I'm travelling into a new way of working, a new country, a new language, and a new hobby which I'm passionate about. Come with me for some of the journey...

Monday, 29 June 2015

Next stop... Destination Inspiration

Hello all!  I'm afraid it's yet another sneak peek... June has been just one peek after another it seems.  If you missed my second outing over at Artist Trading Post (which you might well have done if you so much as blinked!), do check out my stencilled card there - yes, a card, and a floral one at that!

But right now I'm on A Vintage Journey, and it's my turn to share what's going on at Destination Inspiration.  As you know, for this weekly spot at A Vintage Journey there are specific items in our luggage, and over the course of a month each of four Creative Guides uses those items to create some fuel or further inspiration for the journey.  Here's a little taste of what I got up to... 


This month it's been a lovely bagful - Walnut Stain as the colour, texture paste through a stencil as the technique, watercolour paper as the substrate and a Tattered die as the product to use - we clearly packed very well between us.  You've already seen three of the Creative Guides unpack their luggage and work some magic, and if you hop over to A Vintage Journey now, you can see some more of my offering.

I hope it will provide some fuel for your creative journey!  Happy crafting all!

One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.
Henry Miller

P.S.  There are just a couple of days left to sign up for my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy... what is it they say?  You've got to be in it to win it!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Stencilling again at Artist Trading Post



Hello everyone, and after a brief interlude to share my Coffee House version of the Tim Holtz June tag, we're back on the sneak peeks!

I'm delighted to say that I'm over at Artist Trading Post again today with another stencilled project to inspire you to play along with their Crafter's Workshop stencilling theme this month.

I hope this will tempt you to hop over to take a look - it's another of my rare excursions into card-making.

It's been another quiet month with a sudden flurry towards the end, and it's not over yet - I'll be back very soon with yet another sneak peek... Hope you're ready to hop some more!!

Oh, and speaking of hopping, if you haven't yet joined in with my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy, do hop in that direction too and sign up.  You only have until the end of June to get your name in the hat.  Happy Crafting all!




The writer catches the changes of his mind on the hop.  Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.  Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
Vita Sackville West

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Off to the Coffee House





Hello all, and welcome!  I thought it was time we had something other than a sneak peek here at Words and Pictures.

Design Team work is pretty much all I've been able to squeeze in, but - with a hundred and one other things I was meant to be doing - I grabbed some time to riff on Tim's fabulous June tag.

I don't have the coffee cup die Tim used, but I have created a Coffee House.  "What makes it a Coffee House?", you may well ask... read on and all will be revealed!

Apart from the choice of die, I've followed Tim's inspiration pretty closely.  (All his making-of details are here - much the best place to find out how to do it all.)  I've used lots of different materials in the cutting machine, and have adapted the other ingredients he included to suit the house instead.





I had a lot of fun with the background although I had to improvise a touch with how I did it.  I plan to get some of the blank ink pads, but don't have them yet so instead I used the mini Distress pads to ink up my stencil for printing.

I was working with a larger size tag to give the house enough room, so I had to line up my printings pretty carefully.

I do love using the new Distress Spray water spritzer... it really does make it easier to create gorgeous spatter effects, though sadly they've mostly disappeared under my blue-green tartan.











So here's one thing which makes this a "coffee" house - the corrugated roof is cut from...













... yup, a cup holder from a certain coffee seller - recognise it?!













I used acetate behind the windows, and so that it would show up better, I tinted it with various shades of blue alcohol ink (Denim, Cloudy Blue and Stonewashed are all in there).











There's another coffee ingredient in the tinting of the metal elements...

Both the Muse Token at the top and the flowers have had a touch of Espresso Alcohol Ink along with the Mushroom.











I also borrowed the idea of the twine used on Tim's tag to wrap the coffee cup and deployed it instead as my flower stems.  They're growing out of a grassy lawn which was made as Tim made his circular coffee badge.













And I've even used a straw, as Tim did, though mine is playing the role of guttering and down pipes.  I painted the straw with Distress Paints - first Salty Ocean, then Faded Jeans and then a hint of Brushed Pewter for a metallic sheen - and then trimmed it to fit.











At the bottom, since I don't have the hashtag stamps, I've used one of the Simple Sayings on my banner instead.













So there you have it... finally, something other than a sneak peek - though I do thank you if you've been dashing all over Craftyblogland in search of my creations.  Your visits and comments are so much appreciated.












If you missed my Flourishing Butterflies over at Calico Craft Parts, I hope you can check them out... and I wouldn't want you to miss my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy - just leave a comment there before the end of June and I'll put your name into the hat.  Do come and celebrate with me!

For now I'll love you and leave you, and hope to see you soon.

