Friday, 31 October 2008

Whiff of Joy - Project of the Month

Katharina set us a challenge for this months project of the month - to decorate a candle. Now candle wax and a heat gun together conjure up the stuff of nightmares for me lol - just as well it's Halloween then!

I decided to not only do a stamped candle but to make a matching microscope slide ornament for my Christmas tree (I love Christmas and have 100's and 100's of baubles - watch this space when me tree goes up next month lol). I also love Yankee candles but feel the sticker on the front could do with covering up so made a label to cover their brand sticker.

I used Melinda Helping Angel as my main image and went with autumnal colours. I used a Whiff of Joy sentiment stamp and also used a Stampin Up scroll stamp to balance the image by placing the scrolls either side.

I stamped Melinda out, painted with distress inks and H2O's, chalked around the edges of the circle to age it a bit. I punched holes on either side of the circles to thread the ribbon through. Really quick and easy and so effective I think.

I love working with microscope slides so made one to complete my little set. Scroll down for pics and instructions on how I did it.

For the stamped candle, I stamped the image on to tissue paper, placed this on to some folded tissue, took a deep breath and attacked the image with distress inks, Koi water brush and H2O's. The tissue under the image absorbs a lot of the excess water - I was surprised at how well it worked!! I cut closely around the image (didn't trust that the extra would disappear when heated lol)

I didn't have any greaseproof paper so had to use baking parchment - it seemed to work okay. The trick was keeping the paper taught whilst heating with a heat gun and trying to check that I didn't have a gloopy mess instead of a candle.

For the Microscope Slide I used Memory Glass slides, Memory Foil tape (self adhesive) and a couple of images painted with distress inks and H2O's.

Before painting I placed the slides on to the image and traced around and just painted the bit I needed.

Cut this out and distress the edges with chalk inks or distress inks and glitter the wings.

Make sure that you don't touch the sides of the glass that are going to be on the inside else you will have fingerprints on the finished slide. Run some gold cord on the back of one of the images having a loop at the top and excess at the bottom to thread some beads on, glue the second image back to back to the first one. Place the glass slides on both images.

Starting at the top, run the foil tape around the slide. Once this is all in place start with the corners and your bone folder and work the corners in, giving it a good old polish with the folder to smooth the lumps and bumps. Once the corners are done work your way around the remainder of the slide with the bone folder, on both sides. Take a cloth and give it another rub to make sure the foil is as smooth as possible.

Apologies for the long post - hope this is clear enough - I'm not very good at explaining things.

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Friday sketchers good luck Charlie

I realised this week that I hadn't inked up Good Luck Charlie from Whiff of Joy yet so have used him to make a card for this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge which I have just managed to get in on time!
A chimney sweep is just not a chimney sweep without a grubby face, so my good luck Charlie is really sooty lol.

I've used HOTP papers from an old QVC kit, the sentiment is also by Whiff of Joy

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Candy time and news on a merged challenge blog

We have some exciting and sad news - Tilda and Co / Sarah Kay Challenge blogs are no more , unfortunatley there has had to be some changes. Donna needed to merge both challenge blogs together to free up some time for herself. The good news is we have a brand new challenge blog Magnolia vs Stampavie! For alll the info please check out the new blog, 1st challenge in Sunday

Donna has given us some fab blog candy for each DT member to give away which she has kindly donated from her craft store Crafty Krafts

Please only enter ONE candy draw - there are 7 DT members and 7 lots of candy but you will only be eligible for ONE entry. The candy is open to all and Donna will post worldwide. You have until 10pm on Saturday 1st November to enter.

1. Place a link to the new blog on your blog, you can grab a logo here
2. Post about the new challenge blog on your blog and link to it.
3. Leave a comment on this post so Donna can draw your name for the candy
4. Leave a comment on the new challenge blog with a link to your post and mention which DT candy you have entered. Each candy is different so it's important to state which draw you have entered. Donna will then use a random number counter on Sunday and go through all the DT blog comments to select a winner for each seperate candy.

Thanks for looking,

Whiff of Joy colour challenge

We have a colour challenge this week at Whiff of Joy Challenges and the challlenge is to use Burgundy (or red) and Green. Nice and easy one and I'm so looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.
I really rushed this card this week - too much to do and not enough time to do it all in lol, so a quick and simple card this week. Fortunately the gorgeous Whiff of Joy image doesn't need much to make a fab card so I'm lucky there hey!! I coloured Melinda hugging heart with distress inks and H2O's. The papers are the very yummy Basic Grey Wassail 6 x 6 pad . Flowers are Prima, Zooms are from Stamp Galaxy and the border punch is from Martha Stewart - Lace Doiley punch. The sentiment is a Stampin Up rub on

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Dawn's blog candy and a window on my world

Dawn is giving away some blog candy to celebrate her 20,000 hits - way to go Dawn!! All you have to do is take a photo of your crafting space/room and if you're in the photo even better (and if you have any furry crafting buddies she would love to see them too~!!) - It's great to put a face to the name!!! - A winner will be chosen on Friday 31/10/08 at 8pm.

