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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Taking one step at a time

So sorry for up and leaving you all without a word, but my life was put on hold when my health dramatically deteriorated to the extent I eventually had to give my job. After 30 years of working, it was very traumatic but I now realise it was the best thing that could have happened to me, not only did I hate my job anyway but the years of struggling to work with very poor health had really taken it's toll on me mentally and physically. I was very ill and completely wiped out, with no energy for anything let alone crafting or blogging. My health is still not good but at least I have the freedom to rest whenever I need to and life is much less stressful.

It is only in the last few weeks I have felt like crafting again, my creative mojo returning bit by bit. Even though I haven't crafted for a long long time I have been keeping an eye on the crafting world to see what is new (well it would have been rude not too) and I have been buying and hoarding new goodies in the hope that I would one day craft again.

But then panic set in...what if I couldn't remember how to craft? and what if I couldn't remember how to blog? had all the technical little bits about blogging I learned over the years disappeared?

Surprisingly, everything came back to me fairly quickly and I made a start, a very simple card using a Sizzix letterpress plate.


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The Sizzix letterpress plate is called "Organic Flourish" which I got from Ebay. The only reason I bought it was because I bought a TODO from Create and Craft assuming the letterpress would work because of the adjustable roller height.

However, the plate is quite thick and initially I couldn't get it to work with the TODO platform, even set at it's maximum adjustment of 12. So here's what I did...


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I used an old Sizzix platform and laid it inside the TODO. I was able to use the TODO  A and C plates as instructed on the information booklet, but for anyone who may try this I set the TODO on 8 and 1/2 for a perfect debossed impression.

The next photo I think shows the debossing a little bit better.

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Isn't this letterpress gorgeous? I used cotton cardstock which I bought from PDA crafts as this gives a much deeper impression.

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I used Versafine ink on the plate but the first run through with the TODO caused the ink to blur and it just didn't come out very well, so I ran the plate through again without re-inking, just using the residue on the plate which has created this much softer and more subtle effect.

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Before I go I wanted to thank everyone who left such kind messages for me after my last post. I have only recently read them as I had not been on the computer for so long. I was touched by your concern and it was lovely to sit and read them all.

Well, that's it. Now don't go thinking because I'm at home now I will be posting and blogging all the time lol. Everything I do takes much longer, it has taken me days just to bring all this to you, having to take many breaks in between to rest. But I will try not to leave it another 3 years before I bring you another creation! 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Soothing the day away...

Life hasn't been too kind recently hence my lack of momentum with my crafting. As mentioned a few weeks ago I suffered a bereavement, now one of my cats Ronnie is very ill and to top it all off my computer crashed with a virus. So I am grateful for this Bank Holiday weekend to unwind a bit, take care of Ronnie and relax in my craft room.

I stumbled across a Waltzingmouse stamp set that I hadn't yet used and decided to use them for this collection.

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I had been after a tall vintage style teapot and managed to track this one down on Ebay.

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The cup and saucer is from Bombay Duck. The tags were made using a Woodware tag punch, I have both the larger and smaller version. I have used very classic colours of navy and vanilla, with the pop of the pink carnations setting it all off.

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To add to the effect I have used Some Glossy Accent on the cups and teapot.

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I wouldn't care but I don't drink tea, or coffee either come to that, but DH makes up for me as he is a human teapot and is always making a brew!

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Well, I hope you like. I'm off to look after my Ronnie. He has had loads of tests but the vet still isn't sure what's wrong. Thankfully he does seem to be getting better so I am keeping everything crossed.

Thank you for stopping by.


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sketch Challenge

I am gradually getting back in the swing of things although it has taken me a bit of a while (my last post refers).

A nice quick card made for this week's sketch challenge over at Less Is More. I love the Union Jack and have used a stamp from Crafty Individuals for this design.

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Just a few mosaic gems add a bit if glamour and a stamped accent from Stampendous to finish.

