This is the mermaid I made for DS's fiancee for Christmas. I used the same fabric for the whole thing but on the right side it has gold lines which I've used for the tail. For the rest of the mermaid I used the fabric the wrong side out xx
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I've made a bauble for DS's fiancee as she has lots of tree decorations that people bring her back from their holidays. She only wanted some money but I think it's nice to have a little something to open. I used a polystyrene ball which I made slits in (like orange segments) and then pushed material into the slits (not my idea), covered the joins with ribbon then added some beads. I also made a Christmas sack for DD's kind of step-granddaughter. I think the images are too small for the sack so did start to make a little Santa outfit to sew on, but DD liked the images and wanted them on. I used 1 metre of fur fabric for the sack, I already had some white fur fabric which I used at the top and for the 'snow'.
Merry Christmas to all xx
PS won some blog candy from Jennie at http://www.theartisticstamper.blogspot.com/ after emailing her my addy yesterday at 13.50 my fab chipboard flowers arrived this morning :) YES! this morning!!! So I have to congratulate Snail Mail today lol.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The colour theme for this week's Sunday Stampers at http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/ is 'red, gold + green' I've used a little gold embossing powder over some of the text and gold Krylon pen round the edges. I've also done the 'brown + blue' for week 38 For this one I used Ecoline inks to colour the card
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I've not had time to, or perhaps more correctly made the time, upload pics of what I've been doing. Here are a few birthday cards I've made in recent weeks. I did add a handle to the handbag card. I'm behind on some challenges but now the Christmas cards are just about done - had a request for another 2 the other day and need to make some for the craft group I go to - so hopefull I'll get other things done. Started another wrapped-wire doll last night, hopefully it'll be an improvement on the first one ;)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I don't think there's a crafter out there who hasn't heard of the Talented Mr Ripley - oh that can't be right; but it sounds like a good title for a film hehehehehehe As I was saying there can't be a crafter out there who hasn't heard of the talented and inspirational Tim Holtz (known by one or two peeps as Sir Tim! naming no names! Tim is doing a fab project, namely 12 Tags of Christmas; this is something he did last year and has been begged by so many to do it again this year. Today is day 2. Please visit http://www.timholtz.typepad.com/ and feed your crafty cravings ;)
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Yes another blog candy giveaway - at least it won't make you fat lol. Have a look at http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/ and have a browse round while you're there, you won't be disappointed ;) Hel's is giving away some of her fab stamps; designed by her own fair heinz - oops sorry thinking of that old TV advert haha it should be her own fair HANDS!
Posted by Liverpool Lou (Anne) at 11:18 AM
Monday, December 1, 2008
Time for the Sunday Stamper's challenge over at Hel's place http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/ Yes I know it's Monday today :) I couldn't sleep last night so I got up about 3.15 :O I made a tag first but overstamped the edges so wan't happy with it. I was going to post it anyway but decided to do something else and made this 'topper' for a card. I kept looking at the tag and decided to chop a bit off, then a bit more then a bit more, the result being now I can't use it :-/ Can't remember whether I first sprayed the cardstock with Strawberry Daquiri Memories Mist (I had used it on the tag) but definitely used Shake'n'Spray Jaffalicious by Craftynotions (like the Glimmer Mists) and a little Glimmer Mist Gold
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The colour scheme for this card; pink + green; was taken from a challenge on http://craftsbycarolyn.co.uk/phpBB2/index.php I hadn't decided what to do before that. I think sometimes we need a colour scheme or a sketch to give us a kick-start :)
The bauble cards were made using one of Dan's My Crafty Life... templates (check his blog out for fab freebie templates every Saturday) I've used red mirror card so any strange lines on them are reflections. The snowflake is the centre from one of the baubles - so a dual-purpose bauble. In fact they all are 'cos they either had a snowflake, tree, holly leaves or star cut-out in the centre. The other 2 are made using papers from http://summertimedesigns.blogspot.com/ a very talented and generous lady. Big thanks to both Dan and Summer for their generosity to other crafters xx
Friday, November 28, 2008
I have done this weeks Sunday Stampers challenge; see Hel's blog - Ink on My Fingers unfortunately I can't find it, it must be buried under the mound of stuff on my kitchen table :O This is last weeks - I had previously done 2 for last week but wasn't happy with them. I will post this weeks when I find it :-/ Last week's theme was Golden Brown, so I used Adirondak Butterscotch stamped with Vintage Photo Distress ink then sprayed with Gold Glimmer Mist. I'd run out of white card so used glossy photo paper which is why the colours are quite pale.
