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Today I’d like to share a picture of one of the Christmas cards I designed using Serif Craft Artist software.

Christmas Card 2013

Christmas Card 2013

I still use v1 of the software as I’m still finding bumps in the V2 but the update/patch in October/Nov mad e a big difference to v2s stability and performance. There are a lot more features I’d like to play with in the v2.

I was going for clean and elegant with this card, more contemporary colours to my usual red n green but its nice to have a change sometimes.

Are you hand-making any elements of your Christmas this year? Would love to hear your Christmas traditions and see your projects, especially any this blog inspired you to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of one of the Christmas cards I designed using Serif Craft Artist software.

Christmas Card 2013

Christmas Card 2013

I was going for clean and elegant with this card, more contemporary colours to my usual red n green but its nice to have a change sometimes.

Are you hand-making any elements of your Christmas this year? Would love to hear your Christmas traditions and see your projects, especially any this blog inspired you to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a Christmas card I designed using Serif Craft Artist and Hears and Roses digikit collection. Simple but elegant :)

Created using Serif Craft Artist software and Hearts & Roses Digikit

Created using Serif Craft Artist software and Hearts & Roses Digikit

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie :)

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Last month I started a sew along to create an advent calendar, did you make one too? I’d love to see your pictures. Here’s how mine turned out.

Finished advent calendar project 2013

Finished advent calendar project 2013

I started by ironing on lightweight interfacing onto the back of the panel (well DH ironed it on for me) We did this as there was so little fabric on the turn ins that I was worried it would fray.

Makower Advent calendar Panel.

Makower Advent calendar Panel.

Advent calendar panel: Backed with interfacing

Advent calendar panel: Backed with interfacing

DH had the idea of putting a thin strip of iron on interfacing on to the top and bottom edges again resisting any fraying and to stop things catching on the edges of the pockets. Thanks to my crocked hands DH put this on for me too. Turned into a joint project ;)

Advent calendar panel: Pockets ironed into shape and ready to sew on. (Backs of the pockets)

Advent calendar panel: Pockets ironed into shape and ready to sew on. (Backs of the pockets)

Advent calendar panel: Pockets ironed into shape and ready to sew on.

Advent calendar panel: Pockets ironed into shape and ready to sew on.

Any pockets that spread over more than one square had box pleats. First I placed the pockets in place and sewed along the dotted line between the pockets. Next I pinned the two side edges in place and sewed the other edges in place. This has made for a nice secure pocket that should stand up to a few years use.

Advent calendar panel: Pockets ironed into shape and ready to sew on. Match them with the squares on the panel.

Advent calendar panel: Pockets ironed into shape and ready to sew on. Match them with the squares on the panel.

Advent calendar panel: Pockets with box pleats pinned in place and sewn along dotted line to form center of pleat first, this makes them secure.

Advent calendar panel: Pockets with box pleats pinned in place and sewn along dotted line to form center of pleat first, this makes them secure.

To hang the panel I made some tabs using the same fabric that was going on the back and I sewed those across the top inside the seam allowance and pointing down towards the bottom of the panel, so that when it’s turned through they will point up.

Advent calendar panel: Tabs to hang panel, pockets sewn in place and top stitched the edges to firm up the result.

Advent calendar panel: Tabs to hang panel, pockets sewn in place and top stitched the edges to firm up the result.

Not convinced that sewing into wadding would be a good plan without getting LOTS of fluff into the machine. I pinned the tabs in place so they didn’t get in the way, pinned the backing fabric on to the panel, right sides together and sewed around three and a half edges. I clipped the corners and turned everything right side out. Next I put the wadding into the ‘envelope’ of fabric and DH pinned it in place using curved safety pins. Then I sewed around the inner side of the decorative edge and finally it was finished.

I sewed around the fireplace area of the design and around the clock to highlight that. If I’d thought in advance I’d have sewed some blue ribbon under the pocket but I didn’t think of that till the pockets were already in place. DH pinned the bottom edge in and I top stitched around all the edges. This looks nice and holds things firmer.

Can’t say I loved the process, it took ages coz I over thought the whole thing made worse by never having quilted anything before and I was scared of getting wadding jammed in my machine. Change your needle as you go through the project it helps a lot. I am very pleased that I went with the interfacing, it has given a nice sturdy result and having now seen a few of these made up in a shop, I like the result the interfacing gave and would do it that way again.

Did you make an advent calendar for the sew along? I’d love to see your results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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They often say that art imitates life don’t they? Well unintentionally the exact thing happened when I painted this.

Art Journal Page; Hope

Art Journal Page; Hope

PIC

It started out as a play with texture paste, and my favorite colours of blues and paynes grey which is a lovely grey with blue tones in it. I added layers of paste, and colours and the finished piece was definitely an experimental journey rather than a planned trip! The last 4 years have been tough and this year I’ve been feeling pretty low thanks to having a lot of pain and little use of my hands to take my mind off things. This piece was  one of the early pieces I created, when I finally had enough use of my hands for my first afternoon in the studio this year.

I liked the look the texture pasted gave and just added some quinacridone Nickel azo gold to highlight it. With the ‘layer love’ style of layers of paint and drips, the finished piece reminded me of a phrase, ‘The light at the end of the tunnel.’ I’ve put a second picture in as its so hard to get the real colours of the piece to show in photographs.

Art Journal Page; Hope

Art Journal Page; Hope

Who knows how much use of my hands I’ll get back, will I ever be pain free? Its not looking likely any time soon but when the going gets tough I can look at this piece and remind myself that there are better days too, sometimes I get to play, if only for a short time.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A little off topic today but 50 years ago today at 5.15 Doctor Who was shown for the very first time. This evening there is an anniversary special to celebrate the fact called ‘The Day of the Doctor’. The Doctor travels time & space in a TARDIS, I saw one last year and it was fantastic.

Close up of a TARDIS

Close up of a TARDIS

‘My Doctor was Tom Baker and he did indeed have me cowering, not so much behind the sofa but certainly behind a cushion for my younger years. I was gutted when he left and sulked for most of Peter Davisons years. I returned in time to see Colin Baker and Silvester Mc Coy.

Highly enjoyed the regeneration of the series in the last few years and adored Rose Tyler and David Tennant combination. Matt Smith has done a sterling job as the Doctor but once again its time to brace ourselves for another regeneration of the lead actor in the Christmas special.

If you have never heard of Doctor Who and wonder what its all about nip over to the BBC website dedicated to the series, if you are a long term fan, have a go at the quizes on the fun & games page.

Close up of a TARDIS

Close up of a TARDIS

Happy 50th Birthday Doctor Who

Links

Tune into BBC one tonight at 7.50 to see The Day of the Doctor.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another mixed media project with you. This is one of those happy accident turned favorite pieces. Lots of texture and layers went into this piece.

Mixed Media art: 'Autumn Days'

Mixed Media art: ‘Autumn Days’

After a layer of gesso had dried I used thick acrylic paint to add more texture. Layered over that are two shades of brown applied with the brayer. Love the texturing the brayer creates, it’s a speedball brayer of the soft rubber, smell like school plimsolls but works oh so well.

The white is gesso or texture paste, both were around and not sure  which I used now as you can probably guess that was added using bubble wrap. Great texture from the plastic in the bubbles :)

This is another one that I like too much to add more too right now. It has joined others in the pile which may later be used as a base for further development with text or images but I’m enjoying it as it is right now.

Have you tried brayer meets acrylic paint yet? I highly recommend it, lots of messy fun play.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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