Vintage Santa Tag

Over at the Gecko Galz Blog we are celebrating Christmas by featuring a different tag every day. My fellow Design Teamies have been busy creating using the fabulous Gecko Galz products that are available in the Etsy shop. They are also sharing some of the fabulous techniques they have used. Today is my turn to share my chunky vintage tag that comes with a ton of snowy texture:


I had such fun playing with all my scraps of lace and it is a great way to use up bits and bobs of leftovers. I started by drying brushing a light chipboard tag with white acrylic paint.


Next, I raided by stash of lace trims.


Using mainly scraps, I selected pieces and glued them on to the tag until I was happy with the result.


Then I gave them a dry brushing of white paint. Once dry, I rubbed on some gold acrylic paint, taking off the excess with a baby wipe. I wanted the gold to highlight the texture of the lace.


When everything was thoroughly dry, I mounted the tag onto a piece of corrugated card that had been dry brushed in white.  I used a spatula to apply texture paste all around the edge of the tag.


Once that was dry, I added two types of crystal clear glitter – chunky, for texture and fine, for sparkle.


The vintage santa image, from the December Magic collage sheet, was mounted onto some heavy cardstock. I gave that a snowy border in the same way as I did the tag and then outlined the image with gold glitter and used some white glitter to create snowy highlights.


For the ribbon, I coloured some seam binding with Antique Linen distress ink then I dry brushed on some white paint and added snowy splodges using a stamp.


The 25 was die cut from gold glitter card using a Tim Holtz Alterations die.


This is a heavyweight tag that makes a great decoration.


Today I am heading south for a few days split between Kent and London. The best news is that I was able to post my Christmas cards before I left – one less thing to worry about!

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Happbee Christmas!

Forgive me if I am unusually giddy today. Christmas generally sends me closer towards bouncing off the ceiling with excitement but events today have sent me beyond the point of no return. Firstly, pre-Christmas lunch number three – super special because it was at the Michelin starred Fischers at Baslow Hall where my youngest son is a chef. The food was, as always, superb and we got a little VIP treatment with a special bespoke plate of petit fours:


We were chauffer driven there and back by eldest son, which was a rare treat in itself, but he too had a surprise up his sleeve. I was hunting high and low for my I-phone charger lead which had mysteriously disappeared. He had secretly hidden it so he could present me with a festive alternative:


A charger with fairy lights!!! How I didn’t know about these is a mystery and super happy to have them in my possession.

So, to today’s post. Something a quickly whipped up pre-lunch, which was probably a good idea if just for the fact that it was beginning to get dark by the time we got home. I haven’t been able to get my Christmas craft on quite as much as I would like, but was determined not to miss this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge which is wings. So many ideas and possibilities, but so little time, this is what I settled on:


A little Santa bee buzzing around some holly. I’m currently in love with this colour combination of blue, green and red.


I started with some white card and stamped the bee (Stampotique) and holly leaves (Dylusions)using black Memento ink. Then I added Tumbled Glass distress ink over the top. I’ve coloured the holly with Promarkers and then used white acrylic paint to stamp on the snowy splodges. If anyone can recommend a good white opaque ink pad I’d be very happy to hear from you.


I paper pieced the bee having used Promarkers to add colour to its body and wings. The Santa hat was hand drawn by yours truly. I debated long and hard about the spelling of “happbee” and then printed out the words on my computer using the Rubber Stamp font.


I’ve edged the tag with black before layering it on to some red card and adding some candy cane thick baker’s twine.


Now this is done, I wish I had made this into a little canvas, but for now I will settle for the tag.

Tomorrow the Christmas excitement will reach fever pitch as the tree will be installed and decorated. Obviously there will be a side order of arguing and disagreement with the annual “is it straight” debate!!! Watch this space.

