Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Getting there...


Just a week to go before Bridget's last day at work & retirement "do" and her memory book seems to be taking ages. I think some of the problem has been waiting for photos - it's hard to be motivated when you are not sure you will have enough pics to make the book worthwhile.

At least I now have the basic book constructed...
Front cover.
Back cover.
Title page.
Some of the photos.
A slightly better photo taken in better lighting conditions.

I just need to get the pics in the book with a bit of embellishment and some journalling.

I've plenty of suitably coloured PP, some ribbons, brads, eyelets and fingers crossed all should be well................................

Monday, 30 May 2011

Kenny K's digi images...

...cover lots of themes and are fun to colour in.

Regular visitors will know that I have a favourite image from this download site that I play around with on a regular basis.

I seem to be on a bit of a 'challenge blog' roll at the moment so when I noticed that there was a challenge blog attached to the Kenny K site I went to have a look.

"Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenges" has as its current challenge theme - Fabulous Florals (challenge #47). So I thought I'd play along...
I wanted the card to have a slightly retro/flower-power feel to it but I'm not completely sure I achieved that.
The card blank is cut from smooth white CS and I dry embossed the scallop down the opening edge and cut by hand. The background PP is from a DCWV matt stack and has a mix of flowers and circles with a touch of glitter. I've added a row of roses & buds. I think this means I've fully covered the 'floral' aspect of the challenge LOL.

Why don't you pop over to the challenge blog to see what other folk have come up with. I'll be having a browse as soon as I've sorted out the links in this post..........................

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Just Magnolia Wk 109...

...another challenge.

The latest challenge over on the "Just Magnolia and hAnglar & sTangler Challenge blog" is - Friends. I think my Sister & Brother Magnolia stamp is perfect for this theme. Why not pop over to their blog to have a look at what their DT have done with this topic.

This is the card that I am entering...
Tried another colour scheme on this stamp - lemon & green. The colours give the card a more Springtime feel & freshness.
I started with a 6" sq smooth white card blank onto which I matted some 'mylittleshoebox' PP in green with polkadots. Across the centre I matted some yellow satin ribbon onto white CS and layered a strip of white doily trim over the top of this. My image was cut out using Nesties and layered onto a matt cut from Kraft CS using the next size up in the Nestie set. A selection of blooms arranged with some punched green bling CS fir branches and that is it.

Materials used: -

Smooth white CS - 290gsm
mylittleshoebox PP
Bazzill bling CS - pale green
Kraft CS
Anita's Net & pearl blooms in white & yellow
Small yellow roses
Lemon spray - 99p shop
Yellow satin ribbon - from my stash
Copic pens
Martha Stewart doily trim punch
Wonky reverse rectangle Nesties

Off now to link it to the challenge site.........................

Challenge #90...

...the latest challenge from Die Cut Dreams involves a sketch.

Why don't you pop over to the Die Cut Dreams blog to have a look and see the lovely examples that their DT came up with.

This is my entry...
I decided to make another Christmas card so I went with my "Tilda hanging ornaments" stamp. I didn't want this card to be the traditional reds & greens so I went for blue & beige. You might also notice that I've used my new Nesties to cut out 'Tilda' and the sentiment plate.
I didn't go averboard on the stickles this time - just a little on the ornaments but I did 'bling-it-up' with a Basic Grey gem swirl that I've had in my stash for a while. The PPs are not from a Christmas range but I think the colours work well - they are from the Prima Reflections Collection.

I'll probably have to make a box for this one at some stage but I'll try to remember not to add too much bulky embellishment to the lid this time LOL

Hope this card meets the requirements of the challenge - I'm off to have a look at what other folk have come up with.........................

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Captain Jack Sparrow...

...well, not quite LOL

I showed you some clear stamps that I bought so I thought I would now show you those images coloured. I've been watching some video tutorials done by Bev Rochester and I thought that now I had my new Copic colours I would try some of her techniques mixed in with my own. This is what I ended up with...
Isn't he cute? He was so quick and easy to colour...everything just sort of came together. Bev tends to work "Dark to Light" whereas I work light to dark - I decided to stick with the way that I work. However, Bev does make more use of her blender pen than I have in the past so I thought I'd give it a go and was very pleased with the shading.
The 36 new Copic Ciao colours really do fill in some of the gaps that existed between some of the shades in the original 144 colours. I love the addition of some more stone shades of brown which I've used here on the hat & boots.
This cute little Miss just had to have some Aqua/Teal shades on her. I had a bit of a play on the skirt area as I only wanted a hint of the colour.
I just love the effect that the blender created on this little chaps trousers. They look quite worn - which was exactly the look I was aiming for.

