Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Highlight of Your Year Challenge

Over on The Creative Team blog, the team have been showing their favourite creations of their year . I thought it would be fun to see YOUR favourite creation. So go on, show me yours and add it to the link at the end of this post, and I will pick a random winner on 31st December. Check out the challenge to see which is my favourite make of my year!
Here is my Christmas card to everyone who reads my blog:)

Have a very Merry one!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's a Mini Christmas!

Welcome to my post for UK Scrappers Christmas blog hop and my project for Christmas. I love a quickie make 'n take, and I conjured up these mini Christmas brooches for our Annual Christmas party a couple of weeks ago. They are so simple and easy to make, and will add a little extra to your Christmas gifts if you add them as toppers instead of a brooch.
Ingredients: mini die shapes from Tim Holtz, chipboard bases, Christmas paper, Distress glitter, glues, Glossy Accents, brooch back, distress inks, Stickles.

 I used some chipboard mini tags we have, and covered them with Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash which has mini papers perfect for this size :) Add some distress inks to the edge to cover the edge of the paper. 

I used Tim Holtz Mini Christmas sizzix dies to create the elements on the brooches. I cut them all out of Kraft Card,  and painted them with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints or Distress Paints and allowed to dry.

Add Glossy Accents to the elements you wish to glitter and add the Distress Glitter to them. I poured it into a plastic cup, but you could equally use a plastic bag . Give them a good coating and allow to dry. You can heat dry the Distress Glitter, but the Glossy Accents dries very quickly, so not completely necessary.

Add the elements you wish to use to the backing and glue with Glossy Accents or
Cosmic Shimmer. I added the reindeer with a couple of foam dots to make it a bit higher than the rest of the elements.

Add some Gold Stickles to the bow and a brooch back to the back of the base when it is all dry, and you have the cutest brooch to give to someone for Christmas. Tip: when glueing the brooch back to the back add it to the top third of the back  ( I used hot glue) so that when you wear it , it sits properly. Here are some more samples I made too.


I have made up kits for all 3 brooches, and you can find them here with all the other elements to make them too :)

I hope you enjoyed the project, and if you are member of UKS, don't forget to leave a comment with your UKS your name too, to be added into the draw for a prize.
Thank you for looking, and have a truly fabulous Christmas and a Happy and Creative New Year

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's Christmas Time!

Almost Christmas, and things are hotting up at The Artistic Stamper! We held our annual Christmas Party on Saturday with fun and laughter, and lots of merriment! Georgina and Karen did some fantastic make 'n takes.. did I take pictures of them... nah! forgot!! but I did capture a few moments, and just for the record have put them on my blog :)
Thank you to everyone who came along.. we thoroughly enjoyed having you join in with us, and enjoy a mince pie or two! P.S. I will email anyone who asks, the recipe for the parmesan biscuits, which got rather gobbled up!
Chief Reindeer

Georgina and guests!

Karen getting serious!

The Elves!!

Alison and Kirsten getting painty!

Front of house!

Have a creative day

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Jo Firth-Young's Christmas comes to town!

Last Saturday Jo Firth-Young came to teach her Christmassy Hanging class. We had a wonderful day, eating mince pies, and pulling crackers! Love, love what we made, and everyone's was just so different , whilst all using the same elements. Thank you Jo, and thank you girls!
Check out Jo's Antlers!
Everyone's finished pieces
Mine :)

Off to decorate the shop today for our Christmas party!
have a creative day

Sunday, December 01, 2013

New Challenge- Anything goes!

A pinch and a punch for the 1st of the month! I just cannot believe that it is December! What happened to November?! It is almost Christmas, and that time of the year when everyone is getting busy for that day! We will be decorating the shop this week in time for our annual Christmas Party, and if you live near by or not , if the case might be pop over and have a fun day with us. We have free make and takes with Georgina Ford, Karen Clare and myself,  a Christmas raffle, mince pies, of course, and a tipple or two!

I really popped on here to remind you that our new Creative Team Challenge starts today, and it is the wonderful choice of Anything Goes! That means you can pop anything you like on the challenge, providing it has stamping in it, of course, and be in with the chance of winning some stamps :)
Here is a sneaky peek of my Anything goes... Christmas themed of course!

We would love to see your creations. Have a very creative day