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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Use Pink..a little or a lot.

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday. The theme is to use Pink..a little or a lot, so even a hint of pink will count...
So if you fancy a challenge do pop over and have a look.....
Here are my "Pink" tags...



You can find the challenge here at....... Go Tag Thursday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter/Spring Tag for Go Tag Thursday

Over at Go Tag Thursday this weeks challenge has just started...you can use any medium for your tag and you can make your tag any size...

                                   Here are my 2 tags....




If you enjoy making tags and enjoy joining in with challenges then why not pop over for a look...
you can find the challenge at Go Tag Thursday

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stamp It Tags....

Yes,its that time of the week again, time for another fun Tag challenge at Go Tag Thursday.
This week the theme is Stamp It..so a stamped image, postage stamps, or you can use both like I have...





You can find the challenge here at
Go Tag Thursday

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Chunky Atc for MMM.

I had fun creating this chunky Atc, it's my design team project for More Mixed Media.
The challenge each week is always Mixed Media with an optional twist. this month the twist is Yellow.


I covered the front & back with floral backing paper and light green backing paper for the top,bottom and sides. 


I then distressed the edges using Fossilised Amber and for some shimmer I sprayed the whole piece with Docrafts Goldtone Spray. 
The word stamp is by Paperartsy and the Gibson Girl face is by Artistic Stamper. The girl was stamped separately, coloured, cut and added to the chunky Atc.


I added a scrap of lace to and some flowers and a bird to the bottom corner.
Sorry about the hot glue stringy bits...the photo shows everything,lol..I have since removed them...


I then added the feet and the top knob that I had painted yellow..the top also has 2 brass opposing  corners.

So do please pop over to check out this months challenge and also see what wonderful creations the rest of the team have created...
The challenge is here at

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Altered Match Box

Time again for another challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...My project this week is a large altered matchbox which are readily available here at Fernli Designs...


This project is a tutorial for the challenge this month..so please click on the link HERE and you will be transported to the page...
Would love to read your comments....Thank you for dropping by my blog....x

Vintage Sweet Box

I came across this old sweet box when I had to clear my fathers house after he passed away. In his later years he became a bit of a hoarder, he always felt there was a use for everything....
So I decided to alter it as my design team project for Altered Eclectics.


I first gave the box 2 coats of white gesso, then painted the sides and inside the box in an off white acrylic paint....once dry I applied the napkin to the lid and using a brayer to get rid of an air bubbles.
I left the box overnight to completely dry.



For the sides of the box base I inked up the butterfly stamp by Kaiserkraft and stamped around the edges...then distressed all edges in Aged Mahogany distress ink.




I sprayed 2 coats of seal and shine all over the box and to finish I added a couple of brass corners and a butterfly.



Do pop over and have a look at this months challenge..also take a look at the wonderful creations by the design team...
                                  The challenge is here at
                                       Altered Eclectics


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mobile Phone Holder by Fernli Designs

Here I am with my final project for March for Fernli Designs...two mobile phone holders.
As with all products from Fernli Designs, they are beautifully finished and they accept many types of mediums directly to their surface with little or no preparation...



I decided to make different themes and one for a male the other for a female....

I gave the holders, back as well as the front 2 coats of acrylic paint.



While the paint was drying I stamped the images I wanted to do for the male version on to some card and heat embossed the images, coloured them and cut them  out.


I used the Inventor, the large script and the label....


Using a selection of acrylic paints I dabbed areas over the holder and once dry I added some shapes through a stencil. I also added a few stamped images directly to the holder...but forgot to take a photo...


For the female version I used some stamps from my stash and stamped over both pieces...then distressed the edges using Aged Mahogany distress ink.


I then added the images to the holders using book glue,ensuring each piece was stuck down securely. The images for the female version were all from my stash.




I assembled both pieces and then gave them 2 coats of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to seal the paint and images and to create a wipe clean surface.
                            Below are a few more images..






Thank you to all that visit and leave a comment on my blog......
My Thanks to All at Fernli Designs for having me as their Guest Designer for March....x


Tag # 41

Time for another challenge over at Go Tag Thursday....this weeks theme is Vintage
I actually had a play with my first Tag, as I was tidying my desk I found a little jewelled mask which must have dropped out of one of my pots, so I popped it on the the face of this delightful vintage girlie....suits her doesn't it,lol....

