CHRISTMAS CARD - Caught in Crystal technique revisited

View from the side, really showcasing that crackle

Here's a Christmas card I've just finished (my first... might be my ONLY, lol lol lol).

The Caught In Crystal piece is on the left of St Matilde, layered under the slide mount (which I've covered with vintage sheet music to match the background layer, which in turn is layered to deckle-edged cream card, then to a top folded dark red card. The gold detailing at the edge is German scrap and some little diamante stones.
The background piece is the old Caught in Crystal technique (acetate, squirt dimensional adhesive - Diamond Glaze, Glossy Accents etc - on the back, then add reinkers. Crumple up some giftwrap tissue, plonk on top, allow to dry).

What I've done here is the updated version - exactly the same but using alcohol inks (Tim Holtz) which gives a much brighter effect, plus it dries a lot quicker. This needs to be limited to 3 or 4 colours, or it starts to look muddy. Of course I've added my own special touches: mica powders, glitter, German Glass glitter etc etc.

Stamped and embossed in gold onto black card, I've painted with Twinkling H20s and coated really heavily with Tim Holtz's Crackle Accents - it really picks up the sparkle! I'm really impressed with the result and will be buying more!
The Stampington St Matilde image uses the Faux Cloisonne technique: stamped and embossed in  gold then painted with Twinkling H20 paints. Once dry, I did a little variation: flooded with Crackle Accents. Doesn't it look effective! It took overnight to dry, but my goodness I do like this crackle.

Hope you like it!


I've put all three Configuration boxes up for sale on eBay (see the posts below for the YouTube videos) so if you're looking for the perfect special little Christmas decoration, perhaps you'd like to take a look!

I've put my heart and soul into these, and loved every second of making them - so I hope you'll love and treasure them too.

SNOW - A Christmas Configuration box

Copyright Susie Jefferson

Another Configuration box - and another Christmas project.I had so much fun with this one.

It's funny... I'm so NON-cute when it comes to artwork (except when I draw - I seem to draw 'cute') but when it comes to Christmas I just can't get enough of snowmen, robins, lights, trees etc!

So I hope you'll enjoy this little video too.

I'm listing all three Christmas boxes onto eBay later today, so do watch this space!

LOVE - a Nativity Configuration box

Copyright Susie Jefferson

This Configuration box is a traditional Nativity scene.

I've embellished the actual box very heavily with crackle paste, to give an encrusted effect rather like Royal icing.

I always love Nativity scenes at Christmas, and I've done this one so that the lights shine through the window from the back, lighting up the scene, and it looks as nice from the back as the front, thinking it might be displayed on a window sill. There's a mix of German glass glitter, diamantes, vintage sheet music etc etc - I've loved every minute of making this!

Again, I've used one of my free blog backgrounds as the backdrop for the title cards. Go here if you'd like to use it.

 This is also going up for sale on eBay this weekend - again, I'll give details when I've done the entry.

I hope you like it!

JINGLE - A Configuration Box

Copyright Susie Jefferson

I'm finally getting to grips with a video camera! And here's my first attempt. I did try with my Flip camera but the sound was dreadful - it works well but not if you're behind the camera. It didn't seem to pick my voice up, and you need to stay fairly distant as it goes out of focus in closeups. Or that could just be me being a lousy photographer, lol.

Anyway, these are taken with my normal camera which also has a video capability, and is way superior! And I didn't even know it did video pix. I could have saved all that money for the Flip.

I also couldn't get the hang of adding titles via Flip, so here's my own titling using Photoshop (and one of my freebie blog backgrounds) which is here if you'd like to use it.

I'm putting this up for sale on eBay this weekend, so do watch this space if you love it and would like to bid on it. I'll post full details later.


A Very Curious Wedding

I bet you've all noticed I've been missing in action... because there's been TOO MUCH action! I've been so busy it's made my head spin, with a blog makeover just finished, and a private client I've done a massive scrapbooking project for. Simultaneously.

Grab button I designed - two styles, two sizes

The blog makeover was for Michelle of A Very Curious Wedding, which is a mouthwatering wedding blog celebrating the fabulous and the unusual. If I were getting married, I'd definitely be consulting this blog every available minute! There's everything from clothing to cookery, and the most lovely photography...

