As a result of inspiration from a Facebook group and Terri Dudash I’m doing some daily journalling mixed with a bit of bullet journalling at the moment. Here are some shots of what I’ve done so far. To be honest some of it is also just adding random stuff in the book because I found it! But hopefully it may inspire you. Most of the journalling not private but a few bits I have just obscured for privacy reasons.
Today (the last page above) I am pretty much stuck in bed as a result of a reaction to my covid vaccine but did manage to do a little and find some stickers I wanted to use for tomorrow.
Enjoying this bit of creativity and mindfulness daily at the moment and obsessed with watching journalling YouTube videos too.
Over on my Facebook swap group our theme for February is “Landscape” and I chose to play with some Sizzix dies I was gifted a long time ago by the lovely Mara but hadn’t really got around to using.
They are stitched landscape dies and this seemed like the perfect time to get them out to play!
The great news about using small dies like these and creating a landscape on such a small scale is I used lots of scraps of cardstock to create these little coins… so it felt like I was being thrifty too!
On each I alternated with the cardstock colours for the hills… and I wish I had used the stitched circle to cut out the complete circle so that the stitching continued round but never mind.
I chose a Paperartsy stamp for the sentiment that spoke to me … simply embossed in white on the bottom hill.
Then I used recycled die cuts to make the coin the right size …. and the brown frames the landscape perfectly!
The paper was an old 12 x 12 dsp from SU I got in a kit from a class with Helen. I teamed it with a yellow and bright pink and Night of Navy cardstock and three stamp sets for the focal point.
Make a monster
From all of us
Over the Moon.
I coloured all the images using Promarkers. Some I fussy cut, some I cut into panels. I added embossing and die cut circles. I found ribbons from the stash and card candi to embellish and chose some sentiments either from the afore mentioned stamp sets or other retired stamp sets.
Love how double sided dsp allows you to get different looks but still just using the one OSW template.
The card I put forward for the patterned paper challenge was this one… partly because I love the colouring on the animals with it not attempting to be realistic and because it shows the fun pattern on the dsp!
Off to see what others have used for their patterned paper challenge for this month!
Today I have done lots of SU crafting as I spent time with some of the team I belong to, crafting on zoom together.
I grabbed some of the forever greenery papers and die cuts leftover from the zoom session I had done months ago and made up three cards whilst we chatted and shared info and our lives via zoom. It was great fun.
Here are the cards I made…
The gold and the patterned papers work so well and I love the patterns so much I wanted them to fill the cards. The cardstock I used were just bits and pieces from the scraps folder.
I love the gold twine too… in fact I may have to order another of those in my next order as I’ve come to the end of my stash of it and it works with loads of different projects!
As for the other things we made… my upline Valerie did a little tutorial on the corner bookmark… so I used the same papers and some stamped and die cut images for mine…
And then Sue showed us a very intricate multi layered card… I’ve turned mine into a Mothers day card so you’ll have to wait a while before I share that!
As for the rest of my day, well I treated myself to a lie in, then did the food shop, then cooked brunch and now am just chilling. The teenager is in charge of tea so the only task I’m giving myself for the rest of today is clearing and cleaning the desk ready for turning it back into a workplace tomorrow.
Sorry I have been AWOL the last few days… I really need a big crafting session to make lots of things I can then post about when I’m too busy to craft that actual day. The past few days, including Sunday ended up being exactly that … so fortunately this project I finished on Saturday has been delivered to the recipient so I can blog about it now.
So why so busy? Well Sunday actually turned into a proper steps competition with the hubby (I won) plus I got the urge to clean which is a rarity and needs seizing on when it happens. Then back to work Monday and so crafting becomes harder as I never want to clear the desk, make it messy and clear it all again in one night… plus I got all the ironing done so go me, housewife of the year for those two days!
And work… well I’ve had some fabulously productive days but they have been a little on the long side! Next two days will hopefully be a bit shorter so I might, just might get some crafting time in!
Anyways… let’s get to the crafting shall we?
My friend Chris challenged us for this month to make a house themed something that is no bigger than 6″ and when I saw the challenge I knew immediately what I wanted to use… the Art Parts shapes that has been sitting in a box in my craft room at least 3 years if not more!
I got them out immediately and added gesso to each of them… plus a canvas board I was inspired to make a start on too!
Next day I added paint and stamping and stencilling and texture paste and ended up with two little houses.
So then I left them to sit for a week in plain view where I could decide what was needed to finish off.
I decided some definition on edges, a sticker sentiment and some tiny bits of doodling with paint pens. And then done!
Absolutely love both of these… decided to send the big one and keep the small one as a keepsake of the swap for now… it may end up as part of something else eventually, you never know?
Hope you enjoyed this little foray into mixed media and the little houses.
Saying howdy always reminds me of my friend Julie who I used to work with… miss her loads.
Anyways … today’s slice of life is …
The Serpent… who has watched this on the BBC, and how addictive is it? My word, not sure I will sleep until I get to the end… wow!
And in other non TV news:
1) the hair is back to being brown, the teenager did a great job of helping me dye it.
2) I exercised a bit last night, back to being knackered again tonight but going to push myself to do a bit more tonight.
3) my friend Michelle has got me all motivated to lose weight so I am tracking all food again.
Now onto the crafting.
