Saturday, 25 August 2012

Halloween box.... G45 happy haunting papers


an altered box using Graphic 45 "happy Haunting" papers.....


Box from the set of 4 HERE
Papers HERE
chalk ink HERE (Pumpkin spice and gingerbread)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Happy haunting papers:G45


I LOVE Halloween. with a passion.
I think its my Celtic blood.the traditional meaning for Celtic people was a bit more like Mexico's "day of the dead". a time when we remembered our dead loved ones and even leave a place at the table set for them so their memory can dine with you. it was a time when the veil between the two worlds was supposed to be at its thinnest but it wasnt seen as spooky or evil. just a fact of nature that after life, there is death and its good to take some time to remember our ancestors.
As well as that, Halloween has long been a very loved festival in scotland. But  there would be no "trick or treating"; the thought that a child could knock on your door to blackmail you and threaten mischief if you didnt hand over your cash or sugar snacks, probably wouldnt be tolerated here and be met with a "Away wae yi, yi cheeky wee scamp...". Instead our kids go "guising". They dress up (as is traditional) , but if they want sweets or coins, they have to EARN it; sing a song, tell a spooky joke..
It saddens me that a lot of our traditions are either being forgotten or getting Americanised through the media's impact. But I do love the amount of enthusiasm that the Americans put in to this holiday (well apart from teaching children the art of blackmail from a young age and calling it "fun")... However, this love of Halloween means we get lovely Halloween scrapbook papers to play with... YAY.

I made this Jumbo tag, using sheets from the Happy haunting 8x8 book.
now, the lovely Astrid, linked me in to a page the other day that had a load of collage style stuff using G45 papers.. and I THOUGHT I had book marked it. but it seems  I didnt.... So I cant actually say who's collaged tags inspired this tag. its good that i didnt get back to that blog so I didnt look at the images there, and had to rely on my own idea of collage, but its sad because I should be able to say who triggered my thought process. I think Astrid said this lady was on the G45 design team... if anyone knows, please feel free to tell me so she gets due credit.

the papers are all from Graphic 45's happy haunting... I simply sanded everything along the edges and lightly over the surfaces too then built up my collage. I cut out some random leaf shapes to add tot he corners at the back...
nothing complicated and no other supplies used as such. paper and glue.. 5 brads that I had in my stash. just to finish it off i altered a cloths peg with the papers and added it to the top.


Monday, 20 August 2012

Calico Crafts day:

It was my turn to show a project idea for calico Crafts today. Here is a sneak peek. to see the full wreath and how I made it, please visit Calico Crafts HERE
Z x

Friday, 17 August 2012

Happy "Artistic Stamper" Anniversary: part 2: WOODEN FRAME


Well, it is the 2nd anniversary of  "The Artistic Stamper Creative Team" blog this month, and to celebrate Jennie is giving away some stamps to some lucky followers. How do you win these stamps? well here is how it works....

Each Team member has chosen which stamps they would like to work with this month and those are the stamps you could win.
For example: I  Have chosen to work with the 'collage art 1' sheet shown here...
 To win this set you must leave a comment on one of my posts this month (either here or over on the creative team blog which you can find HERE )

At the end of the month , I will use a random number generator to pick out a winner from the comments on MY posts.. and that person wins the stamps.

The other members of the team also have stamps to give away and its the same process.. leave a comment on their posts and you can win the stamps they are giving away.

This is my second post for this month and your last chance to comment for a chance to win the above stamp set:


I have decorated a wooden frame and used the lady from the stamp sheet, as the focal point. I have also stamped out the word "collage", from the sheet,  on to tissue paper and added that to the frame. Please remember, it is only the collage stamp sheet that you can win. the additional stamps I have used are not part of my giveaway.

Supplies used from the Artistic stamper:

Collage art 1 stamp sheet... HERE
wooden frame HERE
chit chat stickers HERE
lacy border stamp HERE
text stamp (calligraphic mat 13) HERE (scroll down)



Thursday, 16 August 2012

Snazzy steampunk challenge.


The theme over on the Snazzy blog at the moment is "Steampunk". I couldnt let that lie and not have a go, could I? So I took a nice shint new pine box and, yet again, tried to make it look like it had been kicked about a muddy field for 100 years....


I made a box using an adorable (and a bit crazy) stamp from Katzelkraft that says "I am so Special" lol. The cogs are also a stamp from Katzelkraft.


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Triptych ATC

I like using up the small bits of paper i have left after making a large project, but dont always know what to do with them. I decided to make a wee ATC that turned in to a triptych. I used up some scraps of Graphic 45 papers. I used some of the ABC Primer and some of the Olde Curiosity Shope....

