Monday, 22 October 2018

5 More Birthday Cards for Boys and Men

I thought I'd share five more birthday cards that I have made which are suitable for men or boys, following the popularity of my last post on the subject.  The first one is suitable for a motorcycle buff (see HERE for details).

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Value Friendship, Commemorate Peace

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War,  I decided to use friendship and peace as a theme for my tag for the Flags/Bunting challenge over on Tag Tuesday.

Friday, 19 October 2018

5 Birthday Cards for Boys and Men



It's my youngest son's birthday today.  As I have three boys,  I have made a few masculine birthday cards over the years.  They are all young men now and I often get asked for ideas.  Here are five of my favourites.
This card is perfect for a tech savvy young man  (see HERE for details).


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Inktober 2018: Over the Hump...

For the very first time,  I have been taking part in #Inktober2018 and thought that I'd share my journey up to the half way point of the month.  I am not a confident drawer, especially with ink, and have made a light under drawing in pencil each day before committing myself to inking.  Sometimes I have kept things simple and cartoon like and sometimes I have attempted a more artistic effort with shading.  There are lots of alternative prompt lists available,  but for my first year, I have kept to the official prompt list.  I have used a fine, black Posca pen for inking each day.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

WOYWW 488: Can't wait until half term

I must admit as I share my desk today, that I am really looking forward to the half term holidays.  First of all because I seem to be tired all the time these days and am ready for a break from work, and secondly because the first Sunday (28th October) sees a mini WOYWW get together in the shed as arranged at the crop in September.  I haven't forgotten and will be letting people who said they could make it know my address (several already have it) via PM on Facebook.  Please confirm in the comments and let me know if you need me to send you information.  I am thinking of 11am until 3pm.  Luckily clocks go back that weekend, which hopefully allows extra travel time without having to get up earlier than normal. 
My side of the desk shows what it looked like yesterday morning after completing day 16 of #Inktober2018.  It is the first time that I have participated and I am enjoying it so far.  (I will be sharing day 1 to day 16 on my blog tomorrow if you fancy popping back.)  I keep my supplies in the Kipling pouch that you see on the desk.  You can also just see the wand that I made for Harry Potter day at school on Friday, peeking out from behind the journal (see HERE for how it was made).  This week my coconut latte is in one of my Moorland Pottery Stoke City mugs.  The other side of the desk is unfortunately empty!
There was no Eva yesterday (she will be popping in tomorrow), so I am sharing the picture from last Thursday of the stamping stash that she brought back from Port Sunny with her!  It looks as if she managed to find plenty of stamps that she liked lol.  Off to work shortly (7am) so will visit when I get home.  In the mean time, if you pop over to The Stamping Ground, you will find plenty more desks to look at, as well as exciting news about the 10th anniversary crop.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Christmas Card with Angel Wings

I was recently inspired by a beautiful DL card that I saw on Facebook designed by Lizzie Dzadiak using the Angel Wings stamp (and die) by Gemini from Crafter's Companion.  I decided to make my own angel wing DL card.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Pablo Picasso Portrait inspired Journal Page

This week's prompt over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is Inspired by Portraits.  The artists to choose from include Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo.  As I have previously created a page inspired by Frida Kahlo (see HERE) and I am not the most confident portrait drawer, I went with Pablo Picasso, using an image from Nina's YouTube video as my starting point.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Wand Making

To celebrate reading, our school will be holding a Harry Potter day on Friday.  As this will entail dressing up,  I thought that I had better make myself a wand.  Having seen a few YouTube videos where a chopstick and hot glue were used as the basis for such a project,  I thought that I would have a go at creating one for myself.  Having raided the pantry for chopsticks,  I made a start.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal Cover: Masculine Finish

Yesterday I shared how I created the wood effect for the inside of this Wrapped Journal Cover (see HERE).  Today,  I will show you how I added texture to embellishments for the outside of the cover, once again in keeping with the masculine theme.


Friday, 12 October 2018

Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal: Cool Wood Effect

I decided to make a more masculine journal cover using the Wrapped Journal Bigz die designed by Eileen Hull for Sizzix.  I have made one before (see HERE and HERE) but it was more feminine in appeal.  Today I am sharing the inside on which I built up a cool wood effect.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

W is for Water colours and Water soluble oil pastels!

