Sunday 31 December 2023

Happy New Year

My hairdresser was kind enough to squeeze me in for a haircut on Friday and I made this card for her using the last Clarity Club Stamps of 2023.

Saturday 30 December 2023

Last Christmas Card of 2023

 I was determined to use all my Clarity Club stencils before the end of the year and used the December offering to make may last Christmas card of 2023.

Friday 29 December 2023

Wings Tag

The current challenge over on Tag Tuesday is Wings and this tag fits the bill well.

I received some amazing mop up pieces and happy mail from Liz Berlinger all the way from Canada a while back.  When they arrived, even the envelope had been decorated and I kept it to cut up and use as backgrounds.  It was just right for a quick project.  I added a section to a #8 manilla tag, sealed it with distress collage medium, dried and trimmed.
As the background itself was already perfect, I took colours and themes that had been used on it already and created a flag topper using the three largest Stitched Flag dies by Sue Wilson in black, rose gold and white.  I used all the teeny weenie bird stamps that I could find from various Claritystamp sets (Family Miniatures, Woodland Miniatures, Garden Miniatures, Nativity Miniatures and Whimsical Miniatures) and stamped them onto the white tag using Onyx Black Versafine ink, then went over with some Antique Linen Distress Oxide to better match the background of the tag.
This was added to the tag and the top trimmed level.
The final touch was to add a couple of the Small Talk stickers by Tim Holtz idea-ology.

Thursday 28 December 2023

Mandala Rings Round Up

There was a super saver deal on the set of 12 Mini Mandala die sets  from Clarity recently.  I thought I'd do a round up of the projects I made with the four Mini Mandala Rings sets.

Creating a scene with set 4 (see HERE).

Wednesday 27 December 2023

WOYWW 760: Last of the Year

 Welcome to my last WOYWW desk share of 2023 - I can't believe that it will be 2024 by next week!

I am starting to sort through my stash ready for my new collage challenge in 2024.  I shall not be afraid to let the white space in the background of the page show.
I have been rewatching Glee.
We will be seeing Mum for her birthday today as a family but enjoyed Christmas dinner with just the 5 of us at #1 and #2 sons' house as is becoming tradition.  We lit a candle to remember Dad.  I still have the rest of the memory cats to wrap up as my sister (a GP) is working today and won't get there until late.  The boys had theirs yesterday but the rest won't receive them until later so I will post pictures next week.
Hope you have chance to pop over to Stamping Ground and join in with Julia et al with WOYWW.  There is an exciting announcement for a crop in 2024 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the group.  The hall is booked!!!  Penkhull Village Hall, Trent Valley Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 5JB.  We have it from 9am until 5pm so the crop will be starting between 9.30-10 and will have to finish by 4.30 at the latest to allow us time to clean and tidy.  Eva and I will be co-hosting and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Happy New Year everyone.

Tuesday 26 December 2023

Christmas Eve Birthday

 My husband's birthday is on Christmas Eve.  It is lovely to make something other than Christmas Cards at this time of year, although I have given a nod to the season with a red and green colour scheme.

Monday 25 December 2023

Merry Christmas To All

Merry Christmas to all my blog followers and visitors.  I am determined to use all my Clarity club stamps and stencils before the end of the year, so here is the stencil offering for November.

Sunday 24 December 2023

Merry Christmas Eve!!!

I love these mini mandala dies from Clarity Crafts.  They work in a variety of colour ways.  Here I worked with kraft, black and white - one of my go-to combinations.

Saturday 23 December 2023

A Thank You Card in Gold and Black

A thank you card is always useful at this time of year.  Here I used one of the Mini Mandala square die sets but went back to a black and gold theme.

Thursday 21 December 2023

Merry Christmas Mandala

The mini mandalas from Clarity Crafts are great for both large and small projects.  I kept this simple using one of the Christmas Mandala die sets.

Wednesday 20 December 2023

WOYWW 759: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all at Julia and all at WOYWW as we gather for our last desk share before Christmas at Stamping Ground.

My desk shows a virtual Christmas card to you all as I am donating to Air Ambulance in place of postage costs.
There are not that many more daily drawings to complete now and I have everything ready for a daily collage page in 2024.
Eva sends greetings to all too - we managed to fit in a crafty get together yesterday.
Only today and Friday in school now and then I am done for 2023 and return on 8th January.  Merry Christmas everyone and Happy WOYWW.

Monday 18 December 2023

Sunday 17 December 2023

Nearly At the End: Daily Drawings for December so Far

I am over the hump for December with my daily drawings and counting down to the start of 2024 when I will be starting a new challenge - a daily collage.  Here are my drawings for the first half of December.

The prompts I am following - some rather challenging.

I went with a Zentangle pattern - Cadent.
I kept it PG and appropriate for the time of year.
A challenge to come up with!
An obvious response for me.
Another difficult one so I googled an image to copy.
Keeping things simple where I can.
The notes to Once In Royal David's City - usually the first verse is sung by a solo chorister.
I went for a Christmas star feel.
My last update will be on New Year's Day so I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Oh Christmas Tree in Black and Gold

For this Christmas card using the October Clarity New Design Club stamps I went with gold embossing again but this time on black card.