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Monday 30 November 2009

Tag Tuesday

I have made 2 tags this week  for Tag Tuesday on the colour theme of red, green and yellow and Christmas. Great colours and great fun. I particularly like the Traditional Santa as there seems to be quite a few of these images this year. I just had to add my little addition of presents hanging on the bottom of the tag. The Santa image is a stamp by Hearts in Touch, who are also the sponsor for Gingersnaps this month. The Robin tag stamps are from Graphicus.

Sunday 29 November 2009

Red and green Snowmen

Over on Something Completely different is a challenge this week for Red and Green Snowmen.  I think I read the brief a bit literally. I wondered this at the time but then decided I liked the quirky nature of having red and green Snowmen. So here is my contribution!

Friday 27 November 2009

Play Date Cafe 6

This is my entry for week 6. Bit of a struggle today. Not because of the colours. I kept on making great coloured backgrounds and then mucking them up after. the colours are my sort of colours. I mounted it onto some paper which I chose because I felt it created a weathered wood beach hut look. After a difficult day it is good to end with something. I feel the colours match the brief well. 

Thursday 26 November 2009

Jingle your own Damn Bells!

Well this is my make for the new Gingersnap challenge to include frames. As I think you can see I like to make fun, happy, quirky things. If anyone was wondering why I named my blog "As happy as....." I think you will now understand. Why the picture of the peas? Well there are few things that look so happy and snug and contented all huddled together. It is always a joy when I pod peas to just see the little lovelies all lined up and cozy. Now broad beans are a wonder too! They have a fabulous furry nest to lie in. I often think when podding how nice it must be to be a broad bean growing in its pod, surrounding by the luxurious furry lining. I expect people are thinking I have lost my marbles! However I believe in enjoying the simple things in life.

Well back to the make. Both stamps are from Stampotique available through The Stamp Attic in the UK. The frame was a stamp I bought ages ago. It is a large foam stamp. I don't think it shows but I embossed it to make it look more relief like. The background is created by mainly using, I think, Sticky finger ink sprays. A  real autumn set that include names like Autumn gold, Blackberry, Raspberry, Maple, Walnut etc. I am sure I added some glimmer mists as well.

Oh I almost forgot. The hat. Yes Tomato puree woman was at it again. Stazon hat stamped onto the metal. Cut out and embossed with pointy tool. An old biro will work just as well.

Monday 23 November 2009

Play Date Cafe 5

This is my contribution to this weeks Play Date Cafe colourway of purple, blue, white and silver.
The purple vellum has been run through the Cuttlebug. I love the way it turns the dots white and creates a snowy feel. The background card was coloured by swooshing with blue and purple inks. The stamp was embossed with silver. There is a pretty pale blue spotty ribbon holding the card down and lovely glittery snowflakes added. All was mounted onto a silver card.

Saturday 21 November 2009

Christmas Tree

I have just finished this in time so I can contribute to Hels weekly challenge. It is about 4.00 pm when I came to photograph it. The weather is grey and foul and the light atrocious. So this was the best I could do under he circumstances. Not the best time of year for this process. The days are just so short and the nights so long.

Friday 20 November 2009

Lots to Do : Embossing

The light is fading
The deadline looming 

This is my last minute entry for the Lots to Do Challenge to include embossing. How we can trust our reliable Cuttlebug. I have embossed some fantastic paper that is red with a gold starburst sheen on it. Suitable for Christmas I did think.

Pink, Brown & Burgundy

This is my entry for Tag Tuesday. A Christmas theme to use colours pink, brown and burgundy. She looks like a cross between a fairy and Little Bo Peep. I should have added some snowy Christmas lambs. Next time maybe?

Blue & White Snowflakes

This is my blue and white snowflake make for Something Completely Different. The top section has embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and inks swiped across the top. The paper for this was a lovely pearlised paper from the Paper Temptress. Unfortunately the lovely pearly look does not show up on the photo., but it certainly adds to the card. Contrasting paper added with ribbon and snowflake brads and a final snowflake tag.

