Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Quick Card

I've actually managed to get around to making a quick card today using an image from Hobby House Designs.  Background paper is from my stash and the image has been popped onto a die cut shape from Creative Expressions - Californian collection by Sue Wilson.  A Tonic punch was used to make a border with a ribbon bow; sentiment printed from the computer and put onto the smallest die in the set - also used a couple of the 'waste' flowers from the punched strip.  We've actually had two days with lovely blue skies and sunshine, albeit with a couple of showers yesterday, but it certainly feels as if we are coming out of the really depressing and wet weather - fingers crossed!!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Beaded Bead

It seems absolutely ages since I blogged anything but today I have a beaded bead to share.  I recently purchased a book by Marcia DeCoster with some beautiful projects which are mostly made using right angle weave - a stitch with which I'm not really familiar and I must say not really a stitch of choice in the past.  Having battled with it to make this 'Urchin' bead it could be growing on me but I definitely need to use it more to become really comfortable with the technique.  I think I should have chosen one of her designs from the beginning of the book but being me, I went for a page near the end!!  All that remains now is to make a beaded strap so that this can be used as a necklace.  The beads used were seed beads in sizes 15, 11 and 8 with some 3mm fire polished crystals to embellish the spines - bead is approximately 1.25 inches across.