Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Bad news

Another opportunity to create a card. Sad to say it's because a friend had a heart attack at the weekend. Still, I want her to know I'm thinking of her. So I could send the message quickly, the card is another version of the rose fan, but in her favourite colours, russets and green. Get well soon Wendy!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Tag book and alpaca

Well, we're off to eat at my friend's and this morning I finished a box to put the tag book in.
Yesterday afternoon, at Weaver's Guild meeting, I learned a lot about alpaca and will now set about spinning the fleece I have been given.

Friday, 20 February 2009

I'm Sparkling today

I've just finished an eight page tag book for a friend and my joggers are shining with many sparkling colours - I'm so messy! She is still depressed after having a fire in her new house last year. It was caused by sun on the magnifying side of her mirror in the bedroom. We're off to eat at her's on Sunday and not being good at selecting wine to take to others I'm hoping the book will last a little longer than wine would.
This project has given me the perfect opportunity to try out colour combinations that I would otherwise stay clear of. My friend is creative and likes pink. Pink and lime green feature on a number of the pages along with my favourites, butterflies.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Quickie Card

I went to visit a friend today and forgot that her birthday is on Sunday, even though it is in my diary.Thinking about setting up the guild exhibition in the library seems to be taking all my mental resources at the moment.
Hence, I came home and made this card using 'Peacock Summer Party', a CD which I've not used as much as I thought I would, up till now. The peacocks at the zoo are beginning to show their finery, so I suppose the card can be considered seasonal.
I printed the background straight onto the card and the picture on photo card. The border is from a pack of coloured peeloffs. I cut round the shape of the border and glittered onto a strip of doubled sided tape on the edge of the insert.
The card is actually more mauve (my friend's favourite colour) than it looks.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

No Salt?

Thankfully I had just woken up before the bus crashed into the lamp post outside our house. The road looks clear but it was obviously icy. This road would normally have been salted! Does this mean that our council has run out of or is just low on salt? One of the passengers said that a car was spinning further up the road!
The scary thing is, it happened because the driver was pulling up to pick up school children who were standing just out of but to the right of the picture.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Get Weaving - Colours Affect

If I'm to have some stock for this year I should start to think about getting some weaving done. Perhaps some research in the retail trade is needed first, to see what colours the stores are selling.
The pictures are of my most recent projects. Slightly longer silk scarves than I have produced before so they can be worn in that 'loop through' style that is popular now. I love rainbows, a sign of hope I am told, one is woven with a dark navy weft. The other,is the same warp colours but with a green weft, just to show how colours affect one another.

Monday, 9 February 2009

A Walk on the Wild Side

First time out and about for a week. I was sure this morning that I was going stir crazy. A friend always says 'Go hug a tree' when one doesn't feel quite right. My hubby and I went to the Zoo. It's great to see the animals in a different situation. Even they don't quite know what to make of the present weather situation and some, sensibly, choose to stay indoors. When walking towards the flamingos, always kept indoors in these conditions, the sound they were making seemed so like laughter. 'What a silly bunch out there looking in on us!'
Young animals seemed to be enjoying themselves, chimps picking up snowballs to suck and the youngest elephants played a game of 'push me pull you.'

Sunday, 8 February 2009


New stamp sheets from Elusive Images.
Check out the new Butterfly Collage Stamps on the Elusive Images Design Team Blog!
They're beautiful! But when do Elusive Images ever disappoint?
Have hanky ready to mop the drool.
Take a look at:-
Elusive Images Butterfly Collage Stamps

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Could this lead somewhere?

Today, I've played, scetched and played some more. Well, hubby is watching the sport! I have been saving rubber stamp offcuts for some time and today I had a go at using them, hence the simple printouts of ties, hearts, swirls and flowers. I'm quite pleased that I managed to carve a small heart inside a bigger one! I did go on to put them into a background paper but smudged it!!! so maybe I'll have another go tomorrow.
Having got interested in creating backing papers and being without funds to buy all I'd like I was sketching swirls for ages and cutting them out of transparencies to use as masks. If you cut carefully you can use the cut out shape and the 'stencil'.
The Valentine cards were made by printing direct cards some clip art, then I added embellishments, glitter, peel off lines and decoupaged hearts.
I really must go out for a walk tomorrow if the sun comes out again. Maybe visit nearby Whipsnade Zoo and take my camera.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Keeping busy

I've not been unproductive for the last few days but I have found inspiration difficult to come by. The consequence being I've not been too satisfied with my 'art work'. It took me nearly all afternoon to create one valentines card. Roses seem to be a theme at the moment but it is Valentines day soon! Yesterday I made some cards, perhaps to sell, using clip art from the internet which I enhanced with glitter, embossing and decoupage - but is that cheating?
Today I have finished spinning some silk that I started some time ago. Sometimes there are weeks between me dying the fibre to spinning it into a yarn. I'm happy with the result and when more undyed yarn comes form my supplier I shall be combining them both in a weaving project.
If the pictures look flat it's because I scanned both the card and the yarn. The silver heart and the rose are layed with pads but the weight of the scanner top has flattened them.

Monday, 2 February 2009


Friends have rung to say that they have had 5 inches of snow and that is just 3 miles from us. Graphicus is running on a skeleton staff - can you hear those bones rattling? :) and our weavers guild meeting tomorrow has been called off!
I'm not sure that I shall get out to my workshop in the garden, but thank goodness I keep my papercrafts and spinning wheel indoors.Keep snug and warm.