Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Grunge hearts and doilies

I've been playing around in my journal the last couple of nights, with one of the fabulous new stencils I got at Ally Pally on Saturday - this one is the ring doily by Rebekah Meier for Crafters Workshop and I think we all who saw it, fell for it immediately.

You may have caught a glimpse of the page in progress on the previous post for What's on Your Workshop Wednesday... here's the finished thing.

I started by painting the whole page with Antarctic Fresco, then stencilling in opposite corners with Space Cadet and then filled in with Space Cadet
then in the other corners used Antarctic to create the relief image. Wasn't too happy with the top right stencil, so added some more Space Cadet...
 and then re-stencilled with Antarctic again
 Then I randomly stamped the brick wall mini stamp in Watering Can archival, and stencilled Grunge Paste through the Gothic Romance stencil (also one of Rebekah Meier's) - my GP is nearly empty and is getting quite thick and dried out, so it's gone on quite thick which creates a lot of texture.  I let this dry overnight.
I have finally used one of the hearts from Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts set and black archival, stamping it several times over both pages, echoing the GP hearts in theme.
Close up of one of the hearts.

To finish, I stamped the two sentiments from the Collaged Hearts set, on Heavyweight Smoothy card, and edged with Black Soot distress ink, and mounting with 3d foam pads.


It only seems like yesterday I was writing last week's WOYWW post... not sure how it's already Wednesday again!

Since we were here last, I have been to Ally Pally for the stamp and scrapbooking show (report, photos and stash here) - the credit card took a bit of a bashing (again!)

 but in case you can't visit the previous post here is just one of the 4 photos it took to share the new stash.. told you there was a lot!
I've been playing a bit with one of the new stancils in my journal, one of the doily ones by Rebekah Meier for Crafters Workshop... it's not finished yet.... but here's a closer look...

Not sure yet where it's going from here... watch this space!
I still haven't started my anniversary atc's... maybe I'll get time over the Easter weekend...!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Ally Pally - a day with friends - and a credit card...

Hi, Happy Sunday to you - and good luck to all running the London Marathon... I will be - watching from the sofa!!

Yesterday, saw my twice-annual trip to Alexandra Palace and the BSSBS - Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show - I LOVE this show, (my credit card gets lots of exercise you will see later)

The day dawned early - I like to be near the front of the queue, lol!!  This time, I was meeting the oh-so-lovely Julie Ann  at Victoria station in London for only her second trip to Ally Pally.  From there we headed to the venue to meet Lin  It was nice to have someone to travel the rest of the way with and chat in the queue - although to be fair, most times you just chat to the person next to you anyhow.

At 10 when the doors opened we headed - dashed! - straight to Paperartsy (of course) for the new stash we'd missed out on in Paris (bottle caps, Emma!) The lovely Lin Brown and Leandra were already hard at work demoing (early entry for disabled visitors to allow them some space at the stands) so we did a bit of a sweep of the racks!
Lin working hard - tags covered in fabric and paint stencilling on top (you can see in the samples at the front too)
 Leandra also working hard with her funky new hair colour!
Julie Ann and Lin laughing with Leandra..
 this tag with the gorgeous doilly stencils turned into a bit of a Jo Myhill/Leandra collaboration - so much so that when Leandra had a break, Jo stepped in to demo -
 both these stencils had to come home with me, lol!

 Jo was a natural!

 Mark - Mr Paperartsy - then had a well deserved break and Leandra had to work the till... hope it's not in too much of a mess, Mark!
 that finished tag - a beaut

 there was time for a look round too - it was fabulous to catch up properly with my fabulous friend Gabrielle, it's the first time for ages since her awful accident last year, but you looked great Gab, and so did Freya-brayer (in joke) and her cousin Rebecca, seen here with the lovely Karen who was sadly there working!
There were lots of people there, but now the show is held in the Great Hall it doesn't feel too crowded - unless you want to get to your favourite stands!

towards the end of the show the #PATWITS gathered back at Paperartsy - here's Jo still working away!! - and the lovely Lesley watching Lin

and Christine and Lin doing some last minute browsing!

 Once the show closed - and we all finally stopped going "oh I might just get this" some of us headed to the bar for a drink - though the inside was packed we had to sit outside - it was a bit chilly - Jo, Julie Ann and Nicky
and the group having a catch up on our days

 Mark and Leandra's gorgeous daughter Millie

 so I guess I should remember to put in pics of what I bought - some cardstock and tissue
stencils - just one or two!
 this and that - sorry it's not a good picture!
and some stamps...
now, where can I put it all....? I could be gone some time!

