Wednesday, 8 February 2017

12 Journals of 2016 - October - The final page!

Hi Everyone

Just a quick note to share with you my final page in my 2016 Journal!  I hope you like it and that you are excited to play along in 2017!


Here you can see Tim Holtz original tag that set me on this creative journey.  I love this paper patchwork technique.  I have used it on canvases too.  A great way to create a fun background and to use up the pretty patterned scraps you have been saving!


This was the other side of my tag.  A photo I took last year when we went on holiday to Cornwall.  A beautiful misty morning on the beach with a yummy hot chocolate to keep out the autumn chills!


So all that is left for me to do is bind my pages into a book - well two books actually as I think one will be a little too big.

For now I will leave you with this final page tutorial:


I will post the cover tutorial within a day or two and then watch out for news of my brand new 2017 Journal.  I really hope I have inspired you to play along and create a journal of your own to capture your creative journey for 2017.

Until next time - Thank you for popping by X

Saturday, 28 January 2017

12 Journals of 2016 - September

Hi Everyone

Only one more page to go to finally finish this series of Journal Page tutorials for my 2016 journal where each month the inspiration has come from Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 series.

I have had so much fun making pages instead of tags that I have decided to make and share a 2017 journal series where I hope I can become your inspiration - but more of that later.  I have promised to get 2016 finished first so.........

Here you can see my original inspiration from Tim for the month of September and I chose to pick up on the patina paint effect and a resist technique.


I had lots of lovely messy fun with this one and you will see how the resist helped me keep my faces and borders clean - the same cannot be said of my hands and my desk!!

I hope you are having a fab weekend full of creativity.  I will be editing movies from my son Callum's gymnastics club Christmas show.  I am enjoying the process but boy does it take a long time!  Callum is now a coach and a gymnast so he was as proud as punch of his little troupe of parrots dancing and tumbling to Rio.  They were so excited but they left a trail of feather wherever they went!  I am still finding them in my craft room and attached to my jumpers from the many hours spent sewing them to ribbon!  Here is Callum in a reflective mood!


Then its on with the show.  Here are the boys waiting to go on.  The show had a fiesta de la noche theme incase you were wondering!  Callum is the one with the blue joggers on!  The boys from Mens Artistic danced the tango with the Girls from Rythmic and it was fab.  It is wonderful to see them tumble so effortlessly during their routines.  I am so proud of Callum who is now really coming on after his major knee operation.  His confidence is coming back as is his tumbling.


So whilst I get back to the video editing I will leave you all with my tutorial.  I hope it inspires you to join me this year when I launch my new series in February.


Until next time thank you for popping by X

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

12 Journals of 2016 my December page.

Hi Everyone

Just popping in with my December page before getting on with my next one!  Not many to go now before I show you how to bind them all up into a lovely reminder of your art journaling and some memories from 2016.


I loved this paper patchwork look when he did it before so I picked up on that as my first inspiration for this page.


I loved the jingle bell holly too so I went with that as an extra embellishment on my festive page.  Here is the tutorial that shows you how you can achieve a page like this one:


I hope you find something to inspire your next art journal page.  Don't forget this patchwork technique could be adapted to all sorts of themes.  It is definitely not just for Christmas!!!


My memory for December was about Christmas crafting and I know you will sympathise when I say I get so many ideas for lovely Christmas Projects but not enough time to actually make all of them!

Just incase you want to start now here is the tutorial for the project you see on my tag:


See you again soon with my final pages and thank you for popping by X

Friday, 6 January 2017

12 Journals of 2016 in 2017!

Hi Everyone and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

I would like to thank you all for the support and kind words you have given me in 2016 and I hope you will join me for another year full of creative possibilities.  January will see me catch up with and finish my 12 Journals of 2016 series inspired by Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016.

I have had such fun making my journal pages rather than tags this year and that has inspired me to go solo in 2017 which is just as well as Tim started the year by retiring his 12 Tags series after 10 years of fun and inspiration.  I had so many people ask me to carry on in 2017 that I am happy to say I will!….but more of that later as I finish of my 2016 Journal.

So with clearing the decks in mind here is my August page:


I really like how this one turned out and there is very little ink in sight which is highly unusual!


I will be journalling about how I spent most of August this year up cycling furniture in one form or another and this is the sofa I recovered for Callum.  I will get to the journalling as soon as I find my white pen which seems to have gone walk-about!


This was Tim's August tag and I think you can see I did my version of his Frameworks Technique and I chose to feature stitching rather than the Brayered Stains technique.  I used stitching to add the stems to my pretty daisy stamps from the DaVinchi set of stamps from Rubber Dance.

Here is the video which I hope inspires you to create pages of your own.  Watch this space for more news coming very soon about my 2017 Journal series.  I really hope you want to play along and I am just ironing out the details aiming to start in February 2017.


Wishing you all more time to spend with family and friends this year and of course more time to craft!  Thank you for popping by X

Monday, 5 December 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - November Journal Page Tutorial Now Playing!

Good Morning Everyone

It is frosty out there today so I will be keeping nice and cozy in the house today and plan to get a few more decorations up.

Here is the link to my tutorial as promised.  I have four pages to catch up on before the end of the year so watch this space!


I am off to get my balsamic pickles into their jar and then I will be having my breakfast.  I think porridge will be perfect today!


See you again soon.  Thank you for popping by X

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

12 Journals of 2016 - November in November!

Hi Everyone

I know it is late and by the skin of my teeth but here is my November Journal Page playing along with the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 Challenge!


This month saw the return of the resist technique and an embossed die cut technique and this was Tim's original inspiration:


….and I had the perfect picture and memory to include on the tag for this layout.  I love this photo of Callum proudly showing me the Giant Leaf he found!


I decided my Autumnal day was sunny but frosty too and added a little Distress Glitter to my pile of leaves.  A bit like it was here today.  I remembered to get out there and fed the birds although the blackbirds are having a lovely time munching on the remaining apples that are scattered around our apple tree.


I will post the tutorial tomorrow but at least the page is up before November is out!  Don't forget to pop along to visit Tim and see what everyone else was inspired to make by this months tag.

Thank you for popping by X

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christmas Stamps and Creativity all in one Festive Bundle!

Hi Everyone

Today Bibi, the lovely owner/designer of Rubber Dance Stamps, and I are launching a brand new collaboration in time for your Christmas crafting!  Are you struggling to get started making your cards this year?  Then this festive bundle is just what you are looking for.

When you make this purchase first of all you will be receiving a fabulous set of Rubber Dance stamps that give lovely impressions time after time.  This set, as you can see, is very versatile with lots of lovely Christmassy images with so many possibilities.  Frosty Friends was designed for Rubber Dance by Susanne Rose.


You will also be receiving 10 tutorials from me!  I will show you how to create Gift Boxes, Baubles, Birthday Cards, Note Cards, Magical Treat Bags and 7 different Christmas Card Designs!  Tons of inspiration and tons of techniques to get you ready for Christmas!


Just a small selection of the lovely projects we will make together.  You will also receive a pdf with all the project photos, materials and tools lists and all the dimensions you need to create this bumper bundle of festive creations.  I know that each of these projects will inspire you to make other creations too.  What better way to make sure that you get the most of of your lovely stamps.

Here is my little advert to really get you in the mood to get started!


……….and here is the link to my ETSY shop so you can make your Frosty Friends purchase and of course check out my other online workshops too!  

This item is also available from Bibi over at Rubber Dance.  So if you want to get this and perhaps check out all the lovely stamps too then click this link!

Bibi, Susanne and I really hope that you choose to enjoy crafting with us this Christmas.  Ho Ho Ho!

Thank you for popping by X
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