Saturday, 24 June 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 25: Time

For the first time ever in 2017 I am completely up to date with the Art Journal Prompts and waiting for the new one to be published tomorrow!  For week 25 the prompt was time, which gave me the excuse to work with some more of the stamps and dies from the Time Traveller collection by Sheena Douglass.

Friday, 23 June 2017

June Mini Mission: Cake

This is my June mini mission for the Mission Inspiration group.  As usual I have ended up completing the mini mission before the main mission and have worked on a #8 Maniila tag.  This prompt was easy to complete (can't think why LOL).

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 24: Graffiti/Grunge/Urban

Just as I caught up with the back log from earlier in the year, I fell behind with the more recent prompts.  This is for week 24 on Art Journal Prompts: Graffiti/Grunge/Urban and I have another page to complete before Sunday to be completely up to date.  As you can see, I took the prompt literally.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WOYWW 420: Too Darned Hot

Reports are written for another year (170 final total) so I should have time to visit a few desks this week.  Thanks to everyone who called across without me returning the visit, this week I shall try to get to everyone by the weekend.  It's far too hot for me at the moment.  I'm sitting here in shorts with the window and door of my shed open (nets up and blinds down) to keep out the sun and allow a through breeze and it's still nearly 30 degrees Celsius /nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit).  Lots of excitements this week.  I had a fabulous day out at the Create-It show in Telford with my crafty friend; met some Facebook friends (but no WOYWWers); came third in the competition (only four entries lol) but most amazingly of all ended up with 15 minutes of fame on live crafting TV (Hochanda), crafting alongside the amazing Sheena Douglass.  For a full description of the day and pictures see HERE. Until Saturday you can watch the show on rewind on; it was the 11am show on Saturday 17th June.
Anyway, back to the reason for our Wednesday blogging (for a full explanation, please go to the Stamping Ground where Julia can give you the low down).  Here is my desk with all the lovely stash I bought on Saturday.  I bought the Clean Colour Kuretake pens with my prize money; the items on the far right were from the goodie bag for VIP ticket holders and I also visited the IndigoBlu stall, Chloe, HobbyArt and Bee Crafty stands as you can see.  I also bought some MDF cats from the Inkylicious stand.
On the other side of the desk, my friend is playing with some of her purchases; six of the distress oxides and some Phill Martin stencils, creating backgrounds.


I have been reorganising my inks.  I bought a new storage rack and finally have all my inks in one place easily accessible.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Bright Gift Boxes

I thought I'd work on some gift boxes as a change from art journaling, card making or tag creating.  These are a decent size for small gifts such as a scarf, sweets or votive candles and can be made to look completely different just with a change of colour and decoration.  I haven't added any side panels with additional stamped images or words yet, but I may well do so.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A Crafty Day Out in Telford

I had the most amazing day out at Create-It Telford yesterday and although I am not going back today, I'd like to share the events of the day; little did I know when I set out with my best crafty friend, that I would be appearing on live TV before the day was out.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Art Journal Prompts: Backlog Cleared

Week 1: Word for 2017 (Create)
The reports are finished, but I'm too tired to create any new art tonight so I thought I'd do a pictorial flick through of my Art Journal Prompts journal.  I didn't come across this group until week 9, but I have finally caught up with the backlog so I only have to keep up with each weekly prompt as it is posted each Sunday.  So here is a whistle stop tour through each page.  I have previously blogged step by steps to each of them if you do want details of any of them.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 9: Material

I must admit, that having finally caught up with all of the previous Art Journal Prompts, this was the first prompt that I saw when I joined the group, and the one which I put off working on the longest.  Most of the examples that I saw in the album involved using actual material, and I really couldn't come up with any ideas at the time.  During the subsequent weeks, I have learnt to think outside the box, and quite often search for quotes involving the prompt, to give me a starting point for a page.  As I was determined not to put this page off for any longer,  I found the quote which I eventually used and the entire page fell into place!  This is now probably one of my favourite pages of the 23 that I have completed so far.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

WOYWW 419: Busy, Busy, Busy

It's that time of the year again; report writing deadlines are looming!  Everyone is busy trying to get a head start on the next academic year and the school visit to Berlin is in 3 weeks.  It's also that time of the week to share desks hosted by Julia over on the Stamping Ground.  My photo was taken yesterday, as today is the day set aside to finalise all remaining reports, so sorry if I don't get to do any visiting this week.  Even the next few days blog posts have already been prepared in advance!
As you can tell, my desk has been staged; both my friend and I were working on the prom invites and they are top secret.  So if any of my Y8 pupils are reading this; nice try, but I won't be giving any spoilers.  I did manage to get an art journal page completed however (for details see HERE). 
My friend didn't have much time for her own crafting this week and I am most grateful to her for her help with the invitations.  She did however manage to get some new stamps mounted up and cut out.  
She also bought over all the cards that she made with the toppers that she was working on last week as she knows how much you like to see them. 
We are off to Telford on Saturday to visit the Create-It show, so if there is anyone else going, give us a shout out and we can meet for a coffee.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 8: Spread Your WIngs

