Saturday, 31 January 2009


Today, a schoolgirl made... legwarmers!

Well, actually I hardly made them today, they've been my project for the last couple of weeks. I'm really pleased with them - they are my first knitting project and they've turned out really well. The pattern is here, there's a matching pattern for armwarmers as well.

A big thank you to my mum who taught me to knit, picked up my stitches and sewed in the ends!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

What Do I See?

Today, a schoolgirl made... A Layout!

I've had the idea for a while - ever since one of the challenges on UKS - (use circles, fruity colours and a theme of new beginnings). I bought this lovely scalloped paper a while ago, but never got round to using it. Added to my new lime green flowers, I thought I had an idea coming on...

That was until I got to the photio. I had nothing. Not a bean. But last weekend I was playing with the camera, and one of the things that I took a photo of was my eye. I was really pleased with the photograph, so I thought that this was something I could use.

Now it was all coming together, and with the theme of new beginnings I started wondering "What do I see happening in 2009?"

Well, exams, 6th form, a lovely long summer holiday and hopefully a job. All well and good, but nothing exciting, and certainly not worth making a layout about. Then I realised one thing that I'd missed off that I thought was important - that recently I've been feeling the happiest I've ever been.

Perfect! Now all I had to do was print out the photo on a wonk, rub distress ink all over my page, and write 2008 instead of 2009.

But even with all those mistakes, I'm still pretty proud of this layout.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Art Raffle - Shiny

Today, a schoolgirl made... an entry for an art raffle!
This month's theme was "Shiny", so I thought it would be easy. It's a pretty open topic, right? WRONG. The first thing I realised when I started work was how little shiny stuff I actually had. Could I find the silver gems I wanted? No. How about some little metal charms? No. But finally I worked out what shiny stuff I actually had - Glossy Accents, Glamour Dust, and purple gems. I also had a beautiful old magazine with lots of pictures I could cut up, and some pretty flowers.
So, what did I do?
First - I took a strip of corrugated card and pulled off some of the paper so the corrugation showed through.
Next - I painted the card dusky pink
Then - I stamped swirls on the card in versamark ink, and embossed them with a clear powder
Next - I cut out a womans head and a pair of wings from the magazine, coated the wings with glossy accents and glamour dust and let them dry
And Finally - I stuck everything down, and added a few purple gems as a necklace!
There, one entry done. I really didn't want to part with this one - it's the first entry I've made that I actually wanted to keep. Still, if I win I get this back and lots more...
Keeping my fingers crossed!