Friday, 1 April 2016

It's All About The Birds

Good morning everyone.
April the first - April Fools' Day - Any good pranks pulled yet? I must be getting old because I haven't pranked anyone this year.
Today I have a "little" keepsake featuring my newest granddaughter. She is just SOOOOOO cute!! My usual style had to go on hold for this!
It also fits in very nicely as my DT piece for the new challenge over at Things To Alter.


This month the theme is Anything Goes with a Twist - Birds

I have used a number of different elements from the shop
The love birds come in a variety of sizes
sun/cloud from the Weather pack
plus some other bits from stash

All the pieces were painted with Decoart paints. The main bird cage and heart frame have a crackle finish using Decoart weathered wood. The cloud had some texture added using Decoart Gesso
That little lace butterfly has been sitting in my stash for years waiting for the right moment to fly free. Some hand made lace flowers with a few pearls added and a piece of ribbon to hang it up.

All done
Thanks for looking. I hope you like looking at this as much as I enjoyed making it for my daughter.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Things To Alter - SteamPunk - Time Captured

A very good morning to you all and a bit of special news from me.
If you look back to my last post you'll see me "wax lyrical" about a new crafty company on the block

"Things To Alter"

Well, I am a lucky girl, I have been asked to join the DT and am amid the company of many very talented ladies. A trip over to the challenge blog to see their work will prove my word.
My first project was made before I found out what the theme was this month. Maybe I ought to put "psychic" in my C.V. as it just happened to fit. - STEAMPUNK.

I used a number of different items....
just one of the birdcages available
two of the clock hands
some of the cogs

front view

back view

Everything was painted first on the inside with Decoart Americana Burnt Orange paint.
The roof pieces were secured together with a bit of wire wrapping after being covered with a green crackled effect paper (got to use those scraps up)

The rest got paints applied to them (Decoart)



also a touch of gold wax on the numbers and some mica dusted onto the dragonflies

The clock fit just right into the birdcage (of course I tested it before all the work painting)
There you have it - 

Time Captured

I'd like to enter my project into the challenge over at
SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenges - Steampunk/Industrial

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Happy New Year

Well I know that the start of 2016 was a while ago now but, as I said on my last post, I have been in the middle of a house move and all my crafty stash was the first lot to get packed away in boxes. That move is now completed and I have some of my stash out of storage. Just need to get our temp home sorted enough to see what I can retrieve and still move around in this smaller flat. I am having to share my craft room with hubs and his office, so will be having to leave some bits unloved for a while. Oh well, it won't be forever. I have been going a tad "stir crazy" with crafting withdrawal and I think more than a few people will understand what I mean. Before the boxes are all unpacked I took some "me time" over a couple of evenings. I have my box of paper scraps, I have some alterable bits, I have inks and stamps. Time to lock my self away for a while.
I have been introduced to a lovely lady by the name of Jac Desordre who has set up her own workshop, drawing and cutting MDF shapes and opened her shop, ThingstoAlter, to the public.  There is also a challenge blog that has been started up with some real prizes. Who can resist? The first challenge is "Anything Goes, not cute!" Well cute is not my scene - that box is ticked as far as I'm concerned.

I started with a couple of old dominoes and one of the little detailed skull with roses. I actually nabbed the last of the tiny ones (happy me) but there are larger available.

One side was destined to be a dark side and the other more "shabby chic".
The dark domino covered with a paper from Crafty Chaos (sadly no longer trading) the lighter side came from (I think) a prima paper pad. This is, after all, my scrap box and all papers are mixed. Glossy accents both sealed the papers and allowed for a few bits to be stuck on. The roses on the skull were coloured with red promarkers and I have some tiny metal flowers at hand.
While that dries, the inside........
A piece of core-dinations. Black on one side and pink on the other, scored and folded.
Each page then to be decorated. I couldn't get the song "You don't bring me flowers anymore" out of my head. This then had to be the theme.
Mainly De Stempelwinkel stamps were used, plates 52 and 119, with a few from Sheena Douglass and Crafters' Companion to name but two.
the double-sided music score paper - black on white and white on black is again, I think, prima. The rest I can only hazard a guess but they fit the theme.


the other side


Some scraps of red ribbon to tie it all together after giving the domino sides a rub over with gilding wax.

