Wednesday, 3 November 2010


Well, rain certainly doesn't stop play on Wednesdays (my day off) in the Flutterby household!  Having been for coffee with my crafting friend Sonia this morning - isn't it great being able to share ideas with others? - it's back to finishing off some challenge entries.

I'm only just learning to stamp, so spending LOTS of time practicing (should that be an 's'? - doesn't look right - anyway, I digress!) and think I am improving.  I think the problem was that I was too tentative, and have started pressing the whole stamp down evenly with the palm of my hand, and that seems to be doing the trick.  Before, they were very uneven - sorry about the pic - it doesn't want to take, with or without the flash but you can just about make out the writing- some too heavy and the rest, too faint.

Anyway, after much sighing,wailing and gnashing of teeth, I eventually got this.

I paper pieced the mittens, added plenty of glitter and mounted them on red and gold, and I don't know if you can pick up, but the borders underneath are very glittery (for me, anyway!)  I'm going to enter this for the challenge 31 'glitter' with a sketch.

The second challenge I want to enter today is 'anything goes' at
For this, I've finished the box card I started at the workshop yesterday.  These boxes were apparently designed for shaker cards, but are ideal for flowers or other embellishments like this.  The translucent glitter glue (EXCITING!) makes the flower very firm, and fine to go via snail mail.

The papers are actually black and white, and the flower was made with black paper and then glued.  I'll have to hint to Santa that I need a new camera, or lessons ... or both!  Other people seem to be able to take great pics, despite gloomy days - it must be me.

Anyway, I'm just going to enter WOYWW and get back to another challenge idea that's come to me.  Even if I never win one, I'm learning such a lot from the different techniques I'm trying - not to mention having LOTS of fun on the way!  Happy crafting! x


Got to tell you - I've cracked it (photo problem, that is!)  Talking it through with my husband, who suddenly said maybe I was taking them up too close.  So - took another from several feet away, and after cropping and zooming in -

Not brilliant but a million miles better than the first one - amazing how a simple thing like this can make me such a happy bunny (sad really, eh?)  Anyway, I thought I'd post that in case anyone else in Blogland is as lacking in techno-savvy as me!

Here's the revised pic of the glitter card

I think the glitter shows up a bit better after the 'distance and zoom' treatment.  Anyone out there not know that, if you click on the photo, it enlarges it for even more zoom?

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