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Winter pocket

Here in the UK we have been experiencing a “weather bomb,” or to give its correct meteorological name “explosive cyclogenesis”. In reality that has meant strong winds, lots of rain with blasts of snow and hail and, most interestingly, waking up to rain dripping on to the bed!! We left a big plastic box underneath, to catch the drips, whilst we went to work yesterday, dreading what we would find on our return. Fortunately, it was bone dry, which is a huge relief and suggests it was a set of extreme conditions that caused the leak.

There is still some snow forecast but, just in case, I thought I’d share another snowy project with you today.


This is a little pocket hanging, made from an old toilet roll tube, that could be used as an ornament or for a small gift. Originally I was going to put some candy canes in it, but then thought it would look nice with a few sprigs of greenery and berries tucked inside. I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is “glittering snowflakes.”


To make the pocket I first flattened the toilet roll by putting it through my Sizzix Big Shot. This makes it easier to cover and decorate and also works well if you want to turn your roll into a mini album. I covered the roll with paper (I used some from the Gecko Galz Mayflower paper pack) and inked the edges. I’ve used an image from the Snowbabies collage set and mounted it onto red card.

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I’ve used a little red ribbon underneath the image and added lace, buttons and some organza rose trim to decorate.


To complete the pocket I’ve popped on a couple of glittery snowflakes and made a little handle from some candy cane cord.


Now today I am very excited because it is my last working day before Christmas. I have a lot to do before I can clock off, but the end of a hectic working year is now in sight!

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Clean and simple Christmas

Today I am looking forward to my second Christmas lunch outing, this time with some of my work colleagues. Having enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies with a friend yesterday, I hope I can find a little room for turkey and all the trimmings today. My friend’s house was a little oasis of stylish calm amidst the frenzy and chaos in mine. Although she claims if I had been round in the morning I would have seen her in a mess of presents and paper, I don’t for one minute believe it. Some people, unlike my good self, can do everything without a hair out of place. My friend is one of them! Her house was undoubtedly festive, but in contrast to my own, in a very clean and simple way.

All of that pre-amble brings me to today’s project which is a clean and simple Christmas card which I made for the My Artistic Adventures Challenge blog challenge.


Unintentionally, this has become the prototype for THE card that I am sending out to all my friends. You may recognise the tree from a previous project and it comes from Heather’s lovely Non-Traditional Tree Tags collage sheet.


I’ve used a glue pen to add crystal clear glitter to the dots on the trees.


There’s a wisp of muslin and a tiny piece of lace that have been topped off with a dusting of clear glitter. The sentiment is included on the collage sheet.


If you have yet to make your Christmas cards, or want to get ahead for next year, take a look at Heather’s lovely selections in her Etsy shop and make sure you link up your fabulous creations with the challenge.

Before I go out this morning I just have the minor matter of cooking 60 gingerbread shapes for an event I am going to tomorrow. No matter how hard I try, it will undoubtedly result in more mess!!!

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Crafty Boots Christmas

Yes, another Monday. another new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and we’ve reached that point where the theme is, of course, Christmas. Yay!  I’m sharing a little hanging that sums up just how I feel about this time of year!


I’ve used two images from the Gecko Galz Christmas Carols and Christmas Cuties collage sheets, layered them and added a shadow around the little girl before printing out. I’ve used a wooden ATC for the base and sealed everything with a couple of coats of sparkle Modpodge.


The hanger, a gold chenille stem, was attached with hot glue and I added red seam binding, tied simply, for an extra festive feel.


To embellish, I added spots of chunky clear glitter, some scraps of lace and some red Stickles berries.


The rest of the Crafty Boots design team have come up with a whole ton of inspiration for you to drool over, so be sure to buzz over and take a look. If you link up your project you have the chance to win a guest designer spot.


Now I’ve reached that point in the Christmas proceedings where the panic is invading my dreams. Last night I dreamt I had misplaced a cooked piece of gammon and although I kept coming across people who were eating gammon, I knew it wasn’t mine! Interpret that how you will!

