Monday, 28 February 2011

Then the sun came out again!!!

This was just waiting to be skied over, so we did!!!!

Don't the trees look stunning with the snow on

We made our mark, mine to the left, then Martin, then Ric, then Libby, a couple we met up with who have been going to this resort for the last 20 years, yes they were old, but boy were they wicked skiers!!!!

Then we did a little hike to more fresh powder.  It really is an amazing place!!!

We moved accommodation last night and when we got to the room in the hotel the bed and bathroom were not made up, so Martin went to make sure that they'd given us the right room.  They said, yes, why, so he told them nothing was made up so they gave us a free upgrade to a king suite room instead!!  Good job we hadn't unpacked - lol!!!

More Snow!!!

Then it snowed some more - lol!!!

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Skiing in Utah!!!

It's such a gorgeous place when the sun comes out!!

Me in the trees.  There's lots of tree skiing to be had

Martin skiing through the powder

Then is snowed some more!!!

So we bought ourselves some new skis!!!!!

Snow Angel

Hi all, having a fun time as you can see from the photo above.  I decided to make a snow angel and thought it would also fit into this weeks JFF challenge - LOL.

Below is the photo without me in it!!  As you can see we have had loads of snow.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

JFF - Week 4 - Angel Wings

Well as you know I'm still away on holiday so this weeks Just for Fun piece was scheduled before I left.  Again the backing is corrugated, painted in snowcap white and pearl acrylic dabbers.  Stamped over with black stazon and the Crafty Individuals angels word stamp - CI140.  The image is stamped onto a white piece of card and 3 feathers were stamped onto white paper and cut out.  A small piece of corrugate was painted in pearl acrylic and if I had wings from Paperartsy Wings Plate 2 was stamped onto it.  The wings were made by gluing lots of feathers to a sheet of card, printing the wings out on acetate, sticking them on top of the feathers and cutting them out.  Everything was attached to the corrugated background with silicone glue.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Happy Birthday Chris

It's  Chris's birthday today, Happy Birthday Chris.  Hopefully by the time she is opening her pressies, we'll be well on our way to the states.  We fly at 6am!!!  I made this little fabric piece for her.  It's not as polished as I would have liked it to be but unfortunately these days I just don't know where the time goes!!!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

JFF - Week 3 - Oh for the wings of a bug

Just for Fun is going from strength to strength and this weeks winged theme is 'bug wings'.  The background is corrugated but I have left it smooth and covered it with textured paper.  The image and words are from Lisa's Altered Art, with the addition of the butterfly wings.

Now I'll be awol for a little while as by the time you've read this I'll be somewhere in the air 'winging' my way over to the states.  I'll be taking the lappy so will catch up when I get there.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Pay It Forward (PIF) Makes

Two people responded to my PIF post so here is what I made for them.  One is for Angela and the other for Zoe.

They are both made from my marbling and numeric/alpha backgrounds.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Valentines Day

Hearts seem to be all the rage this week, wonder why!!!  My steampunk heart is made from a black and red clay mix.  I added lots of watch parts and then baked it.  I coloured the canvas with cranberry acrylic dabbers!!!  I then stamped hearts in red pepper and pitch black.  I added two white stripes and stamped the letters 'have a heart' with black stazon. I added red organza ribbon to hang.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Steampunk Heart

I mixed 3 colours of clay to create this piece.  I shaped it into a heart and twisted the bottom.  I added several pieces of metal coloured findings, washers, nuts, watch pieces, safety pins, wire and gems to create a steampunk effect.

Eco Friendly Paints

Using eco friendly paints I covered the top one in black and the bottom one in blue.  I painted over them using white and butternut paints.  Once they'd cracked and the paint had dried I stamped over them with a CI image. 

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Finger Painting!!!!

I've been having fun this afternoon using only my fingers to paint these canvases.  The top one is 4" x 4" and the bottom one is 9" x 12". Yes there are dots marked on the top one, I have plans for it!!!

Stamping with backgrounds

I used some of the marbling and alpha/numeric backgrounds that I recently created.  I stamped the T!m image with black stazon onto the marbled background and tore around the edges.  I stamped the word imagine down the right hand side and over stamped it with weathered wood distress ink to give it a shadowed look.  Once mounted onto another piece of torn background I used the coffee stains stamp with black distress ink on the top right and bottom left corners to blend both pieces together.  I threaded cream ribbon through some of the holes where the page had been torn from the pink pig sketchbook.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

JFF - Week 2 - Time Flies

Just for Fun is into it's second week now and following on with the 'wings' theme, this week I was asking for a time element to be added.  This is because I will be 'winging' pardon the pun, my way over to the states soon for my annual ski holiday.

Again I used a piece of corrugated, but this time I stuck a piece of netting from my bag of tangerines over the top.  Covered in gesso (as it was orange) and when dry applied lots of metallic acrylic dabbers, gold, silver, copper and pearl and again hi-lighted some of the raised texture with black.  All the items are cut from silver coloured metal with the bigshot using spellbinder dies.  They were a bit too shiny so I added black acrylic paint to them to give them a bit more of a weathered look!!!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


I created some more backgrounds using foam and bubble wrap.  I used pitch black dabber to wash over the background.  I used greens on the top one and blues on the bottom one.  Once dry I stamped the letters and numbers with white acrylic paint

FP Mask

Well just look what dropped through the letter box this morning, isn't it gorgeous.  Although I do have to say the photo doesn't really do it justice, it's much brighter in real life, but the weather today hasn't helped with the exposure.  It's made from friendly plastic.

Thank you Zoe for a wonderful gift.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Marbling Backgrounds

I had a little play today with oil paints and white spirits.

I mixed them together to make a liquid and using a pipette dropped the mixture into a tray of water.

I used a cocktail stick to swirl into the droplets.

Once I'd got an interesting pattern, I laid different types of card on the top of the water.

Some of the cardstock was glossy and some was matt.

Some was white and some was cream.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Black & White

The background is a piece of thick cardboard with a piece of orange coloured fruit netting attached.  I covered the netting with a piece of tissue paper and used mod podge to adhere it to the card.  I initially painted with gesso and once dry painted over with white and pearl acrylic dabbers.  The music image is coated in ice resin.  The stitching down each side is hand stitched and is quite thick as I used black embroidery thread.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

JFF - Week 1 - Heartfelt Wings

Just for Fun is a brand new challenge site which I am proud to be a part of.  I have had the priviledge of choosing the first months theme.  I chose 'wings' with a different weekly theme running through it.  So this week is 'heartfelt' wings with the idea of adding a heart to your wings.

The background is one of my favourite materials, one because it's very cheap and two because it's great to work with.  After tearing the outside layer off I painted with patina green eco-friendly acrylics and contrasted some areas with black.  I cut the heart out of chipboard and run the wings through the big shot using one of T!m's alteration dies.  I then used this technique to create the texture.  Once dry I painted with bronze eco-friendly acrylic and went over the raised areas and edges with black.  I wrapped silver wire around the heart and added a few beads and sequins.  Finally I added a washer and a brad to the metal word 'passion'.

I hope you'll nip over to our new challenge blog to check it out, if you haven't been there already.

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