Sunday, 31 May 2009

I love the Idea of White Shoes...But....

I hate the way that I scuff the toes and catch the heel the first (and usually last ) time I wear them.
I love pristine white shoes, the trouble is they don't stay that way for long. I found this pair at the bottom of my wardrobe when I was clearing out some junk......

I decided to give them a revamp.

I have used Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints "Dab of Red" and "Dab of Yellow" and a baby wipe to add a spot of colour.

Next it was out with the rubber stamps, tissue paper, Black Stayzon Ink pad and some watered down PVA.
Below are pictures of my finished shoes.

Wearable Art!!!.....LOL... Don't you just love them ! I think I should wear these the next time I go to Art From The Heart.
See you all later.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Hi Everyone, I have had a lovely day, and learnt some new skills along the way. This morning I was at my regular scrapbooking class at Running With Scissors, another lovely double layout designed by Tracey Jackson, although there was quite a bit of fiddly cutting out to contend with, the end result was worth it. In the afternoon there was a crop as well so no pressure to rush pages just to get done by the end of the class. Unfortunately for my bank balance I tend to shop as much as I, my latest addiction being Copic Markers....there are just soooo many to collect!!! I end up buying a handful nearly every time I go into the shop.I also took the opportunity to pick Tracey's brain about my blogg (Tracey's blogg is ace) and the results of her clear instructions can be seen at the top of the page, I have now customised my Blogg Header, still a work in progress, but coming along. A spot of clothes shopping followed, I really don't have anything to wear at the moment as I have lost loads of weight..yay!! and my hot weather clothes are all far too big, I only bought a few basics, nothing really special, then home for a leisurely B-B-Q in the garden.

I've spent this evening editing my blogg header and browsing the internet. I've just found a Blank colour chart for Copics markers on the Web and sat and filled in all the colours I've collected so far so that I have a ready reference when I am using them, and no I'm not going to tell you how many that is (my OH might just read this.) I'm off now to have a look at the Bloggs I'm following,

Bye for now


Thursday, 28 May 2009

No Piccies Today

No time for crafting today.....this morning was spent putting together a new IKEA double bed, this afternoon was spent meeting my new NVQ Candidates. Now that I am no longer caring for my father I am returning to work on a very part time basis as an NVQ Assessor in the Health and Social Care Sector. Then this evening I went to the Gym !!! Now it's too hot and humid to do anything......still there's always tomorrow. Happy Crafting. Bee

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Now for some Cards

May is a busy month in our household when it comes to birthdays etc, First it was my youngest daughter Emily's 14th Birthday, then my Birthday and 15th Wedding Anniversary and this week is my husbands Birthday !! Here are the cards I made.

Emily's favourite colour is blue and she really liked this not quite monochrome card.
For our Wedding Anniversary, I reverted to Black and White, I have flocked the swirl and layered up the prima flowers with ones punched out of the background paper to add dimension along with using the X-cut 3d Butterfly punch.
My Husband's card was more of a challenge ......Why are men ALWAYS so difficult!!! He isn't interested in any of the usual "men's things" such as Football or Golf, so I settled for using my newest Stampin Up Stamp set and TH Distress Inks,....then I found a little stash of Watch parts......a bit of ribbon and a few brads later...job done! I do hope he likes it, not that he gets to keep it very will soon be back in my craft room.

My Mum and Dad

Yesterday I put the scrap pages that I had made about my Dad on here, today I am adding some that I have made about my Mum and my Dad as well as a couple about her on her own, I can't claim the design or layout of these pages as they were started at classes run by a really Talented Scrapper called Tracey Jackson ( who owns our local craft shop also called Running With Scissors. I have tweaked each of the pages a little but basically they are as she taught them, they just fitted with the photos so well.

This photo was taken not long after Mum and Dad first met, he was in the RAF Air Sea Rescue Service stationed at Invergordon and she was in the Land Army , based in Alness. Mum was about 19 when this photo was taken, I have used one of the circular elements here for my journaling. Journaling is really important to me, it helps the page tell the story behind the pictures, and makes a Scrapbook more than a deliciously decorated photo album.

"Just Married"

The papers and lace used on this layout work perfectly with this black and white photo, Mum and Dad look so happy. The journaling around the photo was my own tweak on Tracey's layout, and I didn't bother with a big title as I felt the picture said it all, In the pocket behind the photo is a copy of Mum and Dad's Marriage Certificate.

"The Wedding Party"

This page shows the whole Wedding Party, on Tracey's original the large tag on the right was stuck in place on 3d foam pads, I have left it to dangle and used the back as a space to record the names and relationships of the people in the photo to one another. This photo is quite special to me as my Great Grandmother and all four of my Grandparents are in the photo, one Grandfather died before I was born and my Great Grandmother and other Grandfather died when I was 4 years old.

"Love You ......Miss You"

This page was so simple to do, but so effective, I love the ribbons laced through eyelets, it helps to make it a softer more feminine page. The colours worked for me too, as when this photo was taken, before I was born, Mum worked for Marks & Spencers and their bags, logo etc were bright green on white at that time. In my Album this page faces the one of my Dad in the RAF as he was away at sea for most of the first 4 years of their marriage. The title of Mum's page says it for both of them.

And finally for now..... A double page spread of my mother with me and my younger brother.

"Hugs With Mother"

This layout was designed by Tracey but I have changed the papers and added the large flower embellishment, I have also made the "Mother" title strip into a flap, and my journaling is inside.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Hello there, I'm Bee,

Welcome to my world and my blog, I am finally taking the plunge into the world of bloggdom to share some of my crafty creations.

The title for my blog: Artographically-Me comes from three sources Art, Photography and Biography, as I frequently use Arts and Crafts combined with photographs to say something about me, my family and friends, through scrapbook pages etc, although sometimes (a lot of the time actually) I just play !

This is a photo of an A3 canvas that I completed yesterday. It was inspired by a wonderful day that I spent at a workshop on Bee's Wax Collage at Art From The Heart in Harrogate with the inimitable Dyan Reavely on Saturday.
Maz, Lisa, Sam Sue and I travelled up from Grimsby for the day, we had a fantastic time, both in the studio and in the shop !!!

I have used the Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints and Grunge paper that I bought on the day, combine with photos that I took and some recycled elements from a mail order delivery from AFTH (the crystal heart and twine) to make this visual record of my day. The colours and background techniques were inspired by some of those we used at the workshop, the title says it all about Dyan's passion and the inspiration that she generates. I am also flattered to know that Dyan has put this picture on her blogg !!! How cool is that ! Thank you Dyan.

My Dad.... Another Source of Inspiration.

Sadly my father passed away at Easter, He was 84 years old and had been living with us for the past year. I was his carer during that time. Having him with us for that time was a wonderful experience and allowed me to get to know him all over again, as a person as well as being my Dad, it has been a real comfort to work on some scrap book pages about his life.

" In The RAF"
These pages were completed using mainly papers from the Basic Grey Boxer Range, although papers from the Periphery range by Basic Grey were also used. On each page there is a flap or a pocket - or both - containing copies of documents such as Dad's birth certificate and school leaving report, his service record and mention in dispatches ( for bravery when he was 20 years old and serving on the Rescue Launches in the Royal Navy) When I look at the photo of him in his Naval Uniform he just looks so young, but by the time this photo had been taken he had already been gazetted.