Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Another Vase

Last but not least for today, another vase I have 'altered'.

The same technique used as the other vases with handmade papers and diluted PVA, Joanna Sheen pressed flowers to decorate.

This is also for my friend for her birthday in her favourite colours, hope she likes it

Thanks for looking

Me and my Friends Book

This is a little book I made for my friend for her birthday. I used a board book I purchased from a charity shop (waste not want not!)

Covered in papers printed off the PC.

The metal tags have been stamped with black stazon and SeeDee's stamps of pawprints on it.

The next two pages have again been stamped with SeeDee's stamps and embossed to add dimension. The photograph is one that was taken at Crufts a couple of years ago showing the Judge on the left and Prince Michael of Kent looking at my friend and her dog.

These two pages show more of her dogs (Keehonds)

There are more pages not shown here with pictures of her dogs. This is the back page.
Thank you for looking, I hope she likes it

First Fat Pages

First attempt at Fat Page

Here is my first attempt at a Fat Page swap. Plain white card coloured with distress inks, tea stain and scattered straw. Stamped with unknown floral stamp and coloured with Ecoline water colours. The sleeping rabbit is an Anitas stamp on triple embossed mountboard using gold and copper embossing powders

The background for this one side is the same colours. Stamped again with an Anita's stamp and coloured with Ecoline water colours. Same triple embossed mountboard with another Anita's stamp of rabbits.

Multi ATC

Warholish ATC

I was messing about with my new alcohol inks and photo paper and decided to make an ATC in the style of Andy Warhol when he did his Monroe picture. Mine is similar ish!

I only have 3 colours at the moment Cranberry, Eggplant and Lettuce, hopefully get some more soon.

The stamped image is one I have made using my Imagepac.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

February Calendar Page

While I was doing January, I thought I would get February done at the same time. Using Valentines day as my Feb. theme I cut out various hearts and sentiments from scraps of papers I had left over. The hearts I edged in gilding flakes - I love using these.

The main image is a House Mouse stamp which I think is soooo cute. The hearts again are covered in gilding flakes, I painted the mice with H2O's and Sakura Gelly roll pens for the other small bits. The picture has been matted onto gold mirri card.

Thanks for looking

Calendar Page

January 2009

Nothing like forward planning lol.

On the forum which I belong to we have a project for this year. Twelve of us make a calendar page for next year. At the end of the year, the calendars are bound and we each have a 2009 calendar with a different page made by a forum member. Thanks to Karen for such a good Idea.

This is my effort for January. Not too sure about it after seeing what other members have done, mine is totally different!!!!! I have coloured the background with Tim Holts Shabby Shutters distress inks. Stamped with Linda Lukin tree stamps and embossed over them. The 'snow' is white acrylic paint and the moon is stamped with the lid off a pot with clear embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder. The glittery snow effect - although the camera hasn't picked it up too well, is splattered diluted PVA and silver glittery embossing powder sprinkled on while wet and heated. I have also used a light spray of Moonglow sprizers to add a touch of iridescence.

More Tesco Note Pads

Two more notepads from Tesco. The same principal applied as the other one. Both were covered with DCWV papers. The embellishments are double sided peel offs. I have never got on with these very well but decided to give them another go! This time I used gilding flakes on them and they turned out really well, so I think I will use the flakes on them in the future, glitter always falls off when I use it on them!

Centres of the flowers and butterfly and the outlines on the left one have been done using Sakura Gelly Roll pens. Again Ribbons added down the spine.

Thanks for looking.

Tesco Note Pads

While in the mood for altering, my other half bought me some Tesco Value note pads. These are A6 size.

I unwound the spiral binding on the sides and covered the back and front card covers.

This one has been done in Once Upon a Time papers. The flowers are Kay&Co.

Ribbons added to to binding once I had re-wound it all again.

This is how the note books started.

Note pads

These are 35p note pads I bought with the intention of altering them. They had no cover and no holes punched. So I made the covers from thick card and decorated them with DCWV papers. The flowers on the left are from Tanda Stamps and the lady on the right is an unknown stamp from eBay. Words were stamped on them and adhesive ribbons added. Other ribbons added on the binding at the top done with my BIA. Both images were stamped twice, once on the cover and once on vellum. Coloured in with Sakura Gelly Roll Pens and the vellum then stuck down over the top.

I was quite pleased with the results

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Bits and Bobs Boxes

These are three boxes I made to keep my bits and bobs in.

This one on the left if for my pens, pencils etc.

They are all made from mountboard squares covered with DCWV paper and holes punched with my Bind it All. Ribbons either threaded or tied in little knots. I have edged all the sides of the mountboards with my silver Krylon pen.

This one is for keeping glue sticks, bottles of PVA and rulers in

This one is for brushes, scissors etc.

I was quite pleased with the results

Friday, 18 January 2008

Mini Book

This is a mini book for a swap on a great forum - Crafting Corner. We had to choose the contents to depict one of our favourite crafting activities. For the most part I have done stamping. The whole book has been done on mountboard and bound together using a fantastic piece of equipment a Bind It All.

The letters have been cut on my Big Shot using the lollipop alphabet out of mountboard. This has been coloured and stamped using an Anita's flower stamp then triple embossed with clear embossing powder.

These two pages have again been coloured using Alcohol inks. The foxglove stamp is from Tanda. The swirl is from Wendie Rhodes and the flowers from Joanna Sheen. I have used Jazz Beadazzles in the centre of the flowers and glossy accents to hi-lite the swirl and birds.

These are two stamps I made with my Imagepac - I only had it at Christmas but I think they turned out quite well for first attempts. I stamped them onto distressed paper and singed the edges.

Stamps on the left are from Joanna Sheen web site. The centre of the frame has been hi-lighted with glossy accents and the corners have been stamped again, cut out and mounted on foam pads to give depth. The page on the right has been done the same way.

This is the back cover. Stamped with a background stamp from Tanda Stamps, the sentiment is from Joanna Sheen and the flowers have been cut from vellum using a Cuttlebug embossing stencil and coloured.

An Old Tobacco Tin

This is an old tobacco tin from when my dad used to smoke his pipe. I cleaned it all up first and then used Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz) to colour the tin itself. Not very clear but they are red and aubergine. The metal flowers and brads I have had for a long time and also coloured them with alcohol inks and a bit of glitter and a piece of raffia to finish it off.

Ferrero Rocher

This was a ferrero Rocher box once. I realised that is was begging to be altered. I covered it with hand made paper again stuck on with diluted PVA glue and coated with the same solution. I made some wire swirly things and some self adhesive sequins.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Altered Glass Vase

Altered Vase

This was a clear glass vase and I decided that I needed to brighten it up a bit. I used handmade silk paper, ripped it into bits and stuck it on with a diluted solution of pva glue and water. I had some dried/pressed flowers from Joanna Sheen and stuck them on with pva then coated the whole lot with another diluted solution. Trimmed off the excess top and bottom of the vase. I am very pleased with the result and have lots of compliments off friends unfortunately it hasn't photographed too well.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

This is me

My first attempt at a blog, scary or what!!!!
I am an avid crafter and attempt most things, some successfully some not.

I live in Devon with my Husband, daughter, father and dogs. My son has moved away and now lives in the midlands. My daughter is an avid fish keeper having constructed 2 large ponds in the garden and her dad is in the process of building a shed for her to keep all her bits and bobs in.

I love crafting of most sorts but at the moment am enjoying altering anything I can get my hands on and will stay still long enough - the dogs are very worried.