Friday, 29 December 2017

Who'd have thought

That when I decided to have a little break from blogging, basically to catch up with friends in real life more and to sit in front of a few box sets creating new knitting and crocheting projects it would be for over a year!!  Well the time has returned when I feel the need to get off my settee, throw open my door and step out into the sunshine and be more social online again. I have to say I have missed the enthusiasm and inspiration of blogs as I haven't been reading any for a while now but I have still spent most of my crafting so don't worry I have loads to share now!

My first showing is going to be my new found love of the Toft Edward menagerie items.  When I first saw Clarence the Bat hanging on a stall at the NEC I knew I had to have him, so in the theme of the ever popular elf on the shelf craze here are my much loved new crocheted additions to our home:

Clarence the Bat aka Ed in the Shed

Next to come along was Georgina the Hippo, here she is as Ed on the Bed

Then a challenge and the loveliness that is Blake the Orang-utan showcased as Ed with Ted

Then at the NEC this November I fell in love in with this pirate - those who know me will understand!! so here is Ed on the Seabed:

Thank you to the lovely Shelley over at Motivate Me Now for the loan of the fish tank!

Then here is one of my own creations as when I bought the doll emporium book to make the pirate I was inspired by the grooms coat to make a vampire - don't ask me why but that is just how my mind works!!! so here is Ed the Undead:

Lastly, but not least, I managed to grab Dylan the monster for a bargain from John Lewis so he was lovingly made and given to my youngest for Christmas and here he is as Ed on Santa's Head:

Hope you have enjoyed my little display of cuteness, these lovely items now have pride of place on my lounge bookcase.

Thanks for looking, still reeling about Carl Grimes from Solihull

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Seth Apter challenge

Back in February I met Seth Apter at the Stitches trade show and he set me a challenge to make something using some scraps that he was going to throw out - here is my finished card:

I decided to use the scraps (which are the orange and blue squares) as window frames to depict two cats talking to each other across rooms.  I know I should have used a brick patterned embossed background but I was in a hexagon mood and let's face it anything goes with me!

The background is embossing paste through a hexagon stencil and then inked with Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral distress inks and then sprayed with both Gold and Silver distress sprays.  The cats are from Tim's Crazy cats stamps and dies and coloured with Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade and Spun Sugar.  The window backgrounds are made up with Card-io backyard blooms - the spider and web and a brick wall stamp by Prima.  Whole card and greeting are then edged with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot inks.

I actually made this card way back in April but as you can see I have not been blogging much recently!  I have however been busy crafting away as usual so will hopefully get back into the swing of blogging more regularly and will showcase my stuff then - I still haven't done much in the way of papercrafting though (in fact this is the only card for months!) but am still busy knitting and sewing like a trooper here.  Such fun.

Anyway this card goes to show that no matter how small it is don't throw anything away!!  Any scraps can be made into something quirky if you put your mind to it.  Saying that I have spent the last two weeks decluttering and reorganising my craft room - am now raring to go again so watch this space!

Thanks for looking - Busy getting back into the swing of things from Solihull

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Recycled jeans

Don't worry all I am still here!  Have been busy working behind the scenes with lots of new makes, most recently this has been lots of knitting!  I have returned to an old passion of mine and whilst creating myself a complete hand made wardrobe I decided to throw in some knitwear for good measure.

I have also finally gotten around to using up some old jeans from the pile I have amassed over the years.  Here are my first attempts at two handbags:

Here are the backs:

and of course I have fully lined them and included extra pockets:

Thanks for looking - recycling fanatic from Solihull x

Monday, 29 August 2016

Tims August Tag

Hi everyone,

Finally I have gotten a chance to play today!  Whoo hoo - have left the children to sort themselves out and whilst they are happily playing on their Xbox's I have got out some of the new bits and pieces I have bought recently (one die I only bought this morning!) and some others that I, er, bought quite a while ago but have been sitting there waiting patiently in their packaging for me!

So I decided to have a go at Tims August tag as this months was right up my street.  I haven't changed it much as I liked the sample so much!

Mine has been mounted onto a card rather than doing a tag this month - for the background I have used Ripe Persimmon and Pumice Stone stains - not my usual colour palette but I just grabbed the first two out of my vast collection of stains, talk about living on the edge eh!  And as for brayered stains, I can honestly say I have never used this technique before!  Where was I, how did I miss it??? feeling really rather confused about it I can tell you!  Also I think my Pumice Stone stain has had it as it is now mainly all green rather than stone but hey ho it made for an interesting background, and I will definately be using this technique again in the future - so simple and yet so lovely (mind you aren't they all!).

I then used my new, been sitting there waiting patiently in the packaging for me for months, wave frameworks die.  I cut the frame out of kraft cardstock and painted it with Broken China, again the colour just picked out randomly but thankfully it all goes together nicely!  The bits in between are cut out of black or kraft cardstock, some London fabric from a top I have just made, some Calico and a book page - all edges were inked with Vintage Photo on the pieces and Ground Espresso on the frame.  Oh and I inked the background with Vintage Photo and splattered it with water (something I don't usually do) and inked the edges with Ground Espresso too.

