Sunday, 17 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
The picture is a small part of the garden to the bungalow, There is evidence that it once was a very beautiful garden, it has character and cries out for someone to love it. I do, and fortunately so does my son in law Tess and the twins, who have all promised to help make it beautiful again.
I haven't added anything to my blog for ages, as I have had a lot to do getting ready for my move to the bungalow. The bungalow has only one bedroom, at present I occupy a two bed roomed flat.
I am/was a hoarder, so accumulated "junk" had to be sorted.
Have I used it in the last year? no, so out it goes.
Not as easy as it sounds. for instance regarding a big bag of pieces of soft leather.....have I used it in the last year?, Yes. how much have I used? two small pieces. Am I likely to need it again? Yes. So with tears in my eyes LOL I sorted a few good sized pieces of different colours, into a tiny bag in comparison, and binned the rest.
This very slow method of sorting, finally achieved my aim of getting everything into one shelved double wardrobe instead of two, etc, etc,.
Not everything was binned, Some stuff would be useful to Angy's art and craft club at the school where she works, for instance several large oval or round shaped pieces of mountboard, Hoards of papers, most of which I had already scanned and saved on my PC, Beads etc etc.
I became a regular visitor to the local Sue Rider charity shop, and only once failed to resist buying new stuff to take back with me lol, and that time it was a pair of unworn comfy shoes, for £4.50 which proved to be a good buy, as they are blissfully comfortable, a rarity indeed for me.
This view shows a bit more of the garden looking from the opposite direction from the other picture, but there is loads more that runs down the side of the bungalow.
At the side near the front, there is a piece of garden enclosed by an unruly hedge, the council have promised to remove the hedge to give me more room to get my scooter in and out of the bungalow.
I intend to buy a shed which will go where there previously was one, near the fence but just out of view on the picture.
I will also have access to loft space to store such things as my Christmas tree, decorations, suit cases etc, being in a ground floor flat at present I don't have use of loft space.
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Sunday, 8 June 2008
It was a lovely day, and we spent the whole time chatting about crafts, eating cakes and drinking tea, we ended up in the garden as the weather was kind to us.
Then Connie gave us a demo on needle felting, and now we're all itching to have a go.lol
Thanks for a day to remember Connie.
Friday, 6 June 2008
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Monday, 2 June 2008
For the second one "Curiosity" I printed the black cats face back ground on card stock, the silver cat is sat on some recycled packaging on which I added the blades of grass with the green glitter pen, the 9 and the count down 8-1 depict the cats nine lives (curiosity killed the cat!) I printed and cut the no 9 out of card, added Anita's 3 D clear gloss to the eyes of the background cat and to the no nine, and edged the card with silver embossing.
The third one "Cats love the sun" the background is from a recycled junk mail envelope (I love recycling lol) the letters are alternately, stamped on the background and stamped onto card and then stuck in place, I chalked the ones cut out, but it doesn't show on the photo, The sun and the edges of the card I silver embossed added the gem to depict "Love" then put Anita's 3D clear gloss all over but around the gem and while it was still wet pressed the cat into it.
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Now thanks to my daughter in law Shell and, my grandson Richard and one new hard drive, more memory and a lot of tweeking, it seems to be working perfectly and much better than ever before (fingers crossed).
Sue and her Hubby Frank (aka Frankiesue) came to stay at a nearby hotel last weekend , so that they could spend some time with Angy and her family and myself.
Would't you just know, that I had to go and get a nasty tummy bug, so was unable to join them at the meal out on Sunday.
Feeling a bit better on Monday I enjoyed the day out to a local beauty spot with them, a quaint olde worlde town called Bridgenorth. The weather was a disappointment though, with gale force winds and it threatened rain, which we were able to avoid by having a very nice meal in a fish and chip restaurant there. Despite the weather we all had an enjoyable day together and Sue and Frank have promised to come again soon.
I forgot my friend Connie's advice to strap my new camara around my neck LOL, and forgot to take it with me, but Sue took some photos for us to remember the occasion, and if she lets me have one or two , I will put them on my blog at a later date.
This picture I got from Google again. It seems that I will never learn LOL.
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
It'a a cold wet miserable day today, woke up full of aches and pains and stiffness, so I thought I would do some crafting till the pain and stiffness eases.
