Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Art supplies for Greece

A quick entry today.
I'm trying to overcome my frustration at the Blogger app on my phone/iPad!!

I should be doing other things in my lunch hour but new watercolour supplies just arrived...ready to take on holiday. :)

Some new (to me) colours for my travel palette.

Best of all I haven't taken up cigar smoking! ROFL :) :) of all my retractable brushes...

...oh my, oh my!

I just sooooo needed those! Thank you to my lovely ya!

xoxo Sioux 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Polaroid ZIP

I have just received my Polaroid ZIP mini portable's love at first sight!
Gez asked me my thoughts on it so here they are ;)

I'm going to explain my experience using my iPad/iPhone and don't really know what difference (if any) there would be if you used an Android device as you just download the software.

I went for the sleek black colour but it also comes in white, blue and red...
It works with Android and/or iPhone/ need to buy different models to suit your particular phone like another product on the market!
There is no ink! It uses thermal technology to activate the chemicals embedded in the paper which measures 2 inches x 3 inches.

In the box is obviously the printer itself (no bigger than a mobile phone really at.....approximately 4.5 inches x 3 inches x 7/8th of an inch)
There is a lead with a USB connection for charging the printer, if you have an IPhone 3 pin plug adaptor charger already it will work with this, or just charge from your P.C. I tried both and both work fine.
Mine came with a packet of 10 ZINK (stands for zero ink) papers, and a brief (very brief) instruction sheet.....this could be improved on for technophobes but it gets you started!

Once it's charged it does not have to be connected to a P.C. or other device to work as it is fully Bluetooth and speaks to your phone/IPad wirelessly. (make sure your phone/IPad is switched to Bluetooth as I don't usually have mine on that setting!)

Now you have to download the software to your iPad (I chose to download it to this first as I have other photo editing apps already that I thought would be useful in conjunction with the printer...but as usual with most Apple apps it does appear later over on your other devices like your phone)

I went straight to the App Store to find the software and could not see it anywhere...
...having gone back to the instruction sheet there was a Qcode to I did not have a Qcode scanner app on my iPad I had to get one of those first....but it was free!

Using the Qcode app was easy and it recognised the code immediately and took me to the Polaroid web site with a link that takes you to the App Store and the Polaroid ZIP app (why the instructions couldn't just give you the web site address, or why you can't see the app without doing this is beyond me!) However it works and the app appears on your device.

The printed instructions tell you to then switch on the printer and it should appear in your Bluetooth settings....just click on the printer when it appears to confirm.

If you now open up the app it appears not to be doing quite what you thought it would...
...i.e. I thought it was not working....trying to stay calm I just kept hitting the various buttons ('cos it doesn't mention any of the following in the written instructions!) until I chanced upon MyZip and then device manager....where it said no device found grrrr!

By now the printer had switched itself off so that's why it said that (you can alter the length of time before it switches itself off in device manager) I had to switch it back on and it showed up then in device manager and it said something like download up to date with fingers crossed I did....the printer on light flashes as they are obviously speaking to each other by now! After that finished, it decided I had to update something else too (sorry but I can't remember what it was called) so I did that too. Hey presto now you can use all the various menu buttons to get around the app....this whole set up process only took perhaps 20 mins and most of that was wasted time trying to find the Polaroid app and the Qcode reader in the first know how it is! ;)

For quite some time on my IPad I couldn't actually see any images of my photos in the gallery but if I tapped on one of the greyed out spaces it would load was visible and I was able to edit and print.....which I did....but not an ideal situation you will agree.

However.....a whole day later with some fiddling around at stupid o'clock in the morning, while I was unable to sleep due to the weirdest dream I've had in quite some, I went into my IPad photo settings and hit the button for automatically upload to iCloud and the photos are now visible in the ZIP app! I can't tell you why but all the photo's show now!!

For the actual need to load the papers into the printer...the top just slides off a bit like the back of a mobile phone....and there is an oblong well to stack the papers in. the paper pack is a blue card and this MUST be placed on the bottom first before stacking the paper on top....the printer reads the blue card and does some sort of calibration so that the colours on your photo should not come out weird! I read that on one of the reviews before I bought it so I was aware of it....please note that the written instructions, whilst mentioning you should do this, does not mention that it is important to do so and I believe on every new switch on and print session it might be good practise to get into the habit of doing this for optimum's no big deal!

I edited the size of my photo in the app before I printed it to leave some space for writing on, making it look more like a Polaroid photo of old (cool)...and the other cool part is the photos can become a sticker as they have a peel off backing. (You can have your photo fill the whole space if you prefer or make a collage of more than one image too)
You can add all sorts of images and cool stuff in app before printing....I'm still playing around with that :)

Hey get a print out...

Even though there was a certain quirkiness to the set up it all turned out fine in the end and I really, really like this. I can see all sorts of possibilities and fun times ahead with it....perfect for memory books, scrap booking, planner addicts et al!

