Thursday 29 October 2015

A trip to the dark side on All Hallows Eve

This page was created with digital images  in MCS  from a Mischief Circus set 
and  a  found  photo of a terrace of houses.
It is for  my  10 x 7 inch journal and will be printed out as soon as the printer decides
 it likes doing what I ask it to do today..

This was the photo I used and some of the images.
The quote is one of Edgar Allan Poe's.

I hope this is not too scary for the girls at Art Journal Journey,
where this months theme hosted by Sheila  is............
I have to admit I  prefer  the row of terraced houses in colour, but as I said ...
its a trip to the dark side of Halloween.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Layers and papers with flowers for you.

Our new challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays  is to use
''Lots of Layers''.
There are some fantastic examples  showing how we all interpreted this theme
 and the types of  layers we used.
 Please pop over and have a look and get all the details.
I chose to use matting and layering for my card. using graphics 45 papers and coloured card stock.
The edges were roughed up using  my trusty blunt scissors 
and  given a wipe with good old Vintage Photo distress ink. 
Some burlap  flowers and snippets  were my added extras.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today, I always appreciate your comments.

Saturday 24 October 2015

When I grow up I want to be..................

A  mainly digital collage page today,
with Lizzie who would love to be an Architect when she grows up.
She dreams of becoming famous and designing tall buildings.
Its good to have dreams.

Lizzie is going off to visit with
Art Journal Journey
where Sheila is hosting this months theme of

This is where it all began with a water coloured image.
Sorry I don't know the maker, my unmounted stamps  always seem to end up without the original wrapping.
I took a photo, then  used my Craft Studio program with some stored free images to create this page.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today, i always appreciate the comments you leave.

Thursday 22 October 2015

Halloween Hanging

It is my turn for the inspirational post over at Stamps and Stencils today.
I do love to recycle packaging when I can.

On the left is one of the stages, 
 please pop over here to see my step by step 

I would also like to enter  this over at
the challenge for October is a Wall hanging
 or Tic, tac, toe.... I think this fits the top line as well ....Halloween, Black, It flies.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today, I always appreciate your comments

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Claude and Isobelle

Another journal spread with the added addition of some digital extras.
Most of these are from Mischief Circus.
I think Isobelle is quite upset when she sees Claude's latest painting.
She tells him that she always looked beautiful in the paintings he did when they were young and alive.

This is how it all began. A sprayed ink background, home made purples and black.
A selection of Tim Holtz stencils , I used modelling paste with the Cracked glass one on the left side of the page.
The two skeletons were also a stencil  from Artistcellar.

There is still another week  for you to join the Halloween fun at Try it on Tuesdays, hope you can join us.

Thank you for taking time to call and see what I have been making,
 your comments are always appreciated.

Sunday 18 October 2015

Butch and Mimi

Been having a playday today using some new stamps that slipped into my basket 
when I was in Yorkshire recently.
This happy, handsome  couple comes  from a new  Dylusions set. Their legs from an old set.
It was a sprayed ink background self mixed,  using Turquoise Brusho powder.
A variety of stencils Tim Holtz and  new mini stencils from Thats Crafty.
I did use distress inks for most  these and  modelling paste  on the Damask,  I rubbed it over with gold gilding wax when it dried..
The quote along the bottom reads....
''me and you stuck like glue'',
 if these two ever had an argument, I think Mimi would come out tops.

This is how they looked when I had a play with the photo I took , adding some digi elements.


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Friday 16 October 2015

A night to remember for AJJ

Hannah has had quite a night  on the town celebrating a significant birthday with her friends.
As it is near Halloween the City is getting ready for the event.
The local witch is testing her broom
 and the Ghost ship is just about to dock at the quay.
She has taken this photo to add to her album of memories.

This digital page started off with   photos  of the area, taken at night,
in  Newcastle upon Tyne,
 with added stored digital elements and colour changes.
taken on the Quayside. It shows a number of its many bridges.

is the theme this month at Art Journal Journey

This photo taken  when the Tyne bridge was being built ...

A Royal opening by King George V .... in 1928

It was a bustling busy place for shipping back then.
In 2015 there  is a total of 7 bridges to take you across the  river Tyne
 in the space of one mile

Now the quayside  is a popular place for dining  in the many restaurants 
and  to meet with friends for a social night out.

Higher up the River Tyne is this single carriage way bridge at Newburn
built in 1893 and is the nearest bridge to where we live,  for crossing the river

Thank you for visiting me today , I hope you liked seeing  the old photos.

Tuesday 13 October 2015

All Hallows Eve

The new challenge theme over at Try it on Tuesdays is...
Its Frightening -/- Halloween
We hope you will join our Halloween fun.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.

