Wednesday 25 May 2011

Altered CD with SweetPea

I had another go at altering a CD as per the challenge over at Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack. Making the holes on this one was easier. I used my leather puncher and eyelet setter as I don't own a cropodile.

The backing is made from foil covered with gesso, kitchen towel, more gesso then painted with acrylics and rubbed over with metalic paste as illustrated by Terra over at the Smeared and Smudged forum. Edging is satin seam binding. SweetPea image, coloured with pencils, blended with mineral oil then fussy cut out. Lace stuck on to bottom (with a touch of glitter through the lace holes) and to hang it with. Holes have copper eyelets set and pearls and fibres threaded onto nylon cord with some ribbon tied on. Pearls stuck round the edge as well.

I am entering this into the challenge over at
Sweet Pea Stampers - Lace and Pearls
Crafty Purple Frog - Mono Moments (nearly all in different shades of green)
Clear It Out Tuesday - Use different colouring mediums.
Craft Your Passion - Have something hanging over the edge.
The Emerald Faerie Garden 1st challenge - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles - Anything but a card

Tuesday 24 May 2011

Tellen's Place at Stampin' Dymonz

While I'm getting this blog upto date, I wanted to share this with whoever's reading.
Over at Stampin' Dymonz Creative Space there's a challenge going on using a specific Tellen's Place Design image. It's given free so no excuses.
rules are
You are to create an A2 sized card (4.25 x 5.5 inches) using this digi from Tellen's Place Designs.
  1. The digi is to be hand colored using markers -- Copics, SU! Stampin' Write Markers, ProMarkers -- any marker sets you have/use.
  2. Your card needs to be made using the following cardstock colors: Purple, Fuchsia/Magenta, and Black.
  3. As part of the use of this image, it must be matted using all 3 cardstock colors.
  4. You must also use cream colored lace ribbon on your project.
This is my take on it
The image reminded me so much of my grandmother, I likened it on her.

The image was coloured with promarkers with a touch of gold gel pen for the specs. The ink distressing done with tattered rose, milled lavender, dusty concord and black soot distress inks. This was then layered onto the required coloured C.S. Corner punched in opposite corners. "Happy Birthday" stamped all over the base pink c.s. which was layered onto more black.

The lace element of the recipe, well I cheated a bit here. The cream lace I have is too wide for this card so I coloured some white with my ivory promarker, decided it was too dark so lightened with alcohol ink blending solution. Gathered up to make a flower with a purple button for the centre, sewn onto the pink and black layers. The "21" are gel stickers and the letters "again" started off as red, coloured with black promarker.

This was then attached to the purple card base.

Simple and quick basic card.

Anything Goes !!

Anything goes time at a new challenge over at Tellen's Place Designs. They supply a freebie as well so following the rule that a TPD image must be used isn't hard to do. I had a quick scoot through the other entries to see what I was up against. Wow. Only 3 people out of 12 so far can read. Oh well. More chance for me, hehehe. joking.
I wanted to play along and love the dark images as my followers should know. It took me a couple of days before this project popped into the brain cell. Then there was no stopping me. Apart from the drying time needed before the final cutting.

Using 5 of the female dark images. Divas in their own way and it's the Divas that are being showcased this week. All coloured with promarkers

All made into small jigsaws.

The base is a couple of sheets of thin mount board, stuck together, dried under a weight to ensure no warping before glueing the girls on. Again keeping weighted flat until dry.

The images were then cut as seen using a die and my bigshot.

Yes, before you ask, they do come apart. My son had great fun mixing them up. (As old as he is).

I am entering this into the challenge at
Tellen's Place Designs - Anything Goes using a TPD image
My Time To Craft - Use a Die Cut
Digi Design House - Anything but a card
2 Sisters Challenges - Use a digi

Off The Page @ Stampin' Dymonz

This is a group set up for mixed media and altered art over at the Scrap Shack. Well I'm a real newbie at this, I've only dabbled in it all so far. The theme this week is to alter a CD/DVD.
To say I had a bit of bother with punching the holes I wanted is an understatement. I ended up with a warped CD so will be revisiting this one.
My first effort though looks ok. I really must invest in a cropodile. The other girls say they had no trouble at all!!! pppfftttt.

I stamped the image from Wild Frog onto pearlised white cs with stazon and used distress inks to paint it. The frogs were coloured with alcohol ink additive and threaded onto tigertail wire with crimp beads. A few bits of ribbon and done.

Catchup time

Wow, has it really been 3 weeks since I last posted something here. Yes it has been!!!
Been busy, busy, busy though. My last "sticky post" about the crop. Well it went really well and "quite a few pennies" were raised for Arthritus Care. The fund raising is still on-going of course and another crop is planned for June. All details can still be read about on Karen's Facebook page. Also the vid of that scary (for Karen) abseil from the Forth Road Bridge.

I have made a few cards as well as a couple of other crafty bits.
Over at Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack there are a few groups dedicated to different types of crafts. Cardmaking, scrapping, altered art etc. It's designed to push one into the realms never visited before, expanding and sharing knowledge among the "villagers".
I have the honour and pleasure of being one of the moderators in the cardmaking group.
We have been challenging the ladies to join us in making cards using different folds. There are so many out there, it's a shame not to try them at least once.
1st up was the Diagonal Double Pocket Card as featured by Terry

I used a 12"x12" piece of BoBunny double sided paper for the actual card.

