Friday, 23 October 2009
Firstly, UKScrappers Monthly Inchies Swaps... each month it's a free theme but a specific colour. Because we started these in April, right in the middle of Jigsaw-Mania, I kinda went jigsaw mad and decided that all my Inchies would have little jigsaw pieces on them. And as well as little jiggy bits, there'd also be some tiny jiggy bits. I think it's an addiction, one which unfortunately will last into next year lol...
April - Purple / May - Orange / June - Green / July - Turquoise / August - Red / September - Pink / October - Blue. We also sneaked an extra one in for Summer...
These will continue for the next few months at least... I've had some lovely Inchies in return for the ones I've made, hopefully I'm going to make an acrylic album to put them in but I've got so many other things on the go at the moment that it'll have to wait it's turn.
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Monday, 25 May 2009
... no Disney or cutesy... so this is as far away from that as I could think! Another mini-book made using the Bind-It-All, but this time I was able to actually use the jigsaw piece itself as the back cover to the book and bind it along with the front cover and the pages inside.
This was the last piece I made - in fact I only finished it this morning... for some reason I just couldn't come up with any ideas for what to do with this theme... it sounds 'easy-peasy', I mean just how hard is it to come up with a tree?
Obviously very hard... I just couldn't get inspired by anything - and the shape of the piece having 3 'holes' in it just didn't help either. A chance email with another lady on UKScrappers a few days ago however suddenly sparked something in my poor addled brain however and I dug out a photo I'd taken of a tree (funnily enough taken during a break on an all-day scrapbook crop!) which I printed in black and white, then attacked with alcohol inks in butterscotch and lettuce. The quote is the opening 2 lines of a lovely poem by Joyce Kilmer, and the tree-shaped brad I think just finishes it off nicely.
To keep things simple the book is attached to the jigsaw piece just by a piece of ribbon, for ease of removel. I thought about magnets but decided ribbon was a much easier way to go!
This caused me a bit of a headache to begin with - I don't know a lot about African masks and when Terri posted that she didn't like the 'Bet Lynch' kind of fur print I had to put my patchwork fabric collection away...
However there's a rather nice shop in Southend called 'The Africa Centre' and after a good browse around there I came up with these miniature carved masks.
Some animal print paper and a bit of distress inking around the edges later and I'm rather pleased with this - hope Terri is too!
"Sounds complicated" I thought - and promptly signed up for it...
So thats where I've been for the last 2 months - tearing my hair out over making 9 jigsaw pieces each in a totally different theme - I'm surprised I'm not bald!
This is how it all started - 9 chipboard pieces covered in gesso so that they'd take paint better...
And this is my completed jigsaw before posting it off to Netty...
"Never again!!!" I screamed........ and promptly signed up for the 8x8" jigsaw swap starting when this one is fully completed...
Individual jigsaw piece pics will follow in due course...
Sunday, 15 March 2009
The second one is also stamped with black Memories onto a Distress Ink background, the leaves were coloured with a green glitter pen and the whole thing covered with Crackle Glaze - and thats where my problems started... I'd not used this product before and might have been a bit heavy-handed with it, and all my inchies started to curl up at the edges as the glaze dried... I've had to stick them onto another piece of cardstock using permanent Herma and weight them down to try and get the curl out, hopefully I've succeeded...
The third one is a strip from a Hambly acetate overlay which I've layered over a Distress Inked background and then dipped the edges in liquid UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) using my Melt Pot, sort of a faux metal-soldered effect. I'd not used my Melt Pot in years (and boy the smell sure told me that!) but I had great fun reminding myself just what I could do with it.
Now I've got these finished and sent off to the host, I can really start planning my next project... I've joined in with a swap called the Arty Farty Jigsaw Swap - we're working in teams of 9 using a 12x12" chipboard (cardboard) jigsaw base. Each member of the team has their own theme and we make a piece for each of our team members, then send them off to the co-ordinator who puts everyones jigsaws together and sends them back, so you get a completed jigsaw on your theme made by you and 8 other very talented people. We've got until the 29th May to finish all 9 pieces which on the face of it sounds AGES but in reality is 9-10 weeks away - thats a bit over a piece a week.
My theme is music in purple - I've sent each of my teamies a piece of the same purple ribbon we all wore to Pete's funeral and I've asked that they incorporate it into their jigsaw piece somehow. My own piece is (at the moment) going to have some pictures of Pete sandwiched into slide mounts making a little book of pics of him, and the cover will have the ribbon wrapped around the slide mount... this might all change when I actually get the blank jigsaw in front of me and I actually make a start...
Wish me luck - I think I'm going to need it!
Monday, 9 March 2009
Sunday, 18 January 2009
It's also a long time in Blog-land too. Not quite sure how I got through this week, so much seems to have happened!
Tuesday got my car MOT'd - so I'm good to go for another year. BUT I need 2 new rear tyres and the tracking needs adjusting, also new rear brake shoes(?) 'cos the handbrake has too much travel in it. Almost sounds like I know what I'm talking about, but my b/f does and seeing as how he's going to be the one doing the work that's all that matters!
Wednesday stayed in and watched The Match on the telly - it's funny how I've lived in Southend for 22 years almost and have never yet been to a match at Roots Hall... I'm not really into football tho but it was a case of local pride. We were never going to have beaten Chelsea in a million years so to score the first goal after 16 minutes was fab... shame that Chelsea proceeded to put 4 goals past our goalie before the final whistle.
Friday we went down to our local to see a live band called Replica. Not seen them before, they weren't bad but not as good as other bands we have seen there.
And last night we were back at the Sutton to see one of our favourite bands, Junk Yard Aliens... well worth going to see as they are a great laugh and play some good stuff. They played "Walking By Myself" and dedicated it to Big Pete, and several people had tears running down their faces, myself included. It was one of his favourite songs, he played it so well, and it's just another hard reminder that he's gone. Funeral is set for a week on Thursday and that's going to be hard.Today? Going to spend the afternoon crafting - I have 2 sets of Artist Trading Cards to make for swaps I've signed up for on UKScrappers, and ONLY THEN can I start playing fully with the cybercrop mystery kit I received on Friday - I've got a few ideas on what to do with it but can't play until I've done the ATC's.
What's a cybercrop? go to www.ukscrappers.co.uk and find out!
Monday, 12 January 2009
Running late for work this morning - no change there but always time to spend having a quick surf... check my emails, log onto a couple of forums I watch regularly... and hopefully from now on to make a blog entry now and then. Let's see how long it lasts!