Tuesday, November 14, 2017

If Music be the food.........

I have always enjoyed making small pieces of artwork,like Tags, Twinchies, Inchies and Atcs..I think I enjoy it so much because I kind of panic when I see a big blank
So here we are with another challenge over at Tag Tuesday and the theme this fortnight was chosen by Michele..and she chose Music..she is also offering a prize for her do pop over for a look and maybe join in with the fun.

Here is my "Music" Tag...I used the paper from  an old music book to cover the base of the tag, then inked and stamped over to create a background. The image is a freebie, which I printed off. The heart was stamped, cut and then added to the tag..I also found some rose images in my stash so added them.
Finally I printed a sentiment then cut out the individual words and mounted them on some pink card before adding to  my Tag.
Do pop over and have a play in the I said earlier there is a prize up for grabs from can find the challenge here, just click on the link below.....

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A few Atcs....

Well, there's not much I can do at the moment after having my knee operation yesterday.I am home,but have to take it easy for a few days then gradually get back in to the swing of things.
I'm showing you a few Atcs I made a couple of weeks ago for a swap...

 I coloured the background with distress inks and then added red ink through a stencil...
Using a collage stamp I stamped over the atc..added some random white dots with my posca paint pen.
The images were stamped on some white card ( I was lucky enough to get these stamps in a declutter lucky was that ) and then cut and added to the atcs.
I am really pleased with the way they look...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Mono Row Houses....'s the 5th of the month and time for another challenge over at More Mixed Media.
Anything goes, so long as it is Mixed Media, and just to spice things up a bit there is a colour twist should you want to give it a go.....and there is a prize of some fabulous papers of your choice should you be our Winner...badges too for the do pop over and join in with the challenge.

                                              Standing up

The colour twist this month is "Black" so for my design project I chose to go with monchrome.
I cut several sets of houses from the Artful Dwelling die...I glued two houses of the same together to make them more rigid.
I decorated each piece with scraps of paper from my stash, some frames that were die cut ...The images were stamped on white card..the same for the sentiment. I added some die cut birds, a birdhouse and fencing....

Laid flat

Once each house was decorated I joined them together using washi tape, doubled the thickness by putting the sticky sides together..securing it in place with a little piece of sticky tape.
I then added the backs to each of the having 3 layers the houses stand up really well.
Do pop over and check out the can find it here at
More Mixed Media

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Artist Trading Block

November already...Christmas is looming up pretty quickly
The challenge for November has just started over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and my project this month is an Artist Trading Block.

I covered it in tape measure designer paper and added some lace and buttons.
The thread card is one I printed off and the needles are actually antique that I bought in a bundle of haberdashery stuff from a charity shop!

I wound threads on to the mini cotton reels and added them to the Atc block. 
The dress form is made from board and I glued several together before painting it. The wings are from my stash, so they were highlighted with platinum gilding wax and attached to the dress form.

Hope you will  pop over the the challenge and maybe join in with this months challenge.
You can find the blog here at at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

Nice little Boat.....

My goodness, where did October go??  We are so near the end of 2017.... I feel this year has gone by far too quickly...
Over at Altered Eclectics the challenge for November has just always anything altered, recycled, Mixed Media goes....but no paper crafts.

My project this month for Altered Eclectics is this lovely Boat Display unit..I must admit it has been sitting in the cupboard in my craft room for around 2 yrs..probably longer to be honest.
I remember buying it at a craft show..I think its made by Tando. 
Very easy to put together ( I did use strong glue ) is made from gray board.

I applied a base coat of gesso then painted it twice with pale blue acrylic paint..then when that was dry I dry brushed some white acrylic paint over the blue.
I had some fab backing paper the had a washed out, peeled paint design on so used that for the back panel.

In my stash I found some bottles that I filled with sand and shingle and some very tiny shells. The orange net had my clementines in...the shells from my local beach that I collected in the summer..along with the drift wood. The seagull is a button and my very last one,so now I am looking for more to replace the ones I have used.

