Life is never perfect…

I’ve had a lot of changes in the 14 months since I last blogged.  I’ve ended a long term relationship, moved back in with my parents which also means I’ve moved back to Canada, and started a new career.  My life is dramatically different.  I still have my dog and love crafting though!

Most of my supplies are still (hopefully) in the UK.  I’ve started to buy some essentials and start creating again.  Here’s a journal page done with limited supplies and inspired by the wonderful Marta.

never perfect 2.jpgI bought a book at the local thrift shop this week and glued several pages together.  I glued  tissue paper and then lightly gessoed the pages.  I used my heat gun to dry the gesso and at first accidentally caused some bubbling.  I liked the look of the bubbles (I am stencil-less at the moment and needed some way to add texture) and so continued to do it on purpose.  I then used watered down paint and a paint brush to get pink drips.  I liked the look of that and added some yellow using the same technique.  My order of DecoArts arrived and pulled out the white and black media misters and used those to add some more colour.  I also used some mica misters from Ranger which really don’t show up, but add a lovely sparkle in real life.  I then used more of the yellow (iron oxide fluid acrylic) to white card, a touch of the pink, and a couple of spritzes of the sprays before stamping the image and words.   Lastly I dipped my finger in black paint and ran round the edges of the spread.  My, it feels great to be creating again!

 

She is … me.

she is 2I came across these words on a Fibromygalia page and they just spoke directly to my heart.  I am all of these things, even if I’m not all of the time.

Toad & MagicI knew I wanted to do a purple background because it’s my favourite colour and it’s the Fibromygalia colour too.   My favourite colour combination is purple, green and blue, so I used the other two colours through some stencils.  I used copics to colour the PaperArtsy image (and the x-stitches are from another PA set).  I ended up using a copic pen to write with because the other pen I tried wasn’t writing well on the paint.  The ‘she is me’ is a MFT alpha die.

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Waiting for inspiration

Toad & MagicI spritzed haematite and gold DoCrafts sprays on the pages and left them for a few months to dry. 😉 Then I added the red and black paints through some stencils using  the two corners and a side rule I read somewhere.  Then it sat for a few more weeks! I do wait for inspiration to strike.  I pulled out Andy Skinner’s face stencil and was thrilled how that worked on the page.  Then I found this perfect sentiment which I really need to work on implementing in my life.  All supplies available from That Craft Place.

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Sleigh Ride

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When I was in Grade 10 (I’m Canadian, we do grades), I had a fairly big part in a Christmas school play.  I’m 99.9% convinced, both then and now, that I was given the part because the teacher knew I’d memorise my lines, not because I was actually good at acting.  Sleigh Ride was one of the songs in the score.  It was the first time I’d ever heard it, but I instantly loved it.  It’s my favourite secular Christmas song.

Red paints (in a few shades) and gold CE shimmer paint as well as a new stencil from TCP for the background.  My rather limited cutting out skills put to work for the sparkly tree and some watered down geletoes for the shading.

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My favourite spot…

Toad & MagicAs soon as I brought these Brett Weldele wing stamps home from the infamous That Craft Place, I knew what I wanted to do with them.  Of course, in my head the wings were bigger so I had to do some thinking! 😉  The girl, coloured with pencils, is from That Greeting Farm.  I think she looks rather like I did when I had longer hair.  The wings were coloured with copics in the ‘c’ range on TCP’s super smooth.  I wrote, in my very own handwriting!, part of Psalm 17:9.  I stencilled cobalt fluid acryic through a feather stencil from TCP and then accidentally got a bit of CE shimmer gold shimmer paint on a part of the feathers and liked how that added some depth so kept dabbing here and there with it. 😉

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I must always have flowers.

Toad & MagicThis page in my A6 (a size I’m quickly beginning to love) journal took ages and ages to come together.  But, if I’m honest, pretty much everything I do takes ages and ages to come together.

flowers3I applied my favourite combination of blue and green (without purple!) onto white gesso.  I put some crackle glaze (DecoArt) through a distressed harlequin stencil and a bit of black antiquing cream (again DecoArt) over the top to highlight the cracks.  Black paint through TCP’s fab flower stencil, then white after shifting it up and to the left.  Then I pulled out my DecoArt interference paint (green and purple) and stenciled over the blossom part of the picture.  Some black paint through a bubble stencil and then the hunt for the perfect quote! 😉

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It’s the Mixed Media Anything Goes over at That Craft Place this fortnight (last one of 2015 too!).

Christmas is coming

Toad & MagicI’m appalling bad at making cards.  I tell people I make cards because that’s just the easy way to explain what I do, but I rarely make cards now! lol

However, I own too many Christmas stamps to not make cards for Christmas! The main images are from Just Rite (the baubles were a set that came with a magazine 2 years ago…yup, it’s taken me two years to use them!).  I just had to get the magazine since I already had the dies to match! Sound familiar?  The snowflakes are from PaperArtsy.  I used DecoArt yellow oxide to warm up the paper.  The pretty sparkly paper (teal and brown) is from That Craft Place.

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