This is the final post where I share the beautiful creations gifted to me at Christmas. I have included links so if any of the names are new to you why not visit their beautiful blogs to view their incredibly art.
I will say in advance that this is a lengthy post.
From the lovely Dorthe I have two stunning creations. A fabric collage that is so soft to the touch and light as a feather. Dorthe has made beautiful use of the lady from Oxford Impressions’ Dr Coffin’s Apothecary.The second piece from Dorthe is this incredibly sweet dressform. Aren’t all those details so adorable?From the lovely Maria I received such a personal gift but first I will share the elegant card I received. I have to tell you that the stamped image is incredibly crisp and dense which is sometimes difficult to achieve with stamps such as this. The reason I say the gift is so personal, Maria actually remembered that at one time I mentioned how I am a Bookworm. A most elegant bookmark with a stamp from one of my all time favourite stamp sets and look at that gloriously luxuriant tassel. Not only that, the fabric it rests upon Maria gifted to me along with those divine lace trims. Wait though as I have something else to show you. Now turn the bookmark over and you will see such a thoughtful detail, to stamp my initial onto the back of the bookmark.
From the lovely Terry this wonderfully nostalgic card (isn’t that a stunning stamp?) and also lace, burlap and tulle. Tucked inside the Giveaway prize from sweet Suzy she had sent this beautiful stamped card with of course Suzy’s outstanding touches of fabric and stitches. From the lovely Alison this incredible card. Now I have to say that this card has to be seen to truly appreciate the jewel like colours. The final gift to share is from Martina. She gifted to me this beautiful card and ornament. Isn’t it glorious?Not only does this post hopefully display the incredible and varied art styles from my friends and their amazing generosity but also once again the incredible community we are lucky to be part of when we start on this blogging journey and how we connect with like minded friends from all corners of the world. In this post alone there is Dorthe from Denmark, Maria and Alison from England, Terry from America, Suzy from Australia and Martina from Germany all sending their artwork to myself, here in Scotland. Without this blogging community I never would have the privilege of connecting with any of them.
Thank You to each of you for the treasures you have gifted to me and the warmth from your hearts and thank you to all of you who stayed with me until the end of this post, sorry for it being so lengthy!
11 Jan 2013 23 Comments
03 Jan 2013 18 Comments
These past few weeks I received handmade gift after handmade gift (including cards and tags) and it is about time I shared some of them with you. If any of the names happen to be new to you then why not click the link and visit their Blogs to see their amazing art, you will not be disappointed.
From Cynnie this wonderful hanging which captures the light beautifully and when hanging all the hearts and beads are so kinetic. From Darlene I will show you the beautiful card she sent to me and to share one of the gifts. This is the gift…PooPooPaper!!!A beautiful Christmas card from Valerie and also one of her amazing mini notebooks. and finally for today, from lovely Ira this delicate card. I will share some more very soon but in the meantime that you to Cynnie, Darlene, Valerie and Ira for their beautiful cards and gifts.
30 Dec 2012 35 Comments
Today sees the final Fashionable Stamping Challenge challenge theme for 2012. For the next fortnight we are asking for you to Surprise Us. We ask as always that you include stamping on your entry and that no digi’s are allowed and of course we always have a prize available for the winner.
For my DT sample I am sharing a piece which is also DT art for Oxford Impressions. I had intended to post this here in the run up to Christmas but ran out of time and as the theme is more wintry than Christmas I’ve decided that it will be my Surprise Us sample.
It is a 3d winter scene using various Oxford Impressions stamps (Season of Giving, Sleigh Bells and Winter Snow). After purchasing some chipboard houses (from Crafty Individuals) I couldn’t resist creating a little stamped scene for the adorable children. It wasn’t the easiest of pieces to photograph, trying to capture the depth and also the sparkle, there is lots of it as it was liberally covered with glass glitter.The roof of the house.
Visit FSC to view the wonderful samples from my DT sisters.
Thank You for visiting this post.
24 Dec 2012 30 Comments
This is my final post before Christmas Day and I wanted to take a moment to wish all of the dear friends of my Blog a wonderful Christmas.
I will have a scattering of posts between now and the end of this year but in case any of you are taking a break from visiting blogs I want to say Thank You for the amazing support and encouragement I have received in the past twelve months and it has been lovely getting to know new friends of my Blog.
So I send all of you Seasons Wishes, for good times and peaceful time (and hope Santa is good to all of you!)
23 Dec 2012 24 Comments
As we count down to Christmas I am sharing another Christmas project in this scheduled post.
This year I made quite a few glass ornaments in different styles to gift to friends and in particular found myself using stamped words. For the ornaments in this post which is also DT work for Oxford Impressions, I used Noel from the Season of Giving plate.When the light hits them it should catch the sparkle of the glass glitter trapped behind the glass along with other sparkly elements. The beaded trim creates movement when the ornaments are hanging. Daylight has been for many days practically non-existent resulting in photographs being impossible to take but if all goes to plan I will return with one more post before Christmas Day.
I still have quite a few festive DT projects to share so I can see that I will be posting them after the 25th but will do my best to ensure they do not travel into 2013!
For the moment, thank you for taking the time to visit this post.
21 Dec 2012 39 Comments
This is a scheduled post where I am sharing another of my projects as the December Featured Artist for Gecko Galz.
I selected Little Angels collage image sheet to work with although it was a difficult job only selecting one image as both of the image sheets are full of sweet images. I have provided a supply list and brief instructions as to how I created this tussie mussie.
Gecko Galz Little Angels collage sheet.
