Monday 29 August 2016

Tims August Tag

Hi everyone,

Finally I have gotten a chance to play today!  Whoo hoo - have left the children to sort themselves out and whilst they are happily playing on their Xbox's I have got out some of the new bits and pieces I have bought recently (one die I only bought this morning!) and some others that I, er, bought quite a while ago but have been sitting there waiting patiently in their packaging for me!

So I decided to have a go at Tims August tag as this months was right up my street.  I haven't changed it much as I liked the sample so much!

Mine has been mounted onto a card rather than doing a tag this month - for the background I have used Ripe Persimmon and Pumice Stone stains - not my usual colour palette but I just grabbed the first two out of my vast collection of stains, talk about living on the edge eh!  And as for brayered stains, I can honestly say I have never used this technique before!  Where was I, how did I miss it??? feeling really rather confused about it I can tell you!  Also I think my Pumice Stone stain has had it as it is now mainly all green rather than stone but hey ho it made for an interesting background, and I will definately be using this technique again in the future - so simple and yet so lovely (mind you aren't they all!).

I then used my new, been sitting there waiting patiently in the packaging for me for months, wave frameworks die.  I cut the frame out of kraft cardstock and painted it with Broken China, again the colour just picked out randomly but thankfully it all goes together nicely!  The bits in between are cut out of black or kraft cardstock, some London fabric from a top I have just made, some Calico and a book page - all edges were inked with Vintage Photo on the pieces and Ground Espresso on the frame.  Oh and I inked the background with Vintage Photo and splattered it with water (something I don't usually do) and inked the edges with Ground Espresso too.

I finished with white diecut wildflowers inked with Black Soot - again this is in an newish unused die but I did cut out the flowers a while ago and they were just sitting there waiting to be used so I used them rather than cut out more in black cardstock (basically because my sizzix machine and dies are now downstairs and I was too impatient to get sticking down rather than move myself!).  I then finished with a 2016 cut out with the brand new Stencil Numbers sizzix die I bought this morning as it was on sale in Hobbycraft - can't beat a bargain eh!  and then a couple of words from Tims ChitChat sticker set.  For once I haven't sewn on the card  but hand stamped using a couple of background stamps from the City Central set.

Thats it - whoo!  For details to see how to create the tag/card pop over to Tims blog here

Thanks for looking - inky fingers from Solihull

Thursday 4 August 2016

CC103 Day Three

I enjoyed the videos yesterday but not really had time to put them into practice - one of the perils of doing an online course during the school holidays when the weather is fabulous and the children are home I guess!

Anyway here are two quick makes:

A distressed layered collage:

I never actually do collages - not sure why I neither like nor loathe them but thought I would give this a go with just some bits I had ready made in my go to box.  I don't have the plain tissue paper and although I have some printed tissue paper I decided to use an old sewing pattern instead - not sure what all the collaged bits and pieces are but the stamps I have used directly onto the finished piece are from Tims City Central set and I also had to use glue n seal instead of collage medium.

I have also had a quick go at distressed grit paste grunge piece:

however I don't have any grit paste either so this was done using texture paste over an eroded metal piece of work which I also found in my go to box (as you do!).  Not sure I like this much but I don't have time to finish it just it yet so maybe it will grow on me when I finally do!

Thanks for looking - eagerly awaiting CC103 Day four in Solihull

Wednesday 3 August 2016

A flurry of inkyness!

Well I think my inky mojo might have finally returned after its long semester!!  I knew I could rely on Tim to get the motivation flying again!

I am taking part in Creative Chemistry 103 - I was hoping to do the two reruns of 101 and 102 over the past few weeks too but that just didn't happen what with DS2 leaving Junior school, holidays and my sewing frenzy for a new wardrobe but I did tune in yesterday to 103 (I actually forgot on Monday but I was busy completing Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens on the xbox with DS2 to 100% - whoo hoo!!  - I feel I have to grasp these moments fiercely now as he will be at senior school in September and will no doubt not want to play lego games with Mom for much longer! - don't worry though I am not ashamed to play them by myself!!!).

Anyway I have made a card this morning!!! Before 9am too - blimey!  First time in ages that I have sat down and just played rather than planned a workshop or made a product to sell in the shop and I must say it is a welcome relief!!

I decided to do the Distress Stain Rub Resist technique as I have done this a lot in the past so was a bit in my comfort zone however I did cut up the rub on sheet and place random rubons around the card - even ripping some which, believe me, is way out of my comfort zone, I even smudged some of my stamping too!! so I feel I have achieved a lot this morning already!

