Monday, 31 December 2012

Another New Year

As the old year draws to a close I'm deliberately not looking back.  I achieved a lot in 2012 and whilst I don't make new year resolutions any more, I do have ambitions and goals for 2013.  

If you are celebrating tonight, I hope you have a wonderful time and that 2013 brings everything you hope for.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Another JYC Page

I hope you all had a very enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and trust that Santa was good to you; I'm sure you deserve it.   A few days to relax now before the revelries of New Year's Eve.  

Having spent 4 consecutive days baking and cooking large meals, I am taking things easy for a while and  haven't quite got back into the swing of my usual crafting.  So here's another page from my Christmas journal.  

This one is dated 6th December and the prompt was to record something that was cozy at Christmas.  Now I know this is the American spelling but I decided to keep it as it was in the prompt.  

My first thought was Ginger Wine, which is lovely and warming on cold winter days, and something I don't feel guilty about drinking when I get home from work or shopping. I did try and kid myself that it really wasn't that alcoholic but alas deep down, I know it's not true. 

 Then I thought of the glow of the fire (when we switch it on) which instantly makes the room look cozy and inviting.

The background paper is from a stack and I deliberately kept the words 'love' uncovered.  

The journalling is on a tag hidden behind the large photo.

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Monday, 24 December 2012

Seasons Greetings To You All

This is my last post before Christmas and I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all my blog and crafting buddies 

A Very Merry Christmas 

I hope Santa is good to you and that your Christmas is magical and special and wherever you are, may your lives be touched by the true spirit of Christmas.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Journal Your Christmas - Another Page

The prompt for this layout was about a special or unusual Christmas gift.  So I chose the watercolour painting set that Keith bought for me several years ago.  

I still keep my paints in the lovely wood box and as well as a picture of the now messy, but wonderful paint box, I included a close up of some of my tubes of paint and one of a very recently finished painting of Autumn leaves.

The journalling is hidden inside the red envelope and includes mention of some other truly wonderful presents I've received over the years but this gift was definitely 'One of a Kind'.

The envelope was made using the Crafters' Companion Envelope board which allows you to measure and score perfectly every time, to make envelopes of varying sizes and thickness.  The die cut presents were cut using the Cricut and Christmas cartridge.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Journal Your Christmas

Here's a page from my JYC album dated 2nd December which chronicles the first artificial tree my parents bought way back in the early 1960s.

The photos are old and have a strange orange hue about them (I think it was the camera) but they show my parents with the tree, although this picture was taken much later, around 1978 I think.  That proves how long an artificial tree can last with care.  That tree went on for a number of years after that until it finally gave up the ghost to be replaced by another, smaller tree.

The poem on the top right is actually the front of a Christmas card received from a relative several years' ago.  It was far too nice to discard and I knew it would be perfect for a scrapbook layout sometime.  I used die cut frames for the photos and kept the background paper and most of the embellishments pale so that the photos would stand out more and not get too lost.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Light at the End of the Path

Having brought my paints out of the cupboard recently to paint some Autumn leaves, I went on to paint two more watercolours from photographs taken a couple of year's ago.

This was taken during a walk around Balgavies Loch near to where we live and I really liked the markings on the bark of the trees and the way they arched over to create an almost enclosed walkway, with the bright sunlight filtering through in the distance.

I started my painting further into the canopy and concentrated on the trees in the foreground.  

I used SAA (Society for all Artists) 300gsm Rough watercolour paper and a mixture of SAA watercolour paints and Winsor & Newton.  I masked out the tree bark using SAA blue masking fluid before laying down a graded wash for the distant foliage, darkening this as I reached the foreground.  When dry I removed the masking fluid and painted the tree bark and adding some dark foliage across some of the trees.

And here's my finished painting which will be mounted with a light green mountboard and nice wood frame.

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Parisian Chic

Over at CRAFT ROOM the challenge is Le Chic Francais which makes a nice change from all the Christmas craft we've all been producing lately.

I started with a piece of thick chipboard which I painted cream using acrylic paint and when dry I stamped the Clarity Eiffel Tower stamp using StazOn black ink.  I made a mask of the tower and placed it on the image then stamped over the whole background  randomly with Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  

The frame is a cream mount which I bought for 20p at a charity shop and distressed with DI Tattered Rose.  I stamped the small Eiffel Tower, Paris and Arc de Triomphe in Vintage Photo again directly onto the frame.  

I spritzed some white card with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mists in Astral Mystery and stamped CI-306 Corsetry stamp and CI-341 Perfume Labels.  I cut out the elements from these stamps that I wanted and added to the picture and frame, inking round the edge of the perfume labels with DI Broken China and using 3D foam pads to give some dimension.  I typed the words Haute Couture and Coco Chanel using the French Script font and matted onto some of the spritzed card.  Some cream lace and a nice ribbon loop for hanging finished the project nicely.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

I'm A Top 3 At Fashionable Stamping Challenges


What a lovely surprise to find an email from Shirley at FSC telling me I had made Top 3 for my entry into the Home Sweet Home challenge

.  Thank you for choosing me and I proudly display my badge on the side bar.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Amazing Blog Candy Giveaway at Crafty Individuals

Jean and Malcolm over at CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS  are offering all this amazing blog candy to one lucky winner.  What a fantastic Christmas present so a huge big THANK YOU to them both for their generosity.

Click the link and take a look at their fabulous new stamps and other crafty must haves.

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Saturday, 1 December 2012

And We're Off

The 1st of December and the first day of Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas.   Click the button on the sidebar to join in. 

The first prompt arrived today surrounded by all the glitz and fun that comes from seeing what other people are doing via the forum.  The prompt urged us to think about our Manifesto for Christmas this year.  In fact mine didn't take that long to think about.  

I've allowed myself to become really weighed down by some of the problems and difficult people at work and  with life in general.  We all feel it sometimes but I usually bounce back quicker.  So my Manifesto is to keep these things in check, not let them spoil the fun of my favourite time of year.

I changed the font randomly and with little thought as I typed my Manifesto so the thoughts just fell onto the paper without interruption and then layered it onto a background stamped with swirls from a large heart stamp.  

Here's is a transcript of the wording.

This year I promise to celebrate the little things that make Christmas and do my best to ignore the annoying things.  I love Christmas and want to keep that magical feeling.  I don't want to get bogged down with the boring and mundane but will endeavour to make every aspect of Christmas exciting, magical and fun.  No more will I moan when the end of the sellotape disappears, or the pen runs dry in the middle of writing a card, or the wrapping paper tears.  I am going to savour and journal all the little moments as well as the big moments and in so doing, I'm bringing Christmas HOME - this year and every year !

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