Thursday, 29 April 2010

Quickie pin cushion

Look at the fabby pin cushion in my sidebar! It doesnt alter the nesting doll at all (the pins stick in a styrene egg covered in stretchy fabric). Isnt that just the cleverest way to display your pins!

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Tell your story: Introduction

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Hurrah ... time to get this uploaded

Tell your story: A new season

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Hmmmm ... need to practice 3D ribbon banners!

Tell your story: I feel ...

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This was supposed to be a background of tissue, but I dont have any, so I made a background of Glimmmer mists ... did one for tomorrow too!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Week 3 about halfway completed

The first of a set of five windows for my hall. Its slow complex work ...
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Monday, 26 April 2010

tell your story

I have signed up with elsie to make my first art journal. This is a HUGE committment, there is an assignment every day for 6 weeks. The class started today, and I have done my introductory pages ... hurrah for me. I will photograph and upload them, probably in weekly batches. I've also got two CJs to do this week ...

Friday, 23 April 2010

Crackle paint and mini canvases

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I got my kit yesterday from 3DJean and immediately set to work. There is lots of inspiration on the shop blog (in sidebar) so I started by thickly painting four mini canvases and a host of chipboard. I attached a bit of card to the back of the canvas so I had something to hold onto. Leave to dry for 24 hours!
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The paint has cracked the best where it is thickest, here it is dabbed with ink then sprayed with glimmer mist
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Here are the chipboard petals sprayed with glimmer mist

Sunday, 18 April 2010

following a sketch

My final upload for Shimelles crop party ... I've had loads of fun but I am scrapped out now! I kinda flipped the sketch, to better fit the photo

my neighbourhood

I love where I live, I'm 125 steps from the sea, and about the same distance from formal gardens and hazel woods. In the summer we have outdoor concerts ... pets are invited! I scraplifted that lovely layout again ...

happiness is ...

... a scrapping party with Shimelle!

an adventure???

I'm not the most adventurous holidaymaker ... but I do like visiting new places. Last year we visited Tallinn, its a beautiful place with great shopping and tons of history. My page is a scraplift of but I have hidden the journalling behind the photo.

show off your handwriting

I use my own handwriting on most layouts, its quick and easy and I have LOTS of nice pens!

cosmo cricket scraplift

All four layouts are beautiful, this is my scraplift

Take four squares

I can't believe I've not thought of doing a layout like this before, the four square background gives the benefit of displaying both sides of two-side paper.

Bunting ... or a mini book?

Isnt this bunting just adorable! But its not bunting, its a mini book that is FREE to download from twopeas. I thought it was too pretty to be hidden away on a shelf, so I printed it out on vellum, handrounded the corners and joined it with sparkly brads. Its in its temporary home until I get some photos suitable ... then it will be strung over my mirror.

crop party : woodgrain

I'm using the crop party as a chance to scrapbook more vintage family photos. Here is my version of Shimelles gorgeous layout

Saturday, 17 April 2010

6pm friday cupcake challenge

Shimelle is running a scrapping party this weekend and her first challenge was to make cupcakes ... am I the only person in the world who detests those little cups of tooth-tingling nastiness??? I guess so. Anyway, I dont "do" cupcakes, but I do love fruit cake, and what could be better than fruitcake with chunks of ginger AND a gingerman on top!

prompt 10

I adore acetate (transparent film) ... I bought a HUGE pack of inkjet printable film a zillion years ago and I use it for everything, including an emergency desk cover when I am inking, to stop pages sticking together when I post on a CJ or to assemble a title when I am unsure if it will fit the space. This art doll is assembled on an acetate and has wings stamped on acetate and layered.

Friday, 16 April 2010

I have a desk

I bought this from my local auction house ... but its a bit whiffy! Either they had a very damp house or it spent some time in a shed. Its the perfect size for my craft room, and nicely shabby so I dont feel guilty when I spill ink on it!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

A slow start

Here is the beginning of my new window ... it is one of a pair for my hallway. It is MUCH more complicated than my previous window, this one has a variety of angles.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Glass class starts today

I am in my first year of a stained glass course. I have made two apprentice pieces and one internal window. There is something magical about working in glass, it takes a great deal of dexterity and skill but the rewards are worth it. Today I begin the first of five matching windows, my template is ready, the glass is ordered. But until the piecing begins, I am never sure if the pattern will work.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

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After all that hard work, I deserved a walk along the beach

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

ArtsBank glorious stuff

Saltburn has a fabby art gallery that opened over the Easter weekend, it has five floors of inspiring art. These are my two favourite pieces, a fabric covered table and the most tactile (naughty me!) ceramic horse and rider by Jane Atkinson and Eoghan Bridge, respectively.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

I found a fairy

Many thanks to Background Fairy for the glorious damask background to this blog. Instructions are VERY easy to follow ... click the link at the top left corner of the blog

Monday, 5 April 2010

prompt 9

Long exposure photo of the cliff lift in Saltburn, and its co-ordinates, on crate paper orbit that has been spritzed with orange glimmermist.

I got the original idea here

Challenge #03: The biggest user

Thanks to Shimelle for this great challenge. I scraplifted this fabulous layout


Its my Gran and Grandad in 1958.

The paper is fancy pants true

Challenge #02: How much is too much?

This web site is great for inspiration

I followed this prompt

Challenge #01: Scraplift and Scrapbust

Grandma and Auntie Nelly in 1948
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And this is the layout I scraplifted

I can add pics to my sidebar!

A HUGE thanks to for the instructions on how to put pictures in my sidebar! I have learned something new ...