Saturday, 7 October 2017

Forever Autumn card

Over at That's Crafty Blog   the theme is Forever Autumn'
I am really pleased to work with the gorgeous colours of Autumn and I made this simple card for the challenge. 



I used ...
HESSIAN 
DYE INK
BUTTERFLY STICKER 3D
NAPKIN
STAMPED SENTIMENT
RANGER MULTI MEDIUM MATTE
SCRAP OF COTTON LACE


I am pleased with the way it turned out. I used the multi medium to adhere the napkin and other materials to the card. I pounced the ink onto the sentiment with a stiff bristle brush and also around the edges after distressing with scissors.


Thanks to my friends over at That's crafty for your inspiration.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Double tag split

I am a little late posting this one. Should have posted yesterday. I am not posting a lot lately but much is due to my illness and the Amitryptilene i have to take in large doses for the pain. It makes me so very very tired. I am going to GP tomorrow for injections in my thumbs but will ask about alternate meds.  Will try to get round blogs in the next day or two. Missing you all x

My Tag project for Altered Pages is this duo of tags I created. I had much fun making them and am over the moon with the result.



September is Tag month so pop over and get tagging  :)  Here is the link to join in the fun.


I began by cutting two tags on my cutting machine. I used a small piece of Washi tape to secure them together for stamping and embossing. I used a dark distress ink and clear embossing powder but any colour embossing powder would work . (sorry the photo would not show as well as i wanted it to ) I stamped using the gorgeous stamp for the tags and stamped it halfway over each tag and then heat embossed because i wanted to use wet water paints over the whole tag so i wanted it water proofed on the image   Ink from HERE   Embossing Powder HERE  Lost coast Stamps HERE


Next I sprayed the tags with water and then using orange and yellow water colours in a water brush i painted over randomly. Then blotted with kitchen paper and dried with a heat gun. This muted the colours considerably.  Paints and brushes HERE





When the tags were dry i stamped with a text stamp. andomly around the edges and then perked perked up the colours and blended around the image more with the water paint again.

Background stamps HERE


Finally I chose a background stamp and stamped swirls around the edges. I added ribbon in yellow tones and the tags were done. It was a lot of fun and i will be making more tags this month. 



 For Altered Pages Design Team by June Macfarlane.




Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Using it up

I have come to a couple of conclusions recently. One is, i am getting too old to sweat the small stuff. I am giving up doing digital so much but have a huge collection of images to share which will be shared on my other blog Dezinaworld15. This will be done over the next year and the unedited photo's will have their own category for all those who wish to use them.

I also realized that art .... physical art is all about (for me ) 'The play' factor. So i am journalling a lot lately. Also as i can not afford to keep going with all the new stamps inks, embellishments etc etc i have decided to carry on making journals, the odd tags and cards but i WILL NOT be buying any more craft things  except for paint or ink. I am using up my current stuff instead and recycling. If i don't have the newest things, i will survive and make art play all the same. 

I hope everyone else is having a great time this week. Is anyone else doing the same ? I just cant keep up any more lol. Wish i could.

This is just a little painty fun journal page from yesterday 


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Latest

Hi all i have not been around much due to my health issues and helping my son with his anxiety issues. Its been a tough couple of weeks but all is ok. I finally got a diagnosis of Osteoarthritis in spine and joints and am currently being weaned ON to Amitryptiline so started on 10 mg to go up in two weeks.

I have created a little bit so thought i would come and post some of my recent makes.





Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Dreamscape Card


I have to say i am very very enchanted by Lost Coast Stamps. So much so that i found  an outlet in the UK where i could order them and have done so.  introducing me to these beauties..... Thank you  I just want to thank Altered Pages for partnering another awesome company.:) I am a happy girl.

Now onto my project. I decided this time and unusually for me, to make a card. I wanted one that could be used for any occasion for male or female so here it is.

List of products used

Lost coast  buildings stamp
Cardstock - black and white
Corrugated card 
Water colour paints
Black ink 
Tissue paper
Glue to adhere tissue paper
Double sided tape
Foam mounts
Wink of stella pen
decoupage glue
White pen
heart stamp and reality stamp are old ones from my stash.



