Yeah - Saturday again - the weeks are whizzing by - and the way the weather is behaving it's no wonder everyone is starting their winter crafting. This first one is a practice for a card scene I have in mind. It's ages since I inked scenery - and I wanted to practice to get an overview of what I could do.
The next one - all I had in mind was that I was going to wipe all different colours of paint on the page to start. You can't see - but there is metallic gold in the mix - and that led to the star theme.
As you know I am a huge fan of digital images - proper - hand drawn - artist's - digital images. apart from anything else they are so practical - I have 1000s on my little memory stick and it's so easy to view them and print one off the size I want. There is a team of guys who work tirelessly to provide you with links to digital image that you can use - for FREE http://freedigitalstamps.blogspot.co.uk drop in and see what you can find - just remember to thanks to the team that has been running this for years now Love kitten
Over on the Personal Impressions blog you will find how to make my patchwork look Christmas cards. The 'stitched' look is still very much with us and the Sweet Dixie Stitched Christmas set are perfect for the trend
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I am just here to say I won't be here for a couple of days. I have an exciting new project to work on in the shop and the blog is going to have to wait for a bit. I am not planning a journal page on Saturday - I shall be busy through that too. Mean while - I am being sooo god at getting organised - this is all my Posh Dog collar / lead storage. The bottom 2 bins have different widths of interfacing - then there are bins for all the different fleece widths ready cut - and a tray for all 'hardware' type bits. I have finished 3 more collars this morning but it will be next week before I can list them on the site
I don't often knit a big dog - dog coat. I don't get asked much really - I find them so difficult to handle and they take so long to do. Now that Posh Dog is taking off I thought I had better have a couple to show so I have made a small greyhound size - a large greyhound size - there are a couple of the 'weekender' jumpers that are larger sizes- they are much shorter in the body anyway. I have also just picked up a pattern for a big baggy jumper type piece that would be great for older dogs that feel the chill in the house as well. This is one pattern - it's lovely to knit (bar the size) - there is extra shaping round the curve - and a dart through the middle. This is chunky weight (2 x DK) on 5mm - I might try just 1 DK on 4mm and see how it works out.
This is gorgeous - but my goodness it's hard work! I can't imagine having a dog this big - it's even too big to fit on my wooden dog model.
I have got a 'Joseph' jumper on the needles at the moment - 3 colour single line repeat like the one about - it's my favorite colour repeat pattern - in apple green - fondant pink and aqua blue - it's divine! The I am going to have a go at my new pattern and see how it works. I usually do one run of following the pattern to get the gist of it - after that - anything goes
I lost my diary a few weeks ago - total nightmare for me - if I don't keep lists I am lost. so I started looking around for something a bit more than just a diary to organize myself. Bad time of year obviously - but needs must. All the mid-term ones about were a bit small and plain - so I hunted about online - you-tube has loads of videos about planners and organizing - and I fell in love with the American style that has a double page spread calendar at the front of the month followed by a week-to-view breakdown.. I really lusted after an Inkwell Planner - but they are way expensive - plus huge import - and you can't get them mid year. Then I found http://www.personal-planner.com/EN/ - and I was in love. I got to choose the size - layout - cover - what they printed in it - the back pages - quotes - colours. - and with none of the junk you usually get at the front. So - here is mine front cover
then weekly break down
I have to admit that I have re-bound my pages with a zutter 11/2" wire because I took an idea from Inkwell and made an extra blank file tab page to mark the months and so I can make extra notes for the months as I think of them
It has a matching little plastic ruler/divider and elastic band - and a clear pocket to store things in. Mind you mine is so full already that it is just in the bag with my planner. And the paper is decent quality too! I love it so much that I have just ordered a notebook to match - and you get to choose all the different page styles you want inside. The planner was just over 320 and the note book was about £12 - and you can have the planner start at which ever month you wish. Absolutely no connection with the company - just thought I would pass it on. The are on Facebook to. Love kitten
Thank goodness it's Saturday!! I have had one of those weeks you know - what so you mean my weeks are always like that! - I am organized sometimes ;-) I was supposed to have some work done on the flat - I was big and braved and phoned the man and got it all sorted - then when the fitter came - 'oh no love - can't do that!'. What's the old saying - the man who says it can't be done should get out of the way of the woman half way through doing it -something like that. well I am trying to unpick that muddle - then in the middle of the week we get a call from the land agents about the shop my son as been trying to get calling a site meeting to talk about his plans and ambitions. That al went very well - so now we are looking for tradespeople and costings and it all has to be now. I have told him - he has to stand on his own feet - I am too fragile to be taking on big projects. I have given him lists of what ans who to talk to - and I have to say the council have been hugely supportive. I will let you know proper details as we progress - it's not quite a done deal - but it's as firm as it can be at this stage. So - all-in-all - today's journal page needed to be simple - light and fresh - colourful and glitter - oh - there had to be glitter!
Along with my baby wipes - I love to use a credit card to apply paint. You only need a tiny spot on the back of the card and it give you a lovely abstract 'flash' of paint. That is how I created the bright background. Love kitten
Thank you all so much for taking part in out first ever Personal Impressions blog hop. The prizes are supplied by Craftexcess
We have winners - First prize goes to Bernie Simmons, Second Prize goes to Claire Newcombe Third Prize goes to Carol Dunham. Congratulations ladies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for your prizes. Love kitten
2 Green paint background - stencilled with white - letters atamp (sorry this is not available in this country) - I drew the branch with Copics - the owls are an old stamp onto white card, coloured, and glued - one of my buttons for the pink owl - and the greeting is stamped on white card with the little individual letters stamps set. I am going to add a bit more texture paste foliage round the edges- just got to wait for the first lot to set. I really must get myself a decent foliage stencil ;-)
Now you all know that the mission (and I accepted it!) for the year was to find a reliable, good white pen that would highlight my Copic colouring - and doodle over mixed media without blotching, skipping, patching etc. I have been struggling on with the Ranger inkssentials but it's pretty horrid - the first time a Ranger product has really let me down. I have tried loads of white pens over the months - from all over the place - China and the USA included. I have even tried white paint pens and - even nail painting pens. I have tried pump action pens - gel pens - roller ball - fibre tip - anything I could find. The only blank I have drawn is to get hold of a Sharpie white pen - I just can't get or import one from anywhere. Very strange that one - but there you go. Anyway - we have progress - and I think I have cracked it!!! The winner - the Signo White gel roller ball pen - It's amazing. Really wet and thick - you can gently tap it on for tiny spots and if you write over black it's smooth and consistent. I just love it. I have them in the shop and ON LINE HERE. Try one - you won't go back. Love kitten
You can't see the dragonflies very well in the photo - they are much stronger in real life. If you ever waht to have a look at my journal in the shop - just ask - it's on my desk to browse through. Lovin' the stamping on tissue to add over the background - it's a brilliant technique. Love kitten