Here's the BEFORE:

and here's the AFTER:

Michelle particularly wanted me to keep the tree and the green teacup (which took a lot of finding, believe me!)

Circular grab button - if you want one, go here! Choose between two sizes, and the two styles.

I've had such a great time with this - the header, the buttons, the links... I even designed the business card. Michelle was a sweetie to work with, and this was such a wonderful brief: Alice in Wonderland, but with attitude, so more the FEEL of it than a literal interpretation.

This was my first wedding makeover, and I've had a ball! You'll notice the White Rabbit holds a champagne bottle that says 'Drink me'... 

Cheers, everyone!


Christine's completed makeover - now named Brewed Adornments

Just finished another makeover, my second one for Christine (I also did the previous one, below).

Same blog, same url - but what a difference! Christine's muse now gone in a different direction, working with bottlecaps, and the makeover (top) really reflects her new vision.

I'm so happy I remembered to do a 'before' screenshot - I usually forget, til it's too late, lol.

For this makeover, Christine wanted to do a lot of the work herself, so I supplied the tutorials where needed. Christine did a basic layout of what she wanted for the header - then I played around with it, did the lettering and sent it back, and Christine sorted out the final layout herself, combining some of her ideas and some of mine. I think it works very well.

My next step was to use my Serif programme to slice the header into sections to transfer them into Intelligent Frames - which means any time Christine wants to change the photographs, all she has to do is drag&drop them and they'll click right into position, automatically resized etc. Magic! Of course, both parties have to have the same software... I have CraftArtist and Christine downloaded the freebie version at her end.
All the bottlecap links, buttons and sidebar headers are my artwork, and that wonderful distressed background is Christine's. I think it's been a great collaboration, and fits Christine's jewellery designs perfectly. All the jewellery used bottlecaps on one way or another: cuffs, pendants, necklaces (with crystals!), earrings etc. A very original idea, and beautifully executed. She has some amazing items in her Etsy store (I hope you notice the new header...)


Annie's header - she created a background for me to do My Thing with her wonderful birdmen
Just finished a really fun makeover for Annie at Curious&CraftyTreasures, and have to say it's been a lot of fun. She's very talented, so I had a great time taking images from her own artwork, mixed in some cogs and wheels etc, all cooked up into a very satisfying makeover.


More often than not, I forget to take a screenshot of the 'before' and then want to kick myself. This time, I remembered. And I love to see the changes - you don't really register when you're doing it. It's only when you've finished and can compare the results...


I really enjoyed this one. Annie was a pleasure to work with - she liked everything! With one exception - her own photograph (too big).  I adore adding all the bells and whistles, etc. My new blog toy is an UP button (back to the top of the page, to save scrolling). I finally found one that works and also floats on the top of the blog, so I'm a very happy bunny!

Hope you like it - and also that you'll visit Annie and tell her so!

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!

GET AHEAD, GET A HAT - Journal page for Pink Saturday

If you want to get ahead, get a hat!
Another journal page I finished earlier this week - it was so hot, I couldn't bear to sit at the computer, so I had a nice time playing around with paints and things. It's actually not that often I have some playtime, so I made the most of it.

This journal I made is upcyled and recycled: vintage book covers, a mad mix of papers of all shapes and sizes, including vintage children's stories, sheet music, art paper etc. Here, you can see the stitched satin ribbon layers hanging off the page to make the collar.
This one sort of made itself - I'd done a rough sketch demonstrating how to draw a face in one of my journal classes way back in May or June, and it was a real mess (green and black crayon). But as it was on the back of another (finished) page I didn't have the option of just ripping it out. So while I had the acrylics out, I started noodling around, and here you are!

Anyone who came to my journalling class should recognise this one - especially with that hat! Which, incidentally, now has a thick layer of Tim Holtz's Rock Candy crackle glaze to give that texture. The hair is Viva's Terra textured paint in Ayptian, applied heavily with a palette knife.

Paper dolls added with dimensional adhesive
The paper dolls are from a late, lamented Mary Englebreit magazine (I really miss those, what a shame she stopped doing them).

I've really enjoyed doing this one!

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!


I thought you might like to see another journal I've finished.

