It's my great nephew Jamie's 7th birthday today. He is a West Ham Football fan so when I say this stamp I knew it was just right for Jamie.
I didn't have my Promarkers with me so coloured this image with watercolour paints. I used lots of scraps of Bazzill and some patterned paper (can't remember where this is from). The letter and number stickers are Thickers from American Crafts, available from Jilly at Cardinal Colours.
A to Z Challenge 2011 - 'B' is for Buckingham Palace.
As I was travelling to the Park Lane Hotel for a course this week I decided to arrive a little early one day and took a walk across Green Park to photograph Buckingham Palace for the challenge. It was very cold and frosty and just getting light as I arrived. I think these look good as sepia prints too.
From Green Park
The view from Buckingham Palace towards Westminster - you can just see Big Ben in the distance.
Sending love and best wishes to Jill for her shop grand opening tomorrow by putting the flags out!
I am thrilled to announce that she is extending her business and opening a Cardinal Colours shop in Polegate on 19th January 2011.
So you will now be able to buy her craft supplies in a 'real shop' as will as on line.
42 High Street,
01323 488718 (from 19th January).
and at www.cardinalcolours.co.uk
The shop is in the High Street and there is free parking is less than 2 minutes away, near to the railway station. Jill has a comfy sofa and tea and coffee etc. is available so if you bring hubby he can sit and read his paper with a cuppa whilst you browse.
Opening hours are:
Wednesday - Saturday
9.30 am - 4.30 pm
(but Jill is happy to open other times by arrangement - just give her a call)
I made Jills card using papers and a card from Craftwork Cards (on sale in Jill's shop). The flags were stamped with banner stamps from Technique Tuesday. I stamped them directly onto the card, and then onto the patterned papers. The tiny bows are also in the mini stamp kit. I cut the papers and layered them over the card with 3D foam pads. The letters were cut on the Cricut.
I made these two cards below, they are simple and very quick to make using Craftwork Cards Products from Jill's shop.
I came across this challenge on UKScrappers and followed the link to Angela's Blog - Sew Loquacious, to learn more. The challenge is to make a mini dress each month. Each dress will be "themed" around an artist or artistic movement. The dresses can be made from any material(s) and can be any size you prefer. There are NO rules, but for those interested in a "template" for a dress, there are a few examples on Angela's blog.
The theme For January's Dress is ...Impressionism
Angela explains: "Impressionism, French Impressionnisme, developed mostly in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Impressionist painting comprises the work produced between about 1867 and 1886 by a group of artists who shared a set of related approaches and techniques. The impressionist style of painting is characterized mostly on the general impression produced by a scene or object and the use of unmixed primary colors and small strokes to simulate actual reflected light. The principal Impressionist painters were Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot, Guillamin, and Bazille. Degas and Cezanne also painted in an Impressionist style for a time in the early 1870s. Edouard Manet adopted the Impressionist approach about 1873."
I picked Monet (these images are from Google) for my inspiration).
I made a dressmakers dummy template and made up a dummy with flesh card fro the body, this was cut out and inked, then stitching detail added with a brown pen. I used aluminum tape to cut out a stand. Then with several shades of green and purple alcohol inks (thanks to Anita for lending me hers), I added a pattern to another piece of aluminum tape. From this I cut a bodice shape for my dress. I pulled apart a floral hair decoration purchased from Primark and used the petals to make a skirt. Where the skirt joins the bodice I added a string of purple seed beads.
Thanks for this challenge Angela. I intend to use these little creations on cards or layouts - so watch this space!
Last year some of us enjoyed a year long challenge - 52 walks in 2010, aimed at getting us out and about with our cameras. I enjoyed that challenge, and it was a great way to explore new and old places every week and make better use of m camera.
For 2011 I've joined a new fortnightly challenge. The challenge is based over at Flickr. Feel free to join in by posting to Flickr, or if you prefer, you can do what some UKS members did last year, joined in with the challenge but posted photos to their blogs, and updated on the UKS thread.
Anyway, The new challenge on Flickr is here:
This challenge is called A-Z Challenge, and can be found here on UKScrappers.
The idea behind this group is to get out and about with your camera taking photos.
There will be a new letter of the alphabet for every fortnight. So every two weeks we take photos of people, places, things, or even techniques, starting with that letter.
I have chosen 'A is for Alphabet' for the first two weeks.