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

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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.