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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 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Spring Flowers Tag

The snow has finally disappeared here..personally I love the snow, it looks so beautiful. It's quite rare to get snow this far down in the UK..so I can appreciate the beauty of it.
I am way behind in posting my Tag for the Spring Flower Tag Challenge ( Wendy's theme ) over at Tag Tuesday. I made it a few weeks ago and thought it was for this coming tuesday..naughty me for not checking on the dates..no damage done as I am still within the challenge times.


I have used a large tag and stamped the sentiment ( by Inkylicious ) at the top. The Crocus stamp is one that I have had in my stash for years, I think I won it in a bundle from Artistic Outpost..I remember receiving a huge bag of random stamps as an extra prize from them.
So, I stamped the flowers along the lower edge using the masking method...
To colour, I used a damp brush and distress inks.
To finish I distressed the edges of the tag. 
Do pop over and enter the challenge Wendy would love to see your beautiful tags.
You can find the challenge here at 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

My little Tower Block.

Hello..are you all knee deep in snow ???...bitterly cold and snowy in my part of the world..and we rarely get snow,lol.
I've been busy creating a few projects and this is my project for our March Challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.


I was fortunate to find a whole bag of children's building blocks made from solid wood in a charity shop..I've had them quite some time, in fact after washing them, my great grandson plays with most of them when he stays over....but I did keep some for altering!


The painted blocks were sanded down, the others I applied gesso directly to the bare wood.


I used Oxide distress inks on several sheets of 200gsm card..once the card was dry I stamped all over them.


All that was left to do was to cut sections of the card to suit each brick..I used book glue to make sure the card adhered securely to each brick.


Once I assembled and glued each piece in place, I sprayed it twice with a glossy sealer....
Sadly the photos don't do the Tower justice, the colours are a lot more brighter and there is also a shine to it that the camera hasn't picked up...
We would love to see you enter our challenge...you can find us here at
Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Steampunk Reversed Canvas

It's time for March's Challenge over at Altered Eclectics and for my project I thought I would do my first ever reversed canvas...Yes I know it is small, but now I have the confidence to create a larger one the next time around...lol


I sanded down the wooden frame as it was pretty rough..then painted both sides with gesso.
Once that was dry I  followed the same process using  turquoise acrylic paint.
After the paint was dry I sponged the rust effect paint in a few areas around the frame.
While that was drying I cut the chicken wire ( from Fernli Designs ) to size and added the rust effect paint to it...also did the same with the cogs and dragonfly.


I found a scrap of paper that was the perfect for the inside of my frame..once that was glued in to place, I added the watch with the attached key, securing it with hot glue.
To finish I adhered the chicken wire across the front of the frame and then the cogs ( from Fernli Designs ) with hot glue.
Finally I added the dragonfly.
Do pop over and have a play in our challenge..you can find us here at 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Use a Quote

I can't believe its been 2 weeks since I last blogged...I am so busy at the moment, catching up on my design team projects..and I also had my daughter move house..and then I had a nasty fibromyalgia flare up...
I made this Tag for Tag Tuesdays challenge..the theme is "Use a Quote" chosen my design team member Michele.
Michele is offering a prize for the winner of this challenge, so do pop over and check it out...


The background for my tag was created using Oxide inks..the butterfly stamp is one from my stash .
This is one of my favourite quotes..its a stamp by Inkylicious that is from a set...and thinking about it I must have had this set for years..it is well used.
You can find the challenge here at 



Monday, February 5, 2018

Time Flies....

Crikey..what happened to January, in a blink of an eye it's gone already.....lol
Over at More Mixed Media February's Challenge is now underway...as always it is anything goes..but with an added twist..a colour!  The colour this month is Red...well it is the month for love....
My project is a journal page..now I'm not very expert with journal pages like some folk are, but I actually loved creating this page...



