Sunday, October 04, 2015

Interesting week

I could probably say that about every week to be honest as with my job, no week is ever the same. So last week was filled with things like Church Singing Group (which I usually can't attend), a funeral interview, trying to move on the removal of plaques back to a former church building (long story) and safeguarding training. The latter was a highlight which might sound an odd thing to say about training on abuse but much of the day was run by the Geese Theatre Company who were engaging and informative in the way they treated a difficult topic. I wonder what next week has in store for me?

I did have some time to craft this week. I'm trying to learn to crochet but it is winning at the moment... and I managed to make a card for the Daring Cardmakers for this week which was based on this inspiration piece 
I was going to go for a straight attempt at drawing the caravan, decided it was a daft idea and instead went more abstract.
Last week there was a craft show in Exeter and I bought some fabulous Pebeo iridescent paints. I first die cut two stitched squares out of  heavy card. I painted one gold and went two thirds of the way up the other with the green/blue (or is it blue/green?). A Sizzlit heart was also painted in gold but I deliberately put some dimension into it with the brush strokes. It did make it take ages to dry though. 
I die cut grey and black circles to mimic the wheels. Everything was given a Black Soot Distress Ink edge as there is a similar look to the drawing. Then came black die cut letters - they are the Lil' Inker Mixed & Stitched Alphabet. When everything was dry the card was assembled and I added three sparkly gems. I was going to say just because but I can pretend they replace the three hearts in the original piece, so I will. 

I've also had time for two layouts. They are both for the holiday album
I used a sketch for this but can't remember which one now (duh). It added in the circle which I am bad at doing. I have now used all of those lovely acetate triangles from the last Quirky Kit. ALmost everything from this layout is from old Quirky Kits, apart from the anchor brad and the enamel dots. I was pleased to find I had a stencil that echoed the houndstooth apron that we are all wearing in the photo.
I had a lot of fun with this layout below
I tipped out some more of my Quirky Kit embellishments and had fun putting them together. And I have used two more Porject Life cards (I don't find them easy to use) I made some extra gold dots with glitter paper and dies and a hole punch. I used the same glitter paper to die cut "fun" using alphabet dies.

Monday will be another crafty day so I am hoping to have more to share soon

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Indian Summer

You can tell that the children have gone back to school in the UK as the weather is magnificent at this tail end of October.
Here are me and the Mr at Saltram yesterday
I insisted on taking a coat in case I got cold. I was then even warmer carrying my heavy winter coat around with me. Saltram is not that far from us and another National Trust place crossed off the list but not our favourite. Not enough information about the people and too much about the stuff.

I made some cards for the Daring Cardmaker challenge this week. In fact I made 16! It was the spur I needed to use some lovely notecards that I have had ever since I spied them on lovely Nat's blog and decided I must have them. And then hardly used them... Nancy Kubo made these fab prints for Prima (not Prima style at all now). I realised that I could make some cards to send to our Messy Church kids AND fulfil the dare at the same time. The Dare was all about Creative Kids - to make cards with or for children.

There were two of the same card per box so I decoupaged the animals, added gems, die cut and stamped messages and job done! Oooh and obviously some wink of stella on the die cut and animals (I say obviously, you probably can't see it but it is obvious because I put it on everything)

In other crafting
I've made three layouts recently. This one is about a University friend who has died. The day of his funeral the song by James Taylor came on the radio and I sobbed my way home as I realised that the chorus especially summed up how I felt. So I splurged it all on a page (part of what scrapbooking is about really) 

Must photograph the other two layouts. I've also been doing some bible journalling in an actual bible - this one using some brand new iridescent paints which are beautiful

This form of craft is a bit of a work in progress which is scary when you are using an actual Bible. I will have to photograph my more recent page where I actually wrote in pencil and it was only when I went over in black that I realised I had written the wrong word. I said something rather unscriptural at that point....

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fashionably late

well kind of. I made a card for Daring Cardmakers this week but totally misread what I needed to do and didn't have time to make another until yesterday.
Whereupon I made two...
The brief was "to create a card that features a whole outfit". Mine actually doesn't have shoes as it is much easier to avoid feet when drawing something yourself...

