Tuesday, 25 November 2014

JYC Thanks for the Memories

Recording all those memories of people, places and events is so important and with Christmas traditionally the time for catching up with folk,  it's the ideal celebration to capture and place in your scrapbook album.

With that in mind I've just made my album for this year's 'Journal Your Christmas' class with SHIMELLE LAINE 
Last year was so hectic at work that I just managed to keep up with daily prompts for JYC so this year I've down-sized the album and made a 7" x 5" one using my Bind-it-All. The album has acrylic covers and the first page is decorated with the tag I entered into a recent blog challenge.
I used a large O wire binding because I know from past experience that I try to cram so many embellishments on a page, the album is fit to burst by the time I'm finished.
 This will be my 5th year of documenting the festive season from 1st December to Boxing Day or beyond if you prefer.  Every year, just before Christmas,  we look through the previous albums and it's amazing how many memories come flooding back - good and not so good.  The small details that you forget but that make a real family Christmas or an event special are recorded in the album, with names, dates, venues and some wonderful photographs. 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas is Coming .. . Very Quickly !!

Yes it's on its way and whilst I've been snowed under with work again, I managed to raise my head long enough to make this tag for FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES current theme of 
 'A Christmas Tag'.
I die cut the tag from white card using Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and more then inked all over with DI Festive Berries.  The focal image is from Crafty Individuals', heat embossed using Blonde Moments Bronze Lustre embossing powder to give a faded, vintage feel.  The hanging stars are one of the free stamps from Craft Stamper magazine heat embossed in silver. 
A dot of sparkle here and there courtesy of Stickles in Icicle and, appropriately, Xmas Red gives it a warm glow.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A Vintage Christmas

Sometime ago I bought a couple of small, metal craft coat hangers to make some wall hangings with and knew when I saw them that Christmas would be a great time to use them.  Add to that some recently acquired hessian and my Vintage Christmas decoration took life.
These are the elements I originally planned to use.  The rosette was from a jam jar and I had intended to cut a circle to fit in the middle onto which I would stamp the focal image.  However as crafters know, most pieces evolve with changes being  made along the way and in the end I decided to use a small piece of card which I had already inked with DI Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo.  I changed my mind about the ribbon
After cutting the hessian to the length I wanted, I folded the top edge over the coat hanger and glued the top to the underneath layer, using a heavy book to hold it place.  On top of that I glued some cream lace and added another piece at the bottom.  To make sure these were secure I hand-stitched along the edge of the lace using red embroidery thread.
All the stamps are from Crafty Individuals, using DI Vintage Photo for the main image and DI Festive Berries for the sentiments.
The seasonal berries in the corner were taken from a larger decorative piece and tied in place with a piece of butcher's twine; the stem being tucked behind the lace. 
I'm entering this into the CRAFT-ROOM CHALLENGE - A Vintage Christmas

Saturday, 1 November 2014

It's the 1st of November Already

And that means another 'Anything Goes' Challenge at ALTERED ECLECTICS.  This is an altered art only challenge, no cards etc. but we would love to see anything altered.
For my DT project this month, I've altered a couple of perfume boxes to look like a set of mini drawers. 

 This is how they started life and you might recognise them as being from the Liz Earle Botanical Essences collection. 
 I love  Botanical Essence No. 1 and am on my third bottle.  These little boxes are really sturdy and have a little drawer with a ribbon pull, just like a handle!!  So there was the inspiration: To alter two of these and stick them together to make a drawer unit.
I started by painting both the outside boxes and the drawers with white craft acrylic paint.  When dry I used DI  Pumice Stone to stamp a Crafty Individuals' script stamp at different angles across the outside boxes and the drawer fronts.
  I left this overnight to dry and then used DI Seedless Preserve, Dusty Concord and Tattered Rose to stamp the small hearts and cherry blossom stamps.  The blossom is from a Kanban Chinese stamp set. I also stamped the ends of the outside boxes. 
I used a hot glue gun to stick the drawers together, then finished with some ready-made resin roses and the white Martha Stewart clay rose which I made. 
I hope I've inspired you to join us at Altered Eclectics.