Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Thanks Netty! **** UPDATE****

Netty passed this *one lovely blog* award on to me before I went into hospital, but I didn't have the opportunity to post it till now. Thanks a lot Netty, and I will pass it on to other worthy crafters in the next few days. Netty makes wonderful things, and is a very creative lady, so have a look at her blog!
I have decided to give the award to the following people, who all have lovely blogs:
Sue C -
Gill -
Alma -
Sue Bubbles -
Maria -
Carole G -
Gina -
So pick up your award!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Home sweet home.....

Just a short post today to say that I am happy to be back home after being in hospital last week to have various parts of my interior operatively removed. The staff in the *Florence Nightingale* hospital here were all very friendly and caring, and I always had the feeling that I was in competent hands. I will not describe any details of the Op or the pains and discomfort afterwards, suffice to say that it all went without complications, and it's a good feeling to be back in my own four walls. Came home with a taxi yesterday, and the driver was very grumbly that it was such a short drive - about one mile - and dumped me and my case unceremoniously in front of the door, and refused to carry my case up the stairs. So I dragged it up to the second floor with my last vestige of strength and draped myself on the couch to recover! Hope to be able to get back to doing some crafting in the course of the week when I can sit and move with less discomfort and fatigue, but just now it's rest that I need. The picture of Florence Nightingale - who did her nursing training here at the hospital in Kaiserswerth - visiting her patients does NOT show the ward I was on; I had a large, quiet room just for me. But hats off to a great lady who revolutionised caring for the sick in her day.
Thanks to all my friends, especially Sue B,Gina, Alma, Maria & Netty, who sent me encouraging texts and mails containing lots of healing sparkles. So, here's hoping we all stay healthy.
Have a good week you all!

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Some owl tags for the LIIU Challenge No.3

Decided to make myself a lazy day today after a few very stressful days with too little sleep, a lot of work and no time for crafting! So I declared today to bath and craft day, and up till now it has been very relaxing. Been playing with some new TH embossing folders, and made 2 tags and a card inspired by the LIIU challenge, which involves using your favourite stamp and a charm. My favourite tag at the moment is the owl, which I have used here. The small tag has been embossed with the TH notebook folder, distressed, and then embellished with some black netting, half a lace doily, an owl which has been stamped, embossed, brushed with perfect pearls and then cut out and mounted onto the tag. The eyes have been enhanced with soot black stickles, and the owl is holding a key-charm in his beak and some flowers in his claws. The card has been stamped with a script stamp using resist ink, then distressed, and a silver moon and the owl stamped over it. The owl has been embossed and brushed with perfect pearls, and the card has been completed with some hand doodling, a prima vine and a TH *On the edge* die cut, for which I used cardboard which has been embossed with bronze and silver. The third tag has been stamped and embossed as before, and then placed behind a frame, which has also been stamped, embossed and cut out by hand. Added some flowers, a bow with a rose charm and a white down feather as decoration.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Which Witch lives in Which Witch House?

One of my favourite songs when I was at school was *The hag’s astride* from Robert Herrick, an English poet who lived from 1591 to 1674. While I was making the Halloween tags, the melody was going round in my head, a fitting background for spooky pictures. The tag has been cut from some cardboard packaging, distressed with TH inks in blue, grey, yellow and green tones, and stamped with some flowery scrolls. The haunted house is a Sizzix die-cut, as are the bats and the skeleton. The other decorations were bought from a local stationery shop last year; the skull badge was on my sneakers and the other skull part of a bracelet. The frog prince has been sitting on my desk waiting to be used for a long time. BTW, I never tried to kiss him, I don’t believe in fairy tales….

The Hag.
THe Hag is astride,
This night for to ride;
The Devill and shee together:
Through thick, and through thin,
Now out, and then in,
Though ne'r so foule be the weather.
2. A Thorn or a Burr
She takes for a Spurre:
With a lash of a Bramble she rides now,
Through Brakes and through Bryars,
O're Ditches, and Mires,
She followes the Spirit that guides now.
3. No Beast, for his food,
Dares now range the wood;
But husht in his laire he lies lurking:
While mischeifs, by these,
On Land and on Seas,
At noone of Night are working,
4. The storme will arise,
And trouble the skies;
This night, and more for the wonder,
The ghost from the Tomb
Affrighted shall come,
Cal'd out by the clap of the Thunder.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Tombstone City Revisited....

I love making things for autumn and Halloween, and today I just needed a bit of fun….The *tombstones* have been cut by hand from white cardstock, and distressed with TH inks in pumice stone, weathered wood and forest green. The die cuts are from Sizzix, the owls stamps are from Hero Arts, and the foliage stamp is from LaBlanche. Added some numbers, a Prima flower, a skull, a text stamp *By the pricking of my thumbs….* and some hand doodling. The tags were great fun to make, and just something different. The small *graves* on 2 of the tags open up to reveal Halloween surprises….

