Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Road Trip....

I sorted out some old stamping blocks recently ( the type that have a rubber stamp on ) and since then I've recycled a few...and here is another. 
This one I especially made for the challenge over at Artistic Outpost and I have used their Road Trip set of stamps.

This wooden block measures 5"x 5" so a nice square to work with. 
I painted around the edges and the back of the block in Kaisercolour acrylic paint in Mango....also painted a spare piece of thick card for the sign, words and the dumpy cotton reels for the stand.

I stamped the images on to thick card that I had coloured using chalk...masking the images as I stamped.
The words were stamped on to the card I had painted previously and I  also stamped the Michelin Man on some blue chalked card.
Everything was then added to the block and the last piece to go on was that little Michelin Man...can you remember him,lol...
So if you have some Artistic Outpost stamps,why not pop over and enter their challenge...still a few days left until the end of the month...
You can find the challenge here....Artistic Outpost

Monday, May 25, 2015

Altered Clip Board

It seems to have been a  very long day today...but I have put it to good use.
This morning I did a few household chores that I've been putting off, nothing major, just a re-sort of the airing cupboard and sorting through my wardrobe.
At lunchtime I was ready to craft and I decided today that I would make my own clip boards.
I bought some on Amazon a while ago, made by Stampendous ( they were sent from the US ) There were 3 different sizes, so based on them I made mine using grey board and a clip.

This smaller clipboard that has been painted to seal the board.

Once I made the larger one I decided to alter it for the challenge over at ...
                                                 Artistic Outpost
You have to use their products for their challenges and I am proud to say I now own 27 sets of their stamps.

I have gone for a Shabby Chic style, well my version of it anyway,lol.

The stamps I have used are the Ephemera Set and the Generation Redux Set 

Once I had stamped the main image. I added some lace and the gorgeous ginger colour flower, that actually belonged to my mother, it was on a ribbon as a necklace.
So if you have any Artistic Outpost Stamps,why not pop over and enter their challenge here at...Artistic Outpost

I also want to enter my Shabby Chic Clip board in to the challenge over at 

Chunky Atc....

It's been a while since I used one of I thought I would get out out of the cupboard and use it to enter the challenge over at Crafty Individuals

This is my chunky artist trading block, the exact measurements 2.5" x 3.5" x 1.5" ( 6.4cms x 8.9cms x 3.81cms )...the same as an Artist Trading card, only thicker.

The theme for the challenge is "Music to my Ears"....and I knew somewhere in the depths of my craft room I had a Crafty Individuals stamp that had music script and would be perfect for the background ...well it took me 2 days to find it, not all day admittedly, but it seemed like it. The reason it took so long to find it was because I hadn't put it back in to the correct folder, so that will teach me to put things back properly when I finished using it.
I coloured some card and then stamped the image a few times...( I'm not sure if this stamp is still available, as I know I've had it for quite a long time )

I cut the stamped images to cover the whole of the atc....then using another set I stamped these 2 little girls and the sentiment from the "Childhood Friendship Memories"
I coloured the girls and adhered them to the Atc...then added the sentiment.

To finish I added a couple of parchment butterflies and a silver heart and because I want to use this piece as a gift for some one, I added the cotton reel for the stand and a wooden knob for the top, that I stained in Evergreen Bough Distress ink.

So if you fancy a challenge,why not pop over to Crafty Individuals sure to check their challenge rules.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In to the "Dark" again....

Well, I know this theme is a bit unusual for me, but I wanted to enter the challenge over at Dream in Darkness again.
This time I am entering something that isn't digital, it's an altered piece, the wood is in fact a rubber stamp block. I had so many rubbers stamps on wood that it got difficult to store them, also I noticed some of the wood warped and some impressions weren't complete, so I took the stamps off the wood and use them with an acrylic block, successfully stamping every time. Of course the blocks are perfect for recycling... I've used the larger block, it's the one standing up, for my project here.

I painted the block twice in black acrylic paint and while it was drying I created the scene.

Using thick white card I created the yellow moon using mustard seed distress ink...then coloured the rest of the card using chipped sapphire and dusty concord distress inks.

The trees and branches are from a stamp set by Creative Journey and the sentiment is by Inkylicious. Stamps, they have some really fabulous sentiment and verse stamps.
To finish I added the birds in flight and as I write I just can not bring to mind what stamps they are, although at a guess I think they are from a set by Tim Holtz.

To finish I then adhered the scene to my painted block...I am actually really pleased with this and I'm going to be keeping it for myself,lol...
So if you like to take a walk on the Dark Side,why not pop over to Dream in Darkness and have a look at their blog and challenges.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


The challenge for this week over at Tagalong...has such a great theme, so I just had to enter.