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Angel hair

I have a very vivid memory from my childhood of something called “angel hair” that festooned Christmas trees. We didn’t have it in our house, but others did and I can remember the magical quality of pretty coloured lights (I am not a fan of today’s LEDs in primary colours) shining through what looked like a silky, candyfloss like material. I think it might have been some sort of fibre glass so was probably lethal in some way, but for me it was pure magic. I only mention because I’ve been thinking about the hair of actual angels. Take a look at today’s project and you’ll see why!


This is my DT piece for the new challenge over at Anything But A Card where the theme for December is “celestial.” I decided not to opt for my favourite celestial bodies –  sun, moon and stars and create this little lady (for she is a “she”) instead. You will see she has no hair. Mr Beez, apparently, does not like hairless angels. How I can have been married to him for over thirty years and not known this is a mystery! She doesn’t have hair for the simple fact that I didn’t have anything suitable from which to make it and I actually liked her without.


Her body is a wooden peg doll blank. I’ve had a bag of these in my stash forever so it’s about time they saw the light of day. I painted the body white and then added some rosy cheeks ,using some distress ink applied with a cotton bud, and some eyes. Then I wrapped her in some very loose weave muslin/cheesecloth, adding some extra layers over the top to create a wispy, ethereal quality.


Her wings are cut from some heavy gold lace. I love it that I got two wings from just the tiniest bit of this highly prized trim. Her little halo is a circlet of thin gold tinsel. This was probably the hardest part to do and I was quite glad I hadn’t opted for hair as I thing I would have got in a right old state.


My little angel is standing on a base created from a cotton reel. I’ve left the cotton on it and covered it with some music manuscript and gold starry trim. I thought a long time about the words I was going to use and opted for “noel, noel.” However, as soon as I had stuck that on I wished I had opted for “Gloria” instead! To me, this little angel looks full of mischief and I think Gloria is a name that suits her down to the ground.


Make sure you buzz over to the Anything But A Card Challenge blog and take a look at what the rest of the super-talented DT have been up to. From the sneaky peeks I’ve seen, there is a whole range of ideas to inspire you.

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A peaceful house

Is there peace in your house or is it, like mine, merry mayhem? Although I think there will definitely be light at the end of the tunnel (the production line for my Christmas cards is up and running!) I think there are a few more yards of darkness left before I see it! The house I’ve made today seems to be the very essence of peace and calm don’t you think?


I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is to use a wreath and to add a touch of silver to it. I decided to go with a house instead of a card as I had an idea for how I wanted to create the wreath.


I’ve used a chipboard house, cut with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings die, and covered it with white cardstock. I’ve layered on Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire distress inks. I used more Chipped Sapphire to stamp the script and Picket Fence distress stain through a stencil to create the stars. I also added a touch of silver stickles around the very edge of the house.


The wreath was created from silver thread and I’ve topped it with silver and gold foil stars.


The 25th Dec is a stamp from Darkroom Door Christmas Inchies and the words are from a digital collage sheet by Lisa’s Altered Art.


Today I did manage to find a little oasis of calm in, of all places, an old fashioned hardware shop. It was stuffed full of all those things that you can never find when you need them plus lots of items that had all sorts of crafting possibilities. I am very excited about some little jam jars I have purchased so watch this space!

Christmas houses

Today I have been lucky enough to have a day off work and enjoy a little festive outing to Chatsworth House, which is just a hop skip and a jump away from where I live. If you haven’t been, you really should try and go. It’s a magnificent stately home with fabulous gardens which is always beautifully decorated for Christmas. Initially, it was just Christmas decorations but in recent years they have a specific theme. This year, it’s Alice in Wonderland and it was done brilliantly. Unfortunately, my ‘phone was very low on battery power so I couldn’t take any photographs so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

So, from one very grand house to two very tiny ones I’d like you to visit via my blog today:


I’m sharing these over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is Christmas. Now I know that I used this very same technique for the last Sunday Stampers challenge, but sometimes you’ve just got to follow where you heart takes you and you know how I feel about Christmas and about little houses!


