By now you are all well and truly aware I am not only a budget scrapper but a bargain hunter as well.
Nearly all my craft supplies have been gotten on Sale, or at a discounted rate.
I recycle everything I can think of.
I also look for things to play with (though have to stop myself sometimes as I have been trying to use up the OTP stuff I have, needless to say I am almost out of MDF albums and fun stuff to play with)
Anyway the OP shop (opportunity or second hand shop for non Aussies) near my Councilor is a treasure trove of interesting items.
I recently Discovered that they have a section out the back with old jeans for just 50c ( perfect for crafting with at that price and no sadness at killing erm I mean upcycling a pair of jeans)
I have also scored many a good 30-50c book, a whole container with about 60 slide covers again 50c, a bag of dominoes for 2oc
and this little Locker which once upon a time came with a Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen Doll for 50c. It still had the faux magazines and books inside it.
This is just phase one of this project I have an idea for it but it will take some $$$ to get the things I want and a little inventiveness on my part.
Now because I like to pin my posts and I am not clever enough with photo editing to put the pics all Into one I will start with what I have done to it then show you what it looked like to begin with etc. Almost backwards but not quite.
So here is what I have so far (remember this is just a smidge bigger than a barbie type doll):
and here is what the locker looked like originally
and here is is covered in Foil Tape (I got a rather large 2″ wide roll from ebay by searching foil tape worldwide it was about $4 and it is well worth the money as it goes very far.) I was tempted to leave it like this cause its kind of fun and funky all silver but I really do have an idea for where I want to take it.
and again how it looks now.
I embossed the foil tape by tearing it into strips the length of my Cuttlebug embossing folder. I embossed about 4 strips at a time as they are thin and it is much quicker this way. I also did the strips in different sections of the folder so I could mix up the looks.
I then took each strip and used alcohol inks in Lettuce, rust and another colour. Painted it with Black Ranger Paint dabber, left it to dry overnight and then lightly sanded off some of the black paint. I find the steel wool technique does not seem to work very well for me and flattens the embossing a bit to much for my liking.
The best part about the foil tape is that it is very forgiving and easy to add more where needed.
I had so much fun creating my journaling pages for this month. I was a bit worried because I only have two of the Distress Markers at present though I did use my worn lipstick one which we will get to in a minute.
I am so happy with how this months turned out here is the pic:
I know the technique for this month was about colouring with distress markers but as I said my stash is seriously lacking in them. So instead I created a background using ranger paint dabbers (both ranger and Jenni Bowlin ones I am absolutely addicted to her Malted Milk dabber such a great colour to play with)
I first took my lightest pink (shell pink) and rubbed it over both pages, dried it with my heat gun then went over it with Malted Milk the idea is to leave some blank spaces and spots where the white shows through the pink to be filled in by the malted milk and some where the pink shows through stronger. I then used a paint brush and dipped it into the lids of Raspberry, Chewing gum and snow cap and flicked it one by one over the pages (I dried between colours so they each popped more) and that is the background finished.
Next I used some thin chipboard from a cereal packed and Quickutz’s branch die (I altered this slightly by cutting off a branch and placing it elsewhere to give a more even flow to the branches). I painted it in malted milk, then dabbed over some expresso and a little sunshine yellow then cut it to fit my pages and stuck it down with glossy accents.
I then used sizzix and cuttlebug dies for the hearts and cut them out of white cs. They were coloured with worn lipstick distress stain, splattered with some tarnished brass stain and then edged in worn lipstick distress marker. (told you I got the marker in there somewhere) before being glued onto the branches. Then it was a matter of using some glue gloss (am totally addicted to it) and sprinkling with some Ranger Dry stickles to make the hearts sparkly. I lastly chose words from Tim’s Chit Chat stickers (in seasonal and everyday?) and used a little glossy to stick them in place.
I used one of His tags that I stained in picked raspberry distress stain and snow cap stain. Added in a cs cupid cut from another quickutz die.
