Monday, 11 November 2013

Steampunk spells starbook

Hi guys just a quick post to touch base and say 'Hi' hope your all having a good November so far.
As promised in my last post here is a quick show of pictures of one of the classes I did last month at AFTH.
This one was a Halloween feel star book with Dy!!!
Love making these books and the wonderful Graphic 45 Steampunk spells paper is great to work with.  

I didn't manage to get it finished in class but I wasn't far off.  Just needed some ribbon added and a little bit of doodling!!! 
It was a great day!!
Happy creating folks!!!
xxx hugs xxx

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Journal day

Hi everyone hope you are all having a good November!!
Over the last few months I haven't done any journal pages at home, apart from my calendar pages. I just don't seem to have been up for it, i think my Mojo went walk abouts!
  I have managed to do a few classes which I have really enjoyed andI'm hoping over the next few weeks to finally get round to blogging some of them.
My last class was my journaling  at AFTH, and I finally got a page finished!!!  Yeah!!!

We did some secret journaling on this one so I ended up doing loads of writing but you just cant see it LOL!
I also managed to do a bit more to a couple more pages, so they are works in progress.

 This one has been in my journal for a while with the stamping on it as it was a secondary stamping from one I did on another page.  I just blended on some distress inks and splattered with water.  For some reason it feels Christmasy to me!!!! Oh well will see how it turns out when ever I get back to it.

This one is any inky background with some stencilling and white ink splattered and is now set up for some secret journaling.

So Im really hoping that this will help me find my mojo in my own craft room and get some journaling done!!
Hope you all find something that inspires you this month to be creative!
xxx hugs xxxx

Friday, 1 November 2013

November Calendar Journal Page

 Hi everyone - well the year is speeding past way too fast as normal.  Less than 8 weeks to Christmas - not that I'm trying to add to your stress or anything!! LOL!
Here's my November calendar journal page!!

When I started this at the beginning of the month I didn't really have any idea as to what I was going to do apart from the fact that I wanted to do mixed media on it.  I have been to a couple of classes in the last couple of months where we have layered up all sorts of different things to create a texture and I wanted to have a go at it myself at home. 
So I coated the page up with gesso using a scrapper (well in my case an old credit card) and left it quite rough.  Over this I randomly stuck down some lace curtain material, strips of me fix medical tape, Tim Holts tissue paper and and off cut of card which had a pattern punched into it.  Once the layers had dried I brushed on another light coat of gesso.
Once that  had dried Iadded some Dylusions ink sprays and some Fireworks mica sprays.  I sprayed some water on to get it dripping down the page and dried it off with the heat tool. It took quite a bit of drying as the background wasn't very absorbent.
In my paper stash draw (well its 2 actually - as I don't throw anything away) I found the embossed tree tag which I did a while ago and never used on the project it was intended for, a torn piece of embossed card and some tags, so I layered them up and glued them in place.
In my stamp draw I found this unused Octopode factory stamp and though he would work nicely as the focal point.  I coloured him using Inktense pencils and Dylusions ink and glued him on the front.
The date spaces were stamped in archival ink using a Tim Holtz stamp and I added some work stamping on the background.
The final touch was some doodling and blending some ink round the edge of the page with an ink blending tool.
I have to say as I only managed to do this in 10 minute slots, each time I returned to do a little more it changed direction, every time, so I'm quite pleased that I managed to pull it all together and make it work.
I will have to be careful what pen I use to write on it as most pens will smudge on this gesso surface.  
So all in all pleased with the result and I'm pleased that I had a go at the mixed media layering!!
Have a great month.
XXX hugs XXX