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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Beside the Sea

Summer seems to be on it's way, well that's quoting the weather man...I'll believe it when I see it as I am sat here with my central heating on tonight!
I want to share my Tag with you all...I made it especially for the Crafty Individual Challenge.


The theme is " Anything Goes"....but you must use at least one of their products....easy for me as I have a stack of their fabulous stamps.
The base for my tag was die cut from a sheet of art card that I had been experimenting with...a lovely mottled background of greens and yellows with a speckle of blue, not that you can see much of it.
I used stamps from two sets,the postcard was one stamp,then the lady with the parasol,beach huts and post mark were from the other set....I went around the edges of the tag with distress ink.
Couldn't resist using a little mixed media and added some mesh,shells,drift wood etc,finishing with some raffia and bakers twine for a bow...
Hope you like it...
You can find the challenge here at 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Flapper Girls

Just a quick post from me tonight...showing you three of my favourite things...Artistic Outpost Stamps, Atcs and Stamping.


The theme for the Atcs is Fashion and I can always find Artistic Outpost stamps to fit the bill...
All the stamped images are from their "Flapper" Set...
These two Atcs are for a group swap....and I am also entering them in to the challenge here at 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A quick Tag

Just dropping in to share a Tag I made for my group Creative Girls on Facebook...Each month we make a Tag, any size or shape and set to a theme by Sammy, who is running the monthly event.


The theme is Numbers or Letters,or you can use both...which is what I have done.
The Tag base is actually a scrap of thick art card that I had left over from playing with some Inktense blocks...not that you can even see it now as most of it is cover with a collage of images...
I rubber stamped the numbers and the two letter S&W



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pencil Box

Woohoo...the May Challenge has just been launched over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit....do pop over there if you can, the art projects there are fabulous...
I decided to alter a Pencil Box for my design team project this month...


I bought several of these cases online about 2 years ago and I have dragged them from the depths of my craft room and decided to get some spruced up so I could actually use them.
Using a damp sponge I dabbed a selection of acrylic paints all over...the inside I painted red and added some Tim Holtz ruler backing paper inside the lid.


I left the box to completely dry over night before adding some stencilled decoration, again these were done with acrylic paints...I then set the box aside to dry before adding the labels on the lid.


Once I was sure that every area was dry I used Crafter's Companion Spray and Seal all over to add a shine to the box and to protect it as it will be used a lot...after the first coat was dry, I sprayed it a second time, which gave it a more glossy look.
Do po over to the challenge blog...altered art, recycled, mixed media entries only,no cards or papercrafted projects.

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


Bird Cage Canvas

There are some fabulous design team projects over at Altered Eclectics for their May Challenge...I am very proud to be on their design team...
My project this month is a canvas...which I recycled...it was one that I had started quite some time ago and I put it to one side because I just lost my mojo after painting it pink!


This is a 6" x 6" box canvas...love the box style as they keep their shape and don't warp when you apply lots of paint.
As I mentioned earlier, this canvas was previously pink and not a nice shade of pink either...so I gave it several coats of white gesso.
I then painted all over with Docrafts pistachio acrylic paint and wiped it back with a baby wipe ( due to the light,the photo shows the pistachio as light turquiose! )....once dry I randomly stamped some script ( Crafty Individuals ) and post marks in black archival ink.
Using white acrylic paint and an old bank card I created some lines.
I decided then to add texture and using a Tim Holtz stencil and crackle texture paste...once that was dry I daubed yellow acrylic paint over some areas of the canvas and wiped some of it back with a baby wipe.
Then it was set aside to dry...well it was dinner time and I had to cook,lol...


I found a bird cage in my stash,no idea how long I have had that...I gave it 2 coats of black acrylic paint and sprayed it twice with Crafters Companion spray & seal to give it a shine.


The bird, again in my stash, I do know  I had bought a set at a craft show a long time ago from Anna Marie Designs.
Using the Pistachio paint I daubed some on the bird and dried it using my heat tool...then I stamped a swirl on it and gave it a black bead for it's eye...this too was treated to spray & seal.


I used the spray and seal as the glossy mod podge tends to leave brush strokes which I didn't want especially on the bird.


I stained  a small piece of lace yellow and glued that to the canvas...on the top edge of that I added a narrow strip of pale green cotton lace.
Adding the birdcage,bird,flowers and some wire coils.
The sentiment ( Artistic Outpost  form their Outpost set of stamps ) was stamped on some card I coloured yellow, that was then added to the canvas.




To finish I used my finger and rubbed some white acrylic paint to the edges of the canvas,again wiping back slightly with a baby wipe.


The above image shows the actual colours of the canvas...apologies for the lighting on the other photos

Altered Eclectics Challenge can be found....HERE




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

French Flight

After making my pen pot the other day using  my Artistic Outpost Stamps, I realised that there were quite a few that I've not used for a while, so I closed my eyes and picked the first one my hand landed on...which turned out to be "French Flight"
Here is my Tag that I made using that set...


I do love their stamps, I have around 30 sets now and every so often I run a cross a set that's in a sale and unless I have them already I usually buy it.
So I am entering my Tag in to their April Challenge....you can find it here at.......
                                        Artistic Outpost


Monday, April 25, 2016

Loverly London

After a gorgeous sunny weekend, the weather today is dull and looks like it's about rain at any minute...so I could well be spending the day in my craft room...
I wanted to share my Pen Pot with you and also enter it in to the April Challenge over at Artistic Outpost.


I painted the pot in black acrylic paint,inside and out twice....then covered each side with some industrial design backing paper that I had in my stash.
Using some more industrial backing papers,in a light beige colour ( sorry the photo really dosen't pick the design up ) I stamped the images ( twice ) and sentiments from the "Loverly Stamp Set" by Artistic Outpost.


I trimmed one set of the images to size and distressed around the edges and adhered them to the sides of my pot.
The second set of images I lightly coloured and cut the characters out and laid them over the first stamped images on the pot...as there are only three characters I just overlaid the stamp for the side with the London sentiment.
Finally I mounted the sentiments and adhered them around the four sides...using Spray & Seal all over the pot to protect and seal the images...it also gave the pot a lovely shine, but the photo doesn't really pick that up very well.
So if you have any Artistic Outpost Stamps...why not pop over to their challenge...you can find it here....


Monday, April 18, 2016

Fly my little songbird, fly!

I stumbled across a nice little challenge blog a couple of months ago called Things to Alter and decided over the weekend that I would enter their challenge.
I do try and enter a couple of challenges each month but recently I've not done that due to one thing or another...you know how it is when life gets in the way of crafting,lol...


The theme for the challenge is Anything Goes...with with a Twist..."Use Bird/birds in your project ( you do have to be a follower of their blog to enter )....So I created this canvas.


I used blue acrylic paint as the base colour for the canvas and wiped it back in places with a baby wipe..then dried it with my heat tool.
I used some sequin waste to add some texture to the canvas and once that was dry I daubed Pistachio green over some areas, again wiping back with a baby wipe.
I stained the bird with fossilized amber distress ink...then sprayed it and the canvas with a sealer.
I had a few little twigs in my stash,so bound them together and added some flowers and moss and adhered them to the canvas.


The sentiments are from a stamp set by Crafty Individuals and were just perfect for this project...
The canvas measures 4 inches x 4 inches.
You can find the challenge here at