Ale for Alleycats!

TGIF 101 – “Funny animals”… brought out the ‘boozy cat’ stamp from Third Coast RS. I’ve been making ATCs this week for a swap called “The Stamp Moves”. We are 4 per group, making 4 ATCs with each stamp and then sending the stamps to each other in a chain. Once we have made all 4 sets, we send one from each set to the other 3 participants and keep one set ourselves. It’s really fun and so interesting to see how everyone uses rubber stamps differently!

So this little fella is a poser-cat, in his coat and top hat, holding up a glass of beer. The photo doesn’t do him any justice because there’s a lot of detail in the image…

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I’ve also been making my first real handstitched book, despite not having all the proper supplies, because I just couldn’t wait any longer! I’ve been looking at all the books people in the Supernova class are showing and just had to get started. DD is quite fascinated by it and I have promised my first handmade journal to her when it’s finished – she even picked out the cover papers, so let’s hope I make a good job of putting it all together tomorrow!

Your Big Day!

Art Creations Friday have a lovely image from Swan Lake to use and TGIF is celebrating 100 challenges posted (Congratulations Sandy!).  Where did those weeks go???

I have used a small texture painting as a background and digitally added a few embellies and the ballet dancers… just a bit of fun today, as the weather’s good and I plan to dig up a fair bit of the garden while DH is away!!! 😉

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Fairies live here…

TGIFMake a banner… so I did, using a watercolour+salt background, some recycled bits n bobs and the lovely “Fairy Houses” stamps from Home Impressions – funky and doodly!!

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The mesh is plastic (from the Scrapstore); the fairy charm is one of a job lot I bought from Kathy on Etsy; the paisley is Fiskars Rubons – excellently easy to apply! (and you know how I hate rubons!). As Paisley was the Wednesday Stamper theme this past week, I thought I’d enter it for that too!

The tiny blocks bear the legend: “Fairies live here” and the tiny beads stay in place on the wire hanger with the help of a spot of clear nail varnish!! 😉

Using Words

That’s this week’s challenge from TGIF – and Glenda has created a really inspirational Layout as guest host. I’m sharing another Layer painting project with you, inspired in part by Ria’s Toadstools stamp sheet and an idea I had of fairies emerging from a forest and dancing round in swirling circles. They’re there, but not quite… you can see them but only if you believe? The “How I wish” was added because I too, would love to be able to fly in circles, in and out of the light, play tag all day in the forest – wouldn’t you?

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Here’s a closer look at the deatils. The tiny dots you can see are transparent microbeads which shimmer when the light hits them!

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I even put drip lines in!! The surface is an old wooden bread/pizza board, about 9″ or 10″ in diameter. Painting on wood is just as challenging as painting on canvas, but it’s something I seem to have quite a lot of, so I get to practise for very little outlay… such a bonus!

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I am so glad I took the Layer Love class and I’m definitely signing up for Julie’s September Journalling class. I think there will be quite a few handmade journals among my Christmas presents this year! 😉

TGIF – A Piece of Heaven

It’s been blowing a gale and we’ve had torrential rain here today, so I amused myself earlier by finishing a couple of small projects and started to alter a large spoon to create my “piece of heaven” for TGIF. If I had been more patient (and used less polymer gel medium!), you’d see the original version, but I had to re-work parts of this to rescue it.

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I am seriously annoyed at how impatient I am – should’ve gone and danced while it was drying!! It’s not perfect, but it really looks pretty hanging up in the hall… 🙂

The images are like those from the Cupids sheet at Ten Two Studios, just a bit smaller and the text is from a very small, ancient dictionary, using the words “heaven, heavenward, bless and bliss”. The blue wire is curled behind the top of the spoon in a triple loop to make a hanger without any hassle! The dangling stars are from broken pair of earrings.

Just Peachy!

TGIF this week – Sandy’s challenge was very unusual (for me!) and involves “apples, pears and/or peaches”. As I had some website maintenance to get done, I stayed in digi-mode and created this collage, using 20 different layers. I know, that’s a whole lot of layers, even for me!! I also cut images from one of Gaby’s freebies… thanks Gaby!

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I had fun altering the peaches and “drawing” faces on them… then I got the giggles and the mayhem began!! The original background is from Gaby Cajubrasil too – although it’s practically unrecognisable!

