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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