Friday, 30 January 2015

January swap parcel

We have a slight different twist to our parcels this year in that we are focusing on techniques rather than themes.  We also have a more limited range of supplies in our parcels but we do only have to use one item of patterned or plain paper/card or the image from the parcel if we get stuck and can add anything of our own to it.  Exciting times!!  I also have a personal challenge to try and make a Christmas card from each parcel.

The first challenge techniques were:  using a brayer, rubber stamping and punches.

I used punches for Pat's parcel:

This is the first card and I used a corner punch.  Everything except the greeting came from the parcel and I used Promarkers to colour the image.

I used a Martha Stewart corner punch on this card.  I recycled a Christmas card for this one and added my own greeting.  The to green papers came from the swap parcel.

I am entering this card in CHNC Challenge Extra for January 2015

I used rubber stamping for my technique for Terri's parcel:

This is one of my favourite cards from this months parcels.  Everything came from the swap parcel except the greeting.  I stamped the background paper with cogs/wheels.  I know who will be getting this for their birthday!!

I rummaged around in my stash of images and found this rubber stamped one that I had received in a swap many years ago on the Crafts By Carolyn forum  .  I felt it went well with the background paper from the parcel.  I just layered it up with some plain red paper from my oddment stash.  I am entering this one in Pixie's Playground Snippets challenge 161.

And finally ....... an off the cuff challenge between Terri and I ..... make a card using all three techniques!!  Here is my card

Everything except the white card I used for brayering and also the greeting came from the parcels.  I used then stamped the brayered card with two of my stamps and used Memento London Fog so that it was a more muted scene.  I used my corner rounder punch on the two layers.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ducks again

I have been knitting or crochet little ducks for nine months now because I was touched by what The Little Yellow Duck Project was set up to do.  As the months have gone by I have left ducks in East and West Sussex, Kent, London, Somerset, and Washington State, USA.  I have also sent ducks to two other states in America and also to Hertfordshire.  It is quite a challenge to leave a duck and not be seen doing it.

I go to a knitting group in Cuckfield each week and we were featured in the Jan-Feb 2015 edition of Cuckfield Life.   Do download a pdf copy of the magazine to see all about the group on page 12.

I thought I ought to release some more ducks into Cuckfield to follow up on the article whilst it was still fresh in everybody's mind.  Today I released Gideon, Horace and Queenie.

A map of all the ducks that have been registered as found is here.  I was thrilled this evening to see that Gideon has already been logged as found (I walked past the tea rooms after knitting group and saw that he had disappeared)......  Great job Cuckfield Tea Rooms.  Now waiting to see whether Queenie that I left in the Queens Hall is found and logged and also whether Horace is found in the Church door handle.