About Moi

I was born in June 1981, I'm a hearing impaired paper-crafter who loves all things crafty. I sew, although I'm still very much a novice at sewing. I bake and cook hopefully all kinds of delicious treats. I have a huge passion for photography and the camera {yes I'm old school I still use an actual camera} is never far from me. I also love creative writing from making up sentiments/verses for my cards and other paper-craft projects to penning some fiction. I am an avid reader and I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Two in one:

On this occasion I attempted to be clever and combine Ike's Challenge with a card swap I am participating in.  The first, Ike's Challenge, seemed very simple…Tickled Pink using one of Ike's images…no problems I thought despite not being a pink crafter or person!  The second part however left me pondering for quite some time.  The swap requirements were:  must be about the person’s hobby; and contain a die cut and a stamped sentiment.  In this case I decided I would use crafting as their hobby.

Things were so bad I’ve actually had two attempts at combing both and failed!  For the first card I thought I’d go for how my desk looks when I craft…basically bits of crafting everywhere.

 I used a Tilly day dream backing paper in a sort of pink shade and plonked some walnut stain distress ink over the top.  I roughly chopped up some ‘pinkish’ papers and plonked on the corner…feeling confident at this point I used a crimson archival ink to stamp “Life is the art of living without an eraser” {or similar} onto acetate and then feeling brave {or stupid} glued it on with the glue gun the wrong way around…I didn’t mind visible glue because I have tonnes of blobs of glue all over my desk {at this point I should point out I have a false top to my desk I had it measured and some chap in homebase cut me the right size mdf so it sits flush and my actual desk is protected} and with it upside down it looks like a clear stamp just dumped {as I often do without cleaning then groaning I can’t get it clean three hours later}. I chopped up some sort of pink bits of ribbon I had left and a small piece of card to make a ‘fake’ card and plonked it on, didn’t really think about where as long as I had room for everything.  

I used a small passportish size photo of the “Spanish Dancer” {Ike’s Image} and half coloured it in…I didn’t want the image to be completely finished it is a craft desk after all.  In order to meet the swap requirements I die cut a Marianne’s flower basket and inked it in spun sugar distress ink.  Stamped a ruler and scissors in crimson archival ink and cut out a blob of ink in this case worn lipstick distress ink {yes I’m trying hard to keep to the pink theme as I go} and glued it on.  I felt rather relieved this project was over, it’s a little unusual just to plonk crafting materials on a card but I was a little pleased with the result…until I discovered it didn’t meet the swap requirements…stamped sentiment wasn’t there {well not visible enough} and it’s “busy”…I won’t be showing an image of my desk mid project then!  Anyway photos below.

So having realised I was either going to have to strip the card back or just start again I did just that and started again.  Second time lucky because I guarantee there would NOT be a third!  This time I tried to keep it simple, at this point though nothing was going to be simple.   I was S.T.R.E.S.S.E.D no I was worse than stressed I was going ballistic about how to do a plain simple pink card incorporating crafting as a hobby die cuts and stamped sentiments….ARGH was one of the more politer words leaving my mouth, I’m not sure some of the others even occur in the Oxford Dictionary. 

This time I covered the entire card in one of Docrafts pink papers and die cut myself a shape using a nestability label die.  I proceeded to distress ink the die in spun sugar, tattered rose and pickled raspberry ink.  I just could NOT leave them alone even though I knew I should be using papers…{shhhh secret time…I don’t really have pink papers unless they are in a pack with a LOT of others}.  Ignoring the be more conservative warning running around my head trying at every possible opportunity to block my creativity I swiftly inked up the “life is the art of living without an eraser” stamp in yup you got it crimson archival ink {nope lesson NOT learnt from the last card} and stamped it straight onto the die cut shape {I was beyond caring what it looked like sadly} and promptly glued it on before I could change my mind. 

Feeling the desperate need to relax I printed Ike’s freebie floral image in yup passport ish size or wallet size I think it says on my printer {at this point I do fully expect comments along the lines of totally insane, and men in white coats are coming to straight jacket me because it is ridiculously fiddly} and snuggled up with pink promarkers, I couldn’t however let the bits that looked to me to be leaves be coloured pink SORRY…they are green and finally it adds some colour that stands out to the card!  Several hours later, no not really but it felt like it, it was only about half an hour later I had produced a set of pink flowered and pink mosaic tile sorta background thingy corners for my card.  {this is the easy bit, pink and Ike’s image}. 

Having given up, too tired to care and with too little time left to consider yet another idea I quickly stamped the ruler and scissors in Crimson archival ink and cut them out, cursing at the fact I’d lost my small blade scissors because I couldn’t use a craft knife while my wrist is still recovering.  Where were they? well folks put all drinks down, make sure your mouth is empty {you may wish to empty bladders too because I do believe you will find my stupidity at this point hilarious} to avoid anything damaging the screens you are reading this on because having turned the bookcase upside down and removed over half the books {it’s almost ceiling height} emptied every drawer and cupboard…emptied and refilled the bin, cleared the craft desk and put everything away {okay at this point you need a brandy on standby for the shock of a clean desk - do not drink until you know where the scissors were}…I asked anyone and everyone including people online…rechecked my drawers and finally figured I must have left the room with them…went through the entire house room by room, came back sat down opened the desk drawer for the third time and my scissors are sat smiling at me…how did I miss them the first twice I looked?  I finally finished cutting scissors, ruler and those fiddly flower corner pieces {please the next time I decide to go small like that can someone please just shoot me first} and quickly glued them on to create a half-hearted miserable attempt at meeting the swap requirements.

Needless to say it didn’t quite match up to what was expected so I’ve given in...I’m sending both and apologising profusely to my swap partner for failing so spectacularly.  {shhh it’s secret time again don’t tell anyone but….yup I don’t mind failing cos I really really enjoyed making them, well the creative bit of the first one just dumping bits on and the colouring on the second one}.  Anyway sorry this is a very very long tedious post but here is my final image of the second card.

I don’t mind which one is entered for Ike’s challenge that can be found here as they are both equally insane!  All that’s left is for me to wish you Easter greetings {because it’s Easter weekend as I’m posting but I realise you won’t be visiting the blog then lol} and to say help yourself to some of these Easter treats, I had a fabulous Good Friday in the kitchen {stress} baking and cooking ready for Easter Sunday!  I promise the hot cross buns are cooked it’s just they didn’t hang around long enough for me to photograph them.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Something a little different.

Because I love Cut and Craft I couldn't wait until my wrist injury was healed to get making this fantastic kitchen, okay my general love of kitchens helped too.

At this point I should warn you poor readers that there will be a lot of photos in this post. 

I followed most of the instructions from Cut and Craft however I do confess that after making the sink unit the rest became very self explanatory.  This is one of the easiest things I have ever made and so much fun. 

I have tried to incorporate the challenge requirements for IKE's challenge.   So I've got some Easter eggs hidden around the kitchen ready for the "Easter" egg hunt and my walls have portraits/paintings of Ike's images.  The challenge can be found here.

Below are a lot of photos of my project.

 A whole room view!
 Table chairs and rug!
 A fully decorated table ready to be laid up for dinner!
Kitchen wall!
Washing machine and under sink unit, there is fairy, dettol, and laundry powders in the cupboards but stupidly I didn't take pics before gluing it in place and I can't get a lens close enough for pics sorry!
Part of sink unit!
Sink unit!
Rear Door!
Cooker, wall art and a clock, using one I found in a tub of old embellishments!

Well that's my very different project I hope it's created some laughs and smiles.