Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Here is my entry for http://fridaysketchersblog.blogspot.com/
The photo looks a little crooked, but the card is straight! Still playing with my loot from Ally Pally, the bckground is Glimmer Misted and the larger panel has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, then the image was inked. The stamp came from http://www.imaginationcrafts.co.uk/ and I painted it to make an autumnal chrysanthemum. The flowers are punched from glimmer mist as I didn't have any flowers to go with the colour scheme.
Monday, 29 September 2008
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Here's Sweep inspecting the loot. In the pile are: some Kling-on for my stamps, another Stargazers palette (on offer as they're changing to black plastic!), 3 cuttlebug embossing folders for £10, a couple of sets of clear Penny Back stamps that were reduced, and Art Impressions tree stamp, unmounteds from imaginationcrafts and from unmountedstamps, as well as an alphabet for my Big Shot.
The wonderful Gina Martin was at http://www.sirstampalot.co.uk/rubber-stamps.php which is where I got yet more trees to add to my forest of tree stamps! As ever, she was demonstrating using Marvy pens and Art Impressions stamps, making some lovely stuff.
The two new-to-me companies were http://www.imaginationcrafts.co.uk/ and http://www.unmountedstamps.co.uk/default.aspx . Imagination had lovely, lovely stamps - I don't think there was one stamp I willingly left behind! I got a circular winter scene and a chrysanthemum. Unmounted had some great repeating patterns and lots of verses, I got a useful looking birthday star design and some great little house that I really liked. They had some trees that I only just managed to leave behind...
I was really pleased to see that one can now buy smaller alphabets for the Big Shot. Not just for the cost, with the old alphabets a card that said Happy Birthday would have to be the size of a house - well nearly! So glad I'd waited to get one.
A few things got away, of course, in the hunt. I saw a text for the back of cards, with a bar code, that I forgot to go back for "If you're looking at the back to see how much I spent on this card for you it's measured in blood, sweat and tears" or similar, also some cup cakes on a tiered stand. And many more that I can't remember.
Friday, 26 September 2008
I made this card last month, for a friend's 50th birthday, it uses the Ruby Tuesday stamps, embossed on navy and painted with resist paints. The background is sprayed with glimmer mist and the flowers have a few gems on them, very sparkly.
I entered the card for the Graphicus monthly challenge, http://team-graphicus.blogspot.com/ so I thought I'd better wait to put in on my blog until the challenge was finished. Challenge is over, so here's the card!
Today is Geoff's birthday; I've spent a few days trying to make a stamp with Imagepac of a flyfisherman, without success. I'd bought the tape from Stamp Attic with flies on, so I wanted to use that somehow. I found an image online with autumn golden colours and printed it, added a piece of gold cards embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and stamped some flourishes from my Ruby Tuesday Elusive Images stamps in the background.
Tomorrow I'm going to Alexandra Palace to the Stamping & Paper Show; I've not been to this show before and I'm looking forward to it. Hope the credit card doesn't take too much of a hammering!
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
http://elinashobby.blogspot.com/2008/09/coming-up.html You have until 1 October to enter...
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Tonight's crafting was all planned - until my friend rang and took me up on my offer to look after her youngest daughter while she looked round a secondary school with her older daughter. I guessed that Mum had underestimated the length of the open evening so I decided we needed something to do. We got out a selection of stamps and Susie fell for the Graphicus Ruby Tuesday stamps. I clear embossed some flowers on navy card and gave Susie my resist paints to paint them with. I get excited watching them change colour like magic, at forty-something, so I felt sure I was on a winner here with a six year old
I cut them out and we just had time to glue them onto a card before Mum and older sister arrived. We had so much fun, I just hope she wasn't too hyped up, it was some hours past her bedtime and Mum had expected her to be asleep!
I think this proves a point: if a stamp is good quality even a six year old can get good results with it; I love the stamps I've bought from Graphicus, they work really well for me. Susie said that if I ever didn't want the Ruby Tuesday stamps it would be ok with her. Don't hold your breath Susie!
