Saturday, September 29, 2018

Annalise's Shawl


A change of craft today...  a project that has been on the go for some years - eight to be more accurate!

I had barely started a shawl for my daughter, very early in her pregnancy, when my son and his wife announced that they too were expecting a wee one... as a shawl takes me approximately nine months to knit, they understood that it would not be ready by the time baby was born.

I did start it that year, and plodded away on an off over the years, but with RSI, carpel tunnel and cubital tunnel issues, it had been a while since it had seen the light of day

This year they announced that they were expecting a baby in September... so when I was recovered from surgery in March I started off again.  And finished it only two days after Annalise was born.
I seem to work best with deadlines!!

The shawl was knitted on 2.5 mm circular needles in 2 ply wool - a lace weight.
                   The pattern was actually a tablecloth in a Burda magazine published in 1993

Although it looks complicated, it was basically one pattern repeated 47 times in the bulk of the knitting

I altered the edge pattern a wee bit, and once it was washed and blocked, it had a pretty scalloped look to the edge.

Near the end each round took me close on an hour, but the cast off took me nearly three hours. There were 1,410 stitches on the last rounds. 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Grunge Mounted Scripture


My apologies for not being around blogland much these past few days - but I have good reason this time - wee Annalise was born into our family on Saturday, and I have been getting my share of Grandma cuddles :-)

I chose to mount this wonderful scripture, which is a freebie over at Word Art Wednesday this week, onto a grungy style background so it would be an acceptable card to give to a man

I decided to mount the scripture on some corrugated card, that I had taken one surface off.  I left some of the torn paper on it, and also was careful to leave a smooth section in the centre of the panel so there was some purchase for the adhesive when I mounted the scripture panel.

I then smooched over some gesso, gold Inka Gold Paint and some Finnibar Art Alchemy wax in Fire Ruby.  I discovered this recently at a craft fair and love it!!

I used the gold paint to edge the scripture panel, and also flicked it over the base card, which is a recycled card I purchased from a local printer.

The final detail were the gold and bronze glitter tapes and a piece of coarse twine tied around the main panel - I did not realise it was a perfect match to the corrugated card until it was too late :).

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Dimensional Balloons


This card was made in a hurry - my mojo was running low and the order I was working on was running close to time, so I unashamedly cased a card from a magazine, using the stamps and some of the paper that came in that magazine.

I used a kraft layer under the image panel, rather than the colour suggested, and taylored my sentiment to fit the 'order'.

The dimensional balloon was constructed slightly differently, as I stamped on both sides of the layers, and ended up having two more layers that the original

I also die cut the clouds from Whimsy Stamps stitched cloud dies, and added three, not two, to the card.  The base of them was shaded with some grey chalks to add some realism to them

The inside was finished with another stamped balloon, and a Scriptural sentiment added.

I loved how this card came together and the overall look of it when I had finished.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Guest Designer for Cute and Crafty


I was recently given the privilege of guest designing for the Cute and Crafty Blog, the theme was Kids, and the sponsor is Fred She Said Digital Designs, and I chose to work with the design 

She was coloured with my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils

I lightly coloured the bubbles to reflect the colours in her frock, then put a thick layer of 
Glossy Accents over them for some sheen and dimension

The sentiment stamp was from a magazine set, and was stamped in a mixture of inks to try to get the right shade of purple.  I finished the card with a strip of purple rhinestone either side of the sentiment.

Thank you Tabitha for inviting me to design for you - may your blog and challenges continue to thrive.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Seas The Day


I made this card for a young woman recently - she lives near the coast, so I thought this seaside theme appropriate.  

The images were from a magazine set, and I stamped and white embossed them, then coloured using  watercolour paints.  The 'foam' at the edge of the water is white flock, and I also added chunky glitter to the water to hint at the sun reflecting off it.

The sentiment was white embossed on snippet of  black card, hand cut to a banner, and layered over a blue banner, also cut from a snippet

The top corner were three snippets cut into banners, and with some heavy twine tied around

I decorated the inside with three strips of washi tape, also banner cut to echo the outside banners.
(My apologies on the fuzzy photos, the card was sent before I realised they were so poor) 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Exciting News, Flowers and Scripture


Before I share my news I want to welcome Becca Morris Sadler as my latest follower - she has a blog here if you would like to pop over, say hi, and admire her work.

My news is that I have been invited to be part of the Word Art Wednesday design team.
 I accepted and this is my first card for them!!

The background for this was made sprinkling Lindy's powders on water colour paper,  then spraying them with water.  They give a lovely, iridescent, sheen to the background.

The stamped images, from Darkroom Door include florals and leaves, and were painted with a wash, made from the same powders, and then fussy cut.  They also have a slight sheen.
I gave the flower the some dimension by rubbing the centre over a soft pad, then glued some gold micro beads there for added texture.

This scripture is the freebie over at Word Art Wednesday this week, and I mounted it, slightly off set, over some black card.

This photo gives some idea of the shimmer - I also added dimension to the leaves by scoring them on a soft mat, and then only attaching the stem to the card.  

As I will be using this for a friend's birthday, I stamped the sentiment on the inside, and added a strip of very sparkly washi tape (Part of a RAK from Mia of Craftartista)

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Birthday Cats


I had an birthday that I wanted to mark, that I did not learn about until the day before, so I made a very CAS card, knowing that the recipient loves cats - she has three of her own, which explains the theme, and she recognised the representation of each of them here on the card!

The cats are part of the Feline Good  stamp and die set from the Project Bin, a wonderful RAK from Kelly the Sandcastle Stamper.
I stamped the cats on snippets of card, coloured them with chalks/pastels,  then die cut them out and mounted them over the grey panel, (another snippet) which had been embossed with the folder from the Mini Crazy Cats set by Tim Holtz

The smaller background panel was one I had stamped using rubber bands around a block, first with Memento London Fog ink and then VersaMark ink and silver embossed

I cannot recall which stamp I used for the sentiment, which was simply stamped in black ink.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Caught !!!


I made this bridge card for a fisherman's birthday

The back ground paper is from a pack I picked up at a local Warehouse (a cheap variety store), and looks delightfully like a cloudy sky - the best for trout fishing.  The clouds are Whimsy Diecuts, and I drew the birds in myself.

The fish stamp is locally made by Hastings Rubber Stamps, 

as is the fishing rod.  I embossed that with copper ep, then threaded some silver filament from the end of the stamp to the fish's mouth.

The  sentiment, by another New Zealand firm, was embossed with gold ep.

The fish was silver embossed and painted with twinkling H2O's, and mounted over a snippet of muslin/gauze

The bridge part of the card was cut with some (unidentified) stitched hill dies, the green to represent the banks of the river and the de- bossed and inked panel the water.

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