Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Love is...

Painted along with Tracy today at Mixed Media Monday... Tracy had some awesome new paintbrushes (will pop them on my wishlist)...Tracy used wide brush to do her background and had to kind of compromise and use my small one and lots of strokes.. It kind of didn't blend as well with the small one, so used a baby wipe to smooth and blend the brushstrokes a bit..  I went for a purple butterfly instead of orange and yellow and bubble wrap instead of a swirl stamp around my edges.. 

I also thought yep another go at practicing my new lettering.. This time I kind of made up my own.. Bit of Sandee's bar lettering with a bit of a swirl added to it.. 

So another fun day to be had painting, cutting and pasting.. Really enjoy adding my own lettering now.. The pencil and eraser are my new friends...

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rainy day...

I went along to watch Tiare, classygirl today and she was working on a Journal 52 prompt 'Rain or shine'. Its raining at last and filling my watertank, yay!!! So what better way to celebrate than to do a journal page with the Dylusions stamp Ruby Rainbow. I Coloured in Ruby with Dylusions inks and a waterbrush, while she was drying I got out my paints and did the background.  I used the Dylusions stencil 'diamond border' and the Balzer Design stencil 'Mini bubble doily'. 

Then I thought ok, I need a quote. So I was talking to my friend Tamiko and she gave me this quote. "Let a smile be your umbrella on a rainy day". Perfect isn't it.. So I had to use the new Bar lettering from Sundays with Sandee on my page to have more practice with that.. Popped some raindrops on some dangles and the wind is blowing the umbrella with a stamp from Kaszazz. 

So what a bright page it ended up being just perfect for the rainy day outside, because the rain is something I have missed, its nice to see green again outside...

I am going to enter this in the following
Tiare, classygirl
Balzer designs
Journal 52
Sunday's with Sandee at Frosted designs 

Have a great day
Sandy :) 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bar lettering...

I am playing along with Sunday's with Sandee at Frosted designs. Every third one of her video's Sandee does a new lettering style, last time it was Track lettering this time we have some Bar lettering. I love youtube instructional video's. You can pause, rewind and watch it over a couple of times.. So I had the pencil and paper out at the computer after about a minute of watching Sandee. I had my alphabet done and had not watched the end.. I thought it was the best video, so easy to follow.. So if you want to learn too, pop over and take a peek.  Add some block lettering to your next card or scrapbook page... 

So first I practiced all the alphabet on some graph paper.. Then I picked my quote that I wanted to use and practiced that.. 

Then I got out my new journal for lettering styles, I wanted to keep them all in the one so that I have them for reference.. Thought that was the perfect quote for the start of a new journal.. I doodled some flowers and made a spot in the middle to pop my quote. I used Dylusion inks to colour and had to pop some dangles and the black and white border.. This was such fun and after the practice and doing this with pencil first, I found that the lettering was a lot easier.. 

Going to link this up with 
Balzer designs Art journal every day.

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WOYWW #253

My book came yay!!! woot woot... I have been so looking forward to playing with the lettering in the new Joanne Sharpe book 'The art of whimsical lettering'. So have been doing the exercises in the book and I am up to #4.. Its such a fun book there is so much more information than what I thought. So I am terribly pleased I brought one of my very own...  So lots of markers and pens as it was time to experiment... Lots of fun being had, that the practice watercolour of the leaves got pushed to the side to finish another day... If you are wondering what that stick is on my desk here is a bigger photo of it.. 

Its my daughters wooden toy clothesline that has been in the top of the cupboard for years. I am using it to dry my Gelli prints, it works perfectly for that... I just had to restring and glue one of the arms back in.. The top comes off for easy storage when not in use... When someone said the other week when I was in such a mess with my Gelli prints. That I needed some where for them to dry, did I have a clothes horse.. I thought wait a minute I have this.. 
Julia from  WOYWW gets us all together every Wednesday to have a look at desks from all over the world.. Grab a cuppa, I have mine here, and take a browse.. Thanks for taking the time to comment and enjoy the blog hopping around all the desks.

Have a great day.
Sandy :) 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Aussie notecard swap March

Aussie notecard swap time and the March theme was Steampunk. So gathered all my steampunk appropriate bits and pieces and the Tim Holtz district warehouse stamps..   Distressed edges lots of walnut stain and started scrunching paper soaked with water for the first layer. I had already stamped a world map on it, so it bled and went all just how I wanted it too, streaky and old looking.. Stamped some card stock with a different map stamp and then the wonderful steampunk 3 men with the hats went over the top of that in brown ink. Its handy having a hubby with lots of washers, so tied one of those on with some string over a punched out gear.  More stamping, distressing and machine sewing around all of the edges.. Added a gear from the Tim Holtz Ideology collection and a metal key from K & C company. Added some brads and a paper clip so just a bit more metal. 
So that was a lot of fun.

I am going to enter this in the following challenges
Flonz craft Anything goes
Simon Says stamp blog Monday challenge Journey

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Challenges 4 Everybody #40 DT

So, for our April challenge at Challenges 4 Everybody (how fast is this going?!) We have 2 combined sponsors The paper nest dolls and Sherri Baldy.
 As always its anything goes so get those entries in for a chance to win our randomly drawn Monthly challenge.

I made myself a small journal that I can slot in pages just by punching some holes and threading in.. I like to do some things on separate pages so thought this would work well for me. Its a wooden Kaisercraft journal, this journal is supposed to have 4 wooden dividers but I only used 2 of them thought I can use the other 2 to make another journal with. I used a 6x6 paper pack from Authentique to decorate. The flowers and letters are from Tim Holtz die cuts. 
Punched some eyelets to thread ribbon though and decoratively cut the inside edges. Popped some Kaisercraft words on some labels, create, dream and wish. For the inside pages I just backed the lovely paper with white card stock so I have 4 dividing pages inside. 

Just popped some leftover strips in here with a clip so I can decorate some pages.

I just left the wooden back plain but used more of the paper to cover.  Its a very simple journal but will work well for me.  I left room on the front to add -15 just in case I use it next year too...
Have a great day
Sandy :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Have fun...

Tracy from Mixed Media Monday was on the facebook page yesterday saying how she was painting and who else was doing something.. Well I really liked what Tracy was inspired by, thought I would have a go at something similar.. So out came the pencil and watercolours... 

Lots of daisies, doodling, dangles and some practice for my lettering... So more fun to be had with what I am enjoying doing at the moment, all mixed together...

Have a great day
Sandy :) 
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