Friday 19 May 2017

Crafting from the Sofa #2 - fearless and independent panel

I'm back with another journal panel created whilst I've been keeping my leg up with my broken ankle. I blogged all about my predicament on the last post if you missed it.

Just a few steps to outline the processes this went through -

1. I dipped 250 gm media paper into very watery wash of vintage photo and walnut stain doxides and let it dry (I didn't have a heat gun at this stage of my sofa crafting.

2.I repeated step one three more times to build up layers.

3. Still using the vintage photo doxide I stencilled on some circles .......

4. ........ over that I used the walnut stain and stamped some more circular designs and splattered some watery ws with a brush.

In my supplies I had grabbed some collage bits, vintage photos, some small paper pads and punched circles and gathered these bits together.

Here's how I am managing on my lap.

When I came to make up the panel I found and added the triangular bunting and also added the Small Talk sticker.

I'm really happy to have such a wonderful hobby and 'job' creating what I like.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments and well wishes, I so appreciate them. Blogging friends really are the best.

Including these two lovelies who have visited me this week. Nikki from Addicted to Art popped over to see me on Monday bringing me a much needed caramel frappuccino (wait till you see my journal page I did last week).

Later she sat die-cutting, some for me and some for her lol.

Then yesterday I had a lovely visit from Jane, you'll know her from Jane's Journal, Jane brought with her stamped sentiments for my journal, ones that I don't own, some lovely flowers and her expertise. As a physiotherapist by trade she was able to teach me how to get around only partially bearing weight on my broken ankle, how to get up and down the stairs and also how to get up and down the steps at my front door without any help. Yay freedom, I can get around much better now and what a revelation.

Jane is also a keen gardener so she popped up the greenhouse to check on my cuttings and seeds and watered them for me.

Thank you lovely ladies for taking time out of your week to come and see me, I really appreciate it.

And thanks to all of you who are here now stopping by to see what I've been up to and if you have time to leave a comment - thank you for that too.

Have a great weekend everyone.
hugs Brenda xxx


Valerija said...

Awesome colors and details. Love your project.
Valerija xx

Helen said...

your lap crafting is improving - great project! Hopefully after Jane's visit you can get back to more mobile crafting again!

Dortesjs said...

oHHH good friend you have ;O== nice your ankel is working see soon this will be just a distant memory..
great Journal page by the way.. ;O)

froebelsternchen said...

A wonderful panel - wow - beautiful background and all the details are fantastic!
So good to have such nice friends ♥♥♥
Good that the ankel works better - it will soon be much better - be patient!
Enjoy the weekend as couchpotatoe !!
oxo Susi

Jennie Atkinson said...

A fabulous panel Brenda - who needs a heat gun !!! love all the wonderful colours and the collage pieces are just perfect. Glad the tray is working well and that you are managing to keep busy. Take care x

Jane said...

As you well know I loved seeing your gorgeous journal pages Brenda. You are doing so well and remaining so will certainly remember crafting from the sofa! Your inky backgrounds without a heat gun are awesome. I'm so glad you feel more mobile and that I could help you a's my absolute pleasure. Take care my friend. Hugs xxx

Gina said...

What lovely friends you have :D XXX

Jackie PN said...

What wonderful friends to pop in and lend a hand while they visited!!Good for all of you!
My oh my, I also am happy that you have a hobby/job that you love as even the art from your place on the sofa is amazing!! Beautiful piece and love the extra bunting!

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

What a gorgeous creation Brenda and how lovely to have such wonderful friends to pop in and keep you company too. Hope your ankle is well on the way to recovery now, can't be much fun :/
Donna xx

Mrs.B said...

A lovely vintage panel, great background and layers.
Feet up - Art on the sofa and good friends to visit - positive thoughts!
Take care,
Avril xx

SewPaperPaint said...

You are truly blessed beyond measure Brenda! These visits from such lovely friends are an inspiration to me and you too I know! ;0 I adore your fabulous new page and am thrilled that you have some new goodies to keep you inspired. Hugs, Autumn

Redanne said...

