Monday, 30 January 2012

Rudolph Day/Snippets Challenge - Christmas in January - Angel Singing

Hello Peeps

I still cannot believe that I am making Christmas cards in January.  Part of me says it is a good idea in that I will be well ahead come November, the other part of me (and a few friends) say that I am nuts and way too organised for my own good!! What do you think?  Be nice to me now!  I blame it all on Sandra when she text me into it (I can't say "talked" me into making cards early as we did it via text!)  Rudolph Day was her idea - not mine!  Though you still have tonight and tomorrow if you wish to join in with us.  Click HERE to be whizzed over to Sandra's blog where you will find more details.   

As you may know by now, I am taking part in the lovely Di's Snippets Challenge and I am hoping this will be good enough to allow me into the Playground this week!  I do hope you like, though the card does look a little washed out because of the flash on the camera.  Trust me this is the best photo I could get.  And I tried several different places.  It is more creamy in real life.  Hope you like it anyway.



I have used lots of bits out of my waste box including cream card, MME and Basic Grey papers as well as stamps by Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, Penny Black and Crafty Individuals, punches by Martha Stewart, Brad by Basic Grey, flowers Kaisercraft as well as ribbon and lace.  Inks were all Distress Inks Pumice Stone, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain as well as Perfect Pearls in gold and clear embossing powder.  Tools used were my lovely new Score Board and Distressing by Ranger.  

I think that is about it.  Off to have a look around Blogger and see what my Buddies have been up to, as well as linking this card up with Sandra and Di. Feel free to join me to see what the others have done.  Why not join us?  All you have to do is make a Christmas and/or rummage through your scraps and make a card, ATC, layout or anything your lickle fingers want to make.

TTFN 

Hettie

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Mojo Monthly - In a Reflective kinda mood!

Hello Peeps

How are you all on this lovely weekend.  The last full weekend in January.  Nearly the first month of 2012 over with.  I had planned to show you some more of my Snippets cards in the last couple of days, but internet was not playing and was very flaky! It was too slow for me to access my e-mails and no chance of loading any photographs up to Blogger.  Grrr!

It appears to be better this evening so as I made my Mojo Monthly piece today I am going to attempt to upload it on here for you to see.  Fingers crossed ey!

This month Sarah got down to talking to Anneliese Bates.  Click HERE to see the post.  It really is worth reading about Anneliese's work and wandering around her blog.  Some stunning work on there.

Sarah asked us to make an ATC for our piece this month.  Up until this month I had only ever made one ATC which was at a make and take in Warwick at a Craft Fair.  Not my best piece of work I must say.  So I made an ATC for my Grungy Monday Challenge and now I have made a piece for my MOJO Monthly piece and do you know what?  I think I might make some more!  I really like the challenge of getting everything onto a smaller piece of art.  I hope you like what I have made.......


I have used a piece of canvas board which I had cut down to to size, I tore a page out of an old book and coloured it with Distress Stain - Peeled Paint, and adhered it to the board using Golden Gel.  I tore another piece of the book and coloured it using Mustard Seed Distress Stain and adhered it using the gel and another page using Bundled Sage.  I then adhered some masking tape to the board before puling the masking tape back off quickly so that it took the surface of the top layer off.  I did this several times so that the different layers would show.  I then added some Distress Stain over the board - Chipped Sapphire and Picket Fence as well as Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  

I stamped the background and then added gold wax to give it a light shimmer.  Then I set to work on the various elements.  First off I stamped a little birdie, coloured him in, layered it and then decided it would be better suited on a landscape piece.  So.  Which stamp then?  I  stamped the tree instead using Archival Ink in Coffee, stamped the background text using Antique Linen.  I coloured in parts of the tree with my watercolour pencils, distressed the edges and layered it with Basic Grey paper and I did the same with the word Reminisce.   I stamped up a small flower and grunged it, threaded some twine in the buttons, tied some more twine around the board and then started to adhere all the elements to the board.  