It really didn't take very long to complete these - the images are a delight to colour and the extra shades in my Copic collection are super. Now I just have to think of how best to use these 'Young Rebels'.

Shiver me timbers and Yo Ho Ho & a bottle of rum.................


...I won.

My very first card challenge entry (unfortunately, the last one for Diecut Dreams Christmas).

Good job I was sitting down when I blopped...and look over to the right - I get to have a pretty Winners blinkie **big grin**

Oh that has really brightened my day............................



After yet more frustrating attempts to leave comments on folks lovely blogs it finally can to a head when every attempt I made on Patchwork Apples threw me back to the sign-in screen of know, the one where you type your email and password, then press the button...

Well, I seem to remember seeing someone saying (either on their blog or perhaps on UKS) that if you turned off the little 'remember me' bit just below the password, things started working a bit better - so I tried it.

So far, so good.

Not perfect by a long shot and there still seems to be a variety of error messages popping up at different locations whilst Blogger has a think about what I've asked it to do...but on the whole; better.

I don't know if this will work for all of you still having problems but it might be worth giving it a go.........................

Friday, 27 May 2011



Today was the first day of "Members Weekend" over at Pinnacle Crafts - that wonderful weekend that happens every-other month when virtually everything in store is available to members at 30% off. Last MW I had saved up for the latest colour collection from Copics but I just missed the last box so had to order them (still got the 30% off). Unfortunately, I think Joanne has been tearing her hair out in frustration as deliveries of the single pens having been arriving but the box sets have taken an age...never mind, today I collected them **very happy dance**
I was very good today - apart from collecting my Copics I only bought some new Nesties.
It seems such a long time since I ordered these lovely new Copics but now I have them and will be putting them to good use over this lovely long weekend. I think the first thing I will be doing though is re-arranging the pens I have so that these colours slot into their correct places in the scheme of things...I do like my colours in order LOL
I'm sure these lovely Nesties will be put to use fairly soon too. "Reverse Wonky Rectangles"...isn't that a fabulous name for this set. Up until now I've only had a set of scalloped ovals and I really wanted something that was a little more 'Uni-sex' - I think these will do the job.

I have been very good as this has been a rather long month (we were paid early because payday would have fallen on the day of the Royal Wedding) and the next payday doesn't arrive until Tuesday...**groan**...last working day of the month. Stiiiiiiiiiill, we have another 3 days to go for MW and I do have a few pennies saved **rollseyes whilst whistling nonchalantly** you never know, things could change LOL......................................

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Here comes...

...the weekend.

This week has been very heavy going at work so I am really glad that I have a days leave tomorrow - making a lovely 4 day weekend...Yipee!!!

Tomorrow I go to pick up my new set of Copic pens - I can't wait to play with the additional colours and see how they help the shading situation (I did buy one of the new E shades to play with whilst I was waiting for my set to arrive and it has made skin tones easier to blend).

The weather certainly took a turn for the worst today - boy did it rain...perhaps only to be expected as it is Bank Holiday weekend coming up after all. Just hope things improve otherwise the Southend air show is likely to be cut short.
With Mum living on Canvey Island she is under the flight path of most of the planes taking part so every year she gets a free show - so much nicer than battling with all the crowds down at the seafront. Fingers crossed the weather improves.

There will probably be a bit of driving around this weekend but all in a good cause - we'll be checking out a new car.

Hope you all have a super weekend lined up......................

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

When an envelope...

...just won't do.

I'm sure you know what I mean...there you are with the most dimensional card you could possibly have made - layers, flowers (lots of flowers LOL) - how do you present it.

Even if you make an 'envelobox' it's not going to be deep enough so the only solution is to make a proper box...
I made this box for the card that I submitted for the Wild Orchid challenge. I've used the same materials to decorate the box so that everything ties together.
...and the finished item is a lovely matching set.

Now how do I package the box so that the flowers on there don't get dammaged?

Perhaps another box **rollseyes & giggles**.........................

So Sorry Folks...

...I have tried - honest!

I have just spent 1.5hrs trying to catch up with my blog reading list but Blogger is still playing silly wotsits.

I have visited everyone but please do not be offended if I haven't left you a comment - it wasn't my choice; I did try.

Some blogs I've had no problem with, some I've had to sign-in under my username & URL but others just don't want to play or will only let me in anonymously.

