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Wish List Wallet

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have an Anything Goes theme which was picked by the lovely Esther.

I have made another project which will sit on my craft desk it is a wish list wallet and inside I have added a little notebook plus pen ready for adding all the crafty goodies I want to buy at Ally Pally in April. Loads of stamping and the little goose in the top right hand corner was made by triple embossing an oval piece of chipboard then stamping into it before adding gilding wax to the edges.

When fully opened you can see my bird has been stamped onto some faux leather card. Used the age ole technique of making faux leather, which Sheena has revived but her method is with glycerine. When I first saw this being done with card it was with the Rangers Ink Refresher and I have now tried both products and the Ink Refresher just has the edge for me but they both do work. Also added a little pocket for a tag I made but forgot to take a photo.

The notebook and pen were bought whilst shopping in Newbridge last week, only €1 for both.


Such a classy image but for the life of me I can’t remember where I bought it. Printed onto canvas paper to give an aged look then stamped the edge with a grid stamp from Stampin Up. The rather oversized bird cage is a Kaiser craft stamp. The rest of the stamps are from Indigo Blu, Darkroom Door, PaperArtsy and last but not least Stampers Anonymous.The background cardstock is of course from G45.


It would be fantastic if you could pop on over for a peak at what the rest of the Fashionettes have created.


Thinking Of Each & Everyone Of You This Christmas

This is what we have all been waiting for … wahoo – it’s Christmas!!!

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas

Have fun with all those pressies but lets not forget to spare a heartfelt thought to all those who won’t be with their loved ones today.

Christmas Tag #12 – Funkie Junky Style

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s # 12 tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here.

What better way to finish Linda’s 12 tags of Christmas than showing #12 on the actual 12th day. The inspiration for this one came from Linda’s stars and also the colour palette. Lucky me got to use another of Tim’s stencils … no prizes for guessing which one!!

That completes all of my Christmas tags and you can see everyone of them … here

This final tag has had the usual paint, crackle, embossing, frantage, tissue paper, molding paste etc…

Printed all the images onto tissue paper and the sentiment. In GIMP I cut and pasted the Santa image onto the sentiment, which is a digi from Whimsey Designs. I sent Santa to the back and overlapped the sentiment then printed onto white tissue. The boy and girl image is from a Joanna Sheen Victorian Christmas CD which I have had forever. Before printing this image onto tissue I changed it from plain to a canvas effect this gave it a more olde worlde look.



A Vintage Christmas At C2CU

November’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is A Vintage Christmas. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and the first which runs from 1st – 14th November is:
A Monochromatic Vintage Christmas.
Disregard the candle as it’s not finished yet and only added for decoration … actually it’s my next class project, showing the girls how to decorate a candle and bag to match.

Turned a boring brown paper bag into my monochromatic make and went with different tints, tones, hues and shades of a single colour. In this case it’s brown. The Snow Tree E F was used to frame a picture from this Nellie Christmas Sheet. With the Xmas Tree border die I snipped off each tree individually and made a banner with them.

The candle will be used to show the girls how to add a pretty image onto it. I used a Nicecrane Designs image which I first printed onto tissue paper.


Ladies Who Lunch

My DIL Claire’s set of girlie friend’s all go out for the day when one of them has a birthday. This time round one of the girlies is having a big O birthday … shhhh it’s 50.

She has invited them all to an afternoon tea at none other than The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London.

“Ladies who lunch” is a phrase often used to describe well-off, well-dressed women who meet for social luncheons, usually during the working week. Typically, the women involved are married and non-working. Normally the lunch is in a high-class restaurant. – Needless to say new outfits all round!!

On 1 March 2012, with enormous joy and excitement, the refurbished St James’s restaurant was opened by HM the Queen accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, and renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

I said I would make her an album for the birthday girl so that she would have a keepsake of the event. Decided to make it very elegant looking with lots of images of Victorian ladies who lunch. Below is something I was playing around with on Sunday which has given me a feel for what I want the pages of the album to look like.

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Textured Topper Wallet For C2CU

Heavy on the photos today which is unusual for me but I have made an exception because this is my debut piece for Crafts-Too Challenge You.

I feel very honored to have been asked to be on the Design Team with a bunch of very talented girls and extremely excited to be working with them.

C2CY is a monthly blog and new challenges begin on the first Friday of the month. One theme will follow throughout the whole of the month but each fortnight there is a new “TWIST” where the challenge will have a different focus to add to the theme.

Our SEPTEMBER theme is TEXTURE. – Twist 1 is – Choose your own style

Still can’t totally define my style because it is always evolving as I learn new things.
I do love to make something that looks attractive, pretty and appealing to the eye.

