Monday, 29 May 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- A country

Late again, I'll be pleased when opening the garden will be over and I can get back to normal again.
This week on Go Tag Thursday the theme is A Country. I have chosen India. I used napkins and papers for the background and added a picture of an Indian girl and some stamps and gems. For some reason only known to computers there is only a small part of the tag  showing.

I am also entering this on Tag Tuesday where it's anything goes.

Every Inchie Monday -- Kangaroo

It's down to Australia this week and the kangaroo. When we went to Australia I expected to see loads of kangaroos and they were not as many as we thought. The ones we did see were pretty chilled out, and not running/jumping about. They were just grazing on any reasonable grass they could find. They were also a lot bigger than I had imagined.
My stampbord is shrink plastic and the sewn one, made with great difficulty is fabric and stitching.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week we are off to China. I thought that's OK I have lots of Oriental stamps. When I found them they were nearly all Japanese, so it was a quick think in another direction. On an already painted page I did a rough painting of the great wall and included some Dylusion figures.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Tape Measures/ruler

On Go Tag Thursday the theme is Tape measure/ruler, and yes I do know it's Monday. I seem to be running out of days very quickly. I am putting this on before I go out and tackle a bit more of the garden. Only 12 days to go before we open.
    For this tag I made myself use pink. I covered the tag with paper and added a background stamp.
The dress form I dressed in pink fabric. I also added some paper lace die cuts and some sewing charms and brads, and of course some measuring tape.

I am also entering this on Tag Tuesday where Valeries theme is anything goes.

Every Inchie Monday -- Panda

This week we are off to China and to the bamboo forests. I would imagine that these are a lot heavier than a koala, and I haven't been to China to see one in the wild. I had great fun with the felted sewn one as he kept overlapping the edge, so his rear end kept getting smaller. ( I wish I could do that on me)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week the theme is travel. Having decided what I wanted to do, it took me ages to find my travel stamps, I had walked past them several times. This cold rainy weather is getting me down, and although it gives me more time to do arty things, it makes me want to get outside in the garden and get it ready for the opening.
I have used an already painted page and tore up and old road map for  the main background. The figure (Travelling Travis) is one of Dyan's stamps

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Friendship

I'm very late this week with my tag for Go Tag Thursday. The theme is friendship and I have used two Crafty Individuals stamps on a distress inked background, with some stamping. I added flowers to give it some dimension.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Koala

This week we go to Australia and put a Koala bear on an inch. I did hold one when we were in Australia, a male, and he was very heavy. I also spotted one in the wild, asleep in a tree.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet -- Landscape

This weeks theme is landscape and I have used a double page, and painted it with acrylic paints.
I stamped the figure, dogs and cats on separate card and coloured them with my intense crayons.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Mechanical

This is my second tag for Go Tag Thursday where the theme is mechanical.

Every Inchie Monday -- Flamingo

I enjoyed doing this one, even though it is quite difficult to put such a thin tall bird into an inch.
I saw flocks of these birds in Chile, where they were at the sides of the fiords. Your eye was suddenly drawn to a strange patch of pink, a colour that looked completely alien in that environment, surrounded by mountains and glaciers. They look very graceful, but their heads are not pretty. The sewn one looks as if it has little pink slippers and pink edged socks !! In fact if I had more time I would redo it.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Mechanical

The theme on Go Tag Thursday this week is mechanical. I have started with a distress inked tag, that I embossed with an industrial texture. I stamped the images on separate card and coloured with distress inks.I then added some cogs to finish off.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Thursday journal with Neet

Have you ever thought you would be better off staying in bed some days. Well today was the one for me. As usual I had left the journal page until the last minute. The subject this week is Fashion.
I managed to get the figures on before lunch and then came down to do the wording. It was very clear from early on that I should have not left it so long. The words were finished and as I read through them I had left 3 letters out of one word and a whole word missed further on. Now what to do, the only thing I could think of was to gesso over it and start again. The gesso bit is drying as I type this. I decide to type the new words as it would take me too long to hand script them again
Goodbye gardening today, and we open the garden in 4 weeks!!!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tag Tuesday -- Faces

