A couple of weeks ago I read about something called Inktober from a fabulously talented fellow blogger. She talked about Inktober and gave a link, [Inktober Link – will open in another web page for you] so I went to have a look.
In 2009, Illustrator Jake Parker set out to refine his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. That year, for the month of October, he challenged himself to create a drawing every day using only ink-based products. After watching how his technique evolved, Jake decided to dedicate every October to his passion for ink drawing – and “InkTober” was born. Since then, InkTober has grown into a worldwide movement with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.
Jake says on his blog that anyone can join in the fun. You don’t have to be a fully paid up member of anything, nor wait to be invited. You just pick up your ink pen and draw! You might not call yourself an artist … but once you pick up your pen and draw … YOU ARE AN ARTIST!
The ‘rules’ are:
You don’t have to do it every day. You can do it daily if you wish, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. InkTober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.
So … now it’s my turn!
I roughly pencilled out my drawing first then using my Kuretake Zig Millenium (005 size) in Pure Black (this pen is recommended for drawing and scrapbooking) I drew a Daisy.
But … me being me, I couldn’t leave it there, and I had to add a little colour so … this is what happened:
The pens used in this drawing/picture are all made by Kuretake, and the colouring pens used are called Clean Colour, Real Brush pens.
The colours used are:
I bought a full set of these pens after seeing them demonstrated. I’m not a colourist by nature, I’m a painter – and because of that I have a real problem making colourists colouring pens behave in the way I want them to. But … I’m finding these Clean Colour pens to be outstanding. There is no need to use those special blending pens which I’ve found you need to use with some other artists colourist pens. These just know exactly what you want them to do and do it – as if by magic. And clean up is moments.
So … now you know what InkTober is about … how do you fancy joining me on a bit of drawing this month? You don’t have to be Picasso, Dali, or Degas. You just have to be able to pick up and pen and draw anything you want to. Boxes, triangles, trains, fish, mouse, sheep, a flower, … anything.
Please …. come and join me in the journey with a pen. Any journey is way better when you have a friend to hold hands with.
NB– Although I’ve sung the praises of Kuretake pens, please know that I receive nothing by way of a gift or monies or payment of any sort or description. I simply tell you what works for me and what I’m impressed with. I don’t work for Kuretake or represent them in any way. (It might be a dream, wish or even on my bucket list. But it’s only on a post it note pinned to the wall of my brain. lol)
Please consider having a ‘go’ at this. It’s all just a bit of fun and you’re not competing with anyone, and there’s no prize. It’s just a few minutes of fun every day, while you’re having a coffee. Do it. Take a photo and simply post it on your blog!
Daughter No.2 is Little Cobs’ (my Grandson) Mummy. She’s not been too well and I knew she was in a pickle to get out to buy thank you cards for teachers and helpers at the end of term time for Little Cobs. (Why she doesn’t just get all her cards from me -f.o.c. – is a mystery!). So I offered to make the cards. She needed three altogether and she left it up to me to design and make them. (she trusts me! Yup, she’s crazy, I know!)
So for his teacher,who he loves, worships and adores to the moon and back … I made this card….
… Made using Altenew Stamps (roses). I decided upon the wording first, – oh, and where it says ‘Little Cobs’ on the photo there … in real life it actually has his name there, in the same font as the one I used for the sentiment, just smaller in size. It says beneath his name, if you can’t quite read it: aged 6 – because he is! See … he and I are so close in age (’cause I’m 7 as you know) and this is why we get along so well and understand each other. 😀
Once the sentiment was printed, I stamped the images – 6 roses and some leaves, and then onto some spare card, I stamped two more roses, and fussy cut those out then added double-sided foam tape to the back to fix them to the card, in order to give it a little dimension.
To finish the front off, I added some Aurora Borealis sequins and a sprinkle of pearls in three different sizes.
The back of the card … well I resisted the urge to write: Made by Grammy Cobs …. and instead did the proper thing …
… if you can’t read it, try this one – I blew it up a little ….
And that … is all there was to it! To be truthful, it sounds harder than it really is. There are two more cards, but I need to re-size photo’s of those so it’s just ‘Show and Tell’ for this one today. 😀
There was sadly no painting going on over the weekend as I had a doozer of a headache and even the thought of painting was too much. I doubt I could have come up with an idea to make into a picture other than black, black and more black.
