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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Junk Journal

So here we are, going in to April, it's the start of Spring, the second of my favourite seasons, Autumn being the first and my favourite.
I wanted to try something different for my design team project for Rhedds Creative Spirit this month,but it didn't actually go the way I wanted it to so I ended up making a junk journal instead.


 I got a standard sized hard backed book....which I gessoed then covered in scrim, crinkling it up a bit as I glued it down.


Once completely dry I added texture with a mask and texture paste and then sprayed it with Artiste Spritzing Inks.
Once completely dry I used bronze gilding wax on some areas of the cover.


I lined the inside of the book cover then I gathered a selection of papers and envelopes etc to make  5 signatures for the inside.
These were all tied in with string,which I fastened off on the spine of the book.



I used  ribbon, torn cloth and some card to make tabs for some of the pages.



To completely finish my Junk Journal I tied some torn cloth and trinkets to the string.


I'm quite proud of my very first Junk Journal, it is now being well used, and I do intend making more.

Do pop over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit for our Altered Art Challenge.





All Male Book Box

I've had this little Book Box in my craft room for ages, each time I picked it up, nothing creative happened so I kept putting it back on the shelf. Then I had a moment, like we do and I had the perfect theme for altering it.
I was inspired to making this book box in to an odds & ends box, something my father always had, he also used his old tobacco tins too.
So here it is,my All Male Book Box, which is my design team project for Altered Eclectics...their challenge starts today.




 I gessoed inside and outside of the book box, then painted it several times with cream acrylic paint.
Once it was completely dry I dry brushed over it with brown acrylic paint. After leaving it over night, I lavishly applied Korma Crackle to age it, leaving it in a warm room to speed the crackle up...I was really pleased with the effect, well worth applying the Korma Crackle quite thickly in a couple of areas.


The images and labels and tickets are all from my stash, some of which I used for a topper for the box, adding a large brass paper clip for effect.


All the trinkets inside the box are also from my stash, in fact  the keys, button and buckle strap were actually my fathers and the collar stud in the bottom right was my grandads.






You can find the Altered Art challenge here at Altered Eclectics

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Couple of Projects

Sometimes life gets in the way of crafting and I am sorry to say that I've not done much in the way of expressing my creativity other than a couple of swaps/challenges over the past few weeks.
Here are a few Altered Paper Clips, a first for me, I've never altered them before....these are large paper clips and were made for a group challenge...my 2 favourites are the black & white clip and the vintage clock clip.
I must admit these are fun to alter and can be quite addictive....great to add to junk journals, scrap books etc.


Below, another first for me are some Index Cards that I altered for a swap. They are slightly bigger than an Artist Trading Card.
The theme for this swap was "Butterflies"
The swap deadline has been reached,so now I await my swaps...



Many Thanks to all of you that drop by my blog....hope to be posting on a regular basis again soon...


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