Monday, April 30, 2007
I'm probably going to have to abandon posting on here in minute so the technical Guy can instal it for me, and explain in very simple language how it works.
I'm guessing there will be no crafting tonight then, but that might be a good thing as I have all those stamps (still) to cut out, so I think I will take to my bed with my Kai's, the laminated sheets and my wallet files for them.
I've also got orders to get packed. Hopefully, I can get a quick Wednesday Stamper contribution done if I get up early tomorrow.
- I love purple, you can never get enough.
- No surprise to a lot of you, but I adore David Tennant. So it goes without saying that I am a Dr Who fan. I saw Tom Baker the other day and nearly crashed the car.
- I was a Donny Osmond fan as a teenager, and a bit of a fashion plate too. I've been to Biba.
- I have to make my bed every morning, and it HAS to be done in a certain fashion.
- I have a bird phobia - particular pigeons - they are evil flying vermin.
- I met the Queen and a Dalek when I was a child - not at the same time - now that would be freeky.
- I love the Proclaimers, almost as much as Mr Tennant - they are one of the best bands ever.
I tag Sid.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I zipped off down to our local department store in Tonbridge (they stock Do Crafts) and grabbed a few more Whispers colours: Starry Starry Night (dark blue), Savoy Green (limish green), Violet and Sunshine (bright yellow). I also picked up a pack of Paper Mania Latte Square Card Blanks (oh and my are they yummy when you get them out of the packet).
I made a quick ATC with the Shore Cliff bolio again, then remembered that it's FIL's birthday on 7th May, so matted that on my beloved Watercolour Illuminations (Creative Imagingation) paper, which I'd stamped with Whispers Lilac round the edge, and edged it with the Starry, Starry Night.
Stamped the starfish from the bolio in the Savoy Green, and then stamped over with the mesh in the Starry Starry Night, there was a bit of a gap where I joined the image, so over this I added a scrap blue shiney ribbon.
The seahorse image, another purchase from this morning (Do Crafts) was the main focal image on the ATC stamped in the Starry Starry Night, and then stamped on the card with the Lilac.
Actually ahead of myself this year with card's usually I leave them right to the last minute. I just need to do a last minute one for Romilly my God Daughter now though.
Thinking about it, I will probably add some jute and blue fibre round the spine of FIL's card, with a shring plastic sea horse and starfish.
Actually, for ages, I've kept well away from Paper Mania and Do Craft, wrongly perceiving them to be cheap products of poor quality.....but I have to admit that I am wrong about some of their stuff. The pack of cards I got are the most fabulous quality, and a beautiful surface to work on, and I have recently got a couple of albums. I think the reason I am looking more carefully, is the fact that Lydia stalks the toy department at the department store, and the craft items are right next door.
Friday, April 27, 2007
with a couple of things.
First used my lovely new Purple Cows A5 Multi Trimmer trimmer with the wavy blade in to cut a small rectangular kraft card, and just tore the edge of it. It worked really quite well, but I've been fiddling around cutting stuff with it, and I couldn't get it to work properly for a little while.
Then, as I'm trying to get to grips with my Stampington bolio (which I have a feeling is Christine Adolph design) I decided I would try it out on the matt that I'd cut.
I also used my new purchase from the other day, a Whispers Lilac Dye Ink pad - turns out that was quite pale - so I stamped the mesh portion down the left hand edge of the card, then over stamped the text with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
Using the Whispers Lilac for the starfish images, and first and second generation stamping, and just a single one overstamped in the Dustry Concord.
After that I added the grass image in Weathered Wood Distress Ink in the centre and off to one side. Funnily enough, this is the image that I have the most trouble with. In my stamping I tend to usually have unmounted stamps (on EZ Mount) with a clear block, and with this image I just can't get the positioning right and get them on top of one another, rather than three graduating downwards.
I am seriously wondering if a stamp positioner (stampamajig thing) might not be a bad investment, so if anyone has any thoughts on this post a comment.
I'm not completely certain where I'm going with this yet, but may use a smaller version of it with a secret house....as I was wondering if I could do a beach hut one, as it was such fun.
I also have some more UK STampers Newsletter work to do, so a project along these lines is brewing.
The question is though, should I consider de-mounting the Stampington Bolio onto EZ Mount?
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
There was no opportunity then for crafting of any kind, which peeved me in the extreme 'cos I was going to have a go at the secret house project that Sid had done from Sugarloaf's site.
I'm eagerly anticipating loads of things arriving for the Galaxy at the moment - in orbit are Junkitz Acordian Bookz, Purple Cows cutter/laminators, Aud's new stamps, and a few more things - oh yes, a lovely new colour of emobssing powder.
I also talked to a rep of a lovely new paper company, with some stunning papers, which hopefully will be at the Galaxy soon.
Right, I need to dish out medicine and get ready for work.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
this is my attempt (and probably less than successful) of one of the Design Collective Classes - don't be put off, the original class was lovely, but I lost my way by not concentrating.
There is actually a white border all the way around but it doesn't show up in the scan, and also a bad shadow (because it's lumpy) falls right across the middle - I promise it's better IRL.
I went with the Distress Inks squares all over the background because I dropped the ink pad, and decided to just add more at that point!
- Cut piece of light blue card 2.5" x 3.5", and stamp the small flower found in the set in Gingerbread Versamagic Dewdrop and Magenta Versacolour cube inks.
- Stamp circle design in the Gingerbread ink.
