Monday, 28 October 2013

Note to Self Journal

 Well the summer here was good, time passing just as fast as ever, where we made time for art, not so much for blogging.  So looking for photos for something else, I went pass these and thought time to blog, here are a couple a pages from my Note to Self Journal.  I love working on the A3 size.

Where would you like to be today!

Started off with the page just having black gesso on it.
Then I used the Tim Holtz Paints using stencils and one paint on top of the other for the circles.
I was playing with the Alcohol inks for a different project, so some silver metallic went on the page too, although this does not show up in my photo.

The place I would like to be on that day was Whitby, 
the post card is placed on some Angelina Fibres, again the shimmer is lost in the photo.
A little more detail was added with Gel Pens and a few gems.

Sorting some craft paper, I found one of the Tim Holtz challenge tags and new just where to file it.

Live life to the beat of your own drum.

The back ground had sat in the journal for weeks.
I had used a cheap flexible plumbing filler on the bare paper, made patterns on it, then let it dry.
Covering it in Distress Paints (yes I like them, but no longer have one in every colour, lol!)
Then added the butterflies, and there it sat, and sat, and sat.
Until I put the two together.
Now its a very happy page. 

Note to self are fun buttons from Tally's Stash


Now the journal is beginning to fill out I love looking back at the pages.
If you have that journal that is still in its wrapper hope you take if off soon and put paint on its page!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Note to Self - Courage

This page went from this picture from an old calendar 

to this Note to Self page.

(I didn't take any pictures as I went along)

In my normal style it was painted with Distress Paint.
Tape and stamping added more Distress Paint and Ink.
Walking away I drew some birds for another page, then covered them with glossy and crackle accents.

Then found the Tim Holtz stamp 
'Courage is being yourself everyday in a world that expects you to be someone else.'
Printing it on a tag already coloured in the stash.

I liked the birds so used them on this page plus drawing another.

So many layers later I walked away leaving this.

As normal the original picture is much better than my photographs.

Thanks for stopping this way.


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - July

Well we have made it to the end of the month again, Summer is always busy for us, so its no surprise to myself that my Tim Holtz challenge tag was only finished hours ago.

Details from Tim's tag can be seen here

I kept mine very simple, braying the background with Distress Ink, drawing the flowers on some tags that had been sprayed with Dylusions inks, then adding details with pens, cut it out and adding crackle accents. The bird again I had already coloured in pencil. I put Crackle paint on her.  The words 'Life is Good' was from a rub-on. I stamped a flower on the background to add just a little depth.

Life is Good

Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves that indeed life is not all bad, that good days out weigh the ones that do not go our way.

This tag is going in to the Note to Self journal.- will post it soon.

Wishing the world to treat you well


Sunday, 30 June 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - June

My did the last few weeks pass at the speed of ........., well at the blink of an eye, but I sure feel I packed a lot into the last few weeks (no need to bore you with the everyday goings on of life, nothing particularly exciting happened).  Among the many arty things I started, I kept up the thought that I must do my Tim Holtz tag, well seeing its 30th June it was time to do, in a record 30 minutes, it took longer to find the ingredients!

I kept amazingly close to Tim Holtz's example, using Distress Paints and pens and water colour paper, the stamp he used is one of my favourite animals/insects, so I thought for the first time I would use the same stamp as him, you can see all the details here

I love the simplicity of mine hope you like.

Thanks for visiting.

Ingredients used

Distress paint
Distress pens
Distress Ink
Stamp from  Tim Holtz - Papillon
Stamp from  Tim Holtz - Way With Words
Stamp from Tim Holtz - Classics#1
White card
Water colour paper.
Water paint brush

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Note to Self Journal - If you don't like it!

Note to Self - If you don't like it, change it!
Journal Page

Those of you that have read my last blog post, know that I did not like one of my tags, but I finished it and than grew to - well not quite love it buts its ok.

So it had me thinking there was the next page of my Note to Self Journal, laying there not finished because to put it politely just did not inspire me to finish it!
It was going to be for the Rangers Blog seasonal challenge but this is how far it stayed for weeks now.

A background of distress paint!
In the required colours for the challenge at the time.

Well it was time to make it better!
So I started by white washing it with a thin layer of Gesso then wiping most of it off.

Then choose to put pink on with masks.

Then I had an idea  to use my tag on it. The one that was not me favourite, but is growing on me.
 So now the pink is the wrong colour.
Out comes the white washing process again.
Off for a tea break while it dries, I know could use heat gun, but then one needs the time to think what next.

