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Monday, 6 October 2014

I Saw It, I Liked It, I Bought It !xx

So today I dropped my friend Yvonne Froehlich off at the Train Station, on the way home there was still a lot of traffic as I passed our local Retail Outlet, so I thought I would treat myself to a cup of tea and a bit of breakfast whilst I let the Works Traffic just sort itself out.
My Dining Room - I would love to put an American Diner table in there!
On the Way to M&S Café for my Breakfast I spotted TKMax (well I say spotted, I did actually already know it was there but it was kind of jumping out at me today) So I thought I will "nip" into TKMax, have a mooch, go for breakfast in M&S grab some chicken pieces on the way out for tea and go home and craft.  Mmmmmm?
 
Two hours later I left TKMax ?????? 
 
 So what happened there then??
 
Well I spotted some lurrrrvely coats so I tried a few on? No that one's too big and makes me look fat, that one's too small and makes me look fat, that one's too short and makes me look fat and that one's too long and STILL makes me look fat?? (I am sure Goldilocks only had three let downs???)  So I thought what about a Bra???  Don't even go there!!!!! I will stick to the few I have that DO give a little support !!!! And the Sexy Nightie?  Well just forget it!!! Mind you, it might have looked a bit better if the dressing gown sleeve didn't have a big white security tag attaching it to the hem of the nightie???? I did think though, I was getting a little bit desperate to buy something if I was resorting to looking at Sexy Nighties - nothing sexy about them on this bod!!!!
 
 
 Ah well I thought there is always the "Craft Isle" upstairs???

So off I trundle up the stairs and all I could find was a couple of Paint Brushes in a set with some paints and a few tatty old background papers that were definitely not even LAST SEASON!
 
So the one thing you can always rely on with TKMax is the fact that they always have lots of lovely note books/pads for you to stroke, flick through and put down again.  So I was happily doing this when I spotted a Lady next to me doing the exact same thing!! So I bet you could stand here all day looking at note books too? I Say, Oh Yes she said, I have hundreds of them at home, all untouched.  Yep, I say, I have lots of Journals that will probably never see the light of day, otherwise they will be spoilt.  "Ex-Secretary"? I ask her. "No" She Says, "just a sad old woman who looks at every note book she sees"!!  Then even she left me???  So I stroked a few more notebooks and stepped away!.
 
I had been in the shop so long I HAD to buy something?  Aha, Towels.  Not bought any of them since last week when I got some for the En-Suite?? But the kids kept taking my old thread bare towels in there, SOOOO If I buy Towels that go in my Bathroom AND my En-Suite and give all my old towels to the BIN  you will never see another towel again that doesn't look like it belongs there????
So I was happy with my lot, a basket full to the brim with towels, really lovely patterns on them too!
 
I was just on my way out of the shop when I spotted it!!
 
 
THE TIN
 
THAT MATCHED THE CUP
THAT MATCHED MY WALLPAPER
 
I HAD TO HAVE IT
 
BUT THEN I SAW
THE TEA POT CUP THING THAT MATCHED THE TIN THAT MATCHED THE CUP THAT WENT WITH THE WALLPAPER
DIFFERENT DESIGN BUT STILL " SANDERSON" WHICH IS WHY ALL THE COLOURS MATCHED PERFECTLY - OBVIOUSLY last season!!!
 
that matched this Beautiful Sugar Bowl.  Non of us take Sugar but I had to have it, isn't it beautiful?

and then I spotted a few other things!!

See "Sanderson" is an original Retro Designer from the 50's.  My wall paper is an exact copy of the original Sanderson wall paper from the 50's - most people will know this style but I hadn't seen the Ladies before. I think maybe they are a copy of an original design too, I must look it up - The reason I say it must be a copy is because non of this was very expensive?


Boy did I enjoy that!!! and look I even went back for the Note Pad I had stroked earlier.

 
So now I can leave out the biscuit tin that matches my very posh shopping list note book that matches the very large fruit bowl (wonder what that bowl is really for??) that matches the cake stand (well it is my Daughters Birthday in a few months!) so I had to get the cake Slicer too and the Cake Forks.  It was funny, my Hannah pointed out that there was something wrong with the forks because they only had three prongs! She is so Northern!
So the reason I was dropping Yvonne off at the Station????
She has just graced my house with her presence for a few nights whilst we did a Workshop with Finnabair!  
Mmmmm??? it did look nice at one point, just before I killed it with that last spray of ink?
On the Saturday me and Yvonne and Maggs had a  meal together which was lovely (the company, not the meal) I would never self-praise my cooking, well actually I would never praise my cooking full stop - no M&S made it for me anyway. So  we did the workshop on the Sunday, lots of people we knew and a few new people to meet.  Finnabair is very lovely and very approachable.  It was all organised by a very lovely (and funny) young lady Ha Hem! called Sue Tucker.  So the class was great, my work Mmmmm not so great -


I am feeling a little bit TKMax Last Season myself at the moment but I have just lost my lovely Dog Max very recently who had been with us longer than my Kids and  it would have been my Mam's Birthday yesterday - and I am getting a lot of hot flushes lately and feeling very tired - so just a blip, I will be back.
 The workshop itself was very informative though and I loved working straight onto the Canvas Covers, and my Hannah does take a lovely photo.
When you see Finn's work up close and personal is it so beautiful. So I will practice more. Finn is lovely and teaches a great class.