I varnished the pebbles...and I found some black mesh in a box, so that was perfect for a fishing net. 
My friend had given me some little compass's a few months ago, they are the perfect size for this project.
I am so pleased with the way this piece turned out...
Please do pop over to Altered Eclectics and take a look at all the designs teams projects..and maybe you will be tempted to enter the challenge this month.
You can find the challenge here at Altered Eclectics

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tag Tuesday..Book Print

Good Morning Everyone...I am a little late posting today.I had a poorly great grandson over the weekend..unfortunately he was admitted to hospital yesterday..the good news is this morning after being on a drip all night, he is up and about and just about to eat some breakfast.He had picked up a nasty little virus and it knocked him for six, the poor little chap. you may, or may not know, I am the newbie on the design team over at Tag Tuesday and I got to choose the theme for this fortnights challenge..I chose Book Print....I especially like using the thin older type book pages, but if I need more texture I use the thicker type pages..they are each good in there own ways..the thicker type is almost like blotting paper and can soak up inks and paints

I have added book papers to the base of  both tags, the top tag is mainly distress inks whereas the bottom tag was swiped over with a white acrylic wash over glimmermist sprays.

I do hope you will pop over and play along in the can find it here at
                                    Tag Tuesday

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Just sharing...

This is a tag I made recently for a swap...just thought I would share it and also enter it in to a challenge ( see end of post )

I love the Teesha girl stamp..I have a few of them now that I bought from a Craft Declutter Group.
I hope my swap partner liked my Tag..I never did hear back from her...
The base of the tag was created using different inks and stamps...the girls was stamped separately, painted with watercolours then added to the tag..the same for the sentiment...
I am entering my tag in to the challenge over at ..
                              We Love 2 Create

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Some Good News & a Tag

As the saying goes.." when one door closes, another one opens" and that certainly happened to me....
Sadly I had to close my beloved Tag Challenge blog, the entries got less and less so it was pretty pointless carrying on....but as soon as I closed it there was an invitation in my email box inviting me to join the fabulous design team over at Tag Tuesday....and of course I accepted immediately.

I love making Tags, its such a good way to use up so many scraps we all have lying around on our work desk..for me it's also a way that I can use my many, many stamps..being more altered art in style nowadays, I don't get to use my stamps that often now.

So the theme this fortnight at Tag Tuesday has been chosen by Valerie and is Autumn / Halloween...or you can combine both.

I shaded my tag using distress inks with some ink dusters. The images are stamped from a set of stamps by Artistic Outpost....then using a damp brush and distress inks I shaded the house and foreground. To add the leaves to the tree, I used some cotton buds and distress inks.

I hope to see you join in with the can find it here at
                                       Tag Tuesday 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A little Bit of Halloween....

I created a pair of Arches for my design team project for More Mixed Media this month.
The challenges are always mixed media and there is the option to follow the colour choice..and the colour is I decided to go with the Halloween theme.

It took me a while to get the template made from some cardboard as I had to draw it free hand and honestly I am totally rubbish at drawing a straight line, let alone a curved one!
I then used my template and using a craft knife I cut 2 arches from some really thick gray board that was on the back of a large water colour paper pad.
Using orange card I covered the arches then added the stamps images to create the background...the ghost, cobweb and cat are die cuts but the image of the little witch is stamped and coloured and then cut out, the same for the 2 cute pumpkins. I added some sparkle to the witches hat.
The clock is also from some scrap paper I had in my stash.

You can find this challenge over at.......
More Mixed Media

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Challenge....

For my design team project at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month, I couldn't resist making something with a Halloween theme.
What was once a white mini cabinet with a clock that I picked up in a charity shop about a year ago, is now a cabinet storing bottles of poison,some eyeballs, ghost & ghoulie books..along with a rather large black spider that's spread his web everywhere inside the cabinet.