Instead of using paperclay for these, I used air dry clay so that they were a bit more chunky and would be able to stand independently. The stamps are by Lindsay Mason. I made templates from cardboard and used them to get the clay to the right size and shape, these are about 1cm in depth, then let the clay dry overnight. Once dry, I painted the houses with white acrylic paint.


I stamped the houses onto single ply tissue, using black Archival ink, and the glued them to the front of the houses using Glue’n’Seal.  Now normally I use a mixture of PVA and water but I was lucky enough to pick up a big pot of the real thing during the Black Friday Sales. I added an extra coat over the top and left it to dry.


After colouring the houses with Promarkers, I added a frosting of Snowtex and glitter and some sparkly mini pom-poms.


I think I may need a whole village of these!


There is a definite nip in the air today and the weather forecast very clearly showed a band of white making its way towards my part of the world!

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Frenzy and fairies

Are you in that pre-Christmas frenzy where it feels like you won’t get everything done? I certainly am, but this year it’s not even the Christmas things I’m not achieving but the basics. At work I joked (except I was deadly serious!) that I wasn’t even managing to write my “to do list,” never mind actually doing anything on it! I am also an expert at displacement activities. You know, doing things that are unnecessary so you can put off doing the really important stuff!! If only there was a fairy like this one to come and grant a few wishes:


You will recognise this little lady from earlier in the week when I used her on a festive ornament. She is an image from the Gecko Galz Sugar Plum Fairies collage sheet. Once again I have popped her on some of Robyn Gough’s digital paper. I do this using Microsoft Word using the Picture Format options. First, I remove the background from the image and then add a drop shadow before layering the image on to the digital paper.


I’ve added some lace and green Stickles over the dress in the image and used gold foil stars on her headband and wand.


I’ve created layers from more of Robyn’s paper and some holly paper from the Gecko Galz Grandma’s House paper pack – the very first paper pack I ever purchased from them, before I was on the Design Team! Down the side I’ve used some gold tinsel trim and olive green ribbon.


The “wish” sentiment was printed on my computer and inked and glittered.


Over on the Gecko Galz Blog we have started our 24 tags of Christmas – each day you can see a Christmas tag created by one of the Design Team be sure to buzz over and take a peek – you won’t be disappointed. Mine will be coming up around mid-month.

Now then, I’d better get on with all that “stuff” I have to do but first, I think I’d better make a list!!

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Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This morning I was (hopefully!) up at ridiculous o’clock to travel to an early morning meeting. Although early starts are not unusual, it has been quite a while since I’ve had to rely on trains and endure cold stations! The worst bit is that I also have a late visit to make too, so a long day! I think a little treat from the Christmas market and a festive coffee (I’m on a one woman mission to sample everything on the Costa menu!) is in order don’t you?!

The good news is that there is a new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures Challenges and, as usual, I got carried away making my samples. Today I thought I’d share two very different cards that I made using Heather’s fabulous collage sheets:



The first card is using the Non-Traditional Bingo and Non-Traditional Tree Tags collage sheets. I snapped this sheet up the minute it I saw it last year. I used the spotty panel from the bingo sheet and cut it with a curved die. Next, I cut out the tree from the tree tag sheet and arranged them on the card.


What’s your favourite Christmas greeting? Mine is “Merry Christmas,” but don’t worry if prefer something different, Heather has them all covered, in different colours too, on the tree tags sheet.


Finally, I dusted on a little Tumbled Glass distress ink around the edges of the card.



My second card has more of a shabby chic feel to it. I’ve used Heather’s lovely snowmen (and women!) collage sheet along with the Vintage Christmas Luggage Tags and Vintage Shabby Chic Pink Candy Canes.




I’ve used plenty of glitter, some fabulous pink ribbon and tucked in a doily for good measure! The finishing touch are some little candy cane stickers that came all the way from Simon Says Stamp in the USA (very quickly too, I might add!).



The beauty of this lovely snowmen sheet is there are lots of colour options and you get the reverse of each image so you can put them back to back if you want to make something with dimension.


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