Monday, 21 August 2017

Scrap Tag Take Two

I had such fun with the last tag that I created for the Use Your Scraps challenge with Tag Tuesday that I decided to make another before the fortnight was up.  Once again, the only item not to come out of my 'scrap box' was the base tag itself and the stickers.
I started as ever with a #8 manilla tag.  I glued the remaining section of my Moroccan inspired mop up sheet onto the tag using Pebeo matte gel, dried it and trimmed the excess (to see the original and the project that I used the rest of the sheet for see HERE).
I had a white card die cut using the Spellbinders Contemporary Diamonds die in my scrap die cut box and coloured it using Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish in Ocean Teal.
This was then glued at an angle across the tag with the squares lined up with the sides of the tag.
I also had one of the Butterflies by Tim Holtz, cut using his Bigz die out of white card, then embossed using the matching texture fades embossing folder.  This was coloured with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide, the embossing on the wings coloured and finger blended with Peacock Feathers distress crayon and the body with Picked Raspberry.  This  tied it in with some of the colours used on the mop up sheet.  The butterfly was glued on at an angle (behind the body only) and the wings elevated.
It only remained to add a couple of the Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers to finish the tag.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Europe: A Canvas

I have decided to push myself a little more on the mixed media front this year and am joining in with the International Tournament of Art & Craft 2017 organised by Aall-and-Create with challenges set from designers all round the world.  Challenge 1 is Europe and the list of prompts which could/should be included were: a face, papers, letters/numbers, blue, ribbon/twine/string or lace, textures, vintage and modern.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Art Journal Prompts: Moroccan Inspired

This was my second attempt at Week 33: Moroccan Inspired over on Art Journal Prompts.  I had started a project using fine liner pens through various Tim Holtz layering stencils, but the colours smudged and I really didn't like the effect.  The page that I eventually came up with wasn't the one I had planned the second time either, but it just goes to show that working on a mop up page is always the best choice!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Frida Kahlo Inspired: Purple, Orange, Dark Pink

I confess that I had to google Frida Kahlo when the prompt for Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art Challenge 30 was announced.  The three colours allowed are Purple, Orange and Dark Pink.  I really can't paint faces, so I decided to work with a sugar skull representation of Frida.  My inspiration for the background came from a photograph by Nickolas Muray taken in 1938 (Frida Kahlo On White Bench).

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

WOYWW 428: Milestone!

Hello fellow deskers and welcome; to know more and stalk check out other people's desks visit The Stamping Ground and our hostess Julia.  My second blogiversary was yesterday (see HERE) and I am running a competition to win one of the tags that you see on my desk.  You just have to comment on the anniversary post expressing an interest and I will announce a lucky winner chosen at random on my birthday next Tuesday.

As you will see by the shot of the other side of the desk, I have my crafty friend back to keep me company.  She has been making up for her absence by visiting me twice already in the last week and will be joining me again on Friday!  She has been working on some parchment flowers and getting to grips with the art of white work, although she coloured her own parchment using Pixie Powders.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Second Blogiversary Competition

Today I celebrate the second anniversary of my blog.  It has been a steep learning curve, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.  I have made so many crafty friends, most of whom I've never met in person, through the online groups that I've joined via my crafting and have grown to over 200 followers.  Welcome and thank you to you all.  For this special occasion I have decided to run a competition.  The picture shows many of the tags that I have created over the last two years; they have all been shared on my blog during this time.  There have been others that were given to people that I admire such as Barbara Gray and Sheena Douglass and fellow deskers on WOYWW for the 8th anniversary.  I don't know how many people will be interested in winning one of the tags but if you would like to choose one to be sent to you, just comment on this blog post, expressing your interest and I will announce a winner picked at random on my own birthday this time next week.
Thank you again to everyone who has joined me at any time on my journey, especially Eva who often keeps me company in the shed and Barbara Gray whose own daily blog got me started in the first place.