Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Spanish Tortilla

Thought I'd share this as there is no crafting on the horizon until later today for the release of the next Inspiration Wednesday ;)

Here at the Ball house we love veggies, so we decided to try out Riverford Farm boxes.
We have had them for three weeks now and have had no trouble in finishing the great contents of a large box before the next delivery is due :)
Here is a Spanish tortilla I made the other day with a lime & olive oil dressed salad.
(all from the box)
An orange mustard from the Austrian leg of our honeymoon finished it off nicely :)

My scrummy honey thought it was scrummy and so did I :)
Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Friday, 24 April 2015

12 Tags of 2015 April

Wow! Two months in a row at 12 Tags of 2015!
I wanted to play along with this and inevitably I just had to get that flower set!!! lol

I used a manilla tag for the base as I did not have any kraft ones.

None of the chunky word dies but I do have the individual 1" letters so I can make any word I fancy....that's what I call a bargain!
Don't think I've mastered the colouring effect with the pens (I prefer using the ink pads) but I do like the splatter effect you get with the air brush :)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Monday, 20 April 2015

IW #8 Searching for the answer!

The eighth Inspiration Wednesday. is done.

I had been hoarding the wooden letters for use in what heaven only knows!
Just for good measure I added some hoarded wooden star shapes too! lol :)
Front of inclusion...

Back of inclusion...

I did love the old series on the BBC of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy ;)

This time round I learnt...
1. It's good to use some of those things we hoard!
2. It's also not a bad idea to buy two of something if it only cost you 99p (there was only one of each letter of the alphabet in the pack...not much chance of making something else that makes sense from what is left!!) rofl
3. I like building up the layers of texture and paint ;)

4. If you have not got many colours of Golden acrylic like me, Ranger Adirondack dimensional acrylic (it's pearlescent) works well in conjunction with the gesso as a sort of wash...
...don't think they make it any more but I've got a stash hoard of one bottle of each colour ;)

Thanks for looking.
xoxo Sioux

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A spot of paint spraying!

Morning folks!
I've bought two cans of aerosol spray paint....although I do not intend to become the next Banksie!

...afraid this needs a touch's looking a bit sorry for itself ;)

It's not done too badly really, as it was not sold as something to stay out in the garden, but that is exactly where it has been for the past 3 years!
Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Friday, 10 April 2015

My Heart Yearned For

It's been some time but I'm playing at the Stampotique challenge this week (SDC 190) where the theme is "Use Stitches".

My sewing machine had a bit of a blip and instead of a zig zag it did this below....obviously the tension decided to slacken/tighten of it's own accord! However, because I used different coloured thread top and bottom, I like that it adds to the quirkiness.  ;)

Background used distress cool that it collected in one spot in a heart shape!
Could not have done that if I'd tried!! Lol

Heart throb coloured with Distress inks too.

My heart throb will be using this as a book mark ;)
Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Dragons Dream 188 "A rainbow of colours"

I was not totally happy with the T!m background I created for March so when I saw the theme here I knew it was an opportunity to try and improve it ;)
It has been joyful to be able to spend today making this work....time to play :)

Background uses Distress Paints. A Chocolate Baroque heart/wing stamped and embossed in gold. Coloured over with Distress pens in scattered straw, wild honey, worn lipstick and broken china. It's very cool the way the pens don't totally obliterate the background but seem layer further colour to add to the depth and helping it to stand out :)
The words mainly from the same set "Artistic Impressions" with a couple of little additions using a little studio G alphabet set.
The wings were masked and the background over stamped with a small T!m script in Distress vintage photo and aged around the edges with the same....
....because of my muscle problem, up until this week I have not been able to even contemplate using the distress tool and rubbing like that!!!
Heart finished with glossy accents and the ribbon given the distress pen once over.

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

P.S. Just a little design fault in the masking sheets I've found....
...why can't the backing sheet be white?
It's a devil of a thing to actually see where you are cutting on that stuff!!!
Also it would help by not stamping the image on the wrong side, because even though I thought I was stamping on the right side...when I cut the image out I realised my mistake!!! Grrrr!!!

Friday, 3 April 2015

IW #7 Unlucky for some!

The seventh Inspiration Wednesday.....
 so very nearly ignored this consisted mainly of sticking a sheet of paper in your journal....I think we pretty much all know how to do that!
I had second thoughts and carried never know what you might discover for yourself ;)
What did I discover then this time round?

1. Golden's turquoise (phthalo) is a mighty good colour if you are fed up with teal ;)

2. Not that it was part of the lesson, but I added some pearlescent medium to the turquoise and realise I need to add more next time ;)

3. I used one of the new charcoal pencils I bought as I had not had one for week 4 and liked the way is works

4. Sometimes you don't "see" something till much later......'cos when I looked at the picture on screen, the printed paper (a freebie craftwork cards product from a magazine) has my dad's name scribbled on it!!! Mr J Whitaker.
Although it only has one "t" instead of two I'll take that as a close enough spooky occurrence!

Afraid that's the sum total of my new discoveries on this page!

Better luck next time......on the plus side I did this in such a short time I have plenty spare over the Easter break to try and play along with a few challenges:)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux