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.
Today for Stampin Up Sunday I have some little cards I made a few weeks ago for the lovely ladies who joined me for some Christmas crafting via Zoom.
I went with 4×4 cards and then created a little scene using Distress oxide inks and embossing and the stamps and dies from the In the Pines set.
Love how cute these are… and such simple little cards to make using the snow bank dies and then the little tree.
The background I made using the splattered stamp with white embossing from the Gorgeous Grunge set. There is a snow stamp in the In the Pines set but for speed it was quicker to use the other one as it would go across the whole panel in one stamp!
After I stamped and embossed the snow I added a post it note circle and then used the Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers oxides before going over it with Black Soot to create a lovely night sky.
The snow banks I layered up, but first brushed the edge of them with a stencilling brush that had a pale blue ink residue on it. I just added a little definition.
The tree I stamped with Pear Pizazz and Mossy Meadow.
Once I had layered it up I then die cut it with the stitched shape square… I love this finish to the panel.
The card bases were made from Mossy Meadow which gave a nice rich finish to the little cards.
Today I have the final advent coins I made. These I made all in one afternoon and chose to make them in pairs to make life easier for myself!
I also used the same old number stamp set to finish them off.
My favourites are definitely the black with white embossing background. Just wish I had used slightly smaller number stamps rather than the large ones. Have to admit these were inspired by the samples Martin made for the Artisan blog hop.
The ones with the text background were also inspired by this blog hop… but by the banner on the card made by Hélène. For both of these the Peace and Joy (My current favourite Christmas stamps ever!) Stamps and dies. I also added a die cut tree scene with the glimmer paper.
Then to contrast I made the more natural ones using the pointsetta die from the Wreath Builder die set. I also added some texture in the background using the Gorgeous Grunge set.
So there you go… my advent coins for this year done… except it’s not exactly true because numpty Catherine sent the first bundle of coins (days 19-21) without a stamp on the parcel … so I had to make more!
These are the ones I made…
This time I went for a different look completely… I went with coins with a stencilled layer of stars and then layers of Fresco finish paints and alchemy paints. Then I chose three different ways to decorate them, but kept to the same colour and number stamps.
I added stamping to each coin using archival ink so each was different.
I used die cuts from the wreath builder dies and some stamped twigs.
I also used some Stamping magazine stamps for the holly and the little winter house. I added sequins for the holly berries and flock for the snowy roof.
Love how different they all came out. Looking forward to next years challenge (we are back to Twinchies and some have been made already! Yup I got organised ahead of time for once!)
So it turns out that Wreath Builder dies were what I needed to make me use dies as a basis for card making… and here my example is a card I made for my friend Michelle’s special birthday!
I made her a gatefold card using the dies and the bright lime and cerise cardstock in my stash!
I added Gorgeous Grunge splatter and a stamped sentiment from For my Family, a ribbon bow and a label die from Petals and More… but really it’s the dies that do all the work in this card.
Super happy with how this bright and cheery card turned out. Inside the gatefold I put a panel with some more die cuts…
I delivered this card a few weeks ago now so this is a belated happy birthday wish to Michelle… but as it was a special birthday and we’ve agreed to forget this year and celebrate properly next year I am sure she will get another special card then too!
Today I have the cards I made to send the Russian art dolls to the swap recipients… they include papers from the stash swap challenge I shared over the past few days… and of course are Russian art doll themed!
I used the same template as I used for the dolls… but this time I cut them from patterned paper in the stash.
The faces were from the Art by Marlene die cuts and I added doodling and shading and a little pics of doily for the frill on the headscarf.
I also added the sticky embellishments as buttons.
I adhered both dolls to a piece of card I stamped some texture into the background and doodled the border. I also added the hello sentiment.
I decided to use red card blanks to give the white panel something to contrast against.
Cute and super simple little creations with the use of the Art by Marlene faces.
Another Art journaling page in my Dylusions journal just for me, with no pressure, love it!
I started with sticking things on the page that had been randomly on my desk either as left over bits from other projects or things I’d not got around to using yet.
This included the stamped flower on the left hand side, a piece of sewing pattern instruction, a stamped tag and the gelli printed circle.
I think the page also had some wipe off from another project on it as the gelatos had some different reactions in a few areas.
So I added gelato to the page with the exception of the flower panel that had already been coloured. I think it was distress inks used on that.
Next I added the iridescent texture paste through a stencil to the right hand side of the page and left it to dry.
I then added stamping using some different stamps… Gorgeous grunge, that’s the ticket etc. I also added some splashes of green acrylic ink and copper acrylic ink.
Next I worked on the flower that I stamped from a Creative Stamping magazine and coloured using promarkers to create a soft, no line effect. I fussy cut it out but decided it needed something between it and the background.
I had a hunt in my stash and found these stickers that I think were meant for scrapbooking.
After adding them and the flowers it was time to add doodling and the sentiment stickers. I also found the orange gems in my stash and stuck them down too.
I decided the flower on the left needed pushing back so added some gesso using my fingers and blending it on that panel and a few other spots.
I also took the Twisted citron distress oxide and did a little bit of stamping to add a little lime green onto the page too.
Once again it was fun to create with no pressure of time or finished product. The photos in the daylight show it off so much better… shame most of my crafting is done in the evening so I don’t enjoy the cokours quite as much when creating… maybe I need to invest in a proper daylight lamp?!?
The theme of the swap was eyes so I decided to use the Jane Davenport face stamp where you can choose the features. I’ve not used this stamp much but loved creating these three ATCs using the stamps.
I started with some mountboard cut using the Bigz die and gave it a coat of gesso. Then I dry brushed on some neutral colours of Paperartsy fresco finish paints (buff and taupe). I also added some of the smoked paprika so break up the background and because I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the hair colour too.
I then stamped using sepia ink the face and then the features using different eye stamps for each girls but keeping the lips and nose the same.
Then I added in hair for each using a mixture of browns and oranges. I also added colour to the lips and then the eyes I chose a teal/blue colour that really stood out.
I then used Inktense pencils and a waterbrush to add more definition to the eyes and some shading.
I also added a bit of subtle stamping to the background using yellow archival and a Gorgeous grunge stamp and then added the sentiment from a magazine set in the sepia ink.
I finished by edging them with archival ink to frame the panels.
Love how these came out. So different from everything else I have made recently.
A few days ago I shared a card for the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog where the challenge is to use a Spray.
Well once my hands were stained from one lot of Dylusions ink I might as well make another card!
This time I used the reds and pinks and yellows (it also had a little of the teal it picked up from a stencil!).
This time I used water to ghost the ink and create a subtle pattern in the background.
I then did some stamping using the Gummiapan text stamp, the Timeless Textures, the Be Crafty Banksy inspired stamp and some Alpaca Pals text stamps.
You can’t see it too well on the picture but I also sprayed the resist spray and added some embossing powder to it on one side through a stencil. It didn’t work out well but it adds some fun texture regardless.
I added lots of marks using black and white pens and I love this urban graphic themed card.
Today I am sharing the tag I made for last month’s swap at UK stampers forum.
I decided to use a new Gorjuss Girl stamp and paper piece and mask her to add more stamping and blended ink behind her.
I kept the colours bright and spring like using Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Peacock feathers for the blending and stamping behind the girl. I also used some washi tape and stickers to add embellishments.
I paper pieced her outfit using Art by Marlene collage paper as the colours were perfect on the scrap I had out on the desk already. I also love using the coloured staples for adding an embellishment along with the sequins.