These ATCs were created for a swap over on JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art).  The prompt letter was W, so I thought it would be the ideal time to try out my latest purchases, a box of Van Gogh water colours and some water soluble oil pastels both from Royal Talens.  As usual, I stuck to using stamps from Claritystamp on my ATCs.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

WOYWW 488: It's Not Cheating Honest

I'll start with two apologies, firstly I won't be visiting anyone today as I have an open evening at work and won't  be back until very late, secondly, the photos of my desk weren't taken today (shock horror).  I have got used to the 'working on Wednesdays' routine now and prepare my blog post a day ahead so that I can post it and link up with WOYWW at The Stamping Ground before I leave for work at 7am.  I even comment on the early bird blog posts before I leave.  Today's photos however are a bit of a cheat even for me lol.
My side of the desk was actually only taken yesterday (this morning it has my lap top and the books that I have marked on it: not so interesting).  I was busy creating something to share on my blog and came up with some Halloween themed ATCoins.  You can see my cup of coconut latte and my new purchase, a box of Van Gogh watercolours from Royal Talens.  This photo was taken mid create, but you can see the finished items HERE.
The other side of the desk is a bit more of a stretch.  Eva hasn't been able to make the last couple of Tuesdays, so I took a picture last Thursday when she came over for a crafty afternoon.  She has been working on parchment pieces using the Claritystamp Groovi system and Pergamano tools over the last few weeks and has now more or less finished the white work.  I will take another picture tomorrow when she comes over.
Hope everyone has a good week and I'll pop in over the weekend to see you all.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Halloween Artist Trading Coins

I was inspired to create some Halloween artist trading coins as we are in October.  I had three 2.5" blanks left over from some batch cutting using my Brother Scan N Cut, so grabbed them to get started.  I didn't have a set plan in mind as I started, the coins evolved as I worked on them.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Inspired by Orr Ambrose: An Art Journal Page

The prompt for October over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is 'Inspired By'.  Each week there is a choice of three artists; this week it was Klimt, Kandinsky and Orr Ambrose.  Having previously tried an art journal page inspired by Klimt (which I wasn't overly happy with: see HERE), I decided to base my page on the works of Orr Ambrose.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Halloween Tag Bookmark

The current prompt over on Tag Tuesday is Autumn/Halloween.  As I have just made an autumn tag for another challenge,  I decided to go with Halloween for this one.  I also had a new stamp that I wanted to use!

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

WOYWW 487: On the Road Again

This will be short and sweet, just as Julia likes it.  I was on the road yesterday as it was the four weekly meet up at Hobbycraft in Stockport for JJAMMMA (Junk Journals and Mindful Mixed Media Art).  Eva wasn't with me as she had to sort out a course that she will be taking.  However she will be popping over for a crafty day tomorrow, so I will try and remember to take a photo for next week's desk share. Please visit The Stamping Ground for all things WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday?).
For once I took some non-messy crafting with me (much to everyone's shock), as I wanted to prepare some pieces of parchment ready for the line art.  I had already cut some squares and rectangles out of A5 parchment at home, using the Claritystamp Picot edge dies.  I was busy using the accompanying Groovi plates to emboss a double border just inside the edges, ready to add some images within the pieces.
I also found time for my second ever #Inktober piece.  The prompt for day 2 is tranquil, so I tried out a line drawing of a swan.  I confess that I did sketch an under drawing first in pencil, which I later erased, as I am by no means confident in my drawing skills.
Guesting on the other side of the desk today were some regulars at the group: Jane was working in her journal, Lou was busy painting on fabric and Paul was just there for a chat.
Maria Moorhouse came to join in for the first time too, busy getting inky with stencils, a brayer and a Gelli plate.  We hope that she may be able to pop in again another time, work permitting.  Gill, Chris, Janet and Kaz were in attendance too (our largest ever get together) and at the rate we are growing we may need a bigger space next time.  It's great catching up with crafty friends.  I hope everyone going to Port Sunlight has fun; I won't be there this time, but I'm looking forward to next May already.  Have a great WOYWW and I'll be round to visit after work later.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Monday, 1 October 2018

3D Large Tag

This is another 3D piece that I created for a challenge.  The substrate is one of the second largest tags from the MDF Tag set from Clevercut and is approximately A5 size.