Friday 23 December 2011

12th Day of Smeared & Smudged Christmas

Our last day (Boo Hoo) of this awesome blog hop. Two days before the big day for those that celebrate Christmas. The space under our tree is filling up as pressies get wrapped. All our kids are grown up and don't expect Santa to try and get through the small vent opening of our chimney anymore. Nearly everything is done and I might even get to relax tomorrow night before the work of Christmas day starts. At least this year I will have major help with the cooking as my son has volunteered his services.
Anyway onto today's projects. Yes - two today as it's the last day.
First up is a candle. This features one of the Grumpies from Smeared Ink that have stolen the hearts of my family.

The image was stamped onto tissue paper, coloured in with promarkers and adhered to the candle by melting the wax with a heat gun. A paper sleeve on top that has been punched with my MS drippy goo punch. Paper is Echo Park. Then round the base, more of the same paper, fringed and some silver embossing powder heat set on the edges. Stamped and heat embossed "Merry Merry Christmas" on acetate and
on the paper itself - Merry & Bright - twice. Some faceted stones threaded onto wire and tucked into the sleeve as further decoration.

My second project is also being entered into the Smudgy Antics challenge this week - Wicked Christmas
We were originally going to have this challenge week's theme "Gothic Christmas" and the following week's theme was going to be "Wicked Santa". Because we are giving 2 weeks for this challenge, we are combining the themes. You may choose either theme to work with or combine the two.

Mine's more of the Gothic Christmas with just a tad of wickedness.
Complete with fallen halo. hehe. A bit dark here on the tree so here's my little angel taken off the tree and subjected to the light.

Where's the stamping on this you may ask...
It's evident when you look at the back.

I used the raven's wings from the Poe plate from Smeared Ink.

The body is made fro a semicircle of black card and the sleeves from 2 smaller circles.
I covered the body with white lace and the sleeves with 3 rounds of narrow white lace. These were attached with a couple of brads apiece. A tree bauble for the head. The halo is twisted silver wire, bent over on purpose - this angel's halo has fallen. The black feathers were attached with pinflair glue and the heat embossed wings stuck on top then stuck the panel of lace back over.

Well that's my lot for now. Please go look at the amazing talent of my fellow bloggers. The list is over on the right.
I am entering this into the challenge over at
Smudgy Antics - Wicked Christmas


  1. WONDERFUL projects. The candle is excellent. I have never tried the stamping on tissue paper thing :-) Lovely little Angel. I have made a similar thing using the top of a plastic bottle :-D Glad you are getting help with the cooking this year. Have a fabulous time xxxxx

  2. Love your 2 projects Helen fantastic work
    Luv Jane xxx

  3. love the candles and the angel, merry christmas

  4. What an awesome lil angel. Great idea on using the poe raven wings for her wing's.
    I hope you and your's has a very safe and Merry Christmas

  5. I like both projects. What a cool angel. The candle is really neat too.

  6. Two gorgeous projects! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas :)

  7. What a wonderful project, turned out great! Happy Holidays!

  8. Both completely awesome projects!

  9. these are great! those grumpies are so easy to love! awesome candle, thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics!!

  10. The grumpie candle is lovely...but the fallen angel is right up my street. Thank you so much for joining us at Smudgy antics again Helen... HAPPY NEW YEAR my dear friend...much love always xxx