Wednesday 26 August 2009

In the Frame


I came back from the Quilt Festival last week with lots of ideas and stitching inspiration which resulted in me wanting to make a quiltie/wall hanging of a seascape. The silly thing is that the seascape colour scheme will not fit in with my home colours but I still wanted to have a go, perhaps to make a pair with the first embellisher piece that I did that was a seascape and does hang proudly over the fireplace. I cut out the pieces for a 20 inch long hanging and pieced that together, it's waiting for backing and further stitching.I put together a smaller piece using a quicker method then over stitched and added braids, that's as far as I've got, do I frame it or put an edging round it, not sure yet but I think I like it.

Monday 24 August 2009

August challenge

The Graphicus challenge this month is a choice of complimentary colours or Christmas which is what I've chosen. The background lines come from a Wendy Vecchi stamp and the text is from Elusive Images, the tree is a Sizzix die cut and the flowers are punched.

Saturday 22 August 2009

Wall Plaque

Despite being full of ideas after visiting the Quilt Festival yesterday, I just had to have a go at this plaque, while out this morning I saw,in a store, a large wall hanging that reminded me of squares covered in beautiful scrapbook papers then stamped with swirls - I can do that I thought and here it is my mini version, I covered chipboard squares with K&Co paper, glimmer sprayed then stamped with Elusive Images Wild Meadow stamps and edged with orange distress inks. The canvas I just painted with a pearly paint but then thought it needed more so I tore up a music printed napkin and mod podged it on, I gessoed, sprayed and inked until I got the right effect, stuck on the squares and it's done - something a bit different for me as I don't do messy too often. ( it is equal at the sides, I scanned it offcentre)

Thursday 20 August 2009

Finished at last.

Over the past year Jan, Wendy and myself have been working on a book , we each picked a theme and completed three identical pages on the theme then sent them to each other, there are 6 themes within the book all nature based. We have picked our own front page design and I have called my book Natures Way.
I've just returned from a few lovely days caravanning in Cambridgeshire with Jan and her OH ( and mine of course) We did quite a bit of craft shopping as unbeknown to us there were two craft outlets close by (we didn't know -honest)and we also went over to Olney in Buckinghamshire to LB Crafts and had a good spend there, do I really need to be going to the Quilt Fest at the NEC tomorrow??

Thursday 13 August 2009

Tag it

I have moved away from the blue and brown look but still using the spotty Wendy Vecchi stamps, I have combined them with Graphic 45 dog tooth check paper, a grunge board swirl and an Elusive Images text stamp - I love the result.

Tuesday 11 August 2009

Inspired by the Sea

I borrowed Wendy's Elusive Images sea stamps so that I could join in the Graphicus ATC swap with a Sea theme, I used up some fabric that I had made some time ago by layering and stitching organzas, I then adhered the EI small seahorse. The ship card was coloured with ink,literally, as i somehow got blue ink on my hands when I changed the printer cartridge, I then swiped the baby wipe, that I had used to clean up the ink, across the card to create the sea and sky - waste not, want not!

Friday 7 August 2009

Crafting meet.

Just passing the time finishing off a machine felted atc as I wait for my weekend visitors to arrive, Wendy and her OH are staying with us and tomorrow we'll be meeting up with Viv and other crafters at the Do Crafts meet, should be a good day.The theme for Tuesday Taggers this week is flowers so hopefully this atc will fit in well.

Wednesday 5 August 2009

Beermat Book

This month's challenge on GAS MAMMA was to alter beermats/coaster and make a book, any theme but a stamp must be used in the making - I chose a favourite media of mine,a mix of fabric, lace and paper with embellishments and vintage ladies, hence the title - Ladies and Lace.

Tuesday 4 August 2009

And more.

Surely i'll have enough atcs to swap on saturday.

Sunday 2 August 2009

And a couple more.


The big clear up unearthed a few unfinished ATCs so as I will need a good few for the meet next weekend I've had a finishing day,they are a mixture of machine embellished, painted abaca tissue and fabric/paper collage. I also have a raffle prize to make then I should be free to carry on with my beermat book.

Saturday 1 August 2009


Finished at last, there was really a point when I thought it'd never be right again, trouble is how long before it's chaos again.