I hadn’t realised just how long it had been since I last posted an update. Such alot has been going on and I’ve been really busy on and off. This weekend in particular was a local Arts and Crafts market which I decided to take part in. It’s been many many years since I did this sort of thing and I have to say I was very nervous. It’s easy to get really comfortable when you’ve built up an online community where everyone else knows everyone else and if you don’t want to show your face you don’t have to. So I wasn’t sure how well my stuff would be received by the public and explaining what I do to people who mostly have never heard of me was a scary thing. I needn’t have worried though as I had some amazing feed back and people genuinly liked what I was doing.
Half of my tent was me and my cards, books, book covers, kits etc and the other half was my connection to workshops, so my two friends Katherine and Lena helped me out to do a Make and Take table with the aim of hopefully getting a few more people interested in signing up for workshops.
Make and take ATC.
I spent a few weeks putting together notebooks and sketchbooks by hand and making Travelers Notebook covers out of felt.
I also made mini junk journals too but I had no idea how these would go down. It’s not a concept which has taken off here at all and explaining how to use a mini journal with each page made from different materials would be a challenge but on the whole they were loved and I did sell more of these than the plain notebooks.
Inside watercolour pages had been tea dyed to create an antique feel.
Before all that though I’ve been working on a few other projects like this journal page which is the latest in the Canvas Corp Brands Traveling Art Journal project. This is the April page. I really enjoyed creating it but was a little worried I’d gone a bit over the top this time.
This is the March page which looking at it now is just as busy. I must be going through a busy faze.
I did have to have a little titter to myself when an ooops moment provided a bit of extra publicity. I designed this little birdy stamp for the cover of the June Craft Stamper magazine but it came out a month early by mistake with the projects which went with it appearing in the June issue but the birdy on the cover of May. So although it was a headache for the Craft Stamper team it meant an extra month for me of my little birdy stamp. Win win.
I’ll be listing my notebooks and covers in the shop and on Etsy along with other colours and notebook designs so look out for those.
Have a good week
A very very happy New Year 2017 to everyone and I’m hopefull of it being a very good year indeed with lots of plans and ideas in the pipeline just waiting to be put into practice.
I’ve finished my December Daily which I’ll show you on Friday and I’ve got two new journal, sketchbook, planners to start too which I can’t wait to share.
On Friday the February issue of Craft Stamper is out and I’m so excited to have my own stamps featured inside. I can’t wait to see what it looks like.
For now though here’s a sneak peek.
I’ll be back in the studio on Friday so I hope you’ll come back and join me.
Happy New Year
The November issue of Craft Stamper magazine came out last friday 7th October and this one is a special gift making special for all those people who love to hand make little gifts for Christmas.
In this issue I’ve contributed to the 3d challenge feature with a wooden frame I’ve given some mozaic treatment to. You can buy the magazine here in the online store.
As well as the frame, I’m also given a spot in the Cafe Chat page where I’m giving away two of my Town House stamps to a lucky reader, the Georgian House and the Row Of Houses.
Have a good Wednesday what ever you’re doing.
What a crazy weekend it’s been here. Saturday we visited a balloon festival which was practically on our doorstep. We’ve been to this event before in Luxembourg but that was years ago. As well as the balloon competitions they were holding a fireworks and lazer show in the evening which we definitely didn’t want to miss. It was an amazing spectacle as you can see from these pictures.
Sunday was just as full on but in a totally different way. After years of being nagged by the girls into getting a dog we finally caved in and on Sunday went to look at some gorgeous Australian – Shepherd – Collie puppy’s. It was love at first sight and we were all completely smitten by these little balls of fluff. We did decide on one though and in a little over a month this little ball of fluff will be coming to live with us. Isn’t he adorable?
photo by Kim Bruchle
I’ve decided he’s going to be my personal trainer so this morning I took my bike out into the forest for an early morning ride. Just to get used to getting up early and going out as I think that’ll be my job.
As it’s Monday it’s back to the studio and I’ve actually opened the journal after many weeks/months. I’ve missed it but I’ve been too busy to think about painting anything. This background was one which I had already painted ages ago (just goes to show what a great idea it is just to make backgrounds) so I just finished it off with my new Houses in a row stamp and some off cuts of patterned paper.
I hope you had a good weekend too?
Woo hoo, at last they’re in the shop and available for purchase – excitement and nerves all in equal measure. They’re all red rubber and unmounted which means for the best stamping result I recommend using a sticky foam mount on the back but of course it’s not necessary. All you need is a stamping block and some stick pritt and you’re good to go. The individual houses are approx 11 x 4.5cm and the 4 houses in a row 11 x 9cm
There’s a Dutch house with the phrase ” Big City Life” that comes with it.
A French house with “La Maison” of course,
A Georgian house with “Home Sweet Home”,
A Luxembourgish house with “Chez Nous”,
A second Luxembourgish house because I couldn’t resist and the phrase “Down Town”,
and my little row of houses.
I can’t pick a favourite it’s just too hard.
To buy them they’re available here in the shop http://shop.basementstudio.lu/
I do hope you like them as much as I do.
Good question, very good question. I’ve not written here since April and that’s a shame but honestly May has been a bit like a whirlwind.
I’ve not been sitting around painting my toenails although it was very tempting a couple of weeks ago when the weather became so nice I actually put some sandals on. No, apart from digging, alot of digging in the garden, I’ve been busy designing some new stamps this time for me and my very own brand which has been very very exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. It’s a big thing to try and get it just right and it took a long time before I’d actually sign them off as finished. I can’t wait now to see how they work.
Meanwhile I did put together a new mini album using the envelopes I received in the ATC swap a while back with Canvas Corp Brands. I’d been meaning to use the envelopes for some time as to me they are just as beautiful as the ATC’s themselves.
There’s a whole blog post on the Canvas Corp blog showing how I put it together.
I’ll be showing the inside pages soon.
For now at least, have a good week.
I’m just getting back to normal, (what ever ‘normal’ is) after the break and I’m eager to get going again. I’ve not had time to do anything in my journal for the past few weeks and I’m way behind with my December daily but it’s still out on my table for now in the hope I’ll get it finished sometime within the next week or so. If not, I’ll just put it away for next year.
I think 2016 is promising to be a very exciting year and I’m looking forward to lots of new things ahead.
So to start things off for this year I’ve decided to offer everyone 20% off in the shop. There’s also a discount on the Christmas stamps from IndigoBlu so even more saving to be made there. Just use the discount code BS20JAN16 at checkout.