It was one of my lovely friend's 50th Birthday recently and the lucky thing was goin to stay in Venice and go to the opera there -how fab is that for a birthday treat-I hope my hubby is taking note :)So I thought I'd make an appropriate card using the gorgeous Venice-gondola stamp which I brayered over with kaleidacolor inksto give the impression of the coloured houses and the water. I then backed it on to some sheet music which I distressed with broken china and added a tiny 50 (don't want to rub it in )cut out of more music. It's a pity my camera is so rubbish as the colours look so much better in real life but it gives the idea.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
On Monday it's my 24th Wedding Anniversary and I made this Venice card for my wonderful husband. I picked the Venice theme as we hope to go there for our Silver wedding next year. I used the oxford impressions stamps and stamped lots of individual images on kraft card then masked them off and stamped over the top with Italian text. I saw the Gingersnap Kraft challenge and thought I'd enter this :)
I then added a great Bible verse which sums up my friend who is always so busy doing so much for others -an amazing lady :)
When at Lucy's class recently we saw a fabulous Alice coaster hanging made by her friend Alison (http://craftytrog.wordpress.com)%20-/a site very worth a visit it has sooo many amazing pieces on and is so inspirational. we were so impressed we asked Lucy to show us how to make one and this is my humble interpretation -a far cry from the original but my first attempt and I was pleased at how it turned out .
I brayered the background with Baby powder kaleidacolor then stamped various patterns on and added some distressed book text.I then stamped my favourite Oxford Impressions Alice stamps on glossy card in sepia then cut them out and mounted them with foam pads on the coasters. I added a shrink plastic cup and saucer that Lucy made for me and tiny test tube filled with beads which I put 'DRINK ME 'in book text on
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
In Lucy's class this week we decorated these really cute little tins -available from the Altered Element at a good price. First we dabbed different coloured StazOn inks on to the tin ,set it with a heat gun, then stamped them with black archival ink and then rubbed it off leaving the impression behind-such a fun tehnique I will definitely be trying more of this thanks Lucy :)
This is a lovely birthday card my talented daughter made for a friend while she was home for the holidays. I love the way she used the cut outs rather than the letters and kept to just using various shades of green and pink -I will definitely have to take some lessons from her :)
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Well had a go at trying to do something with the tags and all but one came out disasterously but I thought I'd still blog them as this is my very first attempt ever and then in a year or so I can look back and hopefully see some progress. I have so gotta get me some decent arty type stamps which might help -I'll have to be extra nice to my hubby and suggest some for my birthday :)
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Today I had a play with my new distress inks that my lovely Hubby bought me for Easter. I tried the technique that Lucy showed us in our last class where you blot the ink pads on a craft sheet, spritz with water then dab your tags or paper in it and pick up the various inks.
These were my first attempts and I had great but messy fun doing them -they look a little sludgy in the picture but that's my dodgy camera not the inks ,they came out much more vibrant looking in real life.
Now I just have to decide what to stamp on top and in what colours etc.-Where's Lucy when I need her ?
Friday, 2 April 2010
Saturday, 27 March 2010
This is my first attempt at altering something and my first entry in a challenge-Allsorts 'rags to riches' I was inspired by Lucy Edmondson's(True Colours Blog) Amazing Alice mirror featured in the last edition of making gifts magazine -it's fab. I decided to make my own majorly inferior version and had a lot of fun doing it. The base is an Ikea mirror which was the bargain price of £1-19 and I used distress inks to make a rainbow like background on pieces of stampbord to signify the wonderland feel (it ended up a bit more like somewhere over the rainbow from the Wizard of Oz but hey I'm still learning) .Then I stamped the Alice images from the Oxford Impressions Classic Alice set -which are stunning and will be featuring heavily in many guises on here over the next few weeks.
I had no idea how difficult it is to photograph a mirror but after many disasterous attempts this is the best I could get. I can't wait to try altering more things -if it ain't moving then I'll be altering -best the cats don't stay still too long lol
Well I've managed to arrange my crafting stash on and around my new workspace and this will be the first and last time it'll be this tidy.It's so cool to have a permanent place to work at and be able to leave stuff out .
As I get more bits and pieces I'll definitely have to spread out a bit more -hmmm how can I persuade my hubby to turn the office into a craft room -well we all live in hope :)
Thursday, 25 March 2010
I had a lovely surprise today -while I was out at my craft group my new work desk arrived and my lovely hubby put it together for me so it was waiting for me when I got home. This is my very first workspace and probably the last time it will ever look like this. I can't wait till tomorrow when I can start organising all my stuff on and around it -I feel the need for more storage coming on and I wonder how much gentle persuading hubby dearest will need to put some shelves up for me. See it starts at one desk and already I'm planning my take over bid of the whole office mwa hahahaha.
This is a bithday card I made for our amazing craft teacher Lucy- a definite Queen of Crafting . I used one of my favourite flourish stamps and my new white ink pad that I bought yesterday ,some cute little gems, mini scissors and a book plate image. Happy birthday for the 31st Lucy :)
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Well there is a distinct lack of crafting going on in my house at the moment as I am waiting for a new craft desk to come. I only recently started crafting and have been making do with my dining room table and a few crafting bits stored neatly in some storage boxes, but as the addiction has got hold I now have an ever growing stash of stuff and a need for a permanent space to work on as my family do need to sit and eat –or so they tell me.
In response to my plea for a craft space my lovely hubby has cleared half the office (as can be seen in the picture) and we have ordered a desk and chair. How exciting I thought but noooo there’s a delay with the desk –I have my chair but that’s no use without my desk.
Now most of the time I try to be a sensible grown up woman (no sniggering those who know me) but this lack of desk and inability to craft has sent me right back to the toddler stage where I want to stamp my foot and have a tantrum and yell I WANT IT NOW!!! -Mrs instant gratification –who me? Lol
So while I’m learning patience I am enjoying looking at everyone else’s blogs and hoovering up ideas so that when I eventually get my desk I can try some exciting new things.
Hopefully it will be arriving some time this week and I can get organised and back to learning more about my new passion and stop whinging at my poor hubby
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Here's the card I made for my wonderful Mother. I used a beautiful balck and white velvet flock paper for the front and back and various designs of black and white inside, topped with nestabilities shapes and various embellishments. I can't express how much I love and appreciate my Mum not only for all she's done for me all my life but for who she is as a person, she' a very special lady. Love you Ma :)
Thursday, 11 March 2010
In Lucy's class last week we had a go at working with a brayer and kaleidacolours which gave some great backgrounds for stamping . This card was made with various shades of blue and a gorgeous stamp from crafty individuals with a paler image stamped to look like a reflection in water as suggested by Chris -who is queen of brayering :)
Sunday, 7 March 2010
My sad old camera doesn't pick up the detail very well but I used Linen paper as I wanted an antique book plate look. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink and used a fab set of stamps from Artistic Stamper to fill in the panels. This style of card looks great with different papers in the panels and I think I'll try that in the near future.