Crafty Resolutions

Happy New Year!  I hope 2015 has wonderful things in store for all of us.

I’ve made some craft related resolutions this year and figure accountability has to mean something! lol  So here they are:

  1. Make 12 things from my Pinterest boards (I have 18.3K pins and have made only a handful!)
  2. Make 2 Christmas cards a month.  I opened this up be any time of the month so that if it was the last week of the month and I still hadn’t made any, I hadn’t failed already kwim?
  3. Participate in Journal52 project.  I know I won’t be able to finish an entry every week and maybe not even once a month, but I’ll never get any where if I don’t start somewhere!

I have loved taking part in the bimonthly atc swaps in one of the Facebook groups I haunt.  These are the 5 I’ve made for the last swap…the theme was Christmas.

Christmas ATCs

Christmas ATCs

Toad & MagicThis is a tunnel atc using Lindsay Mason’s cute houses with Christmas hats.  I just had to get the set!  I’ve coloured the houses and hats with copics and used liquid pearls for the furry bits.  The trees are also from the set and I used distress inks to stamp them.  The card was colured with different hues of blue distress inks.  The sentiment is also from the set.

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I think I’ve already shown you this one.  I’ve cheated and used a previous DT project for this swap.  It’s an All Dressed Up image with a DoCrafts embossing folder background.

 

 

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I really like how this one turned.  I used the bokah technique and distress inks in pale colours to create the background.  I then stamped a coordinating background stamp from the JOFY set that the bauble is from.  I used gelatoes to colour the bauble.  I was well impressed with myself for using so many techniques on one little 2.5″x3.5″ rectangle! lol

 

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This one was done with two more of the cute stamps from the Lindsay Mason set.  I coloured them copics and used flower soft for the furry bits.  I used the same DoCrafts embossing folder for the background.

 

 

 

Toad & MagicThis last one makes me giggle.  The romantic couple image is from PaperArtsy that I stamped and distressed with distress inks.  I then used one of the rather snarky Dylusions sentiment stamps to give it a bit of a twist. 😉

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for coming along on my crafting journey.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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My Favourites from 2014

Last year it seemed like everyone did one of these posts.  I haven’t seen as many this year, but I think it’s a nice way for me to wrap up my crafty year.  The absolute best part of the year was making That Craft Place’s Design Team.  It’s a fantastic group of girls (and 2 men who guest) that are incredibly talented and very supportive.  It has stretched and improved my crafting beyond all recognition.  I’ve also joined the Altered Eclectics DT which promises to be lots of fun too.  It’s always Anything Goes and altered art so right up my alley! lol  Okay, enough waffle, and on to the countdown.

Runner’s Up

I couldn’t seem to narrow it down to just 5…these are some more favourites!

Santa's Wardrobe

Santa’s Wardrobe

Weathered wood mittens

Weathered wood mittens

Beware of the spookiness!

Beware of the spookiness!

5 – Altered Money Box – June 2014
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Altered Money Box – June 2014\

4 – Valentine for Four from Divergent – October
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Valentine for Four from Divergent

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Valentine for Four from Divergent

3) An ATC for a swap with a male theme – November
Outside of Cheeky ATC

Outside of Cheeky ATC

 

Pinups by Zoe Mozert

Pinups by Zoe Mozert

2) Come Away with Me Frame – October
Graphic 45 Box Frame

Graphic 45 Box Frame

1) All Dressed Up Frame – April
All Dressed Up Frame

All Dressed Up Frame

Thanks for coming along with me on this crafty journey.  I know 2015 will be filled with even more crafty goodness! Hugs, Erin xx

DoCrafty Deja Vu…

Yet another DoCrafts decopage card.  Maybe next year I’ll start Christmas cards early enough that I don’t end up posting a card a day for 2 weeks…lol  This one was made using this month’s sketch from Inspired by Stamping’s sketch.Toad & MagicI made this for my friend whom I have the world’s easiest friendship with.  We met while walking our dogs, Lula and Scooter, and decided to keep walking together because our dogs got on so well.  Scooter can be a bit much for most other dogs, but Lula not only puts up with him, but keeps up with him!  They’ve become the best of friends…so much that we have to be careful when we say the other’s dog’s name because each of our dogs becomes very excited about hearing it.  Anyway, Pam and I get on really well too and absolutely revel in having a drama free friendship!  It’s a complete joy!

