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Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas

 Its Christmas hooray
I love Christmas and always get a bit hyper :)
I am so looking forward to a great family Christmas hope you are too.
I have received this lovely Christmas card from my really good friend Judith and I thought it was so nice I have shared it with the Artful Times challenge.
And I must welcome Von back
and also welcome my blog land friend  Chrissie 
to the Artful Times DT crew 
also best wishes to Neet hope you feel better soon.
Judith made this card from a project in a popular magazine
and made a gorgeous job of it.
I haven't blogged much lately but not been resting on my laurel's
I have made this pram quilt for a lovely young couple
who have just had a baby girl.
Thanks for looking and you're lovely comments
they really do make a difference
 
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year
 
Hugs Sandra XXX

Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Cold n Frosty Die cut Tag



Hello everyone hope you all enjoyed a great weekend 
Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post 
and Suze it was so good to have your company on the naughty step LOL. X

I have been very busy as usual 
(actually I confess I am reading an excellent series of  books I cant put down Hee Hee) 

but did managed to fit in some precious crafting time :()

I wanted to join in with the Artful Times ladies, its Neet and Sam this week. 
Last one for Sam! so good luck to Sam :)
I also wanted to join in the Vintage Stamping Challenge a great DT and they are asking for Cold & Frosty

I choose to do a tag 

which I firstly gave a light wash of blues and pinks water colour paints 
stamped with a grey ink crackle effect and a turquoise text
die cut a centre panel in a gorgeous turquoise sparkle card I have has stashed for ages. 
The die cut leaves have been crackle stamped and the die cut rolled flower have been stamped dotty
there is also a small die sparkle swirl 
finished with mini tinsel and tiny icicle beads

Its a sparkly cold and frosty die cut stamped tag :)

Thank you for dropping by and taking time to comment I do appreciate it.

Have a great week 
Hugs Sandra X




Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Silver and Lilac




Hello Hello 
I have been a very bad blogger :( just life getting the better of me
I have been AWOL since October and now suddenly its nearly Christmas phew
I have tried to make amends by joining in with the Artful Times (only just) challenge 
Neet is asking for a seasonal stamp using Silver and Lilac
I have painted the tag with a watery acrylic and then a pearlised wash for a silvery shimmer
The snowflakes (my seasonal stamp) are stamped and then heat embossed then gave another lilac swoosh
Stamped in a darker lilac a swirl 
Made die cut flowers, leaves added a silver swirl 
finished off with a frosty stickles
I must say I really enjoyed myself and shall get back into the zone :)
Thanks for looking and big hugs 

Sandra XXX

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Make a Card at Fashionable Stamping CH 59

 
 
Hello dear crafters in blogland hope all is well with you :)
the lovely ladies over at Fashionable Stamping have set a new challenge
 and we are asked to make a card. Now I don't do cards very often
but having looked at the inspirational cards from the DT I felt like having a go.  
 
I have torn and lightly sanded some brown coordination card
and did faux stitches round the edge
torn a smaller piece of paper and stamped it with text and a swirl in sepia
then machine stitched onto the brown card
the words have been stamped onto tissue paper then stuck on
the decorative tag has had the edges dipped into gold embossing powder and heated
stamped with a floral swirl and hi-lighted with white pen
I have finished off with wrapping black twine
and adding flowers, text butterflies and a heart.
I shall use it as a just note card :)
 
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for taking time to comment
 it is very much appreciated and I do try to visit you back and enjoy looking at your work.
 
Enjoy your crafting
 
Hugs Sandra XXX 
 
PS I just saw that I have won on the random generator on the Fashionable Challenge blog :)  for the masks and stencils challenge. How lovely. Thank you ladies.
 
 
I recently attended a workshop at my local quilting store
The workshop was run by a very talented mixed media artist Alexander Waylett
We worked with burnishing copper and gold leaf onto cotton velvet
I made this piece It should look better when I frame it, I hope LOL
but I really did enjoy the day.
 
