Tuesday, 25 November 2014

France Papillon Workshop



I've had an amazing Sunday up North.

The 23rd November 2014 will go down in my history book as a day to remember.

When my crafting buddy Rebecca asked if I wanted to go I of course said yes, though I must admit I didn't know what to expect as I don't go to many workshops or crafting events.

I am sooooo glad I did, we travelled up Saturday evening stayed in a Premier Inn had a full English breakfast then got stuck into a whole day of painting, sticking, gluing, using gel mediums, ink sprays
and loads more. France taught us how to get the best from the products by just talking us through the process and advising us how/what mediums mix well together.

Just being able to try out the products was a fab experience although I'm still not convinced about pans pastels, I did buy a couple when they first came out but passed them on to my sister in law.
 After all there are so many other product out there.

Once the trying out of the products was complete (am) we began making proper pages.
The first page was a group effort, our table although branded the naughty table got along well and took hold of this task and made it our own. One person would suggest a layer, once complete the next one would make a suggestion and so on. As you can see our table went round more than once (6 lovely ladies).

From what I remember, this is how the page developed.

Gesso, any colour.
Paperartsy Paint, any colour. (My choice)
Use a mask.
Texture, Using what ever medium you like.
Stick something on.
Use an Image, ie rub on.
Stamp something.
Use a book an old book page.
Do something to the edge. (My choice)

This was how my page turned out.

Next up was a guided page with suggestion from France.

Hit and miss clear gesso.
Apply Tissue paper plain or patterned.
Use transparent colour, anything goes.
Stamp around the edges.
Shadow stamp background.
Add a small amount of old text paper.
Add a small rub on.
Add an embellishment.
Add a small amount of opposite colour.
Add a word.

Here is my version.

Last page was a free for all with a title of,
"Sum up what you've learnt and what you are taking away with you today".
Or something similar to that, it was getting late and brain was muddled.

This was my page.

A little bit of everything.

Such a cool day, thanks to everyone who organised the workshop, to all of the other crafty peeps and to France for coming to the UK and teaching us  to create wonderful pages.

TTFN  xxx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Christmas Gift Bag

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells!

Bah Humbug!

Only joking I do like  Christmas and all the trimmings that come with it.

Creating cute cards with Santa  and snowmen,
 along with furry animals wearing silly Christmas hats.

Enough Christmas ramblings for a mo, next week I'm off on a workshop and for the first time since my eldest daughter was born (14 years)  I'm staying overnight in a premier inn, ( I know pushing the boat out a bit) but well worth it. My friend Rebecca and I are off up north for an all day workshop with France Papillion, looking forward to it soooooo much. I will try to remember to take photos and post what we managed to make.

Back to the task at hand, whilst preparing for a class sticking and gluing etc.
I remembered what I was asked to do next time, which was water colouring with Distress Inks and Christmas bag decoration.

 Me being me combined the two and this is what I came up with.

 It can take a while to stamp and colour the image, so with that in mind it has been mounted on simple layers with just a few die cut elements.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Look Who's Been a Busy Bunny!

A few weeks ago I was asked to prepare cards for brownies and rainbows which I managed to finish and deliver to the brown owl PHEW!

Moving on from there my aunt asked if I would make some of the (fake candle) tea light holders for her to give as gifts. Deep breath, but not Christmas themed and one has to have red, one yellow and two neutral and not Christmas flowers.

So this is what I came up with.

  Hope she likes them as there are so many reds and yellows around to choose from.

I added this one in for my mum's Christmas table.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

More Christmas Cards!

I had a need to make a quick, simple card which turned into four quick, simple cards. 

Here they are.

Stamped with Paperartsy stamps and coloured with watercolour pencils onto textured card blanks.

November Journal Page

My November page was actually done several months ago, all I had to do was remember to take a photo.

I went for a black theme with splashes of paint to give the impression of fireworks, a little bit boring but fun to do at the time. I found Splashes of paint on the dining room table for some time after.

Here is my entry this month.

Pop on over to The Kathryn Wheel  and check out Kate Crane's November Page along with other fab entries. 
The colours Kate used for November are bright and gorgeous (wish I was more adventurous).

Saturday, 8 November 2014


Yesterday I went for play at my crafty friends house.
We spent a few hours preparing backgrounds for Christmas cards by brayering paints, stamping and   much more. This was followed by a frenzy of more stamping and layering of images to produce a few super toppers.
Once home ( for girls to return from school) I finished off the cards by mounting them onto card blanks and adding a few other bits and pieces.
Here they are.

 It's official Christmas cards have been started, just a few more to make now.