I have seen where people use bottle tops in thier crafting, so thought I would have a go with one that I found, while walking the dog.
I embedded the cut out face in deep impressions embossing powder, in the bottle top and put it in the oven to melt. I needed some wings for my Angel, and found some printed on a square of paper that came in a lucky bag from the Loughborough meet last year, stuck them onto card, cut them out and triple embossed them. Then layered them over some pink sequin waste, before sticking on the bottle top Angel.
The background is a piece of bronzy pearlised card which I clear embossed with a filigree type stamp, and then embossed around the edges with gold and also the stamped word "believe" at the bottom. I added two pink gems but thought they looked too pristeen, so I melted them to take off the sharpe contours and added a few small clear holeless beads.
I may send it to FrankieSues Angel swap on Docrafts.
Thursday, 15 May 2008
You can just about make out two little coils of thin wire on each of the crossed wires within the frame, and the beads can move freely on the wires. I looped the ends of the wires and attached fuse wire "tassles" to the loops on the sides and used brads to attach the frame to the mountboard in the top and bottom loops, the brads also go through the gold card, which I placed behind the frame.
I had previously attached the pretty mesh fabric to the mountboard, which is yet another one of the Shaving foam creations, made last Saturday. A couple of swirls of silver accent beads, pink gems and edging the mountboard with my gold metalics pen completed the project.
Monday, 12 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
I thought I would try out my new PaperArtsy stamps. The one on the right I stamped with black Stazon onto some yellowish mount board, then triple embossed it using my Deep impressions embossing powder, I layered it onto some torquoise pearlised card. I love torquoise and brown together, so thats the colour mountboard I used for the background. The shell and little metal rings are jewellary findings, and I attached them with Aroldite Rapid (Brilliant stuff, if you want something to hold fast and to dry fast).
The one on the left is stamped onto more torquoise pearlised card, triple embossed as before, but this time, I used a darker brown mount board for the background. Then out came my old favourites......Accent beads, with some slightly larger beads as well. The accent beads were a mix with some torquoise in there, but didn't look quite right, so I soon altered that with a coat of torquoise sparkle nail varnish. Both the background and the stamped card are edged with my gold Marvy Metallics Pen. I added the ice blue gems at the corners, as a finishing touch.
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
This is fun to do, a bit messy, but I loved the results.
Take a piece of strong card about 2”x 2.5”. Mount board would be just fine.
Cut a piece of paper Kitchen Towel, or Loo Roll, slightly larger than your card.
Brush an ample layer of PVA glue onto the card, thick and even, (like spreading honey for the kid’s lol). Now take the paper and lay it carefully over the PVA’d card.
Take your DRY stamp, and press it down firmly for a few seconds, onto the paper and card, to make the impression, lift and wash your stamp immediately as the glue will have seeped through the tiny holes in the paper. Leave the paper in place, on the card.
Now take a steel ruler and using the edge press an outline around your stamped image.
Now put the card with your stamped image, on a tile or glass place mat or something similar, in a warm room, to dry, overnight would be best.
Once thoroughly dry, trim the edges, and paint, I used DecoArt Ocean Pearls very inexpensive and leaves a lovely pearly finish.
Now take a clear Ink pad and swipe it across your raised image, I then used Gold embossing powder, (silver works too), and heat with your heat gun.
It has taken me much longer to explain this technique, than to actually do, except for the waiting to dry time.
Try experimenting with different stamps, colours and embossing powders.
Add gems glitter etc, as desired.
Happy Crafting. Gwen xxx
I thought I would have a go at an altered Matchbox, as I have seen several in peoples galleries on Docrafts that have inspired me.
I resized some of my favourite fairy pictures on my Adobe programme, cut them out, backed them with pearlised card trapping the ribbon between the two.
I resized another fairy image and printed it twice on paper adding the brown colour background, for the box and covered the sides of the little drawer with some of the brown paper too.
After covering the box I used Anita's 3D clear gloss then added a gem.
Alkohol inked background and domino, domino stamped with stazon, layered on recycled packaging, then accent beads and gems added, edged with my Gold inkpad.
This is my first try at making anything altered.
having an unsteady hand the doves are slightly blurred but I quite like the effect.