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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Stitching updates

I managed to get a few hours worth of stitching in last Friday for the Christmas stocking SAL.  Rudolph now has his belt of bells almost complete and I’m hoping to get his head completed this week.
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The teddy bear sampler is coming along nicely.  The castle and the bear are now complete so it’s just a case of working round and completing the border and adding the banner.
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Seven Virtues now has 3 words completed and some of the borders – this seems to get more attention than my other stitching as it’s something I always pick up before going in to work.
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I’ve got a crop to look forward to on Saturday which will be great fun as always.  Sunday I have to work but it’s a short day so not so bad – fingers crossed it will go quick enough.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Sketch Saturday #273

I’m using up the last of the scraps from the last two cards I have made in the past week.  I decided to play along with the sketch on the Sketch Saturday challenge blog but I have rotated it to fit with idea I had for my card.  I’ve used a couple of SU stamps sets and kept it fairly simple. 
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This card has now been put away for our granddaughter Elisha who will be four on Friday – soon to start school in September.  Next week though she has to spend possibly a week in hospital while they ‘detox’ her body and work out her carb intake and her insulin needs.  The past few weeks have seen a lot of highs and lows, coupled with night tremors which are of great concern to all.  Fingers crossed they can work out more of a plan to enable her to get through her school years without too much disturbance.

Also last night I made a start on the mass production of Christmas advent calendars – it took me two hours to get the bases ready, there was a lot of cutting, scoring and taping together, but I have eleven more ready for the next stage.  I have at least 15 to make of which I have completed  four of so far.  I may work on the dividing sections tonight but then again I might just get distracted by the tennis as the US Open has started today.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Seize the Sketch #2

Time to play along with the second sketch from Seize the Sketch challenge blog.
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I have played with a set of stamps from Avacado Arts using the grass to create the border at the bottom and the hot air balloon as the banner.  I’ve added some clouds and a sentiment which came with the same set.  The flowers along the bottom are from an SU stamp set called Silhouette Sentiments and coloured using my long forgotten Marvy Le Plume markers (they just happened to be closer to hand than my SU markers).  The balloon and the sky was coloured using Copics and I even managed to incorporate some of the left over paper from the Carnival Craze card.

Off to collect the MIL picture from the framers today and while we are down that way we will take Max for a nice long walk round Kit Hill and then hopefully enjoy lunch outside at the tea rooms at the bottom of Kit Hill.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Curtain Call–Carnival Craze challenge

I got to play for a little yesterday afternoon and made this card for the Carnival Craze challenge over at the Curtain Call challenge blog.  I had the heart border circle left over from when I was playing around making the wedding card earlier in the week and wanted to use that up.  The main image is a Unity stamp and I tried to match the colours up with the background paper and then chose brighter colours for the mats.  I’ve used a Whimsy ticket die for the two sentiments which are from HOTP.  The ribbon is from SU.
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Monday, 19 August 2013

Love is patient

I was asked to make a wedding card for a colleague at work – the colour theme for the wedding was a deep purple.  I’ve tried to keep it fairly traditional and used the Love is patient verse from 1 Corinthians 13 4:8 as one of the focal points which is a stamp from Rubadubadoo which I have used on numerous occasions along with the other image.  The sentiment is from SU and I’ve used a selection of Spellbinders and embossing folders.  All embossed with SU’s silver embossing powder.  Hopefully she will like it.
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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Clearly Besotted colour challenge

The time just seems to have been racing away recently.  This past week has been very busy and I have only just had the chance to take part in this month’s Clearly Besotted colour challenge.   The main image and the sentiment come from the With Love stamp sent from Clearly Besotted.  I was looking at their stamps to see which one I could use to go with the colour challenge and the water lilies jumped out at me.  It wasn’t until I looked to check what colour water lilies where that I discovered that they come in lots of different colours and they all look so pretty.  I’ve cut the image out with a Spellbinders die and used some SU papers in Primrose Petal to matt this onto.  This was then matted onto a piece of pale grey cardstock and some more of the SU paper and finished off with a little dragonfly brad.
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During the week I took Logan and Savannah down to Looe to meet up with their Uncle Bryan.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t particularly kind to us and we weren’t able to spend very long on the beach this time.  In fact we had only been on the beach for about 15 minutes when the rain started to come down.  We got rather wet walking back to the car park.  The short time we were on the beach both Savannah and Logan enjoyed themselves.  The last time we took them down to Looe Savannah wasn’t walking and didn’t really know much about it but this time she was able to join in the fun.   We’d had a ‘picnic’ earlier in Bryan and Vicky’s caravan and had also managed to spend some time in the playground.  While the weather wasn’t brilliant it was nice spending some time with the grandchildren.

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Funny how things turn out

I wanted to take part in the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge of Black & White this week but also wanted to try out a technique I’ve seen on a few blogs recently.  The card initially was going to be flowery or pretty but it evolved into something completely different.  I’d made the background by masking off areas and using a dusting brush and TH Black Soot DI and then cut out a couple of shapes from my Spellbinders and a sentiment but it just didn’t look right.  The sentiment and the shapes just didn’t work for me.  So I decided to use some different Spellbinders and this background then emerged and it just said Halloween to me – I know it’s way too early but the card finally came together with a sentiment from SU’s Wacky Wishes and a spider from Spooky Bingo Bits both now retired   Pretty much a one layer card and relatively clean and simple too.
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The weekend went well at the Model Railway exhibition and I got a fair amount of stitching done in between topping up the water urn and chatting to some of the exhibitors when they came in for refreshment.  The castle on the teddy sampler is almost complete so it’s just the border and the banner to work on now – stitching progress photos to follow later in the week.

