Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday Heartfelt Creations Reveal - Travel Journal


Dear Bloggers,

Welcome to another Wednesday where the Heartfelt Creations DT reveals new projects.  I love the April release 'Celebrate the Journey' as it is obviously excellent for the travel theme and also for male cards and LO.  The blues and beiges are divine.....see for yourself at Heartfelt Creations.


TFL





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Travel, Hot air Balloons and Kirsty leaving on her European Adventure.

Dear Bloggers,

Almost a year ago my middle daughter Kirsty left to go on her European adventure.  For three months she was travelling around Europe with her best friend.  They were booked into a 'Top deck Tour' for some of the time and for the rest they frequented Youth Hostels.  The girls went on Sail Croatia-the party boat and visited Ibiza - the party island.  They attended music festivals and had a fantastic time all the way around Europe (and thankfully survived).  August came all too soon and Kate (best friend) went home. Kirsty landed in London with no job, no old friends or home.  Within a flash she had all three....Hannah (a new best friend..at least for the time being), a job at Mace as a designer using In Design and a house in South London.  She is still there so if you look down the bottom of the LO I have not filled in her date of return.  Instead Tiff (my youngest daughter) and I are going to visit her in June this year.

Here is a LO of her leaving.  This isn't as frilly and fussy as my normal LOs but she is just not that type of girl.




TFL


Mixed Media heritage LO featuring my Grandmother and Great Aunts.

Dear Bloggers,

This is a special LO that I created for my dad.  The girls in the photos are my dad's aunts and mother.  All the pictures came from an old school photo taken at Kelly's Plains School in 1919.  The hand written names on the photos are scanned copies of my dad's writing from the back of these.

In my earlier post I explain how I intended to use the 4 sisters in a mixed media canvas. Instead this is how I used the precious photos.








 TFL






Step By Step Tutorial Making my Mixed Media canvas

Dear Bloggers,

Here are the step by step photos of making my Mixed Media Canvas entitled 'Ina Cochrane'.

1. Cover an 8 x 10" canvas with papers of your choice.  I used a selection of Tim Holtz (tickets and small cards), Kaisercraft (Black), Prima, Heidi Swapp and Finnabair papers (quite eclectic really).



 2. Lightly cover with gesso.  I used my Catalyst tool.



 3. Use heavy gel medium to add clear texture through a stencil.  I used my new Tim Holtz Burlap stencil (love it).



4. Add lace in three places.


5. Stick on a selection of white/ cream flowers. (Woops forgot to take a picture of this stage - sorry)

6. Spray behind the flowers and let ink drip down the canvas.  I used 'Denim', 'Autumn Nights' and 'Patina Blue' (all glimmer mists) and the gorgeous Huey's Hitching Post' from the Sarsaparilla range.


7. Quite some time ago I purchased this Doll house window.  I painted the wood with three coats of white gesso, swiped a bit of black ink here and there and roughly stamped some small text. I also added a bit of dark brown ink for good measure.


8. Here is the window resting on the canvas.


9. I wanted to put my Grandmother and her three sisters into the windows but found this too heavy.


10. I decided then and there this canvas was for my Grandmother only and this is the finished product.  For once everything came together very quickly ....so it was just meant to be.





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Mixed Media Canvas about my Grandmother 'Ina Cochrane'.....dedicated to my dad.

Dear Bloggers,

The other day my dad showed me some very rare photos of my Grandmother 'Ina Cochrane' in her Kelly's Plains School Photo from 1919.  She died when I was very small so I never had the privilege of getting to know her. Her beauty was quite haunting and her soft blue eyes and gentle face captivated me.
I wanted to create a canvas capturing what I believe to be the essence of her.
This is dedicated to my dad as we have both been quite moved by her photo.  The size is small and the quality low but the magic is there all the same. The hand written name on the photo is my dad's handwriting.  I scanned this from the back of the photo and wanted to include it in the canvas,




 

Dad... I hope that you like it.
love Jenny xxxxx
































Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas inspired by Czekoczyna Kasia Kryminski

Dear Bloggers,
I am sitting typing with very messy stained hands but a big smile on my face as I have been having fun creating using Mixed media.  Some time ago I saw Kasia Kryminski's 'Treasure Canvas' and knew I wanted to make it.  Finally (many months later), I watched Kasia in action on the Prima channel.  The student (me)  certainly isn't up to the standard of the master (Kasia) but I was pretty pleased with my results.


 
 
I thought the canvas looked quite charming before I sprayed it and I was tempted to leave it.....but wow when I added the Adirondack colour wash sprays (wild plum and butterscotch) the canvas really came alive.
Here is a picture pre spray.
 
 

Below is Kasia's 'Treasure Canvas'...my inspiration.......thanks Kasia.


TFL




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday DT Reveal for Heartfelt Creations using their April Release 'Celebrate the Journey'

Dear Bloggers,

Welcome to another Wednesday where the Heartfelt Creations DT reveals new projects.  I love the April release 'Celebrate the Journey' as it is obviously excellent for the travel theme and also for male cards and LO.  The blues and beiges are divine.....see for yourself at Heartfelt Creations.

Journey of a Life Time
Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC
HCP Celebrate the Journey
HCPC 3599 Balloon and Bicycle PreCut Set
HCPC 3596 Celebrate the Journey Sentiments PreCut Set
Once Upon A Time Die
HCPC 3600 – All Occasion Sentiments PreCut Set
HCD 738 Ornamental Add On Die
HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die
HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses Die
Tag die
White bazzill
Other Products used for project other than Heartfelt Creations.
White bazzill, twine
Project Instructions:
The card measures 5.5” x 4.5”. Cut panel 5 x 4” from the Journey of a Lifetime Collection. Stamp two balloons from HCPC 3599 Balloon and Bicycle PreCut Set and cut these out.  Stamp ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ from HCPC 3600 – All Occasion Sentiments PreCut Set.  Stamp HCPC 3596 Celebrate the Journey Sentiments PreCut Set and cut out with the ‘Once Upon A Time Die’. Use the tag die to cut out the tag.  Use HCD 738 Ornamental Add on Die, HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die and HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses Die and cut from white bazzill.  Assemble as shown in the photo. Tie twine around the card and tie a bow in the tag.
Thanks for calling by.