Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The last ones

Yes folks these are last of my Christmas cards for 2010. Yipee!
 Websters pages from 3djean
 Nitwits digi kit

 Crafty individuals

So now I'm off for a nice glass of wine, cheers

Monday, 20 December 2010

I've gone digital!!!

With alot of help from my friend Andrea I have ventured into the digital world.She makes amazing cards using fabulous digi kits. So carefully following my notes I bought a lovely kit from Nitwits and made these pop up cards.

 I don't know why I haven't tried them before. Seeing as I had an order for 5 of the same card being able to print out all the elements was simple. 
I need to have a play about with the sizing but overall I was impressed with the outcome.
 But I don't think it will stop me stamping and inking it's too clean for me!
Nice of you to pop by.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Shine a light

Weeks before the big snow in I went to a fab class with Jean at Crafty Individuals. We made these delightful  lights. It involved stippling a backgorund onto the parchment shades using Distress inks and then over stamping with a CI image. I used the Christmas tree. It was finished off with a lovely crystal trim. I've used one of those battery tea lights to show off the images.

So I bought a couple to try at home. But this time I used a dark ink to stamp the image and I didn't like the result so I embossed the parchment with white embossing powder to calm it down. Much happier with the result.

I'm going to use these as Christmas presents.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The best dressed mints in town

Thanks to an idea on Helen's blog I'll be serving the best dressed mints in town this Christmas.

This was so easy, just punch two scallop circles big enough to cover your mints, stick to either side of the said mint (leave the mints wrapped doh) and top with an appropriate circle stamp. These are from LOTV. You could thread ribbon between the scallops and hang them from your tree.

These would be nice for a special birthday or a wedding favour.
Thanks Helen

Monday, 6 December 2010

Awash with Christmas cards

Why is that because people know you make cards that you feel under presure to produce an all singing dancing card with at least half a dozen techniques. So this year I called a halt and decided to go back to my roots with some simple backgrounds and clean simple stamping. I really enjoyed making these. I chose 5 different colour backgrounds that I made using my favourite distress inks and a stipple brush. I over stamped the image with versamark smokey grey as this gave a lovely soft look. 

I used a selection of Crafty Individuals stamps

 This one's a creative expresions stamp. I've blinged them up with a touch of stickles here and there.
Now all I have to do is write them out!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Hanging around?

Ok so what have you been up to whilst confirned to the craft room? Well I have been hanging around, not literally, but working on a couple of wreaths. This one is made using a mitten die from sizzix.
I've used Crate Paper, Snow Day and a Martha Stewart button punch .
 I've used faux stitching to outline the mittens.
 On the wreath below I've used Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers and Leaves dies. The paper was some ghastly sheets I got in a pack. It was pictures of huge ribbon gift bows but now it has been cut down you can barely see the pattern. Which just goes to show you can just about use anything in crafting.
 I've also used my cuttlebug embossing folder, swiss dots to add texture to the leaves.
The sentiments are from one of my favourite sets by Purple Onion which I got from 3djean. Twine is from my favourite Ribbon Girl.
So what have you been creating whilst hanging around?
Thanks for popping by

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Guest appearance

My friend Gill who I have known for a very very long time has always been crafty and in the past has sent me many a beautiful handmade item. Unfortunately she doesn't have a blog so I thought I would show you a couple of things I got recently.
 This is my birthday card, it's so delicate and it was accompanied by this delightful notebook.
 She has a particular interest in halloween and I get some gorgeous cards.
I'm lucky to have a very talented friend whose ideas I can" borrow" from time to time.
Now I just need to convince her to start her own blog and then we could all share her work.