Thursday, February 23, 2012

Handmade Xmas Cards and Tags

I love making Xmas cards and sending them to people I know will not only enjoy but also appreciate the effort that goes into making them. It can be a pretty time consuming job and even with all the best intentions in the world I always seem to leave it to the last minute..............but NOT this year. With all my xmas stuff still out I put it to Mary and Kim that instead of doing our normal scrapping every second weekend perhaps we could make a start on our cards for this year, of course they saw the amazing logic behind it soooo we had a few saturdays of making cards and tags. I would like to share with you some that I made and let you know some techniques that I used.

This couldn't be more simple (pinched the idea from the gorgeous Miss Kim) just small squares of pp, inked and placed on the card, I kept the embellies pretty simple, metal tags I have had forever, pieces of snowflake ribbon from and small white Kaiser flowers that I spent an insane amout of time inking, totally forgetting that I already had some in the right colour d'oh!.

Next up I used my cuttlebug (used it quite a few times), got the idea for this off the net, for the life of me can't remember where, but thanks. Ribbon again from Craft Queen and Santa image from the Graphics Fairy she has some amazing Xmas images there.

Again with the cuttlebug, folders are Tuscan Tiles (Craft Concepts Universal Folder) and Polka Dots (Cuttlebug), used a gorgeous stamp on the card first and then stamped the greeting, with a red pen coloured in some of the little holly berries, you could also use Kiddy Glitz.

Using the same Tuscan Tiles folder and a tri fold card with rectangle window, lightly rubbed silver ink over the embossed section (again pinched this idea from Kim, very talented lady) then just added some rhinestones and couple of other embellies.

Again pretty simple all ribbons from Craft Queen, bits of Kaiser embellies, hand made tulle flower and gorgeous poinsettia flower from

Again saw this on the net and downloaded the tutorial for it from my2angels a bit fidly cutting out the little presents from the pp, but the end effect  was worth it.

This started out as a small tag, but when I put it on the big tag and then on the brown cs card I thought, well don't mind how that looks.

Another idea from the net, totally loved it so put my spin on it, printed out some xmas music onto plain paper and then because the white was way too stark, sprayed with Creme de Chocolate Glimmer Mist (yummy) inked over it in places with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Peeled paint, added some cream Kaiser pearls, bakers twine.

Made some lovely (well I think they are) tags, using lots of technique, first up a really gorgeous Darkroom Door Stamp over Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Peeled Painted and Fired Brick, added Holly Leaf Ribbon from Craft Queen and some lace as well as a Bo Bunny Brad.

 After Miss Mary told me about this technique she saw, doing the Creative Jump Start Summit at Nathalie Kalbachs' blog I had to enrol (free) and see, now I can't remember which talented lady it was that did this but the idea wasn't really for making tags as such, it was a warm up exercise to help kick start the creative process, but I soooo loved it that I knew I wanted to use it as a technique.

So what do you do, easy peasy, get a sheet of plastic, acrylic, nothing absorbent, spray onto it glimmer mist in whatever colours you like at the time, here I used Santa Baby and Key Lime Green, spritz with a bit of water and then just slap your tag across the puddles of colour, and you end up with something a bit like this.

Once it's dry spray with a bit more glimer, stamp, run through the cuttlebug and add some embellies and voila, a very unique Xmas tag.
Well that's it for now, if you still have some of your Chrissy stuff out why not think about giving yourself a really good head start to your Xmas Cards, it is so much more fun if you aren't pushing a deadline plus there is the knowledge that you have one xmas thing ticked off the list.

Hugs and love Annette xo

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Such a lovely suprise

I was so chuffed to receive this award from the beautiful Miss Mary who received it from the gorgeous Jenny at .

It is an award for blogs with less than 200 followers.....(and that are lovely)....
And now I get to share the love with 5 other gorgeous bloggers






Please follow the simple rules.

1. Share your appreciation with the blogger who awarded you the Liebster by linking back to their blog.

2. Post the award

3. Share the 5 blogs your are awarding the Liebster with and let them know that they have received it

4. Enjoy the new attention this award brings to your blog.

5. and last, but not least ~ have fun.

If you get a chance please stop by and say hi to these lovely ladies....

It was lovely to share some bloggy love, and so hard to choose Just 5, I wanted to keep going!

Hugs and love xo

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Just a walk in the park

Little tree hugger
 After what seems like weeks of rain, grey skies and really yucky days it was so awesome to see the sun shining. It really made me want to be outside so I rang the gorgeous Miss Mary and Kim to come for a walk around the Orange Botanical Gardens with me. Miss Mary was able to unfortunately Miss Kim couldn't escape (I did offer to kidnap her). Anyhoo Mary and I had a coffee at the cafe there and then had a nice leisurely stroll around the gardens.
It's been a while since I had been there and it is interesting to see how much things have grown.

The gorgeous Mary Bennetts

It was really nice to spend some time with Mary, we took lots of pics, had lots of laughs, fantastic way to spend a couple of hours. Luvs ya Mary x

Friday, February 3, 2012

Kim and Hugo

This is my gorgeous friend Kim and her youngest son Hugo, the pic was taken in the Fairy Sparkle Garden at the New Orange Base Hospital.

Little Hugo spent nearly a week there after having to have his appendix removed and as there was an abscess behind it he ended up being a sick little boy.
Kim never left his side the whole time he was there, she is a truly remarkable lady and the love she has for her family is amazing.

I took this pic on the morning of the day he came home, he was definately getting better and wanting to be a little boy and run and jump around, pity about the stitches in his side, pulled him up a few times, poor little man.

I have never been to the childrens ward at the old hospital so never saw what the garden looked like, but awww the new one is just so pretty that I couldn't resist snapping a few extra pics. Feel in love with the giant light up trees, anyone who knows me, knows that I can't resist sparkling, twinkling lights, would love to see these at night, they would be so pretty.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day hugs and love xo

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Scrap that Song - February Challenge

Well February is suppose to be the month of love but here at Scrap that Song we decided to put a bit of a different twist on it, by making our Challenge for this month all about "Breakup songs" The dt have many ways of intrepreting this, from real breakups, to being challenged and how a gorgeous little girl got her name.

I went with the meaning of the challenge as I have recently seperated from my partner of seven and a half years. It was a mutual decision but to be facing my 52nd birthday this year single is a very dauting prospect, to say the least.

I tried some different techniques with this page as I feel it is good to push yourself out of your comfort zone, now and then. I used JoSonyas Antique White behind the pic, sprayed it with Jack Frost glimmer mist, and stamped with a  gorgeous Kaiser Butterfly stamp. Even though we are still good friends I decided to add some angst (not real though) to the pic, so I tore it in half, thoroughly crumpled it and inked the edges. The top of the glimmer mist bottle was just the right size to add some inked circles to the ones on the page. I decided to use the masking tape for my journalling, it allowed the pp to show through and to keep it with the rest of the page, I inked circles over it as well.

I'm not 100% that I really like this page, it is certainly far removed from my usual style but it is one, I think, that I would like to repeat and see where it takes me.

The pp is Basic Grey - Out of Print "Tribune", Prima - Reflections Marri mulberry flowers, Ivory Pearl trim, Vintage paper lace - pomegranate, May Arts - Sheer ruffled turquoise ribbon, oval charm and metal rose my2angels, Jillbean Soup mini craft alphas, Websters Alphas, Scrapmatt Butterfly and masking tape.

So don't forget to head over to Scrap that Song and join in the challenge, I would love to see what you do.

Hugs and love
Annette xo