I read about this candy on Rach's blog and was ooh'ing and aah'ing over her fabby craft space - you lucky thing! Don't all laugh now but here's my little window on the world, I have the back bedroom which I share with my hubby (although his little corner for his radio control cars, boats and planes is getting smaller and smaller, bless him). I keep all the stuff I use all the time in this room, but have plenty more in the other spare bedroom and the garage - it's frightening how much stuff you collect!! So without further ado, here's my little space Dawn - but first things first, meet Lady, our new addition to the family. She shares my chair with me - she hogs it and I sit on the very edge of it!!

Some of my punches - yep I use them all. Also is the set of drawers from Ikea that house a lot of wood mounted stamps, love it!! On the wall is some of the wood mounted Xmas stamps

A close up of the set of Ikea drawers - perfect for stamps

Where I play

The enitre wall is one large cupboard with new shelving from Ikea, there are 3 sets of double sliding doors that hide the stash. I couldn't get it all into one pic without balancing on the bannister (not a good idea when you're my size!!!) so have posted 3 pics. The drawer units on the floor keep my ribbons, some of the A4 card and embellishments.

I love this 12 x 12 paper storage, only problem is I need a couple more but have not been able to source any in the UK boohoo. I have 12 x 12 shelving for the rest of the paper and card in the other bedroom so would love another couple to save me trailing backwards and forwards.

More doglets for you Dawn

My flower addiction and stamp pads and Nestie storage - lots of people have emailed asking what the nesties are stuck to. It's self adhesive magnetic sheets that I got off Ebay, they've been stapled to a sheetof hardboard and the hardboard fixed to the wall. I find it so much easier to get the size I need when they are all mounted together than having to hunt through a CD case that they used to be kept in

Hubby's wee corner and MESS!

I'll be back later with another card.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 27 October 2008

Whiff of joy does the treble except it's not a treble!!

I had to do another combo today else I would never get all the challenges done that I want to - there seems to be new ones springing up almost every week and you know what a challenge junkie I am, I break out in hives if I think I can't get them all done lol. So, I've managed to combine this weeks Basic Grey which is shapes, This Thursday which is throw a curve and I've used the fab sketch on Dutch Dare - and have just realised it's last weeks sketch - doh!!!

I also want to apologise for not leaving comments on your blogs - my modem is on it's last legs and I am waiting for Telewest to send the replacement (hopefully this week) so as soon as I ave it I will be able to leave comments. I keep on losing connection and having to reboot the modem which is doing my head in big time - never fear, you can't keep me quiet for long lol.

I have coloured Matthew with present from Whiff of Joy with distress inks and H2O's (I had to use the light box tonight, the clocks going back is doing nothing for my photography skills - so unfortunately the H2O's are showing very shimmery which they are not IRL). The sentiment is also from Whiff of Joy and has been punched with a SU Word Window punch.

The papers are the yummy Basic Grey Offbeat papers (from the 6 x 6 pad).

The Zoomz are from Stamp Galaxy and the snowflakes are punched with Martha Stewart and Dovecraft punches.

Thanks for looking,

Sarah Kay Animals challenge

The challenge this week on the Sarah Kay challenge blog is to incorporate animals into your card. I love this image, these little doglets remind me so much of my Rosie and Roxy so I just had to use it. I've gone with another kick-stand card, love these - they are so quick and easy to make.
I have coloured the image with distress inks and H2O's (yep - again) and have used the delish Basic Grey Wassail papers. I've stamped the insert (also BG Wassail paper) with a HOTP scroll stamp. The sentiment is from the Lili of the Valley Xmas set which I got from The Hobby House. The borders are punched with my Martha Stewart lace doily punch. Flowers, etc from stash.

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, 26 October 2008

A Forever Friend Star

The challenge on Cute Card Thursday is stars at nigh - something spooky or stars. I don't do Halloween cards as a rule so have gone with the stars theme. I built the card around these HOTP papers from an old QVC kit, think the colours are great for a man's card.

I've gone for overkill with the stars lol, but the left border looked a bit bare so I decided to put the sizzix stars along that edge.

I coloured the image with the usual distress inks/H2O's. The papers are from the QVC HOTP TSV from last year (I think).
Sentiment is Cuddly Buddly
The stars are from the Sizzix stars die
The star clip was in amongst a fab surprise gift off my friend Alice.
I thought the burgundy paper looked a bit bland when the card was assembled so I doodled some stitching around the edge with a gel pen.
The zig-zag border is a Martha Stewart punh - love this one, it embosses as well as punches.

I'll be back later on today with my Sarah Kay challenge card, see ya later - have a fab Sunday

Thanks for looking,

Friday, 24 October 2008

Camilla has some yummy candy up for grabs and I've been tagged

Hop on over to Camilla's blog and enter her candy give away - it's nothing less than the super suave 007 Charlie from Whiff of Joy stamps!!!! Here is Camilla's card made with the stamp - hasn't she done the most amazing job!!!!!

