Tuesday, 29 September 2009

more atc s

hi world

i have been busy this week doing atc's.
its funny isn't it? how addictive these silly little cards can be!

i used to think they were a waste of time but now i have done a few i am getting into them. they aren't as easy as they look, i think because they are so small, you really need to think about what you are doing.

i like to make them completely different to each other, i think i have managed it.
i have sent some off to swops but the top one seems to have disappeared from scanner to envelope ! very strange.
i think my favouite is the magic flakes and the love fairy.
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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

more links

there is a brilliant new book out, (well new-ish) called 'Link It' by Susan C thomas. it incorporates chain maille techniqes with rubber o rings.
it is something a bit different and quite quick and easy to do once you get the basics. i have done a few projects from it already but had a play last night trying a few different ideas. this is what i ended up with..
i was very pleased with the pendants and just had to order more rings. the best web site for these rings is
here is loads of other beady stuff too and they are always really quick at despatching.
the only negative to this technique is the taste. whatever you do dont get your fingers near your mouth when you are making them yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk!
wash your hands with lots of hot soapy water after

Sunday, 20 September 2009

happy birthday amy

it is my twin daughters birthday this week. i struggled to make cards for them today, not really feeling very inspired. but anyway here is one of the cards (i forgot to scan the other before i posted it.

this one is for amy. i was looking through my craft stamper mags for inspiration and came across an article on shrink plastic. i haven't done this for a while so i did.

i cut a large rectangle of plastic and stamped flowers on it with black staz on (must get some more colours!). i coloured parts of the flowers in with aqua promarkers. the plastic didnt shrink very evenly but i think it is ok.
i stamped the backing paper and a piece of pink card edged with brilliance ink with the same stamps to match the stamping on the plastic.
i kept the theme of stamping on the corners throughout the card.
the ribbon on the card is a sort of metallic mesh, it is not very flexible so didn't lay very well (but better than it looks in the picture).
i free wrote amys name in the corner and then placed a plastic square over each letter. i was quite pleased with the card in the end, it is a different style for me , but it is good to try different styles.

Friday, 11 September 2009

good omen

how is this for a good omen?

today my daughter and i went up to london zoo. amy had an interview as a trainee reptile keeper. she has just finished her masters degree in zoo conservation at plymouth uni and really wants this job!!!!

she thinks it all went well, but she wont know for a week or so.

anyway when we arrived home i checked my post and found that i had won a freebie from papercraft essencials magazine. i made amy a quick card with one of the stamps, it is very appropriate, dont you think?
the stamp is called' jungle pals' from woodware craft collection.
i stamped the image twice then coloured the crocodile in on one and the background on the other, i used sakura pens and aqua promarkers. i cut out the coloured croc and layered it on top of the background with foam pads.
the background paper is a giraffe pattern i had in my ever expanding stash. i punched out some leaves and wrote the greeting on with the sakura pens.
she liked the card as she loves crocodiles, she spent 3 months in peru doing a research project into feeding habits of caimen crocs!
thanks very much papercrafts mag!
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Sunday, 6 September 2009

not quite venice

hi everyone

i saw this project in last months craft stamper and really liked it, so i thought i would have a go.

i won some of the new clay on from a magazine freebie and i was wandering what to make with it. i love the project in the magazine.
i also like going up tall towers like the campanile ( i have been to venice but didn't get time to go up, but i did go up the one in florence). My tile wasn't as big as the one in the book but i am quite pleased with it . i am going to hang it in my craft room.
the clay has ben stamped wih various rubber stamps, some whole and some just part of the stamp. i used several colours of perfect pearls on the clay before and after cooking, it has given it a lovely sheen. i also painted on glossy accents to protect the surface of the tiles. finally after cookong i glued on 3 gems just to add a bit of bling.
a bit of sparkle is almost as importan t as chocolate!
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one of the tiles has the word beleive pressed into it : beleive, you can do anything if you want to enough!,

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

well done lucy

My youngest daughter lucy has just started her first full time job. in these difficult times it is hard to find a job at all. she is really lucky to get a job doing something she wants to do; working in a daycare nursery looking after 'little people'.

i know she is going to have a brilliant time there and do really well, she deserves to as she worked hard to pass all her exams.

i made her a good luck card, but she started straight away so i didnt have long to do it. it was a very quick make, but it is pink which is her favourite colour, also it is glittery and fun, just like her!