Thursday, 19 July 2018

Leavers Cards for Colleagues

It's the time of year when cards are required for colleagues that are moving on to pastures new.  This year I have had quite a few cards to make.  I decided to use the same design for two colleagues, but worked in two colour ways.


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

WOYWW 476: The Home Stretch

Hello and welcome to my last WOYWW post for 2017-18.  It's the last week of school and I only have one more day to work before the summer holidays.  I'm sharing my desk as it looked yesterday, as when I post this, my desk will only contain my laptop; I am planning on tweaking all the French schemes of work and resources (September until Christmas) ready to drop into the shared area at school on Friday.  That way all my non-specialist colleagues can prepare over the summer.  From September I will be working on Wednesdays, so won't have time to visit so soon.
My side of the desk shows some of the materials that I had gathered to start work on a Seaside/Nautical themed tag, as well as my list of planned blog posts.  As I had to make numerous cards for various colleagues I won't need to share the tag until Sunday as I'm well ahead of myself. 
To see other desks and join in with this long running blog hop, please visit Julia, our illustrious leader over on the Stamping Ground, where all the link ups are made.
On the other side of the desk, Eva was working on a whimsical journal page; we enjoyed our first full day's crafting together since before my week in Berlin.  We are both looking forward to Maria Moorhouse's workshop in Shropshire on Saturday; the perfect start to the school holidays.
Eva's finished journal page

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Education is Power: A Journal Tag

The prompt for July's mini mission over on Mission Inspiration is 'Power'.  I am a teacher, so the quote 'Education is power' was the perfect fit.  As always, the mini mission was completed on a tag.  As this owl is such a whimsical character, I am also entering it into the current Whimsical challenge over on JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art).

Monday, 16 July 2018

Altered Playing Cards on a Journal Page

This is the first page that I have made for the July prompts on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More.  The monthly prompt is Puzzled and week 3 is to alter playing cards.  I still have to go back and work out how I am going to include altered dominoes (week 1) and altered jigsaw pieces (week 2) on a journal page.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

The Result of an Impromptu Workshop

Once a month, a group of JJAMMMA members (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art) get together to catch up and craft together.  At our latest meet up in Stockport, Louise Withers threw an impromptu workshop with the materials we had between us and some new stamps that she had brought with her.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Pull Up Lantern Card

I am most grateful to Sue Ralph for sharing her version of this card.  Her instructions are fantastic and easy to follow (see HERE).  This is my variation; I added some extra layers to the base.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

A Maternity Leave Card

This card was made for a colleague who has gone on maternity leave.  It was made on an 8" x 8" pre made card blank to allow space for everyone to sign it.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WOYWW 475: On the Road

Morning everyone. We all made it back from Berlin safely and I have just about caught up with my sleep having averaged about 4.5 hours a night for 5 days.  This week I should have more time to visit everyone, once I've analysed some data and made 6 more leavers' cards; it's a good job that I have an extra day off this week.
My desk this morning shows the results of yesterday's monthly journal meet up in Stockport.  The colouring page was a gift from one of the ladies, the page peeking out from underneath the result of an impromptu workshop that Louise Withers gave us and the background what I got up to with some Amsterdam acrylic paint and a scraper.  Why am I sharing a picture of my desk? To link up with the long running weekly blog share - WOYWW - run by our illustrious leader Julia over on the Stamping Ground.  I will be sharing a full step by step of the workshop later this week (with Lou's permission) so pop back if you want to see more.

On the other side of the desk yesterday, one of the ladies did her own interpretation of Lou's workshop.  Eva couldn't make it as she had a meeting, but normal service should be resumed next week.
Lou took a picture of us as we were working.
So I returned the favour later on.  Have a great week everyone! 
Adding a link to Hazel's blog candy page as she is one of us and has been blogging for 11 years now!

