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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Missing Mojo

As you will have noticed, I have been very lax over the past month in posing anything creative.   My mojo has completely deserted me.    I have lots of projects to tackle, but no enthusiasm.     OK, when the weather has been kind I have tackled the garden, but the rest of the time when it has been too cold or too dark for my dodgy eyes to cope,  reading a book has been the answer. when normally I would be dabbling in some "messy" crafting.   I do have one particular project on the go - but am waiting for a replacement piece for it, before I can start the painting.

However, I did attempt a bit of "clean" crafting the other week, mainly to see if my eyes could cope.  I started a little sampler of chain stitch embroidery - it's a while since I have done any of that.   It's not brilliant, but I improved as I went on.  So here it is :   (It does need a bit of a press).   The lavender was stitched with 6 threads, as I wanted some dimension, but the words were done with less.

Friday, 14 May 2021

Matching Birthday Card


I forgot to take a photo of the finished card, but this was the topper I created for it to match the cake I posted yesterday.

The image was matted and layered onto red card, and then onto a white card blank.   I also added some pen detail (dots) to the circles by hand

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Birthday Cake

A cake for my son - it should have been double the height, but I managed to drop one of the layers of Victoria sponge on the floor just after it came out of the oven!  (I now have a lot of buttercream in the freezer to use up at some point!)

I designed the edible topper in Craft Artist, and had it printed at our local cake decorating shop.     For those of you that don't know the inspiration comes from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and 42 is the answer to the Ultimate Question - of Life, the Universe and Everything.   Unless you are keen on sci-fi, you might not realise the connection.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Babushkas Dolls


You may remember that I made this Babushka Doll plaque up awhile ago.   At least I have got around to finishing the others in the set.   My crafting mojo has been missing for some time, and I must confess that I did find it a bit hard going - my eyes are really not up to details work these days, which is a shame, as I love doing things like this!  ' Bloomin' Macular Degeneration and the loss of central sight - it makes it so difficult to see the end of a paint brush or paint pen.  The shapes came from Madhatters Designs.

Anyway I tried - I just may have to rethink what projects I can tackle in the future!   They perhaps do look better in real life, as photos show up the imperfections so much more.

A little trio of hanging dolls - about 4" tall

Monday, 5 April 2021

Die-cut Birthday Card


Less is more - a simple die-cut card using a member dies from the Clarity Stamp Club, with a piece of pale green embossed paper behind it.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Simnel Cake


I decided to make a Simnel Cake, using Mary Berry's recipe.   It's a lovely recipe with a layer of marzipan in the middle.

The recipe actually has sugared primroses on the top too - and I was going to do those as I have a lot of primroses in the garden, but then I realised I only have golden caster sugar in the cupboard, so they wouldn't have been so good - so little chocolate eggs in the middle instead!

Happy Easter to you all.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Cake Topper


A quick cake topper to go with the birthday card I did for same young lady.  The request was that the them should be baskeball and there should be a hedgehog!

Friday, 2 April 2021

Easter Cards

A couple of simple Easter Cards, using Card-io stamps and masks.    The cross mask was brushed with a couple of different yellows from the Artistry Ink pads.    The bullrushes, grasses flowers and dragonflies were inked with the Artistry inks, and finally the greeting was hand-written and foiled using the Kaleido machine.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Floral card

Today's card is a stamped one using this month's stamp from the Clarity Club.   The background was created with Artistry inks through a Sweet Poppy metal stencil, and then the image stamped in the "circle" with Versafine Clair, and then water coloured with Artistry inks.  The Sentiment was a Julie Hickey stamp.

I always do inserts for my card, and for once I am sharing an example.   This is the one for this card - it was mainly produced in Craft Artist.   I always doe a border and then trim this with a wavy edged trimmer.   I normally put an image from Craft Artist on the left-hand side, but on this occasion I stamped an image using Card-io stamps, as they complimented the front of the card,


Monday, 29 March 2021

Yellow & Grey card


One of my granddaughters is very much into the colour yellow.  She also loves Harry Potter and in particular Dobby - and you can't have Dobby without socks!    She also wanted a basketball net for her birthday, which I have bought for her.    Therefor the card reflects all these items.

The card was created in Craft Artist.