Monday, December 21, 2009

Saucy "Christmas Stockings" Card

I wanted to make my husband a cheeky christmas card, so I used this nude wearing stockings from the artistic stamper. The background and gem are also from The Artistic Stamper.

I finished the image off with some white flower soft around her feet and the top of her stockings.
I also used a strip of velvet ribbon, for a lovely tactile element.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

last minute knitting

The 24 hour scarf!
I bought this yarn quite a while a go for 99pence a ball from Poundstretcher. I should have known better. It really is the most revolting yarn to knit with. However, I don't like waste, and I know the colours will suit my friend, so I decided to persevere. I used massive 10mm needles so it would knit up quick, and 24 hours later a reasonable scarf appeared.

But look how much of the yarn is left!! and I have a whole other ball. it will stay around to haunt me for ages will this yarn!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

special present wrapping : on the cheap!

It's so easy to make presents look special without costing the earth. I found these lovely velvet poinsettias in a cheap shop, about 5 to a stem, plus two sets of berries, that look equally good, for £1. I then just used coordinating cheap wrapping paper, and gold raffia (which I also found in a cheap shop 49p for 25 metres)
I'm thrilled with how they look under my tree, just a shame I have to give them out to other people!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

GC35 colour challenge: purple gold and green

This week the challenge at gingersnap is Purple, gold abd green. As this month is being sponsored by Hearts in Touch I decided to use one of their stamps for my DT piece.

I felt that this tree image worked well with the colour scheme, and to achieve the colour effect I inked the stamp with whispers brush markers, using to shades of purple for the background, to try and achieve a wintery sky colour. The baubles are done with gold liquid pearls. I love this olour scheme and glad I tried it out for a christmas card.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Quick PaperArtsy christmas card

I made eight of these for my book group, note that the fairy's dress is made from book pages.
All of the stamps are by PaperArtsy

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Bunny Nuggets!!

How much does my youngest son love these?
(it's a rhetorical question really, but the answer is "a lot")
I got the pattern from here from a link given to me by her.
The only change I made to the pattern was instead of making pom-poms for the tails (I don't like pom-poms) I made knitted balls (I'll add a picture of the tails later)
to make knitted balls,

cast on 10 stitches (or whatever size you want), knit until square, cast off.

sew a circle of running stitch around the square, gather, stuffing the corners inside, and sew the hole closed (there is no need to add further stuffing unless you want to.)

Monday, December 07, 2009

Wednesday stamper : santa claus

I can't believe it's taken me so long to get round to making a wednesday stamper this week, after all it's the easiest theme!
I have made this to go on my secret santa gift at work. I'm pretty sure I'm safe, I don't think anyone at work reads my blog.
The stamp is by Hearts in Touch, who are also sponsoring this month's challenges at Gingersnap Creations this month.

in fact to be in with a chance of winning not just this stamp, but the whole plate you can take part in the gingersnap blog hop

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Tim's Tags day 6: the cute version!

I really like the techniques tim used on his tag today, so I decided to do my own version, as you can see, it's nothing like Tim's really, but the inspiration is there!

I don't have any of the sparkly fluff, that Tim used, but you know what works just as well?
why, polar white flower soft of course.

The stamps I used are mostly from The Artistic Stamper, except the tree (and I'm not sure where that's from)

gingersnap creations blog hop

Welcome to the first-ever Gingersnap Creations Blog Hop and Hop Stop #7!

If you’ve already been hopping then hopefully you have just come from Jean a Bluebird Paperie. If you are starting here, welcome! It's a loop so you can start anywhere along the way!

At each stop, you need to collect a word! There are 10 stops in all starting and ending with the Gingersnap Creations blog where you can get all the specific information and get a peak at the Christmas 2009 plate from Hearts in Touch.
I have used this plate for the image and word on this mini canvas.

When you get all your words, 9 in all, unscramble them to form an art quote. Once you have your guess at the quote, email it and your name to by December 13, 2009. We will be picking one lucky winner at random from the correct entries to win the Hearts in Touch Christmas 2009 plate!

My word is "canvas".

Your next stop on the hop is Laura at As Happy As..
Good luck!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

easel card for 40th birthday

I made this as a commission for a fortieth birthday. I used an image from The Stampsmith and made yet another easel card. This time I added a tab, which tucks behing the words, this holds it really well.
The papers are yet more from the huge K&co pad I got from QVC (I've hardly made a dent in it yet)
The quote says "Don't see yourself as 40, but 18 with 22 years experience"
As the crazy amigos challenge is happy birthday, I will enter this card.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Emergency Christmas card kit!!

It just shows you, it doesn't matter how early you start your christmas cards, you always end up with a last minute rush. I suddenly realised that today is the first of december and I have nowhere near done enough christmas cards..... Time to start the batchmaking!!!

so here is all the stuff I need to make 20 superquick christmas cards

like this one

all stamps and papers are by PaperArtsy