With the countdown to the final hours of 2016, I just wanted to pause for a moment.
This past year has provided me with so many creative highlights which were made all the more special considering this year saw me time and again with enforced time away from crafting.
Creative opportunities are never taken for granted but this year I have been completely overwhelmed. Two completely unexpected opportunities came my way. Near the top of the year Catherine Moore invited me onto her Character Constructions D.T. The first blog post I ever wrote centred around a Character Constructions project. Never did I imagine, one day to be on her D.T. I’ve had great joy in working with her fabulous stamps and the added honour of the invitation to collaborate on the Character Constructions 2017 calendar. I eagerly await 2017 and continuing to work with Catherine Moore.
A more recent but equally unexpected invitation was from Sandra Evertson, to be an Ambassador for Relics & Artifacts. In the summer, I was a Guest Ambassador, I could never have dreamed what was in store for me. My role differs slightly to that of the other Ambassadors but I cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring for me in this role.
New connections forged do not mean that old connections are not treasured. I am thankful to so many who allow me to create with their products:- Crafty Individuals’ Jean and Malcolm, Rachel Greig at Darkroom Door, Leandra at PaperArtsy, Chris and Sharon at Redlead Paperworks, Laura and Graham at That’s Crafty. It has been great fun creating with That’s Crafty’s own product range which they are expanding all the time. A highlight was appearing with the D.T. in a Craft Stamper 3D Challenge.
Stampington & Company provided so many highlights for me this year that I really need to take some time to let it absorb. It has been so momentous that it just is not sinking in. Until this year, I had been incredibly fortunate to have been published time and again in a range of Stampington titles but this year was beyond anything I could have dreamed to be possible – I had my first articles in Somerset Studio, Somerset Life and Somerset Apprentice.
I keep anticipating that the bubble will burst!
Amongst my gratitude is to those of you who are friends, friends who I know I will likely never meet yet that does not detract from how we care when times are tough for each other or when we can celebrate any joyous news. With my absence from blogland, I never expected to still have friends take the time and trouble to visit scheduled posts – thank you so much. I cannot express how much it means to me because by doing so, it would open a flood-gate of personal emotions.
New Year seems to be a time of mixed emotions, celebratory but also it can be contemplative, possibly a time to gather our thoughts and reflect on what has impacted on our lives through the past year or a time to look ahead to what could possibly be in store for us. It is also a time when people are more likely to feel the deep loss of those who are no longer physically present in their lives.
Here’s to the New Year, that it is kind to you and that good times outweigh the rough times. With us all scattered around this world and in those troubled times, I also hope that 2017 has some peace in store for us, we could surely do with it!
Stamps by Character Constructions.
See You in 2017!
31 Dec 2016 19 Comments
With the countdown to the final hours of 2016, I just wanted to pause for a moment.
30 Dec 2016 12 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: assemblage, bark, canvas, Crafty Individuals, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, masks/stencils, mixed media, Paper Artsy, PaperArtsy, PaperArtsy Eclectica Sara Naumann, published artwork, Somerset Studio Gallery, Stampington & co
Appearing in Somerset Studio Gallery is such a wonderful way to end the year. This assemblage is another piece I am lucky enough to have published as a Spotlight, in this issue.
Tree – Crafty Individuals CI-450
Sentiment – PaperArtsy ESN
Dinky Stencil – That’s Crafty Snowflake Background
I was trying to convey peace, stillness, on a winter day with the low winter sun dancing on the frosted landscape, the only sound the crunch underfoot on the snow impacted ground.To heighten the natural and organic feel to the panel, the tree was stamped onto some mop up/under paper which does result in a less than perfect stamped impression but for this, it was exactly what I was aiming for.
When I first started to stamp, I would have thought a less than perfect stamped impression was good for only one thing, being tossed into the rubbish bin but now, there is great freedom and sense of satisfaction when a perfectly imperfect impression actually adds more to a project.That’s Crafty greyboard snowflakes, oh I just love them. The snowflake brings the eye towards the textural layers.
With the colour palette silvery white with mere hints of gold, this representing the golden glow of the winter sun.Thank you to anyone who takes the time to visit, especially at this time of the year when there is great demands on your time….so Thank You!
30 Nov 2016 12 Comments
Some of you might have received the latest Crafty Individuals newsletter with news of their recent releases which, for a limited period, are on special introductory offer.
