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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Happy Christmas Everyone!!!

Good morning everyone and above all Happy Christmas!!! :-) I would just like to thank you all for all your support-my wonderful DT, supporters and friends-YOU make my crafting journey all the more rewarding and I am very blessed to have your support! :-)
I really hope you all have a wonderful christmas and new year! :-)
I chose this card as my christmas posting-using one of my favourite LOTV images :-) I coloured this with Promarkers and Copics, then glittered. I used Bo Bunny papers and Papermania glittered cardstock as my mats. I used Capsule collection polka dot buttons to decorate and used a Crafty Ribbons ribbon as my sentiment.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Gemstone and Pearl Bracelet

Hey everyone, hope you are well :-) I have been making some of my gifts this year as always and decided to make a semi precious bracelet for someone special. I used Ametrine, Amethyst, and Labradorite with glass pearls and spacers. I also used a magnet clasp. The Labradorite is much prettier in reality-it shines blue and green in the light.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Winter Warmer Christmas Card

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a card using up some of my favourite papers from christmas past-Bo Bunny Snowfall papers. I coloured my Elisabeth Bell image with Promarkers and Copics. I placed the die cut image on glittered paper and backed this panel with glitter cardstock. I used Coredinations gemstones cardstock for my border mat, and decorated this with buttons. I used a Crafty Ribbons ribbon for my sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes
Come and Get it Challenges: Christmas
Glitter n Sparkle: Non Traditional Christmas colours
My Besties Norge: Christmas without Red or New Year without Blue
That Craft Place: Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox: Christmas or Hanukkah
Allsorts: Brown with Blue, Aqua and Turquoise

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments :-)

Crafty Ribbons Advent Event Day 23

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with another christmas gift idea for our Crafty Advent event at Crafty Ribbons. I bought some plain white flannels and machine sewed on Crafty Ribbons Christmas ribbons to create some pretty christmas themed flannels :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenge:

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments :-)


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Waiting for Christmas Card

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a christmas card using one of my favourite LOTV images. I coloured this with Promarkers and Copics, then glittered the image. I used Papermania papers, metal star embellishments and my sentiment is on the ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Wags 'n' Whiskers: Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge: Anything Goes
Jellypark Challenge: Christmas
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges: Happy Holidays
Brown Sugar Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge: Last Minute Christmas card
CMC Challenge: Holiday
Happy Campers Challenge: Christmas
Aud Sentiments Challenge: Christmas

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Crafty Ribbons Advent Event Day 21

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with some little gifts I have made for our Christmas advent event at Crafty Ribbons today. These are little lavender pouches made with capsule collection fabric and felt on the reverse from Papermania, and Christmas ribbons from Crafty Ribbons. I cut the front panel of fabric first and machine sewed on the ribbons-you have to go slow doing this as you cant pin the ribbons, so have to feed the fabric and ribbon through the machine slowly. Next I placed the fabric panel against the felt right sides together and sewed all round, just leaving a slight gap to pull the right way out and then fill up with the lavender. Lastly sew up your little gap for the lavender once its full enough for you. They make lovely inexpensive gifts :-)

I would like to enter these into the following challenges:

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments :-)


Friday, 20 December 2013

Hot Chocolate Christmas Card

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a christmas card using one of my favourite images with my favourite papers left over from last years christmas crafting stash. I coloured the Elisabeth Bell image using Promarkers and Copics, then used Bo Bunny Snowfall papers which match the image really well, coredinations gemstones cardstock, buttons and flower made using the Making Memory embellishment set and for my sentiment I used Crafty Ribbons Christmas ribbons.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Romance: Sparkle at Christmas
Alphabet Challenge: W is for anything you wish
Chocolate Coffee and Cards: Happy Holidays
Crafts 4 Eternity: Anything Goes
Crafty Hands: Seasons Greetings/Winter
Just add ink: Add a Christmas project

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments :-)

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Crafty Ribbons Advent Event Day 19

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) 
I am here with a card for our Crafty Advent event at Crafty Ribbons. For this card I used some gorgeous christmas papers from papermania I got in the sale, a Penny Black image coloured with Promarkers and glittered for the snow, Christmas ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and gems.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments :-)

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Upcycling Lightbulbs for Christmas!