Some Sepia Glossy Accents on the tree and flower and that was me finished.  I am now contemplating having a go at framing it using my mitre block, but that will have to wait until another day as Hubby is getting me a G Clamp in order that it can be fastened to a desk. It moves too much if it isn't strapped down as I found out the other day!!

Don't forget to pop over to Sarah's blog to see some of the other wonderful work that is there.  And of course don't forget to pop over to Anneliese's blog too!

TTFN and have a great remainder of the weekend.  I have a day of scrapbooking with my Buddy tomorrow - really looking forward to it.  Expect to see some stuff soon!

Hettie

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

WOYWW 138 - Happy Burns Night

Hello Peeps

Yeay it is Wednesday!! So for anyone who is celebrating.........

Happy WOYWW Day!
Happy Hump Day!
Happy Rudolph Day!
Happy Burns' Night

Happy WOYWW Day
Click HERE to be transported by Haggis Magic over to the lovely Julia's Blog to join in the biggest Blog Hop that happens EVERY Wednesday.  So without further ado - here is my desk...
What you can see on my desk is my December album.  Yes I know it is January.  But unfortunately I was up to my naughty bits during December and though I made a good start on the album, it had to be put to one side to be finished during January.  To be fair it is not far from finishing and hopefully by next Wednesday I will able to show you the finished article.

Here is a basket full of fabrics which I stood and cut on the weekend ready to start putting my quilt together.  Hubby will be working nights shortly so I will be able to stay up until the wee hours putting it together to my heart's content.

Happy Hump Day
Tomorrow is Thursday......

Then it is Friday..........

Yeay - then it is the weekend!!!!  

Happy Rudolph Day
My Blogging Buddy Sandra calls the 25th of the month "Rudolph Day" and for every 25th of the month she makes a Christmas card or two.  Somehow I started to join her!!   So here are my Rudolph Day cards......
And........
And as they are made using my Snippets, so I am also entering them into Di's Snippets Challenge.  I know I said I was going to make 10 cards for Christmas each month and I only now have four, but I still have until next Tuesday to make the other six and at least I have four more cards than I had this time last year!!  That can only be good ey?!

Happy Burns' Night

For my Scottish Friends that may read my blog (if you haven't fallen asleep by now) Happy Burns' Night to you.  I am not even going to attempt to recite (or type) any of Burns' work to you but I will show you an extremely rare photograph of my very old and VERY shy Wild Haggis!  I think this is the only photo I have of my pet Haggis.  He came from the Western part of Scotland some 20 25 30  35  a long time ago!
And for those of you who know my lovely Fergus, here is a photo of him enjoying Cornwall last September!  He will be brushing his fur and his quiff tonight to go dancing, where we will be having a lickle bit of a "do" in honour of Rabbie Burns.  I shall be doing a lickle solo number - probably Flora McDonald's Fancy!!


Right, I think I have all occasions and celebrations covered for tonight, and whatever you are celebrating, enjoy it!  Don't forget to leave me a comment and "white screen syndrome" allowing I will be along to view your blogs later.  I apologise to all you lovely peeps who I have visited but have been unable to leave comments because of the white screen syndrome.  I have seen a few other peeps saying they have the same problem and it has been suggested they try using Google Chrome which is what I am now trying.  Fingers crossed ey!!

Don't forget to pop on over to Julia's too!

TTFN

Hettie, Fergus and Haggis!!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Love - Layout - Rome 2011 - Trevi Fountain

Hello Peeps

I thought I would show you another layout I have completed this month.  It was a kit which I purchased from Scrapbus - the Crop which runs once a month in Newport, South Wales.  I have unfortunately missed a few lately due to life getting in the way, but I have decided that this year I will make an effort to scrapbook much more than I did in the last four months of last year.
The papers are by one of my favourite companies. My Minds Eye, hence why I bought the kit.  I have made a few small changes to the layout such as adding red embossing powder to the bunting at the top of the photo as alot of the glitter had come off.

