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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Such a "Bright" Birdhouse....

My goodness, time seems to be flying by..it's August already and I have noticed there are quite a few christmas themed projects appearing already in the crafting world....
Not for me though..at least not yet..I have this pretty Birdhouse to showcase today...


This is my project this month for the challenge over at 
As always the theme is anything mixed media goes...but with an optional twist..and this month's twist is "Brights"
So after sanding it down I gessoed the birdhouse, I used bright acrylic paints to bring it to life.
The roof was then stamped with my bubble stamp from Indgoblu in black stazon ink.


Using my paint pen I added dots to the bubbles and also dots around the opening and wall and base.
Reindeer moss made for a bit of grass...I added flowers and then the bird....
Do go and check out the challenge here at 
More Mixed Media....there is a prize for our winner each month too of some gorgeous papers designed by Lozzy, our boss lady..

Friday, August 3, 2018

Bingo!!!!!

What a great theme for this fortnight's challenge over at Tag Tuesday.
The theme is Bingo and was chosen by design team member Michele.
I had just the stamp for it too..actually it's one that I bought from another crafter some time ago.


If you love making Tags..and you enjoy a challenge, then why not pop over to see us here at 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My Wooden Heart

It's time to get out all your recycling and mixed media stash and pop along to Rhedd's Creative Spirit and enter our challenge.
Myself and the design team would love yo see you so we can all pop along and leave some love on your blog.
We are a strictly no paper-crafts challenge blog..so you can let your imagination go wild with whatever takes your fancy.
Myself and my team invest a lot of our time and energy to inspire you ..and again this month our wizardry Julie will be doing a mid month tutorial on the 15th August.

I myself have had a busy month..mainly family and health issues..so my project this month for Rhedd's wasn't what I had originally planned..but never mind it turned out ok I think....


I started with this lovely wooden heart that I painted twice with gesso..then when that was dry, I cut up some sponge and daubed different coloured acrylic paints on to the heart.
I dried it with my heat tool..then using stazon ink I used my my bubble stamp and stamped that all over the heart.
I then used a paint pen and dotted inside some of the circles.


I stamped the sentiment on some yellow card and distressed the edges and added that to the heart.
I twisted some wax cord and used hot glue to add it under my feather butterfly..I then added some more wax cord for the hanging loop.

I hope to see you over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit soon.....



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

Friday, June 1, 2018

Altered Puzzle Pieces

It's the Ist of the month, so another challenge is starting over at
Rhedd's Creative Spirit.
The design team have created some stunning projects,so I really hope you will pop along and join in with the challenge.
Always Altered Art, Recyled Projects. Mixed Media...anything made of wood, or wood substrate or grey-board...definitely no paper-crafted items.

For my project this month I altered several puzzle pieces, one of which I will be showing in another blog post.
These pieces are large, brightly coloured and were laminated,so I had to sand that back.
I painted the pieces 3 times with gesso.


I inked up the pieces with a selection of colours and then stamped over the whole puzzle piece and left it to one side, while I worked on the next piece.


Using the same inks I coloured the second piece and then used another nautical stamp..this one worked well as I managed to keep the girl image complete.


To finish the pieces I sprayed them with a gloss sealer...added some chains, beads etc from my stash..
If you would like to join in with the challenge you can find it here at 


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lock & Key....

Sadly I've not been doing much blogging recently..I have a very painful knee so sitting or standing for long periods is a big no no...not to mention very uncomfortable.
So for now I am just blogging as and when I create my design team projects or enter a challenge.
Tag Tuesday challenge has another week left to run...the theme was chosen by teamie Wendy and she chose "Locks & Keys"
So here is my Tag....

I used backing paper on top of a brown tag..then I made a topper using corrugated card that I inked with Marmalade distress ink.
I added some fabric and wired a key to the topper and the adhered the topper to the tag.
To finish I added the lock and stamped the words Key & Lock.
Do pop over and join in with the challenge..would be lovely to see you there...
You can find the challenge here at

Monday, May 14, 2018

Baby Love...

There is such a sweet theme this fortnight over at Tag Tuesday....."Baby Love"
I wasn't quite sure how I would create my Tag as all I had in my head was the song "Baby Love" by the "Supremes"...so I started sorting through some stash while humming that song.
I managed to find a lovely vintage image to use....


I added backing paper to my tag and then stamped the words..The images was then added and then the trimmings....
If you love making Tags and fancy a challenge do pop over and join us. We are here at Tag Tuesday

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pretty little Tag

For all of you that enjoy Mixed Media, why not pop over and join in with our challenge this month at More Mixed Media.
The theme as always is Anything Goes, but with an Optional Twist...and the twist is "PINK"
My design team project is this mixed media tag...


I covered my tag is backing paper..loved this as it had  a peeling paint affect ..and it had pink in it. The script for the background was added using a stamp.
 I adhered some sisal fibres to the tag, then added some leaf style pieces of lace  and then some pink lace that I had gathered up in to a rosette.
The flowers were added with some pearl string and curly wire..to finished I stamped the word on spare card and then added it to the tag.
A very simple but pretty Tag....
Do pop along and check out the challenge, there is a prize of some lush papers for our winner each month...you can find us here at 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mini Mixed Media Canvas.