Monday, 9 July 2018

A Wedding Gift

This is a wedding gift that I made recently. 
For the top panel, I started by colouring some of the Ecoline brush pens directly onto three of the Journaling stamps from Claritystamp and stamping them onto a piece of rice paper, slightly larger than my canvas board.  This was then glued in one piece onto the board using matte gel medium and sealed over the top in the same medium. The gel medium caused the colours to run very slightly, but this just added to the interest of the background.
Black Amsterdam acrylic paint was used through the Love Tree stencil by Claritystamp (NDSC Back Order 20) and dried with a heat tool.
Once clean and dry, the stencil was slightly off set and Amsterdam white acrylic paint was dabbed through.  This had the effect of allowing the stamped background to show through which I wasn't expecting, but love nevertheless.
The word 'Love' from Word Chain 6 (Claritystamp) was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in True White detail embossing powder.  A black micron pen added a drop shadow to match the tree.
Finally, one of the Quote Chips by Tim Holtz was given a black edge using an Ecoline pen and added at the bottom. 
For the bottom panel, I used the same method as before to stamp onto rice paper.
This was adhered to an 8" x 8" canvas board from Claritystamp using matte gel medium in the same way as the top panel.  As you can see, I decided to turn the rice paper 90 degrees first.
Before the top panel was added using double sided adhesive sheets, I went all round the edges using a black pen.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Perfect Sentiment!

This must be the quickest tag ever made, but the sentiment fit the mop up sheet and in the end I didn't feel any further embellishments were needed.  It fits the current challenge on Tag Tuesday: Floral.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Celebrating! It's Coming Home

I wasn't sure if I would be posting today having completed a full year without interruption yesterday at the end of a tiring school trip.  However, the July prompts on Tag It Tuesday, combined with England's semi final win this afternoon, were just too good to resist.  I actually used all four prompts for a change, although a minimum of two are allowed.
1 Glitter; 2 Add song lyrics; 3 Celebrations; 4 Something random on your desk.

Friday, 6 July 2018

There's No Place Like Home

This tag was made ready for sharing on the last day of the school visit to Berlin.  It seems apt as we are flying home today and I'm sure there will be lots of stories to share about the week's experiences.  Today also marks a milestone for my blog which is nearly three years old.  I have posted once a day since returning from Berlin last year, so today marks an uninterrupted year of sharing and crafting!

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Rise & Shine: Journal Tag

Here's another post that I prepared in advance to share while I'm in Berlin on a school trip.  I figured that lack of sleep might well be starting to kick in by this point of the week and decided to motivate myself to keep going!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

WOYWW 474: Greetings from Berlin

Hello and greetings from Berlin to all fellow deskers at WOYWW.  To know more visit the keeper of all things desk Julia at The Stamping Ground.  This week's post will be rather short but photo heavy as I am currently on a school visit to Berlin and am busy typing this post at 5.50am (Berlin time) before I need to hop in the shower ready for another busy day of sight seeing.
Yesterday we spent most of the day at the zoo and aquarium before going bowling in the evening.  Of course we finished just as Colombia equalised and by the time we were back at the hotel, penalties were the order of the day.  Even sweeter to see England win a penalty shoot out on German soil lol. 
At the zoo, the main attraction was the pandas; last year they arrived two days after our visit.  However as you will see, there were also lots of amazing sculptures in the zoo to see, as well as stained glass in the aquarium in addition to the animals, reptiles and marine life.
The Elephant Gate entrance.
We saw the gorillas being fed.



The usual suspects.


One panda was very active, the other was fast asleep inside behind glass, so no photos due to reflections.





Amazing sculptures were everywhere...



... and the stained glass in the aquarium was beautiful.


I was glad that there was glass between me and some of the reptiles.

Everywhere in Berlin, you will find large statues of brightly decorated bears; the zoo is no exception.
Finally, the other side of the desk.  Eva popped over on the Saturday before I left on the trip to spend a crafty afternoon with me.  She was using my Cricut machine to cut out all the letters for the birth announcements having finished all the stencilling on the cards themselves.
I would be grateful if Shaz or Zsuzsa could link me up to Julia as I am unlikely to be able to do so (breakfast is at 7.45am German time).  Sorry I won't get round to visiting this week, but normal service will be resumed next Wednesday.  Happy WOYWW from Berlin.