I'm demonstrating bead weaving in a couple of week's time so I've been looking through books and magazines (a favourite occupation) for something a bit different to show. This bracelet in a recent edition of Bead and Button took my fancy and as I'd bought some small dagger beads recently I decided to have a go. It is made using Peyote stitch which is one I enjoy using. As the weekend weather isn't looking too promising I think I will probably spend much of the time going through my bead stash to sort out a couple of projects and get them started ready for the demonstrations - I'll need something reasonably straightforward so that I can talk to people and carry on working without making any mistakes in the pattern.
Friday, 26 August 2011
I was asked this week to make a card for a Silver Wedding anniversary and it so happens that it qualifies for entry into Judith's Forgotten Friday challenge - how lucky is that? The background paper was printed onto pearlescent paper from Artylicious Decadent Brocade CD and the wording was produced on the computer in My Craft Studio and sized to fit a Nestabilities die and circle punch. The heart was stamped onto a piece of the printed paper and embossed in silver using a stamp from the Lovesong set (Chocolate Baroque). This stamp is the forgotten item as it hasn't been used for quite a while although it is really good for anniversary cards. I also die cut a heart in silver card and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and added a flower with a silver swirl. Judith has made a beautiful card with some of her forgotten stash - take a look.
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
I've been busy this morning making an anniversary card but not sure if it is OK to post in on the blog so maybe another day... I also had time to work on a neat little holder for some 3" thankyou cards which holds one and an envelope in each of the four pockets. The instructions for this came from the lovely Jenny of Stamping Moments and it is one of her Stampin Up classes which are available on her blog - there are lots of lovely classes so well worth taking a look if you're stuck for ideas. This particular class is called 'Love you Much' because that is the stamp set she used but I opted for the Vintage Vogue set. This was a nice little project to make and would be a lovely small gift or maybe an item for a craft sale. The glue is still drying on the cards so only the envelopes are in the pockets at the moment.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
The theme on Make My Monday is still 'things with wings' and it would appear we can use anything with wings this week as long as we use ACETATE!! I must say that this isn't one of my favourite things to work with and after rejecting several ideas I finally settled on printing this aeroplane image (from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CDs) onto acetate, applying glue to the back and covering with gilding flakes. The backing paper is from Chocolate Baroque Echoes of Italy collection - I felt it suited the image - and I used a piece of Tim Holtz fabulous Kraft Resist paper, punched with an EK success punch and wrapped with raffia. A Computer sentiment and a couple of brads and that's my acetate entry done!
Monday, 22 August 2011
The challenge theme this week on CD Sunday is nursery rhymes and it is a good job there was so much inspiration from the design team or I wouldn't have known where to start. I searched out my Victorian Birthdays CD from Joanna Sheen and found this colourful image of 'three little kittens' - used backing papers from the CD and added a punched border, a few flowers and a greeting layered onto a variety of punched shapes.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
I've used another of the stamps from the Steampunk Christmas set by Chocolate Baroque and this time it isn't truly steampunk style because of the colours and the gems I added but shows just a little of the versatility of these stamps. Background paper is printed from CB Seasons Greetings CD and a strip of embossed pearl card was added (Cuttlebug folder). The snowflakes were cut from glitter hand made paper using Marianne dies. this card also fits with the theme from Bah Humbug this week.