Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas with Pion Design

These are just a couple of cards that I have made using the lovely Christmas papers from Pion Design

I do like the Pion Design papers, they have such a lovely range. I used the papers from Christmas in Norway and I think the other was Sweden in Lapland but not a hundred percent sure. I cut it up a long time ago.

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Holder for dies

It has been such a long time since I last posted, but hopefully now with my mojo back in place this will change.

I had been given a lovely handmade holder a few years back for keeping some of my dies in.  As my thin dies have taken over the holder, I thought it was about time I made my own.

So with some cardboard cut out I glued it down onto 8x8 paper, this was for the front and back.  From there I then glued the edges and finished off with another piece of paper on the back.

I made a front and back cover, and then four inside sheets.  These ones, all I did was to use the 8x8 papers but instead of adhering to thick cardboard, I used white card stock and covered front and back.

This was some of the paper that I used.  I purchased the magnetic sheets and cut out sufficient to stick onto the inner papers.  I did take a picture but it didn't come out very well, and haven't had the chance to re-take.  But I am sure you get the idea.

I finished off the front cover with some embellishments and using a punch clipper holes were made and finished off with ring binders.

With Christmas fast approaching this is an ideal present for the craft minded person.

Thank you for looking.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Google Friend Connect

I came across this the other day and have copied it to my blog, a case of letting blogger followers know, in case they are not already aware of it. 

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Steampunk Spells

I have no idea why some of my photos have a bluish tint to them as they were taken at the same time, unless of course the battery had decided to start to die on me.  But this is my steampunk spells box.  My son bought me a plain wooden box for my birthday as he knows I like to play around with altered art work.  In fact today he is playing around with making a camera, he is either putting lego together or making something from scratch, all my children have had this bug of making things either from scratch or revamping.  So back to my box.

Well as I have said so many times I sooo love Graphic 45 paper, and I bought the Steampunk Spells range some time ago.  Thought it was about time I used it, and what better way than to decorate the wooden box.

I decided to use two different papers rather than cover it all in one, after I put the top paper on.

As you can see it is rather dark so to have that all over I thought was a wee bit too much, so I went for the flying clocks paper for the bottom part.

Now you can see how well it went when putting the top back on.

I looked through the 12x12 pad that I had and picked out what I thought would make some good embellishments and glued them down.

I did also use wooden cogs that had been purchased from calico crafts and painted with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, needed a couple of coats of that as it soaked into the wood.  The key was also painted with the same colour and allowed to dry.  The Steampunk Spells paper pads like all the Graphic 45 paper pads, have a range of papers that include various size toppers that can be cut up.  In this instance I did that with one of the topper range of papers to create the individual signs.

With the bottom part of the box I also added a small metal clock and placed it on top of a clock image on the paper.

When gluing the paper down onto the box each side was glued separately, so to blend it all in I did use TH distressing ink.  Colour used was Ripe Persimmon as I found that blended in better than using any other colour.  Although I did colour the rims of the box with the TH Distress paint, Black Soot. The hardest part was putting the hinges back in place.

Thank you for looking and hope you enjoyed my take on a steampunk wooden box.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Little Mermaid

No this isn't something that I have made, this gorgeous painting is by Kerry Darlington.  A few weeks back I was on holiday in Saundersfoot, Wales and saw this beautiful painting in the window of the local gallery.  Looking around the gallery I fell in love with the Little Mermaid, and as a result walked out of the gallery with it in my arms.

So who is Kerry Darlington, well I have seen her work before and this time it was on Posh Pawn on the TV, a painting of hers went for a lot of money.  She paints the main piece and then from there has a limited print run, but that is not the end of it, because then she over paints on the print itself.  She works with texture, acrylic and resin, and the end result gives a 3D appearance, and also as a result each of her Unique Editions is just that each one is slightly different.

As crafters we all like to play around with different techniques whether it is stamping with different coloured inks or stamping then watercolouring.  Or altered art work, and that can be using different textures and techniques.  So to see Kerry's paintings up close was an absolute delight.

Two close-ups of the painting -
Take a visit to her online website and have a browse through her paintings and if like me you are someone who likes the magical world of books and art then Kerry's paintings then enjoy.