I’m going to watch Criminal Minds now and rejoice in the fact that I’m at home all day tomorrow!! 🙂

Sweet Marie!

Here’s a Gothic Arch I created this morning, fitting the GA challenge “Wings” this week and also TGIF – “alphabet”. The central image (Duchess Doll) is from sheets created by Lisa Vollrath at Ten Two Studios, originally designed for the creation of Ribbon Fairies, which are totally charming. Here’s a link to the complete tutorial on Ten Two Studios, in the Project Ideas section, so you can make them yourself… 

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The Marie/Duchess I chose is printed out in black and white and I paired her with coloured wings. She’s tinted with Blue Jeans distress ink, applied randomly with a small brush. I have also used stickers for her name, sticky-backed fabric borders and rub-ons. The mini block alphabet stamp is from MaVinci.

If you are a Marie Antoinette fan(atic!), there’s a whole section of digital and paper products for you at Ten Two Studios HERE.

Ssshhh…!

Art Creations Friday gave us another pretty background to use this week and I also used the lady with pink roses from one of their previous weeks in this piece. I gave her lots of pretty brushes and a cherub to play with and it’s a “secret” (for TGIF), that she prefers white roses. Just a bit of digital art fun and practice!!

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So now the raffle prizes are packed, the fairy cakes (which remain!), are ready to be boxed up and I need to go finish my badge and tiara… I hope we remember to take pics tomorrow – I’m sure we’ll have lots of fun! 😉

Thank God it’s Friday!

“Pin-ups” is this week’s theme (at TGIF) and I chose these beautiful ‘Deco’ ladies to adorn the bamoboo dominos on this cuff. I saw some cuffs earlier this year (I’ll post the link when I can find it again!), and I thought they were gorgeous. I do enjoy working with textiles and mixing it up, so I have been working on this for the last couple of days. Here’s my interpretation:

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And here it is opened out…

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The images and dominos are from Ten Two Studios – available in Mini and Dainty sizes. I like this very much and my next one will probably incorporate bottlecaps and some fancy fibres – similar but not the same!

All the beads are glass from the Dovecraft Colour Collections and the lace, heart, key and fabric are recycled. It’s very easy to stitch the dominos on, as they’re pre-drilled – you just need a long needle or a ‘pokey’ tool!

I’m away to my bed now as DH is fishing a charity 24-hour match tomorrow and Sunday, for which he’s getting up at 4.30am! That means I shall be too… and going straight back to bed as soon as he’s left! I intend to create my head off tomorrow and Sunday as there should be minimal distractions and I’m too tired to even wish to go anywhere!!

TGIF and MIM!

Make It Mondays challenged us to use words of wisdom about art… and TGIF this week challenged us to make Gothic Arch ATCs, so I’ve combined the 2 here in a Gothic Diptych. I love the movement in Van Gogh’s work and he’s always been one of my all-time favourite artists, so it’s only to be expected that I’d use one of his images from The Little Blue Things sheet and a quote by him for the exercise!

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Image: Ten Two Studios, Art Quote stamp: MaVinci, Swirl: Crafty Individuals

The background was cut from a Fairies Calendar, gessoed thinly – which I applied by hand and then ‘fingerprinted’. I dried it off with my heat gun and stamped the Crafty Individuals swirl on the background, doodled round that in black and white, then added my image and the art quote.

TIP: I find inking the edges of skinny and small pieces of card or paper quite fiddly (with my big fingers!), so I now use permanent markers for the edging instead, just running the side of the tip around the edges of the paper/cardstock. A lot less fiddly!

…. I’m out all day tomorrow at Stafford Moor Fishery where DH is taking part in one of the Fish O’Mania heats. He’s the only disabled angler competing tomorrow and I have my fingers crossed for him. It’s going to be a loooong day for both of us – up at 6am, waiting for the 9am peg draw, then set-up and fishing a non-stop 5 hour match… We may get home by about 7pm with a bit of luck. Hopefully the weather will be kind and at least we won’t get wet too!

I’ll let you know how it goes, but I’m taking a book and my gardening magazine, plus a mini art journal given to me by my BBF Barbara, so I definitely won’t lack things to occupy me! Happy days! 🙂