Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year my friends.    Don't forget to put 14 at the end of your dates from tomorrow, not quite so bad now as it used to be when we wrote cheques, remember those?

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year.

Here is the 2014 calendar I've been sharing with you over the holidays.   For all of next year it will sit on my desk.  Common theme each page has been stamped somewhere and each page has an element(s) from the Graphic 45 calendar pads.

Sharing this with:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - New Year/New Baby/New Beginnings
Creatalicious Challenge - 2014 Wishes (Each page is a wish)
The Crafter's Cafe - Happy New Year
Just us Girls - Photo Inspiration, my 2014 calendar is all about one minute past midnight.
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything Goes
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Vintage Winter/New Year

Monday, 30 December 2013

November, December

Here are the last 2 pages of my 2014 calendar.    It has been so much fun making these and all because of a magazine cover gift reminding me of a graphic 45 pad in my storkable pile from 2012.

Each page has been cut down to fit a holder so the pages each measure 5 6/16" x 4 11/16".   I've used papers from my dp mountain (always a challenge) elements from the two graphic 45 pads and rubber stamps.    Distressing techniques, ProMarkers and on this November page Alcohol inks all played a part.

December is the only page with embossing the greeting is heat embossed with gold ep.    More tissue was torn and applied here as well.

All that remains is for me to wish you a very Happy Christmas 2014.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Interrupting the Calendar show and tell

To share a little card I have made today.

I do not get a lot of time to play these days or to join in with many challenges but today I've managed both.   Less is More are looking for our favourite challenge from them.   For me CAS is all about one layer, added to which I am first and foremost a rubber stamper, their One Layer Use a Rubber Stamp was made for me!     This dragonfly is stamped in Chocolate Brown Memento,   For shadow and to colour the 'gaps' on the wings Cream ProMarkers and then to make it pop a little Raspberry Pink.   Not perhaps the names on the ProMarker Pens but good descriptions of the colours and they happen to be the colours for the Fashionable Stamping Colour theme.


Hello back with 2 more pages of my 2014 desk calendar.   September is the end of summer, beginning of autumn.    Traditionally it is the time of gathering and preserving.  Preparing for the coming of the lean times.

It is also a time of rich colour ripe, yellowing green's warm oranges fading to browns.   Some of my favourite colours and  combinations.    It is paper pads with these colours that draw me in as well and I was able to use two different pieces on this September Page.

Will just add that Stampendous stamps are gorgeous I've used then more than once in this project, but the so called cling on the back is hopeless and I will be stripping all mine down to the rubber.
So October.    This has become linked for the whole month with halloween.    Halloween 31st October the day before All Saints Day in Christian calendars.    Almost certainly this is another of those traditions whose roots go back to pre Christian times.    Imagine a world with a population less than 1/10th our modern world, one without electricity, running water, brick houses, glass windows. Mud and Wattle homes on bare earth, shared with your livestock.   A fire for heat and cooking, small related groups of people in settlements surrounded by the fields they farm.   Happy people whose days are spent living laughing and sharing.   Night falls the air grows chill, these same people huddle in their homes for warmth and comfort.   There is a small wood nearby here live hogs, maybe bears and wolves.   Hunting animals whose noise travels across the fields into the huts.    Come morning the world is garlanded with spider webs glinting with dew in the morning sun.    These were people whose spiritual world was populated by many goods and spirits and other beings who walked the earth at night when people were safely tucked up in their homes.    Early Christians descendants of pagan people lived in very similar circumstances and shared those same traditions and community memories giving rise to old superstations running wild during the night before All Saints Day.     Most cultures have a day such at this but a whole month? someone is making a lot of money!

Goodness where did all that come from!   Back to my October page more of those wonderful autumn colours and stamps from Basic Grey I just love the delicate web and the fun spider so pagan or not they have decorated my page.

Hiding in My Craft Room (an old favourite of mine) have a new challenge Anything but Holiday.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Moving into the second half of the year!

The calendar pages I'm sharing with you have now reached the height of summer.   Lazy beach side days in the sun with cooling dips into the sea, don't forget the sun screen.    The Crafty Individuals bathing beauty is the perfect image for July, combined with a background plate of shells from Personnel  Impressions.  Lots of DI, Adirondack and ProMarkers used here of course.

Thought I'd share July with Allsorts - Brown, Blue, Aqua & Turquoise.   And being just a little out of the box CMC Copic Challenge - Holiday Themed, which holiday is not specified.

August, usually the hottest month here in the UK.   The sunflower holds a mirror up to the sun turning it's face as it does toward the sun and with its wonderful frill of flame yellow and orange petals.   Little more was needed for this page just some more torn tissue, a fancy cut calendar page and the sweet little Graphic 45 tag.

Surprise no challenges that August qualifies for LOL.    You have now seen the first 8 pages of the calendar, 4 more to go as promised all pages will be shared here before the end of the year.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Late Spring Early Summer 2014

Happy Christmas everyone, have you had a wonderful time so far?    Did you get things on your wish list?   The IMPs and I had a lovely quiet lazy day with more of the same today.   The calendar has now been completed and the picture quality improved.   Here are the pages for May and June.

May is purple filled with butterflies.   The main butterfly has been stamped onto tissue paper and carefully cut out.  

June is just plain hot.   Well that's what we all hope for isn't it!

