Sunday, 28 August 2011

Silk Scarf Painting for a change

I can't believe the summer holidays are nearly over and in one short week it will be time to go back to school again. I have tried to cram in lots of crafty things I was storing up but there is never enough time for it all. Especially when I spend far too much time checking out what other people have been up to on their blogs and don't leave enough for actually doing things myself!
Anyway years and years ago I gave my lovely MIL a kit for decorating her own silk scarf which at the time she was thrilled about but as it turns out not confident enough to actually have a go at. Recently she gave it back and asked if I would like to do it for her as she was worried she would spoil it. Well you don't have to ask me twice to have a go at anything crafty so I cleared a space and here is the result! Luckily the paints, which must be at least 5 years old, hadn't dried up and there were really clear instructions for mixing the different colours on the pack.

The instructions were really easy to follow and as there were several designs to choose from I opted for the one that wasn't too structured as I have a habit of not following rules or recipes too closely! 
After wetting the ready made scarf I twisted the fabric into lots of swirls and then it was just a case of applying the watery paint wherever I felt like it loosely following the instructions.
Choosing an abstract design meant there is no right or wrong!
When I was happy with the design I let it dry.
Then all I had to do was iron the scarf for 5 minutes and it was all done.

 I have to say I was thrilled with the results and so is MIL! There was only one problem however, I now have a whole bunch of silk scarf paint left over and an urge to make lots more. Luckily good old Ebay has a shop with ready made, ready to paint silk scarves. I have a feeling quite a few of my relatives can expect an exclusively  designed silk scarf in their stocking this Christmas!
Now a first, I am going to try joining in a link party. I have enjoyed looking at countless fabulous blogs with so many clever crafty ideas this time I decided to share too....I just need to work out how! 
I am linking up at 

Friday, 19 August 2011

Birthday Buttons

Our new challenge at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days is Use Buttons. This time the challenge is sponsored by Hope Jacare find her Digi stamps here.
There is also a DT call so if you would like the chance to join a design team pop over and have a look.
We had some fantastic entries in the Summer Holidays challenge and I had great fun hopping round Blog land looking at them.

 My card this time was made with someone in mind, my beautiful daughter Emma is 23 this year which I find hard to believe. She sings in a band which they describe as Indie, funk, rock so you can see where I am coming from in my design! All three images are by Cardmadfairy. I coloured the images with her two favourite colours (purple and green) and peach. When I checked my button box to see if I had anything suitable I was really pleased to find one that fitted the bill exactly. Unfortunately when I started to put all the elements together I found the button just wouldn't fit into the overall design so I will have to save it for another occasion. I have added a picture of it so you can see how well it would have fitted in, ah well.

The music in the background is some wrapping paper I bought about 15 years ago when I first started making cards, I don't remember there being any of these fantastic designer papers around then, certainly if there were I wasn't aware of them. I remember using wallpaper and all sorts! The patterned paper is Basic Grey. The ribbon is a piece of trim I bought in London at MacCulloch&Wallis, a fabulous place to find haberdashery, and the heart buttons are from my local craft shop The Art of Craft   where I spend far too much money!
I would like to enter these challenges. complimentary colours (violet/yellow-green)

Friday, 5 August 2011

Summer's here at last!

Morning All, thanks for stopping by. First week of the school holidays over already and finally the sun came out. I spent a few lovely days in Scotland with Jenni but couldn't stay long because my daughter Rachael and her friend are staying for the whole month working at the Edinburgh Festival. We spent a lovely day in Edinburgh with our younger sister Karen at the reopening of the Chamber Street Museum which was fantastic,well worth a visit. The only  disappointment was the fact that they have removed the fish tanks from the grand entrance which have always been there and are a memory from our many childhood visits. Also Jenni had donated some catfish which had become too big for her tank at home and we kind of want to know what happened to them. No-one seemed to know!
While I was there we had a chance to get out in the garden and that is what inspired my card this time. The summer holidays is our theme  over at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days, which is when I get to spend time in the garden enjoying all the flowers and hopefully butterflies, although there have not been so many of those this year.  We are sponsored this time by Sandra who is one of the DT and she has put together a prize of bits and pieces to add to your stash.
For my card I used two different Cardmadfairy images, the A4 sheet of dotty flowers and the butterfly. Isn't the butterfly fab? I wanted it to be the main focus of the card but the thing I love about digi stamps is you can make them any size you like. 
The patterned paper is from the new pad I recently bought but I only used a little so the card didn't look TOO busy! The plain papers are Basic Gray. The metal corners have been in my stash since the world began!
I would like to enter the following challenges.  butterflies In the garden flowers summertime summer things with wings flowers summer anything goes in August anything goes