Saturday, 14 August 2010

Sense of Time

I particularly like the saying which comes with the Stampin Up Sense of Time stamp set (as well as the others of course).  I recently bought the Cuttlebug Clockworks embossing folder which I thought would be useful for making cards for men.  The embossed card has been sanded lightly to show the slightly lighter core; the clock face was stamped with Versamark on cream card and clear embossed then sponged with Distress Inks (fired brick and black soot); the smaller stamp in the set and the sentiment were simply stamped onto cream card using the same colours and sponged.

Friday, 13 August 2010

One Card for Two challenges

I've managed something I rarely achieve and that is a card to fit more than one challenge.  Bah Humbug challenge 31 this week is 'angels or fairies' and Polkadoodles week 32 is 'acetate or vellum'.  I had started working on my card for Bah Humbug using one of the Polkadoodles Flutterby fairies and as luck would have it I was aiming to use vellum with sparkle embossing for the wings when I read the Polkadoodles blog so a bit of serendipity here. 
Background paper is one of the smudgy holly design set by Artylicious, the fairy image coloured with pencils is by Polkadoodles and I added some Fairy dust to the toadstool and her glassses.  She is popped onto Nestabilities circles embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots; the holly and greeting are from Polkadoodles Christmas stamp set.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


I've been concentrating on a bit of beadwork for some up and coming workshops and came across a pattern for this tassel head made in Delica beads which I just had to try.   For anyone who doesn't know these are quite tiny beads so a bit fiddly but they always give a nice result with the right stitch which in this case is Peyote.  The skirt of the tassel is a skein of embroidery floss doubled in half.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Peyote Stitch Bracelet

I made this bracelet a while ago and as is often the case I didn't quite finish it because I needed to find a nice button as a fastening and then complete the loop on the other end to fit.  It is straightforward Peyote stitch but if this stitch is done with varying sizes of bead some very interesting effects can be achieved.  In this case I used size 9 seed beads and some larger triangle beads in a different colour.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Bah Humbug Challenge 30

Well at last my decorating work is finished and all that remains is for me to put back all the books and other things onto my shelves and into cupboards.  I'm going to try my best to de clutter a bit and get rid of items which I've not actually looked at in ages but who knows how successful I will be?? Things  are looking quite minimalist at the moment which isn't really me!

I've taken time out to make a card for the Bah Humbug challenge this week which is is 'Through the Window' using an image and background paper from Joanna Sheen's Enchanted Christmas CD set which can always be relied upon to come up with wonderful pictures for seasonal cards. A Fiskars border punch and Quickcutz corner dies have been used as well. As we are at week 30 this must mean I have at least 30 cards ready for December - this was such a brilliant idea - thanks BH team!!