Sunday, November 14, 2010

UFO's and Swaps

I have been on a mission this week... finished off two swaps for PaperArts, one a collab book based on the Night Before Christmas poem, and the other a swap for 12 Days of Christmas, made and posted two more tags from the ArtyOz swap ...... and knocked off a UFO!  (not a lot of housework done this week lol)

For the collab book I had to make 15 pages, put the first line of my allotted verse on the front of each page, and the rest on the back.. by the time its assembled it will be able to be read as the verses will flow in order.

The roof is impasto troweled on through cheap lace curtain fabric, and the window is one that I got on a special order from Scrapmatts

Next up was the 12 days of Christmas swap, I made 12 items, wrapped them and put my number on them... the other 11 ladies will do the same and once they are swapped out and returned everyone will have 12 gifts numbered one to twelve which we will all start opening, in order, one a day, starting on 12th December

For the Arty Oz tags this month, Ruth choose brown and elegant...I went with a birth vintage browns...

Mickeys theme was Rustic, Architectural and green.... the cogs frame on the envie cover is from scrapmatts, and the car in the frame is a derelict truck on an property not far from here (used to be a cheese factory) and I photo-shopped it to turn it into a vintage photo

Haberdashery Shadow Box

Some time ago, I purchased the Haberdashery kit from Maxine's Melange.. then encouraged Caro and Lucy to do the same under the theory we would do them together on one of our arty days.

Lucy and I got ours half done a few weeks back on an arty play day, and then she finished hers that weekend at home.  Mine sat here in bits since then, but I finally got stuck back into on Friday when Carolyn came over with hers .... and today its done and hanging on the wall!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Somerset Studio.........A review

Has anyone noticed what Somerset Studio has become lately... or rather, what its not?.

It used to be a quality publication, full of great art, inspiration, interviews and techniques.  I would grab a cuppa, plonk myself in the armchair and devour it cover to cover, mentally ticking off must try that, love that... that looks great.... scour the back for how they did it... in short I loved it.

It never crossed my mind, that the departure of Jenny Doh would have such a profound, negative impact on the magazine.  Yes, a new editor would want to put her own 'stamp' on the magazine, yes she would want to bring in new ideas and take it ... slowly.. in new directions.  But would she totally take it into new uncharted, dull and lifeless waters?  I wouldnt have thought so... but it is becoming more apparent I should have thought harder as I was defintely too trusting of my favourite magazine to know what it was doing.

The very first issue after Jenny left was unarguably the worst issue I had received.  I leafed through it in about 5 mins and found absolutely nothing that interested me.  Thought, no problem, its her first issue.. give her time to settle in.  There has now been  two issues since and my sense of dissapointment grows.  The issue I just received has a  lovely inviting cover, very cool art on it.  Sadly, its the best thing about the issue... I leafed through it in 5 mins, found nothing to take my interest, nothing that I wanted to read... and the art in it was IMHO nothing short of bland... nothing to stretch the imagination or teach the regular reader anything new.

I am giving it two more issues... and hoping like mad that it turns the corner sails into view with a shipload of art that will again put it at the top of tree.  If it continues on the way it is, the next two issues will be be last and while I don,t get it direct from Stampington itself,  I have a standing subscription with the store and buy every issue.... but  I wont be resubscribing.

would love to know the thoughts of other regular buyers, so feel free to leave a comment