Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Look wot we made today!

It started off like this - we put about 35 of them into a large bowl with 50gms of citric acid, 2lb sugar, 6 lemons (cut into quarters) and 3 pints of boiling water.

We left it for 24 hours and it looked like this. Not pretty eh! We strained this through a jay cloth (I know - didn't have a muslin cloth!) and got this.............
It tastes delish - I am sooooooooooo pleased. I have put it into two water bottles so don't panic peeps, I shan't be drinking it from this bowl with a straw!!!!!
Thanks for stopping by
Burn x

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Metal on canvas

Linda came round last night for her monthly fix in my cabin. She brought with her some metal having been inspired by Carol Cann at the Craft Barn's Extravaganza weekend.

So off we went: I had some small canvas panels which we painted. I did mine red (not surprised there are you!) and Linda did hers in a gorgeous teal colour. Then we swirled the edges with a paperartsy swirl. I stamped mine in black cherry stazon and Linda used adirondack stream. We then got some nesti/spellbinder flowers and laid them on to the canvas. Then peeled back some sticky back metal and laid it on top. Burnished to our hearts content and were very impressed with the way the texture of the canvas came through - well it would really wouldn't it as we were pressing down hard!!!!! The tools then came out and away we went. Paint was then smeared over the top and wiped off so it was left in the grooves. I finished mine off with silver red precious metal paint around the edge. Linda used blue lagoon. Here is mine:

It needs a title but haven't done that yet. Think I will stamp some words onto the metal and then place it on the canvas somewhere. Perhaps Linda will blog hers so you can see it.

This is very "clean looking" for me but I am pleased with it.

Oh and all this was done to Paulo Nutini!!!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Burn x

Thursday, 17 June 2010

P.S to yesterday's post !

I had a comment from Janet on my challenge piece.

"The bits of "stone" are actually paua shell fragments. The bird is a pukeko. The shrink plastic is a maori design".

There, see, told you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Burn x

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

How I done it !

I should have told you peeps how I did my NZ challenge. Sorry folks, so if you want to know, read on, if not go make a cuppa!
The base is a tag from my paperartsy weekend. I painted it with broken china crackle paint and stamped a paperartsy swirl around the edge. I then stamped the little bird on it. The little bird is stamped all over the back.
The "flower" was made from the serviette. It was three ply so I took two off (just for strength at this stage) and stamped the new paperartsy flower stamp. Three big ones and one little one. I then cut them out, sprayed them with some champagne crafty notions. Dried them off and then scrunched them all up! Then I glued them on slightly off centre so it looks a bit fuller. I then glued the shrink plastic piece in the middle. I then peeled another layer of the napkin so it was just one ply thick!

The wildflower stamp is also from the same paperartsy range. The bird in the flower pot was one of the die cuts which I then glued to the marble paper and cut it out. I then glued the little "stones" on it. The bird table die cut was covered with one ply of the tissue put it through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder and rubbed some gold viva precious metal paint on it.

The saying is from a Tim Holtz set. I then rubbed gold precious metal paint around the edge.

Hope that clears it all up and I promise I won't let it happen again!!!!!

Thanks for popping by.

Burn x

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

My New Zealand challenge

When my forum buddy, Janet, ccame over to the UK (from NZ) for a holiday she popped by to see me.
Janet gave me some craft bits and challenged me to do something with them. She gave me:
A serviette - marble effect
Two pieces of marbled paper
Two die cuts
A shrink plastic circle
Two pieces of stone (sorry Janet - really can't remember what you called this!)
A rubber stamp of a NZ bird
I have a terrible confession to make - I can't find the piece of paper that Janet wrote the names of the bird, symbol, "stones" and paper. I am really sorry Janet. No doubt you will email me and let me know so I can put it in this post!

This is the finished article. I must say I am quite pleased with it. As you will notice it is a take on the large tag I made at the Artsycraft weekend.
Hope you are pleased with my effort, Janet............

Thanks for stopping by folks.

Burnice x

Monday, 14 June 2010

I'm back from me hols.......

Thought I would show you the Riverside Walk alongside the River Spey not far from my brother's (where we stayed) in Nethy Bridge, Inverness. This is a spot where we scattered my dad's ashes. We now call in Bernard's beach!!! The first pic is to the right of the stoney bit and the third pic is to the left. The water really was that clear!

These are some of the purchases I made at Funky Kits in Elgin. They had all their wooden stamps half price. Couldn't resist. Actually I was very restrained. That may have had something to do with the fact that Ron was with me !!! This lot cost me £29.00 odd..... Good eh!
I bought this wool at a fab little shop in Craigallachie. It used to be in Aberlour but moved. The shop in Aberlour was very very tiny and the new one is a lot bigger. The curly wool is Wenslydale sheep wool with some blue dye for me to dye it. The little bits are some scraps she was selling.
We spent 3 days in Edinburgh where it absolutely pee'd down with rain the whole time. I did video our time spent there. Had great fun with the camcorder (it was my dad's but we have only just got to grips with it!). The filming I did was quite comical (if I say so myself). When we got back to Peter's (my brother) we took the disc out to put in his computer to watch it but we made the fatal mistake of not finalizing the disc and therefore lost the bleedin' lot. I must explain here that we have no manual for said camcorder.... We have now downloaded said manual from the internet (all 123 pages of it!).

We had another go at videoing with a tad more success (except for my camera work which is quite pooh actually!) except we can't get sound when viewing on the computer now. We watched it on Peter's computer and it was fine (with no sound) but I don't seem to be able to open the movies up on my lappy toppy. Still Ron is going to read (!) the manual and see why not.

Right that's enough now - hope I haven't bored you too much.

Off to do so knitting.

Thanks for stopping by.

Burnice x