Tuesday, November 24, 2015

You're a Keeper

I have made a card as my entry for one of my favourite stamp companies and challenge blog....Artistic Outpost.....a little unusual for me as I don't really make many cards any more, I am more in to altered art.
I was so fortunate to be a winner last month,but that won't stop me from entering future challenges....I am so looking forward to receiving my prize very soon.
So here is my card...nice and bright and sunny, just what was needed on such a dull overcast day...

I have used the "You're a Keeper" set for this card, using the fish and fishing fly to make a background.
I stamped and mounted up two of the images and layered one over a strip of hessian....then I  stamped and mounted the words and added them to my card...also adding a small piece of hessian under the word "keeper"

I stamped the ruler on some previously coloured card and I also stamped out the fishing fly on some cream card...for effect I trimmed the image of the fly down and added  a piece of dark brown feather.

               You can find the challenge over here at
              Artistic Outpost/November Challenge

Friday, November 20, 2015

Digi Art.....

Unfortunately I missed the 2nd Cheeky Challenge over at Dezinaworld last this week I made sure I created something on time....
June posts a prompt and we create whatever we want from that prompt....either physically or this gives me a chance to have a play digitally with my photos and images... this is what I created.

The graveyard image is a real photo that I was fortunate to acquire from a friend and the lady was sourced some years ago, which I have kept on file because she is just stunning....
So this is my entry for the challenge, hope you like it...
Why not pop over for a look...maybe join in the can find it here at
I am also entering this in to the challenge over at Dream in Darkness....which you can find here
Dream in Darkness

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Seasonal Tag

Just a quick post to share this Tag I made for my group event on Facebook....

I used a dark brown tag that I layered up with some scraps of fabrics...I then heat embossed the arch with gold embossing powder. The image was a free one that I downloaded and printed on satin photo paper, which I then cut to fit the arch.

I then added the arch to the tag and wrapped some twine around the lower part...also added the reindeer at the same time.
I found the flower and the copper centre piece with scrolled wires in my stash and it just looked so nice on top of the flower.
Finally I dabbed around the tag with snow affect texture paste, leaving it to dry over night...have to admit this has become one of my favourite tags...hope you like it too.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cheeky Challenge at Dezinaworld

My dear friend June has set a "Cheeky Challenge" over on her blog....the challenge was to do something with this whatever way you like.

I love this picture, so had a play tonight using my Serif Craft Artist...I'm not much of a digi artist to be fair....

                          This was my first attempt

I wasn't that happy with the result....think it was the busy I had another play....
                                My second attempt

For this one I added a basket, letters and added and rearranged the bottles and the word Dream.

So if you like to play digitally why not pop over to Junes blog and grab the can find her blog here at.....

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Seasonal Box Bag

It's time for the November challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit as always the theme is anything goes, recycled,mixed media,altered art only......strictly no papercrafts

My design team project for the November Challenge was to altered this wooden box bag....I had bought a set of two and I fell in love with them....this is the larger of the bags.

The wood was a tad rough around the edges,so I removed the handles and then sanded it all over before sealing with gesso.
I covered all sides of the bag with christmas themed music paper, and distressed all the edges with walnut stain ink.

I dabbed glittery texture paste all over the bag and set it aside to the mean time I created the topper using this fabulous stamp from Artistic Oupost...
I stamped the image then matted it on some dark brown card...
I still had some scraps of vintage cotton lace from an old collar and used that along with some muslin, burlap and silver mesh.
I also gessoed and then added the glittery texture paste to  the mdf word "Joy" 

To finish the box bag I added all the elements, then the ribbon handles, tying some silver mesh as a bow to one side....
So do pop over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit if you fancy an altered art/mixed media challenge, or just to look at the design team creations...they are well worth a visit.

An Old Lid

Many months ago,my friend found an old box lid in her mum's garage...knowing how I collect "bits" that might come in useful,she dropped the said box lid in to me on her way home...and now finally I have altered it for my design team project over at Altered Eclectics

The lid measures 9"x 5" (23.5 x 13.5 cms)
I decided to leave the lid exactly as it was and not paint over the original design because I wanted to keep the look of it, it has a lovely patina.

I made the lid in to a lovely Vintage Wall Hanging for my bedroom....

I started by glueing burlap, muslin and lace to the lid with hot glue...then added the gorgeous lace butterfly.
In my stash I had a selection of doilies and very old vintage lace which I also glued to the lid...adding a few buttons and the beads and a stick pins.

The image is a Tim Holtz card that I trimmed and mounted on cream card, cutting around the edges with deckle scissors and distressing with walnut ink to age it. I added a couple of metal corners to the photo for effect.

The doiley looked a little bare so I added a couple of keys.....the pretty flower on the butterfly and the flower on the photo actually belonged to my lovely mother, the larger flower is a brooch, I took the back off and the flower on the butterfly is one of the matching earrings.

To finish I added the hanging wire, fortunately there were holes at each end and were just perfect for the wire to go through...I found a piece of ribbon that was the right colour and added that to one end of the wire.
I couldn't resist using the PaperArtsy "Femme Fatales" 
Hope you like this, I love it and I have it hanging on the handle on my wardrobe....

Do pop over to Altered Eclectics for their current challenge....

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hello Punkin.....

I was tidying away my craft table tonight and I had a couple of sets of Artistic Outpost Stamps sets that were over to one I decided to rustle up a Tag for a second entry in to the challenge over at Artistic Outpost and also for the Halloween theme over at That's Crafty 

This is an Mdf Tag and is nice and I covered the front with texture paste and dried that with my heat tool, the paste crackled up nicely.
Then I dabbed Rusty Hinge distress ink over the tag, adding Spiced Marmalade around the edges...I then heat dried the inks.
Using the Vintage Halloween Stamps from Artistic Outpost I stamped, coloured and cut out the pumpkins, the little witch and the words. The words were then cut individually and mounted on black card.
I set all that aside and using the fence and the tree stamp I stamped directly on to the Tag.

I then added all the elements to the Tag...I love the effect of the texture paste, I was careful not to spread it on too thickly as I only wanted slight texturing and crackle.
To finish I added some frosted lace stickles on the hat, cloak, broom and the pumpkins....
You still have time to enter the challenges over here at....

                 Artistic Outpost/October Challenge

                      That's Crafty / Halloween

Monday, October 26, 2015

Colours of Autumn....

I've actually made a "Card" for three challenges, I usually try to enter a few each month, but due to other commitments I have just haven't had the time this month.

Over at Artistic Outpost the theme is Anything Goes.
 For Rubber Dance Stamps the theme is a choice of using 3 colours...Tree Bark, Falling Leaves and Pumpkin...or....Autumn
Over at Craft Stamper you have to use a Technique as well as some stamping

So for the Artistic Outpost Challenge I have used their lovely set of stamps called "The Outpost" they just scream Autumn to me....

For the Rubber Dance Stamps Challenge I initially designed the card for the Autumn theme, but realised I have actually captured the colours as well, so I am pleased with that.

Over at Craft Stamper there are several techniques to choose from, I chose Ink which I have used for my backgrounds and I have also used stamping, which is also required for their challenge.

  You can find  challenges that I have entered this card in to at....

                  Artistic Outpost/October Challenge