Thursday, 19 April 2018

a Right Mix Up

Hi Crafty Friends
Long time no blog!

Most visitors to this blog already know, but for those of you that don't, I'm sorry to have to tell you that the worst thing that can happen in craft land has happened to me - my craft room caught fire!!

The room was completely wrecked and the rest of the house has suffered extensive soot and smoke damage. I am now in rented accommodation, and likely to be here for some time, given the glacial speed of the insurance company. Here we are, 2 months after the fire and they are commissioning another report on what need to be done (i.e. is there anything they can get out of doing!)

Sadly I have not been crafting - no stash and too much other stuff to do. However, I did manage to reconvene the club last week (at my temporary place) but crafting with the random stuff which escaped has proved trying to say the least. It was lovely to see all those who could make it, though.
A massive THANK YOU to all who have helped (cleaned stuff, donated stuff, brought cake etc). Huge, huge thanks to Wendy without whom and without whose trailer nothing would have been possible. I hoping to have the club meet again this week, fingers crossed.

Before the fire we were experimenting in mixed media
Now as you know, this isn't really my forte, but I do like the look and it's fun, so we embarked on another project - this time a book cover. I chose to do a diary but everyone chose what sort of book they wanted and brought it in. The first week we just covered them with scrunched up paper and gessoed them black, ready for the fun the following week.

Here's mine



I used a mixture of die-cuts and metal embellishments. I think you can see quite a lot of Tim Holtz in evidence. It's mostly coloured by dry brushing with metallic paints, plus a bit of gilding wax. The trouble with this mixed media malarkey is that you need quite a few media to mix, and I (currently) don't have many. Still I was pleased with the effect.

We all had a grand and fairly messy time
Here's Kath, very busy

And here are some of the finished projects

Inga's. I just love the pencils (and everything else about it, come to that)

Joan's super address book



Ann C's album - a fab upscaling of a kraft album from The Works


Jackie's gorgeous notebook. I do believe there are more in the pipeline. The bug has definitely bitten!


Glyn's brilliant garden book (what a great idea) and I love the ladybird. 


And Margaret's book for her 7yr old granddaughter. Her granddaughter loves it and has already started filling it with drawings and journalling. what a lovely keepsake it will be.


There are loads more fabulous makes, but I haven't managed to snag any pics. But hasn't everyone done well!

I'm delighted too say, it was very popular and quite a few people have made several more books. It seems once someone in the family gets one, everyone else wants one too. I did start another one, but I found its charred remains in the debris. Speaking of which, I thought you might like to take note of what a faulty heat gun can do!




Hope to be back with brighter news next time
happy crafting
Jx

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Christmas roundup part 2

Hi Crafty Friends
I've found another two Christmas cards which I didn't get round to blogging in the rather stressful period before Christmas.

I found this gorgeous ribbon in Boyes, and there was enough for all of us, so I decided a simple card would make the ribbon the star of the show. It involved a bit of fiddly lining up, but basically an easy peasy card. It's a very old stamp, sorry I don't have the name. We embossed it and added gems.




Another quick make. We masked off the panel and sponged in colour, making sure we did a background panel to match at the same time. Then it was just a quick bit of stamping and embossing. Another old favourite stamp, by Inkadinkadoo.


I hope to be back soon with what we've been up to since Christmas.
happy crafting
Jx

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Christmas round up

Hi Crafty Friends

So here we are in the middle of February, so it must be time for a round up of last Christmas's makes. As you may know, things have not been too good at Serendipity Towers, but I'm hoping we're on a more even keel now. So here is a picture heavy blog to try to catch up.

 This is a giant 8x8 card, which I rarely do - mainly because I find it difficult to think of what to fill it up with. But these large stitched edge frames made that bit easy. Some are Sue W. and some cha cha cha. The trees are very old Marianne dies which I haven't used in ages (since I got my more realistic ones). But I like these for a change. The image is (as ever) a part of one of my 3 winter scene stamps. (by Art Kure). I cut the sentiment banner using two Spellbinder border dies and bent a long sentiment stamp to fit on it.

I made this one for a friend who has 2 black cats. The door is an embossing folder free with a magazine (along with the wreath die) and the brick embossing folder is Tim H. I letter-pressed it. I drew, cut out and coloured the pots without the aid of dies, stamps, templates etc (How old school is that!) The cats are cha cha cha.

We had a lovely, messy mixed media day, when we made Christmas baubles, based on MDF shapes, many of which were supplied by Trish (many thanks). This is mine. I added texture with plasterer's tape and cheese cloth, then gessoed the background. I sprayed it with Brushos I'd mixed with water and put in mister bottles. I then added handmade flowers, leaves from an old Xmas dec, bits of jewellery etc, more gesso and a lot of dry brushing with metallic or pearlescent acrylic paints. I finished it with a hefty dollop of glitter.


