Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mixed Media Place......"Slow Down Tags"

This month at Mixed Media Place I made some tags, and an envelope to keep them in, to remind me to "slow down".
This was such an enjoyable and almost therapeutic exercise. I only intended to make one tag but once I started I couldn't stop, so ended up with four, and an envelope as well.
Plain manilla envelopes,  7 Dots patterned paper from the Domestic Goddess range and Nature Walk, texture paste, stamps, inks, Ecoline Water Colours, beautiful Silks Acrylic Glazes, Distress Stains, and metal embellishments, all from Mixed Media Place.

Thanks for dropping by today, you know what my message is going to be, just take it easy.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Thorns and Roses "............paperDVIZHNIK Challenge #39

The new challenge at paperDVIZHNIK this month is ........flowers + punk /grunge. Does it get any better than that !!! My 2 favourite things ! All the details are HERE. Play along and go a little wild. 

Combination of water colour and paper serviettes.

To paint the face I've used a combination of Caran D'Ache Supracolor Soft water soluble colour pencils, Ecoline water Colour and Distress Stains

Some "grungy" details. Texture paste used through chicken wire stencil then reverse chicken wire stencil where I've coloured the texture paste with India Ink. There is probably a cheaper way to colour the texture paste using acrylic paint, but I wanted it to be very, very black and the ink worked perfectly.

This chipboard cross was gessoed white then sprinkled with "Stampendous Aged Copper Embossing Enamel". It is so beautiful and easy to use and quite different from their "Shabby" range of embossing enamels. You all probably already knew that, but it was the very creative  Louise Nelson who gave me  the heads up on this great product + a little personal demo x.
Thank you for dropping by. Hope the week ahead is full of creative surprises.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Scrap Around The World..........April : Challenge #12

Hello ! It has been such a long time since I posted.....sometimes life gets busy.
A sad post for me today as it is my last one for Scrap Around The World. Twelve months ago Helen shared her secret of 'a new challenge blog' and asked if I would like to be part of the team.....
"hell yes !!!!"
and I have loved every minute of it ! Creating my own mood board and working with other amazing and inspirational mood boards over the 12 months has been challenging and very rewarding and satisfying.
Thanks for having me Helen xx and thanks to all the other lovely, clever and inspiring girls that make up the team.
 It has been very exciting to watch Scrap Around The World grow. Each month more people are inspired to play along and have a go; commenting of course takes so much longer and choosing personal favourites becomes harder, but it is a pleasure and a joy to observe all the amazing creative talent out there in the world.
This months beautiful mood board comes from Riikka Kovasin and can be both simple or complex. 

Pretty obvious what I have used from this beautiful mood board.

Got a bit hooked on a paisley theme this month....not really sure where that came from, except that I love it.

These are the fantastic prizes being given away this month by our very king and generous sponsors.

$50+ Cocoa Daisy Package plus free postage!

2ND PRIZE - Gift voucher for Mixed Media Place

3RD PRIZE - Scrapmatts Chipboard valued at $25!


5TH PRIZE - A random selection of Purple Pumpkin products, to the value of $15.

What do you think ? Amazing sponsors and amazing prizes; I hope you can play along this month.
Thanks so much for visiting today. Wishing you a fun and creative week.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK Colour Challenge

These are the colours paperDVIZHNIK is challenging us with.  Apart from the Fuchsia, these colours would not be amongst my favourites, and I'm sure I would never put them all together. Having said that, I love how they look on my page. It is this very type of challenge that forces us out of our comfort zone and makes us open our eyes to new, and more often than not, wonderful discoveries.

The very dark red was a difficult colour to match up with. Placing the black tulle over the brighter red came pretty close to it.

Tissue, stamping, stencilling and embossing and some water colour high lights.
Some beautiful DT pages using these colours HERE at paperDVIZHNIK.
Thank you for visiting today. Whatever flowers are blooming in your part of the world, make the time to stop and take in their beauty, it's fleeting.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Our Beautiful World......Green.

You know I love pink, but lately so many of my pages have been pink.  I needed a change, and was inspired by the prompt over at Our Beautiful World this week.
Week #38 is green. 
Have to admit I do love the little pop of red that has found its way into this mass of green poppies.
Trust that little voice in your head that says, "Wouldn't it be interesting if....." And then do it.
-Duane Michals
Thank you for visiting today, have a great week.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Art Journal Page for Mixed Media Place

At last I finally have a chance to post my journal page done for Mixed Media Place ! I want to thank every one who have left me so many wonderful comments on Facebook regarding this page.
The situation in Ukraine has not changed, the threat of conflict and war in the region still sadly and frighteningly grows.
With so many art / scrapbook friends living in Poland, Ukraine and Russia my heart is heavy for you.
Left this page HERE at ScrapBerry's .

War is a vile thing ! No matter where or when or why it happens. I can not help but feel saddened and very worried by recent events in the Ukraine and now also involving Russia. I know I live a million miles away, but today, because of technology, the world is made a smaller place......the images are there for us to see, to be shocked and saddened by, even though  we do not always know the truths behind the images.
  My art journal page is reflective of my thoughts on war..........."There are no words". There are no words that can adequately describe it, and there are no words  powerful enough to stop it !
                 I have used base paper "Drive All Night" from 7 Dots Dreamer Collection. Some stamping and embossing with white, two different stencils used, one with ink the other with texture paste. Lastly water colour paints and red acrylic paint.

Thank you for visiting me today. Amongst the daily grind of your coming week I hope you find some pockets of joy that put a smile on your face and gladness in your heart.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Scrap Around The World.....March #11

A new month at Scrap Around The World, and a beautiful, very soft and feminine moodboard created by Alexandra Polyzou

Created my page on a heavy duty 12x12 piece of chipboard. Added lots of background texture, along with my favourite, a cut up serviette. I love the soft, delicate, transparent look it gives. This is actually a very simple page, and I've made a little photo 'step by step' video that shows how I did it.

A step by step photo video showing how I made this page.

Just look at all these fantastic prizes you could win ! Thank you to our amazing sponsors who are always so generous and supportive !

1st prize - A $50 gift voucher from The Flying Unicorn!

 from Scrap-Unlimited, Dutch Manufacturer

3rd prize - Scrapmatts Chipboard valued at $25!

4th prize - KIT BY 3RD EYE CRAFT valued at $20

5th prize - A random selection of Purple Pumpkin products ~ value $15. 


Hope you can play along with us this month. All the rules and details of the challenge are HERE at Scrap Around The World along with some amazing inspiration from the DT girls.
Thank you so much for visiting today, wishing you a fabulous week.
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