So sorry everyone - I'll continue to visit and will be commenting just as soon as Mr Blogger sees fit to get his act together.

Whilst here, can I thank everyone who has visited me (I know there have been quite a few) and fully understand if you are in the same position as I am at the moment - frustrating isn't it.

Let's hope normal service is soon resumed..........................

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Not again...


In case you hadn't realised, Blogger is playing up AGAIN! This time the problem seems to arise when you try to comment on someones get thrown back to 'sign in'. The "Known Issues" that can be found from the dashboard says they are working on it - in the meantime if you would like to relieve a little of the frustration this causes, please feel free to use the Frustration/Stress Buster Kit - below...
I'll try and catch up with you all laters...if I'm not unconscious before then LOL.........................

Monday, 23 May 2011

Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge 24...

...Embossing & layers.

Now it may come as a surprise to many of you but I do craft in other colours than aqua & teal...I really do. To prove it I have used pink & burgandy for my entry to the Wild Orchid Challenge. Pop over to their website for more details about this challenge.
I used my new Magnolia stamp again as I thought I would have a play with a different colour scheme.
I went for an A5 (A4 folded in half) card this time as I've done quite a few square ones recently.

Materials used: -

Swirl embossed white card for the card blank
White matt CS
PPs from the PaperMania Claire Curd's Signature stack
Glitter embossed PP from the Country Companions stack
Mixture of Wild Orchid roses & PaperMania blooms
Velvet ribbon from local craft store
DoCrafts foiled sentiment
Copic pens
Magnolia stamp - Sister & Brother
Scalloped oval Nestie
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Damask

Hope this meets the conditions for the challenge..............................

Sunday, 22 May 2011


...the Winter blues.

Yesterday was the most glorious day here weatherwise so I was in a happy mood. I also thought it was a good opportunity to buy some bits to brighten up the kitchen - add a bit of freshness & zing to chase away all thoughts of the dull, dark winter we have had. This wasn't just a whim to go out spending...honest...I really did need a new washing up bowl and a washing basket. So on the way back from Barleylands I stopped in at Matalan as I remembered seeing some new colourful kitchen stuff in there a couple of weeks ago.

Now you all know that I love aqua & isn't that colour LOL

To be honest, I love aqua & teal but to me they are bathroom or bedroom colours - so what did I get...LIME.
My kitchen is peachy cream & dark wood so I thought this would 'go' (I've had dark green in the past but I didn't want to go that route again).

Yesterday I came home with...a washing up bowl, a washing up brush, a utensil/sink tidy, a kitchen towel post and a mug tree...and no washing basket. Another trip back there today this time with Mum (she can be a bad influence - I'll say no more) and I now have a washing basket, a bucket and a waste caddy...I would have had a new waste bin too but they were out of the lime ones **purse sighed with relief**

One of the main reasons for taking Mum out today is that she has finally decided to join the computer age - we went to get her a laptop. She has signed-up for some classes at her local library and the man from Virgin media installs her broadband tomorrow - no holding her once she decides on something LOL

She is now the proud owner of a very nice Packard Bell laptop and I have to say the staff in PC World could not have been more helpful...they have even pre-set it so that everything is a bit bigger for her on the screen. She is one very happy little bunny.

Well after all that retail therapy we had to go and celebrate at the Harvester - ooooooooooooooo that Rocky Horror Sundae was smashing.............................

EDT: Yes Kristy, this is the same Grandma who can't send a text - I cleared the memory on her phone today of 11 unopened messages LOL.

Aqua / Teal / Lemon...

...but I'm sure you guessed it would be LOL

I coloured the first of my new images last night and I reached for the colours that I've been 'lovin' recently (it also helps to know that I have a lot of PPs & embellies in these shades so can actually do something with the images)
I'm so glad I got this stamp as I think it will be suitable for lots of different occasions - Thank You, Get Well, Friends, Valentines, Birthdays etc.

Now all I have to do is decide what type of card to put this Tilda & Edwin on. I promise to share what I come up with.......................

Saturday, 21 May 2011

I couldn't...


I know it was naughty but these were just too fab to pass by.
The little pirates at the top are the "Young Rebels" by Nellie Snellen...Hands up, Brave captain, Parrot & Treasure. I thought they were so cute and as I couldn't decide between them I went for the whole set (surprising how things just jump into one's basket **rollseyess**).

The stamp at the bottom is a Magnolia and as you can see, I've already been stamping - all set for some colouring in and possibly a bit of 'Hawaii 5-O'. I really couldn't say 'no' to this one - Sister & Brother - I have some Tildas and an Edwin but this is my first combined stamp.