Thanks to everyone for a great day yesterday - and if you're going today, have as much fun as we did!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Challenged by Emma - and Paris tissues

When Lin and I were looking round the Arc de Triomphe gift shop, we found some packets of tissues imprinted with the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower.. we each bought a packet and shared them amongst the four of us, me, Lin, Sam and Emma.

Emma set us a challenge earlier this week to create two pieces, one using some of our new Paris treasures (that was my Craft Barn Q&L challenge) and the second, using some of the tissues.

Here's my second piece - a journal page.
 My background is more mopped up Fresco paints - can't actually remember what they are now, but I then stencilled one of my new (not from Paris) Rebekah Meier stencils (mini specimens) using Toffee Fresco, and then the alphabet stencil I did get in Paris, using Chalk.  I knocked the entire page back with some watered down Nougat...
 ...before placing my pieces of tissue and one of the ATC cards (by Prima, from Paperartsy) using matte medium. I then used the Rebekah Meier stencil again, this time with Tikka Fresco, in just a couple of places, and then the French blocky stencil using Pea Coat Fresco (opaque version).

The alphabet stencil has a smaller alphabet at the bottom too, so I used this in random areas, using Snowflake Fresco..

Now, I have to get ready for Ally Pally tomorrow!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Dragons Dream - TIO - S and blue

It's my talented teamie May's turn to set the theme this fortnight, for your tags at Dragons Dream - the letter S and blue.

I started with stencilling some grunge paste through a new stencil from Version Scrap that I got at the weekend in Paris, and spraying it with the After Midnight Dylusion spray, and lightening it a little with White Linen .
 I also dabbed away a little of the darkest blue areas with a damp paper towel.  Then for my S - Sunflowers...

for which I used some little wooden flowers that my friend Lin and I bought last time round at Ally Pally (off again this weekend...)

that I painted first with Snowflake Fresco and then Tango Fresco (it's a translucent colour, so needs the opaque behind to allow the colour to pop.  I used Chocolate Pudding for the sunflower centres.  The sentiment is from one of Lin Brown's new words sets for Paperartsy.

I edged the paper scrap with Squeezed Lemonade distress ink and a thin line of Vintage Photo and finally added some string for another "S"!

Thanks for looking, and do come along and play with us at Dragons-Dream - we'd love to see your tags. Just make sure you use one real stamp.

WOYWW 253 - the post Paris edition..

Bonjour, mes amies - and Happy Wednesday to you all  Welcome to another WOYWW hosted by the lovely Julia... 

Well, Paris was fantastic, and the Version Scrap show, whilst small, was fabulous... check the post here for details of the show and here for the start of my adventure on my "photosbyh" blog - I'm splitting the posts into small (but loads of photos) chunks and haven't finished yet! I reckon there will be 5 in all by the time I've finished... three so far.

And yes I bought a few goodies (you can see them all in the Version Scrap post linked above but as you can see from this photo (taking lolling on the sofa last night) I haven't had time to put it all away yet...!

I'll leave it at that for today, hope to make more of your desks this week, although as I'm behind on challenges and off to Ally Pally Stamp and Scrapbooking show on Saturday I can't promise!! If you're going, hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Craft Barn - Q&L 7 - Truth/Change

Whilst I was in Paris at the weekend, the Craft Barn launched the latest challenge in their Quotes and Lyrics season - Change, or Truth.   I chose this quote by Maya Angelou "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"

I started by taking a piece of paper from the Prima "Sunrise, Sunset" pad (A4 size) and stuck it to my journal page, leaving spaces round the edge for the quote.  (and not to hide the wrinkles from the spray mount, honestly!!) I then added a coat of Nougat Fresco paint, watered down, and applied with a brayer.

 Then it was time to play with new goodies - fresh from Paris and the Version Scrap show (see here for the details)
I used a gorgeous new stencil  by a French company called Atilolou and some even more gorgeous pigment ink - made by Izink (who I think are from the States) and which we used in the class we went to while there.... OH MY GOODNESS!! I stencilled this with cut and dry foam - it comes in a bottle with a dropper, so just put a couple of drops on my craft mat. Just look at the shimmer!
Then I used a new stamp (white rubber) by a company called Carabelle Studio and stamped this randomly around the pages, with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  The stamp was actually free, on promotion for spending 50 Euro at their stand...
 I wrote the quote round the page, with a fine black Sharpie pen.
 Entering this to the Craft Barn Q&L challenge and it also meets my friend Emma's challenge to the 4 of us who went to Paris, to use our new stash!