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And finally, you all must know by now I have a thing for beautiful jars. Well how about this one from Zara At home. Measuring just 18cm high it is perfect to put crafty bits and bobs in.

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Right I'm off to enter the challenge...thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Doodling

I know it's been a while since my last post. The main reason is that just before Easter I lost a very dear Uncle. There are so many adjectives I could use to descibe my Uncle, Chris, but if I had to choose just a few they would be caring, intelligent, hugely talented and very funny. It is to him I owe the tiny bit of creativity I have in my blood. He was such a fantastic artist, and musician too, and made beautiful objects out of wood, from grandfather clocks to carvings. In short he was amazing and a true inspiration.

And so I have found it very hard to find motivation to craft, but I know Chris would want me to carry on, so I have had an attempt this morning.

This week's challenge over at Less Is More is a one layer challenge called "doodling". Well doodling is probably what I love best and have many examples of my doodling in previous blog posts. Anyway this is what I have come up with this morning...


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I dusted some pink Pan Pastel to create a soft background and then doodled in black ink straight onto the cardstock. No drawing in pencil first, I just let my pen go where it wanted to and this was the result.



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Well, it's a start and I hope to do more crafting as I feel able.


God bless Chris, I will miss you.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Made In Great Britain

With the Diamond Jubilee only a couple of months away now I thought I would get in the swing of things using the new Papermania Union Jack embossing folder to make these creations.

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First up this card bearing the slogan that is just everywhere at the moment.


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Next is my personal favourite. I stamped some vanilla cardstock using an old Anna Griffin stamp and cut out pieces of the Union Jack after I had stamped the design. Simple.


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I was surpised how many designs I came up with just using vanilla and black cardstock, and probably could have kept going!


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The beautiful teapot set is by Bombay Duck.


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And finally one more version. All of these cards were made by embossing the first layer and then decoupaging a second layer using the first layer as a guide as to where to place the pieces...much easier than trying to assemble them without doing this.

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I may make some more of these using the traditional colours of red, white and blue but I love these monochrome variations!


Hope you like too. Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

By chance...

So many of my creations happen by accident or just purely by chance. That's exactly what happened yesterday in my craft room.


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I had created the first layer on white card and accidently laid the piece of white card on top of a narrow strip of black card that just happened to be on my worktop, and hey presto an overlap layer was born. I'm not saying I invented this of course but it probably would not have occured to me unless I had done it accidentally.


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I've used my lovely Prima flourish bracket stamp once again, I knew I hadn't finished with it yet. Simply stamped in 3 colourways with matching pearl brads.


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Sadly I don't know what this Prima stamp set is called. I've tried to find it on the internet but to no avail. That's the trouble when I buy new stamps and rip off the packaging in my haste to use them as I end up inadvertantly throwing the packaging away.

Well as ever thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Play Date Colour challenge PDCC122

I love these colour challenges, the photos are so inspirational. This week's challenge over at Play Date Cafe is Charcoal, Ash and Butter.

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Having been afraid to use yellow in my crafting for many years, I have now come to embrace it and realise how good it looks with neutrals.

I've created a cut away card and edged the card using Papertrey's Edgers #1 die. I've stamped the Hero Arts fern stamp in yellow and a Memento grey ink pad called London Fog.

The lovely frame stamp is an old stamp also by Hero arts called "Each Day Brings".

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Well, I've got loads of other crafty stuff in the pipeline if time permits so I hope to be back soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Crafting in neutral...

I forget how much I love neutrals. They're just soo sophisticated. Anyway this is the challenge over at Less Is More this week so I just had to join in.

I've simply stamped one of the solid leaves from Hero Arts Delicate Leaf Cluster stamp set in Vanilla and Sand Beige. Then I've stamped the framed sentiment in black over the top, one of my favourite techniques.


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The colours are very subtle and I don't think the photos do them justice as the lighting today is so poor but hopefully you get the idea.


