Sunday, 25 September 2016

Two Weekly Challenge

Happy Sunday everyone!

Hope you are planning a lazy day recharging those batteries
ready for the busy week ahead.

No rest for me today, I'm off to 

Kathy Byrne's Book Club 

to make a Perpetual Calendar. 

And you thought it was all books.  Haha!!

Now this leads me quite nicely into the Challenge

Can you guess what it is?  Yup - its...................


You can do anything you like from illustrating the title
of your favourite book, or perhaps the story you are
currently reading with younger members of the family,
to decorating a book (or even making one). 
Maybe you just want to make a card or journal page 

Here's a notebook I decorated:

Should have warned you -
 I'm probably the world's worst photographer!

So whatever comes to mind - go for it

As usual, you have two weeks to upload
as many entries as you like via the link
If you can't use the link then email
your pictures to me at

and I'll add them for you.
The link will close at midnight on
11 October 2016.
The winner will be picked by Random Generator 
on Tuesday 04 October

Good luck all

Mickie x

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Around the House

Hello everyone!
If anyone needs a final bit of inspiration 
we have another project on the Around the House theme today.  
It really is a beauty and is by 

Dawn Heald:

I'm here to share an art journal page in my MDF book, 
using a few things from around the house
 to apply colour and stamp with.
I do hope you like it.

How I created this.

First off I covered the board with very thick layer of 
white gesso applied with pallet knife and left it to dry naturally.

Then with Fresco Finish Paints I used the palette knife 
to spread on thick uneven layers to make my sea and
again left it to dry naturally.

Next I took some small plastic nappy sacks
 (any plastic bag would work, thicker plastic bags will give chunkier 
more open look) and dabbed them in
the Alchemy Wax and proceeded to 
gently dab all over the board, alternating colour as I went.

Then I used the Bay Leaf stencil and stippled through 
Peridot Alchemy Wax to create a backdrop of sea plants.

Now some mixing:

Scoop out three small amounts of 
Media Texture Sand Paste and add
a different colour of Alchemy Wax to each one. 
Mixing the the pink and blue wax to get purple. 
The Alchemy Wax mixes really easily 
to create new colours and also into texture pastes. 

Apply the coloured Media Texture Sand Paste through 
TCW mini Octopus Stencil, omitting the octopus!
I really pushed the paste through the stencil 
to get a different look not as sharp. 
I let this dry for a bit then finished off drying with heat tool. 
Then put the stencil back on and drew through with a white gel pen.

To add detail to the background I found different sized lids from
 "around the house" and stamped with them using 
Starlight paints, Alchemy Wax and Stazon Midnight Blue midi ink pad.

Now I needed some sea life. 
I stamped, coloured and die cut my fish.
I used Distress Markers to colour and
I glued them to the background with hot glue.

 The stamps and matching dies are Heartfelt Creations. 
(My first products from them and I'm mega impressed 
at the designs and quality and storage packaging). 

I finished off with a stencilled word "Imagine" from DecoArt stencil,
 using the same Midnight Stazon ink in top right corner. 
Then added some Sequins and dots of 
White Opal Liquid Pearls coming from the fishes mouths.

I like the way the page shows the different textures 
and also the matt and pearly finishes. 
It's one of those you can't help but touch.

Many thanks Dawn for your lovely project

Here's what Dawn used:

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Thinking About Next Year

Hi!  What are you all doing this week?  

I'm afraid I'm late posting today, largely because I
overlaid this morning and had to dash off to
my Watercolour Group.  Aside from that
I'm enjoying the warm sunshine and seeing the trees changing into their autumnal dress as I drive around the county
Had a super day in Lingfield yesterday getting together friends at the 

Inky Fingers Club. 

For those of you who are unable to get to Inky Fingers and who may be wondering what on earth it is we do, I have a lovely tag project coming up from Helen Chilton for you next week that will give you a good idea, so watch this space.
Think I've been overcome by the beautiful weather because I've also signed up for two classes over the weekend!
 I shall be In Lingfield again for Helen Chilton's Build a Card class on Saturday using using Woodware Stamps and Kalaidacolour Inks.
On Sunday I'm going to Kathy Byrne's Book Club to make a Perpetual Calendar   

In the meantime, we have to start thinking about Challenges for 2017.   
I know, seems too soon to think of 2017 when we haven't had Christmas yet!  Nevertheless, what do you think about having four challenges a month instead of just the two for you to dip in and out of as you wish?

We have in mind:

an Oversized Tag that would build up to a wall calendar for 2018,

Flower of the month with a twist

Song of the month

and inspired by the verse on PaperArtsy Eclectica ELB 30 stamp set
by Lin Brown, yet another look at the twelve months of the year.
It is the poem that begins
 "January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow"
Lots of possibilities there!

Have another project for you tomorrow!!

Mickie xx