Thursday 19 November 2009

Gingersnap Buttons Christmas Decoration

I forgot to add this, probably over a week ago now. This challenge is still running over on Gingersnaps called buttons. Here I have made a Christmas Decoration which is very simple to make. I have used the wonderful two colour sided card from the Paper Temptress. I love this card. As you can see this piece was bright pink on one side and lime green on the other. Looooovely. I punched 4 pieces and stamped each one. Added some gel pen colour here and there. Folded them in half. Stuck them together with the ribbon running through. Added a felt flower and a button on either side. Finally weighted with a chipboard Christmas Tree embossed with metallic green powder.

The decoration is hanging above a radiator at the moment. The hot air rising is making it turn slowly and allows you to see both colours in turn with its gentle movement.

Monday 16 November 2009

Play Date Cafe 4

This is my entry for the fourth Play Date Cafe challenge featuring colours cream, tan, brown and a bluish green. Time was running short so I have just made a tag this week. I love these mad crows in their party hats.

Tag Tuesday

This is my tag this week for Tag Tuesday to incorporate a photo, cold and I have added memories. "Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember". Yes this is me being blasted with a snowball thrown by my brother. I think I was not best please to be bulls eyed so well. Hence the saying.

Sunday 15 November 2009

Thank you Hels!

What a wonderful way to wake up on a Sunday morning and find this has been given to me. It does give you a warm feeling inside. Thanks Hels it was a wonderful surprise.
So here are the 5 facts about myself:
  1. I hate the fact that I now need to wear glasses. I now feel blind without them when crafting or reading. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
  2. Ok that was my one negative fact. All the rest are upbeat. Talking about beat I think my all time favourite band is the Rolling Stones. I just wish they wrote songs now as good as in their hay day. Their new stuff just does not do it for me!
  3. I love to have lilies in the house. They just smell so beautiful!!!!
  4. Broad beans picked straight from the garden and cooked lightly. Yummmmmmm!
  5. I must have a good cup of coffee in the morning. A real ritual.
So here are just so many people I would like to give this award to, but I have to choose only 5. So here goes.

Thursday 12 November 2009

Pink card with Christmas Tree

This is the challenge over on Something Completely Different this week. Pink card with Christmas Tree. 
The card is from Paper Temptress who are sponsoring Gingersnaps this month. It is a good weight card that is pink on one side and orange on the other. This is a colour combination I think you either love or hate. I love it. The top of the card for the Christmas tree is cut from the back piece and is just left straight. The stamp is one I have had for a few years which I love. Cannot remember who it is by or where it came from. I have used Stazon and stamped onto, you've guessed it, my favourite metal tomato puree tube. I have then embossed into the writing to give it more dimension. I have stitched the edges and beaded them to suggest the decorations without complicating the words. Layered onto purple card and adorned with a large star on the top and then placed on to the pink card.
The decorations are  Paper Artsy stamps.

Sunday 8 November 2009

Play Date Cafe No.3

This is my entry this week for the Play Date Cafe. Another fantastic stamp by Stampotique available from The Stamp Attic. I feel it has a very poignant message that is relevant for our times.

Three Kings Tag: Tag Tuesday

This is my tag for Tag Tuesday.
The challenge was to make a tag from something other than paper and card. So I have used my favourite Tomato puree tube. Metal embossed on a mold and embellishments added.

Friday 6 November 2009

Holly & Ivy, Red, Green & Gold

Over on Something Completely Different this week it is a new month and a new challenge. Christmas Cards, starting with Holly and Ivy with red, green and gold.
I have inked the background paper. Can't remember how as did it ages ago. I think I tried to do some resist stamping which didn't work to well and then just played with greens. The Holly stamp is a DeNami stamp. One of the very first stamps I bought. I liked the movement within it. After stamping I loosely used an embossing pen to roughly add colour to the leaves. I didn't want neatness more a sense of freedom to it, and used Verdigris embossing powder. The red berries were done in the same way but obviously using red embossing powder this time. The red card was randomly stamped with a Paper Artsy stamp and gold embossed.

Monday 2 November 2009

Play Date Cafe No: 2

This is my entry for the second Play Date Cafe Challenge. The colours being orange yellow and black. Thoroughly enjoyed this second play. Why not take a look for yourselves.
The stamp is a Stampotique stamp called Queen of Life. Available in the UK at The Stamp Attic.
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