Saturday, November 26, 2011

More cards

Here are a couple more Christmas cards. I really like the white one-I'd be delighted to receive this card! It looks simple enough but actually it has lots of lovely layers and textures.

Here are a couple of close ups so you can see what I mean:

 Embossing, layering, glitter and gems:

This one has layers too, but I'm not so keen on this one:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Some cards

Way back in about May, I had a commission, out of the blue, to make some christmas cards for Creative Cardmaking magazine.
It came as a surprise because I don't consider myself a cardmaker, but the editor wanted some ornate, heavily embellished cards-both traditional and modern in style. It was a bit of a challenge in that at that time of the year there was no christmas stock around in the shops, so I had to make do with old stash, and think out of the box a bit.

So here are some of the cards I made:

This one has hand dyed flowers- I  think I used coffee!
Lots of layers and distressing!

 The next one had a recycled thing going on-packing tissue, corrugated card and book paper:
Again, lots of distressing and inking!

 And this one with a lovely cluster of flowers and leaves and wire and mesh-some of these bits came from a christmas decoration...

 Only thing is-they are going to need careful packing if they are sent by post!

I did enjoy making these, even if they did take me more time than a card ever should!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Collage art journal

So I'm still enjoying collage style art journalling.
This page started after a scrapping session when I randomly stuck on some papers-I did this on a number of pages. Then, another time, when I had stamps out I stamped randomly on this, and a number of the other pages too. So now I have a number of pages waiting for journalling. It's so easy to do this, as it's done in small chunks of time, very quickly, with very little thought given to what I use, or where I place it.

Then, when I'm ready to journal, I have a number of pages that I can choose from, and quickly add some words. The writing makes a big difference to the finished look of the page, don't you think? These are just random thoughts-no literary works of art here!!
And finally, a bit of colour added with my favorite journalling medium-watercolour pencils-so easy to get out and apply, so easy to add that splash of colour, and a little drop of water to blend.
See, this collage journalling, it's all about ease of use, so it's not a big creative, artistic endeavour. It's just quick, easy and fun!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A new layout..

This layout was made with November's kit from Scrapagogo.
I think there are some left for non subscribers if you are quick. The kit, 'Chic Boutique' is gorgeous.
Take a look at the gallery to see how versatile the kit is. It always amazes me all the different looks and interpretations that can come from one kit. I used to think that getting a kit would mean having layouts that looked like everyone else's, but not so. Everyone puts their own spin on the products and everyone comes up with unique layouts so that it is hard to believe that are all from the same kit!!

This layout is to celebrate how well Emily did last year coping  with all the demands of living away from home for the first time, managing her money, meeting new people, passing first year at uni, and doing an independent trip to Paris. Emily was very young to start uni, only 17, but she really has managed so well. I'm so proud of her!
It must be due to excellent parenting !!
My favourite thing on this page are the Prima Tiny Trinkets-little black metal and glass charms. It is possible to disassemble them to personalise them, but I loved them as they came, so just clustered them together for impact.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Art journal

I am really enjoying art journalling now that I've stopped trying to do paint, and started using paper instead!
Kind of collage journalling really!
So this is a simple page. It started out with some patterned paper, and then I found the title, and the picture in a magazine. I chose the picture because of the red hat, which reminded me of this poem:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other peoples' gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

by Jenny Joseph

And so I made it a page about age, with a quote from Samuel Ullman.

The quote really resonated with me. I still think I am a young person.
Sometimes I get a shock when I look in the mirror, and I wonder who that older woman staring out at me is!!
Sometimes I am really saddened to think that I have more years behind me, than I have in front.

But meantime, I mustn't dwell on that. Instead I must ensure that I make best use of every day, and that I maintain a youthful approach to enyoying my  life.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

More Stash Busting...

Following on from my earlier blog post about using up your stash I am going to show you another layout which is full of  layers, designed not only to create a lovely detailed layout, but also to put a dent into your stash pile at the same time. Remember that paints and inks are part of your stash and these can help create layers of interest without adding to the bulk of the layout.
For this layout I started by using a doily as a mask, and spritzing it with Glimmermists. This was my first layer.
My next layer was shaped the patterned paper, the tree sticker and the music paper.
Then came the small doilies, the diecut circle, the lace, and the cut paper flowers:

 After that came some transparency scrolls, the photos, and more lace.

 Finally it was time for the embellishments-the wooden bird, cage and frame, the fabric flowers, and die cut leaves, the clocks and key and transparent butterfly. Lots of layers, lots of texture, all without looking over the top, or being too bulky!

And finally, while you've got all your stash out, make a card- uses more stash, and you won't have to scurry around making a card at the last minute, some time in the future!

Do you have any stash busting tips? Leave me a comment and let me know!