Well that was an odd 36 hours. Had my covid vaccine but the reaction to is was like a repeat of my covid experience in December on fast forward for 36 hours. No temperatures but instead a very painful arm and then all the other symptoms came and went over the time. Now, a couple of aches but otherwise back to how I was precovid vaccine… and hopefully full of lovely strong antibodies!
Thankful I had this post ready done as I didn’t manage to do anything at all yesterday.
I have three more artist trading coins to share with you this time using the Sweet Strawberry stamps and the Berry Delightful dsp…
I made these for the UK Stampers Forum swap. I added a piece of doily underneath and then stamped and fussy cut the pieces… I would have used the punch but I hadn’t got a large enough piece of card to fit all three on at once so just went for fussy cutting!
I also added the sentiment and then the little gems to finish off.
I went for a theme of the red gingham paper for all three swaps I made for the UK stampers forum swap … I’ll share the other things I made in a few days.
Over on my Facebook swap group our theme for February is “Landscape” and I chose to play with some Sizzix dies I was gifted a long time ago by the lovely Mara but hadn’t really got around to using.
They are stitched landscape dies and this seemed like the perfect time to get them out to play!
The great news about using small dies like these and creating a landscape on such a small scale is I used lots of scraps of cardstock to create these little coins… so it felt like I was being thrifty too!
On each I alternated with the cardstock colours for the hills… and I wish I had used the stitched circle to cut out the complete circle so that the stitching continued round but never mind.
I chose a Paperartsy stamp for the sentiment that spoke to me … simply embossed in white on the bottom hill.
Then I used recycled die cuts to make the coin the right size …. and the brown frames the landscape perfectly!
Hello there blog readers… so today I actually had to produce some output at work, leading to lots of procrastination but eventually getting there. The procrastination period however has led to me finally reading/scanning all of the emails in the inbox from the 4 and half weeks off… so also productive albeit not on the work that I should have been doing. Got there in the end though so all is good.
Hubby got the Wii Fit out today too and did 30 mins on it before work … I’m considering having a go tonight but who knows whether that will actually happen or not!
I have however done a short walk after work to the supermarket and back so I’ve done an attempt at exercise. I might point out that the walk to the supermarket led to eating liqorice allsorts on the sofa under a blanket… my first slip on healthy eating and another reminder that my strength as a result of covid is rubbish!
Ah well… onto the crafting!
Like Monday, I have a stripes based swap to share. This time it’s the artist trading coins I made for the UK Stampers Forum swap.
I followed much the same process for these coins as I did for yesterday’s tag, using scrap strips of cardstock for the backgrounds.
This time I also added stamping and embossing on some strips and coloured stamping on others.
Also I added some dots using my posca pen to some strips. On the white strips I also added some green stripes using my promarker pen.
I then used a scrap of a the Pretty Peacock card to stamp and emboss the mini Jofy flower. Then played with the Prismacolour pencils to add some colour.
The sentiment was stamped on the shaded spruce scraps and then adhered across the flower and gems added to finish off.
I loved playing with the strips to create the stripes background. Made a really fun background to play with.
OK its now or never for the wii fit… decisions, decisions!
We are back to swapping again this month over at my Facebook group. This month I chose the prompt of “art” and this is what I came up with…
I went for a painty background using lots of different Paperartsy fresco finish paints and a brayer and stamps and a stencil and modelling paste and embossing powder… Yes I pretty much used everything! 😄
Then for the focal image I used the Indigo Blu paint tubes and cut them out. I added a layer of the glittery washi tape and then added the paint tube image.
Love how these came out and how sparkly the washing tape is to create a special layer which works with the gold embossing.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes.
Today I have the final advent coins I made. These I made all in one afternoon and chose to make them in pairs to make life easier for myself!
I also used the same old number stamp set to finish them off.
My favourites are definitely the black with white embossing background. Just wish I had used slightly smaller number stamps rather than the large ones. Have to admit these were inspired by the samples Martin made for the Artisan blog hop.
The ones with the text background were also inspired by this blog hop… but by the banner on the card made by Hélène. For both of these the Peace and Joy (My current favourite Christmas stamps ever!) Stamps and dies. I also added a die cut tree scene with the glimmer paper.
Then to contrast I made the more natural ones using the pointsetta die from the Wreath Builder die set. I also added some texture in the background using the Gorgeous Grunge set.
So there you go… my advent coins for this year done… except it’s not exactly true because numpty Catherine sent the first bundle of coins (days 19-21) without a stamp on the parcel … so I had to make more!
These are the ones I made…
This time I went for a different look completely… I went with coins with a stencilled layer of stars and then layers of Fresco finish paints and alchemy paints. Then I chose three different ways to decorate them, but kept to the same colour and number stamps.
I added stamping to each coin using archival ink so each was different.
I used die cuts from the wreath builder dies and some stamped twigs.
I also used some Stamping magazine stamps for the holly and the little winter house. I added sequins for the holly berries and flock for the snowy roof.
Love how different they all came out. Looking forward to next years challenge (we are back to Twinchies and some have been made already! Yup I got organised ahead of time for once!)
Thankful that I had prepared blog posts in advance since the last few weeks have been pretty horrific. Unfortunately, through the teenagers attendance at school, the hubby and I also contracted Covid and we got pretty poorly. Grateful that neither of us had problems with our breathing, however both have felt pretty unwell. We are both on the road to recovery now but energy is low and so fortunate to have most of the blog posts prepped in advance.
Today another three coins to share with you from the advent coins I made for the swap.
This time there are a few new styles to share…
The first one is an ink smooshed background and an embossed reindeer and bold black numbers.
The next is using the pointsetta stamp but against a splattered background. I embossed it and then used distress oxide and a water brush to add colour.
The final one is using fresco finish paints and a stencil for the background. Then I added the white embossing.
See you in another few days with the next set of coins.