Sunday, 26 September 2010

A Card & some Work in Progress

First up I have a very quick card for a friend who's birthday is on Tuesday. She doesn't have access to a computer so I know she won't be reading this. I simply stuck down the spotted paper & stamped text over the top before adding ribbon, flower (which is a two part felt one & doesn't show up!) plus a greeting, stamped on a scrap piece of kraft card.

This next piece is something I begun a year ago & then put it away as it wasn't "speaking to me". There are 3 pics of its progess. I am nearly done with it. Just need a final focal image & it can be mounted. I begun with masking tape, stamped images & skeleton leaves.

Next I added a coat of pva glue watered down. I then added alcohol inks in stream & meadow. Once dried it was then painted in places with my fingers using Rangers paint dabbers in shell pink & white. I also added silver embossing around all the edges.

Finally I glued on some real pressed flowers. All it needs is a couple of bits to finish it. Im thinking a focal image of a bird as this is very much a nature themed piece.

You know how it is though. You start a piece & you love it so much the last thing you wish to do is ruin it. I know I will eventually get this done & by blogging today, it might just spur me on to complete it sooner rather than later!!

I had a few days off work, am not well so decided a bit of rest wouldn't hurt. My blood pressure is a tad high & I keep feeling really nauseaous & dizzy. So, I had a follow up appointment booked to see the nurse on Friday, & decided Thursday as well would make a nice long weekend. I have spent my time re doing craft things I have begun & admitting defeat with other pieces & throwing them away. I got the urge to begin again almost straight away & it is going very well. Hope to show you the finished article next weekend, perhaps along with the one above!!
Craft really is the best medicine.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

A bit more creativity!

I've had a wonderful day of completing things. First up is my late tag for Karin, on the Chrysalis forum. I hosted this tag swap, early in the year & I think we all have one left to make before the challenge is over. It has been fun & we have done it at a steady pace that fits in with everyones life style & busy crafting timetable.
Karin's theme is sea/nature. I used a free CS stamp & a plate from the Stampers Guild.
The small ticket is from a Paperartsy plate. Rub ons spell the word "sea" on it. The background is high gloss card coloured with blue alcohol inks. I added white embossing around the edges & on the small aquamarine pearls to give a look of sea foam. The same design is on the reverse.

Next up are two more cards made using Joanne's idea from this month's Craft Stamper. Again I have adapted the designs & colours. I also use an embossing border for the inside edge of the cards. On this first one, I scored a border around the front panel. This one Im going to try & sell. It's only one altered art type & only the teeniest handmade background, no one will ever notice!!!

This next one, is for Trudie, my sister's friend, who had an asthma attack last week & was taken into hospital. I didn't stamp the image too darkly as I felt it would spoil the soft coloured background.
The colours I used for these two;
Birthday Card:- Antique Linen, Milled Lavender, Broken China & a tiny bit of Dusty Concorde on the edges.
Get Well Card:- Antique Linen, Tattered Rose & Worn Lipstick.
Other Items.
Stamps:-Papermania- Henbury Lane & Gel-A-Tins - Big & Wild Things.
Greetings Stamps- Stampin' Up.
Embossing Borders- Cuttlebug-With Love Set.