Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Snowy Friend

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas, we sure did. We were spoiled by Santa and Family.
Today was really nice out temperature wise so we bundled up and went outside for some winter fun. Something about snowmen just make me smile so hubs and I rolled the snow and made this guy in a very short time. We used one of his touques, paint can tops for his eyes, my scarf, a carrot nose and black acryllic paint for his mouth. I didn't realize you could paint snow but as soon as the paint hit the snow it took it very easily. Our cat Rosie even ventured out on the steps and sniffed under the deck although she didn't last long, She is a woosy when it comes to getting feet wet or anything different on her paws.
A good day was had by all. The temperature was 40 degrees F so it was a good day to get some fresh air and get rid of the cooped up cob webs in the head.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Remember don't drink and drive, always have a designated driver.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Away in a Manger


no crib for His bed,

The little Lord Jesus

lay down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky

looked down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus,

asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing,

the poor Baby wakes,

But little Lord Jesus,

no crying He makes;

I love Thee, Lord Jesus,

look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle

till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,

I ask Thee to stay,

Close by me forever,

and love me, I pray!

Bless all the dear children

in Thy tender care

And take us to heaven,

to Live with Thee there.

May you find peace and joy this holiday season.

I want to thank all of you who visit my blog .
Wishing you a Happy New Year too!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Remind me never to take up

Scrapbooking......I made a gift for my dear hubby and well it must have been the longest project I have ever made with paper.
I first had the idea last year for Christmas when he had turned 50 and we had been to a Maple Leafs Hockey game in Toronto on the actual day of his 50th. We had a nice dinner went to the game, took pics etc. Last fall before Christmas I had computer issues so my pictures were still on the old hard drive and I panicked because I couldn't get the pics off to do this project. So......I finally did manage to get the pics off and put them on disc and so this year I made what I wanted to last year.
I bought a 12x12 acrylic frame from my local scrapbook store and bought a 12x12 sheet of Toronto Maple Leaf official NHL paper. I kept our tickets all that time as well, and.... a sparkly part of a 50, I think the 0 part is what I had and located the 5 with much thought on how do I get it or find it without hubs knowing what I am doing.  Retrieved that, ok onto the project.
Well after fiddling, resizing pictures, placing this and that here and there I fianlly got it all laid out. No problem, must have taken me an hour just to sit and stare at things, is this supposed to happen when scrapbooking, a blank look of what do I do next or what am I supposed to do???? hmmmm how come this is becoming harder than it is supposed to be. Well after moving and cutting and placing then pushing things aside and almost giving in I just took off a few things, cut out a few flourishes from my Tim Holtz alterations Flourish Die and just went for it I finally got it all placed on the page. Now what and how do I keep things there where I want them so they won't move and will still fit? This is becoming way to difficult for a piece of 12x12 paper.  I carefully lifted pieces and put adhesive where I needed to and placed things behind things and over top of things and finally it was done. How long did that take me?.........3 hours, are your kidding me? I could have made a dozen cards or made some ATC's or cleaned the house.
Well at any rate I would show you all but it is wrapped up and I can't say it is probably a scrapbookers dream layout page but it will do and we had a great time and I hope JB likes it. It is placed safely in it's acrylic frame and will be either hung up or placed on a picture stand but that is it for me. I don't think scrapbooking is going to be something I will want to do anytime soon. Too much work, stress and running back and forth for supplies and many inquiries as to " what are you doing in there anyways"?
Do you have any projects or things that you run into during this holiday season that takes up way more time than you expected? Even wrapping presents is more enjoyable than this was. ACK, he better like it. LOL
Til next post, stay warm, safe, keep your wits about you and remember Tis the Season to be Jolly...falalalala

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winners of the 12 Tags of Christmas

Drum roll please.........
Lynn has commented on every tag and has won the 12 tags for first place and Sharon has won 2nd place missing the 12th tag.
Ladies congratulations and please email me with Winner in the subject line. You can contact me by clicking Email on the right hand side bar.
If I do not hear from you by Friday 17th of December I will pick another winnner in your place.

I have really enjoyed making tags and I can tell you they look really nice attached to gifts as I have done a few today.

Merry Christmas everyone and a Very Happy and Creative New Year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lesley's 12 Tags of Christmas-#12

And yes it is the final tag and can't believe how quickly time is flying.

I am so happy that a few of you have continued with me on my creative journey and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

On this last tag I would like to remind you that the first place prize is ALL 12 tags and....2nd prize is a goody package of stuff to make your own tags. item.....when you post for my last tag, tell me what you have enjoyed the most of this presentation on my take and why you want these 12 tags.
A few of you have followed me all the way through and I am so grateful for your lovely comments.
So here is the final tag and I hope you have a HOHOHO Merry Christmas.

This tag I used  Basic Grey 2 sided scrapbook paper, I used a Tim Holtz Santa Stamp and stamped it on ivory coloured CS. I then trimmed the stamp to fit behind this chipboard frame from my stash. I dabbed Fired Brick DI on the frame and really liked the hit and miss it created on the frame instead of the frame being coloured in solid. I used Jumbo Java ink to ink around and into the stamped image and coloured the holly and berries and Santa's face with some pencil crayons before I place the frame on. I also put a tiny hole in the bottom right of the frame to feed my thin wire through that I had the jingle bells attached to. I also stamped in black very lightly all around the frame with HoHoHo. I then used 2 sided tape and place the Santa image onto the back and just pressed the bit of wire from the bells onto the tape to hold it in place. Then I placed it on the tag that was previously inked with Jumbo Java and a tiny bit of Fired Brick DI.

I then cut out of fun foam my numbers and painted them with Candy Bar Brown acrylic paint. I stamped a flourish in Jumbo Java and then applied distress embossing powder, embossed then rubbed the release crystals off. And that was it. I just have to find a ribbon or paint some gauze for a hanger.
Again all tags will have a hanger or ribbon on them, this is my last one that requires one.
So remember to comment and tomorrow I will be picking 2 lucky winners.
Thanks for dropping by and remember to keep the Christ in Christmas.

