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A Blast from the Past

It always amazes me when people say that they have tidied there craft room, mine is never tidy. I do try but I get side tracked by all the interesting things! I found this today.

and I still think that it is rather nice!

I made this in a Fancy Pants workshop at CHA, and yes it was CHA it is so long ago. (Craft and Hobby Association in the USA). Nice to see that they are a company that is still out there and they still have some nice things.

The words still speak to me.

The words still seem important to remember. I’m off to play some more, and perhaps do some more tidying!

Have a great weekend and I hope that you get some crafting time.

Dorrie x

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Art Journal – Houses or Homes

I have a thing about houses

I journal in an A4 pad and struggle with words, well I think that I have made a breakthrough with that. I am practising my lettering, I think that because I am dyslexic (boy that was hard to spell, so grateful for spell check) I developed bad writing, as a way to hide spelling errors. This is a quick description of how I made the page. The stamps are old ones from Stampendous.

Quick coat of black gesso (I don’t always use gesso depends on the paint that I am going to use)
I used a brick stencil and some Sludge Paste

What is Sludge Paste I here you ask. Well when you stencil with different colours of paste and get them mixed put them all in an empty pop and use it when you are going to add colour over the top.

I have painted my sludge paste with Cosmic Shimmer Kaleidoscope paint

The Kaleidoscope paint includes grit to add even more texture.

While I was doing the page I was listening to an interview with Jon Kabat-Zin. The phrase really struck me.
the other page that I created at the same time.

I think that I like houses because I wonder what the lives inside them is like and the wonder of people.

Thank you for stopping in and please if you have time and live in the North East of Scotland could you please fill in my survey. Thank you

Dorothy x

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Journal Cover

I have been researching Bullet Journaling for the past few months, making it difficult for myself because I had to make it mine! This weekend I made a cover for my journal. So here is the cover and some of the process. I will share more of the inside soon.

A project that I am really happy with!
This is the paint that I used. It is from Pink Ink Designs.

The paint is great for loads of different surfaces and has a lustre sheen I used the Atlantic Blue Lustre and the Turquoise Wave Shimmer, and of course Sparkle Star.

just squeeze out some paint on to a none stick mat and mix to vary the colour depth
I wanted a messy look. I have used Craft Canvas from my craft stash.
I stencilled the Turquoise Wave through the Lisa Horton Worn Hessian Stencil.
I hope that you can see the sparkle
For the inside I cut 2 pieces of thick A4 card 22 x 22 cm
Then I scored the 2 pieces of card to create a spine
I used book tape to tape the card together over lapping the spine for strength. Then I wrapped elastic around and tied it off. I wrapped the elastic around so that I could add three sections to my journal.
I used Pink Stamps Hinge and Bracket and stamped them on a separate panel. I hand wrote the word believe and then stitched the panel on the front.

While stitching it all together I added some more elastic to use as a closer.

I stitched it together then add the zig-zag to finish it off.

My workshops will start again in February and if you have anything that you would like me to do let me know. I think that Journals and books may feature! Thanks for visiting see you soon.

Dorrie x

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Black and White Christmas with a Touch of Sparkle

Here are the samples from last months the Black and White workshop

Bah Humbug – JGS197 Stamp Designed by Jane Gill
Peace – FRS602 Stamp Designed by Francoise Read
Woodware Stamp – Celtic Tree – ADS512
The Nativity Story – FRS706 Designed by Francoise Read

I hope that these samples have inspired you.

Dorothy

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Crafting to find YOU

but crafting will help to keep your marbles

I have been at the trade show in Birmingham, while I was there I listened to a very frank talk by James McIntosh, about how knitting had saved his life.

The Gaurdian had a article recently about how sewing can help with depression.

I have taken courses in the USA and Holland in Zentangle developed by a lovely couple as a form of meditation.
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But anyone who does any crafting will tell you that it doesn’t matter which craft you choose or if you do more than one craft the process is the important part. I also think that workshops are a great way to meet people and build friendships with like minded people.

So make time for you and get crafting! but don’t expect to save money, but you are worth it!

Dorothy

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Workshop Samples

so much fun making a mess

I am sorry that I have been absent, but a trip to the Trade Show and then technical issues. New computer now so back up and running and raring to go….

I had forgotten how exciting getting parcels of stock




So more news of what I have been up to very very soon………

more teasers

Thanks for visiting, see you soon!

Dorothy

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Card Making Techniques Workshop

Want to start card making but don’t know where to start?

Why not try this workshop to get you started?

We will be taking a tour of different basic techniques to spark your creativity and kick start a creative hobby that will give you hours and hours years and years of pleasure!

Simple thing that make all the difference to your finished projects…

How do I fold my card so that it has a professional finish?

What so of glue should I use?

Why does a die cut machine do?

What is all the fuss about stamps aren’t they just for children?

If you have any questions like these this workshop is for you If you are not sure and have some questions email me:- dorothyadam@hotmail.com

The workshop will take place upstairs Kilau (Old Aberdeen). Free parking is available outside. Coffee Machine won’t be on, but instant will be included (and tea)

Sunday 10th March 2019 – 2 hours from 10am – noon

The cost will be £15.00 and this will include goodies to take away to play with on your own. (payment required in advance and refunds for cancelation will normally only be made if the space is filled)

Adult class, young adults welcome.

Places are limited so if you are interested or have any more questions please email me dorothyadam@hotmail.com or book here 

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Black and White Lace

Just in time for a last minute Valentine card what about this black and white lace, nice change from red.

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This card was made as a sample for my test workshop last month. The stamps sets are from Woodware (ADS108 and ADS515).

I used this sketch as a starting point

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The card is A4 folded in half so a nice big card.

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I cut a black panel and then rounded the corners.

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For the second panel I stamped the lace background stamps twice, if you look closely you can see the join.

But the join is hidden by the top panel. For the greeting I used the same ink but it was a second print from the stamp so it is grey, I like the tone on tone effect that it gives.

Here are the stamps

ADS108ADS108      ADS515ADS515

Thanks for visiting see you soon.

 

 

 

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Hello, I am back!

I have had a very quite crafting time for the past few months. I in the autumn I went to a quilting class locally and had fun, so I made a quilt on my own using the same method as I had learnt.

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All made from fabric that I had in my stash!

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I do like the strip method, but I suppose I should try something else.

But then I have been cheating…

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I have made four seat pads that have been stamped and then stitched with a zigzag to make them look quilted. There are great for extra seating or taking outside to add to garden chairs and can just be thrown in the washing machine.

Happy Easter

Dorrie Doodle