Tuesday, 10 December 2019

A 'Green' Christmas

Every year I say I am going to be organised enough to make our wrapping paper so it can be recycled and every year I fail. This year I may not have succeeded in making the 200 or so cards I usually do but I did make the wrapping paper and matching tags!

Materials used:
The Arty Crafty Place Indian Printing Block - Mini Detailed Snowflake 
The Arty Crafty Place Indian Printing Kit- Mini Christmas Tree
The Arty Crafty Place Indian Printing Kit - Small Star 
white acrylic paint
rolls of brown paper
wooden tags

I kept it really simple this year but already have ideas for next year! The wooden tags have been in my stash for a year now but I never got around to using them. I cannot even remember what I planned to use them for originally.

I love the Indian printing blocks, they are not cheap but are works of art in their own right. So look out for future posts featuring the blocks.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


Entering the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon #526 - Wrap It! 
Creative Fingers #176 - Anything Goes 
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Christmas 
A Bit More Time To Craft #105 - Anything Goes 
Love To Craft #41 - December Anything Goes

Friday, 6 December 2019

Scrapper's Delights Progressive Challenge For December

Time for the last progressive challenge of the year on the Scrapper's Delights Facebook, and such a great image to finish on.

Materials used:
Happy Christmas acrylic stamp 
circle die set
pennant die
silver mirri card
X-Press It card
designer card from stash
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
eyes - B21
hair - Y21, Y26, YR24, E25
tunic - V0000, V000, V01
trousers - G000, G00, G02, G14, YG17
holly berries - R39, R89
holly leaves - G28, G29, G99
hat - R36, R37, R39, R56     C1, C3, C5, Blender

I have tried to keep her clothes very pale pastel colours without losing the shadows which I think I have manged to a certain extent. The fur on the hat I am so pleased with and it is pure accident. I was a bit heavy handed with the C5 so I dabbed the blender over it to try and tone the grey down, the result was the fur texture. I tried to so the same again on a different image but it did not work nearly as well!

I actually used 3 circle dies for matting and layering. The white one has a debossed layer from a smaller circle.

I hope you will join in the fun with us to finish off the year in style. You can find the Facebook Page here. For more inspiration check out the Scrapper's Delights Inspiration Blog and the Challenge Blog. You could even have a go at both challenges.

If you are a fan of Scrapper's Delights then don't miss the Pre Cyber Monday Sale!

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Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


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Scrapper's Delights Chibi New Release

It's time for some more new images at Scrapper's Delights. This month's set has a Winter/Christmas theme going on. Here is the card I made to showcase the skating boy.

Materials used:
Scrapper's Delights - Chibi Ice-Skater Boy
winter trees acrylic stamps
black archival ink pad
Little B die set - Handwritten
rectangle faux stitched die
silver mirri card
X-Press It card
5" x 7" card blank
Distress Oxides - fosslized amber, warn lipstick, broken china, wilted violet
Copic pens:
skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair - E54, E47, E59
eyes - W1, W3, W5
jeans - B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
shirt - G02, G17, G29, G99     R29, R39, R59, R89
skates - C1, C3, C5, C7

The image has been printed out on X-Press It card with the background paper in place. I used the Distress Oxide inks to ink up the card blank so that it would mimic the mat printed using a paper from the Watercolour Batik set by We Are 3. I thought this paper looked like a frozen pond with a dramatic sunset. I used the curves of the paper to position my trees on and stamped them with black archival ink. At this point I wish I was an artist because in my mind's eye I see a fence which I could have drawn in and maybe some birds flying in to roost in the trees!

The sentiment is die cut from silver mirri card. The stamped up and coloured in image is cut out using a rectangle die. 

Do go over to the Scrapper's Delights Store and take a look at the other images in the new release. You can also find lots of wonderful inspiration on the Scrapper's Delights Blog.

If you are a fan of Scrapper's Delights images then don't miss the Pre Cyber Monday Sale!

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Thanks for visiting. Take care.


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Monday, 2 December 2019

Path of Positivity Goes Peaceful

It is the final PoP challenge for this year, where has the time gone? This month the optional theme is Peace. This time of year is not exactly the most peaceful! With the crowded shops and the endless Christmas music blaring over the shop speakers from October (slight exaggeration!) It is easy to get caught up in the world's clamour. That is why I love Advent as a time just to stand back from it all and reflect on what Christmas is all about. That tiny baby in a cattle feed trough is the maker of the Universe. That tiny baby being held and cherished by it's mother is Lord of us all. That tiny baby smiling at the humble shepherds is the Prince of Peace. That tiny baby being worshipped by the kings is one day coming back, not as a baby but as King of Israel and ruler of the earth. Looking at the state of the world now I hope that day will not be too long in coming!

