Monday, 26 December 2016

Christmas candy

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Live in the Sunshine

Today sees the start of a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this month our theme is 'Anything Goes', a nice and easy one over the holiday period when so many of us are busy. As always there is a generous prize of a $20 shopping voucher from FlonzCraft.

I found this heart having a clear out of my overflow craft room........aka one of the spare decided to have a play with my new Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Polishes, apparently you can add them direct to wood without a base coat but I had already given the heart a coat of gesso and it blended fine. I used Fern, Aqua, Purple and Gold. 

The polish dries almost instantly so next I stenciled the same polishes over the base and...........this is the really good but about the can stamp with it was well so I stamped around the edges with a really old Inkadinkadoo stamp. Next stamped the Heartfelt flowers onto a piece of card coloured with the same polishes, cut them out with the matching die and layered up. The sentiment is from Inkylicious, masking each section of the stamp to get three individual pieces, the wording is too close together to just stamp and cut but it is easy enough to do this way. Finally some lace and pearls and finito.

I do hope you will come and join in our challenge.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Christmas lights, fairies are out to play and a puzzle

Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Helene would like to see Christmas Lights, we have some lovely Christmas dies to be won this week.

Further down you will also find my share for the current Butterfly Challenge, however as it's December and the Butterflies are all in their chrysalis stage, this month is all about Fairies and those magical beings. Also a share of a few of the pieces I made for yesterdays Tattered Lace Pick of the Day on Create and Craft TV.

Now I know you saw one of this a few weeks ago, but in my defense it was a different colour, in fact I made several of these in various colours for our children, I thought they would make a nice change to a Christmas card.

The base is a rattan circle from Hobbycraft and the Heartfelt Creation Poinsettias stamped onto card coloured with Dylsions, heat embossed with detail gold powder and then cut  using the coordinating die before layering up. The sentiment is Penny Black again stamped and embossed onto the same sprayed cardstock. When the Pinflair was set I entwined a string of TL Bright Heart LED craft lights and some strings of Anna Marie pearls and ribbon bow.

For my Butterfly Challenge card I have gone all Lavinia with a Fairy and Unicorn, both stamped in black archival onto a sky created with Brushos and the bottom area coloured with Pan Pastels. Some toadstools, Poppies and branches which are also all from Lavinia. Glitter on the Fairies wings and Poppies and magic dust added with Stickles.

And the Tattered Lace shares, to be honest when the dies first arrived I was a bit unsure about them, but the artwork soon changed my mind as some of the images are absolutely beautiful.

Happy weekend all, I do hope you will join in our Allsorts challenge this week and a heads up that next week we have a rather special prize for our Christmas challenge.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A touch of Art Deco

Morning Peeps, a really quick post with a few Tattered Lace shares of the new Art Deco dies which you will catch on Create and Craft TV today at 11am and 5pm. Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed working with this release, especially the lovely Art Deco ladies, always think it was such an elegant era.........providing of course you had an hour glass figure.

While I'm here I would like to welcome my new followers, thank you so much for joining my crafty pursuits. 

I would also like to hop over to the Snippets Playground.........well hobble would be a better description.......but can't miss out on Parsnips Christmas end of term bash this week, mulled wine and mince pies for all. The G45 paper on the top card is actually gutted in the middle as I cut out the focal elements from there..........I won't say her clothes as I believe the piece of cloth is all that is protecting her modesty. So I covered the hole with a piece of embossed card which is unusually frugal for me I have to say. 

And a heads up that there is another new TL release later this week and it's also rather lovely.

Many thanks for popping in today.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

All rather floral

It's time for our challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes 'Floral Fancies' and 'Black and White plus One'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both.

My Penny Black share uses PB Blush stamp and the matching die called Bashful as well as another PB background script stamp and sentiment. I started with a piece of black pre gesso coated linen fabric, sanded it down to bring down the colour a little, then randomly white embossed the script and rubbed gold gilding polish around the edges. Next I stamped the flowers on bacl card, cut them out and coloured with the same gilding polish. The same polish was added to the TL leaves, flowers and little cameo.

I recently acquired some Stamps by Me stamps, I love Toni's approach to her designs, all so elegantly crafted and once stamped they need very little more adding. I used two coloures of distress inks and black for the outlines and sentiment, flicked some od the same watered down colours and mattered up using TL pin dot frames.

Please do pop over the the challenge blogs to see all the inspiration from my team mates and of course the super prizes on offer.

And in case you missed my post yesterday about Swedish House Crafts, you can get a 10% discount off your order using this code: FROMSANTABRENDA. 

Saturday, 3 December 2016

CAS at Allsorts

This is what the professional photographer who took this rather good photo said in his piece: "A special team vest, a well chosen spot with a view of the Eiffel tower, and a runner towards the front of the 30, 000 pack. If only it was always this easy to spot them!"