The theme for this fortnight on Tag Tuesday is Chrissiea choice of Faces. I decided to do a fabric one for a change. The background is printed fabric and the image transferred onto fabric. I have finished it off with lace, beads, flowers and buttons. The lady looks a bit stern, I bet that little boy had to be as good as gold.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Bee

Still on the insect theme on EveryInchie Monday. This time it is the bee.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Tickets

Another tag for Go Tag Thursday on the theme of tickets. I have used a large travel stamp for the background and a die cut for the globe. I then added various stamped and real tickets.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Tickets

Tickets are the theme on Go Tag Thursday, and I have made a travel tag with various tickets from my stash and an Eiffel tower brad.
The background is distress inks

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week it's portraits, oh dear, not my favourite subject but one I need to practice on. In 2011 I started a 'face' journal. There are four faces in it, which means not even one a year.
For this week I started with the large one and there must be ten layers of paint on her face as I just couldn't get it right. The other one is a quickie after I had given up on the other one. Embrace your mistakes you are told, so here they both are, mistakes and all. I must practice getting the eyes right, they always seem to be staring. The bottom one's face is too long and she looks a bit surprised to find herself in my Dylusions journal, my other one is very small, you know the one with the four faces in.
The backgrounds were already painted, and are adjacent to each other.
Off to see what Neet has done.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

3D embroidery -- Turquoise

I started this 3D embroidery with Sheila Davies at Celyn Textiles. It only measures 3"x 3" and is completely addictive. I loved using some of my lovely beads and the whole process of working on such a small scale really appealed to me. I've set it on a block of oak. I will show you the green one later. I now have small boxes with the different colours threads and beads ready for all the other colours.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Butterfly

As lovely as butterflies are it was not a good idea to make one with wire, cover it with organza and then embroider on top. Fiddly does not cover the problems I had with it. It doesn't look very good on the scan, and only slightly better in real life.
This was after we had spent 4 1/2 hours trying to get home after trip to Derbyshire. It took us 1hr and 50 mins to get there and all that time coming home due to someone trying to jump off a bridge on the M40. We were not on that motorway but everything was then sent to the M42 which was the one we were on. We were really stressed out and were drinking hot milk and honey at 4 am and watching an episode of New Tricks.
Back to the inchies, the stampbord one is made with friendly plastic, which has unfortunately been discontinued in the lovely coloured form. You can only get it in pellets which you have to colour yourself. Added to all the above my scanner refused to speak to the computer, so I had to sort it out. Luckily for it, it's too high up for me to kick

Friday, 21 April 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

 OK what has happened to the week, where did Thursday go. Neet has just phoned and asked if I had forgotten to do my journal, no I said I'll just go and put it on. I did wonder why she had phoned as often it doesn't get finished and put on until after lunch. Neet then informs me that it is actually Friday today.
This week the theme is masculine. I have used a previously painted page and then used a couple of  masks and black paint to blank out some of the background. I have used lots of vehicle stamps for the "boys toys"

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Use pink, a little or a lot.

I am not usually very happy using pink, but I enjoyed doing this one for Go Tag Thursday.
I used some pink backing paper and two vintage images. I then added some lace, buttons and some thread.

Tag Tuesday -- Heritage

On Tag Tuesday Wilma has chosen Heritage as her theme for the next fortnight.
I have made a very large tag which I used texture paste on for the background, with some Paperartsy infusions on top of the texture paste, which I then sprayed with water.
The smaller tags are of my relations, who all grew up in the valleys of South Wales. My mum's dad pictured on the top with my Nan and my mum's two older sisters.  The one below shows him on a camel ( the middle one) in Egypt ( Pyramid and Sphinx behind them) during the first World War. He also fought at Gallipoli.  He was as was my other Grandfather a miner.
The smaller of the two added tags is of my Great Grandparents with a backdrop of a mine and below the little town where my father was born and where my Grandma lived.
My brother and I used to love going up the mountain behind Grandma's house as the mountains were actually moving in as they were all undermined with coal mines. We were fascinated by the fact that the houses on the mountain were gradually being knocked down by the mountain as it moved slowly towards them.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Easter/ Spring

A second tag for Go Tag Thursday on the Easter Spring theme. The stamp is from Stampotique and I think the hare is called Harold. He is hoarding a basket of Easter eggs made from a flower.
The small tag at the top has a hare looking at the moon.