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://joannamunster.com/2014/12/15/ibsic-89/ – the sketch challenge obviously! lol

http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://hjcchallenge.blogspot.ca/

http://inkychicks.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://justinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://pdelinkyparty.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/

http://bunnyzoescrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftybootschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.co.uk/

 

It will be a blue Christmas…

So I’ve gone from being a decopage snob to a decopage fan…all in the course of a few Christmas cards.  I can’t get over how quickly these come together for me!  The DoCrafts goody bag came with these fabulous packs of paper (such lush papers!) that coordinate perfectly with the decopage images.  I’m having a ball getting gorgeous (imho) cards done in no time!  Win – win! lol

Toad & MagicDoCrafts papers and decopage bought at TCP and kraft card also bought at TCP.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://avenue613.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cagichallenge.blogspot.ca/

http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2014-12-21T12:00:00Z&max-results=1

http://opus-gluei.blogspot.co.uk/

http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://thegloryofchristmaschallenge.blogspot.de/

http://agirlwhocraftschalengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2014-12-05T06:30:00Z&max-results=10#

http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/chnc-challenge-extra-for-december-2014.html

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/

http://sparklesforumchristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

Most wonderful time…

Toad & MagicI’m in love with Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer paints which is what I used for all the painty parts of this canvas.  I stamped the PaperArtsy stamps onto card (super smooth from TCP) that I had already painted and then mounted them with silicon glue.  I used a Tim Holtz alpha die to cut the letters.  It’s very shimmery in real life.

This fortnight’s challenge over at TCP is Anything Goes.

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://www.2creativechicks.com/

http://www.allwayssomethingcreative.blogspot.co.uk/

http://theartisticstampercreativeteam.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2014-12-06T00:30:00Z&max-results=7

http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/chnc-challenge-extra-for-december-2014.html

http://traumfabrik-challenge.blogspot.de/

http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/

http://scribblesdesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.thecraftgarden.blogspot.ca/

http://thesistersofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

http://pixelsandpaperchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/

A project 10 years in the making…

Toad & MagicAbout 10 years, Stampers Sampler had an article about making shrines/armoires out of mini cereal boxes.  My good friend, Tammy, saved a number for me and I never had a chance to do anything with them.  I ended up throwing them out because I moved across 2 provinces, but I never forgot the idea!  Recently, Prince Charming bought  set of mini cereals and I snaffled on to them quickly! lol

I took the box apart and painted the inside with gold inka gold and the outside with black gesso.  I edged burgundy paper from the fab Christmas collection from DoCrafts with inka gold and layered it up with some pretty sepia paper from the same collection.  I added some wood laser cuts from TCP to the doors to act as handles.  The feet are flat backed pearls.

 

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My dad loves Santa Claus.  Like, LURVES Santa Claus.  He often helps Santa out in the busy run-up to Christmas and stands in for the big guy in the village I grew up.  I could tell you tons of Santa stories involving my dad, but my favourite one goes like this.

My first Christmas, my dad dressed up in his Santa suit, visited my grandparents house where I was and a picture of Santa holding me ended up in the family photo album.  A couple of years later, I was looking at the album, tapped the picture and said ‘Daddy.’  It broke my dad’s heart.  That year, the local NYE dance sold out.  A man wanted to buy my parent’s tickets for mad money, but my dad worked out a deal where the man came over, dressed up in our Santa suit, and gave me a present on Christmas Eve.  Let me tell you it was amazing!  A few a years ago, my mum and I talked about this fab memory and I asked about the bag the presents were in…I swear it was leather.  My mum is pretty sure it was a orange bin liner!  This story is relavent…After I put the decopage Santa from Docrafts in the box…it looked empty and too far back.  I decided that I needed Santa’s sack, but what could I make it out so looked like leather?  Wax paper and alcohol ink to the rescue! lol

This fortnight’s challenge over at TCP is my favourite…Anything Goes!

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://www.allwayssomethingcreative.blogspot.co.uk/

https://erinstewart.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/a-project-10-years-in-the-making/

http://www.2creativechicks.com/

http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2014-12-05T06:30:00Z&max-results=10#

http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/chnc-challenge-extra-for-december-2014.html

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/

http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/

 http://ladybugcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

http://doodleartifacts.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.thecraftgarden.blogspot.ca/

http://www.themirrorcrack1d.blogspot.co.uk/

 http://7kidschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.uk/

http://decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.co.uk/

http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://elphinehouse.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://lilredwagon.blogspot.co.uk/

http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.co.uk/#

*insert witty title here*

I like to use sketches (and have several hundred on pinterest) when I make my cards and I had a sudden flash of wisdom…I should look at current sketch challenges and use those! lol

I used the Deconstructed Sketch which I found absolutely fabulous. Also this cute decopage image and papers are from DoCrafts that I bought at the one and only TCP.  It’s the first time I’ve used that Sue Wilson die for the bow…it’s only been in my stash since summer! lol

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

Obviously, Deconstructed Sketch – http://deconstructingjen.com/deconstructed-sketch-no-181/

http://a-crafty-mess.blogspot.co.uk/

http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.uk/

http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.ca/

http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=476083

http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.co.uk/

http://scrapbookerphd.blogspot.co.uk/

http://agirlwhocraftschalengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://animalfriendschallenge.blogspot.de/2014/12/21-dezember.html

http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/chnc-challenge-extra-for-december-2014.html

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/

http://stempelgartenchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

 

The ache for home at Christmas

Toad & MagicI thought I had stopped making cards, but these decopage sheets from DoCrafts have really sparked a return of my cardmaking mojo.  I  bought this decopage image before falling in love DoCrafts because I just loved the image…it invokes that ache we all have for home, whatever that means to us, at this time of year.  I also knew I’d use it for MIL’s card.  Again it whipped together in mere moments…well, for me!

