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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and now and again Pokémon Go. Recently I got back to Ballroom and Latin Dancing too. I run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Tim Holtz Mini Book




Was determined to make a Tim Holtz Mini Book so last night I did just that. I used a 12x12 sheet from his Lost & Found Stash and his Symphony tissue tape. The buttons, feather and corners I already had in my stash and the gear diecut is from a Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die.


I really enjoyed making this little book and now need to fill it with something!


Used one of the alcohol inked ATCs I made to decorate the first page. I even alcohol inked the two silver sequins I used in the corners. Hazelnut ink comes up a treat, looks just like copper. I attached one of the Tim Holtz spinners too.


The tag was from another ATC I'd made during my 2nd session with my new alcohol inks.



Just made a chain closure for my little book, using a Tim Holtz chain looped around a button. Had to move the other two buttons to make it work! The little charms metal are from a local shop.


I attached the chain with a jump ring and a brad through the back cover. Works just dandy.


Here's a few more pages:-
Various Tim Holtz techniques on his tattered floral dies.


Life like Orange-Tip butterfly with Tim's mini butterfly die and distress inks.


Thought the man with umbrella stamp would finish off the back page well.


Hope you like.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Bobbin Lace


The gift for 13th Wedding Anniversary is Lace and as I didn't have any I decided to make my own. I had a kit from 20 odd years ago sitting in the loft so I got it out and had a go. Jo Edkins web page helped me get into it again. After a few practice pieces I got down to making a heart pattern for our anniversary.

Here's the start. Pattern photocopied and pricked. Bobbins wound, pins in and rearing to go....


Half way there (I didn't bother turning the corner as I just wanted a strip to go along a photo)


Finished piece of Lace.


Original wedding photo scrapped in a frame with 2 pieces of lace both made with silk thread.
Gosh we look young there!


Here are some of the beaded spangles I made for my bobbins.
My son bought me some new bobbins for my birthday, you can see them on the cushion above.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Tim Holtz ATC

Let's start with the reason I created this blog. I'm a crafter and over the past year or so have been interested in the techniques of Tim Holtz . Here's an ATC (Artist's Trading Card) I created with his latest exclusive UK stampset. I definitely love the "little things", especially the birds in my garden.

Spring has Sprung

Looks like I have sprung into the 21st century as I have just created this blog.