So while it may be a bit early to wish you a Happy Christmas I will instead pray for you a peaceful Advent and time to discover again the real meaning of Christmas. God bless you.

Materials used:
rectangle faux stitched die
5" x 7" card blank
X-Press It card
printer card
Copic pens:
mum's skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
baby's skin - E50, E51, E53
mum's hair - Y21, Y26, YR24, E26
baby's hair - E50, E42, E43
background - Y00, Y11, Y13

The verse from Silent Night is printed on printer card then cut with the die. I used the same yellow combination to go around the edge of the card blank to tie it in with the main image.

The challenge will run until the 5th of January and the theme Peace is optional. This month our sponsors are Pattie's Creations and Scribbles Designs. Details and the link up can be found at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. I do hope you will join in with us this month.

Thank you for dropping in and take care.


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Monday, 18 November 2019

Thankfulness and Controversial Thinking

Can you believe we are halfway through the November challenge and hurtling ever faster towards Christmas. At this time of year there is so much to be thankful for and yet so easily we get caught up in the consumerism of the season.

Before I share my thoughts with you I just want to say that these are my own thoughts and I am open to helpful critique. Also, I in no way want to upset my American friends so if you have different opinions on this please let me know.

On the third Thursday of November the Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day, this year it falls on the 28th November. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians when they shared a meal marking the first harvest. Settlers and Indians sharing the earth's bounty in peace. But as is the way in the history of mankind that harmony did not last. The sharing of bounty in a spirit of thankfulness was replaced by avarice and the hunger for acquiring more; more land, more money, more everything.

When we want to justify our position of taking from others we invariably reduce our victims to less than human. So the Indians lost their tribal names and became 'savages', as such they were fair game. European settlers have followed the same pattern wherever they have landed on the earth. The Spanish did the same to the Aztecs and Incas, the Australian colonists to the Aborigines, the British in India, the Dutch in Africa.. The idea of superiority over others was taken to it's pinnacle by Nazi Germany and the Final Solution, wiping out all that was considered inferior, Jews, Gypsies, Coloureds, Gays, the mentally ill, the physically handicapped. It was easy, just spread falsehoods about them and incite hatred towards them so that people don't question what is happening. With the rise of xenophobia and Antisemitism the danger is increasing that it will happen again.

The great sadness in all this is that we forget to be thankful for what we have and start wanting what others have. How different the world would look if the spirit of the first Thanksgiving Celebration had remained the dominant spirit of the the land.

Thanks for sticking with it and I do hope I have not offended anyone, that is the last thing I want to do. And so onto my card, I have used another cornucopia image this time from our on going sponsor Scribbles Designs. I have a thing about the beauty of nature at harvest, all the different colours and textures. I made this one for my friend Melanie, those who have been with me for a while will know that Melanie introduced me to rubber stamping all those years ago. Well she now splits her time between the USA and England having remarried an American. So this is for her and Russ even though they will be in the UK for Thanksgiving Day.

Materials used:
X-Press It card
designer card
rectangle die set
5" x 7" card blank
orange sequins (from stash)
Copic pens:
orange pumpkin - Y35, Y38, YR14, YR18, E15, E18  stalk - E43, E44, E47
yellow/green pumpkin -  W0, Y00, Y11, YG67, G28, G29, G99  stalk - W1, W3, W5
aubergine - V06, V09, V99  stalk - YG01, YG67
pepper - YG03, YG17, YG67, G29   stalk - YG21, YG23, YG25
maize - Y21, Y26, Y28  husk - YG61, YG63, YG67
wheat - YR21, Y26, YR24, Y28
apples - R24, R27, R29, R39, R59, R89  stalk - E19, E09
pear - Y02, R32, YG01, YR02, Y15, Y17, Y06   stalk - E29, E18
maple leaves - YG00, YG23, YG17, YR02, YR04, YR7
leaves - YG03, YG17, YG67, G29
cornucopia basket - E31, E33, E35, E39
background - Y00, Y11

I'm not a great embellisher finding it tricky knowing where to place them but I had a box of sequins for my birthday back in August and felt I really should have a go at using them! The designer layer has been lying in a drawer for some time now waiting it's turn to be useful.

Our two sponsors for this month are A Day For Daisies (on a break but honouring sponsorship) and Scribbles Designs.  For details of prizes and how to qualify, the link up and all other information visit the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. As I write this we have only had three entries though with Thanksgiving coming soon I am sure there must be more of you making cards. So do please join us you have until the end of the month to link up. You never know one of the prizes may already have your name on it. Now wouldn't that be something to be thankful for!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.


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