- Overstamp "kindness" in weathered wood distress ink.
- Ink edges of ATC with Gingerbread ink.
- Add 3 dots of Baby Blue Pearlidoodles on bottom righthand side of ATC.
- Next stamp in Versamark ink the Kimono on piece of watercoloured paper (I used a scrap from Creative Imagingations Illuminations pad). Sprinkle on Galactic Gold embossing powder and heat set.
- Cut out Kimono and mount onto the ATC with silicon glue.
As you will all know, I'm not really a fan of polymer stamps over good ol' rubber, but these Hero Arts one stamp out beautifully. I think they will be making an apperance at the Galaxy very soon.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
this is one of the other Inchies that I received from the UK STamper's swap - it's by Smarti Gliterati.
We've had a few power cuts today, so I felt justified taking myself off to Creative Pastimes for the Hero Arts Demo Day. I was delighted to meet Sharri Carroll (auther of Layers), and I purchased the Layers book, which she kindly autographed.
I also treated myself to a set of Hero "K" set of clear stamps, which have some lovely images on, a new tube of silicon a green Marvy Marker - ohh, and got a free English Stamp Company bunny stamp, which Lydia's grabbed off me. Got to admit, I was very conversative with my spending - actually, it was a bit disappointing that the things Sharri demo'd were not in stock (can't help thinking they missed a trick there).
I've made a really quick ATC with my new set, but can't scan in as the silicon and perlidoodles are drying.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
On UK STampers we recently had an Inchie Swap (organised marvellously by Sid), and this is one of the 25 that I received back.
Mady by Clare Brown - just my colours, and I love the swirly pattern in the background.
that I received from Kristy (Brayergirl) recently - I've only just found a moment to upload it. It really is so beautiful, but then everything she does always is!
Thank you Kristy, it was very much appreciated.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
I really love the the three projects, and can't wait to get going. I know the idea is to use the Stash Mountain, but I think I will splash out and get some the lush Creative Imagination Love Struck Papers and Embellishments.
I'm still amazed at just what great value the DC is.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I can't wait to soak up all that Parisian Chic and take loads of photos. On Sunday we are planning to go to the Antique Market for a browse round....and you never know I might find some great images for new stamp designs.
I don't think I will manage to get on here to update whilst we are aware, but will upload the photos as soon as possible.
Monday, April 09, 2007
just a quick (and not very successful effort) using what I had on my desk at the time.
I just wanted to make sure that I took part this week, as since Christmas, I haven't had much opportunity to do so.
So, if you love Aud's wonderful stamps, or just fancy some inspiration, check out the new blog. I'm sure if you haven't discovered here stamps before, these fabulous pieces of work will inspire you to buy the stamp sets.
By the way, we are eagerly awaiting some new designs to be delivered from the printers...so watch this space for news.
I started out yesterday morning to work on the first of my Design Collective lessons, a mini book project, which called for 6.5" chipboard covers.
Now, I've used a centre ruler for ages, and really do know how to use it, but what with interruptions, phone calls, dead fish, and various other things, I mistankenly cut the covers to 7.5" instead. The trouble was that the penny only dropped when I'd got well into covering them, and thought that the size required was a bit on the mean side....and then realised that the instructions were just fine and dandy, and it was my poor concentration/measuring that was at fault.
So I've pushed one with the chipboard covers the size they are, and am just doing a different project with them.
I will cut new chipbaord, and start again for the mini book project. Honestly, sometimes I am a stupid cow!
Saturday, April 07, 2007
On the spotty side of the Tag it all, I stamped the "Keep this coupon" image in Timber Brown StazOn from the same plate, and the Heart from Pierrot Plate 4 (Paper Artsy) in Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
Still Cambridge winning the Boat Race is compensation enough - there are some members of this household that a gutted, but not me .... come on you light blues. Well done boys (and girl).
I've also blitzed the bathrooms and Rob's room, and made a start on our bedroom and bathroom. Just leaving Lydia's room and the store room to do tomorrow morning.
Sadly, there has been a distinct lack of crafting here today, but I am fully itending to make up for this tomorrow. I might do a bit whilst the dinner is on, but Dr Who is on this evening and I need to make cozy in bed ready for that!
Friday, April 06, 2007
The other day, the corners were folding over, but I've now worked out that if I push the first piece of artwork right up to the spine of the pocket, that doesn't happen. I can also get 2 lots onto 1 A4 pocket, with plenty of room to cut them down neatly afterwards.
God, I love laminating, and can see that if it doesn't move for long, it will be done!
Lydia is away with her Grandparents until Monday, so tomorrow I am going to try and do at least one of the classes I was sent. Apparently, there are more on the way on 11th, 19th and 23rd of the month.
It certainly is amazing value for money at 10.00 per month, and I can't wait to see my collection of classes growing. I'm intending to put the page planner I got with my MIMI Tote to good use, and start picking/preparing pages for the classes for crops here and in Plumstead.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I bought the laminator to protect my Design Collective lessons, which I've printed out at A5 size. They'll be put in the small box file that I've been altering - for what seems like the last 100 years. I'm on the downward slope now, but have to admit to being a bit bored with the project.
I'm working tomorrow, then Lydia is off to her Grandparents on Good Friday (comes back Monday), so I've got a whole weekend of crafting to look forward to.
Once I've finished my laminating, I will have three fabbie classes to do, and I've also got loads of UK STamper Newsletter work to get done - so it will be a veritable hive of activity round here.