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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 64,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Sparkly Blue Art

Good evening everyone…

 

Hope you all had a a great christmas and you are all looking forward to a sparkly new year!

I have been busy cleaning the house all day today, getting ready for a wee party we are hosting on new years eve/day

So later on this evening I headed up the garden to my shed for a spot of arty crafty fun.

Tonight’s project consisted of me creating some art tiles / paintings to go into a 5 photo frame that I usually have hanging in my downstairs loo… there were pictures of various sail boats in it before and I wanted  something blue and sparkley.. so here is what i made

Lou Blue Photo Frames

 

 

I used various distress stains, glitters, seam binding, embossing powders, and Salt!

 

Here is the first tile/sheet ….. it is embossed with my new embossing folder that I got for xmas and also has the addition of some gilding flakes

Embossed & Gilded

 

the second is stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder, I also encorporated some lindys stamp gang scintilating silver spray… it makes it lovely and sparkley 🙂

Linen Sparkle

 

number three is scrunched and embossed with silver embossing powder

Silver Crackle

and number4 has the addition of some rock salt, thanks to Eileen, one of my crafty friends for the suggestion… I love the effect!

and if you look closely, you can see 2 faces!!

Salt Wash

and finally on to number 5… this incorporates seam binding and rock candy distress dry glitter.. love this one too!

SeamBinding Sea

 

I have a new laptop and new photo editing software, which are taking quite a bit of getting used to !!

Have a great weekend and have a happy new year when it arrives x

Sarah

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Christmas Napkin Rings and Place Settings

Hi there everyone…

As many of you know, my laptop died and I have been out of commission for several weeks now, I sometimes manage to get the use of my son’s laptop.. and tonight was one of those “times” 🙂

So I headed up to my shed and switched ustream on and had a lovely crafty time with the girls 🙂 (you all know who you are!) x

I had bought some plain napkin rings yesterday and I wanted to embelish them to go with the lovely christmas table cloth that I had bought from TK Max .. it’s a circular Ralph Lauren covered with holly gold swirls and holly berries…

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I think these will go with it just nicely 🙂

Then I made some table place settings.. love these too!

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I used a few wild orchid crafts products on these.. the wooden embelishments… Star, heart and trees, were painted with adirondak gold paint, then I sprinkled clear rock candy glitter on them when they were still wet then heat set the paint and the glitter stuck really well, then finished them off with taupe 3mm rhinestones.

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I also used some deckled cream cardstock and some Cosmo Cricket Dear Santa patterned paper, burlap and lace

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I also used the stampin up modern label punch, edged this with frayed burlap, stamped it with Ranger Sepia archival ink and topped it with a little gold bell with some linen thread.

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I hope you liked today’s projects, and it just leaves me one thing to do..

and that is to wish each and every one of you who follow my blog,  youtube , ustream, facebook or twitter a very merry christmas and a wonderful new year xoxo.

Take care & remember to give all your loved ones a hug this christmastime.

Sarah x

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We 3 Tags of Orient are….

Hi everyone….

I’ve been busy in my shed this afternoon/evening.   First of all I made another christmas tree, I had been asked to provide another tutorial, so I made one from scratch on Ustream, you can find the video here

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then I made a trio of tags, they all the same bases, but done in different styles…  I recorded a video for these and you can see it over here on Youtube

Vintage Christmas

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Supplies Used:-

  • Sizzix #2 Scallop Tag Die
  • Old Book Paper
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
  • Red Poinsettia Flowers
  • Amber Rhinestones
  • Prima Lade
  • Vintage Postcard
  • Gold Bow & Red Satin Ribbon

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Tag #2 Rustic Deer

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Supplies Used :-

  • Sizzix #2 Scallop Tag Die
  • Old Book Paper
  • Lichen
  • Distress Stains Iced Spruce & Evergreen Bough
  • WOC Wooden Deer Embelishment
  • WOC Seam Binding
  • WOC Snowflakes
  • Stampin Up Antique Brad
  • Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint
  • Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter

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Tag #3 Shabby Heart

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Supplies used :

  • Sizzix #2 Tag Die
  • Old Book Paper
  • Distress Stain in Spun Sugar
  • WOC Snowflakes
  • WOC Seam Binding
  • Pink Gingham Ribbon
  • WOC Wooden Embelishment
  • WOC Clear Rhinestones
  • Vintage White Acrylic Paint

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Thanks for popping round and enjoy your weekend 🙂

Sarah

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Shabby Chic Christmas Tree Trio

In my post yesterday I promised a video tutorial/run through of me making a more of the shabby chic paper cone Christmas trees…

I headed up to my wee craft shed at 8.30 am this morning, cranked the heaters up full blast (it’s minus 5 degrees outside) and set to work making more of these gorgeous shabby shiny trees…

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The first one I made was the blue tree , above, this is 6.5″ tall and love how it turned out… there is a video over on youtube detailing all the products that I used for all 3 trees plus a video of all the above 🙂 … click here to watch.

I went outside and braved the sub zero temperatures to take a picture in the sunlight, and love the effect it gave, sitting on the frosty logs 🙂

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a close up of the shiney blue tree in the sunshine

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then I made a tiny silver shabby tree..

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I’m loving getting back into my craft shed… and plan to make more time for myself and get up here more often 🙂

After making these trees, i’m finally getting into the christmas spirit!

My next project is going to be more festive gift tags incorporating vintage images and wild orchid crafts flowers… watch this space

Thanks so much for popping round
Sarah x

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Have yourself a shabby little Christmas…

Have yourself a shabby little christmas…..

This week’s Design Team Project for Wild Orchid Crafts Youtube Channel… a shabby little christmas tree.. 🙂  love how it turned out!

I am planning to make another couple tomorrow, one medium and one small, including a video tutorial.

This tree is 8.5″ tall and is loaded with gorgeous products from Wild Orchid Crafts..

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Products used :-

  • REZ-006 100 BABY PINK FLAT BACK PEARL 10mm
  • REZ-016 50 WHITE FLAT BACK PEARL 16mm
  • WD-00024 1 METRE IVORY PEARL DROP TRIM (I used white it’s out of stock at the moment)
  • BB-00003 25 CIRCLE SHAPED SILVER RIBBON BUCKLES/SLIDERS
  • OZ-00010 1 METRE LENGTH (1.09 Yards) PINK ORGANZA ROSE TRIMMING – SMALL (I used white)
  • SB-00015 VINTAGE SEAM BINDING RIBBON – PINK SALMON
  • Helebore Stem Flowers in pink, they are all out of stock at the moment due to being a popular flower at christmas
  • SP-00007 60 WHITE SELF ADHESIVE PEARLS – 5mm
  • CX-00008 100 SILVER HOLOGRAM PADDED SNOWFLAKES – 25mm x 25mm
  • CX-00046 100 LARGE SILVER HOLOGRAM SNOWFLAKES – 35mm x 35mm
  • CX-00010 100 PALE PINK IRIDESCENT PADDED SNOWFLAKES – 25mm x 25mm
  • CX-00039 25 MINITURE SILVER RINGING BELLS
  • DL-00001 20 MIXED PAPER DOILIES
  • GL-00002 Collall All Purpose Glue
  • JUT-005 1 METRE PINK JUTE RIBBON – 5cm

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I love all the snowflakes, bells and pearls, they are so christmassy!

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I think the only non wild orchid craft product’s that I used on this project was some iridescent sugar cube glitter and some lace

For the “star” on the top of the tree I sandwitched 2 x buckle sliders together and then placed a couple of pink pearls in either side

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Well that’s me for tonight, i’m looking forward to making another couple of these tomorrow, record a tutorial and  youtube video featuring the finished trees..  I’ve got just the spot for these once I put the lounge christmas tree up in a couple of weeks

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Thanks for popping in 🙂

Sarah