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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A blue Christmas

The last of the Christmas cards :-) All using Craft Creations papers and Bazzill Bling in Diamond. The tree stamp is Hero Arts and the snowflake trail is Inkadinkadoo. The white snowflakes are punched with Martha Stewart punches and the blue one is done using a Marianne D die, the swirl is also diecut, a Sissix die this time. I think my favourite is the 9-patch card, the blue and white is just so clean and crisp.

So there you have it - all my Christmas cards are done! Although ........... I couldn't resist another Christmas stamp - a partridge in a pear tree! - which is winging its way to me, so I might have to make just one more ........... :-)
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Monday, 29 November 2010

MIrror 3 of 3

If I have taken one photo of this mirror, I have taken fifty!!! Finally I have managed to get a halfway decent picture to share with you :-)

I glimmer misted the mirror and stamped some flourishes in red and some cogs & gears in brown. Then I embossed some metal in the bigshot, but the colour wasn't quite right - ten second studio "bronzed god", it's a very cold brown so I alcohol inked it with ginger ink. Then I punched a square out of each pattern and stuck them on, along with some mosaic tiles and pearls. A charm made from beads bought in Venice completes the mirror, I attached it with a tiny screw eye I found in our local DIY store - I bought several, so I will be hanging all sorts of things from items I decorate in the future :-)

The second photo shows all three mirrors in their (miraculously level!) permanent position on the wall. I now need to go to Ikea to get some more, I have so many ideas........ :-)
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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Almost the last of the Christmas cards!

But not quite ....... :-) Here are some medallions, stamped & embossed, coloured and layered up onto mirri-matted craft creations paper. The stamp is my favourite sentiment stamp of all the ones I have bought this year, gives a lovely crisp impression and I was quite surprised to find it is from the Penny Black range - I thought they just did "cute" which of course I don't do.......... :-)
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Friday, 26 November 2010

"Extreme" week?

I am just coming to the end of a week off work - it was intended to be an extreme baking, crafting and housework week! However this has backfired somewhat due to the fact that I have been feeling poorly all week :-( I have managed to get the last of my Christmas cards done, the third Ikea mirror finished, quite a lot of tidying up and prepping for putting up decorations, and have baked a few biscuits - so not too bad, but I had more things planned, so it's quite disappointing!

So, here are some of the cards, I will post the rest over the next few days and as soon as I manage a decent photo of the mirror I will post that! Simple cards (as usual!) but I am really pleased with them. The holly card was stamped & embossed in gold then coloured with marvy pens and completed with a mirri mat and a sentiment stamp. I stamped and embossed the lamp post in silver and coloured the bow, mirri matted it, then mounted onto the card over a mat of embossed snowflakes, finished off with a sentiment on a tiny label.

I really like the cards that I have seen on blogs lately using nine squares - I think of them as 9-patch cards! The scalloped squares were punched out of Craft Creations paper and the letters were cut on the robo. The last card is made from the same range of papers, with a stamped topper and sentiment, then I added a ribbon and some red nailhead strips.
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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Mirror, mirror, on the wall......

I haven't blogged for a while, mainly because I have been trying to make progress on a piece of cross stitch :-)

Last weekend was November craft weekend, so I thought I would decorate the second of my Ikea mirrors. I had bought some decoupage papers at Ally Pally and decided this would be an ideal use for them. My original plan was to alternate the darker colour with two paler ones, but when they were all overlapped, the darker one showed through the lighter on the overlap and it looked quite odd. So I covered the whole mirror in the darker paper and used one of the pale ones on top to look like broken shards of mirror glass :-)

The swirly corners were painted in acrylic and then sprayed with glimmer mist. The mosaic tiles were left over from another project and I only had ten - spent a while trying to work out how to use them all to best advantage! A frame of flat back pearls completed the front. I hadn't wrapped the paper over the edges very well, so I stuck a strip of metal all the way around!

It was quite difficult to photograph - one pic with flash and the other without, hope it gives you some idea of how it looks!

Two down, one more to go......
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