Sunday, 26 July 2015

Been back with the Jewellery this last couple of weeks.

You know there are just not enough hours in the day or days in the week, or maybe its just that there is not enough free time to do all the things rattling around in my head.   Genealogy yep I'm looking at the family tree again.  Prepping for the start of Twofers next Saturday, just spending time with the cats.   Keeping up with my two lists on Challenges for days and so importantly playing games on FB!

One thing about wire wrapping is that you cannot rush at it, you need to think about it get a design in your head and then work steadily and carefully.   Mistakes show and I have so much to learn, not least how to disguise errors, its not like a card you cannot just stick a flower or butterfly on it!

This pendant is a green onyx oval, wrapped in gold coloured wire.   5 strands woven together make the frame, the ends of the wire nearest the back cross at the back and have been bound together to help keep the stone in place.    Both the outer wires front and back have been bent to help capture the stone.   2 of the middle ends have been woven together and bent to form the bezal.   4 of the ends are dressed with gizmo wire and then shaped, the final 2 ends have just been coiled.

Then to make my life slightly more complicated I made the chain, 43 figure of 8 pieces joined with tiny 2mm jump rings completed with a hook and eye catch.   Was it worth it I think so I'm proud of how I'm developing taking my jewellery making taking it much further than I ever did before.

Thought I'd share this with Anything But a Card their July Challenge is Anything Goes.   Another Challenge As you like it caught my eye, their theme is your favourite colour and why it is your favourite.   Green, I love green and the relationship between green and gold is clear and obvious here.   But why green well sit in a green painted room with the green curtains closed and the sun shining outside.   That used to be my living room and might be agin one day fresh light airy at the same time cool and calm no other colour has quite the qualities as that magic mix of yellow and blue.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

One Layer Masculine Postcard

Still exploring the possibilities of post cards.  I love this format 6" x 4" just useful to send someone a little note or a just because message.   If they are to be used then a single layer is important, stuck on elements might easily be pulled off.

Sadly Rogue Redhead Designs is closing and Shar has a massive clearance sale going on.   If you love rubber stamps and vintage images her stamps are a must, I've been a fan since she started.   All the stamps used here (apart from the sentiment) are from her Beach Babes set, postcard perfect I'd say.   Stamped with one of my oldest black ink pads, the black is still sharp and perfect for detail.   The boy and shell have been coloured with my old Whisper pens.

There are one or two challenges I'd like to share this with.
Less is More - One Layer Masculine
Crafting when we can - Summer Fun
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge - On the Beach

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Claxby Retreat

Last week-end was the Summer Claxby Retreat.   It has been my very great pleasure to join a very special group of women for a couple of days twice a year.   Most of these friends say at the Viking Way hostel but I prefer to come home in the evenings.  It is wonderful to spend time with like minded people we share so much not just our crafting but it is crafting that brings us together.

This time Janet had brought some wooden hearts and blackboard paint for any of us who wanted to get creative with them.   I started mine on Saturday with blackboard paint and then on Sunday added the first layer of Croco paste, bit of metal die cutting and we were out of time.   Brought mine home and finished it today.

During the week I trimmed the flourish die cuts and with more paste attached them to the board.   Completed the project with die cut gears, using a flattened drink can.   An MDF cog left over from another project yonks ago stamped in white with the clock image (to make this into a clock would be difficult given the thickness of the wood) and white ep melted over.   Another stamp from the same set used around the edge.   After putting all these things together it looked good but not finished.   Some flatback gems in the centres of the gears, paper flowers coloured with Promarkers and more gem centers completed the project.

Hearts were the order of the week-end.  I went equipped with my wire wrapping tools and made this pink striped agate heart pendant as a commission for one of my friends there.  

Just completed the Challenges for Days Sunday list, thought I'd share my blackboard with:
Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media 
That Craft Place - Anything Mixed Media
Anything but a Card - Anything but a Card.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Coming to a computer screen near you soon

Christi, Jane and I (Zoe) have got together a new fortnightly (2 weekly) challenge for you, Twofers.   Every 2 weeks (on Saturdays) we will set a new theme challenging you to create a pair of items inspired by the theme.  We are looking for rubber stamping on your submissions but no digi stamps or art.   Other than that this is  an open challenge so anything goes, with our theme as the primary focus.