Thanks for looking
Hugs Sandra xXX


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Distressed Feminine Beauty

 
Blimey 2 posts on a wet soggy Sunday morning :) but it is a good day to craft :)
 
Over at Artful Times they are asking for a bit of Distressed
and at Vintage Stamping Challenge they want Feminine Beauty
two fabulous challenges and right up my street
Do drop by both blogs and check out the marvellous DT work
 
For this make I really wanted to do a chunky canvas but I did not have one so I have used a box lid and dare I say it:
 it worked out ok I think.
 
The box lid has been covered in scrunched up tissue paper
and I applied a lot of modge podge
then painted in vintage white and sky blue
stamped and embossed a gold swirl
stamped music, added bits of book page
well and truly metallic rubbed (I love these)
added
a die cut swirl and a body form which are painted blue
I made all the flowers
and found a lovely pre cut lady to finish
 
Thank you for visiting me and taking time to comment
Have a lovely Sunday
 
Hugs Sandra XXX
 


Fashionable Stamping CH 58 Masks n Stencils

 
Good Morning fellow blogging crafters hope you are all feeling crafty today :)
This little tag was made for the current challenge held on Fashionable Stamping
the lovely ladies are asking for use of Masks and / or Stencils
Fabulous DT inspirational makes so do pop over and have a look.
 
I have covered the tag with an old book page
then coloured the tag with DI tea dye and broken china
pounced mountain lake blue ink through a sequin waste stencil  
and again pounced a smoke grey through a swirl stencil
added some stamping and a die cut bird and cage which has been
heat embossed with gold
finished with butterfly jewels
 
Thank you for stopping by and for taking time to comment
 it is very much appreciated
 
Enjoy the day
 
Hugs Sandra XXX
 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Autumn Colours Tag

 
Hello friends
I am so behind with visiting blogs
but this evening I shall blog hop to catch up :)
 
wow we have some lovely Autumn colours in our garden
and in our local countryside
so pretty
a favourite time of year
and two or three challenges
with Autumn Colours as the theme a favourite with me
so I have made a tag
 
I coloured it the background with DI
 tea dye, bundled sage, dried marigold and victorian velvet
die cut a topper and popped it through the text embossing folder
it has been rubbed with DI to bring out the text
I stamped the edges with a floral swirl
added a little bit of bunting (to herald Autumn)
the little birds waiting to fly to warmer climbs
is a piece of tape which I had forgotten I had in my stash
I finished with punched butterflies, a gorgeous flower
and a piece of lilac ribbon stuff,
Mmm
it is like a bit of tiny chain mail linked and you can twist it into shape and it holds
I had it for ages and it fell out of a box I was rummaging in.
I have some lovely Autumn purple/ lilac Chrysthans in my garden.
 
 
I am entering this tag into
 
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments
have a great week
hugs Sandra XXX

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Scrap Art at Artful Times

 
Hello friends and happy (wet & windy) Sunday to you all :) autumn is here me thinks. Although this is not quite as wet as where my cousin in lives (Boulder Colorado)thankfully they are safe for now are thought are with you guys X. 
 
The lovely team over at Artful Times they have set a theme of Scrap Art :) I really like this as it makes you use bits and bobs and it does take some thought.   
 
For this I sat at my work desk and looked at all the little bits on it
(I do work in a mess hee hee :D).
 I found a pre cut dress form and some tissue paper
which I crumpled up and glued onto the dress form.
It was then sprayed with copper glimmer mist and when dry I rubbed with some copper treasure gold (it picks up the crumples of tissue).
I found and used punched butterflies
and a heart which I had already dipped into vintage embossing powder and heated
a die cut musical note 
a stamped and cut out top hat
a piece of netting and lace
Stuck to the edge of my table was the pieces of tape (measure tape and polka dots) and pieces of book page and I used these.
I did have to look in a draw for the pins.
Good job I work in a mess :)
Great challenge  thanks ladies X
 