But normal service is resumed today. I began to paint earlier but then ended up having a mega chat via text messages with daughter. It would have been so much easier had I spoken to her on the phone – and darn quicker too.
These kids now, they have this monkey thing going on with their thumbs and can type out a chapter of a book quicker than I can find my smilies on my phone to add to a three word message! I’m just tooo s…..l….o…..w at texting. Typing on a proper key board I’m fine at. I’m a trained touch typist. (not bragging, just tellin’ ya) But longish nails combined with teeny tiny keys and then add a sprinking of idiot to the mix – all that, in charge of a cell phone, – well let’s just say it doesn’t make the perfect scenario!
So anyhoo… … I began to paint, but ended up having to pack things away and continue the hour-long texting session. However, … I’ll be back in my craft room tomorrow and hopefully finish the painting off and photos will follow.
For the girls reading: It’s a watercolour life study of a naked man – Mr.Cobs posed.
For the men … it’s a painting of a Kentucky Fried Chicken Family Bucket, with a bottle of Coke sat next to it.
… (and if you believe it’s either of those things then you’ll also believe I can knit jelly!)
In the meantime … Have a Happy Tuesday. Be kind. Be brave. Be beautiful. Be you. For you are truly amazing,justthe way you are.
Thank you for coming. It means the world to me to see you.
Have a good day, where ever you are. And where ever you are, may your God go with you.
Yes … it scared me too, and I didn’t see why I should be feeling that feeling all alone, so decided to drag you in there too. And now that I’ve sent your brain into a spin, let’s get on with enjoying the day shall we?
So, to start with … smile, even if you don’t feel like it. S.M.I.L.E. … and remember that even if the day is grey and you don’t feel like anything like happy …. just the act of smiling can trick your brain into sending out the feel good hormones which can turn your day around. So stand up … go and stand in front of a mirror and smile your biggest cheesy smile at yourself for 30 seconds.
Look into your eyes while you’re stood there grinning like a Cheshire cat – and although your cheeks might ache a little, keep the smile going until either: you crack and begin to laugh at yourself. OR … 30 seconds is up. Then go off and do something to get your day kicking and alive. (And if you feel miserable at all any time today – do the smile thing again. 30 seconds remember!). Even if it only works for half an hour, that’s half an hour of feeling better that you would have missed if you hadn’t tried the smiling trick.
I’ve been trying to post these Christmas Cards since last week! I haven’t been tardy or lazy, I’m fighting an infection which is causing me the most dreadful pain on the right hand side of my back and partly in my tummy; and it’s also affecting the skin on my back, making it feel as if the skin is burnt – like it’s been ironed with a hot iron, and it feels like it’s been sandpapered and should be red raw. Just awful. I’m now on my third (different) lot of antibiotics, and if these latest ones don’t start making a difference within 24 hours, I have to call my GP, and I think they may admit me to hospital so that they can plug me into the ‘powerful drug army’, filling me up intravenously with infection fighting soldiers who will (hopefully) beat the infection to a pulp. (I have my fingers crossed that these new antibiotics which they’ve given me, begin to work, so that I don’t have to go in, as I don’t like hospitals).
Right, enough talking about rubbish stuff … let’s get these cards shared with you …
I wanted to make a few quick and easy cards for various people. I have to send some through the post so wanted cards which will fit into an envelope and not have them damaged or bits knocked off them, so they had to be of few ‘adornments’, and flat enough to go into a regular envelope. AND … just to add a bit of a challenge to the task, I wanted to make them from bits and pieces I’ve had left-over from projects I’ve made for Christmas cards of long ago. So I went through my Christmas Box and by the time I’d finished I had a pile on my desk all the things which were left overs from previous Christmases. Cor! Did I have a lot of left overs!
I found some card stock and bits of adornments from about 7 years ago (I think – but this is just a guess). All of the following cards are made from those left overs.
This first card …. is made on a background of a rich, dark blue card on which is printed a music score, with the addition of some script writing. I embossed around the outer edges of the card background to make it look more icy and wintery cold, using the silver embossing powders by Tonic. (This icy cold doesn’t show up in the photo, but in reality it actually does look really wintery and like looking through a window which you’d scratched off the ice so that you could look through it).