I have been tagged by my dear friend Donalda
Here is how this one works.......

Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Answer the five sets of five (this is the easy part) Tag 5 people in the last section by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Things I love -
1. My family
2. Animals - especially my dogs
3. My friends
4. Anything to do with crafts
5. Reading

Things I don't love -
1. Ironing (ewwwwww)
2. Working (would rather stay home and play)
3. Shopping (unless it's craft shopping)
4. Being taken for granted (and yes it happens all the time sadly)
5. Offal, brussells sprouts, asparagus, shell fish, chocolate cake (REVOLTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Favorite Music on IPOD or playlist
I don't have an i-pod or playlist, just listen to the first CD that I pull out of the RAK (I still live in the dark ages lol)

Favorite Foods/drinks -
1. Ice cream - any except chocolate
2. Sunday Roast
3. Creme Caramel
4. Haribo jellies
5. Jacket potatoes (done slowly in the oven with lashings of Lurpak)

Here are the people I am tagging......


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Thursday, 23 October 2008

Whiff of Joy/Mojo Monday

I've been itching to use this Cosmo Cricket paper since it arrived in the post on the weekend and have at last managed to use it. I love the vintage look to these papers and particularly love this one - I'm a fan of blue and brown together although I've brought some orange in (every time I use this stamp I think orange - why??)

I'm entering this card in Mojo Monday challenge. I struggled with this one - I'm so used to making square cards, the image was stuck down and lifted again that many times I had to replace the sticky pads lol.

The image is the gorgeous Willow with Cookies from Whiff of Joy which I have coloured with distress inks/H2O's.
The paper is Cosmo Cricket Gretel - Autumn which I got from The Hobby house.
Flower (orange) is Prima, crochet is one of mine and the little gold daisy spacer is from Sparklybits

I have also received this award from Debby, thanks so much hunny. I've already passed this on so if anyone hasn't got it please help yourselves.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Sarah Kay pretty in pink

ah KayI got my long awaited Sarah Kay Christmas stamps this week - woohoo!! I'm entering this in the Friday Skatchers challenge - love the sketch this week, it's brilliant!

Apologies for the pants photo, the colours are a lot more pink IRL instead of the tomato juice red the pic is showing!!

Sarah Kay Joy of Giving stamp coloured with distress inks/H2O's, sentiment is Studio G
Papers are from the DCWV Rose Tinted Christmas (LOVE these papers!!)
The little spacers I got from Mandy at Sparklybits - they are gorgeous and just perfect for the snowflake centers. She has them in gold and silver and they are cheap as chips.

Thanks for looking,

Whiff of Joy Challenge 5 and Secret Crafter challenge

The Whiff of Joy challenge this week is a fab sketch by Heather. Please go and take a peek at the DT cards, they are truly fab!

For this card I've used Charlie building snowman from Whiff of Joy and I've coloured the image with distress inks and H2O's. The papers are DCWV Christmas stack from last year. The sentiment is Cuddly Buddly and the snowflake stamps are Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Please excuse the appalling sewing, my sewing machine decided it didn't want to play tonight - just when I didn't need that!! It's stitched a pattern that is not even an option GRRRR!!! Let's just say we're not the best of friends lol.


Secret Crafters challenge this week is "Blue, White and a little bit of snowflake!" so I thought the Kadoodle Flint Cottage stamp would work great with this challenge. All it took was a touch of glitter (okay - maybe more than just a touch lol) to transform the cottage to a winter scene.

I stamped the Flint Cottage image from The Craft Barn with Adirondak Denim ink and smudged the ink with a damp paintbrush. The topiary trees I have popped up on some silicone to add a bit of dimension. Loads of snowflakes - punched and embossed and even stamped.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Rach's Whiff of Joy blog candy

Rach has some yummy candy up for grabs!! A Whiff of Joy stamp plus Basic Grey papers, charms, stickles, shrink art and buttons - so pop across to her blog and enter to be in with a chance of winning!!

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 20 October 2008

Sugar Nellie Pickin' Apples and new puppy pics

There's another amazing sketch on offer this week at Sketch Saturday so here's what I've come up with

I've coloured the Sugar Nellie image from The Hobby House with distress inks and H20's.
I have used the scrummy Bo Bunny Shabby Princess collection papers, and the beige layer is just paper that I have stamped using the Canvas background stamp from Stampin Up and Antique Linen distress ink - I need to lie down in a dark room after using all these delish papers these past few days lol.
The sentiment stamp is from Stampin Up - Best Yet set
Flower is Prima and the heart button is from my button box.
And shock horror!!! Only ONE flower and no charms - I think I've lost the plot!!!

I also have some news to share - we've another Cavalier that has come to live with us, she is a year old and answers to Lady - I'll try and get some pics of her tomorrow. IN the meantime here's a couple of puppy pics snapped yesterday, not very good shots but they don't seem to get the bit about posing for the camera lol.

I've not cropped the foot stool out so you can see just how little they are!!

Thanks for looking,