Tuesday, 27 January 2015


A super fast and easy Valentine to share with you today. My neighbour wanted a clean and simple Valentine so I had this together in about 10 minutes. The card base is embossed and I just cut a piece of sookwang tape and punched out some different sized hearts. I used Martha Stewart chunky glitter and covered the punched hearts. The hearts were just arranged in a heart shape...a couple a rhinestones and voila.

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If You Down to the Woods Today

This is a tickle week over at Splitcoaststampers Teapot Tuesday
Challenge. What this means is we send our cards to each other. The challenge was to create a woodlands scene. Since I already did a card with mushrooms and woodland fairies quite recently I was stymied. After searching through my many stamps I ended up just drawing this little scene. I've been so lazy lately with my watercolours that I once again ended up using my copics.

After I finished uploading it to Splitcoast I wished I had added a deer to the meadow. Oh well next time.

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Teddy and Me

A cute little card to share with you today. I used a stamp from the Crafty Secrets "Bedtime Kids" set. The Teddy bear is a Sizzix die which out cut out in both brown and white. I flocked the pieces added rhinestone eyes, nose , and heart and tied a ribbon around his neck.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Wild as a Rose

Just finished a card for a Splitcoaststamper's challenge with a gardening theme. I used Crafty Secrets background paper which prints out sepia but I changed the tint to grey and coloured it with copics. The seed package and rose image on the package are from Crafty Secrets "Flower Garden". It's garnished with some ribbon and a rhinestone and pearl button.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Three Peas in a Pod 3D ATC

This week over at Splitcoaststampers the Teapot Tuesday was to make either an ATC, Downton Abbey project, or mixed media project. I chose the ATC. This cute little box folded down measures 2.5x3.5 qualifying it as an ATC.

I used Crafty Secrets "Retro Kitchen Digital Kit" for the image and red paper. The sentiment is hand lettered, around the edge I scribbled some lines, and cut them out. I used the subject peas and made a few pea pods to decorate the sides. The pea die is Memory Box, I painted the top pod layer with H2O's and substituted rhinestones for peas. The lacy edge is a Martha Stewart edge punch. A few extra rhinestone peas scattered about and some ribbon and....voila!

Folded down

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Monday, 5 January 2015

Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire!

First and foremost, Happy New Year, may you all be blessed in 2015. This is a month of reflection and at least for the first few months adherence to some resolutions. One of my main resolutions is to spend more time in my craft room. When we moved to our present home I tricked out a craft room in the basement and I don't like it down there. My last room, although small, had a floor to ceiling window looking out on a mountain creek surrounded by 200' cedar trees and birds singing all the time. We haven't a spare room to devote to my crafting so it's the basement or nothing. If any of you saw the room I craft in you'd think me a chronic complainer as the room is large, well equipped, and beautifully finished but in this space I am not inspired. A friend of mine (who is a psychiatrist incidentally) decided I am mildly depressed and suggested I take a walk in the woods a few times a week for inspiration and hang art that inspires me on my craft room walls. Anyway the outcome of this is I have made myself a promise to be much more productive, by setting achievable goals.

If I am slightly depressed (only where crafting is concerned) I do know a great contributor, ELECTRONICS!!! In a 3 month period my hard drive crashed, my much loved camera broke, and on this project my printer failed when I tried to print on linen. Actually I was proud of myself, after getting over the fact my long planned linen growth chart was doomed for failure I came up with the idea of a child's carousel without too much sorrow for myself. It was hard to capture the whole thing in a single photo but here are two shots of it.

For the TUTORIAL this month I will take you through the steps to create your own carousel.

I started with a wooden embroidery hoop. First I painted it with silver paint and then punched out the letters to spell "Twinkle twinkle little star" which were covered in glue and extra chunky silver glitter. That was all left to dry. Next I  used my big shot to punch out the star and moon border by Memory Box. That was painted silver and the stars and moon glued, glittered, and left to dry.

The silver hoop was assembled with the letters and border. I cut silver cord in 2 lengths the shorter cords hold the children and the longer cords hold the stars on the bottom and the upper half attaches to the hanging hook. The cords are glued inside the hoop. There are 5 alternating long and short cords. Lastly I glued strips of silver paper inside the hoop to hide where the cords are attached to the hoop.

The next step was my favourite of course, because it involved colouring. I used  "Bedtime Kids" to create these adorable little sleepyheads. I love this wonderful new Crafty Secrets set and it is wonderful value with 55 images.                                          

To create the kids I printed the five images you see hereand I paper pieced their pyjamas. The wonderful thing about digital papers is that you can scale the paper to any size you want. If I had used a normal sized patterned paper the scale would have been way too large. I shrank the patterns until the print looked about right for the images, overlaid the images and then cropped the excess paper so I wouldn't waste much ink (a trick I learned from Melody Clement). For each child I printed 4 images, one with the image exactly the way it comes, the second with the image reversed, the third with the image printed on the patterned paper, and the fourth reversed. Of the two images printed on patterned paper I cut out any skin part and the plain printed image I coloured the skin parts and slippers with copics. The pyjamas were shaded with copics as well.

I had 15 foiled stars and I cut out 15 glittered stars to back them with. To assemble I glued the pj's on the kids and glued the backs and fronts together sandwiching the silver cord between them. The stars were assembled the same way with a foil star on the back and a glittered star on the front face, three to a cord. The five cords were tied together at the top and wired to an "s" hook.

If I was to make it again I would have used fishing line as the cord didn't allow the sandwich to lie as flat as I would have liked. However the silver cord does look pretty .

"Now, go visit the rest of the design team blogs below and be sure to leave them some love. Then, link up your own Crafty Secrets project on the BLOG and you could win the entire Bedtime Kids Stamp Set! We’ve loaded a free image from the set into this month’s Linky Party post as our way of thanking you for playing along. You can download the image and use it in your Linky Party project, or use one of the FREE PRINTABLES found on the blog page. The rules are simple: Just create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets, and link it up on the Crafty Secrets blog before midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, January 18th. "

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader  http://www.kathybydesign.com

Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations    http://darscraftycreations.blogspot.com/

Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest   http://www.nelliesnest.blogspot.com

Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s   http://papermelodys.wordpress.com/

Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker   http://chelemom.blogspot.com/

Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink  http://www.inkingpink.com/

Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography,   http://www.sheilarumney.com/

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