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Friday, 12 January 2018

Free on Friday 12 January 2018

Welcome to Free on Friday 12th January 2018.  Have you made any New Year resolutions?  I have made the usual ones - be more organized, read the Bible more, do more art etc.  I spent a good deal of time in December and in the first two weeks of January trying to find my dogs vaccination record.  I finally gave in today and telephoned the vets and asked for new ones!  A whole load of stuff has got thrown away during the search with more to come.  I have also spent quite some time reading.  I think I am reading my 11th book since the beginning of December.  Five of the books were by Anthony Horowitz, "The Power of Five" series.  It is an amazing tale of good versus evil, involving five 14/15 year olds who have to save the world from the power of evil (The Old Ones).    Written for teenagers it is very dark and violent, not for the faint hearted.    I found it gripping from the start and all through the five books.  The other books were all historical romances apart from one modern one.  I have been amassing a large collection of free books from Amazon, I get several emails every week offering me free books.  Just Google "free books",  BookBub is one I like.

On to today's freebies.  Today I have images from "A Floral Fantasy In An Old English Garden" by Walter Crane.






Friday, 5 January 2018

Free on Friday 5th January 2018 - New Year cards


Today I have some New Year cards from The Tuck Company.  I hope you enjoy them and once again wish you a very Happy New Year.








Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year - 2CraftCritters Challenge and more!

A very Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.  I type this coughing away, so I am glad I can't pass it on to you. 




This is my challenge card for 2 CraftCritterCrazies it is from Fabrica Fantasy and is called Snowman Family.  I used the pre-coloured image that is in the set, changing the colour slightly, digitally, so the hat was the same colour as the frame I used.  For the back I used card through an embossing folder.


I had been given a load of craft bits and all I had left was a set of 36 colouring pencils.  They were unbranded and I was going to let the grandchildren use them.  I thought I would try them myself as the grandchildren are not keen on colouring pencils, they prefer the more vibrant felt tip pens.  I can't say I blame them having tried this set.

I tried all the makes of pencil I own.  The unbranded set were very pale on the white paper, a little more noticeable on the black, they were very scratchy to use.  The crayola which I normally use are much creamier and did fairly well on both white and black.  I have a set of watercolour pencils - they just say "Start Watercolour" on the side so I included those.  They were better than the unbranded and were "so so" as watercolour.  The Derwent Aquatone have better colour and they are better for watercolour too.


I had read about using baby oil so I gave that a try along with a proper solvent blender.  I didn't like the mark left by both products and while I could see the effect I wasn't impressed.

The above set are a Metallic set of 12 I bought in the Pound Shop for, you guessed it - £1.00   The name on them is "Hue"  I saw them on Amazon for £3.46.  I wasn't expecting much except they would be metallic.  Well there was not a trace of metallic in them.  The orange and brown were very scratchy, but the other colours were much better than the unbranded and they were quite good on the black.

I have just ordered some Colourista from "The Works" in the sale and also a packet of Daler Rowney Simply Coloured Pencil Set of 12 (I didn't actually mean to order these, but put them in the basket as I wanted to look at them!).  The Colourista were £3 for 8 and the Daler Rowney also £3.  I have read the reviews of the very expensive makes and all the reviews are mixed with one preferring one make over the other.  Although I have no doubt I would find the very expensive makes wonderful  and if anybody wants to send me free samples I would be delighted., I can't afford them at the moment.  I will be trying the Colourista and the Daler Rowney when they arrive.

Quality is everything whatever you are doing,  you get better results from quality products.  Sometimes price is a clue, but not always.  At the end of day though the only person that needs pleasing is yourself.  I could not enjoy working with the very cheap ones, my Crayola are good, but I would like better.  So what do you think??


Friday, 22 December 2017

Free on Friday 22nd December 2017

Oh my, we are so close to Christmas Day and I haven't begun to tidy the house!  I can't find the dogs vaccination records so having gone through the rest of the house, I wondered if they were in my craft-room by mistake.  So nearly a week ago I started going through things, which turned into a bit of a change around and sort out, so no crafting has been done!  I have nearly finished and I think I will have more work space.  Also I was having to stand up to use my Scan N Cut and was getting backache, so now that is on my work top which should make it less of a pain to use :)

We went to see my grandson's Christmas concert as the class are are around three years there was plenty of aahs :)  I have been playing online maths games with my grand daughter where she had to work out the sums before the robot got caught by the baddies.  There were plenty of squeals from both of us!

Tomorrow I am making gingerbread biscuits, finishing off my craft room -still haven't found the dogs vaccination records :(  and hopefully do a little tidying.

Here are your freebies for today, may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy and healthy New Year xx









Friday, 15 December 2017

Free on Friday 15th December 2017

Today I have some Christmas Cards from Tuck Company for you.  Beautiful old fashioned Father Christmas' and a Nativity scene. 




With the last card I did a little bit of blending layers in PSE to create the following versions:



Not forgetting my new Christmas signature which I created using a photograph by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash.  See you soon x



Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Cards and a tutorial of sorts.

When I say "a tutorial of sorts" I mean it's very short.  It's to show you how turn a paper you don't like into something fabulous.  What I wanted to do was cut out some Christmas tree shapes.  I started with the paper on the left, I just don't care for it, but the paper quality is good.  I used an embossing folder and then used a sandpaper block to take off the top surface, but I still wasn't happy, so I turned it over and brushed on two colours of Metallic Gilding Polish.  Now I was happy!   I cut out my Christmas tree shapes and the Merry Christmas adding the gilding polish to that as well.  I thought they were fabulous!


I put the rest of the card together and wanted to use the bauble diecut but it was the wrong colour and I didn't feel the shape of the trees fitted in with the rest of the design.  So I trimmed my Christmas trees to give them more of a tree shape and used purple gilding polish so they matched the bauble.  Then I had to change the colour on the Merry Christmas, I used gold and cream.  Finally adding some gold to the background and the gold bow.


So if you have paper you don't like - do something with it, especially if it good quality.  You can even stamp images on the back if it is white.

This week I have made several Christmas cards using fabric images that I have had cut out for ages.  The snowman below was on the edge of the fabric and therefore had a piece missing.  I cut out a shape for the base and covered that with fabric to make a snow globe :)






Join me tomorrow for Free on Friday.



Saturday, 9 December 2017

Free on Saturday


Welcome to Crafting With Jack  I have a free bird digital stamp for you today and a couple of recent cards.  The one above was for my husband's birthday (sorry not a very good picture) and the one below for my son's birthday.  I did the card below in shiny card and they change colour as they act like a mirror.


This was the inside.





I hope you like this bird and have fun colouring him in.   He is from a vintage picture and he was looking down into the water.  My husband made a new bird house feeder and as we have snow here, the birds have been flocking to it.  Normally it takes a while for them to become accustomed to a new feeder, but they have taken to this one very quickly.