HAPPY NEW YEAR!

'Winter Blues' altered book page

Here's wishing you all health, wealth and happiness in the New Year!

CONFIGURATION BOXES for CHRISTMAS

Here's myYouTube video, showing all five of my Christmas Configuration Boxes.






This is the first one I've done all by myself, so I hope you enjoy it (don't forget to turn the sound on).

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the wonderful Pink Saturday Christmassy posts!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL

Here's a vitual Christmas card from me to all of you - feel free to post onto your own blog if you'd like to (left-click for the full size, and right-click to copy).

Created using Cajoline's Kit Noel Blanc- image from Tumblr

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas!

FREEBIE BLOG BACKGROUND - REINDEER

Background copyright Susie Jefferson, using images from Holiday Paper Pack 3 by Cesstrelle at HG Designs
Here's a new freebie Christmas background for you, using reindeer images from Cesstrelle's Holiday Paper Pack 3. Isn't this fun? Perfect for someone who wants a modern image with a bit of an edge.

This will fit most templates: 3-col, wide 2-col and also some of the freebie WordPress templates like Bueno. It will also fit some of the freebie Tumblr blog templates, eg: Redux. The Blogger template I've used here is Awesome.

BACKGROUND CODE

Just copy and paste all the code below into an html box in your sidebar.
<style type="text/css">
body {background-image: url("http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/1stFloorFlatComputery/3a093400.jpg"); background-position: center; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-attachment: fixed; }
</style>
<div id="tag" style="position:absolute; left:0px; top:50px; z-index:50; width:150px; height:30px;">
<a href="http://1stfloorflatblogology.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">
<img border="0" src="http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/1stFloorFlatComputery/9061ddc2.png"/>
</a></div>

HEADER

If you want to customise my header with your own text, right-click the picture to open to full size then left-click to save to your own computer. Add text using your favourite graphics programme, then load up and click' Instead of Title and Description'.

Otherwise, just save the header and click 'Behind Title and Description' to use Blogger's own default header text (click the Resize button if you want it smaller) or copy the code below and enter that instead.
http://i659.photobucket.com/albums/uu313/1stFloorFlatComputery/75d8d6cb.png
Check out Cesstrelle's blog HG Designs for more fabulous papers, brushes, textures etc.

CHRISTMAS TREES... O CHRISTMAS TREES...


Kaye (co-owner of BladeRubber Stamps) and I were chatting, as you do, when I took the wreath in for her shop window - and I happened to mention my Christmas decorations (3 trees this year). Kaye couldn't believe I could get 3 Christmas trees in the one living room. Hah! Oh yes I could!

Panning around the room, starting from the far left, here's Tree No 1 (4ft) next to the television. One of my Configuration boxes to the right of the television.
Closeup of Tree No 1 (4ft): Santa at the top, and two sets of lights, glitter reindeer standing underneath
The TV bench is on the left of this door, lights strung right around up at the ceiling and Tree No 2 (6ft) with 3 sets of lights and another Santa. Another Configuration box is on top of the bookcase.
Closeup, showing Tree No 2's tree skirt. Fireplace on the right.
Tree No 2 (6ft tree) on left, Tree No 3 (3ft tree) next to the computer desk on the right. Fire in the middle, with Santa lights on the mantlepiece. Tree No 3 has only the one set of lights and now feels very underdressed.
That's it for now... you can tell I just adore Christmas!

How are your decorations coming along? Got your tree up yet?

MY LATEST WREATH


This is my latest creation - using vintage pine cone ornaments (50s) plus some modern bits: the sequinned and tinselled apples and branches.


Here's a closeup, showing my own snowballs (heavy gel medium applied with a palette knife onto polystyene balls, then glittered with 3 different types of glitter all mixed up).


The base is a simple twig wreath, which I wrapped with a single length of tinsel to bulk it out - then in with the sparkly and glittery twigs etc.

My other wreath (scroll down a couple of posts) is the traditional reds and golds, etc.

Glue guns are now my very bestest friends!

PINK SATURDAY - TOOL KIT PREZZIE

Decoupaged tool kit for the geek in your life (or your DIY drawer)
I'm sure everyone is like me: frantically busy, just a little broke, and therefore looking to give handmade prezzies (that don't look HOME made - there is a difference). So I thought a quick and easy project might be just the job! Perfect for anyone, and unusual too! It's a TOOL KIT!

This was inexpensive, but doesn't look too cheap (although the plastic case was a dead giveaway, hence the decoration)
This is just a cheap basic tool kit you'll find in most hardware stores, a good size for changing plugs and other small electrical stuff (women need to be able to do this too, lol) also poking holes in signatures for books, levering out staples, prising drawing pins out of walls etc.

Front and back prepared in exactly the same way - just change the positioning of the decorations

PREPARATION

As it's plastic, it's rather slick and not good for gluing, so sand a little first, just enough to roughen the surface (use an emery board if you don't have sandpaper).

DECORATION
  • Couldn't be simpler: leftovers of scrapbooking paper for the front and the back, cut to size. 
  • Collage the ticket on first, then overstamped some text (using Staz-On ink).
  • The dots were Punchinella (sequin waste) used as a stencil, stippled with acrylic paint. Move the stencil and stipple again, creating a drop shadow using a metallic paint. 
  • Finally, decoupage a vintage scrap image of a clown's head.
 I used PVA (white glue) throughout. Mod Podge is also good.

Next step: glue to the tool kit using a good quality strong glue such as Crafter's, Gorilla, Aleene's Tacky Glue or use double-sided tape. You don't want this peeling off at a later date.

Finishing touches: I ran a metallic gold pen round the edges, then applied a single coat of clear acrylic varnish for protection.

TIME TAKEN

Very fast - took around 2 hours including coffee and biscuits, and drying time!

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Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!

50s CHRISTMAS SCRAPBOOK PAGE AND CARD

I used a copyright-free 50s image as the main photo, as I wanted a retro feel
Thought you might like to see a Christmassy scrapbook page I did as samples for Blade Rubber Stamps, plus a stepper card - both using the same design of background paper and chipboard embellishements.

View from the front - notice I did a little background stamping with snowflake stamps onto the base red card. I also trimmed round the edges with gold peeloffs. The Tree chipboard element was mounted onto separate gold card and rimmed around with gold glitter.
I also stamped on the centre red band of the tree (which was plain) and added baubles - some were the chipboard elements, and the rest were little metal hearts cut from an old necklace. All 'antiqued' with Rock Candy crackle paint.
View from the side, showing the steps and the dimensions. The darker snowdrops are stamped with Versamark ink, then embossed with holographic embossing powder.

I 'antiqued' the chipboard pieces using Tim Holtz's Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy (which is clear, and a couple of coats give a lovely spun sugar sparkle - very vintage).

A little on the cute side for me, maybe, but the 50s feel definitely saves them. Nice and colourful, no?