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As ever there a million and one things that need doing indoors but I may just ignore them and craft instead.

Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Props and scraps...

This week's challenge over at Less Is More is to use scraps. Only to happy to oblige as my scraps box is always overflowing :) I would show you my scraps box but I am way too embarrased.

I've used this photo for my colour inspiration...


Once I had sorted my colour palette it was just a case of rummaging for the nearest colour match. I think I have used the following colours (from left to right), SU's River Rock, SU's Old Olive, Papertrey's Autumn Rose, Papertrey's Lavender Moon and the last piece is unknown!


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I like to take as much time and care over my photos as I do my creations and had been wanting a vintage wooden tray to use as a prop for ages but just couldn't find one. Then I stumbled across this beauty over at Bliss and Bloom which arrived this morning and is likely to feature in most of my photos from now on.

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I couldn't help but use my SU heart punch again...it is proving to be a fab investment.

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And it just so happens I also have a posie flower arrangement that ties in with this colour scheme...

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The top sentiment is by Hero Arts and the bottom is from Papertrey's Think Big Favourites #6.

Thank again you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Colour splash...

Phew...just managed to get a little bit of craft time in this morning to join in a couple of challenges.

I know I've used black, white and pink a lot recently, but when I found a challenge using these colours I was like "oh well if you insist" lol...

The first challenge is over at The Play Date Cafe. Here is the photo inspiration...

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I've used a sentiment from Papertrey's Half and Half stamp set and some hot pink ribbon and Papertrey's Raspberry Fizz buttons for my splash of pink. Isn't that button in the middle gorgeous?


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The accent stamp is one of my fave's by Prima.


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Now I have confession to make...I have a thing for apothecary jars. This jar is from a beautiful set of 3 from The Original Gift Company, and I've just checked and they have been reduced from £17.95 to £12.95 so I've just ordered another set...bargain. Just the right size for storing craft bits and make a lovely prop for photos. If you know of any other place selling apothecary jars I would love to hear from you. I know Ebay sells them but they are quite a lot larger.


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Finally I shall be entering this card into the "Less Is More" challenge which is to use Die Cuts or punches. I have used Papertrey's half and half die which co-ordinates with the stamp set.

Well, I will try and wean myself off the black, white and pink although I can't make any promises hee hee...

As ever thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Stripes...

EDIT: I have now also entered this card for the challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey-a challenge using stripes and a Papertrey product...perfect!

The girlies over at Less Is More sure do know how to set a challenge. This week is a one layer card using stripes. Having created a stripey card a few weeks ago I wondered what else I could come up with. Then I remembered my Promarkers-perfect for creating stripes with the chunky chiselled end of the pen.

They key to getting nice smooth lines is to sweep the pen across in one go, no stopping and starting or the ink will be uneven.

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I've used Promarkers in Petrol Blue, Soft Green and Pastel Blue. The lovely flourish is from SU's Bliss stamp set.

The great thing with creating your own stripes is that you can play around with sentiment placement. I've split the sentiments to create a bit of balance. The first sentiment is by Hero Arts and the second is from Papertrey's Simple Sentiments stamp set.


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Well the girlies don't think this challenge will be popular, I have to say I loved it! Right I'm off...thank you again for stopping by!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

For my Valentine...

Hi again everyone, it's good to be back. I tried so hard to create something last weekend, I sat there for ages but nothing came to mind so I had to abandon the craft room much to my frustration.

Luckily my creative synapses have sprung into action this morning and I came up with this...

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I used my SU heart punch yet again, I just can't get enough of it. The stamped accent is from SU's Artistic Etchings stamp set, a lovely little design.


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And finally a stamped sentiment from Hero Arts.


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Incredibly simple I know but I hope you like it.

Well, we are bracing ourselves for heavy snow tonight, I expect some of you have got it already. Lovely that it is forecast to fall on a Saturday night, just hope it all disappears by Monday morning.

Thank you again for stopping by!