Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Victorian stocking

I'm certainly enjoying making Christmas decorations this year. The only Christmas stockings I used to have as a child were net ones filled with chocolate that I used to eat far too much of and make myself feel sick LOL, we always had pillowcases filled with our pressies! So I decided to make myself a stocking.

I used some printable cotton and some images from the Graphics fairy and lots of lace and trims. The fabric for the main stocking is a linen and cotton blend fabric with some calico for the lining.

I managed to photograph it outside in between showers as my indoor camera skills are pretty poor.

Hopefully none of you are effected by the dreadful weather conditions, so devastating for everyone concerned.

Have a great day and Happy Crafting. xx

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Festive Sparkle At Crafty Individuals

I used the lovely new CI - 369 stamp which you can see here for this card. A large sprinkling of glitter, perfect for the current challenge 'Festive Sparkle' chosen by the lovely Brenda (bumblebeesandbutterflies) 

Some more festive sparkle on this card using the very pretty CI- 363 stamp and oodles more shimmer.

I used the adorable angel stamp CI- 211 for the final card. It stamped beautifully on glossy card, and I added only a hint of shimmer for this one!

I stamped on plain cotton using the striking reindeer stamp CI- 358 to make a rustic style Christmas bag

There is still plenty of time to enter the Festive Sparkle challenge at Crafty Individuals and when you enter you will be rewarded with a huge 25% discount off the Crafty Individuals website.

Have a lovely weekend & Happy Crafting. XXX

Friday, 23 November 2012

Jingle Bells For That's Crafty

I'm on a roll this week. I've managed to make a few cards :-D Sneaky peak of one for That's Blogging Crafty. If you'd like to see more head over to their blog for more info.

Will be back tomorrow with some sparkles for The current Crafty Individuals challenge.

Take care and Happy Crafting. xx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Siren

Using one of my fave stamps the gorgeous Serena from The Stampsmith for this monochromatic card. She is such a beauty! The alphabet stamps are from La Blanche.

Thought I would enter this in the Stampsmith challenge again.

So difficult trying to photograph in this dismal light, here's hoping the weather will be dryer and brighter today, as it's been so gloomy.

Have a lovely crafty day xx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Great Symphonies Begin with Just One Note!

I found this great quote online and thought it would be ideal for my project using The Stampsmith Little conductor stamp. I didn't get a chance to enter their challenge last month and I wanted to make something for the November challenge which is monochromatic white. Thought this little chap would fit the bill. I am guilty of having a fair few stamps that haven't been shown an ink pad to and my Sister bought this one over from the States in April, so I thought it was high time it got inked up.

Using the TAP (transfer artist paper) again, love this stuff. I stamped him onto the TAP using archival ink. Then ironed onto a piece of plain white cotton.

I hand drew a large heart onto a piece of card then cut out two pieces from a remnant of white fabric. I picked up a couple of vintage doilies from an antique shop ages ago and the smaller one fitted perfectly onto the heart. I sewed all my lace and the stamped cotton onto one of the pieces first then made the padded heart.

Also entering this for Timewashed ~ Blissful White Wednesday

Have a fantastic week & Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Home Sweet Home ~ Fashionable Stamping Challenges

The lovely Yvonne suggested 'Home Sweet Home' for our latest  challenge at FSC. We would love to see your Home Sweet Home projects as long as we can see some stamping on your project and you follow the theme, literally anything goes. Marina from Cottage Crafts is our generous sponsor. Please do head over to Fashionable Stamping Challenges HQ to see some fantastic projects created by the Stampettes.

As you know I am slightly obsessed with fabric still, so I decided to make a little coin purse. There are loads of free sewing tutorials out there for all sorts of projects and the purse was simple to make. But I had to un-pick the zip and re-sew it, I don't think I ever put a zip in first time LOL!! I was lucky enough to win a set of  these beautiful house stamps from the Artistic Stamper a while ago and thought they would be perfect for this challenge. They stamped beautifully on linen using black archival ink. I then heat set the ink and used fresco finish paints by paperartsy to paint the houses.

It would be lovely if you would join us this fortnight and share your stamping projects. 

Touch wood computer seems to be ok, perhaps the defrag helped, so off to do a spot of commenting now.

I'm entering this for the following challenges

Take care and Happy Crafting. xxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Matryoshka tree ornaments for That's Crafty

Sneaky peak of my latest project on That's Blogging Crafty. If you'd like to see more please head over to The That's Crafty's Blog

I have a few projects to blog as I'm rather behind ATM as having a few computer problems (expletive GRRRRRRRRR expletive!!!) we only bought the said computer in January and after a week we exchanged it for a new one as it was faulty, then a few months ago it had to go back and be repaired as there was a hardware problem which resulted in a new hard drive and now this week it is playing up again. Had a blue screen which is always a worry, so I'm not getting a chance to visit many blogs so apologises to you all. 

Hopefully I will be back on Sunday with the new FSC challenge, if my temperamental computer allows!! Have managed to do a disk clean up and a defrag today, I'm not very good at computer housekeeping rather like housework I only do it if I really have to, well there are more important and far nicer things to do like crafting of course!

Have a lovely day and Happy Crafting & if you are having computer issues too, you have my sympathises :-D XX

Friday, 9 November 2012

A Rustic Christmas For That's Crafty

I have decided to make only a few Christmas cards this year, as card making is my least favourite out of of my inky pursuits, don't know why, but I struggle with cards, and last year I found it a real chore as I made well over thirty. So instead I thought I would make Christmas decorations, which I find more enjoyable to make.

If you would like to know more please pop over to That's Blogging Crafty for more details of the stamps and products used.

Hope you are all well and thank you for all your lovely comments.

Take care and Happy Crafting xx

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Musical ~ Fashionable Stamping Challenges & Blog Candy Winner

Firstly thank you to everyone for leaving comments on my bag candy. Hubby duly pulled a number out of the hat (well actually I put the bits of paper in a saucepan LOL!) and it was 26 which is Astrid. If you let me know your address, I will pop it in the post next week :-D

Now it's time for another Fashionable Stamping Challenge. The musical theme was set by the lovely Esther. The Stampettes have excelled themselves for this challenges, please do head over to the FSC blog for some gorgeous musical treats. Our lovely sponsor is Marina from Cottage crafts with a fabulous prize for the winning entry.

I decided to use the mozart stamp from La Blanche as my main focal image, along with another favourite set of mine from stampers anonymous, and the crackle effect stamp from Crafty Individuals. The wooden box was sanded down and painted matt emulsion paint in a cream shade. Then stamped in archival ink. Painted as usual with my inktense pencils, very economical as they last so much longer than ink pads.

On one of my visits to Lidls I spotted some aluminium foil tape on a roll, think it was only a couple of pounds and it's a huge roll. I placed some of the tape in an embossing folder, then coated the embossed tape with black gesso and finally rubbing over with some gilding wax and stuck to the sides of my box.

I'm entering this for the following challenge

The artistic stamper ~ Anything goes

A lovely Sunday to you all & Happy Crafting XX