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

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Look What I Found

I stumbled across this little publication purely by accident when walking past the newspaper stand in my local supermarket.  The magazine was on the top, above my head height and it was only chance that made me look up.

I was attracted by the cover (who wouldn't be?) and after flicking through, bought it. 
This is a lovely, eclectic magazine written like a diary with snippets about crafters and their work from around the world.  Gorgeous pictures and graphics give it a real shabby-chic, vintage feel and it's all mixed in with occasional recipes and some die cut crafting goodies.
This is issue number 6 and it retails for £4.99, with 122 pages.  If you like to have something sumptuous and a little different on your coffee table, this could be for you.  Let me know what you think.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Using Up the Leftovers

After another quick tidy-up of a craft drawer I found some backgrounds that I created at least 2 years ago for some triptych cards.  I had several colours as I made these for different people and always knew they would come in handy for something.  I decided to make an ATC (Artist Trading Card) with one of the backgrounds, mounting this onto a piece of 2.5" x 3.5" black card, standard ATC size.

The card was already inked with DI Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade and had the sequin waste circles inked in StazOn red, which is darker than the DI.  You can see these in the bottom left  corner.
To make the ATC I used Fired Brick and Crafty Individuals' script stamp on the bottom half of the card, then stamped one of my new stamps from Flonzcrafts of the Art Deco lady.  I finished the image with a ribbon bow, some black stickles for the dog's collar and the sentiment at the bottom.
I'm entering this into two challenges:
Craft-Room Challenge Blog - Something Old, Something New

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.