This was sensible version 2 on watercolour paper and using Kuretake Clean Color pens. There was more control this way
This one was done with watercolours onto a spare frame I had cut from non watercolour paper and done using Kuretake paints. It went more awry.
I think I am done with attempting this style of card :)

What I thought I was supposed to do was be inspired by fashion so I went straight to the Runway Inspired Challenge blog where the inspiration is this
and my take on it was this
using butterfly dies and those Clean Colour pens again.

Which also featured in last weeks Dare which I did not get round to blogging. It was all about Wonderful Watercolours and again i made two cards
this involved a freebie stamp that I had with a magazine
and this one
features a night sky courtesy of those Kuretake watercolours and WPlus9stamps and dies

Friday, September 04, 2015

Microwave slippers here I come

My feet are sooooo cold.
(they usually are unless they are boiling hot. Thank you perimenopause)
But I have these clever beanbag type slippers that go in the microwave and warm me up a treat.
Unless I put them in for too long and then I go "Mmmmm oooooOOOOOOWWWWW get 'em OFF" as they are lovely until the pain receptors hit the brain!
We have had a lovely few days in Torquay but the evenings are very cold.

I've had a busy week - a lovely retreat last week with Phil in a place that lives to allow Ministers time to rest and recuperate. But I came back to prepare the funeral of a dear Church member and lots of meetings and stuff :( So I'm a bit pooped now. 

(Plus I had my VitB12 injection today and I've noticed my energy levels going down. (uh huh I am officially v. old))
Hmmm seem to have almost weaned myself off excessive !!!! to be replaced by far too many (...)

Changing the subject from my grammatical foibles, I have two weeks worth of Daring cards to share. I made the fruity one last Friday but then gave it to number 1 son on Saturday as he was 23. (By the time I was his age I was married!!!) oh look-  both (!!!!)

Anyway, last weeks theme was chosen by Jo - Feeling Fruity
 I used my new Dienamics die again - but this time first cut my card to be closer to US size - 5 1/2 by 4 1/6 (it should be 4 1/4 but UK paper isn't that wide). A lot of embellishments and dies work better on this size card because that is what they were made for.

I cut out three stitched circles from watercolour paper, drew some fruit and coloured it in with Clean Color markers. A hand written punny title - just what you need for birthdays in our family) and lots of black pen and it was done.

This week we had a lovely inspiration piece chosen by Beckie as it is time for the September elemental challenge
I actually made two cards (as I needed two) and photographed them at different times of day 

So what I did was.... die cut cut a panel from heavy white card stock. Then I smooshed some dry distress ink in oranges, pinks and reds to go with the inspiration piece across the card stock. I have some Perfect pearls spray that went over the top, giving that lovely flecked look. When that was dry I used a star stencil and white embossing paste over the top - just like on that delicious looking pie in the pic.

Whilst that was drying I die cut the leaves and sentiment from coloured card stock. The Clearly Besotted  leaves were smothered in a diamond glitter paste and the "thank you" was also cut from white card and stuck together. When everything was assembled it was time to add a few Stickles berries and call them both done!

And the rest of the weekend when I am not working will mostly feature getting my daughter ready to go back to Uni on Monday. And of course, heating up those slippers

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ruby Rock-It and Daring Cardmakers blog hop

Welcome blog hoppers!
Today the Ruby Rock-It and Daring Cardmakers teams are uniting to showcase some of the lovely crafting goodies that Ruby Rock-It have out now
So you can sit, relax, and hop through the blogs of our Creative Team members as we show you what we have been creating! (And then make your shopping list...)

