Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mission Inspiration: April

Sorry I haven't been around for a couple of days; sickening headaches and computers don't mix.  This page was completed four days ago.  I must admit that the suggested colour scheme put me off attempting this page initially; purple, orange and green together are not my favourite colour combination.  However, as I haven't missed a mission since starting these challenges last August, I was determined to see this one through too.  So here is my page, just before the end of the month!
Finished: All 8 steps!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

WOYWW 412: On My Own Again

Once again, I am back sharing a lonely desk with you all.  Exam season is in full swing and my friend will be busy conducting A Level speaking tests for a few weeks.  Why do I share my desk every week?  Go over to our hostess Julia's blog 'The Stamping Ground' to find out more; in a few weeks the blog hop will be celebrating its 8th anniversary.  I have not been with the group since the beginning, but every one is very friendly!
On my desk this week are some clippings that I've already found and some supplements and advertising brochures ready to look through.  One of the art journal groups that I belong to has the prompt 'magazine clippings' for this week so I have been busy cutting out whole images and parts of images in different colourways.  I won't use all of them for this page, but the rest will go into my stash for the future.
 Finally, here is a follow up picture of the tree behind my shed.  As you can see, although there is still plenty of blossom on the tree, underfoot it looks just like snow.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tri-Fold with a Difference

This is a card which I made quite some time ago; I would probably decorate it differently these days, but I like the fold/structure.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Mini Mission: Aquatic

I haven't completed the main April mission for Mission Inspiration yet, but I decided to join in with the extra mini challenge: Aquatic.  As it is a mini challenge, I decided to work on a tag.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Tag Tuesday: Heritage

This tag was created for the Heritage prompt on Tag Tuesday; a fortnightly challenge.  I also used it as an opportunity to use a new die and stencil that I recently acquired.  I had real fun adding layers and using a muted brown/black/copper palette.  It seems apt to post this on St George's Day as that is part of our heritage too.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Journal52 Week 16: Rise

For the Journal52 group with Effy Wild, where you can find additional prompts.  The success of my previous attempt at free painting led me to attempt another page using the same format; acrylics (finger painted), Neocolor II for detail and a stamped/printed quote.  Not sure if I like this one quite as much as the first page (see HERE), but I can but keep trying.  The quote by Mario Fernandez is the inspiration for the painting.

Friday, 21 April 2017

JJJ and Mindful Art Challenge 13: Red, Green, Blue and Buttons

This page was created for challenge 13 on Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art on Facebook; the prompt given was red, green, blue, buttons.  There was also an art prompt (peacocks), but I chose to disregard that and focus on the colour palette and theme.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 16: Step into Spring

This page is for the 'Art Journal Prompts' Facebook group weekly challenge.  I came up with the concept for the page as I was falling asleep, so it didn't take me long to make.  I wasn't too sure how Brushos would work on a gessoed surface rather than on watercolour card, but as you will see, the background worked out fine.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WOYWW #411: Crafty Pals Again

Hello and welcome to yet another look at my desk; if you want to know why I do this every Wednesday hop over to our hostess Julia's blog to find out more. For the first time in weeks, I am crafting with my usual crafty friend, so I will be sharing her side of the desk too.
My side (photo taken on a Tuesday as usual) shows the start of another art journal page in response to the prompt Step Into Spring.  I will be sharing the step by step for this tomorrow.  In the background are my Brushos and I have already die cut the Tim Holtz Wildflowers out of black card.  As usual my sentiments are by Claritystamp.  In the foreground you can see the art journal page that I completed on Monday; my first ever attempt at free painting an image.  You can see the step by step HERE.
As usual my friend brought plenty with her to keep herself occupied for a full day's crafting.  Here you can see her busy die cutting bits from her bit box to create toppers, and she has also brought a selection of colouring media so she can move onto making her colourful background papers when she is ready.

The final picture today is a view I don't have from my desk, although if I lean back and look through the window in the photo, I can just about see some of the magnificent blossom on the tree behind my shed.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Journal52 Week 15: Soft

Since the start of the year, I have been joining in with the Journal52 prompts by Effy Wild.  To find out more, and to join in yourself, you can check out her page HERE.  This week the prompt was 'soft', and for the first time ever, I created the whole page (except for the quote) myself.  It is the first time that I have created a picture/painting without using stamps or stencils for help; while I know that I have a long way to go with my painting and lots to improve on, I am really proud of my first attempt.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 15: Vintage

This page was actually completed on Saturday even though I'm only sharing it today, so I am keeping up with the new art journal prompts.  Now I just have four back prompts to catch up with and the new prompt to complete!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Confirmation Congratulations

I am really grateful to Dr Sonia SV for sharing her template for this card which can be found on her blog HERE.  I have made a few of these cards over the years for special occasions.  This one is for a friend who was received into the RC Church at the Easter Vigil yesterday and also celebrated Confirmation and First Holy Communion.  Congratulations!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Make Art Not War

I made this tag in response to a challenge by the inspiring Barbara Gray on her blog. There is too much hatred in this world, yet I have always felt positive vibes from all the different art communities that I am part of.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Waterfall Birthday Card

