It all started with making my card for this week's SALT challenge...The theme was taken form Psalm 46:1 "Be still and know that I am God". Lythan writes in her blurb 'I need to know that I am not on my own in all of this - that I can rest in God and he will give me strength. I wish I could follow Desmond Tutu's advice “I am far too busy to pray for less than two hours a day” I certainly need this time to reflect and create and be still with God'. I found this verse that I had stamped form my sister in lawscollection and used it to make this card.
Friday, 13 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
My sister in law is having a craft day to raise some money for a charity called Caring For Life, I made up some felt flower corsage kits to make your own, for her to sell. I thought they would make ideal stocking fillers, or Christmas presents.A friend of mine is organising a baby shower for her sister in law. I made this fimo cake topper for her so that she could have it as a keepsake. It was my first attempt at making something like this and was a bit time consuming, but very enjoyable. Don't look to closely or else you will see some faults! Very difficult not getting fingernail marks and scratches into the fimo (modelling clay) when it is soft!
One morning we woke up to my son's attempt at cake making.... The results may look lovely, but this is a result of letting a 4 1/2 year old loose at candles and sprinkles, this is only part of the mess! The other cake attenpt that he tried was to try and make cake using dried milk powder and milk, with icing...!!!!
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
My turn for the Salt Challenge this week. It came to me almost in a flash, whilst trying to think of a topic. I came up with the word 'Growth' I was thinking along the lines of seeds and how from a small seed comes a tree (been watching a bug's life!) but also about spiritual growth, and how it needs to be worked at. How we grow and learn through testing times. I loved the broadness of the subject, and am excited to see what the design team will achieve and interpret with it! Used a mixture of varieties of Tapestry stamps and similar ones, to create a graduated growth picture, with the verse 'But grow in grace of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory for ever and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18. I offset the word 'growth' to create a shadow effect and 3d mounted the letters, added some prima flowers to complete.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
These chocolate cakes were made under extreme circumstances- as the electricity went in the middle of cooking them! Argh! thankfully they managed to cook in the heat of the oven.
I recently bought some new sprinkles, and wanted to test out my new mini star cutter (another b'day pressie) and my fabby new piping bag! (again another pressie). By the time I put the butter icing on, it had gone a bit loose due to the butter softening so much, but everyone was kind and said they couldnt tell! But you know when things dont turn out just how you want them...
These little gems are made from beetroot! Yep beetroot and chocolate cake, they are very moist and yummy! My mum gave me the recipe, although it is meant for a big cake I thought I would try them out as cupcakes. They are a gorgeous rich maroon colour. I added the hearts for a touch of pazazz!
One of my sisters went to america, and rather than buying me a 'lousy t-shirt' brought back a Martha Stewart Dove punch that I had my eye on! I love it, it is such a great little creature to fill those gaps, and makes a change from using butterflies (my other trusty punch!). I created these 2 cards.
This first was for a friend, a card with a meaning, I used elements of the card to potray her life. The 3 buttons to the bottom right represent her children, the word joyful expressed her, the tag shape, because she used some tags at her party so we knew who's glass was who's. The 2 love birds was her and her husband, and the gingham ribbon to represent the school uniform that our children go to. The strap was from a broken watch that I found on the floor!
You now when time flies... and dates spring upon you! Well my inlaws had there wedding anniversary recently, so I knocked together this card using yes! My birdy punch, and some die cut shapes my sister in law gave me for my birthday, the memories label blended a bit better in colour in real life! I liked the simplicity of this card, and might well make soem more like it!
Sunday, 16 August 2009
I was admiring a brooch on a ladies bag, when she went on to tell me it was made from a zip! It was so effective, and looked like it was colured stitching rather than part of a metal zip. Inspired I looked through the internet to see if I could find a pattern, but to no avail. Instead I found a few other designs. Combining the ideas, this was my first effort maknig a zip brooch, with locally charity shop sorced zips!
Friday, 14 August 2009
Recently made this card inspired by the paper (by Papermania- me thinks?) which had this gorgeous chair design, and an idea form a craft magazine, but adapted it to suit. Ideal for a new home card, retirement or that sort of thing. I had fun making the details, like the picture frame and the lamp. The photo doesnt show up that some of the furniture is stuck on 3d to give it a better effect.