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion I might be awake.
Lewis Black

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.
Anonymous



I'd like to enter this as my June Tag in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015
And I'd also like to play along with Housey Housey at That's Crafty Challenges

Monday, 22 June 2015

With A Calico Flourish

Hello again!  After days of peace and quiet there's a sudden flurry here at Words and Pictures at the moment... mainly a flurry of sneak peeks.  I've been Guest Designing with stencils to create a Box of Delights at Artist Trading Postplaying with Hidden Objects over at PaperArtsy, and today I'm trying to tempt you over to see some Flourishing Butterflies at Calico Craft Parts.


I hope you'll have time to hop over to the Calico Craft Parts blog and see what I've been up to... I rather like this one!  I finally managed to do a bit of catching up over the weekend, and I hope this week will allow me to continue journeying around to see what you've all been creating while I've been wrapped up in the Words part of my life.





In between all that, I hit my third blog birthday on 19th June, so if you'd like to come and celebrate with me, please visit my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy and leave a comment.

That's all you have to do to be in with a chance at winning some crafty goodies, not to mention a handmade card of my own (hop over there to se the full bundle).  It's a chance for me to say thank you for your wonderful company on this crafting journey.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.
Izaak Walton


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Box of Delights at Artist Trading Post

Hello all, and a warm welcome to Words and Pictures.  So happy you enjoyed my Hidden Objects over at PaperArtsy - thank you for the lovely comments there.

I'm here with an exciting post today.  Earlier this year, I was delighted to be invited by the amazing Kasia Krzyminska to be a guest over at the Artist Trading Post blog.  Thankfully, I was able to make my projects before life got too busy to breathe, and now I finally get to share them with you.


The theme at Artist Trading Post this time around is to use Crafter's Workshop stencils so, as regulars will guess, I leapt at the chance to play.  I'm so honoured to be the Guest Designer for this month.



The first of the projects I came up with (using Kasia's own Herbarium design) is over there now, and I hope this sneak peek will tempt you to hop over and see more.  There's been some major upcycling going on.

Oh, and do make sure you don't miss my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy!

A herbarium is better than any illustration; every botanist should make one.
Carolus Linnaeus in his Philosophia Botanica of 1751

Friday, 19 June 2015

Butterfly Blogaversary Candy

This is a sticky post until midnight BST 30th June.
Normal crafty service (though slow) is below!

It's my third birthday (my third blog birthday, I should say) and it seems only right to celebrate with some candy.

I feel so lucky to share in all the generosity and creativity of Craftyblogland.  Your comments and feedback are a constant source of joy, and the inspiration I find from travelling from blog to blog is immeasurable.  I only wish I could give candy out to every single one of you to thank you for your company on this amazing journey, especially when I haven't been around much lately!


But no, my thanks and love go to all of you, but the candy can only go to one... so please simply leave a comment here if you would like to be included in the draw.  This sticky post will stay at the top of the blog until the end of June, when I'll pick the winner out of a hat.

It's NOT compulsory to join up as a Follower - though if you like the work you see here, then it would be lovely if you did - and it would be great if you shared the candy photo and link on your blog or sidebar, but that's NOT compulsory either.

Thank you so much for everything and good luck!

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.
Plautus (or at least with candy!)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Hide and Seek at PaperArtsy



Hello all!

Another busy week for me, I'm afraid - busy in the real world, that is, but very quiet here at Words and Pictures - and I'm still missing being able to come and catch up with you all.

I'm even being very brief here at the moment - this is just a sneak peek to let you know I've been hiding things over at PaperArtsy.

The theme for this fortnight is Hidden Objects, and if you want to see what's hiding behind this innocuous exterior, I'm afraid you'll have to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog to find out.

I hope you're all having a lovely week, and I'm looking forward to getting back to my craft table and to Craftyblogland soon.

Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see.
Rene Magritte

Monday, 8 June 2015

Calico Nautical Salvage

Hello all!  Firstly, apologies for my absence here and around Craftyblogland.  I'm caught up in work schedules, but hope to be around more again soon.  For now, I've just got a sneak peek for you to let you know I'm over at the Calico Craft Parts blog today with a creation that took me in the direction of my main phobia!

I have a shuddering fear of things that spend a long time underwater, especially if they shouldn't be there ... so that's shipwrecks (Titanic is probably my ultimate horror film), sunken villages, but also bottoms of boats (or even the thought of being in the water near a large boat - perhaps I was keelhauled in a previous life!) and, on a beach, I won't sit next to the part of a breakwater that's usually underwater when the tide is in.


So when the piece I'm sharing today started to look like a bit of flotsam or jetsam from a possible nautical salvage operation, it did slightly give me the heebie-jeebies.  I had to keep reminding myself it was only paint!

I hope you'll be able to hop over and take a closer look, and I hope it won't have the same effect on any of you!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll be along to visit you all as soon as things settle down on the work front.

