Sunday, 19 March 2017

Colour Inspiration - Robins Egg


Hello and welcome to my craft blog.

Time to try something different methinks!
I was inspired by the photo taken in the garden yesterday when we discovered a beautiful Robin's nest in one of the bushes we were about to chop. At this tinme of year it is always worth checking before you start taking bushes and trees away.  The nests are well hidden and can be difficult to spot so take care. We were happy (well my husband is) that we have to suspend gardening until the nest is clear and the birds have fledged.

The colour of the blue eggs against the perfectly woven nest and the surrounding greenery is a true inspiration direct from nature. I am inspired to get crafting again, maybe a card or two....or more  :-)

Join in if you want and let me see what you have created using the colourselection below. You never know I might be able to russle up a prize for the first name out of the hat.
I 'll add my makes when finished.


Look forward to seeing who takes part and what the makes are like.



Many thanks for stopping by and visiting today.  Yout time and comments are appreciated.
 

Thanks
Angela XX

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Mixed Media Canvas :- Everything Stops for Tea

Hello and welcome to my craft Blog.

My post today is a recently completed Mixed Media Canvas inspired by the great mixed media representations of  tea-cups and tea pots you can view on Pinterest and other arty web-sites. There is a huge amount of inspiration out there and some very clever crafters.

My canvas was one from an older project that I was not happy with so I got out the Gesso and reclaimed/ recycled the canvas for this new project.
I created texture with scraps of paper and roughly painted background. I also used a template and texture paste to add interest with the scalloped edges and then went over the canvas with standard acrylic paints, mixing a few colours to get the effect I was after.

The cups are from a hand-drawn template I then used to cut out the cup shapes from patterned paper.  A little destressing and highlighting later the cups were ready to adhere to the canvas. The 'Everything Stops for Tea' letters are from my stash. The  painted red hearts were added to make the finished canvas ping a little.

All in all a lot of inky, painty, messy fun!



 I think this is not too bad for a first attempt and I am lining up another canvas for a make-over :-)


Thanks for stopping by and visiting.  You Comments are welcome and appreciated.

Angela  xx

Saturday, 10 September 2016



Hello all and welcome to my crafty blog.


My Mojo came back for a visit this week and the paper and paints came out ot play .

My post today is an A4 sized  distressed, rusted effect creation. I had tried to make the rust effect some time ago, but I had lost  the 'touch' and I needed to get practising!

This piece started out with a rough cover of structure paste on a 220gsm piece of paper to create a tectured surface, which when completely dry, I washed over with an orange coloured paint.  I followed that with stencil from Plaid 'Folkart'' to buld up a nice design and more texture. This was then treated with a wash of green paint, wiped over to allow the orange to show through. I then build up the layers with blue, brown and orange paint mixing in some medium grain gel to create the crumbly rusting.

I do like the finisned result!
Now on to the next project while my Mojo is in town.







Thanks for stoping by to visit and don't forget to leave me a comment.  I love to hear from you.

Take care.

Angela

Friday, 4 March 2016

What if I fall? Oh my dear what if you fly! Mixed Media Canvas




Hello, All !

A quick lunchtime post today of a Mixed Media canvas I created a short while ago.

Stamped tissue paper on  canvas. Painted  and stamped again and coloured with Copics.
Not sure who to credit with the sentiment, but it is one I really like.

This was great fun to work on and I recommend the process to anyone wanting to try mixed media. Go for it !


Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. Your time and comments are greatly appreciated.

 Angela x

Friday, 1 January 2016

Digital Scrap-page : Puppy Love

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

First things first...

Happy New Year and Best Wishes For a Wonderful 2016!

Looking forward to a crafty, creative and fulfilling 2016 and getting down to getting a lot more crafting done.

My first post on the first day of this new year is a digital scrap-page using a combination of papers and elements from the Bella Gypsy range of digital kits.


The subject of the page is this sweet photo of Alex with his pit-bull puppy Gypsy. Such a cosy photo with the boy and his dog snuggled up in a blanket was too cute to pass up.

I kept the layout simple as I think the photo was standout on its own. The black and white image sits well with the faded blue of the background paper and the the red elements add a bit of interest to the page. Love these Bella Gypsy kits.


Once again  Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I appreciate the time and value any comments left

'til next time

Angela  xx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

I am posting today my card for the Craft for the Craic challenge 'Colour Inspiration'. My Mojo has departed for sunnier shores for the summer and I have been struggling with getting crafty again. The photo inspiration challenge has got me moving and I am pleased to have created something to blog about.

The Craft for the Craic challenge is are asking you to craft anything you like in whatever material you like, that incorporates the colours in the photo below.

I made some colour blocks to help me focus on the colours. It came in handy.





Here is my card for the challenge. 

'My Heart is With You'  is a 5x5 Kraft Card base with a cream and and patterned  backing -paper background. The Go Kreate die 'Frilly Square' inked with Ranger distress ink ''Peeled Paint'  and then stamped with Crafty Individuals text stamp in Rhurbard ink. The heart was die cut from yellow card stock with the edges distressed with the Peeled Paint ink. I hand cut the label which was stamped with a sentiment from Verve Stamps.



'My Heart is With You'


The challenge closes soon so pop over to the  Craft for the Craic challenge blog and check out the great DT makes for inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Your time and comments are always appreciated.


Angela x

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Art Journal Page- Rumi Quote

Hello and welcome to my craft blog.


Carrying on in the Art Journal vein my post today is another journal page inspired by a qoute I heard whilst driving to work. The reader was reflecting on a friend who despite having dedicated her life to serving the less fortunate in the worst places on the planet, was taken from her family and friends with a fatal illness. The qoute stuck with me for a long time and after some searching I found it. The persian poet Rumi as some wonderful things to say and they all come from the 13th century.

OUT BEYOND



The page was made  around the time of the centeniary of the First World War, and the poppies, a symbol of those who dies in the war,  and the qoute seemed to fit together. We were remembering those lost in the Great War amonst whom was my great-uncle Patrick of the Royal Dublin Fusilliers.

 In memory of Lance Corporal Patrick McGeough
died November 5th 1917 Croixilles France



I was still experimenting with the ink and paint and had not discovered Gesso as a great prepation medium, but the page still held it colours and a coat of Modge Podge should protect it from harm.

I still love this creative process and I have a couple more in various stages of development.


Thanks for stopping by to visit and comment. Your time and comments are appreciated.


Angela x