My first stamped card in over two years! Am I excited? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I have to say that any mistakes you may notice are entirely driver error (too impatient to tape things down). The TODO cut all the squares, embossed and stamped the card. I used Distress Ink pads to stamp the image, I then drew out the colour with a damp paintbrush. I struggled a little bit in trying to remember how to colour with cut and dry foam but it soon came back to me. I am absolutely thrilled to bits with this machine and I'm still trying to find negatives for you
Following on from my heart box the other day, I decided that my new shiny paintbrushes should have a container all to themselves.
I used the lavender stems from Sheena Douglass' Simply Sweet stamps and the Swirls from her new paint fusion stamps. I was feeling rather smug so I blinged it up a bit and the sprayed it with what I thought was Spray and Shine by Crafters Companion!!! HORROR OF HORRORS! What I'd actually used was Stick n Spray!! So gutted I can't tell you, and guess what? I have an empty can of Spray Away so can't salvage it with that.
Look what has arrived at Sassie Acres! I've played about with it a little bit now. I was going to devote a whole day to playing with it today, but The Goffer has been in and out like a fiddlers elbow today and as it's a weighty beast I need him to move it for me. So I have wasted a day.
However, I had a quick play sat on the bed and did some embossing, die cutting and a cheeky bit of stamping with it. I love it! Because of my shakes and hand weakness I find these things difficult to do. It's fair to say that it has that 'new' stiffness about it but I still managed the functions with ease and adjusting the roller was an absolute doddle. I shall be ordering some foils soon to try out the hot foiling function, but so far I've found it to be a very simple piece of kit. With nice crisp embossing and die cutting. By lifting out the plate (easypeasy) the BIG Sissix dies go through and cut out my patchwork dies a dream. It was a very expensive piece of kit but the amount of things that I can do with it is incredible. I can see many opportunities for using TODO in my mixed media crafting, such as cutting out dies and using the negatives for texture paste, applique, cutting chipboard (I struggled with my Big Shot), using empty drinks cans to make shapes to paint and add to canvas. I am really excited with the possibilities it offers along with the opportunity to use my big wood mounted rubber stamps that my hands just can't cope with.
I've been trying to find a negative angle to tell you about, but to be perfectly honest with you I haven't yet come across one yet. I suppose the biggest negative for many would be its size as its a bit of a beast.
I painted this little box with Pebeo DYNA paint in blue/green, but didn't really have any idea what I wanted to do with it. Sheena Douglass has just brought out some new paint fusion stamps which are really beautiful and perfect for home décor projects. They are so easy to use and I have to confess to doing a little bit of 'freestyling' with the painting. This is my first major paint job with paint fusion since I began to get tremors in my hands. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
This isn't my bestest piece of work by a country mile. This was a trial to see if I could still do the little roses. While they are the greatest I was very pleased with them and they definitely improved as I went along. Folk Art, One Stroke Painting and Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion techniques are going to become quite a regular feature on this blog in the weeks and months to come.
There is also great excitement at Sassie Acres this week. Over the months as my physical health has deteriorated I have had to give up a lot of my favourite techniques which if I'm honest with you has really upset me a great deal. I gave up stamping because my hands can't manage the stamps to get a crisp image, I've struggled with my faithful Big Shot die cutter/embosser as my hands have become so weak. But chatting with Pals last week one happened to mention the TODO machine. On Sunday there was a demonstration of the machine which held me riveted - it really did look like the answer to my prayers. So Mr Sass has ordered me one. If it doesn't do what I want it to do it can go back, having only lost the postage. If on the other hand my hands fall in love with it, this blog is going to get a whole lot more interesting for you all. Rest assured this machine will be put through it's paces and I will be dishing the dirt on it if it fails to meet my expectations.
Another Marion Leys pattern, a little hat and jacket for my cousins great granddaughter. This is delightful to knit and within the capabilities of even beginner knitters. Nip over to Ravelry and search for Babbity Jacket and see the other lovely patterns by Marion, many of which are at our favourite price - FREEEEEEEEEEE!
It was knitting this that I suddenly really understood that I was climbing rapidly to the top of the family tree and goodness didn't it make me feel old.
Hello Blog Followers. I've been away for a few days so haven't done anything very much. Just to stop you getting bored of looking at my blank page I thought I would post some of my knits, just to keep you amused. This is a lovely top down knit designed by Marion Leys which is my all time favourite to knit. I used up an odd ball of wool to do this for my Granddaughter.
I love this little trinket box. It was an idea to try out the new Pebeo black gesso that I got yesterday. I have to say that Pebeo gesso is probably the best I've ever used. The coverage is brilliant, suffice to say that I won't be buying any other from now on. So what I did was had an oval trinket box from my stash and painted it black gesso. Because the coverage is so good I then just used a matt sealer on it. I made a skull from red cloud clay which when it was dry I painted with Pebeo Fantsy Moon in carmine. I then used Antique Gold Prismi to fill the eye sockets. I then ran amok (as I do) with Pebeo Gold gilding wax to embellish the red roses from my stash. I then decorated with pearl beads, feathers and a little black satin bow with a pearl on it.
I am thrilled with this, but please don't ask me what I've used because I got so stuck into playing I completely forgot to keep a list. I've also used just about every paint technique ever created using pan scourer's, dried up wet wipes, cling film and string.
The paint used is all from the Pebeo range of paints, I've also used Cosmic Shimmer spray with a paint brush. I forgot that Cosmic Shimmer leaves your handy pandy's all stained!! Never mind I think Peacock quite suits me :-D
Every now and again I buy something, but don't know what to do with it and even worse don't particularly like it. This is supposed to be a book with a drawer where the spine is, but in reality I don't think it looks anything like a book though. The colours haven't come out in the photo's terribly well. It is what it is and I will leave it to you dear blog followers to decide if it's a hit or a miss
I had a papier mache book from Amazon which I gave a generous coating of white Gesso (might try black next time to see how it changes the look)
I then used Pebeo modeling paste and a comb to make the book pages, I then painted the pages with Pebeo Fantasy Moon in Pearl. The inside and outside of the book was given 3 coats of Pebeo Studio DYNA in Blue/Black (must always have a spare - my new favourite colour)
I then ran amok with Pebeo Gilding Wax Empire Gold (love this stuff). I also used it to edge the pages.
I made some charms from black and white Cloud Clay (can't remember where I got these moulds from ) I was going to paint them but the Gilding Wax was still sat staring at me so I gave it some - what a transformation they now look like metallic charms.
I made a black Cloud Clay skull and painted it with Pebeo Prismi in Onyx, that really made it shine. I also made a toad and coloured with Promarker moss green, a pumpkin coloured with Pebeo Vitrail Sunshine Yellow and Pebeo Studio in fluorescent orange. I then stuck down some feathers from my stash with Glossy Accents. When all my charms had been made, painted etc I played around until I was happy and stuck them down with Glossy Accents. Finally after much stroking and sighing I parted from some of my Steampunk charms which were also stuck with Glossy Accents.
Side view of finished Item.
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