A design team challenge was to create a card with the theme of ‘Things with Wings’. That immediately struck me as an inspiring steampunk theme card. This was created using the inked and stamped background with watch images and then used Tim Holtz distress inks on the edges and the gears die using copper card in the background.
The feature used a large prima flower with hand made lightweight clay wings and a watch face. The matting and layering was hand stitched around the edge, then eyelets added and the corset style ribbon threaded through. Additional elements include a copper painted chipboard dragonfly with hand made clay clock face and smaller gear cogs. All finished off with a tiny wing and key charm
Coming previously from a card maker and scrap booker background; I designed my layouts within two dimensions. Even through I was used to matting and layering, or adding texture and elements, I still had a steep learning curve moving to a true mixed media canvas.
Deciding on a feature item is always the fun part. for this canvas decided to raid my kitchen drawer and found an old Apostle spoon. Who remembers them? tiny little teaspoons with a figure of a saint or apostle at the top. It must have been inherited from my grandmas kitchen.
Once I decided to feature the spoon, then it was a case of layering any dry placing all elements around it.
What do you do when you get news that you were not prepared for? It is sometimes difficult to know what to do for the best when a loved one is given bad news. We received news just like that at the start of 2014 and since thenI have thought long about what is important in life.
In my experience, it takes time to understand all the potential consequences and during that time, you can go through a range of emotions which cycle round including anger, sorrow, despair and finally resignation that whatever you are feeling it will not change the outcome one tiny bit.
Sometimes you just have to look at the positives in life. Remember the fun in the past and what joy is still available. Once you reach the resignation and acceptance stage you can prepare for what is to come.
I have been thinking about a gift, a little something to show I my love. What would be suitable without just being a gift for gift sake but be practical as well. I decided on a lap quilt. one which could be used now and then kept for prosperity as a memory. I didn’t want a quilt which would take too long to make as time was a premium.
I came up with this design. I know that purple is a favorite colour and have some fabrics already in my stash. But I also going to incorporate some personal reclaimed fabrics and clothes. Hopefully I can do the design justice and bring a bit of colour to life. I have named the quilt a Purple Pansy as I think it looks like a pansy design the way the blocks provide a secondary pattern.
Finally our house renovations are completed and its now time to ‘dress’ up the rooms. The smallest new room is the downstairs loo. Barely space for lots of features, but the plain white walls and porcelain sanitary ware made for a clinically stark room. We needed something to brighten it up and soften the effect.
Following a shopping trip to the Range and the theme was set. They have a lovely range of seaside items similar to those shown below.
So I bought a welcome life raft with mirror in the centre to go above the hand basin, the three beach hut hooks have become the towel holder and there was a lovely loo roll holder in the shape of a beach ut as well. These few items really brightened up the walls, but the small window still looked a bit bare. I created the shaped window blind with the appliqued beach hut. I had great fun drawing the individual items on to Bondaweb and then fixing to the background fabric. Free motion embroidery then finished off as I highlighted the seagul, starfish and bunting. I just have to make a small tassel for the bottom. I have put this up just by using stich velcro fastening on the blind and stick velcro on the wall. I must admit It does look sweet, and ther ehave been some admiring comments when visitors have to use the facilities of the smallest room in the house.
After a weekend of waiting near the telephone for our grandchild to appear I spent most of the time loading up clothes on to ebay. These are not mine but my mothers and mother in laws who need a bit of spending money.
I was sick of ebay (and waiting!) when I saw the challenge on UK scrappers to scrap in red and black to celebrate the Chinese new year and to scrap an animal.
What a perfect colour scheme to scrap this photo of Akira, one of my daughters kittens. The journalling says:
Akira was abandoned in a box a few days old. he was named Akira after a Japanese Manga warrior. With such a name, it is sweet he stil sucks his paw when he goes to sleep.