P.S. I was not paid for this nor was I given anything by Polaroid (that sort of thing never happens to me! ROFL)....I just wanted to pass on my experience of starting out....some reviews on Amazon do make me wonder sometimes!

Thanks for looking....let me know if you found this useful?
xoxo Sioux

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Holiday purse/wallet

If you are friends on Facebook you may have seen that I've been attempting to make a purse for "The Girls" for use on our holidays. We collectively share responsibility for the kitty :)
I've finally finished it and had the seal of approval ;)

The cover is made from artist quality canvas and I used Archival inks in red and black for the T!m Holtz script and butterfly stamps.

I've had this thing about wanting the pockets for notes to be in portrait orientation instead of the normal landscape I believe it makes for more secure storage.
The flip side with the attached purse at the bottom.

I was winging this as I went and would definitely change some things I did. For instance the appliqué butterfly on the purse had to be done to hide ugly stitching of the poppers to secure the purse.

I loved using the T!m Holtz fabric for the interior :)

You can easily open the wallet and hide your notes whilst opening the purse if you so desire.

I used Velcro as the fastening of the outer case and again the stitching showed so I glued another canvas butterfly on to hide it as sewing through the canvas was too difficult. The purse section folded up. (Don't look too closely at the stitches as my sewing machine has seen better days!)

Side view with the top section folded down to close.

The closed purse....ready for action on our holiday to Madrid in 9 days time. :)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Colour to dye for!

 Yesterday I went to a natural dye workshop held in Mortenhampstead.
The only thing I've ever dyed before was a pair of curtains and a bedspread using Dylon in the washing machine...and that must have been 20-30 years ago!

It was held in a felt artists studio in a disused chapel...very atmospheric...

...especially as the lady makes biodegradable felt coffins! Along with other lovely things and some great hats that I may have to make a return trip to buy at Bellacouche! ;)

Anyway enough of that lets get to the dye vats (pans)

We used four different natural dye colours with Isabella and Jane the tutors provided vast snippets of information along with historical dye facts that were fascinating.

We dyed lots of pieces of silks and wool thread and just before lunch Jane started off the indigo dye vat...very interesting how different it is to get it starting to work.

Our break for lunch in the graveyard! Fab!

In the afternoon those who wanted to dyed a scarf or some people were more prepared than me and had brought their own things to try lady brought a cashmere turned out fab in the indigo dye...but I forgot to take a picture! Here is Jane showing the magic happening as the indigo changes colour.

At the end of the afternoon we all sat and made up sample sheets of the different colours we had achieved with the help of Isabella and Jane.

Here are my sheets and the scarf...cochineal that had gone a bit wrong and taken on a lilac colour and the ends dipped in indigo.

Not saying I'll take this up in earnest (quite frankly I just don't have the room) but apparently a warm greenhouse can make a great dyeing area! Something to keep in mind should the need arise! :) :)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Birthday Card at last

Been too caught up with what seems a never ending task lately!
Namely making cards for the hotel.

I've learnt that I can't keep up, work all week and have creative sadly I've not been making anything!
We have agreed that I can't carry on like that so my designs are going to be used by a local printer to supply the hotel instead. Not quite hand made but I'm sure they will fit the bill.

On a brighter note....I did get some time to make a card last week....hurrah ;)

I spritzed some watercolour card with Dylusions and went from there....die cutting some different butterflies...Papertrey Ink and Sizzix. Some mini Tim Holtz stamps and large butterfly water coloured stamped, a sentiment from Papertrey finished it off. The wire butterflies layered on top just added that bit extra....a bargain from our local cheapo shop Bastins. :)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Friday, 18 March 2016

Designs for a client!

I've been designing a couple of things for a client!
Ooh! Get me....not a customer....a client!

New designs for welcoming back guests to a boutique hotel in Salcombe.
This is a watercolour of one of the bird decorations they have displayed...'s going to be  made into cards for the rooms, to greet the guests on arrival.

It's had so much positive feed back...feeling pleased that I'm getting it right for them.

Onwards to designing a greeting card for guests with birthdays/anniversaries
to celebrate, whilst keeping the hotels "style", and also being suitable for both male and female.....could be tricky!

I'll be back when I've cracked it!

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Just her cup of tea - Feminine and Fancy too!

Mother's Day has been and gone so I can post the card I made for my MIL...
...not that she looks at this blog, but it doesn't seem right to show it before the occasion! ;)
A combination of Papertry Ink for the cups and "tea time" cartouche...Stampers Anonymous for the scroll work...and Chocolate Baroque for the beautiful's one of my all time favourites :)

We bought her a lovely floaty scarf from the National Trust shop at Buckland Abbey.

The tithe barn...huge it was too!

Modern reworked plaster ceiling...just fab!

