Monday, 22 December 2014

Art Journal Page - Close Your Eyes...

... Open Your Mind :)

Let me start off by saying I had great fun with this page, with the colours and the layering. I love experimenting with different styles in my art journal and it is fast becoming my favourite 'place to be'.

I'm Guest Designing this week again for Not Just Card Challenges, the theme here for every challenge, every week, is Anything Goes. So whatever you've made this week you can show it off here :)

This lovely image came from Digital Stamps For Joy

I played with my Distress Paints again for this page - I do LURVE them, loads! Letraset markers were used on her, but I have a set of 72 Copics on the way (courtesy if the Amazon mega sale they had recently) and I cannot wait for them to turn up.

The background stencil is by Prima, the 6x6 size, and I used White Picket Distress Paint to create that beautiful pattern.

I wanted to make it look as if light was filtering through on to her, with the flowers floating in the background being part of her open mind. I do have such a weakness for blues and greens together.
Why the saying blue and green should never be seen is completely beyond me, it's one of the most fabulous combos!

Once the page was complete, I used Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to go around the edges to draw the eye in. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful day and that you can find some inspiration amongst the wonderfulness of the Design Team at Not Just Cards Challenges.

Georgie xx


Thursday, 18 December 2014

Some more exciting news... :)

Hello one and all... :)

I do have some more lovely news to share and a very quick Christmas card.

The lovely news is that.... I'm now a Design Team Member for ScrapbookerPHD!!! :)

Suuuuper excited about this new adventure and although I officially start in January, I was asked if I wanted to do something midway through their current challenge Christmas Critters.

I don't like to disappoint :) so here is the card I've made:

It was done very last minute, but it is so easy and so quick to make with this Sizzix Die by Dena Designs Owl No. 2.

I used Graphic 45 double sided paper from French Country, so the reverse of the paper matched perfectly for the beak, eyes and wings. I chose this sheet as the red with gold text seemed chrstmassy to me without being overly so. I edged everything with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Then... :) I made him a little santa hat and used some 'puffing paint' not sure on it's official name, but that's what it gets called here ;)

So, if you get five minutes please hop over, show some blog love and check out the challenge, the prize is:

"Stamp Academy is the place to learn new and exciting ideas for  your Paper Crafting supplies!  All classes have full VIDEO and PDF instruction.  The Project Parades even have a complete supply list of products used.

Whether you’re into Rubber Stamping, Techniques, Scrapbooking, or Paper Crafting – we have lots of options for you to choose from so take a look around and Get Started today!

Class for the Winner:
Here’s the description for Mini Books Class"

I'm sure you'll agree, that's a pretty cool prize to be won, right?! :)

Anyway I must run, I promise to catch up with everyone over the weekend at some point, but for now I have a mountain of presses to wrap for my little one, and a glass of chocolate Baileys to compliment my cold - lol

Take care
Georgie xx


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Summer Memories...

We're surrounded by beautiful festive decorations and twinkling lights.  Getting pressies wrapped and enjoying the glow and warmth of a log fire. ... ahhh doesn't summer feel like it was an age a go now?

So I thought I'd take a trip back to our summer hols, and more importantly, Isaac's first holiday! :)

After seeing WOW's challenge 'Memories', I knew I wanted to go back to those moments specifically. They felt... perfect. Seeing how much he fell in love with the sea, building sand castles and an ice cream a day... well, that was him sold!! Not just him, the dogs had a blast too.

Anyway, I digress........ Please take a nosy if you feel so inclined :)

I use some Tim Holtz Distress Paints, in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Black Soot. I dabbed the paint randomly, then sprayed water with a mini mister - I really love some of the colour blends that came from this.

I next used some Tattered Angels in Autumn Nights whilst the background was semi wet so the paint wicked slightly, then I dried the piece and flicked some more. 

After drying, I used an embossing pen and roughly half circled the darker flicks and used a black embossing powder. Once that was done I wanted to create a wave like movement, so back with the embossing pen and and some white embossing powder. 

Then the rest came together, I used some bits from Prima Seashore 12x12 collection

(Sorry couldn't get a good close pic without getting a shadow)

I'm going to now put my feet up, have a lemsip and try to shake this awful cold :0) Sorry if the page doesn't read entirely right or there are spelling mistakes, my head is pretty foggy.