Monday, December 13, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas delay

Hey there bloggers. Boy was I so excited to show this last tag but unfortunately Blogger is not co-operating at the moment so please stand by and when I can upload my pic I will.
Thanks so much.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas-tag 11

Well winding down fast now, wow I just seem to get a tag done and time to do another one already.
I have to say I have been peeking over at Tim Holtz's blog and said wow to his Tag #10. So today I got out my snowflake embossing folder, some acetate and my CB and cut a tag shape out first then ran it through the CB. I thought it might end up shrinking the acetate a little but it did not so I ended up with the size I started out with. I am new to the Cuttlebug and I am learning so much online from other blogs and peeps who have them. I can't believe the stuff you can do and make with this great little aparatus.
Back to the tag.... I recently got some things to make greeting cards from a retailer not far from my home called Ectasy crafts, they sell a lot of Dutch card making supplies and I got some precut sheets that you just punch out and layer it all on paper. This is part of a card making piece I used, a little girl holding a cute little polar bear. The kit also comes with a sheet of background paper so I cut a tag for the background. I then layered the images on, you have to use a bit of foam tape to make them dimensional but I didn't use too thick a tape because I wanted the acetate piece to fit over top and not be too bulky. I inked the edges with some blue ink on my blending tool then I took the top acetate embossed piece and adhered it all around the edges with glossy accents. Then when it was adhered I then placed my little sign and positioned it first where I wanted it. I punched 2 holes on the card and on either side of the little sign with my 1/8th inch hole punch, adhered the sign with some little bronze brads and that was it. Again simple but so cute. I thought about finding a bit of snow somewhere in my stash but must be down in the basement. Would have been cute to make an almost shaker like tag, hmmmmm might have to work on a shaker for next year.
Anyways hope you like it and come back again tomorrow for my last tag.
I am so glad some of you have commented and sad to see the end but hey all good things must come to ane end.
And......I have decided to give all 12 tags to the winner and I am going to make up a second goody prize for the runner up. Some items for you to make your own tags.
So keep commenting and see you tomorrow......

Saturday, December 11, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas-#10

Wow I can't believe only 2 more tags to go.
Well this tag I will direct you to this link here at Gingersnap Creations for a tutorital on painting with bleach. I read this last night and thought I need to try this. I had to chop off the snowman's scarf off a bit but I didn't have to cut too much off and.... I have another snowman I can add to another Christmas card. This is so neat, simple and yet so effective. I did things a bit differently but managed the same effect.
Instead of swiping the ink pad on your paper I took my ink blending tool for a softer background with less streaks and got a nice soft blue background. I took some fun foam snowflakes and put just a bit of glue stick glue on them, put them on my acrylic block and used them as my stamps. I love using fun foam for stamps, just make sure you clean up after you are done and do this in a well ventilated area.

And I coloured my snowman scarf and hat with pencil crayons and for a bit of 3-D from my painting techniques I just put a tiny bit of light blue pencil crayon that actually matched the Broken China very well and just did a shadow around the one side of the snowman, around his buttons, under his arms and nose. Then I hit the branches and top of his nose and on his buttons with a bit of white gel pen. Added some silver ribbon at the bottom, a dark blue fun foam snowflake with a gem in the center and a little tinsel looking ribbon at top.
Make sure you read the tut over at Gingersnap Creations. Follow the directions and you will be so amazed at how well this turns out. I did it so can you.
Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Inkurable Stampers One Layer Wonder

Well I wanted to get more involved in challenges and when I saw this challenge over at Inkurable Stampers I said yikes, this means no embellies, not second layers, no flowers no nothing. So.....after creating a tag I was doing with many layers of paper involved I thought what can I possibley do to make it one layer.
So this is what I came up with.

I first measured the front panel of  my greeting card and using my paper cutter I cut the size, then I measured a width to make a border evenly around the edges. I drew lines then cut out the middle part of the cardstock so I had what would look like  matting for a picture. I then applied some repositional glue on the backside around the edges of the opening and let it try. I then applied it to the front of the card and made sure the top pieces was down well for my next step.
I stamped with a Hero Arts Old French Writing stamp in VersaMagic Jumbo Java ink. I made sure I applied enough pressure on the stamp in order for it to stamp right up to the edges of the opening top piece.  I then stamped my bird stamp, Inkadinkado birds on branches stamp in Black Soot DI and embossed it also with black EP.  I then stamped my holly leaves in black ink and wiped off the  black ink on  the berries on the stamp because I wanted them to be really red.  I used 3 colours of pastels for around the edges,  leaving my top piece of paper on til the pastel part is complete. I scribbled in different areas around the opening close to the edge with a lime green, leaf green and a red pastel. I used a different finger between colours so they  pastels don't get all muddy,  I rubbed and smooshed the colours and blended the hard edges to soften them and blended into the next colour beside it. I then wiped most of it carefully away with a tissue so the paper is actually stained with the colours of the pastels. I then removed my window piece.  I then took some pencil crayons and coloured in the holly leaves and I used a Sharpie red marker to really make the berries stand out. I also added a bit of grey pastel to the right side of each bird to give them a 3-dimension look. I took a black sharpie fine tip marker to go over the stamped holly leaves and circle the berries and a white gel pen to line the top of the branches for a bit of snow.
That is it, my one layer wonder. Hope Sarah and the gang over at Inkurable Stampers like it.
Til next time....Falalala

PS the actually real card looks much brighter than it is here. Darn computers :)

12 Tags of Christmas-#9

Wow Tag 9 already......Yikes this means Christmas is drawing near real fast.
This tag I like, it is simple yet very festive, as you can see I really like the colour green.
I distressed the tag using Vintage Photo DI and inked the edges as well. I stamped the background using Studio G holiday Falala stamp in a Rhubarb ink. I tore a bit of music hymnal music and inked the edges as well with VP ink. The tree is a grungeboard from a collection of Tim Holtz, I paitned the tree in green acrylic paint then added a bit of Decoart textured snow. Let dry.
I found some green ribbon again in a stash of mine, I am starting to think I am a hoarder, and I took a flip top off of a can and used it as a belt buckle. I had seen this done before and once I did it here I thought that looked kind of cute.
The image is free from Flickr and I bordered it with some Starform glittery irridescent peel and stick border. Love that stuff it comes in all colours and widths.
That is it my friends.
2 tags today but separate posts so you can keep commenting and another post yet to show you my Inkurable Stampers entry for December.