I also added a journalling spot behind the piece on the left.  I do find that alot of scrapbooking kits and layouts do not allow for journalling which to my mind is a little daft as there is nowhere for you to tell the story.  I also jiggled it so that the bird on the left showed too!
The eagle eyed amongst you may remember that I have scrapbooked this photograph before.  When I set out to scrapbook on this occasion, I had a different photograph which I was going to scrap (me in fact at the Coliseum) but when I saw this kit in the box where I keep my favourite papers I just had to do the layout and change the photograph.  Never mind ey!  It is one of my favourite recent photos of my Hubby so why can't I scrapbook it twice.  At least the two layouts are different colours and the photos are different sizes!!

If you live anywhere near Newport, why not pop along to Scrapbus.  I have linked their site HERE and you can get access to their blog from there, as well as other kits available for sale.

TTFN

Hettie


Monday, 23 January 2012

Pre Rudolph Day and Snippets

Good Evening Peeps

Brrr! Is it me or is it cold tonight?  I wish this weather would make it's mind up just what it is going to do - at one point today I was outside with my coat undone and now I am finding it really cold!  One or t'other please Mr Weather!!

You may recall that earlier this month I declared that along with my good Buddy Sandra, we were going to make 10 Christmas things (cards or tags) by Rudolph Day i.e. 25th of each month.  Would you believe I have actually made a start?  I may possibly not be up to 10 by Wednesday but I have made a go and have my Christmas Snippets box out, having not put it at the bottom of the stack of boxes at the beginning of this month.

Here is no. 1 card for Christmas 2012........


And here is no. 2 card for Christmas 2012.....

The stamping and some of the colouring in were actually done ready for last Christmas but as usual I ran out of time so didn't get to finish them off.  I have now!  The sentiment on the first card were from a scrapbooking set I bought about 4/5 years ago and now I am just trying to find uses for the remaining stickers so I adhered this one to a piece of (scrap) card and then ran it through my Big Shot with a Nestie die and then embossed the edge using the technique Sandra did on THIS post.  I get better results embossing Nesties (hear me talking as if I have several sets - I only have one called Billy!) this way rather than trying to faff with rubber and shims and stuff.  Thanks Buddy.

The lamppost is one of Tim's which I also made before Christmas to use on Christmas cards but they were in my pot waiting to be used.  However they are a bit big for this size card so I trimmed off the bottom piece, then decided it looked "odd" so adhered the bottom piece back over the top and hey presto a shrunken chicken sized street lamp!  On the first card I tried out my new Scor-it which my very kind Mum-in-Law bought me for Christmas.  Another pink tool for me to learn how to use!  Not bad for a first attempt me finks!

I declare that no whole pieces of cardstock or paper have been harmed in the making of these cards so  I will be joining these into Di's lovely bunch of crafters who are, like me, using their snippets to craft with.  Feel free to join us.

TTFN

Hettie

P.S.  I now know it is cold - I have just seen a Gritter Critter going up the road on the other side of the valley from me!!

Ingredients:-
Paper - MME; Inks - DI Black Soot, Red Barn; Stickles - Candy Cane, Lime Green; Stamps Penny Black, Papermania; Dies - Tim Holtz; Ink - Archival Ink by Ranger; Pens - Copic; Embossing folder - Cuttlebug

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Grungy Monday 33! Explore ATC

Hi there Peeps

I don't know about you guys, but the weather here sure is windy today.  Just the right sort of day to shut yourself into your craft room, den, bedroom, kitchen table or anywhere you wish to do crafting. 

After doing a little housework I have decided to come up to my Craft Room to have a little play on the Grungy Monday Challenge today over on Linda's Blog. 

Linda asked us to go HERE to Tim's Blog to see the technique of covering your fragment with alcohol ink and then stamping a design onto it and wiping it off to give a clear image of your stamp. Not quite sure what that technique is in shortened form. 

