Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Cards 2014

Hello again,

I promised a little while ago I would be back with some Christmas Cards.
Well here they are:

This image is from Joanna Sheen's Christmas Creations CD.

Here I have used Tim's Layered Stencil Technique on page 50 of Compendium of Curiosities 3.

I'm not sure where I got this print as I printed them off a couple of years ago, if you know where this image is from I would like to add a link here.

This 12 Days of Christmas background stamp is from Kaszazz. I have added texture paste through a stencil over the top.  I have used vintage photo and walnut stain ink pads and Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. The star was made using Tim's Painted Industrial Technique which you can find on page 46 of CC3. This card has been entered into a challenge #21 over at A Vintage Journey.

Card below:  I have used texture paste through a stencil then stamped over the top. I have used either  Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain Distress Spray. The background of the image is from a printout from Kerryanne English who is from Shabby Art Boutique. I printed these off in 2012 and am  trying to use some supplies up. There was a different image that I covered with another stamped Santa. Around the edges I have used Aleenes Glitter Snow.

This is another card with Tim's Layered Stencil. I have used two colours. on the stencilling and Vintage Photo ink in the background.

This Vintage Tag is also from Kerryanne English 2012 at The Shabby Art Boutique

This card has been entered into a challenge over at Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #16, so you may have seen it over there already.

This butterfly card you would have seen in a challenge over at CC3, Coloured Crackle.

Any questions please feel free to ask me in the comments. So, that's just some of my creations for the Festive Season 2014. Thanks so much for visiting!! 
Have a wonderful day!!

Let's Celebrate!!

Hello and welcome,

Today I am entering  Challenge #21 'Let's Celebrate' over at A Vintage Journey. Be sure to pop on over to see all the lovely work the DT have created.

The sponsor is Country View Crafts offering a 10 pound Voucher to one lucky winner.

Oops I  forgot to add  my Tim Influence: to add lots of grunge and I have also used Tim's Painted Industrial Technique on the star. The 12 Days of Christmas background stamp  is from Kaszazz.  I have added texture paste through a stencil over the top. I have also used Vintage Photo Distress Powder around the edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your day!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pay it Forward

Hello again,

I am playing catch up so I apologize in advance you may receive a few posts one after the other. Today I wanted to share with you a swap I did with Maureen from VICTORIA STUDIO . If you want to see some beautiful works of art please click on the link above.
This swap was done through Pay it Forward. Up to 5 people were able to join in  and we could make anything as long as it was sent by the end of the year. The lovely Maureen said she would swap with me. YEY!!!  How happy was I to be swapping with this amazingly talented lady. Well now that Maureen has received her parcel I can share with you what I made for her.  I decided to go with a wildlife, fauna type theme as she has posted before some of the native wildlife that come to visit her at her property.

Here is the domino book I made.

After dying the ribbon which was white, I have fussy cut these cute butterflies, added glossy accent and once dry added them to the end of the ribbon.

I have done some stamping in the background. then I added my images and have added crackle accent and glossy accents. I would have liked to use Ice resin over the top but it hadn't arrived.

The Back.

On the sides of the dominoes you can see the Alcohol Inks I have added.

Here are just a few extra goodies I popped in for Maureen. I hope she finds them useful. I also have one of these signs in my studio.......I knew this spare one would came in handy.

Front of the postal bag which I covered with gesso, then texture paste was added. I used various acrylic paints then did some stamping over the top. The gold crown has been heat embossed.

Back of bag. After the stamping was finished I did add a sealer then clear packing tape around all the edges once the bag was sealed. Sometimes these bags can split on the sides.

Finally finishing off with a Christmas Tag.

I hope Maureen liked all the goodies in her parcel. This was my very first swap and I hope to do more in 2015. It was a lot of fun. I will be back soon with the amazing present I received.

A Vintage Journey's Christmas Giveaway!!!!

Hello and welcome,

I wanted to share with you a giveaway over at A Vintage Journey. All you need to do is visit the the link HERE.  Then visit all of the blogs of the Creative Guides by clicking on their name to be transported to each of the Secret Santa posts and leave a comment.
Go back to A Vintage Journey and leave a link-up on the linky to your post where you have mentioned the Giveaway!
So easy, come join us!

This is one of the giveaways. If they receive enough links there will be another two prizes.

Another giveaway right here......
Also....... A HUGE welcome to all my new (VIP)  followers!!! Thanks for joining me.
Don't forget to pop back as I will have a prize up for grabs once my blog reaches 100 followers. It currently stands at 95 so not long to go. All you need to do if you want to join is click on the side button 'Join This Site' and follow the prompts. You will need to be a follower on my blog to be in the running for the prize. All will be revealed once I reach 100.

