Saturday, 13 September 2014

Gone Gothic with Delicious Darkness

It's our second challenge over at Delicious Darkness challenge blog. A month long challenge where you can go as dark as you like. In fact, it's no cuteness allowed - it MUST be a dark/gothic/alternative creation and if a Delicious Doodles/Darkness image is used......... so much the better and you then get to enter again.

This month it's all about 


What did I do? Just a card this time..............
Using the awesome image Leather and Lace
Coloured with a mixture of promarkers and graph'it pens

The card - well that is a pearlised paper as the main mat with coredinations dry embossed and sanded on top of that. The corner squares cut from DCWV immortal love stack and the image mounted onto leather textured paper. Some ribbon, lace and pearls. The little sentiment was stamped, cut into individual words and these mounted onto the coredinations offcuts.
Simple and quick to put together once the image was coloured.

Please check out the projects of rest of the team and, when you've picked your jaw up from the ground, come along and show us how gothic you can go


Monday, 1 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Creative Blog Hop

I was nominated to take part in the Creative Blog Hop by the Fabulous Fiona Henderson. Fiona is a wonderful, warm person whom I met through facebook and a mutual friend. Her work is both beautiful and inspiring and she is willing to take on many challenges; both in and out of the world of crafting.
She, like so many talented crafters, have health issues past and present. This is not something she dwells on nor makes a big song and dance about. In fact, unless you know her, you would not guess as she keeps all this very close and still manages to give of herself and her art to others.

The questions I have to answer?

1. What am I working on?

I have my fingers in a few pies, so to speak. I am, currently, on the design teams for Rick St Dennis, Teri Sherman's Delicious Doodles and lately the new Delicious Darkness and Haunted Design House.
Most of my artwork tends to be on the darker, alternative side. The fact that cute and I don't walk a path easily is plain to see from looking through my blog. Saying that, there have been a few occasions that I have been called upon to make a cute card. They always take so much longer for me though. Always with much “ummmming and arghing” and checking pinterest and the like for inspiration and to see if I'm getting it right.

2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?

What is my genre? I'm not sure even now.
I love the dark side of crafting. Steampunk, Gothic, alternative without being gory.
I don't do zombies easily nor blood and gore. That may or may not surprise a few.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I started card making because a saw a lady on a TV craft Show making cards on New years day 2010. A friend had already tried to teach me a month or two before this. My crafting love at the time was cross stitch, knitting and sewing. These hobbies were becoming increasingly difficult because I was having trouble holding the needles. Card making seemed to be a way for me to still be creative and not get too frustrated at having to put the work away after 20mins.
I was still having a problem in my head with the cute stuff that seemed to be required. I needed to find something else.
Then, whilst blog hopping one day, I came across a crafter called Black Dragon. I was drooling at the dark beauty of her work. By clicking on various links on her blog I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole community of crafters that embraced “an alternative artform”. Enter Smearedand Smudged into my crafting life. I was home. Where I needed to be. Where no-one frowned at you for not loving Tilda or rolled their eyes at your work when you wanted to colour skin and hair in different hues. Creating with stamps wasn't just about making cards, they could be incorporated into many other forms.
It was here that the colouring skills of Aletha Williams and Lady Brayton inspired me to get better in that aspect. I also got to know Monique Van Dijk and Shelley Knight, more about these lovely ladies in a bit.
Then that awesome team at Haunted Design House accepted me into the Dungeon. My crafting life is almost complete.
Enter Rick StDennis and his fabulous art.
Along the way, these last 4 years, I have met with, online and off, some awesome crafters, many of whom I am proud to say “They're my friend”.

Crafting takes me into a world where my pains can be forgotten for a short while.......... as long as I have coffee.

4. How does my creation process work?

I've no set formula for making what I do. Sometimes an image will talk to me, sometimes it's because I'm working to a tight brief.

Now its time to nominate people for the Blog Hop.
I am supposed to nominate 3 people with blogs. Unfortunately as so many have already done this journey I have only 2 that are able to carry on this hop.

Mo's work is unique. Her skill with her pencils - well you just have to see it to believe. Mo and I seem to follow each other into design teams. Currently we are both on the EDT for Rick St Dennis and are Minions in the Dungeon of Haunted Design House

Shelley Knight or Shell
Shell and I "met" on the design team for Smeared Ink and currently are both on the design team for Delicious Doodles. Shell is one of a fairly small band of crafters that can alter any old "junk" and make it beautiful. Amazing work

.....and for Haunted Design House - I scream..........

Second week of the challenge over at Haunted Design House. The challenge is to show your interpretation on a little film short.

The other Minions of the Dungeon have worked their magic and produced some amazing art. I just have an ATC.

My first attempt at zentangle. I used images from Smeared Ink  The BG is stamped using a stamp from Visible Image. The letters were stamped and cut out, mounted with sticky pads.

Get on over and link up on the first week's post linky and show us YOUR darkside

Rick St Dennis' Sparkle and Glitter Progressive Challenge

Today is going to be post heavy - which one to do first?
Rick St Dennis' Sparkle and Glitter month long Progressive challenge came out of the hat first. So...............

