Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cocoa Daisy Winter Lift Me Up Challenge

I participated in a new challenge for me over on the Cocoa Daisy forum this month. It was called "Lift Me Up" and you were sent a LO to scrap lift . The twist was that you were in a chain and each person got the LO from the person before them but couldn't see any of the others until the big reveal. We had 48 hours each to do the challenge and there were two teams competing against each other.

I really enjoyed the challenge and it really boosted my mojo and I actually completed two LOs based on my original LO supplied for Lisa O. I can't find a blog for her to link to but I loved that she scraps 8.5 x 11.

Her LO is this one.

You also had to have some journaling as the Cocoa Daisy kits this month have a journaling theme. These are my two LOs here.
The first one I rotated the LO and used the strips, arrows and colours as inspiration for my LO.

The next one I stuck closer to the original LO and used some wash strips this time like the original.

Pop over here and see the LOs produced and the original starting LO to see how the challenge changed as it passed down the chain. TFL.x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Sian's Valentines Postcard Swap Arrivals

My last post was about the postcards I sent for the Valentines Postcard swap over at Sian's blog From High in the Sky and this post is about the ones I received in return.

They were lovely and the senders had told me why they chose their cards which was really nice. I even got an envelope that was decorated on the outside that must have brightened up the mail rooms on its travels. So pop by Cheri, Ruth, Barbara and Rachel and say hello. Thank you ladies I really enjoyed the swap. TFL.x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Sian's Valentine Postcard Swap

Sian over at From High in the Sky is hosting a Valentines postcard swap and I decided to join in this time as part of my OLW motto of revitalise. 

What I didn't anticipate was how hard it would be to get Scottish/nice postcards in Aberdeenshire in February I was a bit disappointed to be honest as none of the local towns had anything and Haddo House is shut just now so nothing there either. 

Luckily Papermaze came up trumps and I had trouble choosing from their selection as they were all bright and colourful as well as parting with them. I may have bought doubles for some art journal pages. 

These two went away first as they had the furthest to travel.

Followed by these four.

I hope they have reached their intended destinations and have brightened someones day. Pop over to Sian's blog to say Hello.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Week 5 The Original Documented Life Project 2015

Week 5 for The Original Documented Life Project was all about the under paper and "What Lies Beneath?"
I had stuck some under paper from a Dina Wakley class I took a few years ago into my journal and promptly forgot about it. It was too nice to throw away and I just wasn't sure how to approach it without losing the ink colours. This is one I still have left as I forgot to take a photo of mine before I started.

I used some Gelatos to colour in the space where the Maya Road canvas album had been sprayed and then built up some more Gelatos and oil pastels.
I added ripped up Washi tape to the edges and on the page as well. There were also some stamps I had got from Michaels the last time we were in Florida, some Cocoa Daisy stamps as well as a magazine image from my collection. The quote " I am so much freaking more than what I look like" was from my Pinterest collection and I wanted to use it with my girl who has a bit of a stroppy look on her face. It all fitted my mood this week. 

Here is my finished page. Pop over here to see this weeks challenge and the fab inspiration provided. PS I'm going to another Dina Wakley class next month as well as Kate Crane, it's going to be a great weekend! TFL.x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Simple Scrappers LOs

I decided to join Simple Scrappers after seeing Alexa's LOs here. I love her LOs and I thought the community would be a good jumpstart for the year to get back my crafty mojo. 

The first two LOs use the sketches for January 2015 and the others were just me using up the paper I found in a kit. I'm very much wanting to stash bust and use supplies so all these LOs fit that ethos.

The papers for this first LO are from an old MME kit that Kirsti gave me. I actually do use my Halloween stash up but this set had escaped somehow. When I saw the sketch I knew these papers would work really well. 

These LOs all are destined for my Project Life album and I only have December outstanding now so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. My challenge each month is to do four LOs and I have managed that already. I have a double LO lurking on the dinning room table so I should manage to get that finished this weekend hopefully. TFL. Pop over here if you want to find out about Simple Scrappers membership.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Documented Life Project Week 2 2015

The Original Documented Life Project challenge for this week was to use gesso and there was a quote from Mary Shelly as well. Pop over here to see the challenge. 

So week 2 started with these base pages that were some packaging I had stuck into my art journal ages ago then left. I didn't really like the colour it was too bright and as the prompt for this week was to use gesso so I applied it all over the top to tone down the colour. 

I then stencilled some gesso using sequin waste and sprayed some Adirondack inks all over the pages using a Dylusions stencil. Finally I stamped with some gesso and my Kate Crane stamps I have been hoarding and not using. I used some very old rub-ons again and a variety of other stamps that were in the art journal drawer.

I used the Mary Shelly quote as my inspiration when I was looking at my Pinterest board for OLW for a quote I really wanted to use. The Mary Shelly quote made me think of diets actually and how they always begin on a Monday. I had a set of Jenni Bowlin days of the week stamps that I wanted to use as well. That all then lead to this quote as I think you have to have the motivation inside you to start anything. I typed the quote using an old typewriter I got from Kirsti.

My final addition was this lovely girl I thought she suited my quote perfectly and was full of energy.  I even stuck down some Prima art glitter I got in a Cocoa Daisy Project Art kit last month.

So week 2 is finished and some more stash is busted.  I have also completed my monthly LO challenge numbers for this month and read my two books so the revitalisation is going well. TFL.x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Documented Life Project Week One Challenge 2015

I decided to combine my Documented Life Project challenge for this week with my One Little Word project as they worked well together.  You can find out about the Documented Life Project here. It's a free weekly art journaling challenge. I decided to use my large art journal I have as it's fairly untouched rather than buy the Dylusions one they recommended. I also don't know if I want to do the challenge every week so it gives me more flexibility as well as use my supplies up.

The challenge was to use book pages as your base and overcome your fear of the blank page so I broke out my stash and used some Plundered Pages I had from Julie Kirk. I ended up making the boy with the black eye a focal part of the page and I also used some of an old ledger that Kirsti gave me. 

I covered the pages with gesso and used some texture told I had to mark the gesso. I then used gelatos to colour the pages. The whole project was a good stash buster as I used my Kate Crane stamps, some Liquitex paint I have as well as some fabric and a Lost Coast stamp. There are even some very old rub-ons. TFL.xx