Its pretty much a cut and glue on to card sort of a project with a bit of sanding, distressing and embellishing. as ever, I used my versamagic chalk inks on this. I used Gingerbread and Turquoise Gem. I added a couple off little charms to the ribbon; a wee piggy to match the front cover and a wee Victorian boot to match the second inside cover.
 To Jazz it up on the inside, I lined each panel with some dresden/german scrap.
A while back, I made some vintage style fabric ATCs and sent them to the first three folks who commented. sadly one went missing in the post. So as Suze-Jo missed out, I am sending her this instead.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Rusted box: for a swap

Are "Altered Art" artists, the only people crazy enough to want to take a nice shiny new fresh wood box, and try to make it look like it had been kicked around a muddy field for 100 years?

I started with one of the boxes from the set of four from Calico crafts HERE.
I painted the box with a wash of raw umber acrylic paint and let it dry, then I rusted up some music collage paper from HERE, using the rusty tin and vinegar technique. I glued the paper to the box and let it dry. using sandpaper, i distressed the paper and sanded it back along the edges (useful, as I cant cut straight to save my life)...
You can allow the paper to really tear in sections, it adds to the old beat up look and as the paper was rusted, it isnt fresh and white when torn. if you did use new paper, you can always add ink or coffee stain to age the tears.
I highlighted the edges with treasure gold. added a vintage rusty tile to the lid (along with a stamped image torn out and some embellishments) , changed the clasp on the front and added some wooden feet (little door knobs).
I also stamped some alphabet letters over the rusted paper. finally i gave it a coat of sealer and protector.
This one is for a swap I am doing with my craft friend and fellow Calico crafts designer, Lesley.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Happy "Artistic Stamper" Anniversary: Part 1


Well, it is the 2nd anniversary of  "The Artistic Stamper Creative Team" blog this month, and to celebrate, Jennie is giving away stamps to some lucky followers. How do you win these stamps? well here is how it works....

Each Team member has chosen which stamps they would like to work with this month and those are the stamps you could win.
For example: I  Have chosen to work with the 'collage art 1' sheet shown here...
 To win this set you must leave a comment on one of my "Artistic Stamper" posts this month (either here or over on the creative team blog which you can find HERE )

At the end of the month , I will use a random number generator to pick out a winner from the comments on MY posts.. and that person wins the stamps.

The other members of the team also have stamps to give away and its the same process.. leave a comment on their posts and you can win the stamps they are giving away.

 My first example, featuring this stamp sheet, is a gentelmans personality test in a box.  Its a pretty simple gadget, spin the spinner and see what personality trait it stops at....


Supplies used that you can find at the artistic stamper:

Collage stamp sheet HERE
Medium wooden box HERE
Game spinners and time piece  HERE
Chit chat stickers HERE
black stazon ink HERE

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Holidays: Artistic Stamper Challenge

Well its the 1st of a new month, and that means there is a new Challenge theme going on, over at "The Artistic stamper Creative Team" blog... And the theme is holidays! well, you could be forgiven for forgetting its holiday season right now. However, I did not allow the rain to dampen my spirits, as I had decided to use "A British seaside holiday", as my inspiration. clearly its a British seaside holiday of long gone days as, this year, you would have been as wet out of the sea as you were in it.

I made an acetate card. To make the card, I simply folded and cut out a square(ish) card from a sheet of acetate. I used up the scraps to stamp out the film strip stamp.  on the reverse side (the side i didnt stamp on) I coloured the film strip with a light touch of "alcohol Ink". I used butterscotch and rust. I also used a punch, to punch out the holes along the edge of the film strip.

next I stamped out some images from the seaside stamp collection, and coloured them in. I cut them to size and attached them to the film strip...  I stamped the fish on to paper and coloured him in, then attached him to some acetate and cut him out. I wanted him to be sturdy so I could stick him with his tail hanging off the edge of the card.
I stamped the bubbles straight on to the acetate card.

As you cant write on an acetate card unless you add an insert, (and that detracts from the point of using the acetate) then i decided to make a tag to write my greeting on. I made another acetate filmstrip and attached it to the inside like a pocket.  I stamped and inked my tag and slipped it inside.



It was very simple to do, but quite effective I think.



Please do go over to the Creative team blog and see what the rest of the creative team have come up with for the "holiday" theme.  probably based on more of a  longing than fact. here's hoping we get much more sunshine next summer. And please consider taking part too.


Stamps used:

Film strip
seaside No1
borders A6 #2
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