Sunday, 29 November 2009

Christmas Cards

Am busy, busy at the moment doing Christmas cards just got 7 done and need to do at least another 20. I'm not fond of the run up to Christmas, too much stress and worry . I do love Christmas Eve and Christmas day when all the shops are closed.

These are two of the cards I've made using old and trusty stamps I've had for years

Thursday, 29 October 2009

My Life Lately

Long time since I blogged, life has just got in the way. I've been creating on and off but mostly playing with a new computerized sewing machine, I have big plans to do more mixed media products. I have been interested in manipulating textiles for ages but was limited with my old sewing machine, I have no excuse now, this new machine does just about everything.
Recently I did a workshop in making felt the non needle way and loved it, I'd also like to try felting using the needles, I'd love to machine embroider onto my own felt.
The postcard I've uploaded is one I made for my daughter, I got the idea from an article by Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals although I did my take on to it. I used the method I was taught on free style machine embroidery using chiffon to encase angelina fibres and tiny pieces of mettalic materials, I then free styled some embroidery onto the chiffon and added various bits and beads. The buton I used was one I made using polymer clay. I did 3 postcards altogether but I like this one the best. The image I used was from Paper Artsy. It always reminds me of Kathy in Wuthering Heights

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Fairy Princess

I did this card yesterday initially for Wednesday Stamper's challenge but I never got it posted, not sure it's good enough, any way this is it. I feel as if I'm getting nowhere fast with my stamping lately, it's probably due to a few things; the fact that I have to get on with some swaps and also I heard from the hospital yesterday that my Neuro Surgeon has referred me onto another Neuro man as he feels that he is more experienced in the operation that needs to be done on my spine, apparently it's a very complex operation. I have to go to see him on Tuesday and it's a bit worrying to say the least but I know that if I get into stamping it will take my mind of things

The Artistic Stamper

The Artistic Stamper

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Number ATC for Theme Thursday

This is my take on the Number's Challenge on Theme Thursday. I used Adirondacks to colour the backgrounds and Paper Artsy stamps

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Altered Tin for Wdnesday Stamper Challenge

I did this tin for a challenge on Split Close Stampers about a week ago, it's candy tin, one I use to store my decorative wires in. My daughter loved it and has asked me to do one for her birthday next month. I've been going through a phase of crafting other things rather than cards.
Lo and behold I went on Wednesday Stamper and their challenge is mixed media, well I think my tin qualifies for that. I painted the tin with gesso, then luminnaire paints I then fused some Angelina fibres and stuck this on the top. I stamped the Stitchels images onto tissue paper and stuck this over the top of the tin. The butterfly is stamped onto Claudine Hellmuths sticky backed canvis which is stuck onto crafting metal. The branch is a grunge board flourish.


At last I've got around to photograph a notelet holder I made some time ago, actually got the idea from Inspirational Tips, Techniques and Tutorials.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Think Monday, Think ATC

This is another ATC, this time for a peacock theme on the Think Monday, Think ATC challenge Blog. This will be the first time I have joined a challenge on TMTA. Stamp is from Elusive images and I did the background using Distress inks and I coloured the peacock with H2O's
I've also been working on a notelet holder but am not able to finish it until I buy some velcro dots I sort of cased it from a Technique Blog, more of that when I finish it. I seem to be on a creative roll now funny how that happens and other times I can't seem do anything.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Thank God it's Friday

This is the Gothic arch ATC I did for the challenge on TGIF this week. It's definately a mixed media attempt as I used bits of gold material stuck around the Stampington image of madonna and child.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Saturdays Workout Fossil Stone

This is the card I did using fossil stone technique on Saturdays Workout. The main image is from Non Sequitor.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Theme Thursday Sewing Challelenge

This is the ATC I did for the challenge on Theme Thursday, the topic this week was Sew. I used Paper Artsy Stamps and the background was done using Distress inks in Broken China, Marmalade and Frayed Burlap.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Wednesday Stamper Challenge

This is my card for Wednesday Stamper's Challenge, the theme for this week is Italy. I used stamps from Stampibilities, Artistic Stamper and from a plate of Da Vinci Ums I can't remember the name of the stamp company. The flourish is Grunge Board.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Thank God It's Friday Challenge