Then used some tissue tape to form the bottom and some pretty circle embellishments and a button from Tattered Inspirations and viola another mixed media journal page is done 🙂
One of the Challenges for last month at Jellybeans was to use the colour pink.
I lucked out earlier in the year and got some amazingly cheap memory glass and memory glass frames.
So rather than a layout or a card I decided to create a pendant.
I love how it turned out and know exactly whose Christmas Stocking this will be going in.
So here it is. I used lots of bling, Pink Paisley Butterfly garden pp, and some glitter as well as the Ranger Memory Glass Products.
And boy did I get spoilt namely by my sister and nieces and my friend Catharine when it comes to craft supplies (I also got money off my mum which sadly went to new clothes and not craft supplies and some shoes off a friend)
First of all (not pictured) Catharine sent me a set of rectangle nesting dies from M Press, some of the new Mirrored sheeting, and two of the Tim Holtz ATC rubber cling stamps as well as all of this:
and from my Sister and nieces I got all this
I have been so busy with other things such as an Art Workshop and wedding place cards for a friend that I have not had a really good play with it all yet but be assured I will.
I got so much Idea ology and Tim stuff how could I not feel totally spoilt.
It started with a gift. A friend who knew I would move heaven and earth and scrimp and save to be able to go to this workshop simply gifted me the money to go. I wanted him to buy bears, or have me make an album for his new nephew or something but he insisted and I was told I was not allowed to argue.
Then in the mail a couple of weeks ago I find compendium of Curiosities (my sister and I had gotten the second one which arrived the same day) a gift from another friend.
To say these gestures are ones I am grateful for is an understatement. Somewhere I really must have a stash of amazing Karma and a team of Angels and Fairies helping me along.
Then my Mother floors me by insisting on helping me pay for accommodation because I had concerns about doing the whole thing as a day trip though figured it wouldn’t kill me so I could at least try. So the only real money I had to spend this trip was food. Everything else was covered
I know I am one of the luckiest Women in the world who at times this past month or so has been so full of love and gratitude for the help I have received to get to artful flight it has moved me to tears.
So amongst the 3 days spent making 2 little distress clowns, the night of making the suitcase boxes and packaging up the bears, the packing, the hair colouring and all the stuff us women do when we are going somewhere special the time arrived for the trip to Sydney.
After tossing and turning for 3hrs I got up a bit earlier than intended and got myself ready to catch the train at 7.30am the taxi was here to pick me up and the Journey began (mind you the train did not leave till 8.20am but I always believe in being early just in case you get held up somewhere)
Then it was off to the Workshop, lots of standing around excitedly talking to Alain (for anyone who has not watched Mr Extreme Stickler on youtube DO IT DO IT NOW!) and then My Sister arrived and we had a bit more waiting and then we were let into the workshop room!
Here’s me at the workshop desk
The time flew by and before we knew it it was time to let our Artful Flight Projects Dry
Here is mine with a few Amanda Twists (anyone who knows me knows me changing things around a bit was inevitable after all I always have to be different and yes I can see some of you who know me rolling your eyes at me)
Then it was Meet and greet and Photo Time
The first Photo is of Me with Mr Extreme Stickler (I know his name is Alain but seriously that is what I call him) He got us so good on the way out of the workshop as well. We told him he needs to bring Tim back at least once a year if not once every two years and he said “We will be back in September” of course our faces lit up like Christmas Trees and we were all “are you serious” and he laughed and was like “no” sniff how cruel was that, funny to them but you just can’t mess with the heart of us Tim Holtz Scrapbooker’s that way soo mean lol
Next with Mario the man who allows us all the behind the scenes glimpses into Tims world who quietly and efficently cleans up as we get our craft on and who brings such sunshine and joy into our lives.
and Next Tim signing my books and tote bag (sniff which I found out when I got home has a hole in it but its signed by Tim thats the important bit)
and Lastly a photo of Tim with Myself and my very talented sister aka the Crafty Crafter
then it was off to my Hotel and home again late monday with a stop at Lincraft and such
What an amazing and unforgetable adventure and that’s all there is there isn’t anymore 🙂