Sunday, 29 May 2011

Another good day

Went to AFTH yesterday to attend a Mini Journaling Workshop with the extremely talented Kate Crane.  Went with my friend Pat and met up with Christine and we all had a fantastic day and I managed to finish 3 pages.

Three different styles....I wonder which you prefer?

Friday, 27 May 2011

TIO No. 80 - Fishes

Here's my entry for the Dragons Dream Tag It On this week where the  theme is Fishes.  As I only have one fish stamp I had to improvise, but at least there are fishes on it, lol.

The background is DI in broken china and faded jeans, Stampotique mermaid stamp,  I have succumbed and bought one, I didn't like them at first but am now a fan, and I've given her a little pearl earring.  The fishes are a downloads from somewhere, and I just adore my 'sealed with a fish' stamp, I've used it so much. 

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Out of my comfort zone

Yup, was really out of my comfort zone the other day at AFTH when I took a workshop with the fantastic Dy 'Painting Faces'.  This is my first attempt, I have tried before because I signed up to a Suzi Blu on line course, but got so fed up with her waffling on that I never bothered, but although I was really nervous about this, I've managed to finish it.

As usual Dy gave us so much inspiration and instruction that she made it seem so easy.  In the morning I thought mine was absolute c**p, but she just kept nudging me along and hey presto after lunch this somehow appeared. I'm so impatient. Still a lot to learn, but I must say that Dy has succeeded where Suzi failed....she has inspired me to do some more.  

The face is painted on a 12" x 12" canvas, using Dylusion acrylic paints for the face, background is a mixture of Dylusion paints and sprays.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Jumping for Joy

I am suddenly feeling so much better (I may have already told you that, lol) and have at last got some energy and I cannot tell you how good it feels, so thought I might as well do a journal page about it...

I'm down in Essex so only have limited art supplies with me, Paperartsy Fesco paints available from here, using the finger painting method, and I'm so into these fabulous Stampotique stamps, dontcha just love 'em, get them from here.  Finished off with my wonderful Portofino crayons (sorry an in joke with my friends).

I shall be returning home tomorrow evening because on Thursday I'm off to AFTH to a workshop with Dy, painting faces, right out of my comfort zone.  I've tried so many times and just can't do it, but Dy has assured me that I can, no such word as can't.

Edit :  For the eagle eyed of you, I'm obviously not on top form quite yet, my daughter (who doesn't 'get' my art work), has noticed that I've put 17 April 2011 and of course it should say 17 May, what a dork!!!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

What a fantastic day

A friend and I went to the Happy Stampers Show at Port Sunlight yesterday and we had a fabulous day, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The show opened at 10:30 and we were in the queue by 10:20, it finished at 4:00 and we left at 3:40, the first time I've ever stopped at a show all day.  The highlight for me was watching Jo Capper-Sandon demo on the Happy Daze  stand along with Joanne Wardle.

They both very kindly asked if I would like them to make me something (of course I was thrilled to bits) and this is what they did



Thanks to both of you and of course Moira, I think the results are wonderful, especially when you think it only took them a couple of minutes to make.  I have to spend ages thinking about what I'm going to do, but it comes so naturally to them.  Spent far too much, but don't we all, bought 9 Stampotique stamps and of course others.  There was an American stamp company called Stamp Camp who had come over the pond especially for the show and I bought some fantastic stamps from them, which I'm sure I will be using in the weeks to come, such different stamps that I've not seen in the UK before.

Well I'm off down to my daughters this afternoon for a few days, taking some journaling stuff with me just in case I have any spare time.  

I am thrilled to bits that over the past few days I have been feeling soooooo much better, almost normal and I've got everything crossed that it continues, but having spent all those hours at the show yesterday, even though I had to keep sitting down, was fantastic and being able to drive for 3.1/2 hours this afternoon, well I just can't believe it.  I can't stop smiling....think I'll have to journal about this, lol.

Hope you're all having a good weekend.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Husbands birthday card

Yesterday it was my husbands birthday and as he was down at our daughters in Essex he didn't get his card until he returned today.

Right we're off out for a meal now to celebrate.  Mind you can't have a drink because of the meds and Maurice doesn't drink, so will have to make up with plenty of food, lol.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Texturise It

The theme for this weeks Dragon's Dreams Tag It On is 'Texturise It", here's my entry

The background of the tag is painted with Paperartsy Fresco paints, the image is stamped onto a piece of calico which I have coloured with distress ink stains and the butterfly is a Wendy Vecchi one stamped onto Clearly For Art and edged with Inka Gold in old silver.  As usual it's not photographed very well but you get the idea, lol.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Mini Canvas

I've been making mini canvasses just lately and I really enjoy them, they are so quick, this is another one using the Wendy Vecchi butterfly stamp, which is my all time favourite, and I stamped it onto white Clearly For Art, again another thing I love working with.

The rose in the middle is off a bracelet.  I've started buying cheap or reduced jewellery and take it apart, you get some wonderful charms to use on your projects, and much cheaper than buying the proper crafting stuff.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

April Showers??????

Decided in March to do my April page for the 365 Art Journal Calendar based on April showers, but guess what, we haven't seen a drop of rain, lol.  It's been such a beautiful, sunny and warm month.

So the unrolled umbrellas are there just in case and the open ones are to shade from the sun.

Hope to start on my May pages this afternoon.

Take a look here to see other brilliant pages.