Monday, 18 November 2013

Mail Art Challenge - Autumn

It really doesn't seem like a month has gone by already since I made my last piece of mail art! But here I find myself posting for the second Mail Art challenge, this time on the theme of Autumn. Head on over to the Mail Art Challenge Blog to see all details and have a go at creating your own unique piece of artwork on an envelope.

My design came to me at the last minute - for autumn I think of the leaves turning and seeing all that lovely gold and orange appearing. So I decided to draw a deer on the front of the envelope and painted it with distress paints and distress ink pens. I then used two leaf punches to cut out shapes in different sizes and coloured them with autumnal shades of distress ink. I layered these around the deer, to make it appear as if he had been glimpsed through the forests.



 

The back of the envelope has tissue tape layered with distress inks, more leaves falling and an autumn fence that is holding all the secrets of the forest behind it....


 
Hope you like it. Have a go and enter your own autumn envelope - after all, the envelope does not have to be a large one! You could win all the lovely pieces of artwork. Happy creating.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

New Mail Art Challenge Blog...

Wow! 2 years since my last blog post - Doesn't time just fly........

Time to get creative again for more than just my job, so here's introducing a new challenge for Ladies That Craft.

Mail Art.

This month: Halloween.

The idea is to create a piece of artwork on an envelope, with the theme of Halloween, then send it in to Ladies That Craft. At the end of the challenge all entries will be looked at and a winner chosen to receive all the delicious pieces of artwork.

I was asked to be one of the designers for this challenge, so to give you an idea of what you could win take a peek......

Here is the front of my envelope, decorated with the seasonal distress inks using an Andy Skinner stencil for the large skull, then stamps for the witch and haunted house. I drew the skulls along the top and the pumpkin in the top corner. The orange brick down the right hand side is washi tape and all finished off with a skelton to sit on the pumpkin cut from a Quickutz die. There is some distress glitter on the moon behind the witch and on the 'BOO' to add a bit of glitz and texture.

 
The reverse of my envelope is just as decorated - well, I couldn't leave it blank now could I! I stamped the background with a cat, tree and spiders web, then cut the skeleton again and stamped the sign for him to pose around. This is all distressed with the seasonal distress inks again and finished with some chevron washi tape and a punched row of pumpkins along the bottom.

 
Finally the stamp added to send it all off in the mail. Hope it gets there!



Why not get creative and have a go, its a lot of fun and really doesn't take that long to create. You could win this design plus lots of others....

Find all the details of the challenge at The Mail Art Challenge Blog and on  Julie's Blog. Have fun getting creative.... Xxx

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Halloween Mail Art Challenge

Wow! 2 years since my last blog post - Doesn't time just fly........

Time to get creative again for more than just my job, so here's introducing a new challenge for Ladies That Craft.

Mail Art.

This month: Halloween.

The idea is to create a piece of artwork on an envelope, with the theme of Halloween, then send it in to Ladies That Craft. At the end of the challenge all entries will be looked at and a winner chosen to receive all the delicious pieces of artwork.

I was asked to be one of the designers for this challenge, so to give you an idea of what you could win take a peek......

Here is the front of my envelope, decorated with the seasonal distress inks using an Andy Skinner stencil for the large skull, then stamps for the witch and haunted house. I drew the skulls along the top and the pumpkin in the top corner. The orange brick down the right hand side is washi tape and all finished off with a skelton to sit on the pumpkin cut from a Quickutz die. There is some distress glitter on the moon behind the witch and on the 'BOO' to add a bit of glitz and texture.

 
The reverse of my envelope is just as decorated - well, I couldn't leave it blank now could I! I stamped the background with a cat, tree and spiders web, then cut the skeleton again and stamped the sign for him to pose around. This is all distressed with the seasonal distress inks again and finished with some chevron washi tape and a punched row of pumpkins along the bottom.

 
Finally the stamp added to send it all off in the mail. Hope it gets there!



Why not get creative and have a go, its a lot of fun and really doesn't take that long to create. You could win this design plus lots of others....

Find all the details of the challenge at The Mail Art Challenge Blog and on  Julie's Blog. Have fun getting creative.... Xxx

Sunday, 9 October 2011

My hexagon day.....

