Tuesday, 21 October 2014

New cross stitch photo

I took another photo of my cross stitch project, as the one yesterday was so poor!

Monday, 20 October 2014

December birthday cards

There are 4 family birthdays in December, so I though I had better get on with making the cards before the Christmas rush. It has also made a nice change from the constant work on the cross stitch and knitting projects.

Here are the first two.

I made this card for my grandson Bradley, who has spina bifida. Just after he started school, Bradley lay on the floor just like this to write me a story!

I made the card using images from the Docraft Boofle CD. I designed the main image and then decoupaged some of the elements. I finished it off with a coat of glaze on the buttons and glasses.

This card is for my daughter in law, Rachel. She has just holidayed at Brean Sands and this reminds me of the beach there. It also brings back fond memories of Camber Sands which is where I took the boys for holidays when they were young.

I took the elements for this card from the Joanna Sheen Tom Mielko project book and CD. I more or less made the card as it is in the book. The striped ribbon is my own touch.

Cross Stitch Update

I try to do a couple of hours cross stitch every day, sometimes more. Now the light is fading earlier, it is getting more difficult to work at the dining room table. I still have so much to do before Christmas.

I want to put the 3 photos I have taken together to show my progress.

I apologize for the quality of the photography. The aida is not discoloured...it's just the poor lighting in the room. But I think you will be able to see the progress I am making.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Working on canvas

I decided to have a go at stenciling and stamping on canvas.

This is an 8" by 8". I prepared the canvas with a pastel green acrylic paint, going around the sides too. I then used Tim Holtz sage green distress ink to sponge around the edges and then through a leaf stencil all over the canvas. This worked very well.

I then decided to stencil around the edges with a sparkle medium using a palette knife. I think I was a bit ambitious starting with a flexible canvas, but nevertheless, it (sort of) worked. Once this was dry, I used a navy blue ink to stamp the main image in the centre of the canvas. The first time, only the edges stamped, again because the canvas flexed! So I put a pile of mount board underneath, and tried again. Fortunately, using an acrylic block and see-through stamp meant I could perfectly line up with the previous effort! I finshed the stamping with a sentiment and a couple of small dragonflies.

I always meant to complete the canvas with a selection of paper flowers. Their positioning was dictated by the mistakes I had made with the sparkle medium!!

The completed canvas looks much better in real life than it does here. The only thing is, I have no idea what I am going to do with it!! I think I will make a series of them in different pastel colours and perhaps persuade hubs to hang them somewhere in the house!!

Knitting baby clothes

Because the cross stitch is so demanding, I have not had time to do much else, craft-wise. However, I do sometimes manage to watch a bit of TV in the evening, so decided to get a couple of knitting projects done at the same time.

Harry's parents have said they do not need clothes or toys for him at Christmas as they have had so many donated by friends with older children. But Rachel does like to see Harry in hand knitted clothing, so I decided to make a couple of items.

This is the first I am knitting, a smart little jacket in natural. So far, the back and left front are finished. It is very quick and easy to make.

I think this one is more for me! A cute teddy outfit!  The wool is so soft.