Friday, 31 December 2010

Last post of 2010

So last quarter day of 2010 here in the UK at least someof you have been in 2011 for a while now others have a little longer to go.   Funny thing time and measuring the planet in units of it 1440 minutes circle the planet.

Todays makes are 3 ATCs  for a January swap, needed something simple to do kinda Mojo therapy.   The swap is hosted by Sam at the UK Stampers Forum The stamps are all my designs made up for me by Tanda Stamps

Base card coloured with DIs and stamped. Toppers stamped onto white paper coloured and attached,crackle accents spread over and when dry more DI worked into it to further define the cracks.

Enjoy the celebrations, wishing 2011 brings us all everything we wish for.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Stampman Challenge Tags

Ventured to the shops today, the local Garden Centre looking for Christmas Decorations marked down that could be altered, struck out there but they did have some knockout wall pieces a couple were smaller than 3' but most exceeded that by 2' or 3' and were stunning.  Two of them were full size guitars woven with musical scores all made out of metal the curves and diamension of these pieces blew me away.   Seeing them led directly to this tag for the The Stampman Challenge

Chocolate coloured card, Dreamweaver stencil and embossing paste. Small stamps from Aspects of Design set gold embossed on the card and larger stamps on heat resist acatate and attached to the card with brads adding movement to the tag. Just a few small gold flat gems dotted around. So many ideas are being generated by the pieces I saw today guess there is more to come. & no i didn't buy one LOL

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

A Birthday Card

A new year a new round of Birthday's and we all know what that means time to get out stamps and colours other than Christmas.

Found a little sketch at Oldie but a Goodie works with some ribbon don't you think. The main stamp is a firm favorite and several years old now stamped and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer. The sentiment, 'We grow not older with the years but newer everyday' is another older stamp that certainly has its uses. Just few paper flowers and gems to finish off.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Compass and Anchors

Allsorts of things brought this canvas togather, a love of sunsets the sun makes a great basic compass.    Rope from my days with a boat sales business used it to practice splicing a skill not likely to be needed in the future.   Love this pair of anchors and the compass which also comes in a pair just used the smaller one here.   They are more of Di's fabulous Tando chipboard.

Acrylics used to paint the canvas and then ferro paste added for greater texture, Glamour dust blown over while the paint was still wet..   The compass painted with Inka Gold and then gold crako.   Anchors sprayed with GM and then a layer turquoise Crako paste followed by copper Crako paste and finally some Viva metallic paint.    For the finishing touch the whole canvas was sprayed with more Glimmer Mist.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Aspects of Trees

And there is was gone! the holidays will continue for a few days but the big feast is over. Did Santa bring you a bundle of goodies? all those crafty items you have been hinting about for a while? LOL How many I wonder are sitting thinking they must start a diet if you are like me thats not just the effect of Christmas LOL

A few days off, well un-employed again in my case, time to craft a little. Last Wednesday Frankie, Dragons Dream set her weekly challenge. Go check it out her Aspects of Trees Pendant is fabulous.

Mine is a simple little tag using lots of different stamps tree above and below ground some blossom a bird and feathers. Music script in the background edges blended with DI.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday happy crafting

Friday, 24 December 2010

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas

Its been another fabulous year here in blog land so many fun challenges and exciting things happening.   Meeting some of the nicest people around always ready with a kind supportive word and encouragement.   Thank you all and wishing you all the most fabulous time this festive season, I'll be back before year end LOL

Had to be a challenge here somewhere and its another Gingersnaps one a colour challenge this time the colours being Snow, Pine and Mahogany.

The ivy leaves, snowflakes & icicles were given to me a couple of years back. The other silk leaves and the autumn fruits were left over from another project earlier in the year as was the actual wreath base. More leaves were created in metal coloured with alcohol inks and grunge paper coloured with DI. Just a little festive fun.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

CofC #25

Scribble stain distress the details of which can be found on page 34 of Mr Holtz's Compendium of Curosities.    The technique picked this fortnight for her fabulous TH technique challenge For December the challenge has been fortnightly making it last that little bit longer! Gonna be sad when it does come to an end but I'm sure Linda will have some plan to replace it.

