Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Happy Anniversary WOYWW 312

So, we have arrived at the 6th anniversary of this, the best blog hop in the world... and all dreamt up by Julia... You know what you have to do.. link up here and have fun!  Thanks Julia, for providing the wherewithall for this wonderful way to spend Wednesdays... and thanks to all of YOU for making it such fun and providing such friendship.
First, the "desk"...
 A pile of journals, (I've been working in the A5 one, and the A4 one is the one I worked on at crop, and I had to add a coat of varnish to the page, as something was making the pages stick together) and err.. oops a new Moleskine one I "just happened to see" at the weekend.. well it doesn't hurt to have spare(s) does it... underneath all of those are a couple of music books that Julia/Jan donated to a worthy cause and I'll do something "useful" with soon...
This was my pile of atcs I took to crop to swap (having kept one for my official swappee today, and one for myself)

As promised last week, I'll share a closer look at the ones I received at crop.
 Janet, Chris





Hettie (Sam) Eliza
Zoe, Julia






Elizabeth, Cardarian (Dolores)
 Jo (Twiglet), Annie (Wipso)





Kyla, Jan (LLJ)
Shaz, Nikki




Margaret, Mary Anne












Debbie (Tattered Rocks), Morti


Mine! (I forgot I'd got the "pre" shot, or I wouldn't have included it again here..



I think you'll agree they are all absolutely fabulous

So, this is a lot longer than it should have been, but I guess I'll be forgiven today Julia... Happy WOYWW everyone, here's to the next 6 years!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

More Words for Paperartsy

The 'words' theme ends later tonight at Paperartsy but I couldn't let it pass without having another play in my journal, inspired really by everyone who's shared their art with us this last fortnight.

I wanted to have a muted, neutral colour palette this time, so used just Stone and Mushroom frescos, with a little Chalk too.
 I tore some pieces of book pages and stuck them to my journal with matte medium. The Russian and the pinky one were given me at the WOYWW crop last week by Chris, the other is from a spare copy of the works of Shakespeare

I painted in layers on the journal with Stone and Mushroom fresco, watering it down to make it a little more translucent over the pages especially
 stencilled over the whole page - this is a DecoArt stencil, and the ink is a MementoLuxe ink in Sweet Plum, it tones quite nicely with the vaguely pinky mix of Stone and Mushroom.

Stamped the Stampotique French scrip (by France Papillon) in black archival, then gave the whole thing a wash with Chalk fresco.
I wanted a vintagey type image for my central image, and decided to use this stamp of Westminster Abbey, stamped on tissue paper painted on the reverse in Pumpkin Soup with a tiny smidge on the windows, of Cinnamon, before adding some more Pumpkin Soup and then Snowflake so the image would pop once added to the journal.

 I added some stencilled texture sand paste, through part of a Crafters Workshop stencil  (screen print)
and found a suitable stamp, (eventually!) timeless treasures, which is what Westminster Abbey is.
 Sponged a little of the Sweet Plum ink round the edges of the journal.

Thanks for looking! Entering the Paperartsy challenge here.... now, F1 beckons..then footie..

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

WOYWW 311 - crop plus one or 6 minus one..

Welcome back to Wednesday (again!)  Seems so much has happened since we last met here... Julia would like us once again to link a short (yeah, right!) post sharing our workspaces this week...
But Saturday we met and we crafted and chatted and chomped on cake (amongst other things) - I've already shared ALL the photos here so will just put one or two here again in case you just want a taster or missed them...
 LtoR Dolores, Julia, me, Fiona, Kyla, Diane (Morti), Mary Anne, Hettie (standing in front), Fiona, (Lisa in front) Cindy, Debbie,Chris, Jan, Maggie. Sitting, Lisa Jane and Zoe.

(I really must learn how to crop my photos...)
I love this photo of Jan, and so nice to see her sitting for a few minutes!
I know I should really keep this photo of the atc's I received until the big day next Wednesday, and will share some close ups then, (the light is atrocious here this evening - taking these Tuesday evening - after a day of downpours, hail storms, wind, sun, you name it) -  but aren't they fabulous!







quickly to finish, some more new stuff -though,  as those of you who were there on Saturday know, these arrived last week as the Crazy Birds came with me...
(Julia, you were the only one I stamped them for, I made the others do their own!!)



Saturday, 16 May 2015

WOYWW - The Crop

Evening all, got home from a wonderful day in a very sunny Wiltshire, and the third WOYWW crop.  As always, thanks to Jan and Julia the day was wonderful, full of laughter, chatting, cake, crafting, chatting, fabulous lunch, cake, crafting, chatting, cake.. you get the idea (gorgeous Lemon Drizzle again Fiona!)

No drama on the train journey this time to disrupt me.
 not sure I had enough to keep me busy though...
 very neatly packed on the way there..
 Hugs given, and atcs swapped, we settled down to crafting... that's my space on the corner, next to Chris, spreading out as usual (me that is!)
 Zoe and Lisa.
 the red white and blue - Shaz, Chris and Zoe. Zoe died her hair blue in honour of her beloved Bristol Rovers reaching the Play Off Final at Wembley tomorrow.
 Lunchtime!! Julia and Jan dishing up another fantastic spread... Dolores choosing
 and Debbie
Jan's hubby Gordon came in to do the ritual group shots....
yes, Jan, we can see you.  She was presenting Zoe with her birthday card and gift..
Sam (Hettie) working away, Fergus looking on.
here's the cake...some of it!

