Monday, 24 July 2017

Themed Birthday Card

This birthday card is for a friend of my husband's whose birthday was last weekend.  He is a keen amateur Thespian as well as a Manchester United fan so I decided to combine this as a theme and a colour scheme.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Saturday, 22 July 2017

A Good Luck Card

This card was made for a colleague who is leaving us after many years at our school; she will be missed.  Once again I was working with a 20cm x 20cm pre made white base card to allow room for notes and signatures.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Maternity Leave Card

As usual towards the end of a school year, I make cards for the staff to give to celebrate a special occasion.  A colleague will be starting her maternity leave after today and this is the card which I made for everyone to sign.  I kept the colour scheme neutral for obvious reasons.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

JJJAMA Challenge 26: Purple, Orange, Maroon, Picture a Song

I must admit that my heart sank when I first saw the colour combination and theme for this week's challenge from Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art.  I hadn't a clue what I was going to do and vaguely had a thought about 'Purple Rain'.  It wasn't until I had completed the first two steps that I decided on the song to picture on my page and now I absolutely love what came out of it.  Thanks for taking me out of my comfort zone.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

WOYWW 424: Are we there yet?

Only two more working days until the summer holidays (if you can really count a day out at Alton Towers with Y7 and Y8).  The books have all been marked for the final time this year, all data has been entered and my crafty friend and I are off to the final Claritystamp retreat on Saturday (Sunday and Monday).  What a great way to start the school holidays.  I have been so busy crafting since I got back from Berlin and finished my latest art journal page yesterday.  In the picture of my desk it is a work in progress, but you can see the finished result HERE.  I didn't end up using all the colours of Archival ink, just the Fern Green.
Once again I had my crafty friend for company; if you think my side of the desk is untidy wait until you see hers.  She was working on Brusho/Pixie Powder backgrounds, embossed using 3D embossing folders.

Finally I have a lovely orchid on my desk which was a present from my eldest son and his girlfriend when they came over for dinner last week.  I am giving it a daily misting with a water spritzer which it seems to like.  If you'd like to know why I share my desk each week, visit Julia at the Stamping Ground and all will be revealed.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 29: Chaos

I had so much fun making this page for week 29 of Art Journal Prompts: Chaos.  At one point, I realised that I had added all the stencilling and stamping with the background the wrong way on, but turning the whole thing 90 degrees to stick in my art journal only added to the effect.  At least I realised before I added the sentiments.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Mini Mission July: Destination

Here's my response to the July mini challenge from Mission Inspiration: Destination.  As usual I have completed the mini mission on a mini surface, a #8 Manilla tag.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

JJJAMA Challenge 25: Yellow, Teal, Gold, Myth/Mythology

I had the perfect stamp set for this week's challenge from Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art: the Sea View Collection by Sheena Douglass which came free with Creative Stamping a couple of months ago.  The colour scheme was yellow, teal and gold and the theme was myth or mythology, so the mermaid and under sea stamps were spot on.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Prom Stationery

I was asked by my school to make the invitations and put together the name plates, table number labels and seating plan display for the prom this year.  As the prom was yesterday evening, I can now safely share what I made.  The theme colours were blue, silver and off white and the school hall looked amazing when decorated in these colours.  A great team worked really hard all day yesterday to make sure that everything was ready; by that time my job was well and truly over and I could enjoy the celebrations.

Friday, 14 July 2017

A Never Ending Card

I haven't made one of these cards for ages, but as they look really impressive and are actually quite easy to make, I decided to have a go at one.  They can be made any size as long as the four pieces for the base card are cut in the ratio 2:1.
First of four aspects

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 28: Rework an Old Page

I struggled with this page for Art Journal Prompts to start with as I didn't have an art journal page to rework.  Then the suggestion was made to use a drop sheet or mop up sheet as a starting point.  When I looked through my stash I found a failed Gelato background and a gelli plate clean up  sheet from a previous art journal page and had the idea to use the two together.   Together, I love them, but I didn't really like either of them on their own.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

WOYWW 423: I'm back!

Well I made it safely back from Berlin.  I don't have many photos to show you as most of them have children on them so I can't share them.  We had a fabulous time, although we missed out on the pandas at the zoo by two days as we visited on Tuesday and they were due to arrive on the Thursday.  The weather was really kind to us and as usual we packed the days with visits and sight seeing.  
The Ritter chocolate shop went down well as usual!  We visited the Story of Berlin Museum and the Nuclear Bunker, the DDR Museum, the Zoo, the KaDeWe, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Palace of Tears, the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial, the Anne Frank Museum as well as bowling, enjoying a river cruise and shopping at Alexa.  I have just about caught up on my sleep now.  
I really missed my craft session last Tuesday so made the most of yesterday's session with my friend.  She was working on getting ready for a series of Y7 zentangle workshops which she will be running today.  She was stamping some large Woodware word stamps onto card ready for the pupils to zentangle, as the sessions only last for 45 minutes.

My desk shows my treat to myself for surviving the trip, which arrived yesterday.  Sizzix had a sale on and were giving free P+P if you spent over £30.  This is my haul for £30.47 which I think was a great bargain, although I won't be using the Christmas dies yet! 
If you want to know why I'm showing you my desk or if you want to see more desks, visit our hostess Julia at The Stamping Ground.

Monday, 10 July 2017

JJJAMA Challenge 24: Orange, Green, Purple, Witchcraft

Just made it under the wire before the next challenge begins.  I would have hated to miss one as I have participated with the Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art challenges since I joined this amazing group.  This is the first challenge that I've completed in different groups with this particular colour combination that I really love; I decided to go for bright!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Art Journal Prompts Week 27: Gold

Just as I caught up with the Art Journal Prompts for 2017 I have fallen behind again, due to leading a school visit to Berlin.  This is in response to last week's prompt 'Gold'; I am planning on completing this week's prompt before the next one appears!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Crafting on the Move

Having spent the last five days in Berlin with a group of Y8 pupils, I had very little time to craft.  The only time available to me was on the plane travelling both ways so I packed my set of 20 Staedtler Triplus fine liner pens and a small Daler Rowney cartridge paper hard back note book so that I could doodle.  Even so, I only managed one page during the entire trip. 
I started with dark blue and drew paisley inspired shapes all over the page.  I then used the purple to add an inner shape and filled between the two with arch shapes.

I decided to fill in the whole background between the 'paisley' shapes with swirls in the original dark blue pen.
Finally the inner sections of each paisley shape were filled with spirals in the next lightest shade of blue pen. 
I'm not sure if I consider it entirely finished yet; I could colour in some of the zentangled areas, but it helped me to relax on the flights, so all is well!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

JJJAMA Challenge 23: Red, Pink, Blue, Oriental

As I haven't had a great deal of time for crafting recently, but I didn't want to miss the Junk Journals Junkies and Mindful Art challenge for this week, I decided to keep things simple.  I don't have a large choice of stamps for an Oriental challenge as I am not overly keen on the theme usually, but I was really pleased at the way that the page turned out.