Thursday, 24 April 2014

Embossing challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks

It’s been a long, long time since I have taken part in the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge but the card I made for a friends birthday fitted the challenge perfectly.  The requirement is to use embossing either dry or heat embossing.  I’ve used two different embossing folders and some stamps with co-ordinating die from Clearly Besotted.  It’s also been way too long since I have done any colouring and I found colouring in the flower image so relaxing and it makes me wonder why I don’t do it more often.  Some gems have been added for a little bling.  The little butterfly comes from an SU Embossilit set called Beautiful Wings which not only embosses the butterfly but also cuts it out too.  The inside of the card has a sentiment from SU and another of the stamped images.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Slowly, but surely

It’s been a fairly quiet month for crafting.  I have been to a couple of workshops at Scrapbook Magic and will endeavour to post photos of the projects later in the week.  I did make Easter treats for my work colleagues.  I’ve done very little stitching though since the end of March but finally picked up my needles and thread at the weekend in between celebrating Easter and our eldest son’s birthday which fell on Easter Sunday.  Here is where Yiota’s landscape was left way back in the middle of March.
Easter Monday I was able to spend a few hours in the warmth of the conservatory and put quite a few stitches in.
And yesterday evening I managed to get two hours worth of stitching in although there was a lot of colour changes so it doesn’t look as though much time was spent on it at all.  I will be taking this away with me next week on our holiday cottage break so fingers crossed I am hoping to finally finish the top page while we are away.
I have also ordered the next chart in the My Garden Journal series from  The Patchwork Rabbit which will hopefully arrive tomorrow.  I am hoping that I will have the required threads to stitch this one as I would like to take it away with me for our train trip weekend.  We are going on The Golden Arrow train trip as part of our 30th wedding anniversary celebrations – so looking forward to this as I love steam trains, while hubby prefers diesel so the best of both for us.  The train starts at Derby so we will be travelling up on the Friday so the Garden Journal series will be a great one to stitch while on the trains to and from Derby.  As it's a milestone anniversary we splashed out and treated ourselves to the Pullman Dining so plenty of opportunities to raise a glass and wish each other a Happy Anniversary.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Crown of Thorns–April challenge at Jenniebellies

Jenniebellies Workshop Journals has started a monthly challenge so I thought I would join in and get an art journal started using the challenges as inspiration.  This month's challenge is Messy Monochromatic.  Rather than go with black and white I thought I'd pick a colour that I don't often work with which is shades of purple. Next in my thought process was to try and find out some meanings or phrases that included the word purple.  I came across Mark 15:17 'And they clothed him with purple and platted a crown of thorns and put it about his head.'  With it being Easter this month I thought it was an appropriate verse to use and that is how my page started to evolve.
I rummaged through my vast paper and card stack and picked out some that I knew I wouldn't mind tearing, inking and gluing   Next up was to find an image of a crown of thorns that was free and could easily be re-sized and cut out to go over the cross.  I've managed to use up letters from various alphabet sets which is always a bonus.  These have been coated with gesso before being inked with distress inks then embossed with clear embossing powder before stamping onto them with an archival ink pad (all ideas I picked up at Wednesday's tag workshop at Scrapbook Magic)  The page was finally finished off with the verse being added.  This was great fun to do and I'm already looking forward to next month's challenge.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Wedding card

Something other than stitching to share today.  DH asked me at the weekend if I had any wedding cards made up – not something I generally have a stock of.  He needed it for today so this is what I have come up with.  The embossed background was from a freebie embossing folder with one of the card making magazines I believe.  The dies are all Spellbinders and the lovely silver glitter card is SU, although it’s not showing up as nice in the photo as it is in real life.  Hopefully the bride and groom will have a wonderful day and the sun will shine down on them.