Saturday, 11 August 2012

The end of an era... and some crafty stuff

The end of an era you ask? Well yes, my desktop computer died a sad death a couple of weeks ago. It's pretty old, especially in today's fast-paced world of ipads, tablets, space stations, mars missions... my old computer just couldn't keep up. I'd saved most things on an external hard drive so I'm not too upset and fortunately hubby has a laptop which I've temporarily confiscated.

So onwards and upwards... I've a few craft projects I've not blogged due to said computer death and the battery on my camera seemingly running out every time I decided to upload pics again.

Ok so first up the July tag swap on UKScrappers - my favourite theme so far... STEAMPUNK... yay! And around the same time Daisytrail announced a deal on some new steampunk digi kits so who was I to turn down this serendipitous offer? First of all I embossed the tags with steampunk style folders then inked over them with distress inks in colours that matched my images. I cut the images from the digi kits and foam padded them on. I then added some metal here and there. For the final tag I wanted a quote about heartstrings but couldn't find one so I made one up... You should be able to read it by clicking on the picture to enlarge it.


Next the end of another era. Sadly a CJ I participated in on UKS has come to an early end for various reasons. I completed my last entry in Chell's A Moment in Time book:

I cut a chipboard clock in half, inked it up and added Tim Holtz quotes about time in between. I used Bo Bunny journal papers to make the side panels which opened up to reveal two different "moments in time". On the left I've asked what moment from my childhood I would keep forever and I chose the security I would have felt as a 3 week old baby who was loved. On the right I've asked what moment from my adulthood so far would I keep forever and I've chosen the peace I felt at the moment this picture was taken when I was happy on holiday and truly living in the moment.


Finally, for now anyway, I'm part of another CJ on UKS called "From the Ashes" its an art journaling CJ - something I'm still very much learning about but very much enjoying. This particular book was called "Everything Stops for Tea" and was all about Britain. I decided to create an entry called, "What I love about being British" - I often think Britain gets a hard press, we are criticised in many ways but as a British woman I feel priveleged to enjoy a freedom to be myself, a freedom that women are not given in some other countries or cultures...

I used Portobello Road papers for the background, added some paint, some stamping and some "She Art" rub ons. The stamped image is from Paperartsy. I liked her because she looks "proper" like a gentlewoman of England and also because she says dream and part of my journaling is about Britain being a place where I can realise my dreams. I left her black and white so she stood out against the busy background. The crown is a portobello road sticker to represent our rich royal history. The sunshine in the corner was a bit of a joke as Britain is notorious for its terrible weather. I then used my new metallic pro markers - green to draw the journaling lines and purple to write the words to express why I love Britain. On the back for the sign in I coloured the grungeboard in with the purple pro-marker and added a portobello road die cut.

I've now received a pop art journal which looks amazing so I've to get my thinking cap on. I'm participating in plenty of swap and CJs at the moment so expect more crafty blogness from me soon as I get cracking to finish all my projects.

Sian xx

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