Remembrance Day Projects

Just reminder of the fabulous challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges this week, don’t be scared of this one, there are so many possibilities……. just make something to remember someone by.

Here is a Scrapbook page that I have made using a really old photo of my Mum when she was very young and my Grandma, just a lovely way to remember two wonderful people who had a huge influence in my creativity.

Lots of goodies out of my stash in this page, including some gorgeous crocheted lace which I think was originally in my Mum’s stash of crafting goodies.

And I couldn’t resist the temptation to do a little more colouring with my Blendabilities, so thought I would make a Poppy themed card.

I didn’t own a Poppy stamp, so went looking around online and found this lovely image which I downloaded, printed and then coloured.

So please come and join in, we love to see what wonderful creations you have come up with.  And you can also check out what the rest of the Design Team for created for your inspiration.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Sketch Challenge

I have been enjoying doing some colouring in the last few days, I find colouring very relaxing!  So I thought I would make a card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.
Here is the sketch:

I have used my Blendabilities to colour the Sweetbriar Rose which I stamped with Black Memento Ink.

I wanted this card to be nice and colourful, so I have borrowed the colour combination from the Sweet Taffy DSP – Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry.  The piece of yellow striped paper is, of course, from Sweet Taffy DSP, and just some white baker’s twine and button, and some yellow candy dots to finish it off.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Layered Swallowtail

Today I am sharing with you a card that I made a while ago now, which I have updated a little to make a little more interesting.
Originally this card was a single layer card which we made in a technique class.  I wanted to dress it up a bit though…….

I have added two layers to the butterfly, which was originally just stamped onto the card in Elegant Eggplant ink.  So I have stamped the Swallowtail in Wisteria Wonder, and another in Pink Pirouette, and have then cut out the two butterflies and layered them over the original one.  Here is a better photo of the layers.

The “Hello” greeting comes from the Four You stamp set.

This fellow was sent off as a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) recently, so I hope the recipient liked it.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Remembrance Day Challenge

This week’s Crafty Boots Challenge is to make a project for Remembrance Day.
I wanted to do something a little different for this challenge, so decided on a masculine sympathy card.

I have used some “camouflage” patterned paper, which I discovered amongst my stash of papers, and layered this over some Early Espresso cardstock.  Then I have done some of my favourite “faux stitching” around the edge of the patterned paper.  The words come from the Bloom With Hope stamp set, and the frame has been run through the Big Shot with one of the Fun Frames embossing folders.  Some Linen Thread knotted in the centre, and some small silver brads in the corners of the frame for some finishing touches.

I have a very busy week ahead of me, but after this week, I will be back with more craft.  Promise!
Happy stamping!
Chris

My Exciting News!!

I know my blog posts have been few and far between in recent times, however I have had to keep a little secret, so I have been busy crafting away, and keeping my secret!
But it’s ok, I can tell you now. :)
I am very excited to announce that I have been asked to join the Design Team with the lovely ladies from Crafty Boots Challenges.


To celebrate, I have created some projects for the current challenge, using a musical theme.

My first project is an insert for my iPhone case.  The stamps I have used here are all from Darkroom Door, I just love their musical stamps! The lady playing a clarinet has been heat embossed in gold, and then I have heat embossed the black wording over the top – very carefully!  Unfortunately the first two words didn’t come out very well, so I had to do them again onto a separate piece of cardstock, but in the end I quite like it that way, it highlights the words “Listen to…” and I think perhaps those are the most important words.

I have also made two cards, the first a Christmas card, uses some of the gorgeous Gold Foil which has been embossed using the Stars embossing folder.  The musical patterned paper was some I found in my stash (it’s a rather large stash!!), and have cut out the baubles using the retired Holiday Ornaments Framelits.  The Merry Christmas wording is gold heat embossed and is from a retired stamp set called More Merry Messages.

Once again I have used some patterned papers from my extensive stash for the second card, which I have stamped over using the Postcard stamp.  I have cut out 4 or 5 flowers using the Floral Frames Framelits, the flowers have then been wet, and crinkled up, then left to dry.  I have then partially straightened them out, layered them and joined them using a Vintage Brad, and then lightly sponged the edges.

For all of my lovely Stampin’ Up! customers and followers, you will notice that I haven’t used a lot of Stampin’ Up! products for these projects, but only because there are not a lot of musical items in the current catalogues, plus it’s always good to use up some of that stash :)  Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing other projects real soon. :)

I do hope you will drop in and see what the rest of the Crafty Boots Design Team have come up with, and I hope you will join us and share your own projects.  We love to see what you have come up with :)

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Festival of Trees Tags

Very quick post today, I just wanted to share with you some ChristmasTags I made recently, using the Festival of Trees stamps and matching punch.

Festival of Trees

Such a cute set, and very easy to make lots of Christmas gift packaging and cards.
Promise I’ll be back with more soon!

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Just Add Ink #233

This week at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge…. my favourite type of challenge!
And yes, I have finally done some stamping!
Here is the sketch:

I have used some of the papers from the Trim the Tree paper stack for this card, which I just love, but then I have always loved traditional Christmas colours.  The stars are from the Be The Star stamp set, and have been embossed in gold onto Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, and layered over some gold foil.

Cooma Craft

After weeks of being too unwell to do much of anything, it is really lovely to feel like doing some crafting, and to have the energy to do it! :)

Happy stamping!
Chris