Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Make your own background, no DP

This is the new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge set by our wonderful Mervi.   We had a great response to our colour theme over the last fortnight but peeps are still not making sure they know the rules!   We have a simple solution, we are not commenting on their posts.  Not all that effective but it saves us time and has the added bonus of reducing the frustration levels!

Mervi's turn now then, a great opportunity and excuse to get as messy as you want.   This pink, what is it with me and pink at the moment? and yellow background is the result of mixing distress paint with a geli pad.    First poured was some of the yellow onto the geli pad spread around with a brayer.   The card used was scrap with a stamped image and the heat embossed sentiment.   The yellow was allowed to dry while other bits of card were also pressed onto the pad.   Next, for this card, the Pickled Raspberry Pink, applied in the same way.   The result was a bright pink piece of card with speckles of yellow.   Finally Picket Post Distress Stain pushed across the card and then wiped off with a baby wipe.   Through all this paint the greeting stands out more and more.

The butterfly and the patten boarder at the bottom are old Elusive Images stamps, a bright cartoon butterfly seemed a great topper for the card.    A little bling and the card cut down to fit on top of a silver edged black card blank.    Think this will be for a girly birthday.

I'm also sharing this with
Artistic Inspirations - Make Your Own Background, well have to really don't I.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Oh look I altered something!

It's a slipper hanger that has been waiting its turn for beautification for quite some time.

I always think that things like these are far to good to just chuck out not even in the recycling bin.   So they wind up on my alterable mountain that is growing in various corners around the house.  

This one has been turned over and made into a wall hanging.

Isn't it Pink!    The inner heart shape from a Card Craft garland kit was the template for the butterfly wings cut out of designer papers, more DP used to cover the the shape which supports the butterfly and is attached to the hanger.   The hanger is wrapped in twisted sari silk this does 2 jobs it covers the less attractive plastic and gives a surface for glue to adhere to.    More of the same papers and one or two more have been die cut into flower and leaf shapes and then layered up and scattered over the project.   The pretty bird die cut is a tattered lace design from a bargain bin.   Dies are getting so expensive, and not being someone who must have the newest and latest designs the bargain bins are my first stop.
The Crafty Individuals stamp was not from the bargain bin but purchased directly from Crafty Individuals.

I had planned to go to the the Sincerely Yours event at Newark today but a car service and 4 new tyres rather put paid to that.  Brought work home as well this weekend so it would all have been a bit rushed anyway.   There will be other shows and opportunities to spend money on new craft essentials.

I'm sharing my altered slipper hanger/wall hanging with

Left of Center - Altered Art
Fussy and Fancy - Breast Cancer Awareness Lots of Pink
Artist Trading Post - A new challenge on the block starting with an Anything recycled/repurposed goes.
MilkCoffee - Lots of Layers
Altered Eclectics - Always anything Altered Goes, my second entry this month.

Time now for some decisions, get the work laptop out, do some housework, of have a little fiddle in the crafting zone? Ummmm what should I do? What will I do?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Green Man with his Autumn Crown

I found this mask blank at the Range, it is much smaller than the usual size I work with which brought challenges of it's own, things had to be scaled down.   The blank was coloured with Viva Inca Gold in bronze and green.   Then sprayed it with more autumnal colours of Glimmer Mists.   After it was dry it was stamped with leaves and branch, the branch stamped again and gold ep added.   The leaves of the crown are vellum and parchment type paper.   Once they were added the whole was sprayed with gold spray and sparkle.   Florist moss and a strand of twisted sari silk were the final additions.

The Green Man, a pre Christianity god or god like being who lived in woodlands.  He is always represented with a face crowned and surrounded with and by leaves and vines.   Often seen as a fearful being a powerful demanding deity.    With Halloween this month it is easy to conjecture links between the halloween tales and this ancient terror.

Friends who visit regularly know how much I enjoy these 3D tactile projects.   I'm sharing this one with:

Mixed Media Mojo - Anything goes with fabric (I hope the twisted sari silk fits the criteria)
Altered Eclectics - Always Anything Altered Goes
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Halloween or not, anything altered
The Mirror Crack'd - The Body Beautiful
Ruby's Rainbow - Autumn Leaves
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything but a Card

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Seasonal Colours

Good morning, Happy Birthday brother.  It is such an easy birthday to remember 30th September.   This is his Birthday card this year.

It's also the start of a new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge with a colour theme set by yours truly.   At either end of the globe we are entering into the seasons of change Spring if you are in the lower half, Autumn if you are in the northern half.    Both times of year offer a riot of colour and are to my mind very energetic so my challenge is for you to use one of two colour pallets

Pick your pallet and work within it, trying not to introduce additional colours please.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Rogue Redhead Designs, I've used an image from the same plate that the winner will receive.  Well not the exact same plate, your will not have been cut and used.

There are lots of seasonal challenges around at the moment, here are a few of them

Fashionable Stamping - Trees, with Autumn Colours
Crazy 4 Challenges - Incorporate a leaf or leaves
Open Minded Crafting - Fall/Autumn
Daring Cardmakers - Autumnal Forest

Have fun with this one and remember to check everyone's rules.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Happy Retirement Ann and Ian

Ann until today had worked for the same organisation for 34 years, after his retirement her husband Ian joined the company working part time.   Today they retired and you just know who had to make their retirement card!  Here it is.

2 pieces of A4 card with DP joining them on the outside, the insert acted as additional support on the inside.   Their hobby's and interests include Steam Engines, Ballroom Dancing, caravanning and just getting out and about as much as they can.   Rogue Redhead stamps of the seniors even resembles them both making them the perfect choice.    Steam train a TH stamp and the fussy cut people are coloured with ProMarkers.    The sentiment says Time to Enjoy.

I'm sharing this card with
Simply Create too - "It's a Special Occasion"
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Lots of Layers

Sunday, 21 September 2014

That is the week that was

Health warning, I'm going to rant you might want to skip this first part and go to the cool card I'm sharing below.

Last Sunday my vacuum went Bang!  Whats the problem with that you may ask it saved you from doing the housework but.   I live with 3 cats, cats are furry and shed their fur everywhere and so when it gets ankle deep it does have to be vacuumed up.   So off to the shop to get a new one, bearing in mind that we are not going to be able to buy those powerful sucky tools once the shop stocks have sold out, something to do with global warming.   £100 + later a new cleaning tool made its way to my home.

New boss had her first post hand over week.   Now normally this would not be to much of an issue even if she does need to know absolutely everything and have her hand held at each step.  We are still working on the go live of a new computer system, what to new computer systems do? they go wrong.   Top this with 2 power cuts during the week stoping all work for each afternoon and resulting in 2 very late evenings in the office (6:45 and about 7:15) a new early start on Mondays on the promise of a early finish, yeah right.   And people wonder why I am stressed?

Then I get answers about the boiler at the house I am buying.   They have never had the boiler serviced and do not know when it was installed!!!! Who does not get their boiler serviced?   So I've gone back and said get it serviced or replaced to my satisfaction or the deal is off.

There is more the normal nonsense of spam calls, spilling the milk (Actually didn't do that) kind of normal day to day stuff not worth mentioning.

But, and this is important the cats are all fine.

So this week-end has been about unwinding, the vacuum was unpacked and put to work! Now this is sad but I like the new machine it is sooooo much better than the deceased one.   And I made a card.

Pumpkin Spice - Coffee or the Colours of Coffee
Less is More - Face the Music and Dance

The colour pallet (apart from the Orange) is shades of coffee, from the browns of 'black' coffee to the cream of silver top milk Camp Coffee my Mother used to make.   I've used Memento, Stayzon, and Colour box chalk inks.   The image has been coloured with Promarkers.

The Main images is a Stamps Happen Inc stamp stamped onto a scrap rectangle and fussy cut.  The blocks, music and stave are old stash collection stamps.   The solid strip is a piece of scrap from another project.   The cafe girl  on her stool always me think of Bob Fosse a brilliant mid 20th century choreographer, I expect her to break into one of his dances any moment now.

Good therapy.

I'm also sharing this with 

AAA Cards - Fussy Cut CAS

Right shopping list, Onion, Garlic and Icecream

Thursday, 18 September 2014


The perfect antidote to a stressful week in the office, a little ink and time to let creativity put logic in it's place.

A little sunshine, well seems we are not getting of the real thing!  Inspired by AAA Cards a CAS challenge site with the theme of Sunshine.   The card is from a recently re-discovered pad of graduated colour, this is coated stock so the images are stamped in Stayzon ink.   The glorious sun image is by Stampendous, while the sail boat and the water are Kanban stamps.   Simple really but oozing hot laze summer days.

I'm also sharing this fun card with,
Addicted to Stamps - Holiday
Inky Impressions - Primary Colours (Red, Yellow, & Blue) that + white is all I've used.
Crafters Cafe - Water Related

Right time to get back to logic and that office place.