I found a new (to me) scrapbooking blog this week and thought I’d play along with their current challenge.
This page was done for Berry71bleu’s Luck of the Irish challenge. The challenge requirements were: green as the dominant colour; the word luck or lucky; and a bit of Irish lace.
The lace part was a special challenge for me. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may have noticed that I’m a very minimalist scrapper, and lace rarely makes an appearance…
Anyway, without further ado.
Paper is from Stampin’ Up. Chipboard is from Molossi. The lace is unknown. My MIL picked it up for me when she was working in China.
I painted the bird white with acrylic paint and then coloured it with a water-colour pencil.
Thanks for looking.
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I may have mentioned here a few times that I assign different days of the week to different projects in an attempt to spread my crafting time out evenly and get more done.
That system has fallen by the wayside over the past few days. You see one of my dear friends is having a long-awaited baby and I’ve been making her (and said baby) a blanket.
I cast off this project and then stepped back and looked at it.
Hmmm. Then I went back and read the pattern notes. “Needs to be blocked severely to make it square.” The little voice in my head said. “You will sending this to a new mother who lives in the north-east USA where she has had an eternal winter this year. You’ve seen her house and there will be no place to block it once the baby arrives. You cannot send a gift that has no practical use.”
So I pulled it all out and started this.
This is folded up for the photo and I think I photographed the ‘wrong’ side of the project. I cannot stop working on this. Every spare minute I get I’m putting a few stitches into it.
I hope she will find this one much more practical than the first one I made.
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There’s been a small knitting finish. This is a very small hat.
Pattern is Swirl. A great free pattern. I’ll be making this again in thicker yarn. The pattern comes in a variety of sizes. This Premmie one is going to a hospital in South Africa.
I recently spent some time cutting more fabric for the Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt that I’m making up as I go along. My foot has been much improved lately and I wasn’t too sore after standing and cutting for several hours. I think an end to the whole ordeal may finally be in sight (as long as I remember to do my Physiotherapy exercises). After cutting I had time to piece a border for one side.
I think I’ll need two pieced borders on either side and one pieced border at each end to make it fit Gorgeous Girl’s bed, but we’ll see how it goes. I have more of this fabric left over, so I have ideas for another (play mat sized) quilt floating around in my head. I’m pleased with how this one is turning out. I’ve also realised I could never write patterns for a living. My brain won’t do the maths. Hence the irregular sized blocks in the border.
What are you working on?
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When I saw the sketch at Stuck?! I knew I had to play a long. Clean lines and lots of white space are right up my alley.
This is the sketch.
Here is my take on it. I’m still working through my backlog, so this is another photo from Christmas Day, 2011. I haven’t even started to scrap the safari part of that trip yet…
If I’m going to be honest, I should have gone with the ‘less is more’ principle, and left off the horizontal rub-on. However, I do really like this layout overall and the sketch is one that I will most definitely use again. I’m loving my new corner-rounder from Stampin’ Up.
Gorgeous Girl likes it. She saw me photographing it and
told asked me to put it on my blog…
Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a look at my sketch. If you’re a new visitor, or even and old one I’d love to hear from you.
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Before we begin, I have to say that I can’t take much credit for these cards. These are the result of experimenting under the expert guidance of my SIL while we were in Australia over Christmas. She showed me how to layer paints onto canvas and add texture and interest.
The butterfly is stamped onto paper coloured by inks and then fussy cut out.
Detail of Card 2.
I added some doodling. Seems to becoming a bit of a signature of mine lately.
And another gratuitous shot.
I love how these turned out. I think I need to add paints and fancy markers to my shopping list…
I have some birthdays coming up, but Gorgeous Girl has already made two cards and is promising to make more, so these might go in the ‘need a card’ drawer and wait for a while.
I would show you Gorgeous Girl’s cards. They are very lovely, but she has asked that I stop showing her artwork on the blog, so until she changes her mind, you are just going to have to take my word for it.
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You may have noticed there’s been more scrapbooking happening this year at Ruthsplace. I have changed the area where I scrap and I think that’s what making the difference. My ‘new’ spot is cooler (slightly) and being closer to the supplies means less packing and unpacking of the stash. Hopefully scrapbooking motivation will continue as I have a ton of photos still to do.
Last week Gorgeous Girl came home from school with the assignment of making a sculpture. She chose to do a bird of paradise.
She drew up a paper pattern and then transferred it to some cardboard taken from an old box. She painted it and used her stash of feathers to make the wings. Gorgeous Man helped with the tail feathers and the feet. Then she did what all craft blogger do and took a picture.
While they were engaged in that project I sewed Gorgeous Girl another pillow case.
Stash fabric purchased before we left South Africa, so it’s been marinating in the stash for a few years.
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I did this scrap page for the Frosted Designs “Love is…” Challenge.
We were required to use the following colour palette. I think I’ve loosely interpreted it.
I love this photo of Gorgeous Girl and her cousin. He was very patient teaching her how to ride his scooter.
Background paper is from DCWV Stack 7. Which I picked up several years ago and am slowly working my way through.
The “Love” is twine. I wrote the word lightly in pencil and then glued the twine down.
Lettering is done by hand.
Flowers are on canvas and were the result of an afternoon’s play with my SIL. Rockmelon Recycled.
Because I never throw anything away the tag at the top is recycled from a clothing tag. Mesh was in the bag of goodies my friend Kerin sent me.
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