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Thursday, 21 May 2015

good old Fibro

It's been pretty full on for the past couple of weeks - for several different reasons - some good - and some not so - and it's all taken it's toll on me again.

I feel such a wuss! There is still tons to get done - as there always seems to be.  Very little of it is stuff that desperately HAS to be done - mostly things I want to get tidied up - I still have not got sorted fully from the upheavals of the moves - the box room needs a through clear out.  There are a couple of kit projects that are waiting to be finished and made up.  You know stuff like that, that I want to finish and tidy away so I can settle my head and thoughts.  

It's no good though I am going to have to admit that - I am really fragile at the moment.  I need to really rest myself and totally clear my head - get rid of the worries and stress - otherwise I can feel another fibro flare up coming on - and I have done so well to manage them.

so I am going to do a bit of gentle crafting and get into my colouring and zentangles - that will do me the world of good!


Love
kitten


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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bible art Journaling

I have a couple of new pages done with Rebekah's journaling group. She is a bit product heavy - so I am having to improvise quite a bit.  I am skipping the watercolour painting until my set of Gansai Tambi arrives - hopefully at the beginning of June.

This page has a verse heat embossed in glittery green - then shaded with Distress inks 


As I don't have any delicate watercolour paints (Inktense pencils are really strong, vibrant colours -well they are when I use them!) - I dabbed a bit of ink from some Distress pads - gave them a spray with water =- and used that to shade my drawn tags a bit



And lastly - my book is just an old second hand one but you can get proper bibles that are designed for journaling and note taking with big wide margins and footers.  As I had no margin to doodle in - I added a flap and glued it in - not sure about iit really




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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

I'm turning into my mother!

This is me working on a big text over the weekend


One of the benefits of working at home - PJs!

I look so like my old mum - except with longhair

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Day Off

Monday is Kitten's Day Off



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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Quick tag tutorial

As you know I have been making pencil cases to organise my colouring supplies


I really needed some sort of tag that I could write on to label what's in them - then I remembered this cute little trick with an old credit size plastic card.

Cut the card in half length ways (please make sure it's not valid for anything!!!)


If there is raised lettering you will need to sand it flat.  Cover the card with double sided tape. Make sure tape goes right up to the edges.


Cover both sides with some pretty paper - punch a hole and round all the corners. You can decorate them up with some glitter glue and a few gems - add a ribbon or split ring to add it to your keys or case what ever.

I added a plain plate on ione side so I can write on it what's in the pencil case



Dead easy and just a bit diffferent.

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kitten


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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Saturday Journal Page

I did this in my book as one of Rebekah's projects


It's actually Gelatos rubbed over a clear embossed background - I thought just how effective and pretty it was and I wanted to experiment more with the technique.

I created this page today.


The very background is a stamp from Docrafts range Happy Days - it's a huge background stamp of tickets - really useful.  The tag background was created by pushing versamark ink through some sequin waste and clear embossing.  I scribbled a bit of Gelato colour down - then you have to really work it in well with your finger and gently wipe over with a paper towel.  

I like the idea of Gelatos - all these little lipstick size soft, squishy sticks of pure colour -  but in use the waxy residue acts as a blocker to adding other layers - needs more practice before I decide if I really, really like them

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Sneaky extra journal page

I sneaked in an extra journal page - just to keep the juices flowing.

 The background is Adirondack paint burgundy and distress gold paint - the blue is paint through a bit of sequin waste and the circles outlined in black - the animal stripes are a stamp in black and highlight white lines - the 'sew' is drawn - the lovely is stamped - and all the sewing items are stamped - coloured gold and cut out.


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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

super cute paint brushes

These have just arrived - super cute paint brushes - the ribbon twist spirals up through the clear handle.  Perfect  for my washes - I only work very small.


They are actually nail art brushes - I am getting a bit addicted to nail art brushes - they are so pretty and very a reasonable cost too
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kitten


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Monday, 11 May 2015

Day off

Monday is kitten's day off



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Saturday, 9 May 2015

No journal today

After all the recent creativity - I can't do my journal page today - I have a huge project on the go.

I am scribing up a grooms' speech.  I have done a few wedding vows over the years - but never a whole speech before.  It's going to be massive.  I am working directly from the roll as I don't know how long it will eventually be - but it will be in the region of 6 foot.  


It's not the lettering that is the hard part - it's the sheer size of the piece - it has taken over my whole space and I don't want to do anything else until it's finished 1) so that I stay in the 'groove' - and 2) so it stays neat and clean..

I am aiming to be finished with the lettering on Wednesday - then Thursday to remove all the guide lines - and finished for the weekend. Normally I do a practise piece - but this is too big - and it has to be out next weekend.

I will show you when I finish!



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Friday, 8 May 2015

New bible page

The next challenge in Rebekah's art journal is another pencil watercolour.  I have to admit that I did not really get into the groove with this one.  I undercoated the page with pva to protect and strengthen the paper - normally I use a really thin pva wash and wipe it over with a baby wipe to get a really thin, smooth coating, then I dry it really well with my heat gun.

This is how I prepared the page before I did my lion - very slowly and gently building up a surface.



When I did today's page I think I rushed it a bit - I used the pva neat and it was far too thick and it made ridges - it resisted the watercolour too much and was not nice to work over.  I resorted to using inktense practically neat - and it left me no room for graduating and shading the colours.  it didn't turn out to bad in the end - I just didn't enjoy it as much as normal.


