Showing posts from December, 2012

Ticket to Venice Journal

Continuing my travel journal with   Mary Ann Moss. (fab class very different, not a hand holder).  this class is Ticket to Venice 

 The signatures were long in the making as my stash had no paper larger than 12 X 12, the covers are 8x10.  This meant creating pages, adding flaps, pockets, lots of angst and remaking.   I have avoided book binding of any sort as it demands more tools and special supplies.  My room/studio is bursting at the seams with tools and supplies from all the various crafts that were embraced with great enthusiasm in a class than dropped for the next fad.  So I embarked on the class with the sole purpose of abstracting from it the thought processes and the creative process to expand my travel journal expertise.  Since my journals are usually made after the trip with photos, notes, ephemera, and endless pages torn from catalogs and brochures obtained at state welcome centers and tourist information centers along the way this was quite a shift in operations.   Mary An…


WOYWW #185

Here we are another week looking into the lives of crafters around the globe.  this week with great difficulty my desk was cleaned off only to reemerge into it's normal state a few hours later.  This is because I  started an on line class with Mary Ann Moss of remains Of Day fame.  This one is called Ticket To Venice and over the next six weeks we will follow her journey to Venice and the making of a travel journal, and on her return how she completes the process.  Like a peep into her mind.  The class is made up of many very experienced bookmakers and travel journal makers.  My reason for taking this class is to expand my travel journal making experience.  it is a solitary pursuit and it is easy to get in a rut.

 I am not into vintage and do not want to make a fantasy trip to Venice.  My decision is to make a travel book for all 2013 and fill it along the way. 
 Her first step is to make a cover, the opposite to me.  In fact my books are made when i return so this is forcing me int…

WOYWW #186


Another week and here we are at the madness started by Julia at Stamping-ground. I really enjoy my visits to work-desks around the world and get a real kick visiting UK. Here is this weeks desk.

There was a lot of activity, this past seven days as I started  the Ellen Houston 12 Tags of Christmas...... and the realization hit that that this was a very time consuming task as most of the time was deciding how to  improvise on tag. Added  to that some of them were styles that were not "my thing" and the materials were not in my possession. All the designers use a large number of Copics, something I do not possess.  most of all a lot more time was spent reading that doing as i just had to visit each designers blog and look at every designers work.  There are some great tags that looked relatively simple. Simple is a nice word that means care and planning, it should set of an alarm in my brain "Not for a slob like you".   So on my desk you see the three on the left a…

Tag 5 and 6 of the 12 Tags of....

This is another Tag 5. It really is a learning experience as I do not copy well.

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist, Now for todays tag. Julia Stainton made a 3D tag using a Tim Holtz die the snowflake rosette. Of course I do not have it. So I just read through her directions and just added my own twist. You could say twisted idea!

I managed to emboss the card, again no snowflake embossing folder so used a circles then i swiped it with a pink dabber, embossed it with powder and forgot to tap the excess off so when the heat gun was applied it flew all over me. The flower is from tattered floral cut out of old book pages sprayed with Dyan Reavery's purple, crushed grape . The leaves are felt and the photo is not coming up vertical

Think the mess needs a tidy up. Tomorrow is lemon meringue pie day.

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Day6 12 tags of......

I may never catch up and get the first 4 done. This was easier but I must redo as I have some great ideas.

This is my rendition of Teri Anderson's 12 tags of Christmas with a feminine twist. I used some of the fiber in my collection from my days in fiber and embellishment. Just love mixing fiber, paper, glitter and glue. I made a couple more trees and tomorrow will make a tag then edit this post and adding them to it, that is to keep them on the same post. It is very gratifying to feel that the two tags completed so far are a super learning experience and make me so happy.

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Tag 5 12 tags of Christmas with a Feminine twist

This is my first try at one of these on line challenges. This is inspired by Kittie Caraccolo The web page is Ellen Hutson the classroom. I now have a growing list of goodies I would like to buy from this site so will keep it until the end of the challenge. I now have the 4 previous ones to make. How do people rush this stuff out so fast. Maybe if I had die cuts then I could speed it up.

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Julie set up this scheme called Whats On your Worktop Wednesday, so we could all mosey around the desks  of crafters, artist or whatever title blows your skirt up around the globe.  It is a legal addiction.    This gives some of us the satisfaction that we are not the only messy workers in the world and everyone has petulant muses at one time or another.   Here is my work space sort of cleaned off .  As usual, the where should I put this bits lay about in anticipation of a new comfortable draw where they will be forgotten.   The red felt was used to die cut flowers in a demo for my friend Deanie on the advantage of this piece of equipment for those of us who after a few hours cutting have aching hands and fingers.  nest to it is a catalog, useful when gluing, to isolate glue from any where not to be glued.   

This is the card I made for Deanie that I forgot to take with me.  Those creatures were sheep.  I knew she would have a fit of hysterical laughter at my attempt to draw.  This is w…