Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Vintage Christmas

Great ideas and designs for our background challenge at Craft-Room Challenge, as always you give us a lot to think about and a great deal of pleasure visiting your blogs and seeing your work.

Sadly Annie has had to step down from the team because she has received a great offer the kind you cannot say no to.   It might be a bit early yet for her to share the news so you'll just have to keep an eye on her site to find out more, just like us her former team mates are having to. We all wish you every success in the future Annie, thank you for sharing your talents with us and being such a terrific roomie, we will miss you loads.

It seems that after her all to brief return Maria has had to step down again due to family and health issues.  We really hope Maria that things settle down for you soon and you can get back onto an even keel.   One of the original roomies your contribution to the challenge has been invaluable.

We do not have a host this time, following a group discussion we thought it would be fun to have a Vintage Christmas.  You are welcome to make anything Vintage Christmas Themed that strikes your fancy.

Crafty Individuals are our Sponsor this time and they could not be a more perfect sponsor for this theme.


Sorry I am a little late with my sample this week, been thinking of other things like moving!   But here it is now, I altered a bag with things that are to me very traditional christmas.

First the bag was stamped with traditional greetings.  Next a panel of gold textured paper and a strip of red crape paper.   More crape paper, this time green, used to tie a bow for the top of the bag.   One of my favourite Santa stamps created the main image coloured with my new Chameleon pens.   Not perhaps the best test for them but they are cool and the fade is a great effect.   Image die cut and some snow flakes punched out.   Both sides of the bag are decorated in the same way.   As a baby boomer my childhood was in the 50's and 60's vintage years.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Black White and Grey with just a touch of Green


 These are a few of my favourite things.   A mask form, painted with white Gesso, printed tissue added with the help of Modge Podge.   Rubber Stamping with Brilliance Lightening Black and then coloured with Green Whisper Pens.   The eye sockets outlined with black Whisper Pen, and the suggestion of lashes drawn on.    A black corsage with 3 gens popped onto it and a blast of silver spray and sparkle give the final flourish.

Moving home soon and I'm beginning to think that my collection of masks last used to decorate my flat in Bournemouth, 15 years ago, will be on display again.   The collection will be enlarged by the masks I've made since and kept, most have been re-homed but I've kept a few.

This mask was inspired by a new challenge Mixed Media Place whose inaugural theme is Black, White and Grey + one other.

Papertake Weekly also have a Black White + 1 theme.

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