Sunday, 18 November 2012

Shabby Chic - Crafty Emblies Challenge #5

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Todays post is my DT project for the new challenge starting today at the  Crafty Emblies Challenge Blog and the theme is Shabby Chic.
Our sponsor for this challenge is

and the winner of the challange get a voucher to spend on the lovely embellishments created by the owner Judie and her husband Pete.

For my project I chose to alter a bisquit tin.

I covered the outside of the tin with some vinage paper I got with  issue 111-Christmas   Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine . I decorated the top with a strip of lace and wrapped some pink gingham ribbon around the lace.  I then used three different patterns of Washi Tape to create a band about a third of the way down the tube.  As the paper had a musical theme to it, I added some of the delicate 'notes' created by Judie at Crafty Emblies  and adhered them using a hot glue pen. I made a pink star bow and adhered a red ribbon rose to the centre. This was then tied to the tinto add a little drama.  To finish I added some Butterfiles punched out with a Martha Stewart punch.

Take a trip over to the  Crafty Emblies Challenge Blog  and take a look at the lovely projects created by my very talented teamies. Don't forget to join in the challenge for a chance to win that voucher.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. As Always your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Pick a Country - Craftymess Challenge #22

Hello all and welcome to my crafty  blog.

My post today is my DT card for the new challenge at the  Craftymess Challenge Blog and the theme is 'Countries' chosen by Teamie  Nicky.


Our sponsors for this challenge is  Sassy Studio Design and they have supplied the DT with some of their wonderful sassy images to coordinate with the theme.

 Sassy are offering the winner digi images of their choice.

My cardbase is a standard A6 made with white cardstock to which I have matted a piece pink patterned paper and added a strip of cream lace along the bottom. I chose the Japanese image and used Copics and Sprectrum Noir pens to apply the colour.  The sentiment was stamped onto the same pink paper and punched out. This was then adhered to a punched scalloped circel and popped up with dimensional adhesive.

I tried not to crowd the image and resisted adding too many embellishments.

Please pop along to the Craftymess Challenge Blog  and take a look at the wonderful work on display from my DT teamies and be inspired to join in.

Thank you for taking the time to pop in and read my blog.  Your time is appreciated and I love getting your feedback.


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Cozy - Scrapbook Page- Just a Scrappin' #27

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today I am taking another bite at the challenge set by  Just a Scrappin`'   as I felt I was wide of the mark for the layout criteria.

Stripes, Strips, Autumn colours. It was all there, but I got carried away by all the nice colours and settled on strips and forgot about the stripes. :(

And here is my second attempt. Using some digital kits from Bella Gipsy,  I remebered to include the stripes and made sure to get the Autumn feel to the layout. Hope this page passes the test :-)

Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on my crafty blog. You time and comments are much appreciated.

Angela x

Friday, 9 November 2012

Scrapbook Page - Just a Scrappin' challenge #27

Hi all and WOW...two posts on the same day!

Been busy with various projects and this one is a scrapbook page I want to enter into the  Just a Scrappin' challenge number #27, use Autumn colours and stripes.

This page was made using a combination of digital kits and centres around a photo taken of yours truly and hubby at a wedding in 2009.  

I quite like the way the colours match the photo and the neutral background helps to pop those colours . I used thick strips of  digi patterend paper to create the striped effect and they helped to create depth with the layers.

I'm quite new to digital scrapbooking but I am eager to learn and I am working with a basic version of Photo-shop until I get good enough to invest in an upgrade.   Really love the versatility you get with digital and what a great choice of downloadable kits to buy or the freebies so generously offerd from some sites. Love It!

Again, thanks for stopping by to read my crafty blog. Please feel free to leave a comment. I love hearing from you.


Altered Book - First Attempt.

Hello all and welcome to my crafty blog.

My post today is my first attempt at an Altered Book.  My son showed me some wonderful art based on 'carved' books where the artist had created whole scenes by simply cutting the pages in a book.  I say 'simply' but I know it takes skill to create this kind of art and it is ,sadly,  a skill I do not possess :(

There are other 'altered' books where the a piece from the centre of the book has been cut out and the remaining recess / frame  is used as an aperture to display a varity of objects. Some are simple and others, a myriad of details and textures to interest the eye.

Anywhoo, this is what I thought I could achieve with a very old book and also  incorporate some of the wonderful wooden embellishments that my friend and DT teamie Judie creates and sells in her in-line shop Crafty-Emblies

 I started by opening the book about 1/3 into the pages and using a box-cutter and a steel ruler set about 'carving' out the centre of the pages to a depth I gauged deep enough to take the items I had selected to go into the recess. I then glued the pages together to make sure that the 'frame' was sturdy and didn't weaken when I added the objects.

