Saturday 15 December 2018

I believe in Father Christmas!

Hello lovely friends, hope you are well! I just love the holidays and I am getting so excited to share the festivities with my wonderful grown up children and my two adorable Grandsons. It is baby George's first ever Christmas and little Alfie is three, so the magic and wonderment of Father Christmas is a big thing for him! I Cannot wait to take him to see Santa! Having the Grandbabies brings back many fond memories of sharing the magic of Christmas with my own children when they were younger. And now I get to live a new chapter in my life, as a Nana, by making even more wonderful Christmas memories with them too....

Today I am sharing with you a vintage Christmas card that I have created for the 
Crafts Dreamy Challenge Here is Decembers Mood Board, inspired by Winter and the magic of Snowfall. The Mood board isn't compulsory, but there for inspiration. I have used some of the colours on the Board to make my Father Christmas tag. I love the look of the Red and Mossy Green colour tones and the snow covered solitary wooden bench also inspired me to use wood patterned paper. 

Here I have used a mixture of scrapbook paper and corrugated cardboard to achieve a very vintage Christmas look. The plaid is a single sheet from The Heritage Christmas paper collection and the Wood design paper is from the First Edition Wild at heart collection. I have also used this gorgeous Vintage Santa Claus  image.

 I adhered all layers of paper on to my card using double sided tape. The edges of the paper and image have been distressed using the edge of my scissors and Walnut stain Distress ink, so that It achieves an old and frayed look. 

Next, I made a chocolate poinsettia using a Tattered lace Poinsettia die and Crafters Companion Centura pearlised card. I also added some Christmas red glitter stamens to the centre of the poinsettia to add a bit of sparkle. I also adhered small wooden numbers to the bottom of my card. A variety of Tim Holtz Holiday Greens dies have been adhered underneath the Poinsettia. 

Here is a close-up of this beautiful vintage Santa Claus image; isn't he just fabulous! 

You can find more details on this months Crafts Dreamy challenge HERE  The Design Team and I look forward to seeing your creations! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate your visit.

 Hugs, Zowie xx 

Thursday 13 December 2018

Shabby Chic Christmas Decor

Hello lovely friends, hope you are well! Thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate it. Today I am sharing a few photos with you. I have always wanted to have a shabby chic Christmas tree! so this year I went shopping for a flocked tree and vintage looking ornaments. I was so excited when I found these beautiful ornaments, they are exactly what I was looking for to create a shabbylicious theme in my home! 

I chose a white, blush and rose gold colour scheme. 

Here are a few more close-up photos of the ornaments hanging on my tree.

I am so happy with the way my tree looks! See you on the next post, hugs Zowie xx 

Wednesday 12 December 2018

A shabby chic Christmas

Hello lovely friends, hope you are well! As you probably know by now, I love anything that is vintage and shabby chic! This year I have bought a new Christmas tree and lots of vintage ornaments; there will be a separate post on that soon, so would love for you to stop by and visit! 

Todays Christmas tag is very shabbylicious! I wanted to use a light pink and blue colour scheme, so this is what I created. These beautiful papers are from NostalgieGrafikland

Once I had chosen my paper to compliment this lovely vintage image, I took a strip of corrugated cardboard, which I previously painted with white acrylic paint.

I adhered all layers of paper onto a piece of blank white card stock using double sided tape and inked all edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink. 

I created a Winter flower collage using a Tattered Lace Poinsettia die and Holly and Fern dies from the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens.

I have used Viva Decor 3D snow on the edges of the Poinsettia and snowflake die cuts.  Picket Fence Distress paint has been applied to random parts of the tag to give a snowy effect. Lastly I added a 'Merry Christmas' sentiment which I adhered behind the main image. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate your visit! See you on the next post, 
hugs Zowie xx 

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenges: 

Moving along with the times - 86. Anything Christmas

Simon says stamp, Wednesday challenge - Christmas

Crafty Creations Challenges - 380 Anything goes

The Card Concept- 104 Elegant Holiday

Sweet Stamping Christmas - December

Thursday 6 December 2018

O' Holy night

Hello lovely friends, hope you are well! 

