Friday, 15 July 2011



Have you ever wanted something so much that you've tried too hard and things haven't worked out the way you would have liked?  I think that's where I've been - so I have decided just do my best after all the reason for crafting is the enjoyment it brings. 

On the positive side I have tried various techniques - unfortunately not all have been successful, but on the positive side I have discovered what I like and what I don't.  I even thing I've discovered my own style.  I like structure and balance to my creations and like edges finished - sometimes matting and layering isn't enough! 
  • machine sewing - I have really like the results.  Adds elegance, style and finesse.
  • paper piecing - Again I like the results although it does take a time to cut out properly.  Would not use such dark colours on a child image again.
  • image - after choosing image, choose papers and draw out an idea of sketch before colouring image.  Alot easy to match colours this way.  Although you have an idea of sketch you still can change, play with etc to create the look you want.
  • distressing - all forms, inks, tearing, embossing etc
  • watercolouring - would like to work on this technique and try colouring with distressing inks.

That said - Today I used this gorgeous elephant stamp drawn by Chrissy Armstrong and available from Whimsy stamps.

Thought I'd try something new, other people have probably already discovered this but I've not seen it done before.  Printed my digi papers out and stamped the elephant on one of them.  This gave me a background that blending perfectly with the papers and wasn't scark white which I've found I don't always like!


Machine sewing - edges
Dying ribbon

Copics and Promarkers

Digital papers
Plain cardstock - Crafters Companion
Dies used:
Butterfly - Spellbinders
Clear gems
Transfers - wording
Mixture of flowers
American binding ribbon
Best wishes,
Challenges I'm entering this into

Sundays with Crissy - DT Call
Crafty Sentiments - Use Stitching
Do you stack up? - Stitching
Meljens Designs - Buttons and bows
Rainbow Ladies - Stitching
The Rubber Cafe - Use Spellbinders