I was also thrilled to have made top 3 in the Fashionable Stamping Sew N Sew with my decorated sewing box.
Thank you ladies X
 
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments
have a great week
hugs Sandra XXX
 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

A Big Hatters Goodbye

After a wonderful 18 months as a designer with the Hatters challenge blog we three  Janet,  Sandra and Chrissie  have taken a very hard decision to close the challenge blog.
From a personal point I have thoroughly enjoyed it and feel that I have made many great blogging friends learnt a lot.  And you have all been so supportive and left such wonderful and supportive comments thank you very much for that.
Also 2 very special friends in Chrissie and Janet and I know we shall remain so.

None of us are stopping crafting just moving on to fresh pastures so I am sure we will see each other in other challenges. I do hope you will continue to visit my blog from time to time. 
Thank you for your tremendous support with our challenges its been amazing.
Hugs and see you soon XXX
to finish this post on a smiley note :)
I have been busy making bears just lately here's a new chap of mine
tah dah
Seamus Milligan.
He was very proud and excited to be auctioned to raise money for the Greyhound Gap rescue group and now has a lovely new home.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Bunting or Pennants OOAH Ch 75



Hello friends
Great mask / stencils projects last week such great ideas.
 
Hope you enjoy this weeks as it is Bunting or Pennants
I love bunting so really enjoyed making this Thank You card.
It is a very clean and simple design made with my little bunting die. 
A tricky thing for me as I am a clutter head, and have to fill in space LOL. 
 
 
This week is the last for our summer guest designers Sam a big thank you to her for joining us with her inspirational projects.
 
We have had a lovely summer with all our guest designers
 
Enjoy making your projects. 
Looking forward to seeing them
 
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
Do make sure you visit Janet,  Chrissie and Sam to see their wonderful projects
 
Enjoy your week
Hugs Sandra X

Monday, 26 August 2013

Sew N Sew at Fashionable Stamping





Hello friends
Fashionable Stamping have a lovely theme challenge
 "Sew N Sew" and the lovely ladies have some wonderful examples to inspire us.
this theme is right up my street and I made a small sewing box
it has been painted rose pink and distressed.
I have used a resist stamping using clear embossing.
and layered some vintage lace on top and around the sides it is sealed with modge podge.
The paper flowers I have hand made from a small die cut sealed with modge podge and clear nail varnish it makes them go hard.
The small dress form is a die cut and finished with tiny buttons and lace.
The sentiment says
 
"Needlework is a way to capture
Love, Beauty
Peace, and time"
 
How true.
I shall be filling the little box with tiny buttons and pieces of gorgeous vintage lace. 
Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Hugs XXX

Thursday, 22 August 2013

OOAH Ch 74 Stencils and Masks

 
 
Hello friends
Hope you are still enjoying summer holidays
 
Lots of lovely summer projects last week great work.
Thank you for joining us.
 
This week we are looking for use of Stencils and Masks in your projects.
 
I have painted a small canvas after covering with paper and then sponged through a sequin  and diamond shape stencil. Then pushed some texture paste through a flower stencil. Once dry I then rubbed it with metallic wax rubs to colour.  
 
Enjoy making your projects.
 
Looking forward to seeing them
 
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
Do make sure you visit Janet,  Chrissie and Sam to see their wonderful projects
 
Enjoy your week
Hugs Sandra X


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Summer Days OOAH Ch 73

 
Hello friends
Do I detect a slight touch of Autumn in the air as it seems a tad cooler here in Suffolk 
:( 
In remembrance of those balmy hot days we are celebrating "Summer"
Lots of lovely Bs last week I really enjoyed looking at your work. Thank you for joining us and lets see what you can do for Summer.
 
