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Spring has sprung!

Ok we have had two nice days, but it's a start! As the weather has been a little better, I decided to do a spring themed tag.



I started by covering a tag in resist paper, spraying it with Lindy's spray in blue then inking it over with distress ink. I then used the crackle stamp and some blue embossing powder, to create something more in the background. I had already die cut some paper using a honeycomb die (for the second tag which is below) so I coloured it with blue pen. I sprayed some paper with Lindy's sprays and die cut wildflowers, as well as the word spring using the edge of the sprayed paper, so that only a few drops were on it. Finally I used a metal bird and a little bow.
My second tag came about because I tried to cut the honeycomb die with grungeboard, which did not work. It did leave a nice embossed feel though, so I decided to use it to do a second tag.

After cutting the grungeboard I die cut the honeycomb die again, using the inner shapes to glue onto the…

A spot of jewellery making

I tried to make some bracelets this week. Originally I wanted to do some patterns, but my skills are not quite there yet, and the wires and beading threads were not my friends. So I decided to go a little simpler, and this is what I ended up with.


This would be perfect for a little girl.....if I hadn't done it too big. As you can see, there are two strands to this, and the aim is to wrap the larger one, twisting it around the other one.

I wanted to use the last of the bicone beads after I had made a bracelet, so I whipped up a pair of earrings to match.

This is the bracelet. I used two strands of beading thread with this as you can see, just so that I could practice doing something a little bit different than a simple beading. I'm going to work on a few things that I have seen online, to see if I can improve my skills a little bit.
At least one area where my skills are fine is the cross stitching. The photo stitches came on Monday, so I have been working on one of them sin…

Using some of my stash

I decided to make a couple of cards this week, and to dig through my stash to find stuff I have seldom/never used before. Here are the results.


This is using a stamp set that came free with a magazine, which makes it really easy to do coloured birds without the need to colour them in yourself. As well as this there is a stamp I have had for ages and used once, which I used for the grass and the sky, some tiny tattered florals with jewels in the middle, and a bow from my stash

This was made with a combination of new and old things. The papers are all old, and I inked them with distress crayons, going with blue around the edge of the outer one instead of my go-to browns and blacks. The frame is snipart coloured with ink, and the plants were coloured with lindys magicals and a little bit of yellow distress crayons. The sentiment I did in two different shades of blue, but it was too different so I used distress glitter over the top.
I've also been working on a new stitch project, wh…

A third of the year through, and i am not doing well

Before I review the month and depress you all, I will do the crafting updates, which are a little cheerier.

First of all I have finished the Wallace and Gromit stitch!



Isn't it great? Not to mention that the new thing I have implemented about rewards and tasks means that I have been able to buy some stitch-related items as my treat for finishing this. I have gone back to the safari stitch that I started last year, which I have not decided on a treat for yet. Probably a good thing, as it is going to take me a while!

As well as the stitch I decided to try out my bead board to see if it helps me design some necklaces. Here are the results.




It is actually really helpful to have a bead board, because you can swap things around until you get it right. I'm pleased with these, especially as I am not feeling very creative at the moment.
I have bought a few things this week, completely ruining my 'I won't spend all my money as soon as I get paid' idea. To be fair, I did e…

Opening up a new world

I finally have something besides cross stitch to show! But first - the cross stitch!




As you can see I am coming close to completing it now. I really want to finish it, because this is my first task/reward item, and I have already chosen my reward. I'm not rushing it though, as that is when things go wrong.

I have been toying with an idea of a canvas project since getting the first craft box a month ago, when I saw the globe postcards, so I decided to make it this week. The first background I did went wrong, so I started again, and ended up with this. Unfortunately I have not got the hang of using sprays yet, at least not when it comes to backgrounds.

I started off by getting an old piece of card, that was originally from a Christmas stash, and used a script stencil with texture paste, sprinkling embossing powder on it and using a heat tool to dry. Once that was done I started laying things out. I covered a snip art piece with black gesso and wax for the background, and also used…

Just a quick one

Haven't really got anything to update with this one, as I have not done any crafting apart from stitching. There is a couple of reasons for this. Number one is that it was hell week at work (should that be a capital h?). It doesn't mean that it was a particularly bad week at work; on the contrary, it was quite a productive one for me, and for at least one portion I could definitely see the effect that the recent training has had to improve my work. It's just the term we use for the longest stint we have. It leaves you a little tired after all the shifts, and not really in the mood for doing anything apart from vegging in front of the telly with bad food (which is another thing I have not being doing great at recently.)

The other reason is the fact I have been rearranging my bedroom, both to incorporate the new furniture I bought myself, and to organise my crafty stash a little bit better. I now have a two metre desk to work on, which has a chest of drawers on both sides, …

A few completed projects...

