Sunday, 2 December 2012

HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS...by MEL HOOKHAM


...hello everyone, I'm thrilled to bits to of been asked to join The Artistic Stamper for the month of December as their Guest Designer, how awesome is that!...I hope I do Jennie and the Team proud...
...well, I don't know about you but the theme for Christmas in my home this year is HOMEMADE, and using the wonderfully versatile Tick Tock Christmas stamps here are my designs...
...I stamped the tick tock Christmas baubles onto fine weave linen using bronze & gold embossing powder and was thrilled with the results...
 ...I added silver eyelets and natural linen jute for the tie's, it's so enjoyable to make your own gift tags... 
 ...I stamped this image on Mulberry paper with black stazon and went over the outline with a sparkly silver pen, loving this image... 
 ...using the holiday wreath die from Tim Holtz I embossed in white the tick tock image  randomly, these cute little steampunk cogs & sprockets look like new-age snowflakes, just perfect for this Christmas wreath... 
 
...and Christmas isn't Christmas without a star...for this piece I inked up a sheet of paper with the tick tock image in black stazon then ripped it up randomly into pieces...I then covered the whole star using mod podge, then when dry I went over the entire star with rock candy for a bit of festive sparkle, added the banner & a brulap bow...perfect, well thats Christmas all wrapped up for me, these tick tock stamps have given a wondeful look to my homemade makes...
...thank you so much for dropping by today I hope I have inspired you and I'll see you again later in the month...
xxx

27 comments:

Astrid Maclean said...

Mel, this is just brilliant! Love each and everyone of your home made projects! The natural look with the burlap, fabric and twine fits the whole home made theme so well, your recipients are lucky to get such lovingly made gifts!

inkypinkycraft said...

Mel these are beautiful, the jute and twine and natural elements are beautiful and you have created some beautiful things ! hugs trace x

Neil said...

These are fabulous Mel, so festive. Love the soft muted palette you've used, it fits the home crafted theme so well.

kath said...

sbsolutely fabilicious mel...love all your home made goodies...hugws kath xxx

Buttons said...

Some fabulous projects Mel. You have given us some serious food for thought/inspiration here as always. Love the idea of using the mulberry paper that way. Hugs, Buttons x

Chris said...

Absolutely gorgeous work Mel, I love the rustic feel and the ways you used the stamps. Chris :)

Paper Profusion said...

Truly Beautiful creations Mel! Thank-you for so many fab ideas. Nicola x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

just ADORABLE11 WOW....

Artyjen said...

Ooh! Lovely...what great gifts they make.
xoxo Sioux

Redanne said...

Always love your work Mel and these makes are gorgeous. I love how you stamped onto the linen, it is so effective and that star is a real wow! Hugs, Anne x

GrĂ¡inne said...

Congrats for being a Guest Designer! Your work is stunning as always. Verbeautiful, each and every piece ..
Best, Suzanne

Lynn Holland said...

Congratulations Mel. I love the star, it's gorgeous. What a lovely time you will have in your house this Christmas with all your handmade goodies.
Lynn x

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Very very beautiful Mel.
love them
Greetings Janny

butterfly said...

Stunning fabric tags, and I love the curly twine attaching them to those beautiful jars... but the real stand out to me is your amazing star. What glorious texture, and the banner, twine and burlap finish it to perfection! Can't wait to see what else you create this month, Mel... amazing!!
Alison xx

sandee said...

LOVE the steam punk wreath and the banner across the star ornament! Lovely projects Mel!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Sandy said...

Oh Mel this is really neat -- for me it has an old world country feel. Really neat!
Sandy

Maggie said...

Wow, Mel, these decorations and tags are amazing! Simply gorgeous, you should have an Etsy shop so that we might all add a little Mel magic this Christmas.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful creations, all of them. Congrats on being the Guest Designer this month.

fairyrocks said...

Beautiful Christmas decorating works. They feel very warm and at home. Lovely inspiration.

Diana Taylor said...

Gorgeous! The way you've displayed everything for photographing is art in itself! The card and the star are just fantastic and I love the little tags on the preserving jars - totally perfect.

Sams Home Cooked Designs said...

I love your crafty work. What a great idea heat embossing onto the fabric, why didn't I think of that? Inspirational. Sam Crowe

mark gould said...

Beautiful mel. Great way to use the small cogs. You are right they so look like a modern steam punk snow flake. Very creative. The embossing on fabric as well looks brilliant. Very classy projects. Mark x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Absolutely beautiful projects Mel and what a lovely way to use non-christmassy stamps. I love the way you have embossed on fabric - will have to try that! Thanks for some great ideas.

Congratulations on being Guest DT and enjoy your month! Looking forward to your next projects.

Jennie x

craftytrog said...

I've been so looking forward to seeing your creations here Mel, & you certainly haven't disappointed! These are all stunning, & great use of those images!
Alison xxx

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Mel

Wow and double wow just love your makes for Artistic Stamper - I can see why they chose you as a guest designer - fabulous work!

Big hugs

Tina
XXX

scrappymo! said...

Oh Mel, these are wonderful and you have brought back so many memories!

I was a stay at home Mum for many years and had many years of homemade Christmas out of a necessity to keep the budget down.

We lived in a semi arid area of BC where our soft fruits are all grown.The girls and I always went to the fields and picked our own berries and made jams, jellies and best of all, the liquored ones.mmm mmm good! Dehydrated fruitts, spiced nuts, mulled spices, we made them all

To make our gift seem more splendid we always made our tags and jar labels or toppers. Of course they were not fabulous like these! You have just done such a knockout jog...they so capture the rustic, homey feel of a homemade Christmas!!!


I have not "jammed" for years but I should teach my grandchildren these traditions!
Thanks for the memories.

Julia S-W said...

Beautiful projects and wonderfully inspiring.
Julia