I have decorated a wooden heart hanging as I love summer :)
I have painted it in a pomegranate acrylic paint and distressed with metallic rubs and crackle paint picket fence then stamped with text.
Die cut bird and swirls and punched butterflies from old book paper.
The paper flowers I have made from light card that has been spritzed with tattered angels marshmallow. So everything summery included here LOL.
 
Enjoy making your summer projects.
 
Looking forward to seeing them
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
Do make sure you visit Janet,  Chrissie and Sam to see their wonderful projects
 
Enjoy your week
Hugs Sandra X
 
 


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Things beginning with B Ch 72 OOAH

 
 
Hello friends
I do hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and still finding time to craft :)
 
 
Thank you for joining us last week with your fantastic numbers projects.
 
This week we ask for a project with things beginning with B.
 
I made a small canvass tag which has been painted with pale blue dabbed with distressed ink and a small amount of crackle glaze on the edge. It has been stamped with a swirl.
My Bs are
Bows, buttons, butterfly and black.
 
Looking forward to seeing your projects
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
Do make sure you visit Janet,  Chrissie and Sam to see their wonderful projects
 
Enjoy your week
Hugs Sandra X


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Numbers Ch 71 OOAH

 
 
Hello friends
summer is in full flow here in the UK and its turned out good during July so fingers crossed for August, I don't know about you but I cant quite believe its month 8 already.
 
Last month we had Valerie for our GDT and a big Thank You to you for your fab projects.
 
This month we welcome Sam do take a look at her blog she is a very talented crafter.
 
Well done on the patchwork projects very innovative and great projects Thank you for joining us.
 
This week we ask for a project with Numbers involved.
 
I made a tag which has been painted with pale blue and distressed inked, then masked and stamped with a background then loads of number embellies.
Its a dream indeed if only I was still 8 to 10 LOL hey ho those were the days.
 
Looking forward to seeing your projects
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
Do make sure you visit Janet,  Chrissie and Sam to see their wonderful projects
 
Enjoy your week
Hugs Sandra X


Thursday, 25 July 2013

Patch Work OOAH Ch 70

Hello friends
I do hope you have had a good week
a mixture of sun, rain and a new royal prince exciting times.
 
Wonderful key projects last week ladies thanks for joining in with us.
 
This week we ask you to do a project with some patchwork in it, could be fabric or paper maybe a mixture of both as I have here with this card I made for a lovely blogging friend
 
I cut a heart shape from card and layered with bits of paper, fabric and lace, also some fluffy fibres .
I have sewn together with free form machine stitching added vintage buttons and a vintage lace butterfly from my special stash.
To finish I have added a few hand embroidery stitches.
 
Looking forward to seeing your projects.
 
A big Thank you to Valerie for her guest appearance this month wonderful work from Valerie.
 
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
Do make sure you visit JanetValerie and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. 
 
Hugs Sandra XXX
 
 

Thursday, 18 July 2013

You hold the Key OOAH Ch 69

Hello friends
hasn't it been a glorious week!
 
 I have had a grand visit to Dublin and the seaside on the County Wexford coast last week.
 
Hopefully I managed to catch and comment on all the entries as they were great raining projects from last week.
 thank you for joining us.
 
This week we would like to see a key somewhere on the project.
 
I have made a small heart which I will use as a piece for something one day LOL.
 
 I painted, crackled, stamped and distressed the chipboard heart and the chipboard key has been heat embossed and rubbed back to distress.
 
Looking forward to seeing your projects.
 
Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.
Do make sure you visit JanetValerie and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. 
 