 

So then me and Yvonne got to sit down and watch Ower Barbara on the Telly with some lourvely new ClarityStamps.  The samples I have seen on TV and from the rest of the DT on FB are just brilliant.  You can tell everyone loved this set of stamps.  As usual my Mate Barbara did a great job, it was lovely to be able to watch her whilst sat with my Crafty friend Yvonne.
So cost for taking Yvonne to the Train Station -I a not saying in case my Hubbie reads this, and I never even got the cuppa and breakfast?
Here is one sample of my DT work for ClarityStamp this weekend. I will blog more later in the week.
    Or maybe later today as I am up with the Lark this morning. xxx
Have a nice day and thank you for dropping by. A bit of an indulgent Blog I know but hey it gave you chance to drink your Tea!
Sam xxx
All positive comments are more than welcome.
One last thing, my new challenge on my Gelli Arts & Crafts Page will be to do an ATC that you have made from a Stamped image on the Gelli Plate or you have hand drawn with the back of your paint brush onto your Gelli Plate through the paint, simple drawings like on the Sanderson design above, and then show me how you finished it off??
 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Claritystamp Challenge "Seasons"

 


Hi there, today sees the start of the new Clarity Stamp Challenge - "Seasons".  Our Claritystamp Challenge Design team have made some fantastic cards this month to inspire you. For my Challenge Card I used up some of my favourite Gelli Plate Prints.  I think that sometimes just the colours depict what you see in a picture so I have done Light and bright greens for Spring, because this is when flowers and trees start to bud.  I have done Warm Yellows and Red for Summer - speaks for itself really. Greens and Browns and Yellows for Autumn, although you do also see a lot of red normally too in autumn, in fact Autumn is the most colourful Season.  And for Winter I had a clean up sheet which just reminded me of Snow.
 
This is the Summer Gelli Print - part of this has also been used on a Wooden Tag.
This Tree stamp with the Birds coming from it is one of my Favourites of this year I just think it does and can say so much. So in Spring the Birds are flying into the Tree, in Summer the Birds are just hanging around taking care of their Babies in the Tree, in Autumn some Birds are migrating away from the Tree and in winter the Robins are just glad to have the Tree to themselves??
Mad? Me? I know??
 
This is the Gelli Print I used for Autumn
Unfortunately Spring and Winter were clean up sheets and I didn't take a photo of them before I cut them up - but here is the finished Item.  I cut them into equal sizes and mounted them onto black card.  I felt that all the Tree Stamp needed was some nice backgrounds. Trees are at one with nature and are beautiful whatever the season I think - Ooohhhh a bit heavy there Madam?? xx
 
I would just like to say thank you to ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS OF THIS BLOG, IT HAS TAKEN ME TWO OR THREE YEARS TO GET TO THIS POINT BUT I NOW HAVE 100 FOLLOWERS!!!  I USED TO BE DANCING AROUND BECAUSE I HAD 3 - WHO WOULD WANT TO FOLLOW ME RIGHT? SO THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
 
I Remember complaining to Barbara Gray,  when she first started her Blog, about how many followers she got so quickly and suggesting that she could spare me her spare 33 people after the three hundred mark!!!  Well Look Out Barbara here I come, another three years and I might have 200 followers???? 
 
Of course Barbara now has 2,164 followers!!!!  
  But still, given time I might catch up don't you think??
 
I love doing this on Photo+  it makes it look all mystical doesn't it, in fact look - it looks like the world! xx
OK Seriously I appreciate every single person who follows my Blog and am "happy with my lot".xx As long as someone is listening to my Waffle I am fine.   
 
So anyway I have more to do today than there are hours so I must dash.  I hope you will join in on our Claritystamp Challenge, its good fun and a great prize, and my Team Mates have made some fantastic cards for you to be inspired by too.
Have a nice day everyone. xxx
BY THE WAY - I have no idea what has happened to my text but Blogger won't accept my changes??