I will be back on track tomorrow....stay tuned

12 Tags of Christmas-#8

I appologize for not doing a tag yesterday, again got busy, hockey game last night and I was wanting to get up early to go shopping before a mad rush this morning.

So here we go with tag #8...
This tag I started out with a piece of tan cardstock and covered it with torn bits of paper and used gel medium to adhere and overlap all the bits down, let the gel medium dry,Then I painted a very light coat of white acrylic paint to cover the paper but allowing you to see all the little different papers I used.. I let it dry completely before continuing on.  I then stamped and embossed using black EP to do the birds. On the edges of the tag I scribbled a leaf green, lime green and sort of a Christmas red oil pastels in variations on the edges only then using a different finger or clean the same finger between colours start smudging and moving the colours around and blend the hard edges together so one colour goes into the next. Then if you are still not happy take a tissue and rub a bit off or just leave it, if you want more colour just scribble a bit of that colour and rub again. I then took a piece of cardstock that I had made a flourish from my CB and used the cut out piece as a stencil and took my red pastel and smooshed it in and around the stencil part. I didn't lift it off until I was happy where the colour was and tried not to have too many hard edges but when I did lift it off I was careful not to rub again distorting the flourish. The next thing I did was set the pastels by spraying some hairspray on it and it kind of seals the pastels and it won't rub off if you put it away for keeps or storage. Learned that trick from Jenxo. Then I still needed something so I added little hats to each bird as they are having a wonderful festive party all lined up on their branch and I put Stickles on their little pompons. I added a bit of white gel pen along the top of the branches for a bit of dimension and I also (forgot to mention above)put a bit of gray pastel to the  right of each bird to make it look like they are 3-D. I then added a little string of bulbs I have had in my stash for something and thought the tag needed something else so I strung up some lights for them and a few punched out flowers with some pearls.
That is it. A lot of wind to explain that one but it was rather easy just some time waiting for it to dry. This gave me an idea for the Inkurable Stampers Challenge for this month's theme so I will be posting a card I made after I post my next tag.
I am reading everyone's comments and I am so glad you are enjoying my take on the tags and hope to inspire you to make some with what you have.
PS I have not forgotten the fibers it is just easier to scan. All tags will be completed with fibers or ribbon.
Thanks for dropping by and keep commenting, the tags are winding down now....L

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 tags of Christmas-#7 and a Gingersnap entry

Well today I am going to kill 2 birds with one stone as they say. I saw a challenge over at Gingersnap Creations a few days ago and what better way to make a tag for this challenge and make it one of my 12 tags.
So the theme GC81: Chestnut Theme Challenge - is Snowpeople .
This tag took a bit of doing but turned out so cute. I love these snowmen in their globe and they just make me smile. I love snowmen, some peeps like Santas some like angels, some like gingerbread but I really like snowmen. When I first saw these stamps I had to break the bank and get it. I have had this a couple years now but I use it quite a bit for cards etc and I have some single snow peeps by the same designer.
This is a Canadian company called Sunshine Designs but you cannot buy from their site, you must find a retailer who sells them. I bought my locally.
Back to the tag.... I stamped the image on Watercolour paper with Black StazOn ink. I then used Watercolour pencils and waterbrush to colour my images with. I cut out the image and just ran a black ink pad around the edges, learned to do that trick after cutting images out from InkStains by Roni. I cut a shipping tag shape out of this great holiday BoBunny scrap paper. It is two sided and had purple swirls on the back so I cut a few strips with decorative scissors and put a little trim at the top and bottom of the tag. Still needs something......I found a strip of sticky backed snowflakes in my stash and cut some to fit the top and bottom just for a bit of filler and eye candy. Oh and I also inked the edges of the tag before placing the snowglobe on with Dusty Concord DI. I then took a Studio G clear stamp and stamped Friends in the same ink on a scrap of WC paper inked the edges then attached the globe and the Friends sign with some foam tape to raise them off the tag a bit. I added guessed it ....Stickles to the large dots on the bottom of the globe and added some white fiber and that was it.
So a bit different than distressing but I like how it turned out. Thanks for dropping by again and hope to hear from you soon. I see a couple peeps are commenting every day, so.....keep up girls.
Til next time......create with what you have.

2 posts tonight-#1

This first post is to show you some Christmas gifties that I have made and I know I am so addicted to these little pockets my friend Jenxo made a few days ago. Although I didn't do exactly what she did but I did for the most part most of it. I struggle with doing lacey frilly stuff and hers are so beautiful but I changed up mine a bit to be more festive for the season.
Sometimes I like to give someone a little something just to say Merry Christmas and it doesn't mean I am expecting a gift back, I seem to have inherited a trait from my mother about Giving. I love to make and give things so I just may be sending a few of these out and although they may reach destinations a little late it still would be nice to get a little something from Santa even a week or so after the holidays.
So here are some pockets that I hope you will enjoy. I used some scraps of prepped canvas I had from making my stockings so they came in handy for the back part of the pockets and the front I used scraps of paper from cardmaking and I actually covered up the stitching but that's ok. I lucked out and found some sparlky chenille ( I call them pipe cleaners still) at the dollar store in lovely colours. I used inks on some of these and the Santa my fav has some pastels. Take a look over at the loverly Jen's blog, she has some great Christmas ideas and very easy to make. I like easy and quick this time of year. I stuffed these with a few little choccies and a candy cane. They look so cute hanging on the tree. Thanks for sharing that tut Jenxo.

