Thursday, 18 May 2017

Out of action

Ok so I am currently prisoner in my bedroom. I have had a severe bout of arthritic spasms in my spine, resulting in hospital time, Morphine (which was the worst possible things as I have discovered my body reacts terribly to morphine and I ended up being even more unwell ) Finally I am home and confined to my bedroom until I am able to walk without pain again. This week has been hell. I am today finally able to sit in a position to use my computer but I am totally missing crafting.
I have been unable to visit my mam though and that is also killing me. My poor hubby does not know whats hit him. I think he finally knows how much I normally do around the house lol as he is doing it.

Anyway in between resting I at least now can be here blog hopping etc. So I shall hopefully catch up with everyone soon.


Hugs June x


Friday, 12 May 2017

Cat woman

Mixed media painting atc. Using various acrylics  and pens. I named her cat woman of course.



Catwoman Lyrics by Shakespear's sister


i was floating around the atmosphere
i liked what i saw so i came down here
i was looking for something, looking for something
and the sky came up to meet with me
magnetic forces greeted me
i was looking for something, looking for something
i'm a superhuman 3-d baby
a hollywood brainchild to drive you crazy
and i'm coming your way real soon
i'm the catwoman from the moon
now peace and love like a willow tree
have hung their heads and wept for me
and i'm looking for someone, looking for someone
so earth, don't you betray me
i'm willing to have your baby
are you looking for someone, looking for someone
i'm a superhuman 3-d baby
a hollywood brainchild to drive you crazy
and i'm coming your way real soon
i'm the catwoman from the moon

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Playing and working on my alz collection

So I have been doing a couple more of my VATC cards for  mam. I decided to do them double sided but with the same theme on each side. So I have flowers on one, Sewing theme on another  and a  Queen Elizabeth/postal theme on another so far. I will share some of them when I complete half the collection of twenty.

Today is a beautiful day, I might make flowers and do a couple vatc's and sit out in the garden in the sunshine.

In the meantime I will share this ATC which is vintage book paper, inks and image from Altered Pages collection (love the images ) Its finished off with midnight black Stickles around the edge.


I would like to enter this one in the challenge at  Try it on Tuesday http://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.co.uk/

thanks to the lovely Yvonne (Meggymay)  for this challenge.


Have a fun crafty day my friends.


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Art tied in with Alzheimers/Dementia

Since I have settled into making so many small atc type cards. I had an idea. Many of you know that I look after my mam who is in the care home with Alzheimers dementia. She is later stage and struggles with being able to do anything but I did notice she loves pictures of babies and small animals. She talks to them. Also she enjoys reading the odd word (although cant read much more than a simple word at a time. ) She loves sparkle and pretty lights (filled her room with them ) and she loves tactile things. I think many sufferers are the same and when you can no longer do simple things, like even a small jigsaw. What do you do with yourself ?

So I put these thoughts together and came up with something I can do which will help. I am going to start creating art cards for dementia. I will call them Visual and tactile cards.   VATC
My intention is to make sets of 20 and see how they are received and if they are helpful. Now all I need is ideas and lots of vintage ideas lol.


This is my first one



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Monday, 8 May 2017

Vintage book paper and lace and a little atc (spooky ?)

This card is created using scraps of things I have. I decided it is time to actually use up my stash pile. Its made up from a scrap of vintage lace, some printed vellum, some antique book poetry page. Gorgeous paper and stamped images. I used Kraft card as a base and layered it up adding ink to the stamps and distressing everything and finished it off with Amber coloured jewels.

Also a little saying my Mam would use came to mind while making the collage below. Its made using images from Altered Pages gorgeous collage sheets and is finished off with pens and ink. Mam would often call me  'Dolly Daydream'



Sunday, 7 May 2017

m m small collage



As I often do I chose ATC size  to collage on.  Main image is from Altered Pages
I just love this face. So fabulous, So when I saw the image I just had to create a fabulous background. I used torn scraps of paper (any I could find ) and some paint, inks and lots of doodling involved especially with gold and white and some pretty gel pens for shimmer. I love how it turned out.


Ancient Thoughts
(c) J Mac 2017

Majestic empire,
Breeding gold and greed in Kings
Seeds for the future


I would like to enter this in the Crafty Creations  Anything goes' challenge.
Thanks for looking

June x




Saturday, 6 May 2017

Bright

Created this collage from various bits and bobs and acrylics and pens. I am using up scraps of everything on an evening and just really relaxing into my favourite size project which is the typical ATC size. I thought it would fit  the challenge That's Crafty which is bright colourful this time.







Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday May 5th .... Thank you Blogger

Tough times recently for myself but I am back on track. My health has suffered but I have a change of medication, a new consultant and a new outlook. I am taking things slowly and easily and really do not want to get into what has been wrong but I feel like I have turned a corner and am finally able to see the way forward. One big thing in my life that has been a fly in the ointment has been Facebook. I have had some personal issues with it and am now totally free of it. I have had to leave it completely without fanfare etc and have totally uninstalled it. I think that too much social media has a lot to answer for. I have decided that I will go back to my gentle blogging days and just be around 'lightly' within social media instead of full on time consuming etc. 

Google blogging has always been a place I like to be and I love the relaxed feel of it. I hope everyone has a lovey weekend.


June x


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Gel press coaster set

Gel printing coasters was so much fun. I wanted a kind of animal/tribal type of look and this is how it went.
I took some card coasters that were old charity shop finds to alter, and used them as a base. Any thick card would also work.
This is my design team project for Altered Pages









I covered four of them in Gesso and left to dry and chose four paint color's , including black white, brown and metallic bronze. I covered the Gel press with black and brown and brayered on to a piece of white card. I drew swirls and patterns with the end of a paint brush and then printed. I dried the layer and added more paint and repeated the process.



