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I am also announcing that I am stepping down from the team after over 3 years of arty fun.
It was such a thrill when Jennie and Hels asked me to join the team...and to be frank it helped keep me sane when the world as I knew it fell apart on the death of my husband...
...at times it was a struggle to find the mojo to carry on and make my posts but somehow I always managed to pull it off!
Time moves on (scarily so for me this year), life evolves and now love grows and as some of you know, I have met the man of my dreams...
...he thinks I'm dreamy too ;)
...what could be better?
I need to now concentrate on us and making our wedding day next May the best day ever.
Wish me luck 'cos I'm going to be making all the invites, order of service, table decorations, oodles of paper flowers etc...etc...you know what it's like!!
It's been a ball :) What do you know... ...next May I become Mrs Ball!!!! I'll leave you with this little ATC...it seemed to fit the bill ;) ROFL
Distress Ink swooshed background - worn lipstick (how appropriate ROFL)
and wild honey (well he is my honey... ...I'm keeping it to myself about the wild bit! ROFLIA) Ball Bottle :) - stamped in Adirondack black and masked (never thought I'd have such a special use for that image!) The globe section of Round the World stamped in Distress Ink Vintage photo and masked ('cos of all the towns in all the world he walked into mine ;)
P.S. I'll still be blogging and making things with all the great stamps at The Artistic Stamper and entering challenges when time allows...and perhaps I will be able to find time to design some new stamps too...well....it's on my very long to do list!!! ROFLIA :)
P.S. I appreciate each and every comment here but time is short in all our lives so please do not feel obliged to comment both here and on the creative team post. ...I'll see your comments and share the feed back all at the same time if you use The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog post ;) Thanks
It was nice to see all the Christmas inspired creations for last months challenge, some were vintage, some cute, some arty :) So..... how do you feel about the last challenge of the year....wow! Where did the year go?
I wanted to make something with "12 Days of Christmas" in mind, having seen similar things around the net...but please don't ask me where! LOL....suffice to say, if you have made something like this, thanks for the inspiration ;) Oh! And sorry for all the images for those of you with slow Internet connections!
I made some paper bags out of ordinary brown parcel wrap, kraft coloured paper and to lighten the tones some in white and cream.
If using A4 sized paper you can opt to use a full sheet in which case you get a bag approximately 15.5 cm x 11 cm in size.
Cut the paper into A5 size and you get a bag approximately 11 cm x 7.5 cm in size.
Cut the A5 in half again and you get a bag approximately 8 cm x 5 cm in size.
I went for a combo of sizes for the different little treats I will be putting inside for my sweetheart ;)
So how to make the bag? IMPORTANT NOTE To get a great looking bag remember to crease ALL the folds well with a bone folder ;) 1. Take your paper and fold down the top edge for a thicker edge to later add holes/eyelets for the hanging string or ribbon later....fold over one of the shorter edges a little (it's not an exact science) and attach double sided tape (I find it less messy than using glue).
Fold over edge 1 to meet edge 2 and stick together.
Crease the opposite side.
2. Fold over each long edge and crease (this makes the side gusset and again it's not an exact science but approx 1.5 to 2 cm works well on this size of paper).
Turn the paper over and re crease at the back and unfold.
3. Fold up the bottom edge and crease...again turn it over and re crease at the back too...
...at this point whilst the paper is relatively flat you might want to decorate the bag front ;)...
...for instance on this bag I masked the bottom corner...
4. Open up the tube and the long edge will have three creases.
Fold the middle crease into the bag and the two outer edges will now meet (crease)
5. Fold up the two bottom corners and crease both on the front and back again...
6. Open up the bag bottom and manipulate the folds to look like this...
... fold the flaps over each other and, using double sided tape (or glue), secure one flap to the other. Punch two holes through all layers at the top for the twine handles and add some decorative eyelets on some if you like.
To keep some sort of co-ordination between all the bags I stamped all the red images in a mixture of Archival crimson and plum (lurve that new colour)....all the green images in Archival fern green and all the black images in Archival black, stamping some onto red card stock and cutting out. All the white elements were stamped in Versamark and embossed with white.
Small fancy die cuts were used as a base for the numbers cut from Wanted Sizzix die and the paper borders from a mixture of the same red card and some white. Bakers twine made the handles.
I will put my "sweet" little gifts inside and pad the bags with some shredded paper...
...just to stop any sneaky peeking ;) LOL
Well....I enjoyed making those so much I might just go on to make a whole "Advent Calendar"!!!
You really must take a look at the "Anything Goes" creations the rest of the team have made.
The rules are simple... all you need to do is make a piece of art, be it a card, ATC, wall art, altered art, scrapling, Advent item ;)... just remember that it must include some rubber stamping and the theme... and... if you use Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry you will be entered into the draw twice! The prize is £15 worth of stamps from the Artistic Stamper shop... along with the KlingOn to mount them onto.
I hope you get chance to play at the challenge... it is open until December 31st and the winner will be chosen by Random.org shortly after :)
Married to the most fabulous man....the love of my life.
Lover of all things arty! But where to find the time to create and earn a living! You won't necessarily find the latest must have crafting goodies here.....I don't work in the craft industry......I'm just trying to do the best I can with what I've got!!! Hopefully it turns into something I quite like along the way. LOL
Constantly striving to improve.......constantly worrying that the "powers that be" will destroy the fishing industry and I'll be out of a job!!!
Forever grateful that I live in a beautiful part of the country.