Wednesday, 13 August 2008


I have been back to thinking about Christmas, someone asked me on Monday how I could think about Christmas designs at this time, I made the usual jokes about about putting carols on and breaking out the mince pies. I didn't even try to explain that actually I felt like I had done Christmas and busy trying to get my head round Mothers Day. I think I am just going to have to tell myself there are two events that share the same name, Christmas for designing and making samples and a Christmas to enjoy with the family. This is when we get our main break from work.
Like most women I am going through the usual guilt of school holidays, do I get on on with works so much to do, despite clearing the decks, a few unexpected opportunities have come my way. Do I catch up with Housework, (highly unlikely). Do I spend quality time with my son (15) or do I just rest?? I usually mange to all these things in some part but not enough to feel I have done some thing useful. I guess this year is worse than ever because my timetable is so flexible. So now I have to decide what to do and when.

We have booked some shows for the Autumn so that is going to be hectic. Wrexham and Alexandra Palace to kick off September.

Well off now to play at doing housework and then of to the warehouse to look in boxes for some things I can no longer locate. Maybe I can make some cards later.


Saturday, 2 August 2008

Summer Days

It has been a weird week. Not as manic as last week with all the packing, but still lots of things buzzing in my head about the future.
Just so you know I am still crafting here is a card I made during the demos at Newbury Artstamps
Our next show is Artstamps Wales in Wrexham in early September
just to give you an insight into this card
6" x12" piece of white linen card folded in half to make card base.
Background was created using three shades of glimmer mist on to glossy card stock.
The centre piece is a 2" square stampbord, the background was created with three shades of blue ink from the versacolour range, then some ink lifted by stamping with a clean hessian stamp.
once this is really dry I inked up a clematis tower stamp with veramark and laid the stampbord on to the stamp., then added midnight sparkle embossing powder.
Those who have seen a few of my cards will recognise that is a set of shapes I like to use.
especially the 2" stampbord on a 6" square card. then using square mats. I do get more adventurous but this does work over again, and I was being watched so maybe not the time to try something new.
Unfortunately the glimmer of the background and the shimmer of the glitter card mat do not show up on the photo let alone the midnight sparkle, best seen in the flesh so to speak, Hopefully you will see at a show in the autumn.
In view of a few health worries we are not doing as many shows as we first planned so that means we have dates available for demos and visits to clubs. If you have a craft club, event or shop you think would appreciate a visit from Oak House Studio then email me to see if we can fit a visit in.