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Monday, 23 June 2008

My Wedding Anniversary

Oooh! 24 years today! Another year and then the 'Silver Wedding' - gosh I'm feeling old! Not doing anything special though, because we are in the middle of decorating the house!!! O/H says I can have my new laminate floor as my anniversary present - how romantic! Lol. He did buy me a bouquet of flowers though, so I'll let him off.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Friendly Plastic

Having bought lots of friendly plastic, I thought I better have a play and this is one of the results. I used a small mold to make the face and then used lots of different textures on the ATC. The background was made using alcohol inks (another of my recent purchases).
This ATC was made for a birthday for a special friend.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Hand Drawn ATC

Well, I have taken a giant leap out of my box this time. This ATC is hand-drawn (something I didn't think I could do!) and was made for a challenge on the DoCrafts ATC forum. That's what I love about the forum though - members definitely get you thinking outside the box. The mad part about it all is that I really enjoyed doing it, even though it was a challenge! Maybe I should try some more!

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Doodle Art

Well, I now believe you should never say 'no'. I didn't think I was much good at drawing - but I thought I would have a go. I am very pleased with the results. All the flowers and hearts on these ATCs have been hand drawn, doodled and then cut out by my own fair hands! Wonders may never cease! I now find myself doodling on scrap bits of paper, to try out new ideas. It doesn't take much to keep me happy!

Friday, 16 May 2008

It's My Birthday!

Well, I just had to post today - because it's my birthday.
Happy Birthday to me!

I have had a lovely day (especially as it is my day off work!). First I opened my birthday cards from my family, and received a gorgeous necklace from my youngest daughter. Then cards from my work colleagues, then opened all the little envelopes that had arrived from my DC friends containing some gorgeous BRAKs. They are a very talented bunch of people, and I feel privileged to have them as my friends. Then my lovely O/H took me out for my lunch at a local pub, and to round off the afternoon, my eldest daughter is home from university for the weekend - what better birthday present (her sister was equally pleased to see her too!) Oooh! forgot to mention that my O/H had already spent his hard earned cash on some crafty goodies too.

What more can a girl ask for?
Today was definitely a good day, even though I am now officially a year older!

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

My First Gothic Arch

I have made my first gothic arch - but it doesn't look very 'gothicky'!!
I am not sure whether it should, but I am pleased with the result.
The flowers on the front are hand drawn and coloured with watercolour pencils.
I have added two die cut butterflies and a variety of lettering.
The inside shows a funky fairy amidst some die cut doodle flowers.
I do hope the person it is for will like it.

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Rock Hard Metal Fairy

Well, I have had a ball today! After raiding my hubbies tool box yesterday, I have found a whole new world of embellishments that I didn't know I had!! I now have a little box of assorted metal bits to play with and when I found these silver washers - an idea sprang straight into my mind. I thought they were perfect for making a different style of button fairy (or maybe a washer fairy!) A pair of wings and a few scraps of metal shavings for hair and away we go. I am not sure what to do with her yet, so I think I will keep her for a little while - I don't want her bullying any of those delicate little button fairies! Lol.

Friday, 9 May 2008

Altered CD

Finally, I have had a day to myself today! Hubbie off to work, daughter off to school, little dog curled up at my feet - so how did I spend my day? Crafting, of course! I have made a few ATCs and then I decided to have a play. This was the outcome - an altered cd. I get fed up of the random ones coming through the post, so I decided to put one to good use. Some co-ordinating HOTP papers, stamps, chipboard letters, ink pads, copper embossing powder, a bit of ribbon and a brad later, oh! and some bits I raided from my hubbie's tool box! Sssh! don't tell him! How true though, how time flies when your having fun. Said hubbie and daughter are now back home and waiting for their tea!

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Button Fairies

Just thought I would check in - haven't posted for a few days, and I promised myself that I would keep this up to date! Well, haven't done much crafting over last couple of days - so many goodies, and not enough time to play!

So I thought I would show you my button fairies, made for a DC swap. They were great fun to make, but I wasn't sure about the faces - so I drew my own! The wings are made from a butterfly stamp - the purple wings are glittered on acetate and the pink wings are stamped on vellum. I must say I loved playing in the button box!

Monday, 5 May 2008

Alcohol Inks

OMG ! I have just discovered Alcohol Inks - I know, I'm slow - you have all been using them forever! They are my new favourite toy at the moment.

These two ATCs are for a monthly swap and both have alcohol ink backgrounds. The one on the left has a stamped image on an inked acetate background, the one on the right is inked glossy card with a stamped image on stampboard, which has then been glazed.

This is my favourite colour! Again I have used the alcohol inks on acetate, then stamped with an image. A second image was stamped on co-ordinating paper and has been torn and overlaid onto the original image.

Gosh that was a lot of images!

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Different Techniques

These are two ATCs that I made for my monthly 'Techniques Swap' on the DC forum. The April techniques was 'Heat Embossing'. I had just bought a new stamp and decided to give it a try. I thought the results were stunning, yet so simple.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Altered Art

My addiction is slowly growing to encompass 'Altered Art', thanx to my many talented friends on the DC forum.
There is no limit to the amount of things that can be 'altered' -
let your imagination be the judge.
I chose to start simple and this is my very first slide mailer,
made last Autumn - hence the theme.
It started life as a boring plain grey cardboard mailer,
then I spun my magic and I was thrilled with the results.
Lots of texture on the cover, painted with pearlescent paints
and a touch of embossing powder,
whilst the inside has heat embossed leaves, shrink plastic,
gold leaf effect, mica beads and simple 'peel off' lettering.
The quote reads:
'Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf's a flower'.

Friday, 4 April 2008

My Addiction!

Well, this is my addiction - Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I have been making them for just over a year now. They are little works of art that measure 8.9mm x 6.4mm. How you decorate them is up to you! There are no rules (only the size, of course). This is one of my favourites (because it's purple!) - anyone who knows me will understand! The background is a printed paper and it is embellished with chipboard letters (coloured with inks) and die cut flowers. A few brads and gems - and away we go! Simple really.