Friday, 19 May 2017

For a Special Friend

Morning all
Today I'd like to share a "little box" that I have decorated for a birthday pressie. It's one of those boxes that you can get to alter from a lot of the chain stores that have a craft section. The box is made to look like a little suitcase/handbag. All paints/mediums are Decoart and the stamps are all from Andy Skinner's range by Stampendous. The inside is painted with white americana.
the base coat, after priming the bare wood is Americana Orchid. A thin layer of weathered wood after applying a resist then light avocado. When all was dry, the whole thing wiped down to remove the resist and therefore any loose paint. All sealed with matt medium before stamping in sepia archival ink. Then a coat of satin varnish to finish it off. 
 Some cream cotton lace trim on the box with some cream and silver flat back pearls
then re-attach the metal hinges and clasp and add some gilding wax to the rim of the lid and main box. This ensures the two halves are not going to stick together as well as providing a decorative finish.
 Finally a few flowers and die cut butterflies to finish off the top.
Not your traditional "Shabby Chic" colours but then my friend is not a lover of that colour.

Thank you for looking

I'd like to enter this little project into the challenges at
Country View Challenges - Flower Power
Craft Stamper Magazine Challenges - May Anything Goes, Take it, Make  it


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Gone Rusty

OMGoodness! So long since I visited this little corner of my life!!! Let's see if I can remember how to work this platform.

I have been making the odd bit here and there for friends but forgetting to take photos before hurrying them out of the door. Seems there have been more demands on my time outside my little cubbyhole since we moved house and adopted a gorgeous little Staffie - Nala.

All that is, hopefully, going to change slightly and I'll be back in my inner sanctum playing with the stamps, inks, paints etc more often.
Today's offering was inspired by the challenge over at Country View Challenges - Rust. I love the different ways that the illusion of rust can be created with paints and powders and have used two ways here on my little Tando mini printer tray.
The kit pieces were all sealed with Decoart tinting base after gluing the aperture pieces together. Then the cover was edge painted with Decoart Quin gold.

The front cover
Paper from Prima, Epiphany pad, stamped with a Stampendous bird gears stamp in sepia archival.
Then using Stampendous' gorgeous aged ochre embossing enamel, heat set this to frame the image.
The words were computer generated and wild honey distress ink added, edged with black pencil before being stuck down with matte medium (decoart again)

Inside Left

 More Prima paper from the same pad. I have acquired so many papers that I really ought to use some up! The remaining words from the computer adhered after distressing the edges of the paper with both scissors and ink. Two Tando hearts, One coloured gold with ink the other, paint.

Inside right
More Prima paper and more distress ink on the base.
The frame, after the gluing and priming was given a coat of Decoart Yellow oxide mixed with a touch of gold. Then given a coat of Decoart Patina antiquing cream, wiped back slightly before stamping with an Andy Skinner crackle stamp using sepia archival. Then sealed with satin varnish.
The birdcage and hearts are also from Tando.
The painted rust effect here was created by mixing burnt umber paint with texturizing medium before painting with red oxide, yellow oxide and quin gold paints.

My head says this needs more but I can't quite put my finger on what that is just yet. Oh well! I'll just keep looking at it until inspiration strikes.

I'd like to enter this into the challenge at
Country View - Rust

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Do you Remember?

Good morning everyone
The beginning of a new month and time for a new challenge over at Things To Alter's challenge blog.
The theme is Anything Goes - as long as it's either an altered item or a card using at least one product from the shop. My project this month is made using an ATC shrine and ornate circle frame.  I used some of the pieces from a grab bag of offcuts to give it some feet - making this now freestanding. A vintage look to it all using prima papers, plenty of brushed corduroy distress ink and some embellies from stash. Of course after gluing the shrine together, the whole thing was given a coat of paint to seal it all, I used a mixture of decoart white and burnt umber americana acrylic paints to give a more chocolate brown.

 The frame was given a rub down with gold wax, a face cut from a scrap of paper and the centre given a dose of glossy accents to give it it's glassed look. The white tulle was given a dose of that distress ink as well for an aged look.
Please dont't forget to come visit us on facebook, we'd love to see all your altered items posted there, not just the piece you're going to make for this challenge
Enjoy the rest of the month
Thanks for looking

Friday, 1 July 2016

Have You Got The Time?

