Friday, 19 December 2014

The Last Tree - Version 3.1 :-)

Hi everyone.

Happy Friday!  Only 6 more sleeps till Christmas Day!

Are you all finished and ready for the big day!.  I did most of my wrapping yesterday and just have a few more stocking stuffers to get and I will be done.

We are expecting a significant storm starting on the 23rd and by the end of Christmas Day, we could have another 30cm of snow on the ground.  Of course, that could change :-)

I have one final tree (for this year) to share with you.  I really had trouble giving this one away !

I started off with the cork base again, but this time after painting it silver I decided to add some snow. I have had a small jar of Snow-Tex for around 2 years and really have never thought of using it - until I saw some wonderful creation's during Lori's Annual Visions of Sugar Plums Hop and Lori had used Snow-Tex.  She has the most wonderful blog, you just have to go check it out, Chouxchoux Paper Art.

I marked where I wanted the tree to stand and then added the snowman, after glittering him up a little. The Snow-Tex was so easy to use and I just used a palette knife to spread it around.  It takes around 2 hours to dry - depending how thick you make it.  Once it was dried I added some glitter to this also.

I also made up a little sentiment plaque, using a miniature artist board.  The paper and sentiment are from  Polkadoodles CDs Studio 12 Picknix 2 and Angelberry Christmas.   I distressed the edges of the paper and once secured to the plaque, went around the edges with some Faber-Castell Gelato in silver, turning the corners over a little too.  Then added some glitter to finish it off.

So, I suppose I had better show you the finished tree :-)

I gave this to a friend as a Christmas gift and she was so pleased with it.  She also loves snowmen.

I will definitely be using the cork board bases from now on, they are just the right size and now I know the Gesso works I can paint them any colour too!  I added a little tinsel around the bottom of the tree to finish it off.

I really appreciate each and everyone of you that takes the time to come and visit my little blog.  I am going to be playing catch up today on my visiting and will be around to see what you have all been up to.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Snow Angel

Hi everyone.  How is everyone?  Are you all ready for Christmas?

I have nearly finished the Christmas shopping, just a few little stocking stuffers to get and then later in the week I will get the wrapping done.

I am sharing this post over at She's a Sassy Lady blog today too.

I finally got around to finishing my angel.  So, she is no longer headless, but could be legless LOL!

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will know that I have now made two Christmas trees using this technique.  You can see the trees, HERE and HERE.

However, this time - you turn the book upside down for several of the pages - so that you get wings :-)  A great tutorial for this, can be found here at Five Go Blogging.

I decided to make a bottom for the angel using cork pot stands - so I first coated the cork in Gesso, just one coat would be enough, but I gave it two :-)

Then I gave it a coat of silver acrylic paint.  I am so pleased with how this turned out!

You can see the angel there in the background - looking a little headless LOL!

Anyways, after spraying her with some Perfect Pearls - Perfect Pearl is the colour I used, I also added a little more sparkle with some very fine glitter glue.

Her head is just a Christmas bauble, I kept the silver hanger attached to it, as I thought it made the perfect collar.

I couldn't resist adding some silver ribbon to her head and base.

Of course, as she is a Snow Angel I had to add some lovely silver snowflakes.

I finished off the base of the angel with some wired star garland, after all she is up in the stars and clouds there :-)

I was tempted to add a face to the bauble, but thought that may spoil it.  Less is more, as they say.

I apologise for the overload of photo's I was trying to share the sparkle :-)  Hope you are able to see it.

Maybe you could give it a go, with some old books that you may have.

I am finishing off another tree, so will share that one later in the week, hope you will come back and say hello.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Another Tree :-)

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

I finally got my second tree finished, although the angel is still headless LOL!  Hope to get that done in the next couple of days.

Yesterday, I had a pot luck lunch to go to - the white chocolate cheesecake I made, was delicious and still had some leftovers for Andy to have some too :-)

Part of our pot luck,  was a Christmas ornament/decoration exchange and that went really well too.

I decided to give this tree in for the exchange.

I went with a snowy tree, this time.  So a snowflake for the top, and around the tree.  And a lovely snowman. I used up another trashy novel ;-) 

Snow people have presents too, don't they?!  I made up some teeny tiny boxes again, using the template from Bird's Cards.