I used mustard seed, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral and broken china distress spray stains (all of which were bought six months ago and still had the seals on!), Special Delivery rub ons, Ground Espresso ink around the edges and then stamps from the Life's Possibilities, Travel Blueprint and Little Labels sets.  Finished simply with some metal glasses (no idea where they are from but aren't they cute!) and some red jute which I think I bought from Tiger.

I now have to sit and wait patiently for about 5 hours for todays class!  Might just go make another card....

Thanks for looking - inky fingers from Solihull

Friday 29 July 2016

I'm still here!

Well hello there, thought I would write a blog post!  I know I have been unactive online recently (well for about a year really!) but I am going to try to get back into the swing of blogging about my antics and reading about lots of others too!

Some of this past year has been spent with me peddling my wares again on the high street - it is such a fantastic feeling to actually sell your artwork to someone face to face, there isn't much that can top it really!  The shop has now sadly closed as the lease ran out and there are a lot of changes going on on the Solihull High Street with Touchwood 2 gradually appearing that it wasn't a viable option to keep the shop open for the time being but who knows! watch this space....

Anyway I have spent the last few weeks spending time in school with my second son who is now going to be starting Senior School in September - gulp - where did all that time go?

I have also been making lots of crafty projects, let's be honest I never really stop! but mainly crocheted or sewn - sadly I seem to have lost my inspiration for inky projects despite purchasing a few new sizzix dies, inks and stamps over the past few months! (all are still sitting in the bags and packaging that they came in!!).  Hopefully inspiration may return next week when I will be undertaking Tim's new Creative Chemistry course - whoop!

A couple of things I have made recently are some jeans!!!!  Finally I have two pairs that fit me perfectly - here they are:

The front of my eclectic elements pair:

and the back:

and then the front of my walking dead pair (yes I know but you know me mad as a hatter!):

and the back:

I have also recently made myself 10 tops from three different patterns which I keep tweeking and using different fabrics for so you really can't tell that they are repeated and finally I feel that I am now a seamstress!!  Something I have wanted to do for years but never had the time to put to it, but now I have knuckled down and made time (which is half the reason for less time spent on the internet!) and am now finally getting my own bespoke wardrobe - much more rewarding than walking down the street and seeing someone else in the same top as you!  And let's face it my stuff is very bespoke as not many nearly 50 year olds wear walking dead tops and jeans do they!  and as for my robot top, well that's just so cute too!!  I might blog them soon but let's not jump the gun too quick eh!!

Anyway that's it from me for now - I will be popping round a few blogs in next few weeks to get me back into the swing of things.

Thanks for looking - enjoying the Sunshine in Solihull

Sunday 27 March 2016

A nice little sewing session

Over the past few weeks some friends of mine have all been turning the big 50, so to celebrate I made them each one of these little cuties:

I picked up the pattern and a kit (which are the fabrics in the first picture) at the Malvern Quilt show last May and once I got going they didn't take long at all to make.

Thanks for looking - Sewing again from Solihull

Thursday 24 March 2016

A day in London

Oh didn't we have a lovely girls day out a couple of weeks ago.  We all decided that we had been putting off going to Libertys for our cream tea too long and decided to make Monday 29th February the day to go.

Off we all set at 11.30 (cheapest train!) and upon arrival went on the London Eye which was surprisingly quiet.  Here is the infamous hat on tour:

We also took in a trip to the M&M shop (rude not to!):

and then finally ended up at our destination:

and here was our lovely cream tea:

all in all a thoroughly enjoyable day out with good company, good fine and, thankfully, good weather!

Thanks for looking - Daytripper from Solihull

Monday 21 March 2016

NEC trip

Had a lovely day out at the Hobbycrafts NEC show last week with Louise - we went for five hours and it didn't occur to us that when I booked on two classes and Louise on one how much shopping time we were actually missing out on!  Must have been the excitement I guess - anyway don't panic as I still managed to spend a fortune whilst learning some new things on the way.  Here is the result of my first class:

I have been looking at the Powertex stuff for about three years now but always keep putting off getting some as I don't have time to learn a new hobby but I decided this year that what the heck I would fit it in after all!  As you can guess I obviously love this and have bought the starter kit to get myself making more stuff at home - it's still in the bag but hopefully I should get to have a play this week!  Whoo Hoo.

My other class was on the Sugar Buttons stall where Louise and I made some flowers out of air dry clay - obviously I then bought five more moulds and a flower cutter to add to my ever growing collection of moulds and have had a little play this morning (as you do - I couldn't play yesterday as OH had a birthday party!) I will show the results of these when they are dry, painted, mounted and whatever else I can think to do with them (so exciting!).

Thanks for looking - Well exercised fingers from Solihull.

