Friday, 4 January 2013

In the footsteps...

So ....the start of a new year and I can't believe how long it is since I shared anything here. I have been devoting my crafting hours lately to learning how to paint with watercolours which wasn't actually what I set out to do but the mixed media course that I signed up for turned out to be something completely different to what I was expecting! I did however learn some very useful techniques and in the meantime I also discovered a fabulous artist called Moy Mackay when I was in Scotland in October and my artistic journey took another detour. I can't claim that this is a completely original piece of work as I used her excellent book and image to create it but I am really pleased with the result and now that I have got a handle on the techniques I can't wait to 'paint' some more felt pictures. Watch this space....

Linking up here:

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Owl Trio

No cards to share at the moment as I have been well and truly bitten by the Mixed Media bug but I just wanted to share what I have been up to. My daughter and I went to Ikea recently and we spotted an owl picture there which she said she liked but it was a really commercial print of a mixed media owl and I said I would do her an original which she was chuffed about. Which left me wanting to experiment a bit more with these fantastic birds which seem to be everywhere at 
the moment. So here they are and I'd love to hear what anyone thinks. 
This one is only about 5" by 5" and is painted with acrylics and oil pastels
 This one is the Ikea inspired owl which is winging it's way to Emma and her new flat that she and her partner Dan are moving into in a couple of weeks.
Joining in over here: things with wings always anything goes splatters and splashes owls

Friday, 10 August 2012

Mixed Media Medley

Morning All and what a beautiful morning it is, the kind of morning for hanging out load after load of washing or does that just make me sound like a Stepford wife?
Anyway as the Cardmadfairy has decided to take a break from challenges for a while so we can all persue other things I have decided to share something different this week.
Inspired by my multi-talented big sister Jenni, the one on the left of the photo,I have been doing a bit of art journelling this week. I have watched a few tutorials on Youtube and wanted to try Dyan from Art from the Heart's bleaching technique but as I haven't bought any of her spray inks yet I had to find an alternative method. I found a really good tutorial on Youtube using paint, a stencil and babywipes which I think worked really well and gave me the effect I was after.

As I was really pleased with the way the page turned out I decided to use the same ideas for my daughter's birthday card. I used an image from a website that shares free vintage images and made a mixed media backing for it as well as adding a bit of extra doodling to the image itself.

 I would like to enter the following challenges. animal and flowers things with wings vintage use a digi for a female things with wings

Friday, 3 August 2012

Flower Power

Hello All had a lovely week off in the Yorkshire Dales managing to choose the best week of the year for weather luckily. The only disappointment was discovering that Art from the Heart in Harrogate was closed for the week. Jenni and I had planned to spend a lot of time (and probably money) there. On the plus side we have decided to book a workshop there and visit without disgruntled husbands tagging along so all's well!
Now time for a new challenge from the CARDMADFAIRY and this time she is asking for creations using digital flowers.
 Just to be a little different I decided to use a heart shaped digi image and turn it into a flower I love making 3d flowers and I always like to try and think outside the box! I resized the image and printed enough to make two sizes of petals and extra for leaves.
The backing paper is from a free pad by Pinkpaislee called Spring Jubilee which came with the Cardmaking magazine. The paper had so much detail on it I didn't want to layer anything on top but I felt it needed a little definition round the edge so I stamped and doodled a bit. Then I cut a piece out of a doilly and doodled round that as well.
The button in the middle of the flower is a lovely vintage one which really catches the light but unfortunately the camera didn't pick it up very well. Finally I added the bird and sentiment which were both from freebee sets, got to love those freebees!
Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for the challenge, there are so many fabulous digi images to choose from. Find the CARDMADFAIRY ones HERE.
Also entering these fantastic challenges: flowers things with wings bird is the word summer anything goes doodling always anything goes distressing signature style(3d flowers)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Cold Enough for Christmas!

This is going to have to be a really short post as I am trying to pack for a holiday at the same time as writing this as well as cooking a chilli and .......well I'm sure you get the picture.
The challenge this time over at The Cardmadfairy is CHRISTMAS IN JULY.
And of course it has been nearly cold enough for Christmas BUT fingers crossed the sun has come out at last and we might be lucky. The image I have used is called Snowbaby's Tree and it can be found here.
Have fun and I am looking forward to seeing all your entries.
Also entering the following: Christmas in July, with a tag Christmas in July in July challenge
Clear It Out! Christmas In July, Use up Red & Green stash 
Crazy Amigo Challenge free theme Christmas in July, use a die cut.
Jackson's Digital Expressions anything goes + use colouring media (promarkers) Christmas in July

Friday, 22 June 2012

Girly Girl

This weeks installment is coming to you from a speeding train heading north to Scotland where I am planning to spend an all to brief weekend staying with the Cardmadfairy herself and celebrating our baby sister's birthday. As you can probably tell from the card I have made she is not really a baby any more! 

I was really pleased when my new copy of  Homemade magazine came through the letter box with a free set of papers and stamps on a seaside theme as my sister actually lives at the seaside. I used one of my favourite Cardmadfairy stamps called 'all dressed up' and reversed its usual orientation, coloured it with my trusty promarkers, built up a scene with the freebees and coloured up some wooden numbers I have had for ever. Hey Presto job done!

Our new challenge at the Cardmadfairy this time is 'Girly' not an unusual theme but a very popular one,one of my favourites in fact, so I am expecting to see lots of fabulous girly cards etc. Have fun!
Also entering the following: banners & bunting (use something old, numbers) Summer Summer time fun beach the great outdoors

Friday, 8 June 2012

One for the Boys

Morning All, the end of a lovely half term break......if you're a duck! Actually that's not quite true, I've had my lovely daughter Emma home for a visit and she and her sister and I have had some fun times including a day in London mooching around Camden, our first visit there but definitely not the last. Then a walk up the Mall to see the aftermath of the Jubilee celebrations which was rewarded with a glimpse of the Queen as she drove back to the Palace after lunch. Actually I lie,  Emma and Rachael who are both quite tall saw the Queen I saw the tip of the pennant on her car! 

Anyway on to the new challenge at the Cardmadfairy which is linked to the upcoming Fathers Day celebration. So a card for Dad or a male. Now when I make cards for Jenni's challenge, because I rarely sell them, I try to make sure I can use them for myself. My wonderful father died 29 years ago so I have no need for a card for him but I do have a very musical family so a card featuring Zac, who you can find here, will be suitable for at least 4 of them! 
I used the sketch at cardabilities as a starting point and because it  features so many layers and stripes I decided to chop up the image for a change. I used a set of papers I have had for at least 4 years plus some Basic Grey and Tim Holtz and I made the little star buttons out of shrink plastic. I can't wait to see all the wonderful creations by all the amazing crafters out there.
I am also entering the following challenges. man up distressing lots of layers boys and their toys going dotty use forgotten stuff anything goes male card male card a card for a man