Saturday, 12 March 2011

A card & some UFOs

Hello there!  Not sure if ayone's out there anymore seeing as I'm only averaging 1 post a month at the moment!  but if you are, thank you for sticking around!  I've not managed to make much in the past month besides finishing this card off which is going to be for my neice when she passes her driving test.  I always think of bright colours when I think of her so thought this piece of patterned paper with all the bright glittery arrows would be perfect (I just thought driving = maps/directions = arrows . . that's how my brain works!)
Had to use one of the new Tilda's I got and stamped her with the balloons behind her.  Coloured with Copics as per usual and added bit of background colour by sponging some distress ink around the edge too.  Used nestie to cut out image and added black cityline border with a MS punch.  Bit of ribbon, alpha stickers, stitching, brads and stickles to finish.  Do you like my little traffic light embellishment I made using some heart brads and punched out bit of cardstock (SU Word punch shortened).

As the old card mojo's been on the wane lately I had a look through some of my other crafts/stash and decided to do something about the magazine mountain I have of cross stitch magazines.  Had hundreds of them stacked in my garage from when my sister got me into cross stitching when I first moved back up north and all my card making stuff was packed away and the stamping mojo was at a low ebb so I was easily led LOL.  As with all my crafting urges once I start, I keep seeing things I have to 'have' and not only did I build up huge stash of mags I also managed to collect a rather large collection of cross stitch kits, of which I have started on 1! (more on that later) So anyway, 6 years on I finally took the plunge and went through all the mags and ripped out the charts I wanted and binned the rest.    So now I have a full lever arch file and couple of folders full of charts I like (but no doubt will never actually use :D).  Going through them has made me realise how interconnected all these crafts are.  I have loads of cute cross stitch charts of hedgies and mice and cats by Margaret Sherry (and they are the same looking images as the older PB stamps so assume they are by the same artist) and also came across a couple of charts by Tina Wenke (some of which I'm sure have just been released as rubber stamps).

So, back to the kit I started.  I fell in love with it and the intention was to finish it and frame it to put up in my kitchen.  Alas, it is still a UFO (UnfFinished Object) 6 years on.  So I have decided to document it on my blog and hopefully urge myself on to finish it.  I was a bit ambitious as it's an 18count kit so loads of colour changes and pretty intricate for my first attempt at cross stitch but I do love the look of it.  So here's what I've done so far . .

2 yummy looking if rather stale and grubby looking cakes LOL.  and here is the photo of what the finished piece should look like . .

Then there's one more UFO I found and that was from a chart in a mag which I liked the look of.  This one is 14 count so I should finish this quicker if I put my mind to it.  Here's what I've done so far . . .
and here's picture of what it should look like when completed.  Very Agatha Christie/poirot looking which really grabbed me at the time but not so much now but I'm determined to finish it non the less.

So, that's where I'm at at present.  My next task I think is to try and sell some more of my old stash of cards before I make any more as I think that maybe what's causing my mojo block.  I'll let you know how I get on with that next time.  Until then,


Riet said...

So beautiful card Frances,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.xx

Jean said...

Yes, Fran, we are still here, waiting for your next post! I get your blog on Google Reader, and I get excited when I see that you have something for me today!

The card is terrific - the first thing I noticed was the traffic light.

Don't worry about UFOs - I am 78 years old, and I still have some of them around from back in the '80s and since. Cross stitch, quilting, tole painting, and now card making. I haven't stamped anything lately; I came across an unfinished crocheted scarf and decided to finish it - then just kept on crocheting and have made 7 or 8 scarves and matching hats/caps.

Hugs, Jean

nessy said...

wondered where you had been fran ~gorgeous card ~love the bright colours and such a sweet tilda ~love the trafic lights!! such fun!!
you have been busy though with all your other crafting ~thanks for sharing!!
vanessa xx
ps just seen the word verifcation below ~made me laugh ~FARTIN..i know, me being childish!!

MichelleO said...

Love to see on my blog roll when you have posted. I am here!!!

I started my crafting life with cross stitching, I have framed pieces on my walls. I look at them now and ask myself how did I ever complete that. LOL One is an old house with a clothes line of antique quilts hanging outside. VERY VERY detailed. Now that would make me sit in a corner and cry! I had to give up the cross stitching as my hands just won't do it anymore... sigh... oh well I still have my papercrafting!

Viv said...

I'm still here Fran. Lurkin' in the wings like a stalker! LOL Well worth the wait too! The X stitch stuff will be well worth the effort and that card is a cracker!
It could've been very twee with that Tilda, but you've managed to make it bang up to date and your niece will appreciate it. Yep! Noticed the 'traffic lights' straight away. Cleverrrr. Any cards you don't sell, will always be welcome at the local hospice or church. Welcome back hun!
Viv xxx

Stephie said...

A great card, lovely bright colors and the paper is perfect!

Sam said...

Such a fun card, sure your niece will love it.
Your post made me chuckle, such a familiar story! I started an advent calendar when my daughter was about 3, I finished it about 10 years later by which time I had 3 children!
Love the cream cake kit, looking forward to seeing it completed.
Sam x

Joyce said...

Never miss your post. Love you. Big sis xx


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