Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year!!

I have not entertained the idea of new years resolutions this year as they never last past the middle of January and are usually unobtainable anyhow. This year I have decided instead to make obtainable goals, simple things like cleaning up and getting rid of crap, sorting out crafting stash, most importantly I want to find my style. I have spent a year toying with everyone else's style, I think now it is time to find my own style, and get rid of things that are nothing to do with it.

Happy New Year to all!!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Merry Christmas everyone

Been a long and trying year, but here's hoping for a better one next year. Merry Christmas to all, cyah after Christmas.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Art Journaling Sunday

Unfortunately I had an accident and lost all my pictures on-line and off line.

Yesterday was art journaling Sunday over at Art from the Heart. Only 6 of us braved the bad weather and made our way to the studio for a day of fun, a little learning of a new journaling technique and allot of messing. My jumper was yellow when I got home! This one is in my large A4 journal and was finished at home last night in bed, so calming abit of colouring in and doodling in bed.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

WOYWW Dec 15th

Its that time of the week again! Is it just me or is the end of this year flying by?

So my desk this week is as usual stuffed full of junk, we have rosettes for decorating the in-laws presents with, they have to look classy so i'm making an effort. Punches to make the rosettes and to make paper ribbon with for said presents. My presents to myself a gypsy!! Arrived yesterday and I am very happy with it. Also got this book, its not bad actually. I haven't finished reading it yet but so far so good. Have a good Wednesday!

Unfortunately I had an accident and lost all my pictures on-line and off line.

Saturday, 4 December 2010


The lovely Flutterby crafter has given me this wonderful award.  I am very thankful to be remembered and grateful that someone thinks I have a good blog!

So now I need to tell you 3 things that make me different from everyone else.

1:  I am as flat footed as a elephant and sound like one when I forget to walk daintily!

2: I can leg press 150kg.

3: I cold turkey quit smoking from pure will power.

And now to pass this on to other fabulous blogger's, but here is the catch, almost everyone has it so I cant pass it on to the required 5. So if you think your blog has attitude then take this award and spread it around!

Couple Journal Pages

Couple of new pages from my molskine journal that I completed in November. The first one is actually purple not blue, no idea why it is showing up as as blue.

The one below is the front page of my journal. It has my address on the left so I have covered it up for the photo.

Stay safe in the snow!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Art everyday in November! Finished!

Well I did it! My goal for November was to do something creative every day and tidy up 10 things. I sailed through being creative every day even while having a nasty cold that could very well have been a mild flu (I have had full on flu before so I know what it feels like). It is easy to squiggle in your journal while sat in bed watching telly surrounded by snotty tissues, but not so easy to tidy up, I failed on the tridy up part of my challenge but I am still very happy that I managed to create, that is what was important to me.

WOYWW 1st Dec

Whats on my desk today? A package from Dina Wakley containing the infamous shaky pens that are only sold in the USA and a journal page for me to stick into my circle journal!! What a lovely suprise, I am totally amazed that we got post this morning, it has been snowing none stop since before I got up and the road is all filled in with snow, how the post lady got here is beyond me! Dedication for you! I think a small pressie is in order for her this Christmas!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Ladies Who Lunch Meet

The lovely ladies who lunch met up today and created this wonderful piece of work, well this ones mine they all came out very different. Inspired by a shadow box from Samuel Taylors of Brighouse the parts were hunted down and created. The photo doesn't show it very well but its all 3D inside the box, they all came out wonderfully!! Thanks ladies for a fab day and some fab food too!!

Also this week I got my hands messy in someone else's journal. Part of the AFTH circle journal, I am second to last to go in it, shall be passing it on to the final contributor on Saturday.

And random cuteness: Patch one of my cats.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

WOYWW 10th November

Shameless plug, My e-Bay is full of stuff I want to sell.... Crafting stuff so please take a look, I need to make some room for when I move.

Its that time again....... You may recognise this box from a couple of weeks ago, the results of the poll were to go the way of steampunk. So this week I have made a start on it, no where near finished. Outside is covered with Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutant papers. Inside is book page stamped and coloured with distress ink.

My mission to make art everyday in November is going great, really getting into the swing of it now and will show my progress via my calendar journal in the next few days.

Freddie is doing great, he's been to the poodle parlour and had a pamper, putting on weight now and managing with loosing his leg, he did have a down week where he looked positively suicidal but he seems to have overcome that and is becoming a very happy dog again.