I started by gessoing the page then added a selection of acrylic paints, some diluted down to almost like a wash, I also used a stencil with the paints to add the circles to the page....once dry I rubber stamped the page all over, including the frame...the smaller hearts are also stamped. The flowers and main heart are die cut, the flowers I edged with my white posca pen..the heart I added some decoration in black pen.
Finally I added the sentiments..a set of stamps from Visible Image.
Do pop over and check out our challenge..there is a fabulous prize for the winner each month, so well worth a visit....you can find it here at
                                      More Mixed Media

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Heart for February

Rhedd's Creative Spirit is back after the christmas break...so nice to get back in to the swing of things..although I was struggling to find my mojo for a while.
I was in my craft room tinkering about, as one does when looking for inspiration...when I came across a set of board hearts that I bought a a craft show about 3 years ago!
I sat at my desk and started messing with inks and stamps and before I knew it I had created a lovely background.


I enhanced the background by using my white posca pen and added dots around some of the larger circles.
I stamped the Listen to your Heart sentiment and added the two mdf hearts  ( from Fernli Designs ) that I coloured.
I finished the whole piece off by spraying with a sealer, which bought the colours up beautifully.
If you fancy a challenge ( no papercrafts )..do pop over and check the blog out...you can find it here at 

Steampunkish Monolith

Altered Eclectics is back after the christmas break...seems ages since we last had a challenge doesn't it.
Took me a while to get motivated as my mojo decided to take a break too....
My project for Altered Electics this month is a Monolith..I bought a set from Visible Image last year  but never got around to using them.
To be fair I was struggling at this point, so just got the gesso and acrylic paints out and painted it, hoping something would pop in to my head....


After swiping a few colours over it I ended up with a yucky yellowy mustard coloured background, which to me suited a steam punkish image...so out with my stamps.
I coloured the images with paints...once everything was dry I sprayed with a sealer which has given the Monolith a lovely sheen...so I was pleased with the end result.
Do pop over and check out our February Challenge..you can find it here at 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

You've got to have a Heart

Another great challenge over at Tag Tuesday started today..and I am hosting and offering a little prize to one of the entries..so well worth popping over and having a play.
My theme is "Have a Heart", not only is February my birth month,it is also the month for love.
Now your tag dosen't have to be Valentine or Romantically themed..just show a heart or hearts on your tag somewhere to qualify to enter the challenge...just have fun...
Here are the 2 tags I created....


I created the background with acrylic paints, gesso ,stencils and stamps, then I added 2 die hearts that I had daubed with red acrylic paint.
To finish I inked around the edge of the tag to slightly distress it.


For this tag I added vintage backing paper and stamped over that..I swiped over the whole tag with a thin coat of gesso, once dry I went over the tag with walnut stain distress ink, leaving the centre of the tag lighter than the sides. Using the same ink, I stamped some little hearts on to the tag.
I stamped, painted and cut out the Gibson girl's head and added her to the tag, then added some vintage lace and binding that I had inked up and dried. The flower was actually shop bought but was just perfect for this tag.

Hope to see you enter the challenge...you can find it here  
                                       Tag Tuesday

Friday, January 19, 2018

In the Pink....

Well, I do believe my mojo has returned..I have done no crafting since before christmas..so annoying and it wasn't for the want of trying, just that nothing was coming together. I think we all hit a block like that from time to time don't we.
Any, enough of my ramblings..I am pleased to share a Tag with you today that I made for Tag Tuesday the theme is Anything Goes.
I actually cut the Tag from mountboard and coloured it with distress ink ( pickled raspberry).


I stamped the script background, then the numbers and words etc. I stamped the naked lady on some spare card, lightly shaded her with paints and added her to my tag.
The embellishing is an earring that I snapped the post off from the back, then added a key.
Why not pop over and join in with this fortnight's challenge..you can find the blog here..

Friday, January 5, 2018

My "Blue" Tag

Happy New Year to all my followers..I hope 2018 will be a good year for us all....

My first post of the year is for More Mixed Media...and their challenge this month is Anything Goes with the option of using the colour "Blue"
My project is a Blue Tag..so pleased I made it a few weeks ago as my crafting mojo had deserted me at the moment, I am hoping it makes a speedy return.


I created the background for my tag using random stamps and masks from my stash and different coloured inks, then in black ink I stamped this fab lady from Finnibar stamps.
 Adding some muslin and speckled mesh to the lower area of the tag before adding the flowers. I then added extra heart that I stamped.
Do pop over and check out this fab challenge..there are some gorgeous digi papers for the Winner..so well worth entering..hope to see you there...