Thursday, 17 April 2014

Art Journal Sharing Thursday - Waiting For News

I have a painty Art Journal double page today for my Art Journal Sharing Thursday, but I'm not 100% sure that it is finished. You can see it as it is but I might add to it at a later date, we shall see. If I let it sit for a bit then perhaps something will talk to me.

Anyway have a peek and see what you think, I've called it 'Waiting For News'

I'm working in my A5 Flier re-purposed journal and I started with some gesso for this one. The page already had some ink from a couple of Archival ink pads on it from an earlier experiment and I added some texture with Gesso through a mask to give the peacock feather in the centre of the double page.

I added some magenta acrylic paint then a glaze of blue followed by some gold paint in places for a bit of shine and contrast. Final touches from a coffee Archival ink pad and some brown paint.

The old photo is one from my collection of old photos and postcards and I just love her wistful look to the camera, the white dress gives a haunted look don't you think? She does look as if she is waiting for news, well that is how I feel today as I am also waiting for some moving house news which might be why the title jumped out at me!

So that is my share today, feel free to put some links to your art journals makes this week in the comments and I will pop on over.

Thanks for dropping in.

Catch you later Journalators.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Sparkly Day Tag For Creative Expressions

Time for a bit of Spring Sparkle I think! It has been lovely and sunny here in London so I've been soaking in the rays and I thought I would share some of the sunlight with a bit of Sparkle for my Creative Expressions make this week. 

Do you want to know how I made this one? Well it was a bit of a fun experiment. I wanted to see what would happen if you dripped ink over the Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Pastes so I started by adding a layer of the Aurora Cosmic Simmer Sparkle paste onto some textured card through the That Special Touch Mask Treilliage and let it dry completely.

I then dripped some of the Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Ink Spray Mist Arctic Blue and Cosmic Shimmer Ink Spray Mist Black over the card to get that lovely inky pattern over the surface. I love where it has hit the sparkle texture paste and spread out a little. 

The aurora sparkle paste has a great shine to it that reflects different colours as the light hits it at different angles, really pretty.

Hope you all have a lovely sparkly day.

Thanks for popping in.


Monday, 14 April 2014

New Mag Monday - Get Stamping, Papercraft Essentials, Creative cardmaking

New Mag Monday! That sounds quite catchy doesn't it?

There are some new magazines in the shops so I thought I would do my shout out for them. I haven't seen them yet so I've got something to look forward too! Tee Hee! That is my tea breaks sorted when I get my crafty hands on them.

First up is the new Papercraft Essentials Issue 106.

This month I got a chance to play with making backgrounds and I've also used some of the Creative Expressions Stamps for this one, lots of pretty flowers for Spring with the Umount Posy Floral 1 stamp set.

Then there is the new issue of Creative Cardmaking, Issue 66.

I can't wait to get a peek at this one as I made some off the page gifts for men and I'm excited to seeing how they look in the magazine!

The final shout out is tinged with much unhappiness. It is for Get Stamping issue 8 and from what I've heard it will be the last issue.

Such a shame! I'm gutted! I really loved this magazine and it's fab cover stamps. For me it had such a great range of different projects, not just cards but scrapbooking, home decor, and journal keeping all in one place and lots of lovely design work from the designers, so it is really sad it won't continue. You can still find some back issues, and the new issue of course, over on the MoreMags website so go enjoy it whilst you can.

But on a happy note Those two main cards on the cover are mine. *Yay* between the *sad face* looks!

Hope you enjoy your reads this week.

Catch you later.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Art Journal Sharing Thursday - Taking Time

Do you find that you have a strange relationship with time? I know that I have, really weird. Take this week for instance, it just vanished, one minute it was Monday then I blinked and suddenly I'm here at my Art Journal Sharing Thursday post

I wasn't sure what I was going to post today, I haven't done any art journaling this week, I've been finishing articles instead. I have lots and lots of unfinished art journal pages that are waiting for some inspiration but I wanted a complete page for my share today.

So this morning I made this page in my 12 x 12 Kraft journal.

I do love kraft with white and lettering! The page already had some gesso splodges and some tiny ink splatters too. I added the doily scrap and journaling card.

There is a stream of continuous writing of whatever was in my head at the time and I stuck the journaling card over the top. The card is actually one of the Becky Higgins Project Life Ledger cards, I *love* these cards, been using them in loads of things! So useful!

There was some other texture already on this page from a previous project. I had pressed a gesso-covered fly swot into the page at some point but it works so well with the journaling card don't you think?

The final adds where the sentiment 'taking time' written on the journaling card and the flower cut from canvas and decorated with some stencilling that I must have done a while back for something as it has been hanging around my untidy desk for ages. 

Time waits for no woman and I have some writing to do before starting on some more projects.

Thanks for popping by and do feel free to share you art journaling makes with a link in the comments box, I would love to see what you have been up to this week.

Have fun journalators.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Elegant Sparkle For Creative Expressions

Who is up for the next in this Month's Creative Expressions DT make? Also in this month's DT package was a That Special Touch mask and some of the new Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste so that is the main focus this week for me.

I masked off the card with some paper so that I could add just the part of the That Special Touch Treilliage pattern that I wanted and added the Midnight Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture paste through the mask.

