Thursday, 28 November 2013

Sizzix mega sale helps me start my countdown to Christmas.

My new dies arrived from the sizix mega sale so i HAD to go cut stuff out and make something. (just because), and it had to be something that i could make for Christmas as its all home made gifts and cards this year... that fits in really well with Simon says stamp's Monday Challenge.
 So i made this album.

Sizzix dies used were:

vintage cabinet card
mini cabinet card
mini reindeer
layered wings

Papers and ephemera used are all by Kaisercraft.
St Nicholas 
Christmas carol. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Mixed media canvas.... rhapsody in blue

I had a lady round to do a class with me today and among other things, we did a canvas... the technique did require a lot of natural drying time so we didnt finish them during the workshops 4 hours, but I went back to mine tonight and finished it off. this is how it was earlier.....
I suppose it would have done like that (some friends said to leave it), but I like more warmth and age in my pieces.  I was not comfy with it as it was so i added more to it. I feel happier with it now. 
Thanks for visiting
Z x

funkie junkie tag 10

It is funkie junkie day again and the inspiration I have taken from her tag is "holly" (with red glitter berries). And the funkie junkie has a beautiful online shop if you like to do some online shopping for cool craft supplies.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Funkie Junkie Number 9:

I think i am getting better at keeping up. this is the Funkie Junkie's 9th make of the 12 tags of christmas. mine is actually a large plaque. much bigger than a tag and can hang on the wall or something. If you want to do some online shopping, the funkie junkie boutique has a load of great stock.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Artistic stamper day....

Yes, it my turn over on the Artistic stamper Creative team blog. here is a small piece of the project. for the full item please click HERE....

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Bravery canvas.

Bravery comes in many forms and as i am pretty much afraid of my own shadow, it helps me appreciate bravery in others. i dont mean the "off to war" or " dive in to a burning building to save the damsel" sort of brave. i mean the every day life sort of brave. dealing with illness or pain regularly or caring for sick relative. making changes to your life that are not easy but you know its for the best. its so much easier to go with the status-quo. Actually just being yourself in a world that expects you to be something else is brave.
I have a friend who has just done that very thing. she knew she wasnt able to be who she wanted to be, living her life on the path it was currently on, so she called halt and said some brave stuff to folks who probably didnt want to hear it, and she has instigated a change. I cant imagine making hard choices and changes like that. i am such a "safe" sort of person. I am so inspired by my friend and this canvas came from that inspiration. Its what came out of me when thinking of her first steps on her new path.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Saturday, 2 November 2013

a fantasy world inside a book.... (for calico crafts)

I have altered a book box on a "story world" and "Autumn" theme. Showing how a book can open up a new world when you read it, and, with some books, it can be a world of colourful fantasy and adventure.

I cut the middle out of the book box cover so you could  see right in to this book world. As i love autumn and as Calico crafts has lots and lots of lovely new floristry with acorns and toadstools included, I decided to add Autumn in to my theme.
I used some torn up book pages to mimic the look of book pages on the book box. i also cut out sections of the pages to attach as small banners around the box.
The backdrop  of the book box was cut from a sheet of "Kaisercraft basecoats". its the sheet wth all the autumn leaves.
I also used die-cut leaves that i painted with a variety of autumnal coloured "decoart traditions" paints (listed below)

Black luxury. An altered bottle for Art Daily Cafe

  The theme over on Art Daily Cafe this month is “Black luxury” so I have altered this big bottle using mostly black gesso and jet jewel pa...