Before I go on to this weeks Allsorts challenge I wanted to share the above photo of one of our son's Alex running the Paris Marathon, it was a while ago but I only just received this photo and it's such a good one I wanted to share. He runs a sub three (under three hours) which gives him automatic entry to London and elite position start. We were there with him in Paris and the whole event had a really laid back feel to it and Alex being sponsored by Asics gave us entry to their hospitality enclosure right on the finish line.

OK, now on to our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Annie has chosen the theme of  'CAS'. Our sponsor this week is Digistamp Boutique and Tattered Lace, so twice the reason to join in.

Further down I also have a couple of shares using stamps from a new UK based on line craft store Swedish House Crafts can get a 10% discount off your order using this code: FROMSANTABRENDA. Further down you will also find my entry to this weeks Snippets Playground, I'm mighty late to the party this week but should sneak in before the gates close.

I have used a new image from Stamps by Me, it's called simply Daisy. It's one of Toni's lamination stamps with a silhouette and an outline stamp, I used an Adirondack dye ink for the silhouette element and a slightly darker one for the outline and sentiment which is from Inkylicous. The great thing about the lamination sets is that you can't go wrong as the whole idea is to give a very random finish. Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see all the inspiration on offer from my team mates.

Now for the cards using the stamps from Swedish House Crafts, the background of the above card was created with gesso, distress crayons and lots of water. I then stamped the Butterfly stamp.....a lovely wood mounted one..........centrally and then twice more using just part of the stamp to create a kaleidoscope of Butterflies. I then stamped again onto offcuts of card coloured with the same crayons and decoupaged. Next I randomly stamped Splats with distress inks then some deeper colouring ones using purple gilding polish which I also used around the edges. This one is also my Snippets share, using lots of offcuts for the Butterflies.

For this one I masked a section of the base card and used Pan Pastels and a sun mask to create the background,  then using dye ink stamped Daisy and Little Rudbeckia, removed the mask and added the rather nice flourishy Happy Birthday and some gems. And don't forget you can get a 10% discount off any orders placed using this code: FROMSANTABRENDA

Happy weekend all.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Christmas with Baker Ross, Allsorts and Rudolph Day

Good morning Peeps, what on earth has Blogger gone and done with out dashboards, I am so sooooo fed up with all his shenanigans lately. As if the verification robotic's with commenting wasn't bad enough, now he's made seeing all our blogs in one quick look impossible, OK if you only have just the one, but when there are several you need to deal with it's a right rigmarole getting anywhere. I am almost at the point where I could give it all up and I don't say that lightly.

Right, moan over and it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Kevin has chosen the theme of  'Anything Christmas'. We have two sponsors this week, Marianne Designs and A Day for Daisies

Our Allsorts theme also coincides nicely with months Rudolph Day's Challenge, plus I also have some shares further down using products from my latest box of goodies from Baker Ross so it's a bit of a heavy post.

I have used an image from A Day for Daisies which I printed out twice for the focal image and also a strip of the same image as a border across the bottom of my Tattered Lace stepper card. I coloured the images with Spectrum Sparkle pens, decoupaged the main image and flicked some red DI around the blooms. And finally some pretty ribbon on the side panels.

I am guessing it will be the last Rudolph Day's Challenge this year, my how that time has flown by. But am rather chuffed with myself as I made a promise that I would enter every month this year and apart from when I was on holiday manged to do so. Thank you Mo for all your hard work keeping the challenge going.

The latest goodies are from Baker Ross's Christmas range, the fun thing is that it's always a surprise what is inside and it's a great way to get get the creative juices flowing outside the comfort zone.

I have used several of the goodies on the wall hanging above and I absolutely love the Bark Stars, they have such lovely textures which really lends itself to inking up, on this occasion I used gilding polish on them and it really brings out the natural patterns.

I started out with a large piece of 600gsm Fabriano, coated it with gesso and gilding polishes, then randomly stamped with text. Next I used texture paste and a stencil to add some Christmas baubles and when dry replaced the stencil and coated with BR metallic acrylic paint.

I mounted the piece onto BR check this out as it's excellent value for money compared with that sold in many high street shops. I also added a strip across the middle of the piece before adding the stars, a computer generated sentiment, BR twine and two Roses made from cutting circles from BR Glitter Paper and a seam binding bow.

There was also a pack of BR Christmas baubles in my box which I coated first with BR Gesso, then painted with BR Acrylic Paint  and a coat of crackle glaze before stamping with a variety of small rubber stamps and adding a little colour and BR Glitter. And by sheer coincidence the new tree I ordered from M&S for the conservatory was delivered yesterday so I assembled it to check out the lights and was able to pop the baubles on to take my photo.

Have a good weekend one and all.
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