Friday, 29 October 2010

walking in a winter wonderland

Today we have another fabulous challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity

We are required to use the sketch (which I turned on its side) AND add a Christmas tree.

I am also entering this into the following challenges:

'sweet treat': Cupcake Craft Challenges
'Christmas': Stampavie & More
'die cutting/punches': A Spoon Full of Sugar
'punches & die cuts': Simon Says
'main colour blue': Theme Thursday
'transparent element': Cute Card Thursday (top layer of tree)
'chipboard': If the Show Fits (bottom layer of tree)
'claret & blue': Something Completely Different
'winter wonderland': Fussy & Fancy Friday
'punches': Creative Card Crew
'G is for glitter': ABC Challenge

For my piece I have used Little Yellow Bicycle ~ Christmas Delight papers. So pretty and I love the extra thick cardstock weight. Thick and luxuriant. I hate when our fave paper manufacturers substitute ultra flimsy papers for the same cardstock price, but not so with these LYB papers. I have used Frosty Flurries, Reindeer Crossing and Starry Night.

For the tree I used a Tattered Angel ~ Glimmer Chip Tree which I glitzed with Glimmer Glam before adding a matching Glimmer Glass tree with glossy accents. I spritzed on some glimmer mists and added more glimmer glam! WOW! That was a mouthful!

I just love this sweet Magnolia - Gingerbread Tilda. I coloured her with copics and added some stickles.

On the edges of the snowflake papers, I brushed some Glimmer Glam. Just wished it came with its own applicator so I don't have to keep washing it up!  Otherwise I love it!

The ric rac ribbon is felt ribbon which I also brushed with Glimmer Glam. WOW! Love the transformation that gave! 

Added some diecut snowflakes and there you have it!

Thank you for looking.


Friday, 22 October 2010


 Today at  Crafts 4 Eternity, we have a sketch and a halloween theme.

<< Here is the sketch.

I am entering this into the following challenges which all have a halloween theme:

Stamp With Fun
A Spoon Full of Sugar 
Creative Inspirations 
Dutch Dare 
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 
Stampin's For The Weekend
By The Cute & Girly

and finally, 'no white paper': The Corrosive Challenge.

I've struggled to get into the Halloween groove, which normally I love. I think because I was in the midst of Christmassy type things. Also I wasn't feeling very inspired by my Halloween rubbah!

I've used papers by Pink Paislee and My Mind's Eye. My Martha Stewart punches created the spider's web border & strip.

I embossed a Tim Holtz tag with the Sizzix Poison Texture Fades embossing folder. Then I used various inks, glimmer mists and gold paste to give it some character.

I gave the same treatment to a ticket cut from the Ticket Strip die and stamped it with a Tim Holtz halloween ticket stamp.

The cat is a Basic Grey chipboard piece from the Eerie collection. I spritzed it with glimmer mists and rubbed some stickles in.

Thank you for looking.


Monday, 18 October 2010

once upon a time

Hello, I hope that everyone has had a lovely weekend. Today I have a spiral bound album to share with you.

This one kind of fell together all on its own, because of the paper I used: Webster's Pages ~ Magical Wishes: Prince Frog.

I added lots of flowers and lace trims.

I've used two Magnolia stamps. The first is Castle Stone Window Background. I painted a piece of card with crackle paint and then stamped the image on top. 

The second is Longing Tilda. I coloured her with copics and then added some crackle accents.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

'fairy tales': Creative Card Crew.
'faces': Wednesday Stamper.
'lots of flowers': ABC Challenge.
'lots of ribbons': Anonyme Scrappere.
'at least 3 different embellishments': Our Creative Corner.
'ribbons': Sweet Stampin Challenge.
'anything but a card': Simon Says Stamp & Show
'no cards allowed': Stamptacular Sunday.

Thank you for looking.


Friday, 15 October 2010

No. 25 Santa Baby

Well after my last post where I showed you my rather messy desk, now is the time to show you something that I've made. Yes I do finish things! Unlike my days when I stitched, I still have those UFO's!!

This is my DT entry for Crafts 4 Eternity.  Once again we have this fabulous sketch by the very lovely Michele and we are also to use white. I loved this challenge as I would never have thought to use white with these papers and I love how it turned out.

Here is what I made.
I'm entering this into the following challenges:

'use some metal': Simon Says Stamp & Show. I've used REAL and FAUX metal ... read on ...
'3 of a kind': Papertake Weekly. I have three round buttons.
'show a number': Crafty Creations.
'a stamped project': Just Inspirational.
'distressing': Saturday Challenge.
'inspiration from a song title': Allsorts Challenge: Santa Baby.
'give it a vintage look': Winter Wonderland.

The image that I've used is Magnolia ~ Santa Handing Out Presents. I've coloured him with copics and of course added some stickles.

I've used one of those Nestie things to cut out the circle background, distressed the edges with ink and stickles, then added some buttons with a bit of stickles. This is the TOP of the chimney as you are looking down on it. (Bear with me here, I am old).

(Well OK, not THAT old).

