Sunday, 27 November 2011

An Art Journal Page

Okay so I've braved the world of art journalling. I've always wanted to try it, but art journalling is something completely out of my comfort zone. I don't like not being in control and not being entirely sure what the end result is going to be. When I scrap a layout I don't stick anything down until all the elements are in position and I know exactly what the finished page is going to look like. I then carefully lift up corners of my work and stick them down so as not to move them. I have recently journalled straight onto layouts in preparation for my entry into the big wide world of messiness and I was very pleased with the result

So here is my first ever Art Journal page. I'm not really sure what I did, but I can tell you that I used Dylusions acrylic paints and sparay inks, loads of kitchen roll and a fair amount of gesso. I also made use of some buuble wrap which I had lying around from one of my many virtual shopping expeditions. The rings were made with the lid of a stick of glue and the feather is cut out of a magazine and painted over. I used some Tim Holtz stamps and hand wrote I'm taking flight. Thanks for coming over to look and I'd appreciate any comments especially the nice ones

Thursday, 24 November 2011

A Birthday and a LO

Hi everyone. Today was my hebrew birthday and I must say I had a really good one. First I got some lovely letters from my DGDs written with some help from my sticker box (when I wasn't looking) and their mum. DD 1 made me a fabulous hand painted card and it was lovely getting post that wasn't bills. My sister in law took me out to lunch and  made sure I had all my favourites. But best of all, DD2 and her husband wrote a beautiful song especially for me. DD's husband is in music production so the song is really professional. It's a really personal song so I won't share it here, but I will tell you that it brought tears to my eyes and I've been listening to it all day and I've also set it as my ringtone.

Now I also have a LO to share with you. I've had this picture of Tzivi lying around for  a while and while I was digging at old pp's I found the perfect one to scrap it with.

 Tzivi insists on using this huge umbrella whatever the weather. DD gets really embarrassed but I told her she'll get her revenge when her kids are teenagers.
The diecut pp is a very old Websters Pages. I have no idea which collection it comes from, but it suited the photo perfectly. I used a base of pale yellow cardstock and some blue Best Creations glitter cardstock. I cut the diecut at the border of the floral pattern and plainer side, punched some holes with my crop a dile and threaded red ribbon through the holes. The photo went under the umbrella which I cut out with my craft knife. I added a strip of blue glitter paper and some blooms to the left hand side. The title and journalling are from a rhyme my children used to sing. I don't know where it comes from, but it was a perfect fit so I had to use it. Below you can see close ups of the ribbon and the rhyme. I also doodled in blue and red pen around the outside edges of the LO and around some of the scallops of the die cut

 The ribbon that I threaded between the two cut pieces of paper
This is the rhyme that continues on from the title. I used handwriting and some tiny sticker alphas to add interest.
Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

2 New Layouts

Today I want to share with you two layouts which I did yesterday.

 This one is a picture of my second granddaughter Estie. She's a right character and this picture of her with her hair blowing in the wind is one of my favourites. For this LO I used the Vicki B collection from Bo Bunny. My base is pale pink bazzil, I then cut a scalloped half circle from pp. For some reason I can't quite fathom, I decided to sew buttons all around the edges of the pp. I added some dark pink cardstock, a punched strip, and some cut out flowers which I adhered with foam squares to lift them off the page. I also added a lace rosette from the collection. Som rick rack a brad and a little trinket gives focus to the photo. I was also brave enough to doodle straight onto my LO. Aroud the edges of the pp I wrote words describing Estie's character and I also hand wrote and coloured part of the title. I've never been brave enough to do this, but I saw this technique in a book I recently bought and really liked it and I do like the end result, so |I'll probably be doing it again soon.

This one is a LO of my recently broken wrist with pictures of my hand casted up and straight after the cast came off. I wanted to scrap this as I want to remember to be grateful for my hands next time I see a pile of ironing I don't want to do. Also I had this crazy idea involving knitting needles.
In my quest to use up old stuff to make room for more, I have no idea which pp's I used. I just picked them out of my old stash drawer. I cut the pp's in to all sorts of random shapes, inked and distressed the edges and then hand stitched around all the edges of all the pp's. I added some layered stars cut out of one of the pp's and then randomly stamped over the page. On the left hand side I cast on some stitches and on the right hand side I knitted a little patch and then cast off. I stuck the needles down at their heads with a drop of glossy accents and then secured them with some more stitching. Some flower centres on the stars and the title finish off this LO. Thakns for looking

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A new toy, A Layout and a skirt

I have a new toy. It's a smart phone, and I have wasted loads of time on it this weekend. I've played and dowloaded and played and downloaded...... well you get the general idea. As if I don't waste enough time already I've now got another excuse. But who cares, I'm having fun and that's the main thing.
In the mean time I did manage to do a LO and you can see it below:

 This LO was inspired by some of my favourite designers icluding Gabrielle Polocco, Tamoko (I don't remember her surname, sorry)  and Rachael Elliot. It wasn't really one particular layout that inspired me, but  they took away my fear of ink ad also of cutting and tearing my favourite papers.
For this LO I used the My Minds Eye, Lost and Found 2 Blush collection. It has the most luscious glittery amazing papers and embellishments and I really love it. So I took a pink bazzil and used a mask and some glimmer mist on it, then I cut one of the pp's into a scalloped circle using an old diecut pp as a stencil. I cut some of the misted flourish and flipped it over the circle. The paper circles were made by tearing some of the pp's into thin strips and rolling them. On the left corner of my circle I cut out a piece, punched some holes and threaded some bakers twine which I inked with distress ink. The title is doe with ivory thickers which I also inked up with distress ink. I really enjoyed doing this LO and I thank all the fabulous designers for inspiring me.