I have just treated myself to  the 36 set Gansai Tambi Watercolour paints.  I have been trying to get a set of Peerless watercolours - and it's just about impossible in the UK - these look to be as close as possible to them - and other users have said they react in a similar way.  Thing is - they have to come direct from Japan - and will take about 3 weeks - I WANT THEM NOW!!!!!

Love
kitten


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Crochet Pencil Case

Right - you have made a little bag for your note book - now you need a pencil case for your pens.



It's really simple - all you need is the double crochet stitch

You will need:
Double knitting yarn in your favourite colour
4mm crochet hook
Co-ordinating fabric to line
Zip
Sharp needle
Matching thread

To make
Leave a long tail at the start - make your starting loop
Foundation row: chain 37 loops.
Row 1: starting in the 2th chain from your hook – work 1 double crochet in each of the chain stitches.
Row 2: work 1 chain, work 1 double crochet in each of the double crochet.
Turn the work after every row so that you are working back along your previous row.

Repeat until rows until your work measures 8” / 20cm.  Finish off leaving a long tail.

 to line your pencil case - cut a piece of fabric a little larger that the finished crochet - turn under the side edges of the fabric and sew the fabric to the crochet.

fold the pencil case and sew up the sides - catching just the very edges of the crochet.
Turn the pencil case inside out and catch together the edges of the lining fabric.
Turn the pencil case the right way out  - turn under the fabric edges and sew a zip length to each side.

I get my zips by length - it's much more economical that buying a 'finished' one - and you can always get the size you need.

Sew the crochet to the zip closing in the base of the zip.

It is fine for the zip to sit proud of the top edge - it has become a design detail for the zip to show now.  You can even get them with patterned edges now






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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

New bible page

don't you just hate it when you are supposed to be following a project and they use a stamp you can't get - don't let it get in the way - quite often you can sketch out a similar image.Rebekah used a stamp of piano keys - how hard can that be to draw!  



I coloured the keys with Distress inks by tapping the ink pad onto my glass mat to get a patch of ink to paint with and adding a drop of water.


I had to remember how to write a treble clef - but once I had the outline I trailed a loaded brush round the line.  PS - pencil lines don't rub out well on this really thin paper!

The script is a very old stamp of mine - I don't thing it's supposed to say anything - and it's sort of in French anyway.


Just thought I would show you this darling little paint brush set.  It's actually a set for nail art - I got it in Home Bargains for about a quid.  It's just so cute!


Love
kitten


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Monday, 4 May 2015

WOW NEWS

OHHHHH BOY HAVE I GOT 

WOW   NEWS

I have just been offered a place on the Personal Impressions Sample makers team.

That is sooo cool - I can't tell you how chuffed I am.

For those of you who have not heard of personal impressions - they are one of the largest wholesalers to the craft trade in the UK.  They stock all the big name brands that you will see in all the craft shops - and I get to play with their stash.

They have a new blog - 

and you will find all sorts of projects and ideas.  I don't know who else is on the team yet - as soon as I know I will add links to their blogs too.  I will be making all sorts of things for them to showcase the new products that are coming into the craft world - I said I don't mind what ever they want me to do - I will try to do stuff that's a bit different.  I can't wait to get started.

This is the piece that I submitted for my sample




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Day off

Monday is kitten's day off



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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Really simple little bag pattern

I am having a great time at the moment - organizing all my art Zentangle  and colouring bits.  I am crocheting pencil cases an making bags for my notebooks.  I reckon half the fun of crafting is organizing and sorting the stash!

Today I am giving  you the instructions to make a super cute little tote bag for your note book.  There are no exact measurements - it's more of a formula that you can make to any size.  Just fold your fabric in half to the bag shape and cut the size you want.

These instructions will also be added to the Crafter's Section of my website.


Make a cute lined fabric bag


                                


There are no exact measurement to make this – you can make any size you want.

You will need a stronger, heavier ‘outer’ fabric and a thinner bright patterned cotton ‘inner’ fabric.  Cut 2 rectangles big enough to be folded in half for your bag size.



With right sides together - fold each piece of fabric in half and sew up the sides.

Trim the point off the fold of the outer fabric- turn the outer fabric the right side out.





Trim about 2cms off the outer fabric – however much you want your inner fabric to show as the top cuff on the bag

Push the inner fabric inside the outer fabric.




With the side seams opened flat – match the side seams and fold the inner fabric over the outer fabric.




Turn a little hem under on the outer fabric to neaten.




Cut 2 pieces of ribbon or tape for the handles.

Tuck one end of the ribbon under the hem of the inner fabric – take the ribbon up against the bag.



Make sure that the handles are an equal distance from the side seams and that the handles are the same length.  Pin everything securely in place.



Use small hidden stitches to hem around the edge of the cuff.




Sew up the sides of the ribbon handle to secure well.

That’s it – you are finished.


·         You can decorate you finished bag any way you wish.
·         Use any kind of heavier fabric for the outer – upholstery / curtain fabric is ideal
·         Go totally over the top with the inner patterned fabric – co-ordinate it or go for a clashing colour.
·         If you don’t want an outer cuff to show – keep both fabrics the same length and turn about 2cms of the raw edges over of both fabrics and tuck the ribbon handle directly in.  Hem the edge closed.

Disclaimer: This is my own original wok.  Use it for your own use or for charity selling.  Use it to inspire you, and lead you on to other projects.  But, please do not resell the pattern as your own workings.

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