Friday, 30 September 2011

Groundhog Da Vinci.

You may feel you have seen this before. you are ALMOST correct. I did make one very similar a while back and it sold on folksy, the very same day that someone else went in to buy it. So this one is on commission. Its a little different to the first one as its to be used to keep a pocketwatch in, so it has some reclaimed pocketwatch cogs and parts on the lid.Its made using the Katzelkraft DaVinci stamps. I'm very very fond of those stamps.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

story book box: for the Artistic Stamper

It's My last day as guest designer for The Artistic Stamper. Please go take a wee look at the project if you have time and leave a comment. comments are always appreciated.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Flooded Steampunk pocketwatch.

Another pocket watch case that has been filled with reclaimed jewellery, beads, pocket watch cogs and wrist watch parts.

And the winner is.....

I used to generate a number. the comments were numbered as follows.
1 to 25 were the blog comments
26 to 36 were the facebook comments. chose the number 18

i counted down to the 18th comment and that was from Fuchsia

Lynn if you would care to email me at with your postal address I will get the goodies sent off. I have a few crafty individuals 6 x 6 papers to add to it so hope they are of use.

thanks everybody for showing support and joining in
Z x

Thursday, 22 September 2011

A little bit of this and that

Well, the lovely lady (Louise Pringle of eclectic shock) who buys my altered dominoes and watches to incorporate in to her jewellery creations is coming round soon to get new stock so as I have next to none lol I have been making those. Also have my last project done for the Artistic stamper but you cant see that untill the 28th lol.
The jewellery isnt very exciting. its more of the same really. She loved the dominoes with the Crafty Individuals bird cage with the added bird charms so I made her three of those. And I have made two collage pocket watches. One of a sailor (top of the page) the other of a mermaid. The mermaid one still requires embellishments added tot he outside loop though. here it is so far to let you see. the images are as always, from ARTChix.Of course I will probably put them in Folksy on the off chance they sell there before she comes and can make more for her.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Thank you 'giveaway'...

I meant to do this when I reached 200 followers on my blog but that happened and went, then I decided to do it when I reached 50,000 visits but again that happened and time got away from me. SO... I am doing in now as I just reached 100 followers on my new facebook page.

Its a giveaway to say thank you to my followers, who I have to say have offered me the most wonderful warm support over the last year or more. Leaving comments, emailing, taking the online classes, saying hello on my facebook page... I appreciate every single comment I get very much.
This giveaway is for my followers so if you dont follow the blog or the facebook page then you wont be counted. If you are a follower then please just leave a comment so i can put your name in the proverbial hat ( I will probably use a random number generator). If you follow both the blog here AND the facebook page you can leave a comment in both places and get two entries :)

The stamps are by kind permission of Jean from Crafty Individuals
The wooden shapes (bauble, snowman, gingerbread man) are from Helen at Calico Crafts
The Seahorse, mini arch and bird shapes are from ARTChix
and the brass look charms are from me lol...

Thank you all and I look forward to continuing to hear from you and share ideas with you here and in facebook.

Closes for comments on Sunday 25th Sep midnight (Scotland UK time )

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Old Navigators Box. For Calico Crafts

Well I liked the map paper so much that ive gone and covered a cheese box with some. stained it up a bit more with vintage photo distress ink and added some gold gilt wax polish (as well as a vintage optical lens and a metal Aeroplane embellishment.).
the paper is by 7 gypsies and is available from Calico Crafts HERE.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Phileas Fogg's Map holder. Designed for Calico Crafts

Helen from Calico Crafts sent me this little door hanger container. I decided to put it together with some of the 7 gypsies papers I bought from her, and create this vintage looking map holder.
the metal corner embellishments and the metal ring (a part from an old pocket watch) were from my own personal stash.
It shows how easy it is to get a nice looking wee item with just some paper and glue. I added the papers with glue then used some "Vintage photo" distress ink. I applied it with some of the blending pads... then I put a coat of Mod Podge on it. after that its was just a case of sticking on some nice bits of metal.

little bit of halloween fun. for Calico crafts.

I was given the task of making a Halloween decoration for a home that has kids. (drat so I cant scare them to death with it then?). So i came up with this quick and fun little hanging using a selection of items from Calico Crafts. As you can probably see its raining here so there are rain blobs all over the item (sorry about that)
I used a picket fence wooden shape, a round shape (its meant to be a christmas bauble lol but it got "altered". I used some of the driftwood twigs, the fake moss, some ivy leaves and the red berries are from a berry garland. all from Calico craft. the pumpkin image on top of the round wooden shape is a vintage image I simply printed out. I used mod podge to protect the paper of the printed pumpkin.
the black cat is an eco shape cat from ARTChix.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Time machine Oil: Altered Bottle: SSSS steampunk.

I enjoyed making my steampunk bottle of oil (special time machine oil) for the Artistic stamper at the beginning of the month... And as it happened Jennie (The owner) loved it too. but as I couldn't bare to part with it then I decided to make another smaller version.... Here it is. its about half the size of the original.
I think its appropriately steampunk enough to enter in to Simon Says stamp and show this week...
The stamps can be found in the Steampunk section of the Artistic stamper Stamps.

