Sunday, 18 January 2009

Oriental Atc's

I made 3 oriental atc's today, hope to trade these in the yahoo group that I belong to, I have used a gold embossed back ground paper, torn mulberry and printed papers, some Chinese text taken from a newspaper, oriental images, black embossing, gold accent beads, brads and some tiny glass and pearl no hole beads on the head dress on 2nd one, really enjoyed making these !

Gypsy Gothic Arch

The theme on gothic arches this week is Gypsies, so here is a picture of the one that I have made, thought that I would go for black and white for a change, then could not find my black accent beads, so had to use the ones shown, silver with a few colours mixed in, the little music sheet is for a song called "Gypsy Love Song " I hope that you like this one !

My Circle Moo

I haven't taken part in the Make a Moo challenge site for a few weeks due to illness and Christmas holidays, but thought that it was time to get back into the swing of things , so here is my moo for this week, the theme is circles, I painted the background, which can hardly be seen now, taped sequin waste over this and used a watermark stamp pad which is embossed in gold and bronze, stamped a few thin black circles, the darker/thicker circles are cut from silk rods that I painted black, also added a few gold jump rings. Thought that I would try something different but not sure now if I actually like it !!!

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Grunge, Gothic Arch

Here is a picture of my arch for this weeks challenge on Gothic Arches, the theme is " Grunge ", this has been fun to make as its my first attempt at grunge, certainly will not be my last ! I made this one 5 1/2" tall, a nice size to work with.

I glued photo paper to my card base which was then twisted around in a pool of 3 different colours of alcohol inks to give the background effect, the clock and music stand were cut from an old antiques sale catalogue, the photo of the lady was carefully removed from a cabinet card, ( I was surprised at how easy the photo came away from the backing card) when these were in place I added more ink over the top of them, then scored the arch with a metal comb, not really sure what it is, the circles are added with acrylic paints, black inked edges to finish it off.

" Blue Colour " Twinches

This weeks theme at Nan's Inchies & Twinchies challenge site is " Blue Colours " I love doing colour theme's so I have really enjoyed making my 2 twinchies for this week.

Both are done on different shades of blue pearl papers, the one on the left is stamped with a tree, the little boy image is from Lisa's Altered Art, the tied cinnamon sticks are from a tea bag folding paper, bird is from a collage sheet from Retro Cafe Art ,I used fabric paint to give a raised edge.

The other one was stamped with a cracked ice effect stamp and embossed in white , the dove and the word Peace are from a Christmas paper image booklet, I have over sewn the edges of this one to it finish off.

2 Atcs for the Lottery winners

These are the 2 atc's that I made for last months 2 winners of the " wtax2 " in the atc world group that I belong to, I hope that they like them.

The background of the green one was made by painting green and mauve areas of acrylic paints onto watercolour paper when this was dry I covered the whole page with white glue, covering this with creased tissue paper, another coat of glue to seal the tissue paper and before it dried I added some gold glitter and a few pieces of torn mulberry paper, the numbers and the " postage person " are stamped to card and added with brads, I used some lilac fabric paint to give a raised effect around the center of the body.

Winter Wonderland was made using a ribbed mottled background paper, I stamped this with my homemade tree stamp, stamped birds, the print of the 2 girls is from a Ladies picture disc that I bought a couple of years ago but had never used, had forgotten that there are some lovely photo's on it, they were separate pictures so I cut them out and overlapped them, I added some snow by dipping an old tooth brush into white paint and splattering it onto the atc, the words and brads to finish.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

My first tag book " LOVE "

Last spring when Jen came to stay for a week we decided to try our hands at making a tag book each, I had so much fun making this book and am very pleased with the way that it turned out, so I thought that I would share the pictures of my first tag book with you, the tags were cut from mount board and measure just under 5" x 2. 1/2", the theme for this book is LOVE :-)
I hope that you like it !

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Christmas Advent Atc Swap

Back in November I joined in with a Christmas Advent Swap held at the Atc World Group that I belong to, every player had to make 25 Christmas atc's, put them into little envelopes, and send them back to the hostess Amanda for her to swap out, what a huge job that must have been, the last I heard she had over 65 players, anyway she did a great job getting them all back out to the players before 1st December, that way we all had our own "advent calender" to enjoy, opening a different envelope each day leading up to Christmas, we could make all our atc's identical if wished, as nobody was getting 2 from any one player, that was a great help as I don't think that I could have made 25 different Christmas atc's, Below is a double picture of the one that I made, and below that are the pictures of the ones that I received,Thank you to everyone that took part in this swap, and special thanks to Amanda for all of her hard work.

The ones that I made were done with a printed background paper and overlayed with angel hair, (webbed fibres) plus torn mulberry paper, the carol singers were stamped onto paper and coloured in with marvy pens, gold embossed snow flakes and gold leaf pen on the edges to finish them off.

Once again Thank you everyone !!!!!!!!

Hello Everyone

After so long away from my blog I thought that it was about time to get things back into routine again, I have been ill for nearly a month and then with Christmas and New Year the time has just flown by, I swapped some art pieces with my sister in law Jen, these were made for our November swap so I have added the pictures of some of these, I also made Jen a nine piece Moo puzzle which I was very pleased with ,and a Winter gothic arch, but I need to wait for my brother to email a picture of these as I forgot to take one so I will add that at a later date.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all a fantastic New

1st, A mix of printed and mulberry papers, picture, and machine sewn
2nd, Christmas ornaments, inspired by Tim Holtz, ideas taken from his Christmas tags

3rd, This is my first attempt using the packing tape transfer technique, inked background
4th, Another new one for me, I used the Bandanna Technique, flower scrolls stamped with black Stazon and then the dots around the pattern are done with a white gel pen
These baby and mermaid paper dolls were made using patterns by Valerie Brincheck, the baby is made with printed papers, brads for the buttons and some lampshade fringe for his hair, arms and legs both move.
The mermaid was done with water colour paints for the skin tone, roving for the hair, tiny no hole beads and flat back gems as embellishments, her tail is painted with shades of blue and lilac, when this was dry I laid a piece of sequin waste over the top and dabbed on some Duncans pearl ivory paint to represent her scales, I had great fun making both of these paper dolls, hope that you like them.