EDIT: The post just arrived!!!!!

My Art From The Heart Circle Journal has come home!!!!!!! whooopppp whooopppp oh my word it is fabulous!!

My 5/50 ATC's collection from the Doone!!!!!!!! It is more gorgeous in real life than in the picture I love it!!!!!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Day 5 of the November challenge

Whooop its Bonfire night!!!! cats are chillin on the radiator, Rich took me out for a lovely Pakistani buffet dinner which was OMG awesome at a little place called The Street in Brighouse. If you go get the sweet lassai drink and the pistachio kulfie ice cream!!! Cleaned up a bit today, not all the 10 things on my list tho so slap my hand i'm too full to continue now!! Made my design team project for Sunday over at Keep it Simple so I cant show it yet here's a teaser!! Have a good night, couch n coffee n bad telly is calling me!!

Anne is also joining me on this challenge so go take a lookie at her blog, its fab.

We only have 1 entry this week at keep it simple so to be with a good chance of winning a fab prize, you have till early Sunday to enter!!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Preping n stuff

So started preparing and messing about with my find from tesco, the little angels, embossing didn't work, well what i wanted to do didn't work!! The hearts are taking ages to cover and dry with paint, used the eco green clam shall and so far had to do about 5 layers. the 2 packets on my keyboard are a gift from my Mum she saw on create and craft and thought I would like them, and I do!! So cleaning up: Done Being arty: Done. I don't think I am going to post every day as I don't want to spam everyone so I am going to update my progress of my November challenge every couple of days.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

WOYWW 3rd November 2010

Its Wednesday again!!! For people who have asked here is an update on the poor dog Freddie. So on my desk today, some wooden hearts to undercoat later and some dinner menus from my Great Granddad's 80th birthday dinner in 1981. Their is a funny tale behind it and why I am keeping the menus. They will go with the funny tale in my journal. Suppose I best tell you the tale......... I was 3 at the time and being a child in them days was ignored apart from dinner niceties like cutting my food. I didn't like to be ignored so I shouted at the top of my voice ''Our cats got fleas'' and made everyone look, Mum slid under the table in embarrassment.......

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Tuesday Taggers challenge

This weeks challenge over at Tuesday Tagger's is Taste of the Orient. For this challenge and my own challenge to do something arty every day in November I decided to re cover a ring bound journal that I didn't like how I had decorated it. The front cover is silk sticky backed paper, I think it is DCWV but i'm not sure it wasn't with the original packaging and the back is done with matching normal paper from the same set. The inside covers also done with paper from the set. Feels lovely and looks pretty cool but the camera hasn't picked up the colours right, maybe because today was just grey all day outside!!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Art everyday in November - Edited with picture

I have been following lots of blogs and you tube vids and ustream's lately, everyone seems to be talking about the same thing. Making art every day throughout November. It does not have to be a finished piece but its all about working on something every day. I think it is part of the 21 secrets that is going on at the moment but not sure. So I thought it would help my funk of late where I think everything I am doing looks the same. So today's goal: make a large journal page calendar. Will upload it once I have worked out the dimensions and done the background.

Also I am going to put 10 things away per day: should be cleaned up and have space back by the end of the month!!

If you join me please leave a link to your blog so I can come snoop at what you are doing!!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Ladies Who Lunch Club

Well the Ladies Who Lunch Club was in full swing yesterday, but this time we didn't just lunch, we crafted and lunched and gossiped and generally had a real fun day. It is so nice to share ideas and experience with other people that isn't in a classroom, it was very relaxing and much more fun. This is my finished canvass.... I think its finished may add more to it later.....

Freddie Update

Freddie is doing wonderfully!! His operation to remove the leg went brilliantly and it is healing very well. He is running and playing and all in all a happy dog. He did have one little hiccup with the stump, he pulled a stitch out with his head cone and emptied a small pocket of stray blood all over Ian's front room, it looked like someone had been murdered in the room!! He was taken straight to the vet who said it was actually a good thing and it saves them draining it later which would cause some discomfort. Today Freddie made lots of new friends at the dog park and was very tired when they came up to the factory, he is fast asleep in this picture.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Firstly an update on the poor dog Freddie. His leg went bad within a couple of hours over the weekend so he had to be rushed to the emergency vet and have his leg removed. Poor thing, he hasn't had a good start in life at all. But I do believe dogs with 3 legs manage just as well as dogs with 4 so it should all work out in the end.

