Monday, 17 April 2017

MOM - Day Two

Day two was spent with the lovely Kate Crane making this amazing box of tricks. The basic project was a  decorated box into which we put some tags we made. It is designed to be an organic project and more tags and replacement tags can be added as and when needed.

I chose not to assemble my box at the event to make it easy to pack and travel home with, but within 24 hours of getting back, it was done and the final  details on the tags were finished.

I also chose to decorate the backs of my tags and for this I used the same basic techniques and added some things from my  supplies at home to end up with these reverse tags (pic below)

I am really pleased with how this came out and I am already working on some extra tags to go into the box...and have plans to start another box over the weekend. It was just so much fun and the end result is both pretty and practical...what could be better!

Until next time

Friday, 14 April 2017

MoM April 2017

This time last week I was in Coventry for my first ever Ministry of Mixology event and what fun-filled a weekend it was!  I can't recommend it highly enough and I am already looking forward to the November event...

Friday evening started with a meet and greet in the hotel but the event proper kicked off on Saturday morning... with a goody bag filled with all sorts of fab stuff propped on the chair before we even started. (The canvas bag that held pout goodies became the focus of attention at one of the make and take events on Saturday evening and we used paint and stencils...and in my case fingers too... to decorate our bags.)

Day one for me was a workshop with the amazing and lovely France Papillon. She really is a delight and using a variety of media and techniques we worked on making the gorgeous little book-style ink pad holder in the photo above.

It was designed to hold three full sized archival ink pads but can also hold mini books, mini art samples, fact just about anything that will fit to size...and it has this cool pulley system to bring the contents forward at the tug of the string.  

The transformation of the few pieces of mdf into something so gorgeous and practical was amazing and although we were all making the same project the variety of results was amazing. I am really happy with how mine came out and will definitely make another very soon .

Until next time

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Make a Splash!

This was a piece I made for an international art swap with a nautical theme.  I had to hold off until my swap partner received it, but this evening I heard from her so I can now share it.

I used Deco Art media line acrylics for the ocean and distress oxides for the sky. All the stamping was done using cobalt archival ink, I used  a Joy Crafts sea scape stamp set, Inkylicious stencils  and the gorgeous mermaid is a stamp from VLVS .

My partner liked it so much she plans to frame it and hang it in her nautical themed bathroom. I am delighted!

Until next time

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tick Tock... postcard swap

This was a postcard I made for an online swap group. This month the theme was "Tick- Tock" . I started by adding blended colour to my base. Then I stamped a large clock--face background using versamark ink and clear embossing powder. I added a little more colour over the top and buffed back the resist before stamping assorted clock images using black archival ink.

To finish it off, the reverse of the card was also stamped with a postcard background stamp and the small clocks, along with a time related verse.

My swap partner has received the card and loves that was definitely time well spent haha!

Until next time

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 Ho...