Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chrissy Tree Mug Rug

I am definately not a fantastic machinist when it comes to sewing, but I wanted to show you an 8 x 8inch Mug Rug I made whilst away with my crafty friends.  This is the first time I have used paper piecing to make something and boy did it challenge me !

Worst bit for me was the edging (some of the corners are far from perfect), but I was proud to have achieved it with loads of help from the experts. Thanks girls !

Spurred me on to buy a new Janome sewing machine to add to my crafty things.  The old machine will be used solely for paper sewing now.

Sid xx

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Monday, November 28, 2011

'NOEL' The Owl

This little hanger completes my trio of Christmassy items all using the same Cosmo Cricket  6 x 6 inch printed papers.  The heart shape is another chipboard blank which has been covered back and front with papers as the base.

The owl and tree are rubber stamps from Hampton Arts.  I have stamped the full owl in black Archival Ink on four of the papers and then trimmed out elements which I have then reassembled to make the whole again.  Noels eyes have been covered in Glossy Accents to make them pop (looks a bit like he has been on the sherry !).

The tree has been stamped and trimmed out in the same way but this time coloured with Distress stains in forest moss and barn door. The letters have been cut out from another of the papers to spell out NOEL, hence his name.

Finishing touches were to add two eyelets with the crop-a-dile and to make a hanger with florists wire, bending it into shape. A large red jingle bell was added at the base of the heart.

Loved making it again.

Sid xx

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Festive Shadow Box

In the same theme as my last post and using the same papers here is a mini shadow box book which I have decorated in a festive way. All papers used are from Cosmo Cricket 'Dear Mr. Claus' 6 x 6 inch paper pad (3d Jean).

The outside of the box has been embellished with some elements cut from the paper along with a red satin bow and hat pin (The Ribbon Girl)

The inside boxes have a variety of papers, wooden snowflakes, ribbon, metal charms, felt shapes etc.  Yes, the little Christmas tree is from my cake featured in the last post so it's 'waste not want not' recycling in action !!

The internal frame was given a generous coating of pale green transparent glitter applied with PVA glue.

I have used Distress Stain in forest moss and barn door along with the corresponding Distress Inks to colour edges and raw chipboard surfaces.

Really enjoyed making it !

Sid xx

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Book

This little chipboard Christmas book was made as part of a project made on a recent crafty weekend retreat with my dear friends in Skipton.

All the decorations were made from a seasonal 6 x 6 inch paper pad. Photos taken at the time were printed on a POGO photo printer.  The 3 x 2 inch pics are made with a peelable sticky back so are ideal for this kind of crafting.

What a fab reminder of the great time we all had !!

Sid xx

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Birds of a Feather

Even more images from The Octopode Factory in this little piece I have done as Guest Designer for this weeks challenge on Lily's Challenge Blog.  The theme was 'Things With Wings'.

I used digital images, printed out on thin card and coloured with Marvey Le Plume Alcohol Ink Brush pens.  I then trimmed out the images ready for mounting.

The base is an old ribbon reel which I have covered with printed papers and embellished with black AB flat backed gems.

The birdes have been attached using florists wire which has been bent as desired.

Love the images especially their oversized feet and shoes !

Sid xx

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

We're All Mad !!

Here is a little 4.5 x 4.5 inch plate which I have made as my entry into 'The Altered Alice' challenge which is Falling Leaves and their true colours.

I have used a digi-image of the Cheshire Cat from The Octopode Factory printed and coloured with Marvey Le Plume alcohol brush markers as the central image.  The leaves (Crafty Individuals) are stamped in vintage sepia Versafine ink and coloured with a waterbrush and Distress inks in spiced marmalade, barn door and crushed olive.  All images have been trimmed out.  The words were printed on the computer on copier paper, coloured and cut out. 

The background is a piece of printed card sploshed with Distress staines in the same colours and taken back with a little picket fence Distress Stain.  I have used a skeleton leaf stamp (Lavinia) to stamp randomly ink spiced marmalade Distress Ink over the background.  All embellishments were then stuck in place as shown. 

The background was matted on some worded paper and some brown card after edging with vintage photo Distress Ink.  Finishing touches were to apply some green Souffle pen around the leaves and use a black fineliner to accent the shadow under the cat and around the words.

I have used a folding cardboard stand to display made from recycled card and cut out using a sizzix die.

Sid xx

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I made this solitary ATC with collaged freeby digi images from Chocolate Baroque.  There is a little stamping (7Gypsies - bird) with the borders and the bird and a little embellishing with the green gems.  Love the colours in this one.

This one also fits the bill for the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge theme which this week is 'House'.

Sid xx

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