I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, I have enjoyed spending time at home with family and recharging my batteries before returning to work in January.
I thought I would share two projects with you today that I made just before Christmas, both were made to give as gifts for my school Headmaster and his wife.
So after having a little a go at wood turning back in the summer, I have now taken this up as a new hobby! I work out in the shed at the moment which is a little cold but the patio heater comes in handy! I have a small lathe set up for now, and was lucky enough to be given a large lathe and lots of tools.
In October I joined Kent Wood Turners and A.W.G.B, have had two lessons so far but still have much to learn!
My First Pen in Acrylic
The pen is a sienna Pen in blue acrylic and the seam ripper is in Turquoise acrylic
Its a very miserable day here in Kent, I hope it stops raining soon as I am off to a Glow run tonight with friends from running club and I don’t fancy getting soaked lol, its lovely to be able to get out with friends again unlike 2020!
During the lockdown I made this medal holder and ran a free draw at running club (B2R) which was won by my running friend Denise.
I love flowers designed by JOFY for Paperartsy, I usually colour my backgrounds but really liked this one left white.
I printed the sentiment and runner from my printer then ran it through my foiler, then stamped the flowers using a black versamark ink and clear embossing powder heated with a heat gun.
I used pro markers to colour in the flowers and sealed it with a glossy clear spray sealer.
I did add the hooks afterwards to hold the medals on but forgot to take a photo!!
I hope you have all been safe and well during lockdown and this worrying time that we are all going through.
I have been fairly busy and sometimes lazy lol, but not always crafting, I’ve been running, managed my 1st half marathon in August of this year raising money for Tommy’s baby charity, work has been quite busy too.
I’ve had two weddings my daughters and my step sons, and I made invitations and place names for them, a new baby has arrived! 5th grandchild little Clay, he arrived in April this year.
I had a go at Paddle boarding that was fun and also tried some wood turning, I enjoyed that but that wasn’t so easy lol.
However I did make these bottles some time ago, and thought it was about time to start sharing my makes again.
I had these lovely shaped bottles that also had some lovely tasting wine in them, which I thoroughly enjoyed! lol
I started off by covering them with some masking tape, one smooth and the other rough to add some texture.
The glass bottles had a nice diamond pattern on it, so I followed this shape and glued the string in place finishing off by wrapping it around the top.
Using Finnabair art alchemy waxes I covered the the diamonds and the string.
Then I sprayed it with a gloss sealer and added some embelishments.
I added the moon and tassels to finish off.
The back view
full view front
These are the products that I used for this project
I have had a few male birthdays this month, so I thought I would share my cards with you.
I started them at a workshop then finished them off at home.
For the first one I have used a Sweet Poppy Stencil, the Dolphin
I used distress oxides for the background and stenciled the dolphin in black archival ink, but used grey for the rays, then I cleaned it off and flipped it over and did the same image in grey for a reflection.
I added a sentiment to finish
This 2nd one I have used Visible image Jazz it up stamps and visible image stencil, strobes.
I coloured the background in distress oxides and inked up the Jazz it up stamp in versa fine black onyx ink, then with the strobes stencil I inked my darker colour then drew around the strobes with a white pen and stamped some random shapes, which I outlined in both black and white pen.
I had a cello made from greyboard which I painted black and added the music stamp to it, which I heat embossed in gold embossing powder.
I added the music sheet paper for the main image to be mat and layered onto,
and finished off with a pre cut sentiment and letters.
My final card for the month was made using the same method as above and the visible image Jazz it up stamp, and strobes, I finished this one off by stamping some circles using bottle tops and added my sentiments.
I am a little late in posting this card as the event is now over lol, but I made this card for my friend Allison to keep us motivated and focused as we were taking part in the London Winter run 2019 for Cancer research.
It was our 1st 10k run and we both had a great time running with our club B2R (Beginners2runners)
I stamped the Stampendous London image in black versa fine ink and heat embossed it then coloured it with inktense water pencils.
I masked up the main image and covered the top area in distress inks, sapphire blue and broken china, then using a stampscapes stamp for the clouds I randomly stamped over the sky area.
I have used the fibres stencil and the strobes stencil.
I taped off both ends of the card and secured the stencil, then used distress inks, I stamp the words and images in black versafine ink and finished of with some glitter. (larger reindeer is from Lavinia stamps)
I blended distress oxides to colour the background, then mixed some paste with some green mica powder and spread this randomly through a stencil.
Once this was dry I used the Plum archival ink through a spotty stencil, then using a splodge stamp I inked it up with black archival ink and stamped this around the canvas then did the same using white paint. Then taking a white and a black gel pen I drew around each one.
The main image is a peacock from Sweet Poppy Stencil, which I used with black archival ink.
I stamp the words straight onto the canvas and added some green beads and gold glitter, I used a bit of gilding wax to highlight the areas with paste.
Hi visitors and welcome to my running friends if you haven’t been here before. I have been asked by my running buddies if I could put my medal holders on display, so here they are so far. Not just for running though, as I have made a couple for children. Many have the same flowers […]
I was asked to make the table plan for my step son Rik and his future wife Abi, they had a beautiful wedding last week, and the theme was a rustic vibe and the venue looked amazing, so congratulations to the happy couple who are now on their honeymoon.
I think I can say on behalf of everyone there it was a truly wonderful day.
I used a sheet of A1 mount board for the base, printed off the names on to some kraft card cut to correct size, then hot foiled it in red and mounted it onto some wine coloured card cut slightly larger leaving a 5mm border. I add some lace to each one and glues them into position.
I used some wider lace and contrasting ribbon and finished off with a wooden heart, I continued the lace to the back of the mountboard and the glued another sheet of mountboard to it so that it gave the whole table plan some extra strength.
For the Wedding card I typed up lots of loving and romantic meaningful words in different fonts and added their names and wedding date to the centre the printed it off on some silk card.
I then heat foiled it in silver and cut it out using a heart-shaped die, and then using a larger die cut another heart from silver mirror card. I mat and layered it using mirror cars and silk card and mount this onto my scalloped base card. I stamped the sentiment in black versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, and added a few gems to finish.
I think the Bride & Groom were happy with my efforts lol