Good afternoon everyone-as you know I am a huge fan of upcycling and I was told about an upcycling competition that was a little bit different from what I had tried before so I thought I would give it a go-got to love a challenge! 
I have tried to do you a step by step for inspiration-I didnt want to get paint on my lovely camera so I did my best taking step by step pics-dont worry it will all be clearly explained!
As you can see in my first photo I took two old lightbulbs and cleaned them with a bit of kitchen towel and then got out the gesso to make a good base for the acrylic paint I wanted to use-the glass will obviously struggle to take the paint otherwise due to the shiny texture. Gesso creates a lovely matt starting point and is easy to paint on glass. Before you paint you need to wear an apron (yes I learnt that lesson to my detriment with a nice acrylic paint decoration of my favourite jumper oops!) and find a surface to hold your bulb while it dries so I used my old glass tea coaster. Any flat surface that is out of harms way is fine. You only need one coat of gesso, and hold the bulb by the bottom as you paint then carefully place it on your drying surface. Leave to dry for an hour or so. 
Choose your acrylic paint and I used quite a large, flat brush as you can see. I chose metallic effect acrylic paints as this gives more of a glamorous christmas look! Yet again hold the bulb by the bottom and eave your bulb to dry in the same manner as before for at least half an hour/hour for each coat. I would paint another coat when I could see the paint had dried enough to not be sticky. It took me four coats to cover the bulb, then I left to really dry safely overnight somewhere safe where it wouldnt get knocked over!
I chose to decorate my baubles with gems, dew drops, pearls, die cut glitter borders and snowflakes, and glitter ribbon to match the die cuts. I used Quick dry glue to attach the die cuts as this means when you press your snowflakes or decorations to the curve of the bulb you dont have to sit there for hours trying to hold it down to stick! I used adhesive gems and pearls to make life easier and once I had placed my snowflakes I randomly attached these as I liked. On the top of the bulb I ran double sided tape around it, then cut a length of ribbon and stuck this to create a hanging piece to the double sided tape. I then disguised the top with a length of filigree die cut and placed gems around the bits that were left visible.

And the finished baubles-I really hope you think it was worth the effort-they are now sitting on my christmas tree sparkling in the light! :-)

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments! :-)


Have a Yummy Christmas!

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with another christmas card. For this card I used one of my favourite winter images by Elisabeth Bell which I coloured with Promarkers and Copics, then glittered to go with the leftover Bo Bunny Snowfall papers I had in my stash from last year. I used Papermania glitter card as my mats, and Crafty Ribbons ribbon for my sentiment. I decorated with a flower I made from a Making memories embellishment set and Papermania capsule collection polka dot button.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Use It Tuesdays: Winter and Holidays
Bearly Mine Designs: Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: Christmas
Loves Rubber stamps: Anything Goes
Oldie but a Goodie: Winter
Papertake Weekly: Christmas
Promarker Challenge: Mega Christmas
Ribbon Carousel: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Nativity Angel and Shepherd Christmas Card

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) Heres a christmas card using a LOTV image coloured wih promarkers and copics to match the Bo Bunny papers I used, and glittered. I decorated with Papermania glitter cardstock and Crafty Ribbons christmas ribbon as my sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown: What Christmas means to you
A Creative Romance: Sparkle at Christmas
Craftitude Challenge: Anything Goes/Christmas Sparkle
Sister Act Card Challenges: Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge: Whatever is urgent to make
Sweet Stampin': Last Minute Christmas
Bunny Zoes: Wings
Vintage Stamping Challenges: Cold and Frosty Challenges

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Matching Polka Dot Oilcloth Vanity set

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well. You may have seen my first oilcloth project last week-I then decided to create a set with a large vanity bag and then the little pouch holds a nail set with clippers, tweezers etc :-) A present I hope my friend will enjoy :-)
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion: Christmas ABC Anything But a Card
Love to Create Challenge: Anything Goes
My Craft Creations: Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes
Opus Gluei: Circles everywhere
Corrosive Challenges: Anything Goes
Miriams Crafting Challenge: Gifts
Pinspirational Challenges: Photo Inspiration
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Snowflake Heart Tilda Christmas card