On the final layer I added some black and white again and bronze and layed it down quite thickly in places. I pressed it lightly with my hands instead of the brayer and because the paint was still quite thick it created a textured look I used the end of the paint brush again and I then added some black paint circles using two size caps from bottles and dried the whole lot.

I drew around the coasters for the right size. covered the back of the gel print and the top of the charity coasters in mod podge (matt ) and adhered in place. Finally I sealed over the top with two more layers of Mod podge.


I was very pleased with the outcome as it achieved the tribal look but in an abstract kind of way.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Spring Hues canvas

I have so enjoyed using gel printing in this project, Altered Pages allowed us to play with gel press for this months projects and this canvas is the first of mine.

Items used were :

canvas board A6

Gesso

brayer/roller

Masks

Plain thin white card

Gel press

Acrylic paints

Fabric and paper flowers

Die cut butterflies and fancy borders.

Mica

marker pens


To begin I made the gel press using thin white card and acrylic pains the first layer was a fabulous yellow then I added turquoise and blue paints over two old masks I had in my stash plus various patterns using the wrong end of a thin paint brush to draw along the brayered layer of paint.

This was done in layers and then when dried. I tore the paper and adhered to the canvas board. The left side of the canvas is the gel pressed side.



The other side of the canvas I covered in various flowers and die cut borders the fancy kind which I tore up to use as texture. I stuck them all down to the canvas surface along the right side and waited for them to dry, Once dried I used Gesso over the whole right side and the same acrylic Colors over the gesso surface and left to dry again. When totally dried I added some mica paint to the textures surface for shimmer.





The butterflies are die cuts (two types of butterflies one on top of the other, Coloured with markers and stuck down last of all.




I hope you enjoyed this project and there are lots more to see at Altered Pages Blog. And check out the fab Gel press in the store now. Have a lovely week.

June

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Altered Pages and a little atc doublet

I have had a manic week but managed to get this little piece created with some of the gorgeous images from Altered Images  I used a few different techniques on this one.






I began by choosing three images from the  Celestial  Images collage printable
The two white card atc shapes were first stained with coffee and water and left to dry. I used washi tape to bind the two atc parts together.


I used text and steampunk background stamps and brown ink on top of the stain.
Once this dried I added watercolor patches on top of the stamped images for colour.
Once dried the images were fussy cut and collaged onto the background on both the back and the front (one image ) and the center three images.





After the images were stuck down well enough and dried. I added more color with the paint. some scribbled border with a black pen. and shading with the paints
 Also I added some white dots front back and center using white gel pen 

I then added some crackle accents and dried. Finally adding some metallic rub on in gold for high lights.  



I hope you enjoyed this, I had a ball creating this one and am already on to my next project.



Sunday, 19 March 2017

Art Card

A little arting was done this last week but boy do i have a busy life for someone who is retired. Oh well as long as i get to do the thing i like best to do. Lots in the pipeline that i can't post yet but i thought i could at least share a little mixed media art card today.


List of products used.

Plain card
Coffee for staining
Image from Craft individuals
acrylic paints
Aquatone water colours
Sharpie white pen.
Heart die cut
ripped bits of Washi tape.
Black pen
labels printed
Crackle accents.




Tuesday, 14 March 2017

boy tags

The news I promised to share with you that has me very excited is the news that I am now on the team of designers at  Altered Pages.  I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity with such a fabtastic crafting company. Also it will be such a great focus for me and such incredible products to work withi

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I decided to use some of the gorgeous images from the digital download section at Altered Pages. I used the cutest ever boys collage sheet ' 3116 Young man'.  I chose two really gorgeous images and they printed out beautifully.

Other products:vintage book text paper
distress inks
gorgeous
 twine
blue markersatin ribbon from my stash
Small acrylic 
stamps from my stash
3d butterfly sticker


I created the tags, cute fish and netting background texture on my die cutting machine (Scan and cut ) using a good quality card.


After cutting the tag shapes I coloured them in distress inks using a sponge blender and then blended well I also added waves with a blue alcohol marker to the top tag. I coloured the fish shape the same way.  

The second tag background was made using text paper mod podged  onto the tag and then when dried I distressed in the same way.


The images I fussy cut out as I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to cutting out images. I also cut out the stamped images and glued to the tags. I finished off with the twisted twine and pale ribbon from my stash. 



















Thursday, 2 March 2017

Mixed Media cards

Hello everyone, Well i managed to get some cards made last night, As usual i reverted to my favourite mixed media method and through in some recycling of a wallpaper sample(all three cards from the same piece )  recently grabbed some free wallpaper sample books from a local shop that were giving away free on Gumtree. So pleased i did they are great for all kinds of things.
In these  i used
Stampers anonymous stamps
and  Indigo blue stamp
cream lace scrap
gold paint acrylic,
Distress inks
wallpaper scraps
border was also a wallpaper scrap put through scan n cut
Embellishments








Thursday, 23 February 2017

Looking forward

Good morning my friends. Today i am looking forward. I have had a not so good winter and i am so longing for the spring. Time for brighter days and new beginnings.

 I have something so cool and wonderful in the pipeline but i am keeping it a secret for now but all will be revealed when i can reveal it.

 I have recently got my free craft classes for the elderly etc back running every thursday afternoon and its a lovely time for a chat with the ladies and crafts and tea. Also i have been busy creating Dezinaworld kits and freebies which can be viewed on my other blog and facebook group.


I have been making cards and altering coasters and am looking forward to a very creative year. These coasters are altered old coasters from 1980's. They are covered in wallpaper (from a book of samples ) and then stamped and embossed and sealed. My grandson wanted them so he and his dad now have them at their home. 

Thanks for reading. June x


Sunday, 5 February 2017