The first of the month starts the ball rolling again over at the Sparkle and Glitter blog, some of the EDT will be showing some, hopefully, inspirational projects to whet your appetite.
I  am greedy and have two spots. One today and another on the 15th as part of the 2week reminder.
Without further ado .......... a Crimbo card - probably one of a few I will be making in the coming months if last year was anything to go by. Yes - it's a little different, but what do you expect from me?
Using the image "Holiday Opera" and a computer generated senti. (A bit of plagiarism on the old carol... I don't care)
The image was coloured with a mixture of promarkers and graph'its. A copy on cheap paper printed as well, cut out and used as a mask. The mask used to shield the image from the spritzing of more ink around to soften the stark white of the card. The senti had a similar spritz. A bit of ribbon, some matting and layering and one card done.
Thanks for looking. Hopefully you will come and join in the fun at the progressive challenge.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Deliciously Dark

Delicious Doodles have branched out and are now hosting challenges for those of you that favour the DARK. It's no secret that Teri loves drawing her dark images and has now decided that it's time to have a challenge specifically for them. ........... SO NO CUTE allowed at
I am honoured to be amid a team of immensely talented crafters asked to join the team and our first challenge has gone live today. You have nearly a month to get those deliciously dark projects made and linked up at the challenge linky. For more deets - you'll just have to go look for yourselves.
I have made a couple of hanging ornaments suitable for either Hallowe'en or Creepmas using a blank wire snowflake frame.
First up is the image "Skully Pendant"
The image printed 12 times (6 mirror images) Coloured and fussy cut out. Seed beads form the vertebra, then the images stuck front and back. More beads and finished off with a black ribbon bow.
My second one features that gorgeous Raven Skull Pendant image.
Same principle - 12 images stuck either side of the wires then dipped in UTEE. Beads and ribbon to complete.

Now go look again at all the eye candy the rest of the guys came up with, get your thinking caps on and come join us so we can ooooo and arhhhh at yours.

I'd like to enter my onaments into the challenges at
Left of Centre - Anything Goes
A Step in the Dark - Anything Goes
Punkyou Girl - Anything Goes
Anything but a Card - Repeating Motifs

Monday, 28 July 2014

Deja-Vu Doo with HDH

Long time, no see. My crafting mojo has been away on it's hols for a while and not a lot of projects have made it to completion, unfortunately. One project that did get completed is this altered book box. - well I did have 6 originally in my stash to work on. Two more, smaller, to go.
This one is for the challenge that started over at Haunted Design House today.

Deja-Vu Doo
The idea for this theme is to reuse a previous image, technique, paper, etc... that you have used recently, but in a new way.
My images are created using rubber stamps from the Smeared Ink "Nevermore" collection and a technique as described by Sheena Douglass using gesso and acrylic paint. See here for full instructions.

The images of Mr Poe, skull and the heart before attaching to the box. Pan pastels used to add an aged patina to the skull before applying gilding wax to the raised portions. The same gilding wax used for Mr Poe. The heart was given a red blood glistening effect using perfect pearls. The raven was coloured using perfect pearls.

The entire box was painted with black acrylic paint and the heart resides inside

 The outside of the box was then coated with decoart "weathered wood" before a coat of copper acrylic paint that has gold pan pastel added to it. This subtly changed the copper colour to old gold. Some areas were given a helping hand in the ageing process using that age old tool - my fingers. Rubbing some of the paint off when still tacky. 

The images all adhered using silicon glue. Some black pearls glued on. The silver cross was also given an aged look using pan pastels.

The challenge is on for the next two weeks - in what way will you use your stash in a different way?
Come show us over at Haunted Design House. Let's make the best use of our crafty bits and get more mileage out of it by using in a different way. Don't forget to check out the awesome projects made by the other minions for more inspiration.

Thanks for looking, hope to see you soon

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

They're Coming To take Us Away...........

......... Ha ha, he he
They're coming to take us away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa

 Alien Abduction/Invasion

The funny farm would shake their head if I were to be removed to that place I'm sure.
The thought processes that come out of my head make ME wonder occasionally. Then, when The Haunted Design House challenge of this fortnight was drawing close, I had to engage that part of my brain that spewed out creativity. Hubs, bless his cotton socks, always asks if he can throw "this" out. "This" being an outside light fixture today. Just the thing popped up and out of the grey cell that I have tried to keep alive.
Armed with acrylic paint, glass paint, a couple of rubber stamps - Paper Artsy and Smeared Ink, ink and card, teamed with a few bits of wire, glow in the dark mod-podge and some UTEE, my spaceship came into being. As an added "bonus" I installed some battery operated LED lights inside - a "real" spaceship night light.?
 my Alien

 By day

 in the dark with the internal lights on

top view

The glyphs were handpainted on using Maynov's Glyph Collection (public domain)

The Blog gives a few ideas to help tickle your grey cells into activity as well as some fantastic pieces from my fellow teamies.Get along over there and take a peek ......
then come show us what you came up with.

I'd like to enter my altered light fitting into the challenges at
Anything But a Card - Anything Goes
Craft My Life - Anything But a Card
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes