Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday Fun Day.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Angela here again to show you what has made me smile this week.

Enjoying the sun quite a lot.
Gorgeous!


The fish are enjoying the warm weather too, greedy beasts!


 
The new baby.
Matsuba type.
If you look at him next to the other fish you can see how small he is but he'll grow.

 
 They were replacing the gates this week in the park which were taken down for renovation.


The new café is now open most days.

 
New glass House though we've not been in it yet.

 
New sun dial arrived this week ready for the grand opening of the park.
They are setting up a large screen so visitors can watch the royal wedding and the football on the 19th May.

 
This spaniel is enjoying the water in the fountain despite his owner trying to stop him he was straight in there!

 
And the Wisteria at home is flowering lovely.




 
Not sure if you've seen her before. I love anything Nouveau or Deco.

 
Hope your week has been lovely too.

 Have a great weekend everyone and
 thanks for stopping by.
 
 And if you would like some more smiles you just need to pop over to see what our other friends have been doing this week at Annie's for
"This Week's Smiles" and you can also share your  smiles too.

Angela x
 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

WOYWW 467 # What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.

Hi Workdesk friends. 
Here we are for another Wednesday at the Workdesk. 
I am here again to show you:

"What's on my Workdesk this Wednesday".

If you don't know what this is all about then please visit the
 
Stamping Ground, our host Julia will explain.


So here is my desk for today!
Just about got everything back in it's place.

 
Those brush pens are the ones that I got from Smiths and they are really good, would definitely recommend them.
The other stuff on the desk are some stamped images that I'm making cards with.
 
A few new dies despite promising not to buy anything new Lol!
No willpower Lol!

 
Love these new 3D embossing folders though not had time to try them out yet as they only arrived this week.

 
Received my first ATC which came from Nikki.
Thank you so much, I love it all and I know those little extra bits will be very useful. Nikki is so kind x

 
If that's not enough look at these gorgeous stamps too.


So that's me done for today.

 Thanks for stopping by and hope you will pop over and join in the visits around the other desks.

 I'm off now to see what everyone else is up to.
Have a great woyww 
and 
happy crafting,

Angela x

Monday, 14 May 2018

Masterboard Monday with a twist.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.

I am here today to show you some testing I've been doing using Starlight paints. My intention is to find out whether these techniques could be used to make a Masterboard, she says hopefully Lol!

I warn you it is a rather long post so I should get a cuppa before you start reading.

You may have seen people doing acrylic pours and I have been looking into the various methods of doing this.

I had been interested for some time and it was when I attended the Sincerely Yours show at Newark showground that I got the chance to try it out.
And here are the other ladies that were there having fun too.


Acrylic Pours being demonstrated on the BJ crafts stand.

 
 
As you can see here it is a rather messy technique.

 
Surprisingly No Apron!
So maybe it's not so messy.... no I'm kidding myself Lol!

 
Notice the bottle of liquid, that is a mixture of washing up liquid and water so it needn't cost too much if you already have a collection of acrylic paints and some Gesso though this could be white acrylic paint, just use whatever you have available.
You do need to thin the paint down and an artists pouring medium is good for this but it is also possible to thin the paint with water.
 
What I have realised is that not everyone uses the same combination of mediums to do this or apply it to the canvas in the same way and the effects are slightly different.
Sometimes you may read 'Dirty Pour', 'Acrylic Pour', 'Swipe techniques', 'Cells', 'Puddling' and a multitude of mediums. On top of that depending on how you dry the pour you will get a different finish with that too.
 
So my plan is to try out some of the mediums and techniques on different substrates and we'll see what we end up with and whether it will work for a Masterboard.

 The results are gorgeous and the cracks on these small canvases were created by drying the paint with a heat gun.

 
My initial effort ended here.
 
The canvas was an actual pour and the card and tag were used to swipe the remaining ink from the craft mat where it landed, definitely a possibility for a Masterboard I think.


It's also worth mentioning that the Starlight paints by Imagination Crafts have a lovely sheen to them so also different to some other acrylics.

For my first play at home I used the starlight paints, a good teaspoon full in a small cup and a mixture of washing up liquid and water.
(To make the mixture I used approx. One 3rd wash liquid to Two thirds water).
 I mixed the water and the paint a little at a time until it was nice and runny so it will flow well, about the thickness of single cream.

Put a couple of teaspoons of Gesso in a pot and cover with blending solution, mix until it is a similar consistency to the paint.



Pour the colours a little at a time onto the Gesso until the pots are empty. You can cut into the paint a little with the spoon but don't mix the paint together or you will get sludge as the colours will blend together and become brown.

