Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Another Christmas Chapter

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa was good to you.  No doubt you will have lots of new crafting goodies to play with.

As the celebrations move towards New Year I thought I'd post another page (or chapter) from my Journal Your Christmas album.

This was prompt 13 to do with Christmas songs: carols or pop songs.  I like both but I immediately decided to journal about the Military Wives Choir and their beautiful and heart-wrenching song 'Wherever You Are'.  Like millions of others, this song and what it represents moved me and I pre-ordered it to ensure I had my copy and to try and help it's journey, hopefully, up to the number 1 slot in the Christmas music charts.

I used an old free CD and simply typed my journaling onto strips of paper to stick across it.  The backing paper seemed perfect with a music score and the word Christmas at the bottom, which I kept as my title and just added the the word 'Joy' underneath.

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Friday, 23 December 2011

Seasons Greetings

It's amazing what you can achieve with only a few die cuts and some ribbon.  

I used Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges and the 'Loops' design to make the frame from green mirri card then simply layered all the elements and added a sentiment.

I kept to a two-tone colour scheme, using the mirri card to really make the topper look sumptuous and stand out from the softer background paper.
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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

To Die Cut For

The current challenge over at Craft Room is 'Die Cuts and Punches'.  Click HERE for more details or scroll down the sidebar to find the link.

I decided to use my favourite Imaginisce, Black Tie Optional Kitsch'n Floral paper.  This is a lovely double-sided paper (which unfortunately I think they've stopped making) with the same flowers on a black and then white background, so I used both sides.  The shapes were cut using the Cricut and Elegant Edges, Gypsy Wanderings and Cindy Loo cartridges. 

The large flower in the bottom left-hand corner is layered up, with each set of petals curled to give dimension and shape.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

A Scrapbook Memory for Christmas 2011

Having posted several times about Shimelle Laine's class 'Journal Your Class', I thought I should let you see a page or two now the class is well under way.

I'm enjoying this class every bit as much as last year, not least because I know that in a year's time when I read this album again, it will bring back memories of everything that is going on now.  The little things, the annoying things, things that go right and those that don't!  Everything that makes the run up to Christmas and the event itself memorable.

For me this class is really about the journaling - the thoughts and experiences I record on the pages that will evoke the memories and the great thing about the prompts is that you don't have to add photos or masses of embellishments if you don't want to.
This was prompt 10 which was about the tradition of wrapping presents.  This year I decided to add a photo of a selection (small selection I might add) of the gift paraphernalia we love to use to make each pressie extra special.  I decided to stamp the white background instead of using paper as I just wanted the focus on the photo.  This page has a small amount of journaling but others have a lot, some of it hidden.
The only thing missing from this page is a title which I will add after Christmas when I have more time and that's the great thing about this class, if time is tight you can add extras to the album later when you're not so rushed. 

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The Art of the Under Garment!

Over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, the theme for fashionistas this month is 'Dressmaking/Corsets/Accessories'.  Click HERE to view their fabulous challenge blog and find out more or scroll down the sidebar for their link.

I painted a rectangular Stampboard with cream acrylic paint and did the same with a thin strip of Grungeboard.  Then I used my favourite script stamp and Distress Ink in Pumice Stone on the Stampboard and gold StazOn on the Grungeboard.  I also edged both pieces with the gold. 

I stamped the corset image directly onto the Stampboard using the gold and stamped the lady onto a piece of cream cotton using Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy and then cut the image out. 

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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Flowers Galore

Make your own flowers is the challenge over at Craft Room which ends tomorrow.  Click HERE to see more or scroll down the sidebar for the button.

At first I was going to make a card but then I thought a nice Christmas wreath would be a good addition to the decorations.  After mulling over a number of colour combinations, patterns and textures, would you believe I plumped for traditional red and green.

I used a favourite script stamp and black and gold StazOn to stamp some of the paper then die cut the flower shapes in different sizes ready to piece together.  I liked the alternate colours to each flower (obviously not going for something realistic) and attached the assembled flowers to a ring of green card stock.  Some ribbon and a thin wooden heart sprayed gold completed my new decoration.

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Everyone Has a Dream

The December challenge at Crafty Individuals is 'All Wrapped Up'.  Click HERE to find out more.