You can see the texture that the pastes gives you, very touchy feely!

The sentiment was from one of last month's Creative Expressions DT kit stamps - Art Deco Delight Stamp.

Simple Fabulous Darling!

Thanks for popping on by.


Monday, 7 April 2014

SCACD Elements Rubber Stamp Blog Hop

Welcome to the SCACD The Elements Collection blog hop!

It is new rubber stamp release time! YAY! Time to follow the blog hop so that you can get a first look at the four lovely new rubber stamps from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD)

If you hopped on over to my blog from Alex at Paper and String then you are on the right track. If not then start your hopping at Alex's blog or hop to the Store blog for the whole list.

So let me introduce you to SCACD The Elements Collection Water stamp.

Look at me doing some image colouring! I haven't done image colouring for my blog in ages! Ahh but she is too beautiful not to want to colour. It was great fun colouring her and I used my Prismacolor pencils.

I hope that you enjoy checking out the other Elements from the SCACD The Elements Collection, all of them beautiful!

You can find the new stamps over at the SCACD store for USA-based customers or at Quixotic Paperie for EU-based, so go check them out but only after you have finished the hop!

And your next hop is Elaine over at her blog Marker Geek.

Have a fun hoppity hop!

Catch you later.


Friday, 4 April 2014

Some Reading For The Weekend - Simply Cards And Papercraft, Creative Stamping

Friday again and some treats for the weekend. It is magazine heads-up time!

Two reads for the weekend, issue 16 of Creative Stamping is out...

Would you adam and eve it, I made the main card on the cover *squeal* ! I do love it when that happens and I always seem to have to do a weird double-take to convince myself that it is actually one of my cards! What am I like? Anyway, you might want to check out the stamps with this issue, some lovely nature stamps with bees, birds, birdcage and eggs all firm faves with me anyway!

Also out is the newest issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft, issue 122.

This month I'm playing with coloured silhouette stamping using some lovely stamps from Joy! Crafts which you can find over at Crafts U Love

The cover gift this month is three lovely Spring-themed embossing folders and I actually got a chance to use these with the Core'dinations card cover gift that you can get with Papercraft Essentials 105 so check out that magazine as well for some more inspiration.

There you go, this week's reading list! I don't know about you but I'm looking forward to a cuppa, feet up and some magazines to flick through. Although I'm not sure I really deserve such a treat as this week seems to have vanished and I haven't accomplished much *sigh* .

Hope that your week has been more productive than mine and enjoy your weekend!

Catch you later craftinators.


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Art Journal Sharing Thursday - Marrakech Sketching

Hey guys, my Art Journal Sharing Thursday this week is a travel sketching work in progress and a shameless excuse to share some travel photos from our recent amazing trip to Marrakech. Only a couple of photos, mind you, if I posted them all you would be reading this post for days!

Some of you might remember that last year I took part in a blog competition run by Cox & Kings

[My competition entry - a handmade sketch book]

The prize was a two night stay in the Mosaic Palais Aziza in Marrakech and much to my complete and utter amazement I won and we took the trip a couple of weekends ago in March.

Obviously we took a lot of photos, I mean A LOT of photos and as I didn't really get an awful lot of time to do a lot of sketching, we were just too busy sightseeing, I've printed some of the photos out to use as source materials for some sketching studies that I want to do.

I plan to fill up the sketch book I made for the competition (the first photo in this post) with sketches and memorabilia from the trip. So it will be a sketch / scrap / journal book for our weekend in Marrakech. At the moment the book is with the other competition pieces on display at the Cox & King Headquarters. But once it is back I will set about filling it up.

I'm a bit of an architecture freak and love all the windows and doors. The fine details and decorations are just so stunning and complex to sketch out, especially for a novice sketcher like myself so I'm looking forward to filling the book with all these details, plus perhaps a selfie or two of us...

and of course some pictures of markets, I mean you can not go to Marrakech without some market pictures...

Then there are the tiles, seeing as it was my love of the tiles that got us there in the first place...

Oh and did I mention the markets?

With all the sightseeing and shopping all that is left is a relaxing cup of tea by the pool back in the oasis of the Mosaic Palais Aziza hotel.

We loved every minute, massive thank you once again to Cox & Kings, the Mosaic Palais Aziza hotel and my fellow artists (Vandy MasseyJenny KealConcetta Perôt and Alan Reed). 

And to you guys for popping in today to share my Art Journal Sharing Thursday project this week. Let me know if you have any art journal pages you want to share too, I would love to see them.


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Happy Buzzday With Creative Expressions

April is here and with it a new DT package for the new month from Creative Expressions. This month I have a couple of Cosmic Shimmer Ink Spray Misters and a couple of stamps from the Creative Expressions Singles stamp range to share with you.

Let's kick off the month then with this inky birthday card...

The inky spray is the Arctic Blue Vintage colour from the Cosmic Shimmer Inky Spray Mist range and the stamp is called Botanical Spray and you get the leafy sprig plus a separate bee stamp in this set. I do love bees!

The sentiment uses some alphabet stamps that I already had in my stash. This card is already earmarked for a friend's birthday in a few days time but I don't think she reads my blog so I should be safe to show it to you all!

Hope you are all keeping Buzzy!

Buzz you later.