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with yet another christmas card-oh dont we get sick of them by the end of december when the deadline approaches?! ;-) I bought these papermania papers in the sale a few months ago and I really like them :-) I coloured my Tilda with Promarkers and Copics, then decorated with glitter. I used trails of pearls, a snowflake and ribbons from Crafty Ribbons as my sentiment.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Monday, 16 December 2013

LOTV Shepherd and Angel Scene Card

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a card using one of my favourite christmas images by LOTV. I coloured this with Promarkers and Copics, then glittered. I then used Bo Bunny papers and Papermania glitter cardstock for matting. My sentiment is a ribbon by Crafty Ribbons.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create:Anything Goes
Great Impressions Challenge: Sparkle
Sentimental Sundays: Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Pumpkin Spice: Ribbons or Bows
Sweet Stampin': Last Minute Christmas
Wordplay Saturday: Angel/Fairy
A Creative Romance:Sparkle at Christmas
Brown Sugar: Christmas
Card Makin Mamas: Christmas

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Crafty Ribbons Advent Event Day 16

Good morning everyone-hope you are well! I am here with a card for our Crafty Advent event at Crafty Ribbons. For this card I used a Penny Black image coloured with Promarkers which I also glittered for the ice and snow. I then used Bo Bunny papers, Christmas ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and embellished with little pearl hearts and gem stars.

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Handmade Butterfly Journal with Brown envelope base

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I have been working on this project for a little while-a journal to collect the photos of butterflies I took this year to look at when I need a lift! It was really lovely to create and I really love how it came out :-)
It was made with Brown paper envelopes from poundland, Patio Party papers from Stampin' Up, Matching ribbons, Stampin' Up inks and cardstock which match with the Patio Party set, gems, die cutters and assorted stamp sets. 
I created each page inside with at least three envelopes for pockets, the base and for the panel for binding. On each journalling panel I had photos of butterflies and on the reverse an explanation of which species, where they were photographed and any other information I wanted to share.
Only one pocket in my first page, to hold a panel explaining the story behind the journal
This page has two pockets, and two pull out journalling panels with photos of butterflies, decorated with Papermania capsule collection bow, and a wooden heart. The sentiment is a clear stamp by TPC studios.
This page has three pockets with journalling panels with photos of butterflies stored in each. The stamps are Stampin' Up butterflies and the sentiment from Sarah Hurley's butterflies clear stamp set. 
This page has two pockets with a large removable pocket which holds the journalling panel. The sentiment is by TPC studios. I decorated the removable pocket with stamped butterflies and polka dot ribbon. The bottom pocket I decorated with pearls.
This page has two pockets, and three journalling pages-two of which were on tags decorated with polka dot ribbon.
This page has two pockets and two journalling panels decorated with stamped butterflies, and a sentiment from Sarah Hurley's butterflies clear stamp set.
This page has two pockets with two journalling panels. The sentiment is also from Sarah Hurley's butterflies stamp set.
This page has two pockets and two journalling panels. I decorated with a die cut panel with a stamped butterfly on. The little butterfly on the top journalling panel is a stampin up butterfly cut with the matching butterfly punch.
The back page of the journal. I punched the side panels of each page and threaded with a ribbon from Crafty Ribbons to bind the journal together. This page is decorated with stamped butterflies and gems in flying trails.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Crafty Ribbons Day 12 Advent Event


Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my first project for our 'Crafty Advent' event at Crafty Ribbons on our Inspiration blog where each day we share inspiration projects using our ribbons and offer prizes from some great sponsors! Today our sponsor is Crafty ribbons so a perfect chance to win some fabulous ribbons to play with! :-)
I bought a plain wicker heart a while ago and I was waiting to come up with a project to alter it for. I thought it would make a pretty christmas decoration. I sprayed all over first with irridescent glitter spray varnish by Crafters companion. I then decorated with gorgeous crafty ribbons christmas ribbon and jam pot ribbons. Lastly I made pretty snowflake decorations with die cut felt using a spellbinders die set. Be warned this is a really tedious job trying to remove felt from such delicate die cutters! ;-) I finished the centre of my snowflakes using polka dot buttons from papermanias festive collection.

