Thursday, 27 December 2012

Paper blocking is the way forward!


I hope you have all had a great couple of days and that Santa brought all you were hoping for? I have had a fab relaxing few days even taking time to walk on the local beach and Santa was a very good man to me this year, might have something to do with the list I made out for his little helper.  After last year I was so determined to not end up with another Take That DVD!

Well here is my final Christmas project for 2012.I didn't get chance to post before the big day............  I actually finished it just in time to be included in the festive decorations of Tuck Towers. I have really enjoyed making decorations this year . This particular project was made using paper blocking.  I love paper blocking  (thank you Hels) it is such a rewarding quick and easy technique and also a great way to use up papers that you have had  around for a while that you  just had to keep!  It wasn't until today that I noticed I had used the word Joy twice on the project............What is that that Tim always says "embrace your imperfections" guess I will change that for next years outing of the canvas but for 2012 it can stay put.

A wee  photo for you.

Thank you for taking the time to come and visit.  I would love you to leave a comment (at the top of the post).

Until the next time, take care


Ranger/Tim Holtz
expresso/ black /red pepper/gold paint dabber
brushed cordruy distress ink and stain
festive papers
matt medium
grungeboard printer blocks/alphas
oval fragment, ornate frame, muse token,clock, game spinner, ticket, pin, numerals, glass vial
glossy accents

Cosmic Shimmer glue
Sand acyrlic paint
Modelling paste
Red Embossing powder
flower,string, green bow, pins

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Christmas House!!!!!


Well one week today and it will all be over!

It has been a busy couple of days in Tuck Towers as I suddenly realised that I hadn't brought one single present. Exit rather swiftly to do battle in the shops, I hate shopping, unless it is craft shopping obviously. But  I did made time to finish off something that has been knocking around on my desk for a couple of weeks, bit unfinished and unloved.

Many moons ago I was given a wooden house as a present and too be honest I really didn't know what I wanted to do with it.  I had an idea a while back of using it for a friend as a photo memory of her dog which she sadly lost.  Unfortunately we  lost contact and that plan had to be shelved.  So back into the cupboard of doom it went until a couple weeks back.

What did I come up it is that time of the year, it had to be a Christmas House or should that be a Tim House.  It has really not turned out how I wanted it to as I was unable to find  the  bits and bobs I wanted to use inside each compartment. But a very nice lady called Jackie came to my aid over the weekend with some alternatives and I love it.  Thank you Jackie.

As I cannot make up my mind which photo I like the most (cluttered or uncluttered background) I have used both.  I am so in one of them moods tonight,  procrastinating far too much.

I have really enjoyed making festive bits and bobs this year which in past years is  not something I would normally do.  I have one more to finish before next week..............

Thank you for looking and I would love you to leave a wee comment at the top of the post, so I know what your thinking.

Take care Sue.

Products used

Tim Holtz/Ranger/Sizzix

Distress inks: brushed corduroy, gathered twigs
Black paint dabber
Idea -logy: clock, game spinner, placket, christmas tree, wreath. vials, tinsel twine
seasonal papers
noel & pine cone die

Other products
christmas baubles, metal star, ribbon bows,wooden sleigh, artificial snow, gold bells

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

A few more cards


I hope you are all getting in the festive spirit.............................  I have been trying to finish a Christmas house project but I cannot find "just" what I am looking for to go inside, so might have to make do!  So don't like making do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So to distract myself I thought I would finish up a few Dylusions Christmas cards.

Here they are in a group shot

You just have to love Dyan's Christmas stamps. they can only make you smile.  I hope they have made you smile.

Thanks for looking.  I would love you to leave a comment (top of the post)

Until the next time.


Products used

Dylusions Inks: London Blue, Cut Grass, Postbox Red, Vibrant Turquoise,Fresh Lime, Melted Chocolate,
Dylusions Stamps:Curious Corrin, Ruby Rainbow, Christmas Words, Cristmas Accessories, Christmas Borders.
Distress Inks: Brushed Cordroy, Old Paper, Antique Linen
Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold
Glossy Accents
Distress Stickles Glossy Accents
Sticky Embossing Powder
Size 12 Manila Tag

Non Ranger

White, kraft card Stock
White Puff Paint
Cosmic Shimmer glue

Saturday, 1 December 2012

You have to love Paper Patchwork


Last weekend I had the honour of spending two days being taught by Hels Sheridan.  If you are not aware of the talent this lady has have a little look see at her blog.
The first day she taught a class on Paper Patchwork and the second day on Paper Blocking.  Both days were filled with so much more than the project themselves and the time flew by.  Hels is definitely a giver of information.and a really nice lady. I would definitely recommend that if you have the chance you take a class with Hels, you so will not regret the decision. I also got to spend time with my  pal Lou who is totally barking mad but a sweet kind beautiful person.

I have also now left my job of nearly 7 years.  It was huge decision to make and took a lot of time to get to the point that I was able to make the appropriate decision. What is next...............Not sure, time will tell.  One thing  I know is that I will not be working in a job that has any pressure at all and that's for sure.

I  am sponsoring  this months  CC101 challenge. This is a group I belong to and all members of the group have had to complete Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry on-line workshop.
I decided that the example I was going to use for the challenge was going to be one of the projects I started at last weekends workshop with Hels and finished off at home during the week. The theme of this months challenge is Vintage or Christmas.  My project combines the two elements.

Paper Patchwork - Christmas past

I just love this project .  Below is a list of products used to complete this little crimbo masterpiece.

Thanks for looking and if you feel like leaving me a few words please use the link at the top of the post

Products used
Ranger/Tim Holtz
Selection of Tim Holtz Stamps
Black Paint Dabber
Archival Black Ink, Frayed Burlap, Old Paper Distress ink
Pine Needles Distress Stain
Glue & Seal Matt
Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter
Ideology Christmas Token, Fragment/Christmas Tree
 Pine cone die

Other Items
Square deep box frame
Sand paper
Treasure Gold Wax
Miniature Frame
Small Glass bottles
Cosmic Shimmer Glue