Monday 30 September 2013

Every Inchie Monday - Bag

On Every Inchie Monday the theme this week is bag. I was away for the weekend, so took my sewing kit and made a tiny bag out of some scraps I had. I was careful not to let anyone see what I was doing, in case they thought I had finally lost the plot.

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Tag Tuesday -- Egypt

On Tag Tuesday this week, it's Egypt. I can't remember when I last used my Egyptian stamps, probably years. So out they came, dusted off, and used for this weeks tags. I coloured the backgrounds with distress inks and stamped with black, brown, and rust colours. I embossed the one of  King Tutankhamun on gold mirror card, with a bright blue. I had previously tried to emboss in gold and colour in the blue. Hopeless, so out came the gold card, which seems to have a greenish hue when scanned.. To one of the tags I added gems, and to the other some charms. 

Monday 23 September 2013

Every Inchie Monday -- Gate

This week on Every Inchie Monday, the word is gate. Running short of time as usual, I painted the background, drew in the fence and stuck on a hinged gate. It is open, so you can see into the garden The scanner even gave me a shadow at the bottom of the gate.

Artful times Challenge 38 - Scrap art

On Artful times, we were challenged to use up our scraps. So, rather than go pull up some weeds in the garden, I tackled an 8" x 8" canvas that has been lurking in my craft room since 2008 when I did a class at Ally Pally. I hated the canvas and ripped all the stuff off it. I decided to use up all the bits left over from the class with Finnabair, and this time use a photograph of my mum. I would have taken it to the class if I'd been organised enough. I glued on all the strips of canvas and lace first, and added some cogs and numbers. I cut out the photo and placed it in position. All the chunky bits were then added and the whole thing painted with gesso. I spayed on the colours, and when dry dry brushed some more gesso to dull the colours a bit. Finally I rubbed on some copper Treasure gold. That just about finished up all the bits I had left over.

Sunday 22 September 2013

Show us your twinchies - Autumn and Autumn colours

I haven't been on the Show us your Twinchies challenge for ages, and am still trying to catch up with everything. I don't know where the time goes, but go it does.
I decided to do a fabric one, using up some scraps of fabric made on a Lynda Monk course. It's lutradur, foiled and bonded on to felt. I cut out some simple leaves, and machine stitched them on. The picture does not really show up the golden foil on the leaves.

Friday 20 September 2013

Tag Tuesday -- Wings

This week, on Tag Tuesday, ( I'm very late with this) the subject is Wings. I was going to do butterflies, but decided bees would be fun. I am going to make a whole tag book on the subject, now I have started.
The backgrounds were coloured with distress inks, and on one I made some honeycomb with air dry clay, using a stamp, and then stamped some bees, and a small tag. The other one I used a honeycomb embossing folder and again stamped the bees on separate card, and stuck them on. I hung bee charms on the bottom of both tags.

Monday 16 September 2013

Layers and layers

On a course with the wonderful Finnabair we made three projects.
My favourite was the book , then the canvas, and last of all the 12" x 12" layout on some of the gorgeous paper.

The secret of this was layers, not only with paper, but with gesso, paint, and embellishments. I don't normally work with all the multi-layering of embellishments, but really enjoyed making all three of these. We were given loads of stuff to work with, and Anna's teaching was brilliant.

Every Inchie Monday - Road

Road is the word on Every Inchie Monday, and this time I did a watercolour and a sewn one. I kept thinking of the Paul McCartney song. ' A long and winding road', so I did a winding road. It was not very easy to do the felt one, as the felt became very difficult to sew when it became very narrow..

Thursday 12 September 2013

Tag Tuesday - Mother and child

For the challenge on Tag Tuesday, I have chosen to make a fabric one. The main fabric is a heavy calico, and I frayed the edges at the bottom and sides. I printed the picture onto fabric, and stitched it on with the machine. I then added some lace and ribbon, finally finishing off with some small flowers. The tag was then backed with pelmet vilene, an eyelet made at the top, and some ribbon trimmings threaded through.

Monday 9 September 2013

Autumn canvas and samples made on Lynda Monk course.

I made this canvas on a course with Lynda Monk at Missenden Abbey. I am totally addicted to Lutradur as you can do such fabulous techniques with it. This canvas included some machine and hand embroidery, a bit of scrim, and was  painted with Golden fluid acrylic paints.. The leaves are felt, with lutradur and foil.The two in the recess are hanging loose on invisible thread. The leaves were made for a wall hanging of the same Autumn colours, but they looked so good with my turquoise canvas I used them for the canvas instead. The wall hanging will come later.

Below are a few samples I made, there are far too many to put on here.:

Every Inchie Monday - Car

On Every Inchie Monday the word is Car. Back to the shrink plastic and a watercoloured background. I really must try to do a few more sewn ones, as that is the medium I prefer to work in. My trouble is, I leave everything until the last minute.

Monday 2 September 2013

Every Inchie Monday - Night watchman

This one was a brain teaser on Every Inchie Monday Nightwatchman was the subject, so I used a watch stamp. ans then drew his head, legs and arms onto shrink plastic. Stuck him on to a black card with a few stars on.

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