Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Time for a bit of a catch up.

Hi Every one. I can't believe that it is more than a fortnight since I last posted on here, life has been extremely hectic, but quite exciting too.
When I last posted I was hoping that work would start on fencing the land we have recently is the proof that it actually started on time !!! It took four men working really hard.... well hardish, nine days to complete and looks really good. The grass seed has germinated and a faint haze of green is now covering the whole field, we have also planted a few trees to replace ones which had to make way for the fencing. I can't believe that this "pipe dream" has become a reality.

These first two pictures were taken as they started work on the first morning, and the next three were taken this morning, now that all the work is finished.

I really feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.

Last week's challenge at Tuesday Taggers was to create something spooky, I decided to continue in a digital fashion following on from the previous week's little mouse and created labels for my Halloween Goody bags using Photoshop Elements and some Rhonna Farrer Halloween Style Digital Brushes, I printed them out onto plain white card stock and then coloured them using TH Distress Inks, I put some suitable sweet treats in the bags and the addition of some fibres to the pack tops for that finishing touch, hmmmmmm, just need a suitable container and ..... I wonder who will get to sample these?

Finally ....for now.... This week's challenge at Tuesday Taggers was to use "Bursts Of Colour" sounds straight forward enough I know, but it was a struggle deciding what to do, a firework theme may have been the obvious choice with Bonfire Night coming up but it didn't really appeal to me. I was thinking about fireworks however when I finally decided on using a "caught in crystal" technique as the colours really seem to burst when you drop pigment powders into the Klear polish on the acetate. When my acetate / pigment and Klear polish / tissue paper sandwich was dry some of the colours were not as vivid as I wanted, so I used my copic markers on the back of the tissue paper to add more colour in some areas, I then used black Stayzon to stamp the trees on to the front of the acetate. The Caught In Crystal Panel is mounted onto an 8" x 8" canvas which has had book pages stuck to it in places and been gessoed before painting with acrylic paints, a chinese proverb which says "One generation plants the trees. Another gets the shade" was adhered to the canvas before the "Crystal panel" was placed over the top and finished off with some ribbons.

I am pleased with the end result as it reminds me of the glorious sunsets we see from our windows at this time of year, as well as expressing what our little bit of Lincolnshire and the trees we are planting mean to me.

I'm off to Malham Tarn at the weekend for an annual Crafty get together with some wonderful crafty friends, I can't wait for Friday to come....but in the meantime I need to decide what to take and what to leave at home (other than my OH and I'll probably end up taking everything and the kitchen sink as usual.

Bye for now.

Bee xx


  1. Hey there! Welcome back hun!
    Love your burst of colour card, and last week's treat bags are ace!!
    Teri x

  2. Hi Barbara,

    I like your canvas,

    I have an awa for you on my blog.


  3. Oooops! It went all wrong!

    I have an award for you on my blog.

    That's better I am new at this sorry.


  4. Gorgeous canvas Bee, I have never tried this technique before and I am intrigued. Love the colours - I now need to find this Klear stuff ( although that will probably be a problem on the Island lol )
    Lyn x