Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Steampunk Mouse With his Hairy House ..

Short and sweet post from me - I seem to be chasing my tail at the moment!

For a recent FB (houses to be no smaller than ATC but no larger than Postcard size), swap this was one of the houses the cute mouse from Donna at Crafters Companion.
Foamboard base cut into an Arch shape, brush bristles for the roof , gesso then Painted with DecoArt Americana paint.
For the house base layers TH D Inks followed by more DI, through a stencil - Design by Ryn
Copics to colour the Mouse 
Corrugated cardboard for interest painted with Titanium White DecoArt paint.

I would like to enter the following Challenges 
Country View Crafts                                             Stencils
That's Crafty                                                          Stencils
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                          Anything Mixed Media
Creative Artiste                                                      Anything Mixed Media
A Vintage Journey                                                 Mini Marvels
More Mixed Media                                                Anything Goes
Emerald City                                                          Anything Goes 
Morgan's ArtWorld                                               Anything Goes
Thank you for dropping by  :)  

Friday, 4 August 2017

Altered Phone Stand

 A quick post from me today.
Had a lovely play decorating this MDF Phone Stand quick and easy just stencils, Gesso in white and black and paints (see pic below).  Brick Stencil is Tim Holtz Skull is Andy Skinner and The bat is from That's Crafty Dinky range - I need more LOL xx

Thank you for dropping by I would like to enter this project into the following Challenges

That's Crafty                              Anything But Cards
Emerald City                                   Anything Goes
Creative Artiste                                Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                    Anything Goes
Emerald Creek                                 Anything Goes

Friday, 14 July 2017

GDT For TIMI (Craft Stamper magazine) Blog

Still happy dancing to be selected as DT winner at TIMI (Craft Stamper Magazine) for June.
Today my GDT Journal page will "go live" on the TIMI blog  :)

I have enjoyed making a page in my neglected Journal, and fancied a mixture of beauty and beastly. I love the quote - would be fun if on a "bad day" I could transform  :)    :) 

(With my body shape it would probably be more Whale than Mermaid LOL )

Ingredients - Stamps - Mermaid, Quote and Seaweed - Sheena -crafter's companion
                                     Edge -  Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath The Sea 2
                                     Octopet - Stampotique -Daniel Torrente
                                     Background Stamps - Stampotique -Kate Crane's Cube
                                     DecoArt White Tinting Base
                                     Luminarte Twinkling H2o's
                                     TH Distress Inks
                                     Copics Pens
                                     WendyVecchi Sepia Ink pad
                                     Versafine Black Onyx Ink pad
                                     Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
                                     Sakura White Glaze Pen
                                     Bronze Micro Beads
                                     Stabilo Aquarellable Black Pencil                                    

I would like to enter my page into the following Challenges
Allsorts                                                    Wk 243 - Magical and Mythical
Eclectic Ellapu                                        July - Anything Goes
Stampotique Designers                           # SDC277 Celebration
That's Crafty                                           Anything Goes

THANKK YOU for dropping by x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Unicorn Magic

With the cooler, wet days we a now having  I guess I longed for the sun to return .... I always feel more energised and content when the sun is shinning without it well I need some magic to lift my spirits!
Lots of painty layers, splatters, and stencilling.

 The "Silver Bling" paint added to the background and then the layer added to the top edge of the Unicorn and over the word MAGIC makes this piece very sparkly and not my usual style at all!!
I think The Quinacridone Burnt Orange edge frames the Unicorn nicely.

Thank you for dropping by x

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges
A Vintage Journey       -  May Challenge - Quotes
TIMI (Craft Stamper)                 - 2nd Entry for May Anything Goes
Visible Image                          May Challenge (FB) Anything VI Stamp Goes
Mix It Up                                            - May - Anything Goes + Embossing
The Mixed Media Monthly          -  May Challenge Put  A Stamp On It

Ingredients : DecoArt Visible Image Rubber Stamp - Unicorn and Magic Quote
                   Versamark Black Onyx Ink pad
                   Stampendous Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
                   Color Box White Chalky Ink Pad
                    MDF 15cm x10cm block
                   DecoArt Media Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Cyan, Primary Magenta, Titanium White, Green Gold, Titan Buff,  Titanium White and  Quinacridone Magenta and Burnt Orange.
                   DecoArt White Tinting Base
                   DecoArt Matte Medium
                   DecoArt Silver Bling Glamour Dust Acrylic
                   DecoArt Glamour Dust Crystal
                   Tim Holtz -Mini Layering Stencils Set 1 (Crosses and Numbers)
                   Andy Skinner Stencil - Swirls
                   Fine black Pen, Quickie Glue pen and usual crafty tools  :)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


I got "lost" in decorating so no how too pictures I am afraid but as I was inspired by Kate Crane . 

