UFO's part 1 - Altered tin

Finally I tackled one of my UFO's, an altered altoids tin in a vintage perfume theme using my Graphic 45 stamps from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe.

Materials I used are;
Old book pages
Pinkpaislee Paper Pad 6 x 6 - London Market
Vintage Seam binding - Turquoise
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo
Paper Flowers
Martha Stewart Punch - Branch Leaf
Graphic 45 Cling Stamp Set - Olde Curiosity Shoppe 2
Eco-Friendly Acrylic Paint - Black, Mushroom
Metal embellishment
Bling from an old necklace

Digital Images are from The Graphic Fairy


The Stamp Man Challenge - Shabby Chic or Distressed

Once again there is a great challenge at The Stamp Man Challenges, this time it is Shabby Chic or Distressed.

For my card I used a wonderful stamp set from Artemio, don't you just love the butterfly! I used Versamark Watermark to create a resist technique with the postcard stamp and coloured the background using various Tim Holtz distress Inks.

For the butterfly I did something different. I coloured a piece of Calico fabric using the same Tim Holtz Distress Inks, stamped the butterfly on top using Stazon Ink and then cut the butterfly out. Before I added it to the card I attached a piece of adhesive foil tape on the back, that way I can bend it any way I want and make the butterfly more dimensional. For embellishments I punched out some daisy flowers and leaves and added some bling. The text I created on my computer.

Materials I used are;
Artemio Clear Stamp Set - Butterfly Collage
Stampendous Embossing Powder - Clear
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo
VersaMark - Watermark Ink Pad
Card stock - Kraft, black
Vellum - Red
Stazon ink - Black
Inkssentials Foil Tape
Craft Creations 12x12 - Christmas Scroll Cream
Piece of Calico Fabric
Woodware flower punches - Daisy
Martha Steward Punch - Basic Frond Leaf

You can find the materials at The Stamp Man


Gothic Arch Challenge - Spring

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

Percy Bysshe Shelley "The Sensitive Plant"

Materials I used are;
Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber - Willow
VersaMark - Watermark Ink Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die - Artful Dwellings
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers - Mini Hearts
Design Originals Paper 12x12 - Dictionaries and Manuscript
Crafters Workshop Template 6x6 - Cherry Blossoms
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint - Rock Candy
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
Vellum - Yellow
Papermania  Punch - Mini flower
Stick it 3D Foam - Squares White

Digital Image - Butterfly
Text - created on my computer

Digital Images are from The Graphic Fairy


How many UFO's do you have?

Yes, I have a confession to make... I am a slow crafter and I have many Un - Finished Objects lying around. My mind is filled with idea's and I can't find enough time to finish my projects quickly.... I always have something on the go. But sometimes... I have more than one on the go... well here they are;

Which one I finish first depends on my mood.... here's my Work In Progress...

  1. Recycled wooden display trays - altered, painted and covered with Bo Bunny Etcetera papers...
  2. Altoid Tin, painted with gesso and off white acrylic...
  3. Papier Mache Oval Box - covered with Kaiserkraft Sweet Nothings Papers and Modpodge...
  4. Recycled Music Box, added a layer of gesso...
  5. Wooden Picture Frame - painted, crackled and embellished with metal corners...
  6. Papier Mache Rectangle Box, covered with black gesso...

Wishing you all a crafty weekend!


In love

Today I was in a Graphic 45 mood and created this card, the paper is from The Steampunk Debutante collection... one of my favourites. It always makes me happy to work with Graphic 45!

Now for the embellishments I cut out a heart, embossed it and added crackle paint (Rock Candy),  I love the effect of the crackle. Last but not least some trim and bling to finish.

Materials I used are;
Card stock - Black and Creme
Graphic 45 - Steampunk Debutante
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers - Mini Hearts Set
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Musical Flourish
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint - Rock Candy
Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Acrylic - Halo Pink Gold
Trim & Bling


Gothic Arch Challenge - Eggs

My friend Christine has been playing along for a while at The Gothic Arch Challenges and sort of infected me with the bug he he. Thought I give it a go... the current challenge is "EGG".

Materials I used are;
Acrylic Paint - Black
Ecogreen Acrylic Paint - Pure Silver
Metallic Rub-ons - Pewter
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Victoria
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint - Rock Candy
Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Acrylic - Halo Pink Gold
Copic Ciao - Black
Stick it 3D Foam - Squares Black

Text - created on my computer
Digital Images are from The Graphic Fairy


Recycled Altered Glass Jar

Now this is a technique I love doing.

First I cleaned and dried the glass jar thoroughley, it needs to be absolutely greace free. You can either paint on the jar directly with acrylic paint or cover it first as I did. Using pieces of masking tape I covered my jar completely, making sure I go criss cross with little pieces of tape to create a nice texture.


I then painted over it with Lumiere paint and let it dry overnight, I made sure that I can still use the jar and covered the lid only with paint.

To decorate the jar I cut out 4 squares (to cover all four sides of the jar) with my spellbinders using chipboard because you need a strong surface for the Faux Cloisonne technique. You can find a tutorial of this technique here. I used black utee to create the 3 layers and perfect pearls and moonglow to colour the black layer. With the dragonfly stamp - using the Brilliance Galaxy Gold I stamped in the utee after I re-heated it. The perfect pearl colours mix beautifully with the utee and the Galaxy Gold, I love the effect of this technique.

Materials I used are;
Recycled - Glass Jar
Recycled - Old Chain and Necklace, Old Brooch
Recycled - Thin Chipboard
Aspects Of Design - Dragonfly Stamp
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Squares Large
Tsukineko Versamark - Watermark Stamp Pad
Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad - Galaxy Gold
Ranger Utee - Black
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Glow - Tibetian Poppy Teal
Ranger Perfect Pearls - Pearl, Blue Patina, Green Patina
Jacquard Lumiere Paint - Metallic Olive Green, Pearl Turquoise, Halo Blue Gold
Masking Tape

Aspects Of Designs Stamps at The Stamp Man