“Happiness is catching snowflakes on your tongue” Charles M, Schulz
To begin this week I am sharing a trio of mittens which appear as an article in Stampington & Co’s A Somerset Holiday (inaugural issue was published October 1st). It is an annual publication, the previous annual Somerset Holidays & Celebrations had a make-over with this new title focusing solely on festive celebrations.
When I received the article request, I was also asked to provide a quote relating to the festive season.
“Happiness is catching snowflakes on your tongue” was the one I selected as the stencil on each mitten is That’s Crafty’s Dinky Stencil snowflake background. I could see a child wearing the mittens on a snowy day, catching snowflakes on their tongue. There was also a more personal reason and relates to why the article is titled “Nostalgic Mitten Ornaments”. I came up with this title not only because the colours of the mitten have an air of the nostalgic Christmas, the quote also relates to me. I was such a fan of the Peanuts characters (and continue to be), as created by Charles M. Schulz. Even though many of the references were alien to a child growing up in Scotland, somehow or other, those characters touched a chord in me.
When A Somerset Holiday arrived in the post and I turned to my article, I had a moment of what was obviously happiness but also a sense of overwhelmed. If someone had said to that wee shy girl with red hair and glasses, all those years ago that she would have an article in an American magazine where she quotes Charles M. Schulz, well maybe you can understand why the moment touched me the way it did!
Stamps:- Redlead Paperworks
Dinky Stencil – That’s Crafty
Annoyingly, I do not have dimensions for the mittens, they would sit nicely into my hand.
A Redlead label stamped onto calico.The lovely shimmer was achieved with iridescent paste with the Dinky Stencil.The two sizes of pompom trim was a bit of fun.I have quite a bit of “older stuff” (!) to be sharing, much of which has appeared in various Stampington titles. I also have a few new makes, some featuring the latest Character Constructions stamps.
Have a wonderful week and hope you are managing to tick off all those items on your Christmas To Do List!!!
05 Dec 2016 9 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Christmas, Christmas decoration, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, fabric, masks/stencils, mixed media, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, stamping onto fabric, Stampington & co
“Happiness is catching snowflakes on your tongue” Charles M, Schulz
04 Dec 2016 3 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: altered art, assemblage, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, fabric, Finnabair, HOCHANDA sample, masks/stencils, MDF, mixed media, paint, PaperArtsy, PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, Resin paper, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, stamping onto fabric, That's Crafty DT artwork
For my DT post over at That’s Crafty, today I am sharing a sample made for the recent That’s Crafty shows on HOCHANDA where the latest uprights were released (amongst other new items).
The significance of the individual elements are explained over at That’s Crafty along with instructions and supply list. I did manage toadd PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps and a Sandra Evertson Relic and Artifact along with various Dinky Stencils – lots of layers on this assemblage.
If you would like to take a closer look, then please visit HERE.
Many thanks for visiting.
30 Nov 2016 10 Comments
Some of you might have received the latest Crafty Individuals newsletter with news of their recent releases which, for a limited period, are on special introductory offer.
(Also, see below for the link to Jeans’ Giveaway)
With CI-462, Large Christmas Tree I made this rustic style card.You wouldn’t realise it but the book page has hints of Fresco Old Gold (along with Gesso). It is a subtle effect which is more prominent IRL.A simple, stippled background with snowflakes stamped (from CI-465)From an older Elements set, CI-447, I cut into one of the tag stamps, making use of only the word Peace.More scrappy layersAll of the stamps used on this card along with the new releases and old favourites, are available from Crafty Individuals website.
Visit Jean’s blog to learn of a Giveaway!
I hope you are all cracking on with your festive preparations. Shame on me, but this year I have also bought cards to send, knew it would be impossible to make all my cards. Still, I cannot believe it will be December any day now!
27 Nov 2016 6 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Christmas, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, home decor, masks/stencils, mixed media, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, That's Crafty Alterable Surface, That's Crafty clear stamps, That's Crafty DT artwork
Today, for That’s Crafty my project features one of That’s Crafty’s fabulous uprights.
You might have managed to tune in and watch the two That’s Crafty shows on HOCHANDA on Thursday where a whole host of uprights (along with other new items) were on display and of course, for sale. For my project this week, the upright I worked on is from the first release from a few weeks ago, the Dinky sized uprights. The uprights are perfect for those of us who have a wee obsession for Sandra Evertson’s Relics and Artifacts (also available from That’s Crafty).If you would like to read more, all details can be seen HERE.
Thank you so much for your visit.
23 Nov 2016 11 Comments
After my Spools of Positivity pendants were published in Somerset Life, I seemed to still have the urge to work with wooden craft spools expect this time the idea was for festive/winter ornaments. It’s funny that end results can be completely different yet one project can be a springboard for another. To have this collection also published in Somerset Life, well it sure does mean a great deal to me (understatement!)
Either gathered as a collection or displayed individually, they would catch the light from the winter sun, just as a snowflake does. The details are quite classic in style – pearl beads and crystals.To create variety I worked with different size and style of wooden craft spools. This ornament is so dinky in size it could easily be a pendant. Even with the chains to suspend them, they are light enough for a bundle of them to festoon a Christmas tree.Dresden Trim (Sandra Evertson) trims this ornament.A That’s Crafty snowflake, layeredto some pretty tulle which has a subtle shimmer to it.A simple presentation idea.Thank you so much for your visit to this blog post. I am still struggling to visit blogs but hope to stop by to say Hello to you soon.
21 Nov 2016 12 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: cards, Christmas, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, masks/stencils, Oxford Impressions, photo realistic, photo realistic stamps, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Stampington & co, That's Crafty DT artwork, The Stampers' Sampler
Sharing cards that appear in this issue of The Stampers’ Sampler
The cards are small in size, approx 3″x4.5″, the size dictated by the wee kraft envelopes.
Some links to the fabulous products I used on the cards:-
Redlead Paperworks stamps – Christmas stamps (She Loves Snowflakes and Winter Wishes stamps were available at the time of drafting this post and the sentiments labels are also available)
Oxford Impressions stamps Season of Giving stamp set (the boy and the two children)is available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty.
That’s Crafty Dinky Snowflake background stencil and Greyboard Snowflakes
The co-ordinating envelope is peeking at the background.It is only the past couple of years that I have felt comfortable in using red for festive creations. With the stamps I selected (above and below are Redlead), it brings a touch of nostalgia.
The two cards below are Oxford Impressions stamps, photo real stamps. The stamped image of the boy has been troubled with what obviously was sun reflecting off the glossy cardstock.
The snowflake Dinky Stencil is much loved by me, you just need to take one look at the stencil I own and it is evident how much I love it, it isn’t exactly box fresh! The greyboard snowflake is another favourite. I used them so often on festive/winter creations last year.Each card does have a pocket/envelope even though they do not appear in all the photos. They can be seen in The Stampers’ Sampler as they took the trouble to print them all.Thank you so much for your visit to this post, my first for this brand new week.
If you are preparing for the festivities, I hope your plans are going according to plan and it isn’t too stressful a time.
20 Nov 2016 8 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Christmas, Christmas decoration, gift ideas, home decor, paint, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, stamping onto fabric, That's Crafty DT artwork
Today, over at That’s Crafty, I am sharing an ornament featuring a Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts and also a stamp from one of the new That’s Crafty clear stamp sets. Paints are, of course, from PaperArtsy.If you are interested, all details can be viewed HERE.
Thank you for your visit.