Monday, 25 March 2013

Happy Spring.

Those of you living in the UK will know that its a chilly start to spring this year. 
Taking a little me time, I took one of my backgrounds that I did over the Christmas time and gave it a finishing touch!

Again this was a fairly quick tag!

Take one tag and embossing folder.
I had put Distress Ink direct on to the embossing folder, it originally looked patchy to I sprayed with water, A little bit to much so I had to quickly mop it up and luckily it did not go into the de-bossed areas too much.

The stamped (Stampendous) bird image was heat embossed, then coloured with distress pens.

3 months later, I took another of my stash of coloured tag backgrounds, this time it was sprayed with Dylusion ink sprays and randomly cut two flower shapes. I out lined them with a white marker pen, and added some bling.

With yet another tag (just the bottom of it) I stamped the words Happy Spring, Its a very useful set of individual letter stamps that are in Georgie's stash. 

Put together with a few raised stick pads and a little ribbon.

This was after I knocked the snow off!

Keep Warm


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Note to self - Journal

Note to self. 
More walks on the sand.

Well Tim Holtz, has causes a small arty/crafty frenzy, his latest blog challenge was to use the/his Tattered Floral Die, that's it no other rule use any product, any style etc etc.  All you need to do is press here to view the creative madness (well its is March and has anyone seen Horrace recently?).  As the norm, I left doing my entry to not quite the last minute but close, and I always try not to look what others have created, but this time I did and as I pride myself in trying not to do similar to others it left me with a large problem.  As I said you just have to see it to believe it, how was I going to achieve the being different bit.

I thought and thought, then left the building.  Monday idea hits, the second page on my large journal was calling. A couple of days later the above arrives, as normal photo does not do it justice.

The journal now has a theme  'Note to Self'

The first note was to 'Take more walks on the beach'.  One of me favourite places.  Tally having had the weekend skating.  In case your interested, they went up a category so instead of winning came 6th, but they skated fantastic and more determined to improve, and generally had a great time. Now she is in Whitby on a school residential, which gave me the beach idea as that is where I would also like to be.

For those that are interested here's the how I did it bit!

First take blank page and look at it for a while, already had idea, so cut a mask from the die.  This was not as easy as first thought.  Finding the correct plates, to paper thickness, to die.  Finally achieved. Had mask and blank flowers.  I  have a couple of cheap books from charity shop of lots of colour pictures of Britain in it etc.  Tore out a few pages of beach/sea and carefully put them through the die.

Next I used the mask to put distress paint on the page, the colours still a little random at this point.  Time to go home.  Next morning instead of the list of jobs that should have been done the page had a little slot. Next  I Dylusion sprayed it, but now I wanted to make it look like, beach, sea, and sky.  Which I think I did!

At home in the evening, I looked out on our last Florida Holiday photos and found as many beach pictures as I could.  I like sunsets by the way, I like to walk on the beach, but not sit all day in the sun, so try to arrange it that  we visit towards the end of the day, after another visit to somewhere. Fantastic end to a day.

So while the ink dried on the page.  I image transferred some of the pictures on to the flowers that I had cut.

There are lots of techniques out there to try, but this is the one I used this time, put multi medium on picture, place on flower, rub slow and hard with bone folder (spoon, knife etc), the posh word I think is to burnish it,  leave it just long enough but not too long and gentle pull the paper off.  Keep fingers crossed. The ink should have transferred itself to paper.  Remember it is meant to look distressed.  Leave to dry, then wet a little and rub off any left over paper. I use normal copy paper and ink jet printer.

paint on thickish layer

thought I would show the waste

Now while ink and multi medium dries, its off to do a few of the jobs on the to do list.

Later it is back to the fun bit, and after awhile I forget exactly what I did.  In no particular order, I lifted some of the ink off with water and misted Dylusion white ink via the mask, I did use a medium card for the mask so it stood up to the job, but was a little damp towards the end.

Horrace (the mad hare see last post) visited looking for his moustaches.  I then stamped a little, added circles and general played.  I also put some gloss medium on a couple of the photos to see what it did.  Well another day over.


Can you see Horrace?

Work in progress resumed today, I set too, laying out a mix of photos and the cut pictures, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc attempts far to busy.  Georgie says 'more is less'  or is it 'less is more'.

Attempt 1

All the bits not used! 
Have an idea to use them.

Sometime later this was the finished result.

I know its upside down, will put it right soon but until then enjoy my world of imperfection.

Note to self  - it is time for bed.

Thanks for reading down to here, and remember if you see Horrace (or his Moustaches) remind him March is nearly over and spring has just arrived.  Spring !!!! Its not really going to snow today, is it? - it just went past midnight, its now the 21st, lol!  Which means you might just have 2 days left to join in Tim's Challenge, if not it is well worth looking at all the talent displayed over on his site.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Another Quick Birthday Card

The 'mad march hare' that was on Georgie's blog (see here if you want to read more) yesterday is making a guest appearance here today. All though it might be his cousin, as his fur is a different colour! and wearing his Monday Best Coat

I really do mean this was a quick card, while Georgie was doing most of the workshop on Monday in the spare moments I stamped the Hare, coloured it with Pro Markers just because that's what was on the table.

Pinky/purple and blue Kanban paper, cut the frame with a die, then put it through the music embossing folder. heat embossed the top, glittered the hare's jacket, raised him up to give another layer.

Hole punched the edge of the card, and put an off cut of the blue inside to add yet another layer.

