Saturday, 26 November 2011

Grungy Monday 28 - It's a Cracker!!

Sorry Guys - I couldn't resist the title!

Well, here we are today on a miserable windy day in November and the race towards Christmas is galloping away.  Scrary thought for today is that it is now less than a month to Christmas!! Yikes!!

After having a few days to think about this week's Grungy Monday Challenge set by the Lovely Linda over at 3Ls and having gone to the post on the Tantalising Tim Holtz's blog, I woke up this morning with the intention of completing the challenge before I set out to my Scottish Dancing class this afternoon (and before I was even dressed for some of it but we won't go into that!) and here it is.  I hope you like it!

Those of you who have visited before will have seen some crackers that I have made using my Silhouette.  Well each Christmas Hubby and I buy each other a small gift, both in value and size, which will fit in a cracker which we open at the Dinner table on Christmas Day.  We don't buy those expensive crackers as the gifts are usually a bit naff and end up in the bin and so I usually  make some sort of crackers.  When I was making the other crackers I thought that these would be great for our table. 

With this challenge were were to cover something with the foil tape and then alcohol ink.  Tim used a fab pumpkin, I have used a cracker. 

I cut out the cracker on the Silhouette with bazzill (twice as the first one went walkabout as it was cutting - grrr!), then cut the foil to size and run it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder (my neighbour's daughter bought me this one as this is the one she and I used to make her Wedding Stationary - isn't it gorgeous!).  I stamped the diamond stamp up the edges and embossed with a white sparkly embossing powder then masked with post-it notes and stamped my lovely flourish stamp and embossed with silver embossing powder. 

Then I inked up the foil with a mixture of Wild Plum, Espresso, Snow Cap, Cool Peri and Rich Black alcohol inks and a little blender.  I carefully peeled off the backing from the foil and adhered it to the cracker.  Then I cut out the leaves using foil tape and card (stupidly I cut the leaves out of the foil before I had adhered it to the card!! Doh!!).  Then I used Clover, Juniper and Citrus alcohol inks to colour the leaves. Hubby and I spent yesterday evening making pine cones (and swearing! Those glue guns hurt!) so I used one of those and adhered them on with glossy accents.

A little black and white ribbon and glimmer mist on the pine cone and hey presto one cracker.  Now I just have to make another one in a colour more suited to Hubby for the Dinner table!  I might even make another two more so that they actually match the Christmas table!!  I may put a gift voucher in this one for my Mum :-)

Right, off to shower and get ready for my dancing lesson.  I am lucky enough to have a friend picking me up so I don't even need to drive. 

Stay warm and healthy and in this wind, upright!!

Please leave me a comment.  Love comments.  When I come back I shall have a look at the other Grungy Monday entrants to see what inspiration I may get.  It truly is worth going and seeing what the other participants do in these challenges.  There are alot of talented peeps amongst them!



P.S.  Alcohol ink on your PJs is not the "In" look - trust me on this one!!


Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Well, perhaps you can make your new-look PJ's INTO a new trend? LOL!

Absolutely gorgeous cracker Your Inkiness xxx

Sheree said...

I love those crackers Sam! You have done a fabulous job! Love the colours and embellishments!

Di said...

Snort snort - Your Inkiness, what a little wag you chicken-keeping friend is! :)) Super cracker, who puts the gift into yours? Sounds like hubby could be a whizz at crafting so probably he does - I'd have to close my eyes and do it for Len! And, thanks so much Your Inkiness for sending my blood pressure up, I KNOW it's only four weeks tomorrow :(( Di xx

Karen said...

What a fab cracker? I love the colours you have used and those embellishments finish it off perfectly, its really gorgeous :)

Sunshine Girl said...

Love the cracker - I make mine or something of that ilk anyway every year too but still havent started them or my Christmas cards! Oh dear I feel a little panic coming on..... love the card on your previous post too - I have treated myself to that lamppost die too..... Enjoy your dancing.

Ruby Craft said...

Those Crackers will look beautiful at your table!

Anita Houston said...

Loving this cracker!!! You have fabulous creativity! Love the purple too!

Mrs A. said...

What a Cracker!! Too good to be pulling apart at the diner table. Keep as table decoration and hide the gift under the table and then you can say Oops it must have fallen out! Hehe.
Hope your feeling better now and not too stiff from sll that dancing yesterday. Hugds Mrs A.

Shelann said...

Your cracker of crackers is fab, love the colors.

Terry said...

Now I just love this! The purples colors are so amazing! I love crackers!