Saturday, 7 November 2015

Back on the high street!

For those who remember when I spent a lovely few months two years ago selling my wares at the Handmade Boutique on Drury Lane in Solihull well my next new venture is starting again today!

I am again in a local designers shop this time called Naissance De which is a collaboration of local artists selling our products which range from pictures, sewn items, a lot of bridal items and, of course, my infamous Christmas Tags!  The shop is located in the exactly the same one as last time which is on Drury Lane - right next door to Regis and between the High Street and Mell Square (just up from BHS).  The grand opening is today so if you are in the area please pop in and say hi - there will be a live band and we also have local reporters visiting.

This venture will be lasting six months this time so you can imagine how busy I have been behind the scenes preparing all my new stock!

Thanks for looking - Off on an adventure in Solihull (All very, very exciting!)

Friday, 30 October 2015

Tims October tag

Just a quick post as I have done Tim's October tag this month - I love any excuse to create anything halloweeny or spooky so this was a must!

I used resist kraft cardstock to cut out a coffin shape which I then inked with vintage photo with black soot around the edges, I then inked over with black soot using a bat stencil to highlight certain areas.   I don't have any of the dimensional dies yet so I went for a silhouette and frame which are mounted with 3d foam so they are slightly dimensional but it doesn't really show on the picture.  The frame was cut from kraft cardstock and coloured using Antique Bronze distress paint and then some bronze inka gold - the silhouette is plain black cardstock.  To give a bit more dimension I decided to add a bloody flower - this was harder to create than I thought!  I melted red UTEE in my melting pot and held the flower up so that it dripped down to look like blood - I then heated it with a heat gun to finish and managed to melt a great globule but hey ho it still looks like blood so I left as is and finished with a black leaf again tinted with bronze inka gold for a bit of sparkle.  The ticket is stamped on kraft card and swoosh through Antique Bronze paint the same as the frame and I finished the whole thing off with a fabulous skull and crossbow.

Thanks for looking - Feeling spooky from Solihull

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Tims September Tag

I got a chance to have a play day a couple of weeks ago so thought I would play along with Tim and here is the outcome:

Thought I would go with a Christmas card as that is what I need to get started on!  I didn't realise Frosted was different from Frosted Film so got in a bit of a pickle but when I realised I stuck the Frosted Film I had stamped and cut out onto Clearly for Art modelling film so that I could mould it and keep the frosted look on the tree.  As for the transparent texture paste what a wonderful product! I don't know how I have lived this long without it!  I seem to have made a load of these backgrounds now although that could be that my long gone papercrafting mojo has suddenly returned!

The background was done with a few alcohol inks, stamped with the tree and then the transparent texture paste was added whilst that dried (doesn't take that long - you certainly don't need to leave your creations over all the windowsills overnight as you do with the other texture pastes I use!) I made the holly leaves using glassine paper and alcohol inks and the pearls are from a Primark necklace again coloured with alcohol inks.  The pinecone and other bits and pieces are cut from sizzix dies with the pieces then being inked and stamped to finished.

This then spurred me on to create a couple of scrapbook layouts last weekend!  Something I haven't done for about three years - I might share them on the blog soon, we shall see as I have suddenly found myself really busy as I am taking part in another pop up shop in Solihull next month for a whole six months, gulp!  Am so excited!  Details are here: my details will be added shortly.  Only confirmed my space yesterday so have been busy planning already and looking forward to spending the next couple of weeks getting organised!

Thanks for looking - Getting creative from Solihull

Monday, 31 August 2015

What a Hoot!

Well I have to say we did have a hoot when we nipped into Birmingham to see the all the lovely owls displayed around town.  We managed to find 43 in all - not bad as we were winging it without a map! These were my three favourites (don't know why!):

"You can call me owl" - what a fab name too!!!!

As you can see I have left sneaky clues on the photos as to where they were found!

I have to say we had great fun trundling around and we didn't have to go far as a lot of them are situated together.  If you get chance go and take a peek - I think they will be around until the end of September.

Thanks for looking - City Girl at heart from Solihull

Friday, 28 August 2015

Tim's August 2015 tag

Finally a blog post!  I am still having a break from my pc hence no blogging for a while although I am still busy crafting away.  I planned to spend  most of the summer holidays sewing when I could and with less than a week left I have done well, erm, none!  I am still working on my next crochet blanket and some other bits and pieces but have been having far too much fun with my boys to get my machine out.