So I finished the Tiger in the Heavens stitch finally. I have decided not to put the sequins on it, as to be honest on reflection it makes it look a little garish, and not right for the intended recipient.





So, one is finished and the next one has started. I have to say I am loving my cross stitch floor stand. It makes it so much easier, even if it is a bit cumbersome getting it up and down the stairs sometimes! Below is the next project.

I have had at least two people remark that it looks like a pair of boobs in a bikini top in the middle, but you can see from the rest of it that it isn't that - that is, unless Wallace and Gromit has suddenly become X-rated!
I've also made a card this week. I haven't been able to do much, as on Saturday I got a delivery of some new furniture, so my room is a little bit of a mess to say the least. Still, I got my G45 papers out and had a bash at a card.

As well as the G45 papers, I used a couple of SnipArt wings and some Lindy's embo…

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights....

Before I get onto the crafting, I want to sum up February. Savings wise I had about £500 saved, and I had 16/28 days that were no spends at all, which is pretty good. Payday came around though, and as usual I spent too much. All of it was somewhat necessary though, as I have decided that my current desk is not fit for purpose anymore, so bought a new one from Ikea. I also managed to get some new things, thanks to birthday money. I have got my eye on something, but at the moment I feel it is too expensive to splash out on. I won't bore you with what I have bought, as I feel that keeping track of it myself is probably better to do. Weight wise I have had a bit of an overhaul after a particularly poor end of the month (why oh why does Asda sell Ben and Jerry's for a pound?!) I have downloaded my fitness pal, and am filling it in diligently, and keeping as close as possible to my calories. After a successful 10k steps a day last month, I have now upped it to 11k daily this month. …

Apologies

Short post today I am afraid. I was all ready to put some new stuff on here, but my laptop and computer have decided they no longer like each other, so I haven't been able to put my photographs on my laptop. I've tried to improvise a little, by taking pictures of pictures, so here goes.

This is the update on my stitch.



Not perfect I know, but it will do for now to show what I have done. If I can't get the camera lead sorted I will have to order another one, which will mean using my phone as a camera until I get it.
I have also been making a hoop, inspired by a few I have seen online. I started off by getting an embroidery hoop and wrapping string around it. I then added a few different things to it until I got it how I liked it. This included my old pair of glasses, which I happened to stand on and break the other day, as well as some paint brushes I neglected to rinse properly, and some snipart chipboards I got from my lucky dip envelope.
Also on there are some Tim Ho…

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light...

I can't think of my own titles, so I thought I would borrow one of the most well-known lines from Harry Potter for this entry. The writing exercises are working slightly, but as this has been hell week at work (purely the longest shift pattern - I actually like my job) I haven't done much. I have made a few craft pieces though.


I decided to go simple for my second growing crystal pendant, and use seed beads in white and blue. I've got loads of seed beads, and I bought a loom last year so that's another thing I need to work on but this wasn't the time for it as I wanted the pendant itself to be the focal point. The beads are strung on beading wire, and crimp beads are used to seal the ends.
Here is the latest update on the tiger in the heavens stitch. Not as far as I would have liked to have got, but it is harder with the light on this one. I've got the threads for the next one ready for when I have finished this one.
I've also used one of my new dies - t…

Writer's block

Writer's block so bad that I can't even think of a decent title apparently! I seem to have lost all confidence in my writing at the moment. It doesn't help that I have asked a couple of people to read The Ghost Lights, and not one of them has got back to me yet. Or maybe I am using that as an excuse.

Anyway, the writing may be on a low point at the moment (though I am working on some writing exercises to help me) but the crafting is going quite well. Here is what I have done this week.




This was an old bathroom cabinet we have had for donkey's years. It was white, so I started off by painting it with black gesso, then adding paper clay on the front. I coloured some of Tim Holts resist card and put them along the sides and the top, then added some paper clay borders. There were some gaps, because I am not neat when it comes to paper clay, so I mixed some art stones with texture paste and filled in the gaps. I painted the paper clay black as well, then painted it all wi…

A little wake up call

I actually went on one of those body fat scales this week. At work someone had brought one in, so I decided to bite the bullet and use it. Although I am not too bad, I am overweight and my body fat percentage is too high. Not to mention my metabolic age which is atrocious! The positives are that my body muscle is good, as is my visceral fat rating, but it does enforce that I need to improve. Spending wise I have got it back under control. I still don't know whether the job I am in now is going to continue past July, so I have to save just in case.

Anyways, onto the crafting. First of all, here is the update on the cross stitch.


I can see the finishing line of this one in the distance now.
I saw some of these last year in Hobbycraft, and had to pick up a couple.
They are actually really light, and you can do a lot with them. I started by adding some paper clay moulds on the head of the stag, before leaving it to dry. I had a bunch of resin roses of various sizes from the Works,…