Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Were You Naughty or Nice?

Well, Santa's been and gone, and he brought rain and hail with him as well as some great presents : )
I hope your Christmas day was a happy one...mine was great fun, with too much food as always, and lots of noise from all the nieces and nephews, but that's what it's all about, right?

Finally I'm able to share the moose costume I made for my DD (after trying hard to dissuade her)
DD: Mum, how hard is it to make a moose costume?
Me: Very hard...why?
DD: Do you have a pattern I could borrow to make one?
Me: We'd have to buy one...
DD: Can we go to Spotlight and have a look?
Me: It's Saturday afternoon and you need the costume tomorrow afternoon, we don't have enough time!
DD: Can we go and have a look anyway?    It can be my Christmas present, pleeeeaaaasssseee...
Me: OK...

So off we went, and spent the next hour looking for a pattern and fabric (we only had 1 hour before the store closed!)    To be fair, DD spent her own money (for the fabric, labour was free LOL) as she said the costume would be used a few times.   So as soon as we got home we got to work, first cutting the pattern, and then tracing and cutting the fabric...10 hours later, we had a gorgeous moose costume, the actual pattern we bought had the provision for a lion, bear, and dog hood, so DD had to improvise her own antlers' pattern, which were made out of felt and lightly stuffed with polyfill.   I think it looks fab, don't you : )

Sorry that my moose was so uncooperative, and camera-shy, but it was a stinkin' hot day so I didn't push it LOL

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Weeping Angel Bratz

In my previous post I mentioned a weeping angel and a moose, the moose is not being very cooperative, so I will have to share that photo in the next post...But here is my version of a Weeping Angel, if you are a Doctor fan, I hope you can see the resemblance.    I made her for my daughter's birthday, and by all accounts she loved her : )    The most fiddly bit to work out was the dress, and my favourite part are the wings...everything (other than the Bratz doll, of course) was done by hand by yours truly.      The doll was coated with a mixture of acrylic paint and texture paste, and a dry-brushing of silver acrylic paint.

I know she's not quite as sinister-looking as the real deal, but I'm very happy with the way she turned out...
Here is the card I made for her, I stamped the letters and heat-embossed them, the spider webs were drawn in using a Zig pen (0.3) and I added the 3 split pins (in TARDIS blue LOL) 

I'll try to get the moose to behave and hopefully I'll have some photos for my next post : )  Thanks for visiting my humble palace...

Monday, 19 December 2011

Inkurable Stampers Holly Challenge

Hello again, I said I would be back  : )
Here is my project for this month's theme over at Inkurable Stampers...

I started with a kraft coloured card blank, dry-painted it with silver acrylic paint, and stamped Darkroom Doors Flourish onto it using Adirondack Lights ink (juniper) also applying it directly to the edges.    I then glued some red mesh ribbon to the front and the wreath image (containing the holly, from Darkroom Door Christmas Montage sheet) using foam tape.     The tag (made by stamping the script image from a DD set of stamps) was in my scraps box already.     I glued the tiny ric-rac to the edge of the card, and added some DM to the wreath.
I have a few more projects that I want to share but haven't taken photos of them yet...they include a weeping angel (for the Whovians out there!) and a moose : )    Thanks for visiting me, I hope you're making time to be creative, if I can do it, so can you...

MMM or My Mess Monday!

There is a craft table under there somewhere...I swear : )
I've been working on a few projects, and because I've been time-poor, I haven't put things away as I usually like to do...instead, my crafting area has shrunk to a tiny clearing, but no more, I just had a little clean up, and I thought as a reward I would do a couple of projects...I have so many UFOs (unfinished objects for the uninitiated) but new projects are so much more fun, right?
Here's project No 1 for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog, the criteria being to show some depth...

I've used a Collections chipboard thingy (cabinet card ?), some brown acrylic paint, Distress ink (tumbled glass).     The little girl is one of Tim Holtz images, stamped onto acetate with StaZon ink (jet black)  which I had also coloured with alcohol inks (currant and ginger) as well as some viridian acrylic paint, and a coat of white acrylic for the underside.     The "doors" are held in place by some TH tissue tape, and I added a little wc paper painted with Twinks H2O (ginger peach), and a scrap of cotton lace (from Craft Queen)     The word is a stamp (from my scraps box)
I hope I have made it on time for this challenge...
I'll be back shortly, in the meantime, smile, it makes others wonder what you've been up to LOL

Friday, 2 December 2011

A Non-Traditional Christmas Card

That's the theme for this fortnight over at Stampotique's challenge blog, and here is the card I made, using one of my latests acquisitions, Mela (isn't she cute?)
I've used DCWV metallic cs in a lavender colour, stamping Mela onto a piece of white wc card, colouring her with a purple wc pencil (and a brown one for her shoes) and adding DM to the heart on her dress, and to her shoes.      I then distressed the edges, adding some pink ink and punching a corner out.   That was then layered over a darker purple cs, and as a finishing touch, I added some silver ribbon and a printed sentiment (from Darkroom Door)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December Already???

Happy first day of the month...I'm getting ready to trim our Christmas tree today, write our Christmas cards, and work out a Christmas gift list, all while singing along to some Christmas songs.  
Our very favourite is this one by the Muppets  it only goes for a bit over a minute, but we love it so much we play it over and over again!     
And as it is the first day of the month, there is also a new challenge over at the CRAFT QUEEN challenge blog, HERE are the details, and here is my sample using this fun criteria:


I've used the following to make my Christmas card:
MME paper for the background,
Simple Stories paper (which I cut apart for the Santa image and the snowflake)
Paper cord (red), tiny twine (natural and navy)
Sentiment is from THIS Darkroom Door set
And the punched trim was made using THIS punch
How are your Christmas cards coming along?