 And below I have a CD calendar that I saw on another blog and thought hey, they would make a great gift.
I made 2 of these but not the same for some male family members and they are both going to Formula 1 in Britain this next coming year. Here is the link to get all the info you need.
I didn't have a stamp for the checkerboard background so I made my own out of fun foam. I cut thin strips then cut little squares from the strips. I added glue stick glue all over the surface of my acrylic stamp block then started spacing my little foam squares til I had the number I needed to create a checkered pattern. I stamped away the top part to break up the white cardstock I used. I got the images from a few websites and then just printed the pics off on glossy photo paper. Once I had an idea what I wanted to make it all when quite quickly. The most time was cutting out each month and making sure it all matched up to fit inside the CD Case. The stand is easy to do as well. It will tell you all you need to know at the site but you open the case up take it apart  turn one piece of the case around so you have a little lip at the bottom and snap it back to where it was originally only flipped. The calendar sits on an angle and the fits nicely on a workstation or desk.
I hope these guys really like them. I am actually quite proud how they turned out. Wish I had more time I would have done a lot more but I am on the countdown now for shopping , cards I haven't even sent out, too busy making cards for gifts and so on.
Well that is it for this post. I am off to post my next tag for the 12 tags of Christmas.
Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas #6

So sorry I am late posting tonight but we were invited out for dinner then when we got home we had to get the woodstove going as it is really chilly this evening and going to dip a bit more tonight.
I didn't get a chance to put some fiber on this tag yet but no fear it will be done.
On this tag I did some distressing again with Peeled Paint and a tiny bit of Broken China, love the 2 colour combos. I inked the edge of the tag with Peeled Paint.
I cut a tree from again Tim Holtz Alteration Die then ran the tree through my Cuttlebug to get tiny dots all over it. Then not sure I like it looking at it again but I just lightly touched the tree with ColourBox white ink and I did it lightly down the side. I think I might touch it up with my texture snow instead the white looks more green here to me.
Like many of my images I searched on FlickR and got this great one with a girl dressed in red and her two pets. Then I took some fun foam letters that were blue yellow and I think pink and painted them with Tomato Spice Delta acrylic paint. Let it dry then I put my stylus in white paint and made dots all over the letters after they were dry. I added a bit of Diamond Stickles again for some bling  then added a bit of ricrac from my stash that my friend Jenxo sent me some time ago and that was it. Easy Peasy.
I am so happy some of you are enjoying my tags. They are fun and each one turns out different.

Tomorrow's tag is going to be just a bit different and not really into grunge or distressing but on a watercolour side of things. Stay tuned and don't forget to post. I know a couple peeps that are posting daily and you have a chance to win one if you keep posting every day.
I don't pretend to be Tim Holtz, yes I have some of the Ranger products but I say, do what you feel is right for you and what you can afford. Think outside the box and just go for it.
Art is what you make it and this is what I enjoy.
Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you back soon.

Monday, December 6, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas- #5

Here is my little tag titled " Believe".
I have distressed my tag with none other than DI in Fired Brick, then I tore a piece of scrapbook paper that had the word Believe and I inked the edges of the torn piece then after I applied it to the tag I added some Stickles to the lettering enhancing the red and for a bit of bling. I also stamped in a light touch of black the flourishes just to fill the background.
At the top you will see some holly leaves and berries, that is the grungeboard that I have mentioned a few times here from a Tim Holtz collection of sheets I purchased last year. It had some Halloween items, snowflakes, letters etc. The grungeboard I painted using Peeled paint DI with a dampened paintbrush and did the berries in Fired Brick as well and added stickles to the berries.
I made a stencil for the numbers 25 and used my blending tool in the same ink and just moved the tool around until the 25 appeared  lifted the stencil off and good to go for next time. I didn't do it too dark but wanted it to be there in the background. I added a bottlecap and coloured it with a permanent black marker (after it was smashed to flatten the bottlecap) and added my vintage Santa and punched it with a 1 inch round punch. I added a bit of GA (Glossy Accents) to the surface of Santa. I attached the bottlecap with GA as this stuff really sticks well!!!
And that is pretty much it. Simple yet very jolly indeed and I believe a small part of us still " BELIEVE" in Santa.
Thanks for dropping by and tomorrow I am going to post twice as I will be sharing some "Handmade" Christmas presents. I won't be saying who they are for but just some ideas in case you get the itch to make some handmades.
Don't forget to post now....I am watching to see how often you do post so you have a chance to win a tag of your choice and maybe a little extra goodie as I am feeling very festive.

Sharing a link

Just in case any of you bloggers are wanting the vintage tickets (and tags are available as well) I used yesterday on my tag here is the link. There are many freebies here so make sure you check them out. All free.
I would recommend you print them off on a cardstock so they have a bit of stability to them.
Run the scissors along the edge for a tattered look then ink the edges.
Enjoy, I will be posting another tag today but probably after the hockey game.
Stay tuned everyone.
Love reading your comments, thanks so much. I am not even close to Tim's level but I like doing my own thing and I am glad you like it as well.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas-#4

Well another tag to show you. This one is not too difficult to make and a little different than distressing. On this tag I used some nice scrap paper and just cut the same size like the shipping tags. The ornament is a grungeboard cut out from a Tim Holtz collection and I covered it with this nice vintage lady. If you click on the image you will notice the colouring of her, I didn't touch it up at all. I painted the stem on the ornie with a touch of gold acryllic paint and added a ribbon from my stash. I then printed off a Miss Cutie Pie free holiday ticket sheet I downloaded last year and ran my scissors along the edge of the ticket to distress the paper a bit, ran my Java inkpad over it. Before I added the lace to the bottom I just quickly hand stitched the little red beads on. Thanks to my Mum I am using up all kinds of lace these days. I added a bit of fiber at the top  but it is too white here so must find some off white which will only improve the vintage feel. Funny how you see things a bit differently on the screen after they are complete.