Here are 2 fabulous creations made by club members, Jackie and Glyn respectively.



This next was a quick card, very good for using up scraps of paper and involved a bit of easy colouring. The baubles are Spellbinders.


These two were so quick we did both in one session. The narrower front panel adds interest to a small card (A6). The top one involved layering very sparkly silver glitter card behind the baubles and making a very narrow frame, both of which were a bit fiddly. I just love this die so I think worth it.



I made this one for a friend, using my Sue W. shadow box die, which I just HAD to have and have hardly used 😳

We seemed to have been making Christmas cards for ever, so there must be some still lurking about which have so far evaded the camera. I'll be back when I've pinned them down.
happy crafting
Jxx

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Traditional Christmas Colours

Hi Crafty Friends

I just thought I'd stop by and share a few of the cards I made for some of the club members. I love trying out new colour schemes for Christmas cards, but I always end up coming back to traditional reds, greens and gold. They just seem to say Christmas to me.

Sorry the pics are so dull. I took them quickly in poor light, just before I had to give them out.
This is a great die set which with a bit of tartan matting makes a quick and easy card.





This uses a 6" paper pad (The Gift of Christmas, I think). And it's another outing for my old Magenta rubber stamp. I just select different bits of the image.


This uses the same paper pad and a host of spellbinder dies.




Happy Christmas
Jx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Reining it in

Hi Crafty Friends
And welcome from the bad blogger! As you may know, I've been very busy helping out a poorly friend so not much time for blogging. The craft club has continued as ever so here's a bit of a catch up. Reindeer have been a bit of a theme this year: I've already posted two cards in which they feature, and here are three more.

This one also features my fave Santa stamp by Inkadinkadoo (now retired, I believe). I enjoyed using the die to make the flip part of this card - so much easier than partial die cutting which we used to have to do.

I was inspired by a small pic in an advert to make this one. The proportions are different though. This fits a DL envelope. The tag is removable so the message can be written on the back.


I love stepper cards and made this one to fit the fab new Christmas frame. I used the same deer as the card above. it's such a versatile die. Loving craft card at the moment
Happy crafting everyone
Jx

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Round the Bend (2)

Hi Crafty Friends

Here's the card we made at the club last week, so it's almost on time!

I really like bendi-fold cards but they are time consuming so we don't do them too often, but I have to indulge myself every now and again. As before, this is a triple bendi.

The basic shape is a Go Kreate die I've had ages, and I just made up the shapes for the flaps, which the club used as templates.
The other dies are mostly cha cha cha. The flourish is Spellbinders from the holly border set.

The papers are quite heavy so didn't need matting onto card, which speeded things up no end.
Sorry the background is so distracting - I'll try to re-do these pics.


Happy crafting
Jx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Grand Crafting Jamboree

Hi Crafty Friends

Well how about this! An up to date post from me 😀

I just had to blog our grand all day crafting event which I was somehow talked into about 2 months ago. Since then I have been beavering away making cards and plans, and finally, after a week of carpentry (making the tables and fixing the chairs) heavy lifting, advanced logistics and generally running around like a mad thing, the great day dawned.

This is what we made in the morning
This one used a lot of die cuts: Marianne poinsettias and the rest unbranded. (cha cha cha)


This one involved a lot of stamping and heat embossing, but no die cuts. The poinsettias had to be cut out by hand but they are an easy shape (Four Petal Flower by Chloe). I think they're lovely on vellum. In fact I generally love white on kraft card.


And here's everyone hard at work. As you can see, quite a lot of furniture shifting has gone on. But we all fitted in fine

The pom poms you can see were a late addition from my pal who had them left over from her daughter's birthday party.

The new, makeshift, die cutting station worked well (Thanks Wendy, for the wood)



And with a quick change, it worked equally well for the real reason for the day - the buffet!!
 Everyone brought something and it was all delicious



A moment of quiet reflection (or major stuffing ourselves with deliciousness) I think the red place mats were the success story of the day!



And then it was back to the table of craftiness. This is what we made in the afternoon. I do love white on white cards, but I tried to get some variation by using a mix of plain and pearlescent card, and LOTS of glitter. None of which is very apparent in this pic.


And then there was the Christmas dec. Many thanks to my good pal, Debbie, for the idea and the prototype. I'm pleased to say my cunning scheme for scoring and cutting made quick work of making all the basic shapes. Then it was just a matter of sticking on coloured paper, in the right places and joining them up. (I'm saying nothing 😉, but some might remember the Christmas snowflakes at Tracey's 😀😀) 





Many thanks to everyone who came for making it such a fun event, and for the lovely lunch. Especial thanks for all the help with clearing up, and to Ann for the help with moving the furniture.

Happy crafting, everyone
Jxx