Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kit swap cards

At Jackie's recent workshop I took part in a card kit swap on the theme of Thank You. We were given a list of items to include, and although I included one or two little extras, the very generous Pam, whose kit I got, included lots and lots of extras.
So far I have made 4 cards from her kit and still have more papers and bits to make more!
Thank you Pam, for your generosity, and next time I am adding in many more extras into mine!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I got 2 TH masks recently, which I was interested to try. The music one is quite large (this is on a 14x10" watercolour pad) but the compass is smaller. I played around with different acrylic paints and touched it up with a brush -
on this one I tried ink too. I'm not sure what I will use the music one for, but I would like to try some other media with them. The inaccuracy of the music is slightly irritating, if you're going to get someone to design something, then do it properly!

Monday, August 15, 2011

New bits and old bits

I've had a bout of card-making this week, using up some old stamped images from a swap, and some other bits and pieces, and also trying out some new stamps and dies. Mostly they were just for fun, only one of them was for a specific person. The card above has some of the TH gear bits on it, and also some stamps from a new set which I ripped open and threw out the packaging and in my excitement have completely forgotten who makes them!
This one is for some friends who moved house in April (whoops) - at least getting a card at this stage will be a novelty! I tried using fabric in a TH die and it worked quite well, the fabric is silk from the lining of a bag that I took apart. (Even better, free stuff!) More stamped paper, and I used a bit more of the fabric to tie a raggedy bow.
This one uses a Fimo embellie that Lou sent me ages ago and the little lacy frame is a new one from K&Co. I got a set of them the other day in my local office-type shop - just an odd thing sitting in amongst some ribbon and packaging. I love finds like that!
For some reason my photos have uploaded in a weird order again......I will have to have a word with my more techie friends and sort that one out.....

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Once Upon a Time

I finally finished my album using the Once Upon a Time papers. The cover took me a while to sort out, but I eventually settled for rings, with a cloth 'spine' and some metal thread holding the 2 together. The photos have uploaded in a weird order for some reason.
The papers are so ornate that I kept everything else to a minimum, and as it's a very personal album, I only needed the barest of captions too.
This baby is yawning even he looks like he is crying!
First page has one of my favourite quotations from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran and one I think that should be given to every new parent. 'Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you, but not from you. And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you'.
The last page is a very rare family photo taken on the 2nd eldest's 21st birthday earlier this year. Precious!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Perfect Roulade

Sorry, I just have to boast. Usually my roulades turn out a sloppy mess (in fact, one friend calls it 'the Slop', even though he loves it!). But this recipe for spinach and mushroom roulade from my veggie magazine (Cook Vegetarian) suggested keeping the parchment around the roulade as you rolled it up and wow, what a difference! It rolled perfectly and held together perfectly as I cut it. And it tasted yummy too.

Not getting it at all

I had a kit from Jackie's July workshop to make up, and one of the packs didn't have a picture with it. Soooo, I decided to challenge myself and make a card without looking at her website to check. I sat for ages fiddling about, wasted one bit of embossed card and failed completely to see how it could all be fitted onto one card! So eventually I made 2 cards using only some of the items, and ending up totally dissatisfied.
When I looked at her blog, of COURSE, I should have realised - she made an easel card with it, no wonder I couldn't fit the things on properly. Scroll down a bit on her page and you will see it, it's much niced than my efforts, and honestly, I felt such a numptie!!! Next time I'm going straight to the blog......

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Mystery

I went for a walk this morning down around the park on my usual route. Happily they have repaired the steps now so I get my favourite view of the sea again. It was lovely down there, lots of birds and the early morning sun just trying to get through the layers of cotton wool clouds that we have today. The swans were on the pond too, floating asleep in the middle of it. Which brings me to my mystery. I haven't seen any cygnets at all this year. Not one. Last year they had nine, and every time I went to the park I could see them swimming about, feeding, sleeping on the grass. But this year, nothing. Were there any eggs at all? Did they not hatch? Or worse, did they hatch and did the cygnets fall foul of something or someone? It's kind of sad just to see the two parents on their own. Beautiful as they are. But hopefully next year will be a cygnet year.