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Thursday, June 22, 2017

A couple of "Star Tags"

It's Thursday..time for another challenge over at Go Tag Thursday.
The theme this week is Star /Stars



For my first Tag I used a stamp set from Artistic Outpost...First I created a background using Oxide inks and stamping film reels and stars over the tag. I found a film strip stamp, totally for got I owned that and stamped that with Stazon ink on some acetate. The baby and larger stars and sentiment were stamped on to some spare card and coloured...once dry I added them to my tag.



As with my first Tag I created the background with Oxide Inks..the taking different stamps I added the stars and hot air balloon.
The sentiment and Flying Man were stamped on spare card, coloured, cut then applied to the Tag....

So if you like making Tags and you enjoy a challenge do pay us a visit, we are here at 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Numbers Postcard....

Finally...I got around to finishing my postcard. I was busy at the weekend with my great grandson and at almost 3yrs I did have my hands full.
This weeks theme at Sunday Postcard Art was chosen by Audrey and she chose "Numbers"



 I created the background for my 6" x 4" postcard, then using a selection of stamps I added the grass and number script..then on some spare card I stamped and cut out the numbers and the Hangin ' Out script...
The image of the postman and his son were in the public domain, I remember printing it off about 2/3 yrs ago and never got to use it..so I thought now was a good time.
Isn't it a great image..I love the look on the little boys face...his father dsoen't look too happy either...lol.

                     You can find the challenge over at
                                Sunday Postcard Art 

  I am also entering my postcard in to the challenge over at
                                        Try it on Tuesday

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Another week, another challenge...

I love making Tags, which is why I set up my little blog
 Go Tag Thursday...each week is a different theme and although there are no prizes..one or two tags, ( depending on how many entries there are ) are showcased each week...
My blog has been running for a year new and to start off year 2 the theme is Anything Goes...so here are my Tags...




I do hope my Tags have inspired you to pop over to
Go Tag Thursday and join in the challenge.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Silhouette Postcard.......

I seem to have been busy recently with designer projects for several challenge blogs..also on a weekly basis I make 2 tags a week for my Tag Challenge blog ...so it was nice to create this afternoon for Sunday Postcard Art's challenge.
Their theme this week is Silhouette, chosen by Anne...and here is my postcard....



Why not pop over and join in with the fun...just be sure your postcard is 6" x 4"....you can find the challenge here at

                                    Sunday Postcard Art

For those of you that may be interested in my weekly Tag challenges, you can find the blog here at
 
                                       Go Tag Thursday

I am also entering this Postcard in to the Touch of Pink/Purple challenge at

                                         Electic Ellapu

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Some Fruity Tags....

Fruit is the theme this week over at Go Tag Thursday..as the blog owner I set the themes each week and very often I set myself a difficult challenge....this one is a prime example.
I came up with the theme without thought as to what I was going to use to create my Tags, lol.
I set too and had a good look through a lot of craft stash...
This image of the Cherry Fairy I found in a folder on the shelf and used that for my first tag...


 I had a few sheets of backing papers that matched very well, including a piece that actually had cherries on...so I layered up my tag, added the image and all the trims.


For my 2nd Tag I remembered I had  bought this Stampendous stamp from a declutter group absolutely ages ago.
I stamped the image then coloured it using a damp brush and distress inks..then distressed the edges of the tag itself with Walnut Stain.


I added Stickles "Spun Sugar " to highlight areas of the image..unfortunately that doesn't really show in the first photo, so I took another and cropped it.
I hope you will drop by and enter the challenge, which you can find here at 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spectacle Maker Tag

I was having a sort through my stamps and happened to come across a few that I've had for a while from Stampendous and the Cat one was just perfect for my entry for the challenge at Tag Tuesday where their theme this fortnight is Animals.


I used a large Tag and covered it with papers and from some scraps that I had I made a half tag and other layers that I distressed.
I stamped this gorgeous cat, the I coloured him using a damp brush and distress ink, once dry I cut him out.
First time out for this stamp and I love him...
After layering up the papers and half tag I added the cat and the lens and clock.
I am really pleased with this tag, it just all seemed to go together so easily...
Do pop over and join in with the challenge, there is a prize on offer, so well worth a visit....you can find it here at....



Monday, June 5, 2017

My Purple Album....

I decided to drag this fab album out from the depths of my craft stash...I remember ages ago I had bought several of these albums, each one different as in Life,Love,Home,Live....and after altering a few as gifts, the others somehow got buried when new stash arrived...you know how it is, lol.
So for my designer project for More Mixed Media this month I used one of the albums.
The theme as always is Anything Goes, so long as it is Mixed Media...there is a twist each month as in a colour and for this months challenge the colour is Purple


I had a lovely pad of backing papers in my stash,the colours ranging from deep purple to almost lilac..so this is what I used to cover the album pages.