Out comes the washi tape, determined to use it on the page!
Then hold up the tag, out comes the Fired Brick Distress Paint along with the Picket Fence.
That's red and white to those of you that do not have the distress line of products.
Any paint will do, but I am beginning to like the Distress Paint lots, and it matched the tag.
Fish the masks out of the water bath.
(I leave a bowl of water by the side so masks etc. can go straight in then clean them all at the end)

Use the paint on the mask flipped over to give different look, and not waste the paint.

I say wow to myself I rather like that now.

Then I add the tag (see previous blog of how to), then the tape, do the edges and tape with distress ink to blend them in to the background

The words come easily, written in ink with the dropper of the bottle. Did try paint brush but it was too thin a line.  
It took hours to dry!
I also covered it in spots with drips from same ink. Try to add purple to match the tag edge.
The ribbon I just put a little doubled sided glue tape to keep them in place

I have to say it looks better in real life.
The large size journal (A3) is fun to work with.

Now while blog hopping the other day I noticed the Artful Times Challenge was Blooming Marvellous. So I think well it has lots of flowers so why not even if it is a journal page again and you could argue its not 100% new. But it did give me a reason to upload the page.
Between Tally and Me we have lots of projects that never make the blog just because we are off doing something else instead.  Maybe there is a future Note to Self idea there lol.

All the details of the Artful Times Challenge can be found at the link below.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 12 May 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - May

Had a little time to play today, so I carried on making backgrounds for the May tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 challenge full details can be found here at  Then I thought I should finish it so I did, 3 times! The third one I didn't like so Georgie said I should finish it, so her being the older sister, I did as told. lol!

attempt 1

attempt 2
looked a bit dark and stormy.

attempt 3
did not like the way the lighthouse sat in the sea, but finished it and now I quite like it.

Now the what I did bit.

I have to admit I have had a few sheets of rub-ons for quite a while, mainly purchased when being sold on offer having only used them a few times they are not my favourite product.  With a note to self - I must start using them up as I think the product is not so sticky as it grows old. That is to say there is a knack on putting them on, and its not with the stick they came with!

However I did like the effect which I will use again.  I also liked making these simple tags, and stopped myself adding to much to them.  I did the distress colouring similar to Tim Holtz but used distress ink as well as stain.

This is how they looked with just rub-ons and distress ink/stain

The stamp set I used is of a light house and sea scenes I will have to update later.
I love the light house but my grumble is that all the elements do not sit well together which I think happens too often.

For those of you that have read down this far a couple of close ups.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 29 April 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - April

Now this month, I said to myself, I think I should try to make my tag a little more like the 'Inspirational one' Tim Holtz gives to the world at the beginning of each month.  Press here to see his April tag.

How wrong can a girl be, but I had fun and it does have a version of a dragonfly!

With modelling film on the reeds.

and modelling film on the dragonfly.

Then I took it off again.  
It stayed off but I like the reeds, so the frog can hide.  One of Tally's additions

The dragonfly is made from wood sheet, sprayed with Dylusion spays, taken from the stash, put there a couple of months ago after an afternoon of just playing. The dragonfly I drew first on paper and then used as a template to cut the wood shape.

I had put it through an embossing folder as well, you can just see the pattern in the wing.

The tag was made from the other half of this sheet of paper, I think it is a Graphic 45 (will check and update)

I painted it with Distress Paint, was amazed how much of the background you could still see, just what I was hoping for!

This is how it stayed for about 15 days lol
How life can get in the way of making art/crafting

Finally I drew the reeds and had the debate to colour or not.
Walk away is best solution, made a cup of tea etc, etc even eat cake or a banana.

close up of the reeds.

Yep they were coloured, with gel pen as I wanted it semi see through.

Then added the film on top, again reeds drawn on it to add another layer this time using Promarkers.  
Close up of frog. Tally hopes he made you smile.
He is not stuck in so he might end up on something else, but he is safe hiding in the reeds.

The words
Embrace Change  (at the top)
Bottom of the pond to soaring high. (I know its spelt wrong)

I typed and printed it in a hurry and been looking at all day, still didn't see until stuck it on lol!
The embrace change, I put on the wrong way round as well, it will always make me smile, 
I think embrace imperfection just says it all.

Now you might of realized we spend much of our time, down at the canal basin, just by the dry dock wall is a small wild flower growing, no not just any weed, but a 

a seed just blown in by the wind.

as you can see above shortly to be joined by a dandelion.

Sorry the picture quality is not so good, all those middles are that beautiful yellow. 
And petals all blue.

Happy crafting and thank you for reading to the end of the post.