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my own version of Christmas tags.
I know a lot of us don't have the fancy dies and things Tim Holtz uses so why not do your own bit of creativity.

Oh and a bit of good news for me.......I have found out I won some blog candy again over at InkStains with Roni. A while back she posted some bamboo tiles and if you left a comment you had the chance to win something and I found out yesterday I won.
Wow for someone who doesn't win much I have won a couple things online now. So never say never and keep posting comments, you never know you may win something, even here!!!!
Stay tuned for Tag #5.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

12 tags of Christmas-Day 3

Sorry I missed posting yesterday but it's been kind of busy with me doing a mostly Handmade Christmas this time of year. I got lost in doing some things then it go too late to post. I do require sleep for some reason.

Here is my 3rd tag to share with you. As I see I only have a few comments from Tag #2, don't forget if you comment each time I post a new tag you have a  better chance to win a tag of your choice but you must post as often as you can.
Perhaps you may not be interested either and that is ok too. Just thought it would be a nice little giveaway as I am feeling like giving back and " tis the season to be jolly" I say.

This tag was distressed using Peeled Paint. After it was dry I inked the edges again with the same ink. I tore some music page and inked it as well. I then used this wonderful green cardstock in my stash and cut it out on the CB using Tim Holtz Alterations die. I added some textured snow that had glitter in it and just put snow on the one side of the tree and then added some green and red gems. The numbers are Grunge board numbers from a Tim Holtz grungeboard pack, inked in Fired Brick  then  I added some Diamond Stickles.
I can't remember the company name of the Christmas Tree stamp but again from my stash of many stamp collections that seems to be growing.
And that is it, a simple yet fun tag.
Thanks for dropping by.
If you would like to show me any of your Christmas tags I would love to see them.
Just put a link in your comment or email me with Christmas tag in the subject line.
Night night.

Oh and for a great little nifty gift idea to tuck away a few little candies go to my friend's blog, Jenxo in Australia and check these out. I just had to make some they are a lot of fun and a great way to use up scraps and you can make them to hang on a tree.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lesley's 12 tags of Christmas-Day 2

Hello again, this is the continuation of my 12 tags of Christmas and today I am showing one of my favourite techniques. If you recall I did a tutorial on Inkjet Transfer then you will really like this tag and I encourage you to try this, even on a small tag.
I must stress in this tutorial the key is to be patient and allow your image to dry completely before trying to remove the backing paper. Also reverse your image before printing so that when it goes onto the tag it will be correct, or if you like don't reverse the image and you will get a flip result. No rules to art just reminders in case you get frustrated.
Ok here it is, I did the distress technique on my shipping tag using Broken China DI. Then I hit it with the heat gun to dry the tag. Then I found a nice vintage image from FlickR, resized it to fit on the tag. I used a good amount of Gel Medium and applied it to the tag and then put my image face down onto the gel area, be sure to use plenty of gel. It will dry so not worries about having too much. I do NOT recomment putting it directly onto the image itself as it may cause the inks to start to bleed so just press your image onto the gel, brayer it or smooth it out with your fingers and make sure all edges are secured.
LET IT DRY. Do several at one time or do some more tags or have a cup of tea.
I do NOT recommend a heat gun either , I tried that but it does not ensure that the image in all areas are completely dry and when you have to add water to the back of the image, it may roll right off the paper in spots and then you become frustrated. These are just things I learned along the way so just be patient.
I have also used Modge Podge for paper and it works as well. LET IT COMPLETELY DRY!!!!!
Ok your image is dry, now the fun part. Get a little dish and dampen our fingers and the back of the paper, you will start to see the image appear. Roll your fingers around starting in the center. DO NOT start on the edges but in the center. Keep rolling and brushing away the bits of backing from the paper. Keep doing this and follow the tutorial with pics in the link I provided at the top of this post.
Ok now let the image dry and you can work around it. I printed off a verse for my tag, inked the edges with my same DI Broken China . I found some fun foam snowflakes and added some Diamond Stickles. Then I used some Starform translucent border, this stuff is great, it is repositionable so if it doesn't go quite where you want it you just carefully lift it off the paper and no tearing. Just smooth it down with your fingers after you get it where you want it. I bordered all around the image.
Ok now for one final little detail I did on this. The inkjet tranfers are sometimes a little faded so I took some pencil crayons and just lightly coloured back in the coats on the children and the leggings or pants. I even added a bit of pink to their cheeks. Make sure again your image is completely dry before coloring.
Then I added my snowflakes, ripped a bit of music paper and inked the edges added some blue fiber, oh and I added some snowflakes with my stylus dipped in white acrylic paint and that was it. I really like how this one turned out. Just may have to do another one of these or similar.
Ok everyone, remember leave a comment each tag post and I will be keeping track.
Thanks for dropping by and stay tuned for Day 3 of Lesley's 12 tags of Christmas

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lesley's 12 tags of Christmas-Day 1

Hello blogger friends. I am happy to say we got snow today and well as sloppy as it was it came down in big fat flakes and covered everything in sight even after a day of rain yesterday and thru the night.

