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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tag # 58 Bunting or Flags

It's thursday...time for another challenge over at
Go Tag Thursday...
Here are my Tags....only finished them today..been a busy week for me...




Do you enjoy making Tags..then why not pop over to
  Go Tag Thursday and join in with our challenge....hope to see you there...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rainbow Postcard

It's Sunday...time for a new challenge over at Sunday Postcard Art.
This week the theme is Rainbow..so anything related to that is acceptable..just be sure to make your postcard 4"x 6"

                            Here is my Rainbow Postcard


For the background colour of my postcard I used Oxide Inks..then using chalks I coloured a rainbow, blending in with my finger tip.
I stamped the tree with the verse and also stamped a few birds.
The little pixie was added as an after thought because it had fallen out of a folder and was lying on my desk near the laptop..so I just had to add it.
You can find Sunday Post Art HERE

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Button It Tag

These are my tags for the challenge this week over at Go Tag Thursday The theme is Button It..so a button, either stamped,die cut, a real button must be clearly seen on the tag...


For my first Tag I used a PaperArtsy image of the lady and masked that to stamp the back ground..I added the lens, the Sassy label, the flower and buttons to finish it...
The background colour was created using Oxide Inks, that had been sprayed many times to bring the colour down to a nice shade of pink.

I am entering my Sassy Tag in to the lovely challenge over at Try It On Tuesday....their theme is Tags.




For this tag, again the background was created using Oxide Inks, then randomly stamped. I added some sticky back mesh to one side of the tag..and added a frayed strip of fabric towards the lower part of the tag. Using a wooden heart that I covered in paper and added a label. To one side of the heart I added some sticky backed mesh,  finally adding the buttons
I found a scrap of old lace and added that to the heart before adhering it to the tag.
To finish I just tied some cream ribbon around the lower part of the tag over the fabric.

So if you like making Tags and you enjoy a challenge, why not pop over and join in...there are no prizes, just the chance of your tag being chosen to be showcased...
You can find the challenge here at
 Go Tag Thursday.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Days Gone By Postcard

I was delighted that I was asked to be the Hostess over at  Sunday Postcard Art  this week...
In case you have never visited, its a challenge blog just for Postcards..any medium, just stay within the chosen theme each week...and of course your postcard must measure 4"x 6"
The theme I have chosen is Days Gone By...or Nostalgia.


For the base of my postcard I used Oxide Inks and some torn papers. I then swiped over it with a very thin layer of gesso.
I stamped the words and the postcard script from stamps in my stash.
The butterfly was die cut from some spare card that had been coloured with Oxide Inks..then stamped and added to the postcard.
The image, would you believe is actually "Me"..I was 3yrs old..my cousin Stuart is stood next to me, he is 18 months older than me.
This photo was taken by my mother...we had been for a walk and my mother and my auntie added the wild flowers to our ears, well not in our ears, they were looped over the top, lol.
Notice Stuart, being a typical boy, is holding his stick..as for me I am carrying an old camera case...

I would love it if you would pop over and visit the blog..maybe you would like to join in..I hope so..

                          The challenge is here at
                      Sunday Postcard Art

Thursday, July 6, 2017

In the Garden

Here are my Tags for this weeks challenge over at
  Go Tag Thursday...a great theme too, "In the Garden" so plenty for scope there.
My tags were made using two very old stamps that were just perfect for the theme...

                                         Little Girl Tag


Little Boy Tag


If you enjoy making Tags..why not pop over and join in with this weeks challenge...you can find it here at...
                                      Go Tag Thursday

I am entering my Little Boy tag in to the challenge over at
  Try It on Tuesday.......their theme is "Tags"
I am enteriny my Little Boy Tag in to the challenge over at
Eclecti Ellapu...their theme is Summer Colours or Seaside ( I've chosen Summer Colours)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pretty Gift Bag

I have had these very pretty papers in my stash for what seem years...I am not a "cute" designer when it comes to my craft projects, so is it any wonder these have been neglected.
The challenge this month over at More Mixed Media is as always Anything Goes, but with a colour twist...and this month the twist is "Pastels"....so these papers were just perfect to use for my gift bag.


I mounted the pretty papers on to some white card adhered them to the front and  back of the bag.
For the front only I added a strip of lace to one side and then made a panel using white card, die cuts and a torn strip of paper from the same set.
The little white frame was treated to some lovely pale green gilding wax...I found an image on another sheet of paper, so trimmed that to fit in the frame.


