Monday, 28 November 2011

Gifts for Kids

Hello and welcome, Christmas gifts and hand made, mmmm I wasn't too confident with this idea but I actually had a lot of fun making these. Filled with chocolate or something similar they could be a lasting gift for a child and maybe a keepsake for next year ?
All the details are at the Craft Barn blog where you will find more beautiful gifts from the design team throughout this week.

This wooden box is a set of two and they nest beautifully.
The  Santa stamp is an Impression Obsession, it made me smile. Santa's beard is glittered and really sparkly.

The red box is the smaller of the two as you can see:0) and I've used white glossy embossing paste through a couple of Dreamweaver stencils and glittered librally.
Over at the CB Blog Michelle has made a brilliant gift for a child, do have a peek, I think you'll like it:0)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Finished :0)

Hi there and hello, today I have my finished calendar from the Craft Barn Blog to share, I hope you like:0)

October with Tim Holtz products.

Here is the March page, I used Impression Obsession stamps and some acetate for this month,

and finally the front cover a Tim Holtz embossing folder and Cuttlebug numbers cut out of black velvet paper with copper mirri behind.

Here is the mosaic of some of the pages kind thanks go to Isabelle for this collage :0)

And for the landscape version:0) A few random pages

 More details at the Craft Barn, I have really enjoyed this project it's been a lot of fun. The rest of the design Team have made some wonderful calendars have a peek on the CB Blog
Have a great Sunday people :0)
Gay x

Saturday, 26 November 2011

It's December, Last page of the calendar!!

 Hello there! Happy Weekend to you!

 Here is December the last pages of my calendars, LOL  Made it at last :0)
This page is using Impression Obsessions stamp by Hanna Davis. Simply stamped and coloured with copics glittered with Stickles. Details on the Craft Barn Blog

 I'm quite sad the calendars are done it's been a fun journey I hope you have enjoyed it too:0)

Tomorrow will be the finished calendar post!

This is my landscape page. Using a Tim Holtz die and glitter card a snowflake stamp from Crafty Secrets and irridescent glitter.
  Just to remind you the Craft Barn FREE POSTAGE offer continues to run until Midnight on Sunday December 18th and applies to ALL UK orders, EU orders over £25 and for all other destinations orders over £40.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

One more for Less is more :0)

Hello again!  I'm back :0)
I've been playing today and after searching for a long time in my stamp boxes I turned up this little gem. It's  a Cherry Pie stamp:0) My second submission for LIM42 Silhouettes.

I didn't know which background looked best so I've left both:0) Which d'you prefer? Burgundy or white? Or maybe it's not your cup of tea at all LOL I thought it would make a card for a chap who'd had promotion or some success ??

Update on the flood damage, on Friday the decorators come, what a treat we've only ever done it ourselves before! The room is finally getting dry and it's nearly 3weeks since it flooded. Let's hope when they take the rest of the paper off the walls they don't make it too wet or we'll be back to square one! Wish us luck :0) XXX

I used
Cherry Pie Chat Noir
Katzelkraft KTZ86
Sentiment PTI

Monday, 21 November 2011

I see a little silhouetto of a man, Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the fandango

Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro - magnifico
And so on, LOL I've had fun with this today!
Chrissie and Mandi have a challenge, number 42 no less, for us over at LIM and it is

 n. silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a basically featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black.

My first card is for a chap, I find men's cards a bit of a challenge, but I'm going to keep trying.
Stamp by Papermania
Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge
This card is quite vintage in style, when I think of silhouttes I tend to think of the Victorian era when they were a popular item, so I've teamed mine with lace and an ornate frame.
My silhouette is a peel off, I have hardly any stamps that are silhouettes.
The lace stamp is from Katzelcraft I got mine from the Craft Barn:0)
My frame came from QVC many moons ago, I've painted it in black acrylic chalk paint and rubbed antique gold wax to highlight the relief. The peel off is mounted onto gold glitter card, which I shaded with copics.
Thank you so much for stopping and visiting, I really appreciate you taking the time to have a look at my cards:0) Thank you too for all the lovely comments it really means a lot, Gay x

Saturday, 19 November 2011

November calendar pages with Andy Skinner!! Brrrrilliant!

Hi how are you? I'm happy to see you here:0) It's November at the Craft Barn Calendar challenge and here are my pages.

We have been using Andy Skinner's Stamps , there has been, throughout the week, great inspiration from my team mates at the Craft Barn Blog, check it out if you have time.
Here for the Landscape page I used Andy's Stamps and a clear glitter gel pen.
Andy Skinner stamps Winters Tale and Back to Nature  and distress inks, more details on the blog.

On the protrait version I used Andy's Stamps again and this time some Deco art Americano acrylic paint, Tuscan Red. The film strip was stamped onto acetate adhered to the painted card with Diamond glaze and then mounted over the stamped plants. Some Honey distress to warm up the background and the gorgeous geese flying off into the sunset!

