Friday, 18 December 2009

I love following Jennie's blog at the Artistic Stamper and she has a fantastic blog candy competition based around "Tim's Tags" - all you have to do to enter is to have made at least one tag. Click here to find out more: http://theartisticstamper.blogspot.com Good luck!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Tim's Tags!

I followed Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of Christmas last year, but decided that I would try and do a few this year. It hasn't helped being away for the weekend, but I'm catching up! These are the first four I have made. I don't have most of the things he uses, but I've improvised - so these are my "takes" on his tags. I am particularly proud of the grungepaper rose - my first attempt having seen it on Jennie's blog The Artistic Stamper.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Madame Edith!

Nothing to do with inking and stamping, but the "other" (full time!) energy sapper of the last week was appearing at the Garrison Theatre in Allo Allo as Madame Edith. Alot of hard work, but we also had alot of fun. It was a great team and we played to a packed theatre every night for five nights.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Shetland Arts & Crafts

Well I have finally sold some of my work at the Shetland Arts and Crafts Fair - keepsake books, brooches and cards. We had a great weekend - although tiring it was very sociable and I got alot of feedback and interest in terms of my work. I've got LOTS of ideas for next year!!!

Monday, 28 September 2009

Life's Little Moments

I just loved this sentiment on my new Cricut cartridge Graphically Speaking. It just fitted in with these three photographs taken while sailing on holiday this year. I did enjoy it - honestly!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

A Good Scrapbooking Day!

I was getting withdrawal symptoms for some 12 x 12 scrapbooking, so I chose a few photos from the holiday and just scrapped them straight on to the page. I've never done two layouts so quickly, but I'm really pleased with them.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

What a Mess!!

I get so carried away when working, I end up with hardly any room on the table. This was the result after finishing an 8 x 8 srapbook page for Karen in our Shetland circle challenge. Hmmmmm ..........

Felting onto Silk

I recently attended a workshop where we felted onto silk and made these wonderful fingerless gloves. I felted the remaining silk and wool when I got home and should have enough to make a small matching bag.

SWRI Craft Show

I had 11 entries in the bi-annual SWRI Craft Show. I was very pleased to get a first in: a watercolour painting, a pencil drawing, a child's birthday card, any other crafts - 1955 scrapbook and any other crafts - bonded fibres picture. I also got a second for my scrapbook layout and my recycled article and knitted scarf. A felted necklace also gained a highly commenced. I was absolutely delighted to win the Trophy for the most points in the Arts and Crafts Section (for a second time!). It is great fun entering the show, but also a wonderful opportunity to see a huge range of wonderful crafts undertaken here in the islands. The baking is out of this world, as are the range of preserves entered and this year the produce stand was just heaving with the most wonderful range of vegetables and fruit (even grapes).

Friday, 10 July 2009

Accordian Pleat Gift Book

So what do you get your husband for his birthday .......... ? I just haven't a clue, despite visiting every shop in Lerwick and beyond, and surfing the net night after night. So I came up with the idea of a gift book. It is quite small, but contains space for three vouchers - 2 for money (books and some carving tools) and the third for three "doing" things - favourite dinner (steak and kidney pudding), a visit to the Unst Boat Museum, and .......... well I'm still thinking of a third one..... I hope he likes it!

Hugs and Boots!

The SWRI bi-annual show is in August and one of the categories is "A Card for a Child". I've been a bit stuck on this but got some inspiration for a shaped card and found some templates on the net. I really enjoyed doing these and they look so effective and are great fun to decorate.

A First Attempt at Quilling

Fliss on the SSP Forum got me started on this - £1.95 for a quilling tool and £1.50 for some strips of paper! It was quite fiddly, but it does result in some quite delicate work.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Recent Scrapbook Layouts

Here are a few of my recent layouts:
a study in white - Shetland Scrapbookers June Challenge Crop "Single Colour"
Robin at Christmas
Robin Again - a layout I designed and led for Shetland Scrapbookers April crop

Bonded Fibres

Last weekend I attended a workshop in Yell run by Sarah Hoseason. We spent the morning bonding fibres and this is one of my pieces. I am so pleased with it. Embedded within the fibres are sea glass, shells, feathers, square sequins and a wonderful piece of seaweed.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Fantastic Felting

Well I have just returned from Voxter and the SWRI 2009 Craft Weekend. It was great to be a participant instead of a tutor for a change! Pauline Welsh was the tutor and the craft was needle felting. We made lots of balls - all different sizes, some small enough for a necklace - and lovely muslin covered flowers which we were able to cover with beads.
It was alot of fun waiting for the next load to come out of the washing machine and great delight when our patterns turned out as we expected. Certainly something I would wish to continue to do.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Whilst in Yell on the Inspirational Weaving course I caught sight of this wonderful wall hanging. Not inky, but very textile!! Janet Bolton would love it! Each panel has been completed by a different group and then the whole panel brought together by Andy Ross. A celebration of crofting life in Shetland. Fantastic!
I've been doing loads of experiments - gesso transfer, friendly plastic brooches, loads and loads of glimmer mist sprayed sheets and playing with the cuttlebug. Not to mention the Shetland Scrapbook Challenge (but I can't post any of those!) and the Stamping Circle Challenge (again can't post any of those yet!). So a busy time but not much in the way of photographs. But here are a few of the fairy atc's for this month's challenge.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Crafting in Pink

I had a couple of hours this morning so did this layout to celebrate my retirement. In trying to get away from doing things straight, I think I may have overdone it a bit! I don't normally work with pink, but I had no choice given that I was wearing a pink jumper! Saying I never work with pink I've also just done this ATC for a challenge on the Stamp Guild Forum.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Some Recent Work

Having just set up this blog I thought I would post some pictures of some of my recent work, just as a sort of test!
I just loved this picture of Gill and Mark which Terry took at their wedding last August, and so stamped a paper frame - basically to hide all the people who were also in the photograph! The swirl and flower are also stamped and embossed.
I am also leading the next Shetland Scrapbookers crop and doing a simple layout as we have a number of new members and it is good to go back to basics every now and again. I did this layout some time ago, based on a Cathy Zielske design. I must learn how to take a photograph of my scrapbook pages so that they don't look squint!

I have also added a few more of my favourite layouts and little books. The layout of Terry "Follow Your Bliss" was featured in Scrapbook Inspirations Magazine in September 2008.