Monday, 31 December 2012

Another New Year

As the old year draws to a close I'm deliberately not looking back.  I achieved a lot in 2012 and whilst I don't make new year resolutions any more, I do have ambitions and goals for 2013.  

If you are celebrating tonight, I hope you have a wonderful time and that 2013 brings everything you hope for.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Another JYC Page

I hope you all had a very enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and trust that Santa was good to you; I'm sure you deserve it.   A few days to relax now before the revelries of New Year's Eve.  

Having spent 4 consecutive days baking and cooking large meals, I am taking things easy for a while and  haven't quite got back into the swing of my usual crafting.  So here's another page from my Christmas journal.  

This one is dated 6th December and the prompt was to record something that was cozy at Christmas.  Now I know this is the American spelling but I decided to keep it as it was in the prompt.  

My first thought was Ginger Wine, which is lovely and warming on cold winter days, and something I don't feel guilty about drinking when I get home from work or shopping. I did try and kid myself that it really wasn't that alcoholic but alas deep down, I know it's not true. 

 Then I thought of the glow of the fire (when we switch it on) which instantly makes the room look cozy and inviting.

The background paper is from a stack and I deliberately kept the words 'love' uncovered.  

The journalling is on a tag hidden behind the large photo.

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Monday, 24 December 2012

Seasons Greetings To You All

This is my last post before Christmas and I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all my blog and crafting buddies 

A Very Merry Christmas 

I hope Santa is good to you and that your Christmas is magical and special and wherever you are, may your lives be touched by the true spirit of Christmas.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Journal Your Christmas - Another Page

The prompt for this layout was about a special or unusual Christmas gift.  So I chose the watercolour painting set that Keith bought for me several years ago.  

I still keep my paints in the lovely wood box and as well as a picture of the now messy, but wonderful paint box, I included a close up of some of my tubes of paint and one of a very recently finished painting of Autumn leaves.

The journalling is hidden inside the red envelope and includes mention of some other truly wonderful presents I've received over the years but this gift was definitely 'One of a Kind'.

The envelope was made using the Crafters' Companion Envelope board which allows you to measure and score perfectly every time, to make envelopes of varying sizes and thickness.  The die cut presents were cut using the Cricut and Christmas cartridge.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Journal Your Christmas

Here's a page from my JYC album dated 2nd December which chronicles the first artificial tree my parents bought way back in the early 1960s.

The photos are old and have a strange orange hue about them (I think it was the camera) but they show my parents with the tree, although this picture was taken much later, around 1978 I think.  That proves how long an artificial tree can last with care.  That tree went on for a number of years after that until it finally gave up the ghost to be replaced by another, smaller tree.

The poem on the top right is actually the front of a Christmas card received from a relative several years' ago.  It was far too nice to discard and I knew it would be perfect for a scrapbook layout sometime.  I used die cut frames for the photos and kept the background paper and most of the embellishments pale so that the photos would stand out more and not get too lost.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

The Light at the End of the Path

Having brought my paints out of the cupboard recently to paint some Autumn leaves, I went on to paint two more watercolours from photographs taken a couple of year's ago.

This was taken during a walk around Balgavies Loch near to where we live and I really liked the markings on the bark of the trees and the way they arched over to create an almost enclosed walkway, with the bright sunlight filtering through in the distance.

I started my painting further into the canopy and concentrated on the trees in the foreground.  

I used SAA (Society for all Artists) 300gsm Rough watercolour paper and a mixture of SAA watercolour paints and Winsor & Newton.  I masked out the tree bark using SAA blue masking fluid before laying down a graded wash for the distant foliage, darkening this as I reached the foreground.  When dry I removed the masking fluid and painted the tree bark and adding some dark foliage across some of the trees.

And here's my finished painting which will be mounted with a light green mountboard and nice wood frame.

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Parisian Chic

Over at CRAFT ROOM the challenge is Le Chic Francais which makes a nice change from all the Christmas craft we've all been producing lately.

I started with a piece of thick chipboard which I painted cream using acrylic paint and when dry I stamped the Clarity Eiffel Tower stamp using StazOn black ink.  I made a mask of the tower and placed it on the image then stamped over the whole background  randomly with Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  

The frame is a cream mount which I bought for 20p at a charity shop and distressed with DI Tattered Rose.  I stamped the small Eiffel Tower, Paris and Arc de Triomphe in Vintage Photo again directly onto the frame.  