While Susie was painting I made a start on my ATCs for the Stamp Attic October swap. Each month we have to decide whether or not to swap, without knowing how many will take part or what the theme is. So now I have to make twelve Halloween ATCs :(. I don't have a Halloween stamp and I decided to buy some digital images from Lisasalteredart.com. I really like her work, of course I had to buy more than just the Halloween images...
Monday, 22 September 2008
The first card is a straight lift from the inspiration in Penny Black's catalogue, the second is on a glimmer mist background and the third is on shades of background. I've also changed the bird on the third card into a cardinal. Designer choice after the brush slipped... I think I'll add snow with an opaque white pen to another one and see how that looks.
Sunday, 21 September 2008
The whole village had a power cut that lasted probably less than two hours. Problem was that we invited our new neighbours round and opened a couple of bottles in the candlelight. That was the end of the Friday night challenge for me! Also the end of any early start to Saturday as I felt somewhat delicate when I woke. And then the weather! It was just too nice to spend much time indoors, the outdoor jobs have piled up all summer waiting for decent weather and this weekend here it was. So the only stamping I have to show is a set of 4 bird ATCs which will be my cards for the Birds and Bees swap.
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
At the weekend I made some progress on the dreaded altar cloth. This was designed as a commission for a local prep school by a very talented machine embroiderer, with the aim that it would be a group project. The embroiderer was unable to carry on with it, the group of volunteers lost their way and I agreed, in a weak moment, to complete the commission. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely design, but it's someone else's design and work that I'm continuing with and trying to make it work. Tracing and cutting out the dratted leaves took 2 evenings of cutting mind-numbing pieces out in front of the tv, I lost count after 250...
At the Stamp Attic on Monday I made up for the lack of Get Well Soon stamps with the one on this card as well as the words themselves. This is for someone just diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted the up-beat message for it. Clear flower stamps were used with fluid chalk inks.
Monday, 15 September 2008
Entries close 16 September so not much time...
Saturday, 13 September 2008
The only thing I have to show for today is another tree ATC, on a Glimmer Misted background again. This time I've used an Art Impressions stamp and added chalk ink details as well as used an opaque white pen from Graphicus. I stamped this yesterday but trimmed it down and mounted it on black tonight.
Friday, 12 September 2008
Quite a few birthdays are listed on the calender for September, so I took advantage of a quiet day to get some cards made. First one is a very glittery, girly card for Sarah. I haven't seen Sarah since her family moved to Spain a couple of years back when she was still pre-school. Hope she hasn't changed into a tomboy since.
I've been holding out against the Tilda stamps but now I've been checking out their challenge blog I've given in to the temptation.
The other card is a birthday card for Morag. The challenge card shown in an earlier post was from her birthday last year, it's not that she has two birthdays in September or even two cards! It's a similar style to the get well soon card I made earlier in the week...
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
This my my haute couture card, for Morag who loves purple. The shoe and the lady are Clarity stamps, the Chanel ribbon gift-wrapped some perfume that Geoff bought me, it was far too nice to throw away!
Friday, 5 September 2008
What is it and why should it become extinct? For all the info, go to Chris's Blog and read what she has to say. But, in a nutshell, WV is where you have to read a random, jumbled series of letters and sometimes numbers and enter them before you can join an internet group or leave a comment on a Blog. It's there to avoid mass postings of Spam by automated programmes - humans can see the word and solve its puzzle, but computers can't.
Trouble is, it takes time to do this each time you leave a comment. It can also drive people to distraction figuring out the pesky WV. The alternative safety net for your Blog is to opt for comment moderation instead of WV. This means you get a message via email each time a comment is left, and can approve the comment - or not.
As a bribe to get bloggers to veto WV, Chris is offering a huge Crafting Blog Candy. The draw is 15 September and your entries in the draw depend on what you do about WV.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
So many challenges online need a Blog to post work on to enter, so I've decided it's time to join in... the weather is grotty so it's time to get on with it. Ok the rainbow across the back garden was yesterday but today has been more of the same.
So I took a break from the sewing machine...