Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year & Favourite makes 2014

Hi Everyone,
With the help of this gorgeous perpetual calendar made for me by my bestie Anne
Here's wishing everyone a very


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and if you are anything like me you are still recovering from overfill of Turkey, chocolates and bubbly! but enjoyed every minute of the indulgence.  As we now look forward to what 2015 has in store for us I wanted to take one last look at projects from 2014, therefore,  I have gathered a few of my favourite makes and links for you to enjoy once again in case you missed them.


As always Thank you so much for visiting today and for all the lovely comments that many of you have left over the past year
Mo xx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

December tag - Frosty

Hi Everyone,

Well another year is fast closing on us, and I have all 12 Tims Tags completed once more for 2014. I really loved Tim's tag this month which can be viewed together with his brilliant step by step Here.
Below is my take on it:

 I must admit I did have a struggle this month with the snowy technique on the background and I finally got it on my third attempt.  I did not have the frosted but I did have the frosted film so I had to comprimise by sticking on to very thin acetate and running this through the sun rays embossing folder

I dont have the wording dies in my stash yet either so my JOY wording was cut on my cricut from a piece of whitewash cordinations card.  The embossed frosted film was stitched onto the tag with my sewing machine and I then realised that the wording should have been underneath! whoops to late, so it was stitched on top,I actually quite like it.
I sketched lightly around the wording with a pencil to make it pop a little. An old Christmas muse token was attached to the top using pine twine and a gumdrop in the centre.
The reindeer was painted and inked as Tim explains in his post and then I used glue and seal and rock candy over and vintage photo distress glitter sprinkled on it to add interest and depth. Pine twine held the bell in place around his neck.  The snowflake was coloured with various distress spray stains and then I took Picket fence paint to pick up the detail of the embossed areas.  Th edges were inked and pumice stone glitter scattered over it.  

I spray coloured glittered and dabbed paint on the tips of the die cut holiday greens

 An industrious metal trim was added to the bottom of the tag

Another look at the completed tag.
Also I have my matching atc for my tray which of course is now completed
I love the completed atc tray what a lovely display of all those fabulous Timmy techniques
 I wish all my followers old and new a very Happy Christmas
and very best Wishes for 2015
Mo xx 

Friday, 19 December 2014

A special gift - Christmas House

Hi Everyone,

I hope your Christmas preparations are going to plan, not many sleeps to go now!!  I am showing off a little today but not with my own work.  I had a lovely visit from my bestie Anne aka Redanne and  her hubby David last Monday and she brought me a gift that truly deserved a post all of its own to show it off.  Anne made a little Christmas house  to raise money for a local school and I was lucky enough to see it before it went, needless to say it was love at first sight (as are most of Anne's 3d projects) but I think she noticed I could not take my eyes of this house.  You can see Anne's post with the original HERE.  Imagine my surprise when on Monday she revealed another little house that she had made just for me, wow!! I cannot believe how lucky I am, the detail is amazing - take a look for yourself ......
Its hard to believe that it all started with a few atb die cuts, Anne really is the queen of 3d projects with these Eileen Hull dies
Anne hand cut all the little windows and to give them a much more authentic look, even placed sequin waste behind the acetate to get the honeycomb pattern older houses have.
The deco-art textured walls look like so real 
Even the door had a little star cut into it and then it was dressed with a lovely Christmas wreath
The stag and sleigh have been cut with shrink plastic and coloured with alcohol inks before shrinking down. Oh yes and one more thing
This beautiful house lights up, how special does this look?? - Amazing.
And Thank you too for dropping by today for a little look.  I will be back soon with my December Tim tag and completed atc board, hope you can join me again then.
Bye Bye for now
Mo xx

Saturday, 29 November 2014

November Tag

Hi Everyone,

I am taking a little break with my blog at the moment thus the lack of posts recently, but wanted to keep up with my Tim's tags for 2014 as we only have 2 more to go.  Tim's original tag can be found HERE and below is my take on it.

The techniques that Tim gave us were followed fairly closely, only changing the dies and the colours as I like to be a little different.  The background was spritzed with Evergreen bough, peeled paint and white paints followed by a run through the big shot using the waves embossing folder which had been inked with Salty Ocean.  Sticky embossing powder through the speckles stencil and a rub of copper foil sheet over it completed the background.

the corrugated cardboard was cut with the noel and tree movers and shapers and then I rubbed it over with vintage photo distress ink followed by broken china, salty ocean, picket fence and antiqued bronze distress spray.  I went around the edges of the Noel and the tree with black to make it stand out a little more.