I decided to make a vintage tag that would look lovely on a simply wrapped gift and with that in mind I first die cut the large tag shape using the Cricut and 'Tags, Bags, Boxes and More' cartridge.

All the stamps used are from Crafty Individuals.  The script on the background is CI-017 and the stamped child's image is from CI-131.  The sleigh and sentiment stamps:  Hopes & Dreams and Merry Christmas are from other sets. The lovely little girl image is from their Miniatures 'People and Places 2' set. 

Before adding the lace, pears and flowers I masked off the coloured image and then lightly sprayed the whole tag with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread to add a subtle, but oh so Christmasy sparkle.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

And Lo, The Angel Blew

I've finally decided on a design for the bulk of my Christmas cards and strangely, there is no stamping at all. 
I decided to use my tag idea together with die cuts using the Cricut and, of course, lots of mirri board. 

Of course the problem with photographing mirri board is the reflection on the lens, hence the odd angle.  I used red and silver mirri board on this card but they're not all the same colour combinations, there's also red and gold and blue and silver.

The Cricut cartridges used were Tags, Bags, Boxes and More, Christmas (which was a free download a couple of years ago so I'm not sure if this is still available and Nursery Rhymes for the sentiment.

The angel is really beautiful with a lot of small detail so the size needed to be quite large otherwise the filigree effect is lost.  I cut my angels to 6.5 cm and then lightly brushed the back with Glossy Accents so I didn't smear glue all over the mirri board.  Another disadvantage of using it although I've found that small splodges can be wiped off using a cotton bud dipped into surgical spirit but be warned it can leave a slightly dull smear so only use if absolutely necessary.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

First Challenge in Ages

It's at least 2 months since I've been able to enter any of the great challenges out there in Blogland but hopefully this will get the ball rolling again.  It's for this fortnight's challenge over at Craft Room, where the theme is Travel or Postcards.  If you want to take a peep and enter for yourself click HERE

I decided to stick to a simple format to kick-start my creative juices again after so long and stamped the background using a variety of postal ephemera stamps.  The main image was then stamped, cut out and adhered to the card with 3D foam.

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Sunday, 20 November 2011

Nearly Back to Normal

Finally my crafting space is ready to use again but last week was busy at work, with a few late nights so I haven't really had time to do very much.  I hope to rectify that this week and fairly quickly get back into the swing of things. 

In the meantime, here's another picture from last year's Journal Your Christmas album.  The prompt was about memories of Christmas and the suggestion was to journal these as a 'letter to self'.  I liked the idea and found it really easy to compose the letter to my 6 year old self which I tore and aged with cold tea.   This was the only element on the page for that day, so you see it doesn't need to take up a lot of time.

I then did a diary entry for another, more recent Christmas which was placed on the other side of the page, hence the title and PTO at the bottom.

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Take A Peep ...

I've posted twice now about how I'm looking forward to this year's Journal Your Christmas online class with Shimelle Laine, so I thought I should give you a peep at one or two pages from last year's album.

As I looked through the album last night I was reminded of so many memories from childhood Christmases to more recent times and that's why this class is so enjoyable.  The daily prompts are brilliant and give you plenty of room for interpreting them in your own, unique style.  Some days I didn't have a lot of time so the page was just a photograph and one sentence, other days I included a lot of journaling and embellishments.  Either way, you create an album to enjoy for years to come.

The prompt for this page was to do with a Christmas wishes and as mine was for a cosy family celebration the photo of  the three of us was perfect.  I embellished it and added a letter to the Christmas Fairy with my Christmas wishes and popped this into the little pocket. 

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Get Ready, Journal Your Christmas Is Coming

We're almost there.  Yes, Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas online class will be starting soon so if you're interested pop over to her blog to read more about it.  Click HERE or scroll down to the link in the sidebar and have fun. 

She's also got two days of festive crafty fun this weekend so there's lots going on.

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Haven't Got One - Make Your Own!!

That's it!  I couldn't wait until the weekend when the room will be put back, more or less as normal, so I squeezed and pushed and managed to get access to some of my crafty items to make this card for the Crafts on the Net November challenge which is 'Only Words'.  

Word block stamps seem to be on-trend just now but I don't have any so I decided to make my own using a clear sentiment stamp set.  As a colleague is leaving soon I chose the two most appropriate sentiments for this occasion and then played around on scrap paper until I came up with this layout.  Then I stamped it onto plain white card using black StazOn.

