From watercolour painting to scrapbooking, card making to altered art and other crafty projects. Life is a creative journey so join me in mine.

Monday, 1 September 2014

New Challenge at Altered Eclectics

I can't believe it's September already but that means a new 'Anything Goes' challenge over at ALTERED ECLECTICS.  Please remember this is an altered art only challenge, no cards, scrapbook layouts or other papercrafts please.
For my DT project this time I chose to alter a wooden spoon. 

The spoon is painted with Craig & Rose, Opulence pearlised silk wood paint in Rich Sari.  I bought this from a well-known DIY store and have used it on both wood and thick card. 
The images are from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, People & Places 2 image book, torn into small pieces and glued across the bowl of the spoon and down the handle.  Once dry, I lightly brushed over the white torn edges with the Craig & Rose paint to mute the pictures and blend them together.

The lace was wrapped around the handle and glued into place at the top and bottom, then secured with the ribbon.  The wooden hearts were also painted with Craig & Rose and stuck on using a hot glue gun.  A few pearls were added to the hearts and round the bowl to finish off.


Friday, 29 August 2014

Look What I Saw !!

It was just luck that made me look out of the window at the right time to see this amazing sight over the Glens.  We'd been driving through Glen Clova the day before and seen a rainbow cast across the grass.  Something I'd never witnessed before.  This must've been the same phenomena.
You can see the spectrum of colours across the Glens which my camera managed to pick up using the museum setting. The picture was taken through glass as I didn't have time to open the window.

Saturday, 23 August 2014


We've had our wonderful cat Smudge since she was about 7 months old.  She was a rescue cat and I would urge anyone looking for a cat to start their search at a rescue centre. 
Smudge is now 18 years old, although she doesn't look it.  I've been meaning to make another scrapbook layout about her for ages and the current theme at CRAFT ROOM CHALLENGE was just the nudge I needed.
I started with a sheet of yellow 12" x 12", to match the throw that Smudge is laying on, then layered on the spotty and floral papers. 
All the die cut elements are from the Cricut Cindy Loo cartridge.  The sentiment stamps are from Crafty Individuals and Tim Holt collections and the stamped black cat to the left of the photo is one of the free Craft Stamper stamps.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

I'm in the Frame for a Happy Accident

This is one of those posts where I intended to take photos at various stages and then got carried away in the pleasure of making something pretty and forgot the camera.
I wanted a frame for a lovely photo of my daughter and her boyfriend but because it will sit on a fairly narrow ledge in my office, I also wanted something lightweight.  Now before I go any further I should explain that as the photo was taken professionally, I can't show it so that's why there is a white square in the middle of the frame.  Sorry. 

Anyway, I chose a papier mache frame of which I bought two at the Hobbycrafts's fair for the silly price of £1.  I know, I can hear you all shouting 'Should've bought more at that price!!!'.  Anyway I forgot to take a picture of it before I started so you'll have to trust me when I say it was plain brown, like wrapping paper. 
I didn't want to do anything too fancy or fussy because I wanted the photo to be the main focus so I started by painting the frame with white acrylic paint.  Then I used Imagination crafts Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal and a heart stencil to make two short borders around the frame.  That's when the happy accident occurred!  I thought I'd taped the stencil down but it slipped and so the heart smudged.  I took a baby wipe and started to rub the Sparkle Medium off and to my delight it spread across the frame, giving a distressed look.  I liked the effect so I smudged some all the way round the frame.  When that was dry I used the Medium again with the stencil and you can see the result.

I decided to mount the photo onto two layers of very thick card cut to size, so it stood proud of the back.  This was very effective - take my word for it.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Summer's Night

I've just received my second set of Flonzcraft stamps from the prize draw at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  How lucky to be picked two challenges in a row!!  This time I chose this lovely Art Deco Ladies, silhouette stamp sheet and another small vintage Christmas image.

For my card I chose the image of a lady dancing in the garden on a balmy summer's night.  The moon is shining and she's silhouetted against the feathery trees, lost in thought as she dancing under the silvery moon.

 The focal image was stamped onto white card using DI Black Soot.  This was then matted onto alternate card, stepping both top left and bottom right edges in an Art Deco style.  Unfortunately I stuck the bow over the top left corner - typical!

To continue the theme of a summer's garden I used white heat embossing powder to stamp the cherry blossom image from a Kanban 'Chinese' stamp set. The hanging branches rustling in the breeze are from Inkylicious.
I'm entering this card into the CRAFT ROOM 'Summer Garden' challenges.