This morning I sewed a skirt for Sarah. You know she just takes my sewing her stuff completely for granted. She points to a picture of something, says she wants it, and I just make it for her. I love sewing so I really don't mind and the hugs I get make it totally worth it.

 The colouring doesn't show up very well on the picture, but its, grey with pink checks. Its a gathered skirt with 2 layers of ruffles and it took me under 2 hours to make it. Sarah really likes it and can't wait to wear it. Thanks for popping over to visit.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

2 beyond the page projects

Hello again
Today I have to kaisercraft beyond the page altered items to show you. The first is the birds wreath,

For this project I used the stupendous Gabrielle collection from Bo Bunny. I covered all the pieces with the paper, and painted tthe sides with acrylic paint dabber. I added some embellies and the word across the middle very roughly translated from Hebrew means good morning. I then sprayed it all over with some Crafters Companion iridiscent sparay and sparkle to give it some shine. The stuff has a really strong smell and gave me a nasty headache for a while but the effect is brilliant. You can't really see it on the photo, but it fiinishes it off beautifully.

My secod project is the kaisercraft star wreath

 This one was made using a combination of Fancy Pants, To The Moon collection, and Bo Bunny's Blast off collection. Again I covered all the stars with the paper and painted the sides. After that I added the embellishments ad the wording means, May the angels be with you, well it more or less means that. It's a little prayer we say every night before we go to bed. On this one I used the multicolour spray and sparkle and it smells just as strong as the iridiscent one.
My Children love the finished projects and are absolutely chuffed that I decided to hang them in their bedroom.
Thanks for stopping by

Monday, 7 November 2011


Hey there
I'm trying to get myself into art journaling. Now I know it's a free form of messy art with lots of inks and paints. To give me the courage to explore my freedom someone over at UKS (thanks Nipper) introduced me to zentangles. I'd never heard of it so off I went and googled it, and I liked what I saw. So there I was withe a 6 x 6 square of white paper and a black fineliner. I started doodling and found I was really enjoying myself. My hand more or less flowed by itself and I came up with something I really like. You can see it below. I think I'll make an inky glittery frame for it and hang it above my craft table as my tentative entry into art journaling. And thank you everyone over at UKS for your encouragement. Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

A New Mini

Hi all
Today I have a mini to show you which I made of a recent trip to Israel. This is my first ever video blog so please be patient  and try not to laugh too hard. I have also uploaded pictures so you can see the pages more clearly in case the video is a complete failure.
With this album, I challenged  myself to use only old stash and I pretty much succeeded. All the pp's and embellishments have been lurking in my craft room for ages, begging for some attention. I can't tell you manufacturers as I really don't remember anymore where the stuff comes from. It's all from my early days of scrapping when I just bought random stuff. So here goes, and enjoy. Thanks for coming over

 Front cover. Cut out of chipboard in a star of David shape. Painted with acrylic pait dabbers and some glimmer mist to finish
 Map of Israel and my boarding passes in a little pocket
 Accomadotion for the duration of my stay
 Jerusalem icluding the Old City
 All the money I spent phoning home
 I scream you scream
 Have bus will travel
 Holy graves to pray at
 Yum Yum, fancy food
 The Souk
 A renovated synagogue
 The western (or wailing) wall
 The Rabbi's wife and aother holy grave
Time to go home

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

A CJ entry

I'm loving my crafting rebirth. There is so much I want to do and there just aren't enough hours in the day, what with housework and feeding the kids and all the other mundane jobs that need doing around the house.
Over on UK Scrappers I was somehow roped in to host a Circle Journal. I've just finished this month's entry. The CJ's title is All our Yesterdays and the owner wants a vintagy feel on any subject. For me the obvious choice was Vintage Vogue. My love of fashion and sewing combined with my crafting obsession really got me excited about this one.

It's a really small picture, but I'll explain it asdbest as I can. I used the Sew Cute range from My Little Shoebox, lots of distress inks, Tim Holtz ruler ribbon and Tattered angels resist alphas. My printer was having a tantrum so I cut pictures out of old sewing pattern envelopes. I tore up some sewing instruction sheets, crumpled them and distress inked them. I did the same with pattern tissue paper which I then sort of squashed up and stuck on the right hand side of the page. The little dress forms and cotton reels are stamped with the sew cute stamps, cut out and coloured. I also wrapped some bakers twine around the cotton reels and then stuck them on the pages with foam squares to give them some dimension. Hope you like it an TFL