Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Boys and buttons for Rosie

ROAR! Thank you to the person who sent me this image - i think it's fab.
Rosie over at LGS wanted a card for boys with buttons to go with her sketch.

This is my effort. Coloured with PMs and some Glossy Accents. The buttons are from Debbie Cripps.
It is for a friend of the LO who is the same age bar three weeks.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Paper Bag Album

Kristin over at The Scrappy Tree is hosting a paper bag album project . I've never made one but thought they looked fun. I collected my bags (mine have handles - not sure if this is a mistake) and put them together following the instructions - which was simpler than expected - hooray.
On Sunday I painted all the pages using watercolours. The LO helped and created her own masterpieces - she really enjoyed getting the paper really wet and slamming the paintbrush down so the paint splattered (we were in the garden!). I think her work will make great Easter cards when cut up and mounted.
Yesterday and today I began to put the page one together. The theme is SPRING. I've chosen the hope I feel at this time when the greeness returns to this part of the world. I wonder how it feels in other places? The lines are from a poem attributed to both Henry Constable and Henry Chettle, wildly romantic and slightly cliched. Can't escape the pull of poetry in my work.
I've mainly doodled around two Joanna Sheen stamps (Flower and Messy Rabbit).
Enjoyed watercolours, inks, pens, Sparkles and fibres on this one.
Have started page two - focusing on the Skylark - as we heard a few in Northumberland and it really is a joyous spring/summer sound.

I can't say Spring is my favourite time of year but having some time to think about it has made me see it differently - just taking the time to note the changes and distinguish the sounds is lovely.
What do you like about Spring and what is significant to you about it where you live I wonder?
Take good care and see you soon. XXX

Monday, 29 March 2010

Easter Easy Craft Project

Easy Crafts Projects are running an Easter challenge. They have the most amazing site with projects and techniques - and a wonderfully diverse DT.

My card is a PINK GEM DESIGNS image coloured with PMs and Sparkles. I've simply added the Dovecraft ribbon and some gold metallic ink and some Anita's Gems. I wanted a clean look as the image is so lovely and detailed. The sentiment is a D&D one.

It is beginning to feel like Easter with the lambs and daffodils.


Saturday, 27 March 2010

Fleeting moment

This was in my head on holiday and the prompt over at THe Scrappy Tree this month is time. Played with acrylics, watercolours and glossy accents this time. Added a little film tape from Ideaology and made doodles to go with a poem I wrote whilst away - I've used lines in the page.
This is Totally about capturing the moment - my two year old - gives me moments everyday that I just want to capture and keep forever because they are fleeting and precious and it scares the hell out of me that it's so easy to forget and lose them in the other stuff. Time is so fast in her growing up that I just want to stop it sometimes and hold that one moment so that it is etched.
Enough and time is moving - must go. Can't wait to see the other creations from this one.

Returning to home.

We've enjoyed a lovely week in Northumberland and have returned home with a mixture of happiness and sadness. 'The winds of change' certainly at work. I love the sea and the changing nature it has upon the landscape and the time. I so enjoy being by its power and its rythmic song. I also love returning home.
Whilst away I managed a little time to create and have made a couple of journal pages - this one uses acrylic and watercolour paint. The castle is taken from the trip to Dunstanburgh Castle which is a ruin. I really like it because it is a ruin and in the most wonderful position. This page is about abandonment/freedom and security/captivity and my changing thoughts upon them.

Hope you are well and enjoying the journey.

Friday, 19 March 2010

A doubtful art journal page

This is my second art journal page and was triggered by two posts. The first by Mon over at Bohemian Shadows about Moon Journaling and the effects of the dark moon. I'm really new to this idea but love the idea of the gravatational effects during the course of the moon's cycle I found I couldn't create during the period but started to get the ideas. Is this an effect - I will have to see over the coming cycles. The main idea came from Mon's question prompts especially the ones about doubts and being held back?

The second was a post over at A Year in the life of an art journal about words beginning with 'Un' and the biggest for me is uncertainty. If only I could feel certain but most of the time I feel fogged by uncertainty - it seems to get worse the older I get. Sometimes it almost feels paralysing - is this cyclical I wonder too?

Please visit these two blogs they are mind-blowing and thoughtfully craetive.

I'm really enjoying this process and feel released because it's for me.

Thanks for stopping by - what stops you?

Favourite Thangs

Excluding people my favourite thangs are stars, star-gazing, furry thangs, sparkly thangs, paper and flowery thangs.... Lauren wanted favourite things this week over at LGS. Her sketch was fab to work with and I decided to flip it.
Thank you to Wynneth for the lovely image.

Thanks for looking. XXX

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Mothering Sunday treats

It is a glorious sunny day here today - a real sign of spring? Hopefully. Tomorrow, here in the Uk, it is the day to celebrate 'mothering' of all sorts. I've had some fun with 'Funky Fairy' downlaods and some chipboard flowers, glimmer mist, acrylic paint and Terra.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and if you are celebrating (and even if you are not) remember to share some love.


Monday, 8 March 2010

Inspirational Acrylics

This book looks inspirational... - and Jen is offering it up generously as March candy. Go and check her great blog out.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

If you love Alice...

Go and check out Hels wonderful 'White Rabbit' book. There is so much inspiration and technique in it it's amazing. She is very generously giving away a little candy too!
She has used The Artisitc Stamper's new Alice stamps which are delectable and some of the nicest I've seen. Go and see for yourself!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Distressed Sketch from Karen

The lovely Wynneth sent me this image (thank you). I've coloured her with PMs and teamed her with papers from MME (Wild Asparagus). A little ribbon (Dovecraft) and bow and some faux stitching.

She is for the LGS challenge set by Karen this week with the twist of Distressing.

I enjoyed playing with TH's Distress ink and stickles in Vintage Photo and my scissors of course!
Have a good weekend all.


Tuesday, 2 March 2010

An interesting idea? Just a thought...

An expression of the conscious or unconscious mind?
I'm not sure as this is my first attempt in a while - but I've read a few interesting ideas and have seen some interesting uses of said items. I think they could be incorporated into many creations and re-used. I'm looking forward to seeing where they might lead.
How do you use them?

I'm sure that with practice the conscious will become unconscious and the outcome may be more surprising, but we will see. This post is a musing rather than anything else but I wanted to record the thinking and the process.

Digi only!

Rosie's turn to set the sketch and twist this week over at LGS. Great sketch and the twist - to go digi!

I've used an image from Pollycrafts 'Moon Fairy'. A box and paper from The Funky Fairy. And a ribbon from

The image is coloured with PMs and Sparkles. The sentiment is a g Studio stamp which I have watercoloured and distressed and added Sparkles over the top.

Thanks Rosie I enjoyed this one!
Have a terrific Tuesday all - lovin' the Spring sunshine at the moment. It really feels like a new beginning.