Simplicity can be so…

I love simplicity! However, it’s really hard to keep it simple. Just a little more of this, and a little more of that and bam…we’ve gone to far.

I tried to keep this one simple. Maybe I should have stopped before the bow. Oh well, here it is. I used some old paper, yes I hoard paper, and made this card with my sister in mind. That’s why there is a bit of a gap on the paper.

I love this stamp of the girl and the wispy hair. I added a few golden jewels to highlight the wisps.

Happy Creating

Joanne

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2018 Resolution – be creative every day!

Ok, I don’t normally make New Years resolutions mostly because I know I won’t keep them. However, being creative everyday could be doable. So I thought I’d start with some of my new toys. I’ve had my eye on the Tim Holtz Bigz ice skate dies for a long time and finally got them. I forget how big these die cuts actually are but they make a great focal point.

I took a few pictures while I was working on the project and thought I’d provide more details on how this took shape. First I wanted to do something in black and white so I chose the TH Tidings paper with Christmas verbiage. I added a few stencils, one with pumice stone ink and the other with grit paste sprinkled with clear rock candy glitter. Inked the sides and backs with scallop boarder and black card.

I cut the ice skates from grundge paper, coated with matte medium and painted with Distress black, white, and silver. This required several coats. I then used waxed black thread and laced the skates. Then I added a good coat of Dristess crazing and let dry. Once dry, I addd a small amount of black distress crayon, wet my finger and spread it over the skate to ensure it got into all the tiny cracks. Then I took a wet wipe and wiped it all off.

Now time to die cut the snowflakes and greens, which I added some rock candy glitter and a pearl embellishment to the snowflakes. I cut the berry stems from silver card and added red stickles for the berries. I topped the greens with a bow and some bells that I coloured red with alcohol ink. I purchased the frame from the Pound Store and distressed it with black distress paint, sanded it a bit to get the silver to show through. Not too bad for 1£.

I didn’t take into account the opening of the frame versus the size of the actual frame so I realised my backing and scallops don’t show. Oh well, I’ll know better next time.

Hope 2018 is a very creative year for you as well.

Cheers,

Joanne

Merry Christmas to All & to All…happy crafting

Yes, the time got away from with all the business of life and enjoying my family. I made a bunch of different Christmas cards this year and tried to share them the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance or work on some fun vignettes and hope to do some this week.

I love the TH Nordic stencil, what a pretty touch with the glitter. I lost the dot to the I so I used a red rhinestone.

This next one is is the same just with the pine trees instead of the deer. It seems I don’t do to well with those little dots!

Here’s a pretty snowflake card I made for my SH. Used sapphire blue distress ink to make the clear embossed snowflakes pop a bit and added the bow to tie in the colours. But it’s the silver glitter die cut snowflakes that steal the show.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you had a blessed Christmas. See you in 2018.

Cheers,

Joanne

On the 5th day of Christmas

Ho ho ho…here comes Santa 🎅 Claus. This vintage TH Santa is perfect. Embossed and water coloured with distress oxides, a little bit of rock candy glitter and some really old white fluff that I’ve had forever.

The close up photo shows the detail with the colouring and glitter much better. I think this is my favourite this year.

Ho ho ho

Joanne

On the 4th day of Christmas 🎄

Dreaming of special times with those most important to me and looking forward to celebrating Christ in all His glory. Here’s another simple card that I made from scraps of paper that I hate to throw away. Yes, I hoard my scraps, you never know when that tiny piece will be the perfect size.

Here I used grit paste on a TH stencil along with the pine cone charms. The sentiment is embossed with red glitter embossing powder.

Perfectly imperfect!

Joanne

On the 3rd day of Christmas

I got some amazing inspiration from my crafting Facebook friends. So many ideas and too little time to play. I purchased a bunch of die cuts after Christmas last year and now I can finally use them. One of my favourites are snowflakes. They can still be used just for winter projects. And now, it’s time to get the glitter out!

the snowflake twirls when you open the card. Simple and pretty, my type of card.

Take time to enjoy the snow, look at a snowflake up close, see the unique details. How amazing is that?

Happy Snowing,

Joanne

On the Second day of Crafting…

My creative instincts said to me, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!

I’ve had this stamp for many years and had only ever used it once. It was the mini-globe that brought this stamp back into my good graces. Think it works quite well. The gold embossed paper under the vellum was part of a paper pack that I would normally not use. Walla, two partridges in a pear tree.

May the peace that passes all understanding be yours today, and may peace on earth be all of our wishes for Christmas.

Believe,

Joanne

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We received our first beautiful snow, with big fluffy snowflakes. It really got me in the mood. I haven’t posted in a while due to my day job keeping me very busy. Things will start to slow down now until the new year and I’m so excited to spend some special time with those I love.

I have been working on Christmas cards and will be posting a couple a day so that I don’t break the blog. This first one is mostly Tim Holtz products, except for the deer. Living in the U.K. I don’t have access to all the new releases, in fact I’m still waiting on some and it looks like I won’t have them before Christmas. I coloured the trees with TH crayons, super easy, just remember to collage medium before you start.

Here’s another one, a bit simpler. I wish I had used the snowflake S bossing folder rather than the stars but I was just experimenting with this one.

I think it still turned out pretty.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more, need to pop some in the post now.

”Tis the Season to stop and enjoy, be sure to enjoy.

Joanne