                                                Take One



                                               Take Two





If you love making Tags and enjoy a challenge..it would be great to see you over at.......
                                         Go Tag Thursday

Monday, March 27, 2017

My Guest Designer Project for Fernli Designs

Welcome to my 2nd project for Fernli Designs...I was delighted to be asked to complete 3 projects as their Guest Designer for March.
As you know my first project was the Atc Box & Atcs, which you can see HERE

For this project I have altered Fernli's 4 Drawer Chest....it arrives flat packed, but is very easy to assemble...I used Pinflair book glue for the drawers for extra bonding, but you can use the glue of your choice


After assembling the unit and allowing the glue to dry, I gave it a light coat of burnt umber acrylic paint and then added designs in texture paste on the tops,sides and also the front of the drawers..I left the centre front of the drawers clear for the handles.


I set the unit aside for the texture paste to dry...in the meantime I selected all the elements I wanted to use to decorate the  unit and aged them using Rusty Patina and Gilding wax.


Once everything was dry on the unit I gave it 2 coats of Burnt Umber acrylic paint and then highlighted the textured areas using and Gilding wax and then dabbed Rusty Patina randomly over the whole unit...I also painted the inside of the drawers with Terracotta coloured acrylic paint.


At this stage I had been let down with the hardware for the unit..so as I had a deadline to meet, I had to source items from my stash and adapt them....these too were treated to the Rusty Patina and Gilding Wax.


I assembled the chest and starting on the right hand side I added the elements that I had prepared earlier....


Below is the left hand side.


Here is the top....


I added the ball feet to the chest and the handles to the drawers...not exactly what I wanted for the handles, but when folk let you down you have to adapt.
Below I have added a few more images....there are slight colour differences between some of the photos, the weather had been so bad for a few days it was hard getting a good light.



As you can see this chest is just perfect for all my Fernli Embellishments.





I do hope you have enjoyed this blog post..many thanks to all of you that dropped by and left a comment...
I will be back shortly with my 3rd and final project.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tag # 40..Nautical

I am hoping that the Nautical theme will attract more entries this week for the Tag Challenge over at....
                                     Go Tag Thursday


                                      Here are my Tags


              Both Tags were created using stamps from
                               Our Daily Bread Designs


If you enjoy creating Tags. why not pop over to the challenge blog HERE

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Atc Box with Atcs

I was so thrilled to be asked by Lou over at Fernli Designs to be their Guest Designer for March.
In case you don't already know Fernli Designs make some fabulous craft and and not so crafty items, from tiny hearts and cogs to storage for pens,glues,ribbons etc, all Laser Cut from MDF.
Such versatile items, their embellishments look just as good on cards and Tags etc as much as they do for altered art and stand alone pieces..so be sure to pop over for a browse.

              Artist Trading Card Box & 6 Trading Cards
So, on to my first project for March....my project was created over several days, allowing glue, paste and paint to dry...and I am totally useless at editing videos for YouTube, saying that I do hope you enjoy reading through..I would love to hear what you think in comments at the end.
The colour variation in some of the photos differ slightly, that was due to bad lighting because of bad weather.


This is the Artist Trading Card box with 6 Trading Cards (please note the atcs do not come with the box, they are available separately)
The box is flat packed, but very  easy to assemble, pva glue is as good as any other glue for this product.


Using a selection of tester pot emulsion paints from a store, I gave the box 3 coats and the cards 2 coats of paint.


Using Black Stazon ink I stamped the back of each card, then after choosing my theme, I added the details, sprayed each one with a sealer by  ( Crafters Companion)


Each card I swiped with a selection of acrylic paints and I also used some inks sprays and once dry, I stamped grungy images with distress inks, then stamped the main image, using black stazon ink.
I left them overnight to dry completely then sealed them with a sealer.

The Atc Box




          Using Black Stazon I stamped images on all sides of the box,


......... including the lid,as you can see above.
I distressed around all the edges of the box and lid with black ink, then sprayed it with the sealer.


I set the box aside to dry and painted the wooden knob for the lid and once that was dry I sealed that too and attached it to the box lid.





To finish I added the Atcs to the box....I have spare MDF trading cards so I shall be adding to this collection..


Here are the main products I used


Thank you for checking out my project for Fernli Designs..I would love to read your comments.
Be sure to check Fernlis website which you can find HERE