I haven't made a waterfall card for quite some time, but having seen a stunning example of one by Sue Ralph recently, I decided to have another go.  I had to think hard before getting started, but eventually decided on 5 images in the waterfall on an A5 card.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WOYWW 410: Crafty Colleagues

As always this photo was taken on Tuesday, although as it is the school holidays, I do not have piles of exercise books on my desk today for a change.  My usual crafty friend is away at the moment, luckily I had the company of a colleague and fellow crafter for the morning.  I took a picture of her side of the desk too and I hope she will be able to join me in other school holidays occasionally.  
My side of the desk shows the beginnings of a Waterfall card.  I haven't made one for ages, then saw one online and thought that I must have another go.  It turned out beautifully as you will see below and I will be putting a step by step on my blog tomorrow if you're interested.
 My colleagues side of the desk shows the thank you card that she was working on.  She had found some lovely vintage 6"x6" paper pads in The Works.  
Finished waterfall card

If you want to know more about why we share our desks on Wednesdays, just head over to our lovely hostess Julia's blog and she will explain it all.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

All about the Words

I had such fun making this page.  I started it for week 14 of Journal52 (Horizon), but as I only used Claritystamp stamps, I also decided to enter the finished page into the April 2017 Clarity Worldwide challenge 'All About The Words'.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Tag It Tuesday April Challenge: Add Letters and/or Numbers

This tag was created for the Tag It Tuesday Facebook group challenge for April:  Add letters and/or numbers.  I enjoyed building up the layers, but I wasn't initially sure about the finished tag, it's not a colour combination I would usually go for.  It's growing on me though.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

JJJ and Mindful Art Challenge 11: Red, Orange, Brown and Strength.

I was really proud to chosen as the winner of challenge 10 on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art.  What I hadn't realised, is that I would be responsible for choosing the next set of prompts.  I am delighted with all the fabulous art that has been created this week with my three minute panic thoughts and this is my contribution.  It is a fantastic group; the members are all really supportive and membership numbers have been exploding over the last couple of weeks.  Thanks to Louise Withers for starting the group and Jane Telford for adding me as a member.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Learning to Fly

I had great fun trying out a range of different techniques and media on this tag, from Distress Oxides, Aqua Tints and Gilding Wax, to die cutting, embossing and sanding back. This is being in the Craft Stamper blog challenge 'Anything Goes' and also the Tag Tuesday fortnightly challenge 'Things with Wings'.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 14: Eastern Promise

I must admit, when I saw this prompt, my heart sank a little.  It is probably my least favourite style of crafting and I have very few resources apart from one or two sets of stamps.  The set that I ended up using has never seen ink before, but I must admit that by the end I was really pleased with the effect and the colour scheme.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Journal52 Week 13: Seed

Having used some of my scraps for an art journal page last week and created a page all about texture, I decided to combine both and use up some of my paper flowers that I have had in my stash for years and haven't used for ages.  This page was actually completed on Tuesday, but I didn't have the opportunity to share it until now.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


Yet another week has slipped by and it's time to share our desks (see Julia our host's blog for the links and details).  It's been an exciting week; my sister-in-law (Moonmomma as she is known in artistic circles) celebrated a significant birthday and we attended her surprise party.  On the same day there was a family get together as my brother is visiting from Canada.  The last time the siblings were all together was nearly three years ago, so a good time was had by all.  Then on Monday my art journal page for the weekly challenge on Art Journal Junkies and Mindful Art was chosen as the winner!

On my desk you can see the beginning of another journal page for the Journal52 challenge which finishes today.  I'll be sharing the finished page later in the week.  As the prompt is 'seed', I had all my flower stamps and some stencils out as well as a box of paper flowers.  I have indulged in some new goodies this week too; many of the Remember When stamps and stencils by Sheena Douglass and the new Claritystamp open stamp and teeny weeny stamp sets, which I can't wait to play with over the holidays next week.
Blue, pink, silver, heavenly; the winning page.
If you're interested in the step by step for the winning page you can find it HERE.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Distress Oxide Tag Card

Yesterday, I showed you a little of how the new Distress Oxides work; today I'm sharing where I went with the tag and the card I made with it.  For details of the tag see HERE.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Distress Oxide Play!

My complete set of Distress Oxide ink pads arrived on Saturday, so I spent some time yesterday playing with a few to see how they work.  I had already watched lots of YouTube videos about them, but there's nothing like experimenting yourself.  For today, I'll just show you how they react; tomorrow, I'll share how I carried on and the card that I made with the finished tag.  This is as far as I progressed using the Distress Oxides.  I chose three colours that I know go well together; Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans and worked on several #8 manilla tags to try out different effects.

Firstly, I added some colour from each pad onto my glass mat, spritzed with water and dragged a tag through the ink.  I dried the tag, then repeated the process, adding extra spray to the tag and tipping it to encourage the ink to move.  I did this for a third time and this was the result. 

