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December 30, 2010

Too much time on my hands?

What happens when an insane person is left to her own devices with a Kaisercraft bookstand and some things to make stuff?.......
This is the King Green Bottle, the evil sorcerer king.

This is where he hangs out, his lair if you will, where he does the kind of nefarious stuff that evil sorcerer kings do.

So here is King Green Bottle hanging out in his lair, while upstairs the Little Prince (that's his name, he came in a Christmas cracker with a label saying so) has crept in and freed the freaky looking princess that King Green Bottle had captured (in a bottle, of course!).

I had fun making this LOL so yes, I read too many fantasy novels, yes, I have too much time on my hands at the moment and yes, I am way over the madness horizon and accelerating.  Your point is.........?

Hope everyone had the best Christmas (I had a great time just relaxing and spending time with my DDs) and that 2011 brings you all that you could wish for xx

December 19, 2010

Snow is falling

Well, not actually falling at the moment, but it has been falling and is now sitting there looking menacing!  The worst of it fell yesterday, but luckily I had headed home early on Friday as, once a few flakes of snow fall the whole of the rail network grinds to a halt.  I managed to get my grocery shopping done on the way home so I haven't needed to go out during the heavy snow.  So, I have spent the weekend making cards for my two DDs. The first one is obviously based on t!m's tag.  I changed the colours, used a musical stamp instead of script, used the whole of the Townscape die and added some Snowtex to the houses, plus a couple of trees to fill up the space at the edge.

The second one just sort of evolved.  I started with a paper napkin with a Santa on that I wanted to use.  Once that had dried and been trimmed I gave it a wash of Mushroom Eco paint and some mica powder then wondered what to do next!  I finally decided on using some PaperArtsy bauble stamps on some chipboard I had coloured with Inca Gold and Viva Precious Metal, cut these out and attached them with ribbon underneath a Basic Grey chipsticker.  It looks much sparklier in real life.

Scary thing, these are the last two cards I needed to make, so I am all finished with almost a week to go!! I have also decorated the cake, tidied the living room and put up the Christmas decorations. I am obviously a pod person and the real me has been kidnapped by aliens :o

Ah well, four more work days to go (I don't have to work on
Christmas Eve).... maybe the snow will come back tonight and I will be snowed in :)

Hope everyone is keeping warm and safe.

December 12, 2010

Tag 10

I know, what happened to the tags between?! Well, snow melted so I had no more excuses to stay home so had to go in to work :(.  Anyway, I have been printing off the destructions and saving them so I can play later.  However, I had to make a christmas card for a dog (don't ask!) and Tag 10 seemed to fit the bill, with a bit of adaptation (a black dog instead of a white snowman for a start) so here it is:

Didn't have anything t!m used this time, so I improvised.  The pine tree stamp is at least a t!m stamp!  So this is little black dog playing in the snow at Christmas - or maybe incased in ice, depending on your point of view. 
I've had fun playing along when I could.  Next year maybe I should take two weeks off work so I can play every day! Everyone has made some amazing creations and the different improvisations have been stunning and as inspiring as t!m's original creations. Same time, same place, next year :)

December 05, 2010


For some reason I couldn't get going on Tag 5 today, my t!m mojo went missing :(  Instead I made a birthday card that I have been putting off for a while.  Inspiration struck and I set to work putting it all together:

I did all the stamping (PaperArtsy Hot Picks) in Aged Mahogany DI, Coffee and Jet Black Archival, and was quite pleased with the result.  The background paper is a sort of linen colour and the colours really went well together.  Stuck the lace trim on the bottom, mounted the whole thing onto the card blank, inked up the Birthday Wishes stamp with Aged Mahogany and stamped it.... UPSIDE DOWN!!!!  It looked beautiful, except for the greeting being up the wrong way :o
Did some quick thinking and cut a nestie label from the left over background paper, stamped again onto that (the right way up!) and mounted that over the mistake.  Only problem then was it covered part of the top of the thistle, so I rummaged through my stash and found some Prima flowerage in a suitable colour and stuck that in the right place.  Phew! I don't think anyone will notice, as long as you guys promise not to tell!

December 04, 2010

Tag 1

So I decided to make the tag from day 1 instead today.  I didn't have the rickety house die so I downloaded a Maya Road template and cut that out of chipboard.  I didn't have the texture fade so I added texture by using molding paste and heating it till it went lumpy bumpy.  I didn't have the on the edge picket fence die (are we seeing a pattern here?!) so I downloaded a fence pattern from the internet and hand cut that out of grungeboard.  After all this I noticed the house template was rather large.  Too large for a tag, or even a card, so it has become a wall hanging!
I used my trusty Maya Road branch from day 3 for my tree, and the background is paper from the K&Co Winter Wonderland stack. I couldn't find anything to make a wreath so I used a metal embellishment from my stash that fit the bill.  I decided to decorate inside the window by using some paper that looked like wallpaper, stamping a christmas tree on it then decorating the tree with adhesive gems and a star so it looks like there is a decorated tree inside the window.  I used fun flock and mica powder for the snow.  For some reason I can't find my white glitter.
If you want to look at everyone's interpretations of the tags and post yours for us all to share, pop over to Arty Jen blog and join in.

The Finished Article

Taking a break from t!m's tags today.  I love the tag he has made, and I really, really want that trim from Michael's, but I don't have any of the materials (except a Prima flourish) and nothing I can improvise with, so I am going to sit this one out.  Instead I will entertain you with the final episode of the display box:

Here it is finally finished! The flash bounced off the glass a bit, so I took another shot without flash, but that didn't show the colours properly:

and here's another peek inside.

I'm pleased with how it turned out :)

December 03, 2010

Tag 3

on day 3... it's a miracle!

So it's a card again, and this time the only things I had were tissue tape and a memo pin!  The bird is Maya Road chipboard and I just couldn't find a suitable stamp so I improvised and drew around a Maya Road chipboard branch.
No adventures today, just stayed in, kept warm and played.... bliss :)

t!m's No. 2

Twelve days tag that is!! I have religiously printed off every single one of the Twelve Tags from his lordship's blog every year and saved them all in a lever arch file (having to start a new one this year as the other one is too full!), but this is the first time I have actually done one!!!  I have used the techniques and tips but have never actually made one.  So.... drum roll please... here is my take on day 2 of The Twelve Tags of Christmas 2010:

I didn't actually have any of the right stamps, or the right DI's (other than Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain), but hey, there's a branch and a greeting and a flourish and a bird!! What's more, the greeting and the flourish are actually t!m stamps...  just not the right ones.  I flicked some water on the tag after I blended the background DI's just because I like it that way, and I mounted the finished tag onto a card because I felt like it.
I am having a snow day at home today :) Yesterday I made it in to the office (nobody else did!) and collected some work to do at home (which, as you can see, I am not doing LOL) then set off for home.  I got on a train at Surbiton at 12.46pm for the journey to Clapham Junction which usually takes 15minutes.  The train got to Clapham Junction at 14.48!!! 2 hours!! Worse part? No loo on the train.  Now bear in mind I am a 51 year old woman who has given birth 3 times and had pelvic radiotherapy and brachiotherapy for cervical cancer.... bladder control is not in my skill set any longer! Fortunately Clapham Junction has a large deparment store close to the station with decent toilet facilities so that was where I headed as soon as I got off the train! No way am I attempting to get in today.... not without a catheter anyway, lol.
Hope everyone is safe and warm today!