So onto my desk. All thats on it today is a spending spree from Art from the Heart LOL oh and the usual coffee.

So we have Stampotique cat and midge, 7Gypsies stamp set, Tims mini fasteners and 3 new Dylusions stamp plates. Also got some loose 12X12 papers from graphic 45 in their steampunk debutant range and on the boardwalk range.

Friday, 15 October 2010

A sad story with a good ending (kinda)

When you hear about this sort of thing your first reaction is to go, but why?? I couldnt get my head round it and it has really made me loose alittle bit of my faith in humanity.

Meet Freddie - some sort of Lurcher breed of dog. (the reason for where it is laid is explained later)

Andrew is a farmer, he is a relatively new farmer and has a farm in Cheshire, he shares some land with the farm next door which is owned by an old school farmer. 2 weeks ago in the early evening the sheep were making a fuss, the farmers thought that it was a fox so they went out from 2 sides in their land rovers to take a look, anyone that knows rural farmers know they were gun in hand and ready to protect their livestock. Luckily for Freddie Andrew saw that it was a dog so didn't shoot, as they got closer they saw the damage that had been done to the dog. The old school farmer wanted to put it out of its very obvious misery but Andrew being a dog lover and a big softie wanted to give it a chance, off to the vet Freddie went. The vet explained that it looked like, to him, the dog had been stamped on to break its leg and then it had been thrown over the wall and left to die. Freddie now has 3 pins in his leg and is extremely thin and very much in skeletal condition so had been neglected for some time. Andrew had Freddie at his farm for a few days but with all his other dogs cant give him the attention that a mist-treated dog needs. Enter Ian, one of the people who rents space from my Mom. He went to Cheshire on Tuesday and brought Freddie up here to his home, unfortunately as any mistreated dog he has chewed, he is a big dog........ he has chewed through a door being left alone for only a little under 2 hours. Today after much shouting by the wife he decided to bring Freddie to work. Made him a nice bed and made sure he couldn't get out. I spent an hour with the dog today and it is the most soft, lovely and affectionate dog ever. I sat on the make shift bed with him and he hugged me cleaned me and fell asleep on my leg. Again I ask but why???

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

WOYWW 71 - please vote

Good morning good morning, what's on my desk today? well a vote for you all. I have this metal box I want to decorate but I cant decide how to decorate it, so cutesy Magnolia style or cool Steampunky style, you decide!!

Steampunky: 12
Cutesy:        2

Thanks for looking

Monday, 4 October 2010

Gutter Girlz Prompt 44 - I am

The latest Gutter Girlz prompt is: I am, well that is what I am using from the 3 part prompt. I have had trouble adding my work to their blog so hoping that the problem whatever it was is fixed and I can once again join in. So paint is from Art from the Heart's own range of Dylusions, stamps are Hero Arts and Tim Holtz, lady is Graphic 45 and little girl is Stampotique. Writing was done with a Posca marker.

Dunno what is up with blogger, been trying to add this all day. It refused to upload so I had to figure out the Picassa web album and load it manually into their then add it that way.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Circle Journal

I haven't been able to post the last few circle journals that I have made a page in as they follow my blog!! I know for a fact that this one does not follow my blog as she doesn't have a blog so here it is. This journal is filled with amazing work and I had to follow Dyan, it was scary!!! I had no idea where I was going with this layout but it took form quite quickly. I am very happy with it and even added some new tiny gems I found on e-bay onto the bird and the flower boarder.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Walked in this morning with my coffee to find this on my workdesk. Hes behind me now pushing me off my chair!! cheeky little bugger

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

WOYWW 66 8th Sept

This weeks WOYWW, I have new masks that arrived this morning from create and craft where they were doing a buy one get one free last week, a score of new Magnolia stamps. Beady eyes will see my next Design Team card for Keep it Simple (I use my other blog for that). Some AquaMarkers and a water colour pad that I was messing about with in bed last night. Standard large cuppa coffee. I have cleaned up abit but you would never tell.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Tuesday Taggers & Compendium of Curiosities Challenges

Firstly sorry for the bad picture, my PC is in the shop for repair so I am on our ''spare'' one which is Jurassic and slow and ugh so I have no ability to dress up the picture or even straighten it ( I will replace the piccy when I get my PC back).

So I am entering this canvass into 2 challenges, firstly the Compendium of Curiosities which is grunge flowers and Secondly Tuesday Taggers which is Books. This has been made by request as a 2nd wedding anniversary present for the husband to give to the wife.