(Also, see below for the link to Jeans’ Giveaway)
With CI-462, Large Christmas Tree I made this rustic style card.You wouldn’t realise it but the book page has hints of Fresco Old Gold (along with Gesso). It is a subtle effect which is more prominent IRL.A simple, stippled background with snowflakes stamped (from CI-465)From an older Elements set, CI-447, I cut into one of the tag stamps, making use of only the word Peace.More scrappy layersAll of the stamps used on this card along with the new releases and old favourites, are available from Crafty Individuals website.
Visit Jean’s blog to learn of a Giveaway!
I hope you are all cracking on with your festive preparations. Shame on me, but this year I have also bought cards to send, knew it would be impossible to make all my cards. Still, I cannot believe it will be December any day now!
14 Nov 2016 12 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: collage, Crafty Individuals, Crafty Individuals Team Artwork, gift packaging, gift presentation, mixed media, paint, Pretty Packaging, published artwork, Somerset Life, Stampington & co, Tag art
In the latest issue of Somerset Life, one of my articles features festive packaging. Although Somerset Life is not a dedicated stamping magazine, it is a lifestyle magazine the tags in the article all feature Crafty Individuals Festive Curly Sentiments, generous sized sentiments which can be the focal on festive cards or tags.All the cardstock and papers were painted/stained, also utilising mop up/under paper.
I mixed a variety of metallics:- brass, gold, copper, platinum.
Tiny accents of pearl stickers, rhinestones and tiny pieces of lovely crushed velvet ribbon with the gorgeous copper fabric gifted from my dear friend Dorthe.So, even though this post relates to the festivities, I am still not convinced that Christmas is galloping towards us. Where has this year gone?!!!
04 Nov 2016 15 Comments
I am back amongst my supplies and managed to make this card, I suppose it could be a Christmas card.
This tree stamp is a beauty from Crafty Individuals. I’d go so far as to say that if you like tree stamps then it would be worth your while taking a look at Crafty Individuals. This particular stamp is an individual stamp, CI-453 but if you are prepared to spend more money, then CI-450 would be such a good investment, an A4 size sheet of stamps devoted to trees with some lovely sentiments.There is subtle shimmer and glimmer here and there on this card with a Stardust pen scribbled onto the stamped image, not that you’d know because no sign of that Stardust in this photograph!!!Painted tree bark and rhinestoneswith a pop of contrast in the form of this scrappy piece of sari ribbon.Thank you for your visit to this post, your visits are always appreciated by me.
09 Aug 2016 15 Comments
My previous post shared news of Crafty Individuals most recent releases. Amongst them, Elements set, CI-459. I was drawn to the various seaside related words in this set so decided that I would focus on that stamp alone.
One of the main reasons I love stamping so much, is the freedom to stamp onto almost any surface. I stamped onto calico and seaglass and as you can see, I was not overly bothered about ensuring that the pieces would accommodate the words. Strangely, because of the beach themed context, even though the full words are not visible, the brain seems to know it is sandcastles and seashells.The textiles are frayed because I wanted them to have a tattered appearance, as though windswept and battered by the seashore.Another piece of the seaglass.You can see that I painted the compartment tray in a random fashion, to have a distressed, worn appearance that would tie in with the frayed textiles.A coconut button seemed to suit the theme but it was too dark against the washed out colour of the tray so I flipped it over, drybrushing with a Fresco, might be Chalk.Onto a piece of driftwood, all the way from Denmark, (from lovely Dorthe) a smattering of pearls, mica flakes and starfish.Jean is sharing lots of inspiration at the Crafty Individuals blog, including samples made by the other team members. If you are interested in this stamp or any of the new releases, then it is worth noting they are available, for a limited period only, at a special Introductory Offer price.
Many thanks for your visit.
08 Aug 2016 7 Comments
Did you know that Crafty Individuals have released new stamps! If you are fans of Crafty Individuals fans, then you might be interested to read that the stamps are on an Introductory Special Offer – 25% off their normal selling price.
Here’s a quick run through them.
CI-455 Chunky Vintage Typewriter Tag
CI-456 Sweet Robin
CI-457 Come Sail With Me
CI-458 Home Sweet Home
CI-459 Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses
Please remember that the Introductory Special Offer is for a limited time only.