Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Play Date Cafe - colour challenge PDCC105

This week over at the
the challenge is to create something using the colours
Kraft/Taupe...Flesh...Cadet Blue


Well, here's my take on the challenge -
meet Medusa!

I cut the bodice from a scrap of leather but used the
reverse (suede-y)side as the colour better fitted the challenge.
I sewed on a strip of lace at the top.
The skirt and wrap are both sari ribbon - I've been lucky
that for the past three weeks of joining in with these challenges,
I've had just the right colours of fabric.

The 'Medusa' locks are part of a recycled scarf.
Her face is moulded from air dried clay and painted with acrylics
and water colour pencils.
She is mounted onto mountboard which I covered with
brown paper, then distressed a bit with masking tape, gesso-ed,
painted and added some Brilliance Dew Drop ink
-colour Pearlescent Sky Blue.

I also had some sari ribbon which complemented the
colours so added that to the edge of the background too.

I stuck everything down with good old glue sticks using a glue gun
- I was amazed that the glue didn't come through to the front of the
 sari ribbon, it must be extremely strong fabric.
I don't know how it will 'age' though (the glue that is)
as it isn't acid free.  As Medusa is staying with me though,
it doesn't really matter - we can age together gracefully,
although I think I've got quite a start on her! 

Thanks for looking :)

An Altered Tin: 'Fall in love with Buttons' Swap

'Fall in Love with Buttons' is a swap I joined in with on a lovely blog called
"With Autumn soon upon (most of) us, I thought it would be a lot of fun to have a Fall-themed swap! The Fall in Love with Buttons Swap is one-to-one; that is, each participant will be paired up with a swap partner. We will each alter an Altoids tin, filling it with autumn colored or autumn themed buttons, and send it to our partner!"

I love buttons (well, who doesn't!) and I love sorting
through them, so couldn't wait to alter a tin to fill it up -
 I had to though as I didn't
have the right sized tin but found one on Ebay.

I painted the tin with a coat of white acrylic,
then covered it with some Autumnal patterned Decopatch paper.

I cut some leaves from scraps of leather
using the Tim Holtz' Alterations/Sizzix 'Tattered Leaves' die.
I found a couple of wooden beads to represent berries.

I stitched the leaves and berries onto an old doily flower then stuck it
onto the lid.  I also added a couple of Autumnal themed buttons.

I remembered a poem learnt at school, well the first few
lines of it anyway - Ode to Autumn by John Keats.
I Googled and found it, printed out a few lines
and added them to the outside and inside of the lid.

Then the best bit - finding all the Autumnal coloured buttons
to go inside - I must admit I wanted to keep them all - lol!

Here's all the buttons I managed to cram inside the tin.

Unfortunately my swap partner hasn't confirmed whether or not
she's received the tin yet, although as I sent it out at the end
of last month it should have arrived by now.

This is how I wrapped it - the button card (gift tag) is a rubber stamped
image from the 'Very Vintage Set 3 La Couture' A Katy Fox Collection
from Toodles and Binks.

If you want to see some of the other altered tins and buttons
there is a Linky thingy on the Button Floozies blog here 
and some more on the Button Floozies Swaps
group on Flickr here.

Thanks for looking at mine :)

Monday, 24 October 2011

The Play Date Cafe - colour challenge PDCC104

This week over at
it's their '2nd Anniversary Challenge' & to celebrate
they have lots of lovely prizes to give out to lucky participants.

It was my first time joining in last week and I was thrilled to
get so many lovely comments and also a little award
for my blog - yay!!
I made the 'fab four' on The Play Date Cafe
Thanks guys!!

This week's (Anniversary) challenge is to use the colours
Mauve...Egg Yolk...Artichoke

What fabulous colours they are too!

I've decided that whenever I join in with these challenges
I will make a doll of some sort and mount it on a card
as I did last week.

As luck would have it I had some sari ribbon with two
of the colours already combined!
I machine stitched a few strips together to make the skirt.
The bodice is silver self adhesive tape coloured with alcohol inks
and roughly embossed freehand with a pointy stick.

