Wednesday 26 September 2012

WOYWW - My New Craft Room

I have never joined in WOYWW before, although I have often looked, but I thought this week it would be a good excuse for me to show you that my new craft room is now coming along. For those of you who don't know me, our home was all but destroyed by a burst pipe at the beginning of February and we have only just returned to it after the rebuild, having been living in temporary accommodation. Colin has spent about 10 days solid varnishing each shelf and strut of the craft room furniture, which is Ivar from Ikea - cheap but very practical and flexible for me:-


Colin has put back up for me the stamp storage unit he made for me when I first started stamping. Each shelf has a little ledge so that you can have a double row of stamps and hopefully see the ones of the back row. Obviously I have a lot more UMs now, but some of these wooden stamps are still real favourites.

We are really enjoying being back home and Colin has been amazing with all the jobs he has done. Starting to craft again at home as I did before is really important to me as it's a sign of getting back to normality. Thank you Julie for hosting WOYWW.

Tuesday 18 September 2012

The Golden Age of Ballooning

Over on the Happy Daze blog today I have made this card for this month's Steampunkery challenge - I do hope you will join in as it is a great prize - and one of my favourite themes.

I made this card for my brother's birthday, using the Artistic Outpost French Flight and Paris Exposition stamps from Happy Daze, and one of the chipboard propellers they sell, which I embossed with gold ep. For the card I stamped loads of stamps from the stamp sets - nearly all of them, using different shades of ink so that some images were more in the foreground than others, such as the man in the hot air balloon who I stamped in bright blue.

If you are in the US you can get the Artistic Outpost stamps direct from them here, and I am entering this card into their September Referral Programme, the subject for which is Anything Goes.

Thursday 13 September 2012

The Last Days of Summer - Crafty Individuals' challenge

 The Crafty Individuals' challenge for September is 'Last Days of Summer'. My framed French menu and wine bottles represents what this means to me as this year I have been desperate for a break from our house problems and was hoping to get to France before the summer was over for some nice meals out. Well, we made it! We just got back Sunday evening and feel more refreshed now and able to face our DIY and unpacking. The house is chaos but we are getting there. I am hoping we will get the internet set up in the next few days. We are coping well with sleeping on the floor although we hadn't bargained on how difficult it is to get up from the floor at our age! I find rolling over onto all fours and then crawling is the best way, but it is a bit undignified!

I used the Crafty Individuals' Spring background papers together with the wine and menu stamp CI 348 and the floral postcard stamp CI 302. I stamped the bottles onto clear packaging material and then curved them with the heat gun.

I hope you will join in the challenge and show us what the last days of summer mean to you - there's always a great prize!

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Butterfly Girl Canvas

I've made this little canvas over on the Happy Daze blog today, using the Lost Coast butterfly girl stamp and the Prima en Francais text. Hope you will visit me over there!

These are the sides of the canvas. I used those tiny little Prima clear stamps you can get very cheaply.

I probably won't be on line much for the next few days as we are having our internet put in at the end of the week - I'm at my friend's at the mo, using her WiFi. Our house is complete chaos!

Tuesday 4 September 2012

A Lovely Day

I have made this card for the Happy Daze blog using stamps from the Artistic Outpost 'Lovely Day' set. I used Spring and Summer Limited Edition Distress Inks on glossy card and stamped the main girl collage stamp, and then the girl on her own, and cut them out. I used a patterned paper and added bees from the Bloom and Grow set and sayings from the both sets all over the paper in matching inks, and finally added a die cut and embossed flourish.

I am entering this for the Artistic Outpost Referral Programme for September, the theme of which is Anything Goes. You can buy Artistic Outpost stamps from here in the US, or from Happy Daze in the UK.