Friday, 27 November 2009

Xmas Banner -2nd piece

I've been looking forward to this next challenge of RSS as it is the second piece of the Christmas Banner. Wasn't sure what Kraft paper was, and I don't think I was the only one but it turns out that it's just plain old brown paper! The cut n' dry stamping was a new technique to me and although it was fairly successful I'm not sure I would try it again. I pressed some buttons into the foam on the back like this..

and stamped onto white card using T.H. Antique Linen distress Ink. The edges of the pennant were inked using Walnut Stain. Then I punched some eyelets near the top, threaded some raffia through, tied it and added a button. Next, I tore some strips of brown paper and edged them with gold E.P. Finally I stamped a christmas tree from Christine Dark's Joie de Noel set in a sage colour, cut it out and mounted it on dimension tape.
I kept this pennant quite simple purposely, I don't like my creations to look too busy and also I don't know what the next two challenges hold in store.
Keep warm and thanks for looking.
Fiona x

Monday, 23 November 2009

Altered Board Book

This is a project I have been working on for a few weeks. It was a bit 'trial and error' as it's the first one I have done but I was quite pleased with the results. It was made as a gift for my Auntie and Uncle's Ruby Wedding Anniversary which was yesterday. I was a bridesmaid at their wedding all those years ago.

Andy and Pete had a great party to celebrate yesterday and there lots of ribald jokes about married bliss and give and take, etc. We had a superb 3 course meal accompanied by loads of booze.

The book is one I bought in a charity shop and the pages were covered with papers (BG I think) and I added embellishments and rub-ons along the way, together with the photo's. I gave it a distressed look by sanding the edges of the book and photo's and inking the edges of the pages. The spine was made with grunge paper which I painted with a mix of acrylic paint and H20's. Finally I made a presentation box on my score board and added a nice red bow.
Hope you like it.
Fiona x

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Red White and Green

Hello Folks,
I've been absent from Blogland for a couple of weeks, what with one thing and another life has been a bit full-on lately. Also I've been trying to get on with my xmas cards but still have 20 to do. Hopefully I can do some more tonight.
Anyway, this is my latest creation which I will enter into The Colour Create Challenge which has a theme of red, white and green.
The Holly stamp on the inside of the card is by Stampendous and I coloured the image with watercolour pencils and 'stickled' the berries. Half of the front of the card was cut off and I covered this with paper from the 'Seasons Greetings' cd by Artylicious, and edged one side with the red polka dot ribbon. Next I matted and layered two ovals which were cut and embossed on the 'bug and did some faux stitching on the white one. (not a patch on Christine Dark's stitching tho') Then I added a poinsettia which I embossed with a brass stencil and light box, I'd almost forgotten I had these items so it was nice to use them again. I drew some veins on the leaves with a quickie glue pen and sprinkled on some crystal glitter for a frosty effect and popped a blingy brad in the centre. The final touch was a sentiment mounted on some red card.
Thanks for looking.
Fiona x

Monday, 9 November 2009

Crafty Kids

Here are my niece and nephew Emily and Eddie, who came around yesterday to do some crafting with me. There were a few interruptions for CBBC and lots of 'skids' on my laminate floor but after a few hours two xmas presents had been made! Afterwards we all went to nan's for a lovely roast dinner.
Bye for now,
Fiona. x

Sunday, 8 November 2009

RSS Challenge 9 - Xmas Banner

Hello All,
The latest Ready Steady Stamp challenge is slightly different. Over the next few weeks they want you you make a Christmas Banner. The current challenge is the first piece of the banner (like bunting) and here are the 'ingredients'.

You can choose your own colours but must keep to them throughout the weeks ahead. I used Christine Dark's Joie de Noel stamps which I bought yesterday at The Craft Barn. This set includes a star and swirly mistletoe which I used for this project. I also used a script stamp from Hero Arts. The large star and mistletoe were heat embossed and some glitter added to the mistletoe. Finally a few punched stars and a bell, et voila!

Unfortunately the photo is not one of my best as it's very grey today.

Thanks for looking. BFN.
Fiona x