I adhered the panel to the front of the bag, then added the frame, flowers and some gorgeous pearly white leaves.
To finish the bag I added some really vintage lace to the handle....
My friends birthday is today so this bag will be holding her birthday present....
Do pop over to the challenge..would be great to see you there...just click on the link below and it will take you straight to the challenge....



Saturday, July 1, 2017

This weeks Sunday Postcard.....

It's Sunday..time for another challenge over at Sunday Postcard Art..this is such a nice challenge blog and the only one I know that is specifically for postcards.
The theme this week, chosen by Mandy, is Hexagons....so here is my postcard.


Do pop along for a look and maybe join in with the challenge..just be sure that your postcard is 4" x 6" and follow the theme...
                                                The challenge is here at
                                                 Sunday Postcard Art

A little bit of Haberdashery

I was given this house frame some time ago by my friend, it had been given to her, but she being a card maker passed it on to me saying "I'm sure you will make good use of it"...and I have, even though its taken me about 2yrs to use it,lol.
To be fair I had put it with all my other stash and like most of us, forgot about it, it only resurfaced while I was looking for something else!
So I kept it one side to use for my Dt project for
Rhedd's Creative Spirit.....


The frame was in very good condition so needed no adjustment.
In the photo below you can see at one time it had a "back" to it




I cut a "back" from some thick mount board.


I then laid the frame over the mount board and pencilled in the "windows"


I used some pretty Paris themed paper and covered the windows that I had marked in pencil.


Once the glue was dry I slid the "back" in to the frame to be sure the "window" sections were in their correct position..then I removed it and painted the frame in cream acrylic paint.
Once the paint was dry I added the "back" and tacked it in to place using a few small pins.


From my stash I had steadily sorted through some trinkets, knick knacks and added them to the windows. I found a lovely vintage photo that I trimmed for a metal frame and added that to a window.


I kind of had a bit of a haberdashery them going on in my head, so I cut some small pieces of fabric and tied them in bundles..wrapped lace and ribbon on to some reels...I even found a small MDF sewing machine,that has been in my stash for years,lol..
Once I was happy with all the furnishings I added some ribbon and a pink rose to a dress form and adhered that to the side of the frame.
All in all I am very happy with this project.....I've since added a hanging bracket on the back, so this now hangs on my bedroom wall.
Do pop over and take a look at the design teams creations for this month...we are an altered art/ mixed media challenge blog ( no papercrafts ) so maybe you would like to enter the challenge...
You can find it here at 


Seahorse Altered Match Box.

This month for Altered Eclectics I altered a small MDF matchbox, these are readily available in different sizes from Fernli Designs,



After gluing the matcbox together and leaving it to dry over night, I gave it a coat of gesso. The inside of the drawer I paint in pale blue.
Using card that I coloured with distress inks, I stamped it with a nautical image...then I cut it to fit all sides of the box and the front and back of the drawers.


I sprayed the match box with a gloss sealer, added the knob to the drawer.
Then I added the seahorse, some drift wood, mesh and shells and quote and again sprayed the box again with the gloss sealer.
The sealer also brightened up the glass and shells and pebbles that went in to the drawer...I was really pleased with the effect...
Why not pop over and enter this months challenge at
Altered Eclectics
I am entering my match box in to the challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu their theme this month is Seaside or Summer Colours.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Love is like a Butterfly

Butterfly is the theme for this weeks challenge over at.......Go Tag Thursday....




You can create your tag using any medium, it can be any size..so long as it relates to the theme.
You can find the challenge here at
Go Tag Thursday

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Postcard Art

The theme this week is Zeppelin, chosen by Marion....such a great theme.
I was spoilt for choice with all the stamps I have that would fit the bill..however I had been using some from a set for another project and as they were still on my desk I  used some of them for my postcard....I love the flying man stamp....


Do pop over and join in with the challenge..just be sure your postcard is 4" x 6"
                      You can find the challenge here at
                                 Sunday Postcard Art

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A couple of "Star Tags"

It's Thursday..time for another challenge over at Go Tag Thursday.
The theme this week is Star /Stars



For my first Tag I used a stamp set from Artistic Outpost...First I created a background using Oxide inks and stamping film reels and stars over the tag. I found a film strip stamp, totally for got I owned that and stamped that with Stazon ink on some acetate. The baby and larger stars and sentiment were stamped on to some spare card and coloured...once dry I added them to my tag.



