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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS


                        Wishing all my blogging friends a
                                Wonderful Christmas...x

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Warrior Princess

Well, here we are,the start of December..I am amazed every year by how quickly the months fly by.
I remember as a child the long lazy days of summer, half term and school holidays....now that I am a lot older I blink and I lose a day...
The December and the last challenge for Rhedds has just launched..as always no paper crafts....
for my project this month I have created a Warrior Princess....



I started with a small polystyrene dress form which I painted with gesso...then I inserted the stand, also painted with gesso...
From my scrap box I added a black skirt and over that added strips of different fabrics.


I then created the bodice using strips of black faux leather from an old handbag..some of which looked quilted.


I also created a belt and the over skirt from the faux leather. I fastened the over skirt by punching out some holes at the waist and threading some cord through in a cross over style.


I found a small leather strap that I adhered to the over skirt, then using some stiff card and some masking tape I created the sword..adding some of the quilted faux leather for the handle etc.


Searching through my box of broken jewellery I found this gorgeous piece and it made such a great breast shield..I also found some bits of chain from an old bracelet that had the same colour bead as the stone in the breast plate.

I am really quite pleased with the end result....to see what the rest of the design team have created why not pop over for a look..maybe enter our challenge this month...

You can find the challenge here at
Rhedd's Creative Spirit.


Christmas Tree Tag

Sadly very few entered last week Tag Challenge over at Go Tag Thursday....
This week Zoe is hosting so I hope as the theme is more seasonal a few more folk may want to play along...and as I am not hosting I get to play too.

                            Here's my Christmas Tree Tag....


I have zoomed in a bit here to show the sparkle....


I would love it if you dropped by the blog...you can find the challenge here at
                               Go Tag Thursday

Steampunky Door Hanger

This is my design team project for this months challenge over at Altered Eclectics.....however this project started from a Door Hanger that I received from Fernli Designs and the instructions were to alter it...


I covered the door hanger in backing paper that had some cogs on and after trimming I daubed it with  evergreen bough and red berries distress inks.I also coloured some cogs the same way.
For the centre section I used the drawer from one of Fernli Designs matchboxes.
This I lined with paper that I had embossed with a cog folder and again coloured with the same distress ink.
The four sides of the drawer was dabbed with red and turquoise acrylic paints.
Using the face stamp of a Gibson Girl I stamped and coloured her image and added her to the drawer.


I added several cogs and some brass nuts and clock and other embellishments....also the top section which is actually a handle bracket from an old sideboard...

You can find the challenge at Altered Eclectics HERE

Thursday, November 24, 2016

It's all about Sport

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday  and the theme is Sports
Here are mine....




Do pop over for a lookie..who knows, you may even want to join in with the challenge....
you can find the blog here at

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tag # 23...Texture

The theme at Go Tag Thursday this week is all about Texture.
Your Tag can be any size or shape...you can use any medium so long as you keep within the theme...

                                     These are my Tags


I used torn paper and texture paste for the background on this tag.


    For this tag I used an embossing folder to create texture.

Would love you to visit the blog and maybe enter the challenge...would be so nice to see a few more entries over there....
You can find the blog here......Go Tag Thursday

Monday, November 14, 2016

My Autumn Princess.

A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to enter a challenge that was being hosted by Fernli Designs ....the challenge was to Dress Up one of their 10 inch dress forms.
( each entrant was asked to pay a small refundable deposit ensuring that they honour the challenge after receiving their Fernli product. Such a good idea as sadly there are crafters who take the freebies and not enter the challenges )
After receiving my dress form I stood it on my work bench for a couple of weeks...at one point I was worried that I still hadn't come up with a definite idea of how I was going to dress it up.


I decided to go for a long walk one day last week, mainly to clear away the cobwebs and clear my head. I was in awe of all the wonderful colours of the trees,shrubs and leaves...this is one of the most favourite times of the year for me and as I was scuffling through the leaves I knew exactly how I was going to dress up my dress form.....and so Autumn Princess was born.


I decided to keep the form in its natural state and made an under dress for it, stitching it in place, then I added some pale green lace in a "v" around the neck, front and back.
I tore up an old scarf that I no longer used ( the dark colours made my neck dirty, no matter how many times I washed the scarf, lol )  finishing the bodice off with some pretty black lace.


For the skirt I used strips of silky materials that I had bought over a year ago from a craft fair...each strip was knotted to another, I think they get knitted or plaited, sorry to say I don't know exactly, I do remember loving the colours and just had to buy the bundle.
The colours are so much like the leaves and shrubs I saw on my walk, even down to the purple colour...
The strips were cut to the lengths that I needed for the skirt and along with some black feathers and some strips from my scarf and I glued them to the waist of the form.


Then from my broken jewellery stash I found some bits that I added a few charms to and added to the skirt...finishing that by winding a silky green fabric strip around the waist.
I also made a necklace, and....well I just couldn't resist adding the Princess crown.


I also fashioned a little bag from material from one of my old handbags, which I cross stitched along the sides with waxed cord, padded it out slightly with a piece of sponge..the fastener is a sparkly black brad.


I covered the stand in some cheese cloth and then some hessian....I found this sweet robin in my stash and a bundle of short willow sticks..I adhered them to the base..added some reindeer moss and also some tiny little fir cones I found on my walk...
I am so pleased at how this project turned out..it is exactly how I saw it in my head on my walk..but as all we crafters know, what we "see" in our heads dosen't always look like the finished product,lol...

             You can find Fernli Designs Here






Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tag # 22 House / Home

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday...the theme is House or Home..so plenty of scope for a great Tag...
Here are my Tags.....the mini Tag book I made from a a set of house style stamps that I heat embossed and colour with the shimmering Luminarte paints (H20s) unfortunately the weather is so dull here and I am over shadowed by trees too...





                           You can find the challenge here at 
                                      Go Tag Thursday