Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rabbit Canvas

 This an altered canvas that I did to enter the wonderful Grungy Monday Challenge. The canvas itself was a printed one with flowers and such like on it. There were also little clocks on it which gave me the inspiration do use the little rabbit from the Spring Sprung collection by the great Lord Tim of Holtz, the man in whose honour this challenge has been started. I used all of the techniques which he used on the tag which you can find here. I painted over some areas of the canvas with snowcap paint dabber. I then masked off the canvas using the wheels and cogs masks and sprayed with vintage photo re-inker and perfect pearls mixture. The flowers were made from grungepaper, two of them were covered first. The edges of the canvas were painted with the fab crackle paints in tattered rose, old paper and broken china. I dulled the colours down a bit with vintage photo ink. 
The bunny was stamped on grunge and heat embossed. I painted over him with the snowcap and added a little crown. I think a crown counts as a hat doesn't it? If so I can enter this into the Simon Says challenge which is all about hats.

The art letters are done using the grunge blocks and alphas.
Hope you like it!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Vintage French White Farm House On The Prairie Give Away!

Believe it or not all of these bits and bobs are up for grabs on this wonderful blog. Check it out.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monochrome Thank-you Card

I have promised myself that I will try to remember to take pictures of cards as I make them and post at least some of them. This is one that I made as a thank-you for a friend in the UK. The card was edged with a punch from x-cut and inked up with pumice stone distress ink, over-stamped with one of Lord Tim's flourishes. I embossed some packaging using the postcards embossing folder, (again from Tim, are we noticing a trend here?) and cut out the oval postcard symbol. I painted the back of it with snowcap paint dabber from ranger. The paper is from the shabby chic stack by, yes you guessed it Tim Holtz as are the stamps used on the little postcard.

This is the inside of the card which was completed in a similar fashion to the front.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Feast or Famine!

You know the old saying 'It's either a feast or a famine'? That's the way I am with blogging. I will not blog for ages and then I blog twice in one day. 
I just had to show you these boxy, hangy things that I made. The one on the left is made with the Lord Tim of Holtz's configurations box in the small size. It is for a baby girl and is covered in the papers from the Shabby Chic paper pack, tissue tape around the edges a little tattered rose crackle paint and VoilĂ . 
The one on the right is a traditional wooden version with fixed openings and a clasp on the side. The papers are from the Lost and Found pack and again tissue tape paint and ink.

A close-up of the pink one. Those little socks were my little girls when she was born. How cute are they?


The letter"L" and the letters S and K and paint and mess, but not as much as earlier, had to clear a space to work on. The letter is about 8" tall and is covered with papers in a patchwork fashion and then all of the edges were done with tattered rose crackle paint.
If you are wondering why I have a photo of my desk here, pop over to Julia's blog where she will tell you all about it.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Curiosity Box - At Last!

I'm sure you are all well aware that the great and glorious Lord Tim of Holtz was teaching at a wonderful Paper Artsy event in Newport Pagnell last month. I was one of the Golden Ticket holders and happily toddled off to be inspired by the Master himself. I spotted him on the Thursday evening when I arrived at the hotel and very nearly wet myself with excitement. My D.H. was with me at the time and broke into gaels of laughter at the sight! 
Anyway I have posted the lovely project which we made in the morning session already and I thought I would share the final pictures of my finished project with you. What a project, such fun to make and what a way to make four hours disappear almost instantly. 

Some close-ups of the details. The transparency has a little battery operated tea-light behind it. Clever idea eh? I will be using this idea again methinks. The little bottles are filled with beads, pen nibs and other bits and pieces. The little cage has a bird charm attached.

You can just see the faux printers blocks which spell the word Tim. The clock is pointing to 2.00pm (the time of the class) and there are two other blocks which make up the date 2011.

My little lady has a skirt made from a flower folded in half and tied around her waist and she has a lovely metal wing. All in all I had the most fantastic day and found the great man himself to be quite lovely.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Arsty Crafts Project

This is the project which I made in England at the Artsy Crafts Day. I really enjoyed making something new and using new products and techniques.
We painted paper, used ink sprays. Cut metal and used the fantastic new Fresco paints from Paper Artsy. Leandra and Lin made the class a pleasure to take.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dress Form

Hi everyone. I thought I would post this dress form that I finished today. I covered the form with decopatch paper in gold and white crackle pattern. The bottom edge is decorated using some vintage trim which was in a sewing box passed to me by my mother-in-law. The box was a treasure trove which had been her mothers. The piece around the waist also came from this box and is a section of a hand laced collar which has then been painted! It is truly stunning. I used some trim as a dangling necklace, added lots of tissue paper flowers cut using the tattered florals die and added some wings cut with the fanciful flight die. I also added some vintage sequin thread to the neck and base. Finally a pin with a 'Muse' tag to finish.
The flowers were sprayed with cosmic shimmer mists and perfect pearls mist. I painted white paint over the muse tag and then wiped it off, to highlight the word.

The back of the dress form was finished with a satin bow and a paper flower.

A detail of the flowers and the decopatch paper used to cover the dress form.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Artsy Craft Day with Lord Tim!

A picture of me with the man himself. He was so lovely. 

I asked him to pose with my two 'Flat Pack' friends!

This is the box which we made in class, it was gorgeous. We got bags full of lovely goodies to fill them with and wonderful, funny tuition along the way.