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!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

All Hallows Eve

I don't normally go in for "Halloween" and prefer to view it as All Souls Eve or All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve but I'm excited it is Halloween at Ikes world challenges as I can embrace the dead and witches aspect.

 It's ancient customs are a mixture of Pagan and Christian belief and was originally celebrated in May but around eight centuries ago was moved to a more dark and dreary date.

In parts of Europe bells are run at dusk for the departed souls and lit candles were placed on graveyard tombs.  It was the Polish who originally believed the empty churches were haunted at midnight because of which doors and windows were left open the following day to welcome ghosts into their homes.

More widely known is the Celtic belief derived from the Celtic night of the dead and the Samhain festival which was observed at All Hallows Eve.  The Celts believed that on this night the veil between this world and the next was at it's thinnest and that the souls of those departed in the last year were travelling their lonely way to the other world and thus for a few hours ghosts could and did walk this earth.

Some people went on to believe that any ghost that became trapped in this world having missed the small time slot to enter the next world would be trapped here until the next All Hallows Eve.  Others believed that the ghosts that remain were those who were unable to rest in peace in the next world, such as those who were murdered and whose murderers were never caught and brought to justice, those who had unfinished business in this world and needed to set things straight or remain to care for and watch over a loved one.

It was during Medieval England that people went "a-Souling" on the 2nd of November.  This invovled going from door to door to beg for a special small cake that was marked with a cross and called a soul cake.  Every cake eaten would free a soul from purgatory.  It is during this period that today's custom of Halloween began with the begging of Soul Cakes and carving Turnips to remember the dead.  Soul Cakes were also left in cemeteries and grave yards to feed the dead and pacify them so they wouldn't cause any mischief.  This malevolent view of the dead could and probably was the beginning of Gothic horror tales, the original stories of vampires and the arisen dead in the form of Ghosts and ghouls.

All Hallows eve is followed by All Hallows or All Souls day, the day when prayers are offered for the departed and they are remembered fondly.  There are various religious historical perspectives of All Soul's day, Most involve the dogma of purgatory and how the ringing of bells can comfort a soul being cleansed in purgatory and feeding the poor with Soul Cakes can alleviate the suffering of Souls in Purgatory.

In England All Souls day was merged with All Saint's Day for the Church of England religion and became known as the Commeroration of the Faithful Departed.  Yet among Continental Protestants it has been more concisely maintained.  During Martin Luthar King's lifetime All Souls Day was widely observed although the Roman Catholic meaning had ceased to exist.  Although it has since become an extension of All Saints Day many Lutherans still visit and decorate the graves on all the days of Allhallowtide including All Souls Day.

Images used

Witch
Witch
Tell tale heart
Zombie Frog, rat and brain
Fire word art
Fire hair from the element fire

Products used

Metal Halloween embellishments
Promarkers
White Cardstock
Archival pigment ink, Brilliance Moonlight white
Black cardstock
Liquid pearls
Red miri card
White gel pen
Dracula quote
Heart, nevermore, raven and Skull stamp from Smeared Ink
Silver mirri card
Skull embellishments
We R Memory keepers box punch board
Floral embossing folder
Distress Inks



For this card I stamped the skull as a background in white ink, I coloured and cut out the tell tale heart image and used metal embellishments and liquid pearl for blood.  The sentiment is written on the stamped heart in white gel pen.

Print colour and cut your images, matt them if required.  Score your box {I used a box maker} and cut a hole in the bottom, then build your box as normal Once decorated set aside and make your twisted easel card.  Cut a hole in the card base to match the box.  Tape the card onto the box {remember to have your box upside down so the holes match up.  Fill the box with Trick or Treat treats. 


I wasn’t going to share this last one but hey we all mess things up from time to time and oh boy did I with this one!  I stamped the ravens upside down THREE times before I just gave up and twisted the card around and added the witch on an angle.  








Sunday, 18 October 2015

All Souls Eve Colours at One Stitch at a Time

It's all about All Souls Eve and the colours surrounding that at One Stitch at a Time challenge blog this fortnight.

I don't normally go in for "Halloween" and prefer to view it as All Souls Eve or All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve. It's ancient customs are a mixture of Pagan and Christian belief and was originally celebrated in May but around eight centuries ago was moved to a more dark and dreary date.

In parts of Europe bells are run at dusk for the departed souls and lit candles were placed on graveyard tombs.  It was the Polish who originally believed the empty churches were haunted at midnight because of which doors and windows were left open the following day to welcome ghosts into their homes.

More widely known is the Celtic belief derived from the Celtic night of the dead and the Samhain festival which was observed at All Hallows Eve.  The Celts believed that on this night the veil between this world and the next was at it's thinnest and that the souls of those departed in the last year were travelling their lonely way to the other world and thus for a few hours ghosts could and did walk this earth.

