Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Take one paint by numbers........

My mum bought me this in a well-known supermarket a few weeks ago. It's not exactly paint-by-numbers but the picture was printed on it in white, grey and black.
I followed the instructions, mostly, and then decided to add a few little extras of my own - buttons, gems, and crackle paint effect. It was fun!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas Book

no, not my December book, I did finish it, but I've decided not to show any more pages from it. This one is an album I made with photos from the INYB show again, this time a new ballet created for them by Stephen Brennan, it's called A Christmas Tale.
 The album is again from Kaisercraft and most of the photos are taken by me, except for a few by Ewa.
 I painted it with acrylic paint and decided not to use any papers but to put the photos straight onto to the painted board. This, for me, captures the spirit of the ballet more.
 The snow on the roofs is glittered but it doesn't really show in the photos.
 The music that Stephen used was mostly based on Christmas carols and was so atmospheric.  The set was made by Andrew Clancy and was cut out wood, lit from behind by Zia Holly, it created a little village perfectly.
This album brings back lots of lovely Christmassy memories.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


and I'm in the middle of lots of mad crafting before work hits again next week - trying to cram in as many books, films and various crafts as I can!
 This is my Fairy Castle Nutcracker album with pictures from the latest INYB show. The album is from Kaisercraft and the papers are Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet - couldn't have been more perfect! The glittery bluebirds are Prima and the red roses climbing the turret came from Hobbycraft.
 I took all the photos (mostly from the wings) except for the middle one on the right hand side of this page which is by Ewa Figaszewska. Ewa photographs all the INYB shows and is very generous about allowing us to use the photos. This one has to be one of my favourites, although it's hard to choose as she takes THE most amazing pictures.
 This (above) is a rubbish picture, I'm not sure what happened with the light.  The photo on the right was doctored by a friend to turn it sepia (it's actually the same photo as in the first page, left hand side) - I like the sepia as it matched these papers perfectly.
 Waltz of the Flowers - the costumes (designed by Alison Finn) represent poinsettias, and the red and green colours go perfectly with the papers, I love the richness of the costumes, and the choreography by Kilian O'Callaghan is the best Flowers I've ever seen (and the girls love it too, although it is VERY difficult to dance).
This is the back cover, I went to town with the glitter, but hey! it's a Fairy Castle :) Happy New Year to you all!