Thursday, 31 October 2013

Another zentangle card

I find zentangle fascinating & very relaxing.  Once I think about creating a design I cannot stop working on it - but then other things interrupt & perhaps I don't do any for a wile.

This card has come about because I have been asked to run a workshop on it at a local craft shop. The manageress had the idea of using a peel-off as the basis - so I took them home & had a play.  First I placed the peel off image onto some white card & scanned it.  This gave me an image to practice with.  Having tried out various ideas - i chose the pieces I liked & worked the actual image, then layering it onto a black card.

Here is one of my practice pieces on the scanned image, laid on to black card to get the overall effect -


& here is the finished card along with some close ups of the designs -




I think the next stage for me will be to colour some card with inks or sprays then zentangle over that - so watch this space if you like zentangles.  I also have looked out some of my stamps that will lend themselves to this technique.

It really is great when you can combine techniques & crafts together.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Finishing the cards from ..............

....... my stash.

Good afternoon - well we have had some really nice sunshine today - looks like the rain may be returning this evening though.

Earlier this afternoon I sat down & finished the patchwork square cards I was making from items found in my stash.  I am afraid that the embellishments & greetings that were added were via peel-offs - no stamping done.  Sorry!


Two of the really pretty butterfly designs


& two more


I have called these homespun designs because they remind me of country ways


The first two Christmas card designs


plus two more


& finally this one.

I also did started work on a some samples for a workshop I am doing next month on Zentangle - will post that one later.

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Using up Stash - next stage

Hi everyone - today I moved another stage forward in using up found items.  The fabric squares that I trimmed & glued to card recently (see previous post) have now become cards.  Well! some of them;


Very quick & simple designs.
I layered the squares onto some gold paper then onto square cards & added some peel-off embellishment.


A close up of one.


Two of the Celtic squares - again mounted onto gold paper then an A5 card.
This time the corner embellishments are stamped using a little Celtic stamp that is one of two that were free on a craft magazine which I bought when I was on holiday in Brittany last year.


Here are the other two.

They now await their inserts & recently I bought a lovely Christmas sentiments set - so that is what will get used.

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Using up stash

Having just moved house & having the luxury of a new reasonably large craft room I am slowly finding items that haven't seen light of day for a while.  So, today I decided to go through things & have a "find it use it" day.

One box contained fabric squares - so they have now been trimmed & glued to card to make them firmer.  I am waiting to make sure the adhesive dries properly before cutting them out.  There are 8 Christmas designs & 4 butterfly designs, plus 2 "homespun" that have already been glued to card & cut out.




They will fit on 5x5 square cards which will leave me room to embellish around them with stamps.  That will probably be tomorrows task.

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

at last - some stamping!

Good afternoon everyone - I hope you are all well.

Today I made time to sit & do some stamping.  Tomorrow I am giving a little demonstration to my stamp club & I had prepared a card some weeks back & not blogged it, plus I wanted to do another card to show as well.

The demonstration is of a rather nice simple background - shown to me by one of my stamping colleagues.

Here are the 2 cards I made;



The design is quite easy to do.  For me the hardest part was stamping in a random manner - I always have great difficulty doing that & have to really force myself not to think about it too much as I stamp.

After stamping randomly the images are "joined" by drawing regular spaced lines between them both vertically & horizontally, as you can see.

On the first card I have used colour on the butterflies & some of the squares, along with faux stitching round some of the squares.  The second card has been stamped in black Versafine ink onto lightly patterned cream paper.  This time I have not used any colour on the image or the squares, but again I have done some faux stitching around some of the squares.  Also on the second card I cut away a corner of the design, stamped 3 flowers on a scrap of the paper, cut them out & created the little 3-d flower to fill the space.

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Less is More - week 142 - Trees

Hello everyone - I do hope you are having better weather than we are here today.  It is absolutely pouring with rain.  Well! they did say we might get some.

This afternoon I have made a little card in order to enter the challenge this week at Less Is More - where the theme is "Trees".


My tree is a folded semi circle of double-sided paper & I have decorated with strings of gold beads & a gold peel off star that has another gold bead put in the centre.  I then finished it off with a greeting & 3 little beads in the bottom right hand corner.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Just chatting

In recent months my posts on here have been a bit lacking - that is due to many things which I have already covered in posts.  Wedding - moving house.

Part of moving house was getting a craft room organised - which I have now done.  Well more or less - there is still work to be done.  It is an essential requirement that the room has to hold the spare bed (for visitors) - but I think I have found the right balance.

It has gone from this;




to this










& it is a great place to work in.

Also over the last 8 - 10 months the subject of craft workshops that I run at a local craft shop have changed.  All of a sudden there has been a surge of interest in crochet. So much so that I am not teaching it at 2 different craft shops.  I taught myself to crochet many years ago at the age of 15 - it is a non-paper craft that I absolutely love, but I also took a postal crochet course with a great lady called Pauline Turner.  So quite a bit of my time has been taken up with organising crochet workshop along with a sensible course progress.  I now have 5 separate groups running & the whole thing is very rewarding & most important of all has renewed my own interest for crochet. So crochet projects are in hand.

Because of this I have decided that although when I am crocheting I am not getting ink on my fingers - I am still crafting, therefore I will blog info on how that area of my crafting life is going.  I do not like these long gaps in blogging when I do not get as much stamping done as I would like. But then of course, with Christmas approaching that has to change.

I  hope you will like reading about that side of my craft interest as well as my stamping.

Thank you for stopping by & I hope you will return again soon.

Less is More - week 140 - white on white

Good morning everyone.

Well! this morning I decided to make sure that I set aside some time to enter the latest challenge over at Less is More.  The challenge this week is a colour one & is "White on White" plus the added item of it being a Christmas related cards.

Here is my submission;


I used a pretty embossing folder with swirls & hanging ornaments, which I then trimmed with a Victorian blade in order to fit on the base card.  I embossed the 2 main ornaments again & cut them out placing them over the others with sticky pads.  Hunting around in a peel off box I found some white Merry Christmas & this went in the top left hand corner to complete the card.

Now! just how many shades of white are there?  It took a while to find enough white card to do everything in.  The peel off actually in real life looks a little creamy - but looks OK in the photo.

Thank you for stopping by my little blog.  I really must get some stamping done next.  Whilst you are here why not click on the link above & visit the LIM blog to see what other crafters created.