Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Notes From an Absent Blogger

I really have been absent from my blog lately.  No matter how much I've tried to keep going with my crafting and blogging, my new job and other distractions have gotten in the way. I've lost count of the number of blog challenges I've started creating projects for, only to abandon them part way because I don't have the time or the ideas. 
When I started my new job I had every intention of not letting it get in the way of other things.  Well we all know about 'The road to hell....!'  I'm good at time management and prioritising and it's not that I've been bringing a lot of work home either.  Because it is new, it's taking me longer to prepare lectures and workshops.  It is however becoming easier and the routines and protocols are fitting together and whilst the next two weeks are rather manic, after that the workload eases up for a while, giving me a chance to get ahead of myself again.
So what I'm saying is there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I will return to my crafting and blogging and taking part in the lovely monthly challenges and making my DT project - very soon.  And let this be a lesson to us all.  Work can creep up and take you by surprise.  I didn't realise how much of my crafting time I'd lost but not for much longer.  It means I will also be visiting all your fantastic blogs again on a regular basis.  For not visiting - I apologise.
To end on a high note.  We're off to the Hobbycrafts Creative Stitches and Crafts show weekend after next in Glasgow.  A chance to stock up on essentials.  Now if that's not an incentive to start crafting again, I don't know what is.  Anyone else going?
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Sunday, 15 September 2013

I'm in the Spotlight

My Sewing-themed display has been chosen for the Saturday Spotlight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Thank you and congratulations to everyone else.  My badge is displayed at the top of the side bard.

Click the badge and  take a peek at all the lovely creations chosen.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

I'm a Winner at Crafty Individuals

Well it finally happened.  I received a fraud alert message from my bank today and had to cancel my debit card (it's just so much hassle isn't it?).  They'd only been testing the water with small amounts and my bank were onto it immediately, thankfully.  I suppose it's the downside of internet shopping.

Anyway I soon cheered up when I discovered that the lovely Jean over at Crafty Individuals had chosen my entry as one of the August challenge winners.  So Thank You Jean.

Congratulations to the other winners.

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Altered Candle for Altered Eclectics

It's the beginning of September, so it's a new challenge month over at ALTERED ECLECTICS. The theme as ever is Anything Goes but remember no paper crafts, cards etc, we're strictly altered art only please.

This month my DT piece was found lurking at the back of the cupboard.  Yes the sad candle left over from a Christmas display.  I didn't use it then and in it's present state I was never going to use it so why not alter it?

Take my word for it, it looks much better despite the slightly wonky camera angle!

In the past I've used a plain card stock to stamp and colour as my candle sleeve but this time I wanted an opacity to the embossing, so chose parchment.  I cut a strip of white parchment paper to fit round the candle and ran it through the Cuttlebug using a swirls embossing folder.  By putting the paper in sideways then moving it across, taking care to match as far as possible the embossing, I managed to get a continuous pattern.

 Next I used a VersaMagic ink pad to very lightly swipe across the embossed side as I didn't want an even cover of embossing powder.  I sprinkled this with Frantage Aged Teal Embossing powder and heat set.  When cooled I wrapped this round the candle and used Glossy Accents to stick the sleeve to the candle so it wouldn't twist round.

During my spring clean (Ha! what a joke) I found some old pieces of jewellery that had been given to my daughter when she was younger.  Amongst it was a lilac plastic necklace so I cut it up into two strips to fit round the top and bottom.  I didn't like the string showing between the beads so I spritzed a length of seam binding with Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Mist, Astral to match the Frantage and tied pieces between each bead.  Then I hot glued the beads around the candle.

Finally, using Extra Thick Embossing Powder in Silver I triple embossed a square of thick white card and using the free stamp from the July issue of Craft Stamper Magazine, pressed it into the powder while still hot.

To finish off I pushed some brads into the top of the candle and using the same Frantage, coated the butterflies.

Obviously this is now a decorative candle and can't be lit with these adornments but at least it will be used for decoration.  If you've got a candle hanging around that's a bit sad looking, why not recycle it into something pretty.

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