Friday, 31 October 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
A stamped pattern candle.
Seen it done and wanted to have a go. I did not paint the images because I wanted a full sketchy image.
Interesting - - but don't think I will do one again.
TIP - I patted my warm candle with a towel (over the greaseproof paper) and it left a great uneven surface - not good for everything - but great for my sea theme.
ALSO, been playing with old patchwork designs. There is one called The Snowflake.
I have put a 'how to' guide on my web site. It is easier to use that this site for projects like this - and it takes up less space .
So see -
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
The mad hound was playing peek-a-boo
Here he is!!
While on the desk - I was totally shattered after Yoga. Anyone who thinks it's sitting about going 'ommm' should spend a couple of hours with my teacher. So I did a scrap book page with my new bits. - this is me!! Don't often do pages of me - well we don't do we? But this old black and white goes along side the soft tulip colours - with a bit of added glitter of course.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
There is also a little extra envelope to put your receipts / tickets etc into, to keep them all safe.
Then I spent ages in the office the other morning working out 'inserts' - card list - stocking fillers - gift ideas - menu planner.
The beauty is that all you need to do is photo the pages before you start and the planner will last for years!
Decorated with A Rose Tinted Christmas papers (just for once I know what I have used because I have just bought them!)
Monday, 27 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
I have made several photo wallets with a Christmas theme (4 Christmas fairs coming up soon). And several general (well it's such a good idea).
You all know how much of a scavenger I am - I have never had a complete, matching set of papers - ribbons - brads - tags - toppers - etc: and it's been an eye opener. OK, I am still searching out matting papers, card stock and other bits and bobs, but it's a real novelty to pick up and interchange bits and bobs with out all the rummaging (both of brain and stash).
Then I dabbled with a card or 2.
I got the whole Rose Tinted Christmas for half price - but loads of it is usable for birthdays and other stuff - and I so love this HOT pink colour.
Mind you, I love rummaging through my stash - it's always being turned over - keeps it fresh - bit like a compost heap really. I have used so much patterned paper today: and I am desperate for a mega-box of new card stock. Spent too much already this month, have to wait until next month now.
And I have not even touched my scrap booking stuff yet.
Friday, 24 October 2008
They have a huge sale on - they really are giving it away. The bargain bags are stuffed with all sorts - I got a corner stamp that would have cost more than the whole bag as well as all the rest. I got a £50 scrapbooker's set for £15 - a half price Christmas bundle and loads of bit for £1.
Now - where shall I put it all?
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Why is it that when ever I work on one of Barbra's projects my desk gets in the biggest mess? Her projects are always so complex I have to get all the spoons out the drawer.
This centre panel was made in two parts. The grass, trees and animals were stamped onto rough watercolour paper. But the sky and background were brayered onto the back of vellum and put over the top. Told you she gets complicated!
I held the velum in place with brads then matted it with a dark brown pearl card and set it flat over some of that sticky gauze stuff - you know what I mean.
I have done 3 with different animals / foliage etc, and they are really gorgeous.
Only had the afternoon to 'study' as I am covering the church office most of the week. Church warden is poorly, really, really, poorly. So while I am there I am designing a organising type book for Christmas - more to follow.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
This is the finished card - sorry about the shaky photo - the liquid pearls are still wet so I can't scan it!
I wanted to do something on a childhood theme for grand parents - god parents - adopting parents - sisters - early birthdays - first month - first events, stuff like that. Fun, silly, stuff that you tuck away in a drawer and remember.
Can't work out what to put on the front of the card though - any ideas?
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
This is what I copy to the final piece.
I write all my notes on it (nib - spacing - ) so I can keep it in my file and if I want to do it again I can look back and see what I did. Which saves hours of working out - although I still need to do the 'warm up' part.
Calligraphy is hours, and hours, and HOURS of practice
Monday, 20 October 2008
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Just in cast anyone was worried about the 'old goat' nickname; it's his logo and he likes it.
meanwhile - I was trying to scribe a pink version of the baby poem. They got me so distracted that I missed out a line.
Perfect lettering - just with a line missing - grrrrr
In the old days, when the scribes missed out a line of text they were copying (usually the Bible) and stuff was too expensive to start again, they would draw a serpent's tail to between the lines where they had missed the text and coil it's body down to the bottom of the page, where it's mouth would open to issue the missed line.
