About Moi

I was born in June 1981, I'm a hearing impaired paper-crafter who loves all things crafty. I sew, although I'm still very much a novice at sewing. I bake and cook hopefully all kinds of delicious treats. I have a huge passion for photography and the camera {yes I'm old school I still use an actual camera} is never far from me. I also love creative writing from making up sentiments/verses for my cards and other paper-craft projects to penning some fiction. I am an avid reader and if you are very unlucky I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Inspired card making

I was a little nervous but totally intrigued by  Ike's Challenge using a Photo for inspiration.  The photo was great but nothing jumped out at me and it wasn’t until I was pondering it whilst bleeding a clutch in the workshop that the inspiration for this piece hit me…the apples in the photo made me think of the evil queen in Snow White {okay so my obsessive watching of Once Upon a Time has inspired me too!} and the hair of a bedraggled person led me to Act 4 Scene 1 in Macbeth, where the witches gather to cast the spell included in the cauldron is the finger of a birth strangled babe ditch delivered by a drab. 

I have used a witch image of Ike's and coloured the top half using promarkers.  The skirt is die cut apples and coloured with inktense pencils.  My background papers are Docrafts; Tilly daydream and art deco.  I googled bat images, printed, cut and coloured using inktense pencils then wrote a quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth on them…”Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and Cauldron bubble.”  The insert continued the Shakespearean theme with act 4 scene 1 and positioned it rising from a cauldron sat on flames.

There is also a Purple/anything goes challenge at A step into the Dark where this might fall into their category.  









Sunday, 18 May 2014

A step into the dark challenge

As many of you know for a very long time {since childhood} I've had a fascination with dead bodies and all things like that, I won't bore you with details I'm sure you've all read the about me post!  So I have finally got the courage to take this into my crafting and this is the result.

I have to say I took the name of the challenge blog VERY literally...it's my first step and it's smaller than a baby step but I confess to enjoying it so will be trying to keep delving into this area of craft. 

You can find the A step into the dark challenge on their blog and I do hope lot's of you play along.

For this project I used Skellie Gossip from Ikes Art.  I totally love this image and hope that my friends and I will still be gossiping as skeletons and without a doubt we will be eating cake!

I coloured the image using "Putty" promarker and cut it out, I used a printed gravestone from my good friend google and coloured it with a grey promarker.  I used docrafts gold sparkle embossing powder for the gravestone inscription which reads "Two Best friends, together in death as in life".




I've attached it to the skeletons so that it appears they are sat at a table made from an old gravestone.  I've added a cupcake stamp {docrafts I think} and coloured it with promarkers.



This is where I went a insane, I stamped a coffee cup making sure I placed the skeleton image on the card so I knew where to stamp the cup {free from an old issue of craft stamper} and wrote {what's one more cake between friends}.  I stamped the cup again on scrap card and used low tack masking tape rolled up to make a mask of the cup and stuck it over the cup on the card.  I inked the background using distress inks {black soot, chipped saphire, faded Jeans}. making sure not to go under the cup mask.  Then I removed the mask being careful not to rip the card.  I inked over the cup using scattered straw distress ink to create a rather abstract {or insane} moon.



Finally after using double sided tape to adhere the skeleton and add some gem stars to the night sky.  



I have REALLY enjoyed playing along with this challenge and although it's not as 'dark' as I would like I hope to get progressively darker as I go along.  Thank you for letting me play and encouraging me!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Photo Mania

As many of you know I have a firm interest in photography {only the basics} and cannot resist a quick snap!

I have chosen to make this scrapbook Layout with Ike's Challenge in mind.  The theme this time for Ike's Challenge is "Things with Wings" and I had very recently snapped a pic of  Ladybird I had rescued.

This has to be the most basic of Layouts and I had a 'sudden inspiration' moment part way through for  a different project.  I tried sketching and it didn't help and as I have no where to put one project while I do another I had to plough on.  I used docrafts butterfly ribbon/washitape as another 'winged' thing.  Ike's image is a bird sitting on the photo of the ladybird.  I have no idea what possessed me to add the buttons!  I should also warn my photo printed strange I suspect I'm low on ink, after considering a reprint I decided the almost blue hue on part of the bush wasn't too bad and I'd go ahead and use it.



The dragonflys are from a mask and I have used a combination of gems and inktense pencils for colouring them.



The ladybirds are a stamp from Docrafts that I have cut out and coloured with promarkers.



The rhyme around the photograph is "Ladybird, Ladybird fly away home your house is on fire and your children all gone.  All except one and that's little Anne and she crept under the baking pan."  The photo is matted on Docrafts Tilly Day dream papers.




Secondly I am AMAZED to say a fellow blogger has asked me to participate in this!  It is my first so I do hope I am doing it right and excitement may take over, sorry.  I don't know many blogs but will name those I can.








1-What is your favorite shape/size of card to make?

None, I like anything that’s different, strange a little difficult and unusual…However, I mostly use little square ones simply because they were on offer when I last bought cards.

2-What tool can you not live without?
My imagination!  I know it’s not a tool in the physical sense but without it I could not make anything.

3-Do you have your own craft room or space?


No craft room but I have a desk in the corner of the living room…some days I hate this and others I love it.
4-Do you only make cards or do you make other types of crafting?
Art journaling, decoupatch, cards, scrapbooking and 3d things…altered photoframes erm I do some parchment too oh and does baking count? I make my own cake toppers etc.

5-What has been your biggest crafting achievment?


Moving forward and not being scared or feeling I’m not clever or confident enough to try something new.
6-What is your favorite craft store or website?
Craft store has to be Craftasmic {Taunton in Somerset} and website would be Ike’s

7-What is your favorite paper that you have that you cannot cut!?
None!  I’m not a big fan of papers, I buy a pack I like I use it and then wait months for another one I like to appear.

8-Do you craft with the tv or music on - what would you be watching/listening to?
I bake  and make cake toppers with music, mostly Mark Moraghan and Sara Ramirez oh Musical sound tracks but occasionally the tv/dvd and then it’s going to be Bones, CSI  or anything with a very very gruesome dead body…the only none dead body programme I really watch is Once upon a time!

9-Do you work outside the home?
That depends on the definition of work, I do lots of things under a title I use called ‘being taken advantage of’.

10-What do you do if you lose your Mojo? 
I used to force my way through it and pressure myself into creating something, in recent months I’ve found myself losing more mojo than I have ever had so I curl up in a chair with a blanket and watch dead bodies.

11-Which is your favorite Digi Stamp company?
Ike’s.  This is because I’m new to Digi stamps and find the whole process complicated but Ike is wonderful and very very supportive and helpful, the best customer service in the world!

Find out more about my creative side HERE!







I will be nominating 5 people to answer these same questions.  It's a great way in our community to get to know one another's blog, and something about each other that we would not likely know.


Sal