For the back ground here I used a cut down page of DCWV paper cutting slots to fit the calendar slip into.   Might just be getting better at using DPs.    The stamped flower around the edges is La Blanche.   Lots of hot Adirondak inks blended over and then lifted off the petals of the stamped roses with a water brush.

We are taking a break at Craft-Room and Challenges for Days but impressively other challenges are carrying on over the holidays.    Thank you very much to those teams your dedication is very much appreciated.

4 Crafty Chicks - Getting' Tropical
The Crafter's Cafe - Happy New Year
Inkspirational - Anything Goes

Monday, 23 December 2013

March and April

Two more calendar pages for you this evening, March early blooms in purple and green.   I'm really pleased with the Card Craft dress maker dummy kraft tags, this is one of the smaller ones which needed nothing more than a stamp and ProMarkers.

The page it's self is a cut down from the freebie 6" x 6" pad.  I've managed to do it so that only the top right corner with the bee is obviously an add on.

April, my Birthday month, Green my favourite colour and stamping something I always go back to.   April then is a homage to Spring new life and vitality.   Green DI on Green card, image stamped in brown Memento and coloured with ProMarkers.

Looking at challenges to share these with and found:

Crafts-too challenge you - Monthly theme the natural world, the 'twist' any winged thing.

and that's it, there are a lot of Late Christmas challenges and heaps of anything goes.  These are just for sharing but not to be entered into a random draw so I'll pass for now.

I pop another couple of pages up in a day or so.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Ahhhhhh that's better

Some real playtime!   There has been so little me time recently, it's the slimming diet and actually having to cook food and then clean up the mess!  What with that, Challenges for Days, The Craft-Room and Unruly PaperArts squeezed into week-ends and evenings of winter days paper crafting just for the joy of it has been taking a back seat.   Until this week-end that is!

Our desk Calendars at work came in these clear holders.   Rather useful and far to go to waste don't you think?   I'm collecting as many of them as I can going to be fun doing things with them.   Might as well start with a new calendar.

This is January.    Poor quality pictures I'm afraid blame the light.   Graphic 45 pad from last year with calendar pad from this year.   Stamping of course then distressing with various inks.    Printed papers are a bit of a mystery for me, love them have pads of them but struggle to know what to do with them.   Fun then coming up with ideas for 12 pages.

Here is February.    Used the Tando Creative hearts mask for the back ground and lots of distress inks.   There is some water splattering on this page as well.

All in all I've made 8 pages so far, the rest will have to wait until Wednesday or Thursday.    I'll share the all with you between now and the new year.

For now I'm sharing January and February with:

Crafting when we Can - Countdown/Calendar
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Suger Creek Hollow - Recycling/Repurposing

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Craft-Room , Favourites

Would you believe that this is our last challenge of 2013?   As a team we are taking a little break over Christmas and so after this one our next challenge will be 7th January 2014.

Debi, enjoying a Summer Christmas in New Zealand, is our host for this challenge and the very generous Crafty Individuals are our sponsors.

And what you ask is the challenge for this time?   FAVOURITES!   Taking her queue from her favourite season Debi asks us to share our favourites with her and explain why it is a favourite.

Like so many of you at this time of year I'm a little short on time and thought I might have to miss this one until Debi explained that any favourite would work including for us the DT our favourite team sample for this year.    Well that helped and I was quickly able to narrow it down to about 26!    Seriously I reviewed that year one evening and what a trip down memory lane that was and what talent on display both from the team and from our followers.   So I slept on it, one tag A frame card kept coming back to mind more than any other project, this one.

The mica powders on the craft card have such wonderful natural tones, the feather is one I picked up on a walk and kept because of it's beauty.    The little Kaiser Craft tree embellishment left naked the string and little metal bee charm all very natural and calm.   This is such a peaceful, restful tag and enjoyable for just that reason.

Which brings me to the point, what is your favourite technique, image, style or maybe old project?  We would love to see it and learn more about it so please bring it on we are all ready and waiting to visit for the last time this year.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Playing Cards

A few people have asked for more information, which is encouraging so I'll try to explain more.

The idea is not a new one, sets such as the one I'm proposing are made every so often when a group of artists get together.   The results are unique and very special, but this art form/charity fund raising is not that well known.    There is a market for playing cards, playing cards are collected and the 'industry' is supported by the Grand Order of Cardmakers one of the London Guilds see at the Lord Mayor's Parade every year.    When and if we are able to start on the project I will apply to the guild for advise about printing and marketing.

Any and all artist medium and materials can be used the only thing to consider is how the end result will look.   We will be designing playing cards, these are printed flat and on one layer.   So laying and texture will be reduced to one layer in the process.   That is not to say the original cannot be layered or dimensional just that it will not be reproduced that way.

Animals represented?   I'm researching endangered animals and would like to find 4 far flung creatures to represent.    Ideas so far are Amur Leopard, Sumatran Orangutan, African Wild Dog, Eurasian Lynx but there are so many other animals on the edge or close to it that no final decision has been made yet.

The cards do not need to fully depict the animal or an accurate drawing of it.   It is the sense of the creature which needs to come across, of course to avoid confusion for card players there needs to be enough of the animal represented to make the suite identifiable but not in any particular style.   So cartoons, line drawings, distinctive features, habitat with maybe just a glimpse of something identifiable will work.

I'd like the charity to be a small one where the funds raised will help make a difference.   However as my artist friends are from all around the world it might be that only a larger international charity will be fair.    That is something still very much under consideration.

Hoping you will join in, let me know in a comment or on face book.