Woodware stamp and promarkers with a touch of stickles.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
The November issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft has an article about Christmas decorations, and I loved this one. It's made with six 4.5 cm squares of double-sided paper. You can make six of them from a sheet of 12x12, and they're great if you're camped out in front of the TV as the nights close in.
The paper I used was 7gypsies gypsy market paper, brixton. The green side has oriental patterns on it, but the paper is cut into such thin ribbons you can't really tell.
Thanks Simonne Clay for a great design!
Thursday, 13 September 2012
I don't think I ever posted the finished project! Well here it is now!
Sorry for the delay. It's actually been done for a while. I hung it out on the line to air it out and thought this was the best way to photograph it.
I'm a short way into making the advanced techniques throw now. I have many squares to show you!
Friday, 7 September 2012
My stash is coming home to roost! I have a few things to sort out on my desk and some bags in the lounge. I think the remaining contents will need to be stored for now. But there's no time for that, I'm going back into the fray (my old house) to liberate some more prisoners!
I dearly wish I could sit for awhile and play, but the mundane world beckons.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
I'm finally going to do some crafting in my workspace today... Only a bit of simple cardmaking but it will be nice to get used to working here.
This is a photo of one of my hand painted notebooks. This one is quite detailed, but if you'd like one to use as a starting point to make your own, why not visit my Folksy shop and get one?
Monday, 3 September 2012
Monday, 9 July 2012
Monday, 2 July 2012
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Saturday, 30 June 2012
I want to qualify as a Floral Punchcraft teacher, but my qualification project needs to be sent to Australia. I think a hollowed-out book would be a great presentation and packing medium. That's what I intend to do with this altered book.
For now, I will make this book into a beautiful frame to house my work.
The work itself is still in progress. I am perfecting my techniques all the time. Or trying to, anyway.
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
It's been quiet here, but I must say there's been no crafty let-up. I have been keeping up with my crochet squares, but they've all been repeats so I didn't bother to blog them.
I am currently up to Issue 118! Two more squares to make and 1/4 of my throw left to assemble. I should receive my shipment in two weeks or so.
But what's in the picture? Ah, my good readers, I thought my partwork was finishing, but oh no... With issue 118 they included instructions and yarn for an Advanced Techniques throw, with a whole new colour palette!
Yeah, I'm continuing. I need a challenge and this throw is going to be so cool.
I think good old Blogger has rotated my photo, but hopefully you can still see this new pattern, the thistle square. I likey!
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Our family is preparing to move house, and the majority of my craft stuff needs to be packed up and put in storage while the house is repaired and dressed for sale.
I am taking this as an opportunity to take a full inventory of my craft supplies and attempt to calculate the amount and type of storage I will need to organise it after the move.
My first quandary is this: What do I keep with me for the few months between now and the move?
I attend a monthly crop, so I'll need some papercrafting supplies, and I'm working on soft furnishings for my little girl's bedroom. I suppose those two things and some crochet will fit into the storage pouffe I bought to conceal my craftiness while people decide whether or not to buy my boring beige box...
Monday, 16 April 2012
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Another addiction. This weekend, I began making Yo-yos, otherwise known as Suffolk Puffs, with the aid of a Clover Yo-yo maker.
If you like it and want to do it, it's a great way of using up fabric scraps. These work best if the fabric drapes well, like the thin satiny chintz I used.
My yo-yo maker came from John Lewis. The haberdashery department in their Westfield Stratford City location has two sizes. At a fiver, it was a cheap way to get started making these little bundles of joy!
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
I had a go at colouring in some medallions with ProMarkers. I was hoping for better-looking results on the pink and purple one. I'm more pleased with the orange, yellow and green one.
I made these on Saturday, when Wendy and I managed to stay out of the shops and actually get some crafting done.
Much crafting was had by all last weekend. More to come!
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Saturday, 11 February 2012
I started my solvent-based marker collection with Copics and when my preferred retailer started selling ProMarkers, I made the switch.
Not to be wasteful, I decided to go about matching my existing Copics up with their nearest ProMarker counterpart and fill in the square on the colour chart so I don't double up when buying ProMarkers.
I tried to look online for a list of matches but I didn't have much luck. So as a service, I will list my own Copics and the ProMarker colours that are close enough to them.
Please note: If you have colour OCD, this may not be good enough for you. ;) Yes, you know who you are... ;)
I only have 13 copics plus a blender pen, so this will be a short list.
E0000 is closest to Almond.
E00 is closest to Blush.
R11 is closest to Soft Peach.
YG11 is closest to Meadow Green. Thanks to Lili of the Valley for this one.
G14 is closest to Grass.
G05 is closest to Emerald.
BG10 is closest to Pastel Green.
BG49 is closest to Petrol Blue, although Marine is also a good match.
B97 is closest to Midnight Blue.
BV00 is closest to Lavender.
There are three more in my collection I am attempting to match:
E02 - I think this one may be Peach or Apricot.
BV04 - Search me. I thought it was Prussian Blue but it just isn't...
B93 - Blue Pearl is too purple, Duck Egg is too green. It's right in the middle of those. It would make a really gorgeous gradient though. It's a skotche darker than Denim blue and less purple than cornflower. Hmm...
My work is not quite done. Any ideas or suggestions? Please comment. Perhaps we could build up a Copic/Promarker matching database with our combined experiences. Please click the title of this post and send the link to anyone you think might be interested. We could be helping the greater craft community here.
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
It's rare that I find something this good at the pound shop. Here it is! A pair of earrings made of eight ultra-light metal flowers suspended from a larger rosette. I bought the three pairs I could find on the shelf. I will be taking my pliers to them and separating the pieces. I'll show you what I use them for soon... Here's hoping anyway!