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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Birds of a Feather

This month's Papermaze crop kit was designed by Jacqui Noon. We had great fun finger painting and working with this lovely Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set.

I chose this cheerful photo of Linda, myself, Anita ans Sue on a crafty chopping trip in Sussex a few years ago.

We used a selection of Dylusions acrylic paints together with a sheet of Kaisercraft Costal Eacape - Sea. I used the same title as Jacqui as is applied to my photo. I used some Basic Grey alphabet stickers which were white and inked them with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.

Thanks to Jacqui for the inspiration - great to try something new.

Thanks for looking 
Lynn x

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Enjoying the Magic at Henstead Exotic Garden - Merly Retreat 1

A recent photo of me taken when looking about at Henstead Exotic Garden, in Suffolk. This layout is the first on I have completed from the Merly Impressions Retreat a few weekends ago. This was designed by Chrissy and uses the beautiful Kaisercraft Sea Breeze collection. 

In addition to the kit contents I added some alphabet stickers and Glittery American Craft Thickers.

Here is Chrissy's beautiful layout

Thanks for looking, and I will be back with more as and when they have been completed.
Lynn x

Monday, 18 July 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - 102 - Day 3

On to day 3 of the Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry - with  On Line Card Classes - & Creative Chemistry 102. Still having fun creating with different medium and techniques - some I was aware of before and others are new.

Here are the six techniques tried out on day three - 'Distress Differently' being the theme of the day.

With a bit more detail for each tag and a little information without giving too much away!

1. Smudge Stamping Technique

This shows first and second (smudge) versions.

Distress Ink - in too many colours to list!
Stamps - Various Stampers Anonymous Stamps &
Carabelle Studio Art Stamp XXL - Négatif et Papillons

2. Brayered Stains Technique

Distress Stain - broken china, twisted citron, peacock feathers, mustard seed
Distress Ink - evergreen bough, salty ocean
Ranger Manila Tag #8

3. Photo Tinting Technique

Distress Ink - black soot, vintage photo, antique linen
Distress Markers - stormy sky, wild honey, broken china, mermaid lagoon, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, mowed lawn, weathered wood
Stamps - Various Stampers Anonymous Stamps

4. Faux Cracked Glass Technique

Acetate clock from my stash

Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Glue n' Seal
Alcohol inks (to back of acetate to show cracks)

5. Distress Glitter Rock Candy Technique

Distress Glitter rock candy
Papers - Basic Grey - Dasher
Chipboard - Basic Grey
Distress Ink - fossilized amber, peeled paint, evergreen bough, mermaid lagoon, crushed olive, cracked pistachio
Glossy Accents

6. Distress Glittering Technique

Distress Glitter - broken china
Papers - Basic Grey - Dasher
Chipboard - Basic Grey

I'll be back with Alcohol Ink techniques next.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Summer of Creative chemistry - 102 - Day 2

Back again with day 2 in the Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry - with  On Line Card Classes - & Creative Chemistry 102.

Here are the seven techniques tried out on day two using Layering Stencils.

With a bit more detail for each tag and a little information without giving too much away!

1. Mixed-Media Layering Technique

Distress Paint - picket fence
Distress Ink - salty ocean, blueprint, stormy sky
Distress Stains - faded jeans, tumbled glass
Re-inker with mica - Shaded lilac
Layering Stencils - 6, 28, 39, 50

2. Embossing With Stencils Technique

3. Embossing Through Stencils Technique

Distress Ink - worn lipstick, aged mahogany

4. Stencil Stamping Technique

Distress Ink - bundled sage, iced spruce, gathered twigs
Distress Stains - pumice stone
Versafine Ink Pad - onyx black
Stampers Anonymous Stamp - THJ002 - Butterfly Melange

5. Stencil Sketching Technique

Distress Ink - spiced marmalade
Distress Stains - dried marigold
Distress Markers - wild honey, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, ripe persimmon
Versafine Ink Pad - onyx black
Stampers Anonymous Stamp - THJ002 - Butterfly Melange

6. Ink Monoprint Technique

Distress Ink - picked raspberry, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers

7. Paint Monoprint Technique

Distress Paint - cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, carved pumpkin, spiced marmalade
Distress Ink - twisted citron, peeled paint, squeezed lemonade, gathered twigs
Layering Stencils - 6, 13, 39, 41,44, 106

Another successful 'Distressing' day!
Back with more another time.
Thank for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The Magic of Merly

A big thank you to Chrissy, Paul, Merley and the team of Merly Impressions for another great weekend retreat at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire. I was great to make new friends and catch up old friends throughout the weekend. Linda and I travelled to the retreat on the Friday so we were already there for the start of the event on Saturday morning. We did quite a bit of retail therapy on the way!

