Thursday, 29 October 2009

Addiction . . .

. .  .is a side effect of being a crafter, as I am sure many of you have discovered, once something new is discovered you can't be satisfied with just one item, you have to buy as many as you possibly can. (dont be ashamed girls, stick your heads up and admit to it "I am a craft addict, and have been for xx years") LOL
 A recent addiction of mine was pro-markers, imagine my relief when I had bought them all and could look out for a new addiction. then blow me down they released 56 new colours, yes you have heard me right 56, thats another £90 buying them at Joanne Sheen's shop for the fab price of 1.59 and free P + P, so I have started again buying a few at a time, only 29 more to go, but I also have to save for Artsy Crafty and Ally Pally next year, but I know by hook or by crook I will get the remaining 29, and will be able to rest easy again, until the next addiction hits

Anyway to get back to the main crux of this post, I have been playing with my colouring and love using digi stamps, attached photos are pics of my recent work, snow baby image is by the lovely Jenni and the rest of the images are from Mo's Digital Pencil, I am particularly proud of my blue fairy, Hope you all like and enjoy.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

metal etc . .

This week I have been on holiday and the week was meant to be crafting time but I managed to keep myself quite busy doing other things, Monday I even defrosted the fridge freezer's, that only took about three hours, now I know why I avoid that job, another job I avoid is cleaning the oven, luckily managed to avoid that, if I had the money I'd rather buy a new one, LOL.
Anyway when I had time I played with metals and acrylic paint, First of all made three ATC's using alluminium foil and the lovely stampotique stamps, Im loving these a lot, but may well be an acquired taste, dont think my mum would like one on her birthday card, LOL. These are available for trading, let me know if you are interested, might be a heartwrench as I really like these.

I also bought this cardboard box from HobbyCraft and decided to try and decorate it using metals, I am pleased with it, though would do some things differently if I had another go. Next effort will be covering a plywood hanging xmas tree, if it works might send these as cards to immediate family members, might be a bit hopeful though. Had ordered Tim Hotlz's reindeer and xmas tree sheet to make xmas cards this year, but its still not in stock where I ordered it from, so may have to do some rethinking.

Did sell about 30 xmas stamps on ebay last week, cheapskate that I am put them on at starting price of 50p to avoid listing fees, backfired as quite a few sold at 50p or just above, grrrrr. Never mind they were just gathering dust here, defn not a good time to sell the other stamps and things Ive got sitting here, they shall have to gather dust for a bit longer.

Back to work Monday, woo hoo. But I am now officially saving to go on the March 2010 Artsy Crafty weekend.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

err hello. . .

the lovely Pattie has awarded me a Kreative Blogger Award, now usually I get these and thank the person but don't bother passing it on, why I am doing it this time is beyond me as it is a particularly yeuk image and not at all my style, but hey ho, here we go.
Perhaps it is because I want seven people to know that I love their blogs, so Thank You Pattie and if you hadn't given it to me I would have given it to you!!
There are seven rules in accepting the award
1 Thank the person
2 Copy logo to your blog
3 Link person to your blog
4 Name seven things that no-one really knows about you, that's a difficult one I am particularly honest, perhaps too much, often accused of "too much information" - haha, ooh I think that can count as number 1, now number 2, I'm actually older than I behave, no 3, I am a skinny bitch trapped in a fat persons body, no 4, I am the illegitimate daughter of David Beckham & Yasmin le Bon, no 5, I hallucinate some times, no 6, I am also quite possbily mad and finally no 7, I love to craft more than anything in the world, including hoovering, washing up, clothes washing and particularly ironing. So thats the 7 done.
5 Nominate 7 blogs for the award
Dylan's Blog always amusing, inspiring and often leads to unexpected tears.
Jo's blog quite simply brilliant, full of lovely projects that have erupted from her creativity, I am so jealous
Paper Artsy blog, I have to put this one on otherwise Leandra wont send me any more Pink Cows !!!!!
Flutterby Crafter, the lovely Ann who always leaves me lovely comments and has her own very beautiful work as well
The Rusty Cage, good old Rusty who took my fledgling creativity and taught me how to explore the inner me, (whoa that was deep), no really she encouraged me past pretty cards.
Happy Daze, tis only new, but I know its gonna be a brilliant blog
Artwork by Leanne Ellis, an artist whose style I adore.
So that's it hope you visit all of them and enjoy.
6 Post a link to each blog
7 Leave a comment on each blog telling them about the award
you know actually Ive quite enjoyed this, but probaly wont be doing it again anytime soon.
Hope you are all having a great weekend, Ive got next week off so hoping to do lots of messy play.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

been a busy bee ....

. . . . so yesterday had the day off and decided was just going to do things for me, not be beholden to anyone, bliss, or it would have been, eldest rang me at 8am, waking me up telling me he had forgotten his football kit and could i bring it in, grrrrrrr, told him I was asleep and would think about it, snoozed for a while but lay-in ruined, now knew I had to get up, get washed and dressed to take the blimmin' kit in. Anyway did that had some lunch, treated myself to a chip butty from the chippy, reward for taking kit in, it was yummy. Then sat down to craft .

Decided to follow some recent postings by Leandra on the Paper Artsy blog, using metal, well worth a look if you would like to learn more techniques, and had a lovely couple of hours making a mess, ended up working on a small piece of desk, as rest covered by all the bits I had hauled out to use, anyway enough chatter, here are some piccies of what I did, not the best photography in the world, but hopefully you can get the idea.

1. used some flower stamps outlined, blank areas doodled into and then black acrylic paint added and wiped away, and then distressed flower petals by scouring off colour to make them shiny and stand out.
2 & 3. used a mould for the twist then added some ferro stamped into then just played with colouring
4. this was a stamp, that I outlined and puffed out.
5. This is a mould with just some distressing, had filled it with 3d clear gloss which went everywhere, and got some on the metal, when I wiped it off it took off the colouring, yay instant distressing..

Monday, 12 October 2009

Busy doing nothing . . .

Well hello my fellow bloggers, sorry havent been on to say hello for a while, but time has just fast forwarded recently, Ive made some cards with some of my pro marker images, find it quite hard to do this style of card, have to work quite hard at it to get it to work.

I just love colouring with these pens, but am still trying to relax into using them rather than giving it all to much thought, which then can make them look a bit too stilted, not being a natural artist I struggle to work out light source and all that stuff, did an image the other day which i did bit by bit rather than trying to colour whole thing in one go, seeems to have created a more natural effect.

Have got the day off tomorrow so going to try and do some more altered messy things, been to the charity shop and picked up some things for altering, so hopefully back later in the week with some more exciting art.

Have also been taking some great photos out and around my home, love the effect of rain on spiders webs, and there are so many of them this year.

This was the view on Saturday night from the field near my home, just love the colour effects you get with these late autumn sunsets, have to make the most of them expect they will disappear when the clocks fall back, which cant be far off now.

Anyway off to watch Flash Forward on FIve now, catch u l8r. Siobhan