Tuesday, 16 November 2010


In between all these doctor and hospital appointments that 'peg leg' has just now, I keep popping into my little room and trying to 'create'. He has another trip to the hospital today - would you believe after 5pm! - for yet another pre-op test.
I thought I should make a few Christmas ATCs to swap when I see any of the girls, especially as my stock has virtually disappeared.
I noticed on Tim's blog that he had made a tag which looked 'scrunched' and distressed. However, on closer view it was checkered. No idea how he had done it unless it was a texture fade embossing folder. Anyway, I folded some card kind of concertina-like both ways, then using frayed burlap, I distressed over it. It kind of worked. I stamped the trees in archival black, quite lightly, then painted over them with forest moss and pine needles. The forest moss ones then had a coat of glossy accents. I 'flicked' pearl mixatives over the whole thing, added a reindeer charm, some cord and edged the card - after sticking it to mount board - with walnut stain.

This was fun. I had a Santa image from my free download folder, which I cut round so I only had his face and shoulders. I had kept all the little bits of Tim's paper from his retro grunge stack after having cut out loads of small flowers. I simply stuck bits all over some mount board using matt medium. The swirl piece in the middle is a 1" square from  the stack. I stuck Santa in the middle and also the torn dictionary Santa Claus definition. I then used distress embossing ink all round the edges and sprinkled it with cinnamon powder. Boy does that smell good when you heat it. Some rock candy stickles on the words and some Xmas stickles on Santa's hat finished it off.

This one was inspired by the stamp that I found in my 'scrap' drawer. I used my quickie glue pen to draw lines on some heatable acetate before sprinkling black embossing powder on and heating it up to form the basis of my stained glass. I left all the little bits of powder instead of brushing them off. I then used Sakura pens to colour each area on the reverse. Once dry, which was after the first episode of Corrie and before the second!!!!!!!!!! I stuck it to some mount board using a small amount of glossy accents around the edge. Some black stickles round the edge of the top covered where the glossy accents had taken the Sakura off. Then I simply stuck the stamp on - job done. Not sure when I shall get the chance to make any more as this and next week are chaotic.


pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh boy Joanne! I hope I'm around when you're swapping,they are beautiful! You make it sound so simple but I can see that they're not. Hope things go ok for "peg-leg" and that your week is not as chaotic as you anticipate.

soniajones said...

Hi Joanne - I'm seriously considering printing off all your work and instructions, making it into a book and calling it 'Joanne's Compendium'- what do you think? Big bucks to be made!!! Oh and many thanks for the 'sticky stuff'

Andrea said...

Love all of what you have been creating over the past few days.

There is something for you over on my blog (thecraftroom2.blogspot.com).

She said...

Hi Joanne. I'm with Chris on this one, I hope I'm around for swapsies! They are fantastic. Love 'em. Hope Peg Leg's hospital appointment goes as well as it can. Please take care and look after yourself, I'll be in touch very soon. Love S xx