Saturday, 16 September 2017

Hello All and welcome again to my crafty blog.

just a quick post of my latest journal page which I posted on the Maremi's Crafty Cafe Facebook page.
A nice place to post anything you create with great support and feedback..

My journal notebook is not really meant for art journaling and I need to stiffen the pages with additional layers. I use  paper napkins, strips of backing paper, drywall tape :-) and in this case just plain old tissue paper that I had stamped and written some words on. Adding the layers seem to help the page hold onto the adhesives and prevent tearing.

My first layer was the teal green acrylic paint, which I distressed with some gold inkpad and brown ink pad to 'dirtie' it up a bit.  I drew the branches in with pencil before going over the drawing with a brown marker and the black fin liner to add definition.  The cherry blossoms were stamped  and highlighted with a copics pen and I added the bird as a focal point.

Doing a lot more art journaling these days. Very freeing and gets the creativity flowing...well I think so. If you haven't tried it yet I recommend it.  I think art journaling can help with other craft projects because it does  help to break the rules  now and then :-) .


 Many thnks for you visit today, your time and comments are appreciated.

See you next time.

Anegela X

Saturday, 15 April 2017

J is for Journey - Maremi's Creative Cafe

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

My post today is an ATC for the  #52Cafe Cards challenge running at Maremi's Creative Cafe.

Each week there is a new challenge based on a letter of the alphabet and my first entry is for J for Journey. I think anyone can join in and take part in the current and previous challenges.  Some very creative people here!

This challenge is good for me to help me get back into my crafting as work and home ( is houework ever done?) seem to take up a lot of time and energy, not to mention Mojo sapping.

 The make is a standard 3.5inch  x 2.5 inc ATC covered with some wrapping paper I had in my stash. The suitcases are cutouts from a magazine and the sentiment is  again from my stash from way back.

Baby-steps back into my crafting. I am certainly going back in for another letter to keep the creative juices

Thank you for visiting today. Your time and comments are always appreciated.

Angela x

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.

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.


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