Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Journal52 - Aromatherapy

The prompt for this week on Journal52 is Aromatherapy.  I made my page by water colouring the background and then adding some scraps of flowers that I have had for years, and adding a suitable quote.  I changed my mind about the butterflies after I had stuck them on but couldn't peel them off again so they have to stay!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Gruffies & Guests Ch#14 - Anything Goes With the Option of Love is All Around

I have just posted the halfway reminder for Gruffies & Guests' 14th challenge - Anything Goes With the Option of Love is All Around.  Pop on over to the blog for all the information on how to enter and the fab prize to be won this month.

Friday, 20 February 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - February

I'm impressed that I've made the February tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 before the end of the month!  I really enjoyed making this using his patchwork collage technique and will do this again to use some of my millions of scraps!  As always, this is my version using what I have in my stash, not necessarily the same as Tim used!

This is Tim's one.

I am also entering this for The Artistic Stamper's 'Love' challenge.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Journal52 - Valentines

Our prompt for this week on Journal52 has been Valentines and I have just got my page made at the last minute as the next prompt will be out tomorrow!  I've used sprays and Distress Inks on my page and some Tim Holtz words and stickers in an effort to use up some of my large amount of stash!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Happy Anniversary!

I made an anniversary card for a relative and went for less is more on this one, which is very unlike me!  I used Distress Ink, a Martha Stewart punch and HOTP stamp.

I am entering this for the Butterfly Challenge - Butterflies plus R is for Ribbon.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Journal52 - Windows

Our prompt for the 6th week of Journal52 is Windows.  I have made my journal page using a photo to make my window of a place we went on holiday to for many years.  This is the view I would like to be able to look out of my window to every day!  The words are from the song By The River by Groove Armada which always reminds me of this place.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Journal52 - Television

The latest prompt on Journal52 is Television, and I decided to make a wildlife page symbolising wildlife documentaries which I enjoy!  I had a great time inking and stamping and watercolouring with Distress Inks for this one!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Calendar Challenge - February

The two words that we must incorporate on The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge for February are Red and Hearts.  I have altered my beer mats using some K & Co bp as a base and then inked and stamped with Festive Berries Distress Ink.  I have used one of my favourite Crafty Individual stamps for the main image and went with that version of 'love' rather than the romantic version!

For those wondering, I don't live or work in a pub!  I bought a huge pack of 100 beer mats some years ago and have been steadily working my way through those ever since!  I might even have to purchase some more as I love working on this size so much and I am running very low!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Beer Mats and Cereal Boxes!

I took part in The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge last year, and each fortnight I altered a beer mat for the current theme.  Having got to the end of the year I needed to make something with them all and decided to do a book, so I made pages for the book from cereal boxes and found some more quotes for each one to stick on the opposite pages.  Here are a couple of pics of the completed book.

An example of the completed pages.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Journal52 - Sillhouettes

Our prompt for week 4 on Journal52 is Silhouettes, and I am pleased to say I am keeping up so far! My page this time is all Distress Inks, no sprays this time.  I always seem to think of this stamp when Silhouettes are mentioned, although I think I might need to invest in a new black ink pad fairly soon as it looks a bit pale!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - January

I've decided to have another go at Tim's 12 Tags of 2015.  Last year I managed 6 so hopefully I will get round to making them all this year!  My January one is my version of what Tim made using what I have already got in my stash - and the best bit was the paint splattering at the end!  I do enjoy doing this immensely and did it in the bathroom but did have to clean the sink afterwards as it too was splattered!

Here is what Tim made!

I am also entering this tag for my old challenge blog, the Alphabet Challenge's current challenge which is Y for Year - I hope this counts!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Calendar Challenge - January

The Craft Barn's new challenge for 2015 is a Calendar Challenge, and each month we will be given a colour and a word that we have to incorporate.  This month we have Aqua and Snowflakes.

Anyone who followed me on last year's challenge will know I like to use beer mats and yes I have decided to use them again this year to make a small pocket book calendar!  At the end I will bind it with my Bind It All.  I have decided to make a perpetual calendar so have typed out all the months and dates to cut up and use and I found an ideal Crafty Individuals stamp in my collection to use for the first challenge.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Journal52 - Conversation Starter

The prompt on Journal52 this week is Conversation Starter.  I was stumped for a while as to how to go about this one, but then remembered a conversation with my mum last week about her plans for the garden this summer so that seemed a good one to go with!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Gruffies & Guests Ch#13 - Anything Goes with the Option of Buttons and/or Bows

I posted the halfway reminder today for Gruffies & Guests Anything Goes with the Option of Buttons and/or Bows Challenge.  As usual there is a fab prize to be won so pop on over and take part.  For my DT work I made quick ATC which could be used as a topper for a card also.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Journal52 - Just Be

The second prompt on the J52 challenge is Just Be.  I have finished my page with time to spare for a change, I doubt I will be able to keep this up though!  I used a mixture of sprays, inks and stamps for the background and found that my Posca white pen still works even though I haven't used it for a while so that is a plus!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Journal52 - Pathways

While blog hopping the other day I came across a challenge that I would like to take part in this year - if I can keep up with it!  It is a weekly journalling challenge called Journal52 and the prompt for week 1 is Pathways.  I have made my journal page using inks, sprays and stamps from my collection.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Q & L Challenge - Faith

We have reached our final challenge on The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge that has run all year and I am very proud of myself for keeping up with it all!  I have yet to complete my book that I am making but that is first on my list for after Christmas!  Our words this time are Faith and/or Harmony and I chose Faith for my altered beer mat.  I had a stamp in mind when I chose the quote and then realised I had already used it for another mat so luckily had another stamp I could use instead! (Crafty Individuals one).  The quote is by Rabindranath Tagore.

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my blog each fortnight.  I am looking forward to seeing what the new challenge is going to be in January!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Gruffies & Guests Ch#12 - Anything Goes with the Option of Blue and Silver

I have just made the halfway reminder post for Gruffies & Guests Anything Goes with the option of Blue and Silver challenge.  For my DT work I made an ATC using scraps of paper and some HM stickers.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Q & L Challenge - Risk

We are up to the penultimate themes for The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge which has been running all year.  Our words this time are Risk and/or Heart.  I chose to use Risk for my altered beer mat. The quote is by Plutarch.  I am making a book for all my beer mats which is coming along slowly and probably won't be finished now before Christmas, but will be one of my first jobs afterwards!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Q & L Challenge - Journey

Our two new words on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Journey and/or Friendship.  I chose to use Journey for my altered beer mat, but was a bit miffed when I got my Tim Holtz stamps out to use for this and found that yet another set of acrylic stamps had disintegrated - a bit of wheel fell off this one.  I won't be buying any more acrylic stamps I've decided, I've lost count of the stamps that I have had to throw away because they fall to pieces - and I do clean and store them properly!  This quote is by Drake.