I added a length of [plastic] balls on a ‘string’ around the tree (and glued it in place on the back) then added some red gems to represent baubles on the tree.
I then mounted the decorated die cut Christmas Tree onto a square of printed velum using foam tape. The addition of the greeting ‘Merry Christmas’ finished the card off.
This next card was shamefully easy, but in real life looks far lovelier than in the photograph.
The card background is actually white with a sort of shimmery silvery white patterning all over it. If you hold it one way, then you see everything as white. But if you hold it another way, you can clearly see the patterns on the cardstock. It’s really beautiful, and so tactile too!
I added tiny red gems to the die cut wreath and a die-cut bow – mounted on foam dots, to give it depth, then fixed the decorated wreath to the cardstock using foam tape, and Voila! Card 2 done and dusted.
Card 3was made using the same cardstock as card 1 – the deep dark blue, with the musical score printed on it. Two die cut snowflakes adorn this card. One large, and one small, along with a length of silvery balls, onto which I threaded a silver bead, and glued it in place on the length of silver balls using Tonic Glue. Whilst that was drying I fixed the largest of the snowflakes in place …
… and added three little red gems to the middle of it, to give the card a nod of a third colour.
Then added the second, smaller snowflake, which was die cut from holographic card, and twinkled like crazy. I added a little clear gem to the middle of this snowflake, to give it an added dimension.
Finished the card off with the ‘Merry Christmas‘ greeting and this was then Card number 3 ticked off the list.
The fourth card … I love this background! All those fabulous little Christmas Trees, with the great big star on the top, complete with the baubles. Love it!
Using a rule, I drew lines with a thicker nibbed embossing pen all around the card, and using Tonic Silver embossing powder, I embossed those lines.
Then taking a square of velum, I embossed the edges of the card with a frosty looking Dtsilver Embossing Powder and then did the same thing on the edges of a die cut and embossed Christmas Tree.
Using foam tape, I mounted the tree onto the velum, and fixed the velum and tree to the cardstock. I wanted a silver star for the top of the tree, but sadly couldn’t find one big enough, in the end I chose this lovely blue pearly star, which looks slightly different in colour in the photos, but it’s nearer in colour to the blues in the card background.
And that was card 4 ticked off the list! Now onto card 5 …
For this final card, I chose to make another snowflake card, but this time on a different background, and with a more complicated snowflake as the main attraction.
I’ve tried to capture the various layers of this snowflakebut have failed miserably. Because it’s cut from holographic paper and card, it twinkles madly, and I’ve tried taking photographs with the flash, without the flash, with the spotlights, without them, with and without a desk lamp and all sorts of combinations, I couldn’t find the right one to show you all the layers, so I’m afraid you’ll just have to imagine them showing up – for they are there in that photo above!
And that, was a big tick against quick and simple card number 5.
Normal service of cards which need a box or a security guard, will be resumed as soon as possible – dependant upon how this darned infection behaves on these new drugs. Hopefully I’ll be up and running at a more reasonable speed on Friday, when we have the regular ‘Things I’ve Learned This Week‘ post, where I share with you the stuff life has taught me during the last seven days. (I already have a list made, and I think you might enjoy this list … and get a few laughs out of it at the same time).
In the meantime … do me a great big favour and spread a little joy about your home and your neighbourhood. Do something lovely which will make someone else smile.
How about using a piece of chalk and leaving little messages on the pavement (sidewalk) for other people to see, read, and smile about. What would you say? How about “Hello!” for starters? Or: “You have a beautiful smile“, or maybe “Hello Beautiful!“. Just say something you know would tickle you if you saw it chalked on the pavement.
Or .. maybe make someone’s birthday extra special … don’t buy them flowers or chocolates, buy them something they may never have received before … balloons! A bunch of Helium balloons, chosen just for them, by you, and either deliver them yourself or have them delivered if you can’t get to them. They’re a reminder of childhood, and seem to make everyone smile. So give it a try. (Even if it’s not their birthday … if you want to make them smile, then send them a bunch of helium balloons. It will make their day!)
