Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tea Towel and Hot Mitt Set

Yet again I have to give the credit for this particular project to Nichole Spohr, a lady after my heart. Not only do I love paper crafting, but you might have noticed that other creative endeavors stir my soul, one of them being sewing.
While surfing through Nichol's blog I came across her wonderful spring kitchen linens. I immediately thought I  have to make some of those, and another multi project was born. These seemed to be the perfect Christmas gift, so, many sets later, Christmas was well under way. They were all well received.
Now, to compliment my Christmas linen set a new apron was in order, it turned out super cute, plus it was a lot of fun to wear during the holiday season. One of the things I like about these particular aprons is that they are made from cotton tea towels making them nice and absorbent. "Crate and Barrel" have fabulous towels made from good quality fabric, as well as being larger.


 



Sew much fun,
Susan

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

First off I would like to say "Happy New Year"! Here's hoping for a good one.
Although I still have a few items to share from the previous year, my mind is actively planning and scheming the projects for this year. As new lists are being made (so I don't forget), supplies and products are on order, it should prove to be a fun and creative year.  I know this sounds insane but its how my mind works.
So, on to the old. Today I will be sharing two projects the first one being a tag, using the vintage looking Santa from Simon Says Stamp, a Swell Christmas. I have seen some really cute projects using this set and look forward to creating more projects in the future.
As for my second project, these wonderful mail boxes adorned our table along with homemade Christmas crackers (no photo sorry). Not only did these items add a festive charm, but being filled with chocolate and gifts made for a fun table. Papertry Ink and their "Make It  Market" Post and Parcel kit were behind these gems, along with the adorable Winter Time Fun stamp and die critters.


  


May happiness and peace find us all,
Susan



Friday, December 23, 2016

Fimo Clay Ornaments

Fimo Clay is so much fun to work with especially when you have a couple of little ones to help you out. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of my grandchildren's works of art. My grandson had a blast creating dinosaur impressed stars, hearts and trees. Meanwhile my one year old granddaughter couldn't be left out of the action, she choose the purple clay for her ornaments. It was so much fun.
Once the little ones were content with their projects I could get back to creating some for myself, as well as a few friends. I kept these ornaments to the classic white clay, embossed with elegant background stamps. Once cut into shapes a soft coloured ink pad was applied before baking. Next came the fun part of using my Fine Tec Watercolor gold and silver paints, adding detail to the design. With the paint and ink being water soluble a workable fixative was a must. Finally a gloss sealer, super fine white glitter and a gem completed the clay portion of these ornaments.





So Very Pretty,
Susan

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Card #2

This second set of interactive Christmas cards were made for my sweet little grandchildren. As with most kids they love anything that moves, slides or pulls, which made a slider card most appropriate. As with my previous cards these were created very early, unfortunately, well before all the new interactive dies came along, the slider channels on these particular cards were cut out using a craft knife.
With penguins being so playful, this particular Snow One Like You stamp and die set from Poppy Stamps made the perfect scene for a couple of little ones. Once again the Hills die set from Your Next Stamp came in handy for creating the landscape, while Paper Smooches, Holiday Cheer "ho ho ho" sentiment along with Papertrey Ink's, Petite Places: Holiday Lane added the finishing details to this fun card.



So Sweet,
Susan

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Card

I am sure that everyone has received their Christmas cards by now and if not they will get a sneak peak. So, If you haven't opened them up yet "oh well".
My main Christmas cards for this year were created using a pulled spinner technique. Actually, I first saw this being used by Sandy Allnock where she created these super adorable hedge hog cards.
Loving her idea I immediately went on to create my cards, they were completed in the early summer months, hence the excitement.
Several stamp and die sets were used to create these fun interactive cards. First off were the incredible yet very cute moose from Memory Box, which unfortunately seems no longer to be available, or at least I can't seem to find them. Next are the all popular bottle tree stamps and dies from the Joyful Christmas set by Papertrey Ink, along with the Snow Capped Mountains die by Mama Elephant. Finally to complete this ensemble we have the hill die set along with the wonderfully delicate script Merry Christmas set from a great Canadian on line store called Your Next Stamp.
I must say it was a super fun card to create.





Enjoy the Season,
Susan

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Spinner Tags

While I can't take the credit for coming up with these amazingly cute spinner tags, my daughter and I certainly enjoyed making them. Nichol Spohr is the brilliant designer, not only did she impress me last year with her wonderful reindeer tags, she followed through with sweet sheep this year, needless to say that both were in the making. You will be seeing more ideas from this lady during the season.
The Reindeer Games stamp and die set plus the Wooly Winter stamps from Mama Elephant were used to create these tags. Let me tell you, dies are worth the price when you are making multiples or have a spinner aspect to your project. Not only for a professional look but for the sake of your hands. Once I finally made the decision to order the dies they were out of stock, its the old "you snooze, you loose" kind of thing. Unfortunately all of the sheep had to be painstakingly cut out using the old fashioned scissor method. Oh well they are still adorable and we made it through the cutting of them.

 


Super Fun,
Susan

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Colour Me Tags

Since colouring seems to be the latest rage, I decided to make these next tags a "colour me set". This should be a super fun activity for a select group of family and friends, plus all the stress and prep has been taken out of the equation.
Each of the six tags in the set uses different tag dies and stamps, which you can be found at "Simon Says Stamp"and Papertery Ink.
Although I mentioned colouring and how much fun it is, not all of the recipients are avid crafters, with that being said I figured the easiest method of colouring would be using the tried and true coloured pencils. A simple set which most people have will do the job, my sample tags were coloured with the well known Prisma Colored  Pencils. Mind you they do look super cute in the stamped version, if colouring isn't their thing. 

   

Happy Colouring,
Susan