The paint layers were added wet on wet using a brayer and starting from lightest colours first - if I found an area I didn't like I went over again with White tinting base, and built layers again - I found the lighter my touch the more I could layer and not be dismayed!

Once the painty base was done I stencilled some numbers, circles and crosses using colours already used and then outlined with Titanium white and a small paintbrush. Flourish stamp to edges.  VLV Banksy Girl with Umbrella stamped onto tissue and embossed. Painting the reverse side with paints,  adhered using Matte Medium.

The "DREAM" was  Initially black texture paste - I managed to let some seep under the stencil so decided to go over with White Gesso. Now I thought it wasn't the effect I wanted so coloured over with a turquoise and white mix! Finally Primary Magenta applied to edges.

Thank you for stopping by - have a lovely week x

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges
Viva Las VegaStamps    -   "Everything Comes Around" (May)
That's Crafty                   - Bright   
TIMI                               - Anything Goes (May)
STAMPlorations            - Mixed Media  (May) 
Emerald Creek Dares      - Dream A Little Dream (May) 

Materials - Viva Las Vegas Rubber Stamp - Banksy Girl with Umbrella
                   Flourish Rubber Stamp
                   Versamark Black Onyx Ink pad
                   Stampendous Embossing Powder
                   White Tissue Paper
                    MDF 15cm x10cm block
                   DecoArt Media Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Cyan, Primary Magenta, Phthalo       Turquoise, Carbon Black, Titanium White, Green Gold, Titanium White and  Quinacridone Magenta.
                   DecoArt Black Modelling paste
                   DecoArt White Gesso
                   DecoArt White Tinting Base
                   DecoArt Matte Medium
                   Tim Holtz -Mini Layering Stencils Set 1 (Crosses and Numbers) Set 5 (Fade dots).
                   Fine black Pen, and usual crafty tools  :)
                  Andy Skinner Stencil

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Rusty MDF Luggage Tag

Due to the Easter break and enjoying precious Family Time my crafty playtime was very short this month.  Having been thrilled to be selected by the Country View Challenge for my Tim Tag I really wanted to enter this months Rust Theme.

It was many years ago I met the lovely Andy Skinner at a class he was teaching at Pickwell Farm-  and began a love of all things rusty!
  I didn't take any how I created as Andy still holds classes and it is unfair on him to do so. 
Lots of Deco Art Mediums - acrylic paints, antiquing creams, weathered wood, textured sand, Tinting base, and Matte Medium used to create the finished MDF tag.
The key hole is IOD Mould and paper clay - I think this design with the large cat face is my favourite! I added bronze coloured jump rings for added interest. 

Thank you for dropping by :)
I would like to enter this tag into the following Challenges
Country View Crafts                   Rust Theme
Rhedd's Creative Spirit         Anything Goes
The Artistic Stamper                 Backgrounds
Moo Mania                         Faces

Friday, 21 April 2017

Anyone For Alice

I really enjoyed decorating a series of small luggage tags with Alice characters! The gorgeous stamps are TG Designs a division of Tweety Jill Publications - just the right size for this project. The luggage tags are from Woodform Crafts.
The phrases are within the stamp set itself , as is the "Why Sometimes I believe...." quotation the Friend quote is a Paper Paradise rubber stamp.
Thank you for dropping by :)  Hope you all had a lovely Easter :)    xx

 I would like to enter the following challenges
Take It Make It                              Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday                       Add A Quote
Through The Craft Room Door              Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge               Anything Goes
Moo Mania                         Faces

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Influenced By Tim Holtz - Tag

I have a swap for a FB site and this is the tag which will be going to USA  :)   My swap partner doesn't know I have a blog so I can happily share and I trust not spoil the surprise!
Standard Ranger #8 tag, background Sepia Archival ink and MME stamps to create the background.  
Swish TH method tag through inks spayed and mopped up several times - Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge. Small TH stencil and Gesso.
Die cut TH small cogs. Painted with DecoArt paints to create a rust effect. Large Stampers Anonymous Stamp image stamped and cut to size.
Twine and a metallic disc saying Never, Never, Give up!

