Sunday, 27 January 2013

A Hearty ATC

With Valentine's Day looming I decided to make this ATC in shades of blue instead of the traditional red. 

I started by cutting my ATC card to size from a piece of pearlescent blue card, then cutting a piece of chipboard slightly smaller so when matted, there would be a small border of light blue.  I painted the chipboard with dark blue ink and then using the long edge of a VersaMark stamp pad made diagonal lines of varying widths across the card, which I then heat embossed with Blonde Moments, Savoury Sky Iridescent powder.

Using the free stamp from the February 2012 issue of Craft Stamper magazine, I stamped the heart at the top left of the card and heat embossed using clear powder.   I then cut two small hearts, one from chipboard and one from the  pearlescent blue card.  I stamped this one with a swirly heart pattern and heat embossed with the blue powder. The chipboard heart was covered with pale blue dotted paper.  I used a Papermania embossing marker to dot the dots (if you see what I mean) and used the blue embossing powder for these as well.  I finished both hearts off with an edge of Stickles in Turquoise and stuck the dotted heart on with 3D foam pads for added dimension.

This is one of two ATCs I'll make for a regular private swap but I'm also entering this into two blog challenges this month:

and 
CRAFT ROOM  - Monochrome

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

New Year's Eve with JYC

I stop my JYC albums on New Year's Day so this is the penultimate page in the album and the final post on this subject.

  By this time we were on our own as Louise had gone back to Leamington Spa.  We had a faulty gift to change (mine actually) and decided to stop for the last Starbuck's Eggnog Latte of the season.  I'm afraid I couldn't wait for that first sip before taking out my phone and snapping a couple of pictures.


You might be thinking this is a very mundane and perhaps somewhat pointless layout.  In fact when I come to read this album before Christmas next year, the photos and journalling on the page will bring back many other memories of that day.  And that's what JYC is all about.  I can also compare that day in the album to the previous two year's layouts about New Year's Eve.

This is the last layout from the 2012 album and once again I've really enjoyed this class and am looking forward to this year's Journal Your Christmas.  It is, quite simply, a unique and fun way of recording a slice of social history!!  Always very important and a subject which I find fascinating.

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Yes, that's the challenge theme at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES but it could be any form of transport.  This vintage style card has Crafty Individuals' stamp CI-325 as the main image.

I used a cream shimmer card blank as the base, matted with a piece of mulberry coloured swiss dotted paper.  Using a piece of cream mat card, sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread, I cut another smaller mat and stamped CI-255 Clocks and Watches in Tea Dyed Distress Ink, then inked round the edges to age the card.  


Onto this I matted the car image stamped onto the same sprayed cream card using Vintage Photo DI, then added a die cut frame using the swiss dotted card and the Cricket Elegant Edges cartridge.  The centre from the frame was added at the bottom and finished with a few dots of Stickles in Copper.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

For My Valentine

The current challenge theme over at CRAFT ROOM is Valentines, any way you want to interpret it, so I decided to make a tag.


I used white card which I spritzed with Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread, then stamped with Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.  I cut the card into a tag shape, rounding the corners and then randomly stamped the 'Love,Wish, Dream' sentiment from Stampers Anonymous, Stuff to Say, in  Fired Brick.  I started by stamping the image onto scrap paper once to give a lighter impression and finished by stamping just the word 'Love' several times using the first inking to make it stand out. Onto another piece of the spritzed card I stamped the sentiment again, cutting each word out and decoupaging over the same word on the tag using 3D foam pads.  

I chose a lovely purple mirror card to mount the tag onto which made the Fired Brick ink really pop off the tag.

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

JYC on Christmas Day

Christmas Day brought it's usual wonder, excitement and fun as we opened our presents before setting off for a relative's house with gifts and Christmas dinner in tow.

We always put the tree lights on and play Christmas songs in the background while we hand out the presents and then start ripping into them.  The cat is usually on hand to play with the bows and chew the ribbons and there's normally a little something under the tree for her.  This year there was a gift box, courtesy of James Wellbeloved who make her favourite biscuits and the catnip ball inside gave her a real buzz before she flopped exhausted onto the chair.  


Naturally there were more gifts to open when we arrived at our relative's house and behind each photo there is a tag detailing the gift and the story behind it.

I've titled this page 'Christmas Take 1' because we had our Christmas dinner on Boxing Day, so that was titled, yes you guessed 'Christmas Take 2'.
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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

The Chaos of Christmas

I'm only going to share 3 more pages from my Journal Your Christmas album for 2012 and this one shows the glorious chaos that's inevitable in the run up to Christmas.


The prompt was to photograph your home exactly as it was on that day, without any tidying or careful camera angles to eliminate the mess.  Now I can't stand untidiness of any kind but sometimes it's just  inevitable and as you can see from both tables, on this day there, were piles of post and other paraphernalia on the coffee table.

Unfortunately, Keith was cooking pasta for tea that day and had emptied the contents of one kitchen cupboard to get to the extra large pasta saucepan, hence the almighty mess at the end of the dining table as well.  When I look back at this page before this Christmas I hope both tables are a lot tidier.

I decided to type the journalling as a news story and chose Microsoft's Aharoni font which looks like news type for the title 'This Is It' as well. 
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Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Year, New Project

I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are ready to meet the crafting challenges of 2013 head on. 

 I've decided to try out some new projects this year (fingers crossed anyway) and the first one really kind of  'fell in my lap'.  First over at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES the current theme is 'Surprise Us', so anything goes as long as there is some stamping but no digis allowed.  Then I had a couple of wine bottles which I kept (as you do) because just before Christmas I had been blog cruising and found some beautiful altered bottles which I fancied trying.  

So here you have it - my first craft project of the year and I'm very pleased with my modest efforts.


This bottle was a nice shape and I wanted to keep it fairly clear so you could see through it.  As I had a small quantity of  almost dry glass paint, I used it to paint a few freehand daisy-like flowers first before using StazOn inks in black and blue to stamp the images around the bottom.  

These are Inkylicious stamps, Willow Twigs and Make a Wish, dandelions.  After some thought about how to get the images onto the bottle I opted for placing the stamps onto the acrylic block laying flat on the table and then pressed and rolled the bottle over the top of the inked stamp.  It worked quite well and the slightly ragged, faded image in places adds to the charm.  I also stamped a few random flower heads using a stamp from an American flower set.


With the stamping on the bottle completed I fished through my box of trims and found the smoky brown beaded trim which I stuck in place using the very strong, red double-sided tape.  I get through a lot of this tape which comes on very useful white plastic rings, all of which I keep for a rainy day.  I used one of these to make the collar, covering it first with blue ribbon and then adding the beaded trim.  The lace around the stopper was white but I spritzed it with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Mystery.

The Cologne label is Crafty Individuals' CI-341, stamped using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo onto white card which had been sprayed with the Cosmis Shimmer and Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread, with the narrow Cologne label around the top of the bottle, just under the stopper. I cut a few of the large beads from the backing ribbon and using a hot glue gun, stuck them to the stopper and also hot glued the collar to the bottle.