Every Inchie Monday -- Ladybird

My computer crashed on Saturday, and this is the first time I been able to use it again. OK machines when they work, and how lost are we when they don't.
This week the theme is ladybird, lovely little insects as long as they don't bite, and sometimes they do. My stampbord one is shrink plastic, and the sewn one fine leather with hand stitching.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Easter/Spring

The theme for this week on Go Tag Thursday is Easter/Spring. I have used a combination of Distress oxides and Distress inks for the background and silhouette stamps for the hares and rabbits.. I added some flowers for some dimension, and a small tag at the top.

I am also entering this on Ike's Challenge which is anything goes with the option of Easter or Spring.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week the theme is squares,  not sure about this one. It sounded easy before I started and I just went for the first thing that came into my head. The page was already inked so I was pleased to be able to use it up. A lot of these pages were inked on the course with Dyan, so were really experimental.  I cut out a stencil with my sizzix and used brown paint for the squares, some of which are a bit wobbly. I used Dyan's stamps for the figure.
I'm sure a lot of us remember some of the pointless maths they taught us at school. How many of us have needed to find the square root of a number. Come on admit it if you have.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Crow

Another bird again this week and it's the crows turn. The stampbord one is shrink plastic and I have given it a Halloween background. The sewn ones loads of stitches, and looks it bit down in the mouth and moth-eaten.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Go tag Thursday -- Stamp it

This week on Go Tag Thursday the theme is stamp it, where you can use rubber stamps or use real stamps for your tag.
Mine has a background of distress oxides and stamped flowers from Tim Holtz.

I am also entering this in Ikes'sworld challenge which is Easter/Spring flowers.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet

This week I am doing the one Neet did last week. From now on we should be working off the same list.  I am late doing this as I have left it till the last minute. Why, when I know what the theme is do I always leave all the challenges until the last day, or in some cases well after the day it was due.
I struggled a bit with this as it is such a broad subject, and you end up with too much choice.
The page was already stencilled and was the only one I had left that was suitable.

Susi suggested once again that I link this to Art Journal Journey where the theme set by Hazel is Magical Mystery Tour. I suppose the cats must have gone to a zoo to find who they thought was their dad.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Stamps and stencils -- Chirpy, Chirpy Cheep Cheep !

I am scraping in, on the last day, with the Stamps and Stencils challenge of Chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep. I thought I might as well put in a few more tags for my bird shaped tag book.
The tags are double sided, and are a mixture of collage and stamping.

Tag Tuesday -- Things with wings

This week the theme is Things with wings on Tag Tuesday chosen by Joan. No birds this time, as that was the last theme. This tag is corrugated cardboard coloured with Gelatos. The images are stamped on separate card and the wooden butterfly buttons added afterwards.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Every Inchie Monday -- Parrot

This week, it's another bird. This time it's the parrots turn to get on the inchie. My stampbord one is shrink plastic, and i have managed to get two of them on.
The sewn one has black fine leather for it's beak and the rest is stitched. I was going to make this one 3D, but ran out of steam.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Go Tag Thursday -- Vintage

The theme this week on Go Tag Thursday is Vintage. Always a favourite with me, I was spoilt for choice. I decided to get a stamp out that I haven't used for a while, and which looks a little bit like my late mum. I used Distress stains on the background, and added vintage lace, and flowers and buttons.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thursday Journal with Neet.

This week the theme is Nature. As this covers so many things it made it difficult to narrow it down. I have used a double page that was already painted, and a Dylusions figure. The stamps for the cat, leaves, mushrooms and flowers are also Dylusions.
I wonder what Neet has done for this one.

I am also entering this on Art Journal Journey where the theme is Out and about, and Try it on Tuesdays, which is Botanical

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tag Tuesday -- Birds/nests

Another bird shaped tag for the theme on Tag Tuesday. These bird shapes have been hanging around in my studio for ages, and as I chose the theme for this fortnight it was an ideal opportunity to get them done.

I am also entering this on Simon Monday challenge which is Things with wings.

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