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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ornament making for Christmas

Crafting with Dragonflies has a new challenge for the next two weeks

Challenge # 16: Christmas Ornament ( to hang on the tree or wall)

This is a 3D project, and one that should use a Christmas image of some kind.  Cards are not accepted for this one unless the ornament is attached to a card or turns into an ornament. 

We are sponsored for this by
Bugaboo - 7 Digis of winner's choice

Bugaboo also supplied us with some images - and I used one called SFWreath

I coloured her with Copics after printing her off twice onto XPress Blending card. Once both were coloured up, I fussy cut them out and attached them to a scallop circle die cut form white card. This is sitting on top of a die cut star - Spellbinders Shapeabilities Moroccan Motifs - cut from SU Poppy Parade. This is in turn attached to another larger  scallop circle die cut from the white card again. Oh, and I added some Stickles to make them sparkle. 

Between the two I attached a ribbon carrier, glued down with Prit so it will stay tight. I covered up the centre of this with some ribbon, and attached a ribbon loop to hand the ornament. From the bottom of the whole, I attached with gold thread two earings (old Christmas ones) with two gold beads between them to hold them slightly apart. Because they would not stop swinging, I could not photograph them properly!

You can see them best here

Another look at the layers of circles

Hanging outside but the flowers in he hanging basket next door intruded on the edge of the photo....

Another view

It tends to turn a bit in the breeze

Inside, hanging off a painting board on the easel. Ribbon was parcel wrapping ribbon - too nice to throw away. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Scrap Creations: make it sparkle - yep, it does!
Party Time Tuesday: Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door: Anything Goes

Monday, November 25, 2013

Late Inspiration for Unstampabelles Challenge

Merry and the team are still taking entries in our current challenge at Unstampabelles - which is to use vellum - and I was late getting a mid month card up for the team - to be honest, I was too knee deep in Christmas cards to even think of it until it was too late; I kept thinking I had a few more days but somehow that day between Saturday and Sunday skipped past and it was too late!

So, I think I will use this card as a final flurry inspiration - see, it took me about an hour, starting from scratch and no experience! A poking tool, an image, some vellum and an embossing tool (or empty biro) and Bob's your proverbial uncle - if you had an uncle called Bob!

I had a go at Pergamano  - I had a kit purchased from Regal Press in Launceston and had it for a while without touching it. Found it while looking for something else - doesn't that tell a story - and decided to make a Christmas card to amuse myself  - I used the chalk to colour initially but decided I wanted more colour and used my SU pens - Pool Party and Pink Passion, with a bit of Summer Sun. Working from the back, I added them to the image and it is a lovely subtle look.  The vellum is quite think of course. 

The sentiment is a rub-on and the ribbon a bit of SU Pool Party seam binding. 

I am not very clever using the tool that cuts the image out of the vellum and didn't want to tear it so decided to let it stay as it was - I would need to practice perforations (sounds rude really). It has a lovely raised edge effect now. 

The vellum is folded and wrapped around the base card and attached with a strip if two-sided tape hidden by the ribbon. A delicate card. 

If I can do it - you can do much better! Have a go - there is still time!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Amusing Challenges: Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes
Pile it On: Non traditional Christmas

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Squirrel and the Fox - first post for me as DT member

I think I am more like a Squirrel (especially with stash) than a Fox (LOL)!

However, I am a new member of the team at The Squirrel and the Fox. You should go over and have a look at the work they are doing. It's amazing. Leave them some love too.

My first challenge  #57 -Violet

 is to support Mag's B's (member of DT team) daughter who is fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma 

so we have an extra prize donated by Mags B and her daughter

BUT the sponsor for this one is 

who will supply two prizes for this challenge: 
One for the winner and and we will do a separate draw for those using a MIC image.

Both prizes are a AU$15 voucher to spend in the online store.

Make it Crafty

WOW - great prizes!

My project does not use a sponsor image - I came on board a little too late to get one - but I have made a violet themed card. 

This is an image (digital) from Sweet and Sassy (I confess, I decided to go and buy an image from the sponsor but then got a bit confused and by the time I realised what I had done - used an image from the wrong sponsor - it was too late!  Hopefully this will not be too much of a problem!).  It was printed off onto XPress Blending card, coloured up with Copics, with added Stickles for some sparkle.

The sentiment is from and SU set called More Merry Messages.  It is stamped in SU Perfect Plum ink.

The image and the sentiment are on the same sheet, and it has been smooched around with some TH Wild Honey ink, and then mounted onto SU card - Wisteria and Perfect Plum. The ribbon is from the stash and unknown.

The background papers were from a freebie - and caused me no end of strife as they are thinner and so caught on the two-sided tape and tore. I ended up with what I have and nothing else. A bit of white pen to make some false stitching covered up one bo-bo!

Three bits of bling also added for some sparkle and balance. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How OTT can I go?

Apparently quite far.

The latest challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is to use a stick pin.  

This challenge is being sponsored by Crafts and Me, and they gave us three images to use. I chose mine because I wanted to make it unusually Christmassy and I was (sort of) CASing a card I had seen on LOTV. However mine turned out nothing like that one, and so it is just inspired by it!

(Heads Up - Crafts and Me are having a massive clearance sale at this moment)

Before I show you my addition to the challenge, I just want to let you know about one of my doors - this one is called the Squirrel and the Fox and yes, I am on the DT team. Exciting! I cannot wait to get my first post up for them but at the moment they are having a challenge about animal antics and it finishes pretty soon, so if you want to have a go - GO. Now, back to the challenge at CWD!