Lots of sanding as the top section had a flower transfer on it....

Gessoed twice then painted twice in orange acrylic paint.

I decided to paint the top and bottom of the cabinet in black paint,but it just didn't work, so I sanded it back..I rather liked the effect and left it as it was.

I added the witch and cats looking in the window..and a few embellishments to the top section....finally adding a bat and skeleton on a chain on the door....

You can find this challenge over at theme, but your entry must be altered papercrafts/cards.

I am linking my project to the challenge over at We Love to Create
After a short break they are back with a new pop over and take a look...

Pretty Altered Perfume Bottle

I have made an extra project this month for Rhedds Creative Spirit....2 girlies from the team are on leave at the moment, but will be back as soon as they are able to.

My extra project is one of my old perfume was by Celine Dion and I always loved the bottle so kept it for absolutely ages...

I decorated the bottle with hessian, lace and a torn strip of fabric....all glued in place then I tied around some string.

I also added a glass stopper and a cuff around the neck of the bottle and then made a tag from some brown kraft card and some sticky backed hessian..adding sisal fibres and a flower.

Do pop over and take a look at our challenges....they are altered art, recycled, up papercrafts or can find the challenge here at
                                Rhedd's Creative Spirit

A little Altered Tin

My design team project for Altered Eclectics this month is a little altered tin.
I ask my family and friends to save them for me and they have and now I have a stash of them in all different shapes and sizes...time I started using them,lol...

I started by sanding down the tin and then giving it 2 coats of gesso and then a coat of cream acrylic paint.

I added washi tape around the edges and to the inside rim of the tin.
I have a box with lots of small scraps of backing papers and these are what I used to cover the outside of the tin.
I then added the pretty farme and the word Daydream that I stamped on some spare card.

Again, using scraps of backing paper, I lined the inside of the time, then add a card on one side and the image of  the little girl on the other side.
Then I added some muslin and embellishments and the butterfly to the girls hair.
Do pop over and join in the with challenge, you can find it here at......
                                             Altered Eclectics

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tag # 64 Earthtones

I'm feeling a bit sad....I have decided to close down my Tag Challenge Blog at Go Tag Thursday.
There just isn't enough interest to keep it going any longer.
So Tag # 64 is the last challenge and the theme is Earthtones.
Here is my tag..I love the colours of Autumn and I really enjoyed creating this tag..I even added a little bit of sparkle on the leaves...

Thank you for dropping by my blog...if you fancy entering the last challenge you can find it here at
                                    Go Tag Thursday

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Why,this clock is exactly 2 days slow....

I am very honoured to have been invited to be a Guest Designer over at Try It on Tuesday.
The remit was Clock / Watch...and I had just the stamp to fit the bill.

I had a look in my stash to find something suitable that would show the stamp up and something I could I chose this plaque, it was the perfect size too.
I sanded it down a little then painted it to seal the wood in gesso...once dry I added 2 coats of white acrylic paint, then left it to dry over night.

I stamped the image of the Mad Hatter  and the sentiment (from the Alice stamp set by Indigoblu) on to the plaque and heat dried the ink..although the ink is waterproof  I wasn't going to risk smudges when I coloured the image in.
Once everything was completely dry I sprayed the plaque with Seal and Shine from Crafter's companion, then I added the clock and 2 red bows.
I hope you will pop over to the blog and join in with the challenge, you can find it here at
                                       Try It On Tuesday

Monday, September 25, 2017


I'm trying to get myself up to date and a little ahead of myself for my own blog challenges... (Rhedd's Creative Spirit & Go Tag Thursday ) and some challenges I usually enter, because I will be away on a break from 2nd Oct for a week..
So yesterday I managed to get a few things done and one of them was my Steampunk themed Tag for the challenge at Tag Tuesday

