Wednesday, 30 March 2011
For the middle I stamped a Hero Arts image onto frosted memory glass and embossed. I then added stickles and glued it to a sheet of clear acrylic adding a backing with another piece of memory glass. The silver edging is foiling. After the foiling was done I cut out around the edges and added the ribbon. It is simple but I was trying to create a floating effect with a bit of elegant. what do you think? Now I am off to see what else I can get done and prepare for my class tomorrow before my eyelids give way. Hope you all have a wonderful evening and thanks for stopping in. Angela
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
This week the theme is "Altered Frames" so the sky is the limit. the main rule is to go and have fun with it.Here is my contribution to the team. I hope I can do them proud. Since I have just joined the team, I did not have much time to create it but anyone who knows me, Knows I work best in those circumstances.
So, Has that got you a bit interested in joining in the Challenge??? Now hop on Over to the Try it on Tuesday Blog and checkout the rest of the teams inspirations and then join in by adding your own. I cannot wait to see what lovely ideas will show up.Here is what I started with. Just a plain black frame I picked up in a dollar store back in the states and this picture of Belle at the Eiffel tower was my inspiration. First I removed the metal insert and painted the frame a dull black and brown. In place of the metal I used a printed paper(sorry I Cannot give details on it but it did not have any printed on) The paper was then crackled with clear distress crackle. It is then hit with a heat tool to get the edges to curl and buckle a bit to look worn. I added some brown bead cording to mimic the texture from the photo. the cards are made using Tim Holtz classic Mini stamps inked with black then blended with Old paper and walnut Distress inks. The edges are then crumpled and worn with a distressor. The organza flowers are some that I made with Michele and Janet at the retreat this past weekend. I just love them . The other paper flowers are some old primas that I cut down. I will post a simple tutorial on this in a day or so as it is a good way to alto all those old flowers. The swirls are wires dipped in glue and flowersoft(Ivory). The leaves are from prima too but since they were a bright green I altered them by adding Picket fence Distress crackle paint and then inked them over with Walnut. On the top cluster I trimmed a piece of lace then added some fibers and charms. the Eiffel tower charm was silver so I added some gesso and then inked it. The Paris stamped piece is cut from a portion of a stamped paper again using the Tim Holtz Mini classics and placed in the Tim Holtz Pin. If there is any technique you would like to know more on please just leave me a comment and I will try to pull together a tutorial or quick post. I really hope you liked the inspiration and will be able to join us over at the Try it for Tuesday blog. I am looking forward to seeing all your altered frames this week. Now I am off to finish my cleaning and get a bit of crafting in before heading off to work. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!
Sunday, 27 March 2011
So What was the retreat all about you ask? Well we began on Friday with a bag full of supplies and a box. This retreat was so much fun and packed full of tantalizing techniques in every turn. Friday we made our box and learned lots of layering techniques. Here is Belles Box. And here is my completed box.
And inside.....packed full of some of the goodies we made over the weekend. (Sorry for the turned photo, Blogger seems to not like this one) There were so many techniques over the 3 days and we came away with some really wonderful items and the best part was that everyone had made totally different things. Michelle and Janet just showed us a technique and we went at it. The hands were inky the fingers painty and the artistic concentration was in full swing throughout the room it was awesome. I have to say I think this was the most relaxing creative weekend I have EVER been to. We even managed to fit it a little shopping with a trip to the stamp Man on Saturday. Inbetween all the wonderful techniques of course.
If you are looking for a artistic getaway where your imagination is the limit then you have to check out the next lovin Ink retreat scheduled in September. I would definately make a return trip...I am hooked. Oh almost forgot, We were also treated to a wonderful series of Meals from Chef Andy who also spent the weekend with us. There was so much freshly made food we were definately well fed.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
1 What makes you scared? List your top 5
2 Use a scary colour on your background.
3 Use paint to stamp with.
So here is my page...
I used Tim holtz Halloween and Christmas stamps with white acrylic paint for the branches and webs. I then used paint to fill in the branch middles. The Bug stamp is from Lovin Ink and embossed with Moon glow Emerald obsidian EP.
The prompt for week 12 was "Home"
1 What does home mean to you.
2 Use a picture of a house on your page.
3 Use a heart stamp on your page.
And here is my page for this weeks....
This is the quilt I made that is headed over to the states to my new little nephew. I love this pattern from Cath Kidston.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Here are some snippets of the goodies.
Picked up a few more Pro-markers to add to my collection. Also restocked on Dylusion paint. Found some fun Satin ribbons to use in my upcoming classes at the school and also found some Prima paper pads, More Moon Glow EP's, TH Tissue tape, White paper roses to Colour and a white pen.
Here are some of the stamps we got(Sorry the picure had a mind of its own and turned on me when I uploaded it, annoying Blogger)Here we have some Dylusions Art Journaling stamps, TH Botanical stamps, Vintage Planes, A fun mesh(Have a beachy idea for this one) and a cute bee(Belle liked it). We also got some texture folders to play around with.
Feathery snake(Year 1)
We had just gotten the pictures on Friday Red nose day before the kids took them home. They have done such a great time with this theme at school. We made Push/Pull toys and stuffed toys too. I will see if I can nab a picture of them. For the infant class they are really doing an amazingly creative job.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
I used pictures of us dancing from our wedding both in fancy dress and then in our normal clothes. Once we got to the reception place for the BBQ we changed into comfortable clothes. For the lace flowers I used some of the original lace flowers from my dress(we cut it up years ago to make a Christening gown for my daughter). The background paper is of unknown origin(no name on it)I then layered Some Burlap, Mesh and Denim stitching it all in place. The large lace piece goes under and then folds partly over the side. The large roses and white non sequin flowers are Prima, While all the others are either from my dress or handmade from Denim scraps. The chipboard letters are from Girls paperie. The "Denim" title is hand drawn, coloured with Pro-markers and stitched. The Lace Doily is from a lace shop in Amsterdam or was it Brugge? The pearls in the prima flower centers are also from my dress. The Skeleton leaves are from my stash as is the misc lace. Leaves are Prima.
