Sunday, 27 September 2015

Lapis Lazuli Trio

Been a bit quite recently, busy time at work.   Had and still have an idea rattling around to wrap 2 round cabochons in a fancy s shape wire structure.   Do not have a pair of round stones in the collection at the moment, will have to go shopping!

I do have some lovely Lapis Lazuli cabochons, could not make these work for that design but 3 seemed to fall naturally into this pendant.  A very simple wrap embraces each stone the wires left threaded through a gizmo wrap liking to the next stone.  4 wire woven together to form the bail, 3 of those wires end in spirals the 4th is covered by another gizmo spiral encircling the bail.   The other 2 wire ends have also been covered with a gizmo wrap and are suspended between the middle stone and the one on either side of it.

The chain is just 2 different sizes of gold plate jump rings connected.  The stars of the pendant are those gorgeous Lapis Lazuli cabochons.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Brothers Birthday Card

Oh yes it's that time of year again, Neil gets to be another year older at the end of the month, time to make him a new card.

Not the best picture sorry its the naff evening light.  If I get a chance in the morning I'll take another picture and change it tomorrow evening.

This card has been in the making since the week-end that is an eternity for me.  I knew that the stencil work would be a feature both with inks and embossing paste.   The greeting was quickly found, but the image oh my.   It could not be too intrusive but did need to hold its own on the overall card, this Clarity stamp seems just right.   And a new technique for me paper piecing, he deserves a good blanket.  By the way the greeting is from Rogue Redhead Designs, Shar is having a clearance so there are some really good bargains to be grabbed.

Colours used are Ginger and Willow Adirondack, Bamboo Memento for the greeting and Vintage Photo for the stamp.   The DP is green paper with green and orange dots.   Neil is a pretty straight forward chap and I think he will like this.

I'm also sharing this with
Cards in Envy - Colours of fall
Opus Gluei - Birthdays
Inkspirational - Orange and Green (2nd entry)

Before you go, are you a crafter who enjoys challenges?   A small team of us run Challenges for Days maintaining 8 lists of daily and by date challenges.   As a team we are down to just 6 and really could use a helping hand.  If you could spare an hour a week we would love to hear from you.   If you are interested please drop me a line at zoechaos@icloud.com, let me know you have sent the email just in case it gets stuck somewhere.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Twofers - Sassy

Time for a new challenge at Twofers, this fortnight Christi is your hostess, but first some news.

We thought making pairs would be fun but it seems less appealing than hoped so we have revised the rules and will accept single projects of course if you want to make a pair then nothing is stopping you.   We also have a Sponsor I'd like to introduce Alleystamp 

The owner, and dear friend of Christi, Janine, has graciously agreed to give our winners a $20 gift certificate to her store.  Christi shops there all the time and says the prices literally can not be beat (they are often lower than those daily sale sites!) and she is such an awesome person.  HUGE thanks to Janine!  Joining Christi in her thanks to Janine for being such a generous sponsor.   Christi will be our Prize winners contact, thank you Christi for taking on that task.

Lots of exciting things happening at Twofers!   And a new challenge for the next 2 weeks with the theme of Sassy.   Not sure if it means quite the same thing in American as it does in English but to me Sassy is a classy kinda saucy.   The Geisha Girls came to mind, they work so hard to perfect their art, the ability to put a man at his ease to help him relax have a drink and enjoy himself I believe it is more about entertainment and pleasure than sex.   Certainly those girls are Sassy.

I'm going to carry on with the pack of cards, this is a pair of 3s not very high scoring in most games but they will do for me!   Stamped in Versafine grey and coloured with felt pens.   Cannot use solvent pens on these playing cards because of the bleed through so they are really making me work on my colouring.  What does Sassy mean to you?

Sharing this with
Brown Sugar - Anything but a Card, I'm guessing playing cards count.
Julia Spiri - Anything goes with a twist Girls, Girls, Girls!
Robyns Fetish - Oriental (I know published yesterday but hoping you will let this past).

Monday, 14 September 2015

What do you do while waiting for the RAC man?

Well blame the cat for starters.   +1 being new here was taken to the vet last Wednesday just for a check up.   He got a clean bill of health so we came home, lifting him out of the car must have knocked it on the interior light.   Did not go out in the car again while I was on leave, got in it to go to work today and you guessed it flat battery.   Fortunately I have home start, so it was just a case of waiting until the nice man came to sort it out.

So to pass the time I made a card.   An old Inkadinkado stamp in what should be a teal but it came out blue.   The card surface dusted with Adirondack and Distress inks Yellow, Oink, Blue and Green.   Felt pens coloured the image.   Sentiment stamped and given a little grounding with felt pen, part of another Inkadinkado used down the sides and finally some sticky back pearls.

By this time the RAC man had been and gone, instructing me to leave the car running for another 10/15 minutes before driving it.   Just the right amount of time to finish card, photograph it, photo edit it and go to work.

So getting home from work and still liking it I thought I'd share it with you and with a few challenges

Aurora Wings - Anything with Wings
Quirky Crafts - Animal Magic
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with a twist of Magic

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Challenged, thats what challenges are about

So feeling like getting a little inky checked Challenges for Days for inspiration.    Surprise surprise Less is More caught my eye it is one layer week with Wish.