So here is mine.......


I have ventured away a little from my usual tagmaking and decided instead to make an ATC.  Having only made one as a make and take at a craft fair some 2/3 years ago, I consider myself to be a bit of a virgin when it comes to ATCs and have long admired those people who make them and make them well. 

The base is a canvas board to which I adhered, using gel medium, a page of a flora book.  I then covered the page again with gel medium.  Once that dried I stamped the whole piece using the stamp which I was using on the fragments (Inkadinkado - an old favourite) and coffee Archival ink.  Whilst that was drying I set to work on the fragments.  Three fragments, all different colours (9 alcohol inks altogether, Clover, Wild plum. espresso, pitch black, watermelon, denim, red pepper, sail boat blue and cranberry).  I inked several layers on each fragment and left to dry for a bit.  Made a cuppa!

Then I inked up sections of the main stamp with Archival ink and stamped the fragments one by one and wiped the ink away.  I adhered them to glossy cardstock and went back to the background piece.

I applied vaseline pretty liberally to the centre of the ATC and then painted acrylic paint over the vaseline.  Being an impatient kinda gal, I could not wait to let this dry on it's own and just had to use the heat gun.  So cool watching the whole piece bubble! I then wiped the paint off, stamped the corners with a Tim Holtz stamp, edged round the edges and applied the pieces, after having first alcohol inked a key and stamped the word "explore".   Don't forget to pop to Tim Holtz's blog HERE to see more wonderful ideas as to what can be done with a few stamps and imagination.

Having now stepped into the world of ATCs I think I shall venture to do more and am already thinking about my next piece ready for the Mojo Monthly Challenge for this month (click on the link in my sidebar if you fancy joining in).

Now I just have to figure out how I am going to get this alcohol ink off my hands as tonight is the Dinner and Dance for Burn's Night.  I am also dancing two solo pieces of Highland and National Dancing tonight and I am not sure if 88+ people will appreciate or understand why I have multicoloured hands despite putting handcream on before I started!  Woops!

I am also hoping that Hubby will let me borrow his saw tomorrow as I would really like to make a frame for this piece.  He bought me the wood, the pins and a mitre block but so far has not come up with the saw for me!

Have a great and creative weekend all.

Hettie

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

WOYWW 137 - I'm Late, I'm Late, for a very Important Date!!

Hello Peeps

As the title suggests I am a little late in joining the WOYWW Gang today.  I am having a bit of a topsy turvey day as Hubby started his new employment, yesterday being an induction day and today he started his proper work.  I have kinda got used to him being home for the last two weeks and found it strange getting back into the routine this morning!  Hence I couldn't post this morning before I went to work, the photos were on my camera which my computer in work doesn't like very much (soooo slow uploading to Blogger from work, in my lunch break of course!) and as I am determined to get to my target weight by the time I go on holiday I am upping the anti on my Wii so knew that if I sat down to do this post, my Wii would go by the wayside.  Anyhoooos I am here now!

Happy Hump Day!!  Yeay!! 

For anyone who has suddenly landed on this planet and does not know what WOYWW is then click HERE and you will be transported by Cadbury's Finger magic over to the desk of the beloved leader of the Gang, Julia!

So what is on my desk today I hear you cry..

It is a bit of a fabric kinda desk today.  I decided a few weeks ago that one week every month I would dedicate my crafting to my quilting/sewing.  And it is THIS week!  Over at the quilting group the theme for the Challenge Quilt is Triangles. 


I have been holding onto this magazine for absolutely eons of years (at least 1996 as they are advertising for tours to America to take place in 1996) because of this pattern.   And now I have the opportunity to drag out all the check fabrics I have saved over the years and the calico and start cutting.  Watch this space. 

And as a special treat for all of you who were disappointed to find my Cadburys Finger tins empty the other week, guess what I bought for you so please tuck in!  Leave the plate behind though I will be watching!!