It's quite remarkable to think that Sir Francis Drake actually walked around this can't really say lived here as he spent so much time on the high seas!!! Is it any wonder both his marriages did not produce an heir!!!!?

A beautiful old vellum of Gregorian chant music.

I made a box to gift the scarf in...I might at last have got the gist of what the measurement differences ought to be for the top and bottom! Ha ha!
(Cut the bottom piece 2mm less than the top...i.e. Top 40x25 say, so bottom 38x23....that's if your card is not all that thick!)...well it worked for me in this instance. :)

Thanks for looking and MIL adored her scarf :)

Linking this card to Try it on Tuesday for this fornight's "Feminine and Fancy" challenge
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Impossible elephant!

I made a little quirky card using Tim's images.

Bicycle stamped in archival plum
Elephant stamped in archival coffee...Using a stamp positioner to get him poised just right... LOL ;)
Sentiment in archival aquamarine
birthday wishes cartouche stamped in fired brick.

Layered onto a distress coloured base of fired brick.

I needed that...been missing some stamping recently...too busy with life, work and trying to sort out my Etsy studio!

I've had one sale so far from a dear friend...
(what a lovely surprise that first sale was)
...and I think something pretty awesome can't be far off...
...fingers crossed.

Thanks for looking.
xoxo Sioux

Card available in my Etsy studio...see side bar.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Trial and error!

I'm trying to work out the best way to photograph my cards ready for listing them on Etsy! This is not one of the best by any stretch of the imagination.

Setting up the site has proved to be a bit of an effort....and I'm still not quite finished yet!

I've had to re-hash my blogg banner to fit their sizing....make a square logo....try and work out costs of postage....write about my shop policies....still not finished that one! Try to price stuff realistically....mmmm that's a biggy...I've got one item in my shop and only because you had to to set it least that's how it was working for me....I've priced it way off the wall in the hope no-one actually thinks of buying it..... Ha ha ha......actually making stuff to put in the shop....source a way of adding a watermark to a photo easily, now that bit has worked.....and there is more but I won't bore you any more!

Having been bombarded by the Etsy Facebook page that is trying to take the sting out of it all....I had to stop all the posts appearing on my time line!! There is lots of great info from other users but now at least I can dip into it when I feel the need ;)

I haven't a clue whether this will result in any sales.....but I have to give it a they say you don't go to your grave regretting the stuff you did do its the stuff you didn't do that will get you every time! ROFL


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Bad blogger!

Morning all!
What a wet and windy one too!
Been a while.....sorry and all that!
Just trying out a watermark app so I'm posting a little bit of hand stamped wrapping paper.
Stamped with archival black and burgundy inks using Papertrey stamps.


It contained this for my honey......saw it in a junk shop in Totnes....although I think it calls itself something a bit classier! Ha ha

Thanks for looking.
Sorry can't make the picture be the right way round!!!
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

IW 24 stage one!

The penultimate Inspiration Wednesday page for 2015!!!

This is the start.

We are supposed to have a page that has ugly dimension and colours to start with and gesso over the whole thing no  matter what!

I don't have a spare page like that so decided to go my own way and try to make an ugly base by just layering lots of different stencil images made with molding paste.

As it happens I'm rather liking the look of this and am not sure about adding random colours over the top to disguise it!!! Think I might have to ponder a little longer......nothing new there then ROFL ;)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Happy Annniversary

Sharing an anniversary card I made this week.

Can't believe its a year since they married!!!

Just simple one layer stamping....carefully choosing the colours so that it does not look like you just stamped the images willy nilly fashion.....ROFL!

The butterfly was stamped and masked before adding the other background images.
(All T!m Holtz apart from the sentiment which is Papertrey Ink)
Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Inspiration Wednesday 23

Another page It's number 23 in the great IW 2016 journey :)

Yet more collage as a base layer.....well at least it's making a bit of a dint in the piles of offcuts and bits that I can't throw away!!!! ROFL

It turned out to have a much darker look...perhaps feeling yucky from having a flu jab on Friday influenced it!

I used some sayings that I like about art and added a stamped you do! ROFL :)

What did I learn this time?
I learned that you can't like everything you make!

Although I do like the semi transparent look of the paint within the shapes and can see this will be a useful technique to use again ;)

I think it's time to ask for some extra colours of acrylic for Christmas.....;)

Just noticed I've missed off the date tag.....will have to rectify that ;)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Coffee card and Bristol.

We have spent the weekend in Bristol celebrating a special 30th birthday.
Here is the card I made for my super step son James......don't think I will ever get used to writing that word.....step son.....Lol

It's based on one of Tim's 2015 tags.....and as James likes his Costa coffee I incorporated the logo.

I do like the idea of slipping a gift card under the cup :)

It was gifted in a Costa bag for added measure ;)

Meal out at The Cowshed......fab night, lovely food and wonderful company :)
My Tiramisu journey ;)

Can't wait for the next time we can all do it again :)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux