Saturday, 25 March 2017

Blowin' in the Wind

Haven't blogged for a while, as it is major garden time, lots of weeding and sowing seeds - it has to be one of my favourite times of the year with the blooming of daffodils and snowdrops and the promise of warmer weather. I do find that if the weather is fine then I'm out in the garden and so any craft time is very limited!
I did however manage to find time to create a picture for the the Song Title Challenge over at the Craft Barn. This month it is Blowin' in the Wind as you can see below. 
I am trying to draw a face for each picture, don't always like the faces but it's good practise. This woman was supposed to be blowing and my daughter pointed out that maybe the lips should have been parted a little... she may have a point!
Anyway, on the whole I'm happy with my picture and the Jofy 'dandelion' seedheads.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017


This is another picture in my gelli plate journal - every picture starts off as a gelli print!
I drew the large daisies onto dictionary paper and stamped the other flowers onto various thick patterned card and cut them out.
The Jofy words were embossed onto some more gelli prints - sure do use the prints up!

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Sunday, 5 March 2017


Over at the Craft Barn blog they are holding a competition for a chance to win the 12 new colours of Paperartsy Infusions, please follow the link below to enter.....


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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Monster hugs

Just a quick card that actually took me under 30 minutes to finish, so I thought I would enter it into the Country View Challenge this month, which is create something in under 30 minutes!
A little birthday card for my brother, it actually looks a bit girly in the picture but those pink parts were actually more of a purple paint. The wording was embossed with a sparkly black powder - still needing to practise my embossing skills as sometimes I accidentally find some embossing powder has escaped over the page and then once I have gone in with the dryer, well.. it's just too late then! Not too sure what everyone does to combat that? 

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Somebody to love

This is my 2nd picture for the song challenge over at the Craft Barn blog - the idea is to create art incorporating a song title and singer/band, highlighted every 3 weeks (I think) on the blog.
As I have planned to use this challenge to practise drawing people I thought I would use my one and only new die as the focus of the girls love - a pretty bird!

I started off using a piece of card that had brayer 'wipeoff' (not sure that the computer has ever heard those technical terms before, there are a lot of red lines under the words lol) from a gelli-print session - these pieces of colourful card full of interest are proving very valuable, a pre-made background!

I hand-drew the girl and enjoyed painting her with a mixture of paint and Neo-color crayons - her top was cut out of scrap paper and the bird has been coloured blue and embossed with white. I thought it needed some stamping in the background, so I added some purple arrows and butterflies in a colour that wouldn't be too prominent.

...clever thinking to lay the birdie down OVER the hand, hence hiding my failure to draw a decent hand! 

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

February hearts

I've created another page in my handmade journal, it's only a couple of pages per month and is always started off with gelli prints and then added to.
On this page over the gelli printing, I spread texture paste through a heart stencil and then added red, pink and purple paint - I added scribbles in a block down through the hearts with a white Posca pen, I got the idea from Jo Firth-Young and I like it. Added some stamped circles in white paint, stencilled February words and ta-da!

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Flower mask

Well I really enjoyed making this journal page and it finished as something very different from my first 'vision'.
I started on a double spread that I had already made a background for previously and just left, you can see pieces of it with pale pink and blue circles. I thought that I would use my flower mask - so I placed it down and sponged some grey and silver paint through the slits, then overstamped with a circular scribble stamp I have from Visible Image.
I built up various shades of green around the petals (they look more blue now in the picture though). I added a sparkly pink shimmer to the petals, although it doesn't show! I hand scribbled a border and added a little quote 'do what you love'.

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