Sunday, 30 December 2007

The 12 day presents are all opened and here they are

I am posting the photos of all the 12 day presents I got in this swap for you all to admire. There are so many presents it's taken me ages to post them all up. I hope I've got all your names attached to the correct presents - if I've made any mistakes please let me know and I can correct them. After 24 presents I was losing track a little lol.

Thanks so much to everyone in this swap. It was the best swap I have every taken part in and the presents were all wonderful. Thanks also to the hardworking Santa Pea and Elves Maggi and Chrissy who sorted all these swaps out and posted them to us all.

A little keyring from Trish B with matching ATC. Will be very useful because I never seem to have enough keyrings.

And a second gift from Trish was a fridge magnet and another matching ATC. That will be great on my metal notice board.

A little decorated matchbox from Tamara Spredemann with a little message inside.

I love this necklace made by Sweetpea. It has the most wonderful colours in it and has a combination of ribbon and beads.

A wonderful decorated book by Sweetpea. I love the jigsaw piece on the front and the moulded torso. Even the pages inside have a lovely pattern on them.

Sheryl Powell made a gorgeous keyring with a wonderful shiny coating on it.

A lovely necklace by Rena Sawatski showing a maple leaf on one side and a face on the other.

And Rena's second gift was a mini canvas for the wall which is lovely too.

Priscilla Hill made a great door hanger which has gone into immediate use. One side for come in and the other for leave me alone.

A gorgeous bound book containing post-it notes by Maggi Grabowski. What a fantastic idea - I'd never have thought to put sticky notes into covers. It is covered with the most beautiful paper.

Maggi's second gift is a decorative piece based on a beer mat. Very pretty.

A domino necklace by Linda Strawn. The beads remind me of the sweet necklaces I had as a child and the domino is so pretty too.

A beautifully decorated hardback journal by Leah Weber. I love the way this has been embellished with the Paris theme.

A microscope slide brooch by Kris O'Neill which is really good timing because I had just got some microscope slides and was wondering how to use them. What a great example this is.

A wonderful bound book with ATC size pages each with a clear ATC holder containing a blank ATC to match each page. A gorgeous gift from Kacy Clarke.

A little book decorated and made by Ina Ftacek with a lovely ribbon bow to close.

A lovely bookmark from Denise Rand with a handy magnetic closure on the bottom to stop it falling out of the book. What a good idea - might just borrow that.

A lovely bracelet from Debra Cochran. I love the colours and it has a gorgeous little tag dangling from it saying handmade.

Moulded airdry pieces by Adrienne Goodenough ready for me to play with. You can't see the detail on the photos but they are lovely moulds.

A lovely necklace by Barbara Stapleton. It is beautifully embellished too.

Another gorgeous necklace from Carol Sweeney. I opened this one first because it was beautifully wrapped in a German Bell made from silver card with holly leaves.

This is a little folder from Chris Bennett in Australia. It opens up to have a section for each month and little slips to record addresses and birthdays. Chris has made sure to put her own slip into it so I'll always know when her birthday is.

Chris was in both my groups and her second present was a tag with a moulded keyhole. Love the moulding.

A useful calendar from Chrissy Bornfleth which has a different and beautiful design on each page. That will be put straight to use.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

12 days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas swap has arrived!

24 beautifully wrapped presents. I did two lots of swaps so I get two lots of presents.

And a gorgeous gift from Sweetpea for all of us.

We even put the Christmas tree up so that they'd have somewhere to sit and we could admire them for a few days before I open them all.

With Sweetpea's gift in pride of place.

Will update with photos as I open them.

Saturday, 8 December 2007


My first finished canvas. I used up the paper I had on my desk which has scraps of colour and stamps and all sorts over it and punched it using my inchie punch. Rumaged in my box of canvas backgrounds that I can never do anything with and inspiration struck.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Christmas pictures

I used some left over mountboard to create these triple thick enamelled plaques for the wall. I love these Christmas stamps. The scans really don't do justice to the lovely sheen and colours on these. I used some moon glow powders on the last layer and they are beautiful. I tried photographing them but that didn't give a true picture either. You'll just have to imagine.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

More bookmarks

Used Tyvek embossed with cuttlebug folders and then used stazon ink.

Monday, 3 December 2007

Pay it Forward

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this Pay It Forward exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow, or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. So basically, if you comment and you’re on, I’ll send you something crafty that I’ll make!
Once you sign up, copy and paste the above paragraph on your blog, and three other lucky people will be recipients of your handmade work. I will check my blog daily to see who the first three sign ups are, and if they've joined this Pay It Forward exchange, they will be the recipients from me.

Make sure to leave your blog address with your message, so I can check your blog. I will also need your email address so I can contact you for details of where to send them.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Been busy making

I've been slowly making things for Christmas over the last few months so I thought I'd take some photos today. I've made another couple of scarves after this was taken. My Bind it All machine has really come into its own to make little books any size I like. Really pleased with it.

Lisa's Christmas Countdown

Lisa Vollrath has her Christmas countdown again this year. I promised to put up a link then I can download all her lovely goodies. Go and have a look here.