Saturday, 30 April 2011

A fabulous day

Been to AFTH today to take a class with Kate Crane and what a fantastic day it's been.  Kate is such a wonderful, talented, creative and generous person (alright Kate, you can pay me later - only joking).  Her workshops are so relaxing and laid back, yet you learn so much.  The workshop was all about backgrounds and we created two pages, with lots and lots of different layers, and we weren't allowed to use a paint brush or baby wipe!

The first page was created using Dylusion paints applied with a splodger, or in my case a Starbucks credit card

The second page was done using only our fingers to do the background

I'm not going to tell you how we created these pages you'll have to attend one of her workshops, but a little bird has told me that there is something in the offing for you all.  One secret I will share with you - if you look closely you'll see something like mesh has been stamped, well my friend Pat turned up with a role of sticky mesh stuff which is apparently what plasterers use to join seams in plasterboard.  We decided to use it as a stamp and it worked - brilliant.

I'd just like to thank each and every one of you who so kindly leaves me a comment, it means so much and I get such a thrill when I see a new comment.  Such encouragement from you is priceless.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Dragonsdream Tag It on

Having seen that the very talented Helen was on the design team of Tag It On, thought I'd join in this week - the theme is "Something with a Pocket"

I have made a padded canvas tag, so it has two sides, here's one side

and here's the reverse

I coloured my canvas with Eco Friendly paints, in various colours, can't remember which ones, then used Dylusion spray inks, through stencils, added some circles and lines.  Stamped two of T!m's sayings, then did some wavey stitching before I padded and stitched the two canvases together, adding a pocket to each side.  Stamped and coloured a Stampotique stamp and popped him in the tag.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Happy Easter Everyone

Happy Easter everyone.  We're off down to Essex to have a family Easter, the weather is looking good, hopefully the sun will shine providing plenty of opportunities for bbq's and of course wine.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend and that the sun shines on you all.

Ann xx

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Sunday Stampers Week 149 - Blue

Well, been MIA for a while, not been too well and my mojo has certainly left me and can't find it anywhere.  However, managed to make this ATC earlier on in the week and found it fits in with this weeks challenge hosted by the talented Hels.

As you can see it's very blue - background is Dylusion inks, bit of gold acrylic for the lines and spots, stamped T!m's new Papillon stamp, which I think is terrific, for the background, then on a spare bit of the card stamped the butterflies.  The butterflies are edged in Inka Gold, which can be found here and tiny bits put onto the wings, I then edged the whole ATC with Inka Gold in blue, which doesn't show up very well on the photo.

Hope you're all having a good weekend.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Sunday Stampers Week 148 - Gold

Morning all, well they promised sunshine here in South Yorkshire, but not arrived yet, still raining.....and I've done all my washing ready to hang out, I shall be furious if they've got the weather wrong again.  I can't use the dryer, because the deal is money on using dryer or crafting, ah, no contest, so the sun better come out soon.

Anyway enough of my rant, here's my entry for the SSC, hosted by Hels, and the theme this week is gold.

The background is Dylusion inks, stamps are Stampotique, T!m's and Dylusions.  I have edged the tag with Inka Gold and the circles are in Ranger gold dabber.

Monday, 4 April 2011

March completed

Here's my March page for the 365 Art Journal Calendar hosted by the talented Kate Crane which is now complete, unfortunately not even started April, although know what I'm going to do.

It's been a glorious weekend down here in Essex, wall to wall sun and it even got to 22c yesterday, and the sun is shining again this morning.

Charlotte is going to do her April page this morning, I've brought my Dylusion paints and inks for her to use, so a wonderful messy morning is in store.

Friday, 1 April 2011

A fabulous day

Went to AFTH on Wednesday to take a workshop with the extremely talented Kate Crane, I feel so lucky to live near enough to go to Dy's and enjoy a day of creativity and total relaxation.  Kate is a superb teacher and spends time explaining things thoroughly and she certainly was generous with her ideas.  In the morning we made 6 tags, inking, spraying, cutting sticking, yet get the idea, and this was mine...

The tags are joined together with hessian and backed with old book pages.

In the afternoon we made a similar tag book, but with more pages, and I used different colours.  That is still a work in progress, but I really will complete it.

I'm down in Essex at the moment but did manage to take the photos, and a couple of others which I'll blog over the weekend.  Had to go and buy a portable card reader this afternoon in order to download the pictures and guess what I and my granddaughter Charlotte had to go past?  Yes, a craft shop, so she bought some papers, rubber stamps, rub ons, and when we got to the check out she got out her purse because she wanted to buy the goodies herself, it came to £16.10 and when she opened her purse my heart nearly broke, so in the end she paid the £6.10 and I paid the rest.  I treated her to a Crop-o-Dial because she's really into crafting.  When we got into the car, I said to her "Now I'll tell you the first rule in crafting....we don't tell Granddad how much we've spent".  She nodded and said it would be our secret, bless.