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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Scrapbooking with friends

Yesterday I went down to Scrapbook Magic with my friend Moya for the scrapbooking workshop.  This year Margaret has decided to go with mixed media layouts and we both loved our time there.  It was great to catch up with the ladies again and as usual lots of laughter was had.

I put the final touches to my January layout this morning before going into work.  I took this photo on one of our morning walks, it had been frosty overnight but as the sun was warming up it created a lovely mist.


Still love gathering quotes and this is what I hope to do on all my Scrapbook Magic layouts this year.  The snowflake die is a Tattered Lace die and I've cut them from Kraft cardstock, some of them I added Irridescent embossing powder to for a little sparkle.  The icicle trim at the bottom of the photo are Tim Holtz Frozen Alpha Parts and I have used white and irridesecent embossing powders on them as they are clear to begin with.  Was a little worried with them being plastic but they withstood the embossing process.

I hope to add the finishing touches to the February page tomorrow.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Almost halfway

I know there are some people that are disappointed with my infrequent blog posts for which I apologise but other than my solo stitching there is very little other crafting going on.  I have managed to get quite a bit of stitching done this past week and I am almost at the halfway point of the solo stitching project.


Just a little more stitching on the left hand side to complete and then I can start on the bottom half of the project.  I only have 25 days before the birthday it is intended for.  It is a deadline I don't think I am going to make but I will purchase an interim present for the actual day and then hand this one over as a belated surprise.  I will endeavour to get it done as close to the birthday as possible but I am determined to enjoy this project rather th a  feel undue pressure.  As the recipient has no idea I am doing it does help.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Stitching update

I have managed to add a few more stitches to the gift stitch but no where near as many as I would have liked.


I'm hoping to be able to get more hours in on it over the next week.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New stitching solo stitching

I've been naughty and started a new stitch.  It's another pattern I found in the magazine which I  discovered when going through my stash earlier in the month.  I'm doing it as a birthday present and for once I'm going to see if I can do solo stitching for this one as I've got a pretty tight timescale.  This is how far I've got after a week's stitching.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Art Journal Adventure 2017

I've been joining in with the Art Journal Adventure being run by Jogglesdot. The first prompt was to complete your cover for the journal.  With it being the year of the rooster they used this theme for their covers and I also went with it but used a quirky bird stamp which is my rooster element.  I'm a hoarder - something I am trying to change this year - but I did recycle some packaging to make my journal with.  I knew it would come I handy one day.




Prompt 2 was texture.  Again I recycled something - cereal packaging this time, cutting the box into four pieces to create some journal pages.  I created the texture using scraps of paper torn and adhered to the packaging and then covered with paint.  This was then partly embossed with an embossing folder and then I sanded the raised areas to show them up a bit more.  Some gliding wax was added to the snowflakes.  I've also used a couple of stamps and then some gorgeous embossing powders from Lindys Stamp Gang.  I've also used Paper Artsy infusions, some splatters of white gesso and finally some clear embossing powder which I then stamped into.  It's been fun experimenting and actually using lots of my stash.

Prompt 3 is mug shot and this is currently a work in progress in my mind - hopefully it will soon transfer onto another page.



Monday, 16 January 2017

Forgotten designs

While I was sorting through my crafting stash last week I came across an older copy of Cross Stitcher which had lots of lovely charts inside.  One in particular I am hoping to stitch as a birthday present for someone this year but until the fabric arrives I decided to stitch one of the smaller charts.  The bird charts are designed as brooches but I didn't read the fabric count and wanted to try and use up some of my scraps of aida.  Consequently it has turned out a little too big for a brooch so I am going to turn it into a hanging decoration instead.


What I didn't realise that this magazine goes back to February 2011.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Buttons galore


Last week I took a load of my buttons down to Vintage Brew where Mitch kindly helped me sort them out into colours in the bottles they had kindly collected for me.  On tidying up the craft overflow on Monday I came across some more which will also need to be sorted at some stage.  I love how they look and it should be far easier to find the right one for future projects of which the above photo would be a great project.


I have still to find a more permanent home for the buttons in my craft room, I'm thinking I might just need another set of shelves for them.