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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pencil Box

Woohoo...the May Challenge has just been launched over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit....do pop over there if you can, the art projects there are fabulous...
I decided to alter a Pencil Box for my design team project this month...


I bought several of these cases online about 2 years ago and I have dragged them from the depths of my craft room and decided to get some spruced up so I could actually use them.
Using a damp sponge I dabbed a selection of acrylic paints all over...the inside I painted red and added some Tim Holtz ruler backing paper inside the lid.


I left the box to completely dry over night before adding some stencilled decoration, again these were done with acrylic paints...I then set the box aside to dry before adding the labels on the lid.


Once I was sure that every area was dry I used Crafter's Companion Spray and Seal all over to add a shine to the box and to protect it as it will be used a lot...after the first coat was dry, I sprayed it a second time, which gave it a more glossy look.
Do po over to the challenge blog...altered art, recycled, mixed media entries only,no cards or papercrafted projects.

You can find the challenge here at Rhedd's Creative Spirit


Bird Cage Canvas

There are some fabulous design team projects over at Altered Eclectics for their May Challenge...I am very proud to be on their design team...
My project this month is a canvas...which I recycled...it was one that I had started quite some time ago and I put it to one side because I just lost my mojo after painting it pink!


This is a 6" x 6" box canvas...love the box style as they keep their shape and don't warp when you apply lots of paint.
As I mentioned earlier, this canvas was previously pink and not a nice shade of pink either...so I gave it several coats of white gesso.
I then painted all over with Docrafts pistachio acrylic paint and wiped it back with a baby wipe ( due to the light,the photo shows the pistachio as light turquiose! )....once dry I randomly stamped some script ( Crafty Individuals ) and post marks in black archival ink.
Using white acrylic paint and an old bank card I created some lines.
I decided then to add texture and using a Tim Holtz stencil and crackle texture paste...once that was dry I daubed yellow acrylic paint over some areas of the canvas and wiped some of it back with a baby wipe.
Then it was set aside to dry...well it was dinner time and I had to cook,lol...


I found a bird cage in my stash,no idea how long I have had that...I gave it 2 coats of black acrylic paint and sprayed it twice with Crafters Companion spray & seal to give it a shine.


The bird, again in my stash, I do know  I had bought a set at a craft show a long time ago from Anna Marie Designs.
Using the Pistachio paint I daubed some on the bird and dried it using my heat tool...then I stamped a swirl on it and gave it a black bead for it's eye...this too was treated to spray & seal.


I used the spray and seal as the glossy mod podge tends to leave brush strokes which I didn't want especially on the bird.


I stained  a small piece of lace yellow and glued that to the canvas...on the top edge of that I added a narrow strip of pale green cotton lace.
Adding the birdcage,bird,flowers and some wire coils.
The sentiment ( Artistic Outpost  form their Outpost set of stamps ) was stamped on some card I coloured yellow, that was then added to the canvas.




To finish I used my finger and rubbed some white acrylic paint to the edges of the canvas,again wiping back slightly with a baby wipe.


The above image shows the actual colours of the canvas...apologies for the lighting on the other photos

Altered Eclectics Challenge can be found....HERE




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

French Flight

After making my pen pot the other day using  my Artistic Outpost Stamps, I realised that there were quite a few that I've not used for a while, so I closed my eyes and picked the first one my hand landed on...which turned out to be "French Flight"
Here is my Tag that I made using that set...


I do love their stamps, I have around 30 sets now and every so often I run a cross a set that's in a sale and unless I have them already I usually buy it.
So I am entering my Tag in to their April Challenge....you can find it here at.......
                                        Artistic Outpost


Monday, April 25, 2016

Loverly London

After a gorgeous sunny weekend, the weather today is dull and looks like it's about rain at any minute...so I could well be spending the day in my craft room...
I wanted to share my Pen Pot with you and also enter it in to the April Challenge over at Artistic Outpost.


I painted the pot in black acrylic paint,inside and out twice....then covered each side with some industrial design backing paper that I had in my stash.
Using some more industrial backing papers,in a light beige colour ( sorry the photo really dosen't pick the design up ) I stamped the images ( twice ) and sentiments from the "Loverly Stamp Set" by Artistic Outpost.