Tomorrow I am hoping the weather stays dry as I’m taking Colette, Logan and Savannah down to Looe to meet up with Bryan and his girlfriend Vicky who are staying in a caravan down there this week.  Bryan and Vicky are preparing us a picnic which is really sweet of them.  Now that Savannah is walking she will be able to join in the fun on the beach this time – last time we went down there in March most of her time was spent in the buggy so it should be better for her this time.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Seize the sketch #1

I find sketches probably one of the best sources of inspiration so I was really pleased to come across the new Seize the Sketch challenge blog and thought I’d join in with the fun.  I also needed a get well card for a friend of ours who is having an operation today.  I’ve used my rainbow and cloud L’il Inker die cut set to make the focal point of the card.  The rainbow was cut out of white card which I coloured with Copics and then I cut another rainbow out in black to make the colours of the rainbow pop more.  The background card was embossed with the SU clouds embossing folder and the sentiment came from an Avocado Arts stamp set.
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The weekend is fast approaching and I am helping DH out at the Plymouth Model Railway exhibition being held on Saturday and Sunday at The Guildhall in Plymouth.  I’ve been delegated the task of making sure the water urn, tea, coffee and biscuit supplies are kept topped up for the exhibitors rest room.  Not a particularly demanding job but it will be quite solitary at times which provides me with the ideal opportunity to sit and stitch all weekend – ideal!  I have a secret project I am working on at the moment which will hopefully get finished and once the item has been given to the recipient all will be revealed.  I also must crack on with the teddy sampler as this month is flying by already.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Stocking SAL updates

Friday 26th July progress on the left and Friday 3rd Augusts progress on the right.  Slowly, but surely it’s getting done – I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to work on it the past two Fridays, fingers crossed I will get a few more hours worth in this week.  It is getting closer to being finished which is a good thing - will have to decide which fabrics to use to make it into a proper stocking soon.
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The chocolate and orange cakes turned out well yesterday – I took one of them into work for my work colleagues and they are very much enjoying their cake treats.  I picked up a new cakes and slices recipe book last week when I popped in Waitrose so I am hoping to try out a few of them on DH and DS2 this weekend and if they are a success will then take some into work.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Curtain Call and Allsorts challenges

While Sunday roast was cooking (being cooked by DH) I thought I’d quickly put a card together for a couple of challenges that caught my eye over the weekend.  I’ve used the Watermelon Wonder challenge over at the Curtain Call challenge blog and the Allsorts photo inspiration challenge .  I’ve used the colours that I associate with watermelons.  Some Calypso Coral cardstock was run through a spotty embossing folder and then I highlighted the spots with a black Sharpie pen.  Then I stamped out some SU Itty Bitty flowers and punched them out with the co-ordinating punch and added some little gems also coloured with the pen.  They were then simply matted onto some pale yellow and green cardstock.  The sentiment came from the SU set called Just Believe.  The LO of the card came from the squares in the photo inspiration picture.
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Despite the rain it’s been a productive day and two posts in one day from me is not something that happens often either!  So my first journal page completed, a cute little card and I’ve got two chocolate orange cakes baking in the oven (these were made by me).  I’m far better at baking than I am at cooking LOL.

It’s all in the mind

It might be very child like – not really surprising when I can’t actually paint or draw but I’m quite happy with my first art journal page.  I’ve got limited paints and sprays so colour choice was limited.  Everything I’ve used on the page is recycled which was one of my main objectives.  The hair was created with some rafia that came wrapped around a stitching kit that arrived this week.  The dresses were scraps of the cereal boxes and inked with SU ink and then some pearl paint added.  The objective of the journal is to act a bit like an ‘artistic’ diary of emotions and goals going on in my life.  It is far from perfect but it was fun to do.
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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Something completely different for me.

I have recently become fascinated with mixed media art.  I’ve recently discovered some really good blogs – one in particular is Jenniebellie Studio.  I’ve thought about starting an art journal many times but never really felt confident enough in my abilities and so didn’t want to buy a nice art journal book and then mess it up.  Jenny has some great tutorials, but the one on how to make your own art journal by recycling cereal packaging really appealed to me.  If I didn’t like what I did then apart from some paints, inks and papers I wouldn’t feel so guilty  and wasteful if I didn’t like my end results.
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It doesn’t look much at the moment but I have made a start on the journal, using a Go Ahead yogurt biscuit box to make the cover of the journal.  It was initially covered in brown paper packaging which I get a lot of when I place an SU order and then I’ve covered it with some crackle paint.  I’ve also made some of the signatures (pages) to go in the box by using a cereal box.  It could take a while before more signatures are made as I’m the only one in our household that really eats cereals LOL.  So far I’ve only painted the signatures but it is my intention to have a go at the first page tomorrow – lots of ideas bouncing around in my head but whether they will come out exactly how I want them to on the pages is another matter.
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I intend to decorate the  cover more once I have added the pages to the journal.  It’s definitely a work in progress.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The winner is…….


Kate said...
Linda, I would love a copy of the Cross Stitcher magazine! You're very generous.
Kate please e-mail me your snail address and I will post the magazine out to you.  Thank you to everyone who entered.
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Not a great deal of stitching has been going on this past week.  I have managed to complete the second word on Seven Virtues and a little more progress on the stocking SAL.
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The rest of my time seems to have been taken up with scrapbooking and general socialising – both of which have been great fun.