Tuesday, 26 July 2016

More journal pages

Feeling like I've got the journal bug again, here's a couple more of my recent journal pages. Both have backgrounds that started out as simple Infusions backgrounds.


The pages were painted with a light layer of Gesso and while it was still wet, I sprinkled on some of PaperArtsy's Infusions. I then spritzed with water ans watched the magic happen. I loved how the Infusions blended with the Gesso to give a more muted look.


Short and sweet post today. I'm off to investigate the activity of the wasp nest in our porch. Mark sprayed it with a foam last night.......not sure it has done the job yet though!!!!

Lin x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Feeling the need to be creative!!!

It's been quite a while since I had the opportunity to create a page in my journal and I have to say, I have really missed it. Don't get me wrong, I have been doing some arty work but that's all hush, hush, top secret stuff for the time being!!! I just wanted to grab some paint, a few favourite stamps and see what happens. This is the result.


PaperArtsy's  Lynne Perrella stamps are some of my all time favourites. When I saw this pair of curtains in a magazine, I hoped that one of Lynne's images would fit behind them perfectly....... and it did!!! I used this image from LPC004.


Hope everyone has a fun weekend.
L. x


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

30th & 31st July 2016



Are you free on the weekend of 30th and 31st July 2016????? Fancy sharing a creative weekend????? I have a few spaces on this fun, two day class that is filled to the brim with exciting techniques using PaperArtsy's new Infusions, Distress Crayons, Grunge Paste and all manner of paint techniques. Day one will be exploring said techniques and day two will be spent putting you new found skills into practice in your journal.



Click here for all the booking details. It would be fab if you could join me, it's going to be a busy weekend!!!

Lin

Sunday, 3 July 2016

PaperArtsy Blog

I have a project on the PaperArtsy blog this evening where the current topic is paper piecing/patchwork. Click here to hop over there for all the details.


Thursday, 30 June 2016

Birds In The Barn

If you don't have any plans this weekend and are able to get to Birds In The Barn, Marks Tey, Essex, I will be there both days. Saturday, I will be demonstrating with all things PaperArtsy....Stamps, Stencils, Fresco Finish paint, Grunge Paste and of course the fabulous new Infusions. On Sunday, I'll be teaching my "House of Blues" class and I'd be tickled pink if you could join me on either day.


Hope to see you there.
Lin x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Supershoes


I normally use my blog as a way of keeping in touch with friends, family and loyal followers, usually sharing my crafty ideas. Sometimes I use it as a way of advertising my classes and sometimes I share holiday photos and family events. I have to admit that I don't post on my blog as often as I used to but that is simply because I have been doing other things and today I would like to share one of those things with you.

My daughter Kelly has been supporting a local charity called Supershoes for a couple of years. Basically, she is the person behind their social media and has spent a lot of time working on their new website. She told me all about their fabulous work and I couldn't help but volunteer my services to help Sarah, the founder of Supershoes, behind the scenes in their very busy office.

Supershoes started in Oct 2013 when Sarah read about Henry Allen - a little boy from Milton Keynes who had neuroblastoma and he received the very 1st pair of Supershoes. Kelly helped Sarah to set up a Facebook page and it has snowballed from there.

Supershoes became a registered charity in August 2015 and there are now over 130 artists, 10 volunteers and 4 trustees who all work on a voluntary basis to try and brighten the day of a child suffering from cancer. Supershoes has now produced over 850 pairs of hand painted shoes for 850 very poorly children. A pair of Supershoes will not change the fact that a child has cancer, but they will certainly brighten the day of a child who is undergoing treatment to try to beat this dreadful illness.

I spend every Tuesday in the office dealing with all the new referrals that come in via the hospitals around the country who are treating these very brave children. A few months ago, when I first started in the office, we were receiving 6-8 referrals a week. Now, each week, I see 20+ referrals and it breaks my heart to think that so many children are suffering. Each child has a different story to tell but they are all equally upsetting.

It costs around £50 to produce each pair of custom painted shoes. This covers the purchase of the shoes, paint and postage. Fund raising comes from a variety of sources, it could be local businesses who kindly want to help support a local charity. Friends and families of some of the artists and volunteers organise fund raising events. Families of children who have previously received a pair of Supershoes know what a difference it can make to a child and have funded shoes for other children. Some of those parents fund shoes in memory of their child who sadly didn't survive.

As I said before, I don't normally use my blog for anything other than my own personal posts but today I would love it, if you would take a moment out of your busy day to  click here and take a look at the Supershoes website. Please tell your friends and family too, raising awareness is crucial and if you feel you could spare a few £££'s to bring a smile to the face of a very poorly child, there is a donate button on the website.

Sadly, not every child survives and for the families of those who do not make it, these shoes become a very special and cherished memento. I'll leave you with a few photos of some of the amazing shoes painted by some super artists who generously give up their time, to brighten a child's day.

Thanks for reading to the very end.
Lin x




Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Bucks Open Studio



The days are fast ticking by on the countdown to Bucks Open Studios. This event runs from Saturday 11th June 2016 to Sunday 26th June 2016 and is an opportunity for you to admire the work of many fabulous artists and crafters throughout the county of Buckinghamshire. The best part of it is that it is all totally free of charge.

Sally, the owner of Threads and Patches is taking part in this event for the first time this year and invited me to display some of my work as part of their exhibit in order to promote my classes. I've never taken part in anything like this before and I have to admit to being a tad nervous but excited too.

The Threads and Patches exhibition will comprise of work by Sally, Julie and Bonnie as well as samples of my work. The days that our little exhibition will be open are listed below along with details of when myself and the other ladies will be demonstrating. My demos will be based on printing fabric on my Gelli Plate so if you would see how I use my Gelli Plates, pop along and say hello, we would love to see you.

Sat  11th June - 10am - 5pm            Julie demonstrating
Sun 12th June - 10.30am 3.30pm     Lin demonstrating
Fri   17th June - 10am - 5pm           Sally demonstrating
Sat  18th June - 10am - 5pm            Sally & Julie demonstrating
Sun 19th June - 10.30am - 3.30pm   Bonnie demonstrating
Tue 21st June - 10am - 5pm             Julie demonstrating
Sat  25th June - 10am - 5pm            Lin & Julie demonstrating
Sun 26th June - 10.30am - 3.30pm   Sally & Bonnie demonstrating

Here's a selection of some of my work that will be on display. My class samples will also be on display and you will be able to book a place on any of my classes on the days that I am there demonstrating.














Looking forward to seeing you.
Lin