TiddlyInks Challenge #183

This is my card for the new TiddlyInks challenge.  The digistamp is called Schoolboy from TiddlyInks.  I coloured it in with Copics, then cut it out.  I stamped a Kraft baseboard with some Crafter’s Companion Journal Jottings stamps using Distress Ink.  Then I die cut the numbers and added Distress Ink again.  Stuck them on, added the image with sticky buds and die cut the words Happy Birthday on white card coloured with Distress Ink.

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Change the banner, I’m a card making obsessive too!!

I’ve been away a while, I hope you will forgive me.  I am STILL having problems with my back and the latest is that I am going to have an operation to remove the bit of the disc that is protruding and pressing on the nerve and causing the pain.  Over Easter I ended up in hospital again, in the most excruciating pain but was sent home with painkillers.  We contacted the private hospital and I had an epidural a day later which worked miracles.  But I am still in pain and still on the awful painkillers, so the op it is.  Hopefully this will be an end to it although I will always be careful what I do in future.

Sooooooo, in the meantime I haven’t knitted a great deal.  I now have a craft room in the small bedroom but rather than filling it with my yarn I have filled it with fabric and card making supplies.  I’ve been learning to colour with alcohol markers, blending colours together and making shadows etc.

Here are some of the cards I have made lately.  I will try to put a single card per post in future but just wanted to get these up all at once………

………this one I made for Janey who does The Baarmygirls Podcast with me

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This one for Melissa, my friend’s daughter

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This is an interesting one, I posted a card on the Passionate Paper Creations page on Facebook and a lady asked me to take part in a contest by sending in a card.  So I made this one as it was also her 40th birthday.

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My mum gave me the fabric bees on this one and said “perhaps you could use them on a card?” so I did and sent it to her!!

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The next one has to be my favourite so far.  I have made it for my friend’s other daughter who has recently taken her GCSEs.  I know she is going to do really well so there were no worries about making this in advance.  The image is a digital stamp from Tiddly Inks

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I used Card-io Majestic stamps for this one, and stamped in different colours then embossed with clear powder

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When I posted that one on Facebook my step-sister messaged me to ask if I would make her one in autumnal colours that she could put in a frame!  I was very flattered and made one for her straight away.  I posted this off to her this morning……

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I have made a card this morning but it is for a contest so will need a separate post.

I have managed to knit a pair of socks for work.  I used the new Arne & Carlos sock yarn from Regia.  I bought the yarn myself and made them in my size so when they are not needed for display in the shop I can have them back!

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Talking of work, we have a summer sale on at the moment, if you spend over £10 and quote HEATWAVE at the checkout, you will get 35% off your entire order.  How good is that?  I think I might get the yarn to make another Moon Pulls jumper when I get my mojo back.

So there you have it, a quick catch up, sorry its a bit photo heavy!!

Sadness and creativity

Oh dear, nearly three months since my last post!!  I hope you are all still out there…….

It’s been eventful.  Firstly I still have a bad back/hip/leg.  I put it like that because I really don’t know which bit it is that is causing the problem.  I am still waiting for a physio appointment on the NHS(!).  I am so thankful to the NHS for so many things but really, 4 months until I see a physio for something that really should be gone by then.  I was originally told it was sciatica, and it would clear up in about 6 weeks. Humph!  I went to a private physio at first but no relief.  Then an osteopath, no relief, and am now seeing a chiropractor.  A bit of relief but only because I am still on the pain killers.  I tried to cut them down a bit recently but the pain worsened so I went back on them again.  It’s very frustrating, all from a simple action of holding a small child!!

Anyway, let’s get the rest of the doom and gloom out of the way.  My laptop died, but that was easily solved by buying a new one.  A lovely MacBook Air.

Then sadly we had to make the horrible decision to say goodbye to our beautiful girl, Susie, our golden labrador who we had from the rescue 6 years ago.  She just suddenly went off her food which is not like any labrador but especially not her – she used to inhale her food and it never touched the sides.  Following test it turned out she had metastasised tumours on her heart, spleen and the whole of her liver.  There was nothing they could do for her so we had to let her go.  It was only three weeks ago and we are still heartbroken.  I had a meltdown yesterday when I saw a dog the spitting image of her on the way home from work.  It just brought back so many memories.