I have, however, suddenly found the urge to get inky and messy again this week - finally!  It seems like an age since I have played with my papers but I have learnt now that if I am not in the mood it's not worth forcing myself as I really don't enjoy it and that's definitely not what playing is all about is it!  So now I just go with the flow and play when I fancy.  So where do I turn to for inspiration when I feel the need to get inky??  Tims blog of course!  So here is my entry for the August 2015 tag:

I have used some Lost and Found paper, a Sizzix Journey die, some ephemera that I got in one of Tim's classes - Journeys of the past, Ticket Sizzix die and matching stamp, the mini car is a chipboard Guy Thing miniature by Gina's Designs coloured with Black Soot ink, chit chat stickers - I was thinking about Duran Duran when I was making this as they are touring soon so I went with the saying "is there some place I should go" - bet you will all sing "Is there something I should know" now!!  I used some photo slide tape with letters spelling out travel, the vial label is inked with Old Paper and has a Special Delivery remnant rub on it.  I used a Tim spinner and not sure about the compass as to whether that's one of Tim's but it was in my Tim treasure chest!  The background inks used were Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot and Vintage Photo.  Tag was then splattered with Picket Fence distress stain and finished with a lovely wool twine.

All in all a fun afternoon!  Am half way through July's tag now too!

Thanks for looking - chilled out from Solihull

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Well its done!

Finally - 315 stitches, 160 rows and two lots of edging:

Really pleased with it!  Its been on the settee since Friday and still hasn't had anything spilt on it! Quite a result really.

Also I did mean to blog during the last couple of weeks the graffiti lesson DS2 and I had whilst on holiday in Boscombe, here is mine:

had to be a cog! It should have been the two greys in the middle with the purple edging but as I was painting onto a grey wall it didn't work out well so I borrowed B's pink paint and used that instead.

Here is B's:

So look out Solihull skate park as we might go add our tags to the fabulous graffiti there.

Thanks for looking - all crocheted out from Solihull.

Saturday, 30 May 2015


can you believe that not only am I writing a blog post but I have done Tim's May tag this afternoon too!  The past few weeks have been hectic for me but I have made some decisions on what I want to do with my career, life and everything and am now a lot clearer in my mind so hopefully my mojo might be returning!  Even if it doesn't I have been sleeping a lot better recently so it just goes to show changes were needed!  Or it could just be the excitement of Aston Villa being in the FA Cup final this afternoon!  It was lovely walking around Asda this morning getting in our beers and crisps ready for the match seeing lots of Villa shirts been worn - I didn't have mine on as its a few years old and I am worried it might be a tad snug (no idea why!) but I will have it on in a couple of hours time and will hide any unsightly bulges on the settee under my crochet blanket as I am sure I can crochet and watch the match at the same time - right???? we shall see....

Anyways here is my quick version of Tim's May tag:

I used a bright green hessian background from Poundland which I toned down with Tea Dye ink. Then I applied texture paste through Tims Cargo stencil and when dry the ink from underneath had bled through which I liked so I left as is rather than adding more ink.  All the other bits had already been cut out and prepared and were in my "to be used when time is short" box apart from the nib and bottle which were both already cut out but I added the rubons and tea dye ink to the bottle and Pewter paint to the nib, edged it with Walnut Stain and added a bit of twine.  The tag was finished with two bits of muslin which I inked with Broken China.  Took me all of a couple of hours and I am hoping that this will be the new start of my papercrafting sessions again! (Not that I have lost my creativity as I have been busy sewing, knitting and crocheting but obviously there are only so many hours in the day so papercrafting has been on hold for a while).   Oooh edited to add that I forgot to say the Picket Fence spray stain, that I bought a couple of months ago and had not been yet opened, was also used on this!  Whoop.

We have just spent a lovely half term week in Bournemouth where my youngest son and I went on a Spray Paint Workshop - basically we got to graffiti on a large wall with spray paints in cans!  Great fun and I promise I will blog all about it soon (I now have a tag and everything!)  Also the huge crochet blanket for my four seater settee is coming along nicely (even that went on the trip to Bournemouth!) and I will post an update on that soon too.

Anyway gotta dash - important telly viewing about to start!  Come on Villa.......

Thanks for looking - keeping everything crossed for the Villa to win from Solihull