Thanks for stopping by 


I'd like to enter this in


Monday, 8 December 2014

Chase the wind... Digi Art Journal Page

Good Morning! :)

A little while a go I approached Not Just Cards Challenges with regards to their DT and Guest DT call and asked if I could have a go as a Guest Designer, I've been wanting to push myself to do something like this for awhile, so I gathered some courage and sent the email off. You cannot belieeeeve how thrilled I was when Zoe said yes. :)

Here's what I created:

And here was the image I was given for this week: 

This digi by is Aurora Wings and can be found here on Etsy.

As someone fairly new to the world of digis, my mouth dropped when I saw her... the picture is stunning, my mind was just wondering how in the world am I going to be able to do this piece justice?! It looks so complicated. But, I love a challenge, and I was determined to get her into my art journal... somehow! Where there's a will and all that :)

I've recently been having great fun with my art journal, messing around with paints, pens and... gel medium. Can you see where I'm going with this?

I figured, heck, why should digis always be clean and simple and put on cards. If I was using a rubber stamp image it would get some pretty heavy handed treatment! Soooooo, that is what I did.

Firstly, I rendered her hair and skin only, using letraset pens. (I wanted some of the background colour to come through.

I created my background on my Art Journal Page using Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Picket Fence Distress Paint. The Picket Fence was used to shade the area where her face would be and was put through The Crafters Workshop Tiny Circles stencil.

Using gel medium I transferred the image to my journal, but I split the image in half, having the butterflies and flowers on the other side of the page.

Once she was in I applied another layer of gel medium over the top and set about fixing any mistakes that I wasn't happy with.

Now the really fun part... I broke out my Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Markers and started shading the flowers, building up the intensity of colours. I also went back over the hair in some places to concentrate the shadows with a dark brown, and add some more colour with the sepia tint.

I added some shading with blue around the face to ground the image.

Then it's a case of repeating with the other side. Once all this was done I went back over with the stencil and Salty Ocean Distress Paint, careful to avoid the image.

I didn't want to do too much else to the page as the picture is very detailed. So all that was left was some wording. It took me awhile to get inspiration for a title, but after watching Brave for over the hundredth time, the words from the song in there hit me. It was a pure lightbulb moment and seemed a perfect fit. :)

(By the way the watching of Brave is down to my two and half year old, I swear he's in love!)

My trusty white gel pen was next and the page took a hit with that too, just finish it off.

The only thing that I feel that has really nagged at me is the hairline, but heyho, this is an art journal and there's no such thing as a perfect art journal, right? ;)

So there you have it, and if you have stayed with my ramblings for so long then a huge pat on the back is in order! :)

Don't forget to enter your crafty creations in the Not Just Cards Challenges, the theme is always Anything Goes, and really it can be anything you've created, not restricted at all, which is very refreshing!

Hehe, hope you all have a lovely day.
Georgie xx


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Wedding/Planner Mini Album

Finally completed my second one - big yay!

This is for two very lovely people in my family who are getting married very soon, in fact in19 days time! The're getting married abroad but will be having a wedding party in the late spring early summer. So... this album is to have photos of their wedding and to help plan for the family and friends party next year too.

Like my last one this is photo heavy so I will list the basics at the top and if you wish to keep browsing then please feel free.

I used Prima Something Blue, Paper (12x12, A4, 6x6, 3x4 and 2x3), flowers, tags, etc
I used the Tim Holtz embellies (key, clock and word bands)
To create the album I followed the Mama Tutorial, which can be found here, (you tube vids) I really cannot fault this at all, this is one of the best tutorials if you're new to creating a mini album.

Again, I have a box made for this with tissue wrap on the inside to keep it a little safer.

Hope you like xx

Not sure I got the pictures in the exact order, they got a tad jumbled after the upload. 

If you made it this far then thank you so much for staying and looking xxx


Monday, 1 December 2014

Mixed Media Fairy Card

Firstly, just want to say ....OH.. MY.. GOSH.... I cannot believe my tag was picked in Tim Holtz's Top Ten of November (2014). So flabbergasted (not a word I usually use but in this circumstance I feel it is warranted)!!! ;)  You would not believe my shock at seeing these sweet comments on my page, I had to double read. I keep going back now to make sure it's real.

Generally I am someone who lacks confidence in all walks of life and something like this happening is such boost, I should learn to not doubt my ability - hmm I can feel an art journal page coming on :)

Anyhoo... back to my card. :) My mum asked for one, similar to the butterfly one I did, for a friend of hers that adores fairies. Only she wanted pink/oranges thrown in too - challenge accepted!

The background was made using Tim Holtz Distress Paints (Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Mustard Seed) on top of dry wall tape and those little glass beads. Once coloured I used White Fire Treasure Gold to highlight all the raised areas.

