Monday, 1 September 2014

I'm back!

Hello everyone, and thanks for bearing with me.  Have had a big break from blogging and have been spending the last few weeks catching up with friends and family and just generally having a very social time!


I have been doing quite a bit of crafting still with lots of sewing projects getting completed (and started), some knitting projects done (mainly blankets for the homeless this winter) and I have also tried to teach myself to water colour with re-inkers to no avail so I will be sticking to using distress inks and promarkers from now on instead!


I have also been busy making some you tube videos so if you want to have a look they are here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SunshineGirlNicola I would be grateful for any feedback.  There are just three beginners videos at the moment although I do have some more indepth ones lined up once the children go back to school tomorrow.


Hope you are all well and thank you for visiting - relaxed from Solihull.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Collage composition week 2

Week 2 of Claudine's Composition for Collages workshop was all about horizons - I was still having printer issues but obviously wanted to play along asap so I knocked out these three pieces - all 7"x5" so I can mount them onto cards if I want to at a later date - they really didn't take me long at all but its more the process of understanding horizons rather than spending hours creating (like I usually do!) - hope you like them:


Yes I know the car is far too big but I wanted to use it!


Simple inked bird on a branch - brick wall is Tims die matted over a tea dye inked strip - the Happy Birthday banner is just to break up the wall and isn't actually stuck down at the moment! If I use it for a card then that will probably be done in a different coloured ink.


Yet another Christmas scene - never too early to start Christmas stuff in my opinion!  Loving my new Victorian Carollers die (can you tell!).  Just wish I had placed her a bit further in before sticking!

Have now sorted out printer issues so hopefully my new few pieces might actually be collages!

Thanks for looking - off to teach a scrapbooking class at Hobbycraft - whoo hoo - from Solihull

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Composition for Collage

After hearing the rave review for this class over on Jenny's blog I thought I would give it a try to see if it got me inspired to do a bit of papercrafting (am so worn out from knitting/crocheting flowers at the moment!) - I thought I wouldn't be able to as the registration date had expired but I clicked buy and it all worked ok.

Have watched the first two weeks lessons this afternoon and managed to knock out this pretty quickly:


Don't ask me why I did a winter composition in summer as I really don't know!  The class has lots of pictures to print out but I am having printer issues at the moment so just used some bits and pieces I had to hand - I have to admit that this is the first time I have actually used all the stamps apart from the santa sleigh, same goes for the Tim Victorian Carollers die and distress markers! oh well I knew they would get used eventually!

I so enjoyed putting all this together just for the fun of it that I then knocked out this composition in about a further 20 minutes:


Whoo hoo - looks like my mojo has finally returned!  I think that the lamp post could do with a bit of something either flowers or stamped images so I might change it later.  Am now off to do week two.....

Thanks for looking - busy compositioning from Solihull

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Solihull In Bloom

Solihull got yarn bombed this morning:


Lots of trees covered in all sorts of flowers and blankets all down the High Street - pop in and have a look if you can!  Also some lovely stuff to see in Drury Lane, John Lewis and Touchwood.

Thanks for looking - A knitter with sore fingers from Solihull

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Tims May Tag

Had a bit of free time on Thursday so I have joined in with the May Tag Challenge - details here:


Background of the tag was done with Scattered Straw paint, Antique Linen and Iced Spruce stains and the edges were inked with Vintage Photo.  The papers I used were from the Lost and Found paper stack and all edges were inked with Pumice Stone.  For the tiles I used kraft cardstock.  I decorated the tiles with various bits of metal (yes I have a few bits stashed away!) and the cameo is made using mod melts (fabulous stuff that you melt through your glue gun - almost as much fun as the melting pot!) - I first painted the frame in Broken China but it was a bit too bright so I repainted it with Pumice Stone and then inked it gently with a blue Treasure Gold - I left the cameo as is.

I haven't got a Shadowpress word yet so I used my umbrella man embossing folder on kraft cardstock and inked with Vintage Photo - I only drew around the man with a sharpie when the tag was all stuck together (very brave I know!) so thankfully he turned out ok and I didn't have to redo him!

I finished the tag with chit chat stickers and ribbon inked with Pumice Stone to tie it all together.

Thanks for looking - hoping to get inky during half term from Solihull :)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

A bit of sewing

Had a lovely day out at the Malvern Quilt Show last Thursday, sew much sew, I have already sewn up some of the fabrics!  Sorry for the rubbish picture but here are two bags I put together this weekend:


they are quite big 10"h x 13"w x 10"d and as you can see one is already full from all the crocheted flowers I have been busy making for another project I am working on.

Am very pleased with my crocheting skills now and have even joined a couple of local knitting groups - isn't it lovely how knitting and crocheting is making a big comeback at the moment - its a hobby I find very relaxing and rewarding.

Thanks for looking - busy making flowers in Solihull

Monday, 5 May 2014

National Scrapbooking Day

I haven't scrapped any photos for quite a while now - apart from about five layouts I did earlier in the year which were all very simple but I thought I couldn't let National Scrapbooking Day (and also National Yarn Day) go past without making something.  So I had a lovely little play with some new cardstock - a beautiful white kraft cardstock I have and I made a tag book to use as my new birthday book.  I also had a play with the new painting technique that I used last month on Tims April tag and made a lovely card suitable for a man.


Both of these I will be teaching as classes at Hobbycraft during June - please let me know if you are interested.  Also a big toot here as I tweeted this picture to Ranger and they retweeted it and I also got a lovely comment and favourite from Tim too! Very exciting!

Thanks for looking - enjoying the bank holiday in Solihull
 
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