Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Hello and happy Wednesday, time for another WOYWW hop.
I'm sorry I didn't get to visit many of your desks last week, but with being off work I went out and about a lot, no crafting done until late on Friday just before I went away for a couple of days crafting with a group of friends, with the fabulous Lin Brown (Yoursartfully)

my craft mat is under that lot somewhere!  the Prima goodies at the front were won, (on France Papillon's Journal on Monday 100 giveaway recently) and they arrived on Friday.  The journals I took with me at the weekend - I seem to have 3 on the go now! A4, A5 and A6!! bit like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, small, medium and large, lol!! the tags are the ones we did on Sunday on our Techniques/Mediums play (check previous post for more details)
Suffice it to say, that I now have another long list of "wants" - gelatos, colour bloom sprays, Silks, Brushos... oh dear!

I will try - but can't promise - to visit more of you this week, now I'm back at work, lol!!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Projects from the weekend crafting

Morning (oh, it's afternoon...) all...

Here are some more pics of the projects from the weekend.

Saturday we made a Lynne Perrella book full of stamped and stencilled fun.
 Lin had prepped some of the shapes with Chatsworth papers, some were left plain and we painted with Frescos
Back and Front covers, tied with beaded thread
 some of the smaller pieces were glued to the bigger ones

 and one left to form a smaller page
 so you can see both sides
Some of us "may" have done a little online shopping for some of the Technique Tuesday stamps we used (the set that these diamonds came from was gorgeous)
and the finished book.

Sunday was a day of techniques... as I said in the post yesterday, we tried loads of different things - tags galore!

 we tried gelatos (gone on the list!)
Love the one on the left, removing the gelato through a stencil with a babywipe, great resist!
the red one is gelato over a clear embossed stencilled image and the gelato removed, the drippage on the bottom one is great, and the other is just blended.

 silks - hmm not bad, may resist buying these, but I did like the detail painting with them!
 Colour Bloom sprays (got to have these!)

Love the pastel shimmer of the bluey/purple one (over gesso, but it does dry a bit sticky)
 oh, this should be rotated..colour bloom over fabric on a tag.
 and some silk screen printing - this was fabulous!!
 and on some journal pages, ready to play further with!
 we were a bit dubious about the black, but it looks fantastic!

these are in my big A4 journal so you can get an idea of the size a bit more.

We also stamped and stencilled over fabric covered tags, (left) and used Inktense pencils (already hav those, phew!) over grunge paste
You'll have to forgive my big blobby stems, when I painted over the grunge paste my stencil wasn't placed back accurately!

We also tried crackle glaze on fabric, but I've not got a picture of that as my crackle wasn't great - my top layer of paint wasn't thick enough - and brushos - but I mixed mud due to my poor colour choice so you're not seeing that either!
So a big thanks again to Lin B for her trouble with these workshops, and to Lin, Lesley, Karen, Emma and Sam for the fun.

I'm looking forward to some shopping (ahem) and playing with these tags and pages I started!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A brilliant weekend of crafting fun

Hi, just got home from a fabulous weekend at Lin Brown's with Sam, Emma, Lin, Lesley and Karen.

If we gloss over the travel chaos that Lin and I had to go through to get there, everything ran like clockwork., even if Saturday started with a 5am alarm call...
The venue we used last time, the Bead Scene, was no longer available, so Lin very bravely allowed us into her home.. we were soon hard at work
concentrating hard!
 Not sure if Lin is thinking "what have I done letting this lot in...."

 part of day one's project, this fabulous chipboard book

 I'll show the rest of it tomorrow
 Sam and Emma trying to decide what to have from the huge menu for dinner...
Day two saw us experimenting with lots of different products, most of which I'd not used before - this is Silks, but we tried Colour Blooms (need!) Brushos (probably need) Gelatos (must have) Intense pencils (do have!) and lots more - the screen printing was fantastic fun...

 lots of chatting, laughing, drinking tea and eating chocolate, we made tags galore, played in journals (some of us) and had loads of fun...

