Friday, 21 July 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Bunting or Flags

This week on Go Tag Thursday the theme is bunting and or flags. I decided to go the Great Britain route, as I had a napkin with Union Jack type bunting on. I inked the white tag with the red and blue and stamped Big Ben with black ink. I added the die cuts and finished off with the bunting and flag ribbon

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week we are off to colourful India. I was hoping to use my wooden Indian blocks to do this, but they don't stamp well on card. I did use one for the elephant but ended up having to draw most of it by hand. It is a very old one that I picked up on Camden Market in London, and my hands were brown after using it. I didn't even bother trying any of the paisley type ones.
I am not overly happy with it, especially as I love doing Indian themed art.
The two single pages are more like the original colour, my iPad scanner tends to alter the colours.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

3D embroidery -- Orange

This my third 3D embroidery, I'm completely addicted to them. I think I'll do the red one next. I have added a picture of all three of them.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Buffalo

Having spent one of the hottest days of the year at my two grandsons sports day, the last thing I wanted to do was try and get a buffalo on an inch. There was no shade on the sports field, and I now feel completely drained. When we arrived home all the flower pots needed watering, and the greenhouse sorting.
My stampbord inch is with shrink plastic and the sewn one is leather. It was very difficult to sew and I had to use an awl to make the holes for sewing. I am not very pleased with it, he looks a right old misery.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Buttons

On Go Tag Thursday, the theme of buttons gave me the opportunity to make a fabric tag. I used a picture of my mum's eldest sister ( Auntie Ivy) and transferred it onto fabric. I used lace and buttons to enhance the tag. I am going to make an ancestors fabric book with a friend, so this tag will be going into the book.

Tag Tuesday - CAKE

   Cake is the theme this week on Tag Tuesday. I have absolutely nothing in my stash for this one apart from this picture of a little girl with her birthday cake. I used a background paper and then ripped up a photocopy of some cake recipes. I stamped the balloons, added a doily and a lace bow.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week we are off to Paris, gosh haven't been there for years.  Just fancy a weekend in Paris come to think of it. Now where is that lottery ticket !!!! ( I don't actually do the lottery, but one can dream)
For this page I used an already painted one and did some collage to start off with. I added a postcard and stamped some Dylusion figures. I gave her Eiffel Tower hair and the poodle some fancy holiday wear and a hair cut.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Fly

It's the insects turn this week on Every Inchie Monday, and it's fly. Not my favourite insect, as I hate them in the house. My stampbord one is drawn and coloured with glitter pens. The sewn one is a fishing fly as I really couldn't face sewing fine wings.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- In The Garden

This is my second tag for Go Tag Thursday and for TIOT as well where the theme is In the garden and tags
Once again I used the dreaded die, and this time used my unused watering can stamp that was with the little gardener on my previous tag. I knew it would come in useful one day.!! There was also a second saying that went with the watering can.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- In the garden

On Go Tag Thursday the theme is 'In the garden' where I am spending a lot of time at the moment.
I started out by using distress oxides on the tag and then used a new die cut. This was good in theory, but when it came to it, it was a real pain. The die cut ended up as a load of flowers in different shapes and sizes, and a large negative where the flowers once resided. I cut another one so I could use different colours in each negative. Are you keeping up with this !!! I have made two tags ( will put the other one on at the weekend) and used the different coloured negatives with the cut out flowers. Did I have enough, no I didn't.  Did they all fit back into the holes, no they didn't.
I then stamped the saying and the little gardener. Some paper and fabric flowers finished it off. I dread to think how long this took.

I am also entering this on Try it on Tuesday, where the theme is tags.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week we are off to Egypt, which seems appropriate as the temperature here must be as hot as North Africa. Too hot to do much in the garden, although I have plants that must be planted out today.
I used an already painted page, and added some Egyptian stampings. I used a Dylusions figure and gave him a Tutankhamun  stamped mask for his head. He had to have a cat in true Egyptian fashion.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Go tag Thursday -- Butterflies

A second tag for Go Tag Thursday. This time I have used a dig background made ages ago and various stamped images plus some from my dwindling stash, (A drop in an ocean)

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Go tag Thursday -- Butterflies

I'm late again.  On Go Tag Thursday the theme is butterflies. For this tag I used distress oxides, and a large butterfly background stamp. I added some corrugated card at the bottom and added some butterflies from my stash.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Hippo

Now getting a hippo on an inch was a challenge. The stampbord was easier as I used shrink plastic. The sewn one I decided not to put a whole one on, but to do a front few of one in water..

