Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Squeezing time.....

Good evening folks.
As you possibly know, my recent life has been taken up with the fact that we decided it was a good idea to buy a fixer upper ....well the last few months have seen me "destroying the place" in my wife's words. Though I have been exhausted I still have been squeezing a little time in the evenings to have a little creative time. Unfortunately the place I was staying at had a pretty slow internet connection so I didn't have the patience to wait ages for each photo to load, hence the quietness here.
But here for your delectation are some of the fruits of my labours.......

 This was a fun journal to make. I raided my paper stash to create a "Mixed Media" journal using black, white and water colour card, Vintage sea charts and papyrus. The covers are using my Ancient kit and some Andy Skinner elements.
 I was very pleased with the end result.
 So happy that I made another couple with the same mix of pages.

Another fun little set were these two canvas covered water colour books. Stamped with my butterfly stamp and further decorated with some of my mask designs.
 The butterfly has been covered with DecoArt Liquid Glass which gives it a lovely raised gloss finish but still remains fully flexible when dry making it perfect for items that need to be able to move.

I had more fun creating a couple of these heart journals too. Using what I decided to call my "Frankenstein Stitch" to reduce the cover canvas slightly. Again, I have used one of my stamps and Liquid glass.

Slowly and surely I am building up stock....... and having a lot of creative fun along the way too.
Hope you all have a good creative time and i'll catch you later.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Slightly bigger, but still small.

Hi there friends.
I trust that you are all well. Today the wind is swirling along with rain while I wait for the chimney sweep (now that's a sentence I never really thought I would utter) I am catching up with a few bits and pieces and thinking of which of the thousand and one creative ideas I have rattling around in my mind I should start today.
I have been enjoying a making a few smaller pieces recently.
These are my two latest little journals. I am working my way through a lot of the bits I have accumulated over the years. The covers of these books are made with Vintaj brass blanks which I embossed. This first one has just been sanded back to reveal the brass of the embossing.

I have used one of my stamps to create interesting end papers and the journal has been hand stitched before being given a fabric spine.

This second one has been done in the same way with the exception that I painted the embossed blanks with the Vintaj paints before sanding back.

I'm very pleased with them. Hope you like them too.

Hope you all have a creative weekend.
Take care.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Going tiny....

Good evening friends.

My days are defined by the amount of  plasterdust and pieces of wallpaper I shake out of my clthing at the moment during the first stages of our renovation project. (if you are interested in following our progress our dedicated blog detailing the transformation to our dream home and lifestyle can be found HERE. )

Now that I am slightly more settled into a routine I have set up a temporary creative zone and am happy to feed my creative soul again.
I have been experimenting a little and made half a dozen tiddly little journals. And when I say tiddly, I do mean tiddly...
Each one is about an inch diameter. Embossed Aluminium discs. I was a little nervous about putting them through my machine but as you can see, they came out the other side okay. 
I painted them with Vintaj paints and sanded back to bring back the silver of the raised design.
I stitched some  square pages and used some silver metal tape for the spine. Glued everything together and left to dry. Then I had a fun time (slightly sarcastic tone) trimming the pages into the circle shape. I can tell you now that I won't be making any more of them, they took forever to cut!
When I finally had them done I used some pewter gilding wax to cover the edges of the books.

They are cute, now I need to dig out my 0.005mm pen......

Hope you like.
Take care and more (easier) mini books coming soon.

Monday, 10 September 2018

My latest MG project.

Good morning friends.
I trust this finds you well. This morning I have a project done using Mark Gould's Gypsy Rose Stamp. I really enjoyed doing this and I can see the other three stamps being done to create a nice little montage display, but, I digress, so onto this one.

I enjoy the process of painting on fabric. I think it is because you can't rush it so it gives a chance to slow down and enjoy the process.
I painted with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic paint In Pthalo Turquoise, Metallic Silver, Quin Red, White and Green with a bit of gold too.
Mixing the blue and silver together gave a lovely shimmer to the hair. I gave her a dimensional rose which added a nice bit of  texture to the piece.
You can find the stamps HERE at Chocolate Baroque or from Mark HERE.

For those who are interested I have added a few of the stages so you can see how it was built up.

 Blue and silver blended for the hair.
 Quin Red gives a bit of a tan but don't panic, let it dry.
 Use white to change the colour, build up in layers
 Add shadow details to the cloth as each layer has dried.
Add gold highlighting the earring. To finish paint the frame in dark blue and when dry add white over to bring out the texture.
Glue the rose and leaves in place.

Have a lovely day folks.

Friday, 31 August 2018

My "Big" creative project.

