Monday, April 25, 2011

A Banner and a card

Apologies in advance for the photo quality. Still have not located the elusive camera battery charger. You get the idea of the banner from the first photo. I was over at a friends house on Friday to do some crafting, and decided that we needed a little project. So, armed with Vern the Vagabond and the sewing room die, we set about creating a little banner, based on one I saw on the Maya Road site with the word create on it.

This is one of the dress-forms and spool and button. Each one is slightly different.
The papers that I used are October Afternoon- Thrift Shop. Oh how I have loved these papers. Alas I am coming to the end of my stack and am already in mourning.

This week is my Mum's Birthday, she loves to stitch and sew, so I used the dress-form yet again to make a card for her. I must say I was unsure about buying this one. I didn't know if I would get enough use from it, but it has earned a place in my heart already. I am entering the card and banner in the Simon Says Stamp and show challenge. The theme is buttons this week.

Friday, April 22, 2011


This is a mini-canvas that I am entering into the Simon Says Challenge. The challenge was to use a Tim technique. I went a bit mad on the techniques here. I have stamped clocks all over the canvas, then painted a large portion of the central area with crackle paint. I then masked areas with the clocks and cogs masks and inked with distress inks and a blending tool. I then die-cut the little rainman figure with grungepaper, shiny card and plain card. The grunge man was painted with black paint and sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist, (heirloom gold). On the plain card I inked the man with vintage photo and the blending tool and over-stamped the sentiment from the set using the same ink. I edged one side with vintage photo distress stain. On the shiny card I just ran the vintage photo and walnut stain distress stains over the top and got this lovely effect, sort of like a colour wash. I ran around the edges with vintage photo distress stain and finished off with a little clock in the top corner. Sorry the photo isn't great, I can't find my camera charger anywhere and had to use Hubby's phone.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Vibes and scribes

I love to discover new crafty shops. It's that entering the unknown, wondering if it will be one of the good ones or if it disappoint. Well I found a new shop yesterday in Cork city called Vibes and Scribes. It did not disappoint on entering. The original shop was a bookshop, however, now they have a huge craft supply area, catering for every craft imaginable. There are still books of course. I don't think I have ever seen so many craft books in one place. There is also another area which sells fabric and ribbon. A treasure trove! You will find them on Lavitts Quay in Cork or at

Monday, April 11, 2011

Galway Extravaganza and Guess what I got!

I am back from a wonderful two days teaching at the Galway Craft Extravaganza. It is always a pleasure to teach classes for Kerry from An Siopa Bui in Spiddal, she is full of enthusiasm for all things crafty. I was teaching an altered lamp and shade class, and a layout class entitled All things Tim. 
Both classes went really well and I met some wonderful women. Thanks to all of them, they made the classes a dream to teach.

The highlight of the weekend was getting my very own Vagabond! Yes. I have it, and it is gorgeous. Off to play with it now. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Some Cards

This is a little Thank-you card that I made last week using a fab new paper pack from Pink Paislee called 'Sweetness'. I didn't have to do much to it other than add some rosette and flowers and a little faux stitching.

One of the flowers is made from tissue tape and the other is made of ribbon.

The card above is the Mother's Day card which I made for my mum. As you can see, I am loving rosettes at the moment and florals. The paper here is from Prima and is called 'Madeline'.

Lastly a very simple card using Graphic 45 papers.