Saturday, 17 March 2018

Another Chapter of Kit and Clowder!

I am just so not feeling it today. I ache all over, head pounding, back and nerve pain level is through the roof...just don't know what to do with myself. So fed up of it! A heat pad, paracetamol, cuddles with the dog and a bit of craft therapy. That's about all I can manage today!

I managed to complete her coat yesterday and the rest of her outfit today. Quite scary trying to work with the shading as well as various colours in the tartan. It wasn't helpful that my C3 marker is running dry so I had to use my C5 for shadowing! EEK.

As much as I am loving this whole process, I ache so much today, I just don't think I can do any more today. Might need to cuddle up on the sofa with hubby and a nice glass of (medicinal) red!

Take care out there, the Beast from the east has reared it's ugly head again and rather that there being the first signs of Spring, we are having wintry blizzards! Oh joy! LOL

See you soon,


Friday, 16 March 2018

Kit and Clowder - March 2018 Class

Oh my goodness, this is another one that is going to really push me out of my boundaries!

I downloaded the image (and another which jumped into the basket by accident...ahem) from The  Paper Shelter and printed off yesterday. So I promised myself that I would at least do the first Chapter of the class today.

I have never put so much detail into colouring skin before! EEK

OK, not perfect, loads of room for improvement but that's what the class is all about. PRACTICE!

Fingers crossed, I can make time for the next chapter of the class this afternoon!

If you would like to learn more about the Classes, pop over to Kit and Clowder and take a look.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Much needed Craft Therapy

Still got Amelia's EHCP paperwork to get sorted but I am struggling to think straight. Chronic pain and sleepless nights aren't exactly helpful! Took my mum to the hospital this morning and once home I felt I needed to focus on something relaxing.

What better excuse did I need to try out the Colouring Eyes Class over at Kit and Clowder.

Another class which is putting me completely out of my comfort zone.

Working on this class is going to be a challenge for me, the scale of the images allows for so much more details than a lot of the images I have worked on. BUT hopefully trying new ideas and putting myself out of that comfort zone will help my learning journey and keep me focused. HOPEFULLY.

Things to do:

Look at the class tutorials regarding contaminated Copic Markers
Invest in a new white gel pen.
Buy loads more Copic Markers to add to my collection! Tee hee!!

Bye for now.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

First Kit & Clowder Class Complete!!!

Oh goodness, I have really enjoyed this whole procedure. Never attempted anything like this class before and it put me out of my comfort zone, especially towards the end when I tried the timber table effect and the background colouring! Ok, I have still got an awful lot to learn, the results are far from perfect but at least I am crafting again.

I would encourage anyone who wants to either start of improve their colouring to have a go at one of the classes over at Kit and Clowder. 

Now what next, I have a freebie class to do, or I could play with some of the new digi images that just somehow jumped into my inbox!!!

Decisions, decisions!


Saturday, 10 March 2018

More Copic Colouring with Kit and Clowder

Had an absolutely rotten day yesterday. Had some ladies around from the Council talking about Amelia's needs and how her disability effects both her and us as a family. Then Amelia's ECHP turned up, full of pie in the sky expectations about long term goals of independence. I felt emotionally drained to say the least.

Then, what I expected to be a fairly routine trip to the vets with my mum and dad's 10 year old Cocker Spaniel, took a shock turn, I ended up a blubbering wreck! I tried to be strong for mum and dad but just couldn't help crying in front of them. Not exactly much help!

SO, today I tried to get back into my crafting!

I attempted Chapter 4 of the February Class - The Glass!

...and then Chapter 5 -The Table top!

Had a bit of a disaster with the shadow on the table top but hey ho, live and learn!

I hope to get the last Chapter complete tonight but will have to see!

Great fun, and SO informative.


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Kit & Clowder Colouring Class - February 2018

OM MY GOODNESS! So yesterday I signed up over at Kit and Clowder to my first ever class and I am so loving doing this. I have been taken out of my (teenie weenie) comfort zone already and have so enjoyed my afternoon of colouring!

