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. h
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!
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.
All made from fabric that I had in my stash!
I do like the strip method, but I suppose I should try something else.
But then I have been cheating…
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.
You may have noticed I love houses and house stamps, I really can’t get enough of them.
this stamp comes from a set designed by Nathalie Kalbach of N*Studio, in the box you will find a cling rubber stamp, a foam stamp, and a stencil/mask. the foam stamp is great for using with paint and it is eally 2 stamps in one, the plain back can be used as a solid stamp to put colour behind the image. The possibilities are endless for cards, scrapbooks and mixed media work.
My card is a 12 x 12 sheet folded in half, I love his size of card, but envelopes are not easy!
I made two masks for the images, and stamped them with the Dylusions number stamp from the Basic Backgrounds cling rubber set.
Here you can see the mask on half of the image. (sometimes I get so interested in what I am doing that I forget to take photographs)
The words are also from the Dylusions range, this one comes from Laugh ’til You Leak. These words are perfect for art journals and scrapbook pages! But or a card to send I felt it had to be changed, and I know that I have done this before.
I then stamped it twice on black card, I stamped in white and embossed with clear powder.
My pop of colour was done with Dylusions paint and I have deliberately made it rather scribbly.
I love my card, but it was a surprise to see that Nat has used the stamps in an art journal page on her blog yesterday so pop over and see what the artist has created in her post My Art Journal Today, but don’t judge me to harshly!
Thanks for visiting, don’t forget to check out what the rest of the team have been up to on Woodware Witterings see you soon!
On Woodware Witterings this week we have a theme of Mellow Fruitfulness. At this time of year the birds all seem to be busy, which is what I was thinking about when I started off on this project, so I got out the birds…
I have finished up with an A4 journal page. I couldn’t find my journal so I have used the Woodware Mixed Media card which I will attach to my journal.
I just started off with the same colours as the page, so that it is tone on tone.
Then I added some green, I just left the stencil messy so that the green mixed with the red ink and it gave me a darker green than the paint that I had Cut Grass. Dylusions have new soft greens that are really lovely, but I don’t have them yet!
I have used the Mixed Media Artist Nathalie Kalbach’s 3 Piece Bird Set. The stencil is part of the set. I have inked the stamp with Pomegranate Seed Dylusions Paint.
that is one stamped image, 2 papers and 3 different embellishments
here is my 1, 2, 3, card
Because I usually do much more minimal cards, I found this a really tricky challenge
For my 1 image I have used Relax a Clear Magic stamp designed by Francoise.
I stamped it three times (hope that is okay for one image), I have used Lettuce, Moss and Ruby Red embossing powders. The card is textured Textura Card Stock available in black and white. I liked the way that it has not stamped perfectly.
I chopped them up and added colour with a Dreamweaver stencil brush.
My 2 papers are both from the Perfect Prints 6 x 6 pad Rouge
My 3rd embellishment is a Chippie Hearts and Flourishes I have Frantaged this too, but this time in an electric frying pan! I got my electric frying pan after a trip to Samuel Taylors in Leeds with Fran from Stampendous, it is the first time that I have played with it, but I have a video from Fran that will introduce you to the possibilities…
Well next time I will be more adventurous with my hot pan!
Thanks for visiting and don’t forget to check the rest of the Woodware teams 1, 2, 3. and join in the challenge on Crafty Cardmakers, you still have a week to play along.
This week on the Woodware blog we are looking at Wearable art, lucky for me we have just re-introduced a product that I really like Style Stones
they are perfect for lots of mixed media projects, and are great for wearing.
They are made from cultured stone, they are either natural, white or coated which makes them cream. They can be coloured with inks, paint, alcohol inks, or heat embossed… the possibilities are endless. Her I have used gold Color Solutions Alcohol inks.
I have stamped on the plain side the stamp is Francoise’s Clear Magic Old Letter using Crafter’s ink.