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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Getting ready for...

...Christmas.

I have been enjoying colouring some of my Magnolia stamps that haven't seen the light of day (or an ink-pad) for some time. Some of this is down to the fact that I have been doing a lot of colouring ready for Christmas and I would say that I have quite a few Christmas Magnolias so it has been an ideal opportunity to dig them out.

This little cutie is done in traditional colours...
...and I also had a play with a friend's fancy nesting dies. In addition to cutting the image, I cut some kraft CS so that I have a ready made topper for when I get around to putting a few more Christmas cards together.

My stack of coloured images is growing nicely and if I can get the drives on my PC sorted (yep, still not done - grrrr) I might even get some time to have a go at a few challenges - we shall see.

Having a good stock of images that I have coloured is a bit of a comfort-blanket for me. I really don't like the feeling of having nothing to hand that can be used when the occasion arises.

Do you just colour images as you need them or do you like to have a stock too...................................

Monday, 31 August 2015

With just 4 to go...

...I wonder what colour will be next.

I'm sure there is lots of speculation going on.

On Saturday, I picked up another two of the colours from this year's new releases of the Tim Holtz Distress products from Ranger.

"Blueprint sketch" was the release for July...
 ...and is a beautiful blue. I have had a bit of a play with my marker but not tried adding water or anything else to see how it 'shades' when used like a watercolour.
"Hickory Smoke" was the release for June...
...and as far as I have gotten with this is to update my product list in my planner/notebook. It is a lovely grey - what I would call a 'proper grey' - not the browny colour that is created by Pumice stone.

I now have the markers, reinkers and ink pads for each colour for the first 7 months. I do have a couple of stains, paints and sprays but not for all the colours as I don't tend to use those products as much.

The August release was "Ground espresso", a lovely dark brown that I will be looking forward to adding to my collection.

So what do you think the colour for September will be?

I would still like to see an addition to the mauve/purple shades and I know that Andy at Pinnacle Crafts is still hoping for a solid while (rather than the wash of Picket fence).

Well, only a week to go and we will know what the next release will be.........................................

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Tags as...

...toppers.

I've noticed that a lot of folk use tags/tag shapes as toppers on their cards and they can look very effective.

As I have been playing with some of my Magnolia stamps recently, I thought I'd have a play with one of the Tilda images that I had coloured with my Copics...
...I'm not sure what make the die was (it could have been a freebie from a magazine) but I liked the shape. With the addition of some flowers and some punched fronds...
...you don't need much more to create a card.

Another Christmas card to add to the slowly growing pile.........................................

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Have you ever...

...wanted to create a themed scrapbook but couldn't find appropriate PPs?

Frustrating isn't it.

Have you ever thought of looking at the large square wall calendars that are available...
...at just under 12x12 they could be just what you want.

If you visit places like The Works, 99p Stores or Poundland at this time of the year there are usually lots of different topics/themes to be found.

Beach huts (sorry about the poor photo above - the thumbnail didn't expand very clearly) could be the perfect solution for backgrounds to your snaps from a UK beach holiday.

Today I picked up a couple of calendars from The Works (one was £2 the other £3). One contains 12 images of ancient maps and the other contains 12 seasonal images. That is 24 pages for £5 which works out to less than 21p per sheet.

The maps will be perfect backgrounds for some travel and holiday photos, whilst the seasonal ones will be great for a number of photos that I have.

Some of the pages from these calendars would also make great prints for the wall so those may well find their way into some clear record protectors for hanging on the wall.

There are so many different types of themed calendars to be found that you are bound to find something that you like and if scrapbooking isn't your thing...why not use the images in your art journals.

Calendars can be useful for other things too - I often cut the images from the long calendars and use them in my card making. A calendar does not have to be just for ticking off the days or recording events not to be missed - it can make a wonderful base for your crafting...........................................

Thursday, 27 August 2015

What happened...

...to Summer?

It has been feeling decidedly like Autumn for the last week or two with an odd day of sun and heat thrown in but now it is edging more towards Winter.

It is chilly of a morning, the sky is overcast and boy have we had some rain this week.

With the Bank Holiday weekend coming up the weather men have been telling us that it will be a good weekend weather-wise...not sure I believe them as their track record isn't too great.

Let me just think of the heat and lovely blues skies that started the month of August...
...because it isn't feeling too wonderful at the moment...........................................................................

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A little tatty fairy...

...that I coloured a while back.

I love this LOTV fairy...
...she is so sweet and I adore her tatty, patched dress.
I had a rummage through my stock of flowers and CS and found some bits that went well with the colours I had used to colour the image with...
...I also found some felt butterflies (possibly Papermania) and was really pleased how this all came together.............................................................

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I was having a...

...bit of a sort out.

Just like my paper stash, my knitting stash is pretty sizable too

I was trying to sort out some of the different yarns I have by packing them by type & colour when I came across this...
...it is one of the ruffle scarves that I have made lots of but for some reason, this one was tucked in a bag...not quite finished. Why I didn't finish it I shall never know - it only took about 15 minutes to complete.

I now have another scarf to add to my collection ready for Christmas gifts..................................