Thanks for visiting today!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #17

Hello and welcome,

Firstly a HUGE welcome to my new followers, thanks so much for hanging around here long enough to follow me. I hope you continue to enjoy visiting my blog.
If you haven't heard I am having a give away when I reach 100 followers so stay tuned. Be sure to pop back and join in for your chance to win something.

Ok, now to a new challenge over at Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 and the challenge is: Woodlands & Tinsel Twine on page 60 of CC3.
If you would like to join in these challenges you are required to work from your own copy of Compendium of Curiosities 3 by Tim Holtz. You can find it HERE.

The sponsor is: as always the amazing Tim and Mario who have given some amazing prize packs to be won and INSPIRATION EMPORIUM is offering a $50 in store voucher to very lucky person.

I finally decided what I was gong to do so started my project a few days ago then realized Nicole from Canadian Nickel Scrap'n has already made not one but two beautiful  pieces using a vehicle. Oh no!!! Brain freeze, should I get rid of my vehicle and create something else????? All these questions running through my mind and then I decided what the heck go with it as I'm running behind with everything at the moment.  Please  pop over and see her amazing 58 Chevy HERE. It is awesome! I love her work.

After all that let me show you a Christmas vehicle I purchased well quite a few years ago. It plays music and the headlight light up, so its a pretty cool piece in its self.  The only thing missing are some gifts in the back. When I saw the new challenge I thought wouldn't a Christmas tree look awesome in there. I knew our local $2 shop had some packs of 20 Christmas lights....this would be perfect for my tree. I can tell you what products I applied to Tim's Christmas Tree without revealing the technique. I added heaps of the new Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter (it is BEAUTIFUL by the way) and some..........well ok a lot of Distress Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy.  It is so sparkly but I think the lights set it off beautifully. I apologize for adding another vehicle into this challenge but I hope you like that my tree is a little different with the added lights.

So here it is.......The Dickin's Family have been shopping for Christmas supplies.

Here was the vehicle before. See the cute headlights on??

So much empty space in the back of the vehicle here. Something needs to be done about this.

Here is my transformed tree. I love how sparkly it is.

Here you can see the Christmas lights around the tree and all I have done with the excess cord is wrap it around the bottom of the tree. The lights require 3 AA batteries so the box is quite large, all I have done is cover it with paper. I can slide the paper on and off easily to access the switch.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Birds of a Feather Mr. Crows Emporium

Hello and welcome,

First things first. A huge thank-you for all your lovely comments. You guys are awesome!!! I love reading them all, they make my day.
Also a HUGE warm welcome to all 92 of my amazing followers new and old!

NEWS FLASH......When I reach 100 followers I am having a giveaway, so stay tuned.

Wow what a busy month it's been I feel as though I'm playing catch up on all my favourite challenges. Anyway, I have an art journal piece today. I know I haven't done one in a while. I wanted to create a place where birds could go to gather all they're supplies. Hope you like it.

Birds of a Feather Challenge is at A VINTAGE JOURNEY run by the lovely Brenda Brown. Check out all the amazing entries.

My Tim Influence for this piece today was to use his new Distress Sprays....which I LOVE by the way! They spray beautifully and have a really nice finish. I have also used one of Tim's techniques being Painted Industrial which you can find in CC3 page 46.

The Sponsor is: COUNTRY VIEW CRAFTS and they are offering a £10 voucher to one lucky winner.

All I have done here on the background is stuck down some torn book pages and added some texture paste through a stencil. All the embellishments are just sitting at this stage to see where it can all fit. The metal sign I didn't end up using.

Here are the sprays I used for my background.

What's on this week at Sir Crows Emporium

You can purchase lanterns, buttons, clock keys etc

Feathers to line your nest all the way from Paris & New York. Only 99 cents.

Mmmmm perhaps your after some old keys, no well then perhaps you would like a salvaged nest, they come in two sizes.

Mr. Owl seems to be interested in the books.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #16

Here we are again,

Linda Ledbetter at Studio L3 has another challenge for us:
Layering Stencil: Embossing on page 50, this is where you need to be to enter this challenge.

If you need a copy of Tim's book click HERE as there are still heaps of challenges to be had. Tim and Mario are offering an amazing prize pack too.

The sponsor is The Funkie Junkie  offering a $25 to one very lucky winner. Pop over and check out Linda's wonderful boutique for all your crafty supplies.

I have a Christmas card for you today.

When using this technique I like to re-position the stencil to add another colour creating a shadow. On this particular card I have left the background white to allow that shadow to pop. The skates were cut from Tim's Ice Skates die. The texture on the skates was created using a stamp in the background, then adding embossing paste through a stencil,  adding acrylic paints and finally finishing with Aleene's Glitter Snow. The laces are just some string. The Seasons Greetings is from kaiser craft paper.

Hope you like my card....any questions please feel free to leave them below.

Have a great day!!