Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Seasonal Atcs

We are still in the month of November,but in the crafting world we start our christmas crafting early. Not that I am making any christmas cards,I've not done that for a few years now....but the Atc swap I run over in the Craftymess Group on Facebook is all about Christmas this month. So these are my 3 swaps. 
I deliberately chose to use these stamps as I wanted to be able to colour them in,although I'm not a lover of colouring,I don't mind painting,which is what I did.
After ageing the atc with old paper distress ink, I stamped the image,then highlighted areas using a damp brush and picking up ink directly off of the distress ink pads. Finally I aged the atc around the edges in tea stain distress ink....I'm quite pleased with them, so much so I'm making another 3 of each design for a new swap group that I have just joined.

I want to Thank all of you that pop in to my blog and leave me such lovely comments...I appreciate your visit and love all your comments....xx

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sweet Little Twinchie

This is my 3rd entry in to the challenge over at.... have used a stamp that I bought at the Range,it was a cheapie and must have been part of a design set,or kit. However it was sitting all on it's own with a price on it, so I couldn't just leave it there could I ?
I have only used part of the stamp for the image, I used distress ink to colour the twinchie,then with a damp paint brush that I swiped over the same ink pad,I highlighted some parts of the image. I'm pleased with the way it turned out,especially the actual image,for such a cheap stamp too,lol.
Below is a pic of the ink I used...I apologise for such a bad photo,one minute the sky is bright,the next it's gone so dark,I have to put the lights on, it really plays havoc with indoor photos,even with the flash facility!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Atc with Inchies

I have found a lovely challenge blog, the challenge, their 5th, is to use Inchies. Well how could I resist..The smaller the piece the more I like it. So I made an atc using my new Lynne Perrella stamps, then I made 2 Inchies from the same set of stamps and added them to the atc, I also highlighted a few areas with a damp paint brush and distress ink pads.
You can find the challenge here

(Waving to you Jenny...x)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Craftymess Challenge Blog

We still have a week for you to enter our challenge blog...myself and my teamies would love to see you enter.You can find us here
The theme is "Choose a Country" so plenty of scope  pop a long, a great prize is up for grabs for the winner.

Vintage Twinchie

I'm so pleased with this little stamp as it's the perfect size for Twinchies and for Christmas Gift Tags...again its a new stamp and this is the first time I've used it.I used distress ink for the colour and black for the image, my 2 colours for the Twinchie Challenge over at  I've lifted the image a bit by stamping the main image again and slightly curling the wings.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My Altered "Vintage" Peg

I just couldn't resist making another altered peg, they are fun to do. For this one I used my treasured Graphic45 papers, they are just so gorgeous.
I have added a couple of roses,a couple fronds of little pearls and a stickpin, just a little bit of ribbon too.
I am entering this in to Lindsays "Alter it" challenge....

"Faces" Atc

My little corner of the world is taking a battering with the weather,so much damage caused by high winds and rain,to make it worse I've just heard the weather forecast and it's going to get worse throughout the day....I feel so sad for the people that have had their homes flooded.
On to my post, this my entry for the challenge over at  The theme is faces and I had just the stamp for that, the same one I was playing with yesterday.
These stamps are not what I am used to using, but I have seen some great examples by other crafters using them and wanted to have a go I'm still at the experimental stage, never to old to learn,lol.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Twinchie and an Atc

Well,unusually for me this is a double post...I have been having a play with some new little stamps...I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. It is slightly bigger than the size of a Twinchie, but still looks okay.I have coloured her beret to make it stand out a bit more....
I would like to enter this Twinchie in to the challenge over at.....

So on to the 2nd post...

I know this stamp may not appeal to everyone, but I love it.
Its from a set by Lynne Perrella at Paperartsy. These style of stamps always hold a fascination for me, it's amazing what little images you can see within them.
This atc I made for the crafting group I am in...I won the daily challenge there last night, so today I get to judge as well as set the theme for today's challenge...which is "Wings & Things" of course I can't enter my own challenge,but made the atc to show how wings can be used in a different way.

I must say a big Thank You to all that take the time to visit my blog and leave me such lovely poor little blog has felt very unloved....

