Monday, 1 July 2013

Just popping in for a moment.....

Hello everyone....a fellow Gingerwoodie would like to see a card I'm making (still have to do the inside and write the address on the envelope)so now that I've published the front I hope I haven't made it sound more interesting than it is!! I started off with computer generating Authors and some titles of their works - printed it out on cream hammer card rather than paper (printing is hit and miss on this card as it has dimples but I don't mind the look). This card is for a retiring English Literature teacher. Then I used a stamp, sorry I don't know the company source...and embossed it in gold...raised it up on pop dots etc. Then wrote the greeting on the oval in dusky pink 'ink' (really gouache with some gum arabic in it - probably magenta with white) raised that up on pop dots too. Then die cut the two swirls - as they are not mirrors I turn one over and use a bone folder to make it look neater and I sometimes 'curve' them as well. Added some bling in gold to match the little 'leaves' and the fancy button in the middle...ribbon was folded and then I made the 'flower' by running a thread along the bottom of the ribbon and pulling it into a flower attaching the ends together and covering the mechanics up with the gold leaves. Hope you like! The envelope has a little strip of the 'Author' print on it on the left hand side and then I'll address it in pink and when dry wax the ink so that it doesn't spoil should it get wet anywhere. The posy is just what is sitting on my 'studio' windowsill...they are old English roses growing in the garden and there is also a few pieces of scented stock - that's the purple blossom - both give off a beautiful fragrance and it cheers my heart when I see them during the day. Sorry folks my photos are not publishing - you know me - I'll try and do them again!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

My little work room

Well, folks I thought I was going to show you my work room but Blogger has changed how one uploads photos and I'll have to learn how to do it their way before I can show you! Be patient with me, you know my computer skills are zilch! I have been try to relax this afternoon as I have been working much too hard and when one gets frazzled work doesn't flow freely....or be enjoyable at all.....then the phone rings and I'm hurtled into a pressurised situation again when a customer wants a card before it actually even thought about yet...and long before it should be thought about...however it will get done when I get dinner over. We are having really cold East winds today and we have been warned to prepare for snow later tonight...it is bitterly cold outside...the birds are feeding madly all day - a good indication that they are away ahead of the forecasters! Now, I shall try and get photos to you as soon as I can get time to plough my way through the new uploading system. Sorry!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Hello again - 2nd post today - mainly to show you my wee Snuggly Dolly I knit very recently - I read Tina's blog - she lives in the North of Scotland and her blog is a joy to read each day.....Tina is a knitter and has some patterns of knitted dollies for sale and some time ago I downloaded this one and here she is - she wants me to tell you she is very shy about being on the internet.....she is just 8" tall (an inch shorter than she should be, don't know why) and is lovely and squidgy....not firm at all as I'm told she should be able to be hugged by a small child etc Here is the link to Tina's blog http://thequiethome.blogspot.co.uk/ I hope you will pay her a wee visit and enjoy reading about her life in rural Scotland That's all for now.
Hello Everyone - although 'everyone' may have given up on me! Here I am back with some photos (?) of a couple of things you may like to see. A neighbouring church has a small knitting group and they decided to knit 8" squares in all the 40 shades of green. Then Joshua told them of an idea to make a Christmas tree out of these squares and this is how it looked. They held a little viewing afternoon the Saturday before Christmas accompanied by a cup of tea of course and some goodies to eat. You can see Margaret in the photo too admiring the tree.....she is one of the leaders of this group and much more if you but knew! The ladies have done a magnificent job of knitting these squares with the help of some others...me, sadly I only had time for 4 of them... In one of the close-ups of the tree you will see a little bag in fair-isle - Margaret's daughter Ruth is a Doctor and has been doing duty in the hospital in Shetland and a kind lady taught her the fair-isle technique. There is a practical element to these squares of course. They are being taken down and along with many others - well over 1,000 - will be sewn into blankets to be sent to Africa. They'll be much welcomed there where nights are cold.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Taking a Break

Hello those of you who 'follow' me......I know I am not a great blogger - I just don't have a lot of time especially at the moment.
I am moving my craft room and have to decorate two rooms so I think it best I tell you all that I am taking a prolonged break to complete the work. My craft stuff is all packed away but still have to honour my calligraphy customers...i.e. the Gallery I work for. So have a little corner of the living room set up to do calligraphy.
Take care everyone....I will be back - sometime!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Another Card and an Idea for You



Hello everyone.....I just wanted to say at the outset that some of you may be thinking the cards I post all have a sameness about them....the reason....all the cards are for customers who are expecting to have all the elements you see on a card - they are all for different people so while you see some, but not all, of them obviously each person has only one card (well, sometimes it can be up to 3 for someone, a situation I don't particularly like but however).
Yesterday I received some lace from www.fabricsandfancies.co.uk http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/35mm-Ivory-Guipure-Scallop-Edge-Lace-Ribbon-Trim-Metre-/150761321674?pt=UK_Crafts_Cardmaking_Scrapbooking
I wanted to show you how it looks on this card. The ribbon roses are in pale peach and as it is a 50th Birthday I wanted to add a little gold as one usually associates gold with 50!
It is beautiful cotton lace and I toyed around with some of it after finishing the card and trimmed 7 motifs and attached them together with hot glue by gluing each motif in the centre - I started out with 5 and that would do 'in a pinch' but I don't do 'in a pinch' things so went on to 7 which I think looks so good. I do apologise for the photograph...neither I nor DH can get a decent in focus snap of this delicate bit of lace...so sorry...we have tried a lot of colours behind it and flash, no flash.....nothing works!!
That's it for now...time for lunch on this very sunny but cold Saturday!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

60th Birthday Card




Hello Everyone....had an order just last night for an urgent card....said I'd manage a 'simple' one....don't think I know how to keep it simple....I've cased this one from Debbie Olson with changes. I've used the All Booked Up die from PTI as is the little circle stamp surrounding the cameo. The cameo is from Waltzingmouse but I needed a circle to surround it rather than the oval with the set.
The flowers on the parchment were stamped using Fresh Snow Ink from PTI and the stamp is Waltzingmouse Roses in Bloom. To cover up the way I've adhered the parchment to the card front I've added little punched 'daisies' and a pearl on top.
I made an envelope as well - dp from stash. It is very muted, sorry the envie photo is so bad....that's my poor photography. I've just puched out two circles of pink cardstock, one for top closure and one on the bottom closure to reinforce the dp....then stuck on a circle of velcro in white. I've found that this is the easiest closure...indeed it only needs a little pressure to hold the envie closed and can be opened and closed quite a bit (Research and Development Department of Shikishi assures me of this LOL !!) . I've magnets which I find are much too strong for this kind of closure ( and some of them are hard to get stuck on anything) so I prefer the velcro...and for those of you in the U.K. I got two packets of 70 each of these (1 packet black and one white) for around £5 - they are in Lidl (German store) this week. I thought that wasn't bad value compared with our local haberdashery place so got one of each colour....if you know of better value let me know.
Hereabouts it is wet and miserable - just the day for getting some cards sorted..next in line is a Christening Card for a little boy called Harry and it needs to be ready for tomorrow....so Joyce, get your skates on!!