Today I am sharing a Christmas tag that I have made for my Daughters boyfriends' parents. My Daughter asked me to make this especially for them as this is her first year of sharing the Christmas festivities with them. I really hope they like it! 

Here I have used this beautiful blue patterned paper from Lemon Craft and the music sheet paper is from my own craft stash. I have also used this stunning Christmas Madonna image from Etsy; it is truly beautiful! and it is part of a set of four images. 

I took a blank piece of white card stock measuring 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" and covered the tag with the blue patterned paper. I have also used a layer of music sheet paper which measures slightly smaller to leave about 1/4" border. All edges have been distressed using the edge of my scissors and then inked with Ground Espresso distress oxide. 

I love Tim Holtz products! here I have used a selection of the Holiday greens thinlit dies and  a Tattered Lace poinsettia die which I edged lightly with Ground Espresso distress oxide. 

I then adhered all layers of paper using double sided tape and printed out the sentiment 
'O Holy night' and adhered that to the right hand 
side, behind the main image. 

Finally I layered my poinsettia die cuts using Anita's Tacky glue and added some white sparkle stamens to the centre. I then adhered it on top of the Holiday Greens. 

Here is a close up of this beautiful Madonna image in all it's wonderful glory! 

Sunday 18 November 2018

Victorian Angels

Hello lovely friends, hope you are well! 

Today I am sharing two artist trading cards that I have made, inspired by this Pink Mood Board that I designed myself. I love creating Mood boards! and I will try to incorporate this into my makes over the next few days. You are more than welcome to use this and I would love to see what you make! (please let me know in the comments below, so that I can visit your blog) and all I ask is, please give me a quick mention and a link back to my blog if you decide to use it for inspiration. 

To make my tag, I have used these gorgeous shabby chic papers from Lemoncraft 'Yesterday' paper collection and I have also used these delightful victorian Angel images.

I wanted to make something quick and easy, so this time I decided to make ATC's
 instead of larger tags. 

I cut two pieces of white card stock, measured at 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches. I inked the edges of the card with Vintage Photo distress ink, then adhered the layers of paper onto the front of the card stock. 
( I previously distressed them using the edge of my scissors and the same Distress ink)

I have used the same technique on both ATC's. I used a Marianne Creatables Victorian Lamp post and Deer die from the Christmas village decoration set and I also adhered cheesecloth and sisal underneath. The star is an Xcut mini die, which I added Stardust Stickles to, to give them some extra Christmas sparkle! 

Finally I added Stardust Stickles to the Lamp post and Picket fence Distress paint 
to the deer and on certain places of the ATC. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate all your comments and will always reply to them! Have a great week! 

  Hugs, Zowie xx 

I would like to enter these into the following challenges:

Thursday 15 November 2018

Dreaming of Christmas

Hello lovely friends, hope you are well! 

Today I am sharing with you a vintage Christmas tag that I have created for the 

I cannot believe we are already into the month of November and soon Christmas will be upon us...I am so excited for the holidays! Here is the lovely Mood Board that inspired me to make my Winter Wonderland tag.  

To make this, I chose some beautiful wood design wallpaper (wallpaper is really great to add to any of your craft projects; it gives a totally different finished look!) This was a free sample from my local high street shop Wilkinsons. I have also used some grey snowflake patterned paper from the Love to Craft  'vintage Noelle' paper stash. (it looks like it has a slight purplish tone to it in this light, so apologies for that.) I also dug out some Snowflake and Christmas tree die cuts that I blinged up last year, using Decoart crystal glamour dust.

Here, I adhered them to the bottom of the tag along with some frayed cheese cloth and some pieces of sisal. 

Next, I used this gorgeous vintage image and I also adhered the snowflakes to the top right hand corner of my tag.

You can find more details on this months Crafts Dreamy challenge HERE
The Design Team and I would love for you to join us and we look forward 
to seeing your creations! 

Thanks so much for stoping by, I really do appreciate it.

 Hugs, Zowie xx