Very steampunk christmas

January 9th, 2014

I waited until the people I sent them to got these, but they should have been received by now:

Steampunk Christmas Trees

Steampunk trees

Steampunk christmas trees

 

Several versions, all made up with a big key stamp as the trunk and cogs and gears as the branches.  I really liked this design, was very happy with it.  A wooden cog stained with copper ink had a starring role in lieu of the star on top of the tree.

Christmas stars

Christmas stars

I saw this design in a magazine and was able to adapt it.  I spent an evening punching all my paper offcuts into stars so  have a big bag to choose from now.  The stitching is a stamp which made things easier.  This would be very easy to adapt to other occasions also, not just for Christmas.

And finally my most labour intenstive one:

I Saw Three Ships:

I Saw Three Ships A Sailing

I Saw Three Ships A Sailing

My steampunk christmas easel card, based on the carol ‘I Saw three ships’.

This was very complex and described below, along with additional images.

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Some more Christmas images

December 23rd, 2013

This is the gift bags I decorated (they were plain white bags) and the matching gift tags for the girls at work

Christmas gift bag

Christmas gift bag

The bag has a vintage christmas image layered onto patterned paper, then onto gold paper, then onto the bag.

Christmas gift tags

Christmas gift tags

The gift tags used offcuts of decorative paper, and I hand lettered each person’s name with the printer’s letter set.  On the reverse side I used the Christmas Wishes stamp.

All very simple but I was happy with the overall effect.

 

Christmas, Part 1 – Vintage

December 20th, 2013

These are the cards I made for the girls at work.  They wanted traditional, and I decided to go with square cards this year.

Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas

The method was the same for all the cards.  I had some lovely vintage style papers that were too nice to use as layering papers.  They were larger than the cardstock so I trimed them to fit, edged with ink, and then adhered to the front.  A paper flower and a sticky pearl were added to the front of each (different locations depending on the paper pattern).

I then used the paper offcuts inside and on the envelope to tie each piece together:

Vintage christmas inside

Vintage christmas inside

Vintage christmas envelope

Vintage christmas envelope

The other cards are below

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Display area

December 2nd, 2012

As part of my ongoing clean up and clear out of things around the house, I have been sorting through lots of my crafting materials. I much prefer to regift these to friends than just throw them out, so I did a bit of a call to find out who was interested in various things.

I managed to give some magazines to my friend Rhi that  I hope she or her sister Tanith find useful – in addition to the papercrafts I bought them for, these magazines also had knitting, crochet, sewing, glass painting and various other articles and patterns.  I tried some of the glass painting ones a while back, and it was fun but I wasn’t particularly good at it.  I still have the glass paints and I can try it again, but that in itself was not enough for me to keep the magazines, so I hope that they are fun and useful in their new home, or that Rhi can pass them on to someone else.

My friend Emma-in-Perth has two young daughters, and had expressed an interest in anything that had crafting for kids.  I managed to find some articles on that, so set those mags aside, and then also went through some others that had some very basic articles that I thought she might be able to adapt.  Emma’s style is quite like mine – vintage, shabby chic, similar colour palette.  So perhaps she can use these for different ideas for the girls.  I also had set aside some of the ‘freebies’ – sample products that come with the magazines – that I thought would appeal to young girls, and which as nice as they are I knew I would never use.  There were several stamp sets (including one with two little girl stamps and one set with cakes and sweet treats), plus a Christmas stamp set after Emma said she was going to make Christmas cards with them.

Then I started to get ruthless.  I went through my paper collections and pulled out papers that have been there for a while that were bright and colourful and would appeal to children.  I included stickers, particularly bright ones (one set of bugs and flowers I really liked, but I had had them for 5 years and not used them, so onto the pile they went too!).  Plus packets of dried flowers and leaves I got from a work colleague, and so on.  If I hadn’t used it in the past 2 years, and I thought it would appeal to a child, then I included it on the pile.  In the end it was quite a large box including the magazines, and I was very pleased to sent it off.  Emma is a lovely person who does things like finds spare copies of out of print books in second hand stores, on the off chance someone might like it, and has sent me books I was after that way.  So I was really happy to share crafting materials I have no need for with her girls, and that also means she can keep her good papers and stamps separate (because I am sure no matter how well they mean, something might get wet or inky or damaged otherwise).  So they have their own craft supplies now.

What I did not expect was for the girls to do me some artwork as a thank you, and to get a thank you card from Emma too.  I was so excited to receive it!  And then I realised that I had nowhere to display it.  I don’t really have any of my own work up, except for a few mixed media canvases in a corner on mini easels.  So I took myself off to Officeworks, got a corkboard, some coloured magnetic mini whiteboard panels, and some 3M sticky things, and set myself up with a craft display wall in the living room.

Display wall – full layout

 

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Christmas cards

December 28th, 2011

I don’t do many Christmas cards, as I prefer to do New years cards for my friends.  But I do give out some to work colleagues, and these are the designs I made this year.

Once again I challenged myself to use the free papers and card toppers that come with magazines – there are an awful lot of snow scenes tho, which I usually try to avoid!  I did make an exception this year to use some of my free stash.  It isn’t my usual style but I enjoyed the challenge, and my colleages liked the cards I gave them.

Popcorn and friend

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