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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Frosty Tag

Just finished my tag for the challenge over at Artistic Outpost......the last one for 2014.
I do love their challenges, they are "Anything Goes", you must use their stamps, of which I have quite a few, they are so versatile, easy to mix and match...
So here's my Frosty Tag....


I used a 3"x 6" Cream Tag, which I swiped with walnut stain distress ink...then used  the Music stamp from the Epherema Background set and stamped over the tag.
I added some scrim and mesh and hessian in layers on the tag, also added some silver scraps of mesh at opposite corners.
The image is from the Think and Wonder set which I stamped on some scrap cream card that I swiped with Walnut Stain ink.
Then I  mounted that on the lighter side of some Kraft card.....to the bottom edge I added a frayed strip of fabric.
The text was stamped on to some scraps of the Kraft card.



To finish the Tag I dabbed Frosted Texture past all over the tag and around the image, I just wanted a light dusting of frost so was careful not to over do it.
If you have any Artistic Outpost stamps, why not pop over and enter the challenge...you can find it here.....Artistic Outpost Challenge




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bah Humbug....

A month or so ago I stumbled across Lost Coast Design's Challenge Blog....I've long been an admirer of their stamps, fortunately for me I also own a few,so I am able to enter their challenges...I'm sure I can find a stamp or two that I can adapt to their theme.



I just love this stamp ( Gothic Party ) from Lost Coast Designs, the expressions on the faces are brilliant...and perfect for the theme which is "Merry Christmas"
I decided to make a card for this challenge, just layering up on backing paper.I stamped the image and just coloured and then glittered the party hats...although the glitter isn't showing in all it's glory. the light was so bad here today with it being wet and overcast and virtually dark by 4pm!
So if you have any Lost Coast Design rubber stamps in your stash,why not pop along and enter their challenge....you can find it here

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tis the Season Atcs....

I am a member of a lovely Artist Trading Card group on Facebook...I've been a member for quite a while now and they always have such lovely themes...members can often vote via a "poll" for a particular theme...This month the theme is "Tis the Season"


Fortunately I still had all my christmas craft stash out in my workshop,so made these 3 Atcs this afternoon....all made up from scraps and unused images.
These will be in the post tomorrow....

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Canvas

I'm a few hours late posting my design team make for Altered Eclectics.....I'm sure my boss Elaine won't mind too much though....


For this canvas I adhered scraps of torn paper to the canvas, then randomly stamped over it.
Next part was to swipe it all with some white acrylic paint.
I then tore strips if christmas backing paper to create the tree, then adding some gems to the "branches"


To finish I scrubbed some pale green acrylic paint around the edge of the canvas, making sure not to get to close to the tree, then before it dried I sprinkle fine glitter on to it.
Then I added the computer generated words and the board "Joy"
Once the canvas was completely dry I added antique gold gilding wax around the outer edges.
The canvas looks so much better in "real life" than in the photo...the dull over cast weather dosen't help when you have to take photos.

Hope to see you enter the challenge which is here at 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Set of Vintage Atcs

I have created a lovely set of Artist Trading Cards...the theme is Vintage.
Usually when I am faced with that theme, I think  of Victorian style and fashion, ladies, flowers etc.....but I fancied doing something a little different.....


So I decided on a predominantly male theme, it was a good excuse to use up a few of these vintage passport style images that had been given to me a while back.
Top Row 1 & 3 have my own background, just a couple of scraps that I had left over from a bigger sheet that I sprayed with acrylic paints.
2.3.4.5. have backing paper from my stash...the good thing for this project is you get to use up your scraps.
I've layered the atcs up with mesh, corrugated card, tickets,labels, lace,raffia,string and  buttons...
I'm pleased with these and will use them in a swap...they are also my entry for the challenge here....
Hope you like them.....



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Just a few more.....

I really enjoyed making an ornament for my tree the other day,so decided to make a few more...so I have 3 here to show you....






These are MDF hearts that I covered on both sides with some lovely vintage paper,then layered up with corrugated card, music script backing paper, silver mesh like material and muslin. The edges of the heart and underlying music paper has been distressed with pumice stone distress ink.
I dabbed some glittery white texture paste all over to simulate a light scattering of snow.
I also made a few for my daughter, that way she won't be pinching mine off my christmas tree next month,lol...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Angel Heart

I've made a super decoration for my christmas tree....from a wooden heart by Fernli Designs
To start I covered the tag, back and front with some gorgeous backing paper, then added some cream coloured scrim/muslin.
On top of that I added a scrap of corrugated card that I swiped with some gesso. At this point I wasn't sure what else to add, it needed something more....so I left it alone and put the kettle on for a cuppa, lol.


After my cuppa I decided to add a section of a music sheet,just a small piece,that I distressed around the edges.


I had a look in my stash and found some lovely soft silver mesh,its almost like material,so I cut a piece and added it to the heart...was really pleased with how it was all looking.
The little Angels were from a sticker sheet, so I added them to some lightweight card so I could shape them in to a curve.


To finish I dabbed around with some glittery snow effect paste, I've had it for ages,tucked away in the drawer, in fact I was surprised it was still usable, we crafters seem to hoard everything don't we,loathe to throw anything away, lol.
Finally added my Angels, the ribbon and bow.
I think I'm going to make a few more, but with different images......watch this space,lol.