I then distressed the pages with various inks and embossed random areas with copper embossing powder and set the powder with a heat tool. Some judicious sanding with rough sand.paper and curling the edges helpd to create the worn effect I wanted.

Some Tim Holtz grunge-board arrows which I had inked and painted with some shimmer paint were added to the wooden cogs  to add interest add. The wooden embellishments can be inked, painted or distressed, but I wanted to see the colour of the wood in contrast to the other elements I was hoping to use.

I went through my stash and looked for bits and pieces that already had a grungy look and took some time to place them in the book. A handmade flower and a popped up butterfly added extra interest and colour.

This kind of art can be controversial as the destruction of a book , as I did above, can cause distress.  In my defense, this was a very old book, already destined for the rubbish heap, when I rescued it for use with other crafty projects. 

 The colours catch the eye and the eclectic mix of objects seem to interest anyone I've showed it to. So far they are mostly family and what  else are they going to say!

I am  pleased with the outcome and this is definately something I  would try again....when the right book comes along.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by to read my blog and leave a comment.  You time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Nursery Rhymes - Craftymess Challenge #21

Hello and welcome to my craft blog.

I am blogging today about my DT card for the new challenge starting over at  Craftymess Challenge Blog  and the theme chosen my my teamie Moira is Nursery Rhymes. We are sponsored for this challenge by the wonderful Crimson Cloud.

Our sponsor for this challenge is......

Crimson Cloud
They are offering the winner 3 pkts of  die-cuts of their choice.
" is owned by Linda and Melanie, and is a mother/daughter venture - a way to indulge their joint passion of cardmaking and papercrafting. 


Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?
With cockle shells and silver bells 
and pretty maids all in a row, a row,
And pretty maid all in a row.

The Mary Mary image for my DT card  was downloaded from a site offering free printable images. I coloured the image using my trusty watercolours and matted the finished image onto a piece of white card  that was slightly larger than the image to create a frame.  I popped this image onto a MemoryBox die-cut decorative frame using demensional adhesive and matted the frame to a 4x4" piece of polka dot patterned paper.  I added some bling to the corners and threaded a strip of organza ribbon behind the image and tied a flat-ish knot. The layers were then adhered to a 5x5" tent fold mauve card base. The 'Hello Sunshine' sentiment from Verve Stamps was added to finish.

Mine is just one of the DT projects to be seen on the  Craftymess Challenge Blog  . The DT have produced some beautiful interpretations of the 'Nursery Rhymes' theme to inspire you. Take some time to pop over to see the blog and join in the fun. Looking forward to seeing your work.

Thank you for taking the time to drop by and read my blog. As always your time is appreciated and your comments mean a lot.

Angela xxx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Silhouettes - Cards Galore Challenge- November

Hi all and welcome to my crafty blog.

my post today is my DT card for the Cards Galore Challenge Blog   that is starting today for the month of November. The theme this month is Silhouettes and the lucky winner will receive a 'Mystery Prize'!

My DT piece is a hybrid card, using both digital and paper elements.The silhouette is a cut-out made of yours truly a long, long time ago. I came across it , typicially, whilst  looking for something else and I decided to use for this months theme.  The problem was that the paper was very thin and a bit fragile. I solved this problem by scanning the silhouette into my PC and using  photoshop software I created the digital silhouette. I made two oval frames from complimentary coloured digital papers and 'placed' the scanned image onto the frames. I then added a rectangle of another contrasting digital paper to help pop the image.  The card base is some light brown cardstock matted with a blue paper with a fine polka dot pattern and a blue organza bow. The silhouette was then mounted onto the base using demensional adhesive. A white embossed corner flourish and three small flowers made from the same paper, decorated with pearls complete the card.

I am finding that I like using the combination of digital and traditional methods in my crafting.This allows me to use my computer, photoshop, my Cricut and my imagination ... and that can't be bad!

 We had a bumper response to our 'Anything Goes' challenge. The entries counted 266!!!! Unbelievable! And we were so pleased to have reached a new audience and gained some new friends for the Cards Galore Blog. Thank you all for your support.

Please pop over to the  Cards Galore Challenge Blog  to see the wonderful DT projects created by my extremely talented teamies and don't for get to join in the fun.

Thank you again for stopping by to visit and read my blog. I look foward to reading you comments.