I finished with white diecut wildflowers inked with Black Soot - again this is in an newish unused die but I did cut out the flowers a while ago and they were just sitting there waiting to be used so I used them rather than cut out more in black cardstock (basically because my sizzix machine and dies are now downstairs and I was too impatient to get sticking down rather than move myself!).  I then finished with a 2016 cut out with the brand new Stencil Numbers sizzix die I bought this morning as it was on sale in Hobbycraft - can't beat a bargain eh!  and then a couple of words from Tims ChitChat sticker set.  For once I haven't sewn on the card  but hand stamped using a couple of background stamps from the City Central set.

Thats it - whoo!  For details to see how to create the tag/card pop over to Tims blog here

Thanks for looking - inky fingers from Solihull

Thursday, 4 August 2016

CC103 Day Three

I enjoyed the videos yesterday but not really had time to put them into practice - one of the perils of doing an online course during the school holidays when the weather is fabulous and the children are home I guess!

Anyway here are two quick makes:

A distressed layered collage:

I never actually do collages - not sure why I neither like nor loathe them but thought I would give this a go with just some bits I had ready made in my go to box.  I don't have the plain tissue paper and although I have some printed tissue paper I decided to use an old sewing pattern instead - not sure what all the collaged bits and pieces are but the stamps I have used directly onto the finished piece are from Tims City Central set and I also had to use glue n seal instead of collage medium.

I have also had a quick go at distressed grit paste grunge piece:

however I don't have any grit paste either so this was done using texture paste over an eroded metal piece of work which I also found in my go to box (as you do!).  Not sure I like this much but I don't have time to finish it just it yet so maybe it will grow on me when I finally do!

Thanks for looking - eagerly awaiting CC103 Day four in Solihull

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

A flurry of inkyness!

Well I think my inky mojo might have finally returned after its long semester!!  I knew I could rely on Tim to get the motivation flying again!

I am taking part in Creative Chemistry 103 - I was hoping to do the two reruns of 101 and 102 over the past few weeks too but that just didn't happen what with DS2 leaving Junior school, holidays and my sewing frenzy for a new wardrobe but I did tune in yesterday to 103 (I actually forgot on Monday but I was busy completing Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens on the xbox with DS2 to 100% - whoo hoo!!  - I feel I have to grasp these moments fiercely now as he will be at senior school in September and will no doubt not want to play lego games with Mom for much longer! - don't worry though I am not ashamed to play them by myself!!!).

Anyway I have made a card this morning!!! Before 9am too - blimey!  First time in ages that I have sat down and just played rather than planned a workshop or made a product to sell in the shop and I must say it is a welcome relief!!

I decided to do the Distress Stain Rub Resist technique as I have done this a lot in the past so was a bit in my comfort zone however I did cut up the rub on sheet and place random rubons around the card - even ripping some which, believe me, is way out of my comfort zone, I even smudged some of my stamping too!! so I feel I have achieved a lot this morning already!

I used mustard seed, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral and broken china distress spray stains (all of which were bought six months ago and still had the seals on!), Special Delivery rub ons, Ground Espresso ink around the edges and then stamps from the Life's Possibilities, Travel Blueprint and Little Labels sets.  Finished simply with some metal glasses (no idea where they are from but aren't they cute!) and some red jute which I think I bought from Tiger.

I now have to sit and wait patiently for about 5 hours for todays class!  Might just go make another card....

Thanks for looking - inky fingers from Solihull

Friday, 29 July 2016

I'm still here!

Well hello there, thought I would write a blog post!  I know I have been unactive online recently (well for about a year really!) but I am going to try to get back into the swing of blogging about my antics and reading about lots of others too!

Some of this past year has been spent with me peddling my wares again on the high street - it is such a fantastic feeling to actually sell your artwork to someone face to face, there isn't much that can top it really!  The shop has now sadly closed as the lease ran out and there are a lot of changes going on on the Solihull High Street with Touchwood 2 gradually appearing that it wasn't a viable option to keep the shop open for the time being but who knows! watch this space....

Anyway I have spent the last few weeks spending time in school with my second son who is now going to be starting Senior School in September - gulp - where did all that time go?

I have also been making lots of crafty projects, let's be honest I never really stop! but mainly crocheted or sewn - sadly I seem to have lost my inspiration for inky projects despite purchasing a few new sizzix dies, inks and stamps over the past few months! (all are still sitting in the bags and packaging that they came in!!).  Hopefully inspiration may return next week when I will be undertaking Tim's new Creative Chemistry course - whoop!

A couple of things I have made recently are some jeans!!!!  Finally I have two pairs that fit me perfectly - here they are:

The front of my eclectic elements pair:

and the back:

and then the front of my walking dead pair (yes I know but you know me mad as a hatter!):

and the back:

I have also recently made myself 10 tops from three different patterns which I keep tweeking and using different fabrics for so you really can't tell that they are repeated and finally I feel that I am now a seamstress!!  Something I have wanted to do for years but never had the time to put to it, but now I have knuckled down and made time (which is half the reason for less time spent on the internet!) and am now finally getting my own bespoke wardrobe - much more rewarding than walking down the street and seeing someone else in the same top as you!  And let's face it my stuff is very bespoke as not many nearly 50 year olds wear walking dead tops and jeans do they!  and as for my robot top, well that's just so cute too!!  I might blog them soon but let's not jump the gun too quick eh!!

Anyway that's it from me for now - I will be popping round a few blogs in next few weeks to get me back into the swing of things.

Thanks for looking - enjoying the Sunshine in Solihull