Saturday, 28 April 2012

April - 12 Tags of 2012

Since its nearly the end of April, I thought I better get on with the April Tag.

This week in paradise we have seen lots and lots of rain, and then a little more, having managed to finally sell our old trip boat we are moving it to a dock for some work, or not as it turns out, its half way on its journey, stuck waiting for the river Don to loose some of its extra water, but it made the week go quickly, starting with emptying it, the office is now full while we slowly organise sorting and storing the mess.  The weather forecast is for a little more rain!

In between all the above, I have had a arty crafty play in the evenings, and slowly this turned out.

This months entry for the April challenge for the 12 Tags of 2012 - Tim Holtz

Pop across for all the full details. 

As normal can think of lots of things I would change if I did it again.

This is how it started instead of a word stamp I used a couple of different ones on the embossing folder, it took a few attempts to make it how I liked, but that's the fun of playing.  (Tally was doing hers at the same time, its amazing how interdependent they can be at nine at the same time wanting to use the same bit of equipment!)  You might not have realised that I like lighthouses.
Once I had distressed inked it I stamped the compass image on it.

I cut the branch out free hand, and like the way the embossing powder makes the bark on the branch stand out.  The bird from a Tim Holtz die, I stamped on writing then inked and the wing has the same writing, ink, Stickles and then Glossy Accents.  I wanted it to stand out which I think worked. Both bird and branch are out of Grunge paper.  Tally asked why it was called Grunge, then smelt it and said she could understand why!

The charms I hung from the tree.

Hope the rain stops soon so we can finish moving the boat, but I keep a little sunshine in my heart just in case.

Thanks for taking time to pop over and look at my tag.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Watercolour Fun.

Wow where did the last 3 weeks go, I think some one pressed the fast forward button with out me noticing.

Mid April was spent in Finland skiing in Levi, with plenty of time to ski and arty crafty time.

With an amazing weight restriction as we take our own skis and boots etc, it allows little weight left for the craft supplies, however we managed with watercolours, (I love my H2O's) a little paper, a journal and few other bits and pieces.  I have still not taken pictures of all that we did, mostly background pages to use at a latter date.  The glue stick was almost run out, so not much sticking went on.

First I am going to start with the snow art, Tally will put a few more pictures on her blog over the weekend as she and Paul did most of the work, my attempts kept being re-formed.  I have to say this is a family tradition it is normally snow bears, but this year its, drum roll needed.  

Snoopy and Woodstock!
I am sure we are ok with copy rights or we can re-name them.

Since we used mainly water colours on our indoor art I thought I would enter this journal page for the this months challenge at, which funny enough is 

Water Colours

The only bit not done using water colours is the seeds and a little detail on the leaves, I used a white and black pen.

One day I might find a quote to put on, but I like the page as it is.  
As normal with my picture taking it does not show the glimmer of the H2O paints.
The seeds show up a lot more as you move the page in the light.

The background was done by wetting the page slightly, then put on lots of colours of paint then spaying with enough water to start the colours blending into each other.
It takes a while for the page to dry before the next layer can be added.  Remember with watercolours when you put one colour on top of another if it is too wet it will blend and change colour.

Once Dry I layered on the patterns in no particular order, Tally and I then painted on letters, words and numbers.  Then again let it dry.

Lastly I painted on the flowers, its what we call a Puff Ball.  The green stalk I just played and layered lots of different colours of greens to give the shading.

Simple but hope you like.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Another Quick Card

Life has been a little busy over the last week, the summer weather bring everyone out to the bar combined with a good number of passenger cruises.  I still try to find a little time for art by sketching in the journal, good for the soul but not to interesting to the masses.  The return of winter allows time to catch up on jobs.

Birthdays are always an opportunity to play and produce an item that is worth a show and tell, as normal I leave it to the last moment.  So into the supply boxes we go, the only request was having a cat on it.

A couple of hours later this appeared. Tally loved it.

Kept the design very simple.  The flags put on to wire so could put the beads on as well, then raised them up with foam pads, the most difficult bit was taking the flags off again as I put them on what I wanted as the bottom.  The stamp is from Little Claire, the cat was done on card stock and then stuck on, the puff ball flower I adapted from the stamp but hand drew and added a little so the floating seeds went on the bottom as well.

We had a great birthday day yesterday.  Tally went skating in the morning then played craft most of the afternoon with a friend. As children do they took out too much paint, so Georgie and I used it up on a couple of canvases to make a background texture, be interesting to see how these change!

Looks better in real life, having a very high giggle and feel good factor.

The next best bit of the day was the element of surprise when Tally read on the Tim Holtz blog that her tag had been selected for a prize.  We waited till yesterday to encourage her to see what the April challenge was as we all wanted to see her reaction, this was the first time we were all together with suitable opportunity to capture the moment.

Its even more surprising how many people have been to visit her blog, we set it up with us as content managers to help her learn along with us on blogging skills and she wanted somewhere to show her art.  Its amazing how a few kind words in the comment box made her day.   

So if you happen to hop along to read this have a happy arty crafty day.