Friday, 17 August 2018

Every leaf....

I have more recently  been kiboshed by a particularly nasty summer lurgy that came suddenly and refused to budge, hence the long absence...but  some weeks later I am beginning to feel human again (Thank  goodness) and today was the first day I managed to spend some creative time... and so I made this card for my swap buddy Suzanne.

While I was battling lurgy the latest release of distress oxides landed here and while I knew they were here, I didn't have any oomph to even open them - but I am going to make  up for that now.

This card was a plain white base into which I blended  oxides ripe persimmon  and mustard seed. I over-stamped this with  a paper artsy script stamp using old paper oxide which provided a subtle layer. Then I added the leaves  and hedgehog in sepia archival ink  over the top and coloured the leaf pile with distress markers.

 Leaves, hedgehog and sentiment were all from a magazine "freebie" that my husband picked up for me while I was bed-bound (bless him) and I quite enjoyed working with them and as they are versatile I will get a lot of use out of these.

Once everything was done and dry I matted the panel onto some Kraft card and then onto a thick white card base. It will go in the mail tomorrow and I hope Suzanne will like it.

Until next time

Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer fun at St Joe's

So once I week I volunteer at our local hospice (St Joseph's) as part of the Arts Programme there. I work with patients in the Day Hospice and for the past few weeks we have been busy making things for the big summer FUNd raiser... which is tomorrow.

So we made some giant flowers ...over a foot wide and very bright and colourful

Over thirty layered paper flowers of assorted sizes

We also made  a whole swarm of butterflies; over one hundred hand decorated beauties  ranging in size from 6 inches to one inch. 

These are going on the wall to show the way out to the garden. It should be beautiful.

 Tuesday and Wednesday Art Groups  at the Day Hospice  also made banners and giant fruit decorations. It should be an amazing  summery display and the FUNdraising team are busy putting everything out today. 

The patients and other volunteers had great fun undertaking these projects over the past few weeks. We have a recycled mosaic project coming up ion the near watch this space 😉

Until next time

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Happy Birthday ... a blast from the past

This pretty simple card was made using elements from a card making kit I bought when I first starting making cards...many years ago. I stumbled across it when I was looking for something else and decided it really was about time to put it to good use.  

I teamed it with some patterned paper I have in my stacks and added ink edging and a coordinating sentiment panel to pull it all together and complete the very simple design.

This is part of my use it or... policy and I intend to be brutal  as part of my clear up/clear out craftroom project.

Until next time

Monday, 25 June 2018

Be Amazed... a tag

Decided to try something different ( for me) and made this very simple tag using modelling paste through a stencil  and then added acrylic paint and spritzed it to allow the colours to run where they will. Once dry I added wink of Stella to the flower petals and some grey splatters. It's no masterpiece, but I was quite pleased with how it came out.
Until next time

Friday, 22 June 2018

Go Wild....

Made this birthday card for my nature loving brother in law using stamps that came "free" with a magazine (inflated mag price to cover the stamps of course so not really free but I love these stamps and so it was worth it.)
The giraffe was stamped onto white textured paper and coloured with promarkers before being adhered to the card front. The silhouette and sentiments were stamped using archival black ink.
I am happy with how this came out and I am pretty sure he is going to love it. Happy Birthday Charlie!
Until next time

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Painted Silence

This was the card I sent to my regular card swap buddy this month. I used a brick embossing folder for the base and a Gothic arch template for the feature panel. I covered the arch in gesso and then added layers of paint in shades of yellow and lime. This was topped with random script stamping and I aged the edges of the arch before adding the butterfly and sentiment. 

I really like the peacefulness of this one and hope Suzanne will like it too. It is on its way to her as I type and she is sure to let me know once it arrives.
Until next time

Friday, 8 June 2018

MoM mask on a stick

Can't believe it is a whole week since I arrived in Coventry for the MoM weekender... 

At each MoM event there is a fun theme for the  Friday night meet & greet.  and this time it was decorated masks. 
As someone who wears glasses, and knowing how hot it can be in the hotel bar, this was my make. I  know this style of mask probably has  a fancy name but it escapes me for now, so I decided to go with mask on a stick 😁. 
I had great fun cutting and shaping the mask, layering up the components as I went... and not bothering to leave eye holes was not a problem at all with the stick. I  was so glad I opted for this style and I ended up using the mask as a fan as the room heated up beyond my personal endurance. Double-duty mask on a stick...not bad eh?

Until next time

Every leaf....

I have more recently  been kiboshed by a particularly nasty summer lurgy that came suddenly and refused to budge, hence the long absence....