Friday, 12 August 2016

Sketches in Thyme - August 2016

Time for another scrapbook challenge!
Full details can be found HERE
I used the new collection of papers (Mermaid Tails) from Kaisercrafts for this layout, they seemed so appropriate! I also used the collection embellishments.
I used a Dutch Doobadoo stencil with Distress Ink pads and added 'bubbles' using an old book page and journal pen, added dots of black Dylusions spray and finished the page by adding wax cord that I finger knitted.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Pollyanna Pickering

A 7" x 10" card featuring artwork by Pollyanna Pickering.
 Close up of tea bag folding embellishment.
The front of a gift bag.
Close up of tea bag folding embellishment.
 Heart shaped journal using papers and images from Creative Crafting World.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Sketches in Thyme - July 2016

Time for another scrapbook challenge!
Full details can be found HERE
Another smashing sketch to follow!
These photos were taken in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Friday, 1 July 2016

In the future everyone will be famous...

I thought I would post of my pages from my Wanderlust journal. This page was created from book prompt #8 'My Future'
I used the quote made famous by Andy Warhol 'In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes' as my thinking point. I then took a photograph of myself and using an app on my phone I changed the image to different hues, printed them out and did my own take on Warhol's paintings.
I have no idea if I will be famous in the future, I don't think I want to be if I'm honest but you never know what is round the next corner!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sketches in Thyme - June 2016

Time for another scrapbook challenge!
Full details can be found HERE

Wildlife from Down under!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Wanderlust 2016

Wanderlust 2016 started in January and is a year long art journaling adventure
It is the first time I have followed an online year long course and I am loving it! We are taken through stages and steps to various styles of mixed media art journaling, as art journaling is one of those crafts that cannot be 'right' or 'wrong' it is perfect for absolute beginners or experts.
Jamie Avery produces some excellent pdf downloads offering information on pens, pencils, paints, mediums etc. these are a bit of a bible on what's what and what's not.
What I particularly like is that at no time do you feel under pressure to go out and buy new art supplies, there are no links to any shops only discount codes (from sponsors) should you wish to make purchases.
Below are a few pages of my journey so far.
Here I have used an 8" x 8" black Dylusions journal and covered it front and back using playing cards I made with Seth Apter.

Looking at these photographs I think I have added bits since taking these pics which is something I like very much, pages 'evolve' overtime until you feel you have finished.
The above page is in my tiny journal with pages 
approx 4" x 6".
Above is double page of my tiny journal.

Every other week we are given 'book prompts' which are there to inspire us, it is very interesting to see the differences between everyone's pages given that we all use the same prompt.
The above double page was the first 'prompt' which was choose a word which describes how you feel today.
Above is prompt #5 which was 'What do I see when I look in the mirror'

I will post more pages from my journey throughout the year.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Ministry of Mixology

A few weeks ago I toddled off to Coventry for the Ministry of Mixology Spring retreat. On my first day along with 3 other friends I attended Andy Skinner's workshop. We all made variations of the frame below, mine is to celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary in July. Although we all followed the same brief the results were very different.
We used a basic kit by Tando and used Andy's painting techniques. The heart in the middle I took with me, I made it at Glazed Creations and it gave my frame that extra special touch.
The following day I attended the second workshop with Kate Crane. We made an art journal following Kate's style of painting, I have almost finished so photos will follow!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Sketches in Thyme - May 2016

Time for another scrapbook challenge!
Full details can be found HERE

This months sketch is above.
I used this Stempell & Kartoon brick wall chipboard to give a little dimension. 
and painted it using Dylusions paint.
I used an embossing folder to give texture.
The finished result has a Christmas theme.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sketches in Thyme - April 2016

Time for another scrapbook challenge!
Full details can be found HERE
Here is this months sketch to play with! I found this one a bit of a challenge but I am happy with my result, as you will see I turned the sketch 90 degrees.
I really loved using lots of different colours with this very simple but effective Sizzix die.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Scrap Thursday Part 32

This weeks layout has been made for the Dare to Create challenge set by Andy Skinner and Tracy Weinzapfel. The idea is to use techniques and styles of both Andy and Tracy in one piece of art.
I used one of my photographs from Brisbane at Christmas for this layout.
I used DecoArt Americana diluted with water to use as a wash.
I started with a white wash over printed scrapbook paper.
I then used a baby wipe to dab off excessive paint. 
I built the colour up gradually.
Once dry I distressed the edges of the paper.
Using my finger I added the final colour of paint on the edges.
Once dry I wove the paper and glued it in place on a piece of Bazzill.
Using watercolour pencils and a water brush I added a rusty effect to the edges.
I used a mask from The Crafter's Workshop to add some tiny arrows.
I made a green heart using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, Crackle Glaze and Antiquing Cream. This is similar to the one in the Brisbane logo.
To add a bit more of a Christmas feel I used two Christmas stamps by PaperArtsy and a little bit of sparkle on the cats hat.
I edged the card using Distress Ink pads and a water brush. Around the edges of the weaving I added a title and date.