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Sunday, September 14, 2014

For the Tree....

I was challenged today to make 3 Christmas Tree Ornaments....and here they are....

This photo shows the ornaments hanging on my white hobby craft tree tonight.



 This ornament is a 3" wooden circle that I papered, added a fluffy feather and a paper angel and ribbon.


This is an Altered Cork...lace was glued top and bottom, then satin ribbon glued around the middle of the cork. I added some silver mesh and then some gem trim in silver. On to that I glued some green and silver rick rack and finished the whole piece by adding the paper poinsetta, chains and beads.


This ornament is actually a die cut piece from Tim Holtz row of houses. Decorated with some christmas papers and then added the victorian image. To finish I added a die cut tree that I shaded with ink and then added some stickles.


So now I shall put these away until my christmas tree goes up in December.....

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I was blown away when I found I had been nominated to do this blog hop by Zoe Russell....Thank you so much Zoe....
This is a continuous blog hop every monday with a host of inspirational bloggers taking part
There are a few questions that I've been asked...so I'll do my best to answer them....

1. What am I working on....
At the moment I am working on a few Artist Trading Cards that are for a group swap, in between that I have been painting some wooden christmas ornaments for my drift wood christmas tree. I'm also working on an altered art project which is my deign team piece for my challenge blog.
2. How does my work differ from others in the my genre....
I'm not sure how my work differs from others in my genre, two people can be given the same items and each one will create something totally different from the other. Several people have told me I have my own style...but I can't see that, if that makes sense.
3. Why do I create what I do.....
I love the freedom of altered art, using all kinds of mediums,rather that sticking to paper and card.
I also enjoy making the smaller items,like Twinchies,Inchies and Atcs.
4. How does my creative process work....
It works in various ways, some times ideas just pop in to my head,other times my creativeness is inspired by colour or something I've seen. I've also had many times where I just play in my craft room and something clicks and I can create something that I haven't planned, sounds silly but I think it happens to most artists. For me those are my best pieces.

Nominations.....
Firstly I would like to nominate Rebecca Swanson.....who I got to know through a craft group we were both in a few years ago. I have always admired her work, everything she makes is just so beautiful...Shabby Chic/Vintage is predominately her style, whether it's a card or altered art,you can see instantly that it has her "stamp" on it....Please visit  Rebecca's Blog

Secondly I would like to nominate Sammy Jean....who I got to know through my own design team. Her creations are varied, from cute cards to altered art. She loves Vintage and Tim Holtz, lol. Whatever Sammy creates it is always gorgeous, she has great attention to detail which I admire in a crafter.
Please visit Sammy Jean's Blog

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Catching Up....

I am just  bringing my blog up to date with all my recent makes...these are all items that have been made for swaps and group challenges.

These 2 Tags are for a group swap...the theme is Autumn Colours....
For these I used stamps by Artistic Outpost and Inkylicious



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These are my 6 Moos...really small pieces of work. They were especially made for a group challenge, each one had to have a theme,which was set out in the challenge...
Halloween-Christmas-Floral-Nautical-Birds-Vintage.

                             (  Moos measure 2.8cms x 7cms )


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These are 2 Artist Trading Cards, the theme Autumn Colours. 
Especially made for a swap for a challenge group I am in.


If you like a monthly challenge ( with a small prize ) or a monthly challenge, or just want  to chat with like minded people,I have a group over on facebook....you can find it here....Creative Girls

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Altered Cotton Reel....

Here we all are,winging our way in to September...all thinking of christmas because we suddenly realise it's not that far away,lol...
Over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit their September challenge has been launched. They have a Guest Designer there for September...Arnoldo L Romero....he has made a lovely set of Prayer drawers, so do pop over for a look, also take a look at the rest of the design teams creations...fabulous work.
There's also a fab prize up for grabs too, well worth entering the challenge for.
You can find the blog here.....Rhedd's Creative Spirit

So as part of said team...this is my make.....


The actual cotton reel belonged to my mother, I remember when I was younger seeing large cotton reels in her sewing box...this one stands at 5cms tall....the colour/patina on the wood is gorgeous,which is why I never painted it. At a guess the cotton reel must be well over 30yrs old.



