Archives For June 2013

Good Luck Card

June 26, 2013 — 22 Comments

Sometimes card can be created by pure chance.  Circumstance can deflect you from your original goal and move you onto a new design.  Some people call this ‘fiddling’, on this occasion, I call it luck.

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When sitting at my desk thinking of ideas for blog posts I often catch a glimpse of my college portfolio sitting quietly in the corner and it hit me recently, why don’t I share this with you?!

This first collection is some of my first ‘official’ attempts at sketching and drawing, in particular those that would be grouped under “still life”.

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I don’t often get the luxury of ‘play-time’ but when I do I like to try new things.  Pan Pastels are fairly new to my craft room so when I had some spare time recently I thought I’d pop them out and have a go and, in the spirit of sharing ideas, I thought that I would create this post in order to share my findings. Continue Reading…

Having made several attempts at wire wrapping in recent times I have to confess that it took me a while to get the hang of it, the events that I write about in this post were in fact my third attempt at this technique.

You might say, ‘Well, you’ve just answered your own question there Johnny boy’.  But, dear reader, please wait for there is more.

Although I’d read various books, researched it online and tried to watch You (out of focus) Tube video tutorials, I hadn’t really gotten the hang of things.  I tried to follow what they said but then, after the second failed attempt, I thought maybe it was my shovel hands and sausage fingers that were the problem as I just couldn’t get the swing of the thing.

Was it my ability to grasp this technique, or was it down to the quality of tuition?

More importantly, what and when was the breakthrough moment?

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In April of this year my dad sadly passed away and left a hole in the lives of the family and friends that he left behind.

I am therefore dedicating this post to those fathers that are no longer with us and those loved ones that continue to deal with their loss.

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Some time ago I created three canvas panels with the look of battered leather or distressed wood (I’m not sure what I set out to do to be honest, but they turned out quite well).

In either case they were not supposed to end up sitting on the floor in a corner gathering dust so I decided to pick them up, dust them off, apply some finishing touches and get them on the wall where they belong! Continue Reading…

During a recent appearance on Create and Craft TV I demonstrated a wax paper resist technique that appeared to inspire a lot of people.

I promised that I would write a quick blog post on the process and give some ideas for variation of this technique – so here it is!

In this post I will give you a quick overview of tools and materials I used, the basic technique and then share with you the variations that I tried. Continue Reading…

Just before the Spellbinders Die D-Lites range was launched on Create and Craft TV I was asked if I would make up a few finished projects to serve as ideas of how to use them.  I leapt at the chance!

Although the projects often appear on shows that feature these dies I thought that I would create this gallery to have them as a permanent reference to look at (and comment on if you wish). Continue Reading…