I used a cream tag and stamped some ink blots all over it in Fosslised Amber distress ink
Using my gorgeous collage stamp by Le Blanche I stamped the main image, shading in the face and hair. Then using random stamps from my stash I added more images in brown ink and again used the distress ink I used for the ink blots.
From some scrap card that I had inked up I stamped the word and mounted that on some card, also stamped a hand which I coloured lightly.
I distressed the edges of the card in Spiced Marmalade distress ink and then added the embellishments and word......
If you fancy entering the challenge why not pop over and take a can find it here at
                                     Tag Tuesday

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friendship Tag

I love this stamp and when I saw the theme over at Try It On Tuesday which is "Friendship" it was the perfect excuse to use it again.

I created the the tag using a piece of art card that I had used to try out some paints...I went over the Tag with some background stamps.
I layer up some hessian, cheesecloth and corrugated card, adhered it all to the tag then whipped around one end with some raffia.
I stamped and painted the image and mounted that on some scrap card that had been trimmed off from another finish I added a few daisies.
You can find the challenge here at
Try It On Tuesday

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wooden Chunky Atc Ornament Tutorial

Good Morning Everyone..would love you to check out my picture tutorial for my Nautical Ornament...comments are always welcome...xx

                       You can find the tutorial HERE

Thursday, September 14, 2017

ooh la la..Paris

It's so nice being back in blogland, after being without my laptop for a while...I couldn't do the same things on my tablet, so just had to be patient while my computer guy worked his magic.
To be honest I thought I would lose a lot of my data and files etc, but he saved everything..however now I am searching as it has all been stored in different places, my photos files for crafting have been changed too.
I created a tag for the challenge over at Tag Tuesday the theme there is Paris

 I used backing paper for the background on my tag and then stamped the post mark on it, I also stamped the ooh la la script.
The couple is a fab stamp that I have had for ages..the stamp has part of a building in front of the lady, but I trimmed that away, I coloured her scarf and then added the image to the tag.
To finish I used cream lace and a metal flower embellishment.
You can join in with the challenge here at......
                                             Tag Tuesday

Tag It Tag...

I was so miserable without my laptop...all well and good trying to work from my Tablet, but there was so much I couldn't do....even commenting was difficult. Lucky for me for me my computer man has got me back up and running again.
This fortnights challenge has just started over at 
                                  Go Tag Thursday
The theme is Tag It so a Tag on your tag must be visible...more than one of you want..I added 2 to my Tag.
You can make any size Tag and use any medium, just stay in theme....

 Would love to see you over at the challenge can find it........HERE

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Steampunk Style Tag for MMM.....

Check out this months challenge over at
More Mixed Media
Their challenge is always Anything Goes and if you want to you can also use their colour option and this month the colour is Brown
My project this month as a member of the design team is a Steampunk style Tag...using brown ink.

I created the base of my tag using distress inks and a selection of stamps. I stamped the image of the man and heated embossed the image on some spare card..lightly coloured it then cut it out and added him to my tag.
I coloured some light weight card that I dry embossed with a cogs folder, coloured that with distress ink and tore off a strip and added it under the image. I also stamped and added a label.
To finish the tag I added the cogs and lens and then the chain with the clock.

Do pop over and take a look at the challenge as well as the designs team projects...if you enter the challenge you have the chance of some fabulous papers to choose from for your prize should you win...
You can find the challenge here at 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Artist Trading Block & Drift Wood

Septembers Challenge has just started over at
  Rhedd's Creative Spirit
I was wondering how I could use up some driftwood and one of my many chunky wooden artist trading blocks for my design team project....and this is what I came up with....

I have prepared a picture tutorial that will be posted to Rhedd's Creative Spirit on 15th October, so I do hope you will drop by and take a look...

Painted Dress Form.

Pop on over to Altered Eclectics...they have just launched their challenge for September.
My design team project for them this month is an Altered Dress form.

