Friday, 15 December 2017

Second Festive Art Journal Page

This is the second of my four 'Festive' pages for Art Journal Prompts for the month of December (week 50).  I only have two more pages to work on before I complete my first ever art journal, based on a weekly prompt for a whole year!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Tag: Christmas Memories

The challenge on Tag Tuesday for the rest of 2017 is Christmas Memories.  I can vividly remember Boxing Day walks on Cannock Chase with the family every year as a child, so my tag reflects this.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

WOYWW 445: Snow Day!

Alas, I have only my side of the desk to show you today.  Eva and I had an extra day to craft on Monday as both the schools we work at were shut.  However the amount of snow and ice also means that she cannot get her car out of her street at the moment and therefore we couldn't take advantage of crafting together, nor could she visit me yesterday.  I hope she is able to get to work today!  I'm also hoping things will be a lot safer by tomorrow when I have to be back at work.
I am working on some projects with my Royal-Talens art supplies, including my Ecoline pens, in between other projects.  I can't say more at the moment, but all will be revealed early in the new year.  I'll keep things short and sweet so you can visit the rest of the desk links via Julia: the Gatekeeper of Desks.  Hope everyone stays safe and warm!  Wow! Only one more WOYWW to Christmas.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Masterboard Journal Page

Usually when I create a master board it is then cut into smaller pieces and used for different projects.  This master board was created for the 4th Explore Your Creativity Challenge with Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art and was used instead to create an art journal page.  The technique to use was create a master board, the product was paint and the colour, yellow.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Masculine Birthday Card

This card was made for my brother-in-law who celebrated his birthday yesterday.  He is a keen sailor, so the Adjust the Sails stamp set from Claritystamp was perfect for the occasion.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Opposites: Day and Night

Having made the first of my Festive pages last week for Art Journal Prompts, I decided to go back and complete the previous prompt: Opposites.  This brings me nearly up to date.  Once I have completed the last three festive pages, I will have completed all 52 prompts for 2017.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sparkle Tag

This tag was created for the December challenge on Tag It Tuesday: Sparkle.  It is in honour of the snow (or rather lack thereof) which kept school open yesterday!

Friday, 8 December 2017

First and Latest Tag, Canvas, Journal Page

I decided to have a look back to my first and latest pieces of art work in different categories; tags, canvasses and art journal pages.  I don't have any pictures of the very first card that I made, although I do have some of my early attempts and I have come a long way over the last twelve years.  I have only been art journaling for two years and tags are also a relatively recent obsession.  I haven't created many canvas pieces and that is one of my resolutions for 2018; to work on canvas more often.  Anyway... on with the show...
Latest tag
1st tag WIP

 My first tag eventually ended up as a topper for a card as I didn't see tags as stand alone pieces of art at the time.  Now I use them for bookmarks and I am part of a swap group and they are my 'go to' format for quick pieces of art.

My first canvas (of 5 only at this point) was created for a challenge on the Claritystamp page and I later used the same layout to create a card front. My latest canvas was created for the recent ITAC world challenge (Europe) and I was far more adventurous with the use of white space.

First Mission Inspiration
 I am a member of various art journaling groups; Mission Inspiration, JJJAMA and Art journal prompts.  This is now one of my favourite forms of crafting and I have pages I love and ones I am not so keen on, but I won't give up!

Latest MI

1st AJP (Week 5 2017)

Latest AJP (week 49 2017)
Just to prove that I have really made progress over the last 12 years here is a picture of one of the earliest cards that I made, followed by a more recent one (for the same person).