I have been inspired by the infamous Tim Holtz to do my own version of the 12 tags of Christmas and I hope you will stop by each day to see what I have come up with.
Now what I will be doing is not necessarily giving you photo tutorials but an explanation of some of the things I did to achieve the tag in hopes that they may spark some of your own tags or card making ideas for the upcoming Christmas Season.
And......if you stop by every day and post after each tag, the one with the most posts (you can only post once each day) you could be the winner of a tag of your choice and if you tell a friend to stop by and she mentions your name that will be an added spot and your friend or friends have a chance to win as well. So drop by and see what I am coming up with for the 12 tags of Christmas.
Here we go..Tag #1
This one I call Fa la la, I have taken a tan coloured piece of cardstock and embossed it with this new folder called Musical Notes by Crafts-too in my CB. I then inked the raised area of the music notes with Versa Magic Jumbo Java inkpad and around the edges of the tag. I then tore a piece of small scrap music and inked the edges in the same ink and applied it with Aleene's glue to the mid point of the tag. The bird is from K&C company, Tim Coffey Blossom Wood Collection and glued it on. The scroll is from a grungeboard lantern but I cut the lantern off and wanted the scroll and painted it in Delta 14K gold Gleams. I then quilled my mini roses (boy was I out of practise on those) in burgundy and ivory 1/8" precut strips, and punched out my ferns. I applied a bit of Diamond Stickles to the roses only for a bit of sparkle and attached to tag on opposite corners. The Fa la la was a Studio G stamp stamped in a nice burgundy colour and the round circle was from a rinchie punch I had, inked the edges in Jumbo Java and attached the little tag with gold metallic jewellry trim.  I added a bit of fabric at the top for hanging in a mocha colour to match the colours. That is it. Sounds like a lot of work but I used some bits I had and did some quilling and I really like how it overall turned out.
Hope you like Tag #1 and don't forget to post your comment.
Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

An Inkurable Shabby Christmas tag

Over at Inkurable Stampers they are having a Shabby Christmas challenge. Now that craft shows are over I can now play with paper and this is what I came up with for the challenge.

This is a manilla shipping tag which I used Dusty Concord (DI) distress ink and distressed the background. Then while that was drying I painted some  Tim Holtz grungeboard snowflakes with acylic paints, the top snowflake is a metallic and the darker is a flat dark purple. The background of the stamp I stamped again in Dusty Concord DI with a snowflake stamp from  Inkadinkado Ornate Christmas stamp collection. I also inked the edges of the tag with the same ink.
The image I used was from FlickR , a great source for art images, and, I used Starform glitter border to give it a bit of bling. I added some lace and button embellishments and the Let is Snow stamp was from Studio G Holiday stamps also stamped in Dusty Concord and it was mounted on a paint chip strip.

Well thanks for looking and stay tuned for Lesley's version of the 12 tags of Christmas.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I won some blog candy

The other week while I was taking a break from painting I was blog hopping and visiting some fellow artist sites.  I met Fee (Fiona) through Inkurable Stampers Gothic Arch Challenge and I have been visiting her blog.  Fee was having a 100th post anniversary and if you posted a comment on her blog you had a chance to win this......and.....I was the winner.
Thanks so much Fee and I so can't wait til my matchbox arrives. Just take a look at all the details, it is so shabby and I wonder what goodies she has stuffed inside. I am just busting to find out.
Will keep you posted when it arrives, it is coming from Australia so I have to be very very patient.

Been working on catch up with my Gothic Arches, and I am stitching a Christmas gift for a friend, an I am going to be making cards and Christmas cards/tags and the list goes on.
Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Show report and now some down time

Hello blogger friends and family.
Craft show season is now over for another year. So much work and preparation and anticipation for what to expect. Rattled nerves and excitement. I survived it all with a few hitches here and there.
I had fun, I met some wonderfully talented people out there and I received many positive compliments on my work. To me that mean more than you can know.
Sales were not what I expected to be honest but the economy like many places is not the best here. Factories have closed down and most retail jobs hire people on four hour shifts so many people with families come to working more than one job. Too bad but that is the way it is.
I had some goals set but unfortunately they were not met but on the flip side I made a few contacts and even had a few ladies ask if I taught painting. I did a very long time ago to a few girls I knew when I was working and some neighbour friends but then painting sort of died out.
 I had really no competition at the show except for one girl who tole painted but she had totally different style and items than I did so really it wasn't that bad.
 Back to these women who asked if I taught I gave them my card that I made up and we will see if they call after the New Year. I am not really a pushy person so I will let them contact me and if they lose interest and don't want to bother then I don't have to go contacting and feeling like I am pressuring them.
I also met a girl at the show I had not seen in almost 20 years. We used to work in a retail store at the mall and when I hear Roseanne's voice then saw her face I immediately recognized her. Unfortunately we didn't get too much visiting in as she was volunteering in the kitchen plus she had a table to run with her family so I am sure I will hear from her via email. Please Roseanne if you read my blog contact me as I really want to keep in touch.
And.....through Facebook a girl I went to school with 30 years ago...yikes did I really type that???? Sherry contacted me and came to the show around noon then left just before the end of it. We chatted and had a good catch up visit. Sure made time go by and she looks the same and her smile is just so warm just like her personality. I know we will be keeping in touch.
Well during my show and Sherry was there I had to use the ladies room so I ventured off found the restrooms and walked in did my business and came out of the stall. I was washing my hands and to my horror I saw a reflection of urinals????? did I see that right??? I turned my head around and yup there they were all lined up....urinals. Well I never washed my hands so fast then I got to the entrance of the washroom and looked up and down the hall, the coast was clear, phew I will walk out real fast. No one noticed and all is good. Can you believe it??? I was sure I saw a skirt on that sign. Nope it didn't have one....I looked when I came out. Well that wasn't the first I can now say it was probably my second or so time I have been in the men's washroom but when you gotta go you gotta go.
And here is a pic of my friend Sherry and a pic of my table.
The table was 8 feet and I thought I could have had another one but maybe it was just as well I didn't. Peeps were looking, sales were low but nothing of one particular thing.
I sold a sled, some inchie tree ornies, wood ornies, canvas stocking, signs, canvases and many other things I can't remember them all, oh those wreaths with the snowmen with bird house hats all sold they were very popular this season. Must do some of them for next year.
Well thanks for dropping by. Now a bit of down time but Christmas is coming so I will be back to card making, sending gifts out very soon, catching up on ATC challenges and the like.
Stay tuned everyone and thanks for dropping by.

