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 www.dailymusicsheets.com, 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
FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES - Musical

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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Sunday, 4 November 2012

In Time For Christmas

For this card I cut a piece of Adorable Scorable 'Shades of Autumn' card stock to make a 4" x 6" card, then using clear embossing powder and Crafty Individuals' CI-255 Watch plate stamped the background to give some subtle texture.


 I sprayed an A4 piece of plain white card with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread and then on one half I also sprayed Cosmic Shimmers Vintage Patina over the Gingerbread.  When dry I used the same CI stamp and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo then cut out the tag and the bracket shape, which I tore on one side and inked all the edges with the DI and stuck together.

Next I used black StazOn to stamp the large clock face and black embossing powder to stamp the small pocket watch (free with the February 2011 issue of Craft Stamper) on a piece of the card with the Patina spray.  The small clock face is from an old pack of Heidi Swapp chipboard clocks, which I inked with the DI.  



I  found the Santa image on the internet but can't remember the site otherwise I would acknowledge them but there are lots to choose from. The sleigh is stamped with StazOn red and is another CI stamp which was free with an order.  The Noel post mark stamp on the bottom is from CI-326 also stamped with red StazOn.

I'm entering this card into the CRAFT ROOM challenge 'Time Keeping'.

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