Saturday, 23 May 2015


A journal page I did for Journal 52, the prompt for week 18 was Observations.
Another playtime with some of my Inspired by Banksy stamps from Bee Crafty.
My take on the theme was that while some wall art is acceptable,
 makes you look at it and enjoy what you see.
Some can is just plain in your face and bordering on vandalism.
Phew! that got my thoughts out in the open.
The background  is a mop up of purples, a wall stencil, Vintage Photo distress ink used here and a leafy stencil, I think I was hoping it would look like ivy climbing up the wall.
This is another scheduled post, sorry I am not a regular visitor at the moment,
I will catch up with you all soon.
Thank you for calling by, I appreciate your comments

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Sea World for AJJ

Another fun page for Art Journal Journey.
May's  theme is 'The Sea'.
This is a digital page using some stored images and some free from the web.
Alice the goldfish, is furious with the results of the competition
 and hopes Mary, the organiser, in the  fetching scaled red suit  has an answer.
Alice thought the Beauty Contest was for the residents only
 and not the visitors and thinks its all been fixed.
Can you just imagine fish going on strike to settle a dispute.?
They'd make quite a splash about it.

Apologies if I don't get to visiting you all over the next few days ,  its the National Land Rover Rally.
I have scheduled a few posts and I do have the wellies  in the caravan.
Many of you may remember past photos of mud and ponds,  wonder what this year will bring?

Thank you for stopping by, will catch up soon.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cross stitch

Crafting for me hasn't always been papercraft. 
I used to do cross stitch as a way to unwind in the evenings, especially after a day
 that involved working with children who needed extra help with their education.
 Back then the fingers were a bit more nimble and the eyesight a lot sharper.
I decided to share one of my many pictures today, with a reminder that there is still another week to run on the current challenge at Try It on Tuesdays which is Sewing and/or buttons.
It was had to get a photo as it is behind glass, but I think you will be able to see it okay.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, I always enjoy reading the comments you leave.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Fredo and Gertie on Holiday for AJJ

A journal page made quickly and  just for fun for Art Journal Journey
The theme for May is The Sea

The painted background is acrylics and Distress stains,
the beach huts are a stencil. [Sheena Douglas]
 I nearly forgot to leave a space to  stamp in the characters [Art Impressions stamps].
I know the images are a bit small for the size of the page, but hey I'm not stressing over a minor detail.
You can maybe guess that like most of my 'for fun' pages this  has a bit of a story.
Well,  here are Fredo and Gertie, sunning themselves on the beach.
Notice Fredo may be on holiday, but he still wears his socks.
Gertie has a large glass of something alcoholic in her hand 
and is  telling poor Fredo to do something about the sea, 
as she is going to get her feet wet!!!!
I wonder what his reply to that was??

I would like to say Hello to my new followers and thank you for joining me on my Crafty Journey.

Thank you for taking time to stopping by to take a look, 
I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.

Friday, 15 May 2015

One image, 3 cards.

An  additional  post  following  a post I wrote yesterday  here and over at  Stamps and Stencils,
where I re-visited the technique of triple embossing.

At the end of the post  I showed  3 cards using the same Banksy image from Bee Crafty,    This  is to show you some of the details of  how they were made.

The Brickwall layer was made using an embossing folder [Crafters Companion]  Kraft card and Distress inks. Shade with a blending tool then, rub the whole piece,  with the surface of the ink pad, more pressure adds more colour.

On to the fun bit, I made my own mask for the image and swipped  the surface all over with distress stain.

A bit of texture next, with stencil and grunge paste.

More colouring with  some diluted white acrylic. A footstep stamp, then a rub over with White Fire Treasure Gold. Adding one of my triple embossed word plates

For this one I used a Brick stencil  with weathered Wood distress ink,  on the background and some stamping.

I used my home made mask of the image on this  third one. Sprinkled  the card with Brusho Powder and lightly sprayed with water. When it dried out I removed the mask and was able to stamp the image in the in the space. Yes, some of the colour had spread, but I thought it looked okay to use. A little stamping to give the effect of a wall.

The background stamps used were all unmounted and I'm afraid I cannot  for sure name the maker.

Thank you for taking time  to stop by, this was quite a long post. for me.
I do appreciate the comments you leave me.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Inspire ----at Stamps and Stencils.

It is my turn to write the inspirational post today over at
 Stamps and Stencils

These are the finished cards.
I used an Inspired by Banksy stamp from Bee Crafty.

 I hope you will be able to pop over and take a look, I was revisiting a well known technique.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Needlework before housework.

'Sewing and Buttons '
is the new challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesdays.
Lots of ways for everyone to interpret this theme, please pop over
 and see what we have all been making.

I used a Kraft card as my base. With some random stamping using an old hessian look stamped image,  this was also used on the tailors dummy  [A Tim Holtz alterations die cut].  A buttons stencil was used for the layers.

For  the top layer using the buttons stencil, I used a mixture of Blue  and Silver  acrylic paint  [Pebeo]with Glass Bead Gel [Golden gel medium] . The remnants of this mix were used on  the last journal page I showed you.
The trimming all came from my stash.

Thank you for taking time to stop by and see what I made,
 the comments you leave for me are always appreciated.