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, 20 November 2014

Christmas is Coming .. . Very Quickly !!

Yes it's on its way and whilst I've been snowed under with work again, I managed to raise my head long enough to make this tag for FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES current theme of 
 'A Christmas Tag'.
I die cut the tag from white card using Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags, Boxes and more then inked all over with DI Festive Berries.  The focal image is from Crafty Individuals', heat embossed using Blonde Moments Bronze Lustre embossing powder to give a faded, vintage feel.  The hanging stars are one of the free stamps from Craft Stamper magazine heat embossed in silver. 
A dot of sparkle here and there courtesy of Stickles in Icicle and, appropriately, Xmas Red gives it a warm glow.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A Vintage Christmas

Sometime ago I bought a couple of small, metal craft coat hangers to make some wall hangings with and knew when I saw them that Christmas would be a great time to use them.  Add to that some recently acquired hessian and my Vintage Christmas decoration took life.
These are the elements I originally planned to use.  The rosette was from a jam jar and I had intended to cut a circle to fit in the middle onto which I would stamp the focal image.  However as crafters know, most pieces evolve with changes being  made along the way and in the end I decided to use a small piece of card which I had already inked with DI Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo.  I changed my mind about the ribbon
After cutting the hessian to the length I wanted, I folded the top edge over the coat hanger and glued the top to the underneath layer, using a heavy book to hold it place.  On top of that I glued some cream lace and added another piece at the bottom.  To make sure these were secure I hand-stitched along the edge of the lace using red embroidery thread.
All the stamps are from Crafty Individuals, using DI Vintage Photo for the main image and DI Festive Berries for the sentiments.
The seasonal berries in the corner were taken from a larger decorative piece and tied in place with a piece of butcher's twine; the stem being tucked behind the lace. 
I'm entering this into the CRAFT-ROOM CHALLENGE - A Vintage Christmas

Saturday, 1 November 2014

It's the 1st of November Already

And that means another 'Anything Goes' Challenge at ALTERED ECLECTICS.  This is an altered art only challenge, no cards etc. but we would love to see anything altered.
For my DT project this month, I've altered a couple of perfume boxes to look like a set of mini drawers. 

 This is how they started life and you might recognise them as being from the Liz Earle Botanical Essences collection. 
 I love  Botanical Essence No. 1 and am on my third bottle.  These little boxes are really sturdy and have a little drawer with a ribbon pull, just like a handle!!  So there was the inspiration: To alter two of these and stick them together to make a drawer unit.
I started by painting both the outside boxes and the drawers with white craft acrylic paint.  When dry I used DI  Pumice Stone to stamp a Crafty Individuals' script stamp at different angles across the outside boxes and the drawer fronts.
  I left this overnight to dry and then used DI Seedless Preserve, Dusty Concord and Tattered Rose to stamp the small hearts and cherry blossom stamps.  The blossom is from a Kanban Chinese stamp set. I also stamped the ends of the outside boxes. 
I used a hot glue gun to stick the drawers together, then finished with some ready-made resin roses and the white Martha Stewart clay rose which I made. 
I hope I've inspired you to join us at Altered Eclectics.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas

Wow, I can't believe it I've actually started earlier than usual in getting my Christmas cards and decorative bags made this year.  If I paint my cards I make them all the same but otherwise I like to make them all very different.  Here's my snowflake card which is devoid of ribbons and fabric but I've added texture with dry embossing.
I started by inking the plain white card blank with Distress Ink in Broken China, then used a large music score stamp and DI Pumice Stone to randomly stamp over the card. Here are all the individual elements before assembly.
Next I tore a square of white watercolour paper and ran it through the Cuttlebug using a snowflake embossing folder.  I gently swiped over the top with a piece of Cut-n-Dry foam and the Broken China to highlight the snowflakes. 
 Both sentiments, the focal one from Crafty Individuals' and the
'Merry Christmas' sentiment which was free with Craft Stamper magazine are stamped using blue StazOn onto pale blue pearlescent card. The large snowflake was heat embossed onto acetate.
I'm entering this into the following challenges:
CRAFT-ROOM - Make your own background

Sunday, 5 October 2014

You Can't Throw That Away !!

No I certainly couldn't.  A beautiful bottle of Belvedere Polish Vodka that has a frosted finish with white branches and a black building that look as though they've been heat embossed onto the glass.  Unfortunately, yet again in my enthusiasm, I forgot to photograph the bottle before I started.

I began by cutting a strip of white card to fit round the bottom of the bottle to hide the manufacturer's marks but still allow the building to be visible.  I repeat stamped this with an Inkylicious Twig stamp and heat embossed these in black.  I also pushed some shimmering pinky-copper organza material down into the bottom so the markings weren't visible through the glass.
I topped this with a piece of silver mirror card, edged with black ribbon and added the gold sticker.  Another piece of silver mirror card edged with ribbon made a bottle neck cover and the bottle top was covered with a black doily.
The image is from a Flonzcraft Art Deco Ladies silhouette stamp set, using black StazOn.  The sentiment is from a Crafty Individuals' Christmas calligraphy stamp and reads 'All around us were tiny frozen glistening hexagons of snow'.