Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Mermaids Ahoy!

This is the final post for April's ATC swaps at  UKATC and I have to say, I struggled a little with this theme of Mermaids.  As usual there were 3 cards but somehow I only managed to scan 2 of them before sending them to the lovely Jan who organises the swap.
For this one I decided to tear strips of some mulberry paper I bought years ago to give the soft effect of the waves.  It's actually printed with the outline of dolphins in silver so I cut one of the tails out for the mermaid and added the hand cut from a magazine.
The background is from a Tim Holtz vintage card stack, stamped with a Crafty Individuals key in Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  The shells were free from Craft Stamper Magazine stamped in DI Rusty Hinge. 

Friday, 22 April 2016

It's a Colour Theme

This is the second ATC post for April where I'm sharing the 3 cards made for the theme of Brown in this month's swap at UKATC

I stamped the Crafty Individuals' clock stamp using black StazOn onto the card which has a slight sheen to it.  The sentiment and central fob watch were stamped on acetate with StazOn, then cut out and added to the top.
At some point I had to do some distressing and use a vintage image so I chose one of the lovely Lily Elsie photo stamps from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped the image onto white card and then coloured it in with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo before distressing the edges. 
For the background layer I stamped a music score onto white card, distressed the edges and inked with Vintage Photo.  The piece of music score was treated the same and the paper clip was coloured with Alcohol Ink in latte.
This is one of the lovely Crafty Individuals' stamps, trimmed to fit and stamped in DI Rusty Hinge.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Artist Trading Cards

As usual I've been busy so the crafting has taken a back seat - again!  However this time I have a really good excuse.  A family member celebrated their 100th birthday!!! A small family gathering brought relatives from London and further north in Scotland to share the momentous occasion.  Now the proud recipient of a birthday card from the Queen our relative, who still manages to maintain their independence, had a lovely celebration.
Now for the first of several posts for artist trading cards.  Today I'm sharing my 3 partner ATCs for this month's swap at UKATC .  This is the compulsory swap with all cards going to the same partner so they each have to be different.

The main image of the brushes is a free stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine a few years' ago and the splodges at the top are from Crafty Individuals'. Both were stamped using StazOn black ink so I could add the splashes of watercolour paint to liven up the image.
I started with some pale blue shimmer card and added layers of stamping, with pale blue Blonde Moments Spring Pearl Pigments lightly brushed over the top. The script and key are from Crafty Individuals and the sentiments from Tim Holtz Stuff to Say.
Finally a sweet vintage ballerina image printed in soft sepia with a slight green ting.  I stamped the background card with Crafty Individuals' Lace in black StazOn before matting and layering the image.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Inspired by a Song at Art Journal Journey

The theme for this month's challenge at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY is 'For the Record', taking inspiration from a song to create a journal page.
There are so many songs that came to mind, from those my parents used to play on their old reel-to-reel tape recorder at Christmas when I was about 6 to songs that reminded me of school, the 70s glam rock period and so on.  I finally settled on Peter Sarstedt's 1969 song 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely' which is one of my all-time favourites. 
I stated by drawing the girl laying on the bed then used pieces of sticky note to mask this ready for spraying with Cosmic Shimmer Astral.  I also added four circles to mask areas which I intended to write in but as you can see that changed as the page developed. 

I painted the girl with watercolour, then added the title and first line of the song, together with pictures to represent some of the lyrics.  These were inked randomly with DI Black Soot and Spun Sugar.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

What Did you Do During the War?

Today I'm sharing the first scrapbook page for my own heritage family album.  I made one for my sister several year's ago and realised that I should have one too, so that treasured photos and memories are recorded - for me and my daughter.

I'm using my favourite size which is 8" x 8" and I started with the torn wood paper and the grenade image which, would you believe, was torn from a paper bag a local craft store used for  my shopping! 
The journaling is on the front of a pocket which holds a small collection of photos taken of Palestine at the time.  These are all stamped on the back with the name of a photography studio in Palestine but I've no idea whether they were taken by my dad or the studio.  They were obviously important to him and are a fascinating insight into what the major buildings looked like at the time.
The photos are mounted onto acid free card but I always use scanned copies, that way there are several sources in case some get lost.