Its time for another challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...and also introducing 4 new members to the design team...I do hope you will all pop over and say Hello..

My project for May is this little canvas...I have several of  these laying around in my workshop. I happened to see a few that had been decorated online and decided I could do something similar with mine.


I started by winding a selections of yarns, lace and string around the canvas...then added a few beads and a key.
I painted it all with gesso...then used a selection of spray inks for colour.
My colour palette changed the more I sprayed and I finished with a gorgeous purple,blue and gold colour


The crucifix is by Fernli Designs...I applied Purple wax gilding direct to the mdf then wrapped some wire around it and adhered it to the canvas.
It really looks gorgeous in real life and very tactile...
Do pop over and take a look at our challenge...you can find us here at
                          Rhedd's Creative Spirit.


Fancy Case....

It's time for this months challenge over at Altered Eclectics...where did April go?
My project this month is my spectacle case...yes, I am actually using it...lol
I have several pairs for different things, so several cases and as I've never altered one before, I thought I would give it a go.



I sanded the case down and then gave it two coats of white gesso..leaving it overnight to dry completely.
Using pale pink acrylic paint I gave the case 2 coats..due to the lighting, the pink looks more lilac in the photo..in real life its a lovely dusky pink.
I added the trim to the lid, then added the ribbon and pearly gem.
I love they way it looks, not too fussy but still special...
Hope to see you over at Altered Eclectics this month...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dragonfly Specimen Cabinet

I really should start making more craft videos because then I would become more proficient at how everything works on YouTube..at the moment I am still a  bit of a greenhorn.
I have finally added some decent script and music to my most recent project for Fernli Designs...


( sorry about the thumbnail, told you I was still a greenhorn..click on the video it will play from the beginning )

My Fernli Design items for this project are the stunningly detail Dragonflies and the Chicken Wire Mesh....
Fernli Designs have such a wide selection of storage and embellishments on their website..please pop over and take a look...and it you need something different they are always happy to oblige..
Hope you enjoy my video....

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Steampunk / Mechanical

I am hosting this fortnights challenge over at Tag Tuesday and for my theme I chose Steampunk / Mechanical.
I think this subject covers such a wide spectrum, so I am hoping to see lots of entries...


I used mount board for the tag and covered it with black gesso. once dry I added some texture paste through a stencil..once that was dry I swiped over some browns, orange and yellow acrylic paints.
I stamped the Robotic man on some waste card left over from a project where I used oxide inks.I trimmed him to fit the card and stamped the script and set that to one side.
The chicken wire ( from Fernli Designs ) was treated with some Rustic paste and added to the tag..doing the same with the cogs and pipe.
Finally adding the image and adding a chain for the loop at the top.


For the second tag..again created from mount board, I painted with white gesso, then added texture via a stencil..once dry I swiped with red, orange, yellow and dark brown acrylic paints.
I stamped the image and script and added them along with the die cut cogs, adding a chain to finish.

I hope my two Tags will inspire you to join us over at
                                       Tag Tuesday

Friday, April 13, 2018

Pretty Button Wreath

Hello Everyone...
I want to share the Button Wreath I created for Fernli Designs...this is my 2nd design team project.
I loved creating this...what do you think????...all comments welcome...


You can find this wreath and so many other items at Fernli Designs...well worth taking a look.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Noble Gentlemen.....

Tag Tuesday have got their challenge underway..a great theme too, chosen by Valarie.
Her theme is Black & White with a spot of colour.
This is my take on the theme...a fab stamp that I bought from a declutter group on facebook sometime ago.


Using a white tag I stamped these fabulous gents in black versafine ink..then I just stamped the sentiment part of the stamp on some green card and cut them out and laid them over the original sentiment.
I finished the tag by using distress ink in black for the edges of the tag.
If you enjoy making Tags and love a challenge, why not pop over to Tag Tuesday and join us....

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hints of Yellow......

The April Challenge has just commence over at More Mixed Media...
As always it's Anything Goes/Mixed Media, you can also play along with our twist..which is  to use the colour "Yellow"
My design team project is a Door Hanger...
I found some scrap card that was white with splodges of yellow on it and used it to cover the hanger.
I added sections of other colour with dusting brushes and inks..then stamped the images.


I coloured the images and then added embellishments to the base of the hanger...


Searching through my stash I came across this lovely sentiment that was perfect for the hanger.
To finish I distress the edges of the hanger  with yellow distress ink.

Do pop over to check out this month's challenge..you can find it here at 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Peacock Feather Brooch

I am very privileged to be on the design team at Fernli Designs.
The teamies are given goodies to work with and for one of my projects for April ( I have 3 projects in total ) I chose this fabulous Peacock Feather.


I love all the markings on it and I was very careful not to lose them as I created my brooch.
Please check out my video below as to how I made my brooch.




Do go and check out Fernli Designs they make far to many item for me to list here..from alterables,  storage to decorations..and easy on your pocket too..not to mention a great service...