After the highlighting was done I went in with lowlights and texture, with the Verra Paste in Green Gold.

This is the back, I used My Minds Eye double sided 6 x 6 paper and then the Tim Holtz Easel dies to prop it up.

Thanks for looking and have a cheery evening one and all

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:

Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenges no.7 - Anything Goes


Monday, 24 November 2014

Gothic Butterfly

Good morning, and what a lovely one it is too :)

I absolutely love nothing more then getting my hands dirty in a mixed media project, and here my latest creative piece.

It felt good to do something like this again after my scrapbook pages.

The butterfly is a Prima resin dressed up in PaperArtsy paint French Roast and then the raised areas are highlighted in Treasure Gold Pewter and Rose Quartz.

The background consists of (to keep it quick and simple):

Tim Holtz Flourishes die cuts
Hot glue dripped down the piece
Prima Bloom Sprays (blue and lilac)
Viva Ferro Paste - Green Gold
Embossing powder - Black and gold
Treasure Gold - Pewter

For the backing I just mounted the piece on back card twice, but embossed the first layer in a clear powder, with a crackle effect stamp. Then I used the Tim Holtz Easel to stand it up.

I quite like this gothic look, so I will experiment some more with this style and really can't wait to go again... :)

I'd like to enter this in:
the Country View Crafts Challenge - Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
Not Just Cards - Challenge 7 (Always Anything Goes)
WOW November Mixed Media Challenge


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 285

Oh no....

Please don't judge me harshly, it's the worst it's been for ages! I guess I'm not paying that cleaning fairy enough!!

I've had a fairly productive week considering I have a very 'independent' (this is the nicer choice of words) toddler in tow. Will post more pics over the next few days, finally finished the page for the Prima BAP (Build-A-Page), which you can see here if you like.

I suppose I should go and tidy after my cuppa and having a nosy around other desks, but a trip to the Post Office is calling me... More crafty goodies have arrived :)

Have a lovely week one and all


Sunday, 16 November 2014

By The Sea - Scrapbook Page

On our hols in September we went to Cornwall, and with having two dogs and a toddler in tow, there wasn't a lot we could do other than go to the beach. Fortunately it was very good weather and we had a blast!!

(Inked the background with Worn Jeans and White to create a dappled water effect going across the page)

Isaac absolutely adored the sea, which made life a lot easier. So lots of gorgeous photos were captured... :)

I took my inspiration from the Prima BAP (Build A Page) this month and with my fast growing stash of their Seashore range I had plenty of products to do this.

I loved letting go and using and abusing my Prima goodies (I usually hoard them and think they're too pretty to use -  am I crazy?!). I have loads of their resins for this collection and this has to be my favourite line from Prima.

I used a cheese cloth which I stretched and sprayed with Prima Bloom Spray in Pearl White. Then intertwined it with the resin shells, crabs and a seahorse. These were first paired with the Prima Chalk Fluid Ink Pads in Dusty Attic, Worn Jeans and Turquoise Stone.

I used one of the Prima Road Signs 'Your Path', as it just fitted so perfectly. He made his own path to the sea, so brave and bold considering two weeks before he was terrified, screaming and pleading not to be anywhere near it, but he left the holiday in awe of it.

I used Prima flowers from various sets, Songbird, Something Blue and Seashore. I also used those lovely sparkling gems Say It In Crystals Adhesive Gems from the Seashore set.

Here are some more close ups:

My Prima resin stash will now need a happy top up lol...

Thanks so much for looking, have a cheery day/night!! :)

I'd like to enter this in to the following challenges:

Prima BAP November Challenge
A Crafty Mess Challenge 1 - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge 120 - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Winner & Highly Desirables Challenge #24 – Anything Goes


Saturday, 15 November 2014

My Boys - Scrapbook Page

Here is a photo from a couple of years a go when my boys were slowly being introduced to one another.

I do have another boy, a Cav (Dillan) but he is desperately hopeless, in a gorgeous way, so never really took notice of Isaac. Alfie however, saw a new playmate when Isaac showed up. As soon as Alfie saw him and gave him a sniff, he just desperately wanted to be close to Isaac and give him kisses, well slobbery licks, but I'm a typical dog owner!!

So, I had to scrap this, especially after seeing the challenge at The Crafters Cafe, it gave me the oomph and more importantly, the right word to do something with it.

I have many more of them together but this was the start of a beautiful friendship a few days after Isaac was born and can't wait to scrap more, maybe even do a mini album for when Isaac is older.

I'd like to enter this in 


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday 284

Yep, it's still a mess. Some things never change, right?