I've told you all before that I wasn't a great fan of Magnolias because of the faces but I have to say...they really do grow on you. They are so easy to colour and so adaptable for different occasions. I would say I have been won over................

Friday, 20 May 2011

Week 107 - sketch - over at...

...the "Just Magnolia and hAnglar & sTangler Challenge blog".

Yep, I've entered another challenge...

This challenge involves following a sketch - not something I'm particularly good at - but hey, I thought I'd give it a go as the other stipulation was that you had to use either a Magnolia or a hAnglar & sTangler image.

You'll not be surprised to see that I've gone with the aqua/teal shades and some lemon.
I've used my Patch Tilda which has been coloured with copics and then cut out and mounted on some scalloped ovals cut with my Nesties.

Materials used: -

Smooth white CS - 6" sq card blank
PPs - Tatty Teddy bumper paper pack
Teal satin perlised CS
Aqua bazzill CS
Pale aqua satin perlised CS
Aqua glitter ribbon - local craft store
Yellow roses - local craft store
Pale blue & lemon satin buds - PaperMania
Lemon sprays - 99p Store
Teal flowers - PaperMania
Patch Tilda stamp
Copic pens
Oval Nesties
3D foam pads

Gosh, my second complete challenge in a week LOL.....................

Thursday, 19 May 2011

I'd forget my head...

...if it wasn't attached LOL - you might want a cuppa, quite a long post to follow...

I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and completely forgot to post them. It was something that I'd been working on for a while so I don't know why I forgot.

A good couple of years ago I attended a crop at Artbase and the day's kit was a Bo-Bunny concertina minibook in a tin...I gave that one to a friend who wanted something a bit different to give to her boyfriend. Then in January last year, Artbase had a fab sale. They were having a big clear-out and Emma found lots of leftover kits from past of which was this kit so I bought one.

I've been meaning to sit down and get this done ever since and now at last it is done...
The tin is approx CD size and part of the outside decoration is a cigar-band wrap type closure.
The minibook inside is actually attached to the inside of the tin - both the base & the lid. One of the things I remembered from doing Bo-Bunny class kits in the past was the instruction to ink all the edges. We used to laugh about this at the crops...if you cut it, you had to ink it...I was very tempted not to ink this one but then thought it would spoil it if I didn't.
I have always loved Bo-Bunny kits as they have great illustrated instructions and everything you need (except glue, ink & photos) is included in the kit. The PPs are always good quality and I love the embellies & trims that they include.
Bo-Bunny seem to think of everything when they put these kits together...colour co-ordination between the PPs, CS, ribbons etc. is always fab. They also include pre-printed journalling for those folk who don't find it very easy to journal in their scrapbooks.
There is plenty of interest created by the use of stickers, matt & layering and there is always plenty of space for lots of photos - usually in a variety of sizes.
Although only one side of the concertina is decorated there is scope to use the back side of the pages as well.

I'm not sure what I'm going to use this for but it was something I really enjoyed doing and I'm so glad I was able to get a replacement for the one I gave away.

I think it was showing a friend the little decorated tin from the card workshop last week that reminded me that I hadn't posted this otherwise who knows how long it would have been before I remembered.

Really, what am I like...................................


...according to me.

A. Age: you have to work for this...I was 5 on the day JFK was killed
B. Bed size: Double
C. Chore that you hate: Housework (sorry, I know I shouldn't swear LOL)
D. Dogs: none since 1998
E. Essential start to your day: the day DOESN'T start without coffee
F. Favorite colour: teal/aqua
G. Gold or Silver: Nope! my late Mother-in-law told me there's only Platinum
H. Height: 5'4" - just
I. Instruments you play: I fiddle a lot but I don't think that's what this means LOL
J. Job title: "Mug"...sure it's stamped on my forehead
K. Kids: none
L. Live: in my own little world most of the time
M. Mother's name: Betty...and no, it's not short for Elizabeth
N. Nicknames: TJ is probably the only polite one
O. Overnight hospital stays: two
P. Pet peeve: noisy folk in the 'Quiet zone' on the train
Q. Quote from a movie: "Nobody puts Baby in the corner!"
R. Right or left handed: Right - although many would say I can be cack-handed...
S. Siblings: one sister
T. Time you wake up: too early
U. Underwear: Yes!
V. Vegetable you hate: swede/turnip hard to split them
W. What makes you run late: waiting for other folk
X. X-Rays you've had: both arms & jaw
Y. Yummy food that you make: roasted butternut squash filled with roasted veg & cheese
Z. Zoo animal: Elephants

I saw this over on the blogs of Mrs Dunnit (Julia) and The Crafty Elf and thought I'd play along too.