Before I go, can I show you what my darling Hubby bought for me on the weekend?  Flowers? No. Chocolates? No.  Spa Day? No.  But this.........

Complete with panel pins too. True love ey!  I received a lovely book from the Sweet Sarah for winning the Mojo Monthly for December and it is full of wonderful ideas for playing with canvases.  So as I was reading it I asked Hubby if he had a mitre block/box so I could saw wooden frames for the canvases I am going to create (being positive here you see!).  He said Yes but that I wasn't using it.  So he bought me my own.  Who said love isn't practical ey?  Me thinks I am going to have to use my Distress Stains on it!!

TTFN

Hettie

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Blogging can lead to some wonderful Friends - Snippets 3

Hello Peeps

Another posting for the Snippets Challenge in my attempt to make more cards in advance of Birthdays, Christenings, Weddings etc instead of making things last minute.......

and.....


The images for these cards were sent to me by my Buddy Sandra - hence the title of my posting.  They are one of the House Mouse stamps.  I made a comment on a post of Sandra's  a little while ago and the next thing I was opening an envelope of similar such stamped images including these two little Mices!  Thanks Sandra.  As a result of a little banter between us we have now become good friends and are regularly in touch. 
Who would have known this would happen when I dipped my toes into the blogging world?  Sandra isn't the only kindhearted person whom I have met in the blogging world and who I am proud to call my Buddy.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  So this post and these cards are Just For You - My Blogging Buddies!  You all know who you are!
And Di! Am I allowed into the Playground twice?

All the images have been coloured using Copics - the With Love and Just For You words came from another friend Debbie who gave me an envelope of little bits some time ago, and which I am trying to use rather than keep them in a drawer.  The flowers have been made by moi using a Tonic Punch and some very sticky Glossy Accents!  Ribbon from Ribbon Girl.

Hope you like and please do leave me a comment!

TTFN

Hettie


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Tweet Tweet My Lovely - Snippets Challenge and Sketch

Good Evening Peeps

I hope you have all had a lovely Weekend or, if not a weekend of Crafting  then at least, with some time Crafting.

I have had my Buddy Mandy here in my Craft Room today, making her Configuration Box which I bought for her Birthday last year, and which she has been making it into a Memory Box of her Family's trip to the USA in August.  I really should have put a swear box in my room for the day!!  'Nuff said I think but I really do think the Craftling Creatures have paid us a visit!!

The purpose of today's post is to show you a layout I have done and which I am only showing you if you promise that you will NOT laugh!!  Here goes.....

YES. It is me!  I am about 7 on this photo.  In my days of being a Ballroom Dancer.  Before Strictly Come Dancing was even thought of as a TV show!  The event was a Ballroom Competition and I can remember we went to someone's house which was quite a drive away from home, but closer to the venue in order to get ready before the event.  One of my favourite tricks was to kneel on the floor in my dress and tweet, pretending I was on my Nest!!  I know, I know.  Probably funny at the time!!


I have taken the basic design from my Blogging Buddy Karen's blog which I saw recently HERE.  I liked the design so thought I would make it. 


I hereby promise that except for the background paper and the yellow spotty paper, all the other papers used including the mount, flourishes, die cuts, and journalling piece, were all out of my Snippets book.  So I am hoping the Lovely Di will allow me to play in the Playground this week over on the Snippets Challenge.   Pleeeeeeeeeease Aunty Di!!  I will make some more cards later too!!

So there you are.  Your Sunday Evening Giggle from me!!
I haven't done the journalling yet, but will do before I put it away!  I am waiting to ask my Mum where and when it was!

Please feel free to leave me a comment and don't forget to pop over to Di's blog to see some of the other peeps who have joined in the Challenge!

Thanks for looking.

