Friday, 17 May 2013
No not dancing as I have two left feet and as a child I was left traumatised by weekly ballroom dancing classes, which I hated as I was appallingly awful at following the steps and I thankfully gave up after a term. I still remember having to dance to 'Billy don't be a hero' and the Smurf song LOL! Showing my age now!!
Painting, mainly oils and soft pastels, this one is painted in oils, oils are a such a forgiving medium as they take a while to dry which means you can rectify all your mistakes, I think I prefer oils to pastels as the dust from the pastels is so messy and countless times I have accidently squashed the pastel sticks in my carpet. People have always been my favourite subject, I find landscapes difficult so nearly all my work is figurative. I've never dated my paintings so I can't remember when I painted this but it was a few years ago LOL, doesn't time fly when your a crafter!
Excuse the marks on the paintings, they are reflections from the glass when I photographed them.
Saying that I have painted a few animals, this timber wolf was painted in soft pastels and was one of the first pieces I sold, not that I've sold many! But animal fur is rather tedious to paint so I rarely paint animals now as find the older I get the less patience I have.
Anyhow I still have a few more paintings to bore you with at another stage.
Take care and happy Crafting & I'll be back on Sunday with the latest challenge from FSC xx
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Imagining the warm sunny days of summer ......... yeah right!! Freezing and wet, and I can't believe it's been snowing today in some parts of the country! The only thing for it is some comfort crafting in the warm! A little nautical plaque using one of the latest Crafty Individual stamps CI - 384 and one of their masks. I painted some corrugated card with emulsion paint and added some small shells from our holiday last year.
I've just spotted that Tim Holtz is bringing out a fabric range, hope we get it over in the UK as I can think of loads of things to make with it. Of course I don't need any more fabric, but that won't stop me. I've only been sewing for about a 18 months and I already have built up a rather large fabric hoard!
Have a great day & Happy Crafting xx
Sunday, 12 May 2013
I'm trying to be a better blogger, I seem to be forever crafting, but neglectful of blogging the end result. Sewing as you might know is my latest passion, but I do hop between crafts, mainly altered art, and to a lesser extent painting which I do feel the need to start again, but like most of my crafting, I am very slow and some of my painting and portraits take ages and then I can lose interest and they remain unfinished. I will blog some of my past paintings soon, as at the moment I'm only blogging about once a week.
Back to the project in hand. I love the alluring images of Lily Elsie the rather tragic Edwardian Actress, there is something so magical about her and I can't wait till I can get my hands on the new Oxford Impression stamps that feature her. I enjoy crazy patchwork as you never know what the finished result will look like and you can use scrap pieces of fabric. This is another of the quilted notebooks that has space for an A5 notebook, pen that fits down the spine and numerous little pockets for your bits and bobs
Have a great Sunday and I hope you manage to squeeze in a spot of crafting. XX
Saturday, 11 May 2013
The lovely Alison (AKA Butterfly) has chosen the current Stampsmith Challenge theme which is Tic Tac Toe. After nor managing to join the last challenge I thought I would get in early this month with my project. I was also delighted to be asked to be a guest designer for the Stampsmith for the the next few months which I'm so looking forward to as they are one of my favourite stamp ranges, just love all the vintage style photo stamps!
I chose to make a small clasp purse from wool felt for my God daughter Hannah's birthday, and I used the beautiful Rosie stamp on TAP with coffee archival ink. The flower is also wool felt and cut using a sizzix die and then machine and hand embellished, with a metal button at the centre. I chose the diagonal line of pink, stitches and metal.
Hoping that the sun is going to come out and play like last weekend as it was glorious wasn't.
Thank you for all your lovely comments I so enjoy reading them all.
Take care and Happy Crafting xxx
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Anything Goes this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, the last two weeks have really whizzed by and finally some lovely much needed sun!
I always love the anything goes challenges as you can really have fun. The only rules are, we do need to see stamping on your project and please no digis, other than that you can really let your imagination run wild. Our generous sponsor Leo at Flonzcrafts is offering the lucky winner of the random draw $20 to spend in his store. Please do pop over to FSC HQ to see all the amazing projects designed by my fellow stampettes.
I chose to make a small arched plaque from plywood, I have a little gypsy blood in my veins as my Great Grandfather was a gypsy, little was known about him as my Nan was fostered out at a very early age and sadly had little contact with her parents.
I used lace and lashings of gesso to create the background, and washes of inktense pencils to add depth and shadows. The stamp is Gypsy journey by Curious By design who are sadly no longer trading. The arch and hinge die are both Tim holtz.
I am entering this for
Have a fabulous and sunny bank holiday weekend and Happy Crafting xx
Thursday, 25 April 2013
More patchwork quilting again from me folks! I started this before my grunge paper sewing kit, which easily slips in your handbag , but this took a while to complete as rather a lot of hand sewing, It's approx A6 size and I made it for when I go on my next sewing workshop. Haven't booked one yet, but I like the idea of making a full blown quilt, but rather daunted by the size and accuracy required so need the guidance of a workshop, which my local, BeeCrafty have some great ones to choose from .
I followed this great little tutorial here from http://lotsofpinkhere.blogspot.co.uk and adapted it a bit as the scissors kept falling out. The holder looks a bit like a plant pot now FLOB-ADOB!!!
Thanks for taking the time to leave all your lovely comments they are really appreciated & sorry if I'm rather behind in commenting, there are never enough hours in the day for us crafters.
Think we'll need our thermals again by the end of the week, not good as I've only just stashed away my hot water bottle, but any excuse to stay in a do a spot of crafting.
Have a Great Day XX
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Certainly feels like spring, about time too! The current theme at Crafty Individuals is 'Spring in Fashion', my card uses the lovely CI - 378 on TAP I used distress inks to colour the image and background and the sentiment is from CI - 382
Do check out the Crafty Individuals blog for some amazing projects from the design team, there is still plenty of time to enter the challenge.
Another card I made a while back which I don't think I blogged using CI - 342 and some more TAP which is one of my favourite products
Have a fantastic day and enjoy the sun while it lasts.
Happy Crafting xxx