Sunday, November 22, 2009

Its that time of year...

Doesn't it come round quickly.

This year the wide variety of styles of Christmas stamps I've been sent to have a play with is amazing lol. They vary from cute to vintage, from kind of wild to religious. So depending on how life treating me from now through til Christmas and how my minds functioning will dictate what I'm using I guess.

I always look to crafting when I need a bit of 'space' when ever I can grab a bit of time and so yesterday had a bit of a play using a few papers, Copic markers and a few little people that were released this weekend from the Mabel Lucie Atwell range at The Artistic Stamper.

This first item ended up not being Christmassy though. Typical. Surrounded by Christmas themed imagaes and I make a 'non-Christmas'.
She started life out as decoration for a tag...progressed to a card..then an acetate card...and a hanging....and finally ended up as a bookmark. I just wasn't happy with how she was looking at all but I think she works this way. I used the Care to Dance fairy and a tiny bee from the Creature plate.

The theme over at Tuesday Taggers this week is Red Green and Gold and so I thought I'd enter this bookmark.





Then I had one of those moments when I was trying to clear the decks for today and ended up stamping and sticking, cutting and searching for metal star embellishments etc etc lol and used one of the other little guys that I received recently- Holly. In addition I used the zig zag stitch stamp from the Stitches plate, and ended up making quite a heavy duty tag.







And as luck happens, over on Sunday Stamper  today, the challenge set for the week is Holly and Ivy. So I'm off over there to link this little guy up.
For those regular visitors wondering whats going on with the cuter style images, my next post ( if all goes to plan ) shows a totally different side to Christmas (its fun to dip into contrasting styles), so hopefully I can cater for everyone's taste over the next few days....if I can get the hang of this new Blogger set up for loading images etc. Took me three times longer than usual this am... booooooooo.

37 comments:

Linda Elbourne said...

Beautiful work Jo ... your colouring is amazing ... as always!

Lottie said...

Absolutely stunning as always I just adore the book mark - I 'read for England'!

The little Holly and Ivy elf is a star - love the stitching stamp too

Basteltante Ursula said...

die Lesezeichen sind ganz super das mit der Rose ganz edel!!

LG Ursula

Joanne said...

Love both, so different and refreshing. x

Kim said...

Jo--

Love both projects--they're stunning! That bookmark is absolutely too beautiful to hide in a book, though! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for tomorrow!

Chris said...

Love the little fairy on the bookmark and your Holly tag is gorgeous.

If I come to yours will you teach me how to colour in? lol

Carmen said...

Love these creations, I said over on Lindas blog creation that these remind me of early Enid Blyton illustrations and yup they still do :D love them. Very nostalgic.

Sandy said...

Oh wow these are darling.
Absolutely gorgeous.

Hels said...

Fab little fella hun...thanks for joinin in x

Willy said...

Ok Jo, I'm not a fan of cute, but these two are fantastic! So now I'm waiting for your totally different side of Christmas....

Jennie said...

I love these creations of yours, totally different way of looking at cute:)

Tinkertaylor said...

Just love the bookmark ...and the tags cute too.

jacksjunk said...

Really lovely projects Jo - I love your colouring (I've just ordered my first set of Copics so may be looking to you for tips!! and even more inspiration

Shar said...

These new images are so sweet and your tags are magnificient! It does come around fast, doesn't it?

Avril Ann said...

Love your projects Jo, such fab image, Lucie, takes me back to my childhood and a plague in the bathroom, with Please Remember, don't forget, never leave the bathroom wet, nor leave the soap, still in thewater, that is a thing you never aughter, nor keep the bath an hour or more.....something like that...LOL......I wish I had that plague now, with a household of people that leave towels and clothes lying around, OH the memories, thanks for that Jo and thanks for joining us at TT this week, come back soon, I promise not to go on next time.....LOL. Hugs Avril xxx

melody said...

wowza ~ love your projects chickie! i especially ADORE that bookmark...just totally scrumptious!

joanne wardle said...

you're not so bad with cute yourself ;)
I love that second one, the colouring is just fabulous, especially on the leaves.

Can't wait to see what else you have been up to with christmas images

lisa said...

These are both gorgeous. I love the bookmark with all the little people and your Holly card is beautiful. I love the way it's coloured.

Lisax

julie Ranae said...

Love this image and LOVE what you did with it, Jo!

I am with you...I switched to the updated photo editor for blogger and now it takes me forever to get it right...it's getting better, but you will see with some of my posts, I just gave up! haha

Rachel said...

Love the way you made her a flower fairy. I'm totally stealing this idea! And I think if you put this on a card and write happy Christmas inside, everyone will think it's a wonderful Christmas card.

Lynn Stevens said...

Adorable little pixies, love your tag-card-acetate card-hanging-bookmark. LOL .you sound just like me!!!!!

craftytrog said...

Love what you've made with those stamps Jo! Both pieces are fabulous!

Cheryl said...

wow these are just stunning hun hugs cheryl xxxx

alcoholinky said...

as usual you've managed to come up with a different slant on things and made a couple of gorgeous pieces Jo. I might even get to like cute if you carry on like this LOL

Clarky J said...

What gorgeous Bookmarks Jo - really unusual x Thanks for joining us again at TT x Janet

Ali Manning said...

Both projects are just fab! I love how you can use cute images but still give them your distinctive edge - fabulous!!

Amy said...

WOW!!!! Cute ornaments!!! Love your stamps and work..amazing as always

Marilyn Rock said...

These are fantastically beautiful!

Michelle said...

Beautiful bookmark and tag. Isn't he a cheeky chap, reminds me of the illustrations in the Enid Blighton books I used to read as a child. Thanks for joinin us again on TT
x Michelle

LME said...

Beautiful tags :)

Paula said...

I like that little guy you have made him loveable because you have took away the cuteness & given him a grunge edge. He almost reminds me of the line drawings in my favourite Enid Blyton book about Pixies & Fairies. I think the little guy in question was a disobedient little fella who got spanked by an umberella :)

kathj said...

love that little pixie/elf

Julie said...

Love what you've done with the Mabel elf! I can't wait to order these stamps! You're so creative--love your work!

Janny said...

Gorgeous!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Both of your projects are fabulous Jo!

Vicki

Minxy said...

Aw wow Jo, that bookmark is just stunning.. and the tags darn cute too :)

Amy said...

*gorgeous stamp and tag*