Kiss stamped butterfly

White Christmas Challenge prize fund standing at £24.00 so far and growing …

The videos I mentioned in the last post did finally upload and here is a little card made with the kiss stamped butterfly that I showed you in one of those videos.

I spotted the paper from the Essence of Nature CD in my scraps box and thought the colours matched well.  The sentiment is from an old set, one of our oriental floral sets called A Better Place.  I rubbed a little Sage Versamagic ink around the edge of the paper and that’s pretty  much it.  Super simple and quick which is all I have time for at the moment.  Did you know that time actually speeds up the closer we get to Christmas.  One of Santa’s elves told me, so it must be true…

We’re dealing with cranky boiler at home – it cuts out intermittently so sometimes we’re fine, other times we have this dawning realisation that it’s gone cold again and we have to go and reset it.  It doesn’t always fire back up and we have to wait an hour or more before we can try it again.  We have a great boiler engineer on the case, he’s been out three times and is systematically replacing all the potential culprit parts until he finds the one that is responsible.  He said he would prefer it to break down completely as intermittent faults are his worst nightmare.  We disagree – most of the time it will come back to  life quite happily.  The worst time is when it fails to come on in the morning so you get up to a freezing cold house.  And yes, we’ve had snow here this week – not much where we live, maybe an inch in Barnard Castle, but there’s thick ice everywhere – winter is definitely here.

I am really looking forward to Christmas this year.  We are taking the week off between Christmas and New Year (I’ll be posting details of our Christmas shut down on the Chocolate Baroque website soon) and I realised today that I have quite the busy social life this year.  We have friends round this weekend, a meal booked the day before Christmas eve, a carol concert on Christmas eve, New Year at my sisters and family coming to us for Christmas itself.  At some point I have to fit in some shopping and do the ‘you-know-what’.  I’m loth to mention the H word on the blog at any time, but you know what it’s like … mothers can spot dust at fifty paces.  I reckon if I start now, I might just have the place shipshape for Christmas eve.

Anyway, my Christmas card production has slowed down a little and I need to get a move on if I’m going to get them in the post to their intended recipients.  So I’m off to my studio to hug a fan heater and see what I can come up with using those 18 ATCs I mentioned a while ago.

Patchwork Butterfly

You better get a 6x6inch acrylic block if you haven’t already got one …

Look what’s on offer over on the EI blog!

Available on the website from December 1st and offer of the month for Graphicus Guild members, this is one seriously gorgeous butterfly plate with a stunning flower stamp too.

There's candy in them thar hills

Blog candy that is.  Yep, the Butterfly Daisy Collage and the Butterfly Poppy Collage themeplates are up for grabs over on the Elusive Images Design Team Blog.

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[Important note to Guild members - this is your new offer of the month, both singly and as a multi-buy.  See the Guild Page for more info.]

By all means leave a comment here to let me know what you think, but if you want to be in with a chance of winning, you need to head over to the Design Team Blog and leave a comment there.  You can also find out over there how blog owners have a double chance of winning – yes, it pays to blog!

If you’re feeling super helpful, you could vote below on which one you like best.  If one is going to out perform the other, it really would make my Production Team’s day if they knew which one.

You can see these stamps in action on Tuesday 10th Feb, 1.00pm in my NEW TV show, Glenda’s Colourful Collage Stamping on Create and Craft.  It’s almost presenter-free (sorry Nigel).

I’m back off to my grungeboard flowers and stacks of drying Glimmer Mist tags.  My fingers are a pretty sight!

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OMG – the woman's gone punch mad!

Two posts in one day?  And both featuring punches?!!  Are you sure you’re on the right blog?

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You may have spotted the butterfly punch in the previous post.  So I thought I better give it the same treatment and make something with it straight away.  I realised when I made the last card that I have a very serious problem at the moment – all my Glimmer Mists except one single set (Winter Wonder) are at the office.  When I opened my Glimmer Mist cupboard (yes, they fill a whole cupboard) and I saw it was empty, I had to sit down and wait for the palpitations to pass.

Luckily, I have no shortage of already glimmer misted paper and card lying around, so I was at least able to satisfy my shimmer cravings by punching butterflies from some of my stash.  I so wanted to make a coordinating shimmery background, but the colours I had were wrong.

So I set to work with distress inkpads – smooshing several colours (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and aged mahogany) onto my craft mat and misting with water before dabbing my card in the puddles.  I’d already stamped the tree with a browny-greeny ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder before this step.

Once the background was all covered, I dabbed off the very wet bits with kitchen towel and oversprayed it with Silver Bells Glimmer Mist which gave it a nice pearly sheen and started to ease the withdrawal shakes somewhat.

I had the idea for the butterfly tree the minute I saw the punch in the shop. I punched out several butterflies from three sheets of glimmer misted card – don’t ask me which colours, the card was sprayed before Christmas so it could be anything!  I decided they needed a little something, so I stamped them with one of the flower stamps from the Arboretum stamp set, then used the same foam mat and ball tool technique as before to curl the wings, then flipped them over and ran the ball tool down the middle to make the wings pop up.

I stuck down the butterflies leaving the wings free – it will flatten down for postage, but the recipient can lift up the wings to give it more dimension.  As I was sorting out the layers, I decided to mount it onto a white card and stamp the background.  Well I must be out of practice because I completely messed it up, so looked around for some paper to cover it up with and I came across a print out from the Butterfly Bliss CD with the perfect mix of colours, so I covered the whole card with it.  I finished it off with the daisy punch mounted onto some fabric flowers which have been shimmered up a little.

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And while all of this was going on, I’ve also been working on some other stuff which I can’t share here yet as I’m submitting it to a magazine and they won’t publish it if it’s been seen before.  Being away from my craft room for a week has really got me itching to CREATE stuff – I’m like an addict who’s bust out of rehab and can’t get enough!  I think I might just take a trip down to the office to collect my babies, er I mean Glimmer Mists.

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