Items used: Dyan's spray inks and pearl powder from Art from the Heart, Distress ink, Beads from stash, Grunge paper, book page, Tims birdcage and tattered florals die, Tim's stamps.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

WOYWW 1st September

I missed last weeks WOYWW due to the family funeral, this week on my desk is a box that was found in Grandad's house that belonged to my Great Grandad and is FULL to bursting with old post cards dating from 1890 onwards. I snagged this one real fast!!! Included are lots of scenes like bridges and rivers and comedy post cards as well as the worlds tallest man (the one on top). War time memorabilia and Charlie Chaplin pictures. Lots are written on but I don't know the people who wrote them they are my Great Grandad's Cousins from Cheshire, we lost contact with that part of the family before I was even born.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Summer Batik Card

Made this little summery card today for 4 challenges. Firstly the Compendium of Curiosities challenge 11, secondly Stampin for the Weekend which is a theme of anything goes thirdly  Mojo Monday challenge 153 which is a totally fab sketch and just up my street and lastly Simon Says Stamp and Show which is a theme of anything Tim. The technique used for the batik is from Tim's book The Compendium of Curiosities and I used tumbled glass and stormy sky distress ink, blue ribbon from stash and some shell beads. Stamp is a Judikins cube called shell cube 1.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Printers Tray

Had a great day yesterday at Art from the Heart, although Dyan was too ill to teach the class the lovely Katie took over and lead us through the steps. Had a good day but couldn't concentrate very well so I didn't get anywhere near finishing it but I managed to finish it today. Background was made with Dyan's paint and altered originals spray inks. Images are Dyan's new stamps which will be in shops September hopefully, I want all 4 sets!!!! Coloured the images with Pro-Markers today and assembled. I had the brainstorm of adding magnets to the back so I can change the pictures and make a Christmas set, it was suggested in class to use masking tape to stick them in so you could change the pictures.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Wednesday again!! Its been a horrid week, see previous post but things got a bit better today. Firstly I won!!!! the whole set of brand spanking new Aqua markers from Passion for Pro-Markers!!!!!! Holy rusted metal batman!!!!! I ordered some items from a new art supply shop I found yesterday and it apparently arrived today at 7:20am!!!! Hello yeah right I am awake at that time in a morning so I haven't got the goodies but tomorrow I will!! I have re-arranged delivery for after 9am, should have put that on the special instructions at checkout me thinks. Also on my desk is some of my new addiction Washi tape that arrived this morning in the normal post and I have allready whipped it out and added it to the pages of a circle journal I am taking part in, beady eyes will also see I have cleaned up some and got rid of the awful handmade purple storage box and have a gardeners trugg now that I made at Art from the Heart in a class - it has tags to go with it but they get in the way and I was damaging them so they are not in it for now. Speaking of Art from the Heart Dyan is real ill at the moment so pop along to her blog and leave your best wishes if you feel like it, I am sure it will make her feel happier.

We have finished the final arrangements for Grandad this morning and have the funeral date and wake all set, just need to work out the numbers for the buffet he requested, so far we are at over 75 attendee's, cant say that many people would be at my funeral!! I don't know that many people!!

Monday, 16 August 2010

And he is gone.

Today my Grandad Peter Jones lost his battle with cancer. Rest in peace finally.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 9

This weeks Compendium of Curiosities Challenge is page 42, to find out how to do this best go get the book!! For my part of the challenge I have crackled the children on the bench which is an old prima stamp. The sun beams are also crackled but by useing Dreamweaver crackle paste not the crackle paint.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

WOYWW 11th August

Nothing on my desk this week apart from a tag I am gessoing and the gesso isn't doing a good job, think it may have gone off if that's possible, so this is what is next to me, 2 sets of drawers stacked on top of each other filled to bursting and loads of stacking boxes as well as crafting books including a signed by the man himself Distressables and a signed by the lady herself collage discovery workshop book. Click the link in my sidebar and see if theirs anything you might want from my unused stash, as you can see I need to make some space for all the new goodies from CHA...... If anyone wants the job lot of PMC stuff I am happy to do a deal as I never really got into it.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Dina Weekend

The above 2 are not finished and are in my large journal, after this weekend I am alot more comfortable working at this size so I think I will be in it alot more now. The below pictures are finished pages.

