Friday, 26 February 2016

Tim Holtz Tags of 2016 - February

Hi Everyone,

Just in the nick of time, here's my February journal page inspired by the amazing Tim Holtz Tags of 2016 - this year, Tim is revisiting tutorials from previous years and combining two techniques to create a new tag.

Here's his gorgeous February tag, which combined monoprinting with stencils and heat embossing with texture paste ...


This year, I'm making little pages instead of tags, so I can keep them all together in the gorgeous leather bound journal which my friend Trina gave me for Christmas. On the back of each page I will make notes about the techniques used to create it - so it should be a handy reference.

Here's my version of Tim's February tag ...

As luck would have it, I had recently treated myself to a pack of these wonderfully quirky vintage passport photos from Tim Holtz so this was the perfect opportunity to use one - although it was difficult to choose which one to use!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

What (WAS) On My Workdesk Wednesday?!

Hi everyone,

I'm a day and several hours late to the party this week, but as I did TAKE the photos I thought I would join in anyway! If you haven't been already, pop over to Stamping Ground, say hi to our lovely hostess Julia and check out what's been happening on crafty desks all over the world this week.

Yesterday afternoon I squeezed in a little bit of arty farty time to do my February tag as inspired by Tim Holtz' Tags of 2016 ... although this year I'm doing little pages instead of actual tags. This was taken when I had just got started ...

... just a couple pages from my little journal, some Distress Stains and Paints, brushes and my Essential Manky Cloth of course! This next one was about 15 minutes later ...

Monday, 22 February 2016

Quirky Celebration

Hi everyone,

It's been a little quiet on the creative front around here lately - other stuff getting in the way again! - but I've been trying to squeeze a little time to play every day, and I finally finished my Quirky Bird picture for week six of LifeBook 2016 ...

In this lesson, Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts invited us to celebrate our Quirky Amazing Life, by painting Quirky Birds to represent what we love and are grateful for. One of the big revelations of this week for me was that I can use my felt pens as water colours - WOW!!! Tam used Tombo markers, but I found it worked really well with my Wispa pens too. I love how you get a watercolour effect, but the colours are more intense. Unfortunately the light was very poor when I took these pictures so it doesn't really show here, but I will definitely be getting lots more use from my felt pens from now on.

Here's a closer look at my quirky characters ...

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Making Plans

Hi Everyone,

I'm sure almost anyone who may read this will know that feeling that there is never enough time in the day to squeeze in everything we try to fit in to it. One of my promises to myself this year is to get more organised in order to make sure I get the necessities done AND make the most of my spare time.

Planners are everywhere online at the moment and they looked like such a fun way of getting organised, so of course I just had to have one! I found a relatively cheap one from Collins and I've had loads of fun stuffing it with home-made accessories and filling it full of some of my favourite things - it's been a great way to use up some of my crafty stash :o)

So here's a peek inside my shiny new pink planner ...

There are three things here that actually came out of this year's Christmas crackers! the little golden notebook tucked into a pocket on the left, the black plastic giant paperclip and the disco ball! I <3 disco balls :o)

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #348

Hello lovely Deskers,

Wednesday has rolled around again, and a very chilly blowy one it is this week. No time to play today, and my desk is sort of between-projects tidy for a change ...

On it you can see the dodgy flower painting I showed you last week - thanks to your kind words of encouragement, I didn't give up on it, but decided to do a little more work on it and then I got to a point where I was ready to call it finished and move on to the next Life Book project.

Thanks to the suggestion from LLJ Jan - I knocked back some of the scarier colour a bit, then remembered I had some transparent gesso. This seals the layer beneath, but leaves it visible and with a good "tooth" to work onto. This enabled me to add some shading, highlights and details with various pencils, crayons and pens. I'm still not that enamoured of it, but I've decided to embrace it as part of my Life Book journey and it will have a place amongst all the others which I'll be creating over the coming year. Safety in numbers ... cheerleader effect and all that!

Also on my desk you can see some mystery objects ...

Whilst sorting my knicker drawer over the weekend I came across several blasts from the past. Most of them I wouldn't post pictures of on my blog (?!) but I was so delighted to come across this little bag of goodies which was given to us by my dear friend Polly when we got married nearly five years ago. The card attached reads:

"An eraser to make your mistakes disappear; a coin so you can't say you never have any money, marbles in case you lose yours; a button to press in times of panic; an elastic band to stretch yourself; a piece of string to hold things together when they fall apart; and a sweet heart, because you are one."

Isn't that so lovely? Makes me smile every time I come across it :o)

The paintbrush is there because I've been bringing it back from the dead - having left it ALL NIGHT covered in Matte Medium, it was in a very sorry state. Rather than consign it to the bin, I thought I would try some PAintbrush CPR, and after repeated applications of rubbing alcohol, shampoo, hot and cold water, conditioner, a comb, fingernails and perseverence - it's looking pretty good don't you think?!

Thanks for popping in today - I'm off to Julia's Stamping Ground to link up and I'll be back later to have a good old snout around other people's workdesk and see what they've all been up to this week. See you there! :o)

Annie xxx