2016 Christmas Cards

Some of this year’s Christmas cards.

Products used:

Indigo Blu holly stamp

Katzelkraft Grumpy Penguins stamp

Clarity Snowflake mask

Tim Holtz snowflake stamps,  Christmas words stamp and die

Gelli plate backgrounds

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Chalk paint

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My latest chalk paint piece using Annie Sloan’s new white wax over Provence paint.

More Gelli plate backgrounds

I’ve been playing with my 6×6″ Gelli plate and  have made these cards with some of  the  results. I’ve discover a couple of things as I’ve worked, firstly that paint from different manufactures react differently depending on whether they are quick or slow drying and are opaque or translucent and  some were more successful then others depending on the technique used. Secondly the prints I thought where the least successful  made the best background papers. image

I used Clarity’s Leafy swirl stencil and some bubble wrap to create this print.

imageFor this print I used an old plastic fork to draw into the paint and finished with February’s Craft Stamper magazine free stamp.

Gelli plate background

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Patchwork handbag

After saying I was on a mission to complete all my half finished pieces, before starting anything new, I’ve just finished this little number. In my defence I made it using furnishing swatches a friend gave me ages ago and fabrics from my stash. I only had to buy the ribbon and it only took a couple of evenings.

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New Year’s Resolution

Filled with New Year zeal I’m on a mission to complete all those half finished projects  hidden at the bottom of the cupboard.

This is a quilt I finished just before Christmas. I’m ashamed to say I started it about 10 years ago, but it’s finally finished. The pattern is from American Quiltmaker magazine and made in batik fabric. Its hand appliquéd and machined quilted.  IMG_7028

This next piece is on a much smaller scale. It’s  a  Moda kit which came in a lovely tin. Its about 12″/30cm square

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Two down about twenty to go.

Tartan Scottie

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This wonderful tartan Scottie came down from Scotland recently.

ScottieYou can own one too. They are made by Grayfriars Tartan, a charity based in Edinburgh. They have other lovely gifts including, dog coats, ties and cushions. All profits from Greyfriars Tartan go into the Grassmarket Community Project providing community for disadvantaged people in Edinburgh. Click here to buy

This is the lovely Sandy wearing a very  fetching tartan jacket.

Sandy in Coat 2

A few recent cards

Here are a couple of cards I made for my son’s Birthday

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This one uses an  idea from January’s Craft Stamper magazine. I scribbled using a children’s wax crayon and then brushed over with water based dye ink. To add depth I used 2 stencils and dark green and black ink. I finished with a cycle stamp, some washi tape and some words.

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I spend a lot of time looking for stamps  suitable for men and I found this Doc Martin boot stamp by Deep Red from That’s Crafty  and thought it fitted the bill as my son’s been working in the Doc Martis store in Edinburgh. I stamped it onto cream fabric highlighted it with some embroidery thread then layered it onto orange felt, some tartan paper and then onto book keeping paper. A few words plus some background stamping and a brad and it was finished.

IMG_4832I got this  stamp by Paper Artsy for Christmas and wanted to try it out. I covered some patterned paper with metallic Distress Stain, which I used as a background and for  the flowers and butterfly. Quick a quick and easy card.

Have a lovely washi day

Angela's Ink Spot

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I have been having a play making faux washi tape using strips of paper with inking, stamping and stencilling. I made some on which I used a ‘chicken wire’ stencil, using wild honey Distress Ink and, as it reminded me of honeycomb, it inspired me to make this card. The background was created by stamping with an embossing folder (another technique I have been meaning to try out for a while). I used a honeycomb folder by Stampin Up and dabbed wild honey DI inside, then pressed the card onto the surface. The lovely day stamp is the freebie with the latest (April) edition of Craft Stamper magazine.

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Christmas Cake

After a visit to the Cake show at the NEC in November we came back full of ideas for this year’s  cake. We had been  lucky to catch a very good demonstration on how to model figures by a lady from Cake Craft and Decoration magazine which my daughter used as a starting point. I made two fruit cakes, a 6 and an 8 inch using Darina Allen’s gluten free whiskey cake which never lets me down and feed it copiously right up to decorating with various whiskeys including an interesting one flavoured with maple syrup that had travelled all the way from Canada . Then it was over to Fiona.
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We picked up lots of Renshaw marzipan and icing at a very good price so we had lots to play with and my advice would be never stint on the on the quality or quality of the icing.

IMG_4580Interestingly my daughter doesn’t like Christmas cake so most of it made its way to the WEA office and kept us all going through the first dark and rainy days of January.
IMG_4581A few extra figures made by Fiona including Ice Hockey playing snowmen and a couple of very cute penguins. Not sure it they’re based on any of the Nottingham Panthers players!

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