Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Bling it on!

Even if you don't consider yourself a glitter girl normally, Christmas makes us want to add a little bit of sparkle to our crafty projects. At the crafting weekend I attended recently I worked next to a friend who glittered everything we did. She had a pot of glitter in her tote to coordinate with any colour scheme - yes you know who you are!

This card I made in September at a workshop with the ultra patient Lynell from DREAMweaver. I know this stencil doesnt look particularly exciting but it is so versatile. It would look great with all sorts of different colour schemes.

We adhered the stencil to a double sided adhesive sheet after rubbing soap all over it so it wouldnt stick fast to the adhesive sheet. This was backed on to a layer of card. We then sprinkled all sorts of Frantage mica flakes and glitters on the exposed areas tipping the excess back into the pot each time to avoid wastage. Laying the stencil face down we then pulled away the card from the stencil keeping the stencil flat. We then filled in the remaining areas with a coordinating glitter.

The pin was glittered to match by coating the head with glue and dipping in glitter.
A diecut tree, ribbon and the decorative pin were added as Embellishment. Just love the colour scheme.

(The sentiment was coloured in the same way as the main background of the card).
If you wish you could pat versamark ink over the diecut tree and brush with mica powder as in the Niges example below to give a bit of contrast. (He always has to go one better! )

Okay, now is the time for me to stop procrastinating and get back to retreat work!

Hope your week is good

Rosemary x

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Monday, 11 November 2013

The final countdown!

Eleven more days, and sleeps, and our November residential retreat is here once again. 70 lucky ladies get the chance to wind Nige up for a whole weekend. It has to be worth attending for that. We have lots of goodies and giveaways in store, and half a dozen projects that we hope will inspire. On a personal level I look forward to spending time with so many crafting friends. I am trying to remain calm in the final run up to the weekend quoting my new favourite quote ad nauseum. Apparently, it is an old Polish proverb meaning - it's not my problem!

I have just spent a great crafty weekend with friends from The Stamp Pad. This is the weekend that was cancelled back in March because of the heavy snow. It did me the world of good. Projects chosen and prepared by someone else = bliss!
This is one I made using the Kaisercraft film strip blank and Graphic 45's French Country paper range.

I am feeling much much better, thankfully, although cartwheels are still a little tricky. I have managed to squeeze in a couple of album classes before Christmas - a memory file one (kit pictured below) and a foldy one. Check out the dates if you are interested. (I have also started planning a 'mini mad monthly' for next year - details to follow).

Lastly, for now, a shout out for a show I am in 5th, 6th and 7th December. It has an amazing cast, great music and special effects galore. Tickets are on sale now and once ordered can be collected from Crab Apple Crafts (or posted out to you).

Must get back to my final prep for the weekend. Have a happy week.


Rosemary x

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