Today I have a long YouTube video to share from the weekend as I ended up doing a One Sheet Wonder using the Berry Delightful dso and the Berry Blessings stamps. It was lots of fun… but even speeding loads of the process up it was over an hour long. Well I know some people find watching the long videos relaxing… but I really need to learn how to do a quick project! 🤣🤣🤣
So here is the template I used for cutting the 6×6 piece of paper …
And here is what I made…
Loved playing with the stamp set and this gorgeous paper…
In fact after I gave up filming I also decorated the inside of the cards with strips of paper …
And the envelopes I added the paper to the flap and stamped on the fronts…
… once I had done that it felt like the project was properly finished. Eight cards and envelopes beautifully decorated!
Love these freebies from Saleabration and looking forward to playing with them again!
Hello! Thanks for popping by to my blog. Today has been a busy work day and then trying to increase my steps I did a little you tube video… I say did, but only actually managed half of it before exhaustion hit again.
Tonight the plan is to sort out my hair as I anticipate not getting it done until April as not just lockdown (should have been there last week) but also my hairdresser is expecting a baby in a few weeks so she won’t be considering hairdresser work for a few months to come. Will let you know how the teenager and I get on with dyeing my hair tomorrow !
Today I have a set of 6 inchies for you which I made for the UK stampers forum blog. I actually used them with leftover from the coins I made for my Facebook swap.
Once chopped into 1 inch squares i edged them with the sepia ink and then used a piece of card I had painted with the Guacamole paint to stamp the butterflies from an Indigo Blue stamp set. I then fussy cut each and added them to the inchies.
I decided to add some glossy accents to the body for each to make them dimensional and, well, glossy!
OK let’s talk about sleep, laziness and fatigue….well only for a moment… skip over it straight to the craft if you like!
This past week sleep has not been great at night. I’m finding myself waking lots of times, albeit for only a few mins at a time, resulting in me getting up in the morning feeling far from rested. So I’ve had a few fatigue issues which I think are as a result of covid but in my head I keep getting feelings of guilt that I am being lazy. Does anyone else get like this?
My hubby has often called me a bed based life form as I do love a nap … but this fatigue feels different. It’s like all the muscles in my body have a dull ache and like my brain is in a bit of a fog. I really hope this is a temporary symptom and I can get myself back to my normal energy levels. I also need to work on that negative self talk and remember that this awful virus kills people so count myself lucky.
Anyway … this explains why the blog post last night missed out on a slice of life… I just didn’t have the energy to update the blog post that was scheduled before it went live!
Today’s slice of life was a lie in, a big family task of a kitchen inventory and then meal planning, a food shop and then more rest! There was a bit of crafting too (tomorrow’s blog post in fact!) but to be honest the big job of tidying up and cleaning the fridge, freezer and food cupboards and then the trip to the supermarket was more than enough activity.
This year I’ve joined a few friends to do a junk journal. I’ve never really done a junk journal as such before and I suspect mine will end up more as a mixed media journal but never mind!
First challenge was to make a journal… well I’ve decided on a loose 7×5 journal rather than a bound one and will put the journal together at the end instead. So first task didn’t get done.
Second task was to send some bits and pieces to a swap partner for using in their journal. I got lots of lovely bits and pieces from my partner and sent lots in return.
Next task was to make a background piece of a4 landscape that another person can use in their journal. And now this is something I can share a pic of…
I used my Gelli plate and fresco finish paints to create the background and then stamping and stencilling and modelling paste and washi tape. Love how it came out. I used another piece of cardstock to wipe off my brayer etc and this then became a second piece which will work in my journal.
This was how the background looked before I made it into a page.
And the finished article…
I used book print and a peach envelope from the swap pile of items and also the ribbon on the tag. Everything else, including rub ons, stickers, chipboard and the tag came from the stash.
Really really enjoyed making both the background paper and the finished journal page.
Hello there blog readers… so today I actually had to produce some output at work, leading to lots of procrastination but eventually getting there. The procrastination period however has led to me finally reading/scanning all of the emails in the inbox from the 4 and half weeks off… so also productive albeit not on the work that I should have been doing. Got there in the end though so all is good.
Hubby got the Wii Fit out today too and did 30 mins on it before work … I’m considering having a go tonight but who knows whether that will actually happen or not!
I have however done a short walk after work to the supermarket and back so I’ve done an attempt at exercise. I might point out that the walk to the supermarket led to eating liqorice allsorts on the sofa under a blanket… my first slip on healthy eating and another reminder that my strength as a result of covid is rubbish!
Ah well… onto the crafting!
Like Monday, I have a stripes based swap to share. This time it’s the artist trading coins I made for the UK Stampers Forum swap.
I followed much the same process for these coins as I did for yesterday’s tag, using scrap strips of cardstock for the backgrounds.
This time I also added stamping and embossing on some strips and coloured stamping on others.
Also I added some dots using my posca pen to some strips. On the white strips I also added some green stripes using my promarker pen.
I then used a scrap of a the Pretty Peacock card to stamp and emboss the mini Jofy flower. Then played with the Prismacolour pencils to add some colour.
The sentiment was stamped on the shaded spruce scraps and then adhered across the flower and gems added to finish off.
I loved playing with the strips to create the stripes background. Made a really fun background to play with.
OK its now or never for the wii fit… decisions, decisions!