Friday, 6 September 2013

Nature hanging book

A long time ago - before the summer holidays started - I mentioned that I was doing a hanging book page swap with a nature theme. Each participant had an assigned colour - so that in the end we all have a page in each colour of the rainbow. The luck of the draw had given me orange to work with. After my difficulties with orange when it was the colour for the tag swap I was more than a little concerned but I am reasonably happy with the end results.

I used an old book page from an encyclopaedia of shrubs as the background coloured with Distress Inks. I used the wrinkle free method to get overall coverage and then stencilled using Cut'n'Dry foam and stamped to add pattern. The stencil is a Crafters Workshop one called Tie dye but the swirl pattern reminds me of a nautilus shell and makes a brilliant tiger pattern too in black over orange.

The image is from Crafty Individuals layered onto some hand made paper. I sneaked in another die cut (still enamoured with these) and embellished with other natural bits and pieces including wheat courtesy of the birds who throw the birds seed about in the garden so it grows like weeds.

I now need to think about how I'm going to hang all my pages when I get them - off to search for a nice stick I think.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Back to the daily routine

Hard to believe but its back to the daily routine tomorrow after what has been a post GCSE extended summer break. You'd think having a few days off work now and then to make sure my son didn't take route in a chair in front of the telly would have given me time to craft and blog but the amazinbg weather has instead got me out in the garden growing things.

So with apologies for being an absent blogger, here are my August tag swaps - yellow with a touch of orange. Lots of lovely spray ink and stamping on one side - Dylusions and Distress Inks using Stamp Man and Paper Artsy stamps. On the reverse I've used up assorted images from Artchix sheet and stencilled texture with Distress Crackle paint and Distress Ink.

It is red with a touch of green next which sounds quite a scary combination to me!