Silver Crow Project

Christmas Angels

This is my entry into the Fiskarettes December competition which is on the subject of Christmas. I had bought a packet of 10 little wooden angels in Tesco for £1 with the intention of turning them into family angels so was very pleased that they would fit into this competition category as well.Apologies for the pictures. I've tried every which way to get a decent photo of my angels but where I went glitter and Glossy Accent bonkers... it's kinda not happened.How pleased does my Dad look to be an angel eh?  He'll kill me for putting this on here!My wonderful Mum - this one's staying out all year.

I think they are a stroke of genius personally and love them to bits. I do know they will appeal to no-one else but me... though they do look amazing in real life. They crack me up every time I look at them. Can't wait to put them on the tree. They were so easy to make too, using just bits out of my scrap box and some photos - Thanks for the use of the printer Dad - little did he know! Mwahahahar!

Thank you for stopping by and humouring me as always :)

Countdown is progressing...

This time next week the bucket of mascara and eyeliner will be being caked on in preperation for this man...
Isn't he pretty? We have amazing seats, thanks to me being a drooling member of the fan site, we got a weeks advance dibs on the tickets. So as soon as the lines opened good old sis, who had been camping out on the college computers - fighting off the crazed art students with her sharpened pencil - got front row seats on the balcony at Hammersmith Apollo! Wooohooo!

One week, one week, one weeeeeek to go!

Labyrinth Film Swap ~ Sent

Amost a month late to the day my Labyrinth makes have made their way to my swapee Megan. She has been so gracious and lovely in her wait I wouldn't blame her if she was turning the air blue. But when the Mojo abandons you - there ain't no tempting it out of it's hiding place. However - Mojo is back and this is what I sent Megan.

First of all I scratched all the dodgy painted frames off of this glass coaster set. Oh boy did that take forever and it stuck to everything, if I got an itch I ended up looking like I had a serious skin complaint - I had flakes stuck everywhere.I then rubbed down the holder and covered it in some Once Upon A Time paper and glossy accents. Each coaster then had the various images I had made up adhered to the back, also with Glossy Accents.Whoopidooings - Carmen Wing - Altered coasters - Labyrinth
Whoopidooings - Carmen Wing - Altered coasters - Labyrinth
Whoopidooings - Carmen Wing - Altered coasters - Labyrinth This black and white one is Devons favourite - you can't really tell in this photo but it is accented with glitter on Sarahs hair and jewellery and Jareths coat.
Whoopidooings - Carmen Wing - Altered coasters - Labyrinth This one I attached an ATC sized picture to the back. The stamp is a Tim Holtz one. Then picked the tree, birds and clock out with fineliner pen and then accented the clock a bit more with glitter. The background is distress ink.
Whoopidooings - Carmen Wing - Altered coasters - Labyrinth The box the coasters came in I covered with the DCWV Once Upon A Time papers as well and glittered the edges.I really love this set, I didn't want to send them in the end and wish I had picked up more of these coasters when I had the chance. Always the way.

I also made this picture using the Andrea Mosaic program recommended on Mary-Anne's blogWhoopidooings - Carmen Wing - Labyrinth - Goblin King MosaicPlease excuse the awful picture, no matter which way I tried I couldn't get a decent one without a massive amount of shine. That'll teach me to go Glossy Accent-tastic!

It's so effective in real life, the most time consuming part was spending a couple of days finding enough Labyrinth pictures to form the random enough mosaic effect that I was after. The frame was a mock wood effect so I inked that with several layers of black Stazon ink, added the quote and did the accenting all over. It originally had glass in it but for some reason once I finished all the accenting, it wouldn't fit back and smashed when I... ahem... applied a little pressure. My first crafting injury! I like the effect better with acetate and padding as it happens so the little bit of blood was worth it.

I also included some beautiful buttons that for me, symbolised the crystal in the film and some rather gorgeous fairy cut outs. Plus the obligatory bag of sweeties. Which I neglected to photo... no matter.

My DCWV stack that I have cherished and stroked for a good couple of years is now severely depleted but I think I waited for the right project to use it on. Saying that, if I see another stack it will be coming home with me. I still love the papers after all this time.

Thank you, as always, for stopping by.

Alice Cooper Angel

When I first spied Green Pixeys Angel immediately one man came to mind. So I contacted the lovely Ewa and she worked her magic...

Look who fluttered through my door this morning. I love him to bits!

Isn't he amazing? Isn't Ewa amazing? Now I have a little Alice Angel on my shelf watching over me as I work... he will be leaving me over the Christmas period to grace our black Christmas tree. He is very lucky as I usually only allow gold stars and red garlands on my tree but I think he's worth it, don't you? 

