Monday, 29 September 2014

A little bit of candy

Shoo!  It’s been ages since I gave something away, hasn’t it?  So, up for grabs is a set of Whimsy’s Christmas Tree Trio stamps – I love this set, it’s so useful and works well with or without the accompanying die.

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You know the drill, leave a comment and I will draw a winner Wednesday night.  I’ll post worldwide.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Sarah Kay Noel

I was having a sort through my craft room - you would not believe the stuff I threw out – why I ever bought most of it in the first place is beyond me!  So one of the boxes I pulled out was my Sarah Kay stamps and decided to ink up this little beauty – Noel.  I think she has to be my all time favourite SK stamp.  Needless to say the sorting activities were curtailed.

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I went with a green colour scheme for a change, I used to use it a lot when I first started crafting but have not done so for yonks.

I coloured her up with copic markers and just a warm grey pencil for extra shading where needed (mainly on the coat and hat).
Skin: E13, 11, 00. 000
Hair, post box and boots: E59, 57, 55
Coat/Hat: E43, 42, 41, 40, W00
Skirt/Hat Band: G94, 21, 40, 20
Holly: BG99. G43, 40

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Also found in the clear out is these gorgeous rhinestone flowers (used in the centre of the bow), I can’t even remember where I bought them I have had them for so long!

I have used a sentiment from the  Holiday Notables 2 set from Whimsy Stamps

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The rhinestones, seam binding and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The flowers are wild rose, open roses 15mm.  I got a bit carried away with the rhinestones and dotted them amongst the flowers (as you do lol)

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hugs

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Christmas Stocking

Whilst browsing Pinterest last week, and losing hours and hours – sheesh that place is dangerous, I saw some cute Christmas stocking cards.  I had an idea to make an ornament instead of a card to give to special friends so they can use it again and again.  A few hours later this is what I came up with.  I love it!

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I downloaded a few free templates off the internet and cobbled/adapted them till I got the shape I liked.  I cut this from mountboard, my local picture framers so very kindly donated some to the cause.  Then the fun began.  Out came the Christmas papers and embellies.

The embellies are mostly from Wild Orchid CraftsPoinsettia large, pulled apart then spritzed with pearl shimmer then edges inked then reassembled with strong glue and finished off with a flatback pearls in a gold flower; small poinsettia I did the same but finished off with a gold finding and pearl.  Holly leaves, berries from the gold Christmas berry spray, and open roses in 20mm, 15mm and 10mm.  I also added a couple of gold bells to the ribbon bow and finished off with a wooden sentiment that I painted with gold paint then slathered in gold stickles.

I finished off the front with a couple of sentiment tags.

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And a look at the back, where I have added a sentiment and left space to address the “card”.  I really had fun making this and have quite a few ideas for more using different shapes.  I’m busy finishing off a penguin for my grandson (who is penguin crazy).  I’ll share that here when I’m done.

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Off to play some more.  I’m on holiday this week, feeling a lot better so I am going to enjoy every minute of making a mess in my craft room Smile

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Chalkboards

Good grief!  Three cards in one week from me (AND I have another one ready to post tomorrow), I must be feeling better lol.  Not quite …. but all the tests are done and now I am just waiting for a call back from the cardiologist.  Things are creeping along very slowly. 

I’m off work this week and next and was whiling away the hours on Pinterest and kinda got inspired to play yesterday.  This is what I came up with using the sublime new Christmas Chalkboards 1 sentiment stamps designed by Simonne Clay.  Shoo, that girl is ace at sentiments.

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I used some Wild Orchid Crafts goodies to embellish.  See, even though (for me) this is a trendy card I still managed to frou-frou it up HA!  I seperated the poinsettia and misted with pearl spray, allowed to dry and then reassembled and finished it off with one of these delish flatback pearls in a diamond circle.  I love that the charcoal grey pops off the white flower and also ties in with the chalkboard sentiment.  I heat embossed a wooden reindeer, added a couple of bells and a small metal corner and job done.  I think this set will be getting heaps of use this year.

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These stamps make for really quick and easy cards, that’s for sure.  I stamped the sentiment onto black card using Versamark ink, heat embossed with white embossing powder and layered it up.  The Papermania papers are from last year, or was it the year before?  All I know is a bought quite a few packs ….. I love red and white for Christmas.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Whimsy September Release Hop–Day 2

Hi Whimsy fans and welcome to Day 2 of our ... 2014 Holiday Release - Part 1
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This week we are releasing 22 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/ stamp sets and 7 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers ... TOMORROW!

We are thrilled to welcome Linda, Lis and Stephanne as our Guest Designers for this release. We are also excited to welcome some of our artists as guest designers this month. Welcome ladies!

Yesterday we sneak peeked the new Crissy Armstrong, Meljen Designs, Elisabeth Bell and Raindrop Echo Designs products. Today we are excited to show you the brand new Art by Mi Ran, Time for Tea Designs, Wee Stamps and SC Design stamps and dies being released this month. For a full reveal of these products, hop on over to the Whimsy blog!

For today's project, I inked up Mr Frosty.  Oh Man!  I just love his raggedy hat lol.  I also used the Christmas Tree Trio stamps which I heat embossed with detail gold embossing powder.  There is also a matching Christmas Tree Trio die that works perfect with the stamps.

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A closer look at Mr Frosty, he is just so stinking cute.

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I used one of the new flatback pearls in a gold circle from Wild Orchid Crafts in the centre of the bow, and finished off the gold embossed snowflakes with 15mm and 20mm open roses.

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And now on to the good stuff Smile

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.

Bev Rochester (that’s me)
Shannah Bartle
Mi Ran (GDT)
Ellie Stover
Debbie Eastman
Iris Wiechmann
Lis Murphy (GDT)
Danni Bindel
Jacque Beddingfield

Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog</ a> again tomorrow for the release day grand hop! Thanks so much for visiting today.

Happy hopping!

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