Sunday, 29 January 2012

2012 Calendars

One of my crafty friend's, Emma (Emma's Craft Shed) is a Stampin'Up demonstrator and just before Christmas taught a few of us how to make a lovely little easel calendar using Stampin'Up papers, punches and the brilliant Top Note Die. The one in the middle is the original and I liked the idea so much that I decided to make a couple of my own to give to my Sister and my best friend as an additional little Christmas gift.
Thanks for Looking!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Handmade Christmas - Door Hangers

Well I'm still trying to catch up on my blog posts and today I would like to share a couple of Christmas presents that I made as additional gifts.  Earlier in the year I made a door hanger for my craft room after which my eldest Niece asked where hers was, and so the idea was born.

The first door hanger was for my youngest Niece who is 6.  This one was easy as she just loves 'Hello Kitty'.  I wasn't organised enough to find scrapbooking paper so instead I used a sheet of wrapping paper and a gift tag.  I added some Bazzill cardstock, Ribbon, Gems, Rock Candy, Stickles, Glossy Accents.  Next I cut a Cuttlebug Flower die and added a Stampin'Up flower fastener in the middle. The letters were cut using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market die.
Secondly I created one for my Nephew who turned 14 at New Year.  I didn't want anything fussy or the usual teenage boy toxic look, so instead I used the Bo Bunny Blast Off paper along with Bazzill cardstock. I also used Tim Holtz Distress inks, stamps, Glossy Accents, Rock Candy.  The letters were just some left over in my stash.
The third one was for my eldest Niece who turned 17 just before Christmas.  I wanted something girlie and although I used lots of my favourite Tim Holtz products, I decided to go for a pink and brown theme.  I used PaperArtsy stamps for the background, Tim Holtz Distress inks, a Tim Holtz stamp for the sentiment.  The die cuts are Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, Tattered Leaves and Butterfly.  The heart border punch is Martha Stewart.  I also used a Tim Holtz Journaling tag, Tissue Tape, small Paperclip, Safety Pin and Filmstrip plus some Gems, Ribbons, pins and a button.
Lastly, I made one for my best friend.  Basically I used the same design and materials as for the door hanger created for my eldest Niece but I tried to change it a little with the sentiment etc.
Thanks for looking.
Tracey x

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Secret Santa 2011

This was my second year participating in the Bramford Crop Secret Santa, and if you read my blog on a regular basis, you will know that there are 6 of us who join in the monthly challenges which are always fun.  Last year we each decorated a box but this year wasn't specific so I decided to try something different and found a small canvas and easel in my stash to alter.

I used Tim Holtz Distress inks and a couple of different stamps on the background, then cut up a stamped image so that I was left with just the girl and the word 'Wish', these images were coloured with ProMarkers, glitter pens, distress ink, gems and glossy accents.  I added a strip of ribbon along the bottom, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape around the sides and 3 little balls for depth.  Finally the little girl was added .  I hope it looks nice sitting in the recipients craft room.
Thanks for looking!
Tracey x

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Christmas Tree Decorations

The December Bramford Crop was set by Janina (Tractor Girl Gone Srcrappin) and consisted of 3 Christmas Wooden shapes - a House, a Star and a Tree.  I used scraps of Christmas papers to cover each of the shapes and then added additional accents such as Angelina Fibres, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Glossy Accents, Rock Candy, inks, a lace punch and a Stampin'Up sentiment for the centre of the Star.  I really enjoyed creating these three and as we draw names to swap the challenge items, I hope they looked nice hanging on the recipient's Christmas tree! 
Thanks for Looking!
Tracey x

Space Monkey

Happy New Year!

Well we all make them - New Year's Resolutions that is and mine is to update my blog more frequently.  Obviously, this also means that I will need to spend more time in my craft room so I'm looking forward to seeing where the journey takes me in 2012!!

For today's post I am sharing the November Bramford crop challenge with you.  It's a while ago but I believe Nancy (Kitty-Scrapper) set the challenge which was an arrow shape with the theme being Space or Fireworks.  Luckily I had one piece of Bo Bunny Blast Off paper in my stash.  I just loved the monkey so decided to cut him out as my main feature.  I covered the base of the shape using the reverse side of the paper.  I heated some Angelina Fibres (which I've had for ages and never used) to give a wispy shiny element.  Next I used Glossy Accents to add some detail to the mouth, eyes, ears and belly of the monkey and cut some additional star out of the paper to dot around.  To add depth to the piece I added a plastic strip behind the monkey's head.
Thanks for looking.
Tracey x