Sunday, 2 August 2015

Summer Days in the Craft Room


Indulged in a little old school card making yesterday.   An old wood mounted rubber stamp used with Memento brown ink, coloured with Promarkers and Chameleon Pens.  Cut the image out, fancy cut style no dies just scissors and a careful steady hand.  Did not colour all the image just those parts that needed it.    Then took a folded card, and a brand new polymer Stamping' up stamp (it is intended as leafy top of a tree) and stamped that twice with Adirondack ink to give a little background design.   Sticky pads attach the cut out image to the card.

It could have a greeting but I prefer not, once you put a greeting on a card you limit it's uses.   Right now it can be what ever I want it to be,

Sharing this with
Less is More - Use Berry Shades (Blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards -  Use a Flower in your Image, there are 2 which I have coloured raspberry and white.
Fussy & Fancy - Things with Wings

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Start of a new challenge


Oh yes it is that time, a little something that Christi, Jane and I have been cooking up, Twofers.    Primarily a Just for Fun challenge we are aiming to inspire people to make pairs of cards, tags, layouts or whatever else they want to make, based on our fortnightly theme.

The three of us are good friends, we all manage lists at Challenges for Days, but have never met.   Jane & I go back several years first meeting on the old Craft Swap Forum and then getting back in touch more recently thought Facebook.   Christi is American living in the suburbs of Denver, we have never met but frequently spend an hour or so on the phone.   We share a delight in paper crafting but each of us has a different style to the other two, which as a team means we are open to all sorts of ideas.   To find out more check out the challenge, Twofers and share some love with Christi and Jane.

Christi has the honour of hosting our first challenge and has chosen the theme of cats.   No surprise this cat mad lady lives with 5 making my 3 seem a positively sensible number!

For many years now I've wanted to make a pack of playing cards so with this new challenge I'm going to try and make it happen.   We want you to make pairs of things anything based around the theme so pairs of playing cards seems like a good idea.   My cards are 3.5" x 2.5" with big rounded corners.   Here is the first pair, King and Queen of Hearts.


For these cards I used two old much loved stamps.   The Queen is a lovely face image that is so expressive, I love it.   Stamped in old versa black ink and coloured with whisper pens.   The King is a gorgeous simple outline, it was the simplicity that drew me to this stamp in the first place.  Again stamped in versa black and coloured with Whisper pens.    Distress inks and ink dusters coloured the edges completed this pair.

You don't have to make playing cards or even stick with one format for all the challenges, any pair of cat projects is all we are looking for.

I would like to share my playing cards with
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Fab 'n Funky - No Patterned Papers
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Been back with the Jewellery this last couple of weeks.

You know there are just not enough hours in the day or days in the week, or maybe its just that there is not enough free time to do all the things rattling around in my head.   Genealogy yep I'm looking at the family tree again.  Prepping for the start of Twofers next Saturday, just spending time with the cats.   Keeping up with my two lists on Challenges for days and so importantly playing games on FB!

One thing about wire wrapping is that you cannot rush at it, you need to think about it get a design in your head and then work steadily and carefully.   Mistakes show and I have so much to learn, not least how to disguise errors, its not like a card you cannot just stick a flower or butterfly on it!


This pendant is a green onyx oval, wrapped in gold coloured wire.   5 strands woven together make the frame, the ends of the wire nearest the back cross at the back and have been bound together to help keep the stone in place.    Both the outer wires front and back have been bent to help capture the stone.   2 of the middle ends have been woven together and bent to form the bezal.   4 of the ends are dressed with gizmo wire and then shaped, the final 2 ends have just been coiled.

Then to make my life slightly more complicated I made the chain, 43 figure of 8 pieces joined with tiny 2mm jump rings completed with a hook and eye catch.   Was it worth it I think so I'm proud of how I'm developing taking my jewellery making taking it much further than I ever did before.

Thought I'd share this with Anything But a Card their July Challenge is Anything Goes.   Another Challenge As you like it caught my eye, their theme is your favourite colour and why it is your favourite.   Green, I love green and the relationship between green and gold is clear and obvious here.   But why green well sit in a green painted room with the green curtains closed and the sun shining outside.   That used to be my living room and might be agin one day fresh light airy at the same time cool and calm no other colour has quite the qualities as that magic mix of yellow and blue.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

One Layer Masculine Postcard


Still exploring the possibilities of post cards.  I love this format 6" x 4" just useful to send someone a little note or a just because message.   If they are to be used then a single layer is important, stuck on elements might easily be pulled off.