As with my first Tag I created the background with Oxide Inks..the taking different stamps I added the stars and hot air balloon.
The sentiment and Flying Man were stamped on spare card, coloured, cut then applied to the Tag....

So if you like making Tags and you enjoy a challenge do pay us a visit, we are here at 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Numbers Postcard....

Finally...I got around to finishing my postcard. I was busy at the weekend with my great grandson and at almost 3yrs I did have my hands full.
This weeks theme at Sunday Postcard Art was chosen by Audrey and she chose "Numbers"



 I created the background for my 6" x 4" postcard, then using a selection of stamps I added the grass and number script..then on some spare card I stamped and cut out the numbers and the Hangin ' Out script...
The image of the postman and his son were in the public domain, I remember printing it off about 2/3 yrs ago and never got to use it..so I thought now was a good time.
Isn't it a great image..I love the look on the little boys face...his father dsoen't look too happy either...lol.

                     You can find the challenge over at
                                Sunday Postcard Art 

  I am also entering my postcard in to the challenge over at
                                        Try it on Tuesday

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Another week, another challenge...

I love making Tags, which is why I set up my little blog
 Go Tag Thursday...each week is a different theme and although there are no prizes..one or two tags, ( depending on how many entries there are ) are showcased each week...
My blog has been running for a year new and to start off year 2 the theme is Anything Goes...so here are my Tags...




I do hope my Tags have inspired you to pop over to
Go Tag Thursday and join in the challenge.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Silhouette Postcard.......

I seem to have been busy recently with designer projects for several challenge blogs..also on a weekly basis I make 2 tags a week for my Tag Challenge blog ...so it was nice to create this afternoon for Sunday Postcard Art's challenge.
Their theme this week is Silhouette, chosen by Anne...and here is my postcard....



Why not pop over and join in with the fun...just be sure your postcard is 6" x 4"....you can find the challenge here at

                                    Sunday Postcard Art

For those of you that may be interested in my weekly Tag challenges, you can find the blog here at
 
                                       Go Tag Thursday

I am also entering this Postcard in to the Touch of Pink/Purple challenge at

                                         Electic Ellapu

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Some Fruity Tags....

Fruit is the theme this week over at Go Tag Thursday..as the blog owner I set the themes each week and very often I set myself a difficult challenge....this one is a prime example.
I came up with the theme without thought as to what I was going to use to create my Tags, lol.
I set too and had a good look through a lot of craft stash...
This image of the Cherry Fairy I found in a folder on the shelf and used that for my first tag...


 I had a few sheets of backing papers that matched very well, including a piece that actually had cherries on...so I layered up my tag, added the image and all the trims.


For my 2nd Tag I remembered I had  bought this Stampendous stamp from a declutter group absolutely ages ago.
I stamped the image then coloured it using a damp brush and distress inks..then distressed the edges of the tag itself with Walnut Stain.


I added Stickles "Spun Sugar " to highlight areas of the image..unfortunately that doesn't really show in the first photo, so I took another and cropped it.
I hope you will drop by and enter the challenge, which you can find here at 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spectacle Maker Tag

I was having a sort through my stamps and happened to come across a few that I've had for a while from Stampendous and the Cat one was just perfect for my entry for the challenge at Tag Tuesday where their theme this fortnight is Animals.


I used a large Tag and covered it with papers and from some scraps that I had I made a half tag and other layers that I distressed.
I stamped this gorgeous cat, the I coloured him using a damp brush and distress ink, once dry I cut him out.
First time out for this stamp and I love him...
After layering up the papers and half tag I added the cat and the lens and clock.
I am really pleased with this tag, it just all seemed to go together so easily...
Do pop over and join in with the challenge, there is a prize on offer, so well worth a visit....you can find it here at....



Monday, June 5, 2017

My Purple Album....

I decided to drag this fab album out from the depths of my craft stash...I remember ages ago I had bought several of these albums, each one different as in Life,Love,Home,Live....and after altering a few as gifts, the others somehow got buried when new stash arrived...you know how it is, lol.
So for my designer project for More Mixed Media this month I used one of the albums.
The theme as always is Anything Goes, so long as it is Mixed Media...there is a twist each month as in a colour and for this months challenge the colour is Purple


I had a lovely pad of backing papers in my stash,the colours ranging from deep purple to almost lilac..so this is what I used to cover the album pages.