The final image is a combination of everything I have learned from Dina, I wont go into detail's you will have to take the class for yourselves. All I can say is it is well worth it!!!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Me n Dina

Fab day at Art from the Heart today on day 1 of Dina Wakley weekend, Very tired tho it was a long day but a good long day so I will post pictures of what I did today probably next week.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Macabre Monday 50: Foul Flutterings

This weeks Macabre Monday challenge is ''Foul Fluttering's'' for this challenge I decided to make a gothic arch from mount board, not the easiest thing to cut but it kept me busy. The quote was punched out with one of them dymo machines and seems to be quite impossible to photo (if you enlarge it you can see it better), its in a script text and says '' Even angels need angels some times''. Background is painted black then has green and blue patina eco green paint smooshed on with the good old priceless tool my finger, then painted with blonde moments crackle medium then painted black again over the top, love the last part as it cracks instantly its so cool. Image is random angel statue from on-line.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Well everyone's doing the WOYWW so I thought I would join in. Today we have my Molskine with the start of a new page and lots and lots of mess all around, yes I only have a small working space but the keyboard is wireless and gets thrown behind me to make quite alot of space really. Also beady eyes will spy my new find, Washi Tape, or Japanese masking tape or what is widely known as Tim Holtz tissue tape. I ordered it yesterday and I was very shocked when it arrived today!! A lovely lady called Amanda, her selling site is a blog tho so its pretty weird, just scroll down and go to older posts to find it if you want some, half the price of rangers stuff and it comes in a gazillion patterns too!! We also have the staple coffee, pop tarts were already eaten!! glass bead gel, eco green die cut shapes pack and alot of signs that I really should just spend an hour cleaning it up!

Enjoy your day

New Page in my Molskine

Finished this page last night in my Molskine, The words read: ''Accept that some days you are the pigeon and  some days you are the statue''. Sprayed background with fuchsia ink from Dyan images random from the web and glass bead gel in the top and bottom corners.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

5 More Sleeps!!!!!

Whooop I am sooo excited for this coming weekend!!!

 DINA CLASS!!!!!!!!! at Art From the Heart starting on Friday and I am going to all 3 class's too!!

I popped over to Dyan's this morning to help out cooking for her weekend class and got to get my grubby little mitts on the sample swatches of the new spray ink's, all I can say is Vanilla Custard im in love!!!!!

Saturday, 31 July 2010

L3 Studio Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 7

This weeks L3 Studio Compendium of Curiosities Challenge is page 55. I have made a hanging fragment out of a packet of fragments that the lovely Pat gave me and will be adding this to a project that I will be finishing later in the week. I have had a small surgery this week so I have been unable to complete the project for the challenge but I will finish it I promise!!!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

What is that!!!????

What is that?? is the question I had yesterday about 500 times, well its Ruby the ''Labradoodle'' and my sisters almost 1yr old puppy and currently the bane of my life. My Aunt was supposed to be looking after her but when I went to pick up some things yesterday for my Mom I was told ''Take it, its doing my f***ing head in'' so I have to look after her for 2 weeks while my sister is in Spain....... she not trained in any way, an escape artist and doesn't come back so you cant let her get out or let her off the lead, she is eating everything and peeing everywhere, its a good job I have a wash vac, the things already nearly worn out from so much use!! So anyone want a dog? any takers? its err house trained honest!!!!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Colour My World Class

I have joined Alisa Burke's Colour your world on-line class, this is the first assignment, to make a colour wheel. Image is a digital download coloured with Pro-Markers. Having fun so far with the class, you still have time to join up if you fancy it.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Gutter Girls Prompt 39 (Warning Swearing Involved)

Due to the image of my journal page containing rude words I thought I would put up a random cuteness picture from my kitties first and post a warning. So here's Wodderwick and Stumpalina, they don't share very well and were both fighting over who had the crinkly tube then they got bored and went to sleep in it like this, odd I know. So on to the Gutter Girlz prompt and swearing.