I spritzed some white card with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mists in Astral Mystery and stamped CI-306 Corsetry stamp and CI-341 Perfume Labels.  I cut out the elements from these stamps that I wanted and added to the picture and frame, inking round the edge of the perfume labels with DI Broken China and using 3D foam pads to give some dimension.  I typed the words Haute Couture and Coco Chanel using the French Script font and matted onto some of the spritzed card.  Some cream lace and a nice ribbon loop for hanging finished the project nicely.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

I'm A Top 3 At Fashionable Stamping Challenges


What a lovely surprise to find an email from Shirley at FSC telling me I had made Top 3 for my entry into the Home Sweet Home challenge

.  Thank you for choosing me and I proudly display my badge on the side bar.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Amazing Blog Candy Giveaway at Crafty Individuals

Jean and Malcolm over at CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS  are offering all this amazing blog candy to one lucky winner.  What a fantastic Christmas present so a huge big THANK YOU to them both for their generosity.

Click the link and take a look at their fabulous new stamps and other crafty must haves.

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Saturday, 1 December 2012

And We're Off

The 1st of December and the first day of Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas.   Click the button on the sidebar to join in. 

The first prompt arrived today surrounded by all the glitz and fun that comes from seeing what other people are doing via the forum.  The prompt urged us to think about our Manifesto for Christmas this year.  In fact mine didn't take that long to think about.  

I've allowed myself to become really weighed down by some of the problems and difficult people at work and  with life in general.  We all feel it sometimes but I usually bounce back quicker.  So my Manifesto is to keep these things in check, not let them spoil the fun of my favourite time of year.

I changed the font randomly and with little thought as I typed my Manifesto so the thoughts just fell onto the paper without interruption and then layered it onto a background stamped with swirls from a large heart stamp.  

Here's is a transcript of the wording.

This year I promise to celebrate the little things that make Christmas and do my best to ignore the annoying things.  I love Christmas and want to keep that magical feeling.  I don't want to get bogged down with the boring and mundane but will endeavour to make every aspect of Christmas exciting, magical and fun.  No more will I moan when the end of the sellotape disappears, or the pen runs dry in the middle of writing a card, or the wrapping paper tears.  I am going to savour and journal all the little moments as well as the big moments and in so doing, I'm bringing Christmas HOME - this year and every year !

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Journal Your Christmas with Shimelle Laine

Yes, it's that time of year again.  The fantastic online scrapbooking class with Shimelle Laine, Journal Your Christmas, will be kicking off on 1st December.

Click HERE  to join in 

This will be my third year and I wouldn't miss it for the world.  Shimelle sends a new prompt everyday with photos and ideas to help you along.  You can do as much or as little as you like and once you have joined, you can take part every year at no extra cost.  

Each year, a couple of days before the new class begins, I look through my previous albums and read the journalling on each page that made my Christmas that year.  It's a wonderful way to record each day of the preparations and festivities as they happen so why not give it a go.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Home Sweet Home Recycled

Every now and then I look at a piece of work I did some time ago and decide it's no longer my style.  Not a problem because most of things can be recycled into a new piece of work and nothing could be easier than changing a canvas.  This one was originally blue with bunting along the top and I made it to hang in my kitchen for shopping lists.  It will have the same purpose but a very different look.

First I stripped off  all the embellishments and repainted the edges of my canvas with pale cream acrylic paint before adhering a piece of script paper from a Craft Creations Victorian Kitchen paper pack.

Next I die cut the lettering using the Cricut and Don Juan cartridge.  The large letters that spell home were cut separately and are 4.5cm high.  The words 'sweet' and 'home' are 2.25cm high and were joined together using a Gypsy design tool before cutting.  All the words were then painted with pale blue acrylic paint and over stamped with CI-017 Script stamp.  The large letters using Distress Ink in Broken China and the small words in Tea Dye.

The image is Crafty Individuals' CI-269 stamped using DI ink in Vintage Photo onto a thick piece of white card, coloured with DI Broken China.  

The strip at the bottom is cut from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper pad and stamped with a CI key stamp (free with an order) in Vintage Photo. It is open at the top to hold shopping lists or they can be clipped under the peg which was originally blue so I painted it cream and stamped with CI-017  in Broken China.

I'm entering this into the current FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES 'Home Sweet Home' theme.

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

A Quick Christmas Card

Time is definitely getting the better of me at the moment, so here's a quick Christmas card with an unusual colour scheme - black and white.  I knew I wanted to die cut the images from white card and just felt they would look better as silhouettes against the black.  I used Bazzill balling card for the matt and the images.

