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Thursday, 29 November 2012

The return of the mousetrap


Out of a Hat Creations set a Challenge a while ago  to alter a Mousetrap. At the time  I couldn't find a trap anywhere, the shops I went to only sold the humane ones and were shocked that I wanted to buy the 'old fashioned' type. I managed to track one down  as the girls had by then promised  to hold another challenge at a later date.

I made this a few weeks ago so it would be  ready for
'The Return of the Mousetrap'.

First of all I painted the whole trap with acrylics, took a piece of the mechanism off to make space to  for my mouse image, which is part of a  larger  La Blanche stamp.

I added scraps of muslin, putting them behind the cuttings from Graphics 45 papers.

A piece of the discarded metal became the hook to hang it up.



To finish  my altering and make it  useful,  I covered a small  ' post it',  note  pad with  a pretty paper, this is placed  under the spring .

All the shading is Antique Linen and vintage photo distress inks.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look. Your comments are always appreciated.














Monday, 26 November 2012

Christmas Photo Inspiration for CCM

Challenge 80  at Crafty Cardmakers  , this time our theme is a ' Christmas Photo Inspiration'.
Hosted this time by Fiona.
Here is a photo of a  beautiful room to inspire you.



We have two sponsors this time, offering two fantastic store vouchers.
Crop Stop

and


Di's Digi Downloads


Please pop over and see what we have all been making and get all the details.


I just had to use this Spellbinders die when I saw the tree in the photo. Cut from plain white card and adding a  few gems.
One of the layers  is spiders web mesh over a dotty backing paper.
The marbled paper, I  have had for ages lurking in my paper box.
The trimmings are from my stash.


Thank you for stopping by to take a look, your comments are always appreciated.


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Vintage Christmas


'Vintage Christmas', is the theme for our next Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.
Remember we like to see  a vintage/shabby chic style for your entries.

This card was layered up using Kanban papers, the edges distressed with the trusty blunt scissors.
The Holly was  coloured with water colours and  I used Distress  stickles    to age the lamp post, it looks  and feels quite rusty in real life..
Both are Alterations die cuts.
The Postcard stamp is by Stampendous, and was given the glitter treatment to highlight the snow.
All the other shading is Vintage Photo Distress ink.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, your comments are always appreciated.

Other challenges entered are-
Stampin' for the Weekend -Use some texture
Artful Times -Challenge 18 Anything Goes


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas Sparkle



Our 2nd Challenge for November over at Try It on Tuesdays and  our theme is Christmas Sparkle. Please pop over for all the details and see what we have  all been making.


Our sponsor for this month is
Crafty-emblies, the prize is a £10 store voucher.

The main image on my card is a favourite old  Inkadinkado stamp called Christmas Dream, which  I embossed  with 'Wow' powder   This was coloured with water colours. Some white flower soft for the snow and a  sprinkling  of glitter powder, mainly on me.
One of the layers was stamped using Darkroom Door stamps. Another layer embossed in a Script folder.
The snowflake is a Spellbinders die cut.
The other additions came from my trimmings box.
All the shading is Tumbled Glass and Weathered  Wood, distress ink.

I will also be entering - Stamping Sensations  November Challenge , the theme is Traditional Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate you calling.


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Home Sweet Home



'Home Sweet Home', is our new challenge theme over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
I  hope you will pop over to FSC to see how we all interpreted this theme, my team mates have made some fabulous creations to show you. Please remember we like to see stamping on your entries.

The stamps I used for this card were from Darkroom Door and Stampers Anonymous.
Die cut Fir trees and a Martha Stewart border punch. for the hedges.
All the colouring is distress inks- Peeled paint, Shabby shutters, Tumbled glass  and Vintage photo.
I added a wash of Gold Cosmic Shimmer water colour paint to the trees.

Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Baubles


Use Kraft Cardstock on a card,  is the theme of this weeks Challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Please pop over and see what we have all been making and check out  the details.
Also a huge welcome to Amelia, who is joining us on the DT this week.

I used a Kraft card base then  layers of  Ideology  Kraft Resist papers.
All the    shading is Distress inks, Vintage photo, Festive berries and Evergreen bough.
The stamps used are by  Stampers Anonymous.



The baubles   were embossed using  Wow, embossing glitter powder,[ Halloween regular].
These were coloured with cosmic shimmer watercolours.
There is a lovely shimmer and sparkle  to them in real life, that doesn't show so well on the photo.
Twine and pearls for the finishing touches.



