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Monday, 21 November 2011

Into the World of Jewellery

Lisa who owns my local hairdressers has given me a great opportunity to sell jewellery in her salon.  I haven't really made much before although I have lots of supplies and dabbled a bit!!  I find bracelets easier to make so started out with a couple of beaded ones then tried a beaded necklace, the wire I used was obviously a bit thin so had to re-thread that one!  Learning curve there!  I then tried some beads added to chain with jump rings and pendants threaded through ribbon, with earrings to finish off.

Juilet if you read this I may need some master classes!!!

Here are some photos, I took everything into the salon today, Piggy Tails on Bedminster Road : -

Packaged up ready to go .......

And here's Tabby with his halo, my little angel!!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A day with friends

Sunday was our annual Christmas Card making day, thanks to Sarah, Sian and Jean for a lovely day spent getting started on our cards for this year and to Mark for keeping us supplied with cups of tea, lunch, dinner and chocolate brownies!!  We managed about 40 cards between us all, a good start!  Some photo's of the day and just some of my cards.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Scrapping Day

Had a very productive day today at my monthly crop Bristol Scrappers, managed to get six layouts finished and one almost completed.

This first one was inspired by watching a video on how to use the Stewart Gill paints by Linda of Just Scrapbooking, you can watch Linda's videos on her blog  We were given a pack of paints to use at the Altered Book weekend.  Stewart Gill paints are lovely to use, they allow you to build up dimensional layers on your page. I used the true colours as a base coat, then added some of the pearlise to give a pearl sheen, then a top layer of Byzantia colour, a rich metallic paint.  Added some stamping and textures.  These paints are available to buy from Linda's online shop.

 Then a couple of Halloween layouts.

This is Charlie as Catula, makes a great Halloween photo, I added some blood from his fangs in Picnik and gave him some ghoul eyes!  Must have been a full moon??

Then a layout from last nights firework display.  I used the Dylusions spray inks, sprayed each colour then blew with a straw to give the look of fireworks exploding.  I also used a swirl stencil with the ink sprays.

This was the last layout of the day, needs a bit of finishing off.

To finish, Charlie reading my new copy of Craft Stamper!!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween

Just a couple of Halloween Tags today using spray inks and distress stains with some Tim Holtz dies.  Have a spooky day!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

A Good Read ??

Just had to share this one, Charlie obviously didn't think my altered books made a very good read !!!!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Altered Books

A couple of weekends ago Sarah and I took a trip to Mevagissey to spend the weekend with a group of lovely ladies and the best teacher, Linda from Just Scrapbooking.  It was an altered books weekend and we were to complete three books.  First thing was to pick a theme for each book, I decided on Time, Beach and originally I was going to do something on the 1920's but wasn't really very inspired by this so decided to change to one of my favourite films "The Wizard of Oz".  It's amazing what you can find on e-bay to add to your books!

We stayed at the lovely Bodrugan Barton, Sally and Tim as usual looked after us with the best food and hospitality.

We did lots of different techniques over the weekend and ended up with two almost done books and one with the cover and a drawer made.  Here are some photo's.

Sarah busy at work.

 A drawer cut into the back of the book

Using some amazing crackle medium to make this background.

Another niche cut into the book, lots of cutting and lots of blades used!!

My favourite book - The Wizard of Oz - follow that yellow brick road .....

The Scarecrow 

The Tin Man

The Cowardly Lion


A sleeping puss cat to finish with !!