I thought I'd get out the hand made journal to work in for this piece. One of my smaller Crafters Workshop stencils is the perfect size to fit right on the page so an opportunity was there to do things a little differently this time. I'm not usually one for doing things normally anyway!
I was keen to use my Dylusions paints as the colours are so bright but these two colours together are a little out of my comfort zone.
I brayered the London blue over the page first then using the brayer, covered the stencil with Postbox red. I used the stencil to print the negative image onto the page. The result was a more grungy finish which I was really pleased about.
I recently took the plunge and bought myself a Cricut Explore Air which I absolutely love to bits. It took a while to decide whether to go for it or not but as an old old Cricut user and owner of several cartridges already it was the obvious choice to stick with Cricut. Having the use of a whole 12 x 12 mat is so liberating after my old 6 x 12 (yes my old machine was that old) but to have the machine sitting somewhere other than next to my computer and cutting via wifi is the best.
My favourite thing so far to cut has been words, some in computer fonts but some even with my own handwriting. I love that feature. The word I decided to cut for this project however was a font from the computer and in silver card it came out perfectly.
I like a triptych (that's sooo difficult to say) and in the past I've created quite a few, so for nostalgia's sake I'm having another go at one for the July challenge with ASOI.
For this particular one my base is three chipboard pieces from Tando Creative which I've given a paint over with Dylusions paints. I was initially drawn to the colour of these paints without knowing what the consistency was like but having worked with them I love that too. Plus, the pot is so handy for dipping in, no squeezy tubes or mini pots with dabbers.
I chose to also use these Dylusions stamps called Under the Sea because they're so darn cute for all their ugliness! To make the eyes pop I've added a little dot of Enamel Accents by Ranger.
Earlier on in the year I attended the Creative Exchanges conference in Coventry and as part of that weekend we were given the opportunity to take part in a few workshops. One of those workshops was by Indigoblu. I've loved them for many years now and used some of their stamps in my magazine articles in the past but I'd never tried out their Mega-Flakes until that Creative Exchanges weekend.
Today is the first time I'm posting to the brand new Sarah Hurley 365 blog and I went with a card full of gold touches not least this gorgeous butterfly.
To give it some shine I used the Morris Dance Mega Flakes by Indigoblu which have gorgeous flecks of coloured flakes in the pot. I can see myself gilding everything in sight here, maybe I should post a few step pictures if you don't know how to apply the flakes.
No one likes a procrastinator right? Well I think I'm the biggest
procrastinator of them all. Last year I boasted of keeping up to date
with my Project Life pages but then real life got in the way and I just
sort of let it slip. I gave myself several deadlines to finish it up to the end
of the year but these came and went and since January I've not looked at
it.....once! SHAME ON ME!
Well, this weekend I've put that right. Woo hoo week 34 here it is.
To be perfectly honest with you, once again I'd totally under estimated how difficult it would be to keep the momentum going throughout the year. It would have been easy if I had nothing else to do but with other projects on the go and family life it just became impossible.
I will say though that originally I poo pooed using the whole photo cut into a journaling card shape but now I can see the sense to keep it simple and easier to manage.
I'd love to hear from you if you're still keeping it up or are you a year behind too?
I thought I'd brighten things up a bit for this journal layout. The bright green and pink gave my book a lovely summery feel so I went with it and added a few clusters to the bottom so as not to cover up my background too much.
I've been back home from Austria nearly a week now and what an adventure it was. Lena and I walked 172km in 8 days which I'm pretty proud about. There was a slight wobble mid week on my part when I was just too emotionally and physically tired to carry on but some TLC from some lovely people there and a day of rest was all I needed to carry on.
Here we are at the start of our journey in Luxembourg. Still smiling, still looking fairly unruffled and trying not to look like the backpack was an issue.
We took an overnight train from Koblense to Munich and tried to get a bit of sleep before we arrived in Innsbruck.
Sadly the weather was horrid when we got there but that wasn't going to stop us from looking around. We'd arrived just as they were commemorating the end of WW1 with a parade. We thought they'd put it all on just for us, I felt quite emotional.
We had to visit the Cathedral where we found our first sign for the Jakobs Way. That might have been the easiest sign we saw all week.
We thought we'd take a trip up to the highest point in the city which is the Olympic ski jump. From the bottom it looked absolutely awsome but from the top the view was amazing. Those ski jumpers must have nerves of steele to do what they do. From the top they don't see the bottom of the jump only the massive view of the city. It was just sad the weather was so bad that we didn't get to see the view too well.
Back in the hostel for the night we had to rent a tv so we could watch the Eurovision song contest. We're obsessed about it and hold Eurovision party's just for a laugh. We're a bit mad like that.
The next day we left Innsbruck and set out in some drizzle but even so, the mountains were spectacular. However, we did miss our first signs and took a bit of a detour which ended up taking us down a main road and quite a few km further than we really wanted to be.
Anyway, back on track again and the sun came out so we started to feel hopeful again.
We reached our overnight stay and awoke the next morning to this view.
What a difference a day makes. The sun was out, at last we could see the tops of the mountains and all I could say was "wow".
Another morning and another view.
Tuesday was a really tough day for me, so having been rescued by one of Lena's relatives who lived near by, we got to the hotel and decided to stay there for two nights, meaning we could have a day off from hiking.
Thursday and off again, heading for this monastery on the hill.
This was quite a climb up here but totally worth it.
Another morning view.
We climbed almost to the top of this mountain to look back at where we'd come from.
This is my Julie Andrews moment.
It's a 'thing' to have Schnapps at any time and for any reason. This one was offered to help us up the last bit.
We were happy to take the boots off on Saturday I can tell you and mine are still wrapped in a plastic bag.