The dress form was given to me by my best friend, she said I would know what to do with
I gessoed the form then gave it 2 coats of Docrafts Pistachio acrylic paint.
Once dry I dressed it and then created some associated items to add to the base..
Hope to see you over at the's HERE

Monday, August 28, 2017

Back to School Tag

I do like to enter the challenges over at 
Tag Tuesday whenever time allows.
This fortnight their them is "Back To School"....after a rummage in my stash the most I would come up with was a few school documents which I cut out from some backing papers.

The stamp of the little girl is one I picked up in a craft shop sale, I can't remember the maker, but the way she is dressed I thought she would make the perfect school I painted her in green and yellow so it looks like a school uniform...
The back to school was stamped using small alphabet stamps.
You can find the challenge at Tag Tuesday HERE

Sunday, August 27, 2017

In my Garden

Guess what I have made...a card. Well I have this super Garden stamp that I just had to use for the challenge over at TIOT ( Try it on Tuesday )
Their theme this time around is In my Garden.

I made a topper for the card using this fab little stamp by Crafty Individuals...then added the silver word tab.
I just love the sentiment under the man's chair....

I matted and layered the base card and added some garden string and a silver watering card....

Then I added the topper to finish the card....
This card is for the challenge at TIOT ( Try it on Tuesday )

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tick Tock Clock Tag. you know that Go Tag Thursday have a challenge that has just used to be a weekly challenge, but has now gone fortnightly...
The theme for this challenge is Clocks or Watches and here are my Tags....

            For my first Tag I have used an MDF one from
                                       Fernli Designs 

I gessoed the Tag and then dabbed it with alcohol inks, then stamped with a stamp by Paperartsy.
On some scrap  card that had already been coloured with Oxide inks, I stamped the set of wings by Visible Image..then cut them out and added them to my Tag.
I then added the watch and chain.

I covered this Tag in some backing paper from my stash and on some plain white card I stamped the image twice, which are all on the one stamp, Urban Stamp by Papermania.
I lightly coloured all the images and then cut them out. I added a torn strip of paper with clocks on and added that under the image of the boy before adding all the clocks.
To finish I cut the centres of the binoculars out and coloured the rims, then added them to the tag.
Do pop over and check out Go Tag can find it HERE

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Balloon Tag

Balloons is the theme this week over at
Go Tag Thursday  either Hot Air Balloons or Party Balloons, the choice is yours.

I went with a vintage style tag using a selection of stamps from 2 separate stamp sets by Artistic Outpost.
Do check out the tag blog,especially if you enjoy making tags..any medium is acceptable, so long as it is in theme...the blog is here at
                  Go Tag Thursday Challenge Blog

Monday, August 14, 2017

Scrappy Tag

I am sure I am not alone when I say I can't find anything on my work desk because I have so much stuff on it..a pile of stuff here, a pile of stuff there, rubber stamps that need putting away and the ever growing pile of paper offcuts, lol....
Lucky for me the theme at Tag Tuesday is "To Use Your Scraps" while I was making the tag I was also making space on my desk...

I covered my tag with a scrap of backing paper, added a torn scrap of corrugated card that I swiped over with gesso..added 2 little scraps of sticky backed mesh..I was glad to use that up as they have been stuck to the side of my lamp for months,lol.
I used a doily and half wrapped it around the tag..In one of the tubs on my desk I had an vintage advertising card that was torn so I just distressed the edges more and  added 2 stamps to it and added it to my tag.
The lace was from a top I no longer wear and I cut the lace off and that too has been sitting on my desk for ages.
The sentiment tabs are from a friend, they aren't something I use very often, but they were just sitting there in a little poly bag so I had to use a couple...and I found a ready tied bow.
The image had been pre stamped for another project a few months ago..I always stamp an image a few times in case I mess one of them up when colouring or cutting.
You can find this lovely challenge here at

Just a couple of photos of the last lot of stuff to be sorted on my desk... lol