Why not join in the fun - if you do, leave me a comment and I'll drop by to see what your ABC looks like.................................

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

White cloud...

...said the forecast - yeh, right, huh!

Think I could have done with footwear like this...
...would certainly have been better than the beige deck shoes that I squelched home in.

White cloud - no way.

Downpour - most certainly.

Oh the joys of the British weather.............................

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

I have made a start...

...on the retirement memory album - but that's all I've managed.

I went to Scrap night tonight determined to get stuck laid plans, and all that. However, we had a new lady - not only new to our group but quite new to scrapping so it turned into a bit of a 'show & tell' evening.

So what did I get done?

I have some lovely heavy weight greyboard that is super for making covers with but it is a bit of a pig to cut. It is the sort of board that you have to score with the craft knife and then just keep going over the score-line until you cut right through. This can take a while and guess what - I measured wrongly so then had to cut a sliver off of one of the covers so that they matched...doh!!!
I cut a piece of PP from my Tim Holtz Kraft-resist stack to cover the front and decided to colour it with my Tumbled Glass Distress Ink pad - I'm rather pleased with the way it turned out.

That's the front cover covered...I think I'll cover the back with one of the ledger sheets from the same stack and I'll have to have a think about how I'm going to embellish the cover.

So, not a lot done but at least I've made a start................................

Monday, 16 May 2011

How does your garden grow...

...well there's no silver bells or cockle shells in my garden but these are my pretty new flowers.
Aren't these frilly flowers lovely...
...and the colour of these is super.
Can you see what I meant when I said these ones were like antiqued paper?

Still haven't decided where they are going to 'live' but am thinking perhaps some pots near the back door. This way I'll be able to see them from the kitchen window and I'll pass them everytime I go to the car (it will be easier for watering too...LOL) - just need to sort out some nice pots.

On the crafting front, I have to say folk never cease to surprise me. I have a member of staff who will be retiring at the start of June (just about 3 wks away) and I've been toying with the idea of putting together a mini book for her. Unfortunately, I don't have many photos that would be suitable so hadn't really taken it any further. Today another member of staff came up to me and asked if I would be making "one of those nice scrap-booky things" and did I want some photos...

A lot of my colleagues show an interest in my card making but not many "get" the scrapbooking thing so this all came as quite a surprise. So it looks like I'm gonna have to sort out some PPs & embellies so that I'm 'good-to-go' when the photos arrive. I also have a sneaky feeling that this is a subtle hint that this lady would like a scrapbook done for her as she will be retiring in the New Year.

I'm not sure I'll ever get all my colleagues to understand scrapbooking but it seems I've made a small start...........................

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Today has not been a...

...crafting day.

To start with the washing machine decided to throw a wobbly yesterday evening - making some really horrific noises so I was left with two loads of washing still to do. The bedding was not a problem as there is plenty in the cupboard but the other load contained - as my Nan would have said - all my nether garments and sorry, I draw the line at 'going commando'...

So as I was scheduled to take Mum out to the garden centre today, I took everything with me so that at least one load could be 'doing' whilst we were out...washing sorted.

The trip to the garden centre resulted in some new plants that I will have to find homes for - a couple of Osteospurnum (sp?) in the most lovely colours (one like antiqued paper and the other like a cross between terracotta & bronze), and a Pelargonium (sp?) with really pretty white frilly flowers with a pink blush to the centres - pleeeeeeeeeeease, you don't expect me to actually be able to spell these names. I thought I did quite well just remembering what they were LOL

On the way back Mum suggested we stopped off at a Harvester that we had passed so we could have some lunch.
The chicken was just delish...and the salad bar was beautifully fresh with a reasonable sellection.

I probably would have left it at that but Mum was looking at the sweet menu and the Rocky Horror sundae was just too much to resist...
The warm chocolate brownie and fudge sauce in the bottom, topped with Cornish ice cream, cream and choc/fudge chunks was yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

The weather here has not been great today. Very overcast (looked like we would get a downpour any moment), windy and quite chilly. So once home I was not feeling inclined to find homes for the new plants and it certainly wasn't suitable weather for pegging out washing.

What have I been doing? I've been blopping and would you believe it, the site that I found yesterday with the challenge that I've entered has decided that this will be the last challenge - was it something I said??????????? LOL

Never mind, they have a couple of other challenge blogs so I might check them out.

