Friday, 24 September 2010

Bee creative on 4 on a Friday

I'm always up for trying something new on the crafting front and for a while I've been pondering the idea of digital. Is it something I'd enjoy? Would I even be any good at it? Would the creative process be the same?

I've admired Alexa's skill with digital for some time and yesterday she was kind enough to share some of her knowledge with a tutorial for placing a photo inside 4 frames. Right this was my chance - do it. I had a few hiccups to start with and I think Mr P was a bit worried about the amount of cursing that was coming from the laptop especially when his handy hints didn't help. I got so far and hit a brick wall but Alexa came to the rescue and after her help and encouragement I created this.
Now, you may be thinking what's all the fuss about but I feel a real sense of achievement at getting this far and I'm waiting for more handy tips so I can add some text at a later date (hint, hint). The frame is actually offset on a white background. I took the photo myself with a point and shoot in my garden and I must have had bees on my mind as this week I also created this.
After a clearing and sorting expedition (I blame Julie and her badges and I still haven't found them!) I came across some beeswax which I'd had for ages for some long forgotten craft project. I took a piece of mountboard and covered it in book pages and some poppy paper napkin. The 'for you' is stamped onto some calico. That's the great thing about using beeswax you can use just about anything and stamp some texture into it too. You can just about see the stamped bit highlighted with some perfect pearls. I had fun experimenting.

Finally if you do 'hop' over to Alexa's today you might see someone you recognise

Monday, 20 September 2010

Paris Inspired

This month's altered tag swap at UKS has famous landmarks and cities as it's theme. Well I couldn't pass up the opportunity to feature a bit of Paris........
I used some acrylic paint to paint the background and stamped a few leaves and of course the Eiffel tower, a paperartsy mini. I stamped a few extra leaves on some inked book pages and cut them out. When I visited Paris it was Autumn and there were lots of leaves on the pavements from the trees surrounding the Eiffel tower that's why I thought I'd add them to my tag.

I managed to fit in a trip to Le Temple Du Scrap and even made a layout dedicated to it. There was lots of map studying before I went so I could figure out where I needed to go........... quite a few stops on the Metro but I got there. 
........and fear not I didn't waste a trip to Paris without going to the top of the Eiffel Tower
.....a bit windswept when I got there but at least I'm smiling.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

And the winner is.....

.........Alexa. With thanks to my glamorous assistant aka Mr P for selecting the random winner. You didn't really think my hands were that hairy did you?

Alexa, bunny has his bags packed and is ready to go and  looking forward to meeting you soon.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

A Bunny Good Giveaway

I've had this little space in blogland since January and in that time I've shared lots of my interests but I've never had a giveaway so I thought I should put that right. As you know I've been doing a spot (no pun intended) of sewing and this week I made another bunny. This green spot fabric from the Amy Butler Love collection immediately caught my eye.

If you'd like to give bunny a new home leave me a comment and I'll pick a random winner next Saturday. the meantime bunny is busy making himself comfy around the house and packing his things ready for his trip.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Cheers big ears

Today I posted my Happy Hour ATCs for a swap over at UK Scrappers - G & T anyone?

Here's to the weekend - Cheers!

Pop back tomorrow for a bunny giveaway

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

I can sing a rainbow

I made this card for the monthly challenge at The Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog. The theme for September is rainbows. I inked the edges of my textured card with  a touch of worn lipstick distress ink and stamped the lace onto some cardstock. I then cut it out before attaching it down one side of the card.

The rainbow background in the centre was created with some watercolour paper and neocolour pastels. The frame surrounding it was cut out using a circle and scalloped circle nestabilities die. I put a few drops of watermelon alcohol ink onto some acetate and stamped the butterfly sentiment with some black stazon. The acetate was attached to the frame and mounted on some foam pads for a bit of dimension. And lastly I stamped lots of butterflies and coloured them with promarkers in rainbow colours.

The butterfly sentiment is a favourite of mine and that along with the lace stamp are both available from The Artistic Stamper

The challenge is open until the 30th September if you fancy taking part.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

The Big Stitch

Thank you to those of you who have shown an interest in my taking part in The Big Stitch I now have a Just Giving page up and running so if you would like to donate and in return receive a little knitted heart the link is in my sidebar. If I need to post the heart to you please allow me to email you as I will need your address details. I hope you'll help me knit up a little love.

There has also been lots of stitching going on in the form of sewing here this week. I tend to visit my favourite crafts in phases and at the moment sewing seems to be in favour. Do you remember the baby bodysuit I customised well this week I've done the same to a T-shirt for me.

Don't you just love the design? And my label die came in handy too to use as a template to cut out my design which I stitched on some Amy Butler fabric. Me being me I chose a black T-shirt so it wasn't easy to photograph but I have more designs to stitch watch this space.
And I couldn't resist making this fabric bunny after spotting the free downloadable pattern at Revoluzzza I know some of you will want to make one too so let me know if you do and I'd love to see it. My bunny will be getting some friends as I want to make more :-)

That's all for today I have bunnies to sew, hearts to knit..........

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Another month ends

Yes, another month ends and that means it's time to share my completed August page for the Calendar 365 Challenge at The Kathryn Wheel.  

I can't believe it's September already. Remember last month I had my page ready to go, well I've reverted to my normal behaviour and this month it's nowhere near ready, ok not even started. But hey, there's always tomorrow I'm not giving up now.