Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Herbal Update

I posted a picture a few weeks' ago showing my wooden trug makeover using jam jars for plant pots.  Today I'm sharing a picture of the pots planted up with my favourite herbs: Sage, Rosemary, Mint, Thyme, Marjoram and Chive.
The jars are smaller than I would normally use for growing plants but as I'll be using all of these on a weekly basis I'm hoping they survive.  They certainly look pretty near the windowsill.
Lastly, I've reluctantly had to give up my DT post with Altered Eclectics.  Life in all its glory just kept getting in the way.  My thanks to Elaine for letting me join the super-talented team and if you ever need inspiration they and all the other crafters who submit projects each month will amaze you with their beautiful creations.


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Art Journal

I'm sharing another art journal page today with a metallic colour theme - it wasn't really planned that way as like most of my projects they evolve as I go along.
I started by using the chevron stencil and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple.  I used the stencil turned over on the adjacent page too to use up the ink and managed to get a couple of ATC backgrounds out of it as well.

The clock stencil on the right-hand side is from Tim Holt with Imaginations Sparkle Medium in gold. To pull the two halves together I stamped a Crafty Individuals' script stamp over the page using StazOn gold Metallic ink. 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Family Fun in the Rain

I finally got round to putting a page together for this photo of my daughter, mother-in-law and sister-in-law.  It was taken in 2001 (yes I know but to be fair I only found it in the drawer a few months ago) when my sister-in-law's family were visiting from London.
The photo was taken by my sister-in-law's daughter who was quite young at the time, hence the umbrella in front of the face but it's a relaxed, happy picture.
I started with a white background which was sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist and allowed to drip down the page.  The border was stamped using DI Broken China and the music score was heat embossed onto brown parcel paper.  The title 'Singing in the Rain' was die cut using Cricut Cartridge Gypsy Font.
The layout was put together following case file #176 over at CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration.  Click HERE to check out their challenge blog.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Lots of Bubbles

I'm sharing a scrapbook page today which features my daughter some years ago, blowing GIANT bubbles.

I used sketch layout Case File #175 at CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration.  If you want to take part click HERE  and I've put the case file notes at the bottom of the page. 
I started with a white 12" x 12" page and positioned the paper carrier bag, then added the photos which are matted onto light grey paper.  I found some other photos from the same Christmas visit put them inside the carrier bag.  I used the thread from fraying the ribbon ends in the corners to help pull the page together. 
The heading is stamped in DI Mustard Seed and Spun Sugar using alphabets from Tim Holtz and  Flonzecraft.  I doodled the polka dots and added the handwritten journaling, mixing capital letters and cursive writing.
Here's the case file if you're interested.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Positive/Negative Inspiration

I'm sharing a double art journal page today, keeping it fairly simple but using a range of techniques.

I started by adding a layer of gesso to each page and then used the Tim Holtz Faded Dots stencil and white texture paste to add some interest. 
I placed a die cut butterfly and border on the left-hand side to act as a mask and sprayed lightly with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Mystery, which is a light shimmery blue.  I removed both die cuts and used the butterfly on the opposite side to create a negative and positive page.
The sentiments are from the Tim Holtz Stuff to Say collection - one stamp torn into three pieces.  I used StazOn blue ink to stamp onto white tissue paper because I wanted the texture dots to show through the paper.

I used Mod Podge to glue the tissue in place and once dry inked with  DI Broken China to blend the edges of the tissue into the pages.  I also brushed some of the ink randomly over the right-hand page and then and added 'Inspiration', cut from a magazine.


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Here's the second set of cards  made for the August partner swap - a bit late but as usual, life got in the way.  Each one has to be different so starting with the left-hand side, I used a piece of acetate and inked the edges with StazOn Yellow ink and a lace stamp.  The centre tag was shop-bought, not something I would normally use as I prefer to make everything myself but time got the better of me. I added a few yellow flowers at the bottom and some raffia to finish it off.
The middle card is stamped with a music score in DI Vintage Photo with the central image from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, 'People and Places' set into a die cut frame. 
The last card is made using torn pieces of fluffy mulberry paper, stuck onto yellow card.  The image is a Crafty Individuals' stamp, cut out and coloured using pen and some more carefully cut pieces of contrasting mulberry paper.  Quite effective I thought.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

A Lasting Treasure

Many years ago at secondary school my daughter made me a trug in woodwork class.  It was plain wood and she wrote my name on the front.  I've used it over the years to hold craft supplies and gave it a lick of white paint a while ago to brighten it up.  Like all the things she made as a child, it's treasured and I would never part with it.
I decided recently that I didn't want to hide it on my craft table anymore and pondered how I could use it elsewhere.  At the same time I was hoarding a collection of square glass jam jars and I realised that 6 of these would fit perfectly in the trug.  So what am I going to do with it?

I'm going to use it to grow herbs.  Looks good doesn't it?
I started by painting it with chalk paint in Teal and then when dry, brushing lightly over the top with white chalk paint, so the undercoat still showed through.  I used black StazOn to stamp the word on either side.

I wrote the name of the herbs using Marabu paint pens in a variety of colours and then finished the tops off with some twine.
I'll put grit in the bottom of the jars before planting the herbs and pop the trug by the kitchen window.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Lavender's Blue Dilly, Dilly ....

Some more ATCs to share today for the August theme Lavender and of course the beautiful scented flower had to be represented somewhere.
Top left uses a script stamp and DI Pumice Stone with DI Seedless Preserve inked around the edges.  The lavender was then painted using watercolour.
The card top right has layers of different textured and shaded paper, distressed around the edges.  The central image is from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures 'People and Places', with a little lace and pearl flower to finish.

The bottom card continues the flower theme using stitching and buttons.  To make the stitching easier I pierced the holes in the card first.