Hello, my inspiration for today’s project was a piece by in the November issue of Craft Stamper magazine.
I stamped the Tim Holtz book cover onto black card & heat set with gold embossing powder. I scored the card to create a spine & trimmed it to size.
I cut two pieces of chipboard & covered them with patterned paper from my stash. I stamped & cut out the images & coloured them with distress inks; Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet & Squeezed Lemonade. The chipboard flowers are from Kaisercraft.
I stamped with a PaperArtsy mini script stamp on the reverse of the second page & attached the quote (Tim Holtz stamp).
Thanks for looking, see you next time.
Right, let’s see if I can actually finish this post tonight. I’ve tried every night this week & gave up because I was so tired, I kept making mistakes. I’m still making Christmas cards – it’s neverending! Today, I managed to finish one. One!!! I may end up giving people a Post-It with “IOU 1 Christmas Card” written on it. 🙂
Here are two of the cards that I was asked to make by a friend in the US. The reindeer in the centre of the circle was the freebie stamp in the December issue of Craft Stamper magazine. Or was it the November issue? One of them. I think it goes well with the My Mind’s Eye patterned paper that I used on this first card. I made a tag from another piece of MME paper that has a Christmas carol on it & wrapped a piece of torn vellum around the tag.
Searching through my stash for an embellishment & found a pack of Dovecraft brads, one of which had a reindeer on it – perfect. I blended Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of a white card, layered everything & that was it.
For the second card I used the MME reindeer paper again, on a white 6×6, scalloped-edge card that I’d blended Vintage Photo DI on to. I think I also blended Stormy Sky or Chipped Sapphire distress inks onto the patterned paper, but can’t remember. I used Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities to cut a patterned length of dark blue cardstock for the centre of the card. When it was in place, I used a silver Krylon pen to colour the paper showing through the holes. I die cut a shape from a piece of Core’dinations Whitewash with a Nestie & embossed it with a swirly embossing folder. Another few Nestie shapes on the centre & the CS reindeer stamp again.
I couldn’t figure out where a sentiment would go, until another search of my Christmas stash uncovered another pack of brads & this square one seemed ideal.
And that’s enough from me. I shall be spending the weekend at an art workshop in London & I am very excited. I’ll tell you about it probably on Monday. Until then, have a great weekend & keep crafting.
Love & light.
To one & all. I hope you had a great Christmas & that you have recovered from any over-exuberant New Year celebrations. 😉
Jen & I had a nice time with my family, but my poor mom got ‘flu on Christmas Day & the weather was horrendous; ranging from gale force winds, non-stop rain, freezing temperatures & inches of ice everywhere. We ate too much, drank too much alcohol, watched too much tv, but we also walked a lot, (should that be, we slid a lot, I wonder??) & did some touristy stuff. Jen took lots of photos & when she puts them on her blog I’ll let you know.
We also saw a movie; ‘Nowhere Boy’, about the young John Lennon & his troubled relationships with his mother & his Aunt Mimi. It’s directed by artist Sam Taylor Wood & she gets good performances from all her actors. Kristin Scott-Thomas plays Aunt Mimi, Anne-Marie Duff is Julia, John’s mother & Aaron Johnson plays the young John. See it if you can.
Since I got back, I’ve been trying to get back to ‘normal’. I had so many emails, etc., to catch up on. I spent a lot of time while I was away bemoaning the fact that I had no Internet access, completely forgetting that my mom’s local library has many computers & they’re all free to use!! Mom reminded me of this fact only a few hours before I left for the airport, so I’m blaming her for my poor memory. 🙂 I definitely won’t forget next time! So, yes, I’ve been going through my inbox, replying to many & deleting even more. I also had a huge pile of mail to sort through & yes, most of it was rubbish, but I did get the new issue of ‘Craft Stamper’ magazine & it is wonderful. For my money, it’s the best craft magazine on the market & the free stamp is always good quality. This issue, has a good article on stamping with bleach. The results are lovely, so I must give it a try.
Talking of stamps, I have fallen in love!!! I discovered Stampotique stamps & they are TERRIFIC!!! I love the weirdness of images such as ‘Lunchbox Girl’ & ‘Sheer’ & the unusual beauty of ‘Three Goddesses’, but it’s impossible to choose favourites. They’re not cheap, but I’m going to create a wish list & maybe treat myself to one occasionally.
I doubt I’ll have time to make cards until the weekend, but I do have quite a few ideas swirling around my brain. I’ve got to make cards for a birthday & a wedding next week & I already know what I’m going to do for the wedding card.
So, instead of a card, I’m going to share with you something I wrote a few months ago. It’s in the style of a Haiku & while it’s not very good, it make raise a wry smile amongst some of my blog visitors & followers.
Happy new beginning,
Resolution over by four.
Ah well, maybe next year.
Thank you for stopping by. Until next time,
Love & light
I only wish it would tell me what it is. Just when I thought I could see a glimmer of light at the end of the seemingly endless tunnel, along comes something else to slap me upside the head. However, I have taken the necessary steps & will try to remain positive & believe that everything happens for a reason.
I did get some cards made today & I uploaded the pics from my camera – all 126 of them! Don’t worry, Blog Visitors, you won’t be inflicted with all of them; I deleted at least 50%. In an earlier post I mentioned that Jen had brought me a ‘mahoosive’ pile of crafty goodies, here’s a few pics of them.
Underneath the clear & rubber stamps, the embossing boards, the distress inks, crackle paints, embossing powders, stickles & embellishments are almost 3 kilos of 12×12 papers!!!! Plain papers, patterned papers, doublesided papers, papers of all colours, papers for babies, men, Christmas, birthdays, Easter, in fact any subject you can think of, I guarantee I have a paper for it! 😉 I knew Jen was bringing me paper, but I had no concept of just how much & all the other goodies were a complete surprise. Needless to say I was & am thrilled with all the new additions to my stash & they will be appearing regularly in my blog posts! They’re safely stored in their boxes now & every so often I take them out to look at them & run my fingers over the patterns & the glitter. That will sound strange to ‘normal’ people, but paper crafters will understand completely. 🙂
This is the thank you card I made Jen. She likes blue & oriental images, so this seemed appropriate. The Geisha image was a recent freebie clear stamp from Craft Stamper magazine. I stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx & heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, then coloured it with Whispers & a silver glitter pen. The background paper is HOTP, as is the plain darker blue paper, which I stamped with my cherry blossom stamp, then heat ebossed with siver embossing powder. A few embellishments & that’s it, except that you can see I used my CB quite a lot for this card!
That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by.
Love & light.