Yeah - Saturday again - the weeks are whizzing by - and the way the weather is behaving it's no wonder everyone is starting their winter crafting. This first one is a practice for a card scene I have in mind. It's ages since I inked scenery - and I wanted to practice to get an overview of what I could do.
The next one - all I had in mind was that I was going to wipe all different colours of paint on the page to start. You can't see - but there is metallic gold in the mix - and that led to the star theme.
As you know I am a huge fan of digital images - proper - hand drawn - artist's - digital images. apart from anything else they are so practical - I have 1000s on my little memory stick and it's so easy to view them and print one off the size I want. There is a team of guys who work tirelessly to provide you with links to digital image that you can use - for FREE http://freedigitalstamps.blogspot.co.uk drop in and see what you can find - just remember to thanks to the team that has been running this for years now Love kitten
Over on the Personal Impressions blog you will find how to make my patchwork look Christmas cards. The 'stitched' look is still very much with us and the Sweet Dixie Stitched Christmas set are perfect for the trend
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I am just here to say I won't be here for a couple of days. I have an exciting new project to work on in the shop and the blog is going to have to wait for a bit. I am not planning a journal page on Saturday - I shall be busy through that too. Mean while - I am being sooo god at getting organised - this is all my Posh Dog collar / lead storage. The bottom 2 bins have different widths of interfacing - then there are bins for all the different fleece widths ready cut - and a tray for all 'hardware' type bits. I have finished 3 more collars this morning but it will be next week before I can list them on the site
I don't often knit a big dog - dog coat. I don't get asked much really - I find them so difficult to handle and they take so long to do. Now that Posh Dog is taking off I thought I had better have a couple to show so I have made a small greyhound size - a large greyhound size - there are a couple of the 'weekender' jumpers that are larger sizes- they are much shorter in the body anyway. I have also just picked up a pattern for a big baggy jumper type piece that would be great for older dogs that feel the chill in the house as well. This is one pattern - it's lovely to knit (bar the size) - there is extra shaping round the curve - and a dart through the middle. This is chunky weight (2 x DK) on 5mm - I might try just 1 DK on 4mm and see how it works out.
This is gorgeous - but my goodness it's hard work! I can't imagine having a dog this big - it's even too big to fit on my wooden dog model.
I have got a 'Joseph' jumper on the needles at the moment - 3 colour single line repeat like the one about - it's my favorite colour repeat pattern - in apple green - fondant pink and aqua blue - it's divine! The I am going to have a go at my new pattern and see how it works. I usually do one run of following the pattern to get the gist of it - after that - anything goes
I lost my diary a few weeks ago - total nightmare for me - if I don't keep lists I am lost. so I started looking around for something a bit more than just a diary to organize myself. Bad time of year obviously - but needs must. All the mid-term ones about were a bit small and plain - so I hunted about online - you-tube has loads of videos about planners and organizing - and I fell in love with the American style that has a double page spread calendar at the front of the month followed by a week-to-view breakdown.. I really lusted after an Inkwell Planner - but they are way expensive - plus huge import - and you can't get them mid year. Then I found http://www.personal-planner.com/EN/ - and I was in love. I got to choose the size - layout - cover - what they printed in it - the back pages - quotes - colours. - and with none of the junk you usually get at the front. So - here is mine front cover
then weekly break down
I have to admit that I have re-bound my pages with a zutter 11/2" wire because I took an idea from Inkwell and made an extra blank file tab page to mark the months and so I can make extra notes for the months as I think of them
It has a matching little plastic ruler/divider and elastic band - and a clear pocket to store things in. Mind you mine is so full already that it is just in the bag with my planner. And the paper is decent quality too! I love it so much that I have just ordered a notebook to match - and you get to choose all the different page styles you want inside. The planner was just over 320 and the note book was about £12 - and you can have the planner start at which ever month you wish. Absolutely no connection with the company - just thought I would pass it on. The are on Facebook to. Love kitten
Thank goodness it's Saturday!! I have had one of those weeks you know - what so you mean my weeks are always like that! - I am organized sometimes ;-) I was supposed to have some work done on the flat - I was big and braved and phoned the man and got it all sorted - then when the fitter came - 'oh no love - can't do that!'. What's the old saying - the man who says it can't be done should get out of the way of the woman half way through doing it -something like that. well I am trying to unpick that muddle - then in the middle of the week we get a call from the land agents about the shop my son as been trying to get calling a site meeting to talk about his plans and ambitions. That al went very well - so now we are looking for tradespeople and costings and it all has to be now. I have told him - he has to stand on his own feet - I am too fragile to be taking on big projects. I have given him lists of what ans who to talk to - and I have to say the council have been hugely supportive. I will let you know proper details as we progress - it's not quite a done deal - but it's as firm as it can be at this stage. So - all-in-all - today's journal page needed to be simple - light and fresh - colourful and glitter - oh - there had to be glitter!
