Good morning to all my followers & visitors. A very quick post today as I’m busy making the final preparations for Christmas. My friend Jen arrived on Sunday & it’s great to have her here. Thankfully, the snow seems to be melting, although travel conditions are still bad, everyone is hoping we don’t get more snow.
These are my last two Christmas cards of the year. There should be a lot more, but as I said in my last post, I got fed up & inspiration dried up, so this is it. I do like these though, so I’ll probably use them as inspiration for a few cards next year.
This one was inspired by a card made by Katy Harrison. The angel stamp is from PaperArtsy, the houses are a clear stamp from Lavinia Stamps & the trees are a Stampendous stamp – I think. All my Christmas crafting stuff has been put away & will not be looked again for at least a few weeks!! 🙂
I made this card for my mom. I got the little girl stamp from http://www.artjournal.nl/ – some of you may have seen it on a recent issue of Craft Stamper magazine. She reminds me of my niece, so I thought my mom would like this card. Another very simple card, but I wanted the image to be the focal point.
Okay, that’s it for now, got lots to do. i hope to post again before Christmas, but if I don’t, I want to say thank you to everyone who has read my ramblings and/or said such nice things about my artisitc efforts. I appreciate all of you so much. Have a wonderful Christmas & I wish you nothing but good things for the New Year.
Love & light.
Gifts bought, wrapped & under the tree? Cards made/bought, written & mailed? No? Me neither!! Well, that’s not strictly true. Most of the gifts are bought, but only a few of the cards are made & right now, I’m thinking there won’t be any more until NEXT Christmas. I’ve left it too late & I don’t have the time or the inspiration to make more. Instead, I’m going to spend the next few days catching up with friends & then enjoy the time spent with my family.
In an attempt to get some Christmas spirit on this blog, here are some photos I’ve taken in London the last few weeks. The first one is the Natural History Museum in Kensington. They have an ice rink at the side of the building, but I was interested in the lights in the trees & the building itself.
This is the tree at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, with the London Eye behind Portcullis House. I was a little worried about taking this photo, due to the police seemingly spending a lot of time these days questioning anyone with a camera under the anti-terrorist laws. It is a completely ridiculous situation, but hopefully, because more & more people are speaking out about it, it will stop. Anyway, in the end I had no problem.
Yesterday I went to Covent Garden before the Life Clubs workshop & took this photo inside. I like the contemporary appearance of the decorations & the red chandelier was dazzling; looking at it I forgot the rain & cold outside. In the courtyard below a soprano was singing carols, which added to the festive feel.
The LC workshop was my most challenging yet. The topic was ‘thinking outside the box’ & Nina asked us to choose one unsolved problem & then brainstorm with a partner in an attempt to find possible solutions to the problem. I chose finding a new career as my problem & that was pretty much the end of my participation in the process! Apart from getting incredibly emotional that is, because right now the problem seems insurmountable. BUT. My workshop partner was very helpful & has recommended some books that I might find helpful. So watch this space.
Okay, enough seriousness. Let’s end this post with an “awww” moment. This is a pic of my Mom’s dog, Cara. She’s a gorgeous Pomeranian with the sweetest temperament, despite being thoroughly spoiled & definitely my Mom’s best friend. And yes, she does like to be comfortable!
Thank you to everyone who is visiting my blog, I appreciate it very much. I hope you are all having a great week.
Love & light.
PS The Artistic Stamper has some terrific blog candy to give away. Have a look at her gorgeous creations & leave a comment.
And in Kirsten’s house, all was chaotic, with a pile of Christmas gifts at the foot of the stairs & many piles of Christmas crafty stuff all over the livingroom. Kirsten sits among the debris & hopes she can dig her way out before Christmas 2010!! She promised herself LAST year, that THIS year, she would be SO organised that EVERYTHING would be done by the end of November & is it? NO, it is NOT!
