I'm taking a break from the hobby coaster posts (last part tomorrow) to share my last Mission Inspiration page for 2016. I wanted to make sure that I finished before the new year. Although I only started my MI journey in August I have completed each month since so didn't want to fall short right at the end of the year. I have thoroughly enjoyed following the prompts and will certainly be continuing the journey in 2017. Thanks to Mike Dean!
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Friday, 30 December 2016
The coasters that I'm sharing today were made in honour of my Mum's enjoyment of knitting and drawing/colouring. I can still remember receiving letters with hand drawn pictures as illustrations from my Mum when I was little and she was in hospital for a short time. I have lost count of the number of fabulous jumpers she has knit over the years as well as a set of dolls clothes on e Christmas.
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Saturday, 24 December 2016
This card was made for my three sons to give to their father for his Christmas Eve birthday today. My eldest and youngest sons look very similar and are sometimes mistaken for each other; the middle one has a panama hat which he wears in the summer, so the Marianne dies were particularly appropriate.
Friday, 23 December 2016
Monday, 19 December 2016
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
It's been a while since I blogged, but that's what comes of making so many of my gifts at this time of year; they can't be shared without spoiling the surprise. At least after Christmas I shall have plenty to post. I had eight cards to make for a great group of ladies who craft with me regularly, so I decided to use the same stamp for each card, but shake up the colour scheme and finish. These are just four of the finished cards, but as you will see from the toppers, each one was unique.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
I've had a lovely relaxing day, crafting in the company of a good friend, working on the November mission for Mission Inspiration. I didn't have a clue where I was going when I started, but once again, everything came together and I love the finished page. The only pieces which I had to die cut/punch out were the book text leaves and the heart behind the doves; everything else came out of my stash. The quote is one I found online having completed step 7 and which helped me decide on my focal image.
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Saturday, 12 November 2016
Here is my latest Pick a Stick Challenge for November 2016. I must confess that I haven't completed the October Challenge yet, but I have left a page for it in my PASC art journal. This time I felt really inspired by the steps and, having been feeling rather ill over the last few days, decided to use the process to help me feel better.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
|Rounding up supplies|
|Extra bits and pieces.|
This is the finished card that I was working on last Wednesday.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
This card is the result of my first attempt using the fantastic new Christmas Wreath Groovi plates designed by Linda Williams for Claritystamp. I used a mixture of the Woven Wreath and Twiggy Wreath plates, together with a banner from the Christmas Banners set. Even though I personalised it for my parents, the colouring, matting and layering took longer than the parchment and white work.
Saturday, 5 November 2016
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
|My desk this morning ready to finish a card.|
This was my desk yesterday when I had just finished outlining the image and was about to move onto the white work.
I also took a picture of my friend's side of the desk. Much neater than usual, working on stamping and colouring some die cut images of vegetables and herbs. Notice the unique colour applicator tool! Must dash, hope to visit everyone else's desks soon.
Saturday, 29 October 2016
Back to work next week, but there will be one fewer colleague there. A lovely lady who retired just before half term. This is the card that I made for her. I have been really getting into the Groovi system by Claritystamp and decided to use it to create the card. The background is a Gelli print on a simple piece of copy paper.
Friday, 28 October 2016
This is the finished card from my last post. It took a lot longer to complete than I had first estimated, so I decided not to bother with a fancy insert. All the die cuts used Sheena's Stamping Card and were coloured afterwards using either ProMarkers or Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polish.
|Blended all over with Old Paper|
|Tea Dye through the stencil|
The background was created using a piece of A5 stamping card, Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress inks and the fantastic 7" x 7" Brick Wall Stencil by Claritystamp. I moved the stencil across the page in order to cover the whole background with bricks, you can barely see the join!
I used the door and window from the Home for Christmas die set by Crafter's Companion, as well as the wreath from the Christmas Fireplace set and two of the panels from the Fence and Gate set. The choristers were die cut using the Trio Choir die from Cottage Cutz. I added a 2cm strip of dark brown card along the bottom of the wall background and glued it to a landscape card blank, made from a piece of A4 dark brown card, scored and folded in half. The door was coloured in the Cardinal Red Promarker and a panel added behind the window coloured in Pastel Yellow to emulate a light in the hallway. The wreath was coloured in Holly and dots of a red Stardust Sakura pen added some sparkle.
