Sunday, 23 November 2014

Fa La La La La

Hello.  Welcome.  I seem to be on a bit of a tag extravaganza at the moment.  Saw these lovely xmas tags by Anneke over at the PaperArtsy blog and thought I'd give them a go.   Really liking the grey and red combo.  

I started by cutting my tags from charcoal grey card and then I sponged on some pale grey acrylic

I spritzed the tags with sparkle shimmer mist and then stamped with the leaf stamp from PaperArtsy USNT4 set and Memento London Fog.  I added some white paper at the bottom.

I didn't have red/white tape so I have used bits of DCWV papers.  The tree is from PaperArtsy SIEN10F, the car is a sizzix die cut coloured with the same pale grey paint and stamped with the brickwork stamp from PaperArtsy HP1105.  The mistletoe is a Kaisercraft stamp.  And the greeting went a little bit wrong LOL.  I added some stitching with a red sharpie and some rhinestones.  

The tree is a MemoryBox die wraped with embroidery cotton.  more DCWV paper and a Kaisercraft greeting.  Then I went a little mad and did some stitching around the edge.  

The same mistletoe stamp and another KC greeting.  The deer is a Spellbinders die.  Build a Deer.  I had a slight challenge with his legs!!  Sorted in the end.  A bit of embroidery thread around his neck and he's good to go.  The tag ties are all from the 'pretty wool' box.  

Quite pleased with my grey and red trio.  

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Fat Cat Mat Sat

Hello.  Welcome.  Just a quick tag I made.  Well, I say quick.  This cat is the third attempt at using embossing paste with a stencil.  The first two, well lets just say they weren't brilliant.  The fourth one will be making an appearance at a later date.  Obviously this is a practice makes perfect technique but must admit I think it's well worth the effort. 

I based my tag on the Your Next Stamp sketch and colours.  The cat is Dreamweavers Retro Cat Sitting embossed with black paste on Bazzill Bling cardstock.  I cut the tag shapes using Sizzix Tag #2 dies and added some wool from the box marked 'pretty wool'.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp on a piece of vellum.  

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Hello. Welcome. Jingle your bells.  I bought some slider dies at Your Next Stamp and this is my first slider card.  What a laugh.

I've used Unity Stamps snowpeep Gabe.  He can roll.  I used Dreamweavers Waves stencil and Imagination Crafts silver sparkle medium.  I covered my base card with patterned paper from Dovecrafts Eastern Promise collection.  I gave him a pom pom on his hat.  Couldn't decide on a sentiment.  May think about that later.  

For those who want to see him in action here's poor man's video.  It's like bad time lapse ROFL

I think the pom pom has made him a little top heavy as he does tend to end up standing on his head after a run, but such a fun thing.  Will keep me entertained for hours LOL.  I'll see if I can work out an actual video clip.

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Imagination Crafts November Challenge - Anything Goes
Papirdokkene Utfordring 64 - Jul, Rød og Grå 
Crafty Hazelnut's P atterned Paper Challenge - November 
Bunny Zoe's Crafts November Challenge - Snow 

Thanks for taking the time to visit.  This post is being linked to Friends With Flair so make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win.  Hugz

Friday, 21 November 2014

Wrestling Sheep

Hello.  Welcome.  It's been a grey day, perfect for crafting, but it appears I have left my mojo somewhere between here and there.  I finally got a snail mail card finished yesterday and decided today I would tackle a Christmas tag.  I admit that Christmas is far from my thoughts and was a bit shocked to find a Christmas countdown merrily reminding me that it's only 33 days til the day.  Gulp!!  When did that happen.  Doesn't anyone want purple, orange and green?  Where did all the pumpkins go?  Bwahahahahahaha.  Me thinks me may have lost the plot.  I hope I am not alone.  So yeah, why not start modestly with a tag.  A big tag.....

I decided to use a Prima Doll stamp and I made the tag from some of the packaging which comes with these stamps.  I simply added some distress ink in various greens to get my background colour.  I cut the doily using Cheery Lynn Spring Flower Burst Angel Wing from a silver metal sheet and embossed the doily.  I cut the top of the tag using the angel wing and stuck down the doily.  I also cut some 'snowflakes' from the same metal using Cheery Lynn BAF#1 dies.  