I decided to use the cut out tree with the same colours and put it alongside the cut out tree, the stars are remnant rubs dotted in the centre with a little antiqued bronze paint, the arrow also had a little dab of the same to blend it in with the copper in the background.

A little antique ribbon on the top coloured with evergreen bough and antiqued bronze plus some linen ribbon on the bottom secured with my tiny attacher and my tag was done.

Thank you for dropping by whatever you are doing this weekend, have fun.
Mo x

Thursday, 9 October 2014

October Tag Boo!

Hi Everyone,

I am early for once with my October Tag entry for the Tim Holtz Challenge this month, and I have to say I really enjoyed my little self playing with my new crafty favourite the Ranger Distress Sprays.  I have stuck fairly close to Tim's idea this month  which you can see by clicking HERE along with his brilliant step by step tutorial for all the techniques.

As you can see I have used his new Spooky cat stamp instead of the Pumpkin, I just love the mischievous look in his eyes and that spider better watch out as I am sure he has been spotted!.
I do not have Tim's Spider stamp so I used my Indigo Blu one to stamp and emboss before using the speckles stencil with the texture paste.  I used the same colour sprays as Tim did ie Dusty Concorde, Spiced Marmalade and Crushed Olive on the background, and then finished off with a spritz of Brushed Pewter to give it sparkle.  
The Vintage ribbon on the top of the tag was coloured using the same distress sprays and then plaited as shown.  The 31 brad was coloured with a little crushed olive paint.
The cat itself was coloured using a mix of Crushed Olive, and mowed lawn distress pens and blended with the watercolour pen before being covered with glossy accents.
The photo below shows the glossy accents up really well on the cat and the letters were decorated in each corner with a small black embellishment which had a tiny blob of Brushed pewter paint rubbed on top of each to add interest.  You can see the spritz of black sharpie pen on the letters quite well here too.
As I did not have any of the black tinsel Tim used in my stash, I used a black soot distress spray to colour a piece of linen ribbon, then again a little tickle of Pewter DP to highlight it.  This was attached with my tiny attacher and the staples blackened with sharpie as Tim showed us.

My matching atc this month was completed in the same way as the tag but using the shatter stencil instead of the speckles.

I used black soot spray over spiced marmalade and crushed olive and by drying and spritzing with water and a little more black, it enabled me to get the black into the cracks, I think it looks pretty cool.

Thanks for dropping by today
Crafty Hugs
Mo x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Tag Gathering Leaves

Hi Everyone,

It has been very quiet on my blog in the last couple of weeks as I have a new member of the family that has been demanding my attention, more about him later.

I am showcasing my September tag today the step by step instructions as always have been given by Tim Holtz on his blog and can be found by clicking on the link HERE.  I must say I found this tag the hardest so far this year.  Firstly I don't do faces so nothing in my collection remotely matched the one Tim did, I like to be different so this was not the main problem.  I did however have a huge problem actually getting this technique to work and look good on the background, especially with a light alcohol ink, and reading through the blogs I am not the only one who has to have about 10 goes to get a decent result.  I found that using two different alcohol inks (Stonewashed and Shell Pink)made the resist pop out better so this is what I have gone with in the end.

As you can see I have used one of my favourite of Tim's stencils (Latticework) to get the background. The lovely new broom stamp was very kindly loaned to me from my wonderful best friend ANNE  and she has not even had chance to use it herself yet so I will be rushing this straight back to her this week.  A few remnant rubs were added around the stamped areas.
The twigs for the broom and the leaves were coloured and stamped as Tim shows on his blog and they were cut from the Autumn Gatherings Decorative strip.
The twigs were layered up and I wrapped twine around two small pieces of card to act as the ties.
Further leaves were glued at the top of the tag to decorate the linen ribbon.

I mounted it onto a black tag and it was done. 
Now  remember I mentioned the addition to the family?? well here he is
His name is Georgie and he is a 6 year old Cavapom (Pomeranian and King Charles Spaniel x)
He is a rescue so need plenty of love and attention at the moment but he is very affectionate and loves nothing better than loads of cuddles and walks.
As he settles down into his new surroundings I should be able to get back to a little more crafting and blogging again as I know I have plenty of catching up to do with everyone.
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope to get around to visit everyone soon.
Mo xx