Archive | October 2010

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Just a quick message to say a Happy Halloween guys!


A playful morning

This morning, after a little stitching time, I was playing about. I tired a few ideas just to see how they looked and if they worked.

The first one I did was a stamp that came free with the CraftStamper magazine and, believe it or not, a make-up brush.

Maybe a little bit to blue…

This one I used distress ink, dusty concord, and a lantern stamp. The orginal idea came from an issue of the CraftStamper (if thats the right name!) I just tried it out, using the window design from the Lost Garden stamp set from Creative Expressions.

Thanks for looking!

Step by Step 1

So in the afternoon I decided to make my 2nd and final “All things magical” ATC for my own swap. I have decided to do a step by step guide for this ATC, just to show how easy it is!

What you will need:

Creative Expressions-Lost Garden Window

(Can’t remember where the dragon came from!)

Big and Juicy ink pad-Foilage

Archival Ink- Black

Clear embossing powder

Heat Gun

Card (ATC size, used water-colour paper for the dragon)

Craft sheet, sprister, water-colour pencils.

Step One:

With the big and juicy Foilage ink pad, place it upside down on your craft sheet. Press your fingers around the spong part. This will help apply the ink. Once you remove the ink pad, using the sprister apply water to the ink.

Step Two

Place your ATC card into the ink. Here you can decide where to place the card, it depends on the colour way you want. Once you have covered the card, dry it with the heat gun.

(Before you do, clear the excess ink up first. You can use another piece of card that can be used for another project or you can wipe it away with a piece of kitchen roll)

Step Three

Stamp the window desing more or less in the middle of the card. Please be aware the window design is slightly bigger then the piece of the card. Here you can decide what part to leave of. I made sure the top half was on the window. Once you have stamped, quickly apply the embossing podwer. Now heat it up with the heat gun.

Step Four

After you have embossed, this stage is your choice. You don’t have to do it. If you do you can decide where you want to take away the colour. To take away the colour, simply use a paint brush, water and kitchen roll. Once you have applied the water with the brush, dab the kitchen roll on the area to take the colour away. In this case I took a little colour away from the outside bricks.

Step Five

Now onto the dragon. I stamped and embossed him onto a piece of water-colour paper (300 gsm). Here you can use any card stock you have at hand. Once the dragon is embossed, i used water colour pencils to colour him in. You can use any medium here. Now the dragon is coloured in, cut him out.

Step Six

Decide if you want the dragon to be flat or 3d. If flat, use double sided tape (or your favourite medium). If you want him 3d, use foam pads (or again you favourite medium).

Step Seven

You may have noticed the card is bowing. To flatten, just place under a heavy book for a few hours.

Your ATC is now finished! I don’t time myself so my guess this ATC only took 30-45 minutes to make. Easy and quick!

Wonderland Stitching

I have stitched a little something in the spirit of the new girlband Wonderland. I have thought about turning this into a biscornu, I have yet to stitch the second piece or the backing piece. I was thinking of doing some of the lyrics from “Need You Now” but at the moment I can’t seem to find the lyrics any where! But anyway… Hope you like!

15 sided biscornu

Hell forget 15 sided!! I’m bored with stitching the same blocks over again. Orginally you needed 10 blocks of block A and 5 blocks of block B. Well… I’ve only done 4 blocks of block A and 4 blocks of block B.

The one on the left is block A and the one on the right is block B.  Now I’ve only got 8 blocks altogether. I have actually started to stitch the blocks together. So far only 3 blocks are stitched together:

4 more blocks are waiting to be stitched together, while one block is waiting for the beading to be done.

Once the beading is done and it is cut to size, I will stitch the remaining blocks together. Right now I am concerntrating on the Fantasia design. So it’s going to be a while yet before this biscornu is finished!!!

A good hider

You know, I might not be working on my Kevin Sorbo cross stitch at the moment

but I can say he is a good hider!! hehe

Lately he has been hiding the Fantasia-Dance of the Hours design that I am currently doing. It will stay like this for a while yet. Once Fantasia is done I will work on Kevin again. It would be nice to finally see him finished. I started him back in December last year!!!!!

You can find out more about my Kevin Sorbo cross stitch here: 

(or just look out for the Kevin Sorbo picture in the sidebar of this blog, it will take you there when you click!)

Charlie’s Ark and All Our Yesterday’s

I went to Harlow during the weekend and looked in Hobbycraft and the Range there. I didn’t buy anything from Hobbycraft (there’s a shocker!!) but I did buy a few things from Range. One of the things we saw there was die cut decoupage of Charlie’s Ark and a pyrmage of All Our Yesterday’s. Of course I had to get them!! I love stitching All Our Yesterday’s designs and I love Charlie’s Ark (I still have a cross stitch kit that I need to get round to stitching…) They are both dufex as well!!

Charlie’s Ark:

All Our Yesteday’s

I think I will be putting them in a frames once I’ve done them, but I’m not 100% sure. But one thing is for sure, I’m not giving them away!!