 Mark, Lin's lovely hubby, took the obligatory group shot, we couldn't leave out Meg, their gorgeous dog
see,  told you we laughed all weekend!

I'll take some pics of the tags we made tomorrow, so come back and see more of what we did.

Lin and Mark, thanks for welcoming us into your home (and for the guided tour of Lin's wonderful studio) and for the endless cups of tea and coffee.

Girls, it was great to spend 2 fun-filled days with you. See you all soon. xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Journal page inspired by Linda Cain - for Paperartsy

We saw a wonderful journal page from Linda earlier this week at Paperartsy. You can see hers here

I bought a new A6 - teeny tiny for me - journal yesterday and was itching to find time to play with this challenge, luckily being so small it didn't take too long!

 I used Dolly Mix, Guacamole and Lake Wanaka for my background
 and Snowflake to stencil the flower which I then outlined with a black fine nibbed pen..
I added some stencilled bubbles (the new colour, Marlin which is gorgeous!) and stamped the JoFY mini flower, which I painted in Amethyst.  I stamped the dotted line border round the page (from JoFY26) and round the edge of the text (from the same set) which I cut in half, I painted the words with Amethyst too.

Entering the Paperartsy challenge here 
I'm away for a crafty weekend with friends, been a bit of a travel nightmare, but we'll get there! See you soon.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

WOYWW 272 - a week off (work, not from WOYWW!)

Hi, welcome to another round of desk/globe trotting. I am on a week off work this week - so far I've had a day at Kew (see the photos here) on Monday and London (see the photos here) yesterday - think my legs want a rest today!

 Although, I did stand up to take these shots!
my A4 journal that I've been using lots lately, closed on the "desk" sitting on top of my pile of stencils (which usually sit on top of the Fresco paints in the plastic box)
I "may" have a bit of a sort out later today.... or maybe I'll just craft!

Join in with WOYWW here. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Heart Belongs to....

...I had such fun working over the black gesso on the journal page inspired by Seth Apter for the Paperartsy challenge yesterday, I had to do another one.

This time, I used the new Lin Brown Limited Edition Frescos - well 3 of them - Hint of Mint, Evergreen and Plum... I am going to love these colours!!

 I blended with both a paintbrush and a babywipe, to ensure you could still see some of the black underneath
 Stencilled Nougat fresco through Lin's bubbles stencil, all over the page, turning the stencil regularly so the pattern wasn't too regular.

Stamped the long script from ESN10 in black archival, without a block, over the page.
 then added the circles (ESN10) using Dolly Mix fresco applied to the stamp with a brayer so it spreads more evenly.  Did both first and second generation stamping over the page.
 The stamped the hearts, as shown... or at least not as shown.. I started by stamping straight on to the page, and painting in the Snowflake, but realised I was going to hide the text in the middle of the hearts, so painted over the entire hearts with Snowflake and then once dry, re-stamped the hearts.
Am entering this to Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers "backgrounds"

Darcy Month 7 - Live Love Laugh

I've been meaning to make a start on my entry for Darcy's Month 7 journal page since she first posted it, but here I am with just a few days to go...
I have used largely the same colours and several of the same stamps as Darcy, but have changed the arrangement as my journal is smaller.

 my Antarctic spray doesn't show up, don't think I put enough paint in the water.
 strips of embossed metal drying

 had to use a different image for my recess, as the page is too small for the face Darcy used, I used the butterfly from HP1203
 all the elements in place - the hand I used isn't mine as that was too big to use lifesize - this is a Judikins stamp, bit small, but I did cut it out and use the space as a stencil so you get the idea!

I didn't have room for the rays that Darcy used so opted for this instead, using Claret as my background and a white marker to doodle.
 my recessed butterfly
 and the lovely hearts
and finally doodled round the punched circles, I used thin card so they're not as dimensional as Darcy's, and my Pewter paint looks a bit pink, it tends to separate rather and I didn't mix it up very well!

finished page.
This month we have learnt: to use a recess, mixing up spray paints, using punch outs, embossing metal, adding doodling.

Entering this to Darcy's Paperartsy journalling challenge here