Here is a closeup of the "Lace" title. I layered some Primer, with bits of mesh cut up and Distress stickles Rock Candy. The little blue roses are made from bits of Denim scraps.
Here is a close up of the "Denim" title and more of the flowers. I also added little wire twists and swirls here and there to the Flowers.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
I used Stampotique girl(with scissors and heart)stamp along with stamps from Tim Holtz and mesh stamp from the Stamp Man (Christmas set). The Dog is from a free set from a card/papercraft magazine awhile back. The background is done using Dylusions spray inks and water. I also added 2 little butterfly charms.
I am really mad I smudged the top square on the card as I was placing it together. Me and my inky fingers. ....
Now I am off to wash up the dinner dishes. Thanks for stopping in and have a lovely evening.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
-List seven things you did last week.
-Provide evidence for at least two of those things ( eg. till recipt, bus ticket, car parking ticket)
-Use an old calendar as your background
And here is my page....
Luckily last week we were still on holiday so there was allot to chose from. Normally my week would be pretty bland. I used Graphic 45 paper to accent the page as well as a photocopy of a calendar page(I did not want to cut up my calendar)I also used Distress stains, Tim Holtz stamps and some doodling. I included a copy of the stamp from my passport and copy of receipt from Disneyland for the 2 items of proof. Not one of my most favourite pages but I did get to play with some products and make some mistakes in the process. Oh well better next time.
Next is my ATCs for the ATC Swappers march Swap. This month the theme is green in honor of St Patrick. i did not have anything Irish related so I opted for some green bugs on a mix of green leaves.I used a mix of Distress inks and Moon glow embossing powders with stamps by Tim Holtz(leaves) and Lovin Ink(Bogs). The bugs are done in 3 layers to make them look a bit more realistic. I like the way they came out. Hopefully they are green enough. They are a bit greener in person than in the photo.
Now I have to go bake some biscuits for school tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
The first card is the simplest. I used different distress inks to create the rainbow effect. I then stamped the zig zag stitch in each colour using the Distress inks and Tim Holtz stamp. The butterfly is also from Tim Holtz and embossed with clear powder.
The quote reads:
If you hear a voice inside you say
“You cannot paint”,
then by all means paint,
and that voice will be silenced.
-Vincent Van Gogh
I Inked the background using Tim Holtz Distress stains. I then stamped the background using one of his stamps and embossed with Light green Moonglow. After that I embossed the same image using Emerald Green Obsidian Moonglow. The Butterfly is from Tim Holtz and stamped on a plain napkin then coloured using my Pro Markers and decoupaged in place. I then added another layer of the same stamp on clear plastic and coloured with Alcohol inks. this was then added on top to create dimension. this is one that looks better in person. I inked the edge of the card using the same Alcohol ink.
The Quote reads:
Sometimes you just have to take the leap
And build your wings on the way down.
My final card is my favourite.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Week 7's prompt was: BOOKS
-List your top 5 books...what & why
-Use a quote from one of them on your page.
-Use an old book page as your background.
and here is my take...
I used an old book page on the back then added some inked and torn papers and some paint. The bottom picture is from my Napkin Collage kit(US Artquest). I also added some stamping with Tim Holtz stamps and distress ink. The quote I used is from "The diary of Anne Frank". The horse is a hand drawn doodle in black ink. It was hard to choose just 5 books because I love reading and have many favourites. I chose 5 from childhood.
Week 9's prompt was: FASHION
-What was/is your fashion disaster and what was/is your favourite piece.
-Use some fabric on your page.
-Use a picture from a magazine.
So once again here is my take. (Sorry my camera over flashed causing all the black to fade out in the photo, it looks more solid in real life. My camera is acting up again)
I used some lighter Dylusions paint scraped across the page to begin with. I then added the magazine cutouts and stamped images from Tim Holtz Halloween stamps. The title and umbrella tops are also cut from magazines. The skirts on the skeletons are made of fabric clippings. The accents are done using 2 colours of Dylusions paint and scraping them onto the page with a plastic card. The misc black accents are added with a ink pen. I am really not a fashionable person so I did not have too much journaling. Hopefully the page tells the story.
So that has been my crafty venture for the day. Belle had some friends over today so timing was very limited. I am hoping to do some more work tomorrow after school. We shall see. For now I bid you good evening. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Last wednesday We got to tag along with DH to Harrogate for a work show. What to do while in ?Harrogate? Visit Art from the Heart of course. Belle and I got to take this wonderful class that Sandy taught. We absolutely loved the class. It was full of Fun 7 Gypsies stuff. Here is my box. I did not finish the outside as I am not sure what quotes I wanted to use yet.
It opens up to reveal a mini book complete with lots of fun tags.
I just loved the papers we used. They were fab.
Here are some of my tags. I did some paper weaving with the scraps on the tag. (sorry the picture turned wrong)
Then on a train......
Disneyland Paris was our stop.
Being the Disney freaks that we are we just had to check it out. It was ok but I still like Disneywork Florida as my fav. Unfortunately the weather was terrible. Rain and cold prevailed throughout our visit.