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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Nativity


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, in every shop you see.  It's too early for me, I'd prefer a ban until November!  But hey, that's not how it works...


Crafty Ribbons have three new Christmas ranges for this year, Nativity being the first release.

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p.s. I hope you sung the first line of this blog post!!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Christmas Gift Box


It's probably sitll too early for some of you but I'm blogging about Christmas...


I made this cute Christmas gift box using ribbon from the Advent range from Crafty Ribbons.


I added a tag and lid topper cut on my Silhouette Cameo to match the featured star design.  Really simple - i.e. wrapping double sided tape around a premade box and sticking ribbon on.  It's a great way to recycle boxes as the ribbon covers up and design or branding.

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Stick It Down

Warning: Slightly Graphic(ish) Content - you might want to give this one a miss if you are squeamish!

This month's Stick It Down layouts are to be based on this sketch.






I stuck to pretty much exactly.  I've scrapped about the time I sewed through my thumb with the sewing machine...



Black, white and red seemed like the perfect colour palette.  This issue is black and white - I need to rest when I am tired.  When I don't, um... I end up seeing red stuff!


The flair is from Feed Your Craft, sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps and ric rac from Crafty Ribbons.


One day I was tired but carried on sewing, the old 'just finish this one then I'll rest' thing that all M.E. sufferers know so well.  The needle went through my nail and into my thumb and then snapped.  We pulled the half needle out complete with bloody thread.  The nail bed healed pretty quickly and the hole in the nail grew out.  I was lucky.  I really ought to listen to my body and rest when needed!

I hope you can join us over at Stick It Down this month!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Watercolor Colouring Book



I discovered a wonderful colouring book from Kirsty Rice called Summer Cutting Garden.  (I think there are/will be the other seasons too.)  It's on good thick paper, single sided and beautifully illustrated.  I had a play with my Daniel Smith watercolours with no aim in mind.  When the painting was finished (why didn't a take a photo?!) I thought I could turn it into a layout, so I started fussy cutting...



After quite some time with my scissors and then a craft knife for the inner areas my wreath was ready.


After adding a little watercolour to the background I popped the wreath up on foam pads for dimension.


I added loads of sequins - I kept wondering if it was too many but I couldn't stop!!


I added a few strips of journalling over one of the flowers.

Highly recommend this book if you like playing with watercolours!

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Catching Autumn Dreams


Oh Autumn, I love your colours!  I pulled out an old like for ever kit containing Pink Paislee Cedar Lane for this layout. 


I used some Studio Calico rub ons and two sequin mixes from SpiegelMom Scraps - Aquarius and Star Spangeld.


I mounted my phtos on to a doily and dipped in to my evergrowing stash of Gutermann threads to add tassels.  It gives the impression of a dream catcher, sort of!


Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Fluffed Up for Autumn


I instantly fell in love with the falling leaves cut file from Pretty My Page.  I played with the file in Studio and cut out lots of leaves on vellum.


Whilst the images were still on the cutting mat I coloured them with Shimmerz (and a couple of Mr Huey's too) paints and mists.  I peeled them off the cutting mat when they were partially dry and left them to dry completely.


As they dried they curled up and went all crunchy - just like real Autumn leaves!


I made two layouts with them... one on light kraft teamed with copper alphas and sequins.


And another on white carstock.  I adhered the leaves with small glue dots so they could remain curly and dimensional.


I could have added more embellishments but, honestly, the leaves are so fabulous I didn't want anything to detreact from them and the photo!


This is my favourite photo of old Daisy Girl.  How I miss her naughty garden antics!


Here is the video...


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