Well your crafting has not suffered by working from your lap Brenda, your journal panel is beautiful! How lovely to have such good friends come to visit and give you support as well as very good advice too!! Hope you are improving by the day and that the gentle weight bearing sessions are going well... Big hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

I know I said this on your last post, but you craft better from your sofa than most people in their craft rooms!! This is truly spectacular!! The vintage colors and the stenciling and stamping look amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous journal page!! And how wonderful for your friends to visit!! I hope you are improving each day!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Meggymay said...

Its good to read you have found a way to get more mobile and to do some crafting, Its a fantastic project.
Yvonne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a fantastic collage page Brenda (pinning right now), I think I am really going to love your creating from the sofa series. And how wonderful that both Nikki and Jane live close enough to visit and help you out each in their own way. When I first saw the photo of Jane I thought "Oh dear she has had an accident too", so glad to read it was just to teach you. Oh and I love your word doxides :o) One to remember...
xxxx keep taking it easy and don't overdo it!

Patty O'Malley said...

Your journal panel is awesome, Brenda. I love the background you created. It is so nice that you have some crafting friends to come by and cheer you up.

Anne said...

Hope you are able to get around sooner rather than later! Aren't you lucky to have such fantastic crafty friends! What is the little red book box next to Nikki a future project? Fabulous work on the panel - I don't know how we existed before Dioxides?

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Brenda, I'm amazed how well you are doing with your crafting and the journal panel is great. Sorry about the link to the tutorial, I've fixed it now if you get bored and want something different to look at Lol! You are so lucky to have such a kind friend. I was telling my walking buddies about what had happened to you so yesterday instead of walking in the wet ground where we could have slipped we went to the garden centre and had coffee and scones in your honour! Sending big gentle hugs, Angela xXx

Candy C said...

Brenda, you are such a trooper! Isn't it wonderful to have such amazing friends to pop by not only to check on you but your lovely garden and plants, too?
Your journal panel is lovely! So very vintage. I love everything about it. Take care, my friend.

Annie said...

Loving your sofa crafting Brenda but of course I feel your frustration too xx your page is stunning and a great idea with the D Oxides xx
How lovely of Nikki and Jane to visit you xx I am sure you had lots of fun and great to have a 1:1 with a physio too

Sending you huge hugs dear friend

Annie xx

suzyb said...

Lovely project and made from a tv table on your lap. Good job. Glad you are getting around better and that those two lovely ladies are around to help keep you sane while you recover.
The photo of her sitting on the floor is priceless. Great place to be actually, tons of room ;)
Glad also that your little babies in the greenhouse are managing without you for now. It's lovely to have friends like you have.

Juliz Design Post said...

Loving your journal page Brenda and the colour palette works so well with your design.
Julie x

eileen hull said...

Brenda this new panel is fantastic! It's great how you have adapted to your situation and are able to create awesome art no matter where 😀 I am so happy to hear that you are getting around better. And such nice friends stopping by to check on you!

Nikki Acton said...

Hello from Cyprus! Lovely vintage page hop a long! Maybe more Starbucks soon xxx said...

Love this panel from the sofa! The colour is gorgeous. Glad you are getting more mobile. Hugs x

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a gorgious vintage card dear Brenda, great colours and details , not easy to make when you are sitting on a sofa, you are very lucky to have a nice friend that comes by to help you , have fun!!

sarascloset said...

What a wonderful post from the sofa! Brenda, you are an amazing lady to be able to do all this while you are under the weather! Love your beautiful vintage journal page! I'm amazed you can do that in a reclining position!

Loved seeing your sweet visitors and reading how they are helping you; I know it must be the best part of your day! Way to go, Jane, for helping you improve your mobility (safely) AND to care for your plants (nice greenhouse!). Sending hugs your way!

Karen said...

Love the page!! Glad to hear you have company and the ability to couch craft!

A Pink said...

Fabulous panel! Brenda. Your sofa crafting isn't suffering at all - though how you are managing to is remarkable given the limitations of movement etc. I'm thinking your new A.K.A must be 'Wonder Woman.'
Take care and try and stay positive
hugs x