Tuesday, 1 September 2015

September Progressive Challenge with Rick St Dennis

September already!!??!!  Where's our summer?? Looks like we, in Scotland, lucked out again this year. There have been too many days in August that the heating had to be turned on it's been that cold. I just hope this doesn't herald an arctic winter. I guess we'll find out in due course.
In the meantime............
What have I been making in my crafty corner?
Well one of the projects was this wall hanging..............for the Progressive challenge over at the Sparkle and Glitter with Rick St Dennis blog

Using the image Ghost of Versailles.

The image was coloured with promarkers and graph-it markers before cutting out with additional mats of red and 2 different blacks. Plenty of vintage paper distress ink, some black lace and little red and black flowers teamed with some black pearl sprays and a couple of home made pins.
Glossy accents added to the "emeralds" completed the project.

Go Dark - with Delicious Doodles

Good morning peeps
Today is the first of September and therefore heralds in the start of a new challenge over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  This month the challenge was chosen by Avril on behalf of myself - DARK! Be that dark colours or theme is down to interpretation. I went with both and made a little mini book.
Picture heavy so hope you'll last out until the end.
I used images from Teri's Etsy shop, of course......... The Skully Chess Set and The Tombstones.

The front of the book - hand stitched from scratch using black cardstock - features faux leather as demonstrated by Sheena Douglass.
The corners are black card, die cut and rubbed over with gilding wax.

The inside covers are papers from Teri as well

Journaling/photo mats on the reverse of the tombstones.

The other papers are all from the BoBunny Enchanted range with the exception of the checkerboard which is from DCWV Immortal love stack.

We hope you can find the time to join our challenge.
Thanks for looking

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Smeared 'n' Smudged Hop with an Art Doll

It's been a long while since I joined in one of Smeared and Smudged hops. My bad! Time has always been an issue for me - never enough hours in the day for one thing but when I saw the topic of this month's hop I felt that I just had to join in. I have thought about doing one of these for a while but  never got round to it. This was the goad to get me to sit down and create. Using a given template from The Enchanted Gallery, this site has some amazing pieces of art in the gallery - well worth a look.
This is what I came up with

The image was cut from the white card and the elements I wanted were glued to patterned paper. Then the essential part of any S&S project, the stamping, began.

 The Eye is from TH carnival set and the eye has been highlighted with glossy accents. The hat is from Aly's Inky Fingers as is the clock faces and keys used on the legs and arms. The skirt made from some satin ribbon, lace and organza. A little key charm on a length of chain as a "belt" a few pearls added to the hat and a small crown charm as a pin.

The wings are decorated with the raven wings from the Smeared Ink "Quoth the Raven" set using gilding flakes.

The necklace is made up of a collection of small watch parts set into glossy accents.

Here's the full blog hop list now so you guys can go see some more art doll inspiration

Blog Hop
Susan R.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Lost in Music

WOW has it been that long since I posted here?  I must admit I've been suffering from a serious lack of mojo in recent weeks and that is, no doubt, something the majority of you out there can identify with.  I did, however, get my finger out and put together this wooden desk tidy that was picked up at one of the craft fairs I was lucky to attend earlier this year. It's been sitting there, in a bag, waiting patiently for a few weeks. Finally it's voice was heard and I set to. needing to get it out on the desk.
It's a three box tidy, different sizes.  First the MDF needed to be sealed and a mixture of PVA glue and black paint achieved this. When this base coat was dry, each of the four sides were treated to a different design. I would then be able to ring the changes occasionally by turning them round in the base tray.
I apologise in advance about the picture quality - I lost my camera and needed to use that on my mobile phone.

The first side
Inspired by Pantera's "Cemetery Gates" and being my DT piece for Haunted Design House this month. "Lost in Music" - any project inspired by a piece of music.

 This is how all the sides, when assembled, fit together. For the post, the sides were photographed as I went along.

The music score BG is a stamp from Visible Image. Stamped using a silver pigment ink and dusted with silver pan pastel. Sealed with DecoArt Decoupage. The inchy stampbord panels were joined in sets of 4, coloured with distress inks before stamping with some inchy stamps from Inkadinkadoo. The little panels then edged with silver embossing powder before adhering to the sides with glossy accents.
The second side

These are decorated using the rubber versions of "Haunted Places 1" that were available from Smeared Ink and now available in digi format from the Zibbet shop of Rick St Dennis.
The third side
these sides have been stenciled firstly using silver DecoArt metallic paint. then the big skull from the skull sheet of Rick St Dennis was printed out a number of times in 3 different sizes. These were decoupaged  before dipping in UTEE.
The fourth side
Heat embossed using a stamp in my collection of unknown origin and silver embossing powder.

Saturday, 30 May 2015


Well it is true, Delicious Doodles are back, Yeah! 
The DT are bringing you a special Blog Hop, to start off the new Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog.  So a bit of a tease to begin with!  You have to visit all the DT this month to see all the projects made and our Nikki starts off the Hop.

The idea of the Blog Hop is to visit every DT Member's blog and leave a comment.  Go back to the Challenge Blog and let us know what you thought of our blog hop.  Then enter our Challenge - which for the Month of June is Anything Goes - "simples".

The prize for winning the Blog Hop is the choice of 6 images from the Delicious Doodles Etsy Shop.

Our DT has worked incredibly hard to bring the Blog Hop, and I hope you all enjoy.

Below is the order that our Blog Hop is taking:-

Helen Angel-Cullum aka Croms - that's me
Avril Watson

My make this month uses a few of the butterflies from the shop.
The butterflies sticking out were printed onto acetate and for two, the layers were stuck together with stickles and the other two I used glossy accents and mica powders.
The butterflies at the back were printed onto plain white card and brushos were used to add colour.

Don't forget to go back, comment then enter our challenge to be in with a chance to Win...Good Luck and Have FUN!

Friday, 29 May 2015


I'm feeling quite proud of myself today. Two DT projects completed - you'll get to see those in the next few days and still found time to play at De Stempelwinkel Challenges.
The challenge this fortnight is "Numbers".
I know it's only an ATC but still, fun.can be had on a small scale as well.
The base is cut from a larger piece of paper that started off life last week when visiting a very dear friend and we got the brushos out to play with. This bit is cut from the "olive green bit".
The figure - well I think it is an old, dis-continued, DSW stamp. Still in it's original packaging B723.
The "8-ball" stamp is definitely from the store. The little stamp was stamped 3 times to be able to decoupage the balls up, before coating with glossy accents.

The letters are just die-cuts stuck on.
The saying just appealed to my sense of humour as there are a few people that consider me to be the strange one.

Thanks for looking

I'd like to enter my ATC into the challenge at
De Stempelwinkel Challenges - Numbers

Friday, 15 May 2015

RSD Progressive challenge, part 2

A bit late posting this, sorry. It's on the right day at least. Getting ready to go on a small holiday and to visit a dear friend. I hope you'll forgive me my tardiness.

Any way,
The reminder post for the Rick St Dennis' Sparkle & Glitter Progressive Challenge went live today.
Some awesome makes from my fellow EDT. I know I'm on Team A and already posted my make but I couldn't resist a second bite at the cherry.
This time using Justine. She has been used to make a birthday card for the daughter of another friend of mine.
I couldn't resist colouring those locks in a "strange" colour, hence the deep pink. All using promarkers

And here she is mounted onto metallic jade and pearlised black card. Some die cuts and a punched border with a couple of gems and done. Sorry about the glare. Something about mica that the lights here don't like.
We'd love for you to come and join us in the fun with out Anything Goes with an RSD image.

Thanks for looking