Sunday evening and back to work tomorrow. Ive just uploaded this valentine card I made for my husband, using my Craft Robo. I downloaded the GSD files for the background shapes from mamaws legacy. This is a great site for buying and getting free cutting files from. They're cut from manilla card and given a vintage look by rubbing over the surface with distress inks in tea dye and burlap. I've used a script background stamp to add interest, then layered the shapes onto a piece of Kay & Co paper. I converted the bird shapes into a GSD file myself. They're cut from thin card and embossed with opaque white.
Here's a 'digital dabble' I made after being inspired by a digital collage tutorial, written by Penny Bearcroft, in the Sept.09 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine. I've used different images and not taken it as far as Penny but I found her instructions easy to follow and certainly learnt a few techniques.
I've just decided to upload this digital collage of my lovely mum. I've used a photo of her as a little girl, when she was evacuated to relatives in the country during the 2nd World War. I've been having a go using layers in PSE and have used a letter written to my mum, from my grandfather when he was a soldier, stationed abroad. I've also used overlays from CottageArts. The final piece of work was printed onto Lazertran Paper and transferred onto an A4 canvas.
Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed dabbling with a variety of crafts. My earliest crafting memories are of spending hours doing 'corking' or 'french Knitting' at my grandmother's house, using a wooden cotton reel with four short nails tapped into it and endless tangles of coloured wool. I also have fond memories of those little knitting kits, that came in a container that was made of the same material as an egg box. Happy days!
My interests now, range from textiles to ceramics, with knitting,felting, sewing and card making in between. I've reached a stage where I feel I know a little about a lot of different crafts. I'm still striving to become a master of at least one!
My favourite craft adventures at the moment, include digital collaging using PSP Elements, rubber stamp making with my imagpac kit and getting to know my Craft Robo.
When not crafting or looking after my family, I work part-time as a teacher, supporting visually impaired children.I also teach ceramics in a primary school and do occasional art residencies in mainly primary and special schools. Phew! I didn't realise I was that busy.