On some white card I stamped then die cut the flowers...shaped them, distressed the edges with ink and then added a pretty pearly brad to each flower.
I cut a few leaves and then added them with the flowers to the album...to finish I cut and added some white and purple ribbon to the book rings and added some pearly gems to each page.
You can find the challenge here at
                                      More Mixed Media

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Altered puzzle piece..Vintage Style

I happened to come across a child's floor puzzle in a charity shop..the pieces are quite large and just perfect for altering...
As usual the 1st of each month sees the new challenge start over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...so for my project I altered one of the puzzle pieces to make a pretty wall hanging.



I started by sanding the image off of the puzzle piece and then gave it a coat of gesso. When that was dry I then covered the piece with a napkin, when that was dry I punched 2 holes and added a cord for hanging.
Next I added a couple pieces of lace and some applique. I found a vintage image in my stash, so I distressed the edges of that and added that to a scrap piece of script backing paper, distressing the edges of that as well.


I added the topper to the altered puzzle piece and then added a couple of roses and pearl trim.
I felt it was still lacking something so I added a silver effect corner pieces and a blingy butterfly.
I am really happy with how this piece turned out..it now has pride of place hanging on the handle of my pine wardrobe.
Do pop over to the blog for a look...check out the designers projects this month..you may be inspired to join in with the challenge...
You can find it here at........Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Road Trip / Holiday Tag

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday and the theme is Road Trip / Holiday
I decided to use my Road Trip set of stamps from Artistic Outpost


....and for the second tag, I used a stamps I bought from a declutter group on facebook..that stamp was from an A4 sheet by Tuscany Rose...


I adore this little boy in his car..all dressed up and ready for his trip, lol...

Do pop over and join in with the challenge if you can, any medium ( including digi ) and any sized tag..so long as you keep to the theme...
The challenge is here at
  Go Tag Thursday

Altered Book Box

I've had this Book Box in my workshop for what seems like forever....my workshop is actually my garage and I happened to have the doors open when one of my neighbours walked by and said Hello, we ended up chatting for a while and I showed her where I crafted. My neighbour spotted the blank book box on the shelf and said her husband would love something like that...so I offered to alter it for her...
I thought this would be a good project for Altered Eclectics where I am on the design team there.


I started by painting the box in black acrylic paint..as the mdf was such good quality it took 2 coats easily and covered so well.
I searched through my stash and found some really thick backing paper and lined the inside of the lid and the box.


Because the box was for an elderly gent, I wanted to keep it simple, no frills so to speak.  Again in my stash I found some more of the thick backing papers that I could use for the cover of the box and also some contrasting paper for the edges and spine.



Once every thing was dry I went along the edges with Black Soot distress ink...I then re-added the hinges.
I was at a point where the box looked suitable, but it still needed something..so I added a metal embellishment that I had made gold using gilding wax...Finally I added the ribbon...I purposely didn't glue down the ribbon in case the gent didn't like it.
I am very pleased to say the box was well received and has been put to good use.

Do pop over and take a look at this months challenge..it's here at
                              Altered Eclectics

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tag # 49...A Country

Well, this is a theme that I have rarely used and having so many country type rubber stamps,I thought it was about time I used them, so used the theme for this week's challenge over at Go Tag Thursday.

The first Tag is France....using some stamps by Darkroom Door.

I am entering this Tag in to the challenge over at
  Tag Tuesday where the theme is Anything Goes.

My 2nd Tag is USA...stamps again by Darkroom Door.


I am entering this Tag in to the challenge over at
  Tag Tuesday....the theme is Anything Goes.


So do you love making Tags..then why not head on over to Go Tag Thursday and join in with this weeks challenge.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tag # 48 Tag...Tape Measure or Ruler

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday...the theme is Tape Measure or Ruler.
I have made 2 Tags this week, both within the theme, but totally different from one another...


 This Tag was made from papers in my stash..and the flower were die cut from papers from the same set. I also added a wooden tape measure button.


This Tag was made using a stamp from Darkroom Door and other Measurement stamps that I also have in my stash..


So if you fancy a challenge why not pop over and join in...the challenge is here at
                                  Go Tag Thursday.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tag # 47 Friendship...

The theme this week at Go Tag Thursday is "Friendship"

These are my designer Tags for the challenge....




This is a weekly fun challenge..would be lovely to see you over there....
You can find the challenge here at 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Face Tag....

I liked the theme over at Tag Tuesday that I just had to go and make a Tag for their challenge..The theme is Faces.
I have had this little rubber stamp for years and it rarely sees daylight....


I used a brown tag  that I covered with a scrap of backing paper.
I then cut a smaller tag from corrugated card, swiped it with black distress ink, added some lace and a flower...


After adding the smaller tag to the main tag I rubber stamped the image and layered it on rust card and added it to the tag as the topper...to finish I added the eye lens just to highlight the face...
I am really pleased with the way the tag looked when finished...
There is still time to enter the challenge at Tag Tuesday which you can find HERE

Friday, May 5, 2017

In the Pink....

