Friday, 2 December 2016

Light and Darkness for AJJ and a Hot Air Balloon for the Christmas tree

Hi... its 8c outside and one of those gloomy overcast (and cold? unless its just me) days that make you just want to curl up in front of the tv with a good film or go play and have some arty messy fun... or maybe both :)

I'm linking up to the new AJJ December theme 'Light and Darkness'   hosted by the lovely Valerie.
My piece is a mix of real art and digital. The real art using Portfolio water soluble oil pastels plus a black Stabilo all pencil.

The original artwork  (see below) was not so dark, so when I was adjusting it digitally,
I copied and layered it 3 times and added some effects to it to darken it.
Then I added some digital stars and word art to finish.
A couple of days ago I promised to show some more
of the decorations I've been making for our Steampunk tree.

For this piece I used 2 dies (a clock and an air balloon) and the clock inners stamp from Sheena Douglass 'Time Traveller' Perfect Partners range.  The clock hands were Marianne dies and a Nestability scallop circle die used to cut out the stamped image.

To make things more sturdy each part has a layer of craft foam in the middle and card either side. Glued all together with Cosmic Shimmer glue.

I wanted to make the original air balloon different and slightly bigger so used the balloon under the clock and sandwiched it between the scallop circle of craft foam.

The faux metallic effects done using various metallic paints, matte eco paint for verdigris/patina and a little extra rub-on wax to grunge more. But because its for Christmas I added a little iridescent glitter glue for some extra sparkle and some little gem stones.
Thanks for stopping by today
and for any comments.
Have a great day and if you happen to have an excess
of sunshine  you don't need - please send it over my way :)
Gill xx

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Stripes for MM&M and some baubles for my Steampunk tree

Nearly didn't make it in time for MM&M Stripes challenge as had a bit of a hectic month.
So I've created an all digital piece using a kit called 'Words to live by' by Kimeric Kreations.
One of the cool tools in the software I use are 'digital scissors' -I used this to cut up the blue digital paper into stripes. 

At long last Dave made some of Valeries super spice bars after she so kindly shared the recipe with us back in august - and if you haven't already tried these, I can thoroughly recommend them as they are really yummy!

The first attempt, Dave made an error and somehow left the sugar out so that wasted a batch and then he had no chocolate left to drizzle on top for the second batch. Not sure how we ran out of chocolate, that was bad planning! ha ha,  but even so, they were really lovely and also very nice with custard. 
 Great recipe - thanks Valerie x

October was spent finishing all the Christmas cards and November spent making more ornaments for our Steampunk themed Christmas tree. I'm done making them for this year now so now I need to clear up all the mess that is all over my 3 tables and a lot of the floor too.
The hooks on the front of my shelves were great
for dangling things that needed to dry.
I had great fun making 5 of these using silver baubles, metallic paints, green eco paint and fun foam.

 I will show some other things I made for the tree another time.
thanks for stopping by
hope your day is a good one
Gill xx

Thursday, 17 November 2016

A sort of abstract/doodle page for AJJ

Hope your day going well.
At last yesterday I finished writing in all my Christmas cards - big sigh of relief :) So now that's all out of the way I can concentrate more on making some art and also on the stuff for our Steampunk Christmas tree which will hopefully be going up at the weekend. So this morning I finished a piece started about a week ago for this months fab AJJ challenge, the theme is 'Collage - but no wings, leaves or faces' and was chosen by the lovely Susi. I'd been struggling with this and maybe because the card thing is now out of the way it seemed to come together more easily this morning to finish off.

 I started with some bits torn out of my hubbies wine magazine
 and gessoed over some of the area but it wasn't looking good
 and I'd no idea really what I was going to do anyway.
 Added some paint and a little stencilling
 and still no idea what I was doing.
 Some doodling with black and white pens
 but still not looking right.
Added more paint, stencilling, bottle cap stamped bits and dots and I think I have a fun abstract/doodled page that I am a bit more happier with.
Have a great day wherever you are
and thanks so much for stopping by.
Gill x

Monday, 14 November 2016

Wheels for MM&M

Hello everyone 

I did this last week and forgot to post as been feeling a bit out of sorts for a few days with a throat/glands thing, probably after getting cold when our heating broke down Wednesday afternoon - brrrr that seemed a long 24-ish hours till it was mended.
I used a mix of stamps from Viva Décor, IndigoBlu and 'Artemio'.
Colour is Distress stains, Aquamarkers and coloured pencils.

 I'm a bit behind so will try and catch up
with your posts asap :)
Have a great day.
Gill x

Monday, 7 November 2016

Collage playing for AJJ


My first attempt for Susi's fun collage challenge at AJJ where we mustn't use wings, leaves or faces. I've not really done that much collage before so this should be a fun month to experiment and play.

I found it hard to get a decent photo due to lack of light as the days have been shorter and not so bright. I'm not particularly pleased with how the page turned out and so first thing this morning I sat in bed drinking tea watching some tutorials online to hopefully improve my skills for the next pieces.

I started with a few pieces of collage looking paper, plus a couple of postage stamps - and oh no - there's a face on the stamp!

Painted and drew over the face on the postage stamp and added some Washi tape then some colour on page with water soluble pastels and Inktense blocks/pencils.

Finished with some more washi tape
and a bit of stencilling and doodling.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope your day was a good one.
Gill xx

Monday, 31 October 2016

Last Indian Summer for AJJ and a Happy Halloween x

Happy Halloween
Hope you have a fabulous fun day wherever you are.
The sun is shining again here and it may the last day for Valeries wonderful  Indian Summer/Golden October/Autumn theme at AJJ but I'm hoping the pleasant warm and sunny days we've been having here last through November too.
My page for AJJ has a mix of Aquamarkers and distress ink on background, then a layer of gesso then some leaf doodling with Prima water soluble oil pastels and Posca paint markers. Words added digitally.

At Halloween we often get out our few scary movies we have to watch, nothing too scary though, probably something like 'Hocus Pocus' with Bette Midler.
Albert wanted a break from being in my craft room and said he wanted to go trick or treating and  wish everyone a Happy Halloween. He wasn't too happy when I said it probably wasn't a good idea.
I said I'd pass on his message - so he looks a bit more happier now :)
 I'm waiting for Mr Postman and hoping he has some treats and not tricks when he calls...
hopefully today..... with an early Christmas present..... a collection of Steampunk dies and stamps
by Sheena Douglass..... great for my Steampunk theme Christmas tree.. yeaay!
Thanks for stopping by
Hope your day is good!
Gill x

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Forever Autumn for AJJ and some cards

Happy Saturday everyone..
Hope you're having a lovely weekend. I've had a break from the de-cluttering today and had some time in my craft room and managed to make a page for Valeries lovely theme at AJJ Indian Summer - Golden October - Autumn and made a few cards.
For my page I used a mix of stamps including one large foam stamp and a stencil.

I wanted to play again with the lovely Donna aka Inky Quirky Designs 'Beki' stamps that arrived a couple of days ago but was also wanting to make a few more Christmas cards. So I found a suitable message stamp and Santa with sleigh stamp from my stash and mixed them with the set and made a couple of Christmas cards and one other with just the stamps from the set. I stamped with versafine ink and did some paper piecing - a great way to use up odd scraps of paper.
Thanks for stopping by
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Gill x