Hugs Sandra XXX

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Let it Rain OOAH Ch 67


Let it Rain!  noooo not really I am enjoying the sun to much, but it is the challenge for OOAH this week. Thanks all those who joined in last week. Sorry if I have not left a comment but I am in Dublin for a few days and I will check out your posts on my return. And many apologies for the poor photo of my project this week, I must try better next time :) Anyway here is a little hanging made from corrugated card which has been dabbed with blue paint and text stamped. I have then free form stitched raindrops in multi coloured thread and layered organza umbrella and stitched again the umbrella shape it is finished with my stamped mouse who is being stalked by my little die cut cat. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Do make sure you visit JanetValerie and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Hugs Sandra XXX

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Stars and Stripes Ch 67 OOAH

Wonderful song projects thanks for joining us.
Wow July already and a celebration across the Atlantic and to help we have chosen the Stars and Stripes theme for this week. First a really big Thank You to Tracy for her wonderful projects as GDT throughout June. For July we welcome Valerie of Bastelmania as GDT so do give her a big welcome. My project is a frame which I have painted in good old red, white and blue and distressed a bit, then used old book page distressed inked with tea dye brushed with gesso and stamped with that fine lady Liberty, the little blue stars are from a creative memories punch. Enjoy the celebrations and I look forward to seeing all those Stars and Stripes. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Do make sure you visit JanetValerie and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Hugs Sandra XXX

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Paper Roses OOAH Ch 66

Hello hope you have had a good week, I really enjoyed the forms of transport projects you shared with us. This week we are asking for your project to be influenced by a song with flowers in and there is loads to choose from. For me it had to be "Paper Roses" by Marie Osmond yes I know but I was and am still an Osmond fan well I was a teen in the 70s and did a lot of swooning over Donny LOL. I have used a small tag which has been stamped with music and DI. The roses are indeed paper which has been rolled. Looking forward to finding out your favourite flower songs. Hope you find time to join us.  Make sure you visit Janet, Tracy and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Transport OOAH Ch 65

Hello everyone, well we did have some great tag books for the last weeks challenge from you all, thanks for taking part. This week the theme is Transport I am sure you can have fun with this theme. I have made an ATC and as its summer gone for a bicycle. Best way to travel in good weather. Looking forward to seeing what form of Transport you choose. Make sure you visit Janet, Tracy and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Tag Book OOAH Ch 64








Hi there loved your Ticket projects I am always amazed at the different styles that are created just fabulous. Hope you find time to make a little tag book for this weeks theme. This doesn't have to be tricky as you see I choose to use 3 luggage size tags and folded them in half to make my little tag book of " this and that".
I decided to decorate it with my favourite "this and that" things just because I like em. And the colour scheme (Red and Cream) is one of my favourites, I just love Red Work its a quilting thing.
 Looking forward to seeing your tag book projects.
Make sure you visit Janet, Tracy and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X














Thursday, 6 June 2013

Tickets Please Ch 63 OOAH


Hello or should I say a cheery Hello as at last the sun shines makes you feel much better. Thanks to those who managed to take part in last weeks challenge great projects. Hope you all get chance to join us with Tickets just include a ticket somewhere on your project. A big Tank you to Von for her lovely May projects as our GDT and this month a warm welcome to Tracy from Paper Craft Nut who joins us as GDT for June.
Well my project has used an extra large ticket shape I had in my stash. My theme is going to the talking movies. So I have rubbed with DI and then covered with Th printed tape. Used a vintage image she looks like an old movie star. My flowers are rolled and made from paper laid onto old lace. Looking forward to seeing your ticket projects.Make sure you visit Janet, Tracy and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 30 May 2013

OOAH Ch 62 Jewel in the crown

Loved your projects for a photo with it thanks for joining us. And hope you enjoyed Von as our guest designer as much as we have. Von is taking a break for the summer now. Enjoy yourself Von and hope to see you back soon X.
This week we ask for Jewel in the Crown and you can interrupt this however you feel. I have decorated a small bird house hanging. Painted it sage green and picket fence crackle also distressed it and stamped it.  Cut out my little bird from a die and I have and taken the theme literally and given him a jewelled crown using the nursery rhyme as inspiration.
Make sure you visit Janet, Von and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Monday, 27 May 2013

