Merry Christmas from Zaphod and Trillian Beeblekitten! Back soon with videos of our first day out in the snow. Click on any of the images for a larger version.
Wishing you all a very joyous and happy Christmas and I have a little Christmas gift for you all. My usual terms apply, you can use this for your own personal use, but you cannot distribute the file to others. This freebie will remain here for the twelve days of Christmas, after which it will disappear! To grab the printable file, right click (CMD Click on a Mac) and choose ‘save target’ (Save image as on a Mac).
At the risk of repeating myself, I need to say thank you again. I could easily write pages of thanks to all of you who have left me such lovely comments or sent me supportive emails. I could say some very special thank you’s to the ladies of the Graphicus Guild online group who have kept me sane this week with their good cheer, good humour and links to very funny YouTube videos. I could, and will, say thank you to my dearest hubby who just gets more special to me each day (and I’m not talking ‘goes to school on the short bus’ special, but the ‘together we’re strong’ kind of special).
But no, I have two very special thank you messages to add to the list. Firstly to a very, very sweet customer, Anne who surprised us with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers which were delivered on Saturday. Anne, I don’t know if you got my email, but I can honestly say I was really touched and we both really appreciated something bright and cheerful turning up out of the blue like that.
And secondly, I have to say thank you to an anonymous mysterious benefactor for another surprise package – this time a festive hamper from Interflora. Again, the infusion of joy from an unexpected gift was such a treat, but the message card had no name on it, so I don’t know who to thank! Please let me know if it was you as the Beeblekittens have a message for you.
These two gifts have brought light into a difficult week and taught me first hand how it feels to be on the receiving end of a random act of kindness and that is why I want to say a big, genuine, heartfelt thank you.
Please note all info relating to the closing down sale is now over on the Graphicus Blog.
I cannot begin to say how grateful I am for all of your amazing comments. Truly, I don’t know what to say. In the build up to this sad event, I never once thought that it would generate so many messages of empathy, compassion and love and I really genuinely thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I feel your support on all sides and it’s a truly incredible feeling.
I will be back tomorrow with more details of our closing down sale. Sad, I know, but please don’t feel bad about taking advantage of it. It’s stash for heaven’s sake, you’d be mad to miss out!
These two little frames are both painted with something that I have only just discovered, even though it’s been around for a while – Inka Gold. It’s more of a creme than a paint – like soft lipstick in a jar! You can apply it with a brush, but I’ve found that my favourite tool to apply it is the ColorBox Stylus Tool which enables you to rub it on so easily. I used a small brush to get into the corners as the stylus tool tip I have is round and doesn’t do corners well.
The pink you see here was made by mixing Lava Red and Silver together on my craft mat. The green is Lava Green.
This first one uses a flower stamp from the Elegant Egyptian stamp set. I stamped with StazOn and coloured it with Copics. Yes, really – and the ink didn’t bleed! I can only assume it’s because I stamped it months ago and it’s been sitting in my box of stamped Stampbord bits for ages, so the ink has really soaked in and dried thoroughly. After colouring, I rubbed it with coarse sandpaper to distress the edges.
The frame was painted with my home made pink Inka Gold then I sponged Lava Red around the edges. It was stamped with StazOn using a quotation from the Artistic Affirmations stamp set and a little black StazOn rubbed around the edges.
This second piece uses stamps from Key to my Dreams - both on the Stampbord and the frame. The inside of the frame is painted with Lava Green and the outside with my pink again. I used a Zig glue pen to attach the German Scrap border and PVA glue to attach everything else. The Stampbord was coloured with Tattered Rose Distress ink and stamped with black StazOn. The white is where I have used the scratch knife to etch into the surface.
Here’s the full list of products used:
- Collage Frame 10x1ocm
- Stampbord – 2 inch square
- Stampbord - domino
- Stampbord Scratch knife
- Sanding Block
- German Scrap – borders (sold out, sorry)
- German Scrap – keys
- German Scrap – Angel Wings
- Distress Ink – Tattered Rose
- StazOn – Jet Black
- Inka Gold Silver
- Inka Gold Lava Red
- Inka Gold Lava Green
- Stylus Tool
- Zig two way glue pen
- PVA glue
Elusive Images Stamps:
The little collage frames are so sweet to work with and small enough to be able to achieve a finished result quickly – good for attention deficit crafters like me! I have an idea for doing another with Crafty Individuals stamps, but not sure where those stamps ended up in the new craft room. I’m off hunting …