Thursday, 30 April 2009
We met up at Carole's house (which is the most AMAZING place, it should be gracing the pages of a glossy mag), and we had a lovely time messing about with her stuff. And believe me, this lady has a lot of stuff! She has a great craft room PACKED with goodies, and I've come home thinking I might 'need' a Cricut! I'm resisting impulsiveness at the moment though - I know, it's not like me at all!
I've been in an 'altering mood' and over the last couple of days, I've made an altered birdhouse for my friend, Julie. It's going to go in her garden, so I've tried to add embellies that will be somewhat weatherproof.
Sorry, this next bit goes on a bit!
The birdhouses are stamped images, (Basic Grey, porcelain range, also courtesy of Carole) cut out and decoupaged. The small birdies are hand drawn and also decoupaged on. Big birdies are Inkadinkadoo stamps (Birds Galore set), stamped in Adirondack Espresso Brown (not that succesful on the paint) and Brilliance Tiramasu pad (much better result). Bee stamp is also Inkadinkadoo. Aqua butterfly is a stamp by MSE, done on shrink plastic and moulded while still warm (ouch - burny fingers). Sprayed the whole thing with Moonglow Glitz Spritz, just for a bit of shimmer. Dandelion heads stamps by Lavinia, heat embossed in gold and Butterfly rub-ons by Basic Grey.
Then I had a good rummage in the embellies for things that will stand up to being outdoors. Buttons, synthetic fabric flowers, metal bits etc. I'm going to give it a final coat of varnish soon, and then I'll decide if it needs jewels. As I always say, ' if in doubt, add bling' LOL.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
However - I have not had a great day today - it's that time of the month ('nuff said). Last night, in the grip of PMT, everything seemed a major issue. The mojo has gone into hiding from the raging hormones and I have faffed around trying to make a card for several hours. Eventually though (after a break from card-wrestling) I made this, and I'm fairly happy with it.
I tried to incorporate my new SU oval scallop punch and the Best Wishes stamp from the Oval All set, but it looked too crowded. Funny isn't it - I was dying to use these!!
So here's what I used in the end:
Fresh Cuts stamp set, main image, vine and small flower
Colorbox chalk inks in Chestnut Roan, Warm Red and Prussian Blue.
DCWV Red and dark brown CS (from neutral scrappad) SU Blush Blossom CS
K&Co PP - from 'Que Sera' pad
Prima Essentials 4 Flowers (Tea and Silk colourway) got these yesterday!!
Heart Clip - 7Gypsies, Pearls - Hero Arts and Mark Richards.
I'm working for the next 3 nights, I'll post when I'm human again!
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
I've used up some old K&Co/ Tim Coffey papers from the stash (sorry don't know any more details). The glitzy butterflies are by 'a touch of Jolees'.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
It has taken me the WHOLE day to re-organise stash and sort out what's going where.
And as a result, I've come to the conclusion that I have a severe case of too-much-stuff-itis and to help start the cure, I've decided to part with my Bind-it-All. I saw it demo'd at the NEC when it was first out, Oh, the plans I had for it...acetate mini-book...recipe book...gorgeous little notebooks...Oh how it wanted me to buy it....
But best laid plans and all that - to be honest, mine should be called the Bind-very-Little, as it's been used about 6 times.
So I'm going to put it up for sale via UK Scrappers (my username is Crystaltips) if anyone's interested in giving it a new home. ETA - sold
Today I did the unthinkable (you may want to sit down at this point) and THREW STUFF AWAY!! not fab stuff of course, that's in the new storage. But the tatty, old papers that now make me think 'what was I thinking?', bought when it seemed vital to have ALL the patterned paper in the shop. And all the scraps of paper I saved for some reason - that's all gone too. Some other stuff will be going to my friends house - she has 2 DD's who will not care a jot that it's several years old.
In fact, it made me feel a bit cross with myself really for being too easily seduced by paper. Not so cross I won't buy any more though - hee!
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Off to work again tonight, so in between delivering babies, saving lives and generally being heroic (LOL - tongue firmly in cheek as I say that) I'll do my list of who to pass it on to. I'm so excited I've just looked at what I've typed in garble language and corrected it all, ha!
