Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lucky Last

My last Christmas card made for 2014.  It's the most important one as it's for my husband.  He is ALWAYS the last one to be done !  Like a plumber ALWAYS has a dripping tap in his own home because he's always busy fixing other peoples taps.  Back to the card -  I have to say I am very pleased with it.  It's a one of and I don't think it is a very practical one to do 'en masse' There is too much cutting, embossing etc for that.  Still I kinda like that his card is a Limited Edition.  He is so supportive of what I do and puts up with my craft mess all over the house.  He really is Special.  So that's me done for a little while at least.  I have a few other non-craft (oh no is there such a thing!!!) projects I want to tackle in the next couple of weeks and then it will be back to my desk which is one of the projects I have to tackle!!  I cannot see it at the moment under all the 'stuff' just dumped on there to be put away later.  Well 'later' is looming. Have a wonderful time with your Families and loved ones.  Don't stress (ha that's good coming from me lol) and be safe.  Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015  Thanks for looking at my blog.  I hope to be better at posting in 2015. xx

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beautiful Alura

Good morning Everyone and what an absolutely beautiful morning it is here in Upper Hutt.  Not only is the sun shining but it is our eldest daughter's birthday and that is certainly a day for us to celebrate.  I spent a very pleasant afternoon yesterday making the above card for her.  The image is called Alura, one of my digital stamps from Lavinia Stamps.  On the right hand side of the first image you can see how she started off when I printed them from my digital file.  On the left you can see her after I spent several hours colouring her. The second image is obviously the finished card after I had brushed some blue( TH Broken China distress ink) over the background and mounted my image onto toning/matching card.  I used my lovely Spectrum Noir coloured pencils.  Yum.  I bought them when I was in the UK mid year but haven't had much chance to use them .  This was the perfect opportunity and I am SO glad I invested in them.  I found a VERY good deal and bought all five sets (24 pencils per set)  They are so gorgeous one could spend hours just looking at them.  They are oil based pencils and completely blendable.  I must say I am VERY pleased with how Alura looks.  If you get the chance to buy some of these pencils and you can afford to then Just Do It as the slogan says.  You won't be disappointed. Enjoy your day. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Filling in a Very Large Gap

Hello.  Please don't die of shock but here is a post.  It is exactly 3 months since my last one (sounds a bit like the Confessional!!) My life seems to have been very dis-organised and chaotic in that time I have to say.  I have struggled to feel in control ever since we came back from the UK at the beginning of August if I am honest.  Can't tell you why it's just how it's been.  I have still been creating but never got around to posting (sometimes even forgetting to photograph before dispatching in the mail).  I certainly spend a lot of my time researching and trialing class projects.  Sometimes things which I think will be suitable don't turn out to be in practice. Anyway yesterday I cleared the end of the dining room table where I have been camped for months,mainly because my craft desk is piled high with stuff which needs sorting and putting away.  Really my craft desk is too small now for the type of things I do.  Once upon a time it was fine but as my style has evolved I need more room for the things I do.  As I write I am trying to formulate a plan to make space in one of the 'spare' rooms to set up a bigger work space.  I always said I wouldn't do this because I would be in one room and my Long Suffering Husband in another but, since I now work mostly in the dining room rather than on my wee desk in the lounge, we are in different rooms anyway. So will my idea come to fruition? I don't know but if it does I will be sure to share my plans with you.  So as we close in on Christmas and the end of the year I thought I would post some photos of some of the things I have made in the last 3 months.  May I wish you and your families every good wish for Christmas and the coming New Year an who knows maybe next year I will be more organised and better prepared in the crafting sector of my life.  Merry Christmas. x