Monday, 31 October 2011

A week of catching up!

I have had a bit of a catch up this week and completing some projects for UK scrappers.
Here are a few photos to show you just what I have been up to.
I have been using the Tim Holtz sewing room die again to create a Christmas fairy.

I needed some wings of course, I found a really useful Sizzix Angel wings die and with a little bit of trimming it worked perfectly.
I have used a Spellbinders cut and emboss stencil to cut and emboss a layered Poinsettias.
From this selection of stash I went on to make 9 Christmas Fairies.

I hope that my swappee's like their Fairy.
I am looking forward to getting my 8 different Fairies already to take their place in my home for Christmas.
The next project on my list was for a Take one stamp Maze book using the free crafty notions stamp that was on the front cover of the November Craft Stamper.
I was not sure how I would do this but decided to use the stamp on a mini art journal page.
Using Tim Holtz Distress ink and crafty notions gold creative colours spray I created a background onto water colour paper. I then used a small plastic tube dipped into white Paper Artsy acrylic paint to make some small circles.
I stamped the free stamp onto the background and then using a mask of the free stamp I stamped a background using a selection of my favourite little stamps.
Finally I finished the little pages using Copic markers, Pan pastels, Paper Artsy metallic glaze, distress stickles and Glossy accents to give the lips and eyelid dimension.

My maze book is very simple and ready for all the swapped images to go in.
I have made an elastic closer with Tim Holtz hitch fastner to allow expansion!

My weekly challenge for October week 4 on UK scrappers.
The Challenge was set by Sarah and we had to use 10 embellishments, a freebie and something we had printed ourselves excluding the photos.
All the papers are Basic grey, the printed and freebie element on my layout are form Mary Anne Walters who provided the little circles as a free download for a class I did with Shimelle a while ago.
At the beginning of the week Colin and I went to an International Antique and collectors fair in Newbury. I wanted to find some bits and bobs to use in my altered sewing book. (see previous post) This is a selection of those goodies. Mind you I think the spool might be a bit on the big side. I have another idea planned to use that.
I also kept my eyes open for some things I would be able to use in a Large Tim Holtz configuration box that I have to play with. I was really pleased with all the lovely little things I found and luckily none of it cost me a fortune. I did have fun looking through lots of boxes and finding treasures no one else seemed to want!
Hopefully you have not too bored trawling through this rather long post.
Just about to start another busy week now!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

UK Scrappers Swaps

Over the past two months I have taken part in a few swaps on UK Scrappers, here are some photos from them.

I have an Alice in Wonderland book that I plan to alter and I am going to use my Alice Tip in Pages and tags inside of it along with lots of inky painty art. You can find more information about the Tip in pages on an earlier post HERE
I found this book in the specialist children's book shop in Hay on Wye a book collector's dream town to visit.
I did not like to tell the seller what plans I had in store for it!

Six completed Tip in pages.
My page.
Lou@papermakers page.
Netty's page.
Leanie's page.
Irene's page.

Honey Pip's page.
My selection of Alice tags from Roxy52, Vass, Irene, Weaselwise, Scrapnanny, mine, Fatmonica and Cynthia.
Another book on my list to be altered is this Vogue sewing book.

I have two Tip in Pages to help me with this project.
This one is from Irene.

This page is from Karen.....uks Kitty Crafts.

My next swap was for the Affirmation Postcards.
I did an earlier post with my postcards HERE
This postcard was made by Sarah.....uks Smelly
This one was made by Nerlly.
This one was by Cynthia......uks Mistyrat.
The latest swap I have been in is the Halloween home Decoration.
Starting with the H From Susan.
A from Kate T.
L form Topsy.
L from Meg Baby.
O from Irene.
W from Culpepper.
E from Bramble Pie.
E from Linda B
Finally an N from me.
This is the completed banner.
Isn't it great?
Clicking on the banner will give you a better view if you would like to see the banner close up. This has been a mammoth update but I really wanted to show you the fantastic work that the crafters on UK Scrappers do. There are some really talented people there and I would like to thank everyone for the lovely work that I now have to enjoy and draw inspiration from.
These swaps are organised by the wonderful Netty alongside quite a few different people who give up their time to make sure the swaps run smoothly and on time.
A big thank you to them from me.
If you get chance to take part in any of the swaps please do they are great fun and you learn a lot.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Artistic License Circle Journal Irene's page.

Irene chose the artist Andy Goldsworthy for her artist for this Circle Journal. Irene encouraged us to use found and recycled items for her page. Here is my page in all it stages of development.
My little box of bits and pieces.
Broken jewellery and other odds and ends!
Old magazines cut up to produce the paper rolls to be placed on Irene's base page.
The first round of paper rolls.
Gradual build up!
Finished circle.
Back view showing the plastic remains of a rawplug package and beads from a broken necklace to make a hanging chain.
Finished page.
I have covered the page in matte-medium to strengthen it and make it more robust.
I am already for the next months page now!