Sunday, 24 March 2013

EXCELLENT CRAFTING WEATHER IN THE UK ...

The title of this post was a suggestion via a comment on my last post from Stempelientje Stempy, and as the weather hasn't improved at all from last Sunday's dismal showing (except I would almost swear I saw a glimpse of the long forgotten sun this afternoon), I thought that the title kind of fitted today perfectly too.  And it is particularly excellent weather to craft at the moment that is for sure!

Tonight I am going to show you some images collected recently based around books, journals and scrapbooking themes, and to kick us off Sylvie has made the most delightful page using the latest Alice Palace stamps - so as you can see stamps come in very useful for scrapbooking decor too - perfect!




I also received the following images from Isabelle showing how she has altered a book beautifully - a dictionary I believe - using a variety of Crafty Individuals rubber stamp images -




And to join in the fun her daughter decorated her own page as well - great stuff!


Thank you ladies, and do have a look at The Craft Barn Blog folks for more arty ways with dictionaries, plus lots more to inspire you x

I have also been having fun playing, and joining in a couple of workshops locally, taught by a very talented collage artist called Kirsten Jones.  I managed to combine some stamping and some quick doodle drawings (based on lace and flower heads) in a little sketchbook during the class, and it has inspired me hopefully to play some more with collage in the future...




- The third page is of course a 'work in progress' -lots of possibilities with collage here!

As Kirsten often uses pieces of wood and cardboard for the basis of her collages, we all had a go with some ourselves and I made this little picture (which fortunately fitted very nicely into a little frame I had already), plus another (as yet to be photographed) ....


Background created with acrylic paint plus our Victoria Corner masks and rubber stamp CI-171 (a very useful harlequin background stamp).  A good time was had by all who attended - and if you happen to live anywhere near, the classes were held in a great little arts venue at The Courthouse, Thirsk - definitely worth a trip out - nice gallery and a great cafe too.

Jean x

16 comments:

Netty said...

All terrific ideas, x

coco said...

Wonderful works, I LOVE all !!!!

Sid said...

Great stuff again Jean !

Craftyfield said...

Lovely creations ! Nice to see stamps used on a layout too.

Deborah said...

Wonderful stuff. The sketchbook pages are AMAZING.

rachel said...

amazing work xx

Monica said...

Loved those journals

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Thanks for the link Jean, I plan on visiting the collage artist as I love the results in your book and also the framed image.
Wonderful samples in this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Carole Z said...

Stunning work! Carole Z X

Miss Bohemia said...

Wow amazing detail and beautiful journals.

Samantha Read said...

I love using wood too, loving your pages Jean. Big hugs to Monty Moodle xxx

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Beautiful and great projects
Love them all.
Greetings Janny

Craftychris said...

Such wonderful projects! I love them all - the last one is my favourite, its awesome! xx

ionabunny said...

Love those collage pieces. Fantastic and fun to mix the media

Paper Paradise said...

WOW!!!!!! Loving your sketch book pages and picture in the frame Jean. Absolutely gorgeous! x

barbara macaskill said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW! Brilliant!