Sunday 20 March 2016

Next workshops and a lovely day out

The next make and take that I will be running is this card:

where we will be using distress stains and two lovely stamps from the new Visible Image range.  The make and take will be held on Wednesday 23rd March at Naissance De, 20 Drury Lane, Solihull from between 11am-1pm - no need to book just pop in and see us.  The cost for this card is £5.

My next workshop at Hobbycraft is to be this card:

Lots of Tim goodness on this card with new stamps, texture paste, markers, stencils, distress stains and inks all being used.  The cost for this card is £12 and the class will be held on Thursday 21st April from 10.00am - Noon.  Places are limited so must be booked in advance - please get in touch via the contact me button if you would like to attend.

I also had a lovely Saturday last weekend in Hobbycraft demonstrating Tim inks and making this free make and take tag:

hope all who came along enjoyed themselves!  I did and I would just like to say a big thank you to all my new attendees and I look forward to seeing some of you soon on my Thursday workshops.

Thanks for looking - busy making classes in Solihull

Sunday 28 February 2016

Just a quick post

I made this card a couple of weeks ago but I seem to be having a few blogger problems at the moment as it takes me about half an hour to sign in!  Oh well serves me right for having a blogging break I guess (although I seem to remember this was one reason why I stopped blogging so much too!) - anyway I have managed to sign in before the end of the challenge entry time over on tims blog so I will enter this card:

I had great fun inking the card first with tea dye, then applying vintage photo and gathered twigs stains with a stencil and then playing with my new ranger texture paste (only had the transparent one and other makes before so when I saw the new stamp lines in at Dyans I treated myself to both sets and the texture paste - whoop).  It's lovely to play with and it was fun to add the embossing powder too as I hadn't tried this before although my first attempts with distress embossing powder and a glow in the dark powder didn't come out as well and therefore didn't make the final cut!

I then coloured in one of cat stamps with distress markers and stamped, coloured and cut out the ball of wool from the same set too (my favourite stamps at the moment).  I had to fussy cut the images out as I don't have the corresponding die set yet - wasn't quite sure how to add the sentiment without hiding half of the wall so I just stamped directly onto the background something else I haven't done for a while too.

Anyway this my take on the February challenge - hope you like it.  At the moment I currently busy restocking my shelves in Naissance De with some new artwork which has been fun.  I am also very excited today as I am off to London tomorrow with the girls as we are going on a day trip to Liberty's - can't wait!  Probably won't sleep with the excitement of all it tonight!

Thanks for looking - Liberty fan from Solihull

Saturday 13 February 2016

Just a quick post

to let you know I am still here!

I am currently busy making and selling my wares in Naissance De which is at 20 Drury Lane, Solihull - more details here.

This is a picture of my unit:

and here are a few of my makes:

a canvas for £20

a personalised picture for £15

some cards from £3

and this cute chappy made up of boxes - £10

If you are passing I would love it if you popped and said hi - I am mainly working in the shop on Tuesday and Wednesdays mornings.  

We would also appreciate it if you could follow us on twitter @naissancedeuk and/or like us on facebook There are lots of lovely local designers in the shop so if you are looking for unique gifts, artwork, Frenchic paint and Village Candles pop in and check us out!

Thanks for looking - living the dream from Solihull

Sunday 31 January 2016

Tims January Tag

Hi everyone,

I know its been such a long time since I have been on blogger but I took part in Tim's tag this month so I thought I would share it!

I had some free time Friday to just have a nice play and thought the tag would be pretty quick and simple to do.  However when I discovered that I don't own any frosted crystal embossing powder I had a go with some Stampin Up heat and stick embossing powder which didn't give the right results, I then tried a normal embossing ink along with a clear embossing powder and that didn't look quite right either but I was going to go with it (I used Tim's typewriter stamp which was all layered up and good to be stuck down) when this lovely little parcel arrived from Art from the Heart

so obviously they needed to be used straight away so, third time lucky, I used a normal embossing ink and white embossing powder - totally cheating I know but hey, I was just having fun!

This is my finished tag:

Very simple for me really.  I decided to give the cat an extra layer (the base, cat's body, and then cat's face make up three layers) so for the fourth I gave the cat some black eyes - I know they don't usually have black eyes but they looked more effective than white I thought.  I also added the blue wool ball using two layers of the stamp which was embossed with Broken China distress powder.  The quote is done with silver embossing powder and the brick wall background is the Industrious Metal technique done as it should be!  For details of all the techniques and other tag entries pop over to Tim's blog.  I finished the tag off with blue wool for a tie - do you remember when wool was all the rage on tags back in the day???  

All in all a fun little play even though it took a lot longer than it should have!

Thanks for looking - Rediscovering the love for my embossing powders in Solihull

RIP Terry x