Monday, 28 April 2014

Photo frenzy

Hello everyone, this week I have managed to carve out a nice amount of studio time; not as much as I'd like, but we're still settling into the new house and jobs need doing!  

I've enjoyed working with some of my photos this week.  I don't pretend to be a brilliant photographer but I am developing my 'eye' and can spot some good subjects.  

I've had this photo frame hanging about for ages and I knew what I wanted to do with it, but just kept putting it at the bottom of the list. Whilst working on some other photo projects this week, I decided to bring it to the top of the list.

Photo frame

I really love taking photos of nature; so many beautiful colours and textures.  I selected some of my older photos and a few more recent ones too. 

Nature Photos

I printed them out to 4" X 6" size and trimmed them off and then mounted them in the frame.  

Weekly memo frame

Add a dry wipe marker and I have an instant weekly planner with one extra 'frame' for notes etc.  I really like it and the best thing is that I can swap the pictures at any time if I get bored with looking at these ones. I have a black dry wipe marker at present, but I'm going to look for a white one as I think that will show up better over the photos that I have chosen.  

Carrying on with the photo theme, I found this in a local shop 

I've not come across it before, but it looks as if it could be fun creating magnets from either my photos or photos of my artwork.  I'll let you know how it goes. 

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Finally, I have rejoined my ATC (Artist Trading Card) group this month and have sent off my 3 ATC's to my partner today.  I really should have done this earlier in the month and I'll try and get on top of it in May.  


I chose to do simple stamping over an alcohol ink background and added some embellishments.  I love the colours and I hope my partner likes them when she receives them.  

Thank you for stopping by this week and look out later in the week for another post - more play with photos.

Jacquie xox

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter cards and studio time

Long time no see - it's nice to be back.

I finally finished the Easter cards that I had been working on and also decided to do another design.  Do you remember that I had given you this sneak peek? 


Well, this is how they turned out along with the second design that I chose to use.  I had taken the photograph of the beautiful blossom and thought that it would lend itself to a spring card; Easter cards seemed to fit the bill.


News from the studio this week includes getting my wood mounted rubber stamps sorted out and in their new storage.  


The label maker was even brought into play in order for me to be able to grab the correct box first time.  My daughter came up with a brilliant idea too; take photos of all the stamps, organise them on the computer in folders and perhaps even cross reference them - genius idea! Now the stamps are all neat inside their boxes and I am able to find them very easily.  


This really was an excellent exercise to do, not only are my rubber stamps finally in the new studio (instead of in the garage), I rediscovered stamps that had been sadly neglected and this has also given me some food for thought for new cards.

Finally, a couple of new additions to the studio . . .

The butterfly obsession continues and I found my pretty heart fairy lights which have been put along with the stars on the windowsill. 

Thanks for stopping by this week

Jacquie xox