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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nautical Arches

Time again for another challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.....as always it's an anything goes challenge,so long as it's altered art.
My design team project is this lovely pair of wooden arches.



I prepared the wood for painting by covering the complete piece in gesso...then painted over with blue metallic acrylic paint.
I stamped my image on to white tissue,then coloured it before adhering it to the first arch.
Once it was dry I then dry brushed over some white acrylic paint. The 2nd arch I decorated with some mesh, netting and all things nautical...I also added embellishing to the first arch.

You can find the challenge HERE....there is also a fabulous prize on offer.



Shabby Plaque

It's time again for another Altered Art Challenge over at Altered Eclectics.....as part of their design team I decided to make a Vintage/Shabby Chic Plaque from some cardboard.





I used some cardboard from my printers box, stripped the front layer down to reveal the corrugation.
Then I used white acrylic paint and swiped it across the cardboard.


The image was a freebie which I printed off and mounted on card....then I added layers of fabric and lace on to the plaque.
For decoration I added the creamy seed pods, ribbon bows and bead trim, then added the mounted image.
The hanging piece is actually from a paper carrier bag, its not string, more like twisted paper to look like cord, just perfect for what I needed...I twisted some raffia around the handle for effect.
This pretty plaque measures 6" x 8" and is now hanging on my wardrobe door.
Just to remind you that the challenge is HERE....looking forward to seeing you over there.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Deliciously Vintage

Just realised that I never blogged my Vintage Atcs...




These were made for an Atc Swap Group I am in...really enjoyed making them, I do love vintage.
Everything was made from scraps from my stash and stamped images....I created the background for the last tag, the other two have backing paper. The white dots showing on parts of the atcs is actually glossy accents that I used to highlight certain areas.
Hope my swap partner likes them.....she won't receive them until the beginning of November.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Apothecary Cube

I've been meaning to alter this 4"x 4" wooden cube for ages. It's actually one of a few that my friend's partner cut for me from one of my dads old fence posts. My dad passed away 2years ago and I had them before that, so they are quite old, still in good condition though.
I decorated my cube to suit the challenge over at ARTISTIC OUTPOST. The theme is "Anything Goes"....but you must use their stamps.
Well to be fair I have quite a few of their stamps so I was spoilt for choice...... after a lot of umming and arring I decided on the "Apothecary Set" and also the tree stamp from "The Outpost Set"






The top images were stamped twice and then glued back to back. Some of the images on the cube have been highlighted with glossy accents.
Thank you to all that drop by my blog and leave such lovely comments...




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Metallic Look Altered Peg

It's turned in to quite a dark,wet miserable day....not that I was going to go out, in fact I planned to craft for most of the day....

I wanted to enter the lovely challenge over at MOO MANIA...their theme this time round is "Metal"
 ( the image is actually a "Moo")

I also found a challenge over at ECLECTIC ELLAPU...they have 2 themes going on, so the one I am entering my peg in to is the "Texture" themed one.

( Click to enlarge image...the sheen shows up better )

I used gilding wax to colour the under sides and sides of the peg. I found some clock & cogs embossed card my friend had given me sometime ago, so I sprayed that with Artiste Spritzing inks, they have a fantastic sheen,unfortunately the light being so poor today it dosen't show up to well. I did try a couple of photos with the flash option,but I just got a glare on the sheen.


I then adhered the embossed card to the front and back of the peg. I stamped the Paperartsy image on to some spare card that I had lightly shaded with distress ink...then just added some colour with a damp brush directly off the ink pads.


I added the image to the peg, then added the Fernli Design cogs that I had coloured with gilding wax.
Hopefully my peg will qualify for both challenges, Textured & Metal....



Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Christmas Plaque....

Just wanted to share my Christmas Tree plaque with you...I actually made it for the monthly challenge run by Fernli Designs over on facebook.


This is the larger plaque which I covered in pale blue and white paper, then I stamped a music script all over the paper and swiped it with gesso.
Once dry I used watered down pale green acrylic paint around the outer areas and just as it started to dry I sprinkled it with fine glitter.....


While I waited for everything to dry, I tore paper strips to use for the tree, I also printed some words and cut and distressed the edges.
I managed to find the tiny hearts,( took a while as I had forgotten where I had put them) again by Fernli Designs and painted them in a shimmery white paint.
After adding the tree and the words to the plaque, I adhered the hearts on to the tree, adding a bow and a star for extra embellishing. I used  gilding wax around the edge of the plaque to give it a bit of a boost.


All that was left for me to do was to add the hanging cord.....I'm more than happy with the result,unfortunately the photo dosen't show how twinkly it is, the light here isn't that good today.






Thursday, October 16, 2014

My "Winged" Bathing Belle.

I was over the moon when I stumbled across a challenge blog by Lost Coast Designs. I've been an admirer of their rubber stamps for many years, in fact I have a grand total of 18 of their stamps,unfortunately where I used to buy them from in the UK no longer trades and I've not seen any at the craft fairs I've been too.
I've used one of my favourite stamps for my Altered Cotton Reel....."The Swimsuit Girl"


I decorated the cotton reel with reindeer moss, mesh, hessian,string, little pieces of drift wood,shells and a starfish


The theme of the challenge is "Wings" so I stamped and cut the butterfly from another of Lost Coast stamps, the lady with her face in her hands, it was the perfect size for what I needed.


A closer view of the wings.....


I so enjoyed creating this piece, just wish the cotton reels you buy in the shops now were as good as the old style ones. So I am off now to post my entry......you can find their challenge here at  Lost Coast Challenge

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Christmas Postcard Plaque

I decided to make this little plaque for the challenge over at Crafty Individuals, which you can find here... Crafty Individuals
This one of the stamps I bought from them last year and I just love it.


The plaque is made from cardboard, I tore off the top layer to reveal the corrugation, which I swiped with gesso.
Then I layered up using different fabrics and some lace.


I stamped the image twice on some cream card and once dry added some colour and glitter, I layered the lady section on a foam pad to give it a bit of height.


I adhered the stamped image to the plaque and finished it all off by adding a little bit of chain,ribbon and a snowflake.