Well, I never realised how tricky it was to photograph "Fuschia Pink" acrylic paint..get the light wrong and it looks red..I must have taken about 20 photos,lol...
So this is my mdf  "Live" free standing ornament that I have created for More Mixed Media this month.
As always it is anything goes,but with an optional colour twist..and this month's twist is "Pink"


I gave the ornament a coat of gesso to prime the mdf..then I gave it 3 coats of Fuschia Pink acrylic paint and I set it aside to dry completely.
Once dry I randomly stamped some script on each of the letters in black Stazon ink.
From my stash I sorted a few pink and white flowers and some organza ribbon for decoration,added a couple of coiled wires and some gems.
You can find this months challenge here at 
I am entering this in to  the challenge here at 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mechanical Tags

Another week, another challenge...over at Go Tag  Thursday this weeks challenge has just launched.
The theme is Mechanical....here are mine..


I am entering the Tag above in to the Anything Goes Challenge at


Do pop over and join in...would love to see you there...

You can find the challenge here at 


Monday, May 1, 2017

Summer is on it's way

Not long no until the summer is upon us...this is what inspired me to create this little plaque as my design team project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit


I gessoed the plaque before painting it with white acrylic paint, then when that was dry, I dry brushed pale blue acrylic paint across the front.
Using the beach hut stamp from Crafty Individuals stamp set I stamped the image, more to one side than the other to allow for the embellishing.Then from the same stamp set I stamped the sentiment,which I love.
To finish I just added a bow with some blue and white bakers twine and the fibres and shells.

Do pop over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit and have a look at teamie Julie's tutorial video..also have a look at the fab projects by the team...you won't be disappointed....you may even want to join in with this months challenge...

Altered Paintbrush

Well here is something I have never tried before..an Altered Paint Brush. I've seen some amazing examples all over blog land and to be honest mine is nowhere as good as ones I have seen...but I gave it a go.
I decided to make this my project for May's Challenge over at Altered Eclectics


I started by painting the brush in Burnt Umber acrylic paint.....


Using turquoise acrylic paint I painted the whole of the brush and also most of the bristles twice, drying in between coats.
Once that was completely dry I then used Lime Green acrylic paint and just daubed it randomly on the brush and bristles and dried it thoroughly with the heat tool. I then added some crackle varnish in a few areas and left it to dry over night..I only wanted some fine cracks....and they actually turned out rather well.


Next I used some glue, the type that dries clear and added some green seed beads...boy those beads have a life of their own don't they, they kind of hop everywhere,lol.


To finish I added the metal bow, a couple of flowers, leaves and a butterfly....
I am pleased with my first attempt, I like that's its bright....I may try my hand again with one a bit more fancy.
Do please pop over to  the challenge blog..have a look through the design teams projects, you won't be disappointed..it may inspire you to enter this months challenge.
The challenge is here at Altered Eclectics

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ticket Tags....

This weeks challenge has just launched over at Go Tag Thursday...the theme this week is "Tickets"
If you enjoy making Tags, then why not pop over and join in with the challenge...
Here are my Tags....


I am entering the above Tag in to the challenge at 



You can find the challenge blog here at
Go Tag Thursday

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Use Pink..a little or a lot.

This weeks challenge is now underway over at Go Tag Thursday. The theme is to use Pink..a little or a lot, so even a hint of pink will count...
So if you fancy a challenge do pop over and have a look.....
Here are my "Pink" tags...



You can find the challenge here at....... Go Tag Thursday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter/Spring Tag for Go Tag Thursday

Over at Go Tag Thursday this weeks challenge has just started...you can use any medium for your tag and you can make your tag any size...

                                   Here are my 2 tags....




If you enjoy making tags and enjoy joining in with challenges then why not pop over for a look...
you can find the challenge at Go Tag Thursday

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stamp It Tags....

Yes,its that time of the week again, time for another fun Tag challenge at Go Tag Thursday.
This week the theme is Stamp It..so a stamped image, postage stamps, or you can use both like I have...





You can find the challenge here at
Go Tag Thursday

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Chunky Atc for MMM.

I had fun creating this chunky Atc, it's my design team project for More Mixed Media.
The challenge each week is always Mixed Media with an optional twist. this month the twist is Yellow.


I covered the front & back with floral backing paper and light green backing paper for the top,bottom and sides. 


I then distressed the edges using Fossilised Amber and for some shimmer I sprayed the whole piece with Docrafts Goldtone Spray. 
The word stamp is by Paperartsy and the Gibson Girl face is by Artistic Stamper. The girl was stamped separately, coloured, cut and added to the chunky Atc.


I added a scrap of lace to and some flowers and a bird to the bottom corner.
Sorry about the hot glue stringy bits...the photo shows everything,lol..I have since removed them...


I then added the feet and the top knob that I had painted yellow..the top also has 2 brass opposing  corners.

So do please pop over to check out this months challenge and also see what wonderful creations the rest of the team have created...
The challenge is here at

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Altered Match Box

Time again for another challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...My project this week is a large altered matchbox which are readily available here at Fernli Designs...


This project is a tutorial for the challenge this month..so please click on the link HERE and you will be transported to the page...
Would love to read your comments....Thank you for dropping by my blog....x