Monday, 24 December 2012

Jane Austen paper Doll

I made this doll for Victoria, my swap partner
for the Advent Swap I participated in.

One of Victoria's likes is Jane Austen so I Googled
some images and her blue dress seems to feature a lot!

I copied it the best I could (oops, should have
ironed it by the looks of it, I'm sure Jane Austen's
dress would have been perfectly pressed and pristine)

Her face is moulded from air dry clay -
 the hair is some sort of dyed wool - 
I can't give more details as I can't get to my cupboard 
where my supply of it is kept at the moment as there's 
Christmas presents blocking the door!

Oooh-la-la - moving swiftly on!

I also made an ATC to accompany the doll,
see, there's that blue dress again - lol.

This is the last of the Advent presents I made for Victoria,
but it's been a lovely swap and I've felt like a little girl
again opening up a present every day
(and of course, there's still one to go!)


I'd like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone
a very 

Merry Christmas 
and a  
Happy and Healthy
New Year
and to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart 
who takes the time to read my blog
and leave me comments, I really appreciate each and every
one of them.

Enjoy your celebrations and hope to see you
here again next year (if not before!)



Saturday, 22 December 2012

Advent Presents .... and there's more!

I'm enjoying opening a present everyday from
my partner for the Advent swap.
The photo above shows presents from days 16 to 20,
a photo frame, some Christmas snowflakes, a diary, some
craft papers (in one of my favourite colours) and a
delightful crocheted flower brooch.
Days 21 to 22 are below
Are these gorgeous, or are these gorgeous!
A veritable bouquet of crocheted flowers
and a trio of hearts - I have a last discovered
why the box of presents smelled of lavender - the
red and white heart is filled with it and I love lavender!
Thanks again Victoria x
Here now are some of the presents I made for Victoria.
Four blank birthday cards using Laura Ashley papers
for the background and Tim Holtz/Alterations
'Sewing Room' dress maker's die.
Here's the inside
Next is a jar of 'pretty pink and green things'
(Victoria's favourite colours)
I decopatched the lid of the jar and  attached
some pink ribbon around it.
Finally, another Post-It Note holder
(I previously made a more modern one, but this is in a
vintage style)

Using a base fabric, I machine stitched a collage of various scraps 
together. I transferred the image to fabric using the technique
 as described by Leandra on the Paperartsy's blog.
The little rectangle is metal and embossed with
 a Vintaj DecoEmboss by Sizzix. 
There is a small crocheted flower on there too.
Once it was complete, I attached it to the mountboard cover
with Pinflair Bookbinding Glue.
Just three more days to go!!

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Toy Soldier

As I mentioned yesterday this is my current favourite
Sizzix/Alterations Bigz Die called
'Toy Soldier'.

I think I like it so much because it reminds me of
the fairytale 'The Tinder Box' by Hans Christian Anderson.
Not that the soldier in the story was a toy one, and having
just re-read the story as an adult it's a little bit unsavoury - lol.
I thought the soldier was a good guy, but he cut off the witch's
head when she wouldn't tell him why the tinder box was so special -
oh well, never mind, I still love this Bigz Die.

I decided to make some bunting with it and it
became advent present number 19 for my swap partner Victoria.

I cut the soldiers from felt and card,
 painted their legs, boots and faces
and grunged them up with some pencil.
I stitched them with military looking buttons onto some navy ribbon.

Following the tutorial on YouTube
I did just that and decorated it with some
old sheet music and another of the soldiers.

This is probably my favourite of all the gifts I made
and I think I'll be using the die over and over again.

.... shame I'm now dis-illusioned about that soldier in
The Tinder Box story though -
 next I'll find out that Father Christmas doesn't really exist!!!!

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas Cards

I used inspiration from Tim Holtz blog
to create these two Christmas cards.

For the snowman I used the stamp from
Stampers Anonymous 'Christmas Blueprint' set.