This tag has been made using the scribble stain distress technique with DI and my one and only reinker which I had to open for this exercise LOL   The stamps are all foambacked from QVC, bright eyes curtsey of Glossy Accents.

Sorry Sam more pink, does it help that the other colour is green? LOL

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Another Body Shop tub

Made this for a friend for Christmas, she has received it now and seen it so can share with you.   The bodyshop tub was coloured with Alcohol inks. for the top sticky back cork cut in a circle to cover it, FP flowers and feather and a clay half face stuck on some braid swirle around.   The inside was filled with ribbon clay and FP embelishments mostly in ink!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

SCD - Tags 'Happy Christmas'

Getting very close now last bits of shopping today and then all set, how about you?

Something Completely Different have Tags as their format for December and as this is the last challenge they have set this year they have chosen 'Happy Christmas' as the theme.

Happy Santa on this nestie cut glossy card is from Penny Black stamped in black and clear embossed.   Coloured with Pro Markers and Sparkly Sakura with DI blended over masked card.    Sentiment simply stamped in black.

Reference yesterday's card it really was the last one just schaduled this for today is all. LOL

Wrap up warm peeps and take care.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Pink Alert

Well the Christmas card making stamps and papers are packed away for another year so this really is the last one I'll make in 2010.

Decided to have a little fun and make this snowman Pink!   White base card with pink and a little blue DI.   Some 'in my minds eye' paper with a ripped edge greeting stamped and embossed in cosmic shimmer pink.   The same pink used on this smashing snow man and touches of sparkly sakura pens.
As with my last two Christmas cards inspiration came from Gingersnaps this time the challenge is their Chestnut theme challenge, Snowpeople LOL. He really is a smart snowman even in pink.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Tando Birdhouse

This little birdhouse box was great fun to decorate and slot togather.  It is of course a Tando chipboard box. You can buy Tando chippie at Bubblyfunk and Angel Crafts and Craft Barn for inspiration check out the Tando blog

For this box the walls were stamped with a woodgrain stamp that Andrew at Tanda Stamps made for me it really came into its own here. The walls were then painted with watered down acrylic paint and the front tabs hole punched to take a small wooden dowel. The sides were then glued to the bottom. For the tile effect roof the scollop edge was traced down each side in black pan, once again watery Acrylic was painted over and when that was dry ProMaster cool grey #4 marked out the patten again. There is a pair of hinges holding the two roof parts togather. Once assembled wire stemed paper flowers decorate the front and some Reindeer moss is poking out of the hole in the front. Finally some distress is achieved with Viva Craco on the walls and Viva ferro on the roof.   Makes a useful little storage box.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Lots to do - Favourite card this year

WOW very nearly the end of 2010 and what a year its been.   Do you remember January we had snow then I think and certainly had some in February.   Between snow showers so much has happened lots of good things, some not so good and some sad but that is the way of things.

Thank you to everyone who has followed our promts and joined us at Lots to do this year. It remains one of my favourite challenge sites and its been a privilage to be part of the team thank you Hilda

This week our last challenge for 2010 (well next Saturday will be Christmas day!) we are inviting you to take a look back at your crafting year and sharing with us once again your favourite card of 2010 one that you made and for one reason or another are especially pleased with. A hard challange you might find, I did. Made a lot of tosh during the year but one or two nice pieces as well surprisingly fewer cards than I had thought. This one appeals to me because of the warm colours and layers of texture as well as the salt LOL here is the origional posting back in July.

Hope you enjoy looking back at your 2010 card makes and can find just one to share with us again. Lots to do will be back with you and with a new challange on Saturday 1st January 2011.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Gingersnaps - Polar Animals

Thank goodness for Gingersnaps and their December Challenges they are my inspiration for these last few cards. Just one to go after this and the they really and truely will be finished.

This one is based on Gingersnaps Randon Redhead Challenge to include Polar animals in your piece. They say your creatures can be from the north or south polar regions which as good as they are a little mixed here.

Vellum over card with a ribbon band over that. Nestie shapes as mat offset from topper, mat sprayed with silver spray and sparkle. Topper stamped and heat embossed, DI for background, Sakura for main images and once again white glitter in the white places.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

White Glitter

Is it snowing where you are non here on the south coast - yet stay safe and warm if you can.