Thank you Ewa :)

Labyrinth Film Swap - Received

I've just realised I haven't posted the goodies I received in the 80's Fantasy Film Swap that I was in. My partner in the swap was the lovely Megan of Maximum Rabbit Designs. When I opened my package I was greeted by these beautifully wrapped little parcels. Inside those beautiful little parcels was this handmade brooch - I love all the symbolism Megan has crammed in from the film here - just fantastic.
These are handmade cards which my photos really do not do justice to. They are going nowhere - I'm framing them.And in the package was a bag of Thornton's chocolates which disappeared pretty sharpish as you can imagine.

I've nearly finished my side of the swap. I've had some disasters with this one. My printer has severely hampered me and yesterday I broke some glass that was part of it and sliced my thumb and finger - my first proper crafting injury. When I say proper - there was blood, Craig had to leave the room. Moral of the story - if glass wont fit back into a tight fit, don't use a bare naked hand to apply pressure. *ahem* Happily though the solution to the accident... I actually prefer. So all's well that ends well. 

I'll post pictures next week once I know it's been received safely by Megan.

And lastly, an unexpected award from Bob If you haven't yet discovered Bob and his tales... I'm never quite sure how tall they exactly are, you are missing out on belly laughs a plenty ;) Go pay him a visit.
Thank you Bob *g* In graciously accepting this award and sparing you all a rambling acceptance speech I now have to pass it on and link to 10 other deserving bloggers. So here goes: 

1. Effie at Efemera Ink ~ I have yet to come away from her site without adding materials or books to my wish list. So inspiring she's off the scale. Love her work. 

2. Linda at A Crafting Journey ~ For pretty much the same reasons as Effie ;) 

3. Jo at Jo Blogs ~ Only recently discovered Jo which is surprising as I love everything she does. Especially with Stampotique stamps.

4. Ewa at Green Pixey ~ Another inspiring person and so lovely with it. Can't believe the creations she comes up with. What begins as an idea in your head becomes reality at her fingertips. 

5. Anne at Pretty ~ It's because of this blog my small inkling that I *might* want a Bind It All one day became an absolute NEED

6. Monica at The Happy Zombie ~ Now come on! You have to pay a visit for the blog name alone. This lady is one of the reasons I have to get my bum into gear and master that sewing machine. Every single post she has made since I discovered her is on order by my two eldest.  Plus she makes me laugh. Big, out loud, people looking at you strangely laughs. 

7. Virginia at Celtic House ~ Again I've only recently discovered Virginia but I love her style. Never afraid to share tips and how to's and her art journal is amazing.

8. Julia at Stamping Ground ~ One of the 2 Scrap Ladies. Bonkers, opinionated, gobby and probably one of the most talented, inspiring and nicest people you are ever likely to meet.

9. Ally at Serendipity Paper Cuts ~ For the exact same reason as Julia... though maybe the not so gobby, softer side.

10. Last but certainly not least, Nicole at Made by Nicole ~ What this girl does with Bombshell Stamps is unbelievable and there is always a gothic, rocked up twist to every creation. Just gorgeous. Nicole is going through a rough time health wise at the moment which makes it even more brain boggling what she is still creating. I'm constantly in awe.

*phew* Hard work choosing just 10. If you don't have time to click on all 10 please click on at one of the ones you may not have heard of, or click through to a favourite. You wont be disappointed.

Thanks as always for stopping by :)

Google Giggle

Opened Google tonight and got a genuine, unexpected giggle. COOOOOKIES! Just thought I'd pass the smile on.


Brrrrr it's a chilly one today - Autumn is definitely upon us. This is my desk today - or how it was before I moved it all a bit to make some space to type this.

Still trying to get my Labyrinth swap finished and being severely hampered by a printer that seems more intent at sticking two fingers up at my pleading and begging for it to work than actually doing the job it was designed for. I've taken it apart, cleaned it, put it back together, shouted, cursed and now am wondering if it will be so smug when it is flying at 100mph towards a closed window! Hmmm. It's OK on plain, cheap old copy paper - as soon as it even spies a nice shiny bit of photo paper, the whining and jamming and spitting out begins. Now the ink is running low and coming out orange. Aaaaargh!

Never fear though, a begging phone call has been placed to Father Dearest and for the price of a cuppa he is coming to the rescue this afternoon with his well behaved printer.

So how about some Whats Under Your Workdesk Wednesday? During the course of half term the girls realised that my desk is the place to build a den. And now I am relegated to sitting sideways to make way for scenes like this...
Fear not, now that I've caught them, the plugs at the back have been tucked safely away so they can play there :)

So what's on your workdesk today? If you fancy playing along and having a snoop at other peoples desks and they in return nosing at yours, make sure to link up with the snoopdiddysnoop mothership that is otherwise known as Julia's blog so we can all find you.

Thank you as always for stopping by.