"Even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding."

9 Mar 2014

Fun Flowers.


I found a Youtube tutorial by Jenniebellie on how to make recycled flowers and loved the look of them so had a go at making them. The techniques to construct the flowers are nothing new but I loved how she added pen markings etc to the petals to get a really funky look.
I haven't made any flowers for a while so decided to make some tonight. I only made three but love them!
 I decided to add them to my art journal. The journal is the first one I did and up to now its had just a plain black cover splattered with paint.

I covered the cover with white gesso and lightly brushed blue and pink acrylic paint down it..... ohh! I almost forgot to say I made a bloomer after I painted on the gesso. I stuck my finger on the cover to see if it was dry and no it wasn't !!! Yes ...... I smudged it. Sooo to cover up the mistake I dabbed my fingers all over the cover and it looked OK! phew!!!

Next I dabbed some paint through a clock stencil and left it to dry properly this time....... I adhered the flowers and added the title to the journal with some Sharpies pens.


It was interesting looking back through my first journal and saw how bad I was at it!  I compared it with my second journal and I think I can safely say that I have improved a bit! I've just started my third journal so it'll be interesting to see how I develop through this one......... Its all a learning experience.......and fun at the same time......

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8 Mar 2014

Prima doll tags




OK, the left tag is using an  Artful ladies stamps. The right hand tag is one of the Prima doll stamps. Like the other one in my last post this one was borrowed.  I stamped the  figures twice. Once on flesh coloured paper and the second time on patterned paper from my stash. I used a swirl Sizzix Thinlits die for the swirls and coloured them green to go with the tag.

The flowers on the left tag were stamped on the tag and cut out from patterned paper and then decoupaged. They were finished off with drops of perfect pearls.  The flowers on the right hand tag were fussy cut from paper out of the Prima Melody collection (Songbirds and GoldenRod) and adhered to the tag. Some Glossy accents were added in different spots to add some dimension. You can't see that in the pictures but it does add a bit of shine. The girl was decorated in the same way as the other tag but was adhered using foam pads.

I never quite know what to do with tags. I made a pile for the Tim Holtz tags of 2012 and they are stuck in an album at the moment.

A friend has suggested using these Prima doll tags on a card which I think might be a good idea. 
Do you have any ideas on how I can use my doll stamps and pad of tags? I've got three of my own stamps to start using so I need lots of ideas on what to do with the finished tags.... help!

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7 Mar 2014

Home made stamp cleaner

 I'm a person who doesn't like to spend too much money on things I can make myself for a fraction of the cost. A lot of the tings you see being sold by the manufacturers are good but can be expensive. I have a few things I've made in the tutorial section of this blog. 

I've  been doing some more stamping recently and I got fed up of using up all my wet wipes etc cleaning the stamps. I found that a mini white board eraser I use in school was  very good to clean my stamps but it was only about an inch wide and two inches long so not that useful for the larger stamps.

A friend of mine bought a Stampin Up stamp scrub and I loved that idea but thought it a bit costly for what it was and I couldn't tell which was the cleaning and which was the drying side because they both looked the same.

Anyway I was clearing some of hubby's tools away when I found a brand new paint pad. You now the sort, they are a rectangular sponge pad with a velvety surface on top. Ah ha! I thought, that would be a good thing to clean my stamps and I could make my own stamp scrub.

I tried it out and yes it worked so I thought I need a case to put it in... hmmm what could I use? I tried a video case but the base sides were too tall.  I the thought of the baby wipe box I keep for my grandsons when I change their nappies ( diapers). I emptied the wipes and adhered the paint pads to the lid and base. The box was a Huggies wipes travel boxThere were just a few sheets of wipes left so it wasn't hard to nab the box!!
 It cost a few pounds for a second paint pad to glue to the lid.


I added two labels to tell which was the cleaning side and which was the drying.  Because they are only adhered to the box by double sided tape the pads are easy to remove for washing or replacing. I know you can get longer paint pads so I will get the longer ones when I need to replace these ones.

As you can see I've tried the cleaner out and guess what? It works brilliantly! I used Ranger's Inkssentials Stamp cleaner liquid but I see no reason why you can't use a weak solution of washing up liquid in a spray boottle.

You can see in more detail on how I made this tool in the tutorial section of this blog  which is on the right hand side of the page.

Sorry grandsons but Granny has to go and buy some more wipes now!!!
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5 Mar 2014

60th Birthday Layout.

 These are the layouts I did of my birthday celebrations. It was a quiet affair, just my family going out for a meal which was exactly what I wanted. I am trying my best to use up some of my stash so again the papers are from my stash They didn't have a name on them so I can't tell you what paper I used.  The first layout worked out well as far as colour matching was concerned. I cut out the lettering using my Cameo. Initially I just had the pinkish background with the fussy cut flowers. The problem arose when it came to adding my grandson's photos....


 Their photos were a lot brighter in colour than everyone else's because of the child seats the hotel used. They were bright red and lime green.. arghh!!  they don't match the other page so I couldn't do a double page layout. Instead I found a green background and a brighter pink swirl to fussy cut.

I changed the other layout to incorporate the green as well and reversed the background for the second one.

They sort of have links to each other but  are separate layouts at the same time.......
I thought I had put the photos on the pages quite straight but looking at the photos now I wasn't very successful was I? hahahaha!
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3 Mar 2014

Time Flies


Gosh I can't believe how these birthdays seem to be arriving faster and faster as I get older! Having hit my 60th birthday I needed to add an entry in my art journal to commemorate this big birthday!

I sprayed the page and insert with blue, green and yellow Dylusions inks then stamped some watches all over the pages. I also stamped some wings on the sides of the watches. Sorry I don't know what make of stamp because they are pretty old now. The wings were free with a stamping magazine.

I bleached out the middle of the watches and edged them with black and white acrylic pens. I stamped a Prima Dolls stamp on paper from my stash and also the dress from patterned paper. I coloured her hair and adhered her to the page. This stamp I borrowed off a friend.
I cut out the Tim Holtz clock using chipboard and  my Bigshot and painted it with the Brush Pitt pens. I stamped and cut out the clock wings from the Artful ladies stamps designed by Sam Poole.

The lettering and numbers are from stickers I had in my stash and coloured them to suit the page. The butterflies are again some I had in my stash. I added some Anita's gold 3D dimensional paint to finish off the butterflies and touch up the clock. There you have it!!

I do like these Prima doll stamps so have bought a couple to use  errrm how I'm not sure yet. I've got the Prima tags so will have a go at that next.
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2 Mar 2014

60th Birthday card

Its that time of life when I and my friends are or have  reached a milestone as far as birthdays are concerned! I had my 60th birthday a few days ago and it is my friends birthday in a few weeks.
I had a new computer for my birthday and I've spent a few days trying to set up my computer and transfer all my crafting programs and files. While I was checking whether my Studio and Make the Cut programs worked correctly I made a card for my friend using my Cameo ( Studio software) It cut perfectly first time... much to my relief.

The picture doesn't really show that I used cream card to cut out the topper. I create a frame  then welded some lettering together then to the frame. The flowers are a shape from the studio library again welded to the frame and lettering. I backed the frame with blue holographic mirri card stock and matted and layered the topper and mirri card to the cream card. I used some textured flower shapes from  my stash to adhere tot he card and added some gems to finish it off.
I hope she'll like it!

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