Thank you for Looking  :)
I would like to enter this tag into the following Challenges
Country View Challenges                   Inspired By Tim Holtz
A vintage Journey                    All Aboard! Happy Birthday AVJ
Creative Carte Blanche                            Numbers                            
Simon Says                                     Theme- Layer It Up
STAMPlorations                                            Mixed Media   

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Dare To Be Different - Large MDF Tag

Good afternoon - wow 2 posts in 2 days :)  :)  

I created this large MDF Tag (Woodform Crafts, 20cm x 7.5cm)  to enter 3 Challenges. Stampotique Designer's Challenge - where the theme is Lace or Ribbon - I used both and Rubber Dance  where the current challenge is a colour challenge  -Magenta, Turquoise, and Yellow - a little out of my comfort Zone!!
Main Image is Stampotique  Moth Fab  Crafters companion small hearts, Wording and Moth - Visible Image.  Colour Box Inks - Magenta , Turquoise and yellow. TH stencil, adhesive Lace and ribbon from stash.
  Thank you for dropping by

Rubber Dance Blog                                      March 1st -14th Colour Challenge
Stampotique Designer's Challenge                    SDC268 - Use Ribbon or Lace
Craft Stamper                                                  Anything Goes

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Altered Heart

I am so late in finishing this project  :(   
I decorated a heart from Woodform Crafts - I love the shape the decorations which you can add to this shape are endless!!
I used a couple of coats of DecoArt Americana Fuchia, Versamark Black onyx for the Visible image and Inkylicious stamps.
The metal charms are from stash ( I chomped off the bails on the stars)!!

Thank you for stopping by xx

I am entering this into the following Challenges

That's Crafty                               Just Words
Altered Eclectics                              Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                     Anything Goes

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Alternative To A Valentine's Day Card

Over at Country View Crafts February's Challenge is a 30 minute time challenge - GULP. I can spend weeks faffing without even getting midway through a project so this really was a challenge!!
I had just received some awesome large tags from Woodform Crafts  (they are a dream to work with- as are the other items I have brought from them).I put a coat of DecoArt Tinting paint - wow great coverage and so quick drying . Then using a brayer built several quick coats of Pyrole Red and Diarylide Yellow Acrylic paint layers . 
After  a blast with the heat tool onto the Carabella Studios"Man and Bird" stamps  (heart stamp and sentiment stamped together) with Versamark and clear heat embossed. The sentiment stamp is so appropriate for this time of year and will save me making a Valentine's Day card  :)  :)
OK time is ticking - an edge or stencils add a little bit of a finish - no time for both...
Edging won - scrap piece of paper alignment with cutting mat, more tinting base ...
By the skin of my teeth DONE .... no seconds spare to add fibres or ribbon  :( 
Well it was good fun - no time to over - think and although I would have done more and coated the whole with Matte medium I quite like my tag  :)  :)
 Whew photo heavy post THANK YOU for dropping by xx

I would like to enter the following Challenges

             Country View                                30 Minutes or Under Challenge
                             The Artistic Stamper                            Love Hearts
                                Simon Says Stamp                            Young At Heart
                              A Vintage Journey                           Words That Are Special
                  Craft Stamper Take Make It                            Anything Goes
                      Creative Carte Blanche                               Love Is In The Air 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

My Buzz-y Life - Altered Diary cover

Well better late than never - at least there's still 11 and 1/2 months left of 2017  :)    :) 
I have no photos of the process sorry. I began with a Brushos background in Purple, attached to the front of the diary and sealed with DecoArt Matt Medium. Crafters Workshop stencil - mini Busy Bees was used for the hive and background bees and trails. I drew around the hive with a pencil and whitened the area before painting with DecoArt paints.
The stencil was positioned over the hive and DecoArt black gesso stencilled  onto the cover.
The Title and year were computer generated and image transferred onto cover.
The textured edges are DecoArt Texture paste. Painted black, silver and the dabs of purple are Luminarte Twinkling H2O's.
Lots of layers of matte medium through and over the top once the Fussy cut Stampotique Bees (Jo Capper Sandon), were stamped, coloured with alcohol inks, glamour dust applied via cocktail stick to wings fussy cut and positioned onto the diary.

Whew - thank you for looking - would love to hear from you :) 

I am entering this Diary into the following Challenges

The Craft Stamper - Take It Make It  -           Anything Goes (February) Challenge
Rhedd's Creative Spirit  -                                Anything Goes (February) Challenge
Stampotique Designers Challenge  -                          Love Bugs #SDC 266                                   
The Mixed Media Monthly  -                              Sweet Inspirations (February) Challenge

(There is nothing Sweeter than Honey I believe  :)  )