I was concerned as I didn't have half the suggested copic colours so I had to improvise quite a bit!

Still got the glass, table surface and background to try.

The image came from Power Poppy and as part of the Class you also get a discount voucher to use IF you want to buy the image. I was very naughty as another image jumped in my virtual basket too!!

Hope to get this finished tomorrow..

See you soon!


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Kit & Clowder Monthly Colouring Classes!!!

I am not good at putting myself out of my comfort zone, and that zone is now so small it certainly needs a bit of pulling back into shape! As it's by Birthday I decided what better time to treat myself and commit to trying something new.

I have signed up for the Monthly Colouring Classes at Kit and Clowder. There are a few things that just by looking at the classes, straight away I can identify things that I have never really attempted before; colouring a range of skin tones, colouring backgrounds........I realised I have had very little experience colouring natural scenes and the majority of my past work has been cute characters.

So as soon as I could I jumped straight in with my first attempt at the class. One thing I like is the fact that it stresses these are practice sheets and that we shouldn't be afraid of making errors, after all that's how we learn. Just as well as there I was happily playing with various colour swatches on a scrap of paper then realised the ink had soaked right through onto my image!! LOL
Live and learn Adele, live and learn!

Not sure about the colours I have gone for as alternatives to those in the class, and there is certainly loads more room for progress but overall, yes, I am quite pleased with how it's coming along. BUT more importantly am I enjoying the process? I am enjoying the fact that there is a very active and supportive community alongside me?


Bye for now.


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

New stash overload!!!

Oh my!!! When all the little orders you placed before/during the snow turn up at the same time!! (Does a happy dance!) When you sit and admire your new stash and look forward to slotting some of it in to your newly organised storage.

When you are just so happy with your new stash, you don't think it gets any better....then this bad boy arrives!!!

Watch out, if it doesn't move it will end up being labelled!

Just wishing I had ordered the power cable as well.
(goes off to the garage in search of hubby's battery stash!)

Happy crafting everyone!


Monday, 5 March 2018

Out of my Copic Comfort Zone!

After my last post, I felt quite negative about my crafting ability. Even during the years I was working on some Design Teams, I was never confident in my work. Being confident and happy about my ability may never happen but I also struggle with just allowing myself the time to be creative without the guilt of not actually getting a finished article! Crafting for enjoyment only seems very self indulgent when you are fighting with chronic pain and are a full time carer!

Over the weekend I downloaded a FREE online class from Kit and Clowder and as Amelia went back to school today I had a few hours to make a start on it. I must admit I have not done much yet but I am loving feeling part of their Facebook Community and very much look forward to doing a few more main issue is being decisive enough to decide which one! LOL

I have never done any form of class before so I am looking forward to a bit of direction!

I will keep posted on how I get on!


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Copic colouring attempts!

We have been stuck indoors most of the week with the snow, so in an attempt to stop myself from going stir crazy I have been playing with my Copic markers!

I have had loads of images already stamped/printed out and every now and then I delve into them and work on a few. Up until now I have mainly been working on skin tones, then hair as I like to match the images up with papers and embellishments and colour the rest of the image accordingly.

So, there I have sat, happily colouring away and feeling quite pleased with most of the results.....then I take a look at Pinterest and think, oh goodness, mine look so childlike and lack definition. Perhaps I need to explore some colouring tutorials!

If anyone could give me any advice or point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated.

I feel I want to start from scratch again! After being stuck at home I have now come down with the flu and my head pounding, perhaps I should just give up and admit Copic defeat! Hopefully, if I completely finish as few images and make up some cards, I might feel a bit more accomplished.

Hey ho!

Take care out there!


Friday, 2 March 2018

Copic colour organisation!

Well, it's been a few weeks since my last blog post. Have I made much progress with my craft room organisation? Ermmmm......not a lot!

