Had a couple of new books for Christmas, so obvs, I need a couple of new bookmarks......
Love, love, love this BIG bee. It's a new acquisition, stamped on an old background off cut, so I guess it qualifies for the Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is Out with the old, in with the new. Sparkly wings too.....
Plus I've been doing a bit of doodling, as ever, so I made this one into a paperback sized bookmark. Cool eh?
It's my wonderful Mom's birthday tomorrow. I made a card for Dad to give to her...... that's the thing with making cards- you often end up making more than one for each recipient, especially when they're a family member!
I went for an easel card and added some very pretty vellum as a background. The image is stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and I used a dampe paint brush to draw some of the ink out to colour in the Madame.
If you want to know how to make the scrunched flowers, there's a mini tutorial here.
I've been working on a commissioned order for Christmas cards for my lovelies' Tae Kwon Do club- they're all personalised with right colour belt and hair for the recipient. There are lots, so I'm not going to show them all, but here's a few.....
Loving the Teddy Bo image. The snowflakes are from various stamp sets- a Snowman set, Polkadoodles, a Personal Impressions set, and the little star is from a Stampin' Up set. The centres are dotted with Stickles glitter glue.
I've started making Christmas tree decorations. I find them really therapeutic to make, even though they're fiddly at times- this is the latest one, a snowflake.
Doesn't look very sparkly lying there on a sheet of white paper, but trust me, it is, all clear beads and silver wire. I've plans for a couple more of these and a couple of beaded baubles too- time permitting.....
My Miss Little Legs is 7. Well, her birthday was a week or so ago, and this is her birthday card.
The image is a Mo Manning digi stamp- I'm a Tae Kwon Do widow...... himself and both children love their TKD..... I've got quite a collection of martial arts stamps, although I'm always on the look out for more, if anyone spots one!
The paper is Dovecraft and the image is watercoloured- watercolour pencils are my favourites at the moment. It's very reminiscent of the Christmas cards I've made this year for the TKD club, I just replaced the snowflakes with flowers.
I'm entering this into the Crafts and Me challenge- Ribbon or trim.
Good morning! It's Saturday and I've been up since stoopid o'clock again. Dratted insomnia! Ah well, at least I'm caught up on my TV viewing and I've done loads of the yukky housework..... time to blog and then some crafting to catch up on.
I have managed to sneak time for a couple of Fat Pages this week, this one is for an oriental themed swap. If you haven't tried making a Fat Page, give it a go. They're 4x4 inches square- it's a great size to create on.
The acetate panel is coloured on the reverse side with alcohol inks- the white splodges are silver and pearl mixatives. The image is stamped on the front of the acetate with Stazon ink. It's matted up onto a pale coloured card, so the coloured acetate shows up, then black for contrast.
OK I'm not usually this organised, I wanted to find ways to use the fab digi papers on the new Studio 12 Christmas CD.
Remember how banners were really "in" this summer for the Jubilee? Well I thought a Christmas banner might look kind cool too! I used a pre-cut template, but it's easy enough to cut your own.
The papers are downloaded from the Studio 12 Picknix Collection 2 Gingerbread Twist CD- I'm a sucker for polka dots, so they were first choice, and the other papers co-ordinated so well I was spoilt for choice. I just tore sections out and stuck them on- easy peasy!
The NOEL letters were roughly torn out and inked with Distress ink.
I added lots of gems and dew drops, glitter and ribbon to embellish and make it SPARKLE!!!
For more Studio 12 inspiration, head over to the blog!
I haven't made a Fat Page for aaaages, thought I'd show you what I came up with for the September swap I'm part of- the theme is autumn.
I stamped one of my favourite Lost Coast stamps of a gorgeous tree scene onto cream card in Versamark and clear heat embossed it. Once it was dry, I blended Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany to make a sunset (or sunrise I suppose), and give it an autumnal hue.
I didn't know what to do to finish the panel off, but on Friday night I spent a lovely couple of hours with some crafting mates- Angy, Kay and Margaret and Angy had the saying stamp.....a bit of tissue paper later and the panel was done! It's mounted onto gold hologram card and brown to make it up to the requisite 4 inch square.
For this Studio 12 by Polkadoodles DT piece, I've made a couple of art journal pages, using the Picknix collection Volume 1. I wanted to show that art journal pages can be made using anything! I went for a colour theme and chose digi papers and elements from the CDs that fitted in with my theme.
They're all about my beautiful daughter, who got up on stage on holiday and sang a song in front of a packed room. As she's always been extremely shy, it was a huge break through, and worthy of commemoration in my journal!
I do like the natural elements on this CD, there are lots of drawn items which are lovely, but sometimes, especially in an art journal, you want a photograph of something real to tat about with!
I've been on my jollies- off to the Lake District for a week with my lovelies, and a smashing time we had too. Busy though! I'd taken a couple of art journal pages to finish off, and some digi stamps, including this one from the Octopode Factory.
I used doodles to colour in the ragdoll and then carried on all around her...... My actual journalling is in the border running around the edge.