Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Acetate cards

At this weeks workshop at CI we used acetate to create our cards. I haven't been very successful with acetate in the past. Despite using Stazon ink I have found that my images are a bit blurred
and I can see all my finger prints. Hopefully these pics don't show that !
Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 28 September 2009

When a saying says it all

If you look at my header I've added a quote that I found when checking out other blogs. I think it was an Australian crafter called Michelle but I've not marked her blog. It sums up my attitude completely!!!!!!!

As I usually say I had to give something up to take up crafting so.... I gave up housework!

Enjoy yourselves whatever you're doing (as long as it's not housework).

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Im late, I'm late for RSS5

Oops this took me longer than I thought. This is my entry for the ready steady stamp challenge 5 that should have been in on Wednesday. I found this little birdhouse in a local bargain shop and I just knew what I wanted to do with it. This is the first time I've used the PVA resist technique and I'm not sure if I got the effect I expected, but over all I like it.

Inks- distress frayed burlap, shabby shutters & weathered wood,

flower stamp- Little claire, butterfly stamp- clear choice, heart border- Blonde Moments

dew drops, lace

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Here come the Girls

Here's my take on an idea from Linda, she made a fab binder for her unmounted stamps and I thought oh I need one of those!
I've used a sugar nellie stamp, distress ink, worn lipstick, paper is My Minds Eye laundry line.
Now I SHOULD be able to find my stamps without emptying the drawer!
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Friday, 18 September 2009

Yipee CI workshops are back

After a long summer classes started back at CI. Even though Jean wasn't feeling well she still managed to inspire us with a selection of little canvases. As there are ONLY 14 weeks to go I thought I'd better get started on some Christmas stuff. The stamp used is a new one in the range. Sorry about the quality of the photo it doesn't really show the detail . For regular peeps don't worry I didn't finish this is class but I did manage to put it altogether at home after class. Even that was quite a feat!
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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Inchies and twinchies

Here's my contributions for the Inchie and Twinchie challenge over on UKS. The Inchies theme is foliage so I used my CI stamps and shrink plastic for the leaves. For the Twinchies, the theme is flourishes, I brayered the background with Ariondack ink, watermelon, embossed the flourishes in black and added some little black gems. Why don't you hop over and join in Sid will make you very welcome. You have until the end of September to get your entries to him.
What ever you're doing this evening enjoy.
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OMG.... I only went for Xmas paper!

I've just laid out my stash from Harrogate, I know I got a few bits and bobs for my classes but anawful lot of stuff seemed to have jumped into my bag (I paid for it honest). No wonder I came home with only 81p! I can't wait to play with all this new stash. I'll have to use those spray inks on my own though as those who sit next to me in class know I'm a bit of a nightmare with sprays. There was alot of colouring going on at the show but I managed to resist those Copic pens mainly because a) I only had 81p left and b) I'm rubbish at colouring in.
And I didn't get any Xmas paper so I guess I'll have to shop on line!!!
Hope to post some work tonight or maybe tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Love is like a Butterfly

This week I was asked for a 60th birthday card by my hairdresser. It can be quite tricky doing cards for people you don't know anything about. Luckily Janine is very easy to please and seems to like whatever I create so I've done 2 to give her a choice. I've gone with Butterflies, a nice change from flowers, I think I was getting in a bit of rut! I've used Basic Grey papers Ambrosia, an assortment of stamps that I don't know where from apart from the flourish which is Crafty Individuals. and I have finally used some of that lace I brought back from Ravenna (see previous post)

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Sunday, 6 September 2009

Ready-Steady-Stamp Four

I've never used canvas before but I suppose that's what these challenges are all about, getting outside your comfort zone and trying something new. I've never considered myself arty never did art at school and even matchstick men are a bit of a challenge. But I must say I liked working with the canvas. I bought a small one about the size of an A5 card so that I was on familiar ground. Once I got the brayer out no problems I was off .
I used a piece of cut off card left on my desk seeing it had brown on and started from there. If you notice I haven't inked the edges of the chipboard letters wow did I have to restrain myself but I wanted them to look stark against the background.
Inks are Distress- frayed burlap,, scattered straw, shabby shutters
Emboss powder Distress vintage photo, Stamp- flower, don't know , sentiment,stampers anonymous

Thursday, 3 September 2009

After 18 years......a wedding

The Bank Holiday weekend brought a family wedding that we had been waiting for, for 18 years! My neice and her partner decided to tie the knot. Although it would be easy to think this was just a formality to make things legal it was far from it. We had a wonderful day celebrating a relationship that was as loving and strong as it was in the early days ahhh. Aunty was called upon to provide the invites etc . I had two wedding orders this summer and I think they may be my last. As much as as I love the designing by the time I've made the 3rd one I'm bored.
Weather is grotty today so I may have to spend the day in my craft room what a hardship!
What ever you're doing enjoy it. Thanks for dropping by.
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