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30 October 2013

Yellow Brick Road

For Dragons Dream Tag It On this fortnight the theme is a film of your choice plus - texture, embellishment and a hint of red on a tag with at least one stamp - all chosen by the fabulous Silvia. Our house has a few favourite films but Freya and I both love The Wizard of Oz! 
I made a yellow brick road inspired background using a Wendy Vecchi stencil and some flowers with some of Wendy's  Embossing Pastes. The centre of the sun (or another flower) is a Blossom Bucket embellishment. 
I had a picture of Dorothy that I added the hint of red to - Stickles on her shoes! I hope you'll join us this fortnight - I'd love to see what films you choose! The rest of the team have chosen some really great films to give you more inspiration - why not check them out

28 October 2013


The really rather lovely Zoe has chosen the theme of 'Autumn' for this fortnight's challenge at Crafty Boots. I wasn't really sure how I was going to interpret this theme but one look through a quotation site on the internet (I LOVE reading quotations - I wish I was that witty!) and I knew exactly where to start! I chose to use my journal, Dylusion inks and my Tattered Leaves die! How will you interpret the theme this time? I'm really looking forward to seeing your projects!

15 October 2013

14 October 2013

My spooky family

This fortnight's challenge at Crafty Boots was chosen by my wonderful friend Dionne and is Halloween. She is encouraging you to think about witches, fairies, dragons, leprechaun, hobbits and other mythical characters! I wanted to make something a little different and so made a page in my Dylusions Journal. The background is Dylusion green inks and after stamping on the leaves and spending ages colouring them in with Crushed Grape Dylusion ink I then liberally misted them with water so the ink ran and looked more spooky. I love how the ink changes colour as it reacts with the water! 
The people are Tissue Wrap adhered to white card and then cut out using Dylusion masks as templates. I misted them with more Dylusion inks and then blotted them so they had a hint of colour. The heads were severed (!) and replaced with skulls in hats! The phrase is again from the Dylusion range but I replaced the word 'normal' with spooky! A huge thanks to Dionne for choosing this theme - I had a ball making this! I hope you'll join in with us this fortnight!

7 October 2013

Something Spooky...

For latest Country View Crafts Challenges latest theme Something Spooky, I decided to create a second decor piece, this time using a Five Panel Frame. Like my first project this month, I used added many layers of Fresco Finish paint, including crackle glaze, and inks until it looked grungy and aged. 
The back piece was painted so it would be darker and give a greater contrast to the Grungepaper images from Tim Holtz. Each image was coloured with  inked them with Antique Linen Distress Stain and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The skull was stamped and then embossed which gives it a different texture to the other images. The ticket stamp was coloured with Distress Markers so that the number could be in Spiced Marmalade!
I hope that you'll feel inspired to join in this month - there are prizes to be won!

2 October 2013

One Word...

For this fortnight's Dragonsdream Tag It On the theme is 'Word' - chose any word (or words!) and incorporate it with a tag and the following recipe - brown, die cuts and layers. 
I chose to die cut out of my tag rather than add die cuts to it and then layered inks and lots of different Fresco Finish paints and a Dylusions mask until I liked the effects! The word I chose was 'play' and I used a PaperArtsy stamp that I adore. I doodled around the edge of the tag with a brown pen - I didn't mean to, I seem to be doing that a lot lately so I had intended to do something different but before I knew it there were the doodled lines! Hey ho!
Hope you join in with us this time - we're really looking forward to seeing how you'll interpret this theme!

1 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

I love the images associated with Halloween - they can be used in so many different ways to create projects from cards to home decor. For this month's Country View Crafts Challenges latest theme Something Spooky I chose to do the latter! 
I took a paper covered frame and added many layers of Fresco Finish paint, including crackle glaze, and inks until it looked grungy and aged. 
I then took a piece of calico fabric and painted it roughly with Snowflake. I then added a skull with Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Inks through a stencil and added a little more to the frayed edges of the material. 
I stamped lots of images from Tim Holtz and PaperArtsy on Grungepaper and inked them with Antique Linen and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stains. 
I am really looking forward to seeing your 'Spooky' designs so I hope you join in with us this month!