Saturday, 20 December 2014


Hello, I hope you are all doing really well and thank you for dropping by.
We have had much anxiety over the past little while...particularly concerning the Diva Dogs who are now close cropped and rather spunky, if more than a little frail!

Which brings me to my crafty offering today.

 I came across this photo from quite a few years ago when Aussie was with us.
It sums up Christmas afternoon perfectly doesn't it? The Christmas lunch eaten and the clean up done.
The tummy full so it was time for a snooze!

Before you ask, "No, Aussie, was not allowed onto the white bedspread!"
The photo made me laugh again as I remembered Les saying, "I put a rug there!"
 Of course he did, it was a lovely, expensive, mohair rug wasn't it!

The perfect title is from a Visible Image stamp set. In fact on this layout there are 3 Visible Image stamps!
Can you spot them?

I hand inked the sentiment with a pen so I could reconfigure it and I stamped only the bottom part of the tin heart to form a zig zag border on the sides.

The third Visible Image stamp is this fabulous Ripped Fishnet which I stamped and embossed at the top and the bottom of the layout.

My trees are made from leftover papers roughly glued together die cut and then embossed with an embossing folder. A spritz of gold spray and then some Viva Decor Pearl Pen on the seams made a unique large border for this page.

I'd suggest that probably around 3:00pm on December 25th I could peek into the bedroom and take the exact same photo. The difference will there will be three stretched out - Super Star and our very loved Angel and Bella. Oh and the bedspread is navy now!
Some things you just know, don't you?

Challenges Entered
Visible Image - 'Tis the Season
Scrap Our Stash - Photo Challenge - Sparkles   Well trees have to have bling and so do baubles!
Mema's Crafts - Anything Goes - Celebrate the Holidays   All creatures great and small clebrate exactly as shown at our house at around 3:00pm!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Now is the Time!

Christmas shopping offers such wonderful opportunities for those of the artist persuasion!

No, I don't mean the groceries - that's much more interesting after Christmas -  Think beautiful tins, bottles and what I call bits!

Found in an Op shop for $1
 There are interesting things to alter, upcycle or be inspired by in so many places. I love the small markets, the artisan pieces which are lovingly displayed in the small arcade shops in Lismore. They are quirky, inspiration for the looking. It's a bonus if the maker is there and of course I always find something I can't leave behind.

Then there are the Op Shops. Many of these great charity stores save their Christmas wares and display there bargain treasure around Christmas.
So it was with My Big Christmas Book which has delightful Scandinavian illustrations and which was published in the 1980's!

 Inspired by the delightful images I made a very quick decoration for the studio last week. I simply took out the stories I wanted and gently tore around each illustration. I then used  Viva Decor Inka Gold to sponge on colour. It looks fantastic given a light polish with a cloth when dry!

Then it was a matter of stapling these stories onto some recycled shopping bags - The solution to the branding on the bottom of the bags was tinsel and a bauble of course! Oh and all of this, may in fact, be recycled so easily.

As there were 2 sides to the bags there were two stories chosen. On some pages I added tiny patterned stamps to some of the images for more depth. Then using thick string and pegs we pegged up our pretty banner.

Our Christmas Get Together this year had to be in the studio which was a bit of a shame! Super Star has been growing and tending to many pots of plants in the outdoor area for months to make it beautiful for our loyal and wonderful Time To Creaters. Storms every day have been the weather pattern in our neck of the woods

As an aside, a banner like this - even just a stack of illustrated paper bags could be an entertaining Christmas event. Each person could use their illustration to create a Round Robin Christmas Story - perhaps a small treat in the bag would add to the festivities.

Now after a very Topsy Turvy Who Stole This Week I'm dashing out to mix the hunting and collecting that Christmas inspires with the tedious of THE LIST!

Created For 
Time To Create Classes and Events

Challenges Entered
Craft Room Challenge - Photo Inspiration - it was in fact this that got me searching for the Scandinavian Christmas Book - No snowy  anything here but these sweet images I wanted to use!
Sunday Stamper - Books - Ripped apart with love to become Christmas Treasures!

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