I'm pleased with the way this turned out and the fact that some of the words are a bit wobbly adds to the homemade feel which I like.  It may not be as striking and crisp as a manufactured rubber stamp but I'd definitely try this again provided I have the right sentiments.

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

In The Meantime .....

Well the windows are finished, just need to paint the new wood around them, hang the curtains and put everything back.  Until that's done, hopefully next weekend, I still can't do any crafting but in the meantime here are couple of pictures of a project I started in the summer and fully intend to finish before Christmas.  Yes I know, famous last words.

I have a collection of small blue and white china objects which until recently adorned the windowsill and dressing table in my bedroom but I decided I'd like to display them somewhere more prominent but not on a shelf.  I started looking around for a small lightweight cabinet to put on the wall and eventually found this one in a charity shop.  It was the perfect size and weight and I liked the style also it was plain and ready to be altered. 

I sanded the wood down first then gave it a couple of coats of white paint which didn't cover completely allowing the wood colour to show through slightly, giving a weathered look. 

As soon as my crafting space is up and running again I'll get on with this project and plan to use stamps, stencils and other adornments to finish this off.  Watch this space!

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

If you've been wondering why it's so quiet on my blog just now, there are two reasons. One is the renovation work being carried out in two rooms ie, replacing large windows. This has meant shifting the furniture from the window ends of each room and as my crafting space is by one of these windows, I'm temporarily homeless. I can't get to most of my crafty goodies and my table is not accessible either so for the next week or so - no crafting, sniff, sniff. The other reason is that I've not been well and really didn't have the energy to put this post on before now.

However, normal service will resume asap, so don't give up on me just yet. I'm desperate to get some more Christmas cards made and join in the fantastic monthly and fortnightly challenges that I enjoy so much.

See you soon.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Autumnal Card Challenge

October's card challenge at Crafts on the Net was Autumn or Hallowe'en and as I have enough of Hallowe'en at work, I opted for Autumn but with a difference.  I used the colours of Autumn but images from a Chinese stamp set, using a Bonsai tree as the main image.

Using red, orange and yellow StazOn, I stamped a large blossom image from the set onto the white card blank then overstamped with a smaller cherry blossom branch in black StazOn.  I die cut a white and red oval using the Cricut and the Gypsy Wanderings font and double stamped the blossom image onto the white oval in orange to give a faint background picture.  Then I used the 3 Autumn colours to ink the Bonsai stamp to complete the main image.  I edged the white oval in gold Pentouch and inked the edge of the red oval with black StazOn before matting and layering the two with 3D Foam.

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Journal Your Christmas

Woohoo!  It's nearly that time again.  Yes folks, it'll soon be time for Shimelle Laine's fantastic on-line class Journal Your Christmas.  I joined in last year for the first time and really enjoyed it.  If you want to check it out click HERE

I decided to make my own album again this year using my Bind-it-All but with acrylic covers for a change.  I did consider making a bigger album but when I looked at last year's I really liked the 8" x 8" size and as I managed to fill the pages without running out of space, I've opted for the same size again.  Here's the completed album cover.

I used a cream embossed cardstock and highlighted some of the embossed stars with red StazOn before adding the 2 pieces of red card at the top and bottom to create my cover page.  Then I stamped onto the acrylic cover using red StazOn for the title and black for the sleigh image.  The fact that the lettering is slightly wonky is not by design but I think it adds to the feel of the album.  You might think that I've used rather large O wires for the binding but last year my album became quite bulky with pieces of ephemera that were added so I wanted to make sure that there was enough room to turn the pages comfortably.
Shimelle's class begins on 1st December and continues through to the New Year but you can choose when to stop your album.  Last year I kept going until New Year's day but this time I'm going to stop on Boxing Day and then add New Year's Eve only.
This year I've decided I'm definitely going to journal my Christmas as it comes, warts and all!!  Not as easy as you think when we're so used to taking the best photo and using it in our albums but the whole point of this class is to document what really happens and the way things really look.  So no more tidying up the mess before snapping away with the camera, or moving ornaments and placing them artfully next to the subject.  
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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Tag Along

Remember the tag I made into a card?  Well here's another one.  I took a pale blue pearlescent card blank and matted and layered a piece of matching cardstock from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stack and then simply added the tag together with the sentiment.  So simple, so chic!

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