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Monday, 24 November 2014

Merry and Bright

Good morning all. Monday again, hope you all enjoyed your weekend.

It was a quiet one here again yesterday...except when Gary and I were cursing the opposition during the football match! Beds changed and all washed and dried...and the laundry barrel is still full...I'm sure the fairies come along here and make work for me!! Things got messy in the craft room after the match when I got my spray inks out...note to self....next time use the kitchen table covered in newspapers instead of the tiny space you craft in!! There's ink sprayed everywhere so I guess I'll have to wash everything down before I can make anything else!!
Off to the hairdresser's this morning so I'll catch up with you all later.

Another simple Christmas card to share today.

I bought this Spellbinders die a little while ago thinking it would be great to use with the fancy labels one dies I already own but as always happens it's too big and I'd need the grand labels set to layer it with.
The main die comes in two parts, the inner which basically cuts an aperture of the scene and an outer which cuts the shape around the aperture scene. I've just used the inner die and backed the card with a blue pearlised scrap, although I think it's a bit dark.
Music stamp is from Clearly Besotted and sentiment stamp is a magazine freebie from Spellbinders. 

Challenges entered:
Dies R Us - Christmas
Die Cut Divas - any holiday
Allsorts - no DP's
Inkspirational - Christmas no red or green
We Do Doobadoo - Christmas
The Stamping Boutique - Christmas non traditional colours
Crafting by Design - Christmas

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Jingle all the Way

Good morning all.

Yesterday was definitely a lot quieter...the day started with a nice lie in! Eldest's work clothes were to wash but they were quick and easy. By mid afternoon everyone else had gone to Edinburgh (eldest for a tattoo and the rest to the pictures) so I had the house to myself for 4/5 hours and no one to cook tea for :) I managed to make a few simple Christmas cards but it was one of those days when I wasn't really happy with the results!

The theme this week over at Less is More is "Jingle all the Way"

For this we would like to see some reference to any of these things....bells, reindeer, Santa, elves, stockings, presents, decorations, Christmas songs/music/instruments...in fact anything Christmassy!

Plenty of scope there then!

A few weeks ago I made this card for our little Christmas Card Club and liked the result, so decided I would use it for one of the kids and make two similar cards for the other two. This image seemed to shout out for the same treatment...the Humphrey's Corner stamp from Crafter's Companion was a magazine freebie, the sentiment from Spellbinders was also a magazine freebie. I've stamped with versamark and heat embossed with black detail EP. I've coloured the nose, hat and bell with promarkers and added glossy accents to both the coloured parts and the snow.
Topper is simply mounted to the base with foam tape and finished inside.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - jingle all the way
Crafter's Companion - Christmas/winter
Fairy Tale - Christmas with animals
Winter Wonderland - let's get sentimental

Saturday, 22 November 2014


Good morning all.

Had a busy day yesterday, house cleaned from top to bottom, six loads of washing done and cooked the tea. By evening I was about dead on my feet! An easy day today me thinks.

Another quick Christmas card to share today which I made on Thursday evening.

Made with a few challenges in mind...I cut the largest Spellbinders snowflake die from the white card and replaced it with a slate one, then cut all the other sizes alternating between slate, blue and white card. I used a silver brad to layer them together. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and is stamped with versamark and heat embossed with silver detail EP.
The topper is attached with foam tape to give some dimension...and all finished on the inside.

Challenges entered:
CAS(E) this sketch - sketch #101
CAS Colours and Sketches - colour challenge
Brown Sugar - use two or more colours
Polka Doodles - clean and simple
Stamplorations - stamps and layers

Friday, 21 November 2014

Artist Trading Block

Good morning all.

A week or so ago I was trawling around mixed media blogs when I saw some decorated wooden blocks, of course I forgot to bookmark it and can't for the life of me remember where I saw them. Hubby had been playing in the garage so I asked him if he had any spare bits of wood, after being told what I wanted them for he gave me one of those looks...then indulged me with a few various sized and shaped pieces. Here is my first transformation...I chose the smallest piece and a Christmas theme to start off with.

I started by coating the whole piece in gesso, then painted a panel on the front in blue acrylic. Once dry I added snowflakes with texture paste and a Joanna Sheen stencil using some diamond dust whilst it was still wet to make it sparkle. The Christmas sentiment is a Clearly Besotted die cut four times from card and layered up to make it quite chunky and sturdy, this was inked with festive berries DI. The piece was finished with ribbon, a bow, snowflake button, snowman, star, gems and a pearl all from my stash.

The finished piece is about 3" square and 1" deep and I love how it turned out!
This is how it looked originally - a lovely piece of teak, hubby thought I was mad painting over it but when I showed him the finished article he turned round and said "actually it's very good"!!

Challenges entered:
4 Crafty Chicks - make it sparkle
DL Art - Christmas
Crafter's Cafe - anything goes
Decorate to Celebrate - anything 3D
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
City Crafter - just a word
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Craft-Dee BowZ - anything goes with a handmade bow
Altered Eclectics - anything but a card
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything altered art goes
Allsorts - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Notebook

Good morning all and a big welcome to all my new followers.

We had a mixed batch of weather yesterday but mainly wet and cold, a good day to stay at home and craft....although shopping and housework did scupper some of my plans.

I've a recycled notebook to share today. I had a little charity book sitting on my desk and decided it would be perfect to use to keep a note of Christmas cards sent...I always manage to miss someone!

Coated first with some gesso then sprayed with distress stains and cosmic shimmer gold. The tree is from Clearly Besotted, two die cuts stuck together to give some dimension then stamped in forest pine DI and given a spray of cosmic shimmer.

This is how it started out.

Challenges entered:
Craft Room Challenge - anything 3D
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything but a card

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

We had a lovely day yesterday, some blue sky and a bit of sunshine and no lights needed in the middle of the day! I spent the day getting ahead with some DT work so I don't get bogged down in the New Year.

Another quick Christmas card to share today.

Apart from the base card everything else came from my bits box. Embossing folder is from Spellbinders...although it is a 5 x 7 folder it looks okay cut 5 x 5 to make a square card. Matted and layered onto silver mirri card, The sentiment is a die from Clearly Besotted and I've used more mirri card. Finished with gems and silver pearls from my stash.

Topper is attached with foam tape but I think it will still be flat enough to post. All finished inside too!

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Clear it Out - anything goes (stash is card snippets)
Holly Jolly Christmas - monochromatic
Just Inspirational - frame it
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Bunny Zoe's - snow
Perfectly Rustics - embossing

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Shabby Chic Paint Technique

Good morning all.

Yesterday was positively miserable weather wise...a good day to stay at home! Got two loads of washing done, whipped around the house with the hoover and made a roast dinner. I managed to finish off a couple of DT projects too but can't show you them yet.

A new technique featured in this month's edition of Craft Stamper magazine...faux shabby chic.

Circles are inked with Seedless Preserves distress ink before being stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear EP. I've used picket fence distress paint to shabby them up. Don't think the technique shows particularly well with this stamp but you live and learn!
The Visible Images Ho stamp was a freebie with the magazine. I've used a scalloped nestie to die cut the top white layer and inset the circles...first time I have tried this and not got them quite straight! Sentiment die is from Clearly Besotted.
All card used was found lurking in my bit boxes...it's quite liberating seeing it put to use instead of cluttering the place up!!

Challenges entered:
Love to Create - Christmas
Sparkle and Sprinkle - anything goes with glitter, EP or flocking
Christmas Cards all Year Round - no patterned paper
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Dies R Us - Christmas
Die Cut Divas - holiday spirit