Saturday, 29 April 2017

Inks and Dies

Hi Crafty Friends

We had a two-fer day at the club recently. We did a couple of cards which were quick to make. Thanks to Debbie for the sassy woman design and to Shaz in Oz for the Brushos and Dragonfly combo.

Both the dies are cheapies, and the woman and dogs one fell apart, so we had to stick the bits together with low tack tape, but hey ho, it was cheap. It didn't put people off, and several have ordered the die.

I didn't have a stencil for the skyline so we made our own with a die (Oyster stamps?) and then brushed in the background. I've had the sentiment ages - I'm so pleased it finally made it to a card.

This next one involved Brushos (sprinkled and splodged onto wet watercolour paper). This was a new technique for most of the club members, but was great fun and everyone got great results.

I got carried away and made loads of Brusho pieces, so I hope I get some time to turn them into cards.
Happy crafting

on a Roll

Hi Crafty Friends

One of our craft clubbers hasn't been able to make it to the club for ages, and it was her birthday recently, so I popped round with a card. I really wanted to try out my new Spellbinders border die (had to buy it after we'd used it in the class Margaret did for us), and I'm still on a roll with the rolled roses. My latest rolled rose die (a nameless cha cha cha die) is, I think the best yet - even if I did buy it, thinking it would make fir cones!
I used a mix of Spellbinders and Tattered Lace dies for the sentiment panel, and another cha cha die for the leaves, I love the way they emboss.

here's to hoping our pal can get things sorted so she can return, in the meantime
happy crafting everyone.

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