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Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you see something here that you like. I love colouring digital images and I am on a few Design Teams.I am taking art classes with Kit and Clowder, and Make it Crafty. I hope maybe you will get some new ideas here or you can leave comments and links so I will be picking up new ideas from you. Anyway I will put on the kettle and have some cupcakes at the ready...

Friday, 30 September 2011

A Christmas Treasure Box

This was made the same way as the spring treasure box. I think this stamp is the prettiest of the treasure box stamps and goes quite well with the christmas medallion on the top. It took ages to complete with the different colour glitters and the decoupage, you can make it a flat medallion but I think I prefer it this way.

More Christmas plastic canvas

These have also been made over the years and usually stand in my cabinet surrounded with that plastic snow stuff. I quite like these figures although the house was a ..... to make. I don't think I will be making anything else as big but I could do with some more Santa's helpers.  I did make a smaller version of the sleigh and the two reindeer to go with these images but I haven't seen anything in the last few years that would interest me enough to make me add to the collection, but I keep looking.

Friday, 23 September 2011

I thought I would like to share this idea with you. It is something I always hang up at Christmas and I am adding to the theme every year. In World of Cross Stitch or any good cross stitch magazine they often have Christmas patterns over a couple of issues. The patterns asked for 14 count aida but I wanted them to be larger so I used 10 count plastic canvas.  Here I have cross stitched Santa's sleigh onto plastic canvas leaving a stitch wide border around the edges and cut it out. Then I cross stitched Rudolf and friend also onto plastic canvas, left a border and cut out. I have three nails on my wall and I wrapped a long length of ribbon between the three nails. I then attatch the sleigh to one then the two reindeer to the other two nails covering the ends of the ribbon. Then it is just a case of using tiny pegs to clip Christmas cards to the ribbon.

Holiday in the Peak District

We have just returned from a weeks caravanning holiday in Bakewell in the Peak District. Amazing scenery, mountains and wonderful old buildings and dry stone walls. I was shattered after climbing down 105 tiny steps into the Speedwell Cavern wearing a hard hat, then folding myself up into a subterranean boat, bending under the cave roof on the way to another huge cavern with a bottomless pit. Then it was back into the boat, bending down under the rocks and back to those dratted 105 steps upwards again. My legs were shaking so much that I had to stop for a brief rest several times on the way up. We had Sunday dinner in a really ancient pub...there were so many bits and pieces around us it was like altered art on a pub!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Found template

I am so excited....I have found the template for this curious insert. It does take a while to get the hang of it but when completed does have a wow factor. If anyone wants to make this then the template is in the download store on craft rabbit. I have simply called it Stairs. I would really be interested to see what some of you very talented folk could do with it.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Lost template

Do you remember this design from years ago? I had printed it onto cardstock and cut along solid lines, folded along the dotted lines, then it took forever folding hills and valleys. I know it was a make, somewhat fiddly and time consuming but I thought it did look good when finished. I just can't find my copy anywhere and I wouldn't know where to start looking on the net. Apart from using it on an insert like in this photo I'm not sure what else it can be used for. Any ideas please?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Treasure Box

I love these treasure boxes. I have had this stamp for some years now, it is one of my favourites.
I used
Creative expressions stamp HH1218L
versamark inkpad
Ivory pearlised cardstock
embossing powder
colouring pencils
crystal glitter
satin ribbon
flower from stash
posh tissue paper

First of all I stamped the image onto the card, used embossing powder and heated it. I made 7 of these panels and cut round each one.. Then I cut away the left hand tab from each panel and stuck them all together in a row. I coloured them in pastal shades and used a clear glue and crystal glitter. I stuck the final panels together and  I  cut a base and a top. I folded in the bottom panels, interweaving them and stuck the base inside the box. I found some posh tissue paper in Tesco's and 'artistically' crumpled it into the box. I laid the top onto the tissue paper and folded the tops of the panels interweaving them. Then I stamped, embossed, coloured, cut out and glittered a medallion and attached a long length of ribbon to it. When I closed the box and laid the medallion on the top I was able to wrap the ribbon round the box and tie it into a bow. Then a flower from my stash finished it off quite nicely.