TTFN

Hettie

Ingredients:
Paper - My Mind's Eye, Dies - Tim Holtz, Inks - Vintage photo and Faded Jeans, Cherish - The Works, Diamante Pins - Garden Centre, Flowers - Ponden Mill (yes really!), Glitter - Hampton, Stamps - Darkroom Door, Tim Holtz, Tag - Nestabilities, Mask - Tim Holtz, Glimmer mist.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

GM32 - Tag 7 - Watch the Birdie!!

Hello Peeps

I have just realised that this is my 150th post!  Woo Hoo!  Who would have thought I had enough stuff to talk about in 150 posts?  And who would have thought that in those 150 posts I would have 60 Followers - 60 people daft enough to want to read what I put on this Blog?  Thank you to each and every one of you for following me as I know if it wasn't for you I would not have kept this blog going.  THANK YOU!!

Tonight's post is to show you my lickle tag which I made as my Gungy Monday piece with the lovely Linda!  Grungy Monday 32 and I don't think I have missed one.  Please correct me if I am wrong.

Now this week, the lovely Linda has asked us to make a Tag using one of the lovely Tags that the wonderful T!m made in his Twelve Tags of Christmas 2011!!  But with a twist.  It is not to be a Christmas tag! 

This week Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring this week's Challenge and if you have not bought anything from Simon Says Stamp you really should pop over there as in my opinion they have the best selection of stamps and other stuff available for crafting. I can even say that the post is worth paying as the selection and the speed of arrival is great!

I have chosen Tag 7.  When I watched T!m using the Kraft Glassine I just knew I had to have a go and after Christmas I ordered a pad of the Glassine which arrived last week.  Thanks Linda for giving me the perfect opportunity of using it...

Well, I couldn't order the Glassine without any other "essentials" now could I?  I also ordered the Christmas stamp set which I have been wanting ever since I used Hels' text stamp (it has been used on this tag honest), as well as some more Distress Stains, two of which (Frayed Burlap and Chipped Sapphire) were the main colours on this tag.  Other colours of ink I used were Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo.
I am afraid that on every attempt to take a photo of the flower, the camera flashed but it does show just how much reflection you can get off the Glassine once you have used the alcohol inks on there.  Here I used Denim and Silver along with blending solution, and once I crinkled the flowers, I used Faded Jeans in the crinkles and a Laura Ashley brad.
The Post Card stamp is from the Christmas stamp set and the Photographer's stamp is from another of Tim's sets both using Archival ink .  A little dictionary paper behind the Glassine just to pick out the edges of the paper and some film strip.  The little birdie charm I got out of my box and wired and then I coloured some seam binding with the Distress Stains.  Distressed the edges using Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo.

Now don't forget to pop over to Linda's blog to see some of the other pieces which people have made and of course, why not pop over to the Wonderful T!m's blog for even more inspiration and ideas.  At the moment you can have a sneak preview of some of the new products being released at CHA too!  Boy my visa card/Paypal are going to be warm when they come over to the UK!

TTFN and thanks for reading my post.

Hettie

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

WOYWW 136 - Still relatively tidy folks!!

Hello there Peeps.

It is Wednesday, so that means it is WOYWW day with the lovely Julia Dunnitt. For those of you who still don't know what this means, then I will give you a quick resume. 

1   Take a photo of your workspace, be it a desk, dining or kitchen table, floor, bed, lap - anywhere you are currently working on a project.

2   Post said picture on your blog.

3   Link your posting on your blog to Julia's blog HERE.

4   Go on a worldwide official nosey at other likeminded WOYWWers' desks and don't forget to leave them comments.

5   Enjoy and wonder what you ever did on Wednesdays (or Thursdays if you cannot visit them all on a Wednesday) before you discovered WOYWW!!