The window frame and fence panels were decorated using Chocolate Bronze Gilding Polish from Creative Expressions. A panel behind the window was coloured in the same way as the door panel and then stamped using part of the Swirly Christmas Tree stamp designed by Sue Dix for Crafty Impressions in Olympia Green Versafine ink.
The choristers were the most fiddly to colour, stamp and glue together, but the final effect was definitely worth it. The faces and hands were coloured in Satin, the cassocks in Ivory, the sashes in Cardinal Red and the shoes in Umber. The cheeks were added in Blush and the collars and music left white. Each chorister was stamped with a different face from the set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the hair coloured in three shades of brown (Cinnamon, Chestnut and Burnt Sienna). All that was left was to put the card together and glue each item in place.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
I won't spend long with today's post as it is half term and my crafting friend has come over today, with another play date planned for Friday. Looks like I'll have to spend all day tomorrow catching up with school work. So, just time for a quick share of my Workbench for WOYWW. I have just started getting a card ready for my Saturday morning class. I shall be creating a brick wall background for the door, fence and window. Three choristers will be carol singing under the window. The insert will be stamped with the words from the IndigoBlu stamp with the Judikins angels for added decoration. I like to die cut everything in white and add colour later. Also in the picture are some of my 'mop up' pieces of kitchen towel from playing with Brushos and Pixie Powders. I intend to split these into separate layers and glue them to card to create a background for some other projects.
I was very productive earlier in the week sorting out some new units in my shed and tidying round. You can see my boxes of marking on the floor - my project for tomorrow. I also hoovered the floor and wiped over the desk ready for my friend's arrival today.
|My tidy desk!|
|The new units + marking!|
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Once again, I finally got round to using something that I have had for ages and never used. This is actually my second card made with the Groovi system by Claritystamp, but I will not be posting my first effort until after my Mum's birthday at the end of December, as I don't wish to spoil the surprise.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
|Made into an easel card.|
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
|Brushos and Pixie Powders|
|Playing with my new Gelli Petites|
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
|Circle Gelli Petite and Rings mini stencil|
For my first attempt, the celebrate card front, I used the Artistry Fine Wine ink pad alternatively printing directly through the Rings mini stencil, followed by a ghost print from the remaining ink. I loved the borders which Barbara Gray made using post it notes to hide the centre panel, so used the same method to add a border round all 4 sides. All it needed was a Word Chain 'Celebrate' stamped in Black Soot Archival ink (I love the Tim Holtz Archival ink palette!)
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Welcome to my contribution to WOYWW; to find out what it's all about you can visit our hostess Julia. Once again the picture was taken late yesterday afternoon after a session crafting with my friend. I spent the time fussing over the card which I blogged yesterday (HERE) and you can see the finished card, the stamps that I used and some of the tools.
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
This card is my interpretation of one made when taking part in one of the fantastic Craftathon events hosted by Phill Martin. As you can see, I changed the colour scheme and the central focal point as well as other minor changes to the layout.
|The card that I made at the Craftathon event.|
Saturday, 8 October 2016
Apologies from the start; I know that I had the idea for this having seen a similar layout in a magazine, but I cannot for the life of me remember which one to make the appropriate acknowledgement. I was really struck by the idea of placing the sentiment along the side of the focal image so that it sticks out like a tab.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
|My friend's organised chaos!|
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
I must learn not to judge my efforts at art journaling until the page is actually complete. For the third month in a row I followed the Mission Inspiration prompts and really didn't like what I was doing until I had completed step 8. The last two steps just put the icing on the cake. I actually love the finished piece even though I'm really not really a Halloween person!
Thursday, 29 September 2016
This card was a commission, but as the recipient's birthday was yesterday it seemed safe to share. I was given the brief of purple as a main colour and sugar skulls as a theme. I recently bought some of the stamps, dies and embossing folders from the Day of the Dead collection by Sheena Douglass and Crafter's Companion, so these seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
|The photo looks blue, but was definitely purple!|
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Hi and welcome to What's On Your Workbench Wednesday as hosted on Julia's Stamping Ground. This is my desk as it looked late yesterday after a day's crafting with my friend. She was batch making toppers for Christmas cards using Brushos and Pixie Powders as a background. I loved the look of what she was doing and had a go myself. The result: one complete card, a topper and an amazing background sheet.