Wednesday, November 27

Gelli Plate Fake

I see a lot on the crafters blogs about Gelli Plates and have been mildly intrigued.  As I have a strange silicone cooking sheet for a craft mat that has a bit of rubbery give in it, I thought I'd have a play around and 'fake it.'
I rollered some Distress Paints for the base and then pushed some bubble wrap into it before taking my print.  A bit of Distress Ink around the edges and then I stamped on top with some old Papermania Henbury Lane Christmas stamps.  Coloured in with Distress markers, the baubles look nice and vintage with the background pattern showing through.

Challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra - Anything goes
Simon Says (Wednesday)- Anything goes
Bunny Zoe - Shabby chic

~ Kate ~

Thursday, November 21

Winter charm - Blue Moon Beads

I've been creating with my new jewellery supplies from Blue Moon Beads.  Today I have a wintry charm bracelet to share.
The base of the bracelet is made from a Blue Moon Beads chain with some extra connector links added.
For the charms I've used shell bead flowers, which have a frosty look to them.  They also have a great sheen when they catch the light.
There are also some smaller handmade icicle charms created with acrylic beads.
All components and findings from Blue Moon Beads.

~ Kate ~

Wednesday, November 20

Clean And Simple Christmas Card

Unlike yesterday's card, I stuck to a clean and simple format for this next one.
After making a Distress Ink and water splattered background, I dug out some old Christmas border and greetings stamps that have been in the bottom of the box for years and stamped over the top in black ink.
To add some Christmas sparkle I highlighted the design with Tulip 'Beads in a Bottle' and clear crystals.

I'm entering this one for the Oldie But A Goodie CAS Christmas challenge.

~ Kate ~   

Tuesday, November 19

Tim Holtz Snowman Card

Like a lot of other crafters I have finally noticed that December is fast approaching and thought I'd better make a few Christmas cards.  I think the only way I will ever manage to make these at a leisurely pace throughout the year is if I manage to find a Christmas challenge that would put up with me on their team!
I treated myself to a Tim Holtz Sizzix/Alterations stamp and die set of the Blueprint Snowman. Stamped several times onto white card and then cut with the dies.  I don't have the new magnetic plate, I just used good old washi tape to hold dies in place and had no problems.
The upper layers are coloured with Distress markers and blended a little (I'd chosen a card that didn't want to play along).  There's 3 layers on the hat, I had cut an extra carrot nose, but I lost it, it was so tiny and I had no idea how I was going to attach it anyway.
The background is inked plentifully with Distress Ink and there are some smudges of Pumice Stone Distress Marker there too.  The torn edges have been rubbed with Brushed Pewter Distress Stickles for sparkle that's not too bling.
The greeting stamp and die is also part of the set and very versatile as the words are separate to the border.

Challenges:
Live and Love Crafts #17 - Christmas inspiration collage
Christmas All Year Round - Winter wonderland
Stamping sensations - Christmas
Artistic Stamper - Christmas
Crafty Calendar - All things Christmas

~ Kate ~

Monday, November 11

In Remembrance

This weekend 3 or us traveled to Lydiard Park for SMO to take part in Run2Remember and to visit the field of Remembrance.  A journey that SMO makes every year, but this time the Dinky Diva and I joined him as his support crew.
It was a very worthwhile day.  There was a skydiving display from Jump4Heroes.
Which included the release of poppies at 11000 feet (the dark patch in the following picture, just beneath the 2 skydivers.)
After a few tunes from a Military Wives Choir, which brought a tear to the eye of many, the runners lined up for a very muddy off.

SMO managed 11K in around 1 hour 12 minutes which was great as a bad back had prevented him from doing more than a couple of practice runs.

After the run we visited the field of remembrance, where the sheer number of little wooden crosses bearing poppies, photos and messages is hard to fathom.
This is the plot we particularly visit and the picture below is the view to the right, all those who have died since 2006.
Too many crosses.

~ Kate ~

Thursday, November 7

Is it nearly Christmas?

I don't know where this last week has gone to, they certainly hasn't seemed to be any time in my schedule for crafting even with a beautiful box of new goodies from Blue Moon Beads awaiting my attention!

I had to go shopping this morning for some bits and pieces, some of which I'd ordered online.  There's a new trend to offer free 'postage' if you collect the goods yourself in store - Tesco, Marks and Spencer, New Look to name a few.  The alternative is a hefty postage charge and all of a sudden internet convenience isn't quite so convenient any more.
Whilst I was in town I stopped by Paperchase to look at their new Christmas products.  Lots of clean and simple style Christmas cards, also intricate cut work with prints imitating it and chalkboard style.  Plenty of kraft colour including all of their packaging. Crafters are definitely ahead of the trend this year.
Even Costa have a cup in kraft and Christmas bright colours.  They are top of my good list today with their gluten free Christmas cake back in stock on the shelves.  Christmas shopping can be much more fun if you take a break part way through in your favourite coffee shop that stocks gluten free goodies - competitors take note.

I'm in a quandary about whether to get a light weight down gillet.  Outdoor loving friends have recommended RAB to me as a must and, with an event coming up that involves standing in a field all day, I'm tempted.  However, I have serious issues about the price!  Are they really worth it, any opinions?

~ Kate ~   

Friday, November 1

Golfer's gift card

My mouth has just about recovered from a trip to the dentist, but yesterday it was SMO's turn.  He had to have an extraction and, as it was Halloween, he brought the gruesome evidence home with him to scare the children.  One of his colleagues is retiring today and he took the leaving collection to the local driving range to buy some credits.  The card he returned with was the moist uninspiring gift ever, without even the golf club details on it, so it was over to me to make it a gift holder.
I had some pre-cut, linen, gift card shapes, that I'd bought from a wedding stationery supplier, ready to be decorated.  I sponged Broken China Distress Ink over the whole surface with a couple of hand-cut clouds used as masks.  The front and back of the gift card are decorated identically.
A piece of green card from the scraps bag was cut into a spiked shape to make the grass and then I just needed the golf balls.
Plain white card went through a dotted embossing folder and then the balls were punched using a 1.5 inch circle.  They are tucked into the grass and attached to the gift card using 3d foam with the indented side showing.

Job done.

Challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Anything but cards
Moving Along With The Times - No design or digi papers
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes

~ Kate ~