Along with my baby wipes - I love to use a credit card to apply paint. You only need a tiny spot on the back of the card and it give you a lovely abstract 'flash' of paint. That is how I created the bright background. Love kitten
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We have winners - First prize goes to Bernie Simmons, Second Prize goes to Claire Newcombe Third Prize goes to Carol Dunham. Congratulations ladies, please email email@example.com for your prizes. Love kitten
2 Green paint background - stencilled with white - letters atamp (sorry this is not available in this country) - I drew the branch with Copics - the owls are an old stamp onto white card, coloured, and glued - one of my buttons for the pink owl - and the greeting is stamped on white card with the little individual letters stamps set. I am going to add a bit more texture paste foliage round the edges- just got to wait for the first lot to set. I really must get myself a decent foliage stencil ;-)
Now you all know that the mission (and I accepted it!) for the year was to find a reliable, good white pen that would highlight my Copic colouring - and doodle over mixed media without blotching, skipping, patching etc. I have been struggling on with the Ranger inkssentials but it's pretty horrid - the first time a Ranger product has really let me down. I have tried loads of white pens over the months - from all over the place - China and the USA included. I have even tried white paint pens and - even nail painting pens. I have tried pump action pens - gel pens - roller ball - fibre tip - anything I could find. The only blank I have drawn is to get hold of a Sharpie white pen - I just can't get or import one from anywhere. Very strange that one - but there you go. Anyway - we have progress - and I think I have cracked it!!! The winner - the Signo White gel roller ball pen - It's amazing. Really wet and thick - you can gently tap it on for tiny spots and if you write over black it's smooth and consistent. I just love it. I have them in the shop and ON LINE HERE. Try one - you won't go back. Love kitten
You can't see the dragonflies very well in the photo - they are much stronger in real life. If you ever waht to have a look at my journal in the shop - just ask - it's on my desk to browse through. Lovin' the stamping on tissue to add over the background - it's a brilliant technique. Love kitten
I made this card using Midas Metallic Oriental Moments set 3 from Craft Express It's a really cool set of 4 pictures - with frames and greetings - and you get a matching patterned card sheet.
I love Oriental images and these have a bit of a modern twist. I have used one of the images and layered it over one of the frames which I have filled with the matching card - then used the matching card for the big background.
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You would have had this over the weekend - and tyou would have had step-by-step instructions -But I managed to loose all the photos. Don't ask me how - they were just not there when I downloadsed the camera. Anyway - I will talk you through it
Tear a thin section of canvas from a roll and scuff up all the edges The background is all the blues and greens paint I have scrubbed on with a tiny amount of paint and a dry brush or a bit of cloth - keep the paint as little as possible - and don't add any water - you just want it to skim the surface of the canvas There is a bit of yellow paint in the sky - to give it a bit of depth - then over that I put a big circle of PVA glue and covered it with beadazzle and glitter. The trees are stamped onto tissue paper and then stuck in place with PVA - I have had the stamp for years - I think it's a Crafty Individuals one but I not sure. Then I stitched a few lines all over the place, added layers of net over the bottom section and some sequin flowers. I am really pleased with how it turned out. Love kitten
I have been struggling to write this post for several days - I just don't seem to be able to find the right words - so here goes anyway. I have just opened a Patreon account for my princesskitten name. It is still very much in the 'rough' - but I just wanted to show it - and explain the reasons behind my thinking. Any ideas for improvement will, as always, be welcome. I love it when someone drops into the shop 'just to ask - - ', or 'have you seen - - ', 'how do you do - -', 'is this product - - any good' even 'I know you will know - - '. I love to stand and use products that actually work for your crafting - or show you an idea of a new way to use your supplies. I will show you how to use your inks, or stamps and embossing folders in new ways, or how to knit and crochet - and give you a sheet to show you how to do it to remind you when you get home. It's all free - all the junk in my head - everything I have learnt over the years of study - all the stuff I can do - all you have to do is ask, and I will share - it will always be free. I will always be as honest and open as I can, with products - and techniques - the latest trend - the mad ideas - getting you to craft is the only agenda. Designer labels and expensive gadgets is NOT us. I have the disadvantage of coping with a degenerative muscle condition that thinks it is going to get the better of me. Every year I have had to cut back further and further on the stuff I can do. I do 6 hours in the shop and then I go home to my little flat and knit, sew, make the Posh dog range and generally organize stuff - house work and eating - did I mention that too ;-) Unfortunately free does not help much towards the rent. I need people to actually buy stuff - and I work so hard to source products and keep my prices keen. I have always had my 'tip jar' in the shop - and am always grateful when someone says 'keep the change' - or 'keep the rest for your effort'. all my tips and gratuities go through the books and get 'declared'. I have just paid my music PPL - was just over £100 - that's just one licence - you have to have 2 music licences - PRS is the other one - that costs about £70 - so I can have the radio on in the shop. I did think about cancelling them - but I love having the radio on and I would really miss it. So I have to pay for 2 licences for it. I do so much 'free' work - I don't get paid for any of my Personal Impressions or blog work - I get products sent if I am lucky to test and review - but it's a labor of love. The 'hidden' costs and obligations of keeping the shop open and staying legal would leave you stunned - and the nit-picky rules that I have to know would make your eyes water - but it's something that I do everyday without thought. So many people come into the shop and say how rare it is to find a real, proper crafting shop anywhere - and I can only name 2 or 3 others like me in the north. There is a very good reason for that - bottom line - money is tight. I can't buy stuff for the shop unless I sell stuff - and unless I sell stuff I can't buy stuff - and all the time I have the rent to find - you get the drift.
If I had a little more cushion I could do more in the way of free pattern give-a-ways - even printer ink costs money! I could have free downloads on the website (yes - I have to even have to pay every time someone downloads something from my site). If I could generate an income that would contribute to monthly outgoings - maybe - just maybe - I could get ahead of myself and be here to keep helping you to craft year after year. Hence my opening a Patreon account and attaching it to my blog and website. I am hoping that a few of you will think it worthwhile to sponsor me - it only needs to be $1 or so a month. It is all done through paypal so it's dead easy and totally safe. Or when you are in the shop - leave me the 20p change - it will all be much appreciated. Thank you Love kitten