Wednesday, 1 May 2013

So it has been a fair while since I posted - work, work and the Real Life Roller Coaster that scares the living daylights out of you occasionally , yada, yada, yada. 
Anyhoo, this is the last of the pages made for the "CJ that's a Swap".  Annette (Voodoo Vixen) chose "Words and their Definition" and I dug down deep in my stamp collection and found a large dictionary stamp, Anniversary stamp, couple, marriage certificate and ticket stamps. 

These were layered on a background paper with lots of distress inking tearing and embossing.  painted die cuts, fabric hearts and butterfly and roses finished the complementary colour of the woman's dress. 

I promarkered the couple stamp and clear embossed the image for effect.  I used music ribbon (that I don't remember buying!) and final touches involved using glossy accents to highlight various nouns from the dictionary stamp et le voila.

Here's to the same level of mojo in residence when I made this!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Art Journalling With Intent

Wow, obviously not as puggled as I thought and that idea made it from brain to page.  I've really been working up to Art Journalling (two "l"s, you'll notice).  As I have enough "stash" to open a market stall, I want to use paints rather than buy any stains or stuff, currently being promoted right left and centre ("re", you'll notice) and have been practising backgrounds with varying success.

Now my fellow Doll, Lou, has an appreciation of diverse art forms fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on her/your opinion on the picture...).  So, art journalling it was for her page on the subject of "Silhouettes and Songs".  The thinking was to pick a song title or words from a song for inspiration and create a page around this, a silhouette(s) to be the main design feature. The Beatles' haunting song "While my guitar gently weeps" proved the perfect subject and this is my interpretation, art-journalling-stylee.

Friday, 6 July 2012

The Garter

I've spent the last 2 days working in Lincoln and had a horrendous journey home in the torrential rain.  Fortunately we finished earlier because of the depressing forecast.  This gave me time to complete DorothyAnne's page. 

I had already distress inked the background with blues and purples, found the image and made the black garter.  After embellishing the background with embossed stamping and glimmer mists, I added the image, garter, words and added the gems with my new Hotfix toy ..... I've been gemming everything in sight since I had it, heh, heh, but hubby won't let me near his car with it .... (just can't get the husbands these days).

I'm on a roll now and started the next one, albeit only in my brain.  It may take some time, though, I'm feeling particularly puggled at the mo!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Fun at the Beach

No, not me, only in my dreams.  The flipping weather this summer has been absolutely pants and it must be getting lots of people down.  Hey ho.

Anyhoo, the weather was my inspiration for my latest page in the CJ that is a Swap for my fellow Madonion, Karen

Karen's subject was "Fun at the Beach" and for a while I was completely stumped because everything I started (including painting a lighthouse, don't ask) just didn't work out.  So, happily browsing the Internet, I came across this wonderful lady, complete with shell costume - sorted!  The image was promarkered then UTEE embossed.  The background was created with Holtz distress inks, stamping, embossed stamping and Sizzix die cuts.  The dymo words ("I hope two hatpins will suffice" she thought) were added then glossy accented.  Despite all my angst in the creation thereof, this page makes me smile. 

First challenge - to post it - and second challenge - on to the next page!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

June Already ...

I turn into my own mother when I say "where on earth has the year gone already?"  Still, this was me just 3 weeks ago after another hospital emergency admission and have avoided again what I fear will be the inevitable surgery.  SIGH.

Still, seeing friends Thursday and Friday then the girly day out on Saturday  being pampered with luxury facial was Just the Business. Followed by the obligatory lunch of course - managed to force it down somehow.

My mojo seems to have been as heavily medicated as me and I have really struggled with anything crafty.  But, the devil making work for idle hands and thanking the Lord for smart phones, during my long week in hospital I spent many a happy hour surfing the BBC Food site.  The result was a reclaimed love of baking followed by an expensive visit to Lakeland to replace some of my antique-no-longer-fit-for-purpose bakeware and a willingness to weigh everything in sight except me!

Mojo finally recovered and today I finished my Jubilee, Best of Britain, jigsaw puzzle swap.  I found some lovely silvery London background paper and the red and blue colours reminded me of the Underground logo.  Doing some digging I was amazed to discover that world's first underground tube railway was the Tower Subway beneath the River Thames south of Tower Hill in 1870.  Amazing.  And something to be very proud of. 

Minature copies of today's Tube map are tucked under the raised logo on the jiggie pieces and signed on the reverse.  As I realised with my only other jigsaw swap, the signatues on the back disappear when it's mounted!  Having seen some of the other contributions I can't wait to get the whole swap back.  All I have to do now is post mine .......

Friday, 6 April 2012

A CJ That's a Swap

No, it's not me being puggled, I really am in a CJ that is a swap.  Usually, the description gives it away - a Circle Journal - a Journal doing the Round Robin, in a Circle - geddit?  But not this time.  One of group, the lovely and talented Voodoo Vixen, (check out her latest tutorial on ageing paper) lives abroad.  So, we have a participant list, post to the next person on the list, then the one after that, and so on.  Even my puggled brain can cope.  Mostly.
Firstly, the Guilt.  I'd already received 2 beautiful pages on my chosen subject - the Fae - and I hadn't even started my first.  Okay, the severe concussion incident did not enthuse my crafting juices.  Recovery was  followed by trip to Eye Casualty and back again the following week because it hadn't cleared up, by which time there were no juices whatsoever.
The first page received from the digitally talented New2this (March 12th post) included both purply colours and butterflies - 2 of my favourite things. The photo above of my next page from buddy Lou does not do true justice to all the sparkly bits.  Sparkles and Bling - mmmmmmm!
So, giving Missing Mojo the required kicking my pages finally reached the top of my Guilt List.  And, once started, there was no stopping me.  The first subject was anyone, anything that inspires.  I chose Inspired by (the Art of) Nature and felt the need to get my acrylics out, plus dymo and Glossy Accents.
The second subject was Vintage Sewing so naturally out came Sir T!m's Sewing Room die.  I inked some new background paper purchased courtesy of the NEC, lace, material, fabric flowers (the middles blinged using my latest Hotfix toy ..... mmmmmm... bling!).

So now I am ahead of myself for once - long may it last!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sew Much Fun

Well, I have had sew much fun making fabric ATCs for a swap over at UKS this weekend.  The subject was "As Quiet as ..." and I pondered this for a fair while before collecting and commiting to the making thereof.

Of course, in the best laid plans, yada, yada, nothing is ever straight forward, nor did they turn out as planned.  But I did have fun and renewed my love of sewing.  Daughter danced from the age of 3 until she went to university and I was her chief Wardrobe Mistress.  I think having spent years making solo, duet, trio and troupe costumes, I needed a break.  Feeling much more enthused now, even if these ATCs couldn't have been made without liberal doses of PVA glue!
And these are the finished articles and, just because of the dance costume influence, I couldn't resist the use of sequins, beads and bling.  If I had a £ for every sequin I've sewn, I could probably retire tomorrow.  Those were the days ....