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Today I’d like to share a new way to share your favorite holiday snaps. Using Serif Craft Artist I took some of the photos from holiday and turned them into cards and postcards, I’m thinking of combining them into a set for a Christmas or Birthday gift.

The Shakespeare Collection; Part 1; Shakespeare's Birthplace

The Shakespeare Collection; Part 1; Shakespeare’s Birthplace

As well as Craft Artist software I used Vintage Paraphernalia digikit available from Daisy Trail. This photo was taken at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

This one is from Ann Hathaway’s cottage, more designs in the coming weeks. I love vintage don’t you? Thought it went really well with these kinds of images too.

Shakespeare Collection: Anne Hathaway's Cottage; Card

Shakespeare Collection: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage; Card

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS Soz about the typo, I only just spotted it oops!! Dear old dyslexia strikes again. I blame my Mother for telling me to spell things as they sound!

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Ohh how I’ve missed my paints,even the smell and feel of them makes me want to create. After reading Chris Cozen & Julie Prichard’s book, part of this month’s stash dive, I decided to give some of the techniques a try. Here is the result of gel and tissue paper, don’t you just love the texture it creates.

Mixed media art. 'You Inspire me.'

Mixed media art. ‘You Inspire me.’

I adore textures and making things look old, the paint I used was Winsor & Newton Galeria and the dark chocolate colour is Vandyke Brown when I added the water to get it to run down the colour broke up a bit and left the most wonderful gritty look. The finished result is a bit shiny for me so I’ll have another go with matt medium and compare the difference. The Stamp is one of Glenda Waterworth set.

Join me later in the week to read my review of Acrylic Solutions.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Last month I spent AGES sorting out my ribbon box. There were ends of ribbon everywhere and as quickly as I wound it back on the reel, it kept escaping back and getting out of control again grr. Now I’ve seen dispensers for ribbon, but most seem to be on the lines of holes in assorted boxes for the ends of ribbon to poke out of. I don’t want to get the whole box out each time, but I do want the ribbon under control, here’s my very quick n simple way of making a ribbon dispenser that will stop your ribbon un-ravelling from the roll, in the box, or on your table.

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

You Will Need

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

  • Short lengths of flat ribbon, nothing too slippery
  • Rolls of ribbon
  • Scissors

Method

Most rolls of ribbon have a central hole, where some people thread the reels onto dowls.

1. Take a length of flat ribbon and thread it through the hole in the core of the reel.

2. Tie a double knot on top of the reel. Notice the direction of the ribbon on the left, just means don’t tie over the free end of the ribbon.

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

3. Lay about an inch of ribbon across the knot

4. Tie another double knot over the top of the ribbon, don’t pinch the ribbon, just tight enough to secure it.

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

Make your own Ribbon Dispenser

This can be used with any ribbon on a reel, its a great way to stop your ribbons getting in a tangle ;)

Options/Added Extras

If you like a pretty finish, you can finish by tying a bow at the top of the reel. Make sure you have tied the double knots above and below the ribbon on the reel first. If you don’t then if the bow undoes, your ribbon will escape again!

Now you can pull out just the length you need without the rest of the ribbon falling off the roll. Just leave a 1″ tail of ribbon after the knot, so the ribbon on the reel can’t escape. This is most useful for silky satin ribbons and those pesky but beautiful organza ribbons.

It also means you can take out a single roll of ribbon without the other ribbons tangling or without the need to punch holes and haul out the whole box of them when you know just the one you want.

Hope you give it a try, it’s really easy and makes using ribbon much more fun and less grrr

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of the Mothers Day card I made for my MIL. Its the first card I’ve made in ages.

Mothers Day Card 2013

Mothers Day Card 2013

Created using digikits and Craft Artist v1. Digikit used True Romantics by Angie Hinksman. I’m a big fan of Anna Griffin and this kit reminded me of AG style papers. Especially the roses. The large pearl in the picture isn’t part of the digikit and isn’t on the card, its to cover the photo of DH & his Mum, who aren’t keen on having their photos being on the internet :)

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Hope she likes it :)

What are you making Mum for Sunday?

A nasty surprise at the bottom of the garden!

When I went out to my studio at the bottom of the garden to collect a rubber stamp, I discovered a nasty shock. Most of my stamps are stored in  metal drawers, inside a cupboard, inside an unheated garage. I have feared the rubber may not like this situation but DH reassured me that given the stamps were inside drawers, inside a cupboard they would be fine.

