Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Doodle Day

I've always been a doodler (if that is even a word!).  Give me a pen and some paper and my hand just starts scribbling, its a kind of habit I guess.  My folders and exercise books at school were covered with random shapes and words to the point where it would be hard to spot where my name was written.  I haven't given much thought to my doodle habit until today when I read the 'Oodles of Doodles' challenge at That's Crafty.  The challenge referred to Zentangle, a word I had never come across before so I Googled it and my eyes were opened to a whole new level of doodling! I was blown away by the intricate pattens and designs and was inspired to try my very own Zentangle, and here it is:

The greatest thing about the doodle process is not knowing what you are going to come up with.  I'm so pleased I chose to draw it on a card blank as I think this would make a lovely greetings card.  Can't wait for the perfect opportunity to give this to someone.

This will definitely not be my last Zentangle, I think this may become my new de-stress therapy.

I would like to enter this into:

Oodles of Doodles Challenge at That's Crafty

Thanks for stopping by :) Happy crafting to all


Monday, 23 February 2015

A late Valentines Offering

This is a little add on post as I can't stop creating at the moment so decided to have a play with my new Lindy's try me set in red. The colours are amazing! You get two Starburst, one Moon Shadow Mist and a pot of Magicals. I decided on a tag and used a Ranger no. 8. I layered some pretty floral paper on the bottom and used my Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil and some texture paste to create some interest down one side. I then 'attacked, the tag with the red Lindy's products and aged the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink in 'Vintage Photo'. I coloured some white paper flowers from Hobby Craft and some trinkets from my stash with some of the red sprays and also Perfect Pearls Mist in 'Pewter'. Once I had stuck everything in place I highlighted some of the raised areas with the Magicals powder from the red set and also knocked back some of the colours with gesso and Ranger Liquid Pearls in 'Platinum Pearl'.

I have to say I'm not normally a pink kind of girl but I am loving this very feminine and romantic tag.  Looks like someone has the key to my heart :)

I would like to enter this into:

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Think Pink

That's Crafty - Be My Valentine

Frosted Designs - Get Messy x2

Thanks for reading


Spring has arrived

So this is my first official posting/offering to the world of craft blogs! I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed getting back in touch with paper, paints, inks, glue and all things messy. I decided to start off with a canvas as it felt like a sturdier base to begin my adventures with mixed media. I took my inspiration from the current challenge at Frilly and Funky which is 'winter blooms'.

To me there is nothing more magical than seeing the first of my bulbs, planted last summer, break through the frosted ground of late winter. In my garden these are always the snowdrops. Every year I am in awe over how these delicate little plants fight their way through the hard soil and survive the coldest of temperatures. They are the first sign that spring is on its way and they never fail to make me smile.

I first created texture using dry wall tape, corrugated card and fabric bandage. I then applied layers of colour using Lindy's Starburst sprays in 'Yellow Rose of Texas', 'Delphinium Turquoise' and 'Cosmopoliton Pink'. I also used Lindy's Moon Shadow Mist in 'Violaceous Violet'. I then built up the  'snow' using texture paste and added shimmer with Ranger Liquid Pearls in 'White Opal'.

I made the flowers using cartridge paper, cut by hand to shape, moulded when wet and dried in shape. I glued this to a central paper trumpet which was coloured on the edges using Ranger Liquid Pearls in 'Avocado' which I also used to colour the end of the wrapped wire where it joined the flower. The leaves were cut by hand and sprayed in Prima Colour Bloom spray in 'Lime Wedge' which is just the most gorgeous iridescent colour.  I finished the piece with Glossy Accents 'drips' to create the feeling of dew/rain thawing the cold of winter and aged the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink in 'Vintage Photo'.

Please excuse the photo but I was rushing to get it posted in time.

I would like to enter this in:

Frilly and Funky - Winter Blooms

Country View Crafts - Drips and Drops

Happy crafting everyone


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

New Blog - How Exciting!

Hello Blog, I'm Becky and I have created you in order to record the ramblings of my newest artistic adventure.  

The wonderful Georgie of littlebluecraftbox is like the Darth Vader of the art world and she has brought be over to the 'craft side'! We're only a couple of weeks in and I may have to re-mortgage my house to pay for my new habit. No, in all honesty I am loving it and am so lucky that one of my best friends happens to be one of the most talented artists I know.  

So, with much excitement and with so much to learn this is me..... doing something for me.... and loving every moment.