Good morning friends.
Just a quick little post from me this morning as I am busy packing up my creative bits and preparing to move myself to the other side of the country....
As you know, we have recently bought our dream home up north in the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria. There is a LOT of refurbishment to be done which is fun. We are stripping back the layers and starting again.
It's a process that will take time and we thought it would be fun to share our journey. I don't want to clog up this blog with it as I have already taken a few tons of craft supplies up there and fully intend to get back into serious crafting so we have begun another blog.
If you are interested I would love to see you over there.
We have a couple of posts already and plenty more to follow.

Follow the link to get there. Allerton House

Have a lovely day

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Why it's been quiet here....

Good morning friends.
Welcome to my whirlwind. Once I returned from South Africa I thought that I would have time to catch my breath a bit and begin to work on spending some quality creative time.......
Well, instead of that, my wife and I bought a house instead LOL.

Like many folks, we harboured a dream of selling up, leaving the rat race and moving to the country to live a simpler more creative life. For many it remains a dream but we have taken the plunge and bought a bit of a fixer upper in the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria. Totally impulsive in many ways but when we saw it advertised we actually climbed in the car and drove the 300 miles to view it.
Fell in love with it, seeing past the state of it to what it could become with love and care, we had our offer accepted and should complete within the next few weeks.

 It even has a gorgeous (filthy) barn, perfect for a studio space....lots of character and some very dodgy wallpapers too. I'm sure that there will be plenty of hidden surprises along the way to restoration but it is so very exciting.

So, if I'm a little quiet on the creative front, do forgive me, and I will squeeze in some projects along the way......

Monday, 6 August 2018

It's stencil month over at Mixed Up.

Good morning friends.
New moth means new challenge over at Mixed Up. This month we are looking at Stencils, something which many of us have in our crafty stash I'm sure.
There's lots of awesome inspiration over at the blog post HERE, and this is my journal page project in more detail.

I guess you could say I am generally what you would call a "messy stenciller" not neat and precise, I use stencils to add layers and interest to a back ground.
I had a lot of fun just messing around in my A4 journal to create this page.

I thought you may enjoy seeing some of the steps so here you go.....

 Piece of scrap card and Dylusions ink and Perfect Pearls spray. Leave to dry.
 My favourite sea stencils(my designs, from Tando Creative) and DecoArt modeling paste. (Note, the paste will absorb the colour from the ink which is what I wanted. If you want to have a crisper white finish then create your background with paint and allow to dry thoroughly before adding texture paste)
 Stencil and paint to add further random layers to the main page which has just had brushstrokes of paint added to cover most of the page.
 Stick the textured page in place and use the stencil and paint to bridge the two pieces
 I used another stencil and brown paint to add smaller darker areas of interest
 Some stamped interest too. (My new stamps from The Artistic Stamper)

Die cut and stamped Seahorses, coloured roughly with Distress Ink add focal areas along with the simple handwritten sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the process.....
Have yourselves a fun creative day

Monday, 23 July 2018

The very Awesome Truth Coffee Roasting in Capetown

Good morning friends.
Today I thought I would share with you my very cool morning visiting this very cool coffee house. Having got the accolade as best coffee shop in the world for the last couple of years it was definitely high on my go to list for this trip as who knows when I will next get the opportunity.....

This place is an uber cool  steampunk inspired place and as a dedicated lover of coffee and a fan of the genre you can appreciate that I was in seventh heaven to visit.
 I was distracted by this cool street art before we arrived.
 Welcome, isn't this a beautiful building?
 Haven't got time? Even the take away section is super stylish. Staff are all Steampunked up and very friendly too.
 Once inside it is hard to decide where to look first, there is so much detail that grabs you.
 reading the menu is an experience too, full of interesting information , and it was hard to decide which coffee to try first.

 One of the highlights was being able to see and appreciate this brilliant installation by the amazingly talented Belinda Basson
 I had arranged to meet up with my facebook friends Shamela Hendricks....

 and the lady herself, Belinda. it is amazing how you can meet up in reality for the first time and immediately it's like you are just carrying on a conversation with old friends. We had a brilliant time.

 We got to go on a tour behind the chains too

 Into the back areas where they keep all the green coffee beans.
Isn't this just a fabulous "warehouse"

If you are ever in Cape Town, I would highly recommend a visit, the vibe is fab and the coffee and food delicious. I worked my way through a good selection of coffee throughout the morning and didn't walk away empty handed thanks to  the generosity of Belinda and Shamela...... So now I can make my own Deep Dark and Twisted, Ressurrection, Vengeance and Black Honey coffee here in the UK . Though I can't make pretty pictures on mine like they can lol.