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Making Signatures

Every year I enter Erika Husselmann’s Signature Exchange; it’s a fun event and I love seeing the package of signatures turn up in the mail. This year I decided to make a second set and have spent the day collaging with Gelli Prints on tissue, most of which were made with Stencil Girl stencils, stencilling with more Stencil Girl stencils and adding a word to each cover with, yes you guessed right, a Stencil Girl Stencil!

For the covers where I stencilled instead of collaged, I kept to a limited range of colours and used Titan Buff to tie them together, and used Archival Ink in black for the words. These will be heading off in the post tomorrow. Thanks for organising the event Erika; you rock! Here’s a mall sample of what I have been doing, and a photo of them in progress; on the insides I added small bits of stencilling or matching collaged tissue paper scraps to activate the pages.

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Simon Says Stamp kit

I bought my first Simon Says Stamp card kit recently. I’m in love! I chose the “To Thine Own Shelf” kit because it was about books and libraries; how cool is that! The kit contained: 12 sheets of doublesided 65# cardstock from “Public Library” collection by October Afternoon, each sheet is 4 inches x 8 inches,  1 Tim Holtz Cube Distress Ink Pad in Gathered Twigs by Ranger, 1 Sheet Stickers “Public Library” by October Afternoon, 1 Pack of Wood Dots by Teresa Collins, 1 sheet each 8.5″ x 11″ Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Black, Chocolate, Khaki and Neenah Cream. I think for $25 it was good value. Here are just three of the cards I have made so far with this kit -

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A little card making

I am still pacing myself to look after my wrist, but have start making a few cards again. These started with a gelli print base using rose, purple, lemon and white, then adding words with a Carolyn Dube word stencil from Stencil Girl, layered hearts and detailing with a fine pen.

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Testing the waters

I have been doing a little bit of crafting, just testing the waters to see how my wrist copes. In one word: badly! I can’t do much at a time and have to really pace myself but I am grateful to be able to do anything. I have been working in a circle journal using my Gelli Plate, Golden Hi Flow Fluros, Dyan Reaveley stamps (Ranger) and Glossy Accents.

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Injury break

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Two years ago I had a car accident due to a drunk driver and damaged my shoulder. This led to de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, a painful inflammation of the tendon that runs from thumb to shoulder. Aka texter’s thumb! They threatened to put my wrist in plaster 18 months ago but we got it under control.

My husband has some serious health issues and, while he was out of town for two days seeing the surgeon and discussing some very, very scary options, I crafted endlessly because it’s my stress relief. Overuse of scissors = major flare-up. I am doing no art, craft, letter writing or blogging for a while to let it heal. See you all in a week or three…

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Index cards and good words

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Recently I spoke at the Ikaroa Hui – it’s a library thing. I made a bunch of Gelli-plate index cards with key words on them, then promptly forgot to share the Power Point I had made of them. Doh! So here are a few of them; some are words from ‘Instructions for a bad day’ by Shane Koyczan. BTW I got into index cards thanks to the wonderful Roo (Ruth Cahill) – thanks Ruth!

Winter Workshops mixed media class

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This afternoon I taught a mixed media class as part of this year’s Winter Workshops run by South Taranaki District Council. Six people joined me at the Old Folks Hall for 3 hours of messy fun. Here’s some progress shots, a close up or two, and some final works. We had a blast and everyone was really creative and into the process.

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