Sunday, 21 April 2013

Calendar Front Page


Hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather, like we have been.
It's lovely at the moment with a gorgeous blue sky and bright sunshine. Really cheers me up. Great.
Our magnolia tree is just coming into bud so I'm hoping the temperature doesn't plummet again to spoil it!

Anyhow, back to crafting.
I almost forgot to show you the front cover of my calendar.

This is my favourite part and I tend to have it showing most of the time, which does rather defeat the object of the other pages!

 I really like metal sheet , stamping and embossing it.  It is a great product to work with.
This was made from some strips left over from another project. They have been embossed with various Sizzix embossing folders, coloured with acrylic paint and scuffed. The flowers were embossed with a Tando mask.

Most of the products used in the calendar can be bought from The Craft Barn, which has recently moved to Priory Farm at South Nutfield.  It is still in a barn but a modern, converted one. It is bright and airy and 'stuffed' with lots of crafting goodies.
 Why not pay a visit and enjoy!

Thanks for visiting.
Bye for now.


Monday, 15 April 2013

October November December

Hello again.

 Hope you have enjoyed looking at my calendar. Today I have the final months to show you.

October : An owl had to appear somewhere in my calendar! I just love this IndigoBlu stamp, it's such a beautiful illustration of a Tawny owl , I think. There is a wax resist technique on the background of both of them. Unfortunately, it is difficult to see in the photo, but it is a leafy effect, made with a couple of leaf masks.


November: This page was made with a napkin that Barbara, one of our group, kindly brought in for us all to use. The colours on it were lovely, really autumnal. I stuck it onto card first and let it dry , then cut the squirrel out. The background was another section of the design, which I stuck directly onto the calendar page.

December: Two different pages again. The top sample is the pretty Woodware robin stamp on a Marianne D die cut shape. The bottom page is made from another napkin, that Jan brought for us to use.  Several of us are cat lovers so this worked well for us and was cute for the December page.
So that's the whole year . I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pages as much as I did making them. My mind is already buzzing, trying to decide what I will make for 2014. So many lovely stamps around , it will be a difficult decision!
 Bye for now.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, 8 April 2013

July, August, September

Three more calendar pages. 
 One product I do like to work with is metal sheet, so I had to include a page in my calendar with metal on it.

July: The  Paper Artsy sunflower was stamped and embossed onto metal sheet. It was coloured with alcohol inks and cut out. The flourish is a Tim Holtz die cut. They are mounted onto an embossed piece of Coredination card, which has been scuffed. (Crafts Too folder)

 August: One of my favourite pages. I.O. Cover a card stamp - Paisley. Crafty Individuals Peacock. Memory Box flowers and Marianne D flourish. I really like the VersaFine Majestic blue inkpad I used. It is a lovely vibrant colour.

September : This page was fun to make as I used various products and techniques.    The Dreamweaver scarecrow is cute and worked well for September. It is standing on a background made with a variety of leaf masks and Distress ink colours. The border is a Memory Box die cut, on the top sample, with a Martha Stewart punch pelmet.  The bottom sample has Spellbinder D- Lites Cattails , that look like corn stalks. Worked well with the scarecrow.
After I had photographed my pages I found I had a stamp by Hobby Art, with a lovely quote by Anne Bronte. It says "A light wind swept over the corn and all nature laughed in the sunshine." It was just the right size to put in the top left-hand corner of the page and  it worked beautifully.
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, 1 April 2013

More calendar pages

Hello again.
 Hope you all had a good Easter. I have three more calendar pages for you today.

 I have used the beautiful IndigoBlu stamp called Collecting flowers for this page. I thought this stamp was so detailed that I didn't want to give it too much colour so I only coloured the edges when I die cut the frame around it. The die cut fits inside the embossed shape perfectly. It was embossed with coredination card and scuffed. I have used Peacock distress ink to colour the edges.
The frame and embossing folder are both made by Sizzix.


This picture was on a beautiful Graphic 45 paper called Birdsong - Jasmine Dream.
 It had lovely Japanese illustrations. All the papers in this series were oriental style designs.
The base card was embossed with a Sizzix texture fades embossing folder called Winter berries, and scuffed.  This is a really useful design as it can be used any way round. It comes with the Brush poinsettia, so is great for Christmas cards as well.
 The Memory Box corner die and butterfly, were cut from gold Mirri card.   



Roses for June. The background was an Impression Obsession cover a card stamp - roses, which was stamped with VersaFine and brushed over with pigment powder. This gives a lovely soft background with a shimmer. The main rose was a Kanban rose, coloured with metallic paint.


 I did a couple of pages for this month as I couldn't decide which I preferred.

That's all for now.
Thanks for visiting.