And . . . for you;I wish you a thoroughly tip-top Thursday! May the day bring you smiles and at the end of your day, may you look back over the hours and realise that you’ve had a really O.K. kind of day, in a thoroughly good way. May you have found something wonderful to smile about today.
Be careful out there … oh…. and …. be good to each other.
Well, looky here! It’s Friday again, and we all know what Friday means …. it means that you come to school to learn all the valuable life gems that I’ve learned this week (whether I wanted to or not) so that you don’t have to! (It’s my personal kindness to society. I learn all this stuff and just tell you about it so that you’re warned!). lol
So … what have I learned this week?
I’ve learned: That I shouldn’t eat Magnum Ice Creams . . because …
. . . . the Gods of Ice Cream and Chocolate all get together and have an absolutely bally hilarious time laughing at me as tiny bits of the chocolate covering drop off the ice cream lolly, straight onto my top; my decolletage; or,if they manage to actually get past my chest, straight onto my lap. And … sometimes all three! I end up looking like I can’t feed myself and need a carer to assist!
I’ve learned: That a silhouette isn’t just the title of an image of a person, or dog, tree, building etc., that you can only see in a solid colour – normally black, grey or brown (but I’ve seen them in other colours).
In actual fact Silhouette is the name of a French Minister of Finance, way back in the 1700’s.
Etienne de Silhouette(French Minister of Finance) put up taxes massively for the French upper classes, during the seven years war. Because of these high taxes, paintings (a favourite of the upper classes) were way too costly (and there were no cameras around during that time – surprising as that might sound), so they came up with a very cost-effective way to have ‘pictures’ of their loved ones, family, friends and pets. They had picture cut outs of them instead of paying a ludicrous amount for a painting.
Having a talented artist cut out your daughter/son, dog, mother etc, out of paper, was an exceptionally cheap way of getting around the taxes put on paintings.
So because of this ‘high tax’ time in France, anything that could be made cheaply was always linked to Etienne de Silhouette, however the little paper cut outs have retained the name Silhouette to this day and it’s known all around the world.
The final thing I’ve learned this week . . . is that when I see something (craft related) which I instantly fall in love with, but I tell myself that the set is too expensive; – and besides which: what if I don’t use them enough to get my monies worth out of them?; – and … well, surely I have enough things in my amazing craft room that I really shouldn’t be buying anymore ?. . . .
I’ve learnt that I should bally well ignore myself and my guilt conscience and purchase the very things I so desperately want when they’re available – and before they’ve sold out. The promised new supply of said things (I was notified by the craft store) would be here in … July. No .. August. No ..September … and then when the date in September rolls around and you call the company up, with your bank card clutched in your grubby little fist … the company say that “the suppliers are really messing around and only half of the stock has turned up from over-seas!” … AND THE MOST WANTED THINGS OUT OF ALL THE THINGS I WAS GOING TO BUY, ISN’T EVEN BEING MADE AT THE MOMENT BY COUTURE CREATIONS (in Australia)YES, STAND UP AND OWN THE SHAME THAT COMPANY!
And the craft store where I was going to buy them from has said that they’re actually not really very sure if the company (Couture Creations) will even put them through for making them again as they were originally out (in Aus) in the very early part of this year so to Cout.Crea., they’re kind of ‘old stock’ and they may be moving on to a new range now. (These products [dies, papers, embossing folders, chipboard decorations etc] only came to the UK around the early part of June, and then at that time they were only available from Create & Craft.)
I nearly cried when I got off the phone today. It made me cross and miserable, I think simply because I was getting so excited as the day drew nearer for me to be able to buy them. I’m now faced with either doing without; buying them from an eBay seller in Australia (at a higher price and then add the postal charges for posting to the UK); or… buying a set of these from Create and Craft at a higher price than I could have paid if I’d just have bought a whole bloomin’ lot at the beginning when they were on a Special Offer price. [sigh]
Ahh [sigh] we live and learn, we live and learn. Time for more chocolate I think.
Well … I don’t know about you, but I’ve had trouble with my days all week. I thought Tuesday was Monday – all day I kept saying that it was Monday. I’d gone back a day!
But then … I thought Wednesday was Thursday – so I went forward a day.
And yesterday I thought Thursday was today, Friday, and I began to panic that I hadn’t got various things done and had run out of time!
Something is wrong with the wiring in my brain. It’s shorting somewhere. Either that … or I’m a dope. Hmmmm … [thinks for a moment . . . .] Yes, I agree with you. I’m definitely a dope. Hang on, hang on a cotton pickin’ minute … what’s all this talk about a BRAIN? I’m getting rather ahead of myself here, aren’t I?! I don’t have ‘a brain’. I have … A BRAIN CELL. That, dear reader, is a very different thing altogether!
Ahhh, life could be so much more simple if I just listened to my brain cell. But I insist on confusing it and making it feel like I expect more from it. Poor New Ron.
Aw look … Have a wonderful weekend my friends. If trouble comes a calling, don’t answer the door. Decide to have a great day, each morning you wake up. It’s as simple as that. Two choices. Decide or have: A) a good day. – or – B) a bad day. I know which one I’m going to choose. … well, New Ron does. lol
Sending my grandest of squidges to you. Be nice to each other.
I made a Pinboard Card for someone a couple of years ago and made it really personal to them. I resized some photographs and made them small enough to ‘pin’ to the pinboard, along with a few other bits and pieces, so that the whole card was themed especially for this person.
I’ve been thinking about that card recently and remembering how much I loved it when it was finished, and wishing that I’d taken a photograph of it at the time, (as usual, I forgot), so I thought I’d make another Pinboard card, only this time I’d make it for anyone. I’d make it in such a way that it could eventually be personalised by adding small photos or a note of love or … well – anything really!
This is a really easy card to make, so easy in fact that I can just give you photo’s with a few details … you’ll see how easy .…
All my favourite brads are all by Kuretake (and I have a fair old selection of them too!).
I used to live a short distance away from the Kuretake head office and every year they would have one day set aside for crafters to visit them and buy from a large selection of their products all priced at a slightly reduced price. Ohhhh they were the best ever days! The people there are SO nice, truly amazing people, full of advice and help. Nothing is too much trouble and I can honestly say that because of these days I love the Kuretake Company. And because of these wonderful days, I have rather a lot of Kuretake products – from specialist pens to embellishments to … brads!, and I love them all.
Aaanyway .. back to the card…. Once you’ve fixed your brads/buttons in place, you can then add your embellishments.
If the person you’re sending the card to is poorly, then you could add a ‘fake’ little prescription and make a mini box of tablets to fix to the board.
Or if someone is having a baby .. you could add paper booties (or tiny real knitted ones) and hang them on the board using a button.
Getting Married? Put a miniature card on the pin board, of their wedding invitation .. simply scan their invite and then resize it on your computer, print it out and VOILA!
… or anything. (apart from sad occasions – this really wouldn’t work for those days)
Such an easy card to make and such a versatile design. You just choose the right colour(s) and personalise it and *there* is the perfect card!
Well now it’s time for a weather report from our new weather girl Cobs:-
…. as I’m typing this I’m melting like the witch in the Wizard of Oz, who had the water thrown over her. The weather here is too hot, very humid, very steamy (and not in a good way), and very sticky. It’s the sort of weather that makes you want to get in the shower two minutes after you’ve stepped out of it. It’s so blooming tiring too! I was going to share the temperature with you, but I’m too worn out to walk out to the decking and check the thermometer. tsk tsk! (Is that lazy, old, or just heat affected? Actually, thinking about it, it’s probably all three!)
I’ve had a word with God (“Hello God, it’s me again” . . . is the way I usually start off and He doesn’t seem to mind me being so informal)… and I’ve asked if He could please turn down the Heavenly thermostat which is labelled ‘Earth’, and so I’m hoping that things will be cooler tomorrow.
Well that’s me done and dusted, except to wish you a very happy Monday. May your days this week be gentle, joyous and leave you smiling at bedtime.
Remember to make some happy memories as you go through your days. Smile, today. Make that memory, today. Make someone else smile, today. Let’s do it to them before they do it to us (smiling that is.).
How do you photograph an item which has glitter on it? (insert a red-faced, steam coming out of the ears emoticon here and you’ll get a picture of what I look like right now).
I’ve made something that I want to share with you, but, out of all the photographs I’ve taken, I cannot get a good photo because the glitter which I’ve used shows up in the photographs as dots and blobs and looks like the glitter fairy has flown over it several times, instead of twinkling merrily like very fine glitter dust does.
So … any tips for photographing something which twinkles and sparkles like mad when viewed with the eyes, but looks like a crazy mess on a photo?
To capture a Fairy in a Jar ... you simply have to be gentle and kind, and want to capture her (or him) with all your heart.
I originally found a photograph of a fairy in a jar on Pinterest. I fell in love with it instantly and literally stopped everything I was doing and got all the supplies out on my desk and began to make my own jar ready to capture my fairy, right there and then.
I’ll warn you now that this blog post is photo heavy. I totally forgot to take pictures at each stage of the make, simply because I was SO into making it. But I’ve taken a photograph from all angles of the finished fairy in my jar, so that you can see it all around and even on top, and I’ve taken photo’s in sunlight from the window in my craft room, at dusk in my craftroom and even in the house in the darkness – at night-time, with all the lights off. So here goes, dear reader. Get ready for lots of photos ….
I chose to keep the lid of the jar, as I wanted to have a choice of how it was displayed (lid on/lid off). My original idea was to have the lid on during the daytime when the Tea lights weren’t alight, and leave the lid off at night when the lights were switched on. But I actually love it both ways.
I did, at first,decorate the glass lid with white cotton fabric (like shirt fabric), which I tied on with string around the knob on the top. (It was glued in place). I decorated it with buttons and flowers. However, when I stood back to look at it, I wondered if I’d like it better if I’d have done the same thing on the lid as I’d done to the jar itself. I lived with it for a couple of days, then stripped the cotton off, scrubbed it clean again and decorated it to match the jar. And …. I love it like that!
You should only use battery operated Tea Lights inside a Fairy Jar. That’s soimportant that I’m going to say it again: YOU SHOULD ONLY USE BATTERY OPERATED TEA LIGHTS IN A FAIRY JAR! This is because you’ve glued paper and or card to the inside of the jar. Paper/Card and Candles DON’TMIXWELL – unless you want to start a FIRE! We don’t want any accidents … so please don’t even try out a candle inside the jar. Please, please buy battery operated Tea Lights for your version of a Fairy Jar. You don’t have to put three in if you don’t want to. One works … Two makes things twinkle brighter, and three, for some reason, makes Fairy Wings seem to flutter just a little. Why is that, I wonder? It must be Fairy magic!
My wonderful little Grandson comes to visit at the weekend and we have him for about 5/6 hours to give mum and dad a little free time to do stuff. When he came last weekend, I introduced him to the “Fairy Shadow I caught in a Jar!” … I didn’t want him to hear me say I actually caught a Fairy in a jar, because … well, he knows me to be kind and loving, and anyone who’s kind and loving most certainly doesn’t catch a Fairy and stuff them into a jar! So I explained that I’d caught a Fairy’s shadow. That sounded much nicer, more gentle, more kind and loving.
I didn’t think he’d be over-impressed, after all it was just a Fairy, and the big thing in his life was CARS! – however he was awestruck! I came in from my craft room, carrying the already lit and lidded jar really carefully, and I whispered to him that he had to: “be very quiet and careful because I’ve captured a Fairy Shadow in a Jar!” …. I placed the jar down on the coffee table so that he could see it. His little face was a picture. He got down on the floor and perched his chin on the coffee table and gazed, . . . and his eyes grew to the size of saucers! There was so much magic showing on his face and in his eyes. So much ‘awesomeness’ (I don’t think that’s a word, I think I made it up for the purpose of explaining – lol). He looked at it for ages. Then, moving quietly around the coffee table – he examined it carefully from all angles. All of a sudden … he slowly lifted his arm, and with one finger he delicately reached out and v.e.r.y. gently touched the side of the Fairy Jar, almost as if he wasn’t sure if what he thought he was looking at, was actuall really, really there! Thankfully… I managed to capture that very moment on my camera . . .
I was totally thrilled to pieces that he liked it. Everybody else could hate it if they wanted to, but the fact that he liked it, was so impressed and so awestruck by it meant the absolute world to me.
I was so engrossed in the making of this Fairy Jar that, as I said previously, I totally forgot to take photographs of each step of the making. However … I’ve got something better than my explanations. A video, which you’ll find at the end of this post.