Other challenges entered-
Christmas Blog Challenge -WinterWonderland  the theme is 'Oh Baubles'.
Diva's By Design   Challenge 61  Anything Goes
The Stampman  November Challenge - Emboss It

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.



Friday, 16 November 2012

Noel


First of all I would like to say hello to my New Followers, thank you for joining me on my Crafty Journey. I will try to visit you all soon.

Addicted to Stamps and More  have a Red and White theme for their current challenge.
As I must get some cards made that will post easily I have made this Noel Card.
A Woodware stamp stamped, paper pieced  and simply layered.
The papers have been in my stash for ages.
The fern is stamped with Festive Berries distress ink.

I must thank Janet for introducing me to this stamp,  I just had to go and buy one for myself.
It was a fun demo.



Another similar paper pieced card using a borrowed stamp.  Sorry I forgot who this one belonged to.


Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Festive die cuts for CCM



Challenge 78 at Crafty Cardmakers is hosted by BettyC.
We would like you to use-  'More than one Punch or Die Cut.
This time we have two sponsors both  offering great prizes for the winners of this challenge. Please pop over here for all the details and see what we have all been making.
Milk Coffee Digital Stamps
and
Hobby Art Stamps






This was the best photo of many that I could get for this card.
Reminder to self is not to use white for that Memory Box die cut again.
The poinsettia die cut is a MarianneD , coloured with Weathered Wood, Mowed lawn  and Festive Berries distress inks.
A  Lily of the Valley stamp was stamped onto a base card, that I had previously colour washed,  this was also water coloured.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.




Saturday, 10 November 2012

One for the Guys



Saturday and a New Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow.  The theme  we have  for this week  is
 'One for the Guys'.  Keeping to our Vintage / Shabby Chic style make something for the menfolk.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.

The base card was stamped with cogs and wheels, but as you can see you have to take my word for it,  as they are all covered up.
The papers came from Debbie Moore's Shabby Chic Mechanical CD.
One of the layers is embossed with cogs etc.
The clock dial is an Alterations Die cut, aged  with  a brass coloured wax, its so old, I have no idea where it came from.
 Other shading is Weathered Wood distress ink.
The other additions came from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Sweet Memories


Our 1st Challenge for November over at Try it on Tuesdays  is ' Memories'.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have been making



We are also  pleased to have Crafty-emblies, as our  new Sponsor  for this Month.
Our lucky monthly winner will be getting a £10 voucher to spend in their  store


Sweet Memories are words many of us could use when remembering   a special day, so this card went to a Friend for her birthday last week and I hope she had a lovely day..

The stamp is an old favourite from Crafty Individuals, coloured with watercolour paints..
Papers  and trimmings came from  my stash.
The shading was Weathered Wood and  Tumbled Glass Distress inks.

I would like to say Hello to my new followers and thank you  for joining me on my crafty journey. I hope to get to visit you soon.
As always thank you for stopping by and I realy appreciate your comments.





Sunday, 4 November 2012

Music for Christmas


Over at  Fashionable Stamping Challenges  our new theme is to   'Musical'.
I chose to add some music to a Christmas card, but we have all interpreted this theme differently.
 Please pop over for all the details and  see what we have all been making. Remember we do like to see stamping on your entry.

Once again I have used an image  that was kindly shared by Siobhan at the Craft weekend. I love the woodland scene and stamped it up with an Archival  'Coffee'  ink pad .
The background paper layers are  from a Debbie Moore CD.
A Memory box die  for the music notes .
All the shading is Tea dye and Walnut stain distress ink.

Challenges I will also enter are-
Stampin for the Weekend - Challenge 20 Anything Goes
Diva's By Design - Challenge 59 Feeling Festive

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, your comments are always appreciated.


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Cream plus two colours, for SCH


'Cream plus Two other Colours' is the theme of our new Challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow.
. Please pop over for all the challenge details and see what we have all been making. We hope you will join us this week.
I made this card using cream card stock for the layers, together with Graphics 45 papers, these were distressed around the edges with an old blunt pair of scissors.   The  topper also Graphics 45 is from  the  Little Darlings range. I think she  is adorable.
My colour choices in addition Cream,  are Blue and pale Orange.
The doily and edges were lightly shaded with antique linen distress ink, the closest colour to cream I could  find. All the trimmings came from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, I always appreciate your comments.