Her shawl is more of the sari ribbon but with some felting yarn
meshed into it I did this with my new needle felting tool.
How easy it was to do too!

The background card is old music and book pages
coloured with distress ink and acrylic paint.

Her face is moulded from air dry clay and coloured
with water colour pencils and acrylic paint.
Her hair is mohair fleece.

(I've just realised I didn't give her any pupils in the eyes - oops!!)

Thanks for looking x

Sunday, 23 October 2011

'Tim in Ten' and 'Quixotic Inspirations Sketch Challenge'

I had to make a birthday card and I didn't have much time
(well, that's not strictly true, but I didn't want to spare the time when there's so many other crafty things to do!)

However, it had to be done, and when I saw the sketch challenge on
I decided to play along!

I kept it simple, just how I like it (well, that's not strictly true either but I couldn't come up with anything better in the time I allowed!)

I also decided to play along with the challenge over on
which was a speed challenge (just 10 minutes to make a card)
and where at least one Tim Holtz product should be used.
Originally I thought I couldn't possibly make a card in ten minutes
but an email from Terry reminded me that the ten minutes
was for the actual creating (not for the idea or getting the supplies together!)
I had no excuse then did I!
I still kept it simple though - oh well!

The items I used to make the card were as follows:
Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Collection 'School Desk CMS057' stamp (the rectangle note pad)
The Artistic Stamper 'Botanical 2 A5#056' (The rulers, ink bottle and nib)
Hero Arts 'CL289' (the 'For You' sentiment in the circle)

If you're still reading this,
thanks for looking :)

Friday, 21 October 2011

Bookmark (and tag) for Christmas!

That's the theme over on the Flickr Art 'n' Soul group for the
swap challenge which runs until 1st December ...

"to make a BOOKMARK with a VINTAGE theme AND include LACE somewhere on the project - you can make the actual bookmark from any medium you wish providing it is sturdy enough to be used and adorn it any way you want to as long as it has a vintage/shabby chic theme!"
For my bookmark then, I cut up an old dressmaking tissue pattern
and stuck on an image photocopied from the packet -
then gave the whole thing a couple of layers of Mod Podge.
The Mod Podge dries clear and leaves the tissue much sturdier
and prevents it from tearing.
I machine stitched it onto some cotton fabric
and added a lace flower aged with some Tea Dye coloured Distress Ink.

I didn't do anything to the button, it was like that - just old and shabby!

I added a few layers of lace to the bottom
and the back is covered with lace too.
The ribbon threaded through the top is seam binding
distressed with more of the Tea Dye coloured Distress Ink.
(In reality it isn't that deep a colour)

This is a two part challenge as we also had to make a tag ....

 "You must make a Christmas themed tag to go with your bookmark - so your partners will receive a scrummy Christmas pressie bookmark wrapped with a nice Christmas tag"

I actually prefer the tag to the bookmark!
I made it in the same way.
The band of Christmas greetings at the top is part of a ribbon
I saved from a Lush parcel last year.
The hat is a Christmas button which I think looks rather fetching!

I stitched plain paper to the back so there is somewhere
for the message to be written.

They both look like tags, or they both look like bookmarks -
whatever you prefer - lol.
I hope the button emellishments aren't too bulky though
for bookmarks (oops, I should have thought of that earlier!)

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Play Date Cafe - colour challenge PDCC103

This is my first time playing along with
challenge blog and I hope
it isn't my last!

The colours we had to use in any project of our choice were
 'Rust', 'Storm' and 'Deep Sea'.

Well that was easier said than done!
Rust was no problem as I had some
 Friendly Plastic and Sari Ribbon
which fitted the bill and became a bodice and sleeves.

The other two colours
Storm and Deep Sea
took me a little longer to come up with, but I eventually settled on
 some more Sari Ribbon and thin cotton
which became the skirt.  I also had some Friendly Plastic which
perfectly complemented these colours and that became the
heart shaped hands!

I didn't set out to make a witch, but that's what she looks like to me!