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Green and Rose Polka Dot Oilcloth Vanity Bag


Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well :-) Here I am with a project I am very proud of. As many of you who follow my blog will know my challenge to myself this year was to teach myself how to machine sew-I had a teacher at school who was a dragon and very much frightened me off sewing for many years but after falling in love with craft I thought this was sad and that I should at least try again! So here is my first ever project with a zip and first ever oilcloth project. I bought some oilcloth remnants online which gave me a lot of small pieces of fabric in lots of random designs to play with-perfect when you only plan little projects with oilcloth and makes it much cheaper!  I researched online the best tips for sewing oilcloth fabric and discovered I needed leather needles and a teflon foot for my machine so I invested in these too.
I cut two rectangles using this gorgeous green rose oilcloth and chose a zip which was a complimenting colour. I then machine sewed the zip on to each panel using a zip foot on my machine. Next I opened the zip half way so I could turn it out the right way when I finished sewing the panels together all the way. I sewed the three sides of the panels left with right sides together. I then turned it out and was left with a pretty little vanity bag :-) Cheap and relatively easy to make but are lovely gifts to give-exactly what we need this time of year!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Sarah Hurley Challenges-Create your own background!

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my card for our 'Create your own background' challenge at Sarah Hurley challenges this time. I made a CAS card using Sarah's butterfly stamps which I adore (of course, butterflies...!), two colours of ink by stampin' up and coredinations cardstock. I made my background panel first by stamping randomly with butterfly stamps in each colour. I  then mounted this on to a panel of blue cardstock. I then created my sentiment panel by stamping the sentiment and decorating this with stamped butterflies to tie in to the rest of the card.
I made this for one of my followers I have had the pleasure of meeting by email who is having a hard time at the moment, I really hope it brightens her day :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Paper Creators Crafts: Shaped Cards
Loves Rubberstamps: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything except Christmas
Flutter By Wednesday: Any Winged Creature
Simon Says: Make your own Background
The Stamping Chef: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: Anything Goes
Allsorts: Anything but Christmas

Thank you for visiting and for all your lovely comments :-)

Monday, 2 December 2013

All Crafts Challenge December/January!

Good evening everyone, hope you are well! Sorry this is a little later than usual, I have been really poorly so my brain is like swiss cheese! ;-)
Wow can I say how grateful and what a honour it is to have had 273 entries to our last challenge, and with such a wealth of talent! My team and I really enjoy visiting your gorgeous blogs and seeing the amazing creations youve been making! :-)
First of all our winners and top three:
Winners as chosen by random.org:
Bugaboo images: 52.Jen
Sassy Studios: 241: Frea
Letraset: 33. Julie Temple

and our top three of the challenge follow:

Our challenge as always this time is Anything goes...BUT NO CARDS! So we want to see a showcase of all the wonderful projects you make which dont fit into the traditional card challenges in blogland. We want to see anything-jewellery, papercraft, altered items, knitting-the list is endless! If its creative then its welcome here :-) It may be an opportunity to use some of your existing stash in a really different way! :-)
As always our challenge runs over two months to give you plenty of time to create! All we ask is for you to enter is follow the blog, and link your project with mr linky. We would really love if you could display the All Crafts Challenge badge on your blog to spread the word about our challenge :-)
Our sponsors this time are:


My team have some wonderful samples for you as always, please pop by and let them know what you think!
Judith


Me!



For this project I found a display box which I altered with acrylic paints which I used as a stain by painting lightly in layers using a sponge. I then stamped butterflies and related sentiments using stazon and lastly painted decorations with gold acrylic paint.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

I cant wait to see what you all create for this challenge and thank you for getting involved, as always I encourage you to pop by the other entrants for inspiration and to make some new crafty friends :-)
Remember NON CARD creations only please. We are also looking for new DT members (all the details on the post here
Also if you would like to be a guest designer please write GDT after your name,  thank you! :-)



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