Thank you for taking this journey with me and I hope I haven't sent you to sleep.

I'd like to enter my domino book into the challenges at
More Mixed Media Challenges - Use Red
Things to Alter - Anything Goes, not cute
Creative Artiste Challenge - Mixed Media
Dream In Darkness - Anything Goes, not cute
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Ho Ho Poe with Quoth the Raven

This post is brought to you with mixed feelings. I will be moving in the new year sometime and have had to put the majority of my craft room stash into storage. Boo Hoo! So this might well be one of the last posts for a while.
I have taken leave of absence from my other DT positions until I am in a place to start creating again.

In the meantime, as GDT for Quoth the Raven, I have this triptych made with ATC sized stampbord pieces. It features rubber stamps from Smeared Ink "Quoth the Raven" and "Gothic Christmas" on the inside and crafters' companion on the outside. Much use was made of my pan pastels, in fact the only thing that was not was the actual tree, Poe, pressies and Raven stamping.







 The ivy leaves are a Sheena Douglass die cut from black card and given a lick of gilding waxes in silver, empire and renaissance golds.
We'd all love to see your Poe inspired Christmas Projects - so get cracking!

I am entering this into the challenge at
Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes with a touch of Creepmas

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Ho Ho Poe

On a recent visit to see my dear friend and "sister from another mother", Blackdragon,  I was asked to do a few guest spots for the blog "Quoth the Raven"
The first of my projects is an acrylic multi-layered tag. We had great fun on one of the days using up some of Blackdragon's ancient stash and a "couple of bits" came to Scotland with me. It seemed fitting therefore to use this in my first project.

Decoart media paint with paint stamped snowflakes
The poem was printed onto acetate 
The bells are a royalty-free image

These four layers, all came together, with the added tinsely ribbon from stash ..........so.............

I hope you think my tag is found worthy of a place on the QTR wall.

I feel some more of these multi-layered tags will feature in the future.

Thank you BlackDragon and Ike for inviting me to GDT for QTR.

Progressive Challenge December with RSD

Good morning,
A bit late and I apologise, but only just been able to sign into blogger again.
Rick's Sparkle & Glitter blog is holding yet another progressive challenge and this is part two. The part when a project using the image supplied has to be used. This moth it's a little animated prezzie who really can't make up his mind whether it's Christmas yet or if he's still to be in Hallowe'en mode. His name is Take Yer Pick and, if you didn't get him free by entering the first part, he can be purchased from the Zibbet store.
I decided to put him on a tag
Some torn Christmas papers top and bottom and hallowe'en paper sandwiched in the middle.
The sentiment stamps are from a variety of companies. "Happy Halloween" is from Artistic Outpost "Haunted Halloween and the "Merry Christmas" and "Seasons Greetings" were freebies in a couple of mags. Some of the trees were glittered up. The black/silver twigs are a die cut. Edged with green ink and added ribbon from stash. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Progressive Challenge for November and RSD

Post #2 and still keeping in with the the darker side of crafting..............
This time it's for the Sparkle and Glitter Blog of Rick St Dennis and the first month of the Progressive Challenge............ Anything Goes with an RSD image.

Not much in the way of sparkle and glitter in my make for today though.......

.With Deathly Pallor on a canvas painted with Decoart paints and stencils

The difference between a photo and a scan and the way the light hits the object!!!
I really enjoyed colouring this image with my Caran D'ache pencils and decided to use a blending pencil instead of paper stumps. Some colours were easier to blend than others so still in the "trial and error stage" here


Now to try get my head in gear for a "Traditional Christmas" and a new baby coming to the family very soon.

See you soon