For the poinsettia I used the Sizzix/Alterations
Bigz Die 'Tattered Poinsettia' and
Sizzix 'Corners, Flourish #2'

I also made this one in a similar style.
I first die cut from mountboard the 
'Toy Soldier'
Sizzix/Alterations Bigz Die,
then stamped the toy soldier onto it from
the Stampers Anonymous 
'Christmas Blueprint' set.
The rubber stamp is slightly smaller than
the die cut shape, but it was much easier doing it
that way than having to cut around the rubber stamped image.

I think the Toy Soldier is my (latest) favourite
and I'll do another posting using it shortly.

Thanks for looking in at this very busy time :)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

More Advent Presents

Here are the pressies from days 8 to 15
I received from Victoria.
The photograph isn't very good, but all the
gifts are wonderful - look at the mini pink and green
bunting, it's so delightful as are the handmade
rose stud earrings and the crocheted jar cover. 
Thanks again Victoria!
Some of the gifts I handmade for Victoria are below.
 A fabric heart pocket.
 A Post-It note holder, fabric covered
and the square is a little tile.
The inside looks like this.
A Shamballa style bracelet.
This is actually the first one I ever made
and I chose two of Victoria's favourite colours - pink and green.
Finally, one of Victoria's likes is bunting so I made her
some with her name on it - the fabric letters are from
the 'Word Play Alphabet' Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz die.

.. also made a pretty box for it to go in.
I must take this opportunity of showing a wonderful gift
I received from a lovely Blogging friend

It's a felt envelope embellished with some
gorgeous postcard fabric.
Here's the front, and you can see some
postcards Sherry enclosed from her home town.
I've just realised I didn't photograph it closed
so you can't see the cute little buttons sewn on the flap.
Thanks again Sherry (SSD!), and as you already know,
I absolutely love it!
 I hope all your Christmas preparations
are going to plan - I've wrapped most of my presents, although
still several to buy - and I haven't posted my UK cards yet!
Sorry, I haven't visited many blogs recently, but I'll try
to come and see you soon.
Thanks for looking x

Friday, 7 December 2012

Christmas is Coming .....

These are the 25 parcels (and Christmas card)
I prepared for my partner
for the Christmas Advent Swap.

I hand made 12, shop bought 10 and found 3
from my craft stash.
I'll only blog about the ones I made.
So far, Victoria will have opened from me
an Emery Board Holder
Details of how I made this are shown here.

A mobile phone charm which I didn't photograph - doh!

A festive bird cage decoration.

 For this I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix 
Caged Bird Bigz die.
I covered the bird with music paper, coloured with
some distress inks and added a layer of Sparkle Mod Podge.

The Poinsettia flowers along the bottom
I made some time ago and found the
 blog post describing how I made them here.
Now onto the pressies I received from Victoria -
how exciting!!
This is the box I received
and here's the presents for days 1 to 7
Victoria is a keen crocheter and I love in particular
 the crocheted mug holder
(not to mention the sachets of hot chocolate!).
The heart shaped cookie cutter came with a recipe
for 'Gorgeous Gingerbread' - sounds yummy!

Today's gift was the bar of SeaSalt / Fresh Linen soap -
which smells divine.
Thank you Victoria!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Curious Corrin - hanging and card

I made this hanger for the lovely Cindy's birthday.

As you can probably see it's made of three mini
canvases linked together with ribbon.

As I decided to use one of Dyan's fun 'dylusions' stamps
'Curious Corrin' I thought I'd try out one of her
wonderful background techniques too - using an
assortment of ink sprays and getting generally messy!

I must admit I didn't find it as easy as Dyan made it look
but liked the results anyway.

I also made a card, which I got a bit carried away with

I got so carried away with it that I thought I'd overdone it
completely and it was heading for the bin.
However, once I held Corrin against it (stamped onto card
and attached with 3D sticky pads) I quite liked it ...
in fact, I liked it better than the hanging - how funny!

The main thing though, is that Cindy liked it,
so all's well that end's well!