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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas

The March Challenge is underway over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit....as always it is Altered Art/Mixed Media Only...no cards, atcs etc.
My design team project is a Mixed Media Canvas.....the canvas is deep edged and measures 8"x 8"


I added texture to the canvas and once dry I added the rest of the elements, mesh and floral lace, leaving the centre area clear of  any embellishing.


While the canvas was drying I set to and altered 9 MDF tiles,using embossed card that I coloured and highlighted with gilding wax.
I then added the tiles to a thin square of MDF, that I sealed with gesso...I now had my centre piece ready


I sprayed the colours on to my canvas, drying each colour as I went a long, until I achieved the look I wanted.
I then left it to completely dry overnight before adding my center piece.....finally I highlighted some areas of the canvas with gilding wax.
Hope to see you over at the challenge which you can find here....Rhedd's Creative Spiirt

A little Gift

Here we are,the 1st of March and a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics starts today....
As always it's Altered Art/Mixed Media...NO cards etc.
This is my design team piece this month..... Jewelery made from Cd fragments.


                                          Items used

After selecting some fragments from the broken CD, I sanded both sides and then added two coats of black gesso.

                       The backs, coloured and heat embossed.

I then sprayed each piece with the inks, drying each colour in turn.
I pushed each piece on to the ink pad and then covered with embossing powder and then melted the powder with a heat tool.
I did this 4 times for each piece, only because I did'nt have the thicker embossing powder.


While the 4th layer of embossing was still hot,I pressed the rubber stamp in to each piece to create texture, allowing the embossing to cool before removing the stamp.


As each piece cooled down,I rubbed around the edges with my finger to make sure they were all smooth.



The finished set...now being worn by my grandson's girlfriend....
Hope to see you in the challenge over at Altered Eclectics

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My Valentine

I wanted to blog these Atcs earlier today,but I've had a rotten day.....health and family issues have had me in tears today...
Feeling slightly better tonight and I've booked myself a day out tomorrow, just me on my own.
These 3 Atcs were made for a swap, the theme was Love/Valentine.


For this Atc I used distress ink for the atc then gessoed a piece of cardboard that I had stripped back. I added some scrim and silver mesh,then the heart,which I made using a free stamp from the Craft Stamper magazine....to finish I wrapped some raffia around the topper then adhered it to the atc.


This atc was covered with backing paper, then I added the image,which is a freebie I had in my stash. The sentiment was computer generated. To finish I added the lace and the trim of rhinestones.


This atc has one of my favourite images...again a freebie from my stash, mounted on some brown card.
The base of the atc was shaded using distress ink, then I added some lace and the images...again the heart was made by using a freebie stamp from the craft stamper magazine.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Romantic Tag for February

I have a Project Share Group on Facebook, its small and has a handful of ladies that create different projects to share in the group...I did have a larger group,that was becoming stale with only a few members participating in swaps and challenges and I had decided to close it, however several ladies messaged me asking me to keep the Tag Challenge going....the idea is to make a Tag a month,using a theme and then at the end of the year, make an album for the Tags....so far their Tags have been amazing, so I am glad I've kept it going...

This is my February Tag...The theme is Love/Romance and this is my take on it....


The Gibson Girl Stamp is by Artistic Outpost, which I coloured with distress inks.
The script is from a Paris set by Elusive Images...
The Tag was added just to add effect really and I think it works.


The edges of the tag and label were distressed using wild honey ink....I wanted to keep with the warm tones....you'll notice I kind of scribbled with the colouring, I wanted it to look a painted sketch ,if you know what I mean,lol.
Now I have to think of a theme for the March Tag....

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Recycled Stamping Block

February has come around so quick...there was so much I wanted to get done, I think I've only achieved half of what I set out to do,lol.
So here we are, all set for February's Challenge over at.....Rhedd's Creative Spirit.....
For my project this month I decided to alter a wooden stamping block....I have quite a few that I took the stamps off, I then sanded the wood all ready to use...lots of different sizes.


 I gessoed the wood then painted it in cream acrylic paint.


Once dry I spritzed with some dark pink acrylic paint that I had diluted with water and dried it using the heat tool. Then using a dotted stencil I pounced evergreen bough distress ink all over the block.


I set the block aside to dry completely before stamping the image and sentiment and shrubs.
I also added a sentiment to the back of the block....


To finish I distressed the edges with pickled raspberry ink....
To be honest I was very pleased with the finished piece, so much so that I intend making a few more,this one looks lovely on my dressing table, so a few more dotted around my home would look lovely.
Hope to see you enter the challenge, remember it is for altered art & mixed media only....you can find the challenge here...Rhedd's Creative Spirit


We are Back....

After a long break over the Christmas and New Year, the team are all set and ready for the February Challenge over at Altered Eclectics
We have some new teamies on board for 2015 so plenty of projects to feast your eyes on....maybe give you some inspiration to join in with the challenge.
My project is Altered Sewing Machine Bobbins.....a first for me.


Except for the Bobbins, which are new,everything else I used from my stash...
Beads, chain, links, fancy fibres, charms and ribbons.
These make fab handbag charms.




I love them all, but the red one is definately my favourite....
Hope to see  you over at the challenge, which you can find here...Altered Eclectics

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A little bit of Shabby Chic,my style.....

I stumbled across Elaine's mini challenge out there in blogland....how on earth did I miss her blog...I mean, I am on her design team and I have known her through crafting for quite a while now...a lovely,lovely lady....
So Elaine's Mini Challenge is Shabby Chic and entries must be altered art/mixed media...so here is my entry....


I started off with a wooden tray, a few freebies from a lady who owned a craft shop,she was going to bin them,so I begged them off of her.
For my project I used  one with 4 compartments....
First I  gessoed the whole piece,then painted it with Kaisercraft acrylic paint, I mixed a bit of white with pistachio green. When that dried,I dry brushed white paint over the whole piece,although the photo dosen't pick that up very well.



Next I decorated each compartment with some vintage paper from Graphic45...a Tim Hotlz doll and a few other bits...added lace,beads and flowers to the corners.
To finish I used a couple of screw in rings and found some matching lace in my stash to use to hang it up as you can see below.


Hope you like it...I'm going to hide it from my daughter...once she sees it,she will want it,lol....
You can find Elaine's Mini Challenge HERE.....






Friday, January 23, 2015

Sweet little Tag

I rustled up a little Tag for the challenge over at TAGALONG....
The theme over there this week is Spots & Dots.
The background of my tag was coloured by spritzing acrylic paint over some water colour art card....then inked using sequin waste in 2 different colours and sizes.


I stamped the bird on the branch, leaving enough room for the sentiment, which dosen't seem to be showing up too well in the photograph.
I also stamped a little bit of a floral design to one side and then added the ribbon
Hopefully the photo below will show the verse a bit better...


Do pop over and have a look at the Tagalong Challenge, you can find it HERE