Won't really work though - will it - with a baby poem - and it being - well pink and girly - better start over again then eh!
Did get one thing finished -
I hunted all over the place for some sort of 'army' stuff to do a scrapbook page of princelet's first Cadet march. In the end I bought a grungy linen weave effect paper for the side panel, and sponged a camouflage effect on it with inks. I could not find any netting suitable - and my attempt to bleach out the colour of my fish-nets died the death, so I ended up cutting some angel hair paper with a lace template on my cuttlebug and adding tied cut up strips of ribbon here and about. Pic is a bit grotty - sorry
Well princelet is chuffed with it.
Friday, 17 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Simple stamped and but out bauble card with the centre cut out and raised over shimmer paper and a gem.
This is an embossed snowflake design with a raised snowflake detail.
You stamp on acetate (which is hard - and I am just getting the hang of it) then put pva on the back side where you want the glitter to be (you need a 'fine liner bottle' to be able to do fine detail or fill in small areas - which are not cheap, but are so useful). Then shake glitter over the glue and leave to dry. At this stage it looks really grotty because all you can see is the pva - but as it dries it clears - leaving you a lovely sparkle. Stick to your card with silicone or big glue dots (these are the only things strong enough to cope with the glitter.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
I have to say I am thrilled with the end result. I worked it up yesterday - but I was not really happy with bits of it. You know when you do something, then wait a bit before doing it again, sometimes you can do it better.
I am going to class tomorrow - then I might treat myself with a couple of days scrap booking! Catch up with all those layouts I draw and don't have time to work
The old goat is due home tomorrow (with presents - or he don't get let in), can't believe it's a week already.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
So here it is. Silhouette giraffes over a sky line.
This background happens to be a water colour wash, but you can get a similar effect with a tonal ink pad and a brayer. Use rough water colour paper to get an even better better patchy effect.
Monday, 13 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Here is another before and after.
I do like the embossed tree - I love tree images - but I get the feeling that it may be limited in use. So let's cut it up.
I worry about me sometimes - I see something and all I want to do is cut it up!
Cut in half to make fairly plain little Christmas note cards. That was fairly straight forward - the difficulty was what to do with the other half?
It is always hard to put the 'bulky' bit of a design on the right, because you don't have the space to balance it and get a proper flow through the design.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
So - here you go - Winter birthday.
Snowflakes raised over a snowflake pattern papper, matted with a glitter pearl blue. Bold, wide, silver glitter stripes (done with double sided tape.
Now my desk is (almost) clear and ready for the next tidal wave.
Friday, 10 October 2008
For this one I inked up one side of the folder before embossing the image - then I cut it in half. I made it up into one of my small new size cards (6" x 6" folded in half), and decorated the tree with gems, pearl drops, glitter and a sequin or 2.
This one I really like. It's the leafy branch embossed onto Core'dinations and the top sanded. I added some silk flowers and gems, a red Core'dinations mat and distressed the edges. It's realy, really pretty - I might scribe it up as a winter birthday.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Monday, 6 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Well I worked them up into cards today: see the ferns? Background stamped leaves - stippled for soft texture, layered paper flowers & gems, topper matted and set on a background pattern paper to soften the effectThere are loads of occasions when you want to send a card - but nothing suits. I am hoping that these will fit the bill
Saturday, 4 October 2008
I did work up some of The Holly And The Ivy cards. When I get an idea in my brain sometimes I have to work it up just to get it out of my head! This is my accordion fold front A6 card - that gives 3 small panels to embellish, and 3 plain backed panels to write on (I usually put plain paper on these so people will understand to write on it - they think it will spoil it). I LOVE this fold - it is made from one sheet of A4 (always use one sheet and cut it up - then the colours will match).
Friday, 3 October 2008
I have recommended Brian's pub before (once or twice).
Thursday, 2 October 2008
I have been playing with shapes.
I filled a whole A4 sheet of card with some of my baby stamps, painted them and cut them out. Normally I would cut them in squares to Matt, but I am experimenting. Some of them I have set onto a square and matted (semi-normal), and some I have matted and cut round in a rough outline (way not normal) before setting straight on the card - or matting as a group to make topper.
I love to stretch my wings and just see 'what happens if?'
Wednesday, 1 October 2008