That’s Crafty Shop Blog

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If any of you are customers of the That’s Crafty on-line store then you will know that Laura has an abundance of stock.  Also, if you sign up for the Newsletter you can keep up-dated on new stock, re-stocks and also special offers which always take place.  Laura has now set up a new Blog dedicated to the That’s Crafty shop where she will no doubt share news on the move to larger premises which is taking place very soon. The other wonderful news is that not only is the shop moving to larger premises but workshops will also be taking place. I would not be surprised if some of you have already booked your space for one (or more!) of the workshops, they all look to be amazing!
Visit HERE. for news of the That’s Crafty shop.
Before I sign off I would like to apologise for being so quiet, in not managing to visit your Blogs. I hope that over the next few days I will be able to visit you and see what amazing art you have all been creating. In the meantime, thank you all for the time you take out of your day to visit my Blog, it is always appreciated by me.

Merry & Bright

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I am starting this new week with a quick, scheduled post, sharing something which I have made to send to a friend for Christmas but which is also a sample for Darkroom Door.
I try to send to a friend and her family a Christmas ornament of some nature.  Last year from That’s Crafty I received Indigoblu MDF baubles from which I had only used the heart but decided this year to use the remainder of the baubles.
I thought the sentiments from the Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas sets would be perfect to stamp onto one of the baubles.
This bauble will appear on the Darkroom Door Blog at some stage so within this post all I will share are the stamps used and a couple of photographs.
Darkroom Door Stamps:-
Brushed Christmas Vol 1
Texture Stamp Dots
blogoneI seem to be in the mood for pastel pink and blue with touches of winter white at the moment.
I did wonder if I would need to stamp onto tissue paper but the sentiment stamped beautifully which I was pleased with especially as I wanted to heat emboss with some twinkly embossing powder.
blogtwoMore heat embossing in the form of the Texture Stamp Dots with white embossing powder. detailtwoIf you are in the middle of Christmas preparations then I hope they are going well.  I am glad I made an earlier start this year although I still have a feeling that I might not achieve all I want to do.
Have a lovely week.


Keep Taking Chances

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Sitting here drafting this blog post and I did a double take at the date, 16th November! I am sure time is speeding up!
This is a peek at what I am sharing this week over at the That’s Crafty Blog.
twoThe full project can be viewed HERE.
Whatever this Sunday has in store for you, have a good one.

Anything Vintage

At the That’s Crafty Challenge they are in a nostalgic mood asking for artwork that is Anything Vintage
As always, the winner will win £20 to spend on-line at the That’s Crafty store. This is a fabulous prize as there is just so much amazing stock available at the store.
Challenge Blog VoucherAll rules are available to read at the challenge blog, link at top of post.
Have Fun.

A Rose Garden, I Never Promised You

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One of the recently released stamps I received from Darkroom Door to play with was the Eclectic Stamp, Rose.
I am sure you will relate that sometimes when you receive a stamp you let ideas percolate until you decide on which direction to take and other times you know instantaneously what your plans are.  For my sample I knew I wanted to create a paperclay embellishment as a focal on a canvas.  However what was interesting, when I have used paperclay before for stamping into, the stamps have not been photo real.  Of course, we all love a challenge!!!
As I was working on this canvas the song, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden would not leave my head.  This song I remember so vividly from my childhood but when I Googled to see what year it was released, 1970, I realised I was too young to remember it from that year, I was only 2 years old but my Mum had the vinyl (now, there is a word that can date us all!) single.  Little did I know that during those years, fast forward a few decades and I would be making reference to this song in a blog post!
(This canvas involved many stages and as it has already appeared on the Darkroom Door Blog I would say that if you are interested in the supplies I used and how I used them, especially creating the rose with the paperclay, then please visit the Darkroom Door Blog post, HERE.)rosecanvaslynnemoncrieffAlthough I usually set out with a rough idea, I always like to go with the flow but in this case, alongside knowing I would be using paperclay, I also wanted there to be a romantic feel to the canvas but also for their to be texture.  This might sound silly and it might also sound pretentious but I wanted that sense of peeling plaster on buildings in Mediterranean countries with their pastel buildings which look so pretty in the sunshine even when showing signs of age and decay, which, for me, simply adds to their beauty and their story.
(This photograph is more true to the colours of the paints.)canvaslynnemoncrieffThis is what started this particular story, paperclay and the Eclectic Rose stamp.threeWhich became this after painting.sevenI so enjoyed working on this canvas, that doesn’t mean I am completely satisfied because there is much I would do different now but as for the actual process, it was a lovely canvas to work on for Darkroom Door.
Thank you, always, for the time and trouble you take to stop by and seeing what I have been doing and thank you always for your continued support and encouragement.

Greetings From Father Christmas (published in The Stampers’ Sampler)

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To start this brand new week I am sharing a quick, scheduled post with you.
This is one of the cards I was so happy to see made it to publication in the latest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler (more about this issue another time) featuring a beautiful Saint Nicholas collage style stamp from Oxford Impressions, in fact all the stamps on this card are from Oxford Impressions.
greetingsfromfatherchrismas1This photograph shows the glow from the metallic paints and gilding waxes along with sparkle from mica flakes which were scattered along the edges of the St Nicholas image.detailoneThank You for your visit to this post.

Star Shine Bright

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Time for my DT post over at the That’s Crafty Blog.
This is a peek at one side of the project. blogPlease visit the That’s Crafty Blog to view the complete project, both sides of it and instructions by visiting HERE.

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