Monday, 14 April 2014

SteamPunk Junk with Haunted Design House

Oh I had such fun with this project. Even if I did get a blood blister on my thumb! Ouch! My colouring hand to boot! All for the sake of my "art"
This project started life as a dingy old lamp but I loved the shape. Then along came this challenge and it seemed made for my base.
The challenge in question was for Haunted Design House.

SteamPunk Junk

Well, it's not necessary to go rummaging in the bins - but to use something that would be thrown away by any "normal" person. A bit of up-cycling is the name of the game.

This is what I came up with

and yes it is functional

Covered with a multitude of chipboard cogs, some chain and wire coils then a few coats of paint of varying thickness (a bit of sand added to the first coat for added texture).
Then came the decoration of the panes
All the designs are painted using glass paint
 There were stamped images that each design was loosely based on. Mostly from Ali's Inky Fingers with a bit of Creative Expressions. The images stamped onto paper under the glass then interpreted for ease of painting the outlines.

Your turn - what piece of junk can you turn into steampunk art?
Looking forward to seeing those pieces at HDH.

I'd like to enter my lamp into the challenge at
Left of Centre - Anything LOC /Dark Themed
Craft My Life - Anything but a Card
Through The Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts - Mixed Media
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Sandee & Amelie's SteamPunk - Use a favourite Technique ( geez I have so many)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Four Seasons with Delicious Doodles

There's a little saying in these parts - "you know you're in Scotland when you get all four seasons in one day". This happens to be the theme this week of the challenge over on the
This also brought to my mind a song, one from my youth by James Taylor; "You've got a friend"; the bit where the the lyrics are "Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, all you got to do is call. You've got a friend"
Where is this taking us? To the card I made as part of the host Team A is where. Box cards seem to be the rage at the moment and I just had to have a go. Those ones that fold flat for posting. The method as demonstrated by Nikki Hall is by far the easiest by the way.
This is my take on it.

Some Spring Daffodils mixed with Summer butterflies coming out of the top
see here for one butterfly and here for the others. The butterflies have been mounted onto strips of acetate.

also featuring the Autumn/Fall paper

 the sentiment is computer generated then cut out with nesties with distress ink shading 
with room to write a message

The Lovey-Dovey Silhouette on the front highlighted with distress inks 

 The Harbour Scene on a summer's day added colour with Graph it pens

A Crofter's Winter with a touch of sparkle and added colour with Graph it pens.

So all seasons are covered here.
We're not asking for you to cover them all in one project though. Just as long as one is featured we'll be happy. Which season will you choose to depict? Come and show us over on the Delicious Doodles Challenge blog.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A Little Bit of SteamPunk

Good morning folks
I have been working on some projects now for a few weeks and neglecting my blog and a few other things besides. The projects are now finished and although I showed the biggest time consumer on facebook, I have yet to blog it and the sister project made.

They will both be published in Just Steampunk, Volume 5 on sale in August from Scott Publications, 

First is a tote bag I made, from scratch. Just a collection of rectangles of cotton fabric stitched together, but I now have a decent sized craft tote to take what ever I need to my weekly craft club meetings. Plenty of pockets was my main aim and this has been achieved.
The decoration - the main image on the front flap is from the pen of Rick St Dennis. A new image created for me by the man himself. "A Clockwork Pony Cart" can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop and as a download from the Etsy shop.
I hand coloured the image first with a mixture of Graph It and promarker pens with metallic elements painted on using perfect pearls.
then scanned into my pc so that it could be printed onto the fabric transfer paper (Crafty Computer Paper).
The image cut out and ironed onto the front panel of my tote. Then, using a stencil from Creative Expressions and some copper fabric paint, was given a frame.

The handles for the tote were also stencilled using the same stencil and paint. The pockets on the side were decorated with another stencil, this time from "Splodgeaway"

The "sister" project, one that the original hand coloured project could be used on, also features another of Rick's new Steampunk images, Professor Coppelious. Also available as a download from Etsy. He also was coloured with a mixture of Graph It and promarker pens with metallic elements painted on using perfect pearls.
I had to flip him so that he fit my scene
Applied both the images to a canvas that was previously covered in black gesso them stencilled using glossy dreamweaver stencil paste and the same Splodgeaway mask as on the tote.
A mask made using a TH "weathered clock" die cut and some copper pan pastels over this. The stencil itself then was applied, why waste it? Some balloons, by prima,were stencilled as well using a mix of gold and sienna pan pastel.

The "time travel" letters are thickers from American Crafts.

I'd like to enter these projects into the challenges at
Through The Purple Haze - Steam Punk

The canvas I'd like to enter into the challenge at
Pan Pastel/Premium Craft Brands challenge - Metallics

Monday, 31 March 2014

Skull-duggery with HDH

Hi everyone.
I hope you all know by now that the Haunted Design House started it's two week challenge last week. If not, why not? This fortnight's challenge is really easy as well - no excuse not to play..............

Now, who doesn't have at least one skull stamp, digital image, or embellishment? Every good dark crafter should have a stash of cranial goodies for a challenge such as this. And maybe if we sweeten the pot you'll wanna play along with us. The Masterful Mistress is offering up a random prize pack to the chosen Gruesome Twosomes for this challenge.

Have I got your attention now?

Being week two, I get to show a little offering of mine. Yes - a little offering - in the form of an ATC.
Sweet and delicate, eh? ...... and simple ...........and quick to make.

