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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Seaside/Nautical Tags

I'm hosting the challenge over at Tag Tuesday for the next 2 weeks....and for my theme I have chosen Seaside or Nautical.
Living close to the sea all my life, I have many happy memories of my childhood and my own children's childhood spending such long lazy days at the beach....so this theme is close to my heart.


For this tag I coloured the background using ink dusters and distress inks in faded jeans and fossilised amber.
All the images were then stamped and then coloured using water colour pencils..this is such a lovely set of stamps that my friend had given me a while ago....


This is my skinny tag..it was cut from scrap water colour card that I had used inktense colour blocks on and swiped over with a wet brush...
I used Crafty Individual stamps for the script and beach huts and birds...I highlighted the huts with water colour pencils.
Betty Grable is a photo type stamp, that I stamped on to plain card, cut and then coloured and added to the tag...

I do hope you can find time and enter our challenge, you can find us here at
Tag Tuesday

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Altered Peg....

It's time for this months challenge over at More Mixed Media....and for my design team project I altered a large peg.
The theme is always Anything Goes..with the option of using a colour chosen for that month...this month the colour is "Pastels"
I enjoy altering pegs, they are so useful in my craft room because I use them for note holders.


I sanded the peg, then brushed it off before staining the sides..then I added backing paper to the front and back and underneath the peg.


I stamped the image of the girls..coloured the image then added it to the tag.
To finish I added the ribbon and flower..I didn't get too fussy with embellishments as I wanted to keep the peg simple...
Do pop over and join in with our challenge this month....Lozzy, our "Boss Lady" has a prize for the winner..so well worth giving us a visit..hope to see you soon.
You can find us here at...More Mixed Media

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sunflowers

Good Morning..looks like rain..a welcome change from the intense heat we've been having..far too hot for me....
Many moons ago when my children were small, they used to plant sunflower seeds and see who's would grow the tallest...so when I saw Valarie's Flower theme for this fortnights Tag Challenge I remembered an old stamp I have and that reminded me of my childrens flower growing...
So here is the Tag I made...I love this stamp of the little girls sitting among the sunflowers...


I stamped on white card and then using water colour paints I coloured the image. The word stamp is from a different stamp...
I had to take the photo against a dark background, even though it was a bright day yesterday, the white tag against a white background looked grey.....
So if you love making Tags why not come along and join in with the challenge.
You can find it here at
Tag Tuesday

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Too good to waste....

It's July already..where has the last few months gone..I don't know if it's because I am older that time is flying by. The weather is ridiculously hot at the moment, I am spending more time indoors with all the fans going, but the time at home has given me an excuse the sift through a lot of my craft stuff.
I was given some albums some years ago..I was loathe to throw them away, so I stripped them back to the original covers and decided to make a couple of small journals for my design team project at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.for their July challenge.


I decided to make 4 journals  from the 4 boards so I measured them so 2 would be slightly larger than the other. 


I took one of each size and rounded the corners and the other 2 I set aside to alter at a later date.
I gave them a good sanding with some fine sandpaper to remove any glue residue.
I then gave them 2 coats of gesso.


For both of the journals I added some texture through a stencil to the front cover and left it to dry overnight.
 I painted both sides of the front and back covers using green,blue and yellow acrylic paints..then highlighted some areas in gold gilding wax for the shell journal and then I used brown,black and orange for the steampunk style journal, highlighting areas with gunmetal gilding wax.


For this journal, I adhered some orange mesh, muslin and shells to the top cover and finished decorating it with some pearls from an old necklace that was given to me some years ago, well I was never going to wear it,lol.
The pages in the journal are from scraps from around my craft room..some pages have pockets etc..sorry I forgot to photograph the inside.


The Steampunky journal is a great size..more for a man I feel. I decorated the cover with cogs and chicken wire that are from Fernli Designs...after painting them I added rust effect to areas to age it some more.
Again, the pages are from scraps in my craft room..


The Seaside journal measures 14cms x 8cms
The Steampunky one measures 14cms x 6cms
The covers are really sturdy as the board is really thick.

If you have any old board books and you no longer need them, why not recycle them and come along to Rhedds and enter our challenge...

You can find our July Challenge here at 


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Twins....

I've been meaning to post this Tag for the Tag Tuesday Challenge for the last few days...but I have unexpectedly had to look after my great grandson for a few days...he is still here but sat eating his breakfast, so I thought I'd quickly post my tag.


The theme this fortnight was chosen by Wilma..and she chose Gemini..so anything related to twins.
The first thing to come to my mind was Alice in Wonderlands Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee...so I managed to source an image of the twins from a movie.
The background of the tag was made from distress inks and stamped images from my stamps.
Do pop over and join in with our challenge if you love making Tags...we would love to see you...
You can find us here at 

Monday, June 11, 2018

A New Thing...Artist Trading Coins

A new swap/trade is appearing in groups, on facebook and some blogs...so of course I had to find out more.
I don't know who thought up the idea for this new craze, but I am happy they did...
Artist Trading Coins.
As I have no 2.5" punch and I am rubbish at cutting circles..I ordered some fabulous mdf coins from Fernli Designs. They are perfect..and of course can take any medium thrown at it.

Here is my first ever Atc Coin...this one is made from gray board.


I used backing paper over the coin and then stamped over that..added the image of the little girl and then some flowers. The edges I distressed with ink.


These 3 Atc Coins I have made for a group swap...these are the Fernli Design mdf coins...for each coin I used my own papers that I had used oxide inks on..then added stamped images, the bathing beauty was found in my stash of scraps...
All coins must be 2.5" and really can be made from anything..I prefer the mdf as they are so rigid and will withstand battering during postage...

A Night at the Movies

Tag Tuesday have their current challenge running for another week..and the theme is A Night at the Movies, chosen by design team member Joan
I'm trying to keep active craft wise, but my knee is still painful and it interrupts my concentration quite a lot...but I try and push through because I know how bored I would get if I couldn't craft.


So here is my Movie Tag..I had fun creating this one from a set of stamps from Artistic Outpost..the film strip stamp I used on some acetate and laid that over the image..
Do pop over and join in with the challenge...you can find it here at ........Tag Tuesday

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pretty Puzzle Piece

I've been having a play with some large puzzle pieces recently and this the last one that I made...this is for my design team project for this months challenge over at
More Mixed Media.
The theme as always is Mixed Media, with an option of using a colour..and this month the colour is Purple.
After sanding the puzzle piece down I gave it 2 coats of gesso..once dry I stamped the background and image using the masking method.
Once it was dry I coloured the image using Luminarte Twinkling h2o Paints..sadly the lovely shimmer doesn't show in the photo.


I stamped the Femme Fatale and adhered that to the puzzle piece and then sprayed it with a glossy sealer..leaving it to dry overnight.


To finish I add some girlie beads and a hanging ribbon.

Do go and check out the challenge and see what fab projects the other designers have created....you can us find here...
More Mixed Media