This one's called BINGO for two reasons:
  1. I've used a bingo card on the cover
  2. Bingo! She's got her man! Held down very firmly with a heavy hand on his shoulder. She may have been a long time waiting, and there's no way he's getting away from her!
View of the stitching on the spine

I've upcycled and repurposed the covers from an old book, and stitched in an eclectic assortment of papers: vintage, scrapbooking, sheet music, childrens' books, art paper. All sizes and shapes, with pockets and fold-out pages for even more journalling.

Inner front cover

I've put in blank tags for demonstration purposes, to show where the pockets are

This one was a lot of fun to do, and in fact I've made a couple more while I was at it. Pix to follow shortly.

BELIEVE journal page

For all potential high flyers, anywhere!


Just finished this journal spread, just in time for Pink Saturday. Phew!

This one, I roughly drew what I wanted in pencil on scrap paper, then cut the dress out freehand from scrapbooking paper. THEN I drew in the arms, legs and head with acrylic paint and a fine paintbrush... then really got to work.

The Broderie Anglais at the hem and page edges is real, and I've drawn and painted practically everything on the page. The pink house stamp bordering the side edges is by Lynne Perella, the Washi tape is 7Gypsies (I think, not sure) and the little houses at the bottom are an On The Edge die by Tim Holtz.

Much fun!

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!

GARDEN journal page

A Garden is Heaven on earth - journal page

I've been noodling around, painting in my journal (I MADE time for once - I was desperately in need of some hands-on art time to clear the cobwebs...) and this is the result.

Closeup showing the lace, the ric-rac braid, punched paper border - and lots of paint.
Closeup showing paper flowers with glitter, my handpainted flowers all over the place.  I drew back into the piece with a black brush pen to give a strong outline, then overpainted the black lines with clear water to smudge it all, to add shadow.
Hope you like it! I finished the lettering (painting the chipboard etc) Sunday night with half an eye on the TV. And before you ask, yes, the lace is real.

PINK ROSE JOURNAL for Pink Saturday

Showing the stitching on the spine
Here's one of my very favourite book formats: the Coptic stitch. I just love how the exposed stitching shows on the spine.

Rose signature wraps on alternate signatures. The paper throughout is vintage (1970s) Abbey Mills in Slate, a lovely dove grey, really ususual, and a perfect 115gsm weight. Perfect for writing or drawing, strong enough for collage.

Displaying the whole book - A5 size. I used an Anna Griffin scrapbooking paper for the covers and signature wraps. On the cover, I've collaged a vintage photograph, a wine label and cut out a flower (Tim Holtz's 'Tattered Florals' die) which I curled over my fingers to shape the petals. I added dimension and supported the petals with silicone glue.

I've also added photo corners, Broderie Anglais lace and die cut borders. And finished off with a couple of vintage buttons.

This shows the signature wraps - I used two layers of the rose paper, back-to-back, so they can be left as is, or a pocket or envelope added in between the layers.

Hope you like this! And if you want to have a try yourself, I have a tutorial (with photos and my own hand-drawn illustrations) in my Etsy shop. I've also listed the journal.

pink saturday

Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!


My Olympic Configurations tray
I thought I'd do a Configuration Tray in an Olympic theme - and I think it came out rather well, all things considered.

Closeup showing the muscle man - with weights - and a bust (thought it looks like an award)
You wouldn't believe how hard it's been, trying to find small things to fit the theme... and the tray...

The bunting was a little pack of die cuts, glued to ribbon. The medals are from a toy shop, and I stuck diamante stars in the middle.
The little enamel pieces in the London box are all from a keyring. One of Tim's' Frozen Charlottes' on the left.
Olympic mementos are really thin on the ground, so I compromised with scrapbooking papers, a wrestler doll (as a weightlifter in a power lifting event) and some vintage Guardsmen.

I added bottlecaps (see the medal theme here?)
Full view of the entire piece
 The flags the wrestler is holding are toys - they came with a packet of little plastic soldiers (I had to buy the pack to get the flags). The letters are vintage game pieces, and the date is from a bingo pack, with a big diamante glued over the numbers on one piece to make it a '0'.

In Blade Rubber's shop window
Closeup of the tray in the window

I have to say I really enjoyed doing this one!