Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Holly Garland

Still posting the last of my 12x12 Christmas pages, here is one about a garland I made from felt, buttons and cotton.

I used more leftover stash from my Christmas journal from the past two years, Shimelle's Christmas Magic and Basic Grey 25th and Pine.

Only one festive more page to post this year!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Red Velvet

My husband and I both wore red velvet on New Year's Eve; not by design, but a pure fluke.

 The heart and cross hatch papers are from the Shimelle Go Now Go range, the houses are from Christmas Magic also by Shimelle,

 I had been waiting ages to use them. Banner is Basic Grey 25th and Pine, stars by Ali Edwards stickers by Simple Stories and Crate Snow nd Cocoa.

For such a mix of stash, I was happy how it turned out.

Monday, 20 February 2017

The Perfect Gift

For Christmas, Hannah bought her brother a lovely tweed waistcoat, he was delighted with it and chose to wear it on New Year's Eve.  Imagine how annoyed he was to see his Dad wearing a waistcoat on the same night too.  Difference being that Kev had owned his waistcoat for years,

Harry hadn't seen him in it as recent weight loss meant that Kev only just fit into it.

 The page was made using a floral kraft cardstock, Papers are Basic Grey 25th and Pine, Simple Stories and some from the 2016 Shimelle Christmas kit.

I cut part of the title using a new set of script dies by Xcut; they are fabulous as they can be joined together to make the letters look like a joined word. I added Glossy Accents to them for a finishing touch.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Stamping over Pigment Ink.

Half term is here, looking forward to some crafting time.
I still enjoy using Kraft cardstock, but colouring stamped images on Kraft can lead to a muddy looking outcome. A while back, I saw a video on YouTube which showed how to use pigment inks and a MISTI to solve this problem. So, I broke out lots of my old stamps and some pigment ink refills Anna Griffin) to make a range of cards.

I started on Kraft using Tim Holtz blueprint stamps.  I liked the telephones from the vintage set as I thought they could have a range of uses, so began with these stamps.

Then I made a few baby cards using this teddy stamp.

Next, I found a periodic table stamp. Being an ex chemistry teacher I bought it at a craft show ages ago. Sorting my stash back in December reminded me I had it!

As the chemistry stamp had tiny detail, it was difficult to stamp onto Kraft as it tended to bleed. Because of this, I decided to try stamping in this way onto Neenah card, lovely for clean images where the ink stays put.  They make lovely card fronts with a whole range of sentiments.
A good afternoon's crafting to fill up my card box.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Christmas Pudding

The bull statue outside the Bullring shopping has been dressed in variety of jumpers over the years, from elf to reindeer.  This year, he was clothed in a christmas pudding outfit!  I managed to grab a shot of him on the day Hannah and I went to the ballet back in December.

I searched through my stash for this page, making use of Graphic 45 papers.  Most of the layout uses Time to Flourish (the December papers), along with a few pieces cut from the Cityscapes pad.  I know the image is of San Francisco, but I did like it on the layout, along with the little touch of blue/grey it adds.

The title letter are part cut from the papers, part Thickers; I went around them in white pen to help them stand out from the background.

All of the other embellishments are cut from the papers.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A Valentine Card

My husband and I met at University studying for biology degrees 30 years ago this year.
For his Valentine card I decided to go with a scientific theme.

The heart and black glitter mat were cut using Sizzix dies, I had stamped onto the cardstock before cutting using a science set by My Favourite Things in Schoolhouse Red ink by Simon Says Stamp.

The banner was also cut using a stitched die by Simon Says Stamp, I added a glitter sentiment (part of a set I'd picked up at Hobbycraft) and a white heat embossed sentiment from he stamp set.
Hope he likes it!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Making Wreaths

Two weeks before Christmas last year, I went to a floristry class in Birmingham to learn how to make a Christmas wreath from scratch.

 We started with a copper wreath, wire and moss, and had to make the base for attaching the greenery.

 We then wired each branch of conifers and skimmia, then holly (ouch) and other embellishments (orange slices, dried lily seeds, cinnamon sticks and a gold bow) all individually wired and attached to the ring.  Finally, we used plastic pleated at the back of the wreath to keep the foliage from drying out too much.  It was hard to make, but I was so proud of the outcome!

The paper are mainly Simple Stories along with cut out embellishments.  I used a door (with wreath) to hide the journalling, scored with an added brad for a handle.

title is made partly with Thickers left over from my Christmas journal, and partly brush scripted by me.
Will I make another one next year?  Well, I have kept my wreath moss ring and many of the embellishments, so never say never!