TAP or similar
Vintage damask linen napkin, seam binding, trims, tassel beads, button and pearl embellishment (my stash)
Form napkin into tussie mussie, but do not stitch at this stage. Prepare image transfer onto the napkin prior to stitching. Also at this stage stitch any embellishments, add the tassel and stitch seam binding to form a handle. Once completed stitch the napkin to form a tussie mussie. Finally add a shabby bow.
I have two Featured Artist projects remaining which will be shared before the end of this month.
As I say, this is a scheduled post but I plan on spending time over the weekend to see what you have been busy creating.
Many Thanks, as always, for taking time to visit.
19 Dec 2012 29 Comments
As the days are passing too quickly I’ve realised I will need to double up what I share on a post as I still have many Christmas projects on file.
This scheduled post is DT for Oxford Impressions’ using various plates to create gift packaging for Christmas. I have provided a stamp supply list with links if you want to source directly from Oxford Impressions but you should find that many plates are now available from The Craft Barn and That’s Crafty.
Stamps Used For Both Projects
Giant Distressed Alphabet
Season of Giving
Well I am still finding a use for the wonderful Giant Distressed Alphabet set to once again create Christmas gift presentation. Previously when I have shared this stamp set I have used the letters from the set but this set is so well thought out that there are numbers included as well so obviously I had to use the 2 and the 5 for Christmas.Stamping the numbers with Brilliance ink provides a lovely shimmer and to add more, after stamping and cutting out the numbers I added glass glitter. A scrap of leftover fabric from a previous project (Home wall hanging) was tied into a bow and attached to the handle with the calendar from Winter Snow creating a stamped element. The second project is an altered matchbox with my favourite little people, I really love working with this stamp. The matchbox was painted with various paints to provide a shabby winter white appearance and then I set to work stamping the sheet music (from Season of Giving) randomly onto the box. Once stamped I then applied more paints to tone down the stamping. Isn’t it funny how so often to create an imperfect, distressed appearance it can be time consuming – fun but very time consuming!
It is such a little word but the word wish is such a lovely one to have included in a stamp set.
A little bird (Sleigh Bells) perches on layered flowers.Thank You for visiting this post.
I am aware I am taking longer to visit your posts at the moment but hope to be able to visit soon and view any new creations.
17 Dec 2012 34 Comments
Welcome to another scheduled post. This post is for Gecko Galz where LeeAnne invited me to be part of their 24 days of Tags
There is so much taking place over at Gecko Galz, special offers, etc, well worth a visit and you can also view the amazing festive tags created by the Gecko Galz DT.
For my tag I will start with the supplies used.
Gecko Galz Winter Wonderland collage sheet
Iron-on image transfer paper
Oxford Impressions – Season of Giving stamp plate
Shabby Tag (Crafty Individuals)
Cotton fabric, white velour ribbon, fabric flower and other embellishments, new and vintage lace, white gimp, snowflake charm, seam binding (all my own stash)
Stamp holly from Oxford Impressions’ Season of Giving plate onto the Shabby tag. Print Winter Wonderland image sheet onto iron-on image transfer paper following the instructions to transfer the required image(s) onto cotton fabric. Fray edges and layer to tag with a mix of new and vintage lace. Stamp Joyeux Noel onto velour ribbon and add to the tag along with trims, fabric flower, faux feather, charm, etc. Final addition is seam binding threaded through hole of the tag.WinterWonderland comes as two image sheets, this image is from the sheet numbered 1. I wanted to give a detail photograph so you can see the expression on her face, isn’t it so beautiful. Torn lace, gimp and guipure lace all frame the image. I hope all of you are nearing the completion of your creative Christmas preparations.
Thank You for taking the time out of your busy day to visit.
15 Dec 2012 26 Comments
This is another scheduled post, this time for Crafty Individuals.
I am sure that if you are a fan of Crafty Individuals then you will by now have read the news of their newest releases, Alice Palace for Crafty Individuals, stamps that are definitely on the quirky side of life.
Here are a few of the new stamps
and CI-376When I received the stamps I set about making some Christmas cards. You might not recognise them as my style yet there is the usual additions of mine:- Gesso, seam binding, lace and buttons. If you love to dabble in the brighter side of life whilst crafting then the new stamps will suit your style so well as the really do work fabulously well with brights however I have chosen more muted tones.
For the bulldog I cut out and layered the banner for dimension and stamped the hat from the puffin stamp (CI-376). The bulldog reminds me of people who dislike wearing paper party hats at Christmas!
On all three cards there’s plenty of sparkle with mica flakes, glass glitter, Stardust pen and also DeckoIce.Touches of colour added to the bulldog.The robin cardand finally the puffin card (CI-376). The banner from the bulldog stamp was added to this card.
You can see I make good use of the Crafty Individuals Shabby tags which I used on all three cards. The backgrounds have been stamped with a selection of sample stamps (the sample packs included with all on-line orders).A little close-up on the Puffin where you might catch the sparkle.Over at Jean’s Crafty Individuals’ blog she has been sharing an amazing array of creations using the new stamps, you will definitely be inspired.
Sunday sees me returning with a DT sample for Fashionable Stamping Challenge but in the meantime I will say Thank You for taking the time to visit this post as I can only imagine you are all incredibly busy with festive preparations.
13 Dec 2012 25 Comments
Thank You for taking the time to visit this scheduled post.
This is a DT post for The Stampsmith where I share more glass ornaments using the Christmas Greetings plate, this time it is the sentiment Joyeaux Noel.The ornaments are more sparkly than they actually appear to be in the photographs.
Some little changes to make a second ornament.Have your preparations centered around a Handmade Holiday? If so and if you have used at least one Stampsmith stamp then we welcome you to enter the December Stampsmith Challenge (link on sidebar).