Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Monaco Grand Prix Weekend - 2014

We had a fabulous weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix last year.  It was Keith's 60th birthday present from Louise and me and it was the perfect gift.  Naturally we have more photos of the cars, race circuit and backdrop of Monaco than us but these three seemed to sum up the weekend - crowds, fun and excitement. 
I've been promised a return trip for my 60th, so there is an upside to 'maturing'!!

I started with a Bo Bunny sheet and added the black stripes onto which I stuck the typed journalling, printed in red.  I left a narrow white margin around each picture and added the die cut circles in a buttery yellow and light blue. 
The title is on acetate and I added a sprinkling of red circles from the hole punch to highlight it.

I'm entering this into the current CSI: COLOUR, STORIES, INSPIRATION - Case File No. 162 and here is the case file to whet your appetite.

I've used all 5 colours and for my testimony I've used Q & A, and the inspirational word 'surprise'.  For my evidence I've included stripes, circles, die cuts and something transparent.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Visit my Etsy Shop

Yes I've opened an Etsy Shop called LoopyCoco.  If you click the badge on the right it will take you directly to it.  I've just set up so only a few things for sale at the moment (some familiar from previous posts and some new) but I'll be adding to it fairly quickly and hopefully selling as well!!

I hope to include a range of home decor items using the current season's colours such as blue and  green, together with the continued trend for natural materials such as wood, wool and hessian, as well as gold and bronze metallic elements. Also some items of jewellery and who knows what else.

This is one of the items currently in the shop.  A lovely mini canvas with lots of texture using gold and white to highlight the textures.

I won't post items for sale on this blog so if you visit me here and you're looking for a treat for yourself or a gift someone, please click the link and see what's available.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Butterfly Dreams Art Journal Page

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate and fleeting - suddenly flying into view only to vanish again, with a brief life that brings pleasure and wonderment.  A bit like my thoughts and plans lately which have been many, varied and certainly fleeting.  So many ideas which no sooner pop into my head and they're gone again.  I really should keep a notebook on me all the time!
This, together with an offcut of wrapping paper covered in delicate butterflies, was my inspiration for this journal page.  After giving the page a coat of crafters' acrylic cream paint and adding the paper, I further toned down the pale colours a little with some gesso and added a few torn butterflies to one edge. 
The stamped butterfly panel is from Crafty Individuals' using DI Broken China, stamped onto watercolour paper for added texture.  The main sentiment 'Butterfly Dreams' used two alphabet stamp sets: Flonzcraft and Stampers' Anonymous and doodling was added in black pen and the dots in fine blue felt tipped pen.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Express Yourself

I'm sharing another page from my art journal today which reflects my love of colour, although you wouldn't know it from my rather drab wardrobe of clothes.  Why do I always buy black when I love pinks, purples and reds?  Anyway this page is full of colour starting with the background. 
First I emptied my hole punch over the page and sprayed over the top with Glimmer Mist Walnut Gold.   When dry I flicked off the tiny circles leaving a speckled effect and added some larger ones and sprayed again with Cosmic Shimmer Antique Rose which left the white spaces on the page. 
The weaving is strips of watercolour paper on which I'd painted a variegated wash.  Keeping to the bright clownish theme, the journaling is an IndigoBlu Circus Alphabet using a selection of Distress Inks.
To finish I added the stamped daisy border and butterflies, both from Crafty Individuals' together with some random dabs of acrylic paint.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Those Lazy Days of Summers Past

Here's my latest CSI: COLOUR, STORIES, INSPIRATION entry. 

The photo was taken years ago but when I read the case file it immediately sprang to mind.  The photo is me and Louise trying to get out of a hammock on Discovery Island which was part of the Walt Disney World.  Unfortunately it's not open to visitors anymore but this picture brings back great memories of several trips to the island in the mid to late 90s.

This is the case file scene where you can see all the colours that must be used.  There's also a layout sketch to follow which you'll find on the blog along with all the other clues you need to solve the case.  Click the link above and see if you can solve the case.

  I started with a white page and added the border starting with Distress Ink Weathered Wood for the corners and StazOn Olive Green for the hearts giving me the dark green colour required.  The other colours are picked out in the flowers and the paper strips behind the embellishments.