There will be 2 challenges a month, when there is a 5th Saturday in the month we will not set a new challenge but will have a special treat for you so it will be worth popping back just to see what we are up to.

The name Twofers, two for the price one we all love a bargain don't we.

So if you would like to join in with us there are just a few things to remember.

Pairs of things
Open, anything goes with our theme as your main focus
Must Rubber Stamp
No digi stamps or graphic art

Please turn off word verification.

We will kickoff our first challenge on SATURDAY 1st AUGUST and will last for 2 weeks.  Please help us spread the word and let people know about our new adventure, everyone is invited to follow along for the ride.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Little wire wrapping

OK so I should have get into the garden yesterday, especially as today is so much less clement.   Looking out of the window it might be dry enough for me to go and sort out the fallen ivy hedge, when I've finished here.   But yesterday the stun was strong and I burn easily, so instead I stayed in and played with wire and green dyed Onyx.   Well Green is my favourite colour.

Having wrapped, stitched and woven my cabochon in a silver coloured wire frame, something was needed to suspend it from.    Peridot rounds and Clear Quartz corner drilled cubes seemed like an idea.   Threading very small rounds was tough on the eyes, next week-end I should have my proper new glasses!

Now of course there is the option of necklace with our without pendant creating two different looks.

While not paper crafts these are hand crafted and so I thought I'd share them with:

Polkadoodles - Frame it
Moving along with the Times - Sewing, Stitching

I also passed some time chasing the cats with a camera.

Miss Minx, being very co-operative but not liking the flash

Her brother Pounce, the family hunter and well known wimp.   He was co-operating in the hopes of strokes

Izhe, un-related to the other two and the most nervous but also the bravest here in a hole.

Saturday, 20 June 2015


It is surprising what a change of roles at work and the re-emergance of family can do for your Mojo.   Had intended to tidy the garden but rain stopped work.  So I played.

This is a Sweet Poppy stencil used to emboss a white post card.   Inkylicious dusters and Adirondack dye based inks worked over the embossed area to bring out the image.  A5 card stamped with a little flourish and sentiment.    Well Less is More set a challenge this week to use a stencil, Friday Mashup also requested that we use a stencil.

A postcard, Wish you were Here, inspired by some fabulous holiday snaps on FB recently.    The stamp is an old Stamping' up one, love it because you can set it against any background you want.  For the next 2 weeks A Gem of a Challenge want Summertime.

A tangle started Friday evening and then coloured today.     Does not represent anything, does not mean anything, just some lines on a page.    Inkspirational have a word prompt this fortnight - Wild does this qualify?

A ladder weave necklace made with red and blue dyed quartz and cream quartzite.    Very comfortable to wear.

So much better than chopping up a blown over ivy hedge don't you think.   Happy Solstice.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

It's a Home Bird

Something of a momentous day yesterday, after 20 years, well 20 years and 2.5 months not that I was counting, my Son got in touch.    No we haven't spoken yet and yes I'm pleased but this will be a personal thing and the real meaning is that we are back in each others lives but no bells and whistles just grateful acceptance.    Not that my head isn't in a whirl, it is.

So after completing the Saturday list and needing to be inky and messy the beads were set aside and other toys came out.    Anyway with another saga this week and my current lack of verifocals anything that requires good and adaptive eyesight is out.

A postcard

Black white with touches of green.   CAS style with just one corner used for the little sketch.   Overall it was inspired by:

Less is more - Home (one layer)
Speedy Fox and Friends - Use just the corner
Open Minded Crafting - Doodle

Does this seem a little tame for someone whose mind is all over the place?   Well having got my hand in with the postcard grabbing a canvas and letting rip.

A grid laid out on the canvas each portion coloured with ProMarkers Red, Blue, Green and Gold with just one purple section.   Red and Cream acrylic pain squeezed onto the canvas and spread with a palette knife some bronze paint added to the mix.   Blue and Green squeezed onto the sides and spread with more bronze for good measure.   The whole set aside to dry, Acrylic is a fast drying paint but when it is thick like this it takes longer, quite a lot longer.   When the thin/single layers were dry two postcard size and another card from the calendar set were pressed into the paint and lifted off.   Then everything left overnight.   This morning black marker has been used to emphasise the fish found floating inside.

These are the negative impressions, not sure where they are going yet but I'm seeing flowing earth.

Gosh I wonder what today will bring - exciting.