Explorer's journal; Designed for The Artistic Stamper:

Sneak Peek:I am Guest Designer over at "The Artistic Stamper" creative team blog this month. This is a sneek peak of my second piece. I would be really grateful if you could pop over and take a look (and maybe leave a comment).
Thank you
Z x

Friday, 9 September 2011

Tags for Katzelkraft and Alter It Monthly.

Please click on photo to enlarge (shows up the glitter better too lol)
I made this quick set of tags today using my new Arbres stamps from Katzelkraft. very simply done but so pretty. I did some with a gradient effect with chalk inks starting with snowy white at the bottom and working up to midnight blue... some just two tone white and sky blue and some just a highlight of blue on the edges.
I stamped these pretty little christmas trees (or / and snowflakes) on in permanent ink then using a fine paint brush and some slightly thinned down glue i highlighted areas and sprinkled them with clear crystal fine glitter. You cant see the full effect in the photo but they are very very frosty and twinkly. I attached some crystal like leaf effect trim to the bottom of some and punched decorative corners in others.
As they are trees they also fit the theme over at Alter It Monthly this month. there is a fab goody box being offered up by Calico Crafts to a winner chosen by random number generator. so all you have to do is be in it to win it.

Stamps available from Katzelkraft and also from the Craft Barn in the UK.

ARTChix Tomb stones

I couldnt resist turning one of these little eco tomb stones, from ARTChix, in to a goth pendant as part of my costume for halloween. I am going to a victorian themed Ghost night at a mining museum. The museum is actually the old coal mine with shafts and machine rooms etc to visit. We then get to go to the tearoom and enjoy some wine and ghost stories. lol. I will be using my steampunk costume as it is victorian in style but just leaving out the steampunky accessories like goggles etc but adding this spooky pendant.

The little bronze toned skull can be found at Calico Crafts.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

An early start. Designed for Katzelkraft

When working for design teams you kind of HAVE to be a bit early with christmas makes. you need to show the items in lots of time to let people see them, decide if they want the stamps (or supplies), get them ordered, wait on delivery and then still have time to make all your cards and tags before christmas. (especially if you sell at craft fairs in november)
Can you tell I am pathing the way with excuses for bringing you christmas Items so soon? :)

Both of these boxes were made using stamps from Katzelkraft. These Stamps are also available in the UK from the Craft Barn.

Gold leaf distressing technique.

A lot of people have asked how I get the shabby chic / distressed look when i use gold leaf. Those who have been doing my online tutorials will all ready know this as it was included in the "altered Boxes" class. I have added this part of the workshop to my facebook page for those who have asked. its so easy to do.The rest of the workshop on how I do some of my altered boxes is still available only to those who wish to pay for the full class. (there is a link in my side bar to take you to the information on these)

Z x

Friday, 2 September 2011

Craft Stamper Ideas Gallery: Autumn Glory.

Just Another "Sneak Peek" I'm afraid. to see the whole thing you must buy the "Craft Stamper" magazine. The gallery theme this month is "Autumn Glory" - Trees and leaves with an autumn feel.
Mine is more of a family tree really but the colours are autumnal. If anyone has questions about the project that are not covered in the "Web Extra" on the craft stamper web site then don't hesitate to ask.

Phineas Pinchbeck's Time Machine Oil. For the Artistic Stamper.

Sneak Peek:I am guest Designer over at "The Artistic Stamper" Creative Team Blog this month. looking forward to it. My First project is posted. Please go over and take a wee look and leave a comment.
Z x

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Hanging around: For Crafty Individuals.

Over on the Crafty Individuals blog, this months challenge is titled "hanging around".
I recently received the new stamps and among them was the church and crow stamp CI-139 (love it). I also had this plain clear glass hanging ornament that was the same shape as the church windows so thought the two might go well together. So here is my glass window hanging. It looks great at the window but was impossible to photograph like that so instead i simply had to lie it on a piece of white paper.
I have given a brief step by step of how it was made on my facebook page (but its pretty self explanatory I think). Thanks for stopping by. Please go take a look at the Crafty Individuals blog and maybe join in the challenge. it has a wide scope for anything that hangs (canvas, wall hanging, tag) or simply for friends hanging around together... lazy days of hanging around. its your interpretation that counts.

Alter It Monthly: Tree, Leaf, Branch, Twig...

Over at "Alter It Monthly" this month, the theme is; Tree, Leaf, Branch, Twig...
I made this gift box for a friend and it fits the theme I think....
Please go join in if you have time. Anything with a tree or leaf type theme is acceptable. altered items include alterd tags and ATCs etc so no need to hold back because you think you dont "do" altered art.
There is a prize from Calico Crafts this month for one winner chosen at random by the random number generator. You have to be in it to win it as they say ;)

Here are a couple more prompts for the theme...

A Simple ATC:
A Shadow frame with Stamping.

An altered wooden Woodland Box:

Black luxury. An altered bottle for Art Daily Cafe

  The theme over on Art Daily Cafe this month is “Black luxury” so I have altered this big bottle using mostly black gesso and jet jewel pa...