Monday, 30 November 2009

Completed Noel Tags

Here are the rest of my Christmas Tags that I started a couple of weeks ago. It was very hard to take photos because the light here has been shocking for about a month - we just keep having torrential rain day after day, so I took some very quick (i.e. rubbish!) pictures during a short brighter spell.
All the papers and images are Graphic 45 again - just love their papers and can't get enough of them this year.
The little bells on the "N" and the "E" are from chocolate santas and reindeers by Lindt. You see I have no willpower and thought it was a good excuse to eat the chocolate so that I could use the bells. LOL! You will notice that I have only eaten 2 though, so I have shown a little restraint (so far!)
We've just spent the weekend in the Lake District - those rivers are certainly swollen!
We went to a wonderful Dickensian Christmas Fair in Ulverston. All the shopkeepers were dressed in Victorian clothes, there was a fun fair, stalls, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, carol singers, a Punch and Judy show, a coconut shy, to mention just a few attractions. The whole thing was rounded off with a procession which included Santa Claus and Queen Victoria. It was just the thing to put me in a festive mood, so I think I'd better be finding those Christmas decorations in the loft pretty soon.
Hope you all had a great weekend too. x

Friday, 27 November 2009

The Play Date Cafe Challenge No 6.

Sarah chose the beautiful colours this week, and you know when the idea you initially have just doesn't work? Well that's what happened to me this week - I had such a lovely ATC in my head last night but all the colours had other ideas. LOL!!!! It just didn't look anything like how I wanted it to, so I abandoned it and had a go at something else this morning instead.
Hope you like my "cheeky" girl. Have a great Friday. X

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Play Date Cafe Challenge No 5

The lovely Julie has chosen the colours this week for the Play Date Cafe Challenge- Silver, Blue, Purple and White.

I've had this little canvas for ages so I thought I would use it this week.
Background is Claudine Hellmuth paint, and Glimmer Mist using a Glimmer Mist Screen. The little image is from Crafty Individuals, and I outlined the image and the canvas with Stewart Gill paints.
I coloured the lace with Glimmer Mist and then used Martha Stewart Snowflake and Snowflake border punches. The white transparency swirl is from My Little Shoe Box. The Joy stamp is from Elusive Images.
The charms are to add a touch of silver.
I really enjoyed using these colours, so thank you Julie for the challenge - oh and by the way, did I beat the lovely Paul? LOL!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Tuesday Taggers Colour Challenge

A chipboard star decorated in the colours red, gold and green for Tuesday Taggers this week.
Paper, image and letter are all from Graphic 45. I only needed to add a little ribbon and some gold stickles and it was finished.
This is the first star of four that I am going to decorate to spell Noel. Thanks for looking. x

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Tuesday Taggers No Patterned Paper

No patterned paper allowed this week on Tuesday Taggers.
I did the background using the resist technique with Inkadinkado stamps and colourbox inks. Image is from Crafty Individuals framed with a Crafty Individual white frame that was punched with one of my Martha Stewart border punches, coloured with Dusty Concord distress ink, then a little glitter was added.
I used two colours of American Crafts ribbon for the bow and brads are by American Crafts too. Flowers are some of the Prima ones I bought at Ally Pally.
Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend x

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Play Date Cafe Challenge No 4

I just love the colours this week from the Play Date Cafe. The light is so bad here today though (very dark and rainy) that it's been really hard to take a decent photograph of my effort.
I have altered the negative of a chipboard letter A to make a little wall hanging.
I painted the background with Claudine Hellmuth paints, then stamped over the top using Adirondack inks. I followed this with Creme de Cacao, Robins Nest Blue and Spring Mint glimmer mists but it's really hard to see in the photo.
I stamped on the dark cardstock using Champagne Versamark ink.
Stamps used were by Crafty Individuals, Cavallini and Prima. I stamped the butterflies on paper that I'd coloured using Claudine Hellmuth paints and then punched them with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch. Finally I added some Tim Holtz metal, a flower, a part of a tag and some ribbon through eyelets set with a crop-a-dile.
The lace on the bottom is by Melissa Frances.
Hope you're having a good day and that you have a lighter, brighter day than we have here!
Thanks for looking x

Monday, 9 November 2009

Just Us Girls Challenge no 6

The challenge this week at Just Us Girls is based on the sketch above.
Stamp is by Hero Arts and I used it as a background first, stamping with Versamark ink and dusting with bronze pearl pigments. Then I used it with a rust coloured ink for the main image.
Patterned papers are 7gypsies and Graphic45, both punched with Martha Stewart Punch, and the greeting is stamped on to a 7gypsies sticker.
Had to scrape ice from the windscreen this morning - what a shock, but at least it's stopped raining and we have a beautiful sunny day. Hooray!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Play Date Cafe Challenge No 3

The Play Date Cafe challenge colours this week are black, white and red. At first they reminded me of Art Deco things, but the more I thought about it the more Alice in Wonderland kept popping in to my head so I made this wall hanging instead.
Paper is Graphic 45, alphas are my little shoebox and stamps are by Stampattack. I've had the stamps for ages but never got around to using them until now. I also used my Martha Stewart heart border punch.
Have a great weekend. I have some sorting and clearing to do and an appointment with a skip - lucky me!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Simple Tuesday Taggers Handbags and Gladrags

The Tuesday Taggers theme this week is Handbags and Gladrags and I decided to keep it simple.

Sorry the photos are a bit washed out with the flash - wasn't home in time to take photos in daylight and I wanted to post them tonight.

The first Card uses an image by Clarity Stamps which I coloured using grey shades of copic markers, added black stickles and four black gems, and then mounted on grey and pearlised cream cardstock. The final layer is some yummy FLOCKED (woo hoo) 7gypsies paper, then black cardstock.

The second card uses Anna Griffin handbag stamps coloured with copics and with some glamour dust added. As you can see I just mounted them on squares of black cardstock straight on to a white card base.

I usually don't know when to stop adding things so it made a change to be a bit of a minimalist!
x x x

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Beep Beep!

This is a card for the grandson of one of my friends. I've used American Crafts ribbon, Sassafras and Stampendous stamps and the background is Brilliance ink and Distress ink. I had another go with my Copics to colour the image.
Happy Birthday Freddie!