On some white card I stamped then die cut the flowers...shaped them, distressed the edges with ink and then added a pretty pearly brad to each flower.
I cut a few leaves and then added them with the flowers to the album...to finish I cut and added some white and purple ribbon to the book rings and added some pearly gems to each page.
You can find the challenge here at
                                      More Mixed Media

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Altered puzzle piece..Vintage Style

I happened to come across a child's floor puzzle in a charity shop..the pieces are quite large and just perfect for altering...
As usual the 1st of each month sees the new challenge start over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...so for my project I altered one of the puzzle pieces to make a pretty wall hanging.



I started by sanding the image off of the puzzle piece and then gave it a coat of gesso. When that was dry I then covered the piece with a napkin, when that was dry I punched 2 holes and added a cord for hanging.
Next I added a couple pieces of lace and some applique. I found a vintage image in my stash, so I distressed the edges of that and added that to a scrap piece of script backing paper, distressing the edges of that as well.


I added the topper to the altered puzzle piece and then added a couple of roses and pearl trim.
I felt it was still lacking something so I added a silver effect corner pieces and a blingy butterfly.
I am really happy with how this piece turned out..it now has pride of place hanging on the handle of my pine wardrobe.
Do pop over to the blog for a look...check out the designers projects this month..you may be inspired to join in with the challenge...
You can find it here at........Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Road Trip / Holiday Tag

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday and the theme is Road Trip / Holiday
I decided to use my Road Trip set of stamps from Artistic Outpost


....and for the second tag, I used a stamps I bought from a declutter group on facebook..that stamp was from an A4 sheet by Tuscany Rose...


I adore this little boy in his car..all dressed up and ready for his trip, lol...

Do pop over and join in with the challenge if you can, any medium ( including digi ) and any sized tag..so long as you keep to the theme...
The challenge is here at
  Go Tag Thursday

Altered Book Box

I've had this Book Box in my workshop for what seems like forever....my workshop is actually my garage and I happened to have the doors open when one of my neighbours walked by and said Hello, we ended up chatting for a while and I showed her where I crafted. My neighbour spotted the blank book box on the shelf and said her husband would love something like that...so I offered to alter it for her...
I thought this would be a good project for Altered Eclectics where I am on the design team there.


I started by painting the box in black acrylic paint..as the mdf was such good quality it took 2 coats easily and covered so well.
I searched through my stash and found some really thick backing paper and lined the inside of the lid and the box.


Because the box was for an elderly gent, I wanted to keep it simple, no frills so to speak.  Again in my stash I found some more of the thick backing papers that I could use for the cover of the box and also some contrasting paper for the edges and spine.



Once every thing was dry I went along the edges with Black Soot distress ink...I then re-added the hinges.
I was at a point where the box looked suitable, but it still needed something..so I added a metal embellishment that I had made gold using gilding wax...Finally I added the ribbon...I purposely didn't glue down the ribbon in case the gent didn't like it.
I am very pleased to say the box was well received and has been put to good use.

Do pop over and take a look at this months challenge..it's here at
                              Altered Eclectics

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tag # 49...A Country

Well, this is a theme that I have rarely used and having so many country type rubber stamps,I thought it was about time I used them, so used the theme for this week's challenge over at Go Tag Thursday.

The first Tag is France....using some stamps by Darkroom Door.

I am entering this Tag in to the challenge over at
  Tag Tuesday where the theme is Anything Goes.

My 2nd Tag is USA...stamps again by Darkroom Door.


I am entering this Tag in to the challenge over at
  Tag Tuesday....the theme is Anything Goes.


So do you love making Tags..then why not head on over to Go Tag Thursday and join in with this weeks challenge.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tag # 48 Tag...Tape Measure or Ruler

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday...the theme is Tape Measure or Ruler.
I have made 2 Tags this week, both within the theme, but totally different from one another...


 This Tag was made from papers in my stash..and the flower were die cut from papers from the same set. I also added a wooden tape measure button.


This Tag was made using a stamp from Darkroom Door and other Measurement stamps that I also have in my stash..


So if you fancy a challenge why not pop over and join in...the challenge is here at
                                  Go Tag Thursday.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tag # 47 Friendship...

The theme this week at Go Tag Thursday is "Friendship"

These are my designer Tags for the challenge....




This is a weekly fun challenge..would be lovely to see you over there....
You can find the challenge here at