Next I tried blending the ink directly onto the tag with a small blending tool, then spritzing with water.  The different inks blend amazingly well, just as I had seen on other blogs.  Before the ink dried, I added some water and once again, tipped the tag to encourage the inks to run, then dried everything with a heat gun.  This produced a more vibrant, deeper colour, although there were nowhere near as many drips and dribbles of ink.  It was the second tag that I chose to work with.  I chose three of the stamps from the Journalling set by Claritystamp and stamped them over the dry background with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  The Distress Oxide inks stamp far more crisply than normal Distress inks, although the top photo was taken after I had spritzed the stamped images with a fine mist of water, which caused the images to soften a little.  I haven't tried working on dark card yet, although I have seen from other people's examples how vibrant the colours remain, even on a dark surface.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 2: Texture

I am still playing catch up with this weekly challenge, while keeping up with the new prompts each week.  I enjoy using texture on my art journal pages, so this prompt was right up my street.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Friday, 31 March 2017

Happy Birthday Sister-in-Law

It is my sister-in-law's birthday today, but as we won't be able to see her until the weekend, I thought I'd at least share her card so that she gets it today - if only in virtual form.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

JJJ and Mindful Art Challenge 10: Blue, Pink, Silver and Heavenly

It's not really surprising that the idea of angels and starry skies came to me given the prompt.  For once I decided to go without any words and let the images speak for themselves.  The photos don't really do the shimmery finish justice.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


The photo for WOYWW was taken as usual on Tuesday afternoon.  For more details about this blog hop family, visit our hostess Julia over on The Stamping Ground.  I had to hide the card that I was working on, as it's for my sister in law whose birthday is on Friday and I don't want to spoil the surprise.  Instead I covered it up with a sample card for the last afternoon of term reward workshop with a number of Y7 students.  They have a choice of lots of different activities, so I don't know exactly how many will be in the group yet, but the card went down well when I did it with a similar group a few years ago, so if it ain't broke...
I thought I was going to be on my own all afternoon, until I got an unexpected text from my crafty friend who had finished examining.  She didn't have any craft stuff with her, but called over for a cup of coffee and a chat.  I took a photo of her side of the desk anyway!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Journal52 Week 12: Balance

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this prompt for Journal52 was Work / Life Balance and the second was the Yin-Yang symbol; I decided to combine both.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Clean and SImple Birthday Wishes

This card was made for a friend, who often comes and crafts with me.  She is too busy over the next few weeks to make our usual weekly craft sessions and I will miss her company; Happy Birthday and I hope you like your gift too!  I was really pleased with the way that the card turned out.  Full of class, like the recipient.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day

This card was made for my Mum for Mother's Day today.  I finally tried out my Misti and the Altenew stamp sets that I have had for a while.  Happy Mother's Day Mum and thanks for all you do!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sneaky Peeks Only

I am late with my blog post today as usually I prepare it the evening before and get up early to share it.  However, I was so tired when I got in last night that I didn't come out to my shed to craft.  This morning I have created two cards with a class in between.  Unfortunately I can't share either card yet; one is for Mother's Day tomorrow and the other is for a friend's birthday the day after.  So for now you'll have to make do with a sneaky peek only.
Check back over the next two days to get the full step by step for each. I'm not saying which card is which, but I did use a similar colour scheme for both.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art Challenge 9

The prompts for this challenge were Nature, Tan, Olive Green and Burnt Orange.  I decided to try a new way of creating a background that I had seen recently online, although in that demonstration PaperArtsy Infusions were used.  Apologies, but I can't remember who shared the technique.  Thank you anyway, it worked brilliantly.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 12: Adventure

When I saw the prompt 'Adventure', my first thought was travel or reading; to me, both these things provide adventure.  However, as I had used the idea of books as an adventure for the prompt 'Magic' in week 10, I didn't want to repeat myself.  I decided to go with a simple colour scheme for this page and stuck to Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon Distress paint and Manganese Blue Archival ink, with some splashes of white as an accent.  I also decided that the word 'Adventure' would be sufficient on its own, rather than using a full quote.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOYWW: 407

The weeks seem to go around ever more quickly; I cannot believe that it's Wednesday again already.  Time to share my desk in accordance with WOYWW (to find out more about this weekly challenge you can check out the link HERE).  As my friend was able to join me for a craft session yesterday, I am also sharing her side of the desk.  It will sadly be a few weeks before I will do so again, as exam season is approaching.
On my desk, you can see the start of my 'Adventure' art journal page for the Art Journal Prompts weekly challenge.  I will share the step by step in tomorrow's post if you are interested.  I have my Tim Holtz stamp binders out as well as one of my Tonic binders where I keep most of my dies.  I number them for easy access as I have 14 in total; one of these days I'll actually make a list on my computer of exactly which dies are in each folder!  I finally made use of the Papermania stamps in the foreground; I have had them for years, but hadn't used them until now.  Part of my new resolution to actually use my supplies. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mission Inspiration: March 2017

Here is my Mission Inspiration art journal challenge page for March 2017.  The prompt colours were green, yellow and brown and I chose the word 'Spring' from the choice of five given. There were a series of eight steps to follow.
The finished page