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Monday, 27 August 2012

Anniversary Wishes

Created this card for my son and his wife with Forever Friends cd.   The sakura sparkle pen came out of hiding too for some highlighting.

used the same cd for the insert

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Capture a Great Birthday

A card for a pal who loves her camera.  Another image from "The Next Big Thing", coloured with promarkers.

Great Catch!

Guess what another image from Justinklined "The Next Big Thing".  I seem to be using this such a lot but it is so versatile.
Image coloured with promarkers and mounted on to navy cardstock, with matching computer generated sentiment and some cardcandy.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

A bit more from Maggie's Den

Should really have added these to the blog before the 3 generation day!

This was some items I played with over the weekend.

Small papier maché trunk painted with acrylics and stamped with leather look stamp,
and a couple of wooden embellishments added.

First side of small tealight holder - blackberries

Second side - lilac

Third side - clematis

4th Side - Buddlehia (might have to overpaint this as not pink enough)

Little novelty twist top box in shape of cat - painting with the modelling medium
(looks better in real life)

My first attempts at altered art bookmarks (done on card)

A glimpse of  new "No.10 Maggie's Den"

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

3 generation play day

It is not often I get to craft with my daughter except during school holidays when she is not working. Yesterday she and my granddaughter came to play in my new "Den".

We had a lovely afternoon, even if they did make off with a lot of my stash!!!!!  (as you will see from the piccies!)

I showed them my attempts at altered art bookmarks after I watched a demo by Andy Skinner at the Craft Barn the other week. Naturally they wanted to have a go; and as my daughter said "it was a tad out of our comfort zone".

Anyway here are some photos of our "play".

Daugher and Granddaughter playing in the No.10 - "Maggie's Den"

Dawn's altered photo frame - created with a serrated plastic picnic knife

Ellie's altered frame using Andy Skinner leather look stamp

Their two bookmarks

Close up of Dawn's bookmark using the embellishment to make the pattern

Close up of Ellie's bookmark using the knife technique

Ellie's teddybear key ring

an old painted serviette ring, which has been revamped by Dawn - I got to paint the leaf!
(have got 5 more to makeover)

and finally, my effort - I didn't have anything to "alter" so finished painting this tissue box!

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you enjoyed the photos of our play day.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Dark Green, Olive Green and Silver

I ordered a load of new colours of kumihino cord from Beader's Companion last week and had a play with some of the colours.  Decided to attempt a tri-colour one this time.  The bell caps are from my stash - wish I could remember where I bought them, as they are really nice.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

memory wire bracelets and Kumi bracelets

I made these three little memory wire bracelets for my eldest granddaughters using some beads I got from Beader's Companion.  The red ones came as a freebie with an order I did during their birthday week, and the blue ones were some I got with my BC points, and I thought it was about time I got around to using them.

This next picture is of two kumi bracelets.  The blue one was created by my six year old granddaughter, although I added the findings to it for her, as we couldn't finish it off at the time, as we were at her aunt's, and I didn't have the wherewithall with me to finish it off.   I decided to let her try to make one with narrow ribbon rather than cord, as my Kumi cord was a bit precious.   I must admit it made a lovely little bracelet for a little girl as the finished result was quite narrow.

Having watched her sister make hers, the 3 year old wanted one too, so I promised to make her one.  She chose the pink ribbons she wanted from my stash.

I used fasteners with a chain, which I can adjust to

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

In Deepest Symmpathy

Always difficult cards to make, but once again Inklined "The Next Big Thing" comes to the rescue.  This cd is really so versatile.  Coloured with promarkers, and again the background inked using a Big & Juicy and my ink dusters.  Computer generated sentiment.  Both sentiment and image mounted on black card.  The main cardstock is pearlised and have added a few embossed lines with the Hougie Board.

Thanks for looking


Friday, 17 August 2012


Another image from Justinklined The Next Big Thing, coloured with promarkers, and the background dusted with my new dusters and a big and juicy pad.  (and no need for the blue outline - magic!)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Welcome Home

This is a card I did for some very old friends (and near neighbours) to welcome them back home.  (They had a kitchen fire a few months ago, and have been in rented accommodation whilst the house was cleaned etc).  My pal lost most of her craft stash because it was smoke damaged.