An ATC sized piece of pearlised cardstock. Stamped with stazon using a Paper Artsy text stamp. Some paper clay corners and frame, dusted with black pan pastel. The Skully embellie was brown before that too was given a lick with the same black and given a swipe over with a baby wipe to expose the raised areas. All set with cheap hairspray. When dry, assembled as seen.

So as you see, hours and hours are not needed to create a piece for us to come and ogle.
Come on boys and girls - use those heads and show us in the dungeon how much you love those craniums.
See you soon..........

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Left of Centre and a Little Extra

Morning all
Anyone that is into the darker and alternative side of crafting should of heard of, by now, the challenge blog called Left Of Centre. The style welcomed there is always non-cute and "just as it says on the box". This month also marks their first anniversary and a massive month long challenge with loads of sponsors. You really need to check it all out!
(copied and pasted from yesterday - so shoot me!)

Maureen asked me to make another piece for the challenge as GDT as well apart from the Delicious Doodles team. "Of course!" says me. "Why not".

I had a lot of fun with this and kind of went to town with this wall hanging featuring Glinda, The Good Witch from Rick St Dennis. She was coloured with promarkers with a touch here and there of metallic copper pen.

She is on an 8" x 8" piece of thickish chipboard. Painted first with copper acrylic, then Decoart weathered wood then black. Some stencilling with purple radiant rains paint, and some copper pan pastels, (Creative expressions and Andy Skinner stencils) as well as some heat embossing in gold of a few stamped words. The word "Believe" is from a Visible Image stamp "Create with Your Soul". I just blanked off the other words when inking. "Magical" is from a random Christmas stamp in my stash.
The hearts are pleated paper. I have tried to find the blog where I got the idea from but can't, sorry. If anyone knows, please let me know so that I can give proper credit. Basically a folded piece of paper shaped and pleated and assembled like a rosette.
fold here
 Some bits of broken jewellery and a couple of little mirrors to hide the centre.
A piece of purple satin ribbon with a little cat charm finishes the picture.

Is there anyone that wants to take this off my hands? Head on over to Left of Centre to see the criteria you will have to meet if you feel you can give this a loving home.

I'd like to enter this wall hanging into the challenge at
Oddball Art Stamps - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenges - Anything Goes
Stamping For the Weekend - Anything Goes

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Delicious Darkness with Left of Centre

Morning all
Anyone that is into the darker and alternative side of crafting should of heard of, by now, the challenge blog called Left Of Centre. The style welcomed there is always non-cute and "just as it says on the box". This month also marks their first anniversary and a massive month long challenge with loads of sponsors. You really need to check it all out!
One of the many sponsors is none other than Delicious Doodles and the sister Delicious Darkness  for whom I have the honour of representing today. One of Teri's newest images is "Let me out" and if you look back to Monday you will see I've used this image in yet another way.
Today I made a little collection of three ATCs. Each showing different pyramage techniques. The image lends itself so well for the first two because of the mesh grid already in the picture. They can also be made from the same prints as they are made from the off-cuts of the other.

The third is slightly more time consuming but seemed fitting as I was in a bit of a twisted mind set at the time.
Each layer cut by measuring increments of 5deg up from the sides of each copy of the image. This naturally makes each layer smaller. Just a case of lining each piece up with the image below.

That's it from me today folks. Get on over to the Left of Centre blog for more surprises, eye candy and the challenges.

Head on back tomorrow when I'll have a little surprise for you all **wink, wink**

Friday, 21 March 2014

Delicious Doodles Is Black and ????

B(l)ack again. It's Delicious Doodles Day in the Cubbyhole and as part of Team A who are hosting this week's challenge I have my DT piece to share with you all today. The challenge is
"Black Plus One Other Colour"
Now what an excuse I had here for going to my dark side yet again, but I had a card to make and took this opportunity to get it done. I also wanted to have a go at the technique "Caught In Crystal" having seen many spectacular examples on the web in recent years. Sourcing the main raw material has eluded me - until the other day - on sale in Asda for about £3. YESSSSSS!!! not the silly money they are asking on sites such as Amazon and Ebay. I'm talking about "Pledge Multi surface wax" formally known as "Klear". I already had the acetate, tissue paper and re-inkers. There are many tutorials for this technique out there so I won't bore you with loads of links. It is so easy and makes a statement on what could be a simple and plain project.
This is my first attempt and it worked so well I used it, no faffing about with practice sessions.
 The image is, of course, from Delicious Doodles " Love in a Mist". Printed onto printer friendly acetate and using broken china, faded jeans and a touch of antique linen distress re-inkers. White tissue paper and a sprinkle of holographic glitter completes the picture. cut out with a nestie.
This was mounted onto a single 6"x 6" piece of DP from the docrafts Madame Payraud collection that had been given a dusting with more distress ink - this time using black soot. The brads to make sure every thing stayed together.
The all mounted onto black card that was given a face lift with a stencilled application of grunge paste mixed with blue ink and some of the detail picked out with blue perfect pearls.
"I love you" inked onto 3 of the 4 squares cut from the scraps left over from the main image "waste".

There we have it folks. Your turn now to get those thinking caps on and creative juices flowing. If you need any more inspiration please pop over to the blogs of my fellow teamies and our amazing GDT members this month. All the links are on the Delicious Doodles challenge blog as is the link where you can come tell us what you have made. 

I'd like to enter my card into the challenge at
Outlawz - Twisted Thursday - Add Texture
Everybody Art - Non-Cute card