Next week is the last of our calendar:{
I've had great fun making these pages and I hope you like them, Gay x

Don't miss the opportunity to be in with a chance of wining the Craft Barn candy
Just click on the link and GOOD LUCK:0)

HERE is the link for the Calendar challenge on the Craft Barn Blog

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

LIM 41

Hello crafty people, how good of you to drop in :0)
I have made a card or two  for LIM, Chrissie and Mandi have challenged us with a one layer card and they said
 The theme for your cards this week is 
I had some fun with this one, my stamp is from Elusive images, Wild Meadow and this is one of the ferns, sentiment from Hero Arts, Live Life.  Ink is Adirondak rainbow pad Cabin Fever.
The second version uses a PTI Mat Stack 2 set and VersaColor rainbow set, Limone, great colours, 
I'm still struggling to get back to complete health. Went away with my friends at the weekend, we had a gorgeous little cottage in Stratford-Upon-Avon, it was so cute. A two up two down which had originally been a one up one down LOL even after they extended into next door it wasn't big!! The weather was brilliant, warm and sunny.
But I was feeling rough and we came home early, such a shame. It's a gorgeous place to visit with lots of history, we saw some of the town and Shakespeare's legacy but need to do it all again now :0) SOOON!!! LOL

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Candy at the Craft Barn YAY:0)

Hello and welcome here, I'm hoping that this scheduled post arrives on time, with luck I will be off on a girly weekend, whooppee!! Two wonderful friends and I in a little timber beamed cottage, chilling out and having a great time just being together:0) We promised ourselves many years ago, when our children were small and at school together, that we would do this, it's taken so long to make it happen. I hope to be able to share some pics when I get back!! If my tum doesn't hurt too much from all the giggles LOL

In the meantime I just wanted to share with you the news! There is brilliant Blog Candy at the Craft Barn.
Having reached 600+ followers the candy is over £200 worth of crafting goodies, check it out................

You have until November 25th to enter.
Click HERE to check out all the details

Saturday, 12 November 2011

October Calendar pages

Hello again, once again it's me over here saying
"This is where we're at with our calendars at the Craft Barn Blog and this time it's October's pages and we are using Tim Holtz's products, Yay !!!"
 My portrait version is a mix of Tim's stamps and distress inks. I imagine it's the scene from inside a cafe or shop in New York and it's just after a short shower, sheltering inside you just need a cuppa, something hot and reviving LOL Then on with the sightseeing :0) Oh don't worry, I do come back down to Earth occasionally!!
And here my landscape October page, clean and simple! Hope you like!!
Check out the Craft Barn Blog for more details

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Look what fun we had!

I was busily working away on my beauty sleep at 3am on Saturday morning when hubby said to me 
" I think we may have a problem" he's a bit prone to understatement! So I hopped out of bed and he flew up into the loft and I flew downstairs.
This was what greeted me, actually that's not quite true I took this photo after we had pushed through a hole in the ceiling to let the water out, many buckets and mops later, 
this was the picture, cold wet toes, LOL

quickly followed by this.
Oh dear, what a mess. We have had the plumber back and he found a broken connector, the shower pump had kicked in and emptied the whole tank into the new bathroom wall and downstairs into the sitting room, which you see here stripped of everything we could move out.
So I'm busily washing curtains and generally sorting out as best I'm able. The wallpaper's had it, so has the rug and the whole room will need decorating if we can get it dry!
I did get the opportunity to make a card, actually I needed a ruby wedding anniversary card, not so brilliant but under the circumstances I think it's not too bad ooeerrr!!
So it's a rather damp post from coffee towers this weekend but it'll dry, given time, I hope?

I hope your weekend has been better:0)

I used  TH Grunge numbers and PTI stamp for the circle with a Waltzingmouse sentiment.
I'm hoping to have a go at the LIM challenge soon:0) x

Saturday, 5 November 2011

September and die cutting

Hello folks, We have reached September, the months are whizzing by now and there are only 3 more till the end of our calendars. I've really enjoyed making these:0)

Here is my portrait version, I wanted to make a strong contrast with the Autumnal leaves and was totally inspired by the fabulous natural show that's been going on this past month.

At the Craft Barn Blog there are step by step pictures illustrating how I made this page.

I used Sizzix Flowers Branches and leaves set 656064 medium die.
Crafty Individuals stamp CI309

Below is the landscape version, using

Spellbinders Shapeabilities, Elegant posts
Distress crackle paint clear rock candy
Crafty Individuals 209 winter trees
And Distress inks 
crushed olive and weathered wood, pumice stone.
Hope you like :0)

There is a lovely event at the Craft Barn today it's the Christmas Gift Minifest, lots of free demo's pop in if you can, details on the link!
HERE is the link to the calendar challenge for week nine

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Seeing Stars!

Hello, Welcome to coffee towers, back up and running after a small blip in the health dept. Some nasty, nasty antibiotics later, all's well and I hope it is with you too :0) Here is my card for LIM 39. This week Chrissy and Mandi would like to see *Stars* on our creations,

It's good to feel better, I haven't felt like creating at all, lovely to be back! I've got so much to catch up on now, could be a tad busy for a while, big smiles :0)

I've used Stamp by Impression Obsession, Cover a card stamp, Ornate Floral and I've used dies, Mr Holtz sunrays embossing folder and his New 'Noel' die. The star die is from Sizzix and called Stars Primitive.