Monday, 7 December 2015

Christmas Ornaments/Baubles

Hi there. I'm taking a break as I've just messed up yet another card. I don't know what's up with me lately. Anyway I thought I'd share one from yesterday's Claritystamp show on Hochanda that went more smoothly. It seems appropriate to be blogging it today as I started putting up my Christmas decorations yesterday. Have you got yours up yet?

I used a Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments die to cut out the baubles then created a little scene  in each one.

The first one features the cat and the beautiful little bird in flight (I love this one and think it's going to be used a lot!) with the Wee Trees (I chose the ones that look wintery).

I used Cobalt Archival Ink for the stamping. The cat and bird are first generation and the trees are second. 

The edge of my A4 Clarity blending mat was used to tear a copy paper mask for the hills. 

Some glitter on the trees and a ribbon to hang it from finish it off.

The second one focuses on the tree. This time I added a little moon to the sky with a Post-it mask.

The third and final one is obviously my favourite - it has a Labrador on it! She's looking out for her owner coming over the hill, although if this was Maya she wouldn't be sat there waiting patiently!

Stamps Used
Animals from the Thank You Framer Set

Before I go I just thought I'd share a couple of my old Challenge Blog makes from 2013 and 2014 again as they were among the decorations I put up yesterday.

I do love getting my decorations out again each year. The posts on them can be found here and here.  

Since I started writing this Hubby has come home and figured out how to save my card. I'm off to my craft room to see if it works. Have a good evening.


Friday, 4 December 2015

Simplicity 1606 Dress and Debbie Shore's Bobbi Bow Clutch Bag

Hello. I'm not entirely sure why but I've wanted to make a camouflage evening dress ever since we got married, over 26 years ago....................

...............and I've finally done it! I even made a matching clutch bag. Can you spot it?

It's camouflaged!!!!!

We had great fun at the party last night and my dress was a bit hit. It made me laugh as a couple of people thought I'd been chopping up hubby's combats! Don't worry though he's not running around with bits of his uniform missing - I did buy the fabric.

The photo above was taken at the end of the night as I was going up to bed............ here's a better one taken in daylight. It's a Simplicity Amazing Fit pattern (1606) and I was really pleased with how it turned out. It's not perfect but I learnt a lot and it probably fits better than my shop bought dresses.

The clutch bag is from the CD-ROM that came with issue 2 of Debbie Shore's Sew Inspired magazine. I was happy to find out that they work perfectly on my iMac - everything can be accessed through Finder, including the video links in case anyone else is wondering this.

I'll definitely be making them both again in a more normal evening style.

Before I go, don't forget that Barbara has a Claritystamp show on Hochanda this Sunday (6th Dec) at 2pm.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Layered Leaves

Good afternoon. It was a close call but I have just finished the hem on my dress, so it's ready to wear to tonight's party. My Clarity samples are also done and in the post so I'm happy.

This card was a bit of stamping fun - lots of masking.

I started off with the bottom right leaf and added the leaves/flowers behind it one by one, using the solid part of the stencil as a mask. 

The flowers are coloured in with Spectrum Noir pencils and I finished it off by brushing some Distress Ink though the Trellis stencil for a subtle background.

Stamps and Stencils Used

I might pop back tomorrow with a quick post on my dress if I get a decent photo of it. I hope you have a good evening. I think mine could be an interesting one!

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