My "Textured" Vintage Tag

This is what I made for the daily challenge over at the Crafting Group I belong to. First I adhered the material to the mount board Tag, then I covered it using the gold acrylic paint.Before the paint had time to dry I heated it until it started to bubble slightly. Making sure the paint was dry,I then used a watermark versa ink pad and swiped that all over the tag,finally adding clear embossing powder and heating that up to seal the whole also gave the tag a lovely shimmer.
To finish I added the vintage image and the ribbon and gold lace.....I did win the daily challenge in the group with this piece,woohoo!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Craftymess & Crafty-Emblies Challenges

2 challenges are now set for those of you who like blog challenges. The Craftymess Challenge Blog has teamed up with Crafty-Emblies Challenge Blog  for the very first time. Craftymess is where to go for entering papercarfts and Crafty-Emblies is for those of you that like Altered Art.

"Craftymess Challenge"
We are still keeping our challenges to run the theme this fortnight is "Choose a Country" and can be found here.....
We have Sassy Studio Digi Images sponsoring us so the winner gets 5 digi images of their choice.

So do pop along and have a look and maybe enter,would be great to see you there.

"Crafty-Emblies Challenge"

This is my DT make for the Crafty-Emblies, the theme this month is "Shabby Chic"I have used some Graphic45 papers,they are so lush and couldn't resist using them. The flowers and butterfly is from my stash...the dressmaker forms are of course by Crafty-Emblies. The stick pins I made myself and added just to finish the piece off.
The "Shabby Chic" challenge can be found here...... do pop along and have a look, maybe enter the challenge, there is a £10 voucher from Crafty-Emblies up the winner.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Trio of Twinchies

I've been feeling chilly all day to day,but I did have to pop out this afternoon and the air is definately colder than it was yesterday...wonder if we will get a white christmas?
On to my Twinchies, having a fun time making these at the moment, I had intended making some brooches,but again got side-tracked,easily done when I'm in my craft room.
Apologies for the blue tinge again to my photo, I can only put it down to the light...there are a lot of trees here and a high hedge,so if anything I would have thought it would be a green tinge,lol

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I love this Twinchie

I so love this twinchie...not the best of photos I'm afraid, but the light,although bright enough,seems to be casting a blue hue over my photo.
I made this twinchie during  tuesday night,I couldn't sleep,so thought I'd catch up on some craft work and have a play with the new stamps I bought from Paperartsy.
The image here is just part of one of a Lynne Perrella stamp, unfortunately this photo dosen't do justice to this piece,as it dosen't show the triple embossing, although the little bit of glitter I used during the heat embossing has shown up quite well.

(Hello Jenny...I'm waving,lol...xx)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Great News.....

Do you love Altered Art??
Craftymess Challenge blog (run by me) and Crafty-Emblie Challenge Blog (run by Judie) have decided today to team up as sister sites.
Some of my design team, including me,are on the design team for Crafty-Emblies, so it made sense to pair up, making one site for cards and one for altered art.
Craftymess is a card / scrap page site.
Crafty-Emblies is an altered art site, definately no cards

Please do pop along and have a look,there are still 10days left to enter the challenge over at Crafty-Emblies,the theme is "Above or Below the Sea"

There are still 10days left to enter at the challenge at Craftymess, the theme is "Nursery Rhyme/Characters"

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nursery Rhyme Character

Here is my DT piece I made for this fortnights challenge over at..... theme "Nursery Rhyme Characters" was chosen by fellow teamie Moira, who unfortunately is leaving the team when this challenge ends. I will miss having her on my team, however I will still be working with her on another blog's DT.
As you can see from my photo,I have used a delightful vintage "Little Bo-Peep" image for my digi scrap page.
I hope you will all pop along and maybe enter our challenge ,there is a fabby prize from Crimson Cloud up for grabs for the winner.

(Waving to my friend Jenny...x)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Trio of Circus Atcs

Just when I try to get on top of my crafting, something happens. I've been feeling really rotten for a few days now. I'm really trying not to give in to it....but 2 days of   blurred vision ( off and on) really affected my crafting and everything else I wanted to do,so it eventually forced me to go to bed a few times.Thankfully that seems to have passed off, just the feeling of exhaustion now.
So on to my atcs....these were made for the swap I run each month over at Craftymess Group on Facebook.The theme was "Circus" so that gave me the opportunity to use my £2:50 Tim Holtz stamp I bought a few weeks ago at Kettering Craft Show,such a bargain,in fact I bought 2 stamps,the other one is a christmas one,perfect size for atcs. The middle atc isn't a Tim Holtz image,for that one I used a couple of the circus stamps from Artistic Outpost,it's a really great set of stamps too.