Friday, 30 July 2010
Here is a project I had sitting here for a while now. I glued a lot of grungeboard letters to a mirror frame and painted on many layers of paint. I never seemed to like the colour so I just kept painting over it. In the end I spritzed it with a lot of glimmer mist anyway. It's a kinda blueish/bronzey colour, almost a metal effect.
I then added some distress embossing powder to pick out the letters ANIKA. I feel there is something missing here, hence it has been sitting here for so long, but my boyfriend assured me it is finished. So I'll trust his judgement and present you with my alphabet mirror. Ta da!
Thursday, 29 July 2010
ANITA WELLS..... Number 8
Congratulations Anita, can you please email me with you address.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
So for my entry this week I have made a keyring. I have not actually used a fragment but memory glass and a frame. The technique is still the same otherwise. I framed an old photo of me and my sister that I printed out in a sepia effect.
If you havent joined in the Compendium challenge yet then do so here.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
I added some words from the song "streets of london" and done.
Saturday, 24 July 2010
It's done Wendy style without any actual Wendy stamps. I do enjoy her style, it's the vibrant colours I think and the many patterns used on even the smallest flower.
Friday, 23 July 2010
These are my entries for the swap.
Whereas the one on the right uses a lot of Tim's bits (paper stack, tickets, stamp, distress ink) the other one only uses the idea-ology key but it's in true vintage, grungy Tim style I would say. I bought brand new lace and needed it to look old so I stuck it in a cup of tea, works a treat.
If you fancy decoarting some matchboxes, join the swap, it'll be fun!
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Had this triangular box sitting here for ages and just got some Cherry Pie Arts stamps through the door and thought they'd be the perfect match. I stamped the skyline 3 times onto tissue and fixed it down with beeswax. Pretty much like the beeswax mirror (see previous post). I love playing with this stuff, though I think I used too much again on one side. Practise makes perfect I guess.
Since it's an England themed stamp set there was also this picture of the queen with it so it had to be used. Stamped, framed and glossy accented. Done.
I've been decorating so many boxes I'm running out of things to put in them.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
But in the meantime I came up with these ATC's using various background stamps and some Hero Arts ones. I just love them Maya Road frames, they are a new favourite. And I love the colour of Wendy's work/my ATC's.
These three are a little darker but I still really like them. Loving the grungeboard alphas. The one on the left was actually an attempt to do some water stamping (you can just tell under the black stamping) but it didn't show much so I stamped over it and got a fab almost bleeding ink effect.
All I can say is that I WANT MY WENDY STAMPS NOW!!!!!
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
I recently scanned a load of old family photos, especially from my dad's side of the family.
I printed this particular photo on acetate, attached it to the front of the frame and decorated behind it using and old postcard printout, postage stamps, money, some old lace etc.
I picked up this idea in one of the Somerset magazines. Love the idea and it looks really fab and vintagy. Add a few idea-ology bits and it's done.
Monday, 19 July 2010
So this week we are playing with medium and anything we can cover in it. Sounds fun, but then I went to work and it just wasn't working for me today. I covered various things in gloss medium (unfortunately I have no matt yet, it's on my to buy list) including grungeboard, but nothing wanted to stick properly and when it came to 'revealing' the shape afterwards it just went wrong.
So I consulted my compendium and Tim mentions canvas in there. So I thought I have a go at doing another mini canvas. I really enjoyed working with them recently and thought I make another little hangy thing. I bought an old 'little prince' book from the charity shop recently and thought that be perfect to make something for my nephew.
So got the canvas, stuck a grungeboard heart on it and covered it with the page. I placed the page so the title would be just above it. I painted over it and then wiped off the paint where it says the little prince. Red stickles over the heart and a little crown added.
That's the middle one done, the other two I used the back of and added photos of my nephew. They are filled in with utee by the way. I'm getting better at pouring it now which is nice. Looks much neater than the last one. Add some foliage, type charms and memory thread and it's done.
So bad start to this week's CCC, but it all turned out ok at the end.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
The HOME letters are grungeboard painted with crackle paint and then spritzed with the chalkboard glimmer mist, I love the finish of that stuff, gives an actual coverage of the colour whilst still being glimmery. Gonna have to buy more of that, although at £6 a bottle is quite dear.
This is being entered into the Alter it monthly challenge. Check it out here.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
I just used crackle paint and glimmer mist on this and then decorated it with the flowers I also made for the canvas art. It's very straightforward. Also used more memory thread, I just love curling that stuff!!!
Friday, 16 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
It's really quite simple, and I like the grungy look of it. I may have to get some of the link chain from the idea-ology range, it would make it even better I think.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
I bought some more paper artsy stamps the other day so i gave the tree one a quick test run on this atc. It's embossed in clear powder then inked over in a dark blue. I made this for Hels Sunday Stamper Challenge. The theme is BLUE (did you guess?!)
This one just "happened". You know when you got a piece of card, randomly ink it up, maybe grab a background stamp nearby, this one happened to be the script stamp. And then I thought WORDS! So I popped out a few grungeboard letters, painted them with traditional tan and inked them with staz on timber.
This one I made for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge, this week we are playing with distress embossing powders.
And I just noticed I've gone past the 1000 visitor mark, yippie!!!!
