Friday, 27 September 2013

Horology.... or the passing of time!

Hi everyone, I've another card for you!  This one was made with the challenge subject of 'Horology' and....  I actually knew what the word meant without the need to refer to a dictionary... gold star for my chart I think - lol!  Next problem.... how to depict time passing as couldn't really have a ticking clock on a card could I?  Anyhow I came up with the card below showing the changing seasons....

Base card is A4 folded to A5 using a gorgeous (gold sheen) pearlescent card from my stash, I only know that it's not Centura Pearl, although that would have worked too.  The tags are an old Spellbinder die that I've had for years and each one has been matted onto gold embossed paper and then Kraft card, these two layers were cut by hand after drawing around the die I used and adjusting size to give the borders.  The little tree stamp is by Clarity and each little scene was completed using Whispers pens and kitchen roll as I couldn't lay my hands on my cut & dry foam - found it today tho'.... typical!  I masked off the little 'sun' with a piece of Card Candi as I didn't have a punch the right size - thankfully Quickie glue pen is repositionable if left to dry before being stuck to anything!  The pocket watch is again a Spellbinder die I've had for years, the tiny hands are separate so you can set them to whatever time is appropriate for your project (so long as you don't drop them on the floor and spend ages looking for them.... oh yes, it happened!).  Strips of Kraft card and the gold paper were cut and matted to add detail to the front and the sentiment is made up of individual alphabet rub ons from my stash and I added Flowersoft in appropriate colours for a bit of texture.

So there it is... Horology.... or at least my depiction of it!

I'd love to know what you think of my efforts, so please leave a comment if you wish.

'Til next time, keep safe and happy

Hugs  Su x

Ooops, forgot to say that I'm entering this into a couple of challenges:-

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

On a roll!

Definitely some kind of record for me.... third post in two days!!

Well, I said I'd be back with another part of my entry for the Beading Friends Forever September Challenge, yesterday I showed you my Dragonfly Brooch for the 'Anything Goes' part so today it's my entry (ies) for the 'Tutorial' section of the challenge that I'd like you to see.  It's a beaded cocktail ring that can be made in two versions, the first is quite flat to the finger when worn....

and I chose to make a bit of a 'statement' by using 4mm white faux pearls and black #11 seed beads both from my stash- just for a bit of 'drama' - lol!

I followed the specified tutorial (Beaded Cocktail Ring - Aleshia / Beadifulnights) and must say that the results are well worth the effort and it's  also very comfortable to wear.  This is my first attempt at a ring of any description and I feel I may be making more as they'd fit very nicely inside Christmas Crackers as a little gift to friends and family (not the men.... obviously - rofl!)

This is the second version of the tutorial, with a much higher 'domed' profile when worn, again all the beads are from my stash #11 silverlined crystal seed beads and #8 rich red seed beads instead of the pearls, you can see the detail of the ring band on this one, which is very pretty too.

As yesterday's post these are being entered into the BFF September challenge:-

Hope you like them as much as me!

Thanks for popping by

Su x

Monday, 23 September 2013

And along came another....

This has got to be some kind of record (well for me anyhow!) two posts within an hour or so!  This is my version of  Rachel Norris' wonderful Dragonfly design.  Thank you Rachel for the brilliant instructions on your first DVD 'Rachel Norris - Wirework Masterclass 1'  and I look forward to attempting some of the other elements on there (once my fingers have recovered - lol!)

It's only the second 'major' piece of wirework jewellery I've attempted, the first being Rachel's lovely 'Daisy' design (hmm... not sure if I've shown you that one, will check and post a pic if not already done so!)

The whole brooch is made using various gauges of chartreuse coloured silver plated copper wire with moss agate beads for the body and fancy jasper for the eyes and tiny beads on the wings.  I had a couple of attempts at the wings - the first of which could've easily fitted a Lancaster Bomber (lol!) anyhow I scaled them down and got things more in proportion (the larger set are still in tact in a box to be used at a later date).

I'm pretty pleased with the finished item, and look forward to learning more about wirework and trying new techniques in this medium in the future. It just goes to show what even a beginner like me can achieve with good instructions and a little determination.

I'm entering 'my' dragonfly in a couple of challenges - NEBBIES (on Facebook) and the
 'Anything Goes' part of the September challenge for Beading Friends Forever at

I'll be back tomorrow with my entries for the 'tutorial' part of the BFF September Challenge, so will say Goodnight for now.

Crafty Hugs

Su x

Long distance Christmas card!

Here goes nothing, my first Christmas card of the year!  I'm off to South Africa in a couple of weeks time to see where my brother and sister-in-law live, they've been out there for about ten years and this will be my first ever visit, also my first every 'long haul' trip so I'm pretty excited and, as the year is flying by thought I'd take their Christmas card with me as postage out to them is a totally 'silly' price even for the flattest of cards! I'm just hoping they don't spot it here on my blog.......

Base card is 8x8" (made from two A4 sheets) Super Smooth white card, with various matted layers of 'old gold' pearlescent paper, red pearlescent card, green pearlescent card which were embossed using 'Rose Garden' and 'Music' Embossalicious folders from Crafters Companion and I carefully coated the raised areas on the red card with Galaxy Gold Brilliance inkpad, just to add a bit of extra interest to the background.  The gold satin ribbon is from my stash with the bow tied by hand using the integral bowmaker on the Ultimate Pro again from Crafters Companion.

The gorgeous digi image (Vintage Beauty 1 - Item No: 0021) is from a lovely new shop 'Scribble & Scrap' ( and was coloured by hand using various markers:- Graph-Its: 4125; 4115 & 4155 = skin, Spectrum Noir: DR2; 4; 6 &7 = dress/roses & lips, TN2; GB5 & EB3 = hair, CT4; CR2 & Blender for 'Christmas Roses' with the sash and leaves a mixture of LG5; DG3 & 4.  Spellbinders Labels 28 was used to cut the shape after hand cutting around the sections that would protrude from the base shape (I didn't want to lose them!) - again it justs adds a little extra detail, this was then layered up onto matching mats of  red, old gold and green pearlescent paper which were cut using my Cameo to get the nice even finish.  Inside the card is finished with complementary insert and appropriate verse for the occasion.

Ooops, nearly forgot... had a bit of a dilemma as to how to put the greeting on the front, especially with the deep embossing ..... came up with the idea of a peel off from my stash onto acetate which I then cut around and raised/adhered with some very thin 'slivers' of clear Zots!

As well as it being a special  'family' card I'm also entering it into the following challenges:-

Wish me luck, and please feel free to leave a comment as I love to see what people think of the items I make!

Take care, crafty hugs to one and all

Su x

Sunday, 1 September 2013

It had to be done.....

It was my OH's birthday at the beginning of August and, as he's a keen darts player I couldn't resist but to make him a 'pub' card...

...complete with darts player on the inside, he's concentrating hard on the game - you can tell by his tongue sticking out - lol!

Both digi images were based on an idea by a friend of mine, and coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers from Crafters Companion onto white Super Smooth cardstock - I reckon my tongue was probably sticking out too whilst I concentrated on the colouring.  I cut around the 'pub' to make the base card as I thought it was an interesting shape and it was only whilst I did this that I realised it was a tankard in its own right!  doh!  Anyhow, the card had the desired effect and made my dear OH laugh when he saw it; so all the effort was worthwhile.

Hope you like it and, look forward to catching up again soon.

Su x