Finally my July Calendar page! This is the latest I’ve been so far. But at least it’s still July.
Close up of Ruby Rainbow stamp by Dylusions and my writing in white marker.
The quote reads “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to Dance in the rain!!” I wanted to comment on the rubbish weather we’ve been having in the UK this summer but I also wanted to reflect how I need to remember to look on the positive because work has been so rubbish as well That’s also why I made it a really rainbow page to counteract the gloomy weather. And now the Sun is shining!!!
I have finally created my July Calendar page but I haven’t taken photos of it yet. I only made it last Sunday so I’m well and truly late this month. But at least I did finish it during the month. I’m not thinking about what to do for August so that I’m not late again.
Work is not great at the moment and it’s sapping my creative energy big time. I have got knitting group tomorrow and I’m hoping that I’ll feel more like making things while the sun is shining.
I am reading tonnes though and bought 25 second hand books today, mostly Agatha Christies as they are perfect reading for my tired brain at the moment.
I’ll try to post pics of July page tomorrow.
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!!!
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!!
This is my May 2012 calendar challenge page done, I only did it this weekend so it’s definitely late. I’m not having a good time at the moment so I wasn’t feeling much like being creative. It’s Dylusions mustard paint (which isn’t available anymore) applied with a baby wipe, stamped with the Tim Holtz Papillon words and butterflies. I made the days out of a papermania ticket stamp and coloured them with Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Tea Stain and Shabby Shutters. The butterflies were stamped on a tissue and adhered with matt medium and then coloured with Inktense pencils. I also added a tissue tape/button flower. It’s turned out OK considering it was a bit of a rush job without creative mojo.
Close up of butterfly made 3D with glossy accents. I love the Papillon stamps I’ve already used them to decorate a blank MDF pen pot for my desk.
This is April finished and as you can see last week started with a “really c**p day!”
I just hope that it improves during May but we’ll see.
I liked the birds I’d been making for cards so much that I made a brooch.
I coloured a piece of calico with Dylusions inks and acrylic paints. I added more layers and texture using Stewart Gill fabric paints and stamping with Archival Jet Black Ink and backed it with some vilene using bondaweb.
I used my sewing machine to edge the pieces, made legs with jewellery wire (24 gauge), backed the whole thing with a piece of fabric, added an eye, beak and a brooch back and have been wearing him on my green coat ever since.
And look here are some friends of his that are works in progress….
I wanted a pair of orange Converse but couldn’t find any and was also a little bit reluctant to fork out another £40 for some as I’ve just treated myself to pair of green ones. (I have a bit of a thing for Converse!!). So when I found these yellow cheap ones I thought I’d get them and maybe embellish them with sewing or something to make them orange. Suddenly I had a light bulb moment – ping! and realised that I could paint and stamp them. So I did. I used Dylusions lemon yellow and satsuma sprays first. Then I sprayed a bit more through my Crafters Workshop swirl stencil and a dots/stars one. I then mixed a red and yellow fabric paint by Stewart Gill together to make two shades of orange that I stencilled through the stars and let it dry for a day. I also used a bottle top to put some mustard Dylusions acrylic paint in places. I stamped them with a flourish using Archival jet black ink and touched it up with a permanent marker. Finally I stencilled some Galactica artic Stewart Gill fabric paint through the stars again to give it a bit of twinkle. They are sprayed with scotchguard but to be honest I wouldn’t wear them in the wet anyway so they didn’t really need it. So what do you think?? My mum loves them and I now have a blue pair to make for her.
And as I’m stuck in blue/orange world this is my April calendar page for the 365 Calendar Challenge. The houses were drawn on music paper and painted with water colours and so were the letters for APRIL. The background is sprayed with Dylusions blue and turquoise ink and I tried to add some orange paint but it looks more like a muddy yellow to me.
Detail of houses – I made the windows reflective by putting Glossy Accents on them.
These are some bird cards I’ve made recently from painted card, wire and a bit of embossing. The top one is a Congratulations on the birth of your baby card, hence the little bird with the mummy one. But I’ve also made one and used it as an Engagement card. Since I thought of the idea I’ve made 6 of them and I seem to be addicted. They’re so much fun to make and great to use up scraps of painted/stenciled paper that I experimented on. I gave them wire legs because I wanted them to be quirky.
My March page is ready! I only finished it last night so I was a little late this month. It was a lovely way to de-stress after a week at work though, I must remember to do something creative/crafty on Friday evenings in future. The background was sprayed with Dylusions inks in lemon yellow, satsuma, poppy red and bubblegum pink (and I ended up with very messy hands after doing that!). I then stamped the leaves from the Dylusions Around The Edge and coloured them in using my inktense penciles. I also stamped a sort of frondy grass stamp by Hero Arts in Dusty Concord, Broken China and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks all across the bottom. The other edges are stamped with another Hero Arts circly-wavy design with Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. March was done using the free button flower stamp coloured with inktense pencils from Craft Stamper, only gluing them in the centres to make it a bit 3D. The stalks were inktense pencils with extra leaves from the Around The Edge set again. And the butterflies were another freebie from Craft Stamper. The days were done using a set of typewriter letter stamps and the day squares are all random distress inks and Crafters Workshop stencils experiment left overs!
And here’s February all finished – the eagle-eyed may notice it has an extra circus tent now because I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern twice this month and loved it so much that it sneaked onto my journal. Also, the circus is black and white with a hint of red so it fitted with my colour scheme. I just love the descriptions in the book of the clothes, the circus and the wonderful Wunschtraum clock. It’s difficult to explain what it’s about without spoiling it but I really enjoyed it. (P.S. It’s not out in paperback yet so I borrowed the hardback from my local library).
And here’s a close up of my March flowers.
I had a lovely time today, a friend came round and we got all my paints/inks/stamps and crafting stuff out and crafted together. It was really good fun. I made a creative mess with some paint and ink and Emma learnt how to emboss with my heat gun. Let’s just say she’s hooked and a heat gun may be on her birthday present list….
I haven’t finished my March calendar page quite yet so I’ll post a picture of that soon when it’s finished. I do have 4 days to go so I should be ready for Thursday.
Knitting group tomorrow so I’m looking forward to making progress on my knitted spats although the weather seems to be warming up so I might not get to wear them. I have bought buttons for them that are just perfect so I can’t wait to sew them on.