The part of The Gutter Girlz Prompt 39 that I have used is the song Dickhead by Kate Nash, now I can't say I liked it and in no way did the grammar make sense but I used it to my own advantage and changed the grammar (I really couldn't stand it, ''Why are you being a dickhead for'' I mean seriously, no wonder kids these days are like they are, they cant even speak, anyhow back to the topic) So, mixed media piece in my Moleskine journal, Dyan's new inks  and they have 10% off on-line orders at the moment too, Lots of stamping with distress inks and other random inks I put my grubby paws on. If you haven't guessed it yet this is another page about my ex. I cant seem to do anything different when I get him out of my system, the page's all look the same to me, I think its the anger I cant concentrate and just get so annoyed I have to blurt it all out at once so it doesn't look very pretty.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Canvass Picture

It was my sisters birthday last week and well I hold my hands up I forgot - luckily for me I haven't seen her so she has no idea that I forgot!! Stroke of luck or what? So I have made her a little canvass that I am combining with a couple of challenges.  First is Studio L3 Challenge: Multi Medium Collage, Second is Tuesday Tagger's Challenge: Make a canvass which is sponsored by the lovely Dyan over at Art from the Heart.

Canvass and wings are painted with ranger paint dabbers, heart and wording are painted with blonde moments acrylic paint. Heart and wings are made from grungeboard, heart covered with book page using multi-medium. Phrase is from Tim Holtz. Hope she likes it!!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Dirty Hands = Fun Day

Stained hands = a fab day at Art from the Heart!!

Today we made a very usable little handbag from some cloth and some inks and a nifty cheap sewing machine, here's my effort, head on over to Dyan's blog later (once she has uploaded the pics) to check all the other class member's bag's out. (sorry for the bad light we are in the middle of another thunderstorm)

Friday, 16 July 2010

Crafty Day - An altered book story

Had a fab day at Art from the Heart, today's class was making this altered book. Lots of ink lots of grunge board and most of all lots of fun. I still have the tags to finish but its pretty much done!!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Macabre Monday - Wacko Jacko's

This weeks challenge over at Macabre Monday is Wacko Jacko's - For this page in my journal I made a background with Dyan's new spray inks in burnt orange (love this colour!!!) and combined an image from the brand spanking new Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland papers and a phrase from one of Dyan's download sheets.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Whoop Whoop I made the Gruesome Twosome!!!

Whoop Whoop my Carrot Tops on parade made the Gruesome Twosome over at Macabre Monday!!!!!

Aunty's Birthday Pressie

Its my Aunt's birthday today so I made her a little picture, this is it without the frame. Dyan's spray inks, some paint and alittle mask of a bird that I made on the pc. She said she liked it!!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

The dog days (were) over

Well just when I thought all the problems with the pub next door were all fixed and a journal page was finished that very night the same problem of noise in the early AM hours started again. Sods law really I shouldn't have done a page so fast.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Macabre Monday - Marvellous Masking

This weeks Macabre Monday Challenge is Marvellous Masking. I have finally been able to finish one having started off flying and then just being halted in my tracks! Image is stampotique coloured with the new altered originals dye ink sprays by Dyan at Art from the Heart. Loved making this page in my journal it was alot of fun.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Image Transfer With Packing Tape Tutorial

If you like this tutorial please feel free to link it on your blog, but please do not take any of my images or directly copy/paste my tutorial onto your own blog. Thanks.

I cant say that I invented this technique and I really dont know who did but I think its fab!! So I thought after a few people asked that I would do a mini tutorial.

Items required: Printer, Piece of card that will go through the printer, Packing tape, Bone folder, Scissors (maybe a plaster).

Step 1: Cover the card in packing tape. I found it easier to go the shortest distance, you want to keep it wrinkle free and smooth it out flat as you are placing it down. If you have really good coated card and really crap packing tape this process is really simple.

Step 2: Cut the excess off and then burnish it down with a bone folder, don't be tempted to fold the tape round the back, you will have problems with your printer. I left an area at one end with no tape on it as my printers annoying and won't pull it through with tape on it.

Step 3: Find copyright free image/bought downloads and do the usual manipulation to get them to the size you want. Please note: If you print words they need to be backwards!!!!

Step 4: You do have a little play time as the ink wont dry on the packing tape but don't wait too long. Carefully place the images face down onto your intended transfer surface and hold them in place, don't let go until you are done. Burnish the back and presto you have your image transfer. If you hold it all together at one end you can carefully lift the none-held end to check how the transfer is coming on, as you can see on my lady transfer I didn't burnish enough where the line's of tape meet but for this example I am leaving it to show you how not to do it!!

Here's the 3 examples together. Left printed on plain paper, Middle the end result transfer, Right the transfer. The good part about this is you can just wipe off the remaining ink with a baby wipe and use your image transfer card over and over or until in my case the printer chews it up and wont spit it out!!
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