Monday, 28 October 2013

Halloween Damsel



It is nearly the end of the month and Halloween is approaching fast and here is another make for Country View Crafts with my non-existent Halloween stash!  


I thought the Tim Holtz dress form die would make a super tattered Halloween Damsel, so I died some muslin and lace with Dylusions Sweetened Orange spray (and yes my hands were this colour for days! it never occurs to me to put a pair of gloves on!).  

The top of her dress is embossed and inked with some black ink and I found these two grungepaper wings in a box at the bottom of a drawer so treated them to some more of the ink and a bit of crackle glaze.








The rest of the tag is decorated in bits and pieces which fitted the theme.  

Amazing what you find lurking in drawers!



You still have a few days left to join us in our Something Spooky challenge at Country View Crafts.  Do pop over and view some of the wonderful DT and Guest Designer pieces which have been showcased through the month - so many different types of projects and some fabulous inspiration.  

Thanks for visiting x

Friday, 25 October 2013

Trinket Box Makeover



For the final week of our Crafts-Too Challenge I am staying with our family tradition of making gifts for each other and have a little gift box to share with you.  I am always collecting old boxes for make-overs and I found this in a charity shop with some beads in it.  




The box will either be used to contain a small present or perhaps given as a trinket box in its own right.  I used  a sheet of the lovely Prima script papers and that wonderful Marianne Design die which seems to creep it's way into everything I am doing at the moment!



I have added a few of the usual flowers, flourishes, scrim and muslin and some lovely delicate lace around the edges of the box lid.  



You still have a week to join us in our Christmas Festivities fun.  Do pop over to Crafts-Too Challenge You and have a look at some wonderful DT inspirational pieces and some fabulous entries.  

Thank you all so much for visiting while I was away in Rome - I really appreciate it.  I had an absolutely fabulous time even though it was my third visit.  I now have lots of new photographs to scrap!!!!



Friday, 18 October 2013

Deck the Halls ........




Time for this month's second twist at Crafts-Too Challenge You and whilst the main theme is still Christmas Festivities we want to know what Christmas Means To You. 

We have a great tradition of making presents for each other in our family and one of my Aunts has decked our house out in beautiful patchwork and sewn decorations over the last thirty years.  I love making Christmas Tree decorations as they are very suited to paper and generally hang well without overloading the tree.

For this decoration I made a vellum rosette - I added some Music Tissue Tape to the vellum before cutting it and edged it with a Gold Pen before rolling it up.  

I have layered this over a Marianne Design Die Cut (two layers stuck together) and added some of my usual bits and pieces - scrim, ribbon and a handmade flower.

I used some lovely Stampin Up buttons to give the decoration a bit of weight.


Not the easiest thing to photograph without a Christmas tree!

There is still time to join us in our challenge and to share what Christmas means to you.  

Thanks for visiting!




Sunday, 13 October 2013

Orange - for a change .............


The challenge this month at Anything But a Card is ORANGE! which makes a change from Halloween!  


I thought I would share one of the tags we made recently at the Mixed Media Workshop here in Shetland.  Our theme for the weekend was the four seasons and so this was the Autumn tag.  

The girls wanted to do some sewing on a tag and also make these string flowers (tutorial on my side bar).  




We used Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Inks for the background and for dying the ribbon and muslin leaves.  A super combination of colours for this month.


I hope you will join us in our challenge this month as the theme is a wonderful opportunity to use some Autumnul craft supplies.  Click the link HERE for the challenge blog and some fabulous DT inspirational pieces.

Just a short post from me today as yesterday I returned from a wonderful week seeing my newborn grandaughter and two year old grandson.  I am pretty shattered!  Today I am packing as tomorrow morning I am off to Rome for a week - it is certainly all go!

See you all soon! x


Friday, 11 October 2013

Christmas Festivities Take Too!


A couple of quick make cards this week for the Crafts-Too Challenge.  I have used the Crafts-Too fir tree die again, this time using them in their cut strips, layering them over each other to create a "forest of trees".  


I am not a great lover of made embellishments but I thought these little outside players were delightful and just added the splash of colour I needed.


And another book card using the Nestabilities dies!  I made it in exactly the same way as last week's card, but such a different look with these different papers.



I hope you will join us in our challenge over at Crafts-Too.  Click the link here for some super inspirational pieces and details of the challenge.

Thanks for looking!




Friday, 4 October 2013

Christmas Festivities




Today is the first day of our new monthly challenge at Crafts-Too Challenge You.   

Our main theme this month is Christmas Festivities - with Twist 1 being to create a scene either indoors, outdoors or through a window, but most of all have fun creating your design.


I am really enjoying making these little book cards using a set of Nestabilities dies and the moment these lovely Authentique papers arrived in the post I immediately made them into a card.  


I used one of the new Crafts-Too fir tree dies for the lovely trees to which I added a little glitter.



I loved the look of the die cut tree shapes and so I used it as a stencil to create a matching envelope.


So this is my little outdoor scene - with these lovely waltzing skaters. 

I hope you will join us this month in our challenge.  Click the link HERE to see more of the DT inspirational pieces and also the link for your entries.  Most of all have fun!

I will be away for the next couple of weeks so there will be a few scheduled posts.  I am so looking forward to seeing my new baby granddaughter next week and then I am off to Rome for a city break with an old school friend. 

See you all soon!


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Spooky Craftings

October and one of my favourite months in terms of colours and harvest festivals.  And of course it is the month of Halloween and just about every crafting blog and challenge has Halloween projects galore and Country View Crafts is no exception!  



Our theme this month is Something Spooky which is a bit of a problem for me as I have so very little Halloween anything!  So my DT makes this month use the barest of Halloween supplies for which I apologise!  First up is this little spooky banner and it is "little"!!

I used a small label punch to create the individual pieces which I then decorated with anything relevant I could find.  I did have a tiny Halloween label, but everything else has been found lurking in the bottom of drawers! 


Free Craft Stamper stamps - house and cat.


Butterflies instead of bats!


And anything orange or black!

I hope you will join us in our challenge at Country View Crafts this month - even if like me you have very little Halloween stash.  Click the link HERE to see some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and one of our very talented Top 3 from last month.

Thanks for visiting!