The lace behind the circle depicts the reindeer flying through the sky (as they do). (I did say bear with me). You can see that I've been playing with my Sizzix Tim Holtz ~ Ticket Strip Die. For the ticket on the lace, I added a Pink Paislee border. The 'Merry Christmas' ticket is a Tim Holtz stamp.

Papers: Basic Grey: Jovial: Pomegranate and Pink Paislee: Mistletoe & Co ~ Postcards. WOOHOO! I combined two paperlines!!

Now not everyone has a chimney for Santa to climb down, so he needs a set of keys for the keyholes in the doors.

For the keyhole I used Tim's rusted grunge technique from his book to create a rusty keyhole using the Sizzix Tim Holtz ~ Hardward Findings Die (although I used different colours to co-ordinate with my papers) and added some of his brads which I bashed into place with a hammer. (I LOVE doing this, alternative aggression management!. Not that I'm aggressive, I hasten to add!!)

Now, when I showed OH the completed keyhole he was really impressed! He rubbed it with his finger and could feel it's rustiness texture! He really thought I'd used a real rusty keyhole!!!WOOO ... HOO ... HOO!!!

Spurred on, I made some matching rusty metal keys with the same Hardware Findings die.

He was impressed by these too, but said they should have been thicker. Oh well, you can't win them all!

Thank you for looking!


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

WOYWW ~ What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

WOW!! This is my 200th Post!!! And there was me thinking I don't post very much!

Today I am joining in at What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, not something I often do as my craft room usually looks a mess and today is no exception. It's not because I am untidy, but just because I am always 'in progress'.

This week I've been working on three different projects, two of which are complete..... yay!!!

One is for my c4e posting for this coming Friday and you will see the copics that I used in the top right hand of the photo (below the porcelain cat which every crafter should have peering over their windowsill and onto their stash!). OK, this project is complete and sits behind me so you can't see it in the photo, check back on Friday for some vintage feel.

Secondly, I have a little mini album which I completed in the wee small hours. Will take a photo of it when I have access to daylight photographing hours. In the meantime you can peek at an edge of it in the bottom left corner where you can see the layered flower with brad in the middle.

My third project is not complete and will take a while. I have  bits out from my stash which I have been using, but I guess there will be more. My lips are sealed!! Until later!

Of course, as you can see, I have barely an inch of space to craft in. It's little wonder I ever get anything done.

Thanks for visiting me.


Friday, 8 October 2010

always & forever

Here we are at Friday and another challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity.

Once again we have a sketch and are also required to include glitter.
I've fiddled with the sketch a bit as I don't really like making things in circles ... don't know why ... so I made mine bracket shaped.

Papers: Pink Paislee ~ Bayberry Cottage: Picket Fence. I also used one of their tags.

Image: Magnolia ~ Tilda as Bride coloured with copics and added some stickles.
I am also entering this into the following challenges:
'sparkle & shine': A Spoon Full of Sugar.
'shaped card': C.R.A.F.T Challenge.
'congratulations': One Stop Craft Challenge.
'use pink ribbon, lace or yarn': The Craft Garden.

Thank you for looking.


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

man's 50th birthday

Hello all! I hope that everyone is ok. It's been quite a while since I last blogged. I went away on holiday to the very lovely Spain for a few weeks. Took the rain with me and then brought it back home again it seems! 

We stayed here for a few days at the start of the holiday, with a friend who lives there.
6km from the nearest town, surrounded by olive and almond groves. Some just planted!

So peaceful and quiet. Bliss!! And the sun shone the whole time we were here!

After our stay here, we headed south to civilisation (and rain). Fortunately, I had my ipad with me so was able to have a quick surf of the net whilst topping up my non-existant tan! LOL! 

So, on to my card. I wasn't going to blog this, as I don't think it is as exciting as I wanted it to be! But as I've been quiet for a while and my mojo is scrabbling around for some inspiration, I thought I'd show this, as an example of how NOT to do a man card! LOL!

I've used papers from the Tim Holtz ~ Vintage Shabby pad.

The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment was stamped from individual letter stamps by Paperartsy, which I embossed.

The metal '50' numerals are Tim's of course. I enjoyed hammering those brads into place :-)

The birdcage stamp and die is also by Paperartsy. I embossed the image and added some of Tim's ball chain.

I just love birdcages and when we were on holiday we kept passing this shop which had a really old vintage brass birdcage in the window and I stopped and drooled down the window looking at it every day. I wanted it! It had no price tag on it though and I didn't dare ask! 

Then one day, we were in my favourite jewellery shop and I saw my OH buy a little charm. He said it was a Christmas present, but then on the last day of  our holiday he gave it to me! Woohoo!
It's a birdcage charm for my Thomas Sabo charm bracelet. The bottom opens up to reveal a little bird. So cute!

Whilst I'm here, I will enter the following competitions with my card:

'numbers': Simon Says Stamp & Show and Creative Belli.
'something to celebrate': Stamp Something.
'neutrals plus one colour': Gingersnap Creations.

Thank you for looking!