Image is coloured with promarkers, and although I went around the  image with aqua promarker, I tried out my new Inkylicious Ink Dusters to do the background !  Oh WOW talk about the next best thing to sliced bread!  Never been much good at distressing etc as always seem to get an uneven finish no matter how I try - but these are ace.  I used one of my Big and Juicy ink pads.   I even managed to "dust up" the sentiment with the ink left on the brush.  No more tracing around the image with blue promarkers for me again!

If you haven't tried the ink dusters you must (I got mine from Joanna Sheen).


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Another paint fusion lesson ...

..... this time with two of the grandchildren.

My son called in yesterday with his two eldest girls, and as they saw my painting stuff (or should that be mess) on the table in my Den, of course they wanted to paint.  So I decided to show them some simple one-stroke painting, without the aid of stamps!

They did really well, both painted a daisy, some blackberries and a swirly rose, and the older one painted a rose with my help. 

The 6 yr old's work is bottom left and the 3 yr old's is bottom right.  The 6 yr old also wanted to learn to paint a couple of flowers in my garden, thus my quick attempts on top left (although I never got to put a centre in the middle of the clematis!).   Sheena would be proud of them, they got the "scoop, scoop, smoosh" down to a fine art!

Thanks for dropping by


Monday, 13 August 2012

A Paint Fusion Lesson

We christened my new "den" with a paint fusion session on Friday and I taught young Beth how to paint a few flowers.

This was the little heart shaped plaque that she painted for her Mum.  She painted the background, and the daisy.  I helped her with the leaves.

She couldn't quite manage the rose, so I painted that for her on the reverse side.

I then painted a candle for her to take back to her mum.  The colours were actually a tad more vibrant, but I took the photo out in the garden at night!

and this is Sass and her step-daughter Beth in the den with Beth painting the background colour on the heart.  Note the red necklace she is wearing - I taught her how to make that earlier in the week, and she wore it every day!  (it is basically french knitting technique on a little "machine" I have - she learned very quickly and was absolutely thrilled to have made it herself!).

Thanks for dropping by


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Busy Week and a Quick Card

It has been a busy week here.  My pal Sassie came to stay.  She came up with a mutual friend Donna, who had been staying with her.  We met up at Notcutts Garden Centre, and I paid the ransome for Donna to hand her over to me.  We spent a pleasant hour or so at the Garden Centre, buying the shop in our minds! and finished with a cuppa and a slice of cake.

On Saturday, Sassie and went to the Craft Barn and met up with another Sheenie Pal Christine for a Coffee and a browse around the shop and watching some demos. (more of that later).

On Monday we were joined by Sassie's husband and her stepdaughter.  (They had had a sleepover on Sunday on their way up to drop Ian's son off at Donna's as her son and Ian's son are great pals).

Ian has spent a lot of the week relaying my patio and rebuilding my patio wall.  It is 99% complete now - although Ian says it is 100% complete - as that is stage 1.  Stage 2 will be completed on his next visit!

We didn't make him work ALL the time - we did have a few trips out to the Park in the town, and some retail therapy; A trip to Brighton on the Volks Railway and the Pier; lunch out at our favourite tearooms, which also has a stream running through it and farm animals for the children to feed.  Unfortunately after we had lunch in glorious sunshine we ventured toward Worthing, and discovered the coast submerged in sea mist!  We did manage a walk around Brooklands Park, and a trip on the little Diddy train, but it was a bit to cold for the paddling pool!   We had hoped to get to Littlehampton on Friday, but Ian still had a lot of do to finish Stage 1 - so Sassie, Beth and I christened my new summerhouse, with me teaching Beth to Paint Fusion.  (oh yes forgot in the midst of all the chaos I had a new summerhouse delivered and erected by my tame local builders!)

The visitors departed on Saturday, after a quick visit from my daughter and eldest daughter who had been on holiday in Cornwall, so that the girls could catch up as the last time they saw each other was when they were Sassie and Ian's bridesmaids a couple of years ago!  As it was Beth's birthday today, she celebrated yesterday as well, and we all had birthday cake in the morning before they left!

And lastly, here is the quick card I made for Beth.  As we had to wait until she was in bed, it was a case of a quick raid of the stash for Sass and I to make her cards. 

thanks for popping by.  Tomorrow will share what I taught Beth to paint.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Pink Roses

Another Justinklined image, coloured with promarkers, and edged with one of the colours I used in the image.  Matted onto some paper from a Docrafts goody bag.