I trimmed one set of the images to size and distressed around the edges and adhered them to the sides of my pot.
The second set of images I lightly coloured and cut the characters out and laid them over the first stamped images on the pot...as there are only three characters I just overlaid the stamp for the side with the London sentiment.
Finally I mounted the sentiments and adhered them around the four sides...using Spray & Seal all over the pot to protect and seal the images...it also gave the pot a lovely shine, but the photo doesn't really pick that up very well.
So if you have any Artistic Outpost Stamps...why not pop over to their challenge...you can find it here....


Monday, April 18, 2016

Fly my little songbird, fly!

I stumbled across a nice little challenge blog a couple of months ago called Things to Alter and decided over the weekend that I would enter their challenge.
I do try and enter a couple of challenges each month but recently I've not done that due to one thing or another...you know how it is when life gets in the way of crafting,lol...


The theme for the challenge is Anything Goes...with with a Twist..."Use Bird/birds in your project ( you do have to be a follower of their blog to enter )....So I created this canvas.


I used blue acrylic paint as the base colour for the canvas and wiped it back in places with a baby wipe..then dried it with my heat tool.
I used some sequin waste to add some texture to the canvas and once that was dry I daubed Pistachio green over some areas, again wiping back with a baby wipe.
I stained the bird with fossilized amber distress ink...then sprayed it and the canvas with a sealer.
I had a few little twigs in my stash,so bound them together and added some flowers and moss and adhered them to the canvas.


The sentiments are from a stamp set by Crafty Individuals and were just perfect for this project...
The canvas measures 4 inches x 4 inches.
You can find the challenge here at 




Friday, April 1, 2016

Mini Art Journals

I have missed being so active in the crafting community...not by choice I might add, no, my Mojo has been a bit off recently...life outside of crafting sometimes has to take priority and it takes me a while to get back in to the swing of things again, so for my project over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit I decided to make some mini journals.


I actually enjoyed making these, especially as I recycled food packaging and some scraps of art paper and backing paper.


For the Journal covers I opened the food packaging and laid it flat,trimming off all side and bottom edges, leaving me with just the front and back of the packaging...I then glued these two pieces together. Once it was completely dry I then cut the sizes I needed for each album, 
 then created the folds for the spine, making sure they were wide enough for the inner pages.


I covered each journal with my art paper and backing paper scraps...I was delighted with the art paper as it looks like a a field leading down to the sea on one album...and on the other it looks like a field and sky...I also lined the inside of  each cover with left over scraps...the larger book I added a binding strip with a piece of leather look card.
Using new art paper, I cut strips to fold "concertina style" and added to journal, but at this stage I did not glue them in....just left them over night with the clips on.


The next day I removed the pages and painted them with acrylic paints and I also added embellishing to three of the Journal covers.


Once the paints were dry I refolded the pages and glued the first and the last pages to the inside of the front & back cover....using bull dogs clips to secure the journal pages while the glue dried.


I am so pleased with how these Mini Journals looked when they were finished...the largest being 2.5" and the smallest in 1"  they are all ready to use.
You can find the April Challenge here at 











Home is Where the Heart Is...

I had a great find in my local charity shop...in a plastic bag in a box I found the four letters that spelt HOME. They were in a sorry state, like some one had tried different techniques then gave up...so for a few pennies I bought the letters.
They were just perfect for my design team project over at Altered Eclectics


 I stripped as much of the previous decor back, almost down the the bare mdf...then gave each letter a bit of sanding and a coat of black acrylic paint.
The next day I found they needed another coat,which I did,then decided once dry that I would paint two of the letters in red.


After the paint was completely dry I used a stencil to paint the diamond pattern on randomly on each letter...then left them over night to dry...the next day I sprayed each letter with spray & shine.
I found two hearts in my stash and painted those and added them to the first letter.
I am really pleased as the texture of them isn't completely smooth due to previous decor, but for me its just added to the effect as I didn't intend to make them too fancy.
                                             Do pop over to
                                          Altered Eclectics
       as they have just launched their challenge for April....

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Rhedd's March Tutorial

For my tutorial this month,which you can find here at Rhedd's Creative Spirit I altered some dominoes....
I love how these can be altered...for this tutorial I made 3 charms..either for a handbag or key ring, or to use for a necklace.





If you would like to see how I have altered these,then please pop over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit for more information....and if I have inspired you to alter some dominoes, then why not enter them in to our challenge.