I coloured my doll with Promarkers, but because I had stamped on glossy card the ink started to pool strangely.  After going over it a few times and things starting to bleed I dotted the markers all over the coloured areas.  I quite like the resulting texture, which you can see quite well on her bodice.  The small red flowers are cut from red metal using the BAF#3 embellishment die from Cheery Lynn and I added a tiny green star shaped rhinestone to each one, and to the snowflakes.  The sentiment is from Prima Warm Wishes set.  

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Thanks for dropping by.  Going to go stare at the stash and hope inspiration strikes again.  Have a crafty evening.  Hugz

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Needing a Jump Start

Hello.  Welcome.  A special hi and hello to Monika who has joined my little following.  Hugz all round.  

I'm still feeling all stuffy from this cold and although I really want to craft I am finding it difficult to concentrate.  It was sunny for a few hours today so I did get out and do some tidying around the garden.  The temperature remains unseasonably warm so must take the chance while we can.  Then I decided to try and catch up on my Altered Playing Cards, since I am now three weeks behind!!  So here's my week 8 offering.  You can see Claudine's originals HERE

For my first card I coloured my background with distress inks.  The heart is a sizzix die cut cut from red metal and black leather.  Then I decided to use a valentine words embossing folder and highlight with Barn Door Distress ink.  

For my second card I again used distress inks and then doodled a border

The same heart die, which I wrote love and added a little black heart as Claudine had done.  Then I decided it needed something lower down so got out one of my cuttlebug measure by measure embossing folders.  I embossed at an angle, realised I had de-bossed!!, then embossed again lower down.  Then highlighted again with Bard Door DI.  Quite like the effect.  I am also going to join this card over at Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 238 - Offset Embossing Folder

Thanks for your visit.  Off to drink lemsip and get an early-ish night.  Hugz

Friday, 14 November 2014

A Quick Trip To The Orient

Hello.  Welcome.  I'm back!  The trip to England was hectic.  The trip home was just a series of bizarre events that would make a great Mr Bean movie but don't ever happen in the real world!  Yeah, right!!  Needless to say it's nice to be home.  It's been a busy day of trying to get back into the usual routine whilst feeling decidedly crappy.  I caught a cold in the UK and it's still hanging around.  I really wanted to try and make a little something so I thought I'd do some quick makes for the Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge.  They want to see some oriental card candy so I have gone really simple with stamping and embossing. 

The little fan is from Hero Arts Asian Elements stamp set.  The other stamps are from PaperArtsy LPC022 stamp set.  I embossed in black on red card and fussy cut the images.  Quick and simple little embellishments for an oriental themed card.  

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Off to make myself a lemsip and get an early night.  Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Invisable Rest

Hello.  Welcome.  Extra special hi and hello to Lisa and Gio who have joined my little following.  Most welcome, and thanks to all my loyal followers and friends.  Your visits and comments bring sunshine.  Hugz

I am on holiday, at least until tomorrow, and had been hoping to do a few posts and catch up on my commenting.  Unfortunately, that hasn't happened.  My grandmother has had health issues and we are all feeling rather ragged.  I'm glad I was able to be here and lend a little help, but it means that many things we intended to do have fallen by the way.  So here is my one and only desert island offering.  That's what I call it when I am away from my stash and crafting with limited resources.  It does tend to inspire improvisation though......

For this card I used Prima Something Blue papers, PaperArtsy JOFY 15 stamps, a black ink pad, a red sharpie and a piece of ribbon.  I started by stamping half a tree on the RHS and then half a tree on the LHS.  Then I stamped off the rest of the ink around the bottom and sides of the card.  I added the three spiky flower stamp.  I stamped the bird and the bird box, fussy cut both, added some colour to the bird and set him behind and through the bird box hole.  He actually reminds me of a really fat robin I once saw that looked like a tennis ball with wings.  Very little wings!!  I added the sentiment and then went a little crazy around the edge with the black ink pad, and some artistic smudges.  

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Thanks for your visit.  I hope to be able to get around to visit you soon.  Hugz