Monday, 12 July 2010
So here goes:
First of all I have to let you know I am located in the UK just so you can
figure out postage costs to get things to me and receive your returns of course.
For this swap you will have to decorate TWO (or multiples thereof 4,6,8, etc you
get the idea) matchboxes inside and out with something Tim Holtz inspired.
Whether that's distress inks, stamps, idea-ology or paper stacks anything Tim is
allowed and of course you can combine it with other products too. As for the
matchboxes I am talking about the 32 count ones which are roughly 3.5cm x 5.3cm
x 1.5cm. That may vary from country to country but it is to give you an idea
what kinda size we are working with. If you can't obtain matchboxes in the
shops, there is also templates available online (just do a matchbox template
search in google).
I would suggest that you also mark your name/initials and maybe blog or email
address on the piece if you can, I am thinking the underneath of the drawer.
When you have made your matchboxes, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
for my postal address and please also include your full name and address so I
can build a database of people taking part. The deadline for this swap is 31st
August, that's when your creations should have reached me by. I will the give it
a wee for late arrivals and the mail being slow and then get sorting and sending
out. It is a larger time frame as it is an international swap I want to give
everyone enough time to make things and post them with plenty of time.
It's your responsibility to ensure you have enough postage on your letter and of
course include a return envelope with the correct return postage. If you can't
get hold of UK stamps you can buy postage online and print it yourself (credit
card required) from royalmail.com
If that's not an option for you, there are other possibilities such as paypal
etc so please contact me and we sort something out!
If you need inspiration you can check out one of my recent posts and there will be more coming up.
There is also plenty of pictures on flickr and other websites so just have a
search and a browse.
That's all I can think of at the moment, if I have forgotten any detail do
contact me. It is my first organized swap so be gentle with me. Any questions?!
Just reply here or email me direct!!!
Now let's get making!!!
PS: This swap is being organized with the ALL THINGS TIM Yahoo group, if you're not a member yet, do join us. Over on the group there is a photo album entitled Matchbox Swap 2010 - post your creations there. If you want the swap to be a surprise and not see any of the makes at all, then don't look at the folder until after you received your swap!
Sunday, 11 July 2010
I discovered it the other day and love the idea behind it. Basically you can sign up for all sorts of swaps, whether it's things you have made or crafty stash, ribbons, colour themed swaps etc. For some swaps you will need a certain rating or have completed a number of swaps, others welcome newbies like me. I have signed up for a craft stash swap and can't wait to send mine and receive one too.
So, if you like sending and receiving mail and have some spare makes and stash then why not give it a go!
So I decided to alter these matchboxes I had lying around under the bed. I am also going to organize a matchbox swap with the ALL THINGS TIM group on yahoo. Details will be posted tomorrow so come back for that and join in, it'll be fun!
This is my favourite out of the three. I used some replica war memorabilia out of a pack I picked up at the transport museum a while ago. The stuff is fab, all old and vintage little cards, newspaper, leaflets etc. They have different themed packs, if you're ever in London, pop in and stock up. I'm lucky enough to work just across the road from there.
The map bits are leftovers from the mirror I did the other day and they came in handy for this. Also tried out the crackle accents for the first time but it didnt really crack much, only round the edges.
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Friday, 9 July 2010
Hows that for a title, eh?!
So here is another crackle frame, but I did try out a few new things on it. The background for example is made by "swooshing" some card through ink and water, all mixed on a craft sheet. I wanted to create a blueish sky for the background and it worked ok, I don't think you can tell very well from the photo. I also spritzed some glimmer mist over it and stamped some branches and a birdy onto it.
Now for the distress embossing powder. I never got on well with this, i like the shiny glossy embossed finished more than this but have found that it works so well for rougher textures like the tree branch and cage. I have invested in a few more colours of the stuff and will be testing it out on other projects for sure.
In the tree there's some curly wurly memory thread, purely for pretty cuteness. I used this on everything I made this week, I just love the stuff. It was given to me as a present but I love it so much I ordered myself another 6 or 7 colours. There will be more projects full of memory thread in the future!!
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Here we go with another first. Memory capsules. I used old ideaology packaging for these and filled them with things that remind me of London. Top left has little underground signs in them, below that I punched out shapes of old train tickets. Then there is a bubble filled with beads, ok not strictly London but I do go to the bead shop in London quite a bit. The one with the game spinner attached to it has watch parts in it, that's my Greenwich inspired one, and you can see the Greenwich Meridian goes all the way up the mirror in red stickles. The last bubble is filled with money. Behind the bubbles I stamped London scenes like the London eye etc. Add a few stamps, some grungeboard letters and an old penny, done!
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Friday, 2 July 2010
First of all I got to say that this idea was not mine, I saw it on someone's blog and fell in love with it so I just had to give it a go myself.
Check out the Artilicious blog here for the original idea.
Glenda is teaching this as a workshop so I can't post any instructions, it wouldn't be fair, but maybe you can work out your own way of making it. Unfortunately the white stamping in this picture doesn't show up much. But it's only my first attempt at this, I may have to make another one slightly differently. Must invest in more swirly stamps too I think. Any excuse to pop down to the stamp shop in town, eh?!
Have a fab day!