Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Stencil Tracing

Well the gals at CAS Mix UP have done it again... they've come up with another technique which is new to me.

For this card I cut a stencil from a piece of vellum and then brushed some Distress Ink over it and then traced partway around some of the apertures with a fine watercolour marker. I have to say it really did highlight some of the cells of the hive for these two fiddly Memory Box bees! I cut the bees from a piece of white card and coloured the individual components with alcohol markers. Once stuck together, I covered them with some Nuvo Crystal Glaze. I used brown and white for the sentiment to keep the colours in line with the theme.
I have been doing more sewing than card making of late... desperately trying to get lots of masks made. I did make some for my son with a clear window in. He is a GP and some of his patients need to lip read, so this one should help.
He has to use some sort of anti-fogging, but a little liquid soap seems to work quite well!

Wednesday, 24 June 2020


For some weeks my attention has been turned to sewing rather than card making. After getting out my machine to make lots of scrubs, I made a little dress for my 3 year old granddaughter and this was swiftly followed by a request from my 11 year old granddaughter for something for her. I couldn't make anything for her without making something for her brother and so it went on!  I managed to get these things done just before my machine developed a problem and had to be taken into the shop for repair.  I think it may prove rather expensive, but hope that it can be fixed as the cost of new ones rather took me by surprise.
Anyway back to card making!
This one is for the challenge at Christmas Craft Creations where the theme this month is Christmas trees.
This card was made with simple masking, some distress inks and an old stamp from Memory Box. I added a die cut deer from Sizzix and an equally simple sentiment. Black seemed a little harsh for the silhouette and the sentiment, so I used a deep grey instead!
DO join in the fun!

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Jingle bells

I have just got a new phone but haven't quite come to grips with the capabilities of the camera just yet. The exposure is totally different from my previous one and when I attempt to photograph my cards in the same situation as with my previous phone, the outcome is totally different, so I think a little experimentation is called for!
This card is for the challenge at CAS Christmas

These Memory Box bells are some of my favourites, I use the thread die from the needle and thread set, also from Memory box. I love the way it swirls. I use a large embossing tool to add a little dimension to the bells and popped them onto tiny foam squares to lift them from the surface of the card. The sentiment is from Cutplorations.
I have been conspicuously absent from my blog of late but my time has been spent doing lots of sewing. I began by making scrubs for the NHS For the Love of Scrubs initiative and went on to make some dresses for myself... (lockdown has a weight increase to answer for!) Then my grandchildren wanted some things made for them... I even embarked on my first attempt at a t Shirt. My grandson has hardly had it off his back since he received it! All this was followed by a production line of masks, then my machine went into meltdown and had to be taken in for repair. Fortunately my neighbour had a spare machine which she las loaned to me whilst mine is hors de  combat, so that the face covering production can continue!
So now I have taken over and wreaked havoc in two rooms in the house... my craft room and the dining room!
I am very grateful for a patient husband!

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Fa La La

I came across this holly die in my stash and I have absolutely no recollection of buying it, or receiving it as a gift or freebie. It looks like a large holly spray but in fact is lots of smaller components and I thought that this portion fitted quite well with this sentiment, which is from Penny Black! I cut it from Glittery gold card and it looks really great IRL. As this die is so fiddly I put some double sided sheet on the back of the card before cutting it so that it make adhering it to the card a much simpler operation!
It's my DT card for Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge
Recently I have been spending more time on sewing projects and have just completed a little dress for my younger granddaughter, needless to say her cousin now wants me to make one for her too! I have also managed to make a number of sets of scrubs for my son's surgery and a few dresses for myself, the latter using fabric which has been in the loft for years!
Speaking of scrubs... my son, a GP,  has just created a Podcast website and proposes to produce interviews with other medics on subject pertinent to family health. His first one is linked here. I should be really interested to hear anyone's reactions to it!

At least we have had some wonderful weather, which has added to the enjoyment of our daily constitutional walks.
Stay safe everyone.