Sunday, 26 October 2008

Been a very happy stamper

As i couldn't make it to the secc i treated myself to a grab bag of 100 hamptom arts stamp from ebay.
A real steal at under £20.

I have been very good and put all my unmounted and ez mounted stamps into 2 file folders they wouldn't fit in one oooooooops. Took me a few days though lol but i eventually got round to playing with my hampton art stamps and some paper artsy stamps and cats life stamps.
I used alcohol inked paper and stazon for these atcs. I am very mean with my alcohol inks so i tend to do 3 A6 backing papers from each inked bit of felt (yes i reuse my felt to haha) i use blender to refresh the ink and get a paler effect each time.
The gorgeous collage used as a background on the imagine and trying to be good is from my grab bag, as is the love poem background, postmark stamps and saying stamp. The imagine stamp is from cats life and the others are paper artsy.
I just need to tell myself i do not need any more stamps now.
These atcs need new homes if anyone fancies one let me know.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

My first altered book

This is my first altered book.
I found a little old lockable diary that was just crying out to be altered.
Found this very enjoyable but very messy to do lol.
Used acrylic paints in black and metalics to paint it and yes my new fav toy to coil the wire and added beads to the wire on the front.
The image on the front is one of my new stamps my mum brought me back from her hols in oz.
I stamped it into clay and cut it out left it to dry the painted it black then used metalic rub ons to colour it.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Anniversary Card

Actually made a card today, not something i often do now i'm hooked on atcs lol.
Used a map paper for the big circle, a stamp for the quote 'to the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world'.
Cut all 3 circles using the xcut shape cutter circles and inked them with distress inkpads (vintage photo, fired brick and walnut stain), it doesn't show on scan but i then dabbed on a little metalic ink to give a little sparkle and stop the card looking too sombre.
Not a bad effort for a rusty card maker ;)

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Altered Puzzle Pieces

Been playing with my alcohol inks.
I am a cheapskate so brought a child's puzzle from a charity shop and inked the back of the pieces with alcohol inks, then triple embossed with clear embossing powder then wrapped wire round them (yes i coiled the wire first with my new toy lol).
Backgrounds are scrunched sweet papers glued onto card then painted card, got to have a reason to eat choccie lol, added feathers and the puzzle pieces.
I quite like these 2 atcs, i am normally very critical of my own work.

Mannequin atcs

These atcs are for a hosted swap on do crafts

I moulded air dry clay into torso shapes, coloured tinfoil using different inks (stazon, permenant markers and alcohol inks), scrunched up the foil then smoothed it out and wrapped round the clay (yes i let the clay dry first lol). It is quite hard to see but most of them have wire wrapped round them (my latest 'toy' in a coiling gizmo so wrapping everything in wire just now haha).
Added butterfly wings to 3 of them, feathers to one and sequins and skeleton leaves to the 5th.
For those from DC reading this yes i know it is 4 atcs but have included one for the host.