Dec 28, 2011

Monochromatic Doily.

Hello to you all.
I do hope your Christmas festivities were enjoyable and you had many crafty presents, I had some I am pleased to say.
We had a lovely day, the weather was warm so we ate out on the Patio.
I cannot believe Christmas is over and 2012 beckons.

One of my presents that I received from my daughter was the TH 'On the Edge' distressed doily Die, and I was impatient to create a card with it.

I found some PP in my stash and some purple CS, so I cut twice and used the purple CS as a shadow effect to the PP.

Purple is a glorious colour, it is sensual and spiritual--------and has a certain sense of daring, the lavender is the softer side of this hue, it brings a delicacy and refinement to any creation, and the colour lavender suggests something unique.
 Using White as my accent gives a pristine contrast,  (warm and cool tones).

The PP had a flower design imprinted on the bottom, so I fussy cut them out and mounted them onto my Bg and also spotlighted one onto my Spellbinders  'Floral  Doily'.

I cut two circles with SB and inked them up with dusty concord and stormy sky  and mounted the flower outside the frame.

The flourish was stamped with aged mahogany distress ink.
I also used dimensional tape to raise one of the little flowers.
And to finish it all off a lavender bow and sequins.

Challenges I am entering are:
Top Tip Challenge #66 - ANYTHING GOES

Pink Gem Designs   
Fred She Said Designs'.
Ooh La La Creations

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge:    #166 - Anything Goes

Fussy and Fancy Friday:   Challenge 52 Monochromatic and Sparkle

 City Crafter Challenge Blog Week #89 - Make the Cut
The winner for this week's challenge will get a $10 gift certificate to shop at Pixie Dust Paperie .

Now all that is left for me to say is to wish you a
                            HAPPY  NEW YEAR

And to all my wonderful followers that make each day special a BIG  'Thank You'.
I hope 2012 is going to be as rewarding for me, in your continued friendship and also as inspiring.
Be well and HAPPY always.


Dec 21, 2011

I was inspired...

Hello Everyone
I was inspired by Jill Foster (PB&J) on Monday with her latest video here.
I loved the colours she used, and I immediately had this idea that popped into my head, which happens when I am relaxed, as I was yesterday. 
I know I said I was not doing any more creating until after Christmas, well I lied........but it was only a little lie nothing too awful.
I just had to sit at my craft table and satisfy my stimulated senses after watching her video, and when you think about it, this is the main reason Jill produces these video instalments, so that people like me can make an excuse to make something beautiful.

The first Noel....meaning the first birthday and is an alternate word for Christmas.

The word was typed and cut on my Cricut.
And like Jill I used distress stains; 
fired brick, wild honey, peeled paint, broken china and finally dusty concord.

I distressed the background exactly the same, then I dry embossed using two different folders.

My sentiment  was coloured using the distress inks.
Numbers were cut on patterned paper then glossy accents applied.
I had to embellish a little, even though I know it probably would have held up with out any.

 I am entering this Tag into:

I do think that is me for now but don't be surprised if it is not!


Dec 19, 2011

This special season is upon us!!!

May the miracle of Christmas fill your 
heart with warmth and love.
Christmas is the time of giving & sharing.
It is the time of loving & forgiving.
Enjoy the day, and have a Merry Christmas.


If you have a keen eye you will notice my double-wedding ring  Christmas quilt in the Background.


This Tag says it all, and I do wish you all the very best for 2012.
Keep safe and be Happy.
And a big Thank you and Welcome to all my new followers, I hope you will not
only find inspiration in my work but also enjoyment as well.
It has not been the best year for me (re my fall) but it has been 
an absolute joy to receive all your wonderful
comments, and view your beautiful creations, I will look forward
with impatience and anticipation to catching up with you all in 2012.

Smiles:) Sue

Dec 2, 2011

Last Tag ' Funkie Style'

Hello Everyone.
Well I have made my last Tag for
Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style  
13 weeks ago Linda started this Challenge and it has been awe-inspiring to see every ones creations. This is Linda's  #12  Tag and also the last in the Challenge,  there will  be a random draw for a winner on Dec 16th. 

I had every intention of casing this Tag as it is so Shabby-Chic, but as is usual, my hands were autonomous to the brain again! The bird cage was my inspiration and the Colour Gold, which imbues so much richness and warmth to any piece of art was the starting point,

I wanted to recreate this effect in my Tag.
My birdcage was  stained with fired brick, then embossed with gold ep. A pearl and some bling sits at the top.
The Cherub has had his share of Gold applied too, I added some distress powder for his hair and wings, he looked a little flat until I gave him some. (does the Cherub have hair?)
My diecuts were cut on the cricut using the' fancy frames' cartridge.

I have stained them all in various ways; fired brick, faded jeans and antique linen, and the bg behind the birdcage is a G45 cast off of some children.

The Holly leaves have been fussy-cut and red bling for the berries, and of course my handmade flower made from red CS.
My sentiment was also lying on my desk, I titivated around the edges so it would blend in.

And lastly a TH chain tassel to complete the composition of the piece.
There is a sprinkling of glitter on the top frame but I was not able to pick it up in the photo.

I wanted this LAST Tag of mine to be an acknowledgement of how far I have come in my craft.
  My approach to making Cards/Tags today is far different to 12 months ago, and it is all due to the generous and talented people who share their ideas here in this forum that I have to thank.
So Thank you all.
Linda is only one of these special people,  if I could inspire just one person through what I am doing today I will be very happy, because to create for me is to achieve fulfilment of my hopes and dreams.
There is a bonus to this blogging that I was not aware of when I started and that is the wonderful  virtual friends I have made.
I hope you like this Tag.

I tried to upload all 12 tags that I have made all together, but I am unable to do it!!

Have a great day.