Well, have you?
Got the time to come and join us in Things To Alter's Monthly challenge, that is.
Some gorgeous goodies available from the shop if you win. A real prize! Not a digital one! Now that can't be bad.
My teamies on the DT have come up with some beautiful inspirational pieces that show the different ways that the MDF pieces can be used. From scrapbooking and cards to 3-D objects and lots inbetween. Please pop along to the blog or the facebook group and check them out.

My project was made using one of the Roman clockfaces.
I don't often do pretty but this time I made an exception. (Well I think it is)

The clock face and the backing greyboard octogon were both given a coat of decoart paint in white to seal and allow for other decoart mediums to be used, namely weathered wood and green gold media fluid acrylic paint and a touch of raw umber antiquing cream  Then added Prima paper from the Epiphany pad with teadye distress ink for that aged look, A piece of cream lace was attached before putting the two layers together and attaching the clock mechanism. Some prima flowers glued in place with silicon and a few pearls in cream and chocolate to finish.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Nature Only Needs Time

June already!! How the time flies by! Big question........ is it going to be "Flaming June"? I do hope so. We've had our fair share of cold and damp, in this corner of Scotland at least.

Talking about time .........
I love it when you come across old ruins/objects that people have forgotten about and just abandoned. Then, with time, nature reclaims that space. Wildlife and plant-life make a new home for themselves.
It's with this in mind that my next project came into being.
Using the Telephone Box from Things to Alter and loads of Decoart Media fluid Acrylic paints (PaynesGrey, EnglishRedOxide, PyrroleRed, Quin.Gold)/products, (incl texture sand paste and gold interference paint) I daubed and painted after constructing to give that "rusting away look".


                 

Then added the flora and fauna. Some die cut leaves/flowers, some little toadstools from the shop, a few flowers, a couple of leafy flourishes and some butterflies, all painted, again with Decoart paints.

         

The butterflies were attached with acetate strips to (hopefully) give the illusion of flying.

This little project is just one of the projects made as a member of the "Things to Alter" DT team. The new challenge on the blog starts today and it's an "Anything Goes" as normal and we'd love to see your creations.
We have a lovely facebook group as well and there're a few challenges ongoing in there as well to win a little goody bag from Jac.

Thanks for looking

I'd like to enter this into the challenge at
Andy Skinner's Time Challenge

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Evil Returns with HDH

Last October saw the last challenge from Haunted Design House, oh what a sad day that was!!
The Minions have kept in contact though because us weirdos have to stick together. Other people of the same mind set will understand what I mean. We decided to have a little fling and show you all we are still alive and kicking and that the chains can be loosened from time to time and that we can come up for air once in a while.
What better theme than "The Evil Returns". I made an ATC - yes all this is on a small MDF piece 2.5" x 3.5" The MDF blank and the little 1" reaper in the bottom right hand corner are from "Things to Alter" The technique is as taught by Andy Skinner.

The central figure emerging from the rock, into which he had been entombed, is just a metal charm painted different colours.

Please pop along to the blogs of my fellow minions - the links are all on the HDH blog - and show them some bloggy love. You can always join us on facebook as well you know!!

I'd like to enter this into the challenge at
The Dark Attic - Anything Goes

Monday, 2 May 2016

"Go Dotty" was the Brief

"Things to Alter" has the new blog challenge up and running as of yesterday and I'm playing catch-up. Sorry guys.
The challenges are now "Anything Goes" but we, on the DT, had been working to a schedule and so - DOTS were to be used in our projects. I had something else in my head and this is what actually emerged. One day that image will emerge in tact.
I used a number of different things from the shop. First the base - A plain rectangular plaque was given an Andy Skinner treatment using Decoart paints. Then the balloons and the heart with wings with more Decoart paints giving them colour. The lustre was supplied by gold and purple interferance paints - again Decoart. Then came the white gel pen (signo). A few dots later and some glue to attach it all this emerged


The chain hanging it all had a bit of chain maille for added detail

I hope you like this
Thanks for visiting
Now get those altered things of yours linked up and don't forget to come and say "Hi" on the Facebook Group where there are plenty of other little challenges ongoing