Wednesday, September 30, 2009

gingersnap extra challenge

September has five wednesdays so Gingersnap have done an extra challenge for this week, the challenge is to combine two or more of the previous challenges (there is a list)

I combined
GC18 happiness
GC13 tags
GC16 ribbons
GC24 stars

The challenge is once again being sponsored by the stampsmith so I have chosen to use a stampsmith image from the oh baby plate. There is a beautiful stampsmith stamp to be won, so go take part!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

inchie masterboard technique

On the Gingersnap blog there is a turtorial for a really easy inchie masterboard technique.
Here's my version
I stamped A4 white card all over with stamps from PaperArtsy

I inked this in stripes with distress inks (which I spritsed with water to blend a little)

I cut the card into strips and then used an inchie punch to make the squares. To complete the card I added words, a starfish punched shape and some black raffia.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Made with stamps by Paperarsty
wings from winter wonderland plate 1
girl and background from xmas plate 1
halo, part of ink and the dog mini 56
and letters from words plate 2
I am entering this for theme thursday's writing theme for the background writing.

I have also used some of the paperartsy stamps with this I brake for stamps skateboarder. I used crackle accents over the name, I hope you can see the effect

Saturday, September 26, 2009

mini mittens

I am making these little mitten christmas decorations to sell at the school "christmas shopping evening" I hope they sell!!!
here's the patten:
I use three double pointed needles: 3.25 mm and double knit yarn.
cast on 18 stitches
k1p1 rib for 6 rows
k8 kfb k1 kfb k to end
purl 1 row
K8 kfb k1 kfb k to end
slip first 7 stitches onto needle 1, next 8 onto needle 2, last 7 onto needle 1
on middle 8 stitches, join new yarn (I work from middle and outside of ball at same time) k 5 rounds as though you are making an i-cord, then k2tog accross, sew through 4 stitches and fasten off
go back to needle one, purl across, picking up and purling 2 stitches at thumb.
continue in st-st until there are a total of 14 rows of st st
last row, k1 sl1 k1 psso, k2 k2tog, k2 sl1 k1 psso, k2 k2tog k1
sew through remaining stitches and sew seam.

embellish as required.

You can also find my pattern on the Favecrafts website here
and here is a picture of 49 of the decorations all ready for the sale.

Friday, September 25, 2009

little hats

I was really pleased to see that Innocent Smoothies and Sainsbury's are teaming up again to raise funds for Help the Aged. In these difficult financial times it's encouraging to see that companies can still think of others.
But someone has to knit the little hats, so here are my first few. They've said that they don't have to have bobbles this year, so I decided to add buttons to mine. I love making these they are so quick, use up tiny leftovers of wool and you get the lovely feeling you get when you are doing someting selfless.
I encourage you to make a few, the link for more info is in my sidebar.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

gingersnap creations/stampsmith challenge: stars

The Gingersnap creations challenge site are teaming up with The Stampsmith again this week with the theme "stars". We are still in movie month on gingersnap, so I used this image of the good witch from the stampsmith's wizard of oz plate, to make this tag.

So make your star themed art and post your link on the gingersnap blog for the chance to win a Stampsmith stamp

Monday, September 21, 2009

Forever friends:fancy folds

This week at the forever friends challenge, we are challenging you to use "fancy folds", you could fold your card in a different way, or maybe use folds and pleats on your card

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

gingersnap creations: black white and silver

This week at gingersnap the theme is black white and silver, it's still movie month and the challenge is being sponsored by the Stampsmith again. so I made my DT piece to fit in with all of this.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

last day!

don't forget to check out the last day of PaperArtsy's 12 days of christmas. I can't believe it's over already, it went so quickly

Monday, September 14, 2009

forever friends: black, white and another colour

At the forever friends blog this week, we challenge you to use black white and another colour. I chose this deep red (which is a coredinations card, so I ripped it to show the core colour as well, is that cheating?)
I was going to stamp a message at the bottom of this card, but I haven't decided what I'm going to use it for yet.

Friday, September 11, 2009

happy "eye-surgery"!!

you can't find cards for that from Hallmark (or maybe you can, I don't honestly know)
Anyway, my friend is having laser treatment tomorrow, and although I know it's now really commonplace, I think she is exceptionally brave.
My friend is Not A Crafting Person (yes it deserves capitals) but she has a bit of a thing for basic grey papers. Also note the bubble stickers, they reminded me of contact lenses, which she won't need anymore, and the tiny text? well hopefully she should be able to read that alot easier too!!

All stamps are by PaperArtsy

I am entering this for the "open" theme on wednesday stamper (let's face it, it wouldn't fit any other theme!!)

... I was saturday surprise has a "parts of the body" perfect is that!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

PaperArtsy 12 days of christmas- day 7

and it's a Jo-day! Pieces from 3 designers called Jo! Jo Firth-Young, Jo Capper-Sandon and me!
And remember you can win stamps. I'm pretty sure that this is the last piece of mine for the 12 days, but I'd sort of forgotten this one, so who knows!!!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

what a DT day!!

where do I start?

Well today is my day again on the Paperartsy blog and I got to play with my favourite sheet from the new PaperArtsy christmas stamps. This fairy is adorable. Check out the paperartsy blog to see all the ways I used the stamps.
And don't forget, there's stamps to be won over there!

Also my stampsmith DT and gingersnap creations DT work combine, as The stampsmith is sponsoring the blingy challenge at gingersnap creations this week and I made this card with The best shoes in the world from the Wizard of oz plate.
So go take part in the Gingersnap challenges, there's stamps to be won there as well!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Forever friends : wrap it up

This week we challenge you with a gift wrap theme, your could make a tag, a gift box, a gift card holder or maybe just a card with a gift theme. I decided to decorate a small envelope to attach to a gift to hold a gift receipt.

Day 4: Paperartsy 12 days of christmas

More christmas delights to be seen on the PaperArtsy blog. Today features Jo Capper-Sandon, and there is this vintage tag from me.
Don't forget: there's a giveaway too!!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

bird card which was meant to be a tag.

I originally started making this for the tag it on challenge which is "up, up and away", but somewhere along the way I forgot that was making a tag and it turned into a card. The stamp is from The Artistic Stamper. The background is done using the technique Jo showed in this month's craft stamper. I have used real dried flowers on this card so I have attached it to the back of the acetate with eyelets to protect them.
I am also sending this in for the current Art Raffle theme.

Don't forget it's Day three of PaperArtsy's 12 day of christmas with lots of samples and a giveaway, don't miss out!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

On the second day of christmas.. stamping was featured on the Paperartsy blog.
I worked with the fabulous plate 2 from the new nut and meg range.
I have 4 pieces featured today so if you want to see them please go take a look, and there are stamps to be won.

Friday, September 04, 2009

PaperArtsy 12 days of Christmas

Starting today the PaperArtsy Blog is celebrating 12 days of christmas featuring their new nut and meg christmas stamps, and some old favourites, with loads of inspiring samples made by the Design Team.
There are also giveaways of the new stamps, so don't miss out!!

(keep a special eye out for Days 2 and 6!!!!)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Penny's Tiles

The latest in our collaborative two inch tile project. Penny chose orange/hot colours with blue highlights.
all stamps are Crafty Individuals

my latest knitting project.... to master Entrelac. It's going well!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Stampsmith month on Gingersnap Creations

This month The Stampsmith are teaming up with Gingersnap Creations to bring you a series of challenges where you can win Stampsmith products.
I have the enormous honour of being on both The Stampsmith and Gingersnap Design teams, so here is the piece that I made for the first of these challenges with the theme "movie stars" using an image from the Stampsmith's "kiss me you fool" plate.