Her face is moulded from air dried clay painted with acrylic,
water colour pencils and a Sakura Jelly Roll pen.
Her hair is fibres and her hat is more of the Sari Ribbon.

I painted on the neck so the head didn't look as though
it was floating in space!
She is glued onto mountboard covered with
old sheet music coloured with paint and edged with a
copper coloured pen.
Only the head and the bodice are actually glued down
so the rest of her can move (not that I've been playing
with her or anything ... cough, cough!!)

I'd never have thought of putting these colours
together, but I do love the combination.

One last photo -
her best withchy pose ...

Thanks for looking - I'm off to find her a broomstick now!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Altered Cigar Box - for a Jam Maker

When visiting hubby's niece recently she very kindly gave us a
 jar of home made jam - and very yummy it is too!
A couple of days later I happened upon some little packets containing
 'transparent jam pot covers' in a charity shop - what a co-incidence!
  This gave me an idea of putting together a little box full of jam making accessories.

I remembered I had an old cigar box in my craft cupboard
just waiting for the perfect project!

I searched Flickr for some appropriate images I could use and 
found these -

1956 - We do, you should too! by clotho98                            

I painted the box with cream acrylic.  Found some similiarly coloured
K & Co scrapbook paper, cut it to size and machine stitched around
the edge and also stitched the 'J' image on before sticking it
onto the box with Liquitex matte medium.

I added a rosette made up of vintage doilies and a gingham scrap,
some ribbon and a strip of Martha Stewart border punch
to resemble a crisp white linen tablecloth.
I also added the scrabble letters to spell out the name of the recipient and this idea I shamelessly copied from Jan of Jan's Arty Journey
who makes the most amazing collages.

Want to see the inside?

I used two of the same images again as well as the Jell-O one
and some rubber stamping from the 'Play Time - Set 1' by Toodles and Binks.

Here's the contents

Five packets from the charity shop, some assorted fabric circles
I cut with pinking shears and some ribbon to tie around the top
of the jam jars.

Here it is all neatly packed into the box and it's topped off with
a really old booklet I purchased from the internet called
 'Why jams and jellies taste fresher when made the Certo way'
by Mrs Handy-Pandy and it contains hints on jam making
(not that Sue needs them of course!) and loads of recipes too.

I don't know how useful any of this will actually be,
but I had a lot of fun putting it all together.
I'll just have to pass it onto Father Christmas now for his safe keeping
until 25th December!

Thanks for looking :)

Stampotique Challenge - A Humorous Birthday

The current challenge on the
 blog is to create a humourous birthday greeting.

For the background of my card I used old tissue paper
and book text that had previously been coloured with
Brusho powders and spray inks.
The saying of course isn't an original one, but
I thought it was quite fitting for poor old
'Prom Queen' who looks as though she needs a good haircut!

The hair is hand dyed (not by me) mohair fleece
and replaces Prom Queen's usual bunches
which I chopped off!

I printed the words onto copy paper and stuck them onto
the background.  They are edged with gold pen although it isn't
very bright.  The white dots around the words were made
with a white paint marker.

The challenge ends today so I'm just in time!

Thanks for looking,
 and happy belated birthday wishes
to Vicki who chose this challenge.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Some ATCs for a change!

I don't make many ATCs these days but when I saw
from Penny in Maine, USA I had to join in!

Penny (of A Penny for your thoughts blog) invited participants
to make five ATCs and send them to her so she can make them
into little concertina books and send back out to the participants so
we can own a little bit of artwork from each other.

All my ATCs had Distress Ink backgrounds - you know, the method where
you swipe the pad across the craft sheet, mist with a little water
and glide your card across - great fun and you never know
what the results will be!

All the images used were rubber stamped Stampotique ones onto
card and stuck onto the ATCs.

Various bits of embellishment were added
and some more rubber stamping directly onto the ATCs.

Can't wait to see what ATCs I get back.
Penny told me she's already started work on the concertina books
 and has had big sheets of tea dyed watercolour paper drying
 in her back yard -
  I wonder what the neighbours thought - LOL.