I began by soaking the white card in water spray then added various, pinks, oranges and red water colour paints with a brush and merging together for a background. I dried with heat gun and then stamped the Lost Coast stamp onto a white piece of tissue (i usually save it from gift wrapping and recycle )  with black ink.
I painted a coat of decoupage glue on the surface of the painted card stock then placed  the tissue carefully on to the surface and smoothed out. I left to dry then trimmed off the excess tissue. I added another layer of decoupage as a coating to the top and dried again.







I  mounted the stamped piece onto black card pre cut to fit. Added the sentiment and hearts with the black ink then added white dots with white pen. Its hard to see but i also added twinkle to the buildings with the Wink of Stella brush. I used foam mounts for mounting it onto coloured corrugated card then added to the front of a white card.  I hope you like it. I love the stamp and know i will use it often. Thanks for visiting and have a lovely week.
June Macfarlane


Monday, 24 July 2017

Grunge bird

Over at That's Crafty they have a grunge challenge .... well of course i could  not resist I am entering this one with Lost Coast stamp from That's Crafty online store
I justadore  this bird and it was a lot of fun grunging everything up :) 



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Todays journal page

Getting plenty of art done lately due to the fact that I am confined to the house. Its lovely to be able to play so much. Here is a journal page for today. Mixed media collage page. The hearts were free drawn and then filled with torn paper mosaic style, then cut out and glued onto journal. I also added Viva Rusty Patina, Pens, Acrylics, torn page from my colouring  book that I did a while back and some junk mail. Also I blended a lot with one of my fave mediums which is Inscribe Pastels.



Monday, 10 July 2017

Art Deco journal page


I was so excited that Altered Pages  are partnering Lost Coast designs this month. I was a bit upset as I have been in bed most of this last month due to spinal problems and was afraid I wouldn't get to do a project with them but I found a way to do the project without the need for paints etc and could just use a little table on my bed. This is the result and I am very happy with this journal page using the fabulous Lost coast stamp 'Art Deco face'.




The products used 
Lost coast stamp
White tissue paper  (I recycled )
White pen (from my stash ) 
Scraps of recycled wallpaper and scrap paper
die cut steampunk gears (from my stash )

I began by stamping the gorgeous image on to white tissue paper and I have to say it stamped perfectly first time. 




Next I needed to colour the journal page. I used inks this time and pens rather than paint but either would work. 


The next step was a to place something to fill a little space at the top as I wanted to place the image further down. I used recycled papers and layered up and distressed and glued down with tacky glue.

Next  wrote some text  to the rest of the page in white, I wanted this to show under the tissue image. 



Now I was ready to place the Lost coast Stamped image I added glue stick to the surface of the page and NOT to the image as it was too delicate. After smoothing over and leaving to dry, I got some old gear die cuts I had in my stash and I painted them with copper and dark brown for rusty kind  of effect. I glued once more with tacky glue and left to dry. A fab and fun project thanks to Altered Pages and Lost Coast designs. 







Friday, 30 June 2017

Little wooden hanger

I loved creating this little hanging wooden shape. I used a couple of different techniques but it was very simple to do. Firstly I did think of covering the house in paint but I quite liked the look of the wood itself. So first of all I used some brown ink on a sponge around the edges of the house. I  had a scrap of lace for the bottom of this but decided to use it as a mask/stemcil instead of  as it was, I taped it to the wood and then sponged the brown ink over the lace for the effect you see on it. I think it turned out nice with a kind of distressed stenciled look. 

I tied some plain twine in  a loop through the hole in the top of the house.  I then wanted to finish off the tag with something eye-catching so I  used a plain flower and inked it in light teal then covered it in holographic embossing powder for the sparkle although glitter would also work. I also embossed the brad with the brown ink and clear embossing powder. The orange spots were finally added using orange stickles for a fun look and dried. That was it, easy peasy. 

