Friday, 29 January 2010
Yesterday I took delivery of a superb fat book , made by my 'do craft' friends to aid my recovery from my operation. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those who contributed and for the time they took completing their individual pages, to Margaret for the original idea to do one and Alyson for compiling the pages and creating the cover. Never underestimate the power of small individual acts like this that combine to make a huge difference. I have completed some before, but know I am a few behind so I will be sure to catch up now (Maria and Val to name but two!) Thanks once again for your kindness. You can see the finished book here. (The weather has been too dark here today to photograph it!) TFLx
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
This next pennant had the little 'yo yo of paper' embellishment I demonstrated on my craft video the other day. It was to make me think about texture. I curled a Sassafrass paper Whimsie around a pokey tool to add dimension to the flower and made another by gathering antique lace into a rosette. The Hambly rub on lace was to remind me that you can add texture by fooling the eye too! Also, don't forget your buttons!
This third pennant was my tribute to Tim Holtz! I used a mask and some distress ink on the background paper, then added some stamps and an ideology tag. The two stamps mean something too, one to remind me to get out there and do things and the balloon to remind me that the sky is the limit!
All the banner is joined together with some of my favourite Cath Kidston ribbon.
Here's hoping that when I look at this banner it will inspire me to use techniques that I have forgotten about! TFLx
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
This pennant has a handmade flower on it, made from some pages of a vintage dictionary. I have made flowers similar to this before, but this is slightly different. I used a plain circle punch and punched loads of circles and then clipped all around the edge, through all the layers, using my heavy duty snippers. (I have a pair of Fiskars that cut wire and everything and I have had them for year, not sure they still do them, but they are useful. Their short stubby blades cut through chipboard, wire and lots of layers of paper with ease.) Put a large brad through the middle, using a Cropodile, then start rotating the layers and scrunching the edges. I had to have an element of vintage on here!!
The chipboard elements are sprayed with a mixture of Maya Mists just like the the background or the scallop pennants. The technique I discovered here, I think is my favourite. I had a packet of Sassafras Paper Whimsies in an SC kit, but I thought they were too flat and was struggling to use them. On this pennant I had decided to create texture using my embossing machine and had just embossed the yellow paper with the large dots Sissix texture folder when I hit upon the idea to emboss the flower. As the large dots were out of scale for the flower, I decided on the small Swiss Dots folder. I placed the flower inside and whizzed it through. When it came out, I loved the texture, but it was not obvious, so I decided to swipe my trusty dark brown chalk eye ink pad over the top to just highlight the dots. The flower still lacked dimension, so I snipped each petal further in with my scissors, almost to the centre, which meant I could curve the sides down to give each petal some depth. I love this effect and will definitely be doing this again!
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
This one has a cluster of hyacinth flowers punched with a Martha Stewart punch and then a few dew drops added.This one has a tag made using some embellishments including some vintage beads threaded on wire and twisted (I remember my mum wearing these beads in the 60's.) Bakers Twine - another of my favourites, features on this tag too.
I have a couple of new techniques to share that I experimented with, but I'll post those tomorrow! TFLx
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
When I knew I was going into hospital for my operation and would have a lot of week recovery, I decided to get a few projects in to have to hand. This was a project kit from Scrap-a-go-go I think, that I bought second hand on UKs Marketplace. I have, of course added a few extras of my own and it will eventually be a banner for the craft room saying "Inspire" to go with my carved wooden word "create" that ds2 bought me for Christmas.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Friday, 15 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
I've seen all the films that they've shown to the masses,
About harmful effects of the worst greenhouse gases,
It has never affected me, until now-
I am producing the methane of a large Fresian cow!!
I've produce enough methane to fill a balloon,
I'm getting so tired, I hope it ends soon!
The pain that it causes, as it moves around,
Is worse than the "op" itself, so I have found!
If I was a horse, they'd stab me with a knife,
To deflate the intestine and thus save my life!
If a pin should go close to my stomach inflated,
I'll fizz off in a flash, like a balloon that's deflated!
Please don't come near me with a naked flame,
I'm sure I'll combust, and that would be a shame!
So if you've had the same problem - 'post operative wind,'
And you can shed light on how it can be binned,
I'd love to know how to reduce "Swelly Belly"
So I can relax, craft, read and watch telly!
Just crafted two appropriate thank you cards, I need to write today! TFLx
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Saturday, 9 January 2010
I just hope it is not that parcel, anything else but that!!! TFLx
P.S. Off to have a rest. Had me first post-operative shower this morning and I am tired out! This is my first major operation (Hysterectomy) so it is taking some getting used to being looked after. No bending is the tricky bit!! (Well she told me no ski position!!!) It is amazing how often you pull on those tummy muscles without realising you are!!
UPDATE: Fortunately the missing parcel is not missing at all, it was the Sarah's cards order that they decided to leave with a neighbour instead! Why didn't they put another crad through saying left with a neighbour????? Well at least i still have my prize stash to look forward to!!! Phew!
Friday, 8 January 2010
Used my distress inks on this one and also made a little tab of medal ribbons using Cosmo ribbons wrapped around chipboard. More stitching through the Jillybean Soup corrugated alpha. TFLx
Thursday, 7 January 2010
When DS1 was little I did have an interest in photography and bought a black and white film for my camera (no digital or photo editing programmes back then! Did not even own a computer! Wow!) Out of the 36 photo's this was the one I liked the best and it has been on the mantlepiece ever since! He looks so angelic, sitting in our bed, but in fact we did not have a full night's sleep for four years after he was born! We sometimes used to wake up and he was there between us and we did not know when he had arrived in the night! Lol! The day we moved house, he started sleeping all night and that is what made me begin to wonder about Feng Shui! Used my new EK success border punch on the edge of the paper here. Any title ideas anyone??TFLx
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
I got creative with my Woodware punches on this layout, using the Studio Calico Woodgrain paper background over a dark coloured card stock. I also used the SC stamp to highlight the journaling! I really enjoyed doing this layout! So much so, I ordered more of this paper! I am laughing at the fact the flash reflection has obscured my face on the photo!!! TFLx
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
This layout is a photo of me and the boys to show how tall they are now, in fact DS2 is even taller as this was taken in July!
I used my Studio Calico Yearbook kit and really enjoyed it for all the layouts! Still some left! I did some Maya Mist on the corner and doodled an outline as well as machine stitching through the chipboard alphas in the title! This was something I saw at SC and thought I would give it a go. I must admit I expected it to be tougher than it was,but it was fine! I hand cut that washing line from a sheet of Cosmo Boyfriend paper, then added Baker's Twine. My jounaling is hidden in the May Road Kraft envelope. TFLx
Monday, 4 January 2010
The journaling is hidden on the Star Student journal card. I added some machine stitching and a few gems to complete the look. TFLx
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Friday, 1 January 2010
I finally did some scrapping a couple of nights ago, so here is a double layout (don't do those often!) about DS1 at Uni. "A whole new world" I don't know what made me grab the wire I had taken off a calendar I was putting in the recycling bin, and make the word University out of it, but I quite like it! More Maya Mist on this one, using a chipboard leftover from my favourite Basic Great alpha set. Worked quite well I thought! The Studio Calico map paper inspired the title. Hidden journaling in the Kraft envelope underneath. The clear butterfly has been stamped with Archival Ink using some tiny alpha stamps.