Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, White Christmas

Advent coins 7 8 9

Today I have the next three coins in my set to share with you.

This time I have a set of repeats…

7 is the same as day 1, 8 is the same as day 3, and 9 is the same as day 2.

Check out the details on how I made these on the blog where I shared them. I will be back in a few more days with the next set.

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, White Christmas

Advent coins 1 2 3

This year I’ve joined in with another advent project. Last year we made Twinchies, and this year it is coins!

As we’ve now passed the 3rd of December I am sharing the first three coins I made.

I cut the coins from mountboard and then decorated them a couple at a time and split them up over the sets so you will see some familiar designs every time I post a set.

The green one I used fresco finish paints and stencils to create the background. Then I used some stamps and white embossing for the number and the stars. I also added some white details using a posca paint pen.

The trees coin I also used the fresco finish paint for the background. Then I used the fresco paint to stamp the tree image. I used a blue embossing powder for the number, and finished the coin off by sponging the paint around the edge.

Finally the snowflake coin I went to town with layers of fresco paints and stencils. I also did lots of doodling before adding the snowflakes and the number with white embossing folder.

Check back in a few days to see the next set of coins I made!

Happy crafting!


Festival of Trees, Gelli Plate, Santa builder, Watercolor Christmas, White Christmas, Wonderland

Gelli plate ATC christmas card class

Tonight its playtime with friends and we are making Christmas ATCs which we will turn into cards… and we are making 6 of them! Yes it sounds like a challenge but sure we can pull it off! I actually made 8 as samples but I think thay might be a bit much with only one mini gelli plate between us! 

I used distress inks in a range of colours that I thought worked as Christmas colours. 

I love how these all came out… such beautiful panels to work with… and each one is it’s own work of art.  So then I pulled out a few sets of stamps and made the panels into the individual toppers. 

So there are my 8 works of art… next step to cut them out and mount them before adding them to a card blank… Will update later with the final samples and of course pics of what we end up with tonight! 

Happy crafting!


Later edit… here are the samples… I added a few simple embellishments and mounted them all onto the dark green ATCs I had die cut. Then added them all onto C6 card blanks… one with an additional piece of patterned paper as I wanted to show that they work with the patterned paper too!  I doodles round some and on others raised them up on foam tape to add dimension.  I also added wink of stella to a few elements to give some shimmer.  (The other two did get made into cards too but didn’t provide them as samples for the class!)

And a much later edit… here is what I made tonight… I only managed to make three cards but I made lots and lots of backgrounds to make into something another day!

Carols for Christmas, Distress oxide ink, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Watercolor words, White Christmas, Wonderland

ATCs 316-319 oops more ChristmasĀ 

Today I have four ATCs I’ve made using my favourite medium ever… distress oxides! So yes another entry for the Paperartsy challenge on their blog and four ATCs towards my 365 challenge. But once again I’ve broken the no more Christmas in August rule… and made 4 ATCs as card toppers for my Christmas card stash. 

I started with a piece of cream cardstock from the stash A5 size and used the square gel press mini to add the inks. I used broken china, peacock feathers, iced spruce and twisted cotton.

This provided a pattern to the colour albeit a loose pattern. Next I added stamping and stencilling. I used a mixture of SU stamp sets new and old and used the same colours of ink to add the stamping and the stencilling. 

Then I cut my pieces… I cut them slightly smaller than the ATCs and also cut some cardstock to the right size for the bases. 

I do have some little pieces leftover but none big enough to make into a complete atc so I’ve set those aside to use another time.

Then I went about adding feature stamping. For two I added stamps from a retired stamp set… White Christmas.

Then I used Wonderland for this one. 

Then the last one I used Carols of Christmas to add the baubles and deer silhouette. 

I used the Tim Holtz stickers for simple sentiments. I love all of these and they are quite flat so perfect for card toppers for when the time comes to mount them and make them into Christmas cards.

Happy crafting!