Saturday, 4 April 2020

Home sweet home

Hello
Hope you are doing OK and keeping physically and mentally safe and well in these strange times. I find crafting helps clear my mind and also gets me standing up and moving around....so more crafting I think!

I've joined #craftingwithgiogio on Instagram to shake things up a bit and do something different. Having said that for the 3rd April prompt, home sweet home, I've gone back to some old favourite stamps.


These chaps always make me smile.

Take care and thanks for stopping by xxx

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Colours and Rainbow

Hello
Today is day one of the craft challenge set by Giogiocraft on Instagram #craftingwithgiogio. I have tried to combine the theme of colours and rainbow together with my art journal.

Rainbows are made of small raindrops. 
Happy lives are made from acts of kindness.
Amit Ray


The background is made with Inktense pastels, Distress Oxides through a script stencil and white acrylic paint through a cloud stencil. I then cut a paper skyline to use as a stencil with Distress Ink, and added a little pencil shading.


I then drew around the Giogiocraft balloon die cuts and painted in the backgrounds, before stamping the compass and script. Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will always fall behind you - Walt Whitman.


Finally the die cuts were added and the quotation written around the balloons.



Following a craft challenge is a good way to keep things fresh and try something you wouldn't otherwise do. Next theme is home sweet home...need to get my thinking cap on.

Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Thank you for looking xxx

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Faith in humanity

Hello
Hope you are all bearing up wherever you are in the world in these very strange times. I'm sure like everyone, I've had my ups and downs, but crafting really is a great distraction.

I've been continuing to try new things as the novelty, and the extra concentration it takes, really make time pass quickly. I tried Dina Wakley's faces tutorial but I'm not ready to share those just yet!

So here is this week's attempt at journalling with a quotation from Mahatma Gandhi.

 You must not lose faith in humanity. 
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty
the ocean does not become dirty.
Mahatma Gandhi




Deciding I needed a few tips I've ordered myself a magazine on lettering and some pens.

I'm off now to reconnect with some blogs that I had lost touch with. Take care and thank you for stopping by xxx

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Nature's masterpiece

Hello
Like many I am having to work from home at present which has given me flexibility and bonus time when I am not commuting. I'm trying to use this positively...which mostly means crafting...and also trying to do something I wouldn't have been doing otherwise.

A friend and I got together and started off some backgrounds in a journal at the start of the year, well I reckon now is the time to do something with it. I am challenging myself to try lettering and doodling to get a little out of my comfort zone. I'm also going to use my precious laser cuts from Giogiocraft, that I have been saving for something special. To keep on track my friend and I are video calling each week to share what we've been up to.

First up...
'The family is one of nature's masterpieces'
 - George Santayana




Sending lots of love to you all. Stay resilient and stay well xxx


Monday, 23 March 2020

These boots were made for walking


Hello
With activities somewhat restricted at present everyone is looking for ways to keep sane. Fortunately enoying the great outdoors is still allowed, no mass rambles of course, but there are lots of places to explore where you can keep your social distance.

This is a card made using the stamps from the latest Creative Stamping issue 82.


Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you all the very best in these strange times xxx


Saturday, 14 March 2020

Imagination has no age

Hello
Just a very quick one today as I am determined to get a bit of crafting done before the day is out. Here's my first card using the lovely Alice in Giogioland stencils. Alice is cut out and raised on foam pads but the Cheshire Cat is stencilled flat.



As life seems to have become very serious, I'm trying to hang on to a bit of fun and wonder where I can.

Thank you for stopping by. Take care xx

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Beautiful blooms

Hello
A quick one from me today using the recent Simply Cards and Papercraft, issue 200, Altenew stamps and dies. This is perfect for this time of year. I die cut, then watercoloured the flowers and leaves with Distress Oxides. The central panel is the mop-ups from left over ink.


The photos don't show it well, but a little glitter glue on the edges lifts the flowers with a bit of sparkle.



This has been doing the rounds on social media this week and pretty much sums up where I'm at...made me smile...


“Where are we going Pooh” said Piglet

“We are going to get emergency supplies because of the Coronavirus” said Pooh

“Are we going to the chemist to get Antibacterial hand gel, toilet paper and Paracetamol and the supermarket to buy lots of food?” Said Piglet

“No, we are going to Hobbycraft to stock up on Cricut supplies and paper and ribbons in the hope we get quarantined, so that we can enjoy a fortnight of staying in” said Pooh

“Oh what a wise bear you are, I’m so glad you’re my friend” said Piglet



Thank you for stopping by. Take care xxx