Thursday, February 28, 2008

D is for doodling..

We are up to the letter D in the art journal at It's a Creative World, so I thought I would do doodling. I enjoyed playing around with coloured pens for this page:

I'm also doing a challenge at Itty Bitty Scrap Shack, and it just so happens that the challenge this week was about doodling, but it had to be a double page LO- I really struggled with this, not the doodling, but with the DLO. I really don't like double LOs. Anyway, I had these photos of Emily at Portabello Market in London, and thought about how she is always attracted to the asian/indian stalls. That made me think about doodling paisleys, and that led me to think about those henna tattoos, and so I started doodling along those lines. This is what I came up with:
You can click on the image to see it better.
You can't beat a uniball signo white marker for doodling on black.

So whilst on the subject of doodling -here are some more doodled LOs I did a while back:

Friday, February 22, 2008

A-Z Edinburgh-D

D is for Duddingston Village- a tiny little part of Edinburgh on the south side of Arthur's seat. There are just two picturesque streets of old houses and the Sheep's Heid Inn- a very old inn with two old skittles alleys out the back-(said to be haunted, although there were no ghosts when we peeked in.) Across the road from these is Duddingston Loch-home to lots of ducks ansd swans. Then rising from the end of the road is the hill that leads up to Arthur's seat. It is a bit of wilderness almost in the middle of the city. If you walk over this hill you would end up at Holyrood Park, the Palace and the Scottish Parliament building. There is also the Duddingston Kirk, but sadly the gates are locked, apart from when there is a serivce on Sundays. But behind the church is a hidden gem that I discovered- a secret garden- Dr Neil's garden. This was a private garden built on the shores of the Loch and bequeathed to the public on the death of Dr Neil. It is now run by a trust and is open to the pblic, but I'm not sure how well known it is. It is not signposted, and when Emily and I discovered it, we were the only visitors. Most of the photos we took that day were in the garden. It is not as its best just now and according to the gardener is at its best at the end of April, early May. I will certainly be back to see the rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom.

You can see more photos in my A-Z Edinburgh gallery on the right sidebar.
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

A-Z Art Journal. C is for...

Colour and canvas. I've never painted on canvas before so this was fun to play around with. I just painted the spectrum around a circle using acrylic paints, then put the canvas through my printer to add the quote. It looked a bit sparse so I decided to over print it using foam stamps and acrylic paint. I made these stamps by adhering funky foam diecuts to an old cd cover. I discovered that printer ink is not waterproof and bleeds when stamped on with wet paint! When the paint was dry I highlighted the stamped image with gold pen. I am quite happy with the result- it's very pretty. I then adhered it to black card and added some gold doodling.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Thought I'd post the LOs I submitted for Scrapbooker of the Year.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


I've been tagged by Julie

It's a tag with a difference


Here are the rules:

1. You have to post the rules before you give your answers.

2. You must list one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name. (If you don't have a middle name, use your maiden name).

3. After you are tagged, you need to update your blog with your middle name and your answers.

4. At the end of your blog post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and that they need to read your blog for details.)

So here goes:

J- JOB- yes I have a fulltime job- as an outreach teacher for preschool children with Autism.

E- EASY GOING- nothing much gets me wound up- if anything I'm probably a bit too laid back.

A-AUSTRALIAN- born and bred, but I've lived in scotland for 19 years now, and love it here (love OZ too though!)

N-NERVOUS (struggling here with 'n') I'm nervous around heights- I don't like looking down from tall buildings or going on cable cars-really would rather have two feet firmly on the ground.

So that's 4 letters (glad I have a short name, so I need to find 4 people to tag:


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

B is for...

B is for Bright, bouncing brayer, faux batik! This is the 'B' page for my A-Z art journal. I have had some queries about how this was done, so this is what I did.
First I stamped a Heidi Swapp stamp with embossing ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. Then I applied ink using them bouncing brayer technique from Splitcoast stampers. Then I heat emossd the image again, this time melting the clear embossing powder-this causes it to soak through to the back of the paper, making it disappear from the front, creating the faux batik look. I love this technique- it's so easy, yet so effective!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Yes it is!

Well I bought The Scrapbook Magazine, and yes it is true. I was one of the runners up in Scrapbooker of the Year, so that's exciting news. Also in other news just as exciting I have been given a place on the Scrapbook Sisters design team, so I'm really looking forward to making LOs for them. Oh, and I have this LO in this month's Scrapbook Inspirations, so all in all it has been quite a scrapping few days from me.

This is a LO I did quite a while ago. The call was for pages using stamping, and here I have used Autumn Leaves flourish stamps, and Butterfly stamps. The butterflies were stamped on vellum, embossed, then painted with watercolours mixed with iridescent medium.