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Gelli Arts & Crafts Challenge

Hi there, this week I started up a Gelli Arts & Crafts Page on FB. I actually started this page last year but was saving it for something in particular, but this wasn't needed in the end so I decided I would just use it as a Gelli Plate Play Ground.  It started getting likes immediately 100 in the first day, then my friend Barbara Gray mentioned me and it (the Page) on her Blog and the hits just came in thick and fast.  Then the official Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate page came in and Liked my page and I got even more hits/likes.  So I think people are really wanting to talk Gelli Mono printing.  I have already been asked a few very good questions and I would like to encourage people to ask them on the page itself.  I know it is my page but there are a lot of very talented Gelli Printing people out there, so I am happy to give my opinion but it will be lovely to see the opinion of others too.  So it isn't a general chit chat page its for Art and what we can do with it, hence Gelli Arts & Crafts.
 
So thank you to everyone who has liked my page, I hope you will join in on my first Gelli Arts & Crafts Challenge - its quite simple but can be quite effective. I have done a little photo tutorial on my take on the challenge.
The Challenge is to make a Two Print, Split Picture ATC.  The Challenge starts from today and a new challenge will be posted next Friday - and every Friday after that if enough people want to carry on with it. xx
 
The Inspiration for the idea came from an ATC I did a few years ago, I can't find a picture of it right now, but this is a few other versions of the same idea I have done on Cards.  This first one isn't my favourite and it isn't a Gelli Print but it IS a version of this idea so I thought I would include it.
 
 
 So here is the idea with a gap for a poem rather than a different colour of the same image.  This was a Gelli Print through the ClarityStamp houses Stencil, then I chopped it up.  I wrote a poem typed it up on the computer and then filled a full A4 sheet with the poem which left plenty of scope to get my houses lined up and still be able to read the poem properly through them.
 


I also did this idea in my Gelli Arts & Crafts Workshop and Jayne Davies who is a regular and my friend played around with the idea even more and came up with this, I love it, do you? 
 
You could also just do an "out of cync" version of it - I am not sure this one works but if you had the right picture or large pattern it could. 
  
So this is a close up - it took me a while to get this lined up but I was pleased with it.
 
"Fill you house with pretty things
with Love and Happiness
It's not the House that makes it Home
But the Love that you invest.
 
 
So "The Challenge"
 
 
 
Make an ATC (ATC's have a standard measurement of 2½" by 3½") from two different coloured Gelli Plate background prints.
 for this one above I did a full cover yellow paint print off the Gelli Plate, mine is plane but you could put some pattern in it.  I then dragged some "Stream" Archival Ink across my Gelli Plate and dragged the Paint print across the Gelli plate randomly to get a mottled effect.

 Then I added a little white paint onto the Inked up Gelli Plate to lift what was left on the Gelli,
 
 
And here is the result - NOT VERY PRETTY EH??


But on this occasion it doesn't matter, I just wanted two backgrounds that would stand out against each other. 

Then I cut them down into several ATC size pieces of card.
so what I did for this Challenge was to stamp on a piece from each print in the same place - it can be a little tricky to get it just right, especially if you use words.


See mine went wrong, but would have looked good if I had it lined up properly.  Its the Wonky word that was A LITTLE TOO ADVENTUROUS!!!  you can just see it poking out at the back. 
 So back to the ClarityStamp Tree - I love this stamp, it comes as a Stencil too.
So you can see here that what I did next was to place the two stamped images together on my Trimmer and cut 1cm strips of them both at the same time - so that the break was in the same place.
 Then I glued them together on a piece of card - so you get two ATC's for the price of one - or about six actually if you fill a full A4 sheet
 Here they are individually.
 So what do you think, quite an easy Gelli Plate Challenge but this can be used on a card, a tag, a book cover - I could go on for ever!  The main thing is - lets use up our Gelli Prints instead of piling them up.

So thank you for dropping by.  If you would like to enter the challenge could you please add a comment below to say you have entered and then  post you picture of  it onto my Gelli Arts & Crafts Page and I will try to put them all in one album (I am a bit new to this Pages thing)  This is just for fun but I might surprise you and chuck in the odd prize, it would have to be randomly picked of course because we are not here to judge just to get them Gelli Plates mucky!! 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Fussy & Fancy Challenge Blog

Hi there, welcome to my Blog.  A lot has gone on since my last post on here, but I think I will go into that in another Blog I have planned, Yes they are a bit like the Buses, No Blog Posts since Aug and then suddenly I have two or three to wright???


