Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

18 July 2008

making stuff...

I made these yesterday - REALLY simple, really quick and I was just 'playing' about with bits and pieces... creating from what I had to hand at home. The little bird (on the tag on left) has been blue-tacked to the PC screen for months and he matched perfectly - nice to give him a proper home... see, this is why I don't throw out bits and pieces that are left over!
The tag on the right needs a bit of 'something' but I was just playing - nothing too serious.... and it wasn't a work avoidance technique.. honest! oh no: its 'design development' or 'multi-tasking' (isn't that right Bev?!)
(also if you're struggling with a project I think/find it helps to go away and make something that 'works'... clears the mind! restores order and confidence)

by the way this was all done sitting in the space at the top of our stairs where I'd sat down, just for a minute, to get the CB dies out of the bag - 45 minutes later I was still there happy-as-you-like making stuff!! lol..
I think M was a bit confused when he came home to see me sitting there surrounded by 'stuff' and couldn't really work out why I couldn't just move 3 foot and sit in my workroom!......

14 July 2008

Commission and PaperArtsy DT pieces

This is a 70th birthday card I was asked to make - the 'spring' folds make it quite a striking card construction....

I am loving the new PaperArtsy stamps! The gorgeous dragon/butterflies have completely got my creative wheels turning .... here are some sneek peeks at what I've created so far for DT pieces ...

2 ATCs one of which became a card, and a card. Products used are the lush and luminous perfect pearls- dusted on the page and used in a spritzer spray.

Same stamps, different colourway - these items are a triptych and a simple acetate card.

and my mind is STILL ticking with ideas .... but I have a few deadlines to meet at the moment so they'll have to sit in my sketchbook for a while.....


8 July 2008


Had a GREAT day at the studio yesterday....

2 round robin book spreads (which is great because they are now off my desk and more importantly off my conscience!), (btw picture on right - is of the page unfinished - there were buttons in the centres of the flowers when the page was completely finished...)

1 card mock up for secret project, and

10 - yes TEN atc's!!
(can't show you those either because they might be for a secret project too...)

AND I cleared up my desk before I got started!

7 July 2008

got to get creative.....

... and so I have a plan - I've made myself some 'flash cards' of sorts (see left) ... cards that I've put craft related words on, seperated them into categories, and put in envelopes ... so that when I hit a creative brick wall I can pick from the envelopes and work with what comes out - ie pick a base, an embellishment, a technique and hopefully this will reign me in and point me in some kind of direction... I have a lot of 'stuff' to play with when I'm creating and sometimes having too much stuff is harder than not having any!! tooooo many options.

I'll let you know if this system works for me and maybe show the results!
I haven't been able to show these cards until now because the people hadn't received them but now its safe to post: (see, I haven't just been sitting twiddling my thumbs - contrary to popular belief! lol)

Just a quick word on the tennis yesterday! O M G how good was the men's final... I was watching on the computer while working, but after the rain break I went and watched in the lounge (taking work with me) ..... but I had to stop and just watch - and from behind a cushion!! It was just too exciting! I wanted to Federer to win but in the end it was so close either could player could have won and been a justifiable winner. Fantastic!
I'm off to the studio now for the day - taking my flash cards with me!!

6 July 2008

Sometimes you have to get messy......

and have fun in the process... 3 days on and I'm still trying to get paint out from under my nails! :o)
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