DCVW and core-dinations for the tags.

The core-dinations was embossed and sanded.

matching twine on the tags.

flowers, lace, brads etc from stash

Daisy and Dandelion stamp

2nd was my Easel Card

Image is from Smeared Ink coloured with pencils and blended with mineral oil. The sentiment is SU! The flowers are made from lace, coloured with promarkers and buttons from stash. The papers were given to me, so no idea on origin. The shapes are freebies from LOTV

3rd card was Joyce's Tent Card
Docrafts and Studio G stamps stamped with memento ink

Coloured with promarkers

Glossy and crackle accents to highlight

Sentiment stamped with stazon onto vellum

Papers/cardstock/gems/buttons/ribbon/flower/brad from stash

Aperture cut with craft knife

The one for this week is a slider card

Soot stamped front using Smeared Ink stamps, Holy City set.

The owl is a button from stash attached with a jump ring.


The ghost is a stamp from Inkadoo.

I "reverse paper pieced" the ghost.

I cut the ghost out from the central card bits (I used thickish paper as I needed 3 layers here) and stuck the white vellum between.

More interesting folds are planned. Stay tuned. Or better still come visit and join in.

I am entering the following challenge
with the Easel Card
There She Goes challenges - Easel card challenge

Slider Card
Ooh LaLa Creations - Fancy Folds
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Saturday 14 May 2011

Arthritus Care Scotland

This is a special post for a very dear friend to anyone out there that lives within travelling distance of Kilmarnock in Scotland.
Karen is organising a fun crafting day on 14th May 2011. Full deets on facebook here
ALL proceeds will be going to the Arthritus Care Scotland charity.
All crafting skills no matter how experienced will be welcome. It'll be not only for a great cause but a way of meeting new crafting buddies.
Please, if you can, pop on over to Karen's Facebook via the link and sign up

Saturday 7 May 2011

Some Jewellery

Here's another couple of projects that have kept me busy these last few days.

First up my skully bracelet.
The main bracelet is waxed cord. Twisted into a thicker cord with a chain twisted in with it.

To this was attached some of my skull charms and bits from halloween last year. Then stamping onto shrink plastic with the flowers from Smeared Ink's "Bo Peep", coloured with promarkers, and attached with more chain.

I now have to make a necklace - a request after this was seen.

Next up is a bracelet and matching earring for soon-to-be DIL. Her 21st on Monday.
Again using a set from Smeared Ink . This time the original Li'l Grumpies. The small set lends itself so well to this kinda thing.

The reason there's only one earring? She only needs the one. She has a small hoop in the other ear.

Multi coloured this time. Various beads, pearls and findings from stash.

I am entering the skull bracelet into the challenge over at
Haunted Design House - #87 - Freakers Free For All

Oval Stepper Card

It's been a few days since I last blogged anything, I know. Not that I have been slacking. Helping a friend colour loads of images for a marathon card making session took up most of last weekend. Then there's babies being born left, right and centre. Of course these all had to have a card.
This was one of the projects that I was working on for Stampin Dymonz Scrap Shack. There's a tutorial to go with it as well.

The background was brayered with DIs before stamping onto. Stamps are from Lavinia Stamps.
The little dragons and plantlife were stamped using DI, the fairy with stazon. This also gave it an extra bit of shine. This was backed with lace before sticking to the base card.

The papers on the front 2 steps are from "Dancing with Fairies" range from Crafty Chaos, the pink at the back is from old stash.
Sentiment from LOTV.

No I didn't forget the inside.
The oval panel here was embossed with a sissix plate then highlighted the butterflies with more DI.

Monday 2 May 2011

Haunted Design House has 400 stalkers

Yep it's official - so says Barb; our Masterful Mistress of the Macabre over at Haunted Design House. It's time to celebrate.
There's a few requirements of course- but you'll have to go visit to see them all. I'm not going to spoil the fun.

Anyone that has been following me for any length of time will know I like to play when I have the time and I had the honour of being chosen back in November as that month's master of the macabre. I hope my schedule allows me back again this week as it's a freakin free for all.
So hop on over and play folks.

Folded Pocket Card

My first official card for Stampin Dymonz Scrap Shack. The challenge is being hosted by Terry this week and the type of card to be made is this - A Diagonal Double Pocket card. They are really simple to make. Split Coast Stampers has a great tutorial.
This one was made with a BoBunny paper that has been in my pile for over a year. Some stick on lace and flowers and brads from stash

The tags made from core-dinations and DCVW citrus stack, embossed. The core-dinations was sanded to reveal the lighter red core.

The stamp is an old one from Daisy and Dandelion

Some matching twine through the copper eyelets.

This all folded in nice and neatly to post

Sunday 1 May 2011

Cricut Blog Candy

Yep. You're seeing right. Priscilla Styles is having a blogaversary give away.
For full details go visit her blog and read all about it.