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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Bauble Challenge and other Christmas Goodies

At our last Bristol Scrappers crop at the beginning of December, Katrina set us all a challenge of decorating baubles, she'd rescued a whole bag which a neighbor was throwing out in the rubbish.  There were lots of lovely ones made and some great techniques used and Amy was the winner, she'd made a Christmas Pudding bauble.  I made one with tissue and another bauble painted black then doodled over in white.

Amy with her winning Christmas Pudding bauble - well done Amy

Emma also came along to the crop with her Stampin Up and shop goodies, we had a lovely class making this tree hanging, it was lots of folding and gluing! 

Bristol Scrappers Girls Christmas Photo

I've also been busy this year making my Christmas cards, I mainly used Dylusions Christmas stamps and spray inks for the backgrounds with the Dylusions Christmas stencils.  Here are a few of the finished ones.

Just to finish, I had a go at making a gingerbread house, I was pleased with the finished house but I think the gingerbread was a little bit over done, so might need dipping in a cuppa before eating!!


Monday, 25 November 2013

Scrapping by the Sea

My sister-in-law said to me the other day "what did we do before sat navs?", well this weekend I found out! The car was packed up on Friday to head off to Linda's Just Scrapbooking Weekend in Bournemouth, I put the sat nav on and waited and waited, no signal could be found.  Now I know where Bournemouth is and how to get there but once there I had a few errands to run and find my friend's house which I have not been to before.  Luckily Mark had given me his ear piece for my phone so I had to call him and use the power of google maps street view to navigate from Poole to Bournemouth and then back again in time to meet up for lunch, thanks to him I made it, just slightly late but had a lovely lunch with Alexa and met her lovely little doggie Reeva and her puss cat Gus.

The moral of this story is obviously to remember the old days and carry a map with you!

The weekend was spent at the Ocean View Hotel in Bournemouth, it was lovely to see some old faces from other weekends and have a catch up and a few giggles along the way!

We had a play with lots of messy stuff, watercolours, acrylics and texture mediums, I managed to complete 7 layouts and 2 finished backgrounds to use.  Here are some photo's of the weekend.

The weekend group
The Saturday ladies

An amazing sunrise on Sunday morning

My finished pages

Airbrushed page just for you Linda!

Extra backgrounds ready to be finished


Thanks Linda for another great weekend, look forward to seeing you and my scrapping buddies in 2014.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

What you can make with Junk !

Well it poured down with rain again most of the way to the Stamp Attic and my trusty elastic band still held in place on the windscreen wipers (if you are wondering what that is about check out my post further down!) Must get around to getting the new clip on!

Who knew what you could make with lots of junk, I'll never throw anything away again, as I am a bit of a hoarder anyway the house is going to get even more messy!

This is what you can make, Kate Crane showed us how to put together her lovely junk journal from all sorts of pieces of cardboard, old envelopes, music sheets, magazine pages, anything really.

I love the spotty binding, sticky back canvas painted black and spots added with a bottle top.  We also painted the front cover and added doodling and stamping.

Here's the finished journal ready to fill.

Hope everyone has had a good weekend.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Kate Crane Art Journal Weekend

The last few weekends have been filled with crafting loveliness, the last one was spent with Kate Crane at the fabulous Art from the Heart shop in Harrogate.  Kate was teaching us ways of adding lots of different layers to our art journal pages.

Ready to get going!
The first day was playing with Amsterdam acrylic paints, they are lovely thick paints and very easy to work with and blend.  Lots of doodling, stamping and sponging through stencils.

We also used some Deli Paper with the Geli plate, it's a waxed paper and great to use on your page or stamp onto and cut your image out, saves colouring in!

Geli printing onto Deli Paper

Kate busy teaching
 These are the painted pages from the first day.

The second day was all about getting very messy with inks, stamping and colouring!

Kate is a great teacher if you ever get the chance to do one of her workshops.  It was a fun, messy and very inky weekend with some new found friends, and of course some new supplies which just happened to fall into my shopping basket!!

Whilst I was still in the zone, here are some more journal pages.

Me with Kate
Mark came up to Yorkshire with me and we stayed in a little apartment in Knaresborough, we spent the rest of the week checking out the sights and eating far to much fish and chips!
The Shambles in York
Found this great little 50's American Diner in the Yorkshire Dales!  Amazing ice cream parlour!!
A photo with Blind Jack in Knaresborough.

Last workshop this weekend, Kate Crane again making her junk journal, a bit closer to home this time at the Stamp Attic.