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Any Winged Creatures At C2CU

December’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is The Natural World. Below is my final make for the challenge this year which is Any Winged Creature.

Both background layers of corrugated cardboard were sprayed with dylusions inks called Melted Chocolate and Postbox Red.

The third layer was a piece of material which had molding paste scraped onto it with a Crafts Too stencil. This was then frayed and stitched onto the corrugated cardboard.

I wanted the butterfly as the main focal point of my card. It actually started life as a gold metal charm but this didn’t work too well.

Gold definitely didn’t go with my colour scheme so changed it into this fabulous blue metallic winged delight with white chalk paint and Treasure Gold Sapphire Gilding Wax from PaperArtsy.

Finished everything off with more stitching around the sentiment and a fussy cut G45 lady from the 12 days of Christmas collection.

Handmade flower and ribbon were both dipped very gently into the left over dylusions spray.

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Shirl

Winged Creatures At C2CU

December’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is The Natural World. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and here we are starting twist 2 which is – Any Winged creature. This is sure to be a favourite with everyone

I am still going with the natural tones for my colour palette as it has been a refreshing change from all those reds and greens of Christmas. Wahoo not long now for the little fat man to come a knocking. Can’t wait to see what Santa will be bringing me!!!

Used the flourish die from Crafts Too. Firstly I placed onto the tag and inked over to leave a subtle background impression. The left over die had pieces snipped off which I added to the tag.

The rest of the design team have worked really hard to bring you some amazing inspiration so pop here to have a peek.

Shirl

The Earth Laughs In Flowers

Sorry girls short and sweet today as I am off to a Christmas craft market, selling this time not buying … I hope lol.

December’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is The Natural World. There are two parts to the monthly challenge, today I am showing my second card for the add a flower twist.

“The Earth Laughs In Flowers” is such an apt sentiment for the twist to the Natural World theme.
Flowers have such a magical feel about them and the other sentiment on my card reflects this perfectly.

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Used a Crafts Too stencil with some molding paste and a Crafts Too E F.

The rest of the design team have worked really hard to bring you some amazing inspiration so pop here to have a peek.

Shirl

Captured Forever

Each year on my birthday one memory always comes to mind … something that somebody said to me many years ago. It always triggers a picture of me holding my mum’s hand as she is standing speaking to a friend. I can remember the day as if it were yesterday.

It was my birthday, so I didn’t want to stand around chatting. I was doing the usual child thing, fidgeting about, bored and saying “Are we going now?”. Her friend laughed and turned to me saying “make the most of today because as you get older they will come around so fast and you won’t want them to”. I can remember thinking gosh it takes ages for a birthday to come around. As a child I didn’t realise the meaning of those words … I do now.

Who watches The Paradise, just love the clothes … especially what Katherine wears … and the era? Last week’s episode was the taking of photos. How stern did they look when posing, no sunny smiling faces in those days.

Used another freebie image from Astrid. Thanks for these, sweets, we really appreciate all your hard work in giving us these.

Made this 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ photo frame. Forgot to take a photo of the back but I used the Sizzix Small Easel Die which makes a terrific stand. Cut the Sizzix Scalloped Frame three times then layered one on top of each other so that I could recess the photo. How terrified do they look!!!

December’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is The Natural World. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and today we are starting the first part which is add a flower.

Used a Crafts Too stencil with some molding paste to create the rose effect, the flourish die is also a Crafts Too. The larger flowers are a Stampin Up stamp called Flower Shop.

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The rest of the design team have worked really hard to bring you some amazing inspiration so pop here to have a peek.

Shirl

Vintage Christmas At C2CU

November’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is A Vintage Christmas. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and today we are onto the second part which is: – Polychromatic

This is the opposite to Monochromatic so now you can use colour to your hearts content for the rest of the month.

Crisp and clean was my first thought when I had finished this card so it sat on my desk for ages because I just wasn’t sure if it was the effect I wanted. Glad that I left as is, because it grew on me.

Could not resist using this angelic image from a Nellie Christmas sheet. Placed behind a very pretty frame which I painted with a rather vibrant red then heated 3 different types of distress embossing powders over it. The chipboard flower was enhanced with the same ingredients.

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The rest of the design team have worked really hard to bring you some amazing inspiration so pop here to have a peek.

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November’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is A Vintage Christmas. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and today we are onto the second part which is: – Polychromatic

This is the opposite to Monochromatic so now you can use colour to your hearts content for the rest of the month.

Corrugated cardboard again (so much cheaper than using cardstock all the time) which was diecut then put into an A4 Crafts -Too embossing folder. This was again put through the big shot to flatten so that Mr Jolly Holly snowman, which is from Hampton Art, could be stamped. Sentiment is from Indigo Blu, used with Versamark then sprinkled with white embossing powder before being hi-lighted with a fine black pen.

The rest of the design team have worked really hard to bring you some amazing inspiration so pop here to have a peek.

