Sunday, 28 December 2014

Bina the bear and Harley the Hare

I couldn't resist this crochet pattern from, but I thought it might be a bit complicated for a newbie. I'm always up for a challenge though, so gave it a go and was really pleased with the results.

I also had a go at making a 'moon gazing' needle felted hare. It was hard to get a decent photo of him, but I think you can get the gist.

My next project is a crocheted blanket. I'm on row 50 of 180, so it might be a while before you see a photo!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

New Hobby Part 3

The next thing I fancied trying was needle felting and wet felting. The needle felting is done by repeatedly stabbing Merino wool tops with a barbed needle until it becomes firm. The shaping is done as you are stabbing it with the needle. It is not a very sociable hobby though - as soon as you take your eye off what you are doing, you stab yourself!

The wet felting is a much more time consuming hobby. You have to layer row after row of Merino wool, add scraps of yarn and fabric and then soak it with soap and water. You rub all the soap into it and then have to roll the piece in between bamboo mats for several hours until it felts together. I am pretty pleased with the end result though.

New Hobby Part 2

I have always had the urge to learn to knit, but whenever I try, I end up losing more stitches than I have left on my needles! So I decided to have a go at crochet, which I found far easier, as there is only one stitch on your hook to worry about! I watched endless You Tube videos and finally had a go at a project. Lucy, over on Attic24 blog, makes some gorgeous bags, cushions and blankets, which in conjunction with the Wool Warehouse are available to buy as kits. You buy the wool packs from the Wool Warehouse and Lucy provides the pattern on her blog. I bought a pack, which gave you enough wool to make a bag, which I use to store my wool and also a cushion. Her instructions are really easy to follow and I am very pleased with my first attempt at crochet!

I have now bought the blanket pack, so watch this space....

New Hobby Part 1

So, after 20 years of owning a sewing machine I decided it was about time I learnt how to use it! I signed up for a 3 hour 'get to know your sewing machine' course at 'The Make and Do Studio', where I learnt how to thread it and more importantly, what to do when things go wrong! We ended the course by making a simple envelope cushion, which ignited the sewing bug.

So, the following week I did a 'beginners quilt making course' at the same studio. It is only cot size and uses a simple strip design, but even so, I am very pleased with myself, considering I was a total sewing machine novice the week before! We even made our own bias binding, which although time consuming, was worth the effort! Probably should have ironed it before taking the photo though lol!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Happy Birthday

A clean and simple birthday card, made using PTI die and stamps and SU cardstock.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Sweet Treat

I have used Studio Calico's 'Office Hours' kit for this LO. The dotted circle was done using a stencil and a Promarker and the stars were coloured using the same pen (they've come out a bit dark in the photo though).

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Caught in the rain

There is no obvious order in which I'm scrapping my photos - this one is from 2007! I'm just picking photos that go with the papers. The papers are from one of my least favourite Studio Calico kits and now that I have used them on two layouts, I feel I can chuck them without too much guilt!

Friday, 9 May 2014

Just Chillin'

Lauren chillin' on a bench at Epcot. Papers are from a Studio Calico kit. stamps are Scraptastic and Kaisercraft and alphabet is 'Pebbles'. At least there is an upside to all this miserable rain - I'm actually getting some scrapping done :)
(apologies for wonky picture)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Hide and Seek

This photo is 18 years old - I might get around to scrapping the new stuff eventually! I have used Studio Calico papers, Prima stitched circles stamps and the old trusty stencilling and splattering!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Catch Up!

I've finally got around to photographing some of my recent LOs for blogging. (I know I've not been a very good blogger recently!) I have also finished the Masterboard project, which was featured on Paper Artsy's blog. I have copied the original Masterboard, but the intention is to then cut it into pieces and use it on LOs and cards - watch this space! The original was created by Jo Firth Young and she (and I lol), has used her JOFY range of stamps. I have coloured them with Prismacolor pencils.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

My latest project....

is inspired by the beautiful canvases created by the very talented Finnabair. Karen and I have wanted to do one for ages and decided it to make it our crop project. It took me two days to complete, but I'm really pleased with the result. I used a photo from a magazine and then the rest of the process involved metal embellishments, strips of canvas, lace paper flowers, a bit of stencilling and lots of black gesso. The gesso was then painted using Luminarte 'silks' paints.