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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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.

Toad & Magic

Toad & Magic

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/#

 

Autumn ATCs

I love to make ATCs and one of the groups I’m in does a swap every two months.  They give us a broad themes that allow our imaginations to run wild!  The September/October theme was Autumn.  I’m still into making interactive ones, although this time not all of them were.The Past is Prologue

I painted a greyboard atc (from TCP) to make a sunset scene.  I then stamped a Tim Holtz collage image in Archival Black ink.  The sentiment is from PaperArtsy and was stamped on to tissue in burgundy ink.  After this photo was taken, there was a bit of an accident and some of the paint in the lower left corner peeled off.  I used gelatoes in autumn colours on clear shrink plastic and die cut 3 leaves.  After shrinking them, I attached them to 3 corners.

The Past is PrologueI tried to make this one look like the side of shed…don’t know why!  A shed that had been repaired with a bit of metal.  Again, don’t know why!  This was a bit of silver mirri card embossed with that fab embossing folder from Tim Holtz and aged with alcohol inks and paint.  I also added a bit of silver frantage.  The leaf was done the same as described above.  I used one of Neil Walker’s bird stamps, coloured with autumn coloured copics, and stuck with silicon glue to give it some dimension.  This one was picked as the best atc in the swap! 😉

autumn atc3I love this die set from MFT.  In fact, I asked Lisa to order it for me!  I wanted to make it look like one of those warm, cozy jumpers/sweaters that you start wearing once there is a nip in the air!  It opens up to reveal a sentiment.  I embossed the greyboard atc blank with a knit embossing folder, painted it white, then a layer of buttermilk, sanded back to expose the white, added the die cuts.  I used a grungy spot stamp from PaperArtsy on the inside.The Past is Prologue

I think my favourite is this spooky one.  Very similar to my last post, but no sanding back or cheek!  Skull and crossbones are The Past is Prologuemdf from TCP.

 

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I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://craftingmusketeers.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftandsmash.blogspot.it/

http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk/

http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://open-mindedcraftingfun.blogspot.ca/

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

http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Cheeky ATC

One of the groups I’m in did a Male ATC swap.  For some reason sheds came to mind when I thought about men so I did this.

The Past is PrologueI embossed the greyboard atc blank with a wood folder, painted it in teal, then a layer of brown, and sanded back to reveal the teal.

So what to put inside?  Something a bit cheeky, but not OTT!  I found these public domain images from Zoe Mozert that fit the bill perfectly.

Pinups by Zoe Mozert

Pinups by Zoe Mozert

All the hardware, atc blanks, and paints came from TCP.

picture for challenge entries ;)

picture for challenge entries 😉

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

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

http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/#

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

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

http://getcreativechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

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

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

http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

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

http://anythingbutacard.blogspot.ca/

 

Scooter

March’s ATC swap theme was ‘Furry Friends.’  I recently won a digi of my dog, Scooter (see my blog header!), from The East Wind.  I love Kyra’s style and was over the moon to get a custom digi.  When I found out what the theme was I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

More is More!

More is More!

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Head tilt may make me appear more intelligent than interactions prove (the pin thingy moves his head)

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Paint, stencil, texture paste, and gilding wax

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Masking tape, paint, and gilding wax

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Embossing folder, paint, and gilding wax

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Paint and PaperArtsy stamp

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Dylusions, embossing folder, and silver gilding wax

 

Do you make multiples of projects?  Or are you like me and prefer to do one offs?  Let me know in the comments! xx

Cute as a …

Today is my very first post for That Craft Place as a Design Team member.  My previous post told you all about how excited I was about being asked to be part of it.  This fortnight’s challenge is Buttons.  When I found out, all I could think was ‘Cute as a button.’

Wilson the Woofie

Wilson the Woofie

Rut Roh?

Rut Roh?

It’s an atc where the bone tilts Wilson’s head.  I coloured Wilson with copics and cut him with my silhouette (Wilson’s head is cut separately from the body for this).  I also cut the atc on the silhouette and used a newspaper pattern from the silhouette shop.  I used a font from the silhouette shop as well.  Stacey posted a video about how to faux stitching on the silhouette which taught me how to get things to print without using the silhouette pens.  Always good to learn new things! I then used vintage photo distress ink on Ditzie Designs coffee rings stamp to stamp over the top.  I also inked the edges in vp distress ink.  I used DecoArts Satin Varnish over everything because I love the texture it leaves.  I also used alcohol inks to age a white button from my stash and attached it with glossy accents.  I used glossy accents on the eyes and nose to highlight those spots.

I’m a dog person (although I did have a 7 year fling with some cats in Canada).  Not quite two years ago, a black and white terror came into my home and stole my heart.  You can see him above on the banner.  Scooter has grown into a lovely dog who is incredibly well behaved at home and absolutely barking mad on walks.  I do reckon that since he’s so good at home I can put up with the nutso hour on the walks.  So, are you a cat or dog person?

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

DitzieDigiDesign

Feathered Friends

This month’s atc swap theme for one of the Facebook groups I’m in was ‘Our Feathered Friends.’ It was this group that got me making atcs and now I’m addicted.  We can send as many as five and this month I decided I wanted to receive five amazing creations…I had to get to work! lol

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Hope is…

This first one didn’t turn out quite as well in my mind.  I wanted it to look like a wing.  If I were to do it again, I’d cut the feathers so that I had a few layers of them instead of just one long layer.  Inside is the verse about ‘hope is the thing with wings…”

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Hope is…

I like to make interactive atcs and this next one is very interactive.  The tree trunk is made with distress inks and the fabulous stamp from Neil Walker that I bought from That Craft Place.  Here’s the outside view.

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And  a little surprise behind the picket fence (cut on my cameo).

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And then a bigger surprise on the inside.  All coated with Triple Thick to hide my glue issues.  I never did learn the whole glue thing in primary! lol IMG_0019

I’ve shown the atc slider thing before.  This time I used a Ditzie Digi Design rose and a free humming bird digi.

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IMG_0023And what atc swap would be complete without me using a quote.  This one is from one of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams.  The duck is really a dodo and is from Octopode.

Thanks for looking!

Erin xx