Zoe cutting her birthday cake - a Bristol Rovers one, of course.
Have eaten my slice as I was uploading the photos, it was gorgeous!
 here's the fun.
 Dolores and Mary Anne.. Julia is on tea making duty in the kitchen behind - a very important role!
 Jan, actually managed to sit and crochet for a bit.









Lisa Jane, Cindy ,Zoe and Lisa
I don't seem to have got round everyone to take more photos, sorry ladies!!
 and this is the crafting... I had an idea before I went, that I wanted to do a journal page celebrating WOYWW and the love and friendship we have all developed in the 6 years (in 10 days time) it's been running.

Used my new Dylusions paints... lush!  Some Prima Light Paste through a stencil,  chip letters,
 painted the letters and got some crackle going on them...

Cindy had the INSPIRED idea to get everyone to sign the page (sadly, Shaz had had to leave early to go to a wedding, so I wasn't able to get her to sign)

 it was a  great idea, Cindy thank you!! What a lovely memory of th day. (I'd better date it, so I don't forget!)















My second journal page used the Tim Crazy Birds which came the other day, on a bit of an abstract Fresco'd background and some pieces of book pages.

Coloured the birds with Portfoleo pastels..
Crazy birds indeed!

All too soon it was time to start packing up (much less neatly than on the way, but luckily it all went back in.. kind of... and the paints survived the journey home without leaking!
Thanks to everyone who was there (not going to list everyone, I'm bound to miss someone which would be awful) - looking forward to next year!!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

DragonsDream - TIO - yellow and texture

Already it's time for another challenge from my team-mates at the DragonsDream team - this fortnight, Silvia is really challenging us with yellow and texture.  Yellow - such a bright, spring-like fresh colour.. Not one I use a lot of in my work (and definitely haven't got the colouring to wear it!) but here goes...

 the final tag.  Stamps by Paperartsy (words, and the bird) and Stampotique (on the background)
 I started by opening my tub of Heavy Gesso (Prima's) and applied some with a spatula to the tag, I didn't want to spread it out too thin or completely cover the tag.

I dabbed the spatula into the gesso to raise the levels and produce the bumpy texture you see..  I left it to dry on it's own, overnight.

 so, then for the yellow. I firstly took one of my recent purchases, the DecoArt paint - this is the Americana multi-surface satin paint, in Canary.  LUSH!  I dripped a little onto the tag, and spritzed with water, to get dripping going on..

Repeated until I got the look I wanted (still no idea where the tag was taking me at present!)



 Decided to ink up a stamp I hadn't used, the script bird by Sara Naumann for Paperartsy. Stamped it in black archival ink, onto a piece of cotton fabric.

Dried it, then  cut it out, before I painted it with Cherry Red Fresco paint, slightly watered down (mainly to aid the spread of paint on the fabric) - on the back of the cotton.

When dry, turned it over and painted a little more on the front, and sealed the whole thing with Fresco Matt Glaze, mostly to seal the edges so they wouldn't fray.


Took the French script stamp by France Papillon for Stampotique (also new to me) and Saffron archival ink, stamped randomly over the tag, using a piece of paper to mask areas I didn't want to stamp on.

Punched a circle from a piece of card, stamped take flight on it (Sara Naumann, same set as the bird) and using pop dots mounted it on the tag, over a few strands of fusible fibres (without fusing them!!)

A bright yellow ribbon finishes this off.

So, Silvia, a tough colour to pick but I loved it and am pleased with how it's turned out - so a big thanks!

Hope you'll pop over to Dragons Dream to see the other gorgeous tags, and we'd love to see you joining in - don't forget to use at least one real (rubber) stamp on your tag.  Thanks for looking!

WOYWW 310

4 days to the crop... not an idea of what I a going to take to "play" with... guess I should start to plan really..

Welcome back to another Wednesday hopping round the world's crafty spaces link up here... got lots to show this time... many purchases have been made (one last one (Tim's Crazy Birds)  is on it's way - Shaz, I found somewhere it was in stock, lol!).. so without further ado.. I give you 3 4 shots of  my "desk" as they didn't all arrive at once.
 Stamp Attic again, of course!
 hmmmm love Stampotiques!


That was going to be it, but Wendy (owner of the Stamp Attic) announced she was receiving a few sets of ....
 the Dylusion paints... and did anyone want some...


er. yes then please! (not on sale, but I wanted them anyway, so decided to go for it!) They arrived on Monday.


don't they look great in a tower!!

Right, nothing else exciting to show you, lol.

I'll bring my journal on Saturday as some of you wanted to see it in the flesh.. will probably end up messing about in that... you can see it on the top of the box in these two last photos!
Can't wait for Saturday, should be a blast as usual.
See you soon ladies!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Paperartsy Challenge - Words

We're already at topic 9 for the Paperartsy Themed challenges - this fortnight, we're celebrating all things wordy in our art - single words, book text, phrases, script stamps... got all of those!

 this journal page started life with some leftover pink Fresco paint (Rose) and a little Buff... I added some Heavy Gesso randomly and added Bougainvillea with a wet wipe.

I took the French script Stampotique stamp and Magenta Hue archival ink, then stencilled the words in Bougainvillea ; before stamping the quote (Sara Naumann) and cut it up into small pieces.

Outlined the words with a soft charcoal pencil.


Entering the Paperartsy challenge here