I was going to put Happy Birthday on it, but run out of time, wrote it inside instead!

Since it is March I do wonder where Horrace the Hare will turn up next.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

12 Tags 2013 - March

Like normal I start off saying this is my tag for the March Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 challenge.  Pop over here to see all the details and join in. Again like normal, mine did not follow his, except it is a little spring like.

As this is programmed to be a very busy month, not just at work, but Tally (Mouse) is off skating for 2 weekends (Dumfries and in Belgium) with the local ice syncro team (yes they have a good chance of wining), the family are needed to do a little supporting, I was determined to upload my tag in good time.  It appears I have just managed it! Amazing its not even half way through March.

Now if you have seen the post below, you will be able to see where the tag came from. Using up the left overs.
I have been playing with the new Distress paints making lots of background, so I picked the most spring like. The base layer is mainly paint with just a little distress ink around the edges, then I used a butterfly stamp and with Dylusions ink printed on to the paint, it was the experiment before I did the journal page below. I tried to take a close up, no surprise its not the best photo in the world but you can see a little of it.

The flower stamp is a Donna Downey, again stamped in Distress paint, cut out etc, the butterflies are again left overs coloured with Prisma pencils. I have heat embossed both the raised flowers and butterflies.  After sticking one on I decided the background looked a bit flat, so picking up the nearest leaf stamp I printed it on using different Distress Ink greens.  I didn't realise at the time it was the same I used on the Feb tag, note to self to change style next month.

I used the word 'Breathe', because as many of us I try to fit in so much that we often forget to take a little time to well 'breathe'.  I strung a few beads just because I wanted to and a little heart as Spring is my favourite time of year.

Hope you like.

Just an aside Georgie and I are sitting in the bar uploading out tags, hers has a 'mad march hare' in it, if you want a good  giggle you should pop over to read, in comparison my dialogue appears to have none of the wit, I think the hare must have caught it all in his net along with the m.........., I say no more, visit

A little piece of spring

Over on the Ranger Blog they have given a seasonal colour challenge, they give the colours and product suggestion, we get a little inspiration.  Just press here to have a look for yourself.  (the website is full of great ideas, but do not forget to finish reading here first. lol)

The first thing to do was to go to stash and work out what I had to match their scheme of colours, the debate was the shades of green so in the end I decided artistic licence was allowed, I used a mix of greens as close as possible to the picture.

Next what to do.  I have had this A3 journal purchased in November 2012 still sitting in its wrapper. First page always the hardest.

So we now have a journal, with a mix of ocean blue, mustard seed/yellow, purple and green products sitting on the desk.

I know start with a mask, and from small beginnings, one largish journal page appears, I am not sure that it is finished, in months to come I might just find a few words to put on it, but for now it will make me smile every time I open the first page.

Unfortunately I never manage to take a photo that shows the project at its best, but hopefully you can see the layers.  A few close ups in attempt that you can see the shiny bits.

The second picture is one I took again in natural light, much better colours

For those of you who would like to see how I built up the layers read on I will try not to send you all to sleep.

Georgie and I have been joking about me never finishing my many (that's a lot) backgrounds. If it's not work its helping Tally that come first (my excuse and I am sticking to it)

Step 1
Take mask and distress paints.
None of this page was planned it just grew.

Dab over mask, then reverse it to use the paint on the other side, repeat several times.
 Blue on top green on bottom, idea beginning to form.
From a high height I sprites a mist of water, it helps to soften the lines. 
Its amazing what these paints do, more of that in another post. 

Step 2
Dylusion Sprays
One shade of blue, 2 of green

now I have sky and grass
With small circle mask I went all over page and lifted colour with water, this also helped to take colour off the paint.
I then waited till it had dried off.

I sprayed purple and yellow Dylusions ink on craft mat.
(sorry do not have bottles here to give them their correct names)
Using 3 different butterfly stamps I stamped at  random.

Step 3
Branch Mask, put on using distress inks, in different greens, peeled paint etc.
Broken china for the birds, in several places, 

Which you can only just see here, but not on the finished page.
I know they are there.

Step 4
Using flower stamp (I call it the cow parsley stamp, I have put a picture of it at the bottom)
I stamped all over the green, in shades of green Distress Ink

I know picture on its side makes it more interesting!

Step 6

Walk away go and have a cup to tea, nights sleep etc, etc,

Step 7

New day new idea.
Using a few Donna Downey stamps that have been in the draw too long and not used I stamped out out several times with the Distress Paint, I used a fairly heavy weight card stock.
Then while waiting for them to dry.

I also stamped them on the page, the flowers with Distress Paint, the leaves with Distress ink, and black ink.

Step 8

No pictures,
Stamp out lots of the butterflies, same stamps as in step 2
Colour in using pencil front and back.
I used colours from the main page.
Cut out
Clear heat emboss

The yellow bird is hand drawn, I have a bird book to copy shape, I can then draw it to required size and colour as I want.

Step 9

Again no photo of the action.
Cut around flowers and leaves.
I then did the edges with Distress ink, fantastic it all matches.
I personal do not like to see the white where I have cut.
Paint the middles with yellow Distress Paint.
Layer on the page.
Add gem to centre of flower, I like bling.
Add leaves to top, used a white pen to add to the leaves.
Add butterflies.
Add bird, I know he only has one leg.

One finished page.
As Georgie said 'No Words!' 

A few pictures of most of the product I used, saves me listing it.

Thanks for reading to the bottom.
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Happy crafting