Monday, October 25, 2010

get ready for Christmas...

Been playing around with mica powders lately and today being the 25th of the month was a get ready for Christmas class...
This was stamped and heat embossed and then painted with mica powders - very elegant...
and these two cards were spritzed with mica powders and with die cut and embossed baubles...same elements but one mounted onto black and one onto white card.
Trudie, Jean and Angie after this afternoon's 25th class... three very happy ladies - Trudie's a complete newbie...

Seven children tonight between age 6 and 9 - lots of noise, some singing and lots of work done on their black and white albums.
So that's me - completely shattered but very happy.
Bye for now

Sunday, October 24, 2010

the text read " she said yes"

Just wanted to share my happy news with you all.
Just had a text from my youngest son who took his girlfriend on a surprise holiday to Paris and they climbed all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower tonight where he said isn't this romantic and she said yes so he pulled out a diamond engagement ring and she said yes again. Woohoo!! I am soooo happy - they are such a lovely couple. They have been together three and a half years and are so much in love.
Bye for now

Friday, October 8, 2010

at last - some me work done

Don't you just love the cover of my new Moleskine. I bought it in Holland in February and thought I would never use it but well you know - it has been stroked and admired loads so off came the cellophane and this is what I have been working on in spare moments...did I say that??? I never have spare moments!!! oh well!

here is the inside front cover complete with doodling and a little watercolouring to try to disguise the marks left by those Dylusion inks on the next page. The little campervan was already there with some words which I have incorporated. I am quite pleased with this but I like the next two pages even more ....

- more Dylusions sprays - you would think I loved these wouldn't you!! well I do! and some heat embossing and stamping (isn't she great) a bit of writing and doodling and da!da! its done.
I also love my watercolours - they are made by Lyra and are like wax crayons. They have the most intense colour and are so creamy to use. I have had these for years and they never seem to get any smaller although the blue one melted with the heat here...

My other new best friends are these little beauties - a foam spreader thingy which applies gesso just beautifully and two gelly roll pens from Sakura that seem to write perfectly on any painty or inky surface.

This afternoon we drove to Benidorm to buy some bags for the shop and stopped for a coffee on the way home at Albir. There were people in the sea and lying on the beach.

Today's date, time and weather and yes it was 36 degrees at 15.49 Phew!

Bye for now


Thursday, October 7, 2010

adding onto last post...

I would forget my head if it was loose - can't blame this one on Blogger!!!

Here are September's pages finished...
and this is October's page as it stands at the moment - I will add to it as the month goes on...The writing in the top left corner says...
The Jacaranda is a tropical beauty with its soft graceful fern-like foliage and clusters of fragrant, purple trumpet shaped blooms
and in the bottom right
It is said that if you are walking underneath the Jacaranda tree and one of the trumpet blossoms fall on your head you will be favoured by fortune
and in the bottom left it says
The fruit is technically a berry ranging from 2 to 4 inches in diameter.
Leaves are dark green, pointed with a round base and from 3 to 5 inches. Leaves can live for as long as 3 to 5 years.
so that's my Life as an Edwardian lady done then!!
Bye for now

Aahhh, October is here!!!

This was the sky as I pulled into our drive on Monday night at 7.30 - isn't it spectacular. I took loads of photos but I won't bore you so here's just one...
These are the youngsters having a good time at Monday night's class - they are sewing ricrac and die cut flowers onto the back cover of their black and white albums... This is a Jacaranda tree in our garden that has fern like leaves...

and our beautiful orange tree - sadly this tree might not survive as we are having an extension to the downstairs bedroom and it will have to be moved...the oranges on here are the sweetest you can find... I took one Jacaranda and one orange leaf and one from a tree that might be a fig tree - it self seeded so who knows! and used Dyan's Dylusions sprays and sprayed over two pages of my 365 day challenge diary - long overdue but better late than never eh Kate!...I then wrote a little about each and did a bit of sketching and doodling
I drew around an orange tree leaf onto hammered card to give a good texture and then cut 30 more and then sprayed them, again with Dylusions - very messy but fun - boy did my hand ache after cutting 31 of them!! I will write on the leaves each day and stick them in at intervals when I have two or three... and this is some of the youngsters having a laugh at class last night...

More soon
Bye for now