Monday 31 December 2018

Happy New Year

Hello lovely friends and visitors. I am just popping in very quickly to wish you all a happy healthy and above all creative new year!!

Here are two of my journal pages to ring in  2019, I will be back with far more details on Friday.

Thank you all so much for all your support, even though I have been such a bad blogger this year.
It is really appreciated!

Friday 21 December 2018

Friday Postday, December journal

Hello lovely friends and followers, thanks for checking in here this Friday, which from now on will be the day I post here.

Today I am sharing some pages from my December (almost) daily journal;
I used the Eileen Hull journal die to cut the cover from mounting board and then decorated it with various Tim Holtz products, - collage paper, ephemera, a paper doll and some stamped elements.
Here are a few details:
The background to this lovely lady was a stamped piece of card, using one of Tim's new background stamps, to give her something to stand on I added some cheesecloth, adhered with mat medium.
A few ephemera tugged into the side and some splatters for a wintry feel.
Here is the back, just some coloured collage paper.
I added some glitter to the berries, to add a bit of sparkle.
The inside of the cover was made with a piece of Stamperia rice paper. I used a lot of traditional Christmas colours for my cards this year, and wanted to use some different colours for the rest of the journal.

Alright, now to some of the inside pages. All of them in my favourite vintage style, using scraps of rice paper, paper serviettes etc from my stash, - so good to use up some of those hoarded pieces. The challenge is always to integrate these scraps into the rest of the page, using paints, stamps etc.
For the top side I used another bit of Tim's collage paper. He did another coloured Holly one for Christmas, which at first I regretted not getting instead, but now I am actually glad, as this one I can adapt to whatever colour scheme I am working with....
This page uses another scrap from the Stamperia paper and a paper doll. I tried to pick up some of the colour from the paper in the background.
I always think that  adding some shadows to these collaged people really helps to integrate them into the page.
The quote I found in a wonderful alternative advent calendar which has a quote for each day.
Another wintry page. At the bottom I added some stencilling with a brick stencil to link to the bricks on the image. At the top another bit of the collage paper.
And a close up of the stencilling....
And here is the final page I will show today, using a paper napkin for the main image and then some paint and stencil work to pull it all together.
As you can see I also used some washi tapes to kind of frame the main image.
Well, that's it for this Friday, - a lot of photos today...…
Like usual, thank you so much for your visit and I hope you can find some creative time during these last few busy days before the 25th!

Friday 14 December 2018

Friday Post Day

Hello lovely friends, followers and visitors, thanks so much for taking the time to visit during this busy part of the year. I have been a terrible blogger, - so I am going to start with a little explanation as to why:

Life is busy for all of us, and the older I get, the more I want to use my time creatively. I love to craft and create art, but I am tired of writing blogposts and spending ages and ages going from blog to blog, to see what others have created. Blogger is such a time consuming platform!! It's not that I don't like seeing what other crafters and artists make, in fact, I love it, and it mostly really inspires me enormously, but blogger is no longer the place for me to do that. I much prefer Instagram and even Pinterest. I don't like Facebook and have pretty much stopped using that. But I also know that I have many followers here, so I have decided to make Friday the day when I will write a blog post and show some of my stuff. If you would like to see my work more often, follow me on Instagram, (link in side bar), where I post usually 3 or 4 times per week. That's also where I love to see and appreciate the work of the people that I follow.

Well enough of the waffle, but I just wanted to be honest.

Today I am sharing some of the Christmas cards I have made this year, they were inspired by Tim Holtz's Holiday Hacks. This is just a small collection.
They all use the same stamp set, Festive Overlay, which are a great size for smaller cards, all of these are 4 x 4". Below some close ups:
For this one I also used the Winter Watercolour set. These actually work a lot better on a slightly larger card size. If you are interested, you can see another card using this set HERE 

Another sample using the same set, but with a different sentiment. The poinsettia was stamped separately on white card and then fussy-cut and adhered. 
The next few cards all use just the Overlay stamps in different combinations and colours.

Because I can never just do clean and simple, die cuts and other little embellishments were added to the cards, and to some of them I also added some white splashes for a wintry feel.

Well, that's it for this Friday. Wishing you all the best and hope you find some time for creativity too! See you next week 


Friday 7 December 2018

Star light Star bright for A Vintage Journey

Hello friends, well, it's the first Friday in December and that means a new challenge is starting at A VINTAGE JOURNEY. The lovely Julia is our host and the theme this month is, as my title suggests: Star light, Star bright. I created a reverse canvas for the challenge:
This is what Julia had to say about the challenge: "This month we are asking you to create with stars.  Fill up the dark winter sky with them or use one really big one as your central focus.  Stencil them, stamp them, emboss them or die cut them.  Make a card, make a star box, make a canvas, create a journal page -  remembering to create in the vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial or steam punk styles".

Well, there you have it, plenty of chance to become creative, - sometimes the best antidode to this super busy time.

Anyway, on to my project.  Unfortunately the light has been so bad here lately that I have no process photos, but I'll try and give some steps on how I put this together.
I started by covering the canvas with gesso and when dry added a number of different chip board and metal pieces that I had been hoarding for just a project such as this. 
Next everything was cover with a number of different colours of Decoart paints, until I was happy with the overall effect.

I also added a Sizzix tree die cut I had coloured with various Distress Inks.

Because stars were to be a feature of the challenge I then added some stars using a couple of Tim Holtz stencils and some texture paste and while that was still wet sprinkled on some Distress Glitter Dust in Vintage Platinum in various places, including on the tree.
A die-cut sentiment, cut from metallic Kraft card was added in the background.
And finally one of Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.

.And some texture paste sprinkled with Clear Distress Glitter Dust to give it a bit more of a wintry feel still.
Some berries and die - cut branches, little cones and leaves finished it all off.
Well, that's it from me for today. I hope you will hop over to A VINTAGE JOURNEY,
and hopefully you will find the time to play along with our challenge, - we always love to see what you create.


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