Been a while since making one of these 'spring' cards, but need a couple more Christmas cards always the way isn't it so here is the first of my last minute cards.

Gingersnaps challenges I've not joined in for a while have some fun Christmas themes running at the moment. This card is for their 'White Glitte' challenge. So hard to see in the picture but the penguins have white glitter fronts and of course on their hats and at their feet.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

3 of a kind

These 3 little ATCs are for a swap that Sam is hosting at UK Stampers. Looking for an inky altered forum and knowing Sam to be a member checked the forum out very talented group of peeps and very welcoming.

Used some Machine stamps, DI and assorted metal elements three of each kind on each ATC hard to see on the one with ribbon but they are there.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


Completed the November/December post cards for the Lots to do revisited swap today.

N is for napkin art, just a little bit of a wine theme going on here

O is for oriental and origami purists might object to origami as the papers were not square, but they were folded.

Monday, 13 December 2010

M is for

Lots to do revisited forum have a long term swap running, we are making postcards 4" x 6" cards going through the alphabet we were a bit late closing Octobers so Novembers is running to the end of December.

This is M for masking, metal and meow! TH masks brayered over and then sprayed with GM. TH cogs die to cut coated metal, embossed with Cuttlebug cogs folder and then rubber down with sand paper. Hands cut from the same metal. Metal M from alphabet set.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Last Christmas Card

Well I'm hoping its the last one and to celebrate that made this one a bit of a mix cute and elegant were it not for the mischievous ginger tabby it would of course been completely elegant -  yeah right LOL

Am entering this into quite a few challenges:

Sparkles Forum A new challenge starting today with the theme of Christmas

Craft your Passion Challenges Anything goes

A spoonfull of suger Christmas cards

Creative Card Crew Anything goes

Creative Inspirations Challenge Anything Christmas

Dutch Dare Christmas

Penny's Paper-crafty challenges Merry Christmas

Allsorts Last Minute Christmas

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Lots to do - A little Glitz

Double digits today just two weeks to go and judging by the supermarket yesterday there are some great festive feasts being prepared.

Lots of words for our Lots to do words challenge last week. We appreciate everyone who joins in and delight in visiting each week to see what you have made.

This week the theme is a little bit of Glitz so bit of glitter some sparkle how about some bling. It's your project your choice. I used Sakura Sparkly pens for Santa's suite and in the puff paint for his beard and fur trim sprinkled Glamour Dust hard to see in the picture but it is there. Santa was masked before he was coloured and given a DI backdrop over stamped and embossed with WOW.

Something Completely Different have a month of tags and have asked to see our favourite Christmas Character. Well for me its the cheeky chappy and this is probably my favourite stamp depicting him.

Drunken Stampers have challenged us to make Tags this week hope they like this one!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

CofC #24

Gosh it is still so cold its draining don't you find?

Started the job hunt again not really expecting much to happen this side of Christmas but hay that gives me time to craft and blog hop and catch up with you all (and maybe the ironing).

Playing then, during December Linda's challenge is being run fortnightly this fortnight the technique is Rock Candy Distress Stickles found on page 47 of Compendium of Curiosities. Thought this would work quite nicely as a card.   Guess thats all I can say really.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Dragon's Dream Tag it on

A first for me joining Dragon's Dream Have know about it since I started blogging but for one reason or another never played! This week however with a little time to play made this tag.

It is a collage of lots of different stamps reflecting the  theme of Time Flies toward Christmas.   Well it certainly does less than 3 weeks now.   Guess you can see there was stamping masking overstamping colouring.   Not so clear the squirt of GM and Glamour dust.

Last day at work today so better crack on.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Tanda 160 - Ladies only

Do you know my good friend Sue she sets the Tanda Teaser every fortnight, next one due on Wednesday. Sue also designs stamps for Tanda. We both also make good use of Tanda's bespoke stamp making service.   For the fortnight currently running the theme is Ladies only no chaps allowed on your project LOL

