Thursday, 27 August 2009

Oh dear................

I didn't keep to my word, another 2 weeks have passed since i last blogged, so much for the daily updates. I'm just not getting a chance at the moment, you know how it is - you think you have 5 minutes and before long you have spent an hour surfing the web and catching up when the children politely remind you they are on school holidays and want to do something fun............. but not for much longer as my kids go back next Thursday. The school holidays have gone quickly if i am honest but am so ready for them to go back.

My youngest starts school also - i can already feel my heart strings pulling, i am determined not to get upset, just hope it goes ok for him.

Anyway, back to crafting.................

I have been busy with various bits and pieces the last few weeks as the photo of my desk clearly shows. Sorry a bit late for WOYWW, but guessing 1 day is ok.

Have finished a CJ entry which was a fab subject, favourite music. Can't show as i believe the recipient reads my blog.

My pumpkin project is making progress albeit slow. I have managed to almost complete the baby pumpkin, and it has turned out better than planned. Unfortunately am still waiting for any sponsors to receive the Pink Paislee line.......................... My next step is to start covering the large polystyrene ball, will hopefully have some photo's in my next post.

So as we are almost at the end of August another kit is winging its way to the Cleo Craft subbies........... This months kit was beautiful, in fact one of my all time favourite manufacturers, My Minds Eye.

The papers are from the Pretty Please collection, lovely soft colours with a variety of styles enhancing the creativeness of them.

This month i have produced 2 LO's, both very different (if i am honest i have enough for another LO, which i will share as soon as i have finished).

The first one is a LO using a method i have never tried before, tea staining.
I quite like the overall look it's given, so will be doing this technique again in the future.

Materials used:

My Minds Eye – pretty please, Pink Floral
My Minds Eye – Pretty please, Flower drops
Blue Card stock
Flora Doodles – Tyed-dyed Gypsies
Tim Holtz Journaling tag
Pink Paislee pixee stix glitter - Blueberry
Pink Paislee black rub ons
Basic Grey middle set undressed chipboard words.
Making Memories black tiny alpha’s
Adorn it – Mini Alpha’s
Blue heart pin
Blue DMC Floss

The tea staining is really very simple and straight forward.

I watered down a tea bag in cold water and just dipped the flowers and paper in the water, drying after each time. I repeated this several times until i got the aged look i desired. I also used the tea bag to get a darker stained effect whilst crushing and tearing the paper slightly.

I was pleased with the final result. As you can see here the flowers have a slight shade to them.

My second LO i produced is very different, clean simple lines and a minimal look.

These photo's hold some very good memories so really wanted the photo's to be the main focal point. Instead of having a large title i decided to use a Tim Holtz tag with a glittered frame to enhance.

The scalloped Kraft stock edge has been put through a crimpler gadget (i haven't a clue what the proper name is) but it makes paper look like cake cases. I found it in my local craft shop last year and bought on impulse, but to be honest it is becoming one of my favourite tools.

Materials used:

My Minds Eye – pretty please, Cheery Flowers (both sides)
Kraft Card stock
White Card stock
Maya Road scalloped frame
Tim Holts Tag
Clear Glitter

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my work and i promise i really won't leave it another 2 weeks before i post again. Hopefully next time i will have an update on my harvest project.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, hopefully the sun will be shining for us all

Take care




Angie said...

Love the ME lo ... your desk shows you have been busy creating. I love the WOYWW as it makes sure I post ...with or without mojo.

Polly said...

Thanks for the advice about tea-staining (and comforting me about getting old!).

I haven't tried it since I used to make pirate maps in primary school but am inspired to give it a go becuase your LO looks really great.

Claireliz said...

fab LO's

Julia Dunnit said...

Fab Los, but loving the picture of your desk! It's really interesting to see how you work and what with!

Susie Sugar said...

Wow great desk!! you cant have a clear desk when creating such master pieces as you are turning out
Hugs Susie xx