Friday, 25 December 2015

On the Twelth Day - A Merry Christmas To You All

Christmas Day and the Twelfth Day of Christmas ATC.

A simple festive greeting seemed the most appropriate using black card, Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle texture paste and red stickles. 
The sentiment is stamped onto white card sprayed silver as I didn't want a mirror surface.  And you can see two more words cut from the Darkroom Door word stamp.

Here's Gerry's sumptuous 12th day card.  Very festive and with the perfect image to celebrate Christmas day.

Wherever you are, have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I hope you drop by in January to see what I'm up to.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Eleventh Day of Christmas

Here we are on Christmas Eve, stockings hung ready for the big guy in red to make an appearance and the penultimate ATC.  It looks like an invitation which I felt was fitting for the Eleventh Day of Christmas.  
Oops! Sorry about the wonky picture.  Anyway I wanted to include the first part of the very famous poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'.  So I printed it out on white paper which I creased and then inked with DI Tea Dye.  This was matted onto the Sugar Maple-sprayed card and then edged with a light mocha-coloured lace.
This is Jan's 11th day ATC, with lots of lovely sparkle.
Tomorrow the Twelfth Day of Christmas ATC will be revealed but you'll be busy enjoying yourselves.  So Merry Christmas and do pop back after the festivities to take a peak.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Tenth Day of Christmas

We're almost at the end and I thought it was about time Rudolph made an appearance. 
 I started by using a music score stamp and DI Black Soot for the background.  The white card was splattered with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple to leave large blobs.  Onto this I stamped the Crafty Individuals' image using Black Soot. 
The sentiment was cut from the previously stamped Darkroom Door collage.  See, I told you it was versatile.!  And of course, I had to add the nose using red Stickles.
This cutie is the 10th day from Roz.  Such a sweet image.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

The Ninth Day of Christmas

Each of the 12 ATCs had to be wrapped before sending in for the swap and I decided to use gold tissue paper.  It was sitting on the edge of my craft table so I cut a corner piece, creased it and stuck it to the very dark brown card.
The two star-shaped Christmas baubles are laser-cut wood sprayed gold.  Once the ribbons were glued onto the backing I used Imagination Crafts Diamond Sparkle and Gold texture paste with a corner mask to add the swirls and dots.

And here's the 9th day from Judith.  A beautiful traditional scene.


Monday, 21 December 2015

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

Confession time!  It was the last week in November and I realised the deadline loomed for submitting the ATCs for the swap, so I decided to make a couple of quick, easy cards to buy more time. 
Rather than make the background I used a piece of 8" x 8" script card, matted onto red.  The tag was part of a set bought last year for my JYC album. 
Matting and layering always gives a nice professional look to projects like this and the addition of the white snowflake brad, ribbon and some red Stickles was enough to complete this ATC.
Here's another beautiful tactile ATC from Kate for the 8th day, with fluffy red felt for Santa's outfit.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Seventh Day of Christmas

For today's ATC I used a section from a Darkroom Door word collage stamp.  This has featured heavily in most of my Christmas crafting this year, either in its entirety or cut up into small words or sections.

I used Festive Berries DI, stamping onto white card for the background.  I then re-stamped the whole collage onto white card sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple and cut out individual pieces to decoupage using 3D foam squares.
These are the lovely ATCs I received for the last few days.  Starting with the 4th day and this jolly chap from Kate.
Then from left to right: 5th day from Barbara; 6th day from Gerry and 7th day from Pauline.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Sixth Day of Christmas

ATC number 6 features a Flonzcraft silhouette and Crafty Individuals' sentiment stamps, using black StazOn ink on silver mirror card.  Because the surface is shiny, you need a steady hand but if it smudges a little it can add to the overall effect as with the sentiment on the top right. 

Friday, 18 December 2015

The Fifth Day of Christmas

For the background I used this lovely Scandinavian-style stamp (sorry I can't remember who made it) and DI Festive Berries. 
The images on this stamp are quite large and I wasn't sure whether they would overwhelm the ATC but I was wrong and it looked so festive, I didn't want to add too much and cover it up.
I decided to cut a simple Christmas stocking from felt, add some white stitching and a ready-made sentiment and leave it at that.   


Thursday, 17 December 2015

The Fourth Day of Christmas

This is the first of 3 scheduled posts as we have visitors so I'll share the next three ATCs I received along with Sunday's post. 
I went back to collage work for this ATC, again using the lovely red card as before with the addition of some music script paper. 

I typed the words for 'Deck the Halls' and made it into a ribbon banner before adding the vintage collaged images.  Naturally I couldn't resist a little sparkle, hence the Stickles for holly berries.  Well, it is Christmas!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

The Third Day of Christmas

For today's ATC I used a beautiful little tag which I bought in a pack last year.  The little angel is lovely in very pale, frosty vintage colours making the image look quite ethereal.

I used Crafty Individuals' script stamp and DI Pumice Stone for the background, after inking the white card with DI Tea Dye.  The ribbon was the only adornment it needed as the tag really is quite beautiful.

My thanks to Mel for this lovely, tactile card.


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Second Day of Christmas

I decided to use white texture paste to model a frame for the Crafty Individuals' picture - People & Places 2, Miniatures.

The sentiments are from the Darkroom Door word block stamped onto the prepared card used for the first ATC. The background is a really rich red card which has a lovely sheen on it so rather than cover it up with stamping I just added a few dots of Stickles.

Roz sent me this little cutie.


Monday, 14 December 2015

The First Day of Christmas Artist Trading Card

Over at UKATC we've had a number of lovely swaps for Christmas.  For this one we each made 12 ATCs, using the song or other seasonal themes, wrapped them individually and sent them off for Kate to swap with other members.  That gave us 12 different cards, one to be opened each day from the 14th December.    
This was a wonderful challenge for Christmas and as we get the thrill of opening a card a day, I'm going to reveal the ones I made on a daily basis together with the card I received. 

Several of the ATCs for this swap feature collage.  For the background I used a Woodware sentiment stamp and StazOn Green Olive ink.  The main sentiment is a Darkroom Door word block, stamped onto white card sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple, using DI Festive Berries.

And here's the lovely card I received in return from Barbara.



Sunday, 13 December 2015

Journal Your Christmas

This page is day 9 recording those treats that we associate with Christmas.  One of my favourite treats this time of year is Starbuck's Eggnog latte: the smell, the taste, it's glorious!  So I used a cardboard sleeve to hold the tickets for our annual trip to see Jools Holland and his orchestra.
I die cut the journaling spots using Cricut Basic Shapes cartridge and Printing Press cartridge for the heading.  I've left room to add more treats as they happen and will add photos to the tickets as well.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Journal Your Christmas

I thought I'd start sharing some of my JYC album pages so this is day 8 and the topic was Christmas trees. 
Our tree really hasn't changed for many years, with a mix of old decorations and one or two new ones each year.  There are ornaments from my childhood, some that Louise made when she was small and many that have been given to us as gifts over the years.  There's no colour theme and certainly no attempt at following fashion.  We love our tree just the way it is even if it is very traditional but does that mean old fashioned?  I put it to the test with this layout, mixing a few pictures of our tree with some cut from magazines. 
I think our tree looks just as good as the others.