Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas is Coming and I'm Falling Behind - AGAIN

Oh dear, I'm falling behind again.  Never mind, it's nothing that a nice nip of ginger wine or a Starbuck's Eggnog Latte won't cure.  These are a few of my favourite Christmas treats which of course had to be documented on a scrapbook page. 
Here is one of the pages from this year's Journal Your Christmas album and along with the references to alcohol and coffee are some pictures of the German Christmas Market in Edinburgh.  We finally managed to go and had a lovely time, looking at the stalls and trying some food.  We went in the morning because we knew it would be busy, especially as it was the penultimate weekend before Christmas but it would be nice to go in the evening to see it all lit up.
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Saturday, 7 December 2013

A Tale of Two Cards

More Christmas cards and unusually for me, plain simple designs using the same Darkroom Door word block stamp but different techniques. 
In the first card I stamped the word block using Distress Ink in Fired Brick onto a plain white card.  The purple frame is die cut using Cricut Cartridge Elegant Edges and used to focus on a small section of the wording. 
The border is stamped using DI Seedless Preserve and a lovely little free stamp from Crafty Individuals.
For the second stamp, I simply heat embossed the stamping with Blonde Moments, Fresh Red Iridescent powder.
The stray speckles of embossing powder gave a nice background effect which doesn't really show in this picture.
Anyway, before I finish this post I think that for the first time ever I'm actually going to indulge in a New Year's resolution.  Yes I can hear you all shouting, 'let's get Christmas out the way first!' but it's pertinent to this post.  Because many of the photos I post are not great and certainly don't show the colours properly, my resolution will be to improve the quality of the pictures.
If anyone has any hints, tips or suggestions please post them.
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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Another Christmas Greeting - Noel

I made several of the Christmas hangings in different colours and variations as gifts. 
 This one was made in the same way as the blue one posted earlier but using Distress Ink in Fired Brick.  The card was then sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread before being stamped with DI Pumice Stone and Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp. 
I die cut the letters for NOEL using Cricut Cartridge Don Juan and heat embossed these using Frantage in Aged Scarlet.  The hanging star in each corner is stamped using bronze embossing powder and the free stamp from the November 2012 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.
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Saturday, 30 November 2013

It's That Time of Year Again

Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas 2013 will be starting with the first prompt tomorrow 1st December.  Just like an advent calendar, a prompt will be sent from Shimelle and we'll be off.  Recording all the memories, mundane and unusual, from Christmas this year. 
This is a great idea and the memories that flood back when I read my previous JYC albums is lovely.  It's my third year and as in the past, I'm ready to go with my album and some ready-prepared date tags and other embellishments to save a bit of time.
If you fancy joining in then click the link SHIMELLE.COM and sign up.  It's not too late.
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Friday, 29 November 2013

What Every Girl Needs - A Matching Bag

This is the gift bag for the Frosty Christmas Tree Hanging posted earlier in the week.  It was part of a pack of craft gift bags I bought from Hobbycraft last year and being blue it suited the colour theme.

The white shaped card was cut from a card blank and the blue frame was die cut using Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges. I used the same sentiment stamp used for the tree hanging, heat embossed with Blonde Moments Savoury Sky Iridescent blue.  The paper bow was from a pack of Vintage Chic Paper Bows by Craftwork Cards.  There are 128 assorted bows which are perfect for quick projects like this.
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Saturday, 23 November 2013

A Frosty Christmas Tree Decoration

Here's a little Christmas tree hanging made as a gift.  In a few days I'll post the gift bag and card to go with it. 
 The lighting wasn't good when I took the pictures, no matter how I changed the position of the piece, so it has an almost bronze look to it but in fact all the embossing is silver.
I started with two pieces of very thick chipboard, white on one side and cut one down for the top layer and rounded the corners of the larger piece.  Using Distress Inks I coloured both pieces with Broken China, then spritzed each piece with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral.  When dry each piece was stamped with Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp (one of my favourites) using DI Pumice Stone.  Each corner was then heat embossed using the holly leaves from the edge of the sentiment stamp used for the top piece.
On the smaller top piece of card I used extra thick embossing powder in silver and after heating three layers, pushed the Merry Christmas stamp into the hot powder to leave an impression.  This was then layered onto a piece of stripped, corrugated card painted silver.
Again the light wasn't good here but it is definitely silver.
The eyelets were punched using a Crop-a-Dile and some small dots of Turquoise Stickles were added along with the ribbon hanging to finish it off.
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly and Decorate The Tree With Used Rolls of Tape

I don't know about you but I find myself hoarding things 'just-in-case'.  Now I use the super-sticky red plastic double-sided tape for my scrapbooking, which comes on a very sturdy white plastic roll.  I've kept loads of these in different widths because I've always felt that they could come in handy one day.  Well my 'just-in-case' mentality has finally paid dividends.
I made a pretty tree decoration out of one the narrow rolls, which I bound with wide silver ribbon, leaving enough at the start to tie in a double knot when I'd gone round the whole roll.  The silver balls were rescued from last year's Christmas crackers - see, I told you I could use them! 

Next I ran a piece of white vellum through the Cuttlebug using the snowflake embossing folder and then cut a round to fit the back of the roll and glued this into place using Glossy Accents.  The reindeer stamp was free with the December 2011 issue of Craft Stamper magazine, stamped with Blonde Moments Savoury Sky Iridescent. 