When we arrived at the retreat on Saturday morning, everything had been organised beautifully and this is what greeted us when we arrived in our cropping room (one of three).

This was my little work space for the weekend 

Chrissy's attention to detail is simply amazing. And I cannot imagine how many petals and butterflies she must have stamped and cut out - so much patience! You can see the booklet we were all given with detailed instructions for all the projects. The pizza box contained all the kits,
This beautifully decorated bag contained the bonus project and we had been asked to bring a small photo of ourselves along for this.

The lovely jar held a few tiny embellishments and lots of questions to break the ice and get us chatting - but I think we are all pretty good at that!!

Here are Chrissy's original projects (all using Kaisercraft products) for the weekend - I will be back with my interpretations once they are finished off.

3 layouts

An off the page project

and a bonus project (this was hiding in the little bag).

Before we went away we were given a little homework, to make a card for someone else on the retreat. Here Is the lovely card I received from Lorraine - thank you.

this is the card I made, using one of the techniques from the Creative Chemistry 101 class

A great weekend all round.
Thanks again Chrissy and team, and enjoy your well earnt holiday.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 11 July 2016

Pigs Gone Wild - Part 1

We have herded elephants and round up sheep in London, hunted wolves in Bury St. Edmund's and  now we are are having a snout around Ipswich in search of Pigs Gone Wild. There is an app for the phone and you can download a map or pick one up from various places in the town. All is in aid of St. Elizabeth's hospice.

There are a total of 69 pigs to find in this interactive art sculpture trail. 39 adult pigs have been decorated by artists and sponsored by local businesses, they will be auctioned in September. The remaining 30 are smaller (junior) pigs and are grouped in litters around the town. The latter have been decorated by schools, community groups and local organisations as part of the 2016 Pigs Gone Wild education project.

We made a start on Friday and plan to return later in the month. Setting off from the Waterfront these are the pigs we found:

Hamlet of Ipswich (26) was outside the Cult Café.

A junior - Splatter Pig (66) was inside the café.

Then towards Neptune Marina we found the colourful Piñata Piggy (38).

Continuing along the waterfront to find Ed Sheer-Ham (4) set back at the University Campus Suffolk.

Further west along by Wherry Quay and Common Quay we found Pig n Mix (12) ...

... close to Ipswich Blue (11).

Nearby we discovered Little Sew Sow (21) at Briarbank ... 

... and To Bee A Pig (32) out side the Fore Street Baths.

Heading north the next pig to find was Pepper Pig (7) in the East of England Co-op, Education Centre.

Sir Bradley Piggins (14) is the pig at Cotswold Outdoor.

Then three juniors and a big pig in the Central Library
The small pigs were in a glass case in the library entrance, so difficult to photograph.

Blotty Dotty (59)

Sporky (58)

and Matthew (60)

Boarba Fett (18) was inside the library.

Back round to St. Lawrence Church to find Hedgepig (17) waiting outside.

Tally-Ho Trotters (10) was inside St. Mary Le Tower.

A short walk to La Tour Cycle Café for two Junior pigs, Mr Hog (45) ...

... and Piggy Stardust (46).

Further west to the Crown Pools and three little piggies (juniors) in the glass display high up on the outside of the building, so difficult to photograph. Here are all three Piggy In The Meadow (50), Katie The Rainbow Pig (51) and Pig In Camp Blanket (52).

Outsied the pool Spider Pig (19) can be found.

Across the main road to the Bust Station and A Pig's Got To Travel (13) can be found watching the traffic. 

From the bus station straight into Sailmakers Shopping Centre to find a total of five junior pigs.

On it's own at the Ipswich Building Society was Bridget (57).

Four together - Jimmy (53), Union Jack Pig (54),  Jack's Beanstalk (55) and London Skyline (56).

Also in Sailmakers another big pig - Major Tim Pig (9).

From here a walk in Christchurch Park to find Captain Pigwash (30) before calling it a day!

We will be back to look for more - 30 out of 69 found so far.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x