Friday, 30 June 2017

Tag Tuesday -- The Beach

On Tag Tuesday the theme is The Beach and this is my second tag for the challenge. The background is painted with some texture paste for the white foam. The figure, sseagulls, shells and saying are stamped on separate card.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week it is black/white and red. As I didn't have a blank page I used Dylusions black paint to cover up an already painted one. I'm not sure if Neet and I would actually paint all the pages in advance if we do another journal. It does save some time if you have left it until the last minute, not that we do that ( cough, splutter!!)
I stamped some figures, stuck them to the page and used a stencil for the background. I used a Posca white pen as none of my others worked, and even the Posca played up. I doodled a bit and then adhered the sayings. I then attacked the page with a red pen.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Art Journal Journey -- Circles

Rosie's theme on Art Journal Journey this month is Circles

I have had such a busy month that I have only just done a page for the challenge. I am scraping in at the last minute. I have used a gelli print for the background and added various circles. I then wrote some saying in the circles.

Go Tag Thursday -- Stars

The theme on Go Tag Thursday is stars. Not an easy one for me, as my mind went blank. I had a gelli print with stars on so used that for a background. I then added any star I could find in my stash.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tag Tuesday -- The Beach

On Tag Tuesday, one of my favourite themes has been chosen by Joan for the next two weeks and it is the Beach. I started off by using some sand texture paste at the base of the tag. I then painted the rest with acrylic paint. I stamped the figure and saying and added them to the tag, along with some shells and seagull.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Lion

Back to Africa this week on Every Inchie Monday with the lion. The stampbord one is drawn and coloured with Neocolor 1
The sewn one I have coloured with pens and then sewn over the top with straight stitches.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week we are on purple, which is not a colour I use very much. I had to paint over an existing background with Dylusions purple paint to get a purple enough background.
I stamped and coloured the figures and added a quote. I had trouble stamping the leaves as the ink wouldn't dry.  What happened to blotting paper, has it disappeared off the planet !!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Anything goes

The theme on Go Tag Thursday is anything goes.
Off on a course this afternoon, so a quick one as I'm not back until Friday, when I will be behind on next weeks as well. Having stamped the Lynne Perrella images I couldn't decide which ones to use, so made a double sided tag.
These will also conform to the Tag Tuesday theme which is Texture. They have ribbon, lace and flowers for texture..

Monday, 19 June 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Tiger

It's the turn of the tiger this week on Every Inchie Monday. I drew the stampbord one and used some fabric and hand stitching for the fabric one. He does look a bit worn round the edges, today is even too hot for a tiger.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week it's pink, and I have used a double page that I had already stencilled. I painted over it with the two Dylusion pinks. I used two of Tim Holtz dog die cuts and a Dylusions figure.
Again I have had to scan with my iPad and the colours plus the weather are a bit dull.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Fruit

On Go Tag Thursday the theme is Fruit. I am so late with this, as this Thursday there will be another one to do. Where does the time go.
For my tag I used distress inks on the background and stamped the pears on a separate piece of card. I coloured them with Derwent intense crayons.

Every Inchie Monday -- Zebra

This week we are off to Africa, and the zebra. Not an easy one to sew and this is my second attempt, the first one looked as if it had overdone the weight watchers diet. The stampbord one is shrink plastic. The sewn one looks a bit blue, as I had to use my iPad to scan it as my two proper scanners are being naughty.

Tag Tuesday -- Texture

On Tag Tuesday it is my turn to host the next two weeks challenge. I have chosen texture, and anything that gives texture can be used.
For my first sample I cut out a tag from corrugated card and used gesso and texture paste to start off with. I then painted it with metallic acrylic paints. Plasterers scrim, ribbons were added, and on the top of these I used accent beads, buttons. friendly plastic and clay embellishments. To add some bling I used glitter texture paste through a stencil.

I have added some photos of our open gardens. We didn't have so many visitors this year, but well worth the effort for charity, the weather was not good for wandering round gardens.
 If I take any more, I'll put them on later.

 Looking through to the side garden with a view of the fields.

 Spider web castor oil plant at the base of the trellis

 Clematis Josephine

 The fern garden user the balcony

 Rose James Galway

 The side of the bungalow, with my studio underneath.

 Looking to the front through the trellis

Rose Warm Welcome climbing up the arch.

 Iris Siberica

 Alpine boxes on side patio.

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