I did this card for the Secret Garden Challenge on Thank God It's Friday, the main image is a Paper Artsy Stamp, I also used some Stampin Up stamps.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

More Cards

I did these cards for a challenge on Katies Corner forum. The technique is one of Hermines Kostner's and involves using gesso and torn paper, quite messy, just like being a child again.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

It's Spring

Wednesday Stampers challenge today was to do a Skinny , which is a project sized 5'' by 3'' this is what I did. I cut some mount board in the size required I sponged on distress inks then sprayed with metallic srays and stamped using varies stamps in Stazons' white ink. The main image is a stamp from Katies Corner. I embellished it with a cuttlebug die and added some candy dots then wrapped around the whole piece with some embroidery yarn. I punched 2 holes in the top to add ribbon and a yarn to make it into a wall hanging

Monday, 2 March 2009

Believe in Angels

Yet another card today. I had a great time using my imagination on this card. The card is for a Turquoise Challenge on Lisa Volraths' blog called Go Make Something. The background is clipart from Lisa. I recoloured it on my computer then stamped over it with stamps from Katys' Corner, the main image is by Cherry Pie stamps and the charms are from my stash.

Cat Card

I made this card following reading a Sunday Challenge Ink on My Fingers Blog. The challenge was to use a cat stamp. This is the only cat stamp I have, I bought it years ago from Clarity Stamps. The background paper is by Anna Griffin but was a bit twee for me so I Inked the paper using butterscotch(my favourite) , rust and red pepper. I then over stamped the paper in Ginger Adirondack using a Katy's corner Swirl, Elusive Images flower and a unknown butterfly. I used Nestabilities to mat and layer the main image and finished it of with flower, oh and the flowers in the background have some of my new Distress Stickles in Antique Gold in the centres.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Faux Leather

This is another card I did after reading the challenge on Saturdays workout, still not worked out how to send direct links so it will remain on my blog only. The background is made by covering a card with bits of masking tape then swiping a multicoloured ink pad over, then sponging with adirondack ink then finally embossing the whole thing with clear embossing powder. The stamp I used was a Paper Artsy one. It's my son's birthday on 17th of March, think I'll give him this card.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Wednesday Stamper Silhouette Challenge

I did this card for Wednesday Stampers Silhouette Challenge , not sure I know how to upload it to the group. The background is done with Alcohol inks then stamped using a Katies Corner stamp, the flourish is from a newly acquired Cuttlebug die as is the corner.

Split Coast Stampers Sketch Challenge 25.2.09

This is the card I made for the Wednesday challenge on Split Coast Stampers not sure I like the sketch The stamps I used are from Crafty Individuals and the flourish is a Sizzlets die I've just bought.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009


Can't believe I haven't posted for over a year, not very good at this lark, I've always been the same, have started numerous journals in the past only to eventually dwindle out. Don't know whether I'm just not organised or that I haven't got a lot of time.
In all fairness I have had a few changes to my life in the last year. In August I moved house and what an upheaval that was besides being very expensive, I'm happier in this place and I've now got a little Lakeland terrier, she's gorgeous, although being a rescue dog she has had a few problems which I'm gradually sorting out with a vet who specialises in dog pyschology.
For most of last year I dieted with the help of Weight Watchers and I managed to loose 3 stone, so I'm now a trim size 12 instead of a size 18. Wasn't an easy thing to do especially as I have a back problem which prevents me doing exercise.
My back is especially bad at the moment, I'm having lots of problems walking, apparently the vertebrae are out of alignment and pressing on nerves. I'm to have a Spinal Fusion operation, in which the surgeon puts a metal post and screws in my spinal column to fix one vertebrae to the next. It will stop the affected vertebrae moving in the future and hopefully deal with the pain I'm having. I do hope this is the last spinal operation, I've had 3 previous ops and I don't wan't any more.
I even went off stamping for a while and thought I would concentrate on Textile Art instead but I'm glad to say it was a temporary glitch and I'm back to stamping although still interested in textile art.
It was my birthday last week, another year older, why do the years go so fast the older you get? I went out for a meal with my sister on the day and am going out with my daughter Nicola on Friday night, I'm hoping my son Paul can join us but that's not certain yet.
I'm going to upload a few photographs of my dog to show you how sweet she is.