Thursday, December 27, 2012

Meet Chloe

I made Chloe for a Christmas gift. Click on the Moz Bearz Tab above to read more about Chloe.

Meet Jenna


I was commissioned to make this delightful bear for a Christmas present. 

Please click on the Moz Bearz tab at the top of the page to read more about Jenna.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Looking for the Mistletoe.....

Meet George!

He is my 'December' baby, who, just like me is a sucker for all things Christmas!

Here he is, perched in the bowl held by Father Christmas, well, one of them......
"Mom, am I going to live with this mad Christmas bunch??"
"Where is the Mistletoe......?"

To read more about George, please click on the Moz Bearz tab at the top of the page.
Thanks for the visit!

Flourishes 'Garden Picks'

When I saw the Flourishes 'Garden Picks' set, I knew I would enjoy it and I was so right.

I stamped the posy and then the Mason jar over the stems, both using Memento Grey Flannel. I then laid down a base of Copic colour and used Prisma Pencils to shade and intensify the colours. I am not good enough with my Copics to get fine definition, but that is only lack of practice and will get more confident when I use them more often.

I then cut out the flowers and jar and shaped them with my embossing tools. I went to my favorite Flip-It Sizzix dies and selected the circle, cut it out and embossed it with my old favorite 'go-to' folder, Swiss Dots. I cut out a circle in very pretty pink and white patterned paper, mounted it onto the flip-it circle and then using Olba silicone to create a lovely moulded shape, mounted the flowers in the jar in the center of the circle. I also cut out the flourish, using the same paper as the background circle, from the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Motive set and attached it to either side of the circle. The finishing touch was a PTI Mini tag stamped with Best Wishes and tied on with some embroidery thread and a few small pearls from Paola.
I enjoyed this card and know it will be one of my well used 'layouts' in the future.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Meet Polly!

I posted a photo of delightful "Polly" late November with a promise to update the details later.
Please click on the Moz Bearz tab at the top of the post to be taken to this post.
I do hope you enjoy reading about Lolly!

Happy Hexagons

 I was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest (my newest addiction!) I then went to the heavy, huge drawer that holds some of my punches and scratched around until I found my little used Creative Memories Hexagon punch. Next stop found me scratching in my 'left-overs' box for some coordinating papers and I punched out two hexagons out of three patterned papers for each card, inked the edges and positioned and glued them down.
I used a sentiment from a Hero Arts set, stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa, adhered a few pearls and simply stated, simply good! Very pleased with these cards!
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Vintage Photo Frame

My precious 'baby' sister has a birthday today! Gail is 8 years younger than me and the last born in the family, so will always be my 'baby' sister. When she was small, she accompanied me everywhere, just like a 'doll' would. I would dress her up and arrange her pretty curls and we would set off to visit or shop or play with my friends, who all knew she would be coming with me, always! She may be a lot older and not so 'cute' (sorry sis!) but is still my precious 'baby' sister.
We ask each other what we would like for our birthdays as it is so much easier to shop or make, plus you get what you want, which at our age is very important! When I asked her, and knowing I'm now officially a 'pensioner' (she loves telling me that...ha-ha) she knew I would want to make her something rather than buy, so asked for one of my 'prettied up' picture frames. Now that made me very happy and I set off to buy a frame I could convert as I did not have anything on hand. Not much of a selection,  but I came home with this.....

Not at all exciting, but I knew that I was going to give it a work over. So, I slapped some Gesso on, let it dry and then painted it with an acrylic paint. It covered the bling beautifully and I am going to 'play' with Gesso on my next frame conversion. Very interesting product!
Whilst it was drying, I made a few of my vintage looking flowers, sprayed them for color, scrunched them up madly and left them to dry. In the meantime I scouted around my 'little bit of heaven' (read, craft room!) and found a fabulous cup-cake wrapper that had been laser cut, so it was extremely dainty and suited the vintage theme I had in mind. Out came the hot glue gun, pearl rope (running out of sadly), seam binding in different colors and I settled down with the dry frame, to embellish to my hearts content.

I was more than happy with the outcome and as I have not yet given it to her - we are on our way over now - I am very certain this will fit into her idea of a 'pretty' frame.

The completed frame

The top corner with the larger flower

The opposite bottom corner with the smaller flower

Thank you for your visit and wishing you a wonderful, creative week-end, wherever you are in the world!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting Festive ......

The house is starting to 'smell' festive with Christmas baking wafting through the house and out the windows. Even the neighbor is enjoying the wonderful!

I've been very busy baking small Christmas cakes to send down to Cape Town. I managed to get them all baked and some iced, packed up and posted today!

Amidst all that, 'Lolly' was 'born' and is accompanying the cakes on their trip, to keep an eye open in case there is some interference en route! More about Lolly in the next post.