Vintage at Artful Times

 Hello hope you having a lovely Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. The weather has been kind to sunny Suffolk but I have a stinker of a cold :( so feeling sorry for myself today time to catch up with blogging I think. Over at Artful Times Neet and Von are asking for Vintage projects whoop whoop my fav style ever. Do take a look at their projects they really are lovely. Von is also taking a break so enjoy it Von we will miss you. X
I have just finished this jewellery box for my DIL birthday which is today (I will miss the BBQ as I feel so horrible :(ugh)
I painted it duck egg blue and rubbed in some metallic rub to distress it and stamped onto it. The feet are wooden beads that I have painted gold and attached. The centre heart is from a card I had so pretty its perfect for the box.. The inside has also been painted and distressed and lined with handmade paper. The whole box has been finished with a seal. I bought a piece of jewellery to pop inside and the Diamond will take over today for me. Thanks for looking and taking time to comment. Enjoy your day. Hugs Sandra XXX PS sorry about the photo you can see my fingers in the top LOL.


Thursday, 23 May 2013

Use a Photo - Ch 61

 Hello everyone hope you are all well, apologies if I didn't get to comment on your blog but I have been on holiday to North Norfolk (my favourite place) and had a wonderful time. Wonderful eyes from you last week. This week we are asking for a photo somewhere on your project. I have done a scrapbook page this is my gorgeous young niece the photo was perfect for this colour scheme.  Make sure you visit Janet, Von and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Eyes OOAH Ch 60

Hello hope you all well. loved  I your postcards last week. This week the theme is "Eyes" and I have used the all seeing eye on my tag for this challenge. I have stamped the tag background, used torn card and my favourite corrugated cardboard. This weekend I am on a weekend of pure indulgence with my crafting group we have a whole weekend of crafting Whoop Whoop. Enjoy your weekend. Make sure you visit Janet, Von and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 9 May 2013

A Postcard from France OOAH Ch 59

Hello whilst writing this blog I am basking on the lovely sunshine we have been enjoying long may it last. We are lucky this month to have Von as our GDT do take a look at her blog and her other challenge blog Artful Times. The sun  provokes holidays, travel postcards and this week we are asking for a post card from France.
My postcard is in vintage style and I used my new Eiffel tower die cut (I love this) looking forward to seeing your postcards styles.  Make sure you visit Von, Janet and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X 

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Picture Frame OOAH Ch 58

Love your Hearts and Swirls projects thanks for joining us and for your lovely comments, also a big THANK YOU to Carol for a fab month of her as our Guest DTM. Hopefully you will love this theme just as much we ask you to decorate a picture frame or a frame. I have done this small box frame the frame itself has been painted, crackled in places and then I stamped with clear water based emboss ink and over painted then rubbed back. The scissors are stamped in black. I then rubbed metallic into the painted areas. The inside is a little sewing shop window, piles of buttons a dress form and black lace. this month we welcome Von from Artful Times as our GDT she is a lovely lady and very talented I do hope you will all welcome her and also drop by the Artful Times challenge it's worth it.
 Make sure you visit Janet and Chrissie to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Monday, 29 April 2013

Clean & Simple

 The Artful times crew (Von & Neet) are asking for "Clean and Simple" wow thats a tough ask for me as I am a clutter bug and just dont do space LOL. So just for you Von and Neet I have a trio of gift tags all clean and simple (I hope) fingers crossed hee hee.
I really wanted to fill in that space.
Thanks for looking and your kind comments.
Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Hearts and Swirls Ch 57

Hello everyone I must say you were all so innovative last week with "Circus theme" I agree it is hard unless you have the stamps but you really did pull out all the stops. Thank you for the support. This week it might be a but easy maybe you could go all romantic as we are asking for "hearts and swirls" a favourite of mine. I have had this tando frame for ages and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. The frame is painted with sky blue and toned down with metallic rubs. the background is covered with paper and swirls stamped and some have been heat embossed. Then I made bits and bobs to decorate. I loved making this :). Oh and I have painted the stand and used a resist clear emboss technique to decorate with a swirl.   Don't forget Carol is offering a prize this month. Make sure you visit Janet and Chrissie and Carol to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X
 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Artful Times Challenge Stencils or Masks