Friday, November 19, 2010


I was up early this morning and found myself since pacing like I was expecting someone to have a baby. Well I am not expecting just pacing for pre jitter craft show nerves.
Somehow I remember all this years ago but as I get older seems I am more nervous now than I was back then.
Well here are a few items left I wanted to share with you all, more items for my show.
I am all packed and ready to go.

Ho Ho Ho sign by Kim Klassen

Angel pattern by Monika Bring on canvas. I added the verse, I used fun foam to make the music notes then stamped in black acrylic paint to stamp them on. I then antiqued the whole thing with Burnt Umber. I just love antiquing things. I know I made a lot of mud pies when I was a kid, something about grunge really appeals to me......
This hanging canvas has a design by Monika Brint. I just purchase the e-pattern a few days ago and I did up 2 of these. If one doesn't sell I just might have to claim one. Again a lot of heavy dry shading and more antiquing. Turned out better than I imagined.
 Canvas stockings.... the first one here is a Monika Brint  snowman and the one below is a Terrye French Santa. My Mum gave me a bolt of canvas and I really put it to good use this year. I did cut out floorcloths but just didn't have time, Maybe next year, they are all sewn and ready to be painted on.

A thrift store find here, I got this little wood basket for next to nothing and thought I would make it a year round thing. I just painted some stars with vine and berries on it. The original painting was all plain wood with a stecilled heart in green on it. I painted both sides. This would look cute with a little dried arrangements and some battery operated tea lites in it. A great gift idea!!!!!

 And lastly some recycled jar trees. These are fun and sell well.

Well thanks for looking. Back to pacing and will be heading out soon for set up.
Show starts tonight from 5-9 and tomorrow 9-3.
I will be reporting back in my next post.
Have a super blessed day  and thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My wish list.....

1. More time
2. more hands
3. Wish I didn't have to eat
4. No sleep
5. blink and everything would be done
6. I want my Mumsy.....

this is just a short list I have compliled but gradually things are getting done for my next show. I have been at it pretty much  non stop since my last show and this show is supposed to be very busy with lots of peeps.
I had many items to complete, sewing involved, how did that happen? Sorry Mumsy but I had to use glue , you know that works great on hems, might have to try that on my jeans sometime. Making more tags and more painting was all packed in since 2 weeks ago.
I have some new items to show you and a couple more to add for another post. Lighting was not good this time of night and these stockings I made  I  am so happy with how they turned out. My Mum gave me a bolt of canvas last year and I made some cute stockings then painted on them. Unfortunately lighting was an issue and my pics turned out blurry so hopefully tomorrow I can do a better job.
Without further are some more things to add to my stock for this next show.
Monika Brint is a huge fan of mine as well as Terrye French. Monika has always caught my interest with her snowmen designs and her angels I just love.
I added the wording and made a stamp out of fun foam and stamped the music notes in black acrylic paint.

I just received this e-pattern from Monika and enlarged it and put this cute snowman on canvas. It was a lot a bit more painting than I really had time for but I just loved this pattern. I enjoy the heavy dry brushing but it really does do a number on your brushes, but, much worth it in the end.

And here is a little design I put together which I was inspired by something I saw not too long ago but I put my own elements together.  I used a Katrina Roncin candy cane and Sandy Holman snowmen headsfor this and I added a wire to the snowpeep with the ear muffs. This was fun, I did 6 sets of these, I almost hope I have a set left over because I think it would look cute on a wall or door in our house. If not I can alway paint one, yeah right.....LOL

Well it is rather late and my eyes are tired, but my mind keeps busy thinking and organizing.
Only 2 things left to complete, 2 painted recycled jars with trees in them and the lights have to be strung on them. That can wait til tomorrow.
Thanks for dropping by and til next post,
be happy, be healthy, be creative
and enjoy the blessing of each day.
Each day is a gift from God.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

                                                            THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,

How shall I deal with you ?

Have you always turned the other cheek ?

To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~

Monday, November 8, 2010

Post craft sale report

Well my first sale is over and it was not the best but it was nice to meet some new peeps and get out in the circuit again. I made some new friends, at least I hope we keep in touch through email until next fall.
The woman who hosted the show Kim and her hubby Claude are really nice people and they have a wonderul daughter who had a little area where she sold items as well.
I have to thank both Kim and Claude for including me and I have been asked to return next year and I will.
Our area has been hit  hard with unemployment like so many places and so I believe peeps were holding onto purse strings and wanting  to spend less and  get smaller items.
I must say I did sell a few of those tea light card and some ornies and a canvas and some other wood painted items. I did fairly well considering the small crowds.
I have less than 2 weeks to prepare for my next show and won't have to restock too much but I will be busy getting ready for it so if I don't post much you know where I will be.
Today I just fiddled around the house and then decided to take a nap. Something about laying on our couch for a minute then the blanket sort of covered me then I sort of turned my head and drifted off. Guess  I have been putting in late nights, getting up early and just trying to cram what time I do have into the day or evening.
I also cannot stand time change whether I am travelling west or the seasonal time change here. My body really does not like it. Even an hour really throws me off. Oh well another day or two and I will be adjusted but man I feel like I could go to bed now and stay there til morning.
Well off to make more things. I do have a pic of my set up but it isn't very big and the lighting was poor at the time but Kim set up a light above my table Friday night before the show started on Saturday. We all brought a dish or plate of something and had potluck for the weekend. The food and kinship was wonderful.
I fit right in and met some really nice talented ladies.
Well til next time.....keep healthy and happy and go make something.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Is this chaos?

