Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Royal Ascot 2007

In June last year a group of us from work went to Royal Ascot for Ladies Day. We hired a limo, packed up a posh picnic and set off in our posh frocks for a day at the Races! We had a terrific day despite the 1 and half hour journey taking us 4 and half hours. By the time we arrived we had missed the Queens procession and the first race but we still had a brilliant time. Our picnic had to wait until the end of the day which of course meant that the several bottles of champagne which had been consumed on the long journey took great effect!!
Anyway, I have just managed to scrapbook these photos into a wonderful little book which came with the Bad Girls Kit this month.

A few more photos...

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Moon CJ

I thought it would be nice to put up some pics of my Moon circle journal which came home last year...beautiful work ladies!

Moon CJ

and here are some of the pages

My Moon CJ

This is the cover

One of my sign in pages

And my two layouts

Friday, 15 February 2008

Finding Faith!!!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been a frequent visitor to the GPP Street Team blog run by Michelle Ward http://michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that/ She is one awesome lady! I truly love her stuff and her enthusiasm! She first came to my notice as one of the contributors in 'True Colors', the book I raved about below and her crusades are designed to bring together artists in a little community of their own and to encourage them to make and share stuff!

I knew right from day one that I was going to brave it and take part in her crusades but you have no idea how brave a thing this is for me because I simply have no faith whatsover in my creative/artistic ability. I know I have gone on about this a couple of times in various places but I grew up being the 'academic'. I was never encouraged to be artistic or creative and in fact have been told all my life (mostly by family) that I am not artistic... and the more people said that, the more I believed them and from quite a young age I put myself in this little box which was all black and white, logical, full of straight lines, order and rationality...

it dawned on me about 18 months ago that I had been brushing on the outskirts of creativity all my life. I had played with stenciling when that had been the rage...putting little works of art all over my walls and furniture. I had painted little cottages for pin money and had done lots of sewing when making furnishings and decorations, made tapestries into cushions and had spent a good deal of my childrens youth using my 'non creative ability' to dream up and make fancy dress outfits and games and novelties for school. So with this enlightenment came a new enthusiasm for art and I began googling!

Soon, I came across new terms...'altered books', 'art journalling', 'mixed media', 'scrapbooking' and very soon a whole new world opened up for me! I started scrapbooking, all the time finding myself fascinated with the art world and always wanting to 'have a go' but never really knowing where to start.

So having done a bit of scrapbooking my confidence is growing and now I am ready to take on the elusive 'art journal'. This is such a biggy for me!!!

Having joined crusade 17 I got together my 'take out' journalling kit which includes a little tin of cuttings and papers, pens, pencils, stencils, inks, stamps, glue, and just for Michelle, the little stapler and coloured staples! I am going to add a little sewing kit too when I get round to it and I am determined to get some of my thoughts and ideas onto paper. I can only get better...right???

Anyway, having got the little kit together, I felt inspired to do my first couple of pages (with just about everything I could lay my hands on!)and already I feel braver...even doing a page to represent my feelings about finding some faith...its gotta be out there somewhere hasn't it?
So, I painted with acrylics, water pencils, water crayons. I stamped and gessoed and sanded down. I collaged and inked and attached stuff. I have no idea what my style is but I guess that unless I try everything I will never know. So thank-you Michelle, you have definately taken me outside of my box...you know the one...its black and white and is filled with straight lines, logic, and reason!

Edited to add that I am sorry about the photos, I can't seem to make them any bigger or clearer but thanks for looking anyway!

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Been knitting and scrapbooking!

I am in a bright colour mode at the moment...finished this funky layout of my daughter. Managed to incorporate this little heart stamp that I found yesterday.
...and then knitted these scarves from one of those kits. I think you are supposed to wear them together!
The kids are coming home from Uni for just the day so we can celebrate Joshes 21st birthday together tonight. They will then both hotfoot it back to their respective uni's tomorrow. Bless! Its good of them to make the effort to get back here even if it is just for a few hours!

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Michelle Ward

I know I keep going on about it but 'True Colors' haunts me at night...its a terrific book! Whilst surfing tonight I found Michelle Wards Blog


Wow! This lady is inspirational and just take a look at her GPP Crusades...I am so going to join in these...please check them out!


Monday, 4 February 2008

Prima Paintables

Well I just had to have a go didn't I? Did this for the January Apron challenge over on Bad Girls.

I have my very own Bad Boy...having a night out on the town!

Enjoyed the painting...

Came across this blog yesterday
go check it out for a chance to win this fabulous looking book

I would love to win this one!

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Bon voyage!

We are doing a team CJ on UKS...my theme is Blue&Green. This has been totally inspired by the True Colors book as shown below, which incidentally Em Falconbridge has commented on and said its her favourite book too so I can't be wrong! So here in all its glory is my journal before it gets posted off tomorrow to one of my teamies. I have punched the holes in it with my Bind-it-all but it is not bound yet, I will save that for when it returns. By the way girls, it doesn't have to be exclusivly blue and green, you are allowed touches of other colours too!

Trying my hand at something different!

Button Dollz
I found the instructions for these over on the artchixstudion site. Aren't they the cutest little things? Anyway as I was in the middle of making my blue/green CJ I decided to incorporate one and here she is...

I love her... think I need to give her a name...hmmm

Saturday, 2 February 2008

The finished article!

So Jen Hall's class is finished now and I have enjoyed it immensely. None of the pages took too long so the project never once felt like a chore...here are some (most of my finished pages) in no particular order!
and more...

I changed the quote on the last one to fit my photo!