I added lace and pearl trimmed applique to the reel, then added the gardenias. For the top section I adhered some reindeer moss and the paper flowers that I made using a Tim Holt die. Then I added the Angel and all the other trimmings. The finished piece stands 15cms tall.
I am so pleased with the way this turned out....and I am keeping it for myself, much to my daughter's disappointment,lol.
I'm entering my Altered Cotton Reel in to the challenge at Altered Eclectic



Monday, August 25, 2014

A First for Me....

How about this...an Altered Door Stop....

I saw them in a shop in town and thought I could do something with them, they were cheap too and made from wood!


So, for this door stop I sealed the wood, then gave it 2 coats of Kaisercraft Antique Cream acrylic paint, it really is a gorgeous paint to use.
Once the paint was dry I used gilding wax to highlight the edges a bit.
Setting it to one side, I then had to hunt around for some images, I already had an idea in my head, eventually I found these.


I applied the images with modge podge matt, once dry I then gave it 2 coats all over, allowing it to dry in between coats.
Finally I added the beads,ribbon and flower....I'm quite pleased with the look. I have another doorstop that's all ready to decorate....can't wait to get that one done now...

I wonder now if I've set a trend....as I said a first for me and I've not seen any others in the crafting world, mind you I could have been looking in the wrong place,lol.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Paper & Ink Stack

Would you believe it's almost 5:30am and I've not been to sleep yet.....I will probably grab a couple of hours once I have finished this post..
I treated myself to 3 paper trays and 4 ink trays from Fernli Designs. They are all stackable and come in several sizes. The ones I have used here are for 6" x 6" papers and the rectangle ink pads like Versamark, Archival, Aridondack etc.



I glued all the pieces together ( they all come flat packed ) which is very easy to do. Once the glue was dry, ( I used PVA Glue )  I painted all the trays in Kaisercraft  matt black acrylic paint twice, once dry I then added a coat of modge podge to protect the paint from scratches etc.
I left every thing over night to thoroughly dry out and the next day I glued all the trays to make a stack.
Again, leaving the glue to dry thoroughly.
I decorated each stack with the Graphic45 Typography papers and then using Fernli Designs shapes ( shown in the first photo ) I made embellishments by covering them in the same papers and adhering them to the stacks with hot glue.


I am so pleased with they way these look and the fabulous part about these products is that they can be added to as and when you need to.
Although I didn't take a photo of the back sections, they are both papered in G45 papers,but not embellished with the wood shapes.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pretty little Egg Box

Happy weekend to you all...dull and overcast in my little area in the world, but it's still warm...not too long though and autumn will be along with all its beautiful colour changes, can't you tell that Autumn is my favourite time of the year...anyway, enough of my ramblings,  here is my....

                                         Altered Egg Box


 I painted my box in Lilac Acrylic paint,then when dry I sprayed it with Lilac Glimmermist, not that it actually shows in the photo.
Once dry I added some Graphic45 paper, cutting a fancy edge on each side. I then decorated it applique, oraganza ribbon, an image and some flowers.


It's a challenge I set in my group on Facebook HERE...the winner will get a prize and if a member decorates the inside of their egg box,they get their name entered twice in to the draw.
So as the host I thought I should decorate my egg box.
I'm going to enter this Altered Egg Box in to the challenge over at Altered Eclectics


Monday, August 11, 2014

Such Style

Just popped in to show you my Altered Peg...it's for the challenge over at Crafty Individuals.
The August  theme is Fashion/Style and you must use one of their products...fortunately for me I have a fair few of Crafty Individual stamps and this fashion plate is one of them.


First I stained the sides of the peg with Aged Mahogany distress ink. Secondly I used some pale patterned backing paper,which was quite thick and stamped the image twice.


I then cut the centre strip for the main part of the peg and then used the unstamped scrap for the underside and back areas.
I coloured and trimmed the 2 ladies and set them aside,while I added the lace,scissors and top frame.

To finished I used aged mahogany to distress the edges of the peg and then attached the ladies.

You can find the challenge Crafty Individuals

I am also entering my peg in to the challenge at Altered Eclectics