Monday 28 February 2011

Monthly Calendar page for March

Here is my monthly calendar page for March. The background was created with some spray inks I have had lying around for years. I used Dyan Weaverley's ghosting technique. You can find this technique if you go to the Art from the Heart website. The bird images are from various collage sheets and the fairy images from a set of Hero Art stamps I just purchased. They are stamps made together with Graphics 45 Once upon a Springtime collection.I used some Tim Holtz tissue tape around the edges. Love that stuff!

February Calendar page filled in.

Here is my February calendar page all filled in

Here is some of the detail

Saturday 26 February 2011

Wonderful gifts received

I have been the lucky recipient of three wonderful gifts this week from the OWOH event, I feel very fortunate!
The fabric piece is from Hope, the mixed media piece from Vintage Will and the gorgeous earrings from Debi of One Heart. Thank you so much ladies, these are real treasures and I love them!!

Sunday 20 February 2011

Take a word "Doors"

Here is the next double spread from my mini journal (see below). Not a very good scan as it's just a little too wide for my scanner. I'm also putting this in for this week's "Take a Word" challenge.

Saturday 19 February 2011

Handmade mini journal

Last night I found a great tutorial on how you can fold a 6 x 4 minibook or journal out of two pieces of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. You can see this tutorial on Laura Denison's Follow the Papertrail Youstream channel. I decided to make a mini journal rather than a mini scrapbook, so I covered the pages of the scrapbook paper with gesso and than painted stamped and collaged the first page so far. I am going to use Rian's wonderful collage sheet (see below) for this mini. The great think is that each of the 5double pages has a pocket on the side so any journaling can be hidden inside the pockets if you wish. Here is the cover, (which will get mork work done to it) and the first page using one of Rian's fantastic images.

Friday 18 February 2011

My wonderful gift from Rian

Seems a lucky star was shining on me during the OWOH event this year. I won several prizes, this is the first one I can show, a glorious collage sheet from Rian.
Thank you sooo much Rian!
Rian is a wonderful designer and digi artist you can see her fabulous work at Moi Freubel here

Thursday 17 February 2011

OWOH and the winners are:!!!

First of all, a big thank you to all of you who visited and left a comment. Each and everyone of them was so much appreciated!!
Thanks also to Lisa for organising this great event, I loved every minute of it and feel quite sad that it is all over and done with now.
Well at last the great day has arrived and it is time to announce the winners. As I had two prizes I obviously have two winner.The winners were picked my a random number generator and they are:
For the mixed media painting Donna Rodgers from
For the mini book: Titbelsoeur from
Congratulation ladies, I very much hope you will enjoy your gifts!

One World One Heart 2011

The wonderful anual blogging event One World One Heart is with us again, this time for the very last time, sadly. Thanks to the wonderful Lisa from A Whimsical Bohemian.
As many of you know it runs from January 30 through to February 17. This post will stay at the top of my blog til then. For newer posts, see below.
I am a teacher and mixed media artist and am so happy you have come by. I am really looking forward to visiting all participants. This is the third time I am participating in this wonderful event and I can't wait to see the blogs of all who are going to take part this year. I have two prizes to giveaway first of all a little hand painted mixed media 5 x 5 inch block canvas

Here is a more close up view

My other prize is a mini album made with mainly Graphics 45 papers. It can be used to stick in photos etc. There are many pockets and tags also to use for journaling and I plan to include some extra embellishments so the winner can further embelish the album.

Here are just a few of the inside pages, there are 8 pages in all.

Winners will be chosen by random draw on the 17th of February, all you need to do is leave a comment here. I will ship internationally, please make sure you make it possible for me to contact you and thank you so much for dropping by!

Wednesday 16 February 2011

ATC and matching holder

The other day I received a wonderful atc in its very own decorated sleeve pocket. I thought this was such a great idea that I wanted to make one myself. They are great fun to do.

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Playing with paper

I just love Graphics 45 paper and when I feel like crafting rather than creating art with a capital A, this definitely is the most inspiring paper line around I think.
Today I created a mini book out of empty toilet rolls. The idea came from my friend Roc. You can see her work here. I used 4 rolls for this mini. The paper I used is "Once upon a springtime", probably one of my favourites at the moment, I guess because I can't wait for spring to come.

This is the cover, and here are some of the pages:

And this is the back cover:

Sunday 13 February 2011

Take a Word "Romance"

The theme at "take a Word" is Romance.Here is another journal page. Background was created using some old spray inks. Main image from Teesha Moore, altered, other images mainly from the love bird collage sheet I keep using at the moment.

Saturday 12 February 2011

Cards using Graphics 45 paper

Here are some cards I made using Graphics 45 paper. To see more of my cards and some detailed photos please go to my other blog "Astrid Cards". You can find it here

Monday 7 February 2011

Journal page

This is a journal page I did for a journal group where each month a new prompt is given. This month the theme was "Things You Love".

I used several of the same images as on the previous journal page (see post below).

Sunday 6 February 2011

Love Birds

This is a page for a year long monthly bird themed journal page swap in my art group. This month, as to be expected, the theme was "Love Birds". The image is from a bird themed collage sheet by Itkupilli. I adore her bird images as you can see from my blogheader and background.

Saturday 5 February 2011

February Calendar page

I am finally getting round to posting my February calendar page. I actually had it finished in time, I just forgot to post it here.
I am sorry that it is such a bad photo, but the journal I am doing these pages in is too big for my scanner.
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