I enjoyed making this so so much. It was fun from the start to the end. I was going to give it away, but, once it was made … I fell head over heels in love with it and couldn’t part with it.
In the video which you’re about to watch … White tissue is used in the making. I however used a VERY PALE pink tissue in this project (above) and as you can see, it worked perfectly – as you can see from the photos. But it was simply a matter of choice. I have a selection of tissue colours. Something about the pale pink called to me, and I found my hands reaching for it. So … don’t feel you have to follow the instructions to the letter. If there’s something you want to do which will make a fairy jar yours and yours alone, then do it! If you want to use …red tissue then do so! Blue tissue to make it look icy? Go ahead! Oh – and do post some photo’s on your blog, and then come back here and let me know so that I don’t miss your fairy, because I’d love to see more of these. I’m already planning another one and I’ve just today found a wonderful jar in the shed which will work brilliantly!
If, after watching the video, there’s anything that you want to ask about the Fairy Jar In the photographs above, which I may have forgotten to mention, then please feel free to ask in a comment here and I’ll answer you within 24 hours. One thing I think I haven’t mentioned is that the glitter I used on the outside of the jar was a chunky glitter, not the fine stuff, which I mixed a little card makers ‘snow’ into it, just to add that ‘frosted’ look to the whole thing.
So, that’s me done and dusted for another beautiful day. It’s been a little windy around here the last few days. But thankfully we were not ‘hit’, other than a few branches in our garden came tumbling down – but nothing structurally was hit, so I’d call that blessed.
I hope you too have a truly blessed day. Remember to stop and enjoy life – even for just a moment, and in that moment be thankful for all you too are blessed with.
Since it’s Easter, I thought I’d share a little 5×5 card I made for a neighbour.
Not many people I know send Easter cards anymore – which is a shame as it’s such a lovely custom and a wonderful opportunity to share a loving ‘wish’, caring thought or just to say I love you. Something to show you care. My neighbour is such a lovely lady, and a true blessing to have in our lives so I wanted to make her a card for Easter. I decided on a clean, simple design, but with enough of a difference to make it handmade, rather than shop bought.
I die cut two crosses. One in a filigree lace type of cut, and the other a solid cross, in plain, pale lilac. I chose a gentle yellow colour which kind of had a hint of mustard, for the background.
Next, I typed out the words Easter Blessings on the computer using Photoshop, and found a font I liked, then I duplicated the typed layer, making the front layered words to be a darker lilac sort of purple, and the duplicate layer of words, behind, in a paler lilac. I printed it out on white card, then die cut it, then used the same shape of die only in a larger size, and die cut a lilac mat for the sentiment.
I went back to work on the lacey cross, and popped it into a spray box (old cardboard box) and sprayed it with some spray adhesive, leaving it to dry a little – so that I could cover the cross in silver leaf.
TIP … If you dust your hands with a little baby talc before you use silver any colour of leaf, it will help to stop it from sticking to your hands.
I glued the silver leafed cross to the plain lilac cross so that you could see the lilac through the cut out parts. And while it dried, I added the sentiment to the front of the card.
I wanted to make the cross stand a little proud of the card – as if it was puffed up, somehow raised in the centre. So I added foam dots to the central area of the back, but used permanent glue dots to the very edges – so that it gave that padded out look which I was trying to achieve.
I left the inside totally plain so that I could write the ‘To’ / ‘From’ and also had enough room to add a hand written message.
On the back …
Stamped using two stamps, both of which came free with a magazine a handful of weeks ago. They work really well and I’m thrilled to bits with them!
Finally, on the flap of the envelope ….
It was really difficult to try and show the shimmery effect of the silver leaf on the cross and found that none of the photos I’d taken really did it justice, but I’ve lightened this next photo to try and show how it lights up in parts and kind of shimmers.
Happy Easter everyone. I wish you a peace filled, care free, very blessed day.
I found this idea on Pinterest about … oh, I dunno, … a gazillion years ago? – maybe. And although I thought it was a good(ish) idea at the time I found it, I put it into that category folder inside my brain of: “Good looking Pinterest ideas which probably don’t actually work in reality”.
How wrong was I!!!
