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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Elegant Lady in Blue....

Good evening....I do hope that you have had a good weekend...and made the most of the break in the bad weather...Karl and I have been on lots of dog walks ....including a very lovely one through the grounds of Dunham Massey...I do love that place....

I thought I would just grab five minutes with you before we settle down for the evening...and I have decided to share an elegant lady with you.....

This was one of the samples I made for the Claritystamp launch at CHA...using the new Elegant Ladies stencil, Elegant Ladies stamps and the mask from the Ladies Glasses Stamp set...

I have a thing about Sail Boat Blue Adirondack ink...I just use it again and again...( it doesn't go down well in a house of Man.Utd Fans!!!!)

I started by lightly brushing some colour onto a piece of Gelli card...

I added a small amount of Raspberry just to change the colour tone slightly...

Using a make up sponge I added some colour to the edges to add definition....and a piece of copier paper to make the pleats in her skirt ..

Next I stamped the pattern on her dress and gave her a neckline, waist, and shoes....( if only it was that easy In real life...)

 

The inner of the stencil makes a great mask....and protected her whilst I added the skyline....

Next I added some sky...

I quite liked what I have created but I felt that there was something missing...

 

So I stamped the flowers in the corners...and what a difference it makes....hope you agree..

All with one ink pad....I am going to do this again but with a different colours and see how they look...

Here is a close up of her dress....and then the skyline...

I did notice that Barbara has dressed one of these lovely ladies on her blog today too....

http://barbaragrayblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/sunday-best-let-play-dress-ups.html

 

Just before I go.....the coffee has just arrived for those of you who like to see Eric...here he was this morning..when I was trying to clean the patio.......he is now five months old...

And a close up...sorry ...I couldn't resist...he has to carry something all the time....bless....

I hope you have an enjoyable, relaxing evening....and that next week is kind to you.

Much love and hugs,

Jo. x

 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Wings and Things.

Good Morning all, here we are , we made it to Friday....the dogs have just had a long walk down the frozen and crispy fields...and mad Eric is now asleep......so it gives me time to have a chat.

Today it is a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog...

http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk

The new Theme is Wings and Things.....and is hosted by my lovely friend Annie....

And sponsored by Sweet Lilac Flowers and Fresh Brewed Designs....

Why don't you pop over and see the brilliant work by the rest of the DT....here is my offering...

 

I started with this gorgeous Moonfairy Clarity stamp.( you need to use a permanent ink pad )

 

 

I stamped the wings once again.

 

Then using some Distress ink onto my craft mat , I began to watercolour the image....this is one of my favourite techniques....have you tried it?

 

See how the image takes shape...

 

And once the painting is finished....grab a piece of card or a tag and clean up your mat....

 

This is a brilliant way to create a 'free' background.....

 

Put that to one side and decorate it later .....

Meanwhile I stamped the word Dream from the word chains...

 

Back to the Moonfairy.....next I added some more Distress ink,

 

 

Now , I liked that ...but it did need something else.....so out with Jo's Bubbles stencil....

Is it just me ....or does that remind you of Aero Chocolate. ?

I cut the wings out and decoupaged them , then added some clear Wink Of Stella , oh I do love these pens....

Look what a difference they make...

 

Dewdrops were a must....and a suitable backing paper..

My background paper came from the wonderful House Of Zandra....I added some Distress ink so that it all matched...

 

The lace is from Sweet Lilac Flowers, .... http://sweetlilacflowers.blogspot.co.uk

The flowers are from their ' Darks...' offer pack...

 

I do love to just play ......sometimes this embellishment arranging bit takes me the longes time of the whole design...

 

I do hope you like what I have created and that you join in with the Challenge....you know Challenges are a brilliant way of sharing your work, making new friends and sometimes getting Mr. MoJo back....
Have a good weekend all,
Much love and hugs from me....
Oh and the Fish pie went down a treat , Adam even sent a text from work to say how much he enjoyed it....so that is one to add to my short list of meals cooked by me.....
Stay safe and warm
Jo. xxxx

 

 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

More Wee Folk...

Good afternoon and thanks for looking in today....

How are you ? I was up early today as Karl had to leave at 5-30 am and Mr. Eric wanted to play...I think he has hit the terrible two's.....he was funny....he ran up onto the lawn and started doing circuits...do you remember ....Dill The Dog??? Well that was Eric this morning...

After a long walk and some breakfast he had a sleep ...phew....I could get on with some sample making...which reminded me that I still have cards from last months show to share with you....

So today I thought it had to be Wee Folk....

I do adore these stamps....The background was made very simply using copier paper and the eBrush...with Spectrum Noir pens..

Oh look at my copier paper...can you tell I stamp on it

..first the sky then some land...

Next some sun....oh how I could do with some of that today...

Next some foliage ...and some people...

And a word from the word chains...

Some highlights with a white gel pen....and all done...

Whilst I drink coffee and chat to you I have put a fish pie in the oven....do hope it taste o.k. ( Karl loves fish....so that will be me in the good books tonight! )

Better go and do the washing up.....

Catch you tomorrow ...enjoy your evening

Love and hugs,

Jo. xxx

 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New Beginings....

Good morning , how are you today and do you have any snow?

I thought today I would share an altered book with you...I have to say I really enjoyed making this...and it is a real piece of art to treasure...

Here it is from the base.

 

And a close up...

I decided to create this as the new Challenge over at the Sweet Lilac Blog is new Beginings.....

So I thought I would start a new chapter.....and turn over a new page...( see what I did there!!!!)

I started with an old book....let's face it we all have them...

And used red liner tape to secure the pages....

 

Added some distressing....

And created the basic shape...

Then some stamping....

And some lace from Sweet Lilac...

A tag....

And some flowers.....then some leaves...

And embellishments...

And a butterfly from Clarity..

And this is what I had..

 

I used glue gel to secure all the flowers and leaves..

Thank you for looking in today and I would love to know what you think.....

Also why not enter the Sweet Lilac Challenge ...you could win a hamper of the gorgeous flowers...

 

http://sweetlilacflowers.blogspot.co.uk

I am off now as I have a basket full of washing and ironing to do....

Have a good day and call in soon...

Hugs,

Jo. xxx