Friday 27 April 2007

Scrapwest Challenge - My Craft / My Stuff

Another week another challenge. This week's challenge was My Craft so I am hoping to use this as my banner when I figure out how to do it. I have used some pages from an old book, bits of scrap paper and images, Hero Arts stamps and Inca stamps. I then covered the whole lot with colorbox pigment inks and addes some mica and embellies. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done.

Thursday 26 April 2007

Alcohol Splash

Was there ever a time when you had lots of work to do and you would do anything but that work? Well, tonight is like that for me. I have so many card orders to complete before the weekend I dont know how I will get them done. I'm distracted. Over on the Talk Crafts Forum today there was some talk about the spin and splash toy with alcohol inks. I went on a mission and found a very basic manual one to try out. These are my efforts. I love alcohol inks and their vibrant colours but this technique is magical. Lots more practice needed - but not tonight.....

And Some More

Crafteire - Survived

Well, I have recovered - just about. I had a fantastic time last weekend at Crafteire in Tullamore. It's lovely to meet up with such like minded people. I enjoyed meeting all the old faces from crops and some new from the forums. A Big Thank You to all those who came to my classes, it was lovely to have people appreciate my work and want to photograph it. I hope everyone learnt something new from it all. I've posted some of the piccies of the alcohol inks cards and beaded accents and I would like to see some of your creations posted here too.

I'm off this weekend to a Craft Retreat in Coleraine at Magpie Crafts - something different and new and hopefully new crafty friends too. I'll let you know how I get on.....

Thursday 19 April 2007

Scrapwest Challenge - Me, Myself, I

I found this challenge, well, challenging. However, it was time.............. my first LO was born. I had so many ideas of what I could do but I received these lovely Basic Grey papers as a gift and they were crying out to be used. They really are beautiful papers and I hope to use them a lot more, so watch this space. My LO was inspired by a song I heard on the radio - Because of You - and it made me think of how much we take for granted, our happiness for example and all we have achieved in life. My new hubby has helped me to be who I am today - a very different person to what I used to be and most of all HAPPY. So, my title is, Because of You, I am, Me,Myself, I. Thank you Kevin. (I wonder if he will ever read this blog LOL)

Monday 16 April 2007

Mah Jong Tile Swap

Over on the Talk Crafts Forum there are some great challenges and swaps going on at the minute. For this swap I was sent 3 Mah Jong Tiles to decorate and put on a card. I used alcohol inks to decorate them and added a pear stamp on the top. They are then layered onto black cardstock which was stamped with bleach and then layered again onto some wallpaper. This card went off in the post yesterday to complete the swap.

Sunday 15 April 2007

I made this card for my friend Jackie who had asked me out with some of her friends and family on an Angel Night. For her, when she asked Angels to help in times of need she said the same people always came to help her. I was delighted to be considered one of the 'angels'. We had a lovely meal and great craic and I also met with the other people in her life who were important to her. This is a Thank You card for her.
Swirl stamp is from the Art Girlz collection and the beautiful image is from Crafty Individuals Ephemera Collection.

Tape Transfer

Here is a belated Birthday Card for Laine - sorreee Lainey for being late - I have done an image transfer on packing tape, stamped some images on the paper below and used glossy accents to stick the tape to the paper. They are quite addictive when you start - I've been scouring magazines for images I might use..

Another Booklet

I have no idea what this book is called but it folds into a 4" square. It's amazing how much you can actually fit into this tiny book. Look out for these at 'Crafteire'.

Saturday 14 April 2007

Scrapwest Challenge - Turning Japanese

This week I was setting the challenge for Scrapwest and had a lovely star book started and decided to use it as the challenge 'Turning Japanese' It is a small booklet measuring 4x4 and I loved making it, I think I will try one a little more extravagant the 'next time'.

Tuesday 10 April 2007

Easter Craft

Its been great having a few days off from work and being able to get some crafting done. I had a large card order to complete and now that it is done, I have some time to play. I've been preparing my classes for Crafteire too so I'm looking forward to that, less than 2 weeks to go everybody.

While making some 'beaded accents' I thought I'd treat myself to a new necklace, I love the colours in these nuggets.

Saturday 7 April 2007

Tag Books

I have been playing about with some tag books which I was asked to decorate. They have sat for a while and I'm still not sure I know what to do with them. This first one was coloured with colourbox inks using a baby wipe but it turned out very bright yellow and purples, (Not the look that I had planned) I decided to tone it down a bit and coloured the whole piece over with coffee and I'm much happier with the look. The second picture is another tag book but shaped slightly different. I covered the background with some lovely hand painted paper I bought in Venice and had to use it. I also made each tag with a different type of transfer I had been trying and I'm happy with the finished product.

Friday 6 April 2007

Scrapwest Challenge - Card Lift

This is my version of Lynn's Card. Thanks to Lynn for allowing me to use her card. You can check out her blog at

Scrapwest Challenge - Card Lift

It seems such a long time since I last posted, I have been really busy finishing swaps and challenges which I cant post just yet but will do when they are complete. This week's challenge was to card lift or scrap lift from someone else's work. I found this lovely card by Lynn in St. Louis over on Splitcoaststampers and made a birthday card similar to it. I love the design and hope to use it again.