Monday, 23 May 2016

The Evil Returns with HDH

Last October saw the last challenge from Haunted Design House, oh what a sad day that was!!
The Minions have kept in contact though because us weirdos have to stick together. Other people of the same mind set will understand what I mean. We decided to have a little fling and show you all we are still alive and kicking and that the chains can be loosened from time to time and that we can come up for air once in a while.
What better theme than "The Evil Returns". I made an ATC - yes all this is on a small MDF piece 2.5" x 3.5" The MDF blank and the little 1" reaper in the bottom right hand corner are from "Things to Alter" The technique is as taught by Andy Skinner.

The central figure emerging from the rock, into which he had been entombed, is just a metal charm painted different colours.

Please pop along to the blogs of my fellow minions - the links are all on the HDH blog - and show them some bloggy love. You can always join us on facebook as well you know!!

I'd like to enter this into the challenge at
The Dark Attic - Anything Goes

Monday, 2 May 2016

"Go Dotty" was the Brief

"Things to Alter" has the new blog challenge up and running as of yesterday and I'm playing catch-up. Sorry guys.
The challenges are now "Anything Goes" but we, on the DT, had been working to a schedule and so - DOTS were to be used in our projects. I had something else in my head and this is what actually emerged. One day that image will emerge in tact.
I used a number of different things from the shop. First the base - A plain rectangular plaque was given an Andy Skinner treatment using Decoart paints. Then the balloons and the heart with wings with more Decoart paints giving them colour. The lustre was supplied by gold and purple interferance paints - again Decoart. Then came the white gel pen (signo). A few dots later and some glue to attach it all this emerged


The chain hanging it all had a bit of chain maille for added detail

I hope you like this
Thanks for visiting
Now get those altered things of yours linked up and don't forget to come and say "Hi" on the Facebook Group where there are plenty of other little challenges ongoing

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.