This is also the first card that I used the syringe that comes with Collall silicon glue…OMG!  Where has it been all my life? lol  Totally awesome and makes life so much easier.

Everything, ‘cept the card and ribbonis from DoCrafts.  I do love this Victorian paper and am so glad I got 2 packs (bought the goody bag after getting indvidual items from the line).  Even better, is they’re bringing out a similar line for Valentines.  That will inspire to actually make some and might even get them posted in time for the day of love.  Not likely, but one can dream! lol

Here’s the big pic for challenge purposes.

Toad & MagicOf course, I bought everything from my favourite shop That Craft Place.  This is a totally amazing shop with lovely owners that are the epitome of personal service.  I’m lucky that they are my local craft shop, but they have a thriving online business that you’ll love if you’re not as fortunate as me to live nearby.  The Facebook is great fun (lots of banter) and a place to get all kinds of answers and encouragement.

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.co.uk/

http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://hjcchallenge.blogspot.ca/

http://inkychicks.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/

http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cardmaniachallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftybootschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/merry-christmas.html#comment-form

http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.ca/

http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

One the first day of Christmas…

I swear I make stuff other than just ATCs!  I swear!  Actually, whilst making these I was probably swearing at Lorraine, who is the one in charge of the challenges over at That Craft Place’s Natter & Chatter page.  Every month or so, she sets us the most impossible swaps.  This month we had the choice of a card or ATCs using the 12 Days of Christmas as our theme.  For some ungodly reason, I chose the ATC challenge which meant 12, yup count’em 12, ATCs…one for each day of the song…logical eh?

We didn’t have to exactly adhere to the song…we could be influenced.  You may have to think sideways…very sideways…to get where I was coming from for some of these.

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It’s really hard to see…but, there are 5 coffee rings (one of Ditzie Designs from TCP) embossed in faint gold on the golden rings one.  We had to include 3 things from a list…mine were embossing, a phrase (I’ve got two…Think outside the box and Lord of the dance), and a die cut (the bunting on 11).  I bought the fronts from a digi shop on etsy.  The winged hearts and birdcage are from TCP.  The birds are Neil Walker’s (available from TCP too).  Most of the backgrounds are PaperArtsy (no surprise there) as are the women and bottle.  The telephone is from Wendy Vecchi.  The girl in the bathtub is The Greeting Farm, Lord of the dance is from Kenny K, and the rum barrels are from Kraftin’ Kimmie.  I used lots and lots of distress inks…antique linen, vintage photo, and walnut ink mostly.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://arandomfandt.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cuttinandstampinchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/

http://hjcchallenge.blogspot.ca/http://justinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/

http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/#

http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/

http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftybootschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

http://fitztownchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://imagination-craftschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://melonheadzfriends.blogspot.co.uk/

http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://ooh-la-la-creationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://crazychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/#

 

Now for something completely different…

 

erinstewart.wordpress.comI made a card…don’t faint!  It has been months since I made a card (like July for Prince Charming’s bday).  I often tell my students that I make cards to explain my hobby because Papercrafting just confuses them, but I don’t really make them any more.  I actually really enjoyed it!  I might even make more! lol

I’ve recently become a Docrafts addict.  They’re products are simply such good value and bang on trend!  I couldn’t resist the Christmas goody bag that was jammed packed full of goodies including this decopage vintage image.  Now, totally not my thing, but this card was whipped up in about 1.5 hours which is an absolute speed record for me!  It seems rather special too if I say so myself.

This fortnight’s challenge over at That Craft Place is Christmas.  I’m so surprised I didn’t make something involving mucky fingers, but I am up to my elbows in muckiness for the November swap at the Natter Chatter page (I know it’s December, don’t tell Lorraine…shh!)

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

I’d like to enter the following challenges

http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/#

http://papercreatorscrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

http://a-crafty-mess.blogspot.co.uk/

http://brownsugarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://www.craftforthecraic.blogspot.ie/

http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://7kidschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://asonginyourart.blogspot.co.uk/

http://christmasatsweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftingbydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.uk/

 http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.uk/

http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://hambochallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://ema-ginationstation.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2014-12-04T00:00:00-06:00&max-results=1

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.co.uk/