Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Laura's card!

Laura did something I would never have thought of - she took pictures from the internet, printed them, cut them to size & made a card. Cunning, eh? Anyway, she rocked the challenge. Thanks Laura!

A challenge for my friend...

So, I managed to hook yet another stamper! Her name is Laura and she is an AWESOME crafter. Already! She actually signed up as my Stampin' Up! downline...

She hasn't been stamping long at all (perhaps a month or so?) so I thought tonight I'd throw down the gauntlet and challenge her to make a card. First I suggested a sketch card, but she was concerned she didn't have any shapes. So we went for inspiration instead.

This is the photo Laura chose:

And here's my take:

I went with the colour scheme. I was going to make a Christmas card using a central Christmas tree & a neon star but couldn't find quite the right stamp.

I'll post Laura's as soon as I see it... she's got another 5 mins till my deadline. Harsh, ain't I!!!???

A Valentine

For someone I love... Just not sure which one yet!

The alphabet is Morning Post by Stampin' Up! I just love how masculine it is, even down to the handwriting patterning the letters. It's also very vintage I think.

I used an aqua painter and my SU! inks to create the harlequin effect. It didn't quite turn out how I hoped!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The coffee table AFTER

Can't seem to find the original image... but suffice it to say it had an odd rail on the top & was generally pretty grim & battered...

Hee Hee! Isn't it awesome? I will try to take better pictures tomorrow when it is in situ! But I am so chuffed with my first little project.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A new project... This one's a biggie!

Ever since we moved across town in October, we've been struggling to make our furniture work in the new house. See, the trouble is, we bought all the furniture over the course of just a few days when we had just arrived here in the States, and we bought it specifically to fit in our old house. Having moved to a place with a totally different layout, it doesn't quite work.

This weekend, Compton, MD's Vintage Source is open. We're huge fans and had hoped to pick up some kind of sideboard for the living room. However! I'd picked up a coffee table for $10 earlier this week and, flushed with my impending success, decided to check out my local Habitat for Humanity first.

I picked up this monster of a sideboard for $10. It needs quite a lot of TLC, probably professional TLC, but we're going to give it a whirl. I just love anything mid century style and this is actually right up my street! (each to his own, right?) and at the end of the day, it's pretty hard to beat $10.

I'll post the coffee table tomorrow. I'm just waiting for the legs to dry & get a final coat done in daylight tomorrow. It's very exciting!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hoping for some nice, boring days!


Christmas is done, we are back in the States and getting more or less organised to resume normal life! It is so nice to relax after the hectic holidays.

Whilst we were in the UK over Christmas, we held Leo's Christening at St. Columba's church in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. It was a wonderful service and a really lovely day. It also meant we got to catch up with loads of people all at once!

I've made a couple of thank-you cards tonight to give to the minister & organist (handily, they're married!) and Stew's parents for organising the do. Here they are!

This one is for the minister & his wife. I used supplies from January's Simon Says Stamp kit, and the awesome "Swallowtail" stamp from SU!. I am seriously addicted to those ribbon slides too... you can see! A much simpler card for Stew's parents and this one's SUO. I coloured the ducks (geese?) in using a blender pen & SU! inks.

Finally a quick snap of my gorgeous boys just before the Christening (whilst they were still looking smart!):