Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Volume III: Challenge 1

I'm so glad Linda Ledbetter on her blog
is once again setting (bi-weekly) challenges, this time
 based on the latest volume of Tim Holtz book,
as it forces me to actually use the book rather than
just wistfully admiring it!
The first challenge is to try out the
technique on page 43 of the book -
"Paint Marbling".
I messed around with the technique on plain
paper (see above pic) and
on old book-keeping pages
I cut out a piece I liked and decided to use
one of my painted girls (I still have quite a few
hanging around on my desk)

I gave her some clothes using  Distress Paint.

I made it all into a card - layered it onto
a scrap of graph paper.
The flower is made from the
'Tattered Florals' Alterations/Sizzix Bigz die.

The 'Happy Birthday' is rubber stamped
onto more of the scrap graph paper.
I stitched some yellow crosses onto
the girl's neckline too.

This first challenge is being sponsored by
who are generously offering a $50 gift certificate
to one lucky winner.
Also, the main man himself Tim Holtz and Mario
are also providing some amazing prizes for
each challenge - all the details are on 
Thanks for looking at my entry and I'm looking
forward to seeing what everyone else does too.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

DominoART Challenge No. 10 - Any Game Goes Using Stencils

The current challenge on the 
blog is to take any game piece
and alter it using any kind of stencil.

I decided to use a large jigsaw piece
and this is what I did with it.

Randomly covered with various tissue tapes.
(The girl is one I painted a little while ago,
details are on my blog post here.)

Coloured with Distress Ink.

 Used sequin waste as a stencil.

 Gave the girl some clothes by using 
Distress Ink and an old stencil to make the neckline detail.

Darkened around the edges with more Distress Ink.

Stuck the girl on with Liquitex Matte Medium.

Decorated a smaller puzzle piece in the same way
and added some printed words -
a quote I found on line.

Finally, some wire and pretty beads to make the hanger.

 I've been meaning to do something for this challenge
for a little while and have only just managed to make it in time -
better late than never!

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 19 April 2014


Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic!
No, not really, what I meant to say was
today's the day I announce the winners of my two
giveaways for this event.
If you've no idea what I'm on about, my original
blog post is here, or click on the pic above to
go to Lisa's blog, the hostess of this event.

Back to the giveaways - I wrote out all the names
and put them in a bowl

Had to fight off my lovely boy Leo who wanted to get in on the act!

 In came my husband John, to pick the winners ....

The first name picked was ....

from the Kansas City area of USA
Congratulations trisha, this little lovely (Elizabeth) will be
heading your way once I have your address details.

Back to the bowl again -

the second name picked was

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict
from Versailles in France.
Congratulations to you!
This little lovely (Victoria)
will be heading your way once I have
your address details.

Thanks to everyone who took part and to
Lisa for organising the event ...

and thanks to John and Leo for picking the winners!

Happy Easter everyone xx

UPDATE:  Both address details received and the dolls were posted
by Air Mail 23rd April 2014