Seriously, it’s as if some part of my brain refuses to accept that ‘that day’ is almost upon us & I’m now thinking “stuff it, I can’t really be bothered”. The week ahead is going to be hectic & what’s not done will just have to stay undone. However, I am looking forward to spending time with my family & Jen is joining us from the US, so I know we’re going to have a great time. And when I win the Lottery, I’m going to pay someone to organise Christmas for me!! 😉
I attended the Life Clubs workshop on Wednesday & it was another opportunity to do some serious thinking, this time about change. Nina based the workshop on the medieval wheel of fortune, (or, as I thought when her email arrived; the wheel of TORTURE!!). Happiness is at the top of the wheel, loss is at 3 o’clock, suffering is the bottom & hope is at 9 o’clock. The wheel only goes in a clockwise direction & Nina explained that in any stage of our lives, we can be at different places on the wheel. There are two kinds of change: change we want to make & change that is forced upon us & our happiness or otherwise depends on how we cope with these changes, particularly the second one. I am finding these workshops & the opportunity to discuss these topics with other people invaluable.
This week I also had the pleasure of seeing the great James Earl Jones play ‘Big Daddy’ in Tennessee Williams’ play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at the Novello Theatre in London. Phyllicia Rashad, (Mrs Huxtable in ‘The Cosby Show’) & Adrian Lester are also in the cast, which is wonderful. The play is directed by Debbie Allen, (remember Lydia from ‘Fame!’??) & she has created a great production. Afterwards there was a Q&A with most of the cast & the producers & it was fascinating listening to their stories of rehearsals, etc. They all seem to be enjoying their experience very much.
I spent the weekend making Christmas cards & I have ten more to make. This card shows my first attempt at using Gilding Flakes. I treated myself to some when I was at the Ally-Pally exhibition. Looking at this photo I realise I should have taken it without the flash.
This card uses the lovely Hero Arts Russian dolls & the tree stamp is from Inkadinkadoo. The paper is Core’dinations Whitewash & the little owl is from a pack of assorted owl stickers from Paperchase. I’m seeing gorgeous cards on other blogs, but all of mine are very simple this year.
Thanks for visiting & I hope everyone has a great week.
Love & Light.
I only wish it would tell me what it is. Just when I thought I could see a glimmer of light at the end of the seemingly endless tunnel, along comes something else to slap me upside the head. However, I have taken the necessary steps & will try to remain positive & believe that everything happens for a reason.
I did get some cards made today & I uploaded the pics from my camera – all 126 of them! Don’t worry, Blog Visitors, you won’t be inflicted with all of them; I deleted at least 50%. In an earlier post I mentioned that Jen had brought me a ‘mahoosive’ pile of crafty goodies, here’s a few pics of them.
Underneath the clear & rubber stamps, the embossing boards, the distress inks, crackle paints, embossing powders, stickles & embellishments are almost 3 kilos of 12×12 papers!!!! Plain papers, patterned papers, doublesided papers, papers of all colours, papers for babies, men, Christmas, birthdays, Easter, in fact any subject you can think of, I guarantee I have a paper for it! 😉 I knew Jen was bringing me paper, but I had no concept of just how much & all the other goodies were a complete surprise. Needless to say I was & am thrilled with all the new additions to my stash & they will be appearing regularly in my blog posts! They’re safely stored in their boxes now & every so often I take them out to look at them & run my fingers over the patterns & the glitter. That will sound strange to ‘normal’ people, but paper crafters will understand completely. 🙂
This is the thank you card I made Jen. She likes blue & oriental images, so this seemed appropriate. The Geisha image was a recent freebie clear stamp from Craft Stamper magazine. I stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx & heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, then coloured it with Whispers & a silver glitter pen. The background paper is HOTP, as is the plain darker blue paper, which I stamped with my cherry blossom stamp, then heat ebossed with siver embossing powder. A few embellishments & that’s it, except that you can see I used my CB quite a lot for this card!
That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by.
Love & light.