I don't know why I chose this title but you may look at my table and say , oh yes this looks familiar, or you may say, oh my, isn't she a messy one, or you may say, hey doesn't look so bad, a few things to pick up and clear off and it will be a dinner table again.
I say........DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING or I will have to put you in a rear naked choke hold ( yes I watch UFC!!!!). This to you may look chaotic but to me this has been an ongoing sight for months now. Sometimes it looks worse than this but I know most of the time where everything is and at what stage it is at. Tonight the table is actually looking like it is clearing off a bit.
Tomorrow I must go and set up for my first craft show that starts Saturday for  two days. This one is along the route of several shows in the area so hard to say what kind of traffic it will yield but if the weather is pleasant and the shoppers are out and about we hope it will be a good one for everyone involved. including me. LOL
Here are the little tea light cards I found online to make and even tho I couldn't read dutch and there wasn't a translator on the blog I was able to print off the template and figured it out. Here in Canada we are used to metric measurements so my paper cutter I got last year for Christmas has both standard and metric on it. Lesley has used that paper cutter and scorer so much, a tool I cannot live without now. I do not have a straight eye, I swear I was born to see slants on everything so this way I can cut everything straight now although at times I wonder how I cut my paper crooked but it has happened, we won't go there .

                                                     This is the chaos I was talking about below.....
 Here are the tea light cards I made, the inside has a piece of cardstock inked on the edges and left blank for a message or note. I thought these would make great hostess, teacher, bus driver or even a child's grandma gifty items. I just used plain white tea lights here but today I found some in different scents so I bought some up to make more of these for my 2nd show middle of November. These take a bit of time for the first couple but they are fun and good way to use up those scraps of paper you collect. Here is the link for the template.
At this blog the tea lights were on the left side and the card opened the opposite way so I just switched it around because I like to open a card like a book but you can do whichever way you like.
 I just had to make an oriental style one since I have a fondness for anything oriental, probably my fav of all.
 Next are tissue box covers for the square tissue boxes. Kleenex has boxes this size and some no name types. I am including the tissue box with the cover so they will be a little more appealing to sell. These were fun but be warned they use up a bit of paper. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the papers ,click on the image so you can get a good close look. I got this pattern from Splitcoast Stampers Newletter. Splitcoast offers such great tutorials and info about stamping etc.
 Another Splitcoast idea here are these cute little totes I made 4 little notecards to match and tucked them inside. I thought stamping the little tags was a great idea so I stamped several in a vintage postcard stamp set I got at Michaels and just used distress inks on them. Quick and easy and add a little fiber for colour.
Oh and those red flowers, you will never guess what I used for those, you know those paint chip cards you get with like 5 or 6 shades of colour in the paint sections of the big box stores? Well any chance I get I go raiding, I have used paint chips for a lot of things, I wonder if they have video of me raiding the area? Most of the time these things get tossed anyways so I actually give them a use and so you can as well.
Well I am almost ready, most items are packed up and all labelled and priced. If you don't hear from me til Sunday night or Monday it is because I will be busy at the show and will report back on the event. I will try to take pics of my little table after I am set up if allowed.
Thanks for dropping by.
Your comments are always appreciated.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Craft show countdown.....

Well one week tomorrow is my first I ready, no not yet? will I be? I hope so... am I nervous, a little. Do I have enough stock? well that I can't answer.

Questions I keep asking myself and hoping to find answers to but in the wake of it all, I do enjoy creating and sometimes I just can't stop. My kitchen table studio is plastered right now with paper supplies, painted things that are finished but need something added to them or something sewn on like the tops of my canvas stockings. The list seems to be growing and somehow I feel like nothing is getting accomplished. A little anxiety setting in but I guess it's a wait and see kind of deal.
This year I had to do something a little different than what I had been doing, just painting away then dropping items off to an Open House and then at the end pick up what didn't sell. I did HomeSpun Hill for years but Evelyn decided to drop the vendors and just keep things in her store  so I had to find other avenues.
So back to the routine of sitting inside buildings and actually meeting and talking to people as they scan the booths etc. I don't do Ebay or Etsy I just do shows to give me a bit of money over Christmas and that is all I do. To do what I do takes many long hours and I would hate for it to become a job, I wouldn' t enjoy it as much either.
I can't believe how the weeks are flying by, here it was Monday and I was thinking of all the things I wanted to get done and here it is Friday already, Monday is just a blur now.
I did get some more things painted and I will quit my ramblings now so you can take a peek. My next post I will be showing you my tea light cards that you can give as a hostess gift or something to someone as a special thank you or for someone that is hard to get something for. I have to finish those so here goes my painted items.

 This is a dinner plate painted with this cute snowman angel pattern , the wings have a bit of glitter on them and sparkle when the light catches them.

 These are Post it Note holders I painted up. Hubs cut the pieces out for me and then I put them together and painted them. The bit of twine is just to keep it held together in transport. I think these would be great for teacher, bus drivers or anyone gifts. My fav is the little santa elf with the Wish List. That is a Prudy Vanier pattern.How lucky to find some Christmas Post it notes at the Dollarama. I think they add a nice touch with the bit of colour on them, don't you?
 And below I have had painted forever it seems but had to get the wooden balls for my dowel to hang the canvas on. This is a cute pattern from Terrye French. It is an older one I have had for ages but finally decided what to paint it on. If you are reading this Mumsy, that bolt of canvas has come in real handy this year. :)
 And below, I don't know if this is supposed to be a wood paddle or what but I took a dinner plate then drew the handle out and attached it to the circle on my transfer paper and cut the wood out and painted this cute snowman from Renee Mullins. I just had to paint it on something he is so darn cute and that face just makes you smile.
So as you can see I am not wasting much time these days and nights. The workshop has been closing rather late these past few nights but things are winding down a bit.
Stay tuned and I will be showing some paper goodies in my next post.
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.
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