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.


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

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Art Journal Page - Love Cherish Respect

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today I am posting a recently completed Art Journal Page titled Love Cherish Respect.

My Mojo has deserted me and I am desparately seaching for it everywhere, bit I think I am on the trail with my Art Journalling.  :-)

This page started out totally different to how it ended up. But that is the beauty of Art Journalling.  It is a wonderful messy, creative and fulfilling process ( for me anyway) that you don't know where it might lead.

 The page was prepared with Gesso to give the acrylic paints and inks somthing to cling to.Some acrylic paint mixed to create the background and the stamping was done with Tuxedo Black from Memento Inks. I cut out the heart from red card and used Modge Podge to adhere it to the page. I made a template from a sheet of clear transpareny film ,cutting out a tile pattern, and dabbed black ink over to get the irregular block effect.  some distressing with  tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink and black markers pens with a white gel pen completed the look I was after.

The layer of Modge Podge to protect the finished page created a nice sheen to the page and produced a great canvas texture as a bonus.

Love Cherish Respect

Hope you like my attempt at Art Journalling.  I've got the bug for this and I have some ideas for new pages.  Like I said, seem like the Mojo is finding it's way home.

Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on my blog.  Your time and comments are much appreciated.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!

Angela x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Scrap-Page - My Mam's 80th Birthday

Hello  and Welcome to my crafty blog,

I have not blogged for such a long time as I have (had) lost my  Mojo and time and life kept getting in the way.

However, I could not let  Mam's 80th birthday pass without posting a scrap-page to celebrate the event.  A surprise party lead to a great evening with lots of relatives and friends who gathered to wish Mam all the best and many happy returns of the day.

Use Photoshop to change the colour photo to black and white and made the banner and chevrons usibng the eye-dropper option in Photoshop from the colours in my sister Julie's top (extreme right). Effects to the banner were applied from the Photoshop photograpic effects button.The the lettering is from a Bella Gypsy  digital kit called Forever Family.

Happy Birthday Mam!

Just a  short post today. Sunday is long walk day and lazy 'doing stuff' day.  Enjoy yours.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Dragon's Lair Designs - New Kit - Francheska

Hello All and welcome back to my crafty blog.

It has been a while since I blogged last and a lot has happened since. Not the  least of which was the death of my lovely mother-in-law Jane. Althought we knew that the day would come, we were not prepared for the sense of loss and the grief. It takes time to find a way back to normality and to get on with things again and I am grateful for the crafty friends and colleagues who have been so patient  and supportive during this time.

It is nice to get back to blogging with the new kit from Dragon's Lair Designs. The new kit is called Franscheska and it is full of those deep and sumptious colours that reflect Autumn and the changes it brings.

The kit launched a couple of days ago and you can check out the link below to take you to the full Francheska collection at Dragon's Lair.

My DT piece for the launch is a double page layout using the a backing paper  and some of the embellishments from the kit.

I was inspired to do a double page layout from some articles in magazines I read recently. The double page layout has real impact and decided that the backing paper from the kit is so vibrant that all I needed was to add a photo and some of the contrasting embellishments.

I quite like the result, especially how the Francheska backing paper makes the photo pop.  I am looking forward to working with the new kit on my DT projects in the coming month of November. Lots of ways to use the kit not only digitally as above but with traditional papercrafting too.

Check out the link to the Dragon's Lair Designs on-line shop to see the full range and find us on Facebook to take part in the group and challenges.

Thanks stopping by to read and comment on the blog.  All comments are read and appreciated.

Angela X

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Craft For the Craic - August Challenge - A craft Item never used before.

 Hello and welcome to my card-making and craft blog.

My post today is my DT make for the new challenge which started on Friday 1st of August and runs for the month on the  Craft for the Craic challenge Blog.  The theme, as the title suggests, is to use an craft  item never used before. 

I did struggle with this as most of the craft items I buy are opend as soon as purchased. Then I hit on the idea of trying the 'bleach dyeing' fabric technique using some acrylic stamps to apply the images.  This is something I've wanted to try for ages and I had even  bought a couple of cheapie t-shirts ( approx 6€ each) so the expense was not too great if the project failed.

I must point out that not all fabrics are suitable for bleach -dyeing  and can be damaged in the process, so be careful and maybe up-cycle an old t-shirt or buy an inexpensive one to test on. Wash your stamps as soon as you can to prevent any breakdown in the acrylic and dry thoroughly.