Have a great week!

The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.
Ovid

Antiquities are... remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
Francis Bacon

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Katzelkraft Extra!


Hello all!  It seems I may have shot my bolt too soon publishing my Katzelkraft journalling pages last week.  I'm very honoured to say that today you can catch them on the Katzelkraft blog as a Guest Design spot.  And what's more there's a special 10% discount at the shop for my followers.  Just use the code ALISON10 and get 10% off all Katzelkraft rubber stamps.

My thanks to BĂ©atrice of Katzelkraft for this very generous offer and for sharing my work on the KTZ blog... I hope some of you will be able to take advantage at the Katzelkraft online store!

Guests bring good luck with them.
Turkish proverb

Apologies for the unusually brief post - am in technical rehearsals all hours of the day and night... normal service will be resumed soon!  But I happen to know there's a new instalment over at Cestina's Dolls Houses if you're up for it.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Alcoholic Butterfly





Hello everyone!  No, no, don't panic, this isn't some kind of soul-baring post... it's not me but the butterfly on the tag who's an alcoholic - made with alcohol ink, that is to say!

It's a long month this month, so we've time to squeeze in a Tag Friday of inspiration for you over at A Vintage Journey.  You'll find a wealth of Tim Holtz-inspired tags created by my amazing team-mates if you hop over there, but before you go here's what I'm offering up for you.

You'll notice it carries on the variations on a theme which I was obsessed with a few weeks back.  Well, given a bit of free playtime, it turns out I'm still obsessed!  I really didn't plan on the tag going in this direction, but suddenly there I was.





It's those Harlequins that get me - and the blue green shades of course - can't seem to get off that particular ride, unless it's to go neutral.

(I am starting to be tempted out of my comfort zones though - as you'll see if you check out my new Colour board on Pinterest.  It gives me huge delight just to scroll up and down through the rainbow of possibilities there... maybe one day!)












And I find myself heading for translucence and reflectivity too - there's something about how things catch the light that I find endlessly mesmerising (witness my new Glass board on Pinterest too!), so there is plenty of clear-embossing involved, as well as Glossy Accents to highlight some of the Harlequins.











In fact, clear-embossing was almost the first layer.  I sponged Versamark ink through the new Tim Holtz Typo stencil (love this grungy alphabet) onto some Distress-inked watercolour paper and used clear embossing powder.












Then I gave the whole thing a wash of white paint, wiping the clear resist letters clean as I went.

When I cut it with the tag die I was a bit careless about the positioning of the die, so I ended up with a slightly off-centre alphabet.











No problem - I grabbed the tiny hearts from the Watercolour set and inked them up for the first time.

I used blue and green Distress Ink shades and again clear-embossed them for a touch of sparkle.










I created a second tag in colours to complement the first so that I'd have something to play with when I got to the Harlequin cutting, and eventually layered the two together.











I cut some extra diamonds out of the bit of the underneath tag that you can't see, so that I could layer additional pieces in the gaps.  And then, as I say, I got busy with the Glossy Accents.

So, the tags were going well, but I needed a focal point... so here comes the butterfly.











I cut and embossed the Butterfly Duo in Clearly for Art Whiteout, and then had great fun dripping alcohol inks onto the surface.  (I cut both butterflies, so I had one to practice on.)












This is definitely one of the most psychedelic butterflies I've ever created, but I do think he's rather splendid!  Love how the alcohol inks pool and resist and blend... great fun.











And he gleams rather nicely in the sunlight too.














I can't think what we did before these wonderful Thinlit word dies came along - they're just perfect to add a word or two to a tag.  (These are cut out of a bit of card leftover from some previous blue-green project.)










I wanted a touch more stamping detail so I added some ornate flourishes, just to give the sense of a swirl of movement, maybe from the butterfly alighting.

Plus you have the gleam reflecting off the original stencilled, clear-embossed lettering, which means everything shimmers as you move the tag around.












Thanks so much for stopping by today, and for all your lovely comments on the sudden flurry of projects over the last week or so... it's certainly been busy here at Words and Pictures.  Do go for a quick scroll as some of it was a bit "blink and you'll miss it"!








And do hop over and check out the fabulous tags created for this Tag Friday by my team-mates at A Vintage Journey.  We hope you'll enjoy all the extra inspiration.

I'm about to head into technical rehearsals for the show I'm working on, so I'll be inside the theatre pretty much all hours of the day (I expect that means the rest of you are due some gloriously sunny weather - sod's law!), but I'll hope to do some visiting now and then.  In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and I'll see you soon.



In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it.
John Archibald Wheeler

When she turned into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness.  They wanted her to change back into what she always had been.  But she had wings.
Dean Jackson