Sunday and time for my DT post for That’s Crafty and as always on a Sunday, the naughty side of me appears as I only ever share a sneak peek of my DT project.I am sure I will still be discovering rogue pieces of mica flakes come Christmas 2014!
The project with instructions and supply list can be viewed HERE.
Thank you for your visit this Sunday and for all your visits this past week.
Hope you have a lovely day.
08 Dec 2013 17 Comments
06 Dec 2013 21 Comments
This was intended as a scheduled post except I foolishly forgot to click the correct commands so this post is a bit later in the day than it should be.
As a Gecko Galz DT member I was asked, along with my lovely team, for us to each create a Christmas ornament with us each receiving a designated date for it to be shared at the Gecko Galz site and also on our own Blogs. A requirement was for us to use Gecko Galz products, I selected this image from the Alterable Christmas image sheet.
I have opted for almost a Victorian style colour scheme and feel for my ornament which also doubles us gift presentation. At this time of the year when preparations can become slightly frantic, I like the idea of when an item itself is doing the multi-tasking as well as the person creating the item! If you are a friend of my Blog you will have seen me create these many times and for different occasions.
Tuck a gift inside the pouch and hang from the Christmas tree until the 25th of December and there is no reason it cannot be re-used year after year when it can be filled with candy canes or chocolates. Several on a tree would look lovely, one for each family member.I like the idea of this tag on the ornament where names can be added yet the text is subtle enough that you really are not obliged to insert names.
Gecko Galz Altered Christmas (2)
Extras:- green braided tassel trim, faux pearl drop, stained green lace, canvas printer paper, glitter cardstock and cardboard tube from toilet roll.
Cover cardboard tube with the glitter cardstock and glue one end close. Fussy cut the image from Altered Christmas (2), adhere to the tube, glue a faux pearl drop to the image. Trim with the tassel braid. Finally, thread through stained lace in two holes created in the holder.
Tuck a gift inside and hang from the Christmas tree.
I hope my U.K. friends of this Blog are safe and well, also their properties after that terrible storm. I am sure many of you had some damage to your properties just as we did.
I have fallen a bit behind with Blog visits due to still being in the middle of Christmas card making, sorry to say that all enjoyment has now walked out the door! Never mind, I see the light at the end of the tunnel with only a very few remaining to be made so if all goes well I surely will achieve that over the weekend. With my time and energy focused on this it has meant that my time on-line has shortened and missing visits to your Blogs but hope to catch-up with you all very soon.
Many thanks for your visits because I can just imagine how busy all of you are.
Have a lovely weekend.
04 Dec 2013 36 Comments
Did you know the December challenge is underway at Crafty Individuals (Crafty Individuals December Challenge)? Jean is asking you to create Something Festive. All details for entering your art can be read at the Blog but here are some guidelines.
To enter this month’s Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please, then post your Challenge project on the Crafty Individuals Blog,
At the end of the month five lucky participants will be selected with each winning a CI rubber stamp of their choice.
Also all entrants are entitled to a huge 25% discount to use on anything purchased from the CI Website,.
The team sample I am sharing is a canvas with the Starry Christmas Tree Stencil being the main feature.Always difficult to capture sparkle on a photograph but that is what this canvas is all about with a generous scattering of DekoIce Crystal. This is it photographed at a different angle, doesn’t it appear to be more pink in tone. The emulsion paint I used on the canvas has a very subtle pink, very similar to Paper Artsy’s Vintage Lace.
To bring interest to the right of the tree and also to add dimension to the lower corner I stamped one of the images from an Elements set, CI-326. Turning the stamped festive postal mark style stamp into an embellishment by simply stitching a mother of pearl button with a fragment of vintage lace peeking from behind.
If you are right in the middle of your Christmas preparations whether it be cards, tags or festive decorations, if you find yourself inking up a Crafty Individuals stamp or using one of their products then why not enter it into the December challenge, you never know, you could be the lucky winner of a Crafty Individuals stamp of your choice. Wouldn’t that be a lovely way to end your creative year!
Thank You so much for your visit to this post. Your visits are always appreciated but none moreso than this time of the year when it can be a struggle to simply keep up with the administration of your own Blogs, nevermind visiting here so thank you so much.