I only have one more back prompt to complete now and I will be fully caught up with the Art Journal Prompts for 2017 so far.  This page was created to fit the prompt 'Spread Your Wings'. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tag Tuesday: Animals

I have just finished this tag in time to add to the collection on the Tag Tuesday challenge page before the next challenge begins.  The current fortnightly theme is animals and once again I couldn't resist using one of the Hipster stamps and matching die set #hipforsummer.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

JJJAMA Challenge 20: Blue, Turquoise, Ochre/Sand and Seaside

I did not take too long to create this page once I had found the quote.  This is for challenge 20 on Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art and is limited to the colours blue, turquoise, Ochre/Sand and the theme of Seaside.  For once I did very little stamping; the starfish being the only item using a stamp.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Tag It Tuesday: Steampunk/Gears

This is my contribution for the monthly tag challenge with Tag It Tuesday.  The theme is Steampunk/Gears so I thought this stamp from the Time Traveller collection by Sheena Douglass would be perfect.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 7: Fill Your Heart

Yet another catch up page; I am determined to get fully up to date with these weekly prompts from Nina Ribena in Art Journal Prompts.  This one is from week 7, 'Fill your heart' and is on the opposite page to the Believe page which I completed on Tuesday.  For that reason, I decided on a yellow/orange background to coordinate with the blue page opposite.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Boy, the weeks seem to go round faster and faster.  I had another lovely ATC from Sandra de  with an amazing card all the way from Australia, so I hope that she's received my tag too.  


The ATC (along with the others I received for the 8th anniversary of WOYWW) take pride of place on the wall of my shed, together with a plaque which sums up how I feel about my creative space and a couple of post cards; so if anyone is ever in the area (Stoke on Trent), let me know and you are welcome to visit.
Well I suppose I should share my desk as that is the whole purpose of today.  To find out more go to our lovely hostess Julia's blog, where she will explain all.

I was working on an art journal page with the prompt 'Believe' so decided to use a quote from an ABBA song.  To see the finished page see HERE).  The pictures were taken yesterday as usual when I was busy procraftinating with my friend (I love this new word, it sums up my life!).  I passed on all the lovely compliments about her cards from last week. 


This week she was painting with Pixie Powders over stamped and heat embossed images on backgrounds which were created in the shed last week.  You can see her mop up journal underneath.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 6: Believe

I decided to go back and catch up with one of the few art journal prompts that I didn't complete when they first came out.  I didn't discover this weekly challenge until week 10 and have three more to catch up on, while keeping up with the new prompts.  The prompt was 'believe' and I immediately thought of some lines from one of my favourite ABBA songs (I have a Dream).

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Mission Inspiration: May 2017

I thought that I'd better complete this page as the next mission has already been posted and we are now in June.  I'm not usually this late, but I got sidetracked with other things over half term.  In the end I decided to make the page semi auto biographical as I am the eldest (by 15 minutes) of four (three girls and the youngest a boy).  The quote is completely tongue in cheek, as my parents do not feel this way at all.  However the old fashioned nature of the Paper Dolls that I used as the focal points reminded me of the 'Victorian/Edwardian' feelings about children.  As my brother (aged 6) once said about our grandparents, "I'm not spoiled, I'm ruined rotten."  The colours of the month were Teal, Lavender and Grey, so I decided to use a warm grey which matches the colour tones of the Paper Doll characters.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

JJJAMA Week 19: Tolerance, Green, Pink, Blue

I must admit that I got part way through this page and then lost my mojo for a couple of days.  The effect was of such a beautiful old fashioned marble printed book cover that I didn't want to spoil the effect.  This challenge celebrates the growth of the JJJAMA group (Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art) started by the fabulous Louise Withers to over 1000 members.  The theme of tolerance is most appropriate in these challenging times.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Blown Gelato Background

I have a friend of mine to thank for this technique.  She was using it when crafting with me in the shed the other day.  I tried a couple of backgrounds, but preferred the one with a little more white space and made it into a card.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Congratulations Colleague

This card was made for a colleague who was married yesterday and was signed by the staff of the school where we work.  I hope that she and her new husband had a fabulous day. 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

WOYWW 417: What a week that was

Wow, what a week that was.  I think I managed to visit everyone's desks eventually.  You can tell it was the anniversary last week as I don't think I've had 50 to visit before.  If I missed anyone, major apologies.  Thanks again Julia for keeping things going so long (and LLJ for stepping in when needed).  This is such an amazing group of people.  If you want to know what I'm on about, visit the Stamping Ground where our lovely host will explain all.   I didn't do too much swapping myself as I don't make ATCs, only tags.  I hope my PIF Sandra De in Australia gets hers before long (it did go off Air Mail) and that Shaz's arrived safely too.  I received two gorgeous ATCs; the one on the left is from Lisa (I was her PIF) and arrived with a lovely note; the one on the right was as a swap from Shaz (Silverwolf)  whom I met for the first time (along with Neet and several others) at Port Sunlight. Thank you both, they are beautiful works of art.
I'd better show you my desk as this is the purpose of our weekly get together.  As you can see, I was working on some shaving foam backgrounds, a technique that I haven't used in ages but decided to retry.  I was working with Aqua Tints, but you can use Distress re inkers or Ecoline inks too.  In the foreground is my latest journal page (see HERE), which started as a mop up sheet from another project.
Eva puts me to shame!
I will have to try this!
Finally I'd like to share some more cards which my friend made from the backgrounds she created during her play session in the shed with me last week.  This week she is playing around with Gelatos, trying a blowing technique.  I did pass on all the lovely comments about her cards from last week's post!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Shaving Foam Marble Printing

I haven't used this technique for creating backgrounds for ages, but having seen a journal page by Sue Ralph recently using a shaving foam background, I decided to have a session. As you can see, the effect gives you a look of marble and you can never be sure of the exact finish until you clean off the foam.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 22: Repurpose

This is the third page in a row using the colour combination orange, yellow and pink but as the challenge from Art Journal Prompts for week 22 was 'Repurpose', I used the mop up sheet from the 'Water Soluble' Challenge in week 20 as my starting point.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

JJJ and Mindful Art 18: The Change, Purple, Orange, Green

I must admit that this isn't my favourite colour combination, so I was quite surprised how quickly this page came together.  However, I don't like missing a challenge on Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art, so I had a go.  I'm not entirely sure about the finished piece but I love the quote.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Happy Birthday to my Handy Son!

This is a card that I made a while ago, but was the perfect birthday card for my son's birthday today.  He is the most practical of my three boys and also a big softy who is very kind and generous (although he won't like me saying it publicly).

Friday, 26 May 2017

3D Fun: Milk Carton Box

For once I decided to go 3D and try out a die I've had for a while and never used.  I also needed a small gift box and thought I'd kill two birds with one stone if you'll pardon the expression.  I'm not sure that it's entirely finished yet, as I may add some panels with stamping to two of the sides.  I also have to decide on the way to hold it shut (the decorative paper clip is purely temporary).

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Parchlet for Manchester: We Stand Together

I started this parchlet on Tuesday, but I wanted to do justice to the white work as it is for all the innocent men, women and children who were killed or injured on Monday evening.  I am not from Manchester, but I admire the resilience, sense of community and spirit of co-operation that the people of Greater Manchester have shown in the face of such evil and tragedy.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOYWW 416: Eight Year Anniversary!

It's amazing to think that this week marks the 8th anniversary of WOYWW.  I have been blogging for less than two years and came very late to the party; well done Julia for keeping this amazing blog hop going for so long.  We are crafty family!

 The desk in all it's glory; both my side and my crafty friend's.  As usual, this photo was taken a day early so that I could share her side of the desk too rather than an empty space.  You can see lots of paint, a box of stamps, a box of gilding waxes and in the background my drawers with all my sprays.  My lap top is ready to go and the camera case is in the bottom right corner.  On my side of the desk (right) you can see the finished art journal page that I was working on earlier in memory of all those innocent people who lost their lives in Manchester.

This was the starting point for the journal page, lots of bits of tissue paper cut into triangles to make a bleeding tissue background.  For the finished page and step by step you can see HERE.

My friend finds it difficult to pack light when she comes to visit, even though I can usually find anything she needs and has forgotten to bring. She brought loads of paint, gelatos and some embossing folders with her (to list just a few items); also the cards she made with the backgrounds that she was working on last week as she thought you might like to see them.
I have no ATCs for the swap, however I will  send out a tag  to the next person on the list who is participating if that is acceptable.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

For Manchester!

When I went to bed last night, I was planning on working on the 'tissue' prompt for week 21 of Art Journal Prompts today.  The news as I woke this morning led me to produce this page.  In memory of innocent lives lost, anger that children were targetted and pride for the reactions of the people of Manchester and the emergency services.

Monday, 22 May 2017

My First Parchlet

I must admit that I haven't done any Groovi parchment work for quite some time.  I've been focussed on art journaling and card or tag making. However, Tina Cox recently came up with the idea of creating a mini parchment piece (2" x 2"), now known as a 'parchlet' (after much discussion).  This is much quicker to create and can be mounted up as a topper on a card as well as being a mini piece of art in its own right.  This is my first attempt at this and I will be sharing it on the Parchlet Treasures Facebook page.