All work and no play…

all work no play

Just letting off steam and clearing some cobwebs …

A bit blurred but it’s way too dark here for anything else,  and these show the true colours a bit better.

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Sunday Stamper, Time – Journalling

I allowed myself time to play on Sunday and this was the result.

I used Dylusions inks and a variety of stamps and stencils. Although I started out with Hot pink and Yellow, it’s hard to see that in the scan – the photos show the colours better, but the Aged Mahogany edging affects the way it looks.
I was thinking about Time and added the word a few times, so I’m entering this into Hels’ challenge for this week’s Sunday Stamper.
You can’t really see the journalling very clearly because most of it’s in very small writing around the images – AND in French, he, he.

Glorious Autumn days

I love the rich colours of Autumn and after using my leafy stamps for the LIM challenge, I just wanted to do more. So a couple of days ago I started this before going to work, adding a bit to it the morning after. I need to use it now for an assignment, so I thought I’d take a photo before I start journalling – lines pencilled in because it’s official, lol – it needs to be neat-ish and plain writing!

journal autumnb
I’ll rub the pencilling out when I’ve finished.

I began by scraping lots of Gesso on the pages first, because I wanted some texture, so I stamped into it and used various sizes of bottle/jar tops to create some circles. I then used a variety of inks and stamps for leaves and colour, finishing off with an Ochre Acrylic glaze (Golden) to pull it all together, then highlighting the texture with gold and copper Brilliance inks to add a bit of richness and depth. I toned some of it down with a bit of Versamagic wheat reinker, so that’s why there’s a bit of a ‘bloom’. 

Here’s a close up of the texture effect, although it’s taken in sunshine (YES, we have sunshine today!!!) so it looks a lot lighter and the background colour seems to have disappeared.

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Off to prepare a presentation on the Evolution of the English Language, but I’m going to try to start some quick and easy C card stamping later on – I have a ten minute challenge to do and some ATCs!

I’m entering this for the Happy Daze Design Team challenge, which is ‘Explosion of Colour’. We once did a swap on KCUK with a similar title, but I called it ‘Riot of Colour’ – Explosion sounds so much nicer, lol. Distress inks, Brilliance Dewdrops and Gesso can all be bought at Happy Daze.


I had to make a quick card for my niece and decided to use this image for a simple card on glossy.
make me smile
I’d used Dylusions spray inks – hot pink and rusty orange, or whatever they’re called and quite liked the effects, so I started playing with another piece, using the same image and this is how it ended up. This one’s going to be a book cover, unless I stick it in my journal!

I stamped the words directly on the glossy paper but didn’t like them because they were hard to read and too close together, so I stamped again on white card, embossed, and cut out to rearrange over the top, using the first lot of stamping as part of the design.

…and so she stamped…

When I remembered that Hels’ challenge for this week (Sunday Stampers) was blue and orange, I knew I’d just used those colours on my daffs/narcissi but I wanted to play for a little while, so I stamped a journal page.
Believe it or not, this is nothing but blue and orange – Stormy Sky, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, a little bit of Rusty Orange (Dylusions) and some Walnut Stain around the edges.  It’s busy and a bit overdone but it was fun 🙂 I coloured the images (Dylusions) with Copics/Promarkers. Just decided she needs another hand, he, he – one to hold the brolly.  Will put that right ASAP…

orange and blue
Trouble is, I’ve ransacked my playroom, the desk is a mess and I’ve left loads of stamps covered in ink  😦
Worth it though 😉