Don't know if I dare to take any crafty stuff in to work - whenever I do, all of pregnant Blackpool decides to pay us a visit and we don't even get a cuppa. I think I'll play safe and not bother!
Monday, 13 April 2009
I've used the following Stampin'Up! products - Carte Postale stamp set, Le Jardin designer paper, Bordering Blue cardstock.
Other non-SU supplies: Flowers - Prima, Leaves - Martha Stewart punch, brads - Making Memories, Happy Birthday stamp by Stamp It.
Chocolate eaten today - Have eaten the head of a (small) Lindt chocolate bunny, DH ate the body.
Have just had a very yummy dessert. A warm Gu melting middle chocolate pudding with cream and some fresh rasberries....delish!
Quite a few Cadbury's mini eggs. Mini Cadbury's caramel egg.
3 chocolate buttons stolen from youngest son's choccy chicky.
Gotta love Easter!
Sunday, 12 April 2009
The woven basket is cute but I'm definitely not giving up my day job to start weaving - too fiddly. I confess to using a bit of glue to keep the woven bits in place. But the end result looks quite good (if I say so myself) only takes 1 sheet of 12x12 and the link to the tutorial is here.
Here's a couple of pics to show you (2 baskets didn't get a chance to have a photoshoot). Instructions for the 'lantern' style baskets here on Leslies blog.
Twin bunny basket - for my mum, used up some Sweetwater papers from the stash.
Triplet bunny woven basket (for my DH) - DCWV cardstock.
Stamped sentiment and ribbon by Stampin' Up.
I feel quite virtuous using up those Sweetwater papers that I've had for ages! I haven't got an Easter egg - cue the sad violins - DH forgot, so panic-bought a box of Celebrations. Still, chocolate is chocolate, and I'm sure I'll get to share those Lindt bunnies!
Have a lovely Easter!
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Strange how some days go past so quickly, today was one of those days. Had a little lie-in til almost 9am - it's the easter holidays, no getting the kids up for school - hurray! Spent a bit of time blog-hopping this morning, sorted the boys out with lunch, bathed the pugs and all of a sudden, it was 3pm! Bathing the pugs is hilarious - they go absolutely daft after they've been bathed, running around like crazy!
So I thought I'd better get some crafting done - this set is my newest SU addition, I love it. Its the 'Fresh Cuts' stamp set with the 'Fresh-Cut Notes'.
The card design is a lift from the mini catalogue, but I've used Perfect Plum and Pale Plum cardstock from the Soft Subtles range, I love these colours. I've used a non-SU ink on the card edge and on part of the flower. The Perfect Plum edge at the right has been stamped with the vine design in versamark and I've repeated that on the left edge and on the inside of the card. (Organza Ribbon, button and inks are non-SU, from my stash).
We were in the USA in March, and I so wish I'd bought the SU word window punch whilst we were there. Hope it's in the next UK SU catalogue! So to improvise, I fiddled about with the scallop edge border punch and got something similar. I saw this idea on a blog or youtube but can't give credit cos I've forgotten where I saw it, sorry!
Hope you like!
Sunday, 5 April 2009
I added in a few white highlights with my trusty Ranger Inkessentials pen.
Friday, 3 April 2009
Stampin' Up! supplies used: CS in Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal and Regal Rose, scallop border punch, So Saffron grosgrain ribbon (from the USA), Botanical Blooms stamp set, Yummy stamp set (sentiment).
I really enjoyed making this, it's a clean and simple style which is pretty different from my usual 'pile it all on and add flowers and bling' approach! I followed the sketch but altered the orientation of the oval.
I used the Cuttlebug embossing folders on the Almost Amethyst and the Regal Rose CS to add texture, the Apricot Appeal CS was stamped with versamark to add tone-on-tone texture. (Inks are non-SU, just the nearest match I could find in my stash).
I'm collecting my SU order from Sarah tonight, I've got some blimmin' gorgeous goodies waiting for me at her house. And I'm off work til Wednesday so I can have a good play! Can't wait!