So knowing it is going to be CAS and One Layer went looking for more ideas.   Addicted to CAS started their new challenge yesterday with the theme of leaves.

Kraftin' Kimmie have a challenge of one image, one sentiment and one layer.    Careful stamping and masking and there is just one image with one word on a one layer card.

So style CAS, Image, recipe all that remains is colour.

A simple but effective colour scheme was supplied by Inspirational whose thee this fortnight is Orange and Green.  So apart from the brown Memento ink used to stamp the leaves every colour used is a shade of with Orange of Green.

So inky crafting need satisfied with 4 fun challenges.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

2nd of two weeks

Last Sunday I got a message from a colleague at work about a young cat who needed rehoming.   Did I know anyone?   I bit!   Monday I met this young chap at his home, a new baby has joined the family and as the cat is quite free and easy with teeth and claw they did not feel comfortable about keeping the him.    He came home with me.

This is his first view of his new home

Well as you can imagine the IMPs were a bit disconcerted and perhaps not very welcoming.   The newcomer soon found a comfortable hiding place, behind the sky box.   Being an adventurer it did not take this young chap to make his own place.

Day 3 and he is already completely comfortable and chilled out.

Early days still but generally everyone is settling down.   Minx will treat this little chap in the same way as she treats Izhe, that is to say Minx has a potty mouth when it comes to dealing with any other cat except her brother Pounce and she is not much more polite with him.

So this 2nd week of my leave has largely been about Harley who is now also known as +1.

Did manage to distract myself a time or two with some pretty stones and wire etc.

Back to work on Monday!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Beads, crimping pliers, and the great outdoors

Mid week-end of 2 weeks leave.   Have pottered out and about last Saturday you know about, and then in the week I drove over to Spurn Point.   Driving along the Yorkshire Lanes through village after village I was reminded of Dorset known for its winding single carriageways where overtaking is only for the brave because you never get a long view.   Parking by a caravan site and behind a pub it was a case of crunching over the shingle to stand on a bank facing the sea.   I learnt the real sound of crashing waves and roaring seas.   For the first time ever I saw horses galloping out of the surf, but never breaking free of the water.  

Took a couple of pictures but it is not the prettiest spot on the planet, made worse if that is the right word, by a broken concrete slope/jetty of some kind.   You can see the broken slabs middle left of the first picture.

Then the sky started to catch my attention.   The light was in the wrong direction so really all I could do was point and shoot.   Dramatic skies did bring a little rain, my prompt to head back with a stop at Hull Hobbycraft.

Other days I've stayed at home cut the grass and as it has been wet I've lazed indoors playing with wire and cabochons pearls and things.

2 Simple wire twisted rings easy to make and great fun.   The ring in the centre has 2 Fluorite balls nested wire.   Fluorite and Labradorite are my favourite stones for working with.

This Labradorite cabochon has just been wrapped in 3 pieces of left over wire, actually left over from the lapis below.   It is hung on a strand of Labradorite chips and 5 pink cultured pearls on each side.  I'm trying to come up with different ways of using pearls without detracting from them.

I'm finding that I prefer sometimes to wrap a stone in bands of wire without weaving the wire.   This is Lapis Lazuli, the bottom band is woven but the the wires are then crossed at the back and then draped.


The last pendant (3 pictures) is purple labradorite, my first piece it is just an amazing effect a rather drab looking stone catches the light and reflects beautiful purple.  Made the chain for this one as well.

Next week, probably a visit to Woodside Wildlife Park and a trip to a craft show at Manchester on Thursday.   Other days lazing and crafting, watch this space!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Twofers - A tale of 2 cities

Time for another challenge and this time it is my choice.   As you know we are looking for pairs of projects inspired by the theme.   My theme for this fortnight is CITIES.    As you might have realised by now my intention for this challenge is to create a set a playing cards.   Not a new idea projects making entirely different set have been around probably as long as playing cards.   They are often created as charity fund raising/awareness tools.  If you are interested in learning more about playing cards the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards is a great starting point.

For now my set is just something I've wanted to do for a several years and the idea of pairs seemed the perfect time to do it.

This card celebrates 2 of my favourite cities London and Paris and their two marvellous landmarks.   The London Eye this is a Stamping' up stamp, in blue Stayzon.   The Eiffel Tower in grey stayzon is from a long cherished but never used polymer set.   The alphabet stamps were from Trimline (I think) years ago and cost just £1, they are great so long as you do not want perfectly lined up and straight words.   The colouring is all felt tip, you cannot use solvent based pens with solvent based inks unless you want a blurred/muddy effect.    The hardest thing to do was drawing the clubs but these are at least the right shape for all their variety.

This 2nd card is a fantasy city, part of an Addicted to Stamps plate.   The buildings remind me of parts of Italy where buildings are brightly coloured and decorated outside.   Trompe-l'oeil techniques are employed with very dramatic and realistic effect.   Being southern Italy the skies are generally wall to wall blue.    Coloured again with felt pens a bright and cheerful effect was easy peasy.