped along the top and bottom in Potting Soil archival, using both first and second generation printing.
the sentiment in the middle is a Tim Holtz one.
 added the photograph and a Metro ticket,
 and snipped out a piece from a French brochure we picked up in the hotel, about the Cathedral, and a piece of the city map
"remember" is from my Clarity Word Stamp set I got at Ally Pally.

Lovely memories of a great trip with friends. April - seems so long ago already!

Thanks for looking.