In My View #1

It’s a wet and windy day here, with occasional bursts of sunshine. One minute it’s a bit nippy at the craft table, the next I’m puffing away because it’s sweltering. In my view it’s the perfect time to switch on the Cameo 3. Did it survive the roof leak last month?

in my view - looking out of the window while I work on a wet day

The rowan tree has so many berries that the branches are drooping and the sunflower is taking a battering with the wind and rain. I love looking out of this window.

This morning I made two cards. I can’t share pictures yet as one is a birthday card which will be flying across the ocean tomorrow; it would be a shame to spoil the surprise.

Busy Not Printing

The Sketchtember challenges at 2PeasRefugees have kept me busy in Photoshop, but I haven’t printed anything for a couple of months. Sat here designing my cards yesterday I realised I’m a bit rusty.

I usually work with neutral colours for my card bases. Black, white and kraft, for which I prefer Stampin’ Up’s Crumb Cake. Today I opted for SU Cajun Craze. Yesterday I designed a patterned paper and sentiment embellishment to match that colour. I am pleasantly surprised that I have not lost all my skills after all! My cards look great, very Autumnal and I hope the recipients like them.

The Cameo 3 is no worse for its splattering of rain. The Silhouette Mint stamp machine was more throughly soaked and I haven’t tried that yet! I watched my Cameo cutting, reminding myself to save the settings properly with the overcut before closing down the program. It’s always a relief when a machine works perfectly when I’ve had a break from using it.

Going Dotty

Putting the cards together didn’t take me as long as I thought, so I decided to make some enamel dot substitutes with my Nuvo Drops.

my four lines of Nuvo Drops on a silicone mat, drying out until tomorrow

When I bought my Nuvo Drops last year one bottle, Ivory Seashell, didn’t work properly. This was the first bottle I owned and opened, so I didn’t know that you don’t have to snip off the nozzle. Now Ivory Seashell has a wider nozzle that gives me bigger dots with a flatter base.

The Bright Gold had a clogged nozzle. A quick wipe with kitchen roll and a couple of practice squeezes soon had it working again. I found Morning Dew and Silver Moondust the easiest to work with.

To help with spacing out the dots evenly I followed the gridlines on my craft mat. My little dots are drying and tomorrow I will peel them from the silicone mat.

Not Enough Nuvos

There is a Queen of Nuvos at 2Peas who also writes/designs for Hey Little Magpie. Rachel has written two great posts about Nuvo Drops:

Searching for Nuvo Crystal Drops on the blog will return more of Rachel’s posts with Nuvos galore 

I have not picked up my Nuvo bottles for over six months and with a few practice squeezes I managed passable dots. Following this success I think I’m ready for more colours, don’t you?

In My View Next Month

The success of scrapbook challenges at 2Peas 28-4-28 and #Sketchtember is moving to cards with our first #Cardtober. Every day in October someone will host a challenge – a sketch or colour or technique focused on cards. Yours truly will be hosting every Saturday and I’m looking forward to it. 

Videos; they are sadly lacking. Silhouette Studio tutorials will be back, accompanied by Mint stamp ideas and Photoshop.

The yearly photobook is getting full. Over the last three months of 2018 my goal is to try and take a few more daily photos.

#DecemberDaily is a possible project this year. Ideas for a small album are rattling around in my head. The Cinch binder ought to have an outing at least once a year!


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