It has been an awful few weeks since Richard was taken from our family. His parents are beyond distraught and members of my family are struggling to cope with his death. His body has been identified and has come home for his funeral where we can all say goodbye to him. Thank you for all of your best wishes and kind comments.
I have sad news. My Nephew Richard Mayne was killed on the Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over eastern Ukraine a few days ago.
We are heartbroken he was a lovely young man who had a cheeky smile for everyone. He recently completed an expedition to Mount Everest to raise funds for a charity close to his heart. This trek was in aid of the UK charity “Kidasha” who support disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Nepal.
Even after Richard’s death the Justgiving site has received hundreds of donations from many well wishers who are saddened by this wicked waste of a wonderful life. This is a quote from my daughter Scarlett, his cousin.
“Despite all the hate in the world that caused Richard to be taken from us, it is heartwarming to see human compassion in people donating to his Everest Expedition charity page in his memory, furthering a cause that he was passionate about. He is still making a difference to the lives of others around him.”
Richard was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 8. He controlled his diabetes with great skill and he was heavily supported by Camp Charnwood, run by the Leicestershire Parents’ Group Summer Camp. In more recent years, he became one of the Camp Leaders helping the younger children to look after their diabetes. Richard’s zest for life was encouraged and made possible by Camp Charnwood. These camps, over the years, gave Richard, and many other young people with diabetes, the confidence to recognise that independent, international travel and adventure activities were as open to them as anyone. It was that confidence which helped to get him to Everest Base Camp.
Richard lived with his diabetes for 12 years and we would be just as happy to see any future donations passed on to the following charity, which was also close to Richard’s heart, and had a huge impact on his life for a number of years:
The charity is Leicestershire Parents’ Group Diabetes UK and the Charity Number is 215199.
Just giving page is https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Mayne2
I am so excited to share with you my new stencils that are now available through StencilGirl.
I have been playing with my stencil Art Nouveau (not shown in the above picture but can be found on the ‘New Stencils’ link above). I love creating patterns to the extent that I would say I am obsessed by them. I can’t go out without looking at everyday objects, architecture, people’s clothing just about everything without thinking whether I can translate it into either a stencil, cutting file or a tangle pattern. Some which can convert nicely into all three.
Here I have combined both stencil and tangle patterns. I taped the ‘Art Nouveau’ stencil to an A3 piece of cartridge paper and traced in the spaces using a Micron 0.1 black pen. (stencil is blue as it’s my pre-production sample)
Choosing what pattern to use is probably the hardest part as I sift through thousands of tangle patterns
to see which ones will fit well within the long thin shapes of the stencil.
Gradually filling up all of the spaces takes time and took me about two afternoons. I normally choose the colours after I’ve finished the tangles. But this time I knew that I wanted to use a muted medieval colour palette and decided to colour as I went along. I used alcohol markers a mixture of Pro-markers, Flexmarkers and Kuretake Kurecolor twin markers.
It was my brother’s partner’s birthday and thought I’d frame it and give it to him for a birthday present.
My brother’s reaction was “great, we can sell it when you become famous”. Bloomin’ cheek!
Some one on the UK Silhouette cameo Chums group I belong to was tearing out her hair trying to get some happy birthday text to curve and align with a banner shape from the silhouette studio library. I have come up with this quick and easy way of doing this.
I belong to a Facebook group called UK Silhouette Cameo chums. Questions are often posed on there where sometimes the answer isn’t quite clear. Now I love a challenge. I will go away and work it out then make a short video of the answer if the written explanation is too complicated or long winded to write.
This question was asked: Is there a way of making just one line of a shape perforated? for folding? Here is the result.
Just a quick video on duplication and rotation in Silhouette Studio. This is handy if you want to make a flower or rotate shapes in a circle but your not sure about calculating how many degrees you want. for e.g you want 12 petals and not sure what degrees of rotation that requires. A simple sum of 360 (degrees in a circle) divide by 12 (number of petals)= 30 degrees. 360/12=30. So rotate and duplicate by 30 degrees gives you evenly spaced petals.
My new products for sale on Stencil Girl’s website. 6″ x 6″ stencils.
Basket Weave Brick