The first little project I want to share is the gifts I made for Dylan's Pre-Primary Teacher and Class Assistant... a little memory book with a photo and a small note or picture from each child... and just a few bits of Twiddleybitz to finish them off. Again, very simple and last minute-ish but I love how they turned out! ;) IF YOU WANT A CLOSER LOOK AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGES.
Next up are a few not-so-Christmasey LOs using some of the latest and greatest Twiddleybitz wonderfulness...
The new tea party stuff is gorgeous... and suits the Graphic45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland papers... well, to a T! Sorry, couldn't resist that one. ;) I have used Tim Holtz Crackle Paint in Old Paper on these and then lightly inked for a bit of definition. I played with the photos in Picasa (a free download) which is a VERY basic photo organisation and editing programme... perfect for beginners and I highly recommend it for anyone just starting out in digital photography.
The new Twiddleybitz mushrooms and faeries are just delightful. I have heat embossed the mushrooms (ZING Rouge and Brown Sugar) and also inked and misted the "gills" to give a softer texture. Then I have also inked and misted the faeries and alphas. The picket fence is done with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint and the fern leaf is done with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder. I have to say I was never a HUGE fan of the Twiddleybitz mirror shapes BUT I have changed my tune! Now I LOVE them and cannot get enough... they look fabulous with rub ons applied, or stamped with StazOn Ink and now I want some alcohol inks to play with! AND I am so getting some of these Once Upon a Springtime papers to go with these new faeries, mushrooms and the Twiddleybitz butterflies too! ;)
These pirate themed pieces (the new stuff is not up here yet) were also in the "not really my cup of tea" range when I very first saw them... only because I didn't really have any photos that were suitable... but look at me now... borrowing other peoples kids' photos and just like Oliver begging Nic for "more please"! ;) I have 3 more unfinished pirate LOs on my desk as I type... so as they say, "Watch this space!" ;) I have heat embossed these using Crafty Notions Colourful Thoughts Jewel Enamels which Twiddleybitz (the enamels are not up on the website so this link takes you to the colour sprays) wholesale in Australia... this stuff is AWESOME. Really thick and lush... perfect for stamping into too. I love the smell of Twiddleybitz with melted embossing powders!!! Oh, but just for the record... if you are going to burn Kraft cardstock as I have done here... do it in a well ventilated area... NOT at your kitchen sink... or anywhere near a fire alarm!!!!! Firstly, it stinks to high heaven (I am sure the fumes gave me the subsequent headache I suffered) and yeah... the alarm monitoring company are definitely NOT scrapbookers... they just didn't understand! Nuff said! ;)
OK... so there is a taste of some of the newest releases... there are HEAPS more so keep an eye out and start asking your LSS if they have them in! ;)
Now, lets get Christmasey! I am sure by now you have all heard my delightful tale of how NOT to enhance your Swirly Christmas Tree... but here is the lesson in what NOT to do for anyone who hasn't. Go on, have a read and a laugh at my expense! ;)
Here are a few super quick Christmas cards too... misting and embossing + cardstock + patterned paper = too easy. ;)
... and some older, more rustic ones using corrugated cardboard, misting, stitching and fabric tags.
... the Merry Christmas ones are what I am talking about... I only have this photo from the Perth 2010 Craft Fair to share and I am sorry chicks I don't know whose these Happy Birthday ones are.
Here is my Christmas Wreath... LOTS of Creative Colour Spray, some embossing and crackle medium here. I hated this so much to start with that I refused to give it to Mrs Twiddleybitz... it just looked like a really tacky dust collector... and VERY amateur-ish to start with... so took it home again and tweaked it some more... I still wasn't entirely happy with it but gave it back anyway... looking at this photo... I think I have changed my mind... I sort of like it now! ;) Mmmmm... I am obviously NOT a "love at first sight" sorta girl hey?
You may have already seen this LO... but I am sharing again anyway just because it is Christmasey! Again embossing and inking and lots of distressing...
For all you West Australian chicks I am teaching a very similar LO (it is designed especially to add your photo later if you want) at our Twiddleybitz Christmas Day at Tomorrow's Memories on Sunday, the 19th December, 2010. It is also an Old Perth Road Market Day so come along and join in the fun and get all that last minute Christmas shopping done. Look at that, I am a poet and I didn't even know it! ;) I will be also doing some Twiddleybitz Christmas make and takes and demos (Nic has shown me how to make some super cute ear rings!) AND there is 25% off all Twiddleybitz products (and Crafty Notions embossing powders) on the day PLUS with every Twiddleybitz purchase your name goes into the draw to win a fabulous Twiddleybitz prize pack! Hope you will come along and play...
Now for the best part... if you have read this far you deserve a chance to win something!!!! ;) To be in the draw, leave a comment telling me what Christmas means to you and I will send one lucky hopper some Twiddley Christmas goodness to help put you in the festive mood! ;)
OK... I hope you are enjoying our blog hop and you are getting in the Christmas spirit... go pour yourself a drink, get that Father Christmas hat on and head on over to the AMAZINGLY TALENTED and UBER INSPIRATIONAL Jo Twiddley Kinder 's blog at 10pm AEDLST (that is Australian Eastern Day Light Savings Time and they are 3 hours ahead of us West Aussie, Wait Awhile people... for those of you who are time challenged like me!!!!!) for even more Twiddley fun!
May you all have a wonderful, creative, safe and magical festive season.... Merry Christmas to you all! ;)