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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday Journal Page

It's cold and wet and miserable in the Auld Grey town today - don't know what happened to the promise of summer during the week.

Never mind - get out the old Dylusions inks with their bright strong colours - thats a pick up in it's self.

Now - if you want a bit more control of where the colour goes on the page - don't forget the sponges - really useful these little chappies. Drop a little ink in to a paint palette - or an old saucer - and use use the corner of the sponge to pick up just the tiniest bit of ink at a time - keep building until you get the depth of colour you want.


And the finished page.  I have used the same ink to colour the texture paste and painting the bird and verse - just helps it all tone in together.  The stamping is done with Memento inks


I really mush get a bit batter lighting on my desk when I take photos - something is different since I moved back and it's not nearly as well lit as it used to be.  Job for the weekend that will be then.


Love
kitten


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Thursday, 23 April 2015

New display

It's deadly quiet in the town this week - so today I have all the musical show tunes on spotify going - and we are having a good old sing along.

I am doing some work too I promise.  

Now you see it - - 

now you don't


I have wanted to this for ages - it was in the pipeline before Christmas and the move happened.


The goat made me loads of crates that I could stack up and create little feature spots.  I want to be able to showcase different items - and when I make something I can gather all the supplies in one place so you can find them easily.  I can also gather themes together so we can have a hot spot for owls - or hearts - or what ever.  Plus there is more storage space at the bottom - really getting to grips with it all now.

Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

new journal

I have seen a few people art journaling directly into a printed book - and I was kinda drawn to the idea.  I ummed and arred over using a bible or a dictionary - and in the end decided on using a Bible - mainly because the words are always just so beautiful.  I had to hunt about for ages to get the book - I wanted a second hand one just because I love the smell and feel of old books.  I eventually found one for a couple of quid in the Oxfam Bookshop - and it's an illustrated one - which I though was very appropriate to being further decorated.

I am following along behind Rebekah Jones trying out all her different techniques - and I have started way back at week 1 so that I don't miss anything.

So week 1 is very simple - but full of bright, happy colours - and I have decided that this will be my catch phrase for the summer as I learn and grow.



Love
kitten


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Monday, 20 April 2015

Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off




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kitten


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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Saturday

It's been a bit manic this week getting all the knitting finished for the gaming convention - it does not matter how ontop of everything you think youare - there is always a last minute panic (especially when the client decides the day before that they want to take loads of kits too!).

The conventions is this weekend - and I will post links to the patterns etc for those who are looking for them tomorrow when I have more time.

I have got all my Saturday cleaning done yesterday afternoon and this morning - but I have an urgent wedding order to get out - so I am not journaling today - I will show you how far I have got with my canvas instead.

The background is all finished


And now I am starting to tinker with the top layers


I am so looking forward to getting my live back to myself after knitting for this convention solidly since Christmas - it's weeks since I even hoovered the living room floor, the dining room is still full of the moving left overs - and don't even ask about the state of the box room! ;-)

Love
kitten


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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Toilet roll project

So much for summer starting today - pouring with rain and thick cloud - had my dress picked out and everything ;-)

A little something to keep you amused in the wet afternoon.
You must forgive me - I had already done this project and taken all the photos - then I lost them off the camera somehow and had to start again.  This it how to create the pockets and pull outs - I will cover how to create the outer album soon.



You will need:
Several toilet rolls
Patterned paper to cover – 6” is not quite large enough – you will need 8” or 12”
card for the inserts
Double sided tape

First iron your toilet rolls flat using the highest heat on your iron – add the steam as well if you have it.

  

Cut your patterned paper to size – so that it wraps round the flattened roll with about an 1” overlap – and has 1” at each open end the fold in.

Secure in place with double sided tape.




On one end you are going to seal the tube. 

Trim off one side of the paper completely.

Trim each side of the other flap slightly – trimming off a tiny triangle sliver.





Secure flap over the gap with double sided tape




The other end will remain open.

Cut down each side so you have 2 flaps.

Trim each side of the other flap slightly – trimming off a tiny triangle sliver.

Add a strip of double sided tape to the back of each end.



Tuck each flap over to the inside and secure with the double sided tape to neaten.






You can cut a plain tag to slot in – but I wanted something a bit more fancy.

Use a scrap piece of paper to work out the dimensions that will fit into your flattened roll.



You will need a template for the backing card – and the pieces that you want to mat the card.