I decided to colour my image with Copics and then used the Stickles heavily. This was of course after I printed off the digi onto XPress Blending card, and cut out the image after it was coloured up. 

I am not aware of the name of this angel, but I am sure if you copy this image and paste it in an email to them they could find her.  Love her eyelashes - she came with them!

The Noel sentiment is one of LOTV's Grungy Christmas ones from last year. 

Here are my two stick pins that I made by adding the glass beads to the pearl stick pins. I got the bits from Bizzy Becs. They are spotted with gold spray which is at the end of its time and has gone all gluggy on me despite the good shaking I gave it to make it mist. It rained instead. The background is firstly some white DP with embossed music on it with white. This came as a large sheet of 12 x 12 from Hot of the Press.  Then the pink card has been put through an embossing folder from Craft Concepts, and then sanded lightly, and mounted onto some SU Red Rose

You can see the Stickles here

While the angel looks as if she is mounted on white card here, it is in fact gold mirror card from SU. The card is a black commercial blank from Regal Press. I have no idea where the flowers come from - they were just in my stash. I added some gold flower centers from Bizzy Becs too.  The pink ribbon is also from the stash - unknown. The leaves also. The gold ribbon behind the image (and under a snippet of lace) is a Touch of Class parcel wrapping ribbon. 

I just kept layering until it looked about right. It was pulled apart several times. It had to compete with that image. 

More shimmer

It glitters and glimmers and shine in real life

Why not go over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what my team mats have come up with - amazing stuff! You will be thoroughly inspired. Also, Hilde has a little freebie available for you. 

Then it will be your turn to make something that uses a stick pin and if you want to, go over the top!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
365 Cards: Raise at least four things from base of card - flowers; sentiment, image and leaves
Bearly-Mine Challenges: Christmas in Pink
Crafty Hazels Christmas Extra: anything Christmas (I was asked to enter this)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Last Post for the Lollipop Ladies

Hi Peeps!

Some sad news - I have come to the end of my term with the Lollipop Ladies and have only this one last post for them.  However, you know that saying about doors - one closes and another opens?  Well, there is one open door (more about that later - I am very excited about it) and one partly open door in front of me and I have some thinking to do........those of you who know me will know that is not my forte! However, picture me hunkered down - thinking!

On with the post ....................the theme for the Lollipop Ladies this fortnight is 

Farewell Cake

with the additional challenge of  Sentiments

Guest DT spots are able to be won each fortnight
The sponsor this fortnight is: Annabelle Stamps *

$10 Voucher (thanks to Andrea).

Now, I haven't seen too many of these around although I had a retirement cake made for me when I retired by my friends - it was a blackboard and chalk shaped cake 

 Here is the card

I used SU card and DP and some bling and a charm.  The ink is also SU Pool Party.  The black card is a commercial blank. The edges of the Whisper White and the other colours - Pool Party and Pacific Blue are roughed up.  I used the big background stamp SU Wonderfully Worn and put the card on top of the stamp after I inked it, and used the roller to press the card into the ink but the card shifted - oh no! However, I liked the effect so used it anyway!

The sentiment is from LOTV Set 64.

The little charm is attached with a yellow thingy and red paper twine.  The flags are from scarps of SU Poppy Parade and so DP that came with the SU This and That book. 

I added the bling to balance the red. 

So, what are you going to make?  Why not pop over to the Lollipop Ladies (pop over, get it???) and investigate the other cards and things made by the rest of the team and then have a go yourself!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Girls Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafting by Design: Anything Goes with Smeared Ink - I smeared my background when I was inking it!
Creative Craft Challenge: Words

Monday, November 4, 2013

Using Vellum

It is time for the Unstampabelles to shine this month, 
and the challenge is to use Vellum on your project somewhere. 

The sponsor for this challenge is Huggies Craft - thanks Beth! 


Prize pack from Huggies Crafts
 consists of:
·         15 x A4 Sheets of card-stock
·         Jenni B Ovals
·         2 pkts of 12 Felt Christmas Icons
·         1 x Making Memories Sheer Frame
·         1 x 1mx9cm Wide Burlap Ribbon
·         1 pkt crafty bitz
·         1 pk Forever Friends Elements
·          2 Pks say it with Crystals

·         1 Pk Bazzil Basic Organza flowers.

I have used vellum on my card by trying to capture a quote on vellum from a booklet I purchased in Joannes (Denver) seven years ago, behind a die cut frame. 

I also die cut some flowers and after trying to shape them I scrunched them up and put a pearl pin in the centre, and swiped some SU Melon Mambo ink around the edges. The vellum used in these is from scraps I had in my vellum supply.

I used a sheet of Firefly (Prima) paper and inked the edges with SU Melon Mambo, and then wrapped it in a strip of lace. This was then placed onto a commercial blank card of cream pearl. I die cut a frame (Spellbinders) and backed it with SU MM card, and then die cut another one and tried to adhere this to the top of the vellum quote. I used glue and unfortunately while manipulating it I creased it too - bummer! 

I added some various flowers from my stash to the bunch, and a piece of scrap pink ribbon. 

I finished by spraying it with gold spray but as it was overcast outside it did not show that well; I have taken the last photo under the light on my desk so the colours are different but you can see that golden glitter. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Crafting When We Can: Make your own flowers
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes plus comment