'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

I’ve wanted this stamp for a long, long time and one day, while I was looking for something else, I spotted it on Ebay, so I just had to have it… you know how it is?
I stamped the flowers again on dictionary pages, then cut them out and coloured them, although it’s hard to see that from the pic. The face is stamped again on glossy card, then attached before the flowers.

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I highlighted some of the wording with white pen and although it isn’t very obvious, it does lift it a little because the background was pretty dark.
Just an aside but is anyone else having problems with Blogger in Draft?  My approved comments keep disappearing completely!  I see them, read them, tick to publish and they’re just disappearing. I thought it was a typical blogger glitch but this morning, I published 5 comments and they’re simply gone!  Frustrating …. :-(

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

I love this shade of blue.  Blue is my favourite colour, although I tend to veer more towards teals, firstly because I like the way they blend and secondly because it’s really hard to find an ink in a ‘good’ cornflower blue, which is my absolute favourite.  Most inks are either too deep and invasive or too pale to blend well.  Colorbox Sky Blue pigment ink is about the closest I’ve found to my favourite shade and this one is pretty close – it’s a Stampin Up ‘Baby Blue’ (I think – or is it Ballet Blue?).

I really must say a big THANK YOU to those of you who haven’t forgotten me!  I really thought you would have, after almost a year of not posting, but you’ve really brought a smile to my face (and some tears to my eyes) with all your lovely comments.  Thank you again xxx
On Sunday, I went on a small tour of the Williamson Tunnels, underneath Liverpool. It was fascinating, if somewhat short but I got some good photos and here’s one of them you may be able to use in your artwork.  It’s taken at an angle – sorry about that – and there’s a bit of reflection because the receipts were laminated, but they’re still usable and extremely authentic :-)  Just click to enlarge.
There are some really interesting stories behind those bottles and we were given a potted history of how bottling carbonated drinks has progressed over the years – fascinating.  Apparently, there are two different ‘Friends of Williamson Tunnels’, working in different areas of LIverpool, so we’re planning on visiting the other one soon, just to compare.

Monday, 25 July 2011

I’m coming to realise that not all stamps are created equal. I’m not a big fan of clear stamps to begin with, although I love the way they’re so easy to position, but they never seem to stamp as perfectly as real rubber and they just don’t last.  Couldn’t resist this one and although I love it, I wouldn’t recommend it cos of the quality. Hey ho… we live and learn.
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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Just another play – this time with a stencil, overstamped with a few of my faves.


Saturday, 23 July 2011

All over and done with – I hope, although I’m still afraid to count my chickens cos that last piece of work I handed in was the worst and most quickly thrown together I’ve ever handed in, but at least there’s nothing pending for now :-)  It’s a strange feeling, though, after 8 weeks of frenetic activity, with my parents coming over, followed by my nephew and niece, my son’s wedding, lots of observations one after the other, with various meetings, etc, 5 busy days in York with my brother, Ash and Rach after saying a tearful goodbye to Mum and Dad (again) then a quick catch up with my son and his new wife before the kids left on Monday – I’ve really missed having them all within easy reach and it was a real treat.  But hey ho, life goes on and rarely stays the same!
Here’s a photo of each of them.  Still can’t get over how grown up they are because they were only 6 and 8 when they left England.  They’ll be 18 and 21 this year!
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Kind of feels wrong to not be manic or working on something but I’m going to try to take advantage of it before I have to start manically job hunting – not easy at the moment!
The week before last, I managed to get my hands on some of those brilliant storage units they have in Infant schools – the wooden type with lots of plastic drawers – so the first thing I did after handing in my work was to start reorganising my craft room – eek!  Can’t believe I amassed so many new stamps while I wasn’t even stamping, but at least I have new stuff to play with, he, he! Still haven’t finished reorganising, but it’s better than it was and the room’s actually been cleaned for the first time in about ten years – ooer! I’ll get piccies of the units soon, but for now, just wanted to upload the first card I made in my cleaner room, lol.
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Yep, they’re my favourite colours but I just love this stamp from Indigo Blu.  I bought one at Port Sunny but Mum liked it, so I let her have it.  Didn’t know if I’d be able to get another one, but I managed it, so I had to try it out.  I’ve been playing with some background stuff after watching some Dinah (should there be an ‘h’ ‘or not?)  Wakely journalling videos, so the background is a mishmash of my short experimental playtimes.   I have a few more things in progress and hope to stamp some more in the next few days, although I’m hoping to get to France very soon to see a special friend.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Just indulged myself in a KCUK ATC swap :-)
It’s black and white and a touch of colour – and it really is just a touch of colour. I’ve entered these into Theme Thursday’s ATC challenge.

bwatc2   bwatc5
bwatc6   bwatc3
That was fun – now back to work :-(

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Had a difficult few days after the joys of my son’s wedding last weekend.  Mum and Dad left for New Zealand – again – and it seems harder to say goodbye every time we say it. 
Today is potentially the last day of my placement (unless we have to put on an extra class so that some absentees can finish their formal assignments) followed by a summative meeting, and I needed some quick Thank you cards, so I took refuge in a bit of stamping therapy.

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Then I spent a little time playing around with some colour for a change, using a new stamp a really good friend surprised me with a couple of weeks ago, along with some fabby narrow double sided tape, the exact size I needed for my tags for the wedding place settings.
Here’s a place setting.
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and here’s the card  finished last night.  I added colour with my Prisma pencils after stamping.
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Can’t not post a photo of my son and new daughter-in-law – I’m still basking in that memory, despite the sadness of the last couple of days.
One assignment to go – once I’ve completed this file I’m working on – so I’m  hoping I’ll soon be able to stamp more often – yay!  Something to look forward to, although I’m thinking of spending some time with my brother, in York, followed by a trip to see my best ever friend in France.  We’ll see!