Monday, 19 June 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 191

This fortnight, the theme at Crafty Cardmakers is Here Comes Summer.

For this theme, I made a card for one of my husband's brothers who has a summer birthday.

I've used an image and paper from Joanna Sheen's Pamela West CDRom, and apart form matting and a computer-generated sentiment, that's it. The men in our family don't do fussy when it comes to cards, so I never tend to do anything too complicated.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

International Art and Soul Challenge 10

Our challenge at International Art and Soul for this fortnight is to make something for a man. It could be something for Father's Day or for some other occasion - it's up to you!

I made a card for my eldest's birthday. He's a Mathematician by background, and so I thought he'd like the effect in this card.

I fiest discovered that sort of pattern as a child - drawing lines on squared paper, and I remember how pleased I was when my dad made me a board so I could wrap thread arounds nails to get the same effect. I was very pleased when I saw there were some stacking dies from Tonic Studios that would do the same thing - both circles and squares, and I've used both varieties here to make this card.

I've completed the card with a die cut sentiment, and that's it!

I hope you can join us this time.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 190

This time, at Crafty Cardmakers, we want you to make something for a special man. It could be for Father's day, but it could equally be for any man who's important to you.

I chose to make a card for my husband's birthday.

It's fairly simple, as that's what he likes. I started with a stamp from Crafty Individuals, and I coloured the image with Promarkers. I used a Spellbinders's die to cut the mat, and I threaded it through with some Perle cotton in cream and green. The backing paper is from the Papermania Persimmon collection which is so useful for male-themed cards. And that's it!

I hope you can join us this time.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

International Art and Soul Challenge 9

This fortnight's challenge is Stitching. That can be real of faux, as you wish.

A while ago, I finally got a craft room. Previously, my crafty stash was in various rooms of the house, and I was finally able to get (almost) all of it into one room. (Yarn for knitting and crochet still seems to live in my wardrobe ...)

The upshot of that is a somewhat renewed interest in stitching. I've been doing a little cross stitch, some Hardanger, and recently was reminded about Blackwork.

As you can see, I haven't gone for the traditional black-on-white option. To be honest, that's a very unforgiving option. Mistakes that require unpicking tend to leave some debris and it always looks poor, in my experience. But, I've got loads of bits of Aida and Evenweave, and a complete set of DMC cotton and rayon threads, so I've got lots of options.

For this one, I've used some evenweave in a rather nice dark peachy colour, and two shades of brown rayon thread. The main squares are my own doodling design, although I adapted the outside border from a pattern I found online here.

I do love the scent of lavender, and I find stitching these quite theraputic. The don't take too long, and are just complex enough to give a sense of achievement, but simple enough to do while indulging in a marathon of whichever TV show I'm currently watching. (This was done to X-Files!)

I do hope you can join us this fortnight!


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