...I did do a few squeals when Brenda from A Vintage Journey challenge asked me if I would like to be a Guest Designer. Mmm, now let me think about it! A blog dedicated to the Duke of Distress and all his wonderful products... like a nano second to think and a very fast "yes please!" So, today is the day that my project is being aired over on the A Vintage Journey blog... CLICK HERE for all the deets on how I made it - I won't say it all here as I have already said it over there and you would get bored having to read all my wafflings twice :O)) Anyways, here's my creation:
The theme I was asked to use was "words" which is perfect seeing as I love to talk very lots... and I likes to use words on everything I make too. So, I started out with the idea of making a nice 6" square card using a Found Relative card - one of the new Tim's Idea-ology thingy's. However, as I was flicking through the cards I fell in lurves with the backgrounds of them too! What to do!! I want to use a photo side and a backside (snort) Ahahahahaaaa! I will pick my least favourite photo from the cards and use that... which is what I did! Now, readers of this old blog will know that me and sewing machines have never had the best of relationships.
Nay and thrice, I was chucked out of Needlework classes when I was at school for not only being inept but also breaking a couple of the machines. Ahem... quite! I ended up being the only girl in the Woodwork/Metal Work class. Ham-fisted of nature is my problem when it comes to sewing machines. Grim bought me a diddy little mini machine a few years ago and I went bonkers with it for a few months, wonky sewing all over everything... and then I put it just out of reach on a shelf and there it stood, gather dust and whatnot.
Well, I decided, in my infinite wisdom, to traverse the pile of stash that has formed in front of the said out of reach machine... nearly breaking my leg in the process... and plugged it in. And, being as I am clever like, I thought "I shall have a trial run, sewing the backside card first, for if I go wrong, I can hide it..." Yes, I did that... yes, it was a little wonky but hey, I can just sew two lines right? Well, I then decided that I would mount the front card onto cream card for a little border. Yep, looks great! And then I started sewing it. And erm... the thread snapped... and I re-threaded it and it snapped again. I re-threaded it, adjusted the tension a bit and started again. And the thread snapped... again. As did my patience. So, after giving the machine a very good talkin to, I finally got the blighter sewing. Hurrah and thrice, I persevered and it paid off. Only, um.. my sewing is even more frightful and wonky. Ah, I will nip around the edges again and it will look like I meant to do it. Yes, well, that would have worked had there been enough thread on the bobbin thingy... but there wasn't... and I couldn't find the cotton... so gave it up as a bad job and hoped that by flinging tonnes of embellies at it, you wouldn't notice it lol *you did notice it didn't you?*
So, now I am stuck because I have a not neat and rather dog earred looking Found Relative card and a 6" card just ain't going to cut it. Right, time to go bigger then! I grabbed an 8" square shadow box and went a little bit mad with the embellies, Idea-ology, Tim products and such like... well, the whole thing is "inspired and influenced by Tim" so I was at least, on the right track!
Please do pop over to see A Vintage Journey - there be a prize for one lucky entrant into the challenge... and also, take a cuppa and a packet of Hobnobs with you because you may be there some time... the GORGEOUS art by the Design Team is so inspiring... I tell you what, tis a very long time since I took time out to play with all my Tim stash and make something like this, which is very me and makes me very happy... so thank you to Brenda for inviting me... and for making me remember where my real crafty heart lives :O)
I shall away now... I said I wasn't going to waffle didn't I? And I did... oops! Have a great day and thanks for looking! TTFN