I used the Cricut to cut the frame using the Elegant Edges cartridge and the Christmas cartridge to cut the church and trees.  Once they were glued into place I brushed a  little Stickles Icicles glitter over the trees and the roof and ground of the church.

I'm entering this into the current CRAFT ROOM Challenge which is Punches and Die Cuts

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Christmas Baubles and a Half

Once again I've been tidying up my craft drawers trying to find something when I stumbled across a set of clear plastic Crystal Domes.  You know what I mean.  They're like one half of a globe with a flat edge for sticking to cards.   I think they came with another purchase I made sometime ago and I put them away because I didn't think I would use them; not for card making anyway.  However, when I found them again I thought they'd make a great Christmas decoration, so here's the result.  

Now I could have stuck two together to make a globe but decided to have a flat, card backing so using  white Bazzill Bling, I die cut a large, circular snowflake using the Cricut and Elegant Edges cartridge which I then spritzed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Mystery.  Using the Crystal Dome as a template I cut a piece of white card to fit exactly behind it and ran it though the Cuttlebug using a Snowflake embossing folder and stuck this to the centre of the large Snowflake.

I stamped the Crafty Individuals' CI-332 stamp onto white card using Distress Ink in Broken China, tore round the image and stuck to the edge of the white circle.  

I stamped the snowflake, free with the December issue of Craft Stamper magazine, onto acetate and heat embossed with Personal Impressions Silver Dollar and Blonde Moments' Savoury Sky Iridescent embossing powders.  When dry I cut these out and stuck to the card.  

I used Ranger Stickles in Turquoise and Strawberry Ice to add the dots on the inside of the Crystal Dome before gluing into place.  I added a few gems and the silver balls which were saved from last year's Christmas Crackers to finish this frosty decoration.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Rudolph's In Town

The Christmas preparations continue with this sweet little hanging using a slightly more frosty, yet sparkly colour palette.

I rounded the corner of a piece of thick white card and sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread and Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Patina and Antique Rose, allowing each layer to dry first. Using a piece of Micro Mesh as a mask, I inked over the bottom left hand corner using Distress Ink in Broken China, then used a music score stamp (sorry, I can't remember the make;  I really must keep a note of these things) to stamp over the card with the same DI.  I then attached a thin strip of the mesh along the bottom of the card.

I used DI in Pumice Stone (a very versatile colour) to stamp the Crafty Individuals CI-332 Reindeer stamp onto white card and inked the edges in the same colour.  I added a red nose using Stickles Xmas Red and Stickles Icicles for the centres of the stars and Rudolph's antlers.

I printed off the sheet music for Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer from, aged it with cold tea and then tore round the piece I wanted.  The Santa sleigh is another CI stamp which was free with an order and stamped in blue StazOn onto acetate.  The brads, pearls, gems and bow with a silver and crystal charm were added and then the lace round the edge.  To neaten the back and ensure the lace would stay put, I added a piece of plain card to the back.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS  - Festive Sparkle challenge

Whoops!! Sorry, I've just noticed the shadow over the sheet music.

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Autumn Leaves in Watercolour

I love the colours of Autumn, especially the leaves turning to all those beautiful coppery red and buttery yellow colours but that's all I like.  I don't enjoy the dark mornings and evenings or  the drop in temperature.  However, I took inspiration from nature on a walk last weekend round Balgavies Loch near Forfar and picked up a few of those gorgeous Autumn leaves to paint.  I can't tell you what the leaves are though as I can't find them on the internet in their Autumnal colours. 

 I dropped the paint  onto the leaves using a wet in wet technique, tilting my board to allow the paint to run and working quickly to add the darker colours and some of the mottled effects of the drying leaves.  

When the paint was completely dry, I used Derwent Watercolour pencils to add the veins and some more of the detailed mottling to finish.  Now I just have to find a nice frame and possibly a deep red mount to bring out the colours. 

I used a mixture of Winsor & Newton and SAA watercolours in Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Burnt and Raw Umber and Hookers Green, 

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

I Made Top 3

Imagine my delight when I checked the Craft Room Challenge blog just now and found that the lovely Zoe had picked me as one of the Top 3 for their Oriental challenge.  

My thanks to Zoe and congrats to the other Top 3 winners and the lucky prize draw winner for this challenge. 

My badge is proudly displayed on the side bar.

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