I've tried to keep the arty crafty momentum going this week and ended up with a few Christmas cards - it's not even November yet, so I'm feeling pretty smug that I've made a start already! I've used black glitter card by Dovecraft - it's amazing stuff and doesn't shed any glitter even though it's extremely sparkly - ideal for me as I obsessively hate stray glitter!
The church card was going to be a Halloween card but it somehow ended up looking more Christmassy - probably helped by the addition of 'snow'!
It's been such a long time since I blogged, and far longer than I originally anticipated, but what with school holidays, child-minding, summer holidays and trips out it's been a quite hectic and I've had no time for arty crafty stuff. On top of that it's been quite a struggle to get myself back to feeling positive and motivated after a fairly long bout of feeling out of sorts.
Anyway, here are a couple of birthday cards I made - I'm rather keen on the Nuvo Crystal drops I've recently discovered (on the bottom card), they look like raindrops and I am having to stop myself adding them to everything at the moment!
And some close-ups...
Over the summer I received this beautiful pendant made for me by my very talented blog friend Terri, over at art-life-rust. What an amazing artist she is, and how thrilled I was to receive it. Thank you again, Terri - it's stunning!
I am linking up with Julia over at WOYWW, and must just say thank you to all the lovely deskers who sent messages as I was awol for so long - thank you xx
A summer tag using a Geranium die and a colour that I don't often use - mauve. I'm not awfully comfortable working with mauve but it's such a pretty colour I should use it more. I was going to hang this round the neck of a bottle of wine, but the back is so marked where I'm such a messy worker that it shall be turned into a birthday card to accompany the wine instead!!
I've been trying to use up old stash before buying any more new stuff - well the good intentions are there but it's difficult!
I have an over-flowing box of diamante charms, a real mix of new and old, some are vintage earrings from boot fairs, with the backs cut off and some are new and what I call 'couldn't resist' buys! Anyway, I've made a start and here are a couple of the cards I've been making for imminent birthdays!
Black glitter card used above and Ranger black enamel used below
I also wanted to show off the loveliest ATC, which arrived from Sandra de - it was such a nice surprise and really brightened by day.
Messing about with wax and using up pressed flowers from last summer, while pressing more from the garden this week - a very relaxing play time! I do love the little houses die, and I discovered I also love poking holes in wax - very satisfying!
I am linking up with WOYWW over at Julia's this week.
What a lovely week it's been - for someone who wasn't participating in the swap I received two gorgeous ATC's from Jan and BJ and I used a couple of ATC sized card toppers I'd made that were ideal to return. All I had to do was dig out the stamps again and decorate the envelopes.
Thank you BJ and Jan - I love the typing on the heart, so dinky, and I also LOVE that butterfly button in the middle of Jan's!
Have a good week everyone and you can hop over to Julia's at WOYWW herefor this weeks snoop around the desks.
I've inadvertently been taking a blog break - it wasn't planned but I just haven't had the time or the inclination to get stuck into things in my studio!
However, when Jan reminded me it was the 8th anniversary of WOYWW this week I knew I had to pull my finger out and join in.
On my desk for the last 3 weeks has been a bag of stash I purchased at the Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta, a great yearly event I try never to miss. So I pulled my finger out and went to great effort last night and took the items out of the carrier bag to photograph them - hopefully I'll have them put away by next week!
I have two bundles of sari silk ribbon - I was seduced by the colour, hand-dyed embroidery yarns and velvet for a couple of projects I'm planning, and I just can't get enough matte cream beads, as you probably guessed!
Happy 8th AnniversaryWOYWW - and a big thank you to our host Julia who does all the hard work to keep this great party going!
I've been finding a little time to mess about in my Summer Night Garden sketchbook. I came across some gelli prints that I had printed a while back but never got round to doing anything with. So I thermofax printed, cut, tore, glued and collaged!
I want to say a big thank you to everyone who left such kind wishes last week for my hubby's recovery from his hip replacement operation - I really appreciate your thoughtful comments. He is doing incredibly well and is pretty much pain free now - I'm still amazed at how effective this has been - hats off to the NHS, they have done a fantastic job.
Very little has been happening on my desk lately as the Hubs has had a hip replacement operation during the last two weeks - he was walking around on day 2, walking up and down stairs on day 3 and he was home by day 4 - I was amazed at how quickly they chucked him out of hospital, but he's doing remarkably well despite my lack of nursing skills! Anyway, I managed to grab an hour up in my studio and made some card toppers on some old blank ATC cards. I decided to play with my new insect stamps that I purchased after seeing them onShaz's desk back before Christmas.
A birthday card for the Hubs was needed this week and I tried to make it spring like and to reflect his love of nature. I am really enjoying using the fern and bud dies that came as a set by Marianne - I purchased them a few weeks ago in the belief you really can't have too many foliage dies or stamps!! They also feature heavily in the Luminary I made in my last post here!
Spring is here, evenings are lighter, weather is sunnier (sometimes), and to celebrate I decided to make up this Tim Holtz Luminary die that I have had for ages but never got round to using. I found out it calls for great accuracy when putting it together, which explains the slight twist in it's body that makes it look a little wonky from some angles - oh well, I 'll know next time! I stamped white grasses and flowers onto frosted film for the windows, although it's difficult to see in the photos, and I put a night light inside it.
I am linking up with Julia over at WOYWW this week, why not pop along and see what other people have on their desk this week.
I've been gently getting back into a creative frame of mind, and messing about with tree houses! I've always loved them, ever since Peter and Jane had one in a Ladybird book when I was a child - anyone remember?! I yearned for one, to no avail - we didn't have a tree for a start - but they still hold a real fascination for me.
I've just been down memory lane and found the original image on Google - I remember in my tree house I wanted an easel in the corner so the wood grain wouldn't show through the paper - I was pernickety even back then!