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Monday, February 1, 2016

Pretty Altered Keys

Wow, so where did January go...lol.
The February Challenge has just launched over at Rhedds Creative Spirit and boy there are some fab projects from the design team....


My project was to altered a couple of keys...I have inherited a bag full of them from my father's house and they are just in the cupboard doing nothing...and as I've never altered keys before it was time to give them a go.


First I painted each key with Croco Crackling Colour, one key in the deep turquoise colour the other in a lovely pomegranate colour.
I left them to dry over night.


The next day I had noticed that there wasn't much crackling going on, probably because I didn't apply a thick enough coat, however there was some texture there so I rubbed some gilding wax in to each of the keys,





All the embellishing came from my stash, the bird, the rose and the filigree embellishment were all highlighted  with copper gilding wax.
So if you like an altered art challenge why not pop over to......
                   Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Love Heart

Yay...Altered Eclectic Challenges  are back after a nice break, that we teamies were so pleased to have...so many thanks to our Boss Lady Elaine.
My project for this month...seeing as its the month for love, is a Love Heart.


I have several of these folky style hearts and I thought I would use one for my project.
I gessoed the heart, once dry I stamped some script over the heart.
I then splodged pale pink acrylic paint over the script, then immediately went over that with a baby wipe...I dried the paint with my heat tool, then applied cream acrylic and again wiped over it with a baby wipe.
I then gave it a very light spray with Raspberry Glimmermist.
I randomly added some texture with a stencil...leaving it all to dry over night.


To embellish I added the cupid and the heart die cut, I also gathered up some pretty lace and adhered that in place.
The bead spray and the rose were added with the rose  petals covered in Rock Candy for a frosting effect.
So are you up for an Altered Art Challenge...if so we would love to see you over at
                           Altered Eclectics

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Mass of Bluebells...

Time again for the "Cheeky Challenge" over at Dezinaworld.
The challenge runs weekly with a theme....and this week's the theme is " Wild Flowers "


The photo I have used for this piece is one of my own, taken a few years ago at a reservoir on Dartmoor in Devon.
As you can see there was an abundance of Bluebells and the smell from them was amazing...I couldn't resist taking a photo.
The lady with a flower in her hand is a digital image from one of Dezinaworld kits.
You can find this fab challenge here at Dezinaworld

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Betty Grable Tag

Here I am again, entering another challenge that I've not entered in a while...this year for me is all about being a regular challenger....
There are so many varied challenge blogs out there now, it so worth the effort to go and visit them....I also glean a lot of inspiration from design teams and also the entrants...there is an awful lot of talent out there that's for sure.
So the challenge over at Moo Mania "Famous People"...any thing you want to make and any medium.


I've had this fabulous Betty Grable stamp for years....I think I've only used her about 3 times...so the perfect stamp for the challenge.
You can find the challenge here at

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Olde Worlde

I have quite a good selection of photos, some given to me and some that I've been given permission to use and I always wondered how I could put them to better use...it was then that I started to dabble in Digital Art.
Now, I know that I am not very good, but I have fun and some of my work has turned out ok, much to my surprise lol.
I created this piece last night, well in the early hours when I couldn't sleep....

                                            Olde Worlde


The main image is courtesy of Stephen Ring and the digital images are by Dezinaworld

I am entering this in to the challenge over at Three Muses....is such a fabulous blog and I look forward to entering  more of their challenges...

You can find the challenge here at Three Muses


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Go Team Tag

I so love the challenges each month over at Artistic Outpost...after missing Decembers Challenge I was determined not to miss this month.
Towards the end of last year I was a winner and won a voucher which I put towards a set of new stamps. I was spoilt for choice, but as I own so many of their stamps I went for one of their newer sets called "Go Team"
As always with Artistic Outpost Stamps, the quality and detailing is superb.
Here is my Tag using said set....


You can find their challenge here at.....
Do check out their very few rules before entering as a requirement of their challenge you must use their products.

I am also entering this Tag in to the challenge over at Craft Stamper...I'm a regular subscriber to their magazine and they have such varied art subjects each month....
There challenge this month is "Take a Stamp"
You can find their challenge here at 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year & January's Challenge

A very Happy New Year to you all....2015 just sped by and there were many  things that I wanted to do,but never did...hopefully I will do better in 2016,lol...
January's Challenge has just launched over at Rhedds Creative Spirit as always it is for altered art,recycled/upcycled and mixed media only...definately no papercrafting.
My design team project this month is an Alteterd Door Hanger...I had bought 3 of them last summer, all 4 are slightly different, with the idea to sand them down and alter them...


I sanded down the front area to remove most of the writing, then covered it with 2 coats of gesso.
I added some texture through a stencil and some strips of washi tape.
For colour I used Inkyliscious Corn Blue colour spray and wiped it across the hanger with  a damp sponge then dried it with my heat tool.
With another piece of damp sponge I swiped the hanger with some white acrylic paint, going over any areas that were too white with a baby wipe.


For decoration I used the window frame that's been in my stash for about a year now,lol....( I added a scrap of paper behind the frame )....then added some pieces of a cotton doily and some hessian.


I added the flowers, which I dabbed with Rock Candy, but it dosen't really show up much in the photo above,so I have added a closer shot  so you can see the Rock candy on the petals


A couple of stick pins to finish, then I highlighted some areas with platinum gilding wax.
My daughter who was staying with me over christmas has now bagged this hanger....nothing is safe when she is around,lol

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone.....

I've really not had much time  to craft throughout December, hopefully 2016 I will be back on form...
So to all my Followers and friends that look in to my blog, I want to Wish You All a Wonderful Christmas...hope you all have a fabulous time and that Santa will be good to you all...xxx


            See you all again on the 1st January 2016