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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The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships -Abraham Lincon

Recently, I made a crafty friend.  Her husband reckons she made me out of paper, but I think I’m more 3 Dimensional than that! 😉

It was her birthday on the weekend and this is the card I agonised over for ages and ages.  A bit of a masterboard with paints and stencils, a Julie Netting doll stamp, copics, Bazzill paper, ribbon and button (most available from That Craft Place) later and this is what I came up with.

 

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Looking for a sign part 2

Toad & MagicThe first CE sign I showed you all was in situ (which my spellcheck doesn’t like, but Google tells me is Latin.  Can you believe it?  I’m quoting Latin!) on the actual bathroom door.  Here’s the craft room one in situ too.  And yes, my desk is always that messy and usually even worse!

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This time I did a base of lightish shades of purple (my favourite colour) and then sponged navy & darker purple paint through a stencil.  I added a bit of DecoArt crackle paste and grey antiquing cream to highlight the cracks.  I really love how this turned out and is very me…I think it still needs some ribbon (can’t seem to find the right one in my massive ribbon stash) and possibly some flowers to finish it, but I wanted to share it with you before I forgot! 😉

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John 3:16

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A very simple Bible Journalling page, but I love how it turned out.  As soon as the heart stencil arrived (an awesome Black Friday deal) I knew exactly where and how I wanted to use it.  The itsy heart stamp is a filler from a tiny alphabet set.  I even randomly coloured  some in.  Random is so hard for a mathsy girl! 😉

I’ve been to London to visit the Queen

Toad & Magic The thing about art journals and paint is if you don’t like something you can just paint over it! This spread started as a too busy background that got gessoed over.  Then I added some Titanium Buff Fluid acrylics from DecoArt to warm everything up and tone down the washi tape (that the spine needed for reinforcement).  I was thinking the washi tape at the top and bottom made it all look a bit like a film-strip within a film-strip, kwim?

I bought most of the Penny Black London 2012 images because I live in England now (love that I live here now…much to my dad’s dismay! 😉  ).  I have not used them very much, but this was the perfect excuse to pull them out.

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I coloured the car, mouse, porcupine, and cat with copics.  The the London Eye was stamped in brown archival ink as well as the alphabet stamps.  I should have started lower, but in my defence, I thought I’d get in more of the verse. 😉

Pretty much everything I’ve used is available from my favourite shop, That Craft Place.

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PaperArtsy Christmas

Toad & MagicI had so much fun doing this Christmas card with some mixed media techniques.  I used some DecoArt white crackle paint (in my opinion, the only crackle paint worth buying) over turquoise paint.  Lots of distress ink round the edges and pencils to colour the baubles.  paperartsy christmas 1

 

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Destination: a) somewhere b) anywhere c) nowhere

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I adore Seth Apter’s work.  Recently he taught some workshops in the UK which I didn’t know about until my Facebook friends started bragging about it and posting pictures.  How rude! 😉

Kate Crane said in a blog post that they gessoed everything in black which makes things instantly grungy.  So, I gessoed a couple of pages and then attempted to do an uneven background with blue and green paint.  I so struggle with uneven…I blame being a maths teacher! 😉

I used stamps from a PaperArtsy set…the one on the left didn’t stamp clearly because the pages are bumpy.  Not sure what the solution to that is…I’ll have to try to glue the pages together better in the next journal.  I added the words ’embrace imperfection’ because I’m really trying to do that in my crafting.  All supplies available from That Craft Place.

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