For my evidence I used some pieces of an old map, travel embellishments, flowers and decorative borders and my testimony includes the inspiration word 'fabulous' and journaling.  
The sketch layout featured two photos but I chose to make a postcard for the journaling to replace the large photo, using a Stampers' Anonymous postcard stamp.   


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Art Journal - Things I Love

I'm sharing another art journal page which is the first of several I intend to do about the things I enjoy doing.  I was going to start with my love of papercrafting but was inspired by the current challenge at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES - Sew What.  I've been sewing quite a lot this week,  in one form or another, so it's an apt subject for my journal.
I started by piercing holes around the page to sew a border using purple embroidery thread leaving two quite long pieces of thread where I finished sewing on the top right-hand corner. 
I used Archival ink in coffee and black for the tape measure, cotton reels, thimble and sewing machine, stamping these onto white paper as I wanted to cut them out to make a collage.  The safety pins were stamped onto a mottled yellow background and once glued in place I toned all the elements down slightly with some gesso and a little pink chalk paint.
The corsetry receipt, from a Crafty Individuals' collage set, was stamped using DI Pumice Stone directly onto the page.  The two dressmaker's forms were die cut from white card then painted lightly with the chalk paint before being stamped using DI Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserve, also used for the word 'sewing'.  Can you see the mistake there?  I used individual alphabet letters for this and managed to get a vertical line through the 'w', which was the edge of the stamp.  A happy accident as it turned out which I used to my advantage later.
Returning to the thread ends, one was wound around the chipboard cotton reel and dress forms, then  sewn through the page above the inked mistake in the 'w' to make it look like a needle and thread.  Clever huh?  The other loose end was trailed down the side and the page was completed with some bubble writing.

Future pages will journal my love of scrapbooking, ATCs, altered art, watercolour painting, crochet and baking.  I'll share some of them with you along the journey.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Dear Dad ...

Amongst the old photos of my parents is one of my dad, quite young, sitting on the bumper of a car I remember well as a very young child.  It's a photo which I included in a scrapbook for my sister but never got around to scrapping for myself - until now. 
I've also recently discovered CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration  A fabulous scrapbooking challenge blog with an interesting way of inspiring creativity so I've entered my layout. 
This is the inspiring image to set the 'scene' for the challenge I entered.
All 5 colours must be used in the layout and thereafter you are given a choice of 'evidence' and 'testimony' to use.  
As you can see, I used the light mauve for the page, black and plum for the embellishments across the middle, cream for the stencilled diamonds and the eucalyptus as an accent colour for the doillies although it looks more blue in the picture which I've only just noticed. 
For my evidence I used acrylic paint, doodling and the title across the photo and for my testimony I used hidden journaling and an inspirational word.

This is a great way of getting inspiration for a layout so if you haven't visited CSI before, click the link in the opening paragraph and see what you're missing.  This challenge, Case File 159, ends in a few days but another Case File has just been released.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A Delicate Posy Vase

It's the 1st of the month and a new 'Anything Goes' Challenge at Altered Eclectics which also means my DT Project to inspire you.  We are an altered art only challenge so please, no cards, scrapbook layouts etc. 

I wanted to do something with my growing collection of jam jars, some of which are nice shapes and decided on creating a little vase for small posies of wild flowers collected on walks or daffodils, anemones whatever is in season. 
 I thought about heat embossing and crackle paints but in the end opted to try out these glass paint pens from Marabu.  They come in a huge selection of colours and are very easy to use, even on rounded surfaces.   I bought mine in Hobbycraft but they'll be available elsewhere.

I started to 'doodle' stylised flowers, rather than try to copy real ones, although there are some recognisable bluebells and tulips on the vase.  I chose only one colour for the flowers and painted the flower heads first, drawing the outline and then filling in. The paint did run slightly from the top of the petals but not beyond the outline already drawn and by tipping the jar it would run back and fill-in the space again.
When the flowers were dry I added the stalks and leaves and the orange centres in some of them.  The paint then has to dry for about 4 hours before baking in the oven at a very low temperature for 30 minutes to harden the paint (instructions are on the individual pens).  After that, according to the manufacturer's instructions, the paint will be dishwasher safe but I haven't tested that as I wouldn't put anything hand-painted in the dishwasher anyway.
To finish off, I used some thick wire and threaded a selection of beads before securing this round the neck of the vase. 
Here's my posy vase filled with delicate Gypsophila and a single Anemone but you could fill with candle wax to make decorative candles.