Last week's theme on Journal52 was Outside In. We were supposed to take a few craft items outside and make our journal page using those but that isn't really possible at the moment, so I decided to do my own thing and find a quote using the word Outside and went from there! It was also a chance to use one of my new fabulous Crazy Bird Tim Holtz stamps which I finally treated myself to!
I was delighted to be asked by Mrs. A. to be a Guest Designer for the new challenge on the Butterfly Challenge Blog. I picked the letter D and Mrs. A. gave me Doily for the theme. I made a tag using part of a doily which I inked and added various bits and pieces from my stash, including of course a butterfly which I inked and cut out to decorate, and loved getting inky and messy for this! Pop over to the blog and take part in the challenge and you could be in with a chance of winning a $10 Gift Certificate - all details on the blog.
I have just posted the halfway reminder for Gruffies & Guests latest challenge, Diecuts with the Option of Anything Goes. This month we have a fab prize of $10 of digi stamps from Di's Digi Stamps. I made my DT card using an image from a House Mouse CD and a couple of dies, leaves and flowers.
Our two words for May on The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge are Magenta and Flowers. I made my altered beer mats using some what I hope is magenta bp and stamped and cut out and coloured some flowers. I am pleased with these mats, they came out better than I thought they would as I wasn't sure about my colours!
I wasn't sure how to go about the theme of Treasure for last week's Journal52. The last few weeks I have been sticking things down in my book and I wanted to do some inking and stamping, so I found a quote using the word Treasure and went with that!
The theme on The Craft Barn's weekly challenge this week is Night and Day, to make the same thing twice with night and day colours. I had a bit of fun with some Distress Inks and stamps and made a page in my journal for this. I love this big tree stamp and it was a good opportunity to use it again!
Two pages in a week, I am doing well! The 16th challenge on Journal52 is Collage Crazy! I used to enjoy doing collage a few years ago so got my box of bits and bobs out and made my page using just papers and images, no stamping this time.
I am now a week behind constantly on Journal52 but never mind! Last week's theme was Cards and I decided to interpret this as Artist Trading Cards and made quite a simple page using a couple of favourite ATCs I made a few years ago together when I used to make lots, with a bit of background stamping.
I have just posted the halfway reminder for Gruffies & Guests' 16th challenge - Patchwork with the Option of Anything Goes. Pop over to the blog to take part and be in with a chance of winning a fab prize of 7 digi's from this month's sponsor - Bugaboo Digi Stamps. You can use any House Mouse, Gruffie or Happy Hopper stamps for this challenge.
Our theme last week on Journal52 was Sweet Treats. For me that would be afternoon tea which I love so that is what I did on my page! Plus it gave me a chance to use up some of a very old HOTP kit that has sat in my stash for years!
Our prompts for the Calendar Challenge by The Craft Barn are Blue and Umbrella. Of course I had to use Tim's Umbrella Man for this one, it was either that or a House Mouse one which doesn't fit in with my style for these calendar beer mats!
Last week's theme for Journal52 was Spring Clean. This had me stumped for a while as to how to go about this one. I am finding this journal can't just be all stamping which is my first love as for some of the themes I just don't have the appropriate stamps, so I also seem to be doing some collaging which is how I went about this one in the end! That is fine too as I also like collaging!
I am a week behind on Journal52 and have just managed to get last week's page done, the theme of which was Inspiration Board. I take a lot of my inspiration from nature, and also Crafty Individuals products so have made my page using all their products!
I've just posted the halfway reminder over on Gruffies & Guests for the 15th challenge, Anything Goes with the option of Flowers and Ribbon. I made a very simple DT card, stamping and water colouring one of my cute HM stamps, slightly off centre unfortunately as I tried to allow for the ribbon and over estimated! Pop on over to the blog for details of the prize to be won this month!
Our prompt on Journal52 for the week has been Just Write, where we had to use our own handwriting. I didn't want to write anything personal for this one, so decided to use a few verses from a little poem I wrote recently. I had got in mind a pack of rub ons to use for this that seemed ideal but when I went to use them they wouldn't rub on at all! Another pack for the bin, it's not the first time this has happend! I don't think I will buy any more, I have had them a while but even so they should still work!
I have made an anniversary card for my mum and dad and am going to enter it into a couple of challenges. I have used patterned paper for the matting and also to punch out the flowers and butterflies. The image is printed from a Jayne Netley Mayhew CD.
Our prompt for the week on Journal52 has been Colouring Page Inspiration. I wasn't sure how to go about this one as a colouring page on it's own didn't seem very 'journally' to me if that's even a word! So I searched online and printed off a page that I water coloured and then added it to my journal with a few extras which I felt was more in keeping with my journal!
Our prompt for this week on Journal52 has been Artistic Restraint and we could only use one shape, one colour, black and white. I found this a bit hard as I like to use an assortment of stamps! Anyway I chose to use a star although I actually think this stamp may be a starfish! I couldn't, however, restrain myself from using my tiny bird stamp in the corner as he appears on all my journal pages!
I am married with 3 grown up children, 2 grandchildren and 3 dogs! I have always done crafting of some sort, originally knitting, cross stitching and tapestry, then I began paper crafting some years ago and haven't looked back!
I like to take photos of my garden for scrapbooking and the one on here is a sunflower that the birds kindly planted for me!
P.S. - Now I have gone back to doing a lot of knitting, crocheting and sewing too!