Friday, 31 May 2013

Manon's Paper Saturdays

Hi you all! It's weekend, so hopefully time for you to relax.
For Manon's Paper Saturdays I have made a masculine card. It is a variation of the bendy-fold card. You can find a tutorial to make this card here at Splitcoast Stampers. I altered the size and form a bit to fit my masculine card.
I cut the form from cardstock, and glued the Graphics 45 'perfect gentleman paper to it to give it more stability. The reverse has been lined with some script patterned paper. The gentleman hanging on to his hat is from GeckoGalz' 'sharp dressed men' collage sheet.
The card can be folded flat and put into a 6x6" envelope to send.

This is fun and easy to make, and makes a card that is a bit different.

Have a great weekend you all, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Paint Party Friday and Piarom's Mix-it Challenge

Hi everybody!
Another week is done and dusted - wish I could say the same for my place! - and it's time for Paint Party Friday again, hosted, as always by Eva and Kristin. And Piarom has started a new challenge 'Mix it monthly', where the theme this month is  ' Yellow vintage girl goes Picasso'. She gave us as inspiration a photo of a fifties girl in a butterfly hat, and a beautiful 'Picasso' which she painted herself. I have incorporated the butterfly hat of the vintage lady, and some parts of her painting, cut up, into my journal pages. I have painted them in my giant journal, the spread is 60x42cms. I used a spread I started over a year ago, and didn't like, and now it is finished at last! It was rather hard for me adding all that colour, I didn't like it at first, but afterwards I just loved it - still do! The background has been made with book-page snippets, stencils, and various colours used over wet gesso, which tones them down a bit. The yellow and pink and bright blue went on top and it really made it pop. I have used various magazine cut outs for the face, body, eyes and mouth, which have then been doodled and 'improved' by cutting them apart etc. I am a compulsive magazine page ripper, and have to tear out pages I like. Of course, I do not do this in the waiting room at the doctor's. Well, not if anyone is looking! 'My' faces have also been jazzed up a bit with colours and patterns, I think I will try to get my eyebrows looking like they are here, that would be fun. The rather controversial quote is from Harlan  Ellison.

I'm sure I can't remember painting those eyes just there!

This was great fun to make, in spite of the colours, and I really was surprised what a difference they make, and how good it looks with layers of colours one over the other. Thanks Conny, for the inspiration to this challenge.

Have fun party and a great weekend,  take care, and thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

In the Fairy Tale Woods

Hi you all! It's back to normal here - cold, grey, wild and wet!
Hope it is better where you are!
The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show is 'Into the woods', and for me that means the woods of the fairy tales, where everything is possible.
I have made a multi-layer card, where the middle layer is folded and fussy cut so that it pops out when the card is opened. The top layer is a sort of 'window'. I printed the back layer first, using stamps from Lavinia. The front has been stamped several times using a LaBlanche tree stamp in different green shades to give more depth, and then over-stamped with  Lavinia stamps in archival black, which once again gives depth to the picture. The middle 'pop-up' layer has been stamped with a unicorn, a magic door leading to - I wonder where? and more trees and plants which can't all be seen. Red Riding Hood and the talking deer are meeting each other here. How do I know it's a talking one? Ask it something, and you will see. The wise owl and another deer are keeping watch at the entrance to the Magic Wood, they don't let everybody in!

Also linking to the Anything Goes Challenge - make your own background
and Frilly and Funkie -holiday destinations through a window

I still need to perfect this sort of card model; when I have mastered it myself I will do a tutorial if anybody is interested.
Hope you enjoyed your journey into the land of magic!

Have a good day, take care and thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Tag Tuesday Tags

Hi you all!
They told us in the News yesterday that we have had the coldest and wettest May since they started recording the weather - funny, I would have noticed it even if they hadn't said anything! But today (Monday) it stayed dry, the sun came out, and it was quite pleasant. Let's see how tomorrow will be.

Here are my tags from the last three weeks, for R, S and T

R is for rust

S is for sea, shells, starfish, sunshine, seaweed - could be wishful thinking!

T is for time, type-fonts, typewriter, and travel, and also for three, tags and Tuesday:

and this week we have arrived at 'U'. U is, of course, for Mr Umbrella Man!
(I had to smuggle him in somewhere, didn't I?)

Have a good day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Vintage and roses

Hi you all!
I have made a Layout for the challenges at OOAH (photo) and Artful Times (vintage).
I have used a photo of my Great Aunt Fanny. I know I have used her photo a lot, I just like it! She loved pretty things, flowers - especially roses -,pink and wearing a flower in her hair, so I have tried to get all these things into the LO.
The background paper (prima) has been stamped with a rose motive  and my script stamp, both from LaBlanche . All other bits and bobs were in my stash. The photo has been cut with a Sizzix oval die.

I am also linking to Pan Pastels Challenge, 'bling it'

Have a good day you all, and thanks for coming by!

When will summer show her face?

 Hi you all. It's still really cold here, but, the weathermen have predicted that it will get warmer - it will also be very wet, windy and stormy, but I suppose we can't have everything!

The theme over at Moo-Mania is to make a storage or box for Moos. I have made another of my pocket books, and filled it with a selection of Moos. I used the leather look paper again for the covers.

 One day I might manage a photo with clean fingers!

I used designer papers from Anna Griffin.

And I have made some more journal pages for the 'Challenge yourself' theme at Art Journal Monthly. My challenge was to make something light and sunny to make up for the missing summer. Every time I painted something last week I wiped  the brushes and the remaining paint here, which gave me a basis which only needed a bit of background stamping / stenciling, and I used some Artemio stamps for the grass and plants over the green paint at the bottom of the pages. I added a little profile of summer, with flowers in her hair, and the two other figures made with stencils. I think a lot of us are asking ourselves the question I have asked! It was fun doing something a bit lighthearted this time!

I like how the colour used for the stencils has remained a bit transparent and still shows the background.

Here's wishing you all a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for visiting!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

More mini books for Paper Saturdays

Hi you all! It's still very cold over here, hope it is warmer where you are!
Today is Paper Saturday at Manon's blog, and I am sharing 2 more little books I made. Each is made from a single sheet of 12x12" paper, and folded and cut a bit to bring it into book form. The spotty paper is from Graphics45, the other one from 7 Gypsies. The first one has been decorated with a spirit doll, and for the second one I used a wooden embellishment from crafty Emblies, which has been polished with Inka gold in copper. The covers have been varnished to make them more durable.

Have a good weekend, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!