Friday, 30 November 2012

Friday freebie May & June

Can you believe it is nearly December.... scary how quickly time just seems to fly, but I guess, better than being bored.....

Thanks for stopping by today and again, welcome to my new followers! I really enjoyed making these two calendar months, makes a nice change from all the autumn and wintery projects. If you have missed the previous months, you can find them HERE and HERE, so without further ado, here are May and June:

I have been asked where I get my actual calendar months, - you can download wonderful free calendars for 2013 from Call me Victorian. I have linked to my favourite one, but there are several other ones too.
Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

One of Many

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by!
I thought it was about time I showed you one of the many Christmas cards I have been making:
This one uses many of my favourite things, inking, stamping, using an embossing folder and die cuts, oh and some stenciling as well. The stamp is from La Blanche, the embossing folder is a Tim Holtz one and the colours are chipped Sapphire , Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy. I highlighted the embossed bits with some Treasure Gold, one of my all time fav products at the moment...



Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Final calendar pages

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting! A special warm welcome to all my new followers!
I have finally managed to finish the last of the calendar pages I have been making for someone. The light has been pretty bad these last few days, so I have had trouble getting even half way decent photographs. Most of the elements used in these pages are from the Graphics 45 Place in Time collection again. You can see the first few pages HERE






Monday, 26 November 2012

Christmas wall art for the Artistic Stamper

Hello everyone, welcome to my new followers and I hope you are all having a good week.
Today it is my turn to show a project over at the Artistic Stamper.
I decided to make a little canvas wall hanging using some of their awesome Christmas stamps
To see the full project and how I made it, please go HERE and any comments are of course much appreciated!!

Saturday, 24 November 2012

12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie style #10

Hello everyone, - here is my next tag for the challenge over at the Funkie Junkie. If you are a regular visitor here then you will have seen all of my previous tags for this challenge. This is number 10 inspired by Linda, aka the Funkie Junkie. You can see her original tag HERE
This week Linda provided us not only with a beautiful tag, but also with a lovely vintage image, in case we wanted to use it, - and yes, I did. For my tag I used a similar lay out and similar elements, but like usual I also had to substitute several others, but I used a bauble, a flower and bricks, just like Linda did, only I stenciled my bricks as I don't own the embossing folder she used. I drew the icicles at the top with a white pen, again, because I don't own the folder she used. 


The flower is made with the Tim Holtz pine cone die
In case you are interested to play along, this is what Linda has to say about the details of the challenge:
  • This is an inspiration challenge. Each week, I will post my tag and you will use it to be inspired to make something. You can enter any sort of craft. It can be a tag, a card, a home decor project, a scrapbook layout - your choice but please make it winter/holiday related. 
  • You must take inspiration from something on my tag and tell us in your post what inspired you. You don't have to use my style, my layout, my colors, my theme or anything except be inspired by something on my sample. Your make can be shabby, it can be grungy or it can be clean and simple. I don't mind if you CASE my work, but if you do, please give me credit. 
  • We will have 12 weekly challenges beginning today, Monday, September 17th. You can link your project using the linky provided. If you don't have a blog, you can use another hosting site such as SplitCoast Stampers or PhotoBucket, but you must link back to this challenge and tell us what inspired you. 
  • To be eligible for the drawing at the end of the 12 weeks, you must: 1) enter all 12 challenges, 2) provide a link back to this challenge and mention that it is sponsored by my store The Funkie Junkie Boutique, with a link to the boutique. 
  • All 12 challenges will remain open until December 17th. You can play any challenge up through that date. To be eligible to win, you must have submitted an entry into all 12 of these challenges by midnight Eastern Time December 17th. 
  • At the end of the 12 weeks, from the pool of players who participated in every single challenge and provided a link to the challenge on my blog and a link to my store on their post, I will draw three winners. There will be one $50 grand prize gift certificate toThe Funkie Junkie Boutique given out plus two runner up prizes of $25 gift certificates. 
Because Linda is moving her store will be closed for a while, but HERE is a link to her shop and as you can see from her description, her boutique is sponsoring this challenge.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Friday Freebies, the next two calendar months

Hello dear blogfriends! For those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I hope you had a wonderful time! Here are the next two calendar background pages, I hope they are useful.
Printable jpeg


re-sizable pngs

Remember, free printable calendar months can be downloaded from the "Call me Victorian site HERE

Thursday, 22 November 2012

2013 Calendar pages (freebies tomorrow!)


Hello everyone and happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it!!
I have so many things to be thankful for, too many to list them all, but my many online friends and blog followers certainly feature high on the list!! Please know that you are all so much appreciated!!
Today I am showing you the first few pages of a little desk top calendar I am making for someone. I am not using my own designs (they will keep coming in the next few weeks) but the wonderful new papers from Graphic 45 Place in Time Collection. Here are a few samples:







Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Delightful Die D-lites

Hello everyone and welcome again to all my new followers!
Today I am showing you a box I made using the new dies from Spellbinders called Die D-lites as embellishments.
To see the full project and how I made it, please hop over to the Spellbinders blog by clicking HERE and I would love it if you leave me a comment there.

