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WOYWW #252 & That Journal Spread

Today I’ve got a quick snap of my desk to share for WOYWW #252 over at Julia’s Stamping Ground.  For the uninitiated, visit > this page < for an explanation of WOYWW and how to join in.  It’s pretty simple really – it’s Wednesday, post a pic of your workspace link it up, grab a coffee and have a good nose around some others. 😉

My desk isn’t that interesting today, but it is a fairly typical view: markers (today they are Copics), and something I’m colouring, and my Gorjuss mug filled with Green Tea.  I’ve had to be sneaky though and turn over my colouring and cover up part of the journal you can see at the edge of the picture – I can’t show you what I’m working on until next week, although I am absolutely dying to. Really excited.

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Anyway, those of you that have checked in before and seen previous WOYWW posts may be interested to see that I have finally finished “that journal spread”, which first made an appearance in February.



You can see the two previous spreads in this journal HERE.

Supplies used:
Moleskine Sketchbook, Gel Medium (matt), Tissue Paper, Distress Inks, Ranger Blending Tool, Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper, Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy die, Memory Box Butterfly Delights die, Impression Obsession Leaves die set, Ranger Alcohol Inks, Ranger Glossy Cardstock, Luminarte Silks paints, Faber-Castell PITT artist markers.

Thanks for dropping in! I would love to hear from you, so please do leave a comment to say hi. 🙂

You’ll Float Too

As you may have seen recently in my “Something Different – Angels” post, I have started working in a Moleskine sketchbook as a way to take some creative “me time” and play with the supplies I have collected. Today I’d like to share another spread from my journal, although I should warn you first, I’m letting my “weird” show! If you’re looking for cute or pretty, run away now and come back another day. 😉

Normally, I avoid clowns like the plague, probably because from a young age, I have been a fan of horror.  That or clowns are just creepy. Either way, normally I would tiptoe quietly away from a clown stamp.  Then I saw the Tim Holtz “The Big Top” stamp set from Stampers Anonymous.  I’m not sure how I missed it before, but it is deliciously hideous. To me, at least. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it.

You might guess from this that I’m a fan of Stephen King’s work. I read “It” when I was eleven or twelve years old.  I was hooked. So, there’s a lot going on with this spread for me personally. I like to explore the dark even if that sometimes means running in to clowns.

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Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous – The Big Top stamp set – stamped on Bristol Board and coloured with Copic Markers.
Gel medium (matt) – used to glue a layer of tissue paper to the pages, and then to layer and seal, and adhere the image and die-cut letters. Also used to create texture at the bottom of the page.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo – used over the tissue paper to lay down a base colour, also used during layering to build colour.
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Harlequin” – added some background layering with Archival Ink – Cornflower Blue.
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations “Word Play” die – die cut letters for the word “float” from grunge board.
Tim Holtz Distress Paint “Aged Mahogany” – used to create the blood effects, on top of the gel medium at the bottom of the page, splattered with a brush over the page and also with water to drip down the page from the top.
Luminarte Silks “African Jade”, “Forest Moss”, “Wine & Roses”, “Fire Opal” – used to add colour to hand cut balloons, die-cut letters and on certain details of the image.
Faber-Castell PITT pens and Big Brush pens – used to add shading.

Even in Darkness There is Beauty

If you saw my blog post on Friday – “My Heart Bleeds – Something Different for the SCACD Release Hop“, you’ll be aware that I’m having a lot of fun getting inky/painty and exploring my less cute and cuddly side (which is actually the side I’m most comfortable with 😉 ).  Today I’ve got another tag to share with you, along similar lines.

I love making tags.  There’s just something fun about working within the confines of a tag, and it’s not as daunting as a full journal page or a canvas. I actually have another couple lined up to share with you soon, so I hope you’re enjoying them!  I’d love to hear from you, so please do feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

For today’s tag, I decided to join in with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge.  It is running until Friday 22nd March, so there is still time to play!

I of course, used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die from the Sizzix Alterations range (and possibly the mini movers and shapers one too, I think – I die cut lots of flowers from both dies and played around).


The flowers were stamped with the “Wonky Clock” stamps from the new Susana Loves Stamps (SCACD) mixed media release.  This stamp is available in either the “Follow Your True Heart” set, or in the full Complete Accessories Collection set.  I embossed the stamp image and then used Distress Inks to colour the black flowers before layering them up to create the large flower.  In the centre I used a Prima Marketing Inc Vintage Trinkets brad and a Make it Crafty Lasercut Chipboard Cog Works cog covered in Fran’tage embossing enamel.

Behind the flower, I used one of my favourite dies – the Dies by SCACD “Alice’s Clock Statement Corner” die, which I used to cut some thin metal foil sheet.

The tag itself was first covered in a Golden Gel Medium with glass beads in it, which I then covered in a combination of Adirondack spray and Distress Stain, before applying some black acrylic paint through a stencil.

Phew!  Don’t worry, I’m not hanging up my marker tote, I’ll still be sharing lots of colouring fun too, but I do hope you will enjoy my little journey into mixed media as much as I am!