Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter Tag

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a lovely Easter - I didn't do very much, my son stayed with us for a couple of days and I managed to do a little bit in the garden and some crafting.

I've made a tag for the Tag Along challenge - All Things Easter. I had hoped to blog it before Easter was over but I didn't get the chance.

I layered the Gecko Galz image onto some coloured card and paper and added some tissue tape, lace, flowers, some little black gems and ribbon.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Altered Matchbox

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are having a lovely day.

Last month KCUK had and altered matchbox swap - now that Nicki has received the matchbox that I sent her I can share what I made with you.

This is the matchbox that I used.

This is how the matchbox ended up.

I adhered some embossed card to the top and painted everything with gesso. I scrunched up tissue paper and adhered it to the inside and then I added the lace, flowers and bird. I painted the box and embellishments with acrylic paint and sprayed it with various mica sprays.
I stamped the Crafty Individuals image onto some patterned card and embossed it with clear embossing powder, then it was matted onto some black card and adhered it to the top of the box.

I made a mini tag book to go inside and thought I had photographed it but it was winging its way to Switzerland before I realised that I hadn't taken photos.

I also made a wire birds nest to go inside. I didn't make the chain.

Here is a photo of the other goodies that I put in the box. The birds nest is wrapped in the tissue paper and you can just about see the tag book.

I'd like to enter my matchbox into the following challenges.
Tando Creative Recycle.
Altered Eclectics Anything Altered.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit Altered Art Only.
Anythhing But A Card Spring Forward.
Frilly and Funkie Flights of Fancy.
Crafty Individuals Natures Beauty.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Dance

Another fortnight has flown by and it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge, it's my turn to choose the theme and I have chosen Dance.

Tando Creative are the sponsers for the challenge.

I've made a card for my DT project.

I made the background paper on my Gelli plate, the diamond paper is from my stash. I coloured a couple of pieces of card with distress ink and stamped the dancer and sentiment, I also stamped the dancer on some patterned paper and paper pieced the dress onto the main image. I adhered some lace and dyed seam binding. I stamped the ballet shoes on to shrink plastic, after shrinking them I attached them to the bottom of the seam binding. I embellished the card with some ribbon roses and some gems. 
The ballet shoes and dancer are Stamp Addicts stamps and the sentiment is an Art Declassified stamp.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Nature Deco Pages

The deco book swap at KCUK is well under way and I'd like to share with you the two pages that I made for Wendy, the theme of her book is Nature In All It's Glory.

I used one of my Gelli prints for the background and used watering can Archival ink for all the stamping apart from some black script on the background. I coloured some card with distress ink and stamped the main image and sentiment. I coloured the butterflies with picked raspberry distress ink and used some black ink on the edges. I stamped the butterflies and diecut them and added some pink gems.

I used the following stamps.
Stampers Anonymous for the main image.
Darkroom Door for the sentiment.
I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch that comes with some stamps.

For this page I used a Gelli background. I stamped the flowers onto the background with coffee Archival ink and used a clear glaze pen on the centres. I stamped the main image and coloured the flower with distress ink. The single flowers were stamped onto white card and coloured with distress ink, I used the clear glaze pen on the centres. I adhered the image and sentiment to the page, then I cut out the flowers and adhered them and some die cut leaves to the page.

I used
Crafty Individuals stamps for the flower image and flowers.
PaperArtsy for the sentiment.
Tattered Lace for the die cut leaves.

I would like the enter the flower page into the
Crafty Individuals Natures Beauty Challenge.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


I've made this tag for the Tag Along Challenge the theme is Oriental.

I made my tag from some patterned card from my stash and stamped some Bamboo [PSX] with some moonlight white Brilliance ink and then adhered some washi paper. I then embossed the edges of the tag with black embossing powder.  I stamped the main image [Inkadinkado] and word [unknown] onto one of my Gelli prints with graphite black Brilliance ink then matted them onto some black card. I stamped some stars [Hero Arts] onto a strip of the Gelli print. The image at the bottom [PaperArtsy] was stamped onto clear Shrink Plastic with Stazon, after I heated it I adhered it to some of the Gelli print. I embellished the tag with a charm and some fibers.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


Good morning and Welcome to the latest Craft-Room Challenge. It's Mervi's turn to choose the challenge and as it's April Fools Day she has chosen Humour for the challenge theme.

Our sponsor for the challenge is The Stamp Man

For my DT piece I made some fridge magnets using blank coasters - if you prefer they could be made into coasters instead of fridge magnets by giving them two to three coats of varnish at the end of decorating them.

I've used some of my Gelli backgrounds for all the magnets. I'm not sure who made the background stamps.

Stamps and sentiment are from a Murray and Ethel stamp set by Creative Expressions.

Stamps and sentiment are from a Murray and Ethel stamp set by Creative Expressions.

I think the stamps on this magnet are made by Designs Ink'd.

Here are the magnets on my fridge.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous makes to make you smile and they would love you to visit them at the Craft-Room

Monday, 31 March 2014

Circus Tag

Today I'd like to share a couple of circus tags with you that I'm entering into the Tag Along Circus Challenge

I used acrylic paints for the background and added some tissue tape and part of a book page. I stamped the Barnum and Bailey poster and trapeze artist onto some card that I coloured with Distress ink, the clown was stamped onto the tag.
The stamps I used are.
Artistic Outpost for the poster and ticket.
Hampton Art for the clown and trapeze artist.

This tag was made the same way as the first one.
The stamps I used are,
Hampton Art for the clown and sentiment.
Katzelkraft for the giraffe and juggling clown.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Documented Life Project

A couple of weeks ago I joined the Documented Life Project on Facebook, we're given a challenge each week but as I've only just started I've got a lot of catching up to do. I spent last weekend decorating the covers of my journal. This is the result.