You should have come here from Erin and then move on to Pattie
If you get lost then hop back to the Daring Cardmaker blog where the full list will put you straight

And hopping comes with a reward - leave a comment for each of our fabulous designers along the way, and be sure to leave one on your last stop, the Ruby Rock-it blog! Everyone that follows until the end, leaving your sweet sentiments along the way, will be entered to win a fabulous prize from Ruby Rock-it, to be announced in the first week of September    
That's all the words - here is the picture.
It is just a bit pink....
Yes, I have some Picked Rasberry Distress Ink and Spray and I know how to use them (kind of)
I love the bright pink sparkles of the Ruby Rock-It glitter paper and decided to mimic it by spraying some Ruby Rock-It paper flowers with pink spray. I also coloured another flower with Heidi Swapp Tinsel mist (NB the pink remains wet for a long time so best to leave overnight so that you don't transfer any pink to your silver flower even when they seem dry. As I might have discovered when it was all stuck down...)
I coloured the edges of some white cardstock with the Distress Ink and then stuck all my layers together. A Ruby Rock-It wooden arrow also had the same ink treatment. Finally I used some Ruby Rock-It letter stickers and a sentiment which I cut around and then outlined with black sharpie.

Enjoy the rest of the hop and don't forget to comment :)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

"We are family

My mum and dad are staying with me" 
as Sister Sledge didn't sing.
Also my son's partner is staying for the moment so we have had 8 adults in the house for a week.
Fortunately the hours that everyone is up at the same time are not as many as in "normal" households so we have been able to cope!

Mum and Dad came to celebrate Dad's birthday - cue a birthday meal at Prezzos for 8 on one day; crab sandwiches on Brixham harbour and pan fried fresh fish in the evening the next (Phil does an awesome job with fish!); finished off with the best carvery in the world from the Parkers Arms  (high praise from a vegetarian) on day three - it was more of a birth-weekend really!

His birthday is a week apart from number 1 son ... all of which led to my Daring Challenge this week and another cheesy 80's pop number Let's Here it for the Boy(s)
I went for an old classic from me - something bright with stars on!
I received a new set of Dienamics dies this week and used loads of them on this card along with Echo Park I love sunshine papers. The "birthday" die is from Clearly Besotted and the "Happy" stickers came from the Ruby Rockit goodies I was sent recently. The team have been fabulously inventive so do have a look at the blog.

Next week will be completely different as I am on study leave and am going to a retreat place with Phil where they look after Ministers really well....but there is no phone signal and no internet so I will be bereft! But it does me good... and just two people to cater for instead of 8. How will we manage?


Monday, August 17, 2015

Winter in August

being terribly British, please allow me a moan about the weather! Today it is lovely in Torquay (slightly marred by the sound of heavy machinery outside the window but heigh ho). But other days it has been torrential rain and practically dark at 4. I wouldn't mind so much were it not for the fact that it makes photographing things quite challenging!

Yesterday afternoon it was a bit brighter so I reshot my Daring card for this week. It isn't that easy to capture anyway as it has some VERY shiny elements to it. 
Kathy asked us to talk texture and get all touchy feely.
I dug through my drawers to find some of the materials that I used when I was dabbling in creative textiles and came up with some muslin, some builders scrim and angelina fibres (bright bits of "stuff" that you fuse together using a hot iron) and this is the result...
It was all backed with that sort of paper that was all the rage when I began cardmaking which must be about 12 years ago now. You wet the edges to get it into a rough shape. But I can't remember what it is called at all! Can anyone help?

The scrim and muslin were sprayed with various tones of pink and purple mist and left to dry. I then got out the ironing board, the iron and some greaseproof paper in order to work on the angelina fibres. It is such a long time since I used them and some I didn't really iron enough which made die cutting a bit more difficult.

The thin metal die I used from the leaves by Clearly Besotted, didn't really like the fibres much so I had to use scissors as well. The other dies are large red Sizzix ones and they had no problems at all!
I then used double sided tape to stick everything down a bit randomly on top of each other.

I found a banner die cut on my desk (as you do) and stamped a Clearly Besotted sentiment in a toning ink and nestled it in amongst the flowers. The last touch (as it were) are some hard glass dew drops, which give a different kind of texture.

The new Quirky Kits are out this week and my first page is up on the blog
Details are there but here is a sneaky peek
and two more pages will be up on the blog soon - so much inspiration!