Archive for June, 2012

Crafty goodies

June 23, 2012

I haven’t done much playing with paint this month since my calendar page, the lack of sunshine seems to be really affecting my creative mojo. I have part knitted 3 socks and they are all up to the cuff now.
I did receive some fab crafty goodies for my birthday at the start of the month, including the wonderful Cloth Paper Scissors book and Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor.  Both are really inspiring and full of techniques I want to try.  I also got 3 back issues of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine including the Jan/Feb 2012 one that has the word birds by Ann Ellis that Kate Crane made here.
Mum and I took a trip to London and went to visit Blade Rubber Stamps near the British Museum. It’s a lovely shop filled with loads of stamps, inks etc but most of all I loved the fact that they have loads of inspiring magazines that I can only get by mail and I so much prefer to have a flick through before I buy a magazine! I just wish I lived closer as I’d love to go and do a workshop there. We also visited Liberty’s and oooo’ed and ahhh’ed over the haberdashery, yarn, fabric and the Manolo Blahnik shoes!!

I have bought myself a small “kraft A5 landscape  scrapbook” from Paperchase, as a cheaper alternative to a SMASH book and I SMASHed pages for the trip to London, my birthday and a pretty tea bag from a meal at Wagamama’s.  If you haven’t heard of SMASH books (and I hadn’t until the end of May when I read about them on thekathrynwheel.blogspot.com) go to the link and click on the video.  It’s pretty much a no fuss scrap book for all those little things you like to keep i.e. cinema tickets, pretty leaflets, labels from clothes that are nice, all the little bits and bobs you usually just chuck in an old shoebox.  Well now there’s a place to SMASH them without some of the planning involved with scrapbooking.  They have pages with designs and print on already and come with a pen/glue stick for smashing on the go but I decided to try it out with a plain book before I splashed out the cash on a real one.  I will try and post pictures of my pages soon.  But now I need to go and get inspired about my July Calendar pages as it’s only a week until the first!!!

Jubilee June!

June 9, 2012


This is my June page for the 365 Calendar Challenge I had to do a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee themed page because it would be rude not to! Also, my birthday is on 6th so when I was 2 the Silver Jubilee fell on my actually birthday. We had a street party and part of the red, white and blue cake was decorated pink just for me!! I tried to make my 6th June stamp pink in memory but it doesn’t really show up in the photos.


I masked out the Union flag using Dylusions sprays and Tim Holtz distress inks to colour in the blue/red bits. I also masked out a crown at the same time which I later coloured in with yellow Inktense pencil so that it showed up. The day stamps were made using a stamp of a Stamp from Pink Paislee – Daily Junque by masking out the bicycle in the middle and cutting them all out. Then I drew a silhouette of the Queen’s head and put barn door and chipped sapphire distress inks on using an ink blending tool and voila! Stamps!! Then I made bunting using the free Stamposaurus stamp from June Craft Stamper and sewed it together with my sewing machine. The ‘June 2012’ words were drawn on a Tube map my friend Alice picked up for me with Sharpies and then it was all stuck together. I think it worked out quite well, I just need to get on with filling it in!!