Friday, 10 December 2010

Welcome to the blog hop...

Hey Twiddlers, thanks for hopping along with us.  Can you believe it's only two weeks until Christmas???  I know this year has gone by in a blur for me... how has your year been?  I just want to start by saying a few THANK YOUS... I have had a wonderful time so far being a member of the Twiddleybitz design team and want to say a HUGE thank you to Nic and Andrew for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful team and making me feel so appreciated... and thank you to Mel Forbes for thinking of me... and Tiff Sawyer for doing such an amazing job of running this awesome team... and thank you to all the other DT girls for making me feel so welcome... and to all of YOU for the support and lovely comments you leave in the gallery... but most of all for all the inspiring work YOU share in return.  I just love the generosity of spirit and sharing that goes on in the ning site... it's like Christmas all year round really! ;)

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! ;)

31 comments:

Tiff Sawyer said...

Anne-Marie, you have outdoen yourself my dear with your funny, interesting not to mention uber cool post of super inspiring stuff. Can I just say that when I picked up your Christmas wreath at the Penrith Show, I was absolutely and utterly gobsmacked at it's splendour, you are an amazing artist in the truest sense of the word and your meaningful journaling tugs at my heartstrings each and everytime. Thansk for sharing so much of yourself and your talent, you are a wonderful lady and it's a true pleasure knowing you, Tiff :):):)

Kerri said...

Love all of your work Anne-Marie. sooo many diiferent things to do with the Twiddley's! sooo much inspiration form all of your wonderful creations! wish I had a store closer theat sells it! The country! grrr!
Your wreath is amazing and I loved your xmas cards and cute gifts!
thanks for your beautiful work! I am truely inspired! hugz and Merry xmas to you all!! xx

janice Nicholls said...

well what a start Ann-Marie.....
Your work is absolutely gorgeous, you have show cased so many pieces and each one looks amazing.
I want some of those pieces now please!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing all this with us.
I have just come home from our little christmas street parade and seeing the look on all the little kids faces when santa drove past was priceless, lots of squeals, giggles and jumping up and down. I love spending time with family and friends over christmas.
Merry Christmas to you and your family xx

Louise Williams said...

woohooo go you, a creating machine (and I LOVE the wreath - you've got me inspired there!)... what Christmas means to me? it's all about the whole buildup - the tree, the parade, the decorations, wrapping the presents and finally culminating in seeing the looks on my boys' faces on Christmas morning. It's all just magic :)

Chloe :-) said...

Wow, you sure have been busy creating super gorgeous things!!!! So much inspiration :-)
What does Christmas mean to me??? It means spending time with family and surrounding ourselves with love :-)

Kerry said...

OMG...you have been so busy creating! What a marvellous inspiration you are. Thanks you.

tracey henly said...

hi Am, you make me smile girl i love your sense of humour and how your personality just jumps off the page as i read. Your art is just to die for, very inspirational and i love how you tell us the pitfalls of your experiemnts. thank you.

Jenni Hodge said...

Anne-Marie, you are a true artist. I love your wreath most of all tonight, your whole blog is bursting at the seems with inspiring stuff. I again loved reading about your tree (i started mine earlier in the week, but thankfully am NOT covering it in paper!). Christmas is a time of giving and sharing - that's what I love most about Christmas and your blog - Thank you!
Jen *<:-)

Cassandra said...

Hi Anne-Marie love all your work Xmas means children to me and thinking of others less fortunate trying to make there lifes happier. Weve had sad news of a little one lost this week treasure what you have. Have a merry xmas and a happy new year. xxx

Gina B said...

HI anne-Marie wow!!!! I love it all and the wreath is beautiful. Its nice to see that even someone with as much talent as you is critical of her work, it reminds me to stop being critical of myself and just enjoy playing. I love everything about christmas!! For me December is all about making, baking and decorating!! I love the time with my family and how beautiful everything looks. Merry christmas to you and a wonderful 2011 to you.

gypsylcm said...

Your creations are inspirational.
Christmas for me this year will be a break from work and some time spent with family!

sandra said...

W.O.W
Amazing AM
I have just come in from night shift, my eyes still half closed, but they flew open when I saw your amazing creations!!
After seeing your fantastic post I am starting to get a bit of performance anxiety regarding my leg of the hop tonight!!
lol
gorgeous work as always AM

Mel Connell said...

amazing am!

Love love love your teacher gifts, they are so cute! Now do you ever sleep? just asking how you get it all done my love! you really are super women. xxxx

Rachel said...

What absolutely gorgeous creations A-M, love them all - particularly that tree - I considered covering mine with paper, but went with paper & kindyglitz instead LOL! Yours looks stunning though, worth the effort I think! And I love your teacher gifts, bet they'll love them too!

ann said...

WOW some beautiful projects here..Some really gorgeous Christmas ideas..xxx

Lisa K said...

I love everything about Christmas - shopping for family , planning the menu, sending cards - I love decorating the tree and watching the kids faces Christmas morning!
LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

Melanie said...

I saw these at the trade show night on Monday AM and they just so rock IRL!!!!!!!!!!! :) And I know how much you love your wreath hehe - tell you what though - the stores were fighting over it to use for their displays :)

Wendy Smith said...

WOW AM...your blogpost ROCKS...I am loving all your projects!

Anonymous said...

Hi there Anne Marie, OMG you have really have a lot to say about Twiddleybitz yay!!
thanks for your support and showing off your Twiddleybitz projects.
Nic and Andrew

maryanne said...

your teachers gifts are fantastic, wish I had the time and the talent to do something like that for my sons teacher, but Im always so disorganised I leave it way too late.
all of your creations look gorgeous.

Melx:) said...

Anne Marie...what a super inspiring post.....I know I'm a couple of days behind!!! I am a teacher and I would be sooo touched by your beautiful gifts.....what a very lucky teacher! I think the best but about Christmas is spending time with those you love........everything else just stops and that is the way it should be.....oh yeah and the pure joy and delight on my sons face Christmas morning is absolute bliss! Thanks for your inspiration...you are very amazing:)

Chookie said...

Anne Marie = your projects are all stunning = thanks for sharing.
For me Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends, remembering all the good times and creating more.
Merry Christmas

Jo Kinder said...

Hey AM!! sorry about the late 'love', but better late than never right!!
I have to say that wreath is just awesome - I am opposite to you this time, I loved it at first glance (figuratively not literally, I didn't assault it or anything like that lol).
I still remember your story about the tree & I love how you are happy to tell it over and over again :)
AND toooooo funny about the back-to-base alarm company. Never a dull moment with you around!! :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family too <3
Jo XXX

Tracy said...

Anne-Marie your creations are just gorgeous and plentiful :) Love all that you have done!!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family

Tracy x

elpimpi said...

WOW! Great creations! For me Christmas is just joy! Spending time with family and friends and ofcourse because I just love to cook all this spetial christmas courses... I love Christmas!!!

Agnieszka said...

Amazing creations! Thanks for all this inspiration!!!!

beadz said...

Wow - you have been busy creating some fantastic projects! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
hugs,
Gini

beadz said...

Forgot to tell you that Christmas to me is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ and to spend time with my family! Hope you get to do the same.
hugs,
Gini

Charleegirl said...

Oh wow AM.... I am amazed by your work. This is the first time I have visited but I will be sure to pop by again...wow wow wow!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!! Alicia xx

Sandy Ang said...

What amazing projects ! My fav has to be the swirly christmas tree. It's worth all the pain and effort (ouch on the fingernails) cos it's just dazzling.

Kirsty said...

My gosh YOU ROCK!!! Everything is simply stunning!
Kirsty