So this is what I started with - This is an Ink print that I did off my Gelli Plate - I could tell you more but then I would have to erase your memory as some of the techniques used on this project will be used in my Gelli / Mixed Media Class.
Sooo this one is about The Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog - This is my last DT Piece for this Challenge Blog, unless of course they will allow me back at a later date.  I have really enjoyed being part of this Design Team, and the Challenge Blog.  I was first asked to join the DT by ower very own Sally Ann Haynes - I remember how excited I was when she asked me, I thought she must have got it wrong and meant to ask someone else. 
I then took the Clarity Stamp Leaf Stencil and blended through it over the Ink and Paint.
 I was on a DT at the time but I was still pinching myself.  I had very quickly gone from a sad crafty woman hanging around The Range in the hope of meeting a fellow crafter who might want a conversation about glue to suddenly being on a Design Team and then also being asked to join the F&F Challenge Blog. Boy that all seems so long ago now. 
 
and then I played and Blended some more.

and then I blended some more!!!
 You see in my days of Hanging around in the Range I had no idea that there were craft shows around the country, or that there were craft classes going on behind my back or that people were asked to go on Design Teams. At that time I was just following Blogs and writing my own Blogs, I only knew a few Blog posts and they were from American Ladies.


I have been mixing my Paints and Inks and patterns in different ways lately and I feel I am kind of finding a new style for me in my work, so this is really just a play piece rather than a card for a specific reason.
My Big dream then was to improve my craft to a professional standard, and maybe get a card in a Magazine on the readers page?  So as I said, I was very excited to be asked to join this DT.  I loved the freedom that this challenge gave me too, no rules just themes.  I could make a card, a box, a Tag whatever I wanted in whatever style I fancied, and boy did that get me experimenting!!!  I think I will just leave it there really and show you my Last Fussy & Fancy Challenge DT Card and I think I will give you a little gallery of some of my previous cards on this Challenge Blog - a bit of memory lane for me.


 
Here is my Red for the F&F Challenge. I made the spots through the Clarity Stamp Dot Stencil

 
I absolutely love these new Range sponges and handles.
 
An here we have it, the Full Card mounted onto buff card taken on a slightly wonky camera angle??.  I think it would make a great card for a teenager or as a Thank You or a Thinking of you card.  I can definitely see that my Clarity Stamp Stencil Work and my Journaling and my love of pattern, colour and mixed media are sending me off in a new direction again. I do love it when that happens.
 The reason I am leaving?  Just purely because I want to concentrate my creativity (ha hem) on my ClarityStamp DT Projects and ClarityStamp Challenge Projects, I want to give more time to making Frames and Cards for the Café just to keep my hand in really, not for the sales but with a view to pick up interest in what I make in the hope that one day I will find the courage to do some full day Mixed Media/Gelli Plate Workshops. I am also getting more and more interest in my current Mixed Media/Gelli Plate classes at Hobby Craft in 'Stockton and need to plan ahead with larger numbers for my projects.  I am really enjoying my Demonstrator work that I have been doing with Clarity Stamp. But one of the main reasons is that in between what I do now and looking after my Kids and doing the housework I want to sometimes have time to jus play and keep my hand in on with new ideas - yeh right don't we all eh?

So my little gallery of my F&F Challenge Cards over the years - its OK I am just showing a few of them, my computer is working too slow for me to put too many on???
All of the ClarityStamp products I used can be found here. http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/

 
This was made from Do-Craft Fabric I did a tutorial on this one.

Bit of EARLY DAYS Mixed Media going on here, long time ago.


This is one of my absolute favourites of all my Tags - Mmmm someone won this off me? Was it Theresa or is this the one that got lost in the post on the way to India?

Does anyone recognise this bodice?

Guess what month this one was for?

Ooh look I forgot I did my Slip and Slide Tag for F&F - its a Gelli Print
Well what a mixed bunch this lot is?? This is a wooden Tag

And here is some really early stuff I made, what a trip down memory lane this is?
 
This was a music box I decided to make at about 1pm, 8 hours later it was complete.  It has a lid too but that picture won't download. I was very pleased with this one.
This was also one of my first Gelli Plate Projects.
 
 So I hope you will still continue to enjoy and join in with the Fussy & Fancy Challenges I want to thank Sally-Anne Hanes for inviting me onto the blog and Sheryl Cauble  for taking over and doing such a wonderful job after Sally.  Was great to work with such a lovely team of Ladies, both Team a and Team B. Jo Rice and Yvonne Froehlich are still flying the flag!

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I am proud to be on the Design Team for Claritystamp & for the Clarity Stamp Challenge Blog and the Fussy and Fancy Challenge Blog. I have always had an interest in Arts and Craft and studied for six years and gained certificates in Arts and Crafts, Interior Design, and Soft Furnishings, I even did a Painter & Decorator course. I was originally taught everything I know by my Mam and I now have a passion/obsession for crafts as I develop my techniques. I hope one day to be demonstrating and teaching Crafts.