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Chat, Graphics, Papercuts

Time in a bottle – papercut

 

Well, Wednesday already. Time chugs by. What’s that saying? Ah Yes, Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. Lol.

I finished this papercutting last night and it references the song of the same name by Jim Croce. You can hear it on You Tube: If I could save time in a bottle

See my Etsy shop  PaperCrinkles if you would like to buy the file.

Here it is almost weeded but still with little bits to spear or snick with the point of my scalpel.

The smallest cuts are those in the wing of this bird. I may revisit and increase the size a bit.

And the confetti debris … No outfit complete without cat hair. No papercutting complete without confetti EVERYWHERE. I try to catch as much as I can with a large piece of paper at the side of the cutting mat but there are always little bits scattered here and there. I have my vac ( a Miele…  I hope the boycott police aren’t spying on me (see the news re. Eurozone/Greece bailout/etc). It’s the best vac for pet hair I’ve ever had). No matter how well I vac you will  find teeny tiny letters and lacy little cuts in all sorts of places around my home. On the stairs, bathroom floor, under furniture. Bet I’ve got a full set of characters for War and Peace in my bellybutton as I type.

It needs mountboard and a frame  but a quick local lookabout round the shops came up empty. Think I’ll have to go to Dublin to look around the charity shops and/or stop off at Ikea on the way home and see what they have.

I’m keeping this one but am thinking of creating a jpg / pdf format of the design and selling it on Etsy. I can always customise the banner or find a way of incorporating some personal details into the design… the banner is the perfect place for a name, date or location (first kiss?, date of wedding, proposal, where the question got popped…)   it would be such a boost of confidence if somebody liked it enough to buy it.

Anyway, have a listen to the track. It’s beautiful.

Now I’m off to return a tin of Fast Tac spray glue that I bought yesterday, sprayed today and came found that it spat silly string instead of a fine mist. 14.99. Too dear to put up with that sort of outrageous glue rudeness.

Also going to get a replacement for a tin of 3M that I paid €28.90 for. Yes. A tin of frigging glue. This glue erupted like Vesuvius and blobbed out like, well, blobby stuff. I bought it maybe a month ago but hadn’t used it until the weekend. Tried cleaning the nozzle but it just kept erupting and yukking down the tin.

I’m beginning to think they don’t sell a lot of glue and this stuff sits on the shelves (high up well out of reach) for ever!

I didn’t keep the receipt but it does have the shop sticker with the price stuck on the tin. When I bought the silly string I asked if I could exchange the other without the receipt – she said YES, whoo-hoo! So money back on the 14.99 and ex for the tin of 3M and I should be happy. In the meantime, I found a tin of Ghiani and used that. No bothers.

Finally, a ‘cutting’ from a paper a week or so ago (I read the BBC news and follow links to stories wherever:

http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/Terrified-family-flea-burning-home-suspicious-car/story-26812427-detail/story.html

Poor little flea! Anyway, poor little me until I get my glue money sorted out! Byeee.

Chat, Other, Papercuts, Sewing

Love You Two

Here we are again. Monday and the start of a new week. The sun is shining and the day is warm. My garden is blooming and filling with colour and is calling me to go sit outside and enjoy it all.

But first – two new cushions. I’ve used the stencil from the Craftsmanspace site again, the Art Nouveau bunny. These two cushions are 12 inchers and stuffed with feather-filled cushion inners. The background is a dark tweed and the bunnies themselves are felted wool.

You know I have a passion for appliqué, well, I usually have…. these rabbits are made from so many curves and were a bit of a PITA…. Still, they turned out well and am pleased with the pair of them.

Sunshine

Also showing you a picture of the last paper cutting I made, called Sunshine. It’s framed in a small Ikea Ribba (whatever size that is) and also looks nice.

It went to the craft fair on Sunday but sadly, the event was poorly attended. Very little footfall. It was such a shame especially when there were such lovely things to see (and buy!). Everybody had set their stalls up beautifully and the talents on show  – what can I say – such lovely things!

Maybe I do another. Maybe not. I’ll have a coffee outside now and possibly give it some thought or, better still, just enjoy the day. I don’t really give a flying fairy cake about craft fairs today. No bothers!

Have a good day yourself. Bye for now.

Chat, Other, Papercuts

Promise

A quick update here. I went to Ikea on the way back from Dublin at the weekend and bought a few of their ‘Ribba’ frames. I don’t know what else to call them. Shadow frames? Deep frames? Box frames?

Anyhow, I bought a few and mounted my papercraft pictures that I first posted here. Like in proper galleries, I gave them a title. The one above is called ‘Reflection’ which I think is very apt. I’ve even signed it and added my name to the label. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will, right? I do hope someone will like them and buy them though I would certainly have them in my home.

This one is called ‘Promise’ – seeds being the promise of new life and renewal.

Both are backed with dark olive green archival-quality paper to set them off.

I am working on a couple of ideas for paper cutting and hope to get them, or at least one more, done for Sunday.

Cutting files, Free, Papercuts, Sewing

Teabag Taggy

I am sewing away to get a few more things made in time for a craft fair in Naas next Saturday and am finishing off a couple of teapot cosies ( like this one:  tea cosy ) and popping on a little teabaggy taggy to tie round the handle. Notice the perfectly parallel stitch lines around the edges? Twin needle. One snag is that you can’t pivot around corners like you can with a single needle but no matter, on simples shapes like this, corners are easily manouverable. A twin needle gives a lovely pretty finishing detail.

The template (such as it is, being so simple) pieces are kept in a small, foldover wrapper, see below. The surface design was created with a rubber stamp (Imaginesce range, I think) which was scanned then converted to a brush and pattern in Photoshop. The beauty of doing this is Versatility. The image can be scaled up or down and printed in any colour to suit myself and can be accomplished in a one-stop-Photo-Shop-sit-down-and-create moment.

I used very lightweight (80 or 90 gsm) printer paper for my wrapper and it looks very sweet tucked under the ribbons of my noticeboard (have a peep at how to make one here).

I’m posting the wrapper template for you to share and have fun with.  It’s a straightforward shape to cut and not a single tricky fold to tackle anywhere but the end result is pretty cute and useful.

There you go!

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