Monday, 19 November 2012

12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style tag 8 & 9

Finally managed to do my next two tags for the 12 tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style. I was running two tags behind and I know that today Linda, also known as the Funkie Junkie, will be posting number 10.

If you don't know what I am talking about, you can check it out HERE. There is still time to play and one lucky person is in with a chance to win a fab prize sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique!!

Well, now for my tags, here is no 8
Of course like usual mine is totally different, but there are a few similarities that I used as inspiration from Linda's tag: A Santa stamp on the right (mine is a Crafty Secrets stamp), the Season's Greetings sentiment on the left, a strip of hessian/burlap at the bottom and a big flower, plus some background stamping. You can see Linda's original tag here:
I made my flower using a Rose Creations die from Spellbinders

My Santa image was coloured with a mix of Distress Inks and Inktense pencils and cut with another Spellbinders die
And now for tag #9
Again, mine is very different but I stuck with the star and button theme and also added a gingham ribbon, with a ticket stuck behind. You can see the original here
I had great fun creating the background with a mix of acrylic paints, crackle medium, embossing powders, Distress Stickles and my heat-gun. The stars are grunge board which I treated in a similar way to make them look old and rusty. The ticket is a Tim Holtz stamp and the buttons I have had in my stash since forever and I was so pleased to finally use them.
Here are some close ups still:


Well I hope you like my tags. I have greatly enjoyed making them and can't wait for Linda's next tag to appear later today....

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Christmas Recipe Book guest designing for Calico Crafts



I feel honoured to have been invited again to be a guest designer for Calico Crafts this month. I was asked to use some of their beautiful papers. Now I like making my own backgrounds but I adore using gorgeous papers, so this was right up my street!

 Christmas  is a big affair in our house and with a large extended family, Christmas dinner is a big occasion with up to 20 people every year.The moment I saw the beautiful Kaisercraft Turtle Dove Collection I knew I wanted to use them for a book to keep all my Christmas recipes in, handy to have them all together and also making a lovely keepsake to pass on to my daughter when it becomes her turn to host this annual affair….. (I wish......)
Here are a few of the pages, to see the full project please head over to here, you won't regret it as there many wonderful projects from their talented design team. There is a cool shop too with many unusual products!
Anyway, here are a few more pages to whet your appetite and I would love it if you left a comment over there.



Friday, 16 November 2012

Friday Freebie Calendar pages

Hello everyone and again a very warm welcome to all my new followers!
This week and for the next 5 weeks to follow, I am going to do something slightly different:
Each week I will post two new 6 x 4 pages that can be the foundation for a home made calendar, so for the next few weeks, expect two new months each time. I am providing the backgrounds for you that you can embellish to your hearts content. Beautiful 2013 calendars to add to the backgrounds can be downloaded for free on the wonderful blog of "Call me Victorian" HERE
Here are January and February (and I apologize to my Southern Hemisphere visitors, as they are very wintry....)
This one can be printed as is, the two same images below can be re-sized in a photo editing programme.




Each year I make my own desk top calendar, here is a picture of one of the months of 2012
If you want to know how I made the stand for it, just email me and I am happy to write up a description.
Hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration and like always thanks for stopping by, your lovely comments always make my day!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Christmas Memories folder

Time for my second project for Snazzys this week. A little folder to keep your favourite Christmas photos, using the Theresa Collins Christmas Cottage paper collection again.
To see the full project, please head over to the DT Blog

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Christmas tag for the Artistic Stamper

Today it is my turn to show a project over at The Artistic Stamper. Been using some of their fab Christmas Stamp sets. Please take a look here
Thanks for stopping by:o)

Monday, 12 November 2012

Christmas Cottage, project for Snazzys

Hello everyone and a specially warm welcome to all my new followers!!

This week it is my turn to showcase a project over at the Snazzys DT blog
Here is a little sneak peek. To see the full project, including a template, please click here

Friday, 9 November 2012

Friday Freebie Little Christmas add ons

Hello everyone
This week I have been rather busy with not much time for blogging and creating but I did not want to leave you without your Friday Freebie, so here is just a little offering.
I also want to say thank you to all those of you who email me and tell me you have used my freebies for your projects. I always LOVE to see what you create with them, you guys are soooo creative!!





Like usual there is one collage sheet and individual images for those of you who like to resize or play around digitally. Like always, many thanks to the Graphics Fairy, Bumble Button, Lilac and Lavender and all the other generous people that freely share their treasures on the internet. I could not do this without your generosity!
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