After seeing Indigo blu on C&C the other day, I decided to hunt out my checkered stamp and off mount it (remove it from the wooden block), so that I could try a technique shown on the demo. I wanted to apply just part of the stamp, rather than the whole image and have been considering ‘offing’ this stamp from its block, for some time. Now the stamp in question is elderly! It was an elderly stamp when I got it in the sale in a shop and has been ignored in the drawer, save for an occasional coating of stamp conditioner to ward off the worst of any issues its dislike of the storage situation might create. I have noticed that very old stamps have a tendency to leave their foam backing and to lift a bit. Having decided to remove this stamp from its block, I dug my nail under the edge of the rubber stamp itself and it lifted off the foam easy as pie. Now in this case, that was a good thing, but I had the idea that perhaps a couple of other stamps may be more useful off their blocks, so I found those too. I was horrified that these newer stamps, also lifted off their foam backing just as easily eeekkkk!!! :(  :0

Terror set in at this point and I left the studio in shock, afraid to touch any more stamps and risk damaging any of them further. Now the question is, has storing the stamps in these conditions caused the glue in the backing to perish and therefore most of them will be in this condition? Or is it just because it’s winter and very cold, perhaps this happens each winter and they will be ok by the warmer weather. I don’t normally mistreat my stamps by digging at them with my fingernail, and they have been stored like this for about 5 or so years.

Dilema

Have you un-mounted any of your wood mounted stamps? Did you regret it?

  • Do I un-mount my precious wood mounted stamps so I can store them in a smaller space and maybe as a result have room to bring them indoors or hope for the best and leave them where they are?
  • I haven’t done a great deal of rubber stamping in the last few years, partially due to poor health the digi side of crafting has taken more of my time.
  • Think I might use the stamps more if they were unmounted as they would be easier to store and easier to position on a project.
  • I’d like to use the stamps in a different way to in the past. I am tempted to use some (OMG am I really going to do this?) maybe even with acrylic paint or mediums. This seems more the way my creativity is going and I’d like to try using them with a brayer, ie rolling a brayer over the stamp so using the stamp flat on the table, would make that easier.

DH just got back and said it could be that the glues often get weaker bonds in the cold weather, it might all be fine when it gets warmer. Given the stamps are over 5 years old it could just be that the glue has come to the end of its natural life.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This month’s Challenge theme is:

Good Thing’s Happen.

Inspired by a journal prompt in a newsletter from Somerset Studios, this month’s challenge is to record the good things that happen in your life. We all get fed up during the LONG dark winter but then you see a little flower battling through and opening to the briefest watery sunshine.

Capture the moments that make you smile; in a photo, a piece of art, a scrap-book page, a digital project perhaps. Be inspired to create because of the colour you just saw, but notice it and make a note of it. The when the winter blues hit, you will have a box of happy events to look back through and inspire you. It’s the little things in life that make us smile, sometimes they are so brief we all too quickly forget them, lets celebrate the little things in life that we enjoy.

BIT of a different challenge, but lets give it a go.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

'Sheena's brushes' aka Royal Langnickel: Crafters's Choice.

‘Sheena’s brushes’ aka Royal Langnickel: Crafters’s Choice.

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Royal Langnickel; Crafters Choice. Otherwise know as Sheena’s Paint Fusion brushes
  • Item number:
  • RRP at time of writing: £10
  • Set contains: 5 x White Nylon Brushes:
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Wash – 3/4″
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Wash – 1/2″
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Shader Size 8
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Round Size 6
  • Crafters Choice White Nylon Round Size 3

Reason For Buying

These were demo’ed by Sheena Douglass on Create & Craft, for use with Sheena’s Paint Fusion (one stroke) painting stamps. My best friend gave me a set of these last birthday, I had bought several of Sheena’s stamp sheets and just started with acrylic paint for the first time. I have limited dexterity and these appealed to me for the cushion grip area on the handle.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Superb quality
  • Grippy sections on the handles. Great if you hands don’t work so well
  • Easy to clean
  • Great set of sizes
  • Perfect for acrylic paints
  • Springy without being scratchy, soft without being too delicate
  • Very comfortable to use
  • Match with Sheena’s one stroke stamp sheets if you are getting into that.

Cons

  • Haven’t got any. It would be nice to see a long-handled version of these too.

Build Quality

Excellent

Value for Money

Excellent

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, I use these a lot and they work really well

Summing up

At first glance and with the name ‘Crafter’s Choice’ I can see some artists walking past these as being cheap and cheerful brushes. It would be their loss. These brushes are superb quality for all round crafting and painting and have performed really well. The balance outperforms Daler Rowney System 3 brushes by a mile!

The sizes in the set are ideal for most projects, don’t be an art snob and miss out. Check these out, if you are bewildered by what brushes to buy and get these. Add any extras you need to AFTER you try them, unless you are painting REALLY big, these cover most projects.

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Available from

A great set of brushes, try them, you won’t regret it, they are fab.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here we are already in February, the winter seems to be going on forever but still January has sped past. For this month’s challenge: Try Something New.

This month I’ll be sharing my recent adventure into crochet and be trying something totally different, but exactly what this is, is a secret for now.

How about you, what have you promised yourself you want to try this year? Now’s a good time to start :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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