I also added some ticket sentiments to this one, as it's part of the exchange and not just for me :-)

It looks so much better in person - as you can see the glitter more.  The little snow person is a find from the Dollar store :-)

If you want to take a look at my first tree, you can find it here.

I hope you are getting organised for Christmas.  I am getting there.

I am entering this tree in the following challenges.

Decorate to Celebrate - Challenge #90: Anything Goes (closes 23 Dec)

Crafting for all Seasons - Challenge #92: Anything Christmas BUT a card (closes 4 Jan)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Christmas Cards for Overseas - part 2 !

Hi everyone.  Wow - where are the days going?  I am so dis-organised this year!

I am struggling at the moment to get into the Christmas spirit and you would think that with Andy now home permanently,  I would be so looking forward to it.  Maybe, once the kids finish school and I start doing some present wrapping my mindset will improve.  Or maybe I need to have the Christmas music on full blast!

Anyways, how is the start of your week going?  I have a potluck lunch to go to tomorrow, so I have a white chocolate cheese cake to make today.  And we are also doing an ornament exchange, so I need to finish off either a tree or the angel today!

As for today's post, I thought I would share another card that I made for my overseas posting.

Once again I used a fabulous Polkadoodles CD.  This is a pre-coloured topper off of the wonderful Work & Play 5 Festive Hollybobs CD collection.  The sentiment was added from another CD, A Home For Christmas However, it is also a black and white digi - if you fancy colouring it up yourself, and is available as a single digi download HERE.

I inked all the edges and then just layered up the main image on some foam to add a small amount of depth.  No more embellishments because of posting.

For the inside I added a street lamp and some holly, along with a stamped sentiment from CTMH. 

I also added some Sakura Gel Pen to the fur trim, and candle - just to add a little sparkle.  I think you can just see it in the photo.

And there you have it.  Another set of cards for my overseas posting.  Seems I am not the only one that is shocked by the cost of postage lately!

Have a great week everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Cards for Overseas!

Hi everyone.  Hope you are having a great weekend.

I managed to get some Christmas cards made for overseas.  Last posting, to guarantee delivery for Christmas was Friday.  So everything else took a back burner, whilst I got some cards finished.

I do have a little bit of a rant though.  I went to the post office, to get these cards posted for the UK, and I was really shocked at the cost.  I only sent a total of 15, yep 15 not 50, cards.  Regular size no bulky ones and it cost me $47!!!  I could not believe how much the costs have gone up.  I used to send 40 - 50 cards when we first arrived in Canada, but over the years that has had to be drawn back so that the cost is not too much.  Next year, I think I will have to take a photo and email everyone a link to my blog LOL!  It's so sad, as it really does not encourage you to send cards in the future.

Anyways, enough of that.  Here is the first card I made for sending.  I will share another post with you in a couple of days.

I took an image topper from the wonderful Polkadoodles Studio 12 - Picknix Collection 2 - Gingerbread Twist.  Placed it atop an embossed piece of white card that has been inked around the edges.  The embossing folder was a Darice folder, snowflakes.

I would have liked to have added a bow to the corner of the ribbon, but had to keep it reasonably flat for posting.  I did add a second tree, on top of the main image, to add a little more interest.

Also, added a little Sakura Gel pen, and then stamped the sentiment, which is from a CTMH stamp set.

For the inside, I added a little tree and some holly, from the new Work & Play 5 - Festive Hollybobs Collection, and another wonderful CTMH sentiment stamp.

So, there you have it.  I had a little bit of a production line going to get these made, and made 5 of them.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, I hope to be in the craft room today, in between wash/dryer loads - thats where the timer comes in handy!  Put a load in, set the time on my desk and craft :-)

These are the collections I used for today's card.  Clicking on the picture will take you to the Polkadoodles shop.

Studio 12 CD-rom...Picknix Collection 2...Gingerbread Twist  ** Work & Play Collection 5 FESTIVE HOLLYBOBS Collection

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Challenge: Merry Christmas and Anything Goes (closes 30 Dec)

Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes for Christmas (closes 25 Dec)

DL.ART - December Linky Challenge - Anything Goes (closes 31 Dec)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.