Saturday 16 February 2019

Animals - Sweet Stampin' DT

Morning all,

Time for a new Sweet Stampin' challenge, and as it's "love your pet day" on the 20th, we're looking for anything featuring animals.

I figured I'd have a play with my Distress Oxides and chose a unicorn for my animal (hey, no-one said you had to be able to find it in the local pet shop! lol)

Of course, the horn doesn't show up so well, because I decided to cover it in Stickles, but it's there. Promise!

Now it's over to you, dig out your animal stamps and come play with us. don't forget to check out my fellow Sweeties' on the SS blog, as they have some gorgeous inspiration waiting for you.

Have a fantabulous day!


Saturday 2 February 2019

Chinese new year - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning all,

It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin', and as we're almost at the Chinese/lunar new year, we're looking for oriental themed creations, or - as it's the year of the pig - something with a pig on it!

I went the oriental route, and made an exploding box card. It's the first time I tried one, and it was pretty straightforward. Just a little more time-consuming than usual, so I doubt these are going to be my go-to any time soon, lol.

I decided to Japanese inside my box, as I'd had these images for an absolute age, and never got around to using them.

So, that's me. Go take a peek at the fabulous creations my fellow sweeties have come up with, and then why not come play with us?

Have a fantabulous weekend!


Friday 1 February 2019

February challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Hello again,

Back with my second altered project for the day, this time for Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

I had a play with another canvas, but where the earlier one was full of colour, for this one I stuck to a neutral palette.

I signed up for Creative Jumpstart 2019, and for me the most inspiring project of the month was that of Mystele Kirkeeng. Her projects used all of my favourite supplies and techniques, and it served to remind me that learning new things is great, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun playing with what we know and love too!

So this is my canvas, inspired by Mystele. I hope I did it justice!

The creative jumpstart theme is "My home is my castle", and so I tried to incorporate a few things that I enjoy when I'm at home, such as book paper (I'm an avid reader), a teacup (because I adore tea. Especially really nice loose-leaf ones), and I included a pen nib alongside the heart, as hubby and I met at a time when we both wrote, and it helped to bring us together (I met him in the pub, where he was sitting on the floor in the back, with his manuscript spread out all around him!).

So there it is. One mixed-media home-themed canvas. I hope you have some ideas of your own about things you enjoy and want to turn into a piece of art. when you do, be sure to come share it with us!

Have a fantabulous day!


February challenge - Altered Eclectics

Aaaaand we're back!

After an extra long 2-month challenge, it's finally time for a brand new challenge over at Altered Eclectics, and this month I have been playing with a canvas, and did a Finnabair style portrait.

The face was drawn by my lovely daughter, and I added the rest.

I love this kind of technique, because you can take all those bits and pieces you don't know what to do with, or are the wrong colour, or just plain ugly, and turn them into something prettiful!

Case in point: The large gemstone/diamond looking embellishment just to the right of the big flower below. I got a whole packet of them in a craft box a couple of years ago, and I really thought they were awful. They were really tacky-looking plastic things in not very nice colours, and they'd been taking up space in my craft stash for too long. But on this project it doesn't look out of place at all!
After all the paints and waxes are added, you get a lovely uniform look, that can hide even the most (formerly) ugly embellishments!

Why not give it a go? Dig out some of those pieces you've been hanging on to, even though you don't really like them much, and transform them into something beautiful. Please do come and share it with us when you're done though!

Back in just a minute with my next project!