Thursday, 20 April 2017

Mixing It Up


Hi Crafty Friends

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while. The next thing to blog would be the lovely card Margaret shared with us, but I keep forgetting to ask her permission, so instead here is what I've been up to.
I was really taken by one of the demos at the NEC show I went to a few weeks back. The amazingly talented artist from Craft of Hearts, called them Mixed Media Assemblages. I immediately ordered the glue and did my best to remember what she was doing.

Then it was play-time with my Tuesday evening pals. This is my first attempt at this technique (or what I remembered of it)


Then I decided (a bit ambitiously - or madly even) to embark on a plaque/ wall-hanging for my step-d's birthday. She favours goth style stuff so this is what I came up with. The scale (huge for me), the goth genre (I think I've veered too far into steam punk) and the techniques were all challenging. I have to admit, I'm not entirely happy with it, but I thought I'd post it anyway because I enjoyed doing it, and hope to do some more, so with a bit of luck, you may see some improvement.



The small skull nestling in there was a 'serendipitous' find in a charity shop. It was a ring but I got my jewellery making friend to saw the ring bit off. She made a fantastic job of it (I'm so glad I didn't just attack it with a junior hacksaw).

And this week mixed media has reached the club! A bit of a departure for us, but good fun, and I got to craft too - which was great. I was still busy making coffees etc so I was a bit behind everyone so no finished project of mine for me to show you.
Here we are, having a very messy time - just look at that table!


And here is Julie's finished piece - absolutely lovely, and very shiny and silvery in real life.

And here are some of the Wednesday gang - the rest are missing in action or camera shy.


And some of the fabulous makes. Pity my photography isn't up to the same standard - the metallic gleam is stunning IRL.


Our first foray into mixed media was such a blast, I'm sure it won't be our last ...
happy mixed up crafting
Jx






Friday, 24 March 2017

Coming up Roses

Hi Crafty Friends

Us crafters get offered some weird stuff sometimes, on the grounds that we'll probably get some use out of it. But a whole wedding dress??? Yup, the full meringue!! A gazillion miles of net, several acres of duchess satin, more buttons than Cadbury's and lots and lots of lace. Of course I said yes 😀😀.
I spent hours seriously HOURS, unpicking lace pieces, so we just had to use them on a card, and this is what we made.


I decided to leave the bottom corner undecorated so people can add a suitable sentiment later. I thought it would be good for Mother's Day, weddings, anniversaries and the like.
The lace has all sorts of beads and sequins sewn on it, but I haven't managed to capture the sparkle of it. It just required a simple bit of matting and layering with some soft romantic papers and a cha cha cha doily die. Lots of fun and games making the smaller roses - by twisting and rolling thin strips of paper, and job done!
happy crafting
J xxx


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Stepping Up

Hi Crafty Friends

I picked up these bargain papers at a local discount store and had to have a play. There was plenty of each design so I could relax, knowing I could try different ideas and still have enough paper for everyone. What luxury!
I designed the size of the stepper to fit my not-quite-5-by-7 envelopes, and to take the pretty frame (another cheap as chips, you will be unsurprised to know). Luckily I like the proportions so I guess I'll be making a few more. I think it might make a good Christmas card in due course.

The lily is (I think) a Britannia die and the stamen is from a Heartfelt Creations set. The smaller flowers are an old Woodware punch, and the leaves are a 'cha cha cha' maple leaf, cut up.
The border is an old Tonic punch. The long pointy leaves are just randomly cut out by hand.
We used old Whisper Inks because they're archival and work on pearlescent cardstock.



it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, but it got rather lost in the trips to Wales, the horrific breakdown and the on-going flood repairs, etc. Here, a bit belatedly, are some of the lovely cards I received, all beautifully crafted. Thanks to all for making my birthday fun despite the atrocities
happy crafting
jx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Man's Card

Hi Crafty Friends

We made this in class a few weeks ago, when I was thinking about my brother's birthday which was fast approaching. Now his birthday is behind us and I sent an entirely different card. Still, I enjoyed making this one, despite there not being a flower in sight!

We stamped over some neutral-ish brown paper with a massive stamp (sorry I've forgotten the make) to create the background and stamped out a variety of stamps, from which we die cut circles for the toppers. There was a choice of stamps for the rectangular panel, aswell, so all the cards looked a bit different.
Then it was back to being Brownies, to tie a reef knot in some string, and then some strong arm tactics to set the eyelets using my rather primitive Silent Setter. I really must think about getting a Crop-o-dile, but they seem quite an expensive way of making holes. Does anyone have any cheaper suggestions?

I quite liked the red and brown combination and after the feminine cards from the previous weeks, it was good to have a change.
Happy Crafting
Jx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Simply Topping

Hi Crafty Friends
Things are going from bad to worse at Serendipity Towers. The flood damage is still not sorted and yesterday my car broke down 155 miles from home on a massively busy and horrible stretch of merging motorways around Birmingham and it was the rush hour (5pm) Finally got home on the transporter that brought my car at ten past two this morning. Had a very tiresome morning sorting out getting my car taken to the garage, sorting out a replacement, dealing with the entirely useless insurance etc etc.
Sorry to whinge. One good thing is I've been let off attending the work meeting I was going to, so most unexpectedly I get to have my birthday at home.
Here is a card we made a few weeks ago, somehow I've got them out of order. It features some more of my cha cha cha dies (doncha just love a bargain?) As soon as I saw this lovely corner die, I knew I wanted to make a fancy topped card with it. It cut really well, and when embossed is really pretty. The ovals and the borders are also new dies. The border is the exact size for DL cards, so I think I might be making a few more of these.
The image is coloured with alcohol markers- definitely NOT my forte, but luckily there wasn't much to do. The flowers are blush coloured pearlescent paper, inked to add variety but still tone together. The pearlescence still shows through the ink.

It was a simple little card, but I enjoyed making it, and I'm pleased it has inspired some people to look again at their dies and make some fancy topped cards.

happy crafting
jx

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A Bunch of Thanks

Hi Crafty Friends

I was asked by if we could make a thank you card, and as I will be needing some thank you cards for my team at work, I thought it would be a good plan to get some done early.

I thought we'd have a bit of an experimental week, using inks and stencils. I need a lot more practice at this myself, but it's good fun trying out different effects. I just created two simple layouts so people could concentrate on making their own background papers.
I love this sentiment die - I think its Spellbinders (or possibly Sue Wilson); the stars are of course 'cheap as chips ...'



I did add some Tim Holtz mica spray which looks quite pretty in real life, but doesn't show up here.
Happy Crafting
Jx

Friday, 24 February 2017

A little bird told me...

Hi Crafty Friends

I was dying to try out some of my (many!) new cheapo dies so I combined several on this class card. The oval lattice looks gorgeous, but I have to admit it drove everyone crazy, it was so hard to get the die cut out of the die. The sentiment and the filigree flowers were fine.
The bird is an old Stampin Up punch and the branch is Heartfelt creations. I enjoyed stamping and inking these to get texture that hasn't come out v well in the pic.
I wanted a massive floppy bow to finish it off, but gave up trying to tie one, and just looped the ribbon up and secured it with a brad. It proved a popular choice, so I may just give up on bows!



Happy Crafting folks
Jx