Apparently, today was the day when millions of people go online to do their Christmas shopping, I was not one of them. I can’t seem to get my head around the fact that Christmas is in just over two weeks. Having said that, I did go into Maidstone on Saturday & managed to buy some gifts before it got too busy, I also ordered a few things online. I have made no cards for family or friends & that really has to be sorted by the end of the week. It’s stupid to make excuses, but I’m convinced the rotten weather has a lot to do with my lethargy & procrastination; it’s so depressing & has gone on for too long! Last year I thought about getting a lightbox, but didn’t, this year I think it would be a very good idea.
The best part of being in town on Saturday was listening to the Salvation Army brass band play carols outside M&S, all that was needed was some snow to make the scene perfect. In an attempt to get into the Christmas spirit I’m reading Jostein Gaarder’s ‘The Christmas Mystery’; the story of a boy & his adventures with an advent calendar. I first read it years ago & I highly recommend it to young & old.
The pics of the cards I have managed to make are still in my camera. I hereby promise myself that I will upload them this week. I also promise myself that I will make at least four cards tomorrow. It’s crazy wasting time like this, especially when I have so many ideas in my head. I’ve been looking at Tim Holtz’ blog, where he is doing twelve days of Christmas tags; they are gorgeous & his work is always so inspirational.
I think my cardmaking is going to be changing; I’m becoming much more interested in vintage images & distressing techniques. I also have some ideas for creating my own images – not something I ever thought would be possible a few years ago! It must have something to do with all the art exhibitions I’ve been seeing recently. So, as someone once said, watch this space!
Until next time, love & light.
And give me a chance to catch up?? I refuse to believe it’s over two weeks since my last post; I know I’ve been ill & I’ve been busy; making Christmas cards, (there’s a shock for you!), attending various exhibitions & workshops, but still. And, AND, I realised earlier that this time three weeks is CHRISTMAS EVE!!!! I have no gifts bought & no cards made for family & friends. The house is in need of a serious tidy-up; if a burglar were to break in he’d take one look at my front room/crafting room & think “Blimey, someone’s been here aready, I won’t bother”!! 😉
So. Last Saturday I attended a one-day clown workshop & it was wonderful. I had so much fun & laughed so much & had fascinating conversations with very interesting people. We wore our red noses & danced & played like children. The facilitator, Richard, had a such a calm energy that within minutes of meeting, eight strangers felt like we’d known each other for years. If you like to have a go visit Richard’s website & sign up for updates: http://www.foolsense.co.uk/
On Monday night I was at the Vic-Wells Assoc AGM at Sadler’s Wells, London, in my capacity as Honourary Social Secretary. Following the meeting itself, we listened to a fascinating talk by choreographer, Gillian Lyne CBE. She came to us after spending the day at rehearsals for ‘Cats’ & her energy & passion for her work was palpable. She has so many fascinating stories about her life & career – she was in the Vic-Wells ballet company with Margot Fonteyn! – that I’m sure her autobiography is going to be a bestseller when it’s released next year. It was wonderful to meet such an inspirational, gracious & charming lady.
Last night, after my theatre history class at the V&A, I attended a Life Clubs workshop in Westminster, held by Nina Grunfeld. Nina set up the weekly workshops to help people focus on what they want to achieve in their lives, they last ninety minutes & focus on one topic each week. It can be a slighty intimidating process for the beginner, as you talk about things that are very important to you with complete strangers. However, I have quickly realised that it is very freeing & I am gaining valuable insights & making new friends.
Today’s card uses one of the lovely stamps from Hero Arts Russian Dolls set & I *think* the little owl was a freebie stamp from Craft Stamper magazine. Speaking of Craft Stamper I won the Wild Rose Studio set of clear stamps, (Louis with Chester & Cat & Flowers), they had as a giveaway in a recent edition, I was delighted; not often I win something!
That’s all for now, thanks to everyone who left comments on my last post & to those who have visited my blog in the last few weeks. I hope you are all having a wonderful week.
Love & light.