Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hello Thursday - Let the Festivities Begin

Hello out there!  So I did warn you last week that my posts would be quite Christmassy now, and here's the start :-)

In light of recent world events, I have been struggling to get in the Christmas mood. But with Christmas music playing loudly in the background I got crafting :-)

Today we are starting a new challenge at Emerald Creek Dares and we ask you to get your Festive creative head on for this one.

I used another shadow box, by 7 Gypsies, from my stash, this one is the same as the last but in white. I checked to see when I actually bought these shadow boxes and it was back in June of 2013!  So it's always good to grab those bargains, see I knew I would use it one day LOL!


So, lets get on with how I made this little Festive scene.  For the scene through the windows I found the perfect picture in the Polkadoodles wonderful Studio 12 Picknix 2 - Gingerbread Twist collection. I did add some clear glitter glue to those picture panels, you can see it in later pictures.

For the brick background I used a Darice Brick embossing folder which I first inked up with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using my brayer.  After running it through I then inked over it with a little more Vintage Photo and Red Brick Distress inks.


Next up came the little tree.  Last year I took up some book folding for Christmas and decided to have a go at making a little one.  This is a half tree and is only 3" tall! I decided to use the larger snowflake for the tree in the end.  


I sprayed the tree first with Bundled Sage Distress Stain, then some homemade glimmer mist using Perfect Pearls.  Later I also added a little clear glitter glue to add some more sparkle.


The Snowflakes both the Victorian and Mini Victorian are just so beautiful from Emerald Creek, the Candy Canes too, which I added some red with R29 Copic marker :-)


For the fire place I used a backing paper from the Polkadoodles Work & Play 2 collection.  Made it into a shadow box of sorts.  Inked the surround with Vintage Photo Distress ink, makes it look as if that fire has been going a while :-)  The fire itself is some free clip art that I cut and then layered up and I added a little wooden mantle, made from card stock, to hang the stockings from.


Then all I had to do was start to assemble and put everything together.


Did you notice the little visitor in the window - that's Monte the Raccoon.  He is a wonderful stamp from Emerald Creek and he was perfect for this. I stamped him on to Kraft card and then just a bit of colouring was needed.  See there's this little old tree outside the house that he is forever climbing and he couldn't resist peeking in to see all the Festive goodies :-)


See, here he is!  Couldn't resist adding some texture paste with a little glitter in to make it look like snow in the windows and gave Monte a little dusting too :-)


The poinsettia garland is from Polkadoodles Twiggy & Toots Christmas collection and was layered up and then I added a little Sakura Glitter pen.  The picture above the fireplace is a framed coloured digi from Polkadoodles Frosted Winter - Octavia collection as are the little stockings on the fire place!


The Merry Christmas is a cut file from Miss Kate's Cuttables and I cut it four times and then glued them altogether.  I feel it finished of the project perfectly.


And there you have it - my first (not a card) Christmas creation :-)  I hope you will join us over at Emerald Creek Dares - as I know you are all busy making your Christmas creations!  You could win a $25 gift certificate to the Emerald Creek Store!


Don't forget to check out the rest of the teams fabulous makes - wow!

And of course the boss lady Kim at Emerald Creek too :-)



Julia - Paradise Lost

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Dare I say it Happy Holidays everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to my friends across the border :-)

I am entering this creation in the following challenges.

Craftin Desert Divas Craft it Up & Link it Up Christmas Linky Party (closes 20 Dec)

Sweet Stamps Blog - Monthly Anything but a Card Challenge (closes 19 Dec)

Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #87: Always Anything Goes (closes 29 Nov)

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #255: Use something from your stash (my stash item is the shadow box bought in 2013 LOL!) (closes 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Fabulous Friday - Oh no Christmas is coming!

Hi everyone.  Friday once again and will warn you now that I think the rest of the years posts will probably by biased towards Christmas :-)

I'm so dis-organised this year.  How about you?  I hope to have little bit's of inspiration here and there along the way.

Today over at Polkadoodles we are starting a new challenge. For this fortnight our theme is White and One other Colour.  I have made the first of my Christmas cards, at least I think it's my first LOL!

I couldn't resist using the fabulous papers and poinsettias that are on the wonderful Frosted Winter - Octavia collection.


I cut and layerd the poinsettia to form it into a 3D flower.  Even the lovely pearl dot's are just paper ephemera from the collection.


For the inside I used the same papers and added a flat poinsettia to the message panel.


The white panels were embossed with a Darice Snowflake embossing folder and then all the layers, including the flowers, have inked edges.


The sentiment is also from this wonderful collection.


So, I hope that you are all busy crafting and getting ready for the man in red.  I will be back again soon - I promise.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Challenge #117: White and One other Colour (closes 30 Nov)

Crafty Catz Challenges - Challenge #302: Shades of Blue (closes 26 Nov)

Oddball Art Stamps - Challenge: Lots of Layers (closes 14 Dec)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas (closes 24 Nov)

Craft Rocket Challenges - Challenge #4: Add a Sentiment (closes 1 Dec)

Simply Papercraft Challenges - Challenge #18: Anything Goes (closes 3 Dec)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #98: Anything Goes (closes 4 Dec)

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - Challenge #173: Anything Goes (closes 26 Nov)

Hope you all have the most wonderful weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

What's New Wednesday - News

Hi everyone.  Just a hello and howdy doody.  Happy Hump Day!

Been a bit absent from blog land and crafting but hope to remedy that.  With Christmas on it's way I will have to say that most of my makes for the coming weeks are going to be Christmas.

Are you as dis-organized organized as I am :-)

Anyways, to help you and I get busy, why not keep your eyes out for the up and coming Visions of Sugarplums 2015 blog hop from the 6th - 8th December.


Lori, of Choux Choux Paper Art. kindly asked if I would like to participate this year and of course I said yes!  I will be taking part all three days with lots of Christmassy creations.

So mark your calendars and pop along to see what we have all been up to.  More details and blog hop participants will be up shortly.

I hope you all have a fabulous day and rest of the week.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Fabulous Friday - Autumn's nearly over but ....

At least the snow hasn't arrived yet!  You watch, I'll be eating those words LOL!

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my Remembrance post, it meant so much to me!

For today's post we, at Polkadoodles, are on our Inspiration week for our
Autumn/Fall colours challenge.

I decided to make my card from papers off the fabulous Dollie Daydream Goes East collection.


I placed a second layer on top of the first by cutting 5 strips out of the second layer and raising those up on foam tape.  This adds a little dimension to card.


I love the little fans in this collection and couldn't resist adding one to the ticket sentiments.  I did form the fan to make it stand our more.


For the inside I used the same papers as the front and then added a message panel with another of the fans.


I love Oriental style cards, they always look so elegant, don't you think :-)


I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Eureka Stamps - Challenge #166: The Colours of Fall (closes 16 Nov)

Simply Papercraft - Challenge #17: Anything Goes (closes 19 Nov)

Sweet Stamps - November Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 5 Dec)

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

What's New Wednesday - Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day and the day that we take pride in the fact that our Forces kept/keep us safe, not only in the past but to this very day.

I am proud to say that I am ex Royal Air Force (9 years) along with my husband (18 years) and wear my HMForces Veterans Badge and my Poppy with great pride.

Today we also start a new challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares and our theme is Remembrance. That doesn't mean it has to do with Remembrance Day, it could be how you choose to remember someone special or memories of a special time. You only have to check out what the design team have been up to, so why not pop along.



As I said earlier, I am a Veteran, although that word does make me feel rather old, but proud :-)  So, I decided to create something as my way of remembering and supporting our troops and a tribute to those that died/survived by risking their lives for us.


I used a 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow Box in black, that measures 6.5" by 6.5", it was perfect for what I had in my head.