1 – outer back
2 – outer flaps
1 – inner back (bit smaller than the outer back)
2 – inner flaps



Cut out all the pieces and layer up using double sided tape to secure.




I made 6 pockets and inner pieces altogether.

If you use 3 x 12” sheets of double sided co-ordinating you will have loads of bits to use for the trim so that it all matches




Love
kitten


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Monday, 13 April 2015

Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off
and I am looking forward to the promised heat wave




Love
kitten


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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Saturday Journal page

I don't know about you - but sometimes when I am 'tangling' I get stuck for a pattern to use.  I do all the circles and lines and things - then I get a bit stuck for what to use next.  So what I thought I would do is a couple of pages of just patterns.

What I am finding is that the doodles divide into 2 groups - those made of shapes you can colour in - and those that are just filling in patterns.  I am going to stick to the colouring in type because that's what I want to cover my page with as an under layer - and I am going to work up a couple of pages of designs to set me off again when I get stuck.


It is very pleasant standing here with the sun shining outside, just doodling a bit.



Love
kitten


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Floor day!!!

Peter is not open next door today - so it's back to Thursday - Floor Day.  I have to admit that I haven't really done the floor for a couple of weeks - been too rough - but it's a beautiful day today and I am feeling really good.



I also have a wedding order to get out.  I was half way through the writing - but I scrapped it as it was just not flowing properly.  Chucked out the rest of the bottle of ink and stripped and cleaned my pen - what a difference!  So - start again.


Love
kitten


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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

2 things finished

Finished my tiles - will be able to give them a good scrub over tomorrow.  I think that's the last of the jobs that the builders did not finish done at last.  


I have these pocket watch chipboard shapes in the shop - and I used just 1 front and filled it with goodies.


Then I wanted a really ornate background to sit it on


So - the 2 together



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kitten


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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

dreaded 'lurgy' - and a quick tiling job

Huge apologies to al - I am still struggling with this horrid bug.  I am left with a really sore throat and a hacking cough so all my energy is just going into getting through the day.

I have made a start on the bit of tiling that the builders didn't bother to finish.  I picked up some tiles in Homebase reduced to £6 a box - anyone who says DIY is on it's way out should have been ion Homebase yesterday - they were queuing to get into the car park and the shop was packed.

This is the bit behind the sink - the old goat cut one of the tiles in half ready for me 



And it's done.  The tiles are long and skinny - I thought I may as well go for a total contrast as the tiles won't match what is already there anyway.



I have to leave it well alone until tomorrow before I give it a good old scrub - then there is the other end to do - just need to trim a couple of millimetres off the shelf supports first.





Love
kitten


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Monday, 30 March 2015

day Off

Monday is kitten's day off

and I still can't shake this dang bug


Love
kitten


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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Saturday

sorry for the absence - can't shake this cold


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kitten


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Monday, 23 March 2015

Day Offf

Monday is Kitten's day off
and I am not well


Love
kitten


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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Saturday Journal page

It's been a funny old week.  Some weeks are rally long - you remember every day and what goes on - this week I feel like someone has pinched 2 days - it's flown by.  I have no idea where it went or what I have been doing.

But I do know I did my journal today.  It's such a beautiful sunny day I brought out my ice cream stamps.  These are a Woodware set and quite old now.  The scene is created with layers and masks to get the illusion of a group.  I 'undercoated' the ice cream tops with a few coats of Dylusions White Linen because I wanted to see if I could get a thicker ice creamy look to it - then dried it with my heat gun before adding the other Dylusions colours.  It has worked really well I think.

The glass dishes are just shaded with bit more of the same ink and the Funky Fuchsia added for a bit of depth.

I have used white drawing ink and a pointed pen nib to doodle highlights over the top - I love the way the inks soak up through the ink and it ends up a pale and solid type highlight.




Love
kitten


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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Starting my canvas

I have made a bit of a start on my canvas.  

Just for a change I have covered the canvas with fabric.  I have some of the Tim Holtz 12" fabric squares left and I thought that it would just be a bit different.  So far I have spritzed it well with Dylusions Lemon and Lime.  The fabric soaks up the ink so it does not blend as such - if you let it dry naturally the edges just seep into each other and soften.  I sprayed a couple of patches - then let it dry and over spritzed the same place so that there would be darker patches in some areas.



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kitten


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