Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Still not managed to work out how to add a new post to a tabbed page but I've added a bit more ZIA to my Zentangle page.  When I see them enlarged on the screen it is a bit scary because I can see every 'wobble' and some poor filling in both of which are less evident on the small page of the original. I must try and slow down a bit and take more care with my lines although the hand isn't as steady as it was in my younger days .  I have tried the white card recommended by Paula (thanks for sharing the results of the tests on various papers and pens) and the solid areas do seem easier to execute than they were on my original sketch book paper.

Make My Monday Challenge

The colour wheel challenge continues on Make My Monday and this week we are asked to use analagous colours and specifically the BLUES which lie next to each other on the colour wheel.

I selected a piece of light blue paper from my stash and stamped some swirls around the edge, added  ink to one side of the Blooming Season embossing folder from Craft Concepts and embossed some white card to make the next layer.  I then cut a labels shape with  a Nestability die and swiped it through some watered down Distress ink, then inked the Agapanthus Cluster stamp (Stampendous) with two colours of ink, spritzed with water and stamped twice onto the shape..  Final additions were some Marianne die cut swirls, a greeting and a flower made from a die cut and a couple of odd ones left in my embellishments box. It's been interesting working these colour wheel challenges and there's one more to come this month before they move onto a different theme.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Shambala Style Bracelet

Who remembers macrame?  It was very popular in the sixties and seventies and I must have made countless plant pot holders, wall hangings, bags et al using huge wooden beads and heavy string.  Last week I caught a few minutes of a demonstration on jewellery making on the TV and it was macrame all over again but with very fine cord (1mm) and glitter-ball beads which I think is where the term Shambala comes in but not sure on this.   I don't actually have any of the glitter-ball beads - yet - but did find some 1mm cord knocking around and as you can guess I have loads of other beads so I just had to have a go, hoping I could remember how it was done.  This type of bracelet has a sliding section so that it can open up to slide over the hand and then you just pull the two small bead ends to close it although I'm not quite sure how you can pull both ends once it is on the wrist - it's not a style of bracelet I've tried before.  I had to resort to one hand and one mouth.  It was really nice to revisit macrame again and it is much more my style to work with fine thread on a smaller scale.  When I can get some more fine cord I will be using up some of my oddments in beads to make a few more and of course starting with longer lengths necklaces could be made too.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Simply Stampin' Challenge 69

There is a theme challenge at Simply Stampin' this week and one of my favourites - VINTAGE.  After giving it some thought I decided to go along with the obvious choice of using SU Vintage Vogue stamp set which I've combined with other suitable items.  Background paper was from Tim Holtz Shabby Vintage pad. The details are:-

Vintage Vogue - flowers stamped and cut out, also sentiment cut with SU label punch
Vintage wheel - stamped across background to form a border
Notably Ornate - label stamped and cut out
Framelits die cut run through a Textured Impressions embossing folder
Quickcitz dies - cameo and oval
SU ink pad - Simply Suede
Tim Holtz - Distress ink pad Tea Dye
SU card - crumb cake and simply suede