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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

No Mouse Here....

Time flies when you are having fun....well fun I had altering this Mouse Trap as my project for the challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit
I have seen some gorgeous altered mouse traps over on Pinterest, so decided to have a go myself.
This was  my 4th attempt...and my 4th mouse trap!


The tutorials on You Tube all show ( well the ones I watched did ) that you have to remove the wires on the trap...which I did easily to be fair...the drawback was putting it all back together again, ok some bits don't really have to go back, but tapping back the bits I needed caused the cheap wooden base to split, then I had one where I couldn't  re-attach the piece that holds the main spring in place because the end of the u-nail piece was blunt and didn't go back correctly....so in the end (at this point I was slowly losing the will to live,lol ) on the last trap I left most pieces in place and worked around them...and this is the result


I painted the trap in dark brown acrylic painted,then decorated it using the designer papers from Graphic45.
Would love to see you enter my challenge...you can find it here at
                              Rhedd's Creative Spirit


Sweet Hearts....

September already....where did the rest of the year go, lol.
Over at Altered Eclectics they have launched their challenge for September...as always it is only for Altered Art & Mixed Media definately no Papercrafts.
My project this month was to use up some small solid wood cubes and some mdf hearts....( the hearts are from Fernli Designs)


The cubes measure 4.5cms and the hearts are 5cms across....these have been hanging around in my craft room for ages...so I decided to make use of them.


I covered the cubes and added an extra cut out image and word, then distressing the edges with frayed burlap distress ink.


I added glossy accents to the word and images on the cubes...unfortunately the photo dsoen't show this too well.


After covering the hearts with designer papers, I distressed the edges,the same as the cubes and added embellishments.
The words were then added and they were the covered with glossy accents...which do show slightly in this image.
To attach the hearts I made a hole in each cube with my bradawl.
 Using kebab sticks,I hot glued the hearts to the sticks,then pushed them in to the cubes....
These are now on my dressing table and I am pleased with how they look...
Hope to see you over at the challenge,which you can find here...






Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Huckleberry Finn Coasters

I was given some old coasters last year, about 12 square ones and 6 round ones. I put them away and totally forgot about them until yesterday, when I found them while looking for something else.
I took 4 of the round ones and decided to recycle them in to new coasters for my craft room.


I lightly sanded them down, glued on some strips of book paper then painted them with gesso. When they were dry, I splodged on some red and blue acrylic paint and kind of smudged it about with a baby wipe. Once that was completely dry, I gave them another light coat of gesso.
At this point the picture in my mind's eye of how these coasters would look completely changed...we've all had that, haven't we?
It was while I was waiting for the paint to dry,that I was looking through all my Artistic Outpost Stamps...keeping the Huckleberry Finn set to one side, with the idea that I would stamp my coasters with them.
This is where I hit a snag, the strips of book paper had caused slight ridges on the surface of the coasters, so I wasn't sure I would be able to stamp a clear enough image...but quickly decided to go for it anyway and take a chance.
All the images stamped pretty well, some parts I coloured with water colour pencils, then I sprayed all 4 coasters with seal and shine, I didn't want to disturb the pencil colours with the moisture from mod podge.

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Once the spray and shine was completely dry I realised that I would need a thicker coating on the surface, so I decided I would heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

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As I was heat embossing the coasters, I could still see the ridges from the paper, but I thought it added interest to the coaster, overall I love the look of  them as they now look like round shiny tiles!

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I heat embossed each coaster twice,then set aside some embossing powder and added a light sprinkle of very fine glitter....then using that I heat embossed them for the third time.
This set of coasters I am using to enter the challenge over at 









Thursday, August 20, 2015

Little Cherub

I was so pleased to be asked to be Tagalong's guest designer this week...such a lovely challenge blog and just for Tags...
The theme I have chosen is "Cherubs"


I am hoping my theme will prove popular...I just adore these vintage cherubs, they are so cute...
So if you fancy a challenge, why not make a Tag using the Cherub theme and pop along to the 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Humphry & Ingrid

Casablanca, probably one of the most iconic films ever made and once seen you can never for get it.
So I have chosen these stamps for my challenge over at the Tagalong
The theme there this week is Paris....


Where better to have a romance than Paris....oh,la,la...
If you fancy making a Paris themed Tag, why not enter it in to the challenge here at
                            Tagalong Challenge

Monday, August 10, 2015

Altered Matchbox

Over at Rubber Dance Stamps,they have launched their August challenge...a fab "Colour" theme too.
I had a couple of MDF match boxes that I bought from Fernli Designs and they are really nice...so I decided to alter one for the challenge.....




I coloured some art card in distress inks, cut them, then glued them to my matchbox.
I also covered the front of the drawer and added beads for the handle.


Using the set called "Take the Plunge" I stamped the images.....stamping an extra image of the lady on some spare card, which I coloured and overlaid on the image on the box.
At this stage I used a spray and shine sealer over the whole matchbox and it really added a sparkle and enhanced the colours.


I added the trims to the top and then lined the base of the drawer, adding a seed packet tied with raffia.


To finished I used glossy accents on the lady's hair and clothes...unfortunately the light really wasn't in my favour and the accents are not showing that well....
So if you fancy a "Colour Challenge" why not pop over to this lovely blog....





Sunday, August 9, 2015

Artist Trading Block

I am in a swap group on facebook and signed up for the Atb swap. I used to use solid wood from my Atbs,but now I have found a lovely company called Fernli Designs that make them in several different sizes. They are made from MDF and slot and glue together easily to make a perfect cube/block.
The swap was to decorate a 4inch block...and this is mine that I made for my swap partner....


I covered all six sides in dark thick card with book binding glue and left to dry over night...then using the gorgeous Graphic45 papers I again cover all six sides.
From the scraps,I cut the labels and images and added them to the block along with some brass elements and the bottles.


I added 4 mini cotton reels for the feet before decorating the top with labels and other embellishments.
I distressed around all the edges with walnut stain distress ink.
My swap partner received this a week or so ago,so I am able to show it now without spoiling her surprise...now I am waiting for hers....looking forward to that arriving sometime soon....



Friday, August 7, 2015

100th Challenge

Wow...Tagalong has reached it's 100th challenge....
Congratulations to Mandy Chilvers and her team for providing a fab challenge each week.


Here's my Tag

The Tagalong Challenge has an Anything Goes theme this week....why not pop over and enter your Tag...
The challenge is here....Tagalong Challenge