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Well, moving on…………

I have become multicraftual!  Just before Christmas I decided to make Christmas cards.  However then the back went and I only managed to make a few for the closest friends and family.  I have been making since then though, but it does mean accumulating more stuff (more news on that later……).  I bought myself a Sizzix die cutting machine and have been playing about with that.  I’m not realising anywhere near it’s potential but I’m having a go.  Here are some of the cards I have made recently……

On the knitting front I haven’t really made much, my fingers are quite stiff at the moment and the middle finger of my left hand keeps clicking and getting stuck.  But I did make a little Tubby Tabby for my friend Mel for her birthday

IMG_2188I’m currently trying to get a pair of socks out of the way so I can move onto a larger project.  I’d really like to start one of the projects from Kate Davies’ book Yokes.  The Epistrophy, but I’m going to have to face my knitting nemesis to do that, the dreaded STEEKING!!!  Yikes! not Yokes!

I have offered my very limited sewing skills to a friend whose daughter will be going to a school prom in Jume.  She is happy for me to attempt to make a prom dress!!  (I have warned them to have a back up plan!)  So far I have made a mock up of the skirt portion using an old bed sheet and it seemed to fit ok.  I am using Burda Kids pattern 9499.  In the meantime I practised my skills on a cute bunny.  I’m really pleased with it and am going to make another in some more flowery fabric.

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I mentioned accumulating more “stuff”.  Well the decluttering went quite well but things are spilling out again, especially craft stuff, so Colin decided that he would move his office stuff out of the small 3rd bedroom and we’d make it into a craft room for me!!  Yay!!!  It’s currently in the being emptied stage so I can’t really get an idea of what it will be like but it’s going to be so nice to have everything in one place rather than in corners of the living room and kitchen extension.  I’ll get a large-ish sewing table so the machine can stay out and lots of storage for fabric, yarn and card making supplies.  I am a bit excited.  And hopefully there will be room under the table for a four legged friend if one should happen to come along!

 

A frustrated crafter!

I have decided I am a frustrated crafter!  I want to be really really good at something.  I have made a small inroad into being good at knitting I suppose, getting published and all that, but there are lots of things I have a go at and fall flat.  My problem is that although I seem to have a vivid imagination when I am asleep (do NOT ask me about my crazy dreams) I don’t really have one when it comes to craft.  I can copy, oh yes I’m good at that, but I find it very difficult to make things up from scratch.    I totally envy all these people who make amazing stuff and sell it on Etsy and Folksy.

I used to make sheep stitch markers  but the time it took to make them wasn’t worth my while.

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And I find that with all crafts.  I have just taken an hour and a half to make a couple of cards (copied from a magazine of course).

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How does anyone make any money from crafts?

Oh, and I won’t be quilling again in a hurry, how tedious, luckily I got the bits and bobs free with a magazine.

Bring on 2014

So that’s Christmas done and dusted!  Hope everyone had a fabulous time and ate and drank until they burst!!

Now onto 2014…..

I am going to submit another pattern idea, which needs to be in by January 9th.  At the moment it is just in my head but I have got some Drops Safran to use for my swatching.  If the pattern was chosen it would be published i the summer so I have chosen some lovely fruity colours, in raspberry, peach and yellow….

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I just hope I am able to knit it.  I have been diagnosed as having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and my hands get pins and needles.  I was having some physic to see if it would alleviate it a bit but after an initial improvement it has now gone worse again.  So I am being referred for some nerve conduction tests.

So after I finished a cowl for my dog walking friend Nina…….,

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I decided to take a self imposed break from the knitting.  I bought another card making magazine yesterday which came with a vintage lady stamp and some art deco type papers, so this morning I made a couple of birthday cards for friends.

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I still have a lot of card making stuff left over from a few years back so I was able to fish out the purple hearts and the silver card and embellishments.

I shall also be catching up on my reading, as I now have a Kindle Paperwhite which is very light on my poor hands.  I am currently reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, and to be honest I’m finding it a bit of a slog.

And just maybe, I will start that podcast……

So what are your New Year crafting (or other) plans?  Will you be trying anything new this year?