Mamie Rae

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Black Kat revealed :)

A total change for me with this post as I unveil one of my most enjoyable projects - an Origami Black Cat (originally called Halloween cat).  Those who know me, know well my love affair with black cats - ironically there was a time when I said I never wanted another black cat after having had 3 and yet somehow always seeming to manage to gain yet another one.  However, Tikvah changed everything and now I can't quite get enough of them. 

So, when I saw this challenge of Anything Goes (except stamps) on the UnstampaBelles site, & finally sourced this origami pattern (I'd made a similar one in my 20s & never forgot it), I figured it was time to recreate it.  

It's quite a complex design for a novice at Origami as I still am, but do-able and so enjoyable when you see it all coming together.  It obviously involves not just folding but some judicious cutting too and you have to really follow the instructions very VERY carefully or things can go pearshaped really fast and you can get to a point of no return, but I thankfully found it relatively easy again to get it done, albeit with some pieces like the feet which just would not behave themselves.
I'm going to be making another one again shortly while I can still manage to do so.  But I’m still finishing off (or trying to) the last of my C. cards for this season which is proving the most difficult task, as I’ve just really lost my zest for producing them at the moment, as ever, eager to switch to something new again.
And apologies for such intermittent blog posts – I’ve a lot going on between my health & my mum’s continuing decline, I really find I don’t have a lot of time for taking the pics & getting the posts put together that often, but will do my best to keep on top of it a bit better and keep the blog alive :) 


aka Black Kat :)

Monday, 23 January 2012

Candy Alert

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Purple Christmas Musical for a special friend...

Wayho – a Wild Orchids Crafts challenge and another perfect one for me to join in to, as I’ll be making Christmas cards until the middle of next month at least if I can maintain my interest & enthusiasm which is waning rapidly.  This one is called "Christmas Friendship".

So this card was a true joy to create – first time using the image & first time using a large bow and a double one at that, in this way.   The image is the LOTV “Musical Christmas”  which actually has become almost personal for me, as it reminds me a little of my 2 wonderful stepdaughters when they were so much younger & like most involved in any church/school etc, they were in a nativity play.    Christine in particular is hugely into music and I could just see her playing the flute no problem, while Caroline would be just as happy on the tambourine. :).   And shortly my 2 young granddaughters will be following in their footsteps.

But I digress – for the card I used the wonderful and everlasting IMHO Craft Creations purple scrapbook papers – they’ve a wonderful range of most colours and styles to suit every taste & need I feel, so I keep returning to them.  The image was coloured with Copics as usual and the wings glittered along with the snow, which isn’t perhaps the right setting for them, but I love snow, so for me, they’re outside :)). 

Flowers as always from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The double bow was done with gold edged purple 20 mm ribbon and a snowflake charm (thanks to Bev) attached, and used a foiled sentiment for the stop as I’m so new to stamping I’ve not yet managed to obtain sentiment stamps of any quantity.  The Fleur De Lys corners are done with a MS punch using silver mirri paper.

And just for a change from using Tags on the inside, this time I made a nice little bordered sentiment block with Nestabilities Labels 4, & used a stamped greeting on it.  It’s hard to see the colour because it was getting dark when I took the pics & I couldn’t lighten it up much further, but the border is done in purple mirri paper and double embossed to produce a lovely frame which I just then stuck a Labels 4 white diecut to the back of (hopefully that makes sense).  If you’re interested in knowing how to do this, just let me know.