Sadly Rogue Redhead Designs is closing and Shar has a massive clearance sale going on.   If you love rubber stamps and vintage images her stamps are a must, I've been a fan since she started.   All the stamps used here (apart from the sentiment) are from her Beach Babes set, postcard perfect I'd say.   Stamped with one of my oldest black ink pads, the black is still sharp and perfect for detail.   The boy and shell have been coloured with my old Whisper pens.

There are one or two challenges I'd like to share this with.
Less is More - One Layer Masculine
Crafting when we can - Summer Fun
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge - On the Beach

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Claxby Retreat

Last week-end was the Summer Claxby Retreat.   It has been my very great pleasure to join a very special group of women for a couple of days twice a year.   Most of these friends say at the Viking Way hostel but I prefer to come home in the evenings.  It is wonderful to spend time with like minded people we share so much not just our crafting but it is crafting that brings us together.

This time Janet had brought some wooden hearts and blackboard paint for any of us who wanted to get creative with them.   I started mine on Saturday with blackboard paint and then on Sunday added the first layer of Croco paste, bit of metal die cutting and we were out of time.   Brought mine home and finished it today.

During the week I trimmed the flourish die cuts and with more paste attached them to the board.   Completed the project with die cut gears, using a flattened drink can.   An MDF cog left over from another project yonks ago stamped in white with the clock image (to make this into a clock would be difficult given the thickness of the wood) and white ep melted over.   Another stamp from the same set used around the edge.   After putting all these things together it looked good but not finished.   Some flatback gems in the centres of the gears, paper flowers coloured with Promarkers and more gem centers completed the project.



Hearts were the order of the week-end.  I went equipped with my wire wrapping tools and made this pink striped agate heart pendant as a commission for one of my friends there.  

Just completed the Challenges for Days Sunday list, thought I'd share my blackboard with:
Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media 
That Craft Place - Anything Mixed Media
Anything but a Card - Anything but a Card.





Friday, 3 July 2015

Coming to a computer screen near you soon






Christi, Jane and I (Zoe) have got together a new fortnightly (2 weekly) challenge for you, Twofers.   Every 2 weeks (on Saturdays) we will set a new theme challenging you to create a pair of items inspired by the theme.  We are looking for rubber stamping on your submissions but no digi stamps or art.   Other than that this is  an open challenge so anything goes, with our theme as the primary focus.

There will be 2 challenges a month, when there is a 5th Saturday in the month we will not set a new challenge but will have a special treat for you so it will be worth popping back just to see what we are up to.

The name Twofers, two for the price one we all love a bargain don't we.

So if you would like to join in with us there are just a few things to remember.

Pairs of things
Open, anything goes with our theme as your main focus
Must Rubber Stamp
No digi stamps or graphic art

Please turn off word verification.

We will kickoff our first challenge on SATURDAY 1st AUGUST and will last for 2 weeks.  Please help us spread the word and let people know about our new adventure, everyone is invited to follow along for the ride.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Little wire wrapping

OK so I should have get into the garden yesterday, especially as today is so much less clement.   Looking out of the window it might be dry enough for me to go and sort out the fallen ivy hedge, when I've finished here.   But yesterday the stun was strong and I burn easily, so instead I stayed in and played with wire and green dyed Onyx.   Well Green is my favourite colour.


Having wrapped, stitched and woven my cabochon in a silver coloured wire frame, something was needed to suspend it from.    Peridot rounds and Clear Quartz corner drilled cubes seemed like an idea.   Threading very small rounds was tough on the eyes, next week-end I should have my proper new glasses!


Now of course there is the option of necklace with our without pendant creating two different looks.


While not paper crafts these are hand crafted and so I thought I'd share them with:

Polkadoodles - Frame it
Moving along with the Times - Sewing, Stitching

I also passed some time chasing the cats with a camera.

Miss Minx, being very co-operative but not liking the flash

Her brother Pounce, the family hunter and well known wimp.   He was co-operating in the hopes of strokes

Izhe, un-related to the other two and the most nervous but also the bravest here in a hole.