 
Place the canvas on top and hold it tightly while you flip it over then leave it for a while so that all the paint drops down. Not sure I held mine quite tight enough as the paint seeped out before it should but we all have to start somewhere.


 
Remove the cup carefully as there will be paint dripping. You may be able to see that I have an old cake rack under mine which I found really useful as the loose paint drips below it and you don't get covered in paint when you pick up the canvas.

 
Lift the canvas and tilt it to get the paint to move around the canvas until it covers it.
Of course there is nothing to say that you want to cover all the canvas.... now there's another idea to try! CAS maybe.


I dried this using a heat gun and did get some interesting cracks appearing.
 
 


Although the golden yellow shows it is not easy to see here but I used some of this around the edge of the canvas with a dry brush when everything was set.

 
As much as I like this I think I need more practise and I have a feeling that this canvas may re-appear again sometime as the background for something else but not sure yet.
 
Back soon with even more technique fun so just watch this space.

I would love to hear your comments.
 
Many thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,
 
Angela x

Friday, 11 May 2018

Friday Fun Day.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Angela here again to show you what I've been up to this week.

It's a dogs life here today!
Both looking smart after their haircut though I don't think it will last with Stan as he is a scruff!

 
Something interesting here or Stan seems to think.
 
 
 
Oh well! time for another nap Lol!

 
Ducks are busy in the park.


 Quite surprised to see these.




  So cute.
 
 
Strawberries finished. Dug out and replanted earlier in the week.



Apples trees in flower.

 
Pear tree too.

 
Just had to finish with this although it was earlier in the week when it rained we got back and as the dogs were damp we put their fleece jackets on and this is how Stan ended up.
Now what does he look like?
 
Answers on a postcard please.
(Just joking Lol!)
but what do you think he looks like?



Have a great weekend everyone and
 thanks for stopping by.
 
 And if you would like some more smiles you just need to pop over to see what our other friends have been doing this week at Annie's for
"This Week's Smiles" and you can also share your  smiles too.

Angela x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

WOYWW # 466 - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.

Hi Workdesk friends. 
Here we are for another Wednesday at the Workdesk. 
I am here again to show you:

"What's on my Workdesk this Wednesday".

If you don't know what this is all about then please visit the
 
Stamping Ground, our host Julia will explain.


So here is my desk for today!
As you can see I am still not back to normal but should be by next week.
I thought I would sort a few things before putting everything back.


 So here we are and I am busy making the ATCs.
I need to get the first one sent off as I have already received one from Nikki in Canada but I will save it for another week and then let you see it.
I'm not saying much but you may be able to see the stamps I've used.
I think I need to sort the 'Exploding Box' as it looks to be over full this week.
 
There are a few other bits and pieces on there but the only other thing I've done recently is this card which I did for the Crafty Cardmakers challenge, some of you may have already seen it and I do have a tutorial for making it on my blog.
 
I used a variety of stamps for this but the main image stamp is by Tim Holtz.

 

So that's me done for today.

 Thanks for stopping by and hope you will pop over and join in the visits around the other desks.

 I'm off now to see what everyone else is up to.
Have a great woyww 
and 
happy crafting,

Angela xXx

Monday, 7 May 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - 'No Patterned Papers'.

Welcome to all my new followers, hope you enjoy the journey.
Hi! back again to tell you that it's time for another challenge over
at Crafty Cardmakers.

Valerie is hosting today and our challenge is 'No Patterned Paper' but you can make your own background papers just don't use commercial patterned papers.

As usual you can enter anything you fancy, it doesn't have to be cards, as long as it meets the challenge. 

I hope you will join in.
And here is my offering for today:

No patterned paper here! and no Masterboard for a change as I decided to stamp directly onto the card blank making this quite a quick card which we all need sometimes.
 
The stamp is by Tim Holtz and I think I will have fun with these so watch this space!

 
I started by stamping and heat embossing the cocktail onto a black card blank using white embossing powder.

 
Next stamped it again but this time on white card and coloured it in using brush pens and added Stickles glitter glue around the rim then cut out the main image.

 
The next stage was to stamp a background which I did directly onto the card blank using white ink extending the details round the back of the card too. I also added some detail using a Tim Holtz stencil.
 
I completed the card by attaching the cocktail, ribbon, sentiment and gems.
 
I hope you will pop over to see what the rest of the DT have been up to and maybe join in the challenge.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with too.
 Happy Crafty Card making.
Angela x 

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