I don't think I have (in all my crafting years)  used a Frog theme. So well done Mandy for choosing such a fun theme...
So here he is, my frog in all his glory. The background was a part of a page out of The Diary of an Edwardian lady, so were the eggs by his feet and the butterfly.
I swiped gesso over the background and added some stencilling, I didn't want to completely lose the image of the snowdrops ( one of my favourite flowers) from the background
The image was actually a freebie from The Graphics Fairy if you need an image that is a bit unusual, you'll probably find it there on her website.
I so love this Tag, my frog looks kind of cheeky dosen't he,lol.
Go on...pop over to Tagalong  you know you want

Friday, May 8, 2015

By the Sea

This is a first for me...well a page I have completed, most of my journal pages are doodled on, but never really finished...not quite sure if it's downright laziness, or I just run out of inspiration. Sometimes all it takes is for the phone to ring and I lose my thread...and I end up putting everything away...
So here is the complete page I have done for this months challenge over at Art-Journal-Journey
The theme is "The Sea"....I kind of messed up a bit with the sea part on my page,but overall I actually like it....who said it has to be perfect anyway,lol.

I have used a selection of stamps by Crafty Individuals, Artistic Outpost and Viva Decor-At the Seaside.

The lovely sentiment by crafty Individuals

So if you love the sea theme, why not pop over and have a look at the sure to check out their rules before entering.
You can find their challenge here...Art-Journal-Journey

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Same girl...different background

I just couldn't resist making another Atc for the challenge over at Lost Coast Designs.

For this Atc,I used distress inks for the coloured background,in Evergreen Bough and Pickled Raspberry.
I stamped this gorgeous  Lost Coast Designs Gibson Girl and coloured her using a damp brush and picking the colour straight off the distress ink pads...using Walnut Stain for her hair.
Once that was completely dry I masked the image and stamped over the background with a Lost Coast Designs Atc Stamp in Tattered Rose distress ink...
To add an extra touch I lightly dusted the atc in pearl chalk and then lightly brushed it off...I just wanted to give it a very slight shimmer....unfortunately the photo dosen't do it credit.

Why not pop over to have a look at the must use their stamps to be eligible....
You can find the challenge here at 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Beautiful Gibson Girl

This has to be one of my most favoured stamps from all the hundreds ( probably well over a  thousand ) that I have in my stash. This one is by Lost Coast Designs...and as their challenge this month is to make an Atc ( Artist Trading Card ) it was just the perfect size to use.

I shaded the background using Walnut Stain distress ink, taking care to keep the centre section slightly lighter.
I stamped one image, then another on a piece of spare paper, which I cut out to use as a mask for the second stamped image....I must say, it's been a while since I used this technique and to my embarrassment it took me three attempts to get it exactly how I wanted it.
I allowed the inks to completely dry before adding colour to the hair and face...this I did by using a damp brush and lifting the ink straight off the distress ink pads.
So if you own a few,or even one Lost Coast Design Stamp,why not pop over and enter their challenge...
You can find their challenge and all the details here at

A little "Dark"

Well, here goes,you'll either love it or hate entry for a new challenge.
This new challenge blog ....Dream in partly owned by Nanette, who is one of my fabulous design team over at...Rhedds Creative this new challenge launched the 1st May...I wanted to support Nanette and her friend in their new venture.

My entry has been digitally created, no theme,but it must lean towards the you can see I'm not that experienced with digital work, but I so loved the images I wanted to use them for this challenge.
So if you like a bit of the Darkside do pop over to
Dream in Darkness
and join in with the fun.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Not quite Shabby Chic

Over at  Rhedds Creative Spirit  the new challenge for May is now under way.
As always it is for Altered Art only, so definately no paper-crafting.
My design team project is this gorgeous glass topped unexpected find in TKMax.

What I like about it is the glass is actually real I decided to alter it as a trinket box for my dresser.

I gave the box a light sanding before applying 2 coats of gesso.
Once dry I painted it using Docrafts Artiste Acrylic paint in Sage.

I allowed the paint to dry over night and then stamped the images using a lovely postscript stamp and another of the butterflies.
Using frayed burlap ink, I distressed all the edges.

Leaving the whole piece to dry thoroughly before I added the embellishing on the lid...for this I used some glass beaded spray,which I cut down to suit, some lace that I stitched to give it a bit of a ruffle, finally adding the flowers...

Do pop over and have a look at the challenge blog, you may find enough inspiration to join in with the challenge,would be lovely to see you there.
You can find Rhedd's Creative Spirit HERE

The Smell of the Sea....

The May Challenge has just launched over at Altered Eclectics...such a fabulous blog, I am privileged to be on their design team.
As always the theme is Anything Goes, so long as it is Altered Art/Mixed Media...definately no paper-crafting.
Here is my design team project, which I hope will give you some inspiration to enter the challenge....

I've had this fabulous large chunky wooden heart in my workshop for well over a year, was never sure what I was going to do with it, it was one of those spur of the moment buys, lol.
The Nautical theme hit me one day when I took my great grandson out for a stroll in his pram, I ended up overlooking our beautiful bay and I could smell sea...had a flash back to when I was a small child collecting shells on the beach...

The whitewashed background was all that was needed as the base, which I distressed around the edges with dried marigold ink.
I stamped the Paperartsy stamp in coffee Archival Ink and mounted that on some dark brown card.
Using a hot glue gun I  added some hessian and scrim and some shredded orange netting.
To finish I white washed some small pieces of driftwood and tied them off with sting...added the star fish and a selection of shells,
I've now got this hanging in my bathroom......
You can find the Altered Art Challenge here at...Altered Eclectics