Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Another Year Over .....

I don't make resolutions at New Year, nor do I dwell on the past year.  We can't change what's happened but we can influence what might happen.
For me that means another change of career.  To what, I've not yet decided but I'll keep you posted about that one in the next couple of months.  I hope that whatever I do I can blog more frequently than I have managed to this past year.
In the meantime friends, I wish you all
And a huge thank you to those who have continued to pop over and leave the odd comment. 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Wishing You All ...

A Very Merry Christmas
I hope you all have a wonderful time.  For me Christmas is about family and tradition and this year Louise and I have started a new tradition.  Making a gingerbread house. 
 Louise bought the cutters and we set to, making the most delicious gingerbread and then assembling our house and decorating it.  We had great fun icing and sticking on chocolate buttons, jelly beans and dolly mixtures.  Needless to say, there isn't very much left.   Demolition is as good as building!!


Monday, 1 December 2014

A Festive Noel

It's the 1st of December which means, amongst other things, a new challenge month at ALTERED ECLECTICS where the theme is Anything Goes but no cards please.  We are an altered art challenge only.
My DT piece is of course, a Christmas decoration, using these 10 cm high brown, papier mache letters which I bought ages ago,  ready to adorn and alter for the festive season.
First I gave them two coats of DecoArt crafter's acrylic paint in antique white then stamped them using DI Festive Berries and a Crafty Individuals' script stamp.

Using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium texture paste and a Sweet Poppy stencil, I randomly added the swirls over different parts of the letters.  When this was dry I used a dry wet wipe to smear more of the paste over some of the un-stencilled areas and also added some smears of Stickles Red Xmas sparkle.
I deliberately allowed some of the stencilling to 'hang' over the edge of the letters in some places to add more interest.

My intention was originally to add some small Christmas charms but I liked the way they looked at this stage so, unusually for me, I left well alone, simply hot gluing the letters together to make the word.