For my card Peacocks (& yes I know the pretty ones are all male) and peacocks colours set the scheme.   Black base card Tanda Art Deco Set 1 for the corner feather which was stamped in Perfect Medium and coloured with Perfect Pearls. Sue's Mack Set 2 provided the Lady who was stamped onto glossy card and embossed with WOW very fine gold. Getting a lot more out of these WOW powders now and yes Sam I do reccommend them now the very fine and the Pearlescent especially. The head and front of the lady were masked Big & Juicy Waterfall brayered over the glossy card, mask removed Skin tone and her outfit with ProMarkers.   Spent ages faffing around with the black corner wanted to use a We R Memory Makers button which seemed to work well with fibre's matched to the overall colour scheme.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Lots to do - Words

Clearly you enjoy embosssing thank you to everyone who played along last week you shared some great work with at Lots to do

This week Hilda is back with us. we also have a great challenge for you take it Christmas as I have or if you are Christmassed out take it in a different direction completely. All we want to see are words, well images as well but the theme is Words.

I'm still making Christmas cards at every opportunity this time using a Clarity stamp one of Barbara's 'Night before Christmas' set stamped with WOW powders getting to like these now and coloured with Sakura pens. Papers in my minds eye and DCWV. Reindeer little wooden embellishments from a couple of years ago thickly embossed with more of the WOW powders.

If you have time with all the final Christmas arrangements we hope you will join us we love visiting and seeing your great makes, on the subject of great makes check out Lots to do and see what the girls have made.

Friday, 3 December 2010

SCD - December Tags with Trees

Sorry no idea what has been happening but if you just saw a title and not post here it is.

Still house bound with the snow but think the thew has started at least here on the southcoast.   Been nice to have a couple of days off but after that it gets expensive LOL

Pleased to say my Mojo seems to be firing up again helped in no small part by the new challenge from Something Completely Differnt A new month, a new format and challenge. For December its Tags and this week Tags with trees.

Cut my tag to fit in an embossing folder, once the tree was inprinted on the tag it was blended with a combination of blue, green, yellow, orange DIs. As SCD are hoping for Christmas trees the leaves of this tree were then coloured with sparkly Sakura. Pennyblack birds and sentiment stamped in Vintage Photo on the lower half of the tag and highlighted with more sparkly sakura. Organza ribbon to add a bit of glamour.

No card sure there will be one later but for now

Thank you to everyone who has made it to work over the last couple of days in the snow.   Without you we would not have the things we just take for granted.    Our local shop is open no bread very little milk but the staff are there and so are the customers.  We have heat light and power the TV and Radio are broadcasting, even the essential services like QVC and Create and Craft LOL.   We take so much for granted and if those of you who are working had not made the effort we would be clueless so THANK YOU.

Me well my temping role finishes on Tuesday so perhaps my motivation is down the pan LOL

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Steampunk hearts

The frame for this came from a charity shop back in May it has been sitting on top of the bookcase waiting to be altered. On Saturday meeting up with Di the Boss lady at Tando she gave me the new small heart cog set to play with. Well within about an hour this basic design was clear in my mind. Sorry if I was a bit distracted Di my imagination was working overtime but not letting me in on the secret!

My other question was how will the chipboard do in an embossing folder? Well the answer to that is that it works just great. Once embossed the shapes were coloured with Nick Bantock inks, rub and buff then used to highlight the raised areas. A while back I dismantled a wind up clock parts of which have been used here front and back. Some buttons, pearls, feathers, wire and ribbon completed the alteration.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Penny Black @ Allsorts - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Sorry about the hiccup a couple of days ago thought I had things scheduled whoops. Finally it is 1st December and the start of the Advent Countdown it is very nearly Christmas. When our December http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/ challenge ends the Christmas festivies will be over and plans will be well in hand for the New Year. The first decade of the 21st Centenary is almost in the past, now there's a thought.

Enough! on with the challenge. We were delighted that so many people found us and shared their Christmas makes with us, thank you we hope you will join us again and maybe bring your friends along.

December then and your idea of beauty as expressed by Penny Black Stamps. Still making Christmas cards really should have started sooner hay ho. For this card I used plain hammered card blended with stormy sky and chipped sapphire 'for peace 3734F' stamped in black soot and squirted with water.   Snowflake punch in corners punched bits saved to stick around the card.   Topper cut with nestie on silver mirra card and more hammered card stamped with 'Now & Always 3515H' in Chipped Sapphire with Stormy Sky blended at edge.

Pop over to http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/ to see all beautiful things the team have made.