I really enjoyed decorating the cover and am looking forward to starting inside.
I used Dylusion sprays and acrylic paint and doodled everything except for the flowers and script. I used Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Creative Layers Stamp for the flowers.

 Front Cover

Back Cover

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

More Mono Printing With An Acrylic Block

I'd like to share with you another project that I've made for the Craft Stampers Take It Make It Challenge. You can find Trish Latimers tutorial in the April issue of the Craft Stamper.

This time I've made a card.

I stamped some leaves with an Inkadinkado stamp onto my mono print, I tore it into three pieces and adhered them to a Kraft card blank. I wrapped some twine round the card, made a bow and adhered a metal leaf. I used a PaperArtsy Eclectica stamp for the sentiment and matted it onto some black card.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Mono Printing With An Acrylic Block

The theme for the March challenge at the Craft Stampers Take It Make It Challenge is to make some mono prints using acrylic paint on acrylic blocks. Trish Latimer has a project in the April Craft Stamper where she has a tutorial on doing this technique.

This is a tag that I made.

I used a mixture of DecoArt and Fresco Finish acrylic paints. The background stamp is by Kaisercraft, I don't know who made the stamp on the edge.
I used the Sizzix Tattered Florals die for the flower and put a piece of corrugated card behind it so that the flower wouldn't disappear into the background. I also put some Stickles onto the petals. I added the PaperArtsy sentiment.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bird Deco Pages

The 2014 deco book swap is well under way at KCUK - these are the pages that I made for Sandra, the theme for her book is Birds.

I used a Gelli background.
I stamped some images on the background and stamped the duck image onto card and cut it out then matted it onto some black card, I did the same with the sentiment. For the embellishment I painted a wooden bird and stamped on it.

I used the following stamps
Crafty Individuals for the main image.
Stampers Anonymous for the flying birds.
Inkadinkado for the twigs.
Time To Stamp for the sentiment.

I stamped some music notes onto a Gelli background and added a Martha Stewart birds on a wire die cut. I stamped the main image and sentiment and matted them onto black card.

The stamps that I used are.
Crafty Individuals for the main image.
Everything else was stamped withTJ Design stamps.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Tim's Tags or 2014 - March

Here is my March tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014.
I think I only had the tissue tape, staples and Distress ink that Tim used and had to make do with supplies from my stash.

I tried to keep it as close to Tim's as possible using the following stamps.
Inkadinkado for the twigs.
TJ Designs for the nest.
Time To Stamp for the Egg.
Hero Arts for the feather.

I'm linking my tag to the A Vintage Journey - Anything Tim Challenge

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A Vintage Journey - Anything Tim

I've made this tag for the the first challenge at A Vintage Journey, the theme is Anything Tim.

I started by cutting a tag from a piece of blue card that had been embossed with cogs. I coloured the raised edges with a vintage photo distress ink pad and sprayed it with water. I coloured some card with stormy sky and stamped the image then I cut it out. I edged the tag with stormy sky and added some tissue tape to the top and bottom of the tag. I coloured a die cut edge with Treasure Brass and attached it to the bottom of the tag. I coloured some chain, screw brads and watch charm with some Treasure Brass to make them the same colour and attached them to the tag, I also added the image, word, staples and some ribbon.

Stampers Anonymous - Time Traveller stamp set.
Katzelkraft - Masculin stamp.
Sizzix - Vintage Lace die.
Stormy sky and vintage photo Distress ink.
Treasure Brass

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Another fortnight has passed and it is time for a new Craft-Room Challenge. We had some wonderful 20th century entries and I don't envy Zoe having to choose her top three.

The lovely Suzanne has has chosen the latest theme but sadly she has had to step down from the team for personal reasons. We are all very sad but understand how things are for her and hope there are good things to come to her very soon. As challenges are planned in advance we are using the theme set by Suzanne.

We'd love to see any form of travel that gets us from A to B: 
from bicycles to hot air balloons to ships!

Our sponsors are Crafty Individuals

It was my son's birthday yesterday, he was 26, I decided to combine his birthday and the challenge together, this is the card that I made.

I coloured a card blank and a piece of white card with faded jeans Distress ink and stamped the train [Katzelkraft stamp] on the card. I wrapped some ribbon around a piece of Tim Holtz kraft resist paper and attached it to the card with some screw brads. I wrapped a piece of wire round the image and adhered it to the card.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The 20th Century

Another fortnight has gone by and it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge, it's Zoe's turn to choose the theme and she has chosen The 20th Century.

Here is what she has to say about the challenge.

For this challenge I thought we might look back to the last century.   Enough time has passed since 2000 for the edges to have blurred and softened, so we have 100 years of events; fashion, memories and history to draw on.    Your project can be anything at all that is clearly and distinctly 20th Century in inspiration.    Little reminder here Steampunk is Victorian in style and that is 19th Century so a Steampunk character will not qualify, we are looking here for echo's of the 20th Century.   Please tell us how your have been inspired for your project.

Our sponsors for this challenge are: Tando Creative. One lucky winner drawn at random will get a surprise parcel from Di the owner.

I wasn't sure what to do for my DT piece as there is a lot of material to choose from, in the end I chose the Swinging Sixties, I was a teenager in the sixties and have lots of happy memories, the music and fashions were fabulous. I remember flower power, the ban the bomb marches and I love the bright colours of pop art.

For my DT piece I've done a journal page, I used felt tips to colour it in.

The rest of the DT have made some lovley samples, they would love you all to visit the Craft-Room to take a look.