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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Stripey Cat and Christmas!!

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't posted for a bit but I have been rather busy with my Craft Markets. At the last one I did, the weekend before last, I sold so much, including both my Poppy and Daisy Clocks. As I have another market this Saturday at Lindfield, West Sussex, I have been flat out making more stock.

I painted another Poppy clock today. It looks nothing like the last one of course!

I had my Grand-Daughter over last Saturday afternoon. She arrived running down the drive, shouting "craft, craft" until she reached the front door. She shot in the door, straight into my craft room, up on my chair and that is where she stayed for the next 3 hours! We made and decorated a folding Christmas star. She also drew and painted this cat. I had to post it, as I think for a 5 year old, I am sure you will agree, it is pretty amazing! I love the eyes and the curly tail!!

I think she has the family arty gene! Unfortunately she took the star home before I had time to take a picture of it. The cat is going to be laminated and hung on the wall in my craft room.
My Christmas card is made using another Lili of the Valley stamp, coloured with Distress Inks.
I love this stamp as it is so delicate. It can be used all year round if you mask off the stocking when you ink it up. I mainly stamp with Smokey Grey Versafine ink, so it appears as a pencil line.
For the moon I used a wash of Scattered Straw. Her dress is Weathered Wood and for her hat and stocking, I used Chipped Sapphire.

She is soo sweet, I can't bring myself to use dark or bright colours for her clothes!

I hope you enjoy looking at my Grand-daughter's picture.

Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.


Carol S.xx

Monday, 7 November 2011

A Little Bit Sketchy Christmas!

Hi everyone,

I think winter is finally here. It was rather chilly today and soooo dark all day. I don't mind the cold but the darkness makes it so depressing.

Still, a little ray of sunshine dropped onto my doormat on Friday. My three new stamp sets from Sheena Douglass's latest 'A Little Bit Sketchy' designs. This one is 'Lakeside Shore'.

This whole card was made using one Distress Ink pad, Chipped Sapphire for the background and stamping the main images. And a Versamark watermark ink pad for embossing with Disco black Embossing powder. How cheap is that!!
I blended the ink with a damp brush, to give a bit of shading around the grasses. I also did the same between the tree branches.
The 'trees' in the picture below is, I think, actually to be used as a tree branch in the foreground in the sky. It would look as if the picture has been taken under a big tree, with branches hanging down. However, I decided to use it standing up as small trees/shrubs. I created a little hill for it to stand on! I think it worked quite well.

This little Santa stamp I have had for years. It comes out every year and always gets used a lot!
I added a few more clouds to the sky and 'moon rays' down towards the earth. I did the rays with a scrap of paper and a make up sponge with distress ink on and applied along the edge of the paper.

The sentiment stamp was free on this months Craft Stamper Magazine. I thought it fitted quite well.

The snow is dries white glue, with Art Master ultra fine crystal glitter thrown on.

I hope you agree, that scenic stamps can also be used for Christmas. Just add snow!!Lol!

Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. They are always read and treasured.
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Carol S.xx