I've been busy making Christmas cards for a couple of weeks, just as well I don't need the kitchen table for meals - well I just push stuff out of the way to make room for me. The snowman card has been made using free download papers from http://summertimedesigns.blogspot.com/ - loads of fab downloads. The reindeer one I made using one of Dan's My Crafty Life... templates. I've used silver mirror card which doesn't show up well here, but it cuts out beautifully on my Robo ;) - thanks Dan
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Maddy has made some fab, cute snowmen earrings using Fimo and is putting them up as a giveaway. Just visit her wonderful blog http://madimaginations.blogspot.com/ to be in with a chance of winning. She's so clever with that Fimo you know, so have a look at all the wonderful things she makes with it. I just lurve her mice :)
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Monday, November 24, 2008
I've made a felt butterfly for the Butterfly Project http://www.hmh.org/minisite/butterfly/index.html After finding I was over £100 in credit, Yippee!! ,when I changed my energy supplier I decided to treat myself to an embellisher/needle punch machine. For those not familiar with these machines, they don't use thread - something for all you non-stitchers maybe ;) - they have several felting needles which are barbed, which mesh fabrics together. For the butterfly I used a piece of white felt for the base then felted wool and yarns on top. I did the embellishing before cutting the butterfly out. I can't decide whether to put anything else onto it - buttons, sequins, flowers?
I've made a card for someone for her niece. I cut the Happy Birthday and the name using my Craft Robo, added a Flora Doodle (Joanna Sheen) and added some Stickles. I usually just use glue and loose glitter but got 3 Stickles for £5 at the Knitting & Stitching show at Harrogate. I went by train on Thursday and then drove up with my friend Jan yorkshire jan on Saturday. We had a great time! Bought some lovely goodies of course :)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I've been using a kit from QVC to make some Christmas cards and though I like a lot of the elements in the kit I was finding it hard to get inspired. Luckily a lot of the papers can be used for other occasions not just Christmas. I've cut some words and snowflakes using my Craft Robo though there's only one of each in this batch ;)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Have a look at http://dan99.blogspot.com/2008/11/butterfly-project-freebie.html for more information and to take part if you wish. This is my first butterfly but I'm planning to do more. It's also Hels' theme for the Sunday Stampers http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Sunday%20Stampers For this I've used a type of resist technique. Firstly coat your card with Versamark then brush/dab on pigment powders. Ink stamp/s with Veresamark and stamp your card - this lifts off the powder leaving the base card showing through. The powder will be deposited on your stamp but cleans off easily. It works on any colour card but produces a better effect on darkcard. The shimmer of the powders doesn't show up well on here :)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This is a work in progress (WIP) - it's been in the making for sooooo long. It was challenge for http://www.yorkdollybirds.co.uk/home.htm which I'm a member of. We started with a wooden toilet roll holder for the base which we then wound wire round to make the branches. On top of this was laid either batting or in my case an old jumper which I'd felted. Then we needlefelted some of our own handmade felt. I seem to have lost my last bit of felt so ned to get some more 'wool tops' to make some more felt. The needlefelting takes time and aggravates the arthritis in my thumb - holding the small felting needles. When the felting is complete I need to make some leaves for it x
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Over at http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/ Hels runs various challenges one of which is The Sunday Stampers. This week's theme is 'yellow' for which I've coloured and stamped a Gothic Arch using the only yellow I have - Adirondak Earthtones Butterscotch, the text was stamped with Adirondak Cabin Fever. The previous week was 'blue', I decided to take advantage of this to make a Christmas card and before that it was 'purple' for which I made a birthday card. Hope you like them ;-) (mixed up the weeks so when you click on a pic it will show the incorrect week)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Take a look here http://julietspaperpalace.blogspot.com/ for a chance to win some fab blog candy. I've just found this blog and think Juliet's cards are fab :) I found the link at http://madimaginations.blogspot.com/ - Maddy is a wonderfully talented crafter and does inspirational projects for crafters to follow ;-)
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
I've done a bit of needlefelting on a tree I'm doing for a challenge from the York Dollybirds cloth doll group, but this is first item I've made just using needlefelting. I could of course embellish it but wanted to show it in it's raw state :)
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
I've been a bad blogger, not posted for a while. I've managed to upload some pics of recent cards today. I'm currently making a hammock for my granddaughter's teddies. Also I've decided I'm not happy with Scary Fairy's (Altered Barbie) wings or skirt so am hoping to be able to make new ones before the cloth doll group meeting this coming Sunday.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I like to do a bit of fabric painting (and dyeing) and had this plain brown t-shirt from M&S which I decided to brighten up a bit. I've used a lovely 12"x12" stencil - 'Windsong' from http://www.thecraftersworkshop.com/ they do 6"x6" versions which are scaled down. They can be used for lots of different projects including paper and household projects. I used Jones Tones Pearly paint in copper as this is quite thick so doesn't run. If you've never done stencilling before and fancy having a go it's best to use a dabbing motion with the paint to help prevent getting the paint under the stencil at the edges of the design. This particular type of paint doesn't need to be heat set as some fabric paints do. I sprinkled a little glitter on while the paint was still wet. Again this type of paint can be used to adhere beads but I stitched a few on once the paint was dry.