Would love to read your comments....

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The rest of the set...

Hello Everyone..here as promised are the other Tags I created for the challenge over at Tag Tuesday
The theme is Diamonds are Forever and this is my take on that theme...


The tag is the same as my previous one, I made it by using oxide inks, masks and stamps..then scanned it. and saved  the image....



Using my saved image I took it to my art programme and overlaid the image of Marilyn Munroe..again saved the image.


To finish all I had to do was take the image to my paint programme and add the script...I am so pleased with this set, they worked out really well.
Do pop over and check out the challenge blog..especially if you love making tags..you can find it here at 




Sunday, April 1, 2018

Reworked Box Frame

I happened to come across this box frame in my recycling boxes while I was looking for something else. My friend had given it to me quite some time ago and it was rather grubby as it was in her shed.
Luckily it cleaned up rather well...so I decided to use it for my design team project over at
Rhedd's Creative Spirit for their April Challenge


The mount of the frame is plastic, so that came up really well after washing it.
I decided to go with the Haberdashery theme, so I covered the back plate in white muslin and then overlaid that with a white cotton doily.
The dressform was left natural and just sprayed with a gloss sealer..then a bow was added. The lovely wooden heart buttons were found in my button box..I found 2 and eventually found a 3rd one in a pot on my work desk..all embellishments were adhered to the doily with hot glue.



I slid the back plate back in to the frame and secured it with the tabs....the vintage pearly buttons were added to one corner and the sewing embellishments to the corner.
I rather like the finished piece and it now has pride of place on my sideboard.

If you enjoy creating using altered art, recycling ete ( no papercrafting ) then why not pop over and join in with the challenge..you can find it here at
                        Rhedd's Creative Spirit

New Pen Pot

My design team project for Altered Ecletics this month is an altered coffee tin.
I had some gorgeous double sided vintage papers in my stash..and decided to go with these for my tin.


First I adhered the book label to the front of the tin..then after cutting the middle section ( about halfway down ) of the main paper and curling back the corners, I then adhered that to the tin..making sure that the label was visible.


For the trim I used some hessian and overlaid that with dark brown lace. From my lace remnants I found a pretty piece of lace that I scrunched up a bit and adhered it to the front of my tin..adding a couple of leaves and flowers.
I really like the way this looked after finishing..perfect for my pens...
Do pop over and check out this months challenge at
                             Altered Eclectics

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Diamonds are Forever...

This is the theme for this fortnights challenge over at Tag Tuesday
Such a great theme...I had fun creating my Tag..well I actually made 3 but I will post them all separately as the main image differs from each other...
The tag was created by me using oxide inks, stencils and stamps from my stash....then I scanned it....


I then overlaid the Marilyn Monroe image over the top using serif and added the script using the paint programme...and here it is....

Diamonds are a girls best Friend

 I shall be posting the next 2 tags over the next week or so...

Do pop over and join in with the challenge..you can find it here at 


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Things with Wings...

A craft group I am a member of has just started a fun challenge..no swaps, well not as yet, but that could change...anyway the challenge is to create a Gothic Arch using Things with Wings..and interpret in our own way, so here is mine....


I used a cereal box and cut several arches, then over laid them with white card that I had decorated using oxide inks. 
Taking one arch, I trimmed it to size and then added some background using stencils and a grungy stamp.
I stamped the man twice on some spare card and coloured him..cutting the wings and hat from the first stamped image and adhering them to the arch... then I added the body & head...adding the previously cut crown to the head.
The sentiment is part of the main image..again I stamped that section on some spare card and cut and adhered to the jacket...to finish I added a set of bingo numbers above the image.
I think I'm going to enjoy these challenges...lol


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Easter Tag

I have been having a play tonight with my digi images and kits..it's been quite a while since I last did any. The base of the Tag is actually an image of my own that I made using Oxide Inks.
The new challenge over at Tag Tuesday for this fortnight is "Spring/Easter" and the theme was chosen by team member Joan.
I, believe it or not, struggle with any thing that is "Easter" related...and seeing as my fibromyalgia is having a flare up, I decided to try making my tag digitally as it is less painful to do.


Do pop over and join in with the challenge at 
Hope to see you there soon....x




Monday, March 5, 2018

Vintage Mini Book Box

It's the 5th March and time for another challenge over at More Mixed Media....as always it is anything goes, but each month there is the option to use the colour chosen for each month.
The colour for March is Green.


I sealed the paper mache box box with gesso, then painted it in pale green acrylic paint by Kaisercraft.
The spine cracked slightly when the paint was dry, but that just added to the vintage look, so I wasn't particularly bothered.

I layered fabrics on the lid and added the green lace, roses ribbon, the image and buttons.


I lined the inside of the box with some fab papers that our boss lady Lozzy gave me for christmas.


Isn't this little girl adorable..I found her over at Alpha Stamps on one of their collage sheets..so I just had to buy some of the sheets.
Do pop over and have a look and hopefully enter this months challenge..our design team are waiting to visit and leave some love on your blogs...
You can find us here at