Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Ok this may not make you think of Christmas but I loved the snow and ice on the spider webs.
The snow today in town with the Minster in the background. Notice the Christmas trees on the buildings.
Love the decorations throughout with the snow layered on top and the Store windows are always great at this time.
Monday, 22 November 2010
One of my favourite techniques is paper piecing. I love tearing and cutting it is so calming for me and a great way to de-stress. Here is one of my mulberry dogs I have done shown above. I decided to posted some of my paper peiceings on the other blog this weekend and had some requests for a simple bear tuorial . I have created one and it can be found here.
The tutorial will show you how to create a Simple Peek-a-boo bear show below
Now please keep in mind it is only on how to make a simple Peek-a-boo style bear but can be expanded upon using your own ideas. You can view more of my animal and other paper piecings by following this link or just scroll down the sidebar of my blog for a link. Below are some of the more detailed bears I have done on layouts.
I hope you enjoy the tutorial and as a little thank you to my followers, if you leave a comment letting me know how you like the tutorial. I will enter you in a drawing for a custom mulberry paper piecing of your choice. I will chose a winner from random draw next friday and create for them a custum piece of their choosing. Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day. Angela
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Do some crafting of course. Today I spent the day up in my craft room playing with some new ideas and techniques. I finished my ATC's for the ATC 12 days of Chrsitmas swap over at ATC Swappers. We had to make 12 of the same cards with Christmas/holiday theme. After a few trials and error attempts I finally settled on this design.
I used a snowman stamp from a misc set I bought at the range last year. He is coloured using Pro markers. The background is glossy card with Gel-a-Tins Snowflake stamps in perfect medium with Broken China Distress ink over top causing a resist effect. The border is hand drawn.
The next set of ATC's I finished are for the December swap over at The Stamp Man ATC swap. Once again after playing around with multiple techniques and ideas I decided on these 3.
My first card above has a stamped background using Tim Holtz Holly stamp in Pine Distress ink on Olive Background. The next layer is again Tim Holtz Christmas music stamp on white paper distressed with Old paper and Walnut Distress ink. The edges are torn and roughed with a paper edger. the branch stamp is also a Tim Holtz stamp embossed with Midnight Emerald Obsidian. The ornaments are stamped from the Range unknown set I bought last year. They are embossed with fine gold the coloured with Pro markers and added Stickles.
My next ATC caused me to go through many iterations. I wanted a background on gloss with a snowflake resist and embossed snowflakes but it did not work out so I changed ideas and went with the deer. The background is inked with Broken China and Dusty Concord Distress ink. I then stamped the Deer from the free stamp set in crafts beautiful (designed by Kirsty Wiseman). I coloured it in with Pro markers then went over with perfect medium and embossed with Moonglow Angel Wings Gold embossing powder. the border is from Tim Holtz Snowflake stamps embossed with Angel Wings Gold again. I then wend over the edges with the distress inks again to darken the colour.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
For the background I used Dusty Concord and Chipped Saphire Distress Inks along with some masking with my stamped image and some Heidi Swapp Snowflake masks on glossy card. The Angel stamp is from Stampin Up and the Peace stamped word is from Close to My Heart while the Letter "P" is from Technique Tuesday. I coloured the Angel using Old Paper , Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar Distress inks. The dress is then flocked using Fun Flock from Stampendeous. The wings are embossed with Angel Wings Moon Glow Embossing powder. The card is then edged in Black Soot Distress ink. Simple but I like the softness of it. thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. Angela
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
The papers are Prima, Tim holtz and a flocked paper from the Craft Den. I also used Prima flowers, Magic Mesh, some spare ribbon scraps and stamps from Technique Tuesday, Stampendous and Close to my heart. The bird is also Prima and the gems are Basic Grey. For the letter "B" I used a big CB letter and embossed it with Midnight Saphire Obsidian Moon Glow powder. And of course the pic is of my little Cheeky Monkey "Belle". Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by. Angela
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Watermelon brains, Apple mouths, Chibatta salted bones, Finger dips(he he this was my fav, the fingers are made from left over Chibatta dough), Sausage thumbs, Cheese fingers, Blood worm punch(Gummy worms), Orange Jack o lantern fruit cups, Mummy Pizza and more... I got alot of the recipies and ideas from the internet.
There was plenty of activities from crafts, treat making and of course carving the Jack o Lanterns. Although not all of them were crazy about scooping the seeds out of the pumpkin.
Here she is dressed as Belle in the blue dress. And of course a funky girly witch. this was another last minute idea.
Snow white. A good friend of mine Zandra helped me to make this dress. Since I did not know how to use a sewing machine she sewed the maching parts for me from a pattern. then I added the details. I have since taken a class for sewing and absolutely love it.
I made little Minnie Mouses boots and hands from felt and the head part from a black hat ears.
Little Snow white.....This costume was bought and then we found out whe had a sensitivity to fabrics and all future costumes had to be made or specially lined.
Pochahontas.....I still could not sew with a machine here so I wound up glueing and stapling the costume to make it fit.
Flower Fairy - Lots of glue and some hand sewing here.
I have named all the pictures so you can just use that label and put them in order. (even gave a few hints along the way) I will leave this open until next week for anyone interested in giving it a go. Any winners wil be announced on October 10. Good luck and thanks for following me. Now I am off to make some invitation samples and then to school. Have a wonderful week. Angela