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Challenge: Resist, Ink, Bronze

I created this tag in response to the prompts for Explore Your Creativity Challenge 3 on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful art.  Usually I create an art journal page, but I decided to go with a tag for a change.  The prompts include a technique: resist, a product: ink and a colour: bronze.  I am also entering it into the December challenge on Country View Challenges: Christmas.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

WOYWW 444: Starting to feel festive

It's finally starting to feel a little festive in the Craft Shed.  I actually started batch making some Christmas cards yesterday after going out for a Christmas lunch with Eva and some other crafty friends.  It's an annual tradition and the meal was delicious even though the service wasn't the quickest!  Eva and I did some crafting both before and after the meal and I was in the shed from just before 7am to get an art journal page finished (see HERE if interested).  My side of the desk shows the contents of the parcel which was delivered yesterday; my stash from the Claritystamp 'Gray' Sale - lots of Groovi plates and stamps as well as some Pergamano tools.
On the other side of the desk, Eva was working on the groovi toppers which she started in the shed last week.  She has been adding white work during the week and was adding colour yesterday using Spectrum Noir pencils and on the angel picture Kuretake clean colour pens and a Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen coloured from the front.  I have passed all the compliments onto her from the comments on last week's blog post.  Don't forget to visit Julia our head desker to see more desks.

My festive journal page

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Monday, 4 December 2017

Books Hold The Secrets And Reading Provides The Keys

This tag used up die cuts and stamped/die cut images from my bit box and was created in response to the December challenge on Mixed media Art Journey.  Six word dice are rolled and the resulting combination of instructions sets the challenge.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Blog Winner and Stairway Christmas Card

First of all, congratulations to Nicky Frowen who was the winner of the tag of her choice as part of my 500th Blog post giveaway last week.  This is the tag which she chose (for details of how it was made see HERE).

Saturday, 2 December 2017

21st Birthday Invitations

I can safely share these now as I have been given permission to do so.  I was commissioned to make 30 invitations in pink and rose gold for a 21st birthday party.  My first task was to design three different invitations using dies that I already owned and which would look good, but not be too laborious to batch make.  The invitations were to be A6 in size (A5 folded in half).
The first design used the 21 and the matching verso frame from the Pop Up Sentiments Collection by Tonic Studio, die cut from rose gold, trimmed square and matted onto pale pink.  The 'You're Invited' die by Crafter's Companion was also cut from rose gold and the negative trimmed and matted onto the same colour as above.  The card base is a soft peach/pink pearlescent card.
The second design used the same colour combination, but this time using the Floral Motif panel from one of the Framed Screens sets (also Tonic Studios) as well as the numbers from the Advent Drawer Deco die set.
The final design used two of the dies from the Happy Birthday Circle die set designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions and the 21 (Pop Up sentiments set from Tonic studios) die cut from Rose Gold with the 21 matted onto pink (Tonic Studio circle dies) and added with pads for extra dimension. 
This is the design chosen by the birthday girl, although she opted to change the base card to a black glitter card.

The inserts were printed using a laser printer and foiled in light pink using my Heidi Swapp Minc machine.  These are not shown for obvious reasons, but gave a final, classy finishing touch to the invitations.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Dragonfly Tag

A quick tag made after work yesterday (my first day back in after the 'flu bug).  It was a full day, but I still wanted to make some time to craft and relax.  This is my second entry to the Anything Goes - Include Some Lime Green challenge over on Tag Tuesday.
The background was created on a piece of mixed media card using Pixie Powders in Aqua Lagoon, Midnight Blue, Peacock Green and Golden Mint.  Once dry, the piece was added to a #8 manilla tag, trimmed and the hole punched through at the top of the tag.
The large dragonfly (the fancy die from the Dragon Delights set by Spellbinders) was cut from black card and the tiny dragonfly which was one of the dies from the Crafter's Companion Advent calender sent out to Platinum customers in 2016, was cut twice.  As the 2017 advent calendar was waiting for me when I got in from work yesterday, I thought it rather apt to use a die from the previous year's.
The lime green was added by colouring through all the apertures on the wings using a Faber Castell Big Brush marker in Light Green.
Finally, three sentiments from the Small Talk sticker set by Tim Holtz completed the tag.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