Here is my desk.......
Believe it or not it is still relatively tidy.  The cards you can see are the ones I completed last night for the Snippets Challenge with the lovely Di, who holds the playground keys.   Feel free to join in the fun and frolics of using up your Snippets!
Here you can see my desk is being skillfully supervised by my lovely Monkey.  In case you are wondering about the lilac card next to him, that was made by my good friend Angela some time ago.  The card is a little reminder of the good times we had before she was taken away from her family and friends.  I cannot seem to get round to putting the card away so why not have it where I can see it when I stop with my cuppa!

The white bits of card that Monkey is holding up are pieces of watercolour paper which I could not bear to throw away when I was making my Christmas cards and am slowly using up with my Snippets Challenges.  As you may just about see, I have stamped and coloured a piece already for a card.  I think that might be Val's Birthday card which is coming up!

Right, that is is from me today.  Don't forget to pop by the lovely Julia's desk and see some of the other WOYWWers' desks.

TTFN

Hettie

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Snippets.... It started with a stamp.....

Hello there Peeps

Here I am again with some Snippets which I have turned into cards with a little jiggerypokery!  ready for the rollcall with the lovely Di!

It all started with a set of Penny Black stamps which I bought from Craft Obsessions (12 Days of Christmas).  I blame Sandra for my buying them as she kindly sent me a couple of stamped images and when I saw the stamp set for sale I just knew I had to buy them!!  That is MY excuse and I am sticking to it!!!

As some of you are aware I go Scottish Dancing, which I have done for a very very long time.  I do most forms of Scottish Dancing including Country, National and Highland.  For many years I have danced my Highland dances to a wonderful Piper Terry.  However, last year whilst piping in France for the anniversary of Dunkirk he was taken ill and needed to be brought home for some major heart surgery and so this year on Burn's Night I will not be dancing to Terry's playing.  When I saw this stamp I knew I had to make a card for Terry and hopefully this will raise a smile!

Well, you know me.  I cannot just make one!  So I decided to make one for the lovely Johan, my Dancing Teacher!!

Oops!  And then another for our friends in Scotland for Burn's Night!
Oh!  Then another just for the hell of it!!  I am sure I will think of someone to send this to!!

Who would have thought that with just a little bit of scrap tartan paper, cardstock and a stamp I would have ended up with four cards and hopefully four smiles.  Even the watercolour paper on which I have stamped the images were scraps as I don't throw anything away when I cut out images for other projects!!    All images were coloured using Copic pens.

Don't forget to pop over to Di's blog so that you can see what other great cards are created using Snippets!!

TTFN

Hettie

Sunday, 8 January 2012

GM31 - Happy Birthday Tim

Good Afternoon Peeps

Over on the Lovely Linda's blog this week's Challenge is to make a Birthday Card for the wonderful Tim Holtz in commemoration of his birthday yesterday.  Happy Birthday Tim!!

I wanted to make a monogram type of card but instead of black and white, I opted for browns - hope you like it Tim!

The stamped background is from my Darkroom Door stamp sets with my lovely Praha images.  Around the stamped piece I have stamped with Hero Arts and Penny Black stamps.   The lampost is made from the Sizzix die using MME paper and stamped with my favourite Stampers Anonomous flourish stamp and embossed with bronze powder.  The background piece to my sentiment is from the same MME paper.  I used one of the sentiments from the Darkroom Door stamps and cut both the sentiment and the background with my Spellbinders dies.  The whole piece is mounted on a piece of paper which was formerly the base of my spray box.  I just love using these pieces as they are beautiful colours. 

On the lampost I hung a Muse Token with U for Unique as that is what Tim is! 

I am afraid that I have Praha very much on my mind at the moment as Hubby and I are going to be visiting very soon!!  Yeay!!!  After the stresses and strains of the last few months of 2011 the thought of this trip has kept us going once we decided that we weren't going to cancel the trip!

You rock Tim and I hope your birthday was a very happy one!

Please do not forget to leave me a message and call by Linda's to see some of the other birthday cards which have been made for Tim.  And of course, don't forget to call by Tim's blog for some awesome ideas and updates! 