Every now and then my embossing folders come in handy to make some pretty little toppers. If I want to make a quick card I just grab one of the toppers. Never really had anywhere to store them except an old tatty looking box. So I decided to make my very own Topper Wallet. For the front of my wallet I printed this very sweet image onto cardstock then framed it with a Crafts-Too embossing folder. To enhance even more I stitched around the frame. The letters actually come from another Crafts-Too embossing folder which you can find here.

When the letters are punched out they remind me of those sweets called lovehearts … can you remember them? Love Hearts

Here is the wallet when completely opened out. As you can see I went OTT with the stamping and colouring … just went for it!!

More pics and the first is the back of the folded wallet.
Made a little slit opening which the tab slips into to close it. Next is when you pull out the little tab from the slit opening. Last pic is of the left hand side of the wallet.

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These two pics shows the inside of the wallet where the toppers will sit in the middle and also the two envelope flaps which fold in over the toppers.

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Last but not least is a sneak peak of three folders I have prepared for the inside. This is also a project which is for next weeks inspirational piece so sorry girls you will have to pop back next week to see what I have made with them.


Dwell In Possibility

Don’t you just love this sentiment … “Dwell In Possibility”. Emily Dickinson wrote a poem called “I Dwell In Possibility” which you can find here.

Dwell In Possibility conjures up an awareness that the future is not scripted. Your choices and actions can take you in a million directions. Be aware of this and play. So I played with this card.

I first saw these images on Astrid’s blog … super sweet lady and an extremely talented artist … and I love them.
Also used an already made rose topper which is unusual for me but after my tidy up in the craft room I came across a load of them which are from Anna Griffin. My colour palette is actually based around the rose.


Elegance Achieved With Two Dominoes

I have a real gem of a lady called Maria who can only come to my classes once a fortnight …(she lives in Dublin) … and because yesterday was her day to be at the class I decided we would make an altered domino book instead of the usual card.

I have to admit that these little books have never appealed to me before … always looked to fiddly. How wrong could I have been, and guess who changed my mind about them … yep Brenda … you can see her books here. She showed Clare, Pat, Amber and myself a couple she had made when we were at home and I totally fell in love with them.

One and only time I couldn’t wait to get back to Ireland … (I do love Ireland to bits just miss my family more) … and my craft room to have a go. So below is my first ever Domino Book. Minus all the drilled holes to add the trinkets as it’s only a two hour class … eh going on three or four usually … and time is an issue.

First pics are the front and back of the book tied together with two bows.

The first pic below is of the concertina fold out with images of gorgeous little girls on every other fold and the other folds have designer paper with two little pockets added and teensy little tags inserted.

Other pics are what you see when turned around. Lots of elegant ladies on every other fold plus the other folds have letters which make a name when fully extended.


Stamped images are from … can’t remember but the digi images are from Nicecrane Designs here and here which have been downsized to fit the teensy teensy mini book.

Will show the box which it fits into tomorrow, it is so diddly but gorgeous.


Best Till Last

This face is so sweet and innocent looking I love her to bits and you can buy her here from Nicecrane Designs. First used her HERE behind a window die but left her plain. On this tag I ripped the edges, crumpled her up very gently, aged and distressed her with inks. Stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper and also the clock above her head. More spiral roses, the first rose is one of the green ones … (only one more left) … which I used HERE and HERE but this time spritzed it with Dylusions Ink Spray – Squeezed orange. You can also see she has a similar flower with a clock in the middle which I used on the original window card.. Raided my bit box again because I made six of them at the time but all with different colour middles … why make only one!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the last six tags which were all made when I was in my tissue paper mood.


Recycled Elegance

If you can see this post then it scheduled on time.

Well today is Ally Pally time in London where I will be in seventh heaven going around all those gorgeous stands laden with loads of goodies.

I bought these Graphic 45 Metal Buttons and the cardstock tag they were on was such good quality that I recycled and added my own embellies. Another of my burnt flowers … actually made two when I first made it … you can see the other on the tag below again why only make one. A very pretty image printed onto tissue paper then added with Mod Podge. Didn’t want to obscure the background of the tag so just did a bit of paint sponging over the top with silver metallic paint plus some inking.



Who Killed Cock Robin

Can you remember the poem/nursery rhyme about ” Who Killed Cock Robin” it goes along the lines of:

Who killed cock robin? “I said the sparrow with my bow and arrow”.
Who saw him die? “I said the fly with my little eye” …. won’t bore you with the rest of the verses.

Found a gorgeous set of digital nursery rhyme playing cards which feature loads of old fashioned characters. Printed dear little cock robin onto tissue paper then Mod Podged onto the tag. Added one of my burnt flowers and embossed a little on the edge.