Some people went on to believe that any ghost that became trapped in this world having missed the small time slot to enter the next world would be trapped here until the next All Hallows Eve.  Others believed that the ghosts that remain were those who were unable to rest in peace in the next world, such as those who were murdered and whose murderers were never caught and brought to justice, those who had unfinished business in this world and needed to set things straight or remain to care for and watch over a loved one.

It was during Medieval England that people went "a-Souling" on the 2nd of November.  This invovled going from door to door to beg for a special small cake that was marked with a cross and called a soul cake.  Every cake eaten would free a soul from purgatory.  It is during this period that today's custom of Halloween began with the begging of Soul Cakes and carving Turnips to remember the dead.  Soul Cakes were also left in cemeteries and grave yards to feed the dead and pacify them so they wouldn't cause any mischief.  This malevolent view of the dead could and probably was the beginning of Gothic horror tales, the original stories of vampires and the arisen dead in the form of Ghosts and ghouls.

All Hallows eve is followed by All Hallows or All Souls day, the day when prayers are offered for the departed and they are remembered fondly.  There are various religious historical perspectives of All Soul's day, Most involve the dogma of purgatory and how the ringing of bells can comfort a soul being cleansed in purgatory and feeding the poor with Soul Cakes can alleviate the suffering of Souls in Purgatory.

In England All Souls day was merged with All Saint's Day for the Church of England religion and became known as the Commeroration of the Faithful Departed.  Yet among Continental Protestants it has been more concisely maintained.  During Martin Luthar King's lifetime All Souls Day was widely observed although the Roman Catholic meaning had ceased to exist.  Although it has since become an extension of All Saints Day many Lutherans still visit and decorate the graves on all the days of Allhallowtide including All Souls Day.

Due to the history of this event I chose to go down the food for Souls route.  I believe firmly that there are certain foods that feed the soul and make the soul feel better, chicken soup, a childhood favourite, in my case Rabbit stew.  These foods tend to be comforting but they don't have to be.  I must admit I do love a cheese straw okay a posh cheese straw as I use goats cheese.  So that's what I have made.  I made a small box using All Hallows Papers and popped some Cheese straws in them.  I personally made goats cheese and onion and goats cheese and bacon but I advise adding some finely diced chili and cayenne pepper to half the batch {separate it} then mix them up in your boxes or on a plate if your hosting a party and each time someone bites in to one they get a treat {cheese and bacon/onion} or a trick {cheese and chili}.


I am entering this in the following challenges:


http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ I'm confused on the rules of this one so if it's not allowed don't worry about commenting just remove my link please?

http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.uk/ I'm unsure this qualifies as it's a box, it did say card but didn't specify I couldn't make something else please remove if it's not acceptable.  No need to comment just removing the link is okay.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Autumn Colours

Images used
Texas Bundle

Products used
White cardstock
Promarkers
Coloursoft pencils
Leaf stamp
Red ribbon
Distress inks
Inks

For the Autumn colours challenge at Ikes world challenges I made a stepper card.  I coloured the images using a variety of mediums and cut them out.  I distress inked the background and added the hand cut leaves, when the card had been put together I hung the ribbon around the bull like a lasso.




Sunday, 11 October 2015

Photography practice

I ceased the opportunity to try the camera on manual setting using the macro and flash settings.  It was a cold foggy and damp Autumnal morning.






Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Scrap book for a friend

These were done using a combination of old and new techniques, I full confess I anticipate redoing some pages!




Gelli plate printing for the background paper


Brushos for the bakcground paper

Stamped images and coloured with coloursoft pencils for the background paper


Brushos and tiny gems for the background paper









Sunday, 4 October 2015

One stitch at a time ~ Think Pink

http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ is having a think pink theme this fortnight.  I decided to go a little barmy with this one as for me it's far more than about making people aware of cancer, it's about remembering those who spend years of their lives, reading, researching, experimenting and coming up with treatments and testing those treatments for this horrible disease.  Yet all we focus on is those who died, those for whom the treatment didn't work and how the researchers are failing those people.  Nobody celebrates or thanks them for at least trying their hardest, working with what they have and trying against the odds to come up with a cure.  So my card is for all the chemists, researchers and those who give everything to try and come up with the cure everyone wants.



I'm a little confused with some of the rules on these sites but if I'm wrong please just delete my entry no need to waste time commenting here.  I am entering this into the following challenges:

http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.co.uk/

http://liveandlovecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 2 October 2015

Donkey Sanctuary ~ Sidmouth

A while ago I had the opportunity to go to the donkey sanctuary, I say a while ago it was several years ago but I had totally forgotten about these photos of the very cute donkey's.