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Nostalgic tags for the *let's ink it up* challenge

I don't usually enter many challenges, but decided to do one for a change...Made 2 tags using ceramic paper, the background has been stamped first with resist ink, then distressed with TH inks, and stamped using archival ink for the face and stazon for the owl and skull. The images have then been clear embossed. The owl and the skull have been powdered with perfect pearls. The tags have then been embellished with lace, flowers, buttons and some hand doodling. Thanks for looking!

Friday, 10 September 2010

A-Z of me

I made this A-Z of me last year, I think in October or November, worked a whole week non- stop to get it done. Once I started I couldn't stop, so I just kept going till it was finished. And my flat looked like I had been crafting more or less non-stop for weeks, chaos as far as the eye could see, and even more where it couldn't. (Well, actually, nothing unusual, is it?) And as I have been crafting a lot this week, too, doing nice, messy things with ink and embossing powders, it looks pretty awful.... But next week I really am going to clear up. (Well, I have to, because my friend Inge is coming to stay with me for a few days....) Reminds me of one of the sayings of St. Augustine, *Lord, make me holy, but not yet*. And for some reason I didn't blog it, so here it is now; enjoy, and have a nice weekend, whatever you have planned!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The last of the cardboard box tags - for this week!

OK, I am sure I will be back in business as soon as I have dug the rest of the cardboard out of my bottomless hall closet. But it's the last one for today, anyway!

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Causing distress to innocent cardboard boxes....

Well, I have been at it again. I finished off three of the tags I started on Sunday. For 2 I have used the TH embossing folders again, and then did several layers of colouring and embossing and perfect pearls to give them real depth and shine. The third one is partly peeled cardboard, embossed with clear embossing ink and then different metallic embossing powders and perfect pearls, and then stamped with the pocket watch (a lovely stamp from *LaBlanche*) and embossed again. This also gives a lot of depth and shine to the tags. I have included pics of the tag at this stage, too, before decorating with TH die cuts (lock and key) and an autumn fairy. There is also a little face looking out from behind the key-hole, but it's hard to see on the photos. Was fun playing around again, and I like the colours in the tags which show up differently according to the light falling on them! Have a nice day you all, happy crafting and try some experimenting - it's fun!

Sunday, 5 September 2010

And yet another cardboard box distressed....

Had a nice weekend, in spite of the gloomy and misty begin yesterday. I visited my friend Inge , where we enjoyed another gay old ladies' day - an eclectic mixture of talking about God and the world, enjoying our food, playing Skipbo and Rummycub, and just enjoying each other's company. Poor Inge had bad backache, but she is very courageous! We got up late this morning, enjoyed a nice breakfast, and then I went round to her daughter, B,and we crafted all afternoon. Of course, we did have a few little breaks for lunch (yummy, B, thanks!!), coffee and a wonderful dessert which her Dad brought us. And in between talking we both managed to do some crafting. B made a beautiful new-baby card, and then worked on her album, and I played with 2 TH embossing folders, cardboard, lots of different embossing powders & distress inks and other bits and pieces. The cardboard has been cut into tag form, embossed, distressed with different colours of ink, & clear embossed. Then the raised parts have been inked with archival black, and then partly embossed again with bronze, silber and gold. Then I put on a bit of perfect pearls in different colours and heated it again. The bird is on the cage this time, and the *nest* has been made from some fibres sent to me by Maria some weeks back. The golden numbers on the BINGO card were part of a big bagfull I bought at the flea market in Königswinter for next to nothing. Was fun to make, as always, and I have another 4 tags waiting to be embellished in the course of the week! Have a good week you all, and take care!

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Season of mists.....

Keat's *Ode to Autumn* was the first thing I thought of when I looked out of the window this morning. Actually I said *Mist!* when I looked out, but then *mist!* in German really means *manure* so it's a somewhat more polite way of saying *sh*t!* Had a bad sleep, with silly dreams, and a blanket which kept falling off the bed instead of keeping me warm, and then woke up in time to see a quick flash of red where the sun was rising before it disappeared into the mist. I think the sun has now gone back to bed, as it is nowhere to be seen, perhaps I should do the same....But I decided to stay up, drink lots of hot coffee to warm me and dissolve the mists of despair which are enveloping me today, and then to see what the day brings. After such a dismal beginning, it can only get better....I hope!!

And here is Keat's beautiful poem for those who like to remember what they learnt (or didn't!) at school:

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,-
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.