Shirl

Snow Bird

November’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is A Vintage Christmas. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and this is my second card which is for the:

A Monochromatic Vintage Christmas

Black and white is such a classic when doing Monochromatic so my card this week is just that. Christmas also looks so elegant when viewed as a snowy scene in the darkness.

Cut the Xmas Tree border die in white cardstock then stitched onto a piece of lace before hanging as a banner across my card. The bird stamp is from Stampin Up Beautiful Season which I cut into so that I could layer the Stampendous Snowy Postcard underneath. (Only used the centre part of the Snowy Postcard.) Both were inked with Versamark and white E P heated over the top plus the sentiment was done in the same way.
Ripped the edges of the black cardstock then inked with Versamark and white E P. Added the snow with dribbles of Shabby White Frantage
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A Vintage Christmas At C2CU

November’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is A Vintage Christmas. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and the first which runs from 1st – 14th November is:
A Monochromatic Vintage Christmas.
Disregard the candle as it’s not finished yet and only added for decoration … actually it’s my next class project, showing the girls how to decorate a candle and bag to match.

Turned a boring brown paper bag into my monochromatic make and went with different tints, tones, hues and shades of a single colour. In this case it’s brown. The Snow Tree E F was used to frame a picture from this Nellie Christmas Sheet. With the Xmas Tree border die I snipped off each tree individually and made a banner with them.

The candle will be used to show the girls how to add a pretty image onto it. I used a Nicecrane Designs image which I first printed onto tissue paper.

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Flush Of Love For Christmas

Can you believe that after all my W & W (key below) I have been enjoying designing these Christmas makes. See original whinge here.
Going to revisit this statement in the middle of December to see if I still feel the same rash, flush of love, for Christmas makes.

October is nearly over so this is the last week of the challenge at Crafts-Too-Challenge You. Today is week 4 of the theme – Christmas Festivities. Onto twist 2 of the theme and this time we want to know what Christmas means to you.

Christmas means fun to me (everything is fun to me) especially seeing the look on the faces of children whilst opening their presents. Nothing can compare to this.

Off we go onto the card and let’s start from the back – found some reindeer paper which I cut to size before putting into a Crafts Too EF.

This was then put through … wait fot it … my early Birthday Present an … eBosser … yayyyy so fabby … who cares if my Christmas stash is meager … not me. Gently blended the edges of the paper with Black Soot DI.

The second layer was covered with red chalk paint, then put into the A4 Christmas EF which came free with the machine. Not that you can see much of the pattern after all the ripping!!!

Lightly sanded the layer before brushing over with some Black Soot DI. Heated some gold EP around the edges. This layer looked so good but what did I do next … ripped out the middle to make an aperture. Used some corrugated cardboard to fill the abyss then added a piece of white dotty acetate over. Fussy cut the reindeer paper then placed behind the acetate.

Stamps used are the Marianne Christmas Sentiment which has been stamped onto a piece of the same paper. The borrowed TH stamp set called Mini Holiday Three is part of the finished embellies as is the poinsettia which I coloured with DI.

(Here’s hoping the November challenge is Christmas!!! …)

Key:
W & W – Whinging and Whining
EF – Embossing Folder
DI – Distress Inks
EP – Embossing Powder
TH – Tim Holtz
Shirl

We Only See What We Want To…

How fickle is the human eye – we only see what we want to is so true.

Since I started my blog in September 2009, can you believe over 4 years ago, I always had a quote link posted at the top. Every time something new was posted I read that quote before anything else. Noticed a few days ago that it had disappeared and wasn’t there anymore.

Now this is the $64,000 Question – How long ago did it disappear, Why did it disappear, but what is so awful how come my eyes hadn’t seen it was gone???? Spooky!!!

Definitely gonna keep my eyes on that there quote!!

Today is week 3 of the Crafts-Too-Challenge You which has this months theme of Christmas Festivities
Onto twist 2 of the theme and this time we want to know what Christmas means to you.

This frame was made before I even knew what I was going to do with it … destined for one of my infamous bit boxes … but when I saw this image I knew it was just perfect for her. Really wanted to capture all that prettiness so what better use for the frame.

To make the frame I used a technique from Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 102 Day 5 called – Tarnished Silver. Mine is more Tarnished bronze because I used different E P’s.

I can see around blog land that everyone has some fantastic makes from these classes but for me the interesting part comes from seeing all the individual diversity of each of their designs. HERE is a beautiful project from Jenny using the same technique but looking oh so different.

The picture is from Nellie’s Christmas Vintage which has such a nostalgic feel to it. What Christmas means to me is that little girls face as she looks at Mr Teddy.

I usually have a few tags on the go at one time on my desk and this one fitted the bill perfectly for the image and the frame.

In fact if you look HERE you can just see the same red background peaking through. The above red tag was discarded because the gold embossing didn’t work for the look I was trying to achieve.

All the gold embossed background was in danger of being covered so ripped the edge of the image and only used in half the frame. Stamped the sentiment onto a waste part of the A4 image sheet with a Marianne Christmas Sentiments.

Shirl