Sunday, 27 November 2011

Fairy swap

Over on UKS I participated in another swap-I can't say 'no' to them. This time it was a Christmas fairy swap using Tim's dressform as the base. I prefer to think of it as a winter fairy swap so that it can stay all year and not just for Christmas. Unfortunately I couldn't fit all of them on one canvas so here is the first and the remainding ones will go on another when I get one the correct size. I hope the girls like what I have done with them so far.

Now I think I'd better get on with some Christmas cards before it is next Christmas.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Well I certainly am. I have never know whether or not I have a style and I think these layouts prove that I don't. I love the Prima/Webster's Pages style with lots of layering and ephemera dotted around. I take inspiration from the likes of Rachael Elliott and Ingvild Bolme who is the inspiration behind this particular layout

However, at the crop on Saturday I was fired up by what Emma was doing. In fact, so inspired was I that I came home and set to, producing this very different layout. Shimelle is encouraging us to use scraps so I have used the bits and pieces left over from the 2 prima layouts that I have done. The lonesome duck can just be seen at the bottom of the photo on the right.

So, my question is: Am I the only one with no particular style? Will I ever find my niche? Until then I continue to take inspiration from others around me producing non-perfect creations that are fine and will do for me.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

the last or should that be latest?

Hard to believe that this layout also uses 3 different sheets of Victoria Gardens but it is the last for a while especially as I have just received some Webster's pages through the post. Right I shall go and search for a suitable photo-may be a while-it's very girly paper. Beautiful but girly.
Oh by the way this photo is another taken by my son on his travels.

Monday, 14 November 2011

The same but different

The arch that is. This photo is of a similar view to the one in the post below but taken from further back. I've managed to use Victoria Garden paper -again. I think I must be a bit obsessed when it comes to paper collections and kits. I feel I have to use the whole pack up before moving to the next range. I'm going to use it once more and then put it to the back of the cupboard and move on to something different. Hmmmm we'll see!!!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

For Paul

Paul said he'd like to see more so here is another one out of my comfort zone. I think that might be it for now, Paul, cos I'm not sure about this one but it'll do. I think I'll go back to my familiarity, but then again........
The photo, by the way,is one my son took on his holiday round Europe. I think it was in Holland. There were huge statues of various things such as lego dinosaurs and of men standing on their heads in the middle of a pavement. I feel a series coming on!

Something different

I thought I'd do something out of my comfort zone with this layout and use stamping and inking through a mask. I love inks and paints but tend to keep them away from my scrapping. the small amount of paper that I have used is from the Victoria Garden collection again. The photo was taken when we were in London-again.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Hanging Garden

When in London over the summer, to see War Horse (highly recommend it-unbelievable), we saw this piece of garden hanging on scaffolding outside the national Gallery. The photo does not do it justice or show the size of it. In reality the colours are bright and vivid with a mix of greens and tiny bits of purple-pink at the bottom.
What better way to use Victoria Gardens paper. Despite having only boys I have a penchant for pretty girly papers. Thankfully most of our holiday photos are of sites and sights that lend themselves to my preferred softer ranges.
(I did mention to hubby that maybe we should have another child in the hope that it would be a girl. He was not amused)!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Remembering mum and dad

Don't know if you have visited the wonderfully creative Ingvild Bolme. She is the inspiration behind this layout which she kindly let me lift and post on here. I love her style and some of the embellishments are her design too. The layout features my late parents who were always very affectionate.
The photo of this layout is rubbish so I may try and re-do it at some point. i.e. when my camera doesn't repeatedly say there is a fault on the card and to check it.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Goodness Me

Blimey. Two posts in one day. In fact, in one hour. this is due to the final putting together of jiggy number 3. Over the years a group of us have been participating in jigsaw swaps. Funnily enough, it seems to be the same people, more or less, who have rushed to take part. The idea is that we each decorate 9 pieces of a jigsaw which, when swapped , make up a whole 12" x 12" jiggy (as they are affectionately called).
NettyB always hosts these swaps but I think that is because she is a glutton for punishment!!! Number 3 had Alice in wonderland as it's theme. Here it is:

Home from Home

Well, the intention at the LB Crafts Street Life class, for me, was to show how Paris feels like home to me. However, by the time I had colour-washed the background of this canvas, the Paris images were hardly visible. Still, I know they are there and I also know how much Paris means to me.
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this class which gave me a good insight into Fresco paints, metal, canvas and more besides.
The canvas now takes pride of place in my porch.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

At last

I have finally finished the fairies for a swap over on UKS. Mr Mojo had completely deserted me and I have been in a mild state of panic for some days now wondering if he would ever return. Suffice to say he turned up for a short while last night and I took advantage of his presence to start the fairies finishing them today.
I must admit they have taken me the best part of the day to complete so the ironing is still in it's basket and the shopping is about to be done now.
Hope the recipients like them.