Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
My desk is clear - every thing is finished and up to date - so I have been practising a new text.
This is Beneventan, it's part of the Uncial family (monk's hand) so it's has lovely fat tummies and a wriggle of the wrist to create the curvy effect. I think the hardest part is to keep the letters going upright and not sneak over to the left.
Getting there slowly
Friday, 26 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Have been to craft class today - not been for ages because the old goat has had the car. Still he gave me money to spend to make up for it!
The theme today was men's' cards. I love this steam roller - it's so different. The 'cog shapes' are actually medallion stamps - amazing how different things can look in a different setting.
The new Do Craft mag is out - CHRISTMAS - that's a big NO. Sorry, kitten does not do Christmas this early (the designs are not that pretty anyway)
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
is - Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
This is my entry. The paper is embossed with the dandelion flower and sanded to show the white core. There is a glitter line on the stems and a halo of 'diamonds' surrounding the flower heads. I love gems and use them all the time
Friday, 19 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Anyway - that leaves me playing with papers - cutting, folding and experimenting.
This is an American idea (usually is) - I say a picture of it and thought hmmmm.....
This is the girl's pinafore. first experiments are always a bit on the plain side.
Then I played with a boy's bib and shorts. Starting to get the hang of it now
The idea is - the front of the card is cut to the shape of the bib/pinafore, and the back of the card is cut to the shape of the t-shirt underneath.
The overall card size fits a 6" x 6" envelope, so that was my starting point. It has taken me ages to get the proportions correct and work out collars, bows, pockets to make it all work.
Are we impressed - yes we are!
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
I wanted to use an antique patterned paper - just got these from Scrapz, and sand through the pattern. This is a gorgeous effect - and you can add extra effect by tearing the side up wards. I love the results - you can keep the colours very strong without having to mat the scribed text. I think it will only work on smaller sized cards (this one is 5" x 5") other wise the text will be lost in the space
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Well done cards - all ready for the exam results!!
WAY over the top colour collage
The centre panel is a technique that is on my design and how to pages, text is cut on the cuttlebug - the rest is me, going over the top again
Thursday, 11 June 2009
'Tis the season of 'good luck' cards - exams, new job interviews, apprentice interviews, university places - it's all in full swing now. Princelet had a maths exam this morning, they are doing the first one early to give them a bit of space next year - that will bring him up short!!
I have a lovely cat brass stencil so I have been experimenting with different techniques with it.
This one - the pattern is cut through white card and backed with black pearl card,
Then we have this one, which is drawn through the stencil and coloured in with a black metallic gel ink
This last one is embossing paste (yummie) and coated with a black twinkle glitter.
I also did a mat black glitter which worked well - still drying
I did try glue and flock - but that was not good, will try again with embossing paste and flock
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
He is pining for the old goat! Bless his little socks.
He spent all last night sitting in his chair, looking out the window waiting for his Evsie to come home. Want to know why? The old goat pampers to all his needs and wants, drops everything as soon as the guard dog barks to play and generally runs around after him. Me - the guard dog does what he is told - ooooooh yes, not spent years working with dogs to end up doing what they want. The grumpy old guard dog does not like that - doing what he is told.
I took him to the Church office today - usually the vicar's dog is about - to cheer him up a bit. But Steffie is still poorly and not about, but he did still see a few folk, so that cheered him up. And he did pester fidget knickers to play with him for a bit, and now he is flopped out on a pillow (a bit like the above!) dozing.
I wish I knew what the weather was going to do - I would get out all his agility play stuff if it was going to stay fine for a bit. Can't really win - he has to do what he is told - but he gets a bit of work.
Me? - I am looking forward to a few slow, peaceful, (tidy) days to just to potter about and catch up. I have a poem to work up to finish, so that's great - and I have a bit to get done in the garden / potting shed.
And I am just going to chill
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Monday, 8 June 2009
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
This is the lady that shared the lounge area with me today.
Today we were at http://www.bendrigg.org.uk/ which is an activity holiday centre for disabled and special needs children. They do abseiling and rock climbing (and canoes) with kids in wheelchairs - it has to be seen to be believed.
I sold a little bit - fairly average day for me - which considering the weather out there today was amazing.
I was so pleased they put me in the warn and dry in the lounge area - I shared the space with a face painter and a lady doing the lucky dip.
Amazing day - huge plaudits to all the folk who not only organise this event every year - but also do such amazing work to support these kids learn, grow and develop day in and day out year after year
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Time is a bit short on the ground this week - but I still like to think I have work on the go.
So - I have started a new range (yes: again) of GIFT TAGS. Great these are - little bit to pass the time. Cut tag shapes, stamped, painted and decorated with ribbon ties. Should go well on the stall
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
New range of birthday ages. A6 - with the embossed candles (glitter in the flames - well you have too), matted with a really strong pearl colour. The numbers are cut out and set over the same colour as the mat.
Monday, 1 June 2009
Just for once the weather is OUTRAGEOUS hot, so I thought a few thoughts and tips on working in this heat would be helpful.
The dry weather is great for drying the washing - it also has weird effects on our crafting.
Check it out - email me YOUR tips and I will add them