Thursday, 5 May 2011

A little update

Hi folks, life is a little less hectic around here, thank goodness! My OH is slowly improving, but it will be a long haul. I've been getting back to crafting, but most of the things that I've been making, I can't show you yet, as they are on their way to other people, or I've been working on Design Team projects.

My little chicks are growing fast, running about here, there and everywhere. We had put mesh around their compound to stop them getting out, so that the cat couldn't get to them. They keep finding escape routes, so we have given it up as a bad job, and given them the freedom of the garden. The cat sleeps most of the day anyway, so they are fairly safe!
The chicks are starting to grow their feathers now, and are even getting little wispy tails! I took a few photos out in the garden yesterday, and thought that I would share a picture or two with you. Even the non bird lovers amongst you might think these are cute!

Anyway, enough cuteness! Onto matters crafty! I can show you two items that I made recently for swaps on the Chocolate Baroque Guild. Each month, we set challenges, and swap tags or ATCs to a certain theme. This month, we pushed the boat out, and also did an altered matchbox swap too. this is my take on the matchbox swap:

I have coloured my elements with Distress Inks, and then stamped over the top with Versafine Ink, embossing some key areas with clear EP. I covered the box with French poetry, and added a couple of little charms.

For the tag swap, the theme was 'Baroque' and the colour choice was 'hues of blues'. I still had my Venetian lady stamp sitting on my desk from my Forgotten Friday project last week, so I decided to use that stamp again, as it doesn't get to see the light of day very often! I coloured some white card with some Distress Stains in two shades, ran it through an embossing folder, and coloured the raised areas with Inka Gold, in Old Silver. I used a piece of  printed paper from an old Guild pack to finish backing my tag. I made some jointed pieces of beading for the bottom of the tag, using gold and turquoise beads. 

Hopefully, as my recipients receive more of their items, I can reveal more of what I've been up to!
Thanks for stopping by today, and I'll see you tomorrow for my Forgotten Friday post. Judith xx


Lynne K said...

Lovely projects, Judith. The altered matchbox is especially gorgeous! I love the DI colouring, and of course the stamps. Glad to hear your hubby is on the mend.

Lynne x

Aquarius said...

Great projects and I'm glad things are easing up a bit and you can manage to spend time playing with ink and stamps. Pleased to hear your husband is on the mend and thanks so much for sharing the photos of your chilled out cat and those lively chicks.

sandra said...

Glad things are getting better for you Judith, lovely projects. Those chicks are adorable - I've got a pic of some robins that took up residence in my shed on my blog!!So Cute!

Elaine said...

Love your little chickadees, what little sweethearts. Hope Buzz keeps snoozing! Love your matchbox, lovely shading and such crisp stamping. As always the beading on your tag is perfect.

Elaine x

themessycraftroom said...

Hi Judith, Glad to hear that your Hubby in getting better. Love your photo's of your cute little chicks. Love your little makes Hugs x ChrisB

craftimamma said...

Love both your projects Judith. The delicate colouring on the matchbox is lovely and such a contrast to the rich brocade like texture and colouring of your fabulous tag.

Thanks for sharing the cute photos again. I had to smile at Buzz, lol!
and the chicks are really sweet.

Lesley XX

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