Posted: December 5, 2013 in This & That
Tags: Alcohol Inks, Candles, Christmas
I made some alcohol ink candles again, as I did last year. These ones are a little less messy. I simply wiped or dabbed the ink onto the candles. These bigger candles also have some pearl metallic mixative on them, making them shimmer nicely, although it doesn’t show so well on the picture.
I think I mentioned once that I really like baubles on Christmas cards. I wasn’t joking.
Posted: November 27, 2013 in Minibooks, Journaling
Tags: Stamping, Journaling
Here are some pages from my little book. As ever, it’s all totally random stuff.
I finished yet another journal sometime in the early autumn. I don’t know why it has to take this long to get pictures online, but it does. Anyway, I was planning on painting the covers but then got lazy and glued strips of patterned paper on them instead. The papers are actually cut from an old scrapbook catalogue – hence the merry mixture. Most other pages use all sorts of scraps, too, and other founds bits.
Here are earlier pages from this journal.
The last two pages are the insides of the front covers. I wanted to stamp a quote on the first page with stamps I’ve carved myself from erasers. Ha, I quickly ran out of space, so it went on from the first page to the last page…and still it didn’t fit. I had to add a strip of paper which folds in and out. I knew those letter stamps were big but I had no idea they were that big. I had to reinvent English grammer, too. Good luck trying to read this!
Posted: November 13, 2013 in Knitting & crochet
All last summer I knitted nothing but mittens. With or without fingers. They are quick and easy and they allow me to follow a film at the same time without missing what’s happening in the film and without making mistakes with the knitting (well, in theory). The idea with fingerless mitts is that they allow the fingers to fiddle with camera knobs while providing a bit of warmth. The problem is that in this country it’s either way too hot for any mitts or it’s simply way too cold for them. If you’re quick and on the ball, there is a small window each year to wear fingerless mitts. Now I have a collection for those rare days.
About knitting while watching films…I don’t like to watch anything on TV with lots of lights on and of course knitting in the darkness is not always the easiest thing to do. Well, it’s easy enough but one can’t really see what one is doing. These mitts (below) were supposed to be beige with various leftover yarns for stripes. First one done, no problem. On the second one I just finished the strips on the wrist and that’s when the film ended and I put more lights on. Bloody hell, the stripes were black, not blue like on the first mitt. Oh well. I knitted the rest of the strips differently, too.
And these if any are true leftover mittens. After finishing them I had literally just couple of inches of the yarn left.
Slightly uneven thicknesses on the various colous here but at least I got the strips the same.
I’d like to knit something else now but can’t really get going with anything. Sigh. Maybe soon.
Posted: November 2, 2013 in ATC, Stamped cards
Tags: ATC, card making, Stamping
I made more new stamps from mouldable foam. These were just test prints but I liked them and made them into ATCs. This first one is made using masks made from air-drying clay.
This one was made using a plastic skeleton. He has a pretty smile, yes? Looks to me more like a monkey than a skeleton though.
And this is another skeleton. For some reason this skeleton has a very small head. The rest of it looks great.
The last one is a star! It’s a doll’s head and it looks spooky as hell!! Brilliant.
I made a Halloween accordion book. The base for it was an advert an insurance company so kindly sent to me.
I cut papers to the right size, stamped and glued them to the accordion book. Easy.
This means ‘smile’. Because what else would you say when your head is hanging from a chain?
The line on this one is from Robert Burn’s poem Tam O’Shanter. It’s a great poem. It would have been great to have a page with a ‘winsome, jolly wench’ but I ran out of pages.
And here’s the finished book, from two sides.