02 Dec 2013 23 Comments
It is time for me to share the first of my December DT samples for Gecko Galz.
Immediately when I saw the images sheets, Beauties In Black and White I knew I would be using them. I am lucky enough to have some of the images in rubber stamp form but I was enthusiastic in using them in image form and knew exactly what I would be creating.
Not only did the images themselves inspire me but also something found in the D.I.Y. shop, a box of tiles. The first of my DT samples, I will be sharing the other samples another day, is a box I altered where I used a tile on the lid.
Those are not wrinkles in the image! T his is the texture of the tile. It didn’t deter me from using the tile, in fact I liked it all the more than if the surface had been smooth and pristine, this adds an appearance of age and character.
Gecko Galz Beauties In Black and White
Oxford Impressions French Script stamp set (damask and script stamps)
Staz-on Jet Black
Paper Artsy Satin Finish
Putty paint (Martha Stewart)
Corner embellishment (Melissa Frances)
Klear Floor Polish (Johnson & Johnson)
Gesso and Gel Medium (Golden)
Extras:- Papier mache box, tissue paper, lace, vintage Bingo counters, emulsion (latex) paint, tile (with texture)
Stamp damask randomly onto tile.
Print Black and White Beauties onto white tissue paper. Tear around image. Adhere to tile with Klear floor polish, be generous with the application of Klear. Smooth the printed image onto the tile ensuring no bubbles. The image will soak into the tile Leave to dry, overnight if possible.
Stipple paint onto the tile. Stamp script and damask and continue to stipple paint to obliterate some of the stamping.
Box:- Apply Gesso and paint. Randomly stamp damask then apply paint, dry brush method. Apply Satin Finish to the tile and box.
Paint vintage Bingo counters and adhere to the box.
Adhere the tile to the box and finish by adding lace.
This shows the edge of the box with the damask stamp from Oxford Impressions French Script.
Somewhere to nestle all that she treasures.
The Beauties in Black and White images sheets and all other December products, including a new digi stamp set, are now available for purchase from Gecko Galz.
My plan is to keep this Blog active this week as I have a few samples to be sharing with you and yes, they do include Christmas, do I hear some groans!
Have a wonderful week and I will catch-up with you soon, I was unable to do my usual visiting over the weekend so have fallen behind.
01 Dec 2013 19 Comments
Today is my first DT project for the month of December, December 1st, can you believe it!
I am being exceptionally mean with my sneaky peek offering this week. I hope you have the chance to pop over to the That’s Crafty Blog as I really had lots of fun with this project. The complete project along with supply list and instructions can be viewed at the That’s Crafty Blog.
Have a lovely Sunday.
30 Nov 2013 2 Comments
A day late but there is still plenty of time to grab a bargain at That’s Crafty where there is a Black Friday event and not only that, also come Monday, Cyber Monday. So plenty of opportunities to find a bargain or two!
If you sign up to the That’s Crafty newsletter then that is one way to be kept up-to-date on such events and also on new stock items.
29 Nov 2013 27 Comments
I know, I really should be sharing Christmas projects but I drafted this post as far back as August, anyway, now and then it does good to take a break from Christmas.
This post is all about the final feature I wanted to share with you from the Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Stampington & co’s The Stampers’ Sampler (see HERE and HERE for the previous posts I shared). Three cards make up the feature but I am only sharing two cards.
I actually made the first card some time ago when I was on the Dezinaworld DT (unfortunately June had to disband the team). She always had the most amazing images to play with.
The cards I am sharing all feature a Dezinaworld image of a femme, printed onto a transparency.Each image was layered onto text, layered behind a Crafty Individuals die-cut frame and for each card I painted the cardstock with Gesso and emulsion paint.
The stamps used are available from Oxford Impressions at Austen Gallery site – Scandalous Beauty stamp plate.
If you have a copy of The Stampers’ Sampler you can see that they included a detail photograph which highlights the layers and depth achieved, sorry but I don’t have such a photograph and don’t want to share the one from the magazine. The second card … The photograph above is more true to the colour.
I mentioned Scandalous Beauty but I also used (always using this stamp) the damask stamp from French Script.If I have not caught up with you I will do so very soon, due to various reasons I have fallen slightly behind with Blog visits this past week. In the meantime many thanks for your visit.