It has been far too long since I have had a chance to blog - life just happens to get in the way on occasion! But I just had to take the time to share my rather disastrous day yesterday - one of those days where nothing goes how you want it too....

A friend of mine once had a scrapbooking lesson which included cutting and placing hexagons into a design, instead of being a fun activity it ended up being a nightmare. One of those occasions where you want to throw it all out of the window and walk away - well my hexagon day came yesterday.

I was at an altered art class held by Scrapbook Sisters, creating an altered clock using a range of Tim Holtz products. Beautiful example to start us all off and lots of inspiration in the room. However, the colours on my clock just would not go right. I started by priming the base of the clock with Gesso, then added Distress Stains on the top - what a disaster, they all came out neon! Fired Brick looked a sugar pink, then thr Crushed Olive looked like radioactive nuclear waste! Really not my colours and everything I  tried to change the colours just made it look worse.......

In the end I gave up on the clock, shoved it under the table and spent the rest of the afternoon making embellishments to use later on. Leaving with just a bag of bits rather than a complete project. Once I got home I had a break then decided to tackle the disaster head on - what a mess I made. Viva Deco Terra and Ferro pastes and metallic waxes, Distress Inks, Rock Candy crackle glaze, metal findings, pliers, metal punch, and glossy accents. Some hours later I finished, and am much happier with the outcome now:




  





Hope you like the end result. Xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

What's On Your Workdesk?

What a great idea! It seems there are hundreds of us crafters out there who all share one thing in common - a bursting craft space! Head on over to Stamping Ground and take a look at all those fantastically creative spaces that have been linked for WOYWW. I love how we all seem to keep adding to our work spaces until there really isn't any room left to craft, that last inch has been taken up with the latest project or product to use, then - and only then - do we take the time to have a bit of a tidy up before starting all over again. I must confess that my space never seems to stay tidy for more than about 30mins before it all starts creeping back out again!                                     



I really am at that point where I need to have a mass clear up! If nothing else, just so I can see what I actually have on there, and make room for a couple of larger projects I have to finish!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Pure Grunge.......


Wow - two posts in one day! While blog hopping this evening I came across a site called  Studio L3 with a great challenge - Grungy Monday - all things Tim Holtz. Fantastic - right up my alley. I have been looking for inspiration, and time to be able to be more creative on my own terms, and I just couldn't resist this. This weeks challenge is to use Distress Inks and take Tim Holtz's video demo of them as inspiration.

I created the following piece by covering a page in pages from an old book, then used his flourish masks and Stormy Sky, Bundled Sage and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks over the top to create patterned voids, and stamped on top with some of his word stamps. I then die cut the film strip and cogs dies in patterend paper and grunge paper, inked them up with the same coloured Distress Inks and then added metal embellishments to finish.






Vintage Text

I was pleased to find that Make A Moo was back up and running with new challenges! A Moo is a little card sized 2.8 x 7cm, or approximately 1.1" x 2.8". Beside this fixed size it is what you make of it! I love these challenges and the small scale that the work is made to - it is a challenge to get everything you want to on such a small space, and another bonus is you don't need to have masses of time to create something fantastic. This week's theme is Vintage Text. I hope you like my Moo's below - have a go yourselves and get creative........

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Framed.........

It has been far too long since I posted! So much to do, so little time........

Anyway, below is a layout I created on the theme of Framed for the Scrapbook Sisters layout challenge. I love the background paper - old weathered wood, and it fit perfectly with the photograph I wanted to use. I cut the frame out and placed the image so it was part tucked behind the frame and then cut embellishments using Tim Holtz dies and Martha Stewart punches. I completed the page with a few gems and a title.


Here's hoping I get a bit more time to be creative for myself................

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Music....

I love listening to music, but have a terrible memory for who sang what and what the song is called! Music is the theme at CBH this week and I created an ATC using a music note stamp and some musical instrument peel offs. I stamped the background using distress inks first, then stamped the image again on paper and cut to smaller pieces to represent sheet music, I used distress ink to age the paper and then curled the edges to look like the leaves were blowing up. I finished by glueing this to the background and adding a few silhouette peel offs.