Saturday, 26 July 2008

Little boxes, little boxes ..............

Assembled these and embellished - hoping to sell at Pink day. They're not very big, but are perfect for popping sweeties in, or small items of jewellery. I thought the papers were really pretty!

Friday, 25 July 2008

Wylde Women!

This is the 'Wylde Women' award. Someone obviously knows me very well!!!
Tammy Vitale recently created this new blogger award along with this stunning art work. Connie gave me this award and I am delighted, surprised and grateful!
The Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.
There are so many wonderful talented ladies who I know through this cyber world it has been difficult to choose someone else to pass this on to. But I have finally decided on
Debbi from 'down under' whose blog is truly awesome
Maureen for her patience and encouragement!
In truth, I'd like to give this award to everyone's blog that I visit as all are inspiring and beautiful but I'd be here all day!!!
The rules for this award are that you can pass it on to as many or as few as you like, but if you do pass it on, please put a link to Tammy's blog (as above) so she can come visit!

Thursday, 17 July 2008


Have had my craftie head on today. Got wet this morning playing in a league game and as it was still raining when we came back, sat and got out one of the jigsaw pieces Maureen sent me. I alco inked it, then added a thin wash of white poster paint to take the shine off. I then sprayed some cosmic shimmer powder over the entire piece as I wanted an irredescent effect not a shiny one. I wasn't sure if this would work but although the photo doesn't show it very well, it has dried to a nice shimmer effect. (If you click on the photo to enlarge it, the effect shows up better!)

After embossing the edges, I tried out my new stamp! She looked a little 'flat' so embossed her wings and belt with 'enchanted gold' embossing powder. Once she was coloured in I attached her, leaving her wings free. The butterfly at the bottom is an old earring. The cream leaves were cut from a piece of lace and the huge butterfly embellishment at the top is a hair slide. A 3d butterfly, some skeleton leaves, a silver butterfly charm and a mesh/wire butterfly competed the piece.The fibres are the remnants of a ball of wool.

I have called it 'The Butterfly Guardian.'

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

3 faces of a Woman

Another ATC for Maggies challenge.... I really like this set of stamps!

The challenge theme for this week on Maggie's Monday Musings is the number 3. I had these three little glass feet in the bottom of a drawer so thought it would be a good way to use them! One of the feet has it's little toe partly severed...perhaps I should have called this ALMOST 3 feet in a yard???? The background was made using 'typo generator' it's a bit time consuming as you have to keep waiting for it to regenerate until you find something that's just right...but I quite liked this colour scheme and it came on the fourth request!

Monday, 14 July 2008

Flame Spirit

This ATC I have been fiddling about with for a while. I saw a poster advertising a show in which a head was engulfed by fire and wanted to re create the image. (The old Fimo Fairy went to work again and produced a few more heads!) I painted the head with acrylic paint then lacquered it. I used FP for the headress and alco inked the background. I attempted to create a 'flame' effect by ripping up a red feather and sticking it around the head. I used some large glitter pieces for the 'bed' of the fire.
I am really unsure about this piece. It will remain in my collection for a while whilst I consider it!

Friday, 11 July 2008

4 Nicks.

Through my crafting I have got to know lots of talented people. They have become part of my extended family even though the majority of them I have never met! Today is Nicks' birthday. Nicks is another person whose work cannot fail to inspire you!
I made this ATC for her as a BRAK (Birthday random act of kindness for those of you who don't know the abbreviation!!).
Sculpey head (fimo fairy is alive and well!!), painted it gold. The wooden 'jester frill' was copied from the top of a kids pencil and carved from balsa wood then painted. I added a little gold bell. The 'handle' is a piece of metal from an old brooch which I flattened (if in doubt, hit with hammer!!). I put some fibres round it then mounted the whole thing onto a pice of mulberry paper and stamped the words onto a piece of card then sponged on some colour. Final touch was to add the eyelets and ribbon.
The head is quite an ugly one which doesn't show up on the photograph very well. I hope Nicks laughed when she opened it!

Am still working like mad on the cards for the fund raising. I should really be doing some work out in the garden which is beginning to resemble a jungle... but it's raining slightly so that's my excuse to sit and craft!

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Maureen's Birthday

Some time ago I bought a small gold hinged box made by 7 Gypsies. It has been sat in a drawer along with a few matchboxes. Feeling very brave and with Maureen's birthday approaching, I decided to try the alohol inks (fed up practising on paper!) on the outside of the box.
I was quite pleased with my little self cos the colours turned out really nice! I drilled a small hole in the lid of the box and attached the tiny keyring with the silver key charms.
I thought long and hard about what to put inside. I know Maureen is a keen stitcher but wanted to do something different. After lining the inside of the box with red mulberry paper, I eventually decided to put in the things that most women treasure (the box wasn't big enough to hold a Ferrari!). A love letter, a diamond ring, a string of pearls and of course a favourite shoe!

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Card Break!

I bought some UTEE yesterday but have yet to take the plunge! Also haven't yet started another one of the jigsaw pieces sent to me by Maureen. Maureen also sent me some frames so I want to combine the UTEE, frames and jigsaw piece together! Need to become proficient at using the UTEE before I embark on this project! In the meantime, I have today taken a break from making the cards to sell at the Bowls Club's fund raiser for Breast Cancer Campaign ( and ( and made a themed ATC for a group swap. The theme was Parisienne. I used distress ink on french script backing paper, embossed the Eiffel Tower stamp, then added the other stamps and image. It made a pleasant break from the cards!

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Award Reward!

Am I just chuffed to bits??!! You bet I am! I have been given this award by Shaz. A lovely surprise and I appreciate it.
The rules for receiving this award are
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you've nominated.
Nominating other blogs was really difficult as there are so many talented peops out there, all who have fab blogs and are truly awesome artists but here goes for my 7
Granny Jan
Thanks Shaz!