I have had a very varied month since I last spoke with you. I have made a couple of cards to order, some cards using some of my stash that I brought back from the USA and played in my art journal. For a bit of a change, I picked up some needles and wool and got knitting. Lastly, with only eight weeks to Christmas, I hope it goes without saying that I have been thinking about the cards I want to make. So lets get started . . . . .
During the month I have had lots of decorating done, so at times I have been confined to a small working space but I wasn't going to let that stop me crafting. I tend to be very traditional when it comes to Christmas colours, red, green, gold and silver. I decided that I wanted to branch out and give some different colours a go, step in pink and purple.
I had prepared the trees a few days prior cutting them with my Big Shot using the Reindeer stamp and die-cut set from Sizzix/Hero Arts. It was important to have glitter and I decided that the best way to to this would be to cover the tree with VersaMark and then emboss with glitter powder. I wish the photo showed how pretty and glittery the trees are.
Confined in the corner of my lounge with my lap tray I mounted the trees on a simple embossed card and added my greeting. I felt that the trees needed a little something in the background so I stamped a tiny snowflake and added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella pen.
After die cutting the trees, I had some leftover scraps; you know, those ones that are too big to throw out but too small to really do anything with. I decided to use two of my favourite dies, the Confetti die from Mama Elephant and the Mini Hearts Set from Simon Says Stamp
I don't have very many embossing powders, but choosing the right one for this project seemed to take ages. I knew I'd seen something on YouTube about organising embossing powders and it turned out to be one of my favourite people to watch both on YouTube and her blog; Jennifer McGuire's brilliant post inspired me to organise my own powders. It turns out that I have five different gold powders and not too much in the way of other colours. Having them organised in a drawer now, it's easy to see which one I want and how it will look once it has been heated. (www.jennifermcguireink.com)
Projects that I have worked on during the month include two 'age' cards which are very popular and also a card using a panel that had been left over from previous work and a card using some of my holiday stash (Lawn Fawn stamp, WPlus9 stamp, and Hero Arts Shadow Inks)
I also spent some time working in my art journal. It had been such a long time since I'd worked in it and I felt a bit restricted which I think shows in the work. I wasn't entirely happy with how it turned out and had thought that I would tear it out, but I decided instead to use the page as a learning experience - what worked, what didn't and with ideas of what to do when I next work in the journal.
To finish the month off, I decided to work on some knitting. I find it really difficult to knit during the summer months as my hands get very hot and sticky. I wanted to work on something simple that didn't require me to concentrate hard on a pattern. I am presently working on my second blanket for premature baby incubators in the Halcyon Suite and Special Care Baby Unit in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. I have a friend for whom this baby unit is very special as they looked after her newborn premature baby boy. He is now a bouncing 6 year old. I will be donating the blankets via With Love From Madison (www.facebook.com/WithLoveFromMadison)
Thank you for stopping by to keep up with what's going on in the studio and I hope you'll look in again at the end of November which I am sure it will be Christmas all the way but for now . . . .