Although I do wish there was a Craft Desk Cleaning Fairy that would pack everything up just the way I like it when I'm asleep. Can only only dream... :)

Been trying to finish off my Prima BAP spread, almost there. Will hopefully finish and post before the and of the week. 

My card I made a couple of days a go is still sitting there... (still need to write in it, then I can pop it next door).

My extra hearts left over from my anniversary card. Can you believe those little movers and shapers can cut through two layers of mount board? Did it by accident and it took me awhile to realise afterwards - oops :)

Hope every is well and see you next week xx


Monday, 10 November 2014

Just a quick note...

A little 'Thank You' card for my neighbour who very kindly gave us a huge bundle of clothes for my little boy.

I used my PaperArtsy stamps, which have been lying dormant for awhile, but they are perfect for occasions like this.

Picture isn't fabulous (again) must invest in a better camera or get a better backdrop.

I used my new Tim Holtz Distress Paints - Yum!!!! I love these. I wanted to settle on Stain or Paint and solo glad I went for these. They are a dream to play with, the colours are vibrant and fun. 

Just a clean and simple layout.

Thanks for popping by. 
Gee xx

I'd like to add this to The Crafters Cafe Challenge 89 - Thank You

Anniversary Card

This is a very quick card to do, which is handy when you're pushing the deadline - tomorrow!! Luckily my husband and I don't really 'celebrate' things like this, we think gestures should be an all year round thing, but we always make the effort to exchange a card.

I used Vivo Ferro Paste, it's so sparkly and gorgeous. It's my new play thing :) Unfortunately I can't really capture it in a this light. I used Amber Gold and Golden Green. 

I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Hearts on mount board and his stamp from Simple Sayings. 

It is very simple and I wish I could get a better pic, I may try again tomorrow when it's been opened. I do wish now I had a little more time as I feel I could have done so much more - maybe next year ;) xx


Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Okay, well this post goes a little against the crafting norm, but finally feel ready to share this drawing.

I do love to draw but I struggle to stay focused on a drawing as evident to the 9-12 months it took me to draw this.

I feel very connected to this, overprotective almost, mainly because of the hours I spent examining every little detail of her try to get her... perfect. Not the point of art I know, but I couldn't help myself. I fell in love with the photograph I found.

I took the image from an internet source as I can only draw from a photograph, I think it helps me know where things should sit on the paper - proportion wise. Unfortunately whoever took the photo I can't really get hold of as there is no contact option, but I'd love to know who took this. If it was you please get in contact :) The photo can be found here. For the photo she is the Lady of the Lake.

I did this picture about four years a go for an art course I was doing. It took me so long, because I wanted to get it right, for it to then not good enough for the tutor. Gutted. I took it badly, I quit the course. Artistic temperament perhaps? :)

She is on A3 sketch paper and done with pencil and graphite.

Anyway, I thought I would share here now as I'm about to embark on another drawing - who knows in a years time I may have finished - lol


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - November

Well, here is my first attempt at a Tim Holtz tag. How he did his can be found here on his blog.

...Actually quite scary to attempt this, it's like following in the footsteps of a giant!!

I didn't have the Layered Leaf but I do have that beautiful Layered Bee die, so to save my bank account I decided to give it a go with this instead. 

The first problem was the logistics of actually fitting it on the tag, if I wanted to successfully try this technique, and I actually quite like the tag this way around in a landscape fashion, completely going against the Tim Holtz norm, but then isn't that the point of creativity?! I am finding (and coming to terms with the fact) that I am not one of those people who can follow a recipe to the letter anyway, so this tag was probably never destined to look like his - just as my meals never come out looking like they do in the book :)

The second problem was the drop shadow, I just couldn't  get it to work with the bee folder, but I will keep trying this technique in other embossing adventures.

(added colour to the letters to tie in with the tag)

I used 'scraps' of Remnant Rubs - Elements in amongst the background and as I don't have any spray stains (yet) I improvised a little with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad. I rubbed the ink pad on the craft mat as normal, let the droplets separate and settle, put the heat tool over for a little while and then very lightly press parts of the tag into the ink and you get some concentrated 'droplets' of ink. I did the same with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.

I am quite pleased with my first attempt given the limited supplies I have, but I managed to use all Tim Holtz / Ranger products except for the ribbon, which was from my stash. 

See you soon xx

As well as submitting this for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 -November challenge, I like to put this forward for:
the lovely Country View Challenge for November Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge 88 - Things with Wings 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
 Crafting for all Seasons Tag It Challenge 89
4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes Challenge
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