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Getting Into the Christmas Spirit

I don't actually need any help to get into the Christmas spirit.  I love Christmas and whilst I feel it's a bit early to have fully decorated trees in the supermarkets and Christmas ads on the telly, I'm getting excited already.
It's the family traditions, the baking and of course Louise coming home for Christmas that make it special for us.  One of those traditions is putting the decorations up and decorating the tree with Louise.  Now when it comes to the decorations we don't really need any new ones but then, does anyone?  But that's not the spirit of the season.  The spirit is to have as many as you can hang, stick, prop-up or lay around the home.  So to add to our wonderfully nostalgic collection, here's a nice rich, festive plaque.

I started with a strong chipboard base that I bought at a craft show and covered it with Viva D├ęcor, Croco Crackle in Blackberry.  It's actually a very rich claret colour - just beautiful.  When using this product on card or other absorbent surfaces you don't need to prime it and when it dries, it cracks beautifully all over. It can be used on porous surfaces as well such as glass, as long as you use the primer.   It's the consistency of soft butter so I used an old artist's palette knife to spread it on and when dry I brushed it lightly with some Viva Precious Metals in silver.

  I cut another piece of thick card, smaller than the base and painted this with Craig & Rose Opulence Pearlised Silk paint in Rich Sari.  This is a DIY paint bought from B&Q for a previous project but it can be used on any porous surface and is ideal for craft projects.  This was over-stamped using the snowflake stamp free with the December 2012 issue of Craft Stamper magazine and the silver Precious Metals.

The large letters M and C were from a pack of chipboard letters that I've had for years and the rest of the wording was die cut using Cricut cartridge Cindy Loo.  These were also painted with the Croco Crackle and when dry swiped lightly with the Precious Metals.

 I'm entering this into the current FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES  Shabby Chic Christmas challenge
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The First Christmas Card of the Year

Yes the first card.  I know, I'm a little behind with everything, not just my Christmas crafting.  However, here it is.

I cut a white card panel just smaller than the card blank and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist, Gingerbread and while still wet, sprayed over that with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist, Patina and left it to dry. 

I tore a section from a piece of cardboard packaging and stripped away most of the paper backing to reveal the corrugated card underneath.  I then sprayed this with gold spray paint.

The image is Crafty Individuals' CI-332, stamped onto a piece of curtain lining using black StazOn.  I frayed the edges lightly and stuck this to a small piece of white card to make it rigid enough to stick to the corrugated card.  

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Another Quick Change

Yes I've changed the blog background again.
I really liked the last one with the lace at the side but I found the white panel in the middle just jumped out at me whenever I opened the page.  I couldn't stand it any longer and so as you can see, I've swapped it for one that is similar to the old background.
Itkupilli has some stunning free blog backgrounds so if you're looking for something unusual, check out her blog.
Just a quick post but will be back in a day or so with some more Christmas crafting.
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

A Rustic Christmas Wreath

I saw this small willow wreath in Hobbicraft and decided it would make an attractive rustic wreath using just paper, no flowers or foliage.
I started by cutting small rectangles of red and green spotted paper, approximately 4.25 cm by 4 cm, which I distressed lightly on the shortest sides.  I rolled these tightly around a pencil and secured them with double-sided tape to make 8 tubes of each colour.  These were stuck together with double-sided tape and a small piece of natural coloured raffia was tied around each little bundle.
I made the ribbon hanger for the top and then stuck the rolled paper bundles around the wreath using a hot glue gun and tied lengths of raffia in between each set. 
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Friday, 1 November 2013

New Month and a New Challenge at Altered Eclectics

It's that time again.  Where did October go? Well I know where most of it went in my corner of the universe and it wasn't on crafting because I couldn't submit my DT project for the month.  However, I'm back (almost to normal) so here's my DT project for November.
If it inspires you to join us at Altered Eclectics, remember we are altered art only, no paper crafts please.  If you would like more inspiration, then check out all the fantastic projects from my DT buddies at
If you've visited my blog before you will know that amongst my varied crafting techniques, I enjoy altering bottles.  So no guesses for this month's project.
This is how the bottle started out in life and before you ask, no I'm not the Vodka drinker in this house.
And this is the altered bottle, ready to display at Christmas.

   I die cut the large borders using the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge and added the snowflakes from one of the old Christmas cartridges.  I layered these up with some red mirror card, adding some dots of Stickles in Xmas red - what else?

As you can see from this close-up, the bottle is actually frosted so I left the middle section uncovered and used Crafty Individuals' Christmas deer stamp CI-332 and black StazOn to stamp directly onto the glass.  I didn't mount the stamp on a block but very carefully pressed it onto the glass.  Take care when doing this as it can easily smudge, however, if you have a nappy wipe to hand and immediately clean it off, you should be able to start again.  Of course I had to give Rudolph a red nose, courtesy of the Stickles. 
As you can see from this close-up, because the glass is frosted whatever colour is behind it is diffused like a light.  In this instance it is the orange and yellow colours of the curtains.
 I can't remember where the Merry Christmas stamp came from but I used red StazOn to stamp onto the glass and Distress Ink Fired Brick to stamp the sentiment at the top. 
The round tag was stamped using DI Fired Brick and the free reindeer stamp with the December 2011 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine
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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Our Feathered Friends

That's the challenge over at  CRAFT ROOM  this month.  So here's my entry.  I little tag full of sparkle, well trust me, it hasn't come out very well in the photo but it is.
I used a Crafty Individuals' white tag and after inking the edges with Distress Ink in Broken China and spraying with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Blue, it was matted onto some blue mirror card. 
The stamps are all from Crafty Individuals: the large bird and birdhouse is from CI-364 and the tiny birds are from one of the lovely complimentary stamps they send with orders.  The images were stamped using DI Black Soot.
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