In my defense, during that time I have had Amelia at home for half term, several hospital appointments and for 4 days this week Amelia has been at home again due to the school closures and hazardous weather conditions! I am starting to feel a little housebound and if not careful, going a bit stir crazy! Just getting out the door for a short walk has been a bit of a challenge!

I needed to find something I could do that didn't need much concentration and that I could easily pick up and put down as Amelia is a constant source of distraction! SO, I decided to attack my Copic collection!

Now my Copic collection isn't huge and some are up to nine years old, when I purchased my first set. I have mainly Ciao markers but more recently I have treated myself to a few Sketch markers and I also have a handful of refills. I need a portable form of storage as colouring is one of the crafty activities I do tend to do sat down with the family whilst watching TV. So I need portable storage that is adaptable enough to cater for various shapes and sizes of markers.

Before I start working on that I decided to make up a new chart to show an updated list of exactly what I have, that way when I order more I don't end up with any duplicates which I did last time I treated myself! (That really hurt to think that I could have had more colours to my little collection! LOL)

Over the last few evenings I have made up a check list and very happily filled it in as I have gone through each of my colour ranges. It's very much still a work in progress and I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of another small order so I can colour in a few more boxes but unfortunately the bulk of the order is refills for colours I already have and it's not as satisfying as getting a "brand new colour" to my collection!

I will need to put the next stage of organisation on hold until Amelia is back at school so for now I will revert back to colouring a few of the images I have just sitting there waiting.

Take care out there.


Monday, 12 February 2018

Long time, no blog!

What can I say, life just keeps getting in the way!

The New Year has come and gone and here we are almost mid-February and all my good intentions seems to have been pushed to the back burner.

On the crafty front, well let's face it, not a lot is going to happen unless I get up in my craft room and get it sorted out. It is in a huge state of chaos, a dumping ground that hasn't been used as it was intended for some considerable time.

It was March last year I attempted my last bout of organisation and Chris fixed all my little glass jars underneath my wall cupboards in an attempt to free up some work space.

Almost a year later and it is still untouched, my pegboard still just sitting there on the worktop and just piles of "crafty clutter" everywhere.

It's going to be a very long slow process but I must's either that or get rid of the lot of it. (EEEK!)

SO! Once again, I am on a mission. I faced  my main "desk area" on Saturday afternoon. My worktop is under there somewhere I promise you!

 I was feeling sorry for myself  as my back pain has been so bad I didn't feel up to going to the gym. I thought at least I would try to do something constructive with my "spare time!" To be honest I actually quite enjoyed the process. Although a lot of it was simply moving stuff from one area to another, I did also put a lot of things away, or in piles/groups to make it easier next time I attack the room!

Yesterday Chris spent some time out in the conservatory building a radiator cover, so I took the opportunity to use my newly cleared worktop and started decorating some storage boxes and pots. 

It's certainly going to be a challenge. I have accumulated so much crafty stash, not just paper crafting but fabric, felt, wool, to organise it all efficiently is not going to be easy.

Oh well, one small step closer!

Bye  for now.



Thursday, 3 August 2017

Strathmore Drawing pads

Life's a little hectic at the moment; caring for Amelia, decorating, supposedly packing for our hols, pain management sessions, trying to help Chris with some paperwork...just generally running around like a headless chicken!!!

I NEED to start prioritising and as much as I really don't want to, I think I will need to put the decorating on hold!

Crafting has been as good as non-existent but I have treated myself to a few new drawing pads so that am all good to go.

I ordered from the Strathmore 400 Series, 1 pad in Toned Grey and the other  general Drawing Paper, not sure how my Prismas will work with them but I am eager to try....especially with the Grey!

I have quickly stamped a few Chrismassy images using some of my recent buys, but that is as far as I have got....hmmm.....painting the conservatory or colouring Xmas images...what would you do?

Right, best get a move on, our Brucie Boy is having a much needed haircut this morning and I have my last session of Pain Management this afternoon....and I haven't even got into the shower yet!!

Must dash