Monday, 27 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
This card I made for the SALT CHALLENGE, the general topic is on prayer, but please read the blurb on the site for more detail. I must admit I was stuck for inspiration until I noticed another person on the design team had used this verse, and I happened to have the same one in a clear sticker! I finally bought myself a pricking tool which I used for the faux stitching around the edge, and some new papers I picked up in a sale.
Some cupcakes I made recently for my son's nursery cake sale. My cards seem to be put on the shelf for the time being whilst I take up my new hobbie of cake decorating! Although I do come back to it now and again. Thanks to my sister Ruth, who gave me the tip on using paper punches on rice paper to make the butterflies! Forever in your debt! Thanks!
Friday, 3 July 2009
Here are some recent frames I did for commissions for some friends. I really enjoyed doing the black and white one, especially as it came out how I wanted! The idea behind it was old fashioned movies, hence the black and white feather and bling! The verse inside is Psalm 121, and was given to a young lady on the occasion of her baptism.This frame was for a couple's wedding anniversary, think it may have been 25 years- hence the touch of silver!
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
This card is for the SALT challenge, here is the blurb 'I have chosen to focus on one element of the Spirit's work - the community of faith. In Acts 2:42-47 Luke describes the amazing first congregation and how they share their lives together totally. It is quite something to try and live up to. How do we become Acts 2 communities today? I also thought about Matthew 18:20 (where two or three are gathered in my name there I am in the midst of them). Being a Minister I feel I have to point out that this reading is not just a reminder of Jesus being with us when there are just a few of us there, but that the context is actually when people are falling out and how to deal with it - but that is part of being a community of faith too. Community of faith could be a church, a group, your family, your area. You may want to focus on the highs or lows of trying to be the people together that Jesus has called us to be. I'll leave it to you and the Spirit to mull over as you create with'. So with 'Matthew 18:20' in mind I used the Unique BG stamp and hero arts Family definition stamp. Gold foil from an easter egg, and LLB paper for the centre.
Friday, 15 May 2009
The SALT challenges of late, have been a challenge and more importantly an encouragement! Challenging in the sense that God really does speak through His word (the Bible). The challenges seem so appropriate to situations I go through. This weeks card was made for a specific couple in mind. When we go through trials, it seems that more struggles are piled on to us, but this verse teaches that through our suffering God's undeserved love shines through, and is enough to get us through, if only we lean and trust in HIM!!!
Thursday, 30 April 2009
Although I subscribe to a craft magazine, I cant say that I tend to get a lot from it.... silly I know, Ishould really cancel the subscription. But while looking for inspiration I came across a card with these torn flowers on, I have seen them before, but never tried it for myself; until now! I tore the circles without the aid of any puches (I dont know if that is what you are supposed to do?) using some co-ordinating coloured off cuts and found some small buttons for the centre. I used the edge of my teweezers to create the piercing effect for the faux stitching and used pencil for the lines. I was pleased with the results, and hope to make some more of those flowers!
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
These are the cards I made for Mothers Day, taking advantage of my new Magnolia stamps. This card I added 3d foam to make certain bits stand out so it really looked like she was sitting on a swing!
Thursday, 19 March 2009
My sister Ruth's turn to take up the topic for this week's SALT challenge, some very moving and poignant words said in her blurb about 'SERENITY'. Do go and read it! In my contribution this week I wanted to make a prayer journal. I know I am for ever failing to spend time with God in prayer, and so I thought if I created a journal it might help me to be more disciplined.
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Our new designers on SALT are finally on board! Welcome to you all! Great news also, we are going to be posting EVERY THURSDAY!
Today we have an extra special treat as our challenge is being sponsored by A Faith Perspective. I got to know Anne at AFP after she sweetly choose my blog as a featured blog of the week a few months ago. Since that time Anne has frequented the SALT blog and highlighted the work of most of the members from our original team on AFP. Anne's commitment to sharing her faith and promoting other faith-based designers, blogs, and galleries through AFP and Scrapbook News & Reviews, an online, subscription-based publication, has been a real blessing to me and the SALT team. With those thoughts in mind, the SALT team wanted to throw out a friendship challenge for this weekend! The scripture verse that came to mind when I was thinking about this challenge was Proverbs 18:24, "A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." My study Bible has these comments on this passage, "...the contrast seems to be between two kids of companions; those whose friendship is superficial and who cause trouble, and the rare friend who is as loyal as a brother."