Thursday, 31 December 2015

January Challenge: Gecko Galz "All that Glitters"

Happy New Year Friends. I hope that your holidays were wonderful and that you are looking forward to 2016 with an optimistic view. The holidays were busy around here as well. It's always busy when the children are home from school, my husband is home from work and everyone we know seems to pop over to say hello. Its a wonderful time of year that reminds me of our many blessings.

Between Skylander quests and origami overseeing, I had a chance to get a tiny bit of creative work done.

I created this beautiful card using the new High Society paper from Gecko Galz. The exact paper is HS09. I also used the beautiful image from the Pretty Portraits 2 Collage sheet.


You will need:



  1. 5x7 card base or cardstock to create one
  2. Red cardstock of your choice (I used Bazzil)
  3. Glitter glue
  4. floral spray (I found mine at the dollar tree in with the Christmas decorations and chopped it up)
  5. rolled roses 
  6. handmade hat pins

Making the Card:


  1. Cut your red cardstock to 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 to create the large mat
  2. Cut the High Society paper to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2
  3. Cut red cardstock to 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 to create small mat
  4. Cut image to 3 1/2 x 2 1/2
  5. Create two rolled roses. I used the CTMH Artiste Cartridge and then inked them using Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in scarlet and cranberry.
  6. Adhere large red mat to base.
  7. Adhere design paper.
  8. Arrange flower spray and paper roses and adhere to card.
  9. Adhere focal image to small mat and attach to card using foam squares.
  10. Insert hat pins under the edge of image or spray and adhere.
  11. Using a fine tip glitter glue, trace the flourishes on the design paper.
  12. Allow to dry completely.


Enjoy!


Saturday, 19 December 2015

My Grandma's Teacups Christmas Wishes

Dear friends;

I just want to take the time to thank each of you for allowing me into your life this year. Though we may not have been able to sit with a warm coffee and plate of cookies inspiring each other's creativity, you are all my friends just the same.

I wish each of you a wonderful Christmas. I hope that your home is filled with laughter and good cheer. As we take time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour keep all those in need in your prayers.

My Grandma's Teacups will be closing today for the holidays in order to be able to spend this magical time of year with my children and husband...and yes my studio dog Titan. I look forward to 2016 and all the exciting things that it will bring. I can't wait to start my journey with my new design teams CCB and Gecko Galz and also with working with Picket Fences.

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016 everyone. I will see you in January.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Gecko Galz Seasons Greeting Challenge

Aren't the challenges on Gecko Galz so much fun. I wish that I had known about them sooner as I am having a blast creating all these new styles. 

This challenge was of course a Christmas Challenge. I really like the way it turned out. I find challenges that don't limit colour choice are much easier for me.


Material Used:

  • Gecko Galz Oh Christmas Saying OCS09
  • Do Crafts Denim Lace
  • American Crafts Cardstock
  • Close To my Heart Colonial White Card Base
  • Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge Rolled Rose
  • Ebay Leave
  • Old Paper Distress Ink
  • Crayola Pencil Crayons 
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
  • Stickles
  • Flat Back Pearls

  1. I always start by colouring my focal image. It sets the tone for the whole card. Depending on the colours that come out of it determines what supplies I will use on the card. 
  2. Double mount the focal image on dark and then lighter blue cardstock creating a 31/2x31/2 square.
  3. Cut a piece of cream cardstock 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 (I ran mine through my cuttlebug to add some dimension). Ink the edges with Old Paper Distress ink and attach it to a piece of dark blue cardstock.
  4. Attach the blue lace to the blue and cream layer, securing the lace on the back with a piece of tape. Attach the layer to  the card base.
  5. Using Foam squares attach the focal image to the card base. Be sure to add a bit of extra pressure where the foam squares attach to the lace. 
  6. Arrange your leaves and rolled flower to the bottom left corner. Add three half back pearls to the bottom right of the focal image.

Ta-Da....you are so creative!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Gecko Galz Gold and Cream Colour Challenge

Admittedly I rarely work in gold. Its just so flashy and I tend to lean...bend...hang right over on the muted vintage coloured side of things. It is always fun though to pick up a challenge and run with it. You would have laughed if you had seen my husband's face when he came home from work and saw the gold foil card on my bench. I think he wondered if I was having a midlife crisis. Truly, that's how predictable my colour palette is.