Products 

wooden shape tag

scrap of lace or other stencil 

one flower

one large brad

brown ink

clear embossing powder (from my stash but powders also can be found here )

holographic sparkle embossing powder

stickles glitter glue

twine

http://alteredpages.com/products?keywords=twine



This month Altered Pages have been working with Foundations décor 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Little did i know ...

Hi all, I am sorry to not be here too much at the moment. I am trying but my health has been causing me problems. Like my blog title says,  Little did I know that when  I made this blog last year with the name 57Beyond , that I would get to the 'beyond bit' (now aged 58 ) and be in a lot worse physical health. However I am working on things and am hoping that my physiotherapy appointment will arrive soon and I will be able to learn how to keep these awful back spasms at bay. At the moment, I have tried, doing less, not bending, not stretching, not lifting and also gentle walking as they say that helps too but after a day or two of doing normal things, on come the spasms again. Today is typical. all I have done is some pottering around at home and now I am in pain again and unable to walk again until it gets  better .....lol I am not low or down just raring to go get this sorted out, I hate being out of action ... 'Ouch'

Anyway,  just wanted to update you and let you know I will keep posting and blogging as often as I can ... wish me luck with the physio


Have a great week,
June x



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Wooden Heart


My project this time for Altered Pages is a wooden shape.I chose a  heart The wooden heart has a hole in the top for hanging. .I chose an image and cut around it to fit the heart The image was one of my own I used Mod Podge to adhere the image and then dried it. I then took the heart and blended ink around the sides so it blended in with the image. I then chose some flowers from flower stash and some leaves and arranged them around one side of the heart. When I was happy I adhered each one with hot glue to ensure they stayed.
On the reverse side I simply added another floral arrangement with hot glue. To finish I added some course twine.




Altered Pages are partnering Foundations Décor products! This month and wow there are some amazing  design team makes to really  inspire you. Check out the Altered Pages Blog every day to see much much more 


Saturday, 3 June 2017

ACEO PLAY

Wittled my crafting down to mainly small art. I like working tiny. If you look at the flowers on the first one you can see how tiny the fussy cutting was for this one. I love it though, so relaxing and so good for me.
These three are Acrylic paint, Pen work and collage.

Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend.
June



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Fake Washi tape

Watching tv last night I needed to do some kind of creating so I made lots of fake washi tapes. Below is a picture of just a few but you get the idea ?

What I used
Masking tape
Baking parchment to stick the tape to.
Marker pens,
coloured inks,
Stazon inks
stamps.

the red one on the left of pic shows how I store them, rolled up and paper clipped and the pink lid is from the box I keep them in


You could take it lots further by adding glitters, paint, paint pens, Gelli plate prints etc which I may do next time. Love making them.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Steampunk and Tea

Gosh its storming like crazy outside so thought I would come and post my finished journal page.


Steampunk journal page created using wet teabag staining on the base and on a half doily. I Stamped the beautiful image from the set at Altered Pages steampunk woman set. I got this beautiful set from my good friend in the USA Susan Guzy. I am totally in love with this set. I stamped with Stazon onto tissue and used Glue stick to secure. The other stamped patterns are from home made tissue tape I made ages ago and torn into pieces. Then I added some washitape edges and colour with pens here and there. The cog gears are die cuts and have been painted gold with highlights from pens. 

Thanks again to Susan and to the lovely team over at Altered Pages

I would also like to enter this in the Art Journal Journey challenge this week which is Elegance and grunge






Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Floral canvas

Before I was ill I created this 8 x 8 canvas for Altered Pages. This month at Altered Pages the theme is flowers. I used the gorgeous printable florals and teacups images from Altered pages , so beautifully vintage. I chose Pink and gold as my colour  base and began by using   White Gesso to prime, then added vintage book papers, scraps of other papers from my stash (waste not want not !  )
I painted the canvas in pale pinks and white acrylic paints. I then painted the border in a metallic gold (you can not tell its metallic in the image )  I collaged the images and one or two scraps onto the canvas and then I used various pens to enhance colours, details and shadows.

I hope you will pop by Altered Pages and see all the fabulous products they have plus all the great stuff happening on the blog



This edit is for the sadness and devastation we feel for everyone in Manchester today. Prayers and love


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