Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Whatevers : October

Taking part in monthly challenges only seems to emphasise how quick the months are tramping past!  The October challenge for the Whatevers (Creative Storytelling) is this wonderful tram photograph.

You can get a copy to play with and read some more fun stories on the blogs of Catherine Scanlon HERE, Nathalie Kalbach HERE  or Vicki Chrisman HERE

I have again used my Dylusions Sprays which I am loving.  I had a bit of a gesso nightmare on the right hand page, but managed to cover it all up with some more paper! 

I have a lot of old adverts and tickets which I have picked up over the years, so it was nice to use a few of these.

Here is my story:

Magnus was a long way from home.

Working on the tram certainly beat being at the fishing and he was thankful for the chance of a reasonable wage and warm environment to work in.

He loved the sound of the tram as it trundled along the rails and the tinkling of the bell as it reached its next stop.

All in all a great job - he just wished Helmut beside him would "loosen up" a little.


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Autumn in Switzerland

I am a bit late for the Anything But a Card Challenge this week - just scraping in with a few hours to spare!

The theme is Fall Colours which fits perfectly with this photograph of the three of us on Monte Generoso last Sunday.  We took the train almost to the top (1704m), climbed the final little bit and then spent the rest of the day walking down the mountain and exploring some off the beaten track pathways through the forest.  Coming from Shetland where we have no trees to speak off it was bliss! And with temperatures of 22 degrees just perfect.

I have had these Basic Grey Indian Summer papers for ages and didn't really know what to do with them as they are so bright. 

If you are wondering how I did the leaves I shared a little tutorial on these during Tim's Tags last year.  I didn't have any glassine paper and I wanted to get a similar look.  So after a bit of experimenting I came up with this idea.

I splotched some green Distress Inks on my craft mat and spritzed them with water and then passed some reasonably heavy card through the colours and whilst wet scrunched it up.  I opened it up to dry and once fully dry I rubbed some darker green Distress Ink over the top before cutting out the leaves with the Tattered Leaves Die.  It helps if you just work with a small piece big enough to cut a single leaf as scrunching thick card is a little difficult. You get a lovely textured leaf which can be any combination of greens you like - I used Crushed Olive and Forest Moss for my layout.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Craftsman Delight

Over at Swirlydoos a group of us are taking part in a Round Robin Card Challenge.  The host has set the challenge and the first person in each group made their cards last week.  This week it is the turn of the second members of each team (me!) to lift at least one element from the first member's card but also stay true to the challenge.  With me so far ??????

So here is my entry:

I used the new Prima Craftsman pad which I absolutely love.  If you are looking for some masculine papers these just so hit the mark.  

The challenge included circles, add a bit of metal and stamp a sentiment.  Peggy, my team leader, had embossed a beautful flourish on her card and also used sewing around the edges, so these were the two elements I lifted, although my embossing was pretty basic.

Here are links to the blog pages where you can see the first two submissions. 

Card Challenge Week 1
Card Challenge Week 2

As there are five teams in all there is lots of inspiration!

Well that's me packed for a week away with friends, flying to Essex and then out to Milan and and spending some time in Switzerland.  I am really looking forward to it and I am sure I'll come back with lots of photos to scrap!

Have a lovely week!

Friday, 12 October 2012

And another workshop ............ !!

And this was last weekend's workshop! - a full weekend making this mini book with tags from five envelopes.  I would like to say we had alot of laughter but most of the time there was much silence and concentration and the continual walking back and forth to the equipment table!

I am very lucky to have a group of very keen mini-book scrapbookers who keep coming back year after year.  Thank you ladies!

And here is the book we made - I try and include lots of different techniques, so we did embossing (including UTEE), collage, shrink plastic, crackle glaze, stamping and inking.


Inks and Embroidery ..............

I was invited by the Shetland Guild of Needleworkers to host a workshop a couple of weekends ago - some inky things with a sewing element!  So we made this little book of five ATCs which included a little bit of ribbon embroidery. 

It was a large group (sixteen in all) but they all had alot of fun and there were a few converts to Distress Inks and lots of wows!! when we did the shrink plastic embellishments.  I look forward to seeing how they will convert these techniques into their needlework projects as a number of the members have created some fantastic multi-media pieces.


It has been an unbelievably hectic couple of weeks - hosting three workshops in three weekends and directing/producing the local panto is becoming an almost full time job! So I haven't had any time for visiting blogs and taking part in challenges.  But thank you all for your lovely comments and a special welcome as well to a number of new followers.

Everything is now packed away and once I have had a bit of a clean up of the craft room I should be back to normal!!