Materials:


  • The card is 5x7 and I used a card base from core'dinations.
  • Colonial White Cardstock from Close To My Heart
  • Gold glitter mac tack from the dollar store
  • Berry Sprig from the dollar store
  • Cream Coloured Lace from Do Crafts Madame Payrauds collection
  • Focal Image Gecko Galz Angelica Stamp A06
  • Green leaves from ebay



  1. First I coloured the image using a combination of coloured pencils and spectrum noir markers. I like the contrast that you can create with the shiny gold pencil crayon and the deep blue inks. 
  2. Once the image was coloured I set it aside for a moment and took the gold foil and attached it to a 51/4x 31/4 piece of cardstock. Trim the focal image to 5x3 and adhere it to the foiled cardstock.
  3. Next I cut a 5x7 piece of cardstock and covered it with foil. You could put it directly on the card base if you are brave. I am not, so I used the extra cardstock.  Cut another 6x4 piece of cardstock and and mount it to the gold foiled piece. Attach these to your card base.
  4. Cut a 5 inch piece of lace and layer it on the left hand side of the card.
  5. Using foam squares attach the mounted focal image to the card base.
  6. Arrange your berries and leaves in the bottom left corner and you are done. 

See how crafty you are.


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas Preparations

I always have a hard time deciding on what to get for the teachers and bus drivers. It feels like over the years I have bought the same gifts hundreds of times. I don't think that I have but it sure feels that way. Some years I have time to have some fun with it. Other years its a run to Shoppers Drug Mart late the night before school is done for the holidays to grab boxes of chocolates. One year I had a stellar idea and went out and purchased a styrofoam cooler, root beer, flip flips, a baseball cap and a huge thick steak for the bus driver for the end of the year. That was by far my favourite gift. It just suited Bob so well it was perfect.

I decided this year to take some of the creative pressure off me and have the kids start to take a hand in their Christmas gift giving. I saw these super cute little wooden trees from Kaisercraft and thought they would make darling gifts. I ordered 6 small trees. I happened to notice that the large size was on sale so I bought 5 of them as well. Well, I almost fell over when the UPS guy dropped off my package. The small trees are like 4 inches tall. The large trees are like 3 feet tall. Talk about super-sizing your order. They are really pretty though so I am definitely pleased with the purchase.

We started working on the tree on Saturday. Little man was all gung ho to get painting but that wore of pretty quick. He abandoned me to finishing up all the little inside spaces. He did however come back for glittering and attaching the decorations. I was using my favourite Craft Medley glue and holding each decoration in place as it dried. This was of course too slow for my ADHD ridden 6 year old. I see him run over to my tool bench and say "wait for it". Then in a stroke of what he felt must of been pure genius he pulled out three hot glue guns and some glue sticks. Pretty clever. I will blame my not thinking of it on the glue fumes. He had his tree sufficiently decorated in less that 15 minutes.

My daughter chose a less traditional colour for her tree. She was going with Frozen colours of purple, white and blue. She carefully lines up all the little balls on one side and then lost interest. Little man decided she was too slow and hot glued balls everywhere he thought there should be an eye for the birds.

Middleman is more like his father. He carefully added his paint ensuring that it was done in very precise thin coats. You will notice that the job is not complete....ahem...just saying the nut don't fall very far ;)

The small trees are just drying and then I will be gluing beads as ornaments. I think they are going to turn out stinking cute.

Yesterday Dawnette Varnell Cress asked us in a group what was on our craft bench and I jokingly replied chocolate. The truth is that is the only place my chocolates would fit as the whole family has taken over the studio. I love that are all so willing to try new crafts. It allows me to my hubby that some of my craft hoard was bought for the kids...lol...

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Christmas Angel Ornament : Lindsay Angel Wings Rubber Stamp

My new stamp just came in a few days ago and I have been dying to try it out. The name of the stamp is Lindsay and it is from Angel Wings Rubber Stamps. I have never used one of their stamps before but I was quite impressed by the fine detail and quality of the stamp. When I saw this stamp online I fell in love but was not really sure what I wanted to use her for. While clearing away some clutter from my desk I came across some glass ornaments that I have left over from a project last year and decided a Christmas Angel ornament for one of my besties was a perfect choice.


I used brown Memento ink as I was not sure exactly what medium I was going to use to colour sweet Lindsay and I figured that left the most options open for me. I started out by colouring with my pencil crayons only to find that 3/4 of the colours had been spirited away by aspiring young artists that love to play in my studio....and with my electric pencil sharpener. Needless to say, the project design was changed up as I could not see this little girl with green hair and an orange face. The entire dress and wings were done with plain old crayola pencil crayons and then I used my spectrum noir markers for her hair and skin. I found her eyes were extremely difficult to get right as they are impossibly small. I think that this is one of those stamps though that are just to sweet for one little spot to ruin the look. After she was all coloured I inked her with Tim Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye. I used a small amount of stickles on her wings.

Here is how she turned out.





Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas Tag Using Gecko Galz Winter Magic Image

Gecko Galz Christmas Tag


I was so excited to be chosen for the 2016 Gecko Galz design team, that I decided to jump right in and create my first project. My fingers are still blue with ink but I was so anxious to share how my tag turned out that I did not even wait to clean up.

The image that I used of the little girl and also the Winter Magic Sentiment are part of the Winter Magic image set that is free with a purchase from the Gecko Galz Etsy shop during the month of December.


Materials Used

  • Gecko Galz Winter Magic
  • white tissue paper
  • blue Distress Ink
  • Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • Sparkling Poinsettia Leaves Stamp and Die
  • Swirls Embossing Folder
  • Reclaimed vintage lace
  • Pretty Pearls 3D Paint
  • Iridescent paper (mine is off white)
  • Colonial White Cardstock
  • Die cut rolled flowers

Making The Tag:

Cut out layers for tag first. 
Use the iridescent paper for the smaller inset layer. Emboss using the swirls folder. Ink the embossed image as desired. Mount the layer onto the cardstock base. Attach lace to bottom of the card. My lace was quite thin so I used 4 layers of the off white lace and two of the blue lace. 

Punch a hole in the top of your tag. Pull a piece of lace through the hole. Attach a paperclip at the back of the tag to hold the lace in place and then thread the other side back through the hole. Now your bow will stay put. 

Next I printed off my Gecko Galz images using my HP inkjet printer. I used the iridescent paper for this but you could just as easily use the plain cardstock. I trimmed out the images I wanted to use for this project. Using my Sizzix I die cut the little girl image then inked the edges using blue distress ink. The Winter Magic sentiment I inked the edges with the blue distress ink and then rolled the ends in opposite directions to create a scroll effect. 

Using the white tissue paper cut a chunk about 2 feet long. At one end cut several sections vertically 1/3 of the length. These will become your branches. Twist each branch as firmly as you can and then put a bit of glue on it to make it stay. When you get to the end of the small sections keep twisting and create the trunk of the tree. Again, apply a small amount of glue to help it stay tight. Allow the tree to dry thoroughly. 

While it is drying stamp your leaves on white cardstock using the blue distress ink and cut them out. Once they are cut edge the leaves with more blue ink. Allow the ink to shade towards the centre of the leaf. Assemble your rolled flowers and ink them with blue distress ink.

Once everything is dry you can lay out the pieces to see where you would like it all to fit. Once you are happy with it, use liquid adhesive or hot glue to attach the pieces. Using the Pretty Pearls 3D paint go over the branches of the tree where you think snow would gather as well as a large dollop to cover the base of the tree and under the little girls foot. Use the Diamond glitter to create a frosty look all over your flowers, leaves and tree. Let the tag dry well before moving. Enjoy.




Thursday, 3 December 2015

Bunting By Sarah

I love social media as it allows me to meet people all over the world and share in my passion for all things crafty. I would like to introduce you to my new friend Sarah. Her work is so adorable I thought I would share it so that you could all see what she does. If you have a wee one on your Christmas list this year (as i know many of you had new grandbabies, nieces and bumpkins added to your family this year) you may just have stumbled upon the perfect gift.

Bunting By Sarah: 

came about after I had the idea of making some bunting as a present for my friend's little girl’s Christening.  The bunting turned out well, I received positive comments from the people who saw it, and most importantly I enjoyed making it (I enjoy most things crafty) so thought why not set up a small business for some pocket money, as I’m a full-time stay at home Mum. I started with a few orders through friends and family, and eventually expanded on to Facebook and eBay. I’ve recently joined twitter which has allowed me to expand my customer base further.( @buntingsbysarah)
 
My bunting has the personal touch (due to being customisable), which shop bought product s don't, and I can offer buntings for all occasions – Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christenings, Charity Events etc. – and of course I can also offer personalised buntings which are perfect for nurseries and kids bedrooms.
 
Customers can choose their preferred colour schemes, and also choose from a variety of (ever expanding) cut outs, for that added personal touch.
 
I can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/buntingbysarah) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/buntingbysarah)
 
For all enquiries, please contact me via email @ buntingbysarah@hotmail.com


 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Drum Roll Please: Announcing the Winner of the Party Plan Divas Planner Giveaway!!!

Did you get in on the amazing giveaway generously donated by the wonderful Lynsey Jones Owner and Creative Genius of Party Plan Divas?? Well our winner did, and she will be receiving the Party Plan Divas Party Planner. That's allot of "P"s.

Our winner is:



Thanks again Lynsey Jones for supporting this giveaway. If you are in direct sales and are not Anita Brown :) You can still order a copy of this planner from Party Plan Divas. There is so much information available on Lynsey's site you will be ready to explode your business in 2016.