TTFN

Hettie

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

WOYWW 135 - Johan's card - Sunday Stamper

Good Morning Peeps! 

Wednesday already and only Day 2 in work.  Boy I could quite get used to these 4 day weeks! 

So what is so special about Wednesday I hear you cry?  Well it is known as several things - Hump Day, Half way through the week day, Nearly Friday day, but in the crafting world it is known as WOYWW Day.  For those of us (silly enough to) who take part, we all take a photo of our desks, warts and mess and all, and link them up to the lovely Julia and we blog hop around the world looking at other peoples' desks, floors, laps, dining room tables and having desk envy or drawer envy or stamp envy or anything else envy!!

Here is mine this week.......

For those of you who have been to my desk previously, you will note that it is pretty much tidier than it has been for a fair while.  No big piles of paper in the top left corner, that cup of herbal tea is actually still warm and the inks are out because I have just finished a card for my lovely dancing teacher Johan (aka Obi Wan!) on Thursday. 

Here is a closer look at the card.....

I used Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Fired Brick DIs and a Paperartsy stamp.  It is a little bit out of my normal comfort zone and I like it!  A lot!!  I did try making a second one but I managed to bodge it!  Oh Dear!  I think was the exclamation.....not!!

If you are wondering what that sheet of orange stuff is on top of the Cadburys tins is, it is felt.  I was trying to get a good crisp stamp image and tried the glass mat, then the funky foam and then felt.  I got the best result on the felt.

I remember seeing something like this in Craft Stamper but this is the first time I have tried it.   One layer!!  Phewf!  I need a lie down now.  As the lovely Hels' theme is "Anything Goes" I shall enter it for her Sunday Stamper Challenge too!

Well, don't forget to leave me a message to let me know what you think of what I am doing.  It gives me a good excuse to come and nosey at your desk too!!  And don't forget to call by the lovely Julia's blog too!!

TTFN

Hettie

P.S.  The Cadbury's Finger tins are very old and I inherited them.  I DID NOT eat all those fingers!! Honest.  And what do I use them for?  They are PERFICK for holding DI ink pads in!

Monday, 2 January 2012

New Year - New Challenge - Snippets

Hello Peeps

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope this year is a Happy, Healthy and Crafty one for you all!

I don't make Resolutions as such but this year I do have a few priorities which I hope I will be able to stick to throughout the year. They are:-

1    Keep my room tidy
2   Make Birthday, Anniversary or Whatever cards ahead of time in order that I do not end up making them last minute and also if anything else pops up new baby for instance, I will not be rushing to make these either
3   Keep up with challenges and try to join in more often
4  Use up those papers in the scrap box.  If I am making a layout, then I MUST use the scraps up and NOT put any more scraps in the box.  Also use up embellishements that haven't seen the light of day for a while and any ink pads that are not in favour any more (i.e. any ink pads that are not Distress Inks!)
5   Finish all my Christmas projects by the end of November so that I can join in with all the Christmas crafting projects at the time instead of in January!

So in order to carry out Priorities 2, 3 and 4 I am joining in with the Snippets Challenge this week with the lovely host of the Challenge Di.  Here you are to use up those Snippets you may have e.g. scraps, embellishments....

Here is my first card of the year...
And the second......
And the third......

All cards paperpieced in a quilting form with a little stamping and embossing on them.  I used a different stamp on the background to the first two.  I even got the sewing machine out to stitch around the edge before distressing the edges.  I used a Colour Box ink pad which I am not too keen on, to ink around all the individual edges.

Some of the papers I know are Basic Grey and Craft Box as well as some hand coloured papers.   All plain cardstock is Bazzill.  Stamps are Tim Holtz and Hero Arts.  DI I did use is Aged Mahogany and the die is a Sizzix one.

As for priority 1, I was a good girl and tidied up my desk before posting this post! 

Don't forget to pop by the lovely Di's blog and join in on the Snippets Challenge.

Bye for now.

Hettie