Its All Hallows Eve and Madame Skeletonia is taking a walk at the witching hour.
Not sure I would like to meet her on a dark and stormy night.
This  mixed media page was photographed, then I took it into a digital program
 to add the splashes and border

The first layers to this journal page were water colour washes .
Next the background stamps with  the main image stamped onto tissue. Indigo Blu and Stampendous [the skeleton lady]

Only a little Black Soot distress ink shading at this stage.

The next stage was to add some texture using
  stencils and  paste,
 the web was a Tim Holtz stencil.
When dry  I added a few spider webs and words [Chocolate Baroque stamps]
Built up the colours with Distress inks, Black Soot, Peeled Paint.
Finally covering the textures area with White Fire Treasure Gold.

I wasn't sure which version I liked so decided to show you both.

I would also  like to share this page with  these  challenges.....
Our Creative Corner  The theme for October is --Halloween Horror
Eclectic Ellapu   The Purple teams challenge theme  is..Halloween/dark/horror.

Thank you for calling to see me today, I do appreciate the comments you leave.

Friday 9 October 2015

Paris, city of dreams for AJJ

This journal spread has been made for  the latest theme over at
Art Journal Journey  ----Architecture

The pages were coloured with  some paler distress stains. 
Next was to stick down a couple of pre printed images with Paris scenes just visible in the background.
Some stencils to add texture [Sheena and Tim Holtz]. I used a little silver gilding wax when dry 
to highlight these, it proved realy difficult to get a good photo. 
The stamps used for the windmill etc, were also Tim Holtz.

Thank you for  calling to see me today, I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Autumn Ball

Welcome to the Autumn Ball in Spooky Hollow
Everyone is partying and getting ready for Halloween.
Claude has been reunited with Isobelle, Oh boy! can these two dance.
Poor old Henry has had one too many and is settling down in the corner,
the legs have gone but he can still do the hand jive.

The page you see above has been digitally altered in MCS using stored freebie images.
 The Border is from  a Mischief Circus set .

This is how the page began in my journal..
Lots of distress inks and paints for the background, until I was happy with the shades. 
The skeletons dancing is a stencil  [Artistcellar],
a selection of other stencils and stamps from Chocolate Baroque and other makers.

There is still another week to join in the fun at
 where the theme is  Autumn.

Thank you for stopping by to see me today, I do always appreciate the comments you leave for me.

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Maggie's home town

Maggie's is the Queen in her own Magical world.
Well that's what she thinks when she  goes out walking with Oscar, her cat.

A journal spread with a few digital additions.

On the left is how the page looked before I added  the extras after taking this   'before',  photo.
The background was coloured using Brusho powders.  Some assorted  stencils added using distress inks.
The house images are Paper Artsy and Queen Maggie is a Stampotique image.

This is my  first take on the new theme  for October at.....
  Art Journal Journey
'Architecture '.

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Thursday 1 October 2015

Stamps and Stencils Challenge and a BLOG HOP

What ever it is make it 3 D.

This is our new challenge theme over at Stamps and Stencils
 hosted by  Sue
Please pop over to see what we made and get all the details.
The Blog Hop
start is over at  Stamps and Stencils.

I love to alter boxes when I have a special gift for someone.
This one is approx 6  x  2.5 inches and 2 inches deep.

After giving the box a coat of white acrylic, I used a stencil [Tim Holtz]
to add texture to the top and sides.

While waiting for this to dry I stamped and fussy cut some flowers and leaves.  [Sheena stamps , Wild Rose set]]

Now for a bit of colour and an opportunity to get messy.  At this stage on embossed surfaces, I usually  add directly from the bottle and rub in with  paper towels,. I hear you gasp at the waste of paint, but this goes onto a journal page as a mop up.
The colours I used were  sage and Vintage Lace.

I used some Pebeo Empire Gold gilding wax  on the lid.

The flowers were coloured with Aqua Tint pens.
A little shaping and a light touch of the gold wax and it was ready to assemble.

.Adding gold highlights and making a 3 D  project is not an easy item to get a good photo  of,  but I hope you get the process. 
Altering can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be, I  hope you will give it a try and join us at Stamps and Stencils. 
We are also having a
If you have arrived here from our Main Challenge Blog you are in the right place.
This is the secret word letter
 you are looking for here,  'A'.
Now you will need to visit
to collect your next letter.

I would also like to join these challenges with this altered box......
Rhedds Creative Spirit ----October challenge
Altered Eclectics...........October challenge
Country View Challenges.........Add some texture

Thank you for calling to see me today,  Have fun blog hopping.
I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.