I already had one of the required perspex/acrylic certificate ‘stands’ so all I needed was some velcro.Do you think I could find this simple thing anywhere? It was rarer than Gold dust here where I live. However, a leaflet left in my mail box came at just the right time. Lidl were having packets of it in their stores, amongst the crafting specials, the following week. I couldn’t believe my luck, neither could I believe how cheap it was when I went in to buy it. They had white or black, and I could have either sticky backed self adhesive, or the unsticky type. I decided upon the self adhesive and crossed my fingers that it was the ‘self adhesive’ which actually stuck to things!
I cleaned up the certificate holder so that it was sparkling clean(to make sure that I gave the self adhesive Velcro a fighting chance), and then sat working out where I should stick the Velcro for maximum bottle storage. I’d noticed that the idea I’d seen on Pinterest had only shown three rows of bottles, but when I measured up, three seemed so very far apart, and had such a waste of space in between the rows, so I inserted a sheet of A4 into the certificate holder, but left just a smidgen of the edge sticking out along one side, so that I could make a little dot at the points as I measured them.
I worked out that on an A4 Certificate holder(which mine is – but check the size of yours or check before you buy one, as there are various sizes) – If you measured one centimetre down from the top of the paper and draw a straight line across the paper, then from that line measure 8cm down and drawn another line, and do it a further two times. You should then have four lines.
Then … cut four lengths of the hooks side of some of your Velcro, in the WIDTH of the perspex stand. (I used black but you can use any colour you like). Insert your piece of paper with the lines on it, back into the stand and lay it on your desk.
It helps to leave the ‘foot’ of the stand hanging over the front edge of your desk so that the stand lays completely flat.
Using your drawn lines on the paper as the centre marker for the middle of the Velcro tape, stick the hooks side of the Velcro to the perspex certificate holder/stand and press down firmly to make sure that it’s adhered in all the places along its strip.
I would use the hooks side of the velcro on the stand, – and the eyes side of the velcro on the bottles. (The eyes side is much softer to the touch, so it will be more comfortable for your fingers, – so put the soft side of the velcro on the bottles.)
Do that four times, so that you’ve got all your lines ready and waiting for your bottles.
Now … get all your bottles of Stickles out and count them. Cut that amount of little bits of the ‘eye’ side of the Velcro – roughly about one centimetre wide strips – and when you’ve got them all ready … lay your ruler down on your desk in a comfortable place that you can lean over and look ‘down’ on the rule. Then taking one bottle of Stickles, lay it next to your rule, with the bottom of the bottle at the 2.5 centimetre measurement. Where the beginning of the 1cm measurement sits(not quite half way on the bottle), that’s where you’re going to put the bottom of the little Velcro strip you’ve just cut. Apply it. Press it down firmly, then hang it on your new Stickles Storage System! Repeat for the rest of your bottles!
VOILA! A Pinterest ‘make’ which actually works!
This works SO well for me, as I’m one of those crafters who, if I put things away in boxes or cupboards, ‘out of sight’ means ‘out of mind’, and I forget them.
I know that the detailed instructions I’ve given to make this, might make it sound complicated. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This is the most simple thing I’ve ever ‘made’ in my life. It’s so quick and easy that I really don’t feel I should be ‘pleased’ with myself for doing it. And, I’m not. I’m more ‘pleased’ to have found something on Pinterest which actually works,and I also wish I’d have had a go at this a long time ago.
Oh … and if you look closely, you’ll see that there are two bottles of Dovecraft Glitter Glue hanging on the stand too … which shows that even with slightly bigger bottles than the Ranger Stickles, the measurements I’ve given still work. I think that because the stand (and most of these types of stands) tilts back slightly, it means that the bottles actually hang just a little proud of the stand at the bottoms of the bottles (yes, the bottoms – not the upside down tops, – if you follow me), and this means that taking a bottle from the stand is easy to do.
Before I go …
I know my blog has been rather quiet for a couple of weeks … life just kind of gets in the way sometimes. But I’ve been crafting and do have a few things to share. I just have to find the time to load the photos and crop/re-size them.
Thank you so much for coming to share a bit of time with me. I’m so thrilled that you’re here, and I thank you from the heart of my bottom for coming. It reall does mean so much to me that you pop by for a visit, so: Thank You. xxx