You will need:
ordinary bleach
some kitchen roll, folded into a rectangle,
a shallow dish
your chosen stamp
a piece of strong card
to place inside the t-shirt to prevent
he bleach soaking through to the back

Extra items you may want
cotton buds
coloured ink pads with ink
suitable for stamping on  fabric.

To begin, please protect the surface you are working on, as bleach is pretty unforgiving when it spills or splashes (trust me I know).

I used the folded kitchen paper in the shallow dish and soaked in enough bleach to create a 'stamping' pad. Don't make this too wet as you can get drips and smudged images on your fabric.

From a hand-drawn skull image I cut out the negative shape that I used as a mask and made sure to retain the eyes to mask this part of the image and keep it free from bleach.  I should have used stronger card for this, as during the stamping process the copy-paper soaked  in a little extra bleach and some of my stamping is not as sharp as I would have liked.

I was doing well with the stamping when disaster struck. I hit the OPEN bottle of bleach and only caught it after the spill had left a large splodge of bleach on the sleeve left sleeve.I tried to mop it all up quickly, but the bleach was working fast. So I had no choice but to carry on and as a finish I splashed some bleach on the right sleeve. :-)

I used the cotton-buds dipped in bleach to draw the outline of the image to define the shape and dripped and made some splashes Happenstance !  It didn't look too bad.  Sort of grungy, cinco de mayo type of look.  I like it !!

When you are finished, leave the bleach for about 30 mins to dry and neutralise and then you can wash the garment.

The completed article.

You could also use the inks suitable for a sort of second stage stamping to introduce colour into the areas you've bleached . This is what I did with my second attempt with the pale  pink t-shirt.
The second try at the bleach-dyeing with a lighter coloured t-shirt didn't  show up well, so I hunted out some of my ink-pads and checked that the ink was suitable for use on Fabrics.

I used the same stamp to bleach out the  Butterfly image and then stamped the image again with the colours. I treated the images with a couple of colours to see how it looked and the colours seemed blend fine.  When the ink is dry, iron the garment  to set the colour and prevent the colour washing out in the wash. I used an old clean tea-cloth on top to prevent the ink staining the iron.

Colours blending well.

At the    Craft for the Craic  challenge we are looking for your Never Used Before Craft Item  and this was a first for me.  I am definately going to use this technique again to jazz up some tired tops and look around for some stamping ink pads to increase the colours I can stamp on the fabric.  With supervision, this looks like a great art activity for kids.

I hope you give it a go and have some fun.

Remember to pop along to the  Craft for the Craic blog and see the makes from the other DT members. Take time to check out the challenge rules and get crafting and get your entry in.

Thank you for stopping by to visit and read my blog.  Your time and comments a truly appreciated.

Angela x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Craft for the Craic - July Challenge - My Favourite Colours

Hello and welcome to my card-making and crafting blog.

I am posting my DT project mid-month (thanks to Eithne and the other DT members at Craft for the Craic), lots to do work-wise and not enough time.  Seems like an age since I actually made something, so I was so happy to get inky and start crafting again.

The  Craft for the Craic  theme this month is ' My Favourite Colours' and I found it difficult to chose.  I would normally shout 'BLUE' and be happy , but since we have relocated to the lovely Lough Ree in the heart of the Irish midlands, I am facinated with the colours produced by the sun-sets on the lake and the wonderful combinations that nature creates.

My favourite colours seem to change every evening. My card is my attempt to recreate one of these sun-sets.

You're on my mind

This is a 13 x 9 cm note-card with a fold  along the side.  I used a selection of the Tim Holtz 'Ranger Distress' inks to create the blended background making sure to mask off a circle to make the moon.  I tried to mirror the colours, working from the ends of the card and graduating the colours toward to middle. My foreground was created using  a torn paper with a jagged outline and some Vintage Photo distress ink.  My lonely bird stamp is from a Papermania clear stamp set and the sentiment is from Verve stamps ' Heartfelt Thoughts'.  Not bad for restarting my crafting!

So now it's over to you. Please pop into the   Craft for the Craic challenge blog and see the wonderful DT projects to inspire you and get your entry in.  It is important to check out the challenge blog rules and make sure your entry complys. 

So Good luck with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your entries.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. Please leave a comment , I love hearing from you.

Angela x