WOYWW 443: No Energy

First of all apologies for not visiting many of you last week.  I woke up with a sore throat on Friday morning and by Friday evening had no voice, a nasty cough, was aching all over and had zero energy.  It was a miracle that I managed to raid the bit box for long enough to keep up my daily blog.  Sunday's was quick, as it was my 500th post and I set up another tag give away.  If you'd like a chance to win, just go to the post (HERE) and say which tag you'd like. I spent all weekend and Monday in bed and was just about starting to feel human yesterday.  Eva came over for some crafting in the morning, but the afternoon was spent at a MFL curriculum leaders get together for all the local middle schools.
Anyway; on with the desk sharing, which is the whole purpose of my Wednesday posts.  For further details, visit Julia at the Stamping Ground who is chief desker!
My side of the desk is staged, showing all the bits and pieces at my disposal to make the tag in the centre (for details see HERE).
On the other side of the desk, Eva was working on a birthday card for her Hubby's forthcoming birthday, using her new Groovi plates (neither of us could resist the Gray Day Sale on the Claritystamp website at the weekend).
Work in Progress

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Splash of Lime Green

There seem to be a lot of challenges around at the moment which involve the colour green.  This tag was created for the fortnightly Tag Tuesday prompt which starts today: Anything Goes - include some lime green.  However I am also entering it in the current That's Crafty challenge: Green with Envy.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Be Original

I'm still feeling lousy and not up to any major projects, however I didn't want to miss a blog post.  I therefore used a page background that was already created, together with some pre made bits and pieces to put together a journal page; it took all of 10 minutes, but I liked the finished look before crawling back into bed.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

500th Blog Post Give Away

Just over two years ago I started this blog to share my art work and creative exploits.  This is my 500th post and I've decided to have a give away competition to celebrate.  In the picture you can see many of the tags that I've created over the last couple of months.  To win one, just comment on this blog post which tag you'd like me to send you.  In a week's time I'll announce the winner.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Green-Eyed Monster

I am not feeling well today, hence the late blog post (for me).  I went straight to bed last night instead of creating and preparing today's blog post.  Instead, I made this quick tag this morning with left overs from yesterday's journal page (see HERE).  I am entering it in the That's Crafty fortnightly challenge: Green with envy.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Stamping - Collage - Green

This page was created in response to the second Explore your Creativity challenge on Junk Journal Junkies and Mindful Art.  The colour had to be predominantly green and stamping and collage had to be part of the process.  I had fun working within these constraints and the quote chips used as the finishing touch describe both the process, and the lack of planning that went into this page.  As the colour is green, I am also entering this into the fortnightly That's Crafty Challenge 'Green with Envy'.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bon Voyage

This card is to wish my nephew a safe trip, as he is off to Canada today, to train and then work as a ski instructor.  We hope he has a fabulous time, but also that he doesn't forget to at least send the occasional postcard!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

WOYWW 442: Busy, Busy, Busy

It's a busy week, and I haven't spent as much time crafting in the shed as I would have liked.  Plenty of shed time, just rather a lot of data analysis, planning, marking and sorting for work.  I have been cramming the crafting in around the school work.  Eva made it over yesterday and we spent the morning crafting before heading off to Stockport and a journal meet up at the Hobbycraft there.  It's a once a month event (usually the third Tuesday) and they are a very friendly bunch.  Eva came with me for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed herself;  it was well worth a two hour drive back (13 miles stuck behind a tractor and trailer at 20mph).  
Anyway; on with the desk sharing which is the whole point of my Wednesday blog post each week.  For more details visit Julia (chief desker) over at the Stamping Ground and find more desks to visit.
My side of the desk shows the start of a Bon Voyage card for my nephew.  He is off to Canada tomorrow to train and then work as a ski instructor.  We won't see him again until March, but he will at least have family to visit, as my brother is only a few hour's drive away from where he will be based in BC.  I will be sharing the finished card on my blog tomorrow if anyone would like to see it then.
On the other side of the desk, Eva was getting into the groove with her parchment work using the groovi system.  It makes the line art side of parchment work really easy and you can then add white work and grid work in the traditional manner.  Happy WOYWW everyone;  I won't be visiting many desks today as I am going into work at lunchtime to do some learning walks and then attend a twilight session.  I will do my best to get round everyone by the weekend so I can catch up with everyone's goings on!  Thanks too, to all my regular visitors and new followers.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017


I am a week behind with the prompts on Art Journal Prompts.  This page was created for week 46 and the prompt was Remembrance.  As we recently commemorated the centenary of the end of the battle of Passchendale, I decided to base my page around the Great War as it was known at the time.