Monday, 28 June 2010

Flora & Fauna SCD

The last week for the skinnie format and the theme is "Flora and Fauna" over at SCD.
I've used a set of my own design stamp images......I won a competition way back in a paper crafting magazine and for the life of me I can't remember which one!! I can't check my records at the moment either as my computer has finally had it's day and it is with the computer man as I type this at work having all the files transferred to a brand new desk top.

The drawing of the kingfisher pool got me the prize of an Imagepac polymer stamp making kit.
....I do love the fact that I can make up a stamp from my own drawings....but I have to confess it is a bit if a faff setting the thing up and making would possibly help if I could have a dedicated spot to keep it out all the time but needs must and it must be put away after use!

I have been having a lot of trouble with my computer for some time and it had really become a pain waiting for pages to load on the Internet and leave comments etc......I just don't have the spare time to wait!!!! So hopefully my new computer will be with me soon and I can get back to normal computing!!! :) Sorry if I have missed returning all your sweet words of wisdom and encouragement.....but I just want to say they mean the world to me.....THANKS :)
xoxo Sioux

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Lazy Day

Yesterday I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and have a lazy day!
This weekend is the first one I will be entirely on my own…..had to happen sometime….everyone has been making sure I’m occupied…although to be fair I am sort of glad for the break from doing stuff and spent yesterday in the garden pottering and chilling

….a glass or two of cava with some home made mix of mozzarella, sun dried tomato and cherry tomato...olive oil with basil and oregano....mashed onto toasted wholemeal bread mmmmm...delish!

I painstakingly unwound all the bindweed from my yellow flowers in a small border stuffed the long lengths into plastic carrier bags and fired weedkiller on it.

Planted up a few herbs into pots.

Then oh joy! My Craft Stamper magazine arrived and I sat and read under the parasol.
Apart from the fact Pip was not there is was a perfect day :)
He did like it hot and it was definitely!!
I'm doing more of the same today too...I've still got some mozzarella mix left can't let it go to waste now can I ;)
Hope your weekend has been as chilled as mine.
xoxo Sioux

Saturday, 26 June 2010

My Gingersnap Wings

I have wanted to do this for ages but most of you know the reason why I haven't!!
So when I saw the chestnut theme challenge over at Gingersnap Creations was Wings this month I got my *!$ in gear and made this!!
The badge is loosely based on my "Dance to the Music of Time" canvas that won me the CS Stamper of the Year title.....need to keep saying that :)
There is only one stamp on this and that is the T!m script on the wings (made from grungeboard...gesso applied and distress embossed).
.....The circular base is the metal bit you get on the top of a cava bottle cork (I've got loads waiting to be used.......already drunk the contents mind! Hick! LOL).
I fixed the badge pin to the top by punching holes with my Big Bite and securing with long fasteners.....added some chipboard cut to size and crackle painted adding black glitter to disguise the edges where the cutting out did not quite match the metal top! printed word fragments and DI inked with sepia accents on top....printed off a small version of my dancer by extracting it from a photo of the original canvas I made and added rock candy did react with the ink jet inks though and sort of blurred the it happens though I'm pleased with the look even if it was not the one I had intended!!
Serendipity strikes again!!! LOL
I thought that perhaps I would wear it if I go to a craft show and then you might recognise me and say hello (big waves) :)....but then again I like it so much I'll probably end up wearing it a lot LOL
You still have time to join in this challenge as it does not close till July 4th
....hey! Independence Day over in the USA.
Thanks for looking and happy stamping
xoxo Sioux
P.S. Just to get an idea of size it is about 9cm or 3 and a half inches across wing tip to wing tip. won't miss me wearing that will you?! :)

Sunday, 20 June 2010

SCD blue & white with an acrobatic twist!

Question......What is blue and white?

Answer.........My Skinnie (5x3)!

Now for some odd reason I don't seem to have much in the way of blue colours in ink....can't think why as I do like blue!....I used Adirondack dimensional acrylic straight from the bottle to write with and stamped the Crafty Individuals door onto some pearlescent turquoise card.
Now if you look closely you will notice that the background is one of the
T!m embossing folders swiped with some DI Faded Jeans.......however it does not show up well because....urm.....
...I think I've taken leave of my senses as I don't own an embossing machine or die cutter!!!
I did read somewhere once that you could use a rolling pin to achieve the embossing effect so gave it a go..........You'll laugh at this honest you will
.......picture me as I tried and tried to get enough weight behind the rolling pin but not succeeding much I put the folder on the floor and actually put my whole weight on the rolling pin by standing on it!!!!!! LOL It sort of worked :)
I've now taken the decision to treat myself and get the new die machine coming soon from
T!m....'cos I can't afford to be breaking my leg any day soon!
An acrobat I was not destined to be!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for looking and happy stamping

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Bit late.....well a lot late posting this! WOYWW time again so why not pop over to see Julia and the rest of the gang :)

The other side of my little cupboard of craft!

It has my Fiskars cutter permanently there on the desk top...along with offcuts of paper/card still to be stored away/used! LOL...I'm still trying to decide what to do with the pringles cartons!
The little shelves have nearly all my wood mounted stamps on them...I say nearly as my T!m skeleton one is stored in a really useful box with the more frequent used unmounted/acrylic ones....hey as a bonus you get a shot of my tootsies!! LOL

I have 101 little/medium sized jobs that need to be done! I have to do them or my brain starts thinking and when it starts thinking I start to well up.....I am fed up of welling up so I need to not think and just do!

This is something I have just done.....

My friend was going to take this to the tip as she has just bought a beautiful new wooden patio set to die for.........I've grabbed this and tarted it up with some black was silverish and on the rusty side! LOL

xoxo Sioux

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Houses for SCD

Hi folks! Have managed to play along this week with SCD...yeh!

The monthly format is the size 3 x 5.....otherwise known as skinnies

Bit of masking going on.......the houses in the background coloured with Distress Inks and the little house that was a CS freebie was coloured with more vibrant Copic pens to try to add to the perspective.

Julia as in WOYWW popped by yesterday and said something spookily true

"Yu'll end up blitzing because you want to do something and can't"

How did she know!!!

Whilst I have been waking at ungodly hours I have been moving furniture to be prepared to Vax the carpets bit by bit.....can't move most stuff completely out of the rooms so have pushed things to one side of the room.......bit like the craft desk!! LOL.....have to be careful as I have a dodgy back but have started to use Pilate's exercises to try to strengthen the muscles!!

Whatever is it!?........I've never exercised at 6.30 in the morning in my life!!!! LOL....Come to that not exercised much ever although I used to like to play tennis.....always found gym type things boring
....used to do a bit of line dancing in the privacy of my own really not a great sight!!

Thanks for looking and happy stamping :)

xoxo Sioux

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Piled High!

WOYWW comes around again! I was sad not to have been able to join in with the anniversary but anyway..........The answer this week is........
A lot of stuff piled high!!!!!
When I was doing a tidy away before the funeral I did not have the time nor the inclination to put things away properly and so a lot of it got dumped in archive boxes and pushed into the wardrobe or this little lot that just got dumped on top of the desk in my cupboard!!!
I don't know where the hours a going in my days now.....never any spare time it seems....makes a big difference not sharing the household chores for starters I can tell you!! LOL
What is more I have more waking hours in the day to use!!! I have gone from someone who could sleep for England to someone who is wide awake at........wait for it..............
5.10 a.m. yesterday for instance!!!!!! Strangely I don't feel any the worse for it! world is full of strange spooky stuff at the minute...........most of it piled high on my desk!!! LOL
Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Crowns - SCD

Hey! I'm back :)
The theme at SCD this week is Crowns...still in the twinchie format too.
I love that saying that goes something like
"Cats were once worshipped as Gods, cats have never forgotten this!"

I stippled the background with Spiced Marmalade and a bit of Shabby Shutters stamped the Inkadinkadoo cat and wording in Versafine and the heart type motif around the edges with Walnut Stain.......dragged Adirondack dimensional acrylic straight from the bottle to form the crown and stuck seed beads and a gem into it while still wet.....highlighted the cat with some hand drawn lines using copic markers.
I've had a great bank holiday with my friend and her DH.....shared some fun on Eurovision O.K. Iceland did not win but I still love the fact my friends choice scored more points than mine....mmmm maybe I ought to ask her opinion next year instead of the other way round LOL! Went to a fab wine bar in Modbury on Sunday....lovely food...great company....had a smooch round Totnes on Monday......shame I had to go to work Tues but needs must!!
Thanks for looking and happy stamping.
xoxo Sioux
P.S. In my weird world of late you have all been such a comfort and have lifted my spirits more than you will ever know.....just to say THANK YOU! And yes I make no apologies for shouting that!! :)