Von and Neet are asking for a project using masks or stencils. well I have left it a bit late but better late than never I say. I have painted a small canvass with rose pink acrylic paint and then stamped a background of lines with purple ink. I have layed over a mask of flowers and pounced it with gold ink then over the top I have layered a swirl flower mask and used a sponge and blackcurrant acrylic paint. I have punched 3 silhouette butterflies to finish as it is a bit moonlight looking, if you squint at it LOL :) Thanks for looking hugs Sandra X
  

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Circus Sideshows Ch 56

Wow you really did some wonderful altered pegs and paperclips thank you for joining us. This week we are going to the circus so anything to do with the circus please. I must confess I am no circus fan, ever since I was a wee girl it always made me cry but not with joy LOL much to Mums despair. But I did enjoy circus sideshows especially the helter skelter. I have made a tag and DI the back ground and gave it a metallic rub also back stamped using Andy Skinner sideshow stamps and a text. The bunting is die cut and the helter skelter has been stamped then cut out so I could raise it up a bit. Really looking forward to seeing your projects this week.  Don't forget Carol is offering a prize this month. Make sure you visit Janet and Chrissie and Carol to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Alter a Clothes Peg Ch 55


 
Hello all  hope you enjoyed travelling with us last week I certainly enjoyed your projects. This week a bit of a change and we ask you to alter a Peg or  paper clip or maybe both. Most of all have some fun with this theme. I have altered a large peg which I have had for some time. It has been painted with sky blue and then a mask of  diamond shapes using a lilac ink on the front and back. then a bit of stamping and through a mask some texture paste. The centre piece coloured and stamped flowers and a little butterfly. The theme of my peg is Sun and Showers as it is April (still waiting for sun and showers here too cold still) Do visit Janet and Chrissie and Carol to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra X

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Charms

Happy Saturday everyone and its a bit sunny here in East Anglian today and a tad warmer :) Hooray at last. But I did manage to make theses tyvek beads for the challenge over at Artful Times who are asking for charms and we get to swap which I love doing. I have made a charm to hang off your handbag and they are paper beads made out of tyvek. When my mojo goes walk about I make a store of these beads.

 Here's how

Paint the whole sheet with colourful thoughts multisurface paint or similar product and then cut into triangles and roll up on a chop stick gluing with PVA as you roll. Leave to set dry then roll a small tyvek piece painted in a different colour over the centre with PVA. Once dry slide off the chop stick and use a small cocktail stick through bead centre and dip the bead into water based ink and sprinkle with gold embossing powder and blast with the heat gun (mind your fingers). The tyvek will shrivel back and seal once cool gentle slide off cocktail stick and you have a unique bead as everyone is different. You can also wrap bits of fabric like organza anything that melts really for added interest. See the middle bead for this.
I then assembled to make charm. Thanks for looking enjoy your Sunday.
Hugs Sandra X

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Travel OOAH Ch 54

Hello all just loved your faces projects thank you for joining in with us and for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments :) April has arrived and with it a new month of challenges, we are very lucky to have the very talented Carol with us as guest for the month of April and she is offering a prize for the month. Do visit her blog Krafty Pieces to find out about her talents. This week our thoughts turn to travel, great theme to get us in the mood for holidays. I have used a luggage label and stained it with Tea Dye, turquoise blue and I have travelled to New York. I have used splodge's and text for the background stamping in sepia and the words in the turquoise and finished with the statue of liberty (I love this little stamp).  Do visit Janet and Chrissie and Carol to see their wonderful projects. Looking forward to seeing your projects. Hugs Sandra X