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One down, one to go.

I've finished the photo stitch!....and started the next one. I'll start with the progress on the new one.

It's a little difficult to see due to the lighting underneath, but it's a fair amount of progress so far. Thankfully there are less pages on this one, which means i should be able to finish it in a shorter time...theoretically anyway. 
I also used an old tobacco tin to make a Disney themed Christmas piece this week. I started by painting it black and rubbing with gold wax. I edged the side with snow texture paste, adding two layers so it looked almost like a snow drift. The inside background is a Tim Holtz Christmas paper. Aside from the poinsettia which was white and inked with alcohol ink and the sentiment which is Tim Holtz, everything else is Disney. There are three dies used in total; the decorations were cut in gold mirror paper, and i used two rows of these, using the spares to make gift tags for the presents, which are Tim Holtz paper. I decided to go Steam…
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It's too hot!

I've never been one for summer, so i am not enjoying the weather at the moment, aside from being able to Lindy Bop it to work. Still, this sums it up.

As it has been so hot, I haven't really been in much of a mind to craft, and when I have I give up after a few minutes because I am pretty sure my bedroom has been moved from where it was in Newquay to one of the circles of hell. 
I have made something though. I think I mentioned that I bought a buttload of dies the other week, (saving over £50 on some of them) and a few of them were Marvel ones. Well, it just so happens it is my younger brother's 30th soon, and he is Marvel mad. So I made this. 

I never thought before about cutting something out a few times in different colours and piecing it together, but it really works. I'm making a Christmas themed tin at the moment using some of the Disney dies that I also got, which I hope to finish this week (weather permitting of course - surprisingly making Christmas themed pie…

Hit a little snag

Well a few snags anyway. Namely, there are a few threads that i have run out of on my latest stitch, which is a bit of a surprise. Not to mention extremely frustrating. However, i contacted the company and they have been nice enough to send me some more, so hopefully by the time i need them they will have been delivered.

Before i get onto my update, i wanna share a piece of jewellery i made. I started off with some plastic flowers, and painted them with Prima Sparks paints, before finding a smaller plastic flower in a complimentary colour, and linking them together with an eye pin. I then added a bicone crystal to each flower in the centre. Next i got some gold rings and wound the eye pins around them, flattening the ends so they did not scratch. I linked each gold ring with jump rings, and added a clasp to the end.

It's a little difficult to get a decent picture of it, but it catches the light beautifully. 
As mentioned before, here is the update on the stitch. 

Only one page to …

When life gives you lemons

A few different makes this week. First some jewellery, and as the title suggests, there are lemons involved.

I didn't work on the thing that i had been working on last week, so that will be for another time. I have made a necklace, and a pair of earrings that i will wear for an upcoming wedding. The earrings were made by gluing some vintage cabochons to a pair of cages, and adding some seed beads.

The necklace is made of seed beads, leaf connector charms and a geometric fox for the central piece. 

Papercraft wise, i have made a tag and a card. i wanted to use a prima coin as a focal piece for the tag, so i coloured it with metallic waxes, then distress inked a tag and stuck it on. Once i had done this i coloured some lace, and alcohol inked a butterfly before coating it in metallic wax. I used prima art stones and resin rain drops, as well as a flower, a Tim Holtz sentiment. I cut the end word off as i had a wooden sentiment of 'lovely' so i cut the l and y off. Finally i …

Sailing, sailing, heading god knows where. And now that we're all here, we're not all there.

A few makes this week. Before I go onto those, here is the latest update on the cross stitch.

That's page 7 done, and only 2 more to go.

I've also made a couple of pairs of earrings. All you need for these is some chains, head pins, eye pins, earrings and beads. Relatively easy to do, and they look pretty cool. One thing you need to bear in mind is to keep an eye on the amount of beads you use on each bit, as well as the size of the beads. That goes especially for the lead eye pin, as if the beads are too small, the fringe pins will move around too much. Anyway, here they are.

I've also been working on a new jewellery technique, but I want to wait until they are finished before I share them. Instead I will share a nautical themed notebook I made. 

This is mainly using things from the Craftboxes I have received so far. The inside is just patterned paper. The outside started with distress inks on plain card, with transparent gloss texture paste through a bubble stencil, and …

Busy bee

Ok I haven't really been a busy bee, but it works with what I have made this week. I was going to just post a little teaser, but I ended up actually finishing it.

So this was the original teaser I was going to post, hence the title of the post. I got some new distress ink pads and, coupled with the Rare Earth insect stamps, it gave me an idea. I decided on a tag as a base, inking with various yellow and orange distress inks, and stamping with a dotted background and script stamp in brown. After finishing the background I cut out a globe in black and put it on there. I then got some wooden hexagonal shapes and coated them with distressed embossing powder. I made some honeycombs on the tag, then stamped some bees and coloured them with distress crayons, and Glossy Accented the wings. Finally I added a circular metal tag, and some metal things on the corners (filigree I think they are called?)

I kind of wanted to illustrate the importance of bees to our planet, especially in terms of…

Stitching of a different kind

Not done much this week to be honest, as I spent an enjoyable weekend up in Plymouth watching Sarah Millican. I tried a new technique (for me anyway) to make some earrings, which was beadworking. They are only simple ones, and there is a mistake on one pair, but for a first try it is not bad.

I liked the technique so much that I ended up buying some books so that I can learn more. Hopefully this means that I will be able to make a dent in my bead stash, even if buying something more to lessen the amount of things I have is a bit of a paradox. 
As well as this, I have of course been working on my cross stitch. Here is the latest. 

I'm hoping to get it finished by August, so that I can get the other one done by the end of the year.  Sorry for the short post today, but I am absolutely knackered after this weekend, almost to the point of falling asleep whilst I am typing this. I have an idea for a piece that I will be working on this week, so hopefully next weeks will be a little bit …