Back to work tomorrow and it is a 'full' week this week - no days off for crafting , Royal weddings or anything else - I obviously didn't plan that very well **rollseyes**. Hope you have all had a good weekend and that you have an interesting week to come.......................

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Challenge #64... Diecut Dreams Christmas Club Blog.

Well this is something I've never done before...entered a card challenge.

Normally the only time I enter challenges is when there is a cybercrop over on UKS so I'm quite nervous about this. However, I was visiting the lovely Lynne's blog and I thought the type of card to be used for the challenge would be ideal for my Christmas Tilda & Edwin that I shared with you a few posts ago.
The brief is that the card must be made using the tutorial provided, it has to be a Christmas card, it has to use a Tilda and there has to be lots of glitter & bling.
Well I followed the tutorial to make the card which has an acetate front to it. My Santa Edwin & Tilda with Fir seem well at home amid the stickles, glitter dot CS, red gems and red miri-card.
I used a piece of acetate to 'float' the sentiment between the background and the acetate front.
My photography is never the best in the world and tends to be even worse when there is sparkly stuff involved but I think you can see in this photo that there is quite a bit of glitter & bling.

Materials used: -

Smooth white CS to create the base card (290 weight)
Sandylion PP - Candy stripe
Red miri-card
White glitter dot CS
Tartan ribbon
Red flat back gems
Ice stickles
Clear acetate
Double sided tape
3D foam pads
Copic pens
Magnolia stamps - Tilda with Fir & Santa Edwin
Martha Stewart punches - doily border & doily trim
Woodware punches - scalloped ovals (blue & yellow sizes)
Nestie - large scalloped oval

I hope this meets the requirements of the challenge.......................

Friday, 13 May 2011

Blogger is back... last.

I am now trying to catch up with all the posts my bloggy cyber friends had posted and am finding that although I have entries in my reader list for stuff dated yesterday, they all seem to be missing - todays posts seem to be okay. Perhaps it was a good thing I couldn't get into Blogger yesterday otherwise I probably would have lost my post too - I certainly seem to have lost a lot of lovely comments that I was able to read before the system went wonk...

Anyway, as we are back up on the airwaves - so to speak - let me share a couple of cards with you...
This one is a decoupage topper from the Tatty Teddy bumper pack. The colours in this pack go so well with the teals/aquas that I love.
This card used some of the PP and one of the many single layer toppers in the pack.

There is so much in the pack and I'm determined to try and use it I'm sure there will be some more Tatty Teddies cropping up shortly.

Better get back to catching up with all your lovely blogs...................

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Ink, Glitter, Spray Mesh and a...

...Shaving Brush (well it looked like a shaving brush and I haven't a clue what the real name is LOL).

Today was the first of Dawn Bareham's craft days for this, health & a number of things have delayed the classes restarting. However, everything went well for today (even the weather behaved) and we got to use the new classroom for the first time.

We started the day with a bit of altering...
This started life as a silver coloured pillbox sized tin which we attacked with Adirondack inks in Stream/Pool/Raison colours. The lid was then stamped with a swirl that was embossed in gold and then we used some spray mesh over the top (a bit like spray string but much finer).
Inside we folded a strip of CS that had been coloured using the same inks and decorated the panels with ribbon, flowers, Mulberry paper, gems and a couple of stamped panels.
The stamping was done on silver 'magic' card using Versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The result was a beautiful dimensional embossed effect. A couple of butterflies were added along with some aqua pearls and it was done.

The next card was where we got to play with the new Silkies pearl paints and the shaving brush (is it a pouncer...or is that something else???). It took a bit of getting used to so that the paint didn't go on too heavily in places but I think I was getting into the swing of things by the time all the bits were done.
The stamped images throughout the card were done using an embossing glue that we then sprinkled with glitter before sealing the surface with Crafters Companion spray glitter.
Inside has a number of tag type flaps which were decorated with plenty of matting & layering and the pretty dragonfly stamps. The card is held shut with a velcro tab that is decorated with another dragonfly.

Templates and paper piecing came next...
...and the result was this cute rocking horse. Lots of cutting out and layering up but quite straight forward.

To round off the day we finished with a very quick and easy decoupage card.
This cute little classic car card was cut out, layered up and the 'chrome' bits of the car were then highlighted with a clear glitter pen. Quick - Easy -Done!!!

I always enjoy Dawn's craft days (so much better that going to work). Lunch was super, the company was great and everyone came away with a collection of lovely finished items. Roll on next month..........................