Friday, February 28, 2014

Altered Gift Bag

A fabulous challenge going on over at CraftyHands and the theme is "MUSIC"

As I'm in the design team, this is what I made for the altered gift bag. I really enjoy making this too, I so love the pretty music paper...
Why not pop over HERE and maybe enter the challenge....hope to see you there...x

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Let's Face It....

Just thought I'd share a set of  "Face" Inchies I made for a swap group on Facebook...I do so love making these little pieces. All the faces are either from free images or ones that I have rubber stamped...hope you like them...The host of the challenge seemed to like them...that's a relief, lol.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Anything but a Card

Time for another fabby challenge over at Rhedd and Rosies.....a great theme,chosen by me, "Anything but a Card"

This is my design team piece, my hand stitched Vintage Bag. Ideally I wanted to make it using Burlap, but couldn't source it locally, so had to go with what I had in my stash, which was hessian. First I hand stitched all the lace,then added the muslin lining before making it in to a bag. The image on the front I printed on to image transfer paper, then ironed that on to some very soft cotton cloth, using a thin piece of wadding to pad the image slightly, I then added another layer of cotton cloth. The lace I dipped in cold coffee to get the right colour,as well as dipping the tape.Finally I added the bead trim and buttons and added that piece as a front pocket,I also teased some threads from the muslin to make the whole piece look slightly shabby.
All the photos were printed on photographic paper and were all free images that I have saved in my library over the last couple of years...the pretty piece of paper with Bencross on it was a freebie from Astrid McClean....she has some gorgeous images that she offers as freebies, she is also an amazing crafter too.

You can find this challenge HERE

Sunday, February 23, 2014

My Layered Vintage Tag.

Seems ages ago since I last blogged...I have been crafting,but not posting much because it's mainly been design team work.
But I did take time out today to make a Tag for one of my favourite blogs....Tagalong.

The theme this week is "Layers" I have plenty, if you include the backing paper I have covered the tag with, there are 12 layers. The bottom section of the tag is actually a pocket,which I made from a spare piece of the backing paper and then added layers to that.
You can find the challenge HERE

Friday, February 14, 2014

Watch the Birdie...

Another great theme over at CraftyHands challenge blog has just got under way. The theme is "Heat or Dry Embossing" may even want to do both.
There's an amazing prize on offer too, by the blog owner Tonya...she is giving a set of  3 different sized Heart Punches by X-Cut...well worth entering the challenge for.

Gone are my days of using a light box and embossing tools...the hours I used to spend doing that...then along came the embossing much easier,although I don't use my Big Shot that much to be honest.
So this is my design team piece for the challenge, a butterfly embossed background, highlighted with distress inks, Evergreen Bough and Tattered Rose....the cage was inked with Evergreen Bough, then I stamped over it with a script stamp. I've added a little bit of icicle stickles to the rose,to give the effect of dew,but it dosen't show up too much.
You can find the challenge HERE

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Old Book Pages for my Moo....

What a fabulous theme going on over at Moo Mania...I happened to come across this blog this morning when I accidently deleted all the challenge blogs off of my blog. I decided after I remembered what I could of my deleted blogs to search for a few "different" ones and Moo Mania popped up.

For the folk that know me,they will know I enjoy working with small pieces and this challenge blog is just perfect for I set too and made a "Moo" today. Such dinky things they are too, measuring 2.8cms x 7cms. Of course they can be added to other art work or creations,but for this one I wanted it to stand alone.
I covered my Moo with old book paper, a page torn out of a very old book I found in a junk shop, then I swiped it with gesso, once dry I smudged Broken China Distress ink over it, left it to dry for a while,then stamped some grasses for the back ground.The young couple is a stamp from Paperbag Studios and I stamped that on some cream paper, which I then coloured with water colour pencils. I used a random postmark stamp from my stash before adding the main image...finishing it off with a piece of raffia.
I am entering my "Moo" in to the challenge HERE

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love is in the Air....with Blog Candy....

Exciting times over at Rhedd & Rosie's Towers....they are celebrating their 1st Year with some fabulous Blogversary do pop over for a chance to win it...

                                 You can find it HERE

This my design team piece for their current challenge "Love is in the Air"..

There's a fabulous prize on offer for the winner,so well worth entering the challenge, which you can find HERE

I am entering my "Love is in the Air" creation in to Ali-Craft Challenge Blog, their theme is "Valentines" can find their challenge HERE

I am entering this "Love in the Air" creation in to Eclectic Ellapu's Challenge Blog...HERE

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tag....Tim Holtz Style

Not sure this is actually Tim Holtz's style...but I have used all Tim Holtz stamps and die cuts and metal embellishment for my Tag. I actually enjoyed taking a break from some altered art I've been working on recently...
This Tag is for the challenge over my shame its been quite a while since I last entered a challenge there and I noticed that I was a runner up in September...
Do pop over for a look, fabulous design team makes and some lovely entries too...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pink Love....

What a great theme for the Tagalong Challenge this week...I have had a restless night so in the end got up and did some crafting. I not only managed to make a tag, I also got a design team project made too.
Here's the Tag I have made for this challenge...I just adore this lovely sentiment.
It reads......
"It's the simple joys, the simple pleasures the heart remembers and dearly treasures"

 The stone arch stamp is a new one I bought last week at Westpoint in Exeter from Inkyliscious and the sentiment and the couple are from a set of stamps by Paperbag Studios.
You can find this fun challenge HERE

Think I'll try and grab an hour or so of sleep...the awful storms we have been having have quietened down so should make sleeping a little easier....until the weekend when more storms are forecast.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Altered Shell House

Well, another restless night for me,so I decided to get up and update my blog with my latest creation that I finished sunday evening.
My friend had given me a wooden thimble holder that she found in a charity shop last year, I think she said it cost £1 she said she  thought of me and bought it.

( measures 23cms x 11cms)

So I sanded it down, gessoed it, then painted it with white acylic paint. Once it was dry I then sanded it ever so slightly and then swiped it with chocolate brown acrylic paint, which I then lightened using a baby wipe.
While it was drying I sorted through all my shells and drift wood and shingle to put in to the compartments.

Once all the compartments were filled, I then cut some acetate to fit and adhered it in place using hot glue. Finally I added some scrim, shells, string, some orange mesh (the mesh bag from my oranges) and some small pieces of driftwood  as decoration...
I am entering this in to these challenges.....

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A New Altered Art Challenge Blog

I have finally got around to launching my very own Altered Art Challenge Blog. It's been something I have wanted to do for almost a year..
The challenges will run's also a prize winning blog and the winner will receive a Prize as well as a Winner's Badge.
I have a small design team on board and they have made some truly stunning makes, well worth popping over to the blog for a look at them, you won't be disappointed.
This is the fabulous prize on offer for the winner of February's Challenge, a Pen Pot/ Holder...beautifully finished and all ready for altering.

                    Measurements are 8.5cms x 12cms

This is my creation for for your inspiration....A Bird House Plaque, which I have decorated with lace,mesh and other embellishments, all gessoed and then coloured using the Glimmer Mist Sprays...

I really do hope you will pop along and enter February's Challenge...the prize is well worth winning.
You can find the challenge HERE