The focus is on the Flanders Field poem by Major (later Lieutenant-Colonel) John McCrae and around the edge of the box I took the one verse that everyone remembers of the Ode to Remembrance by Laurence Binyon.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we Forget


I found a template many moons ago for the poppy (I'm sorry I cannot find who it was by), used my Silhouette Design Studio to trace the template and cut in card stock.  Then I shaped the poppy and the leaves and inked the edges.  The poppy was inked with Distress Ink Pad Fired Brick and the leaves with Forest Moss.  

For the centre of my poppies, I used the fabulous Flower Daisy Dot brads.  I first applied some Black Soot Distress Paint and then also added some Slate Alcohol Ink, then popped them through the centre of my poppy.   


Then I found a free clip art picture of a soldier head bowed by a cross and new it was the perfect silhouette image to add to my shadow box.  I traced and cut it in black card stock, raised it up on pop-dots which adds the shadow effect.


I have to say that I am so pleased with how this turned out and has to be one of my all time favourite makes!

The Poppies stamp was coloured with Lyra Rembrandt Pencils and matched my made poppies perfectly.  I did mask off the butterflies that are on the original stamp.


The font for the text is from my computer and is called Lucida Calligraphy, I felt it fitted perfect for this project.

Here is a photo of me in my Royal Air Force uniform many moons ago :-)  Was 20 years old in this photo and just finished training :-) Sorry it's a scan from a photo!


All the edges of the paper layers were inked with Distress Ink Pad Vintage Photo.



And one last look at my finished creation.


Why not show us what you create to make memories and share with us over at Emerald Creek Dares. You could win a $25 gift certificate to the store!


I am entering this creation in the following challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Create something beginning with the letter "N" - mine Never Forget, Always Remember :-)  (closes 16 Nov)

Decorate to Celebrate - Challenge #113: Anything Goes (closes 24 Nov)

Crafting From the Heart - Challenge #85: Always Anything Goes (closes 15 Nov)

Craft your Passion Challenges - Challenge #287: Always Anything Goes (closes 15 Nov)

Craft Rocket Challenges - Challenge November Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)

Sisters of Craft - Challenge November Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.     

Happy crafting.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

What's New Wednesday - Goodies and a sneak :-)

Happy Hump Day everyone.  Hope you are all having a fabulous week.

Here we are at the start of November, with Christmas just around the corner.  Are you all being busy bees and getting ready?  I have yet to even start Christmas shopping - it seems to get harder each year, now that the girls are older!

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Today I would just like to share some goodies I received the other day from Emerald Creek and also a little sneak peek of an up coming project.

First up are these wonderful Butterfly Brads and Squirrel Charms.  I love these and think they would make the perfect addition to any floral cards or mixed media creations.


These wonderful Flower Daisy Dot Brads are approx 0.625" in size and make the perfect flower centres!  I adore these Vintage Feather Charms and have a future project in mind for these :-)


Of course with Christmas on the way - couldn't resist these wonderful Mini Victorian Snowflakes and Victorian Snowflake Charms.


These wonderful Candy Cane Charms another great card addition!


All these fabulous brads and charms are made of excellent quality metal alloy and have a great weight to them, they take alcohol inks really well - so you can change the colour of them if you wish!

These stamps are wonderful quality and stamp a perfect image every time - the detail on them is beautiful!  I love the Poppies and the wonderful and cute Monte Raccoon


The fun adorable Carolling Critters and love the font for the Let it Snow.


Have also added a few more Distress Markers to my stash.


So, I have a creation that I have completed but before I had started/finished I took a couple of photos. From this.....


To this ....

Well of course I can't show you the whole creation, you will have to wait until next Wednesday for that!  However, I will show you a little sneak peek :-)  


Apologies for the shadow I took this with my phone :-)

Anyways, I hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week.

Thank you for stopping by and once again I am playing catch up on my visits to your blogs but I will be around to see what you have been doing.

Happy crafting!

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