Thursday, 6 March 2014
Well another month and another improvisation session to create Tim Holtz's Tag for March 2014.
I started this month with just the tag really, none of the correct stamps or extras. Instead of the nest, I've used the Beech Tree stamp (Oak House Studio) inked with Vintage Photo and smudged a bit. The feather stamp is from a Chocolate Baroque set and the egg is done using a hand cut paper mask inked with Broken China and then splodged with Walnut Stain using an acrylic block.
I've blended Bundled Sage on the background, added some Broken China through the Faded Dot stencil and edged the tag with Walnut Stain. I've added some Birds on a Wire (Tim Holtz stamp) with Jet Black Archival, handwritten the figs and finished with seam binding, paper string and a label stamped with a Hero Arts alphabet.
Talking of nature, this is a photo I woke up to the other morning.
Students get a bad press, dossing in bed till lunchtime etc but my daughter is studying Zoology down in Cornwall and they had a 5.30am wake up call the other morning to go study some birds!! Now that is cute!
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
The prompt this week was to choose a picture and make something with THREE COLOURS. I love all blues and turquoise, black and white is always a striking combination. This car ad was the first thing I saw in a magazine so I went with that.
The background is sprayed with Oak House Studio's Ink in a Bottle - Totally Turquoise, Jubilee Blue and Bobby's Grey. I've added typed words and punched some leaves out of various shades of blue card to make some flowers.
I tend to use blue in most of my projects, but then the last thing I did was green and February seemed to be all reds. I guess I like all colours as long as they are bright and crisp - I don't do sludgy or pastel!!
Thanks for popping by to look. All comments are very much appreciated.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Here's a simple card for the Less is More Challenge week 161 where the colours are GREEN & YELLOW.
I've used Oak House Studio's Large Rose stamp inked with Pearlescent Ivy Brilliance and coloured with Tombow markers and watercolours. I cut a mask and overstamped the rose with the English Garden Text stamp inked with Thyme Brilliance and it's just finished with the word Rose inked with Sunflower Yellow Brilliance.
Apologies for the state of the photo but it's gone dark and overcast again. Yesterday was sunny and I thought Spring had begun but I was wrong!! Thanks for looking - I'm off to look at all the other sunny bright creations!!
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Here's my postcard for The Craft Barn Quotes and Lyrics Challenge where the words are Marriage and/or Age. Well I've been searching for quotes and lyrics but nothing inspired me till I found these lyrics on marriage from 'Love on a Farmboy's Wages' by XTC (early 1980s).
I'm not sure I've quite captured the scene but it's supposed to be an idyllic country setting with a colourful sunrise and a cornfield - done with Distress Inks. I've stamped and embossed Tim Holtz's Sunrays using Sunflower Brilliance and lots of vegetation from Chocolate Baroque and Crafty Individuals stamped with Thyme and Pearlescent Ivy Brilliance.
If I have time, I may have another go at this to see if I can improve the perspectives. Meantime, I'm off to see what everyone else has created. Thanks for looking and for your comments - they are very much appreciated!!
Monday, 24 February 2014
Week 8 of the Journal52 Challenge is to find poetry - take a book or magazine page, highlight words with meaning and create a poem.
I chose a newspaper article about monarch butterflies as I liked the photo, highlighted words with a marker and then just painted out the other words with Shaded Lilac Distress Stains. Here's my poem entitled the 'Faltering March of the Monarchs':
Great spectacles on this planet
Migration of the Monarch Butterfly
Mobile shards of a stained glass window
Win hearts and minds
The great wonders of the world
The lowest point
The world gets a little duller.
Saturday, 22 February 2014
It's a glorious day here with the sun shining and one crocus out. We've been out for a walk and now I'm multi-tasking - watching the Olympics, the Rugby and crafting too! Here's a quick card for the Less is More Challenge week 160 where the recipe is METAL. The link is to the challenge is here.
I've used a new stamp from Crafty Individuals CI-404 - I saw it and thought it'd come in useful as my DH is a Railway Engineer. The sentiment was a freebie stamp that came with it and the background is the Checkerplate from Kaisercraft stamped with Archival Manganese Blue. I've just added a little blue tint to the engine and a silver metal cog.
Hope you like and thanks for looking. I'm off to see what everyone else has created!!
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Well it's raining yet again so I decided to have a play and do my week 7 piece for the Journal52 challenge. The prompt this time is When I Grow Up.
I had no idea what I wanted to be at school but I did like Maps. I remember this conversation with the Careers Officer at Uni which was obviously before online forms were commonplace. I said Maps, he thought I said Maths and advised me to do accountancy. I had to laugh!! I like Maths but not for a career. The old maps are beautiful and you can stare at maps for hours and still see something new.
So my page today uses the Map Background stamp from Darkroom Door, the Vintage Map from Hero Arts and I've inked through a Studio Calico Zigzag mask for some waves.
I'm still dithering whether to bind all the pages together or just use split rings so that's why there's a gap to the left. Hope you like my piece this week and thanks for looking.