Monday, 30 January 2012

Altered Matchbox DT It's Crafting time

This week the DT members of It's Crafting Time where asked to create something using Newspaper.So i had this lovely big christmas match box i deceided to alter.I fist gave it a covering of Gesso.

Let the gesso dry naturaly,and i then added few coats of distress stains Vintage photo.

I lined the inside of the matchbox with newspaper which was also distressed.I then cut some images from the lovely Dezinaworld. I then distressd some SU white cardstock with distressinks and stamped TimHoltz sentiment with black arcvhival ink and stuck to the front of the matchbox stuck the first image onto the front and added Glossy Accesnts to his hat.For the old key i used Tim Holtz Altered Metal Alcohol inks technique

The bak i used an ideology ticket and grunge alphabet and distressed then added Glossy accents to enhance it.Added somemore ideology embellishments
This piccy below the matchbox standing up showing you the back.

Sideways view

Hope you like my altered matchbox which is now ready to be sent for a swap

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

For Your Eyes Only

Good Morning on this wet damp drizzly Norfolk!Today i have a tag to show you which i have done for Hel's Sunday Stampers which this week the theme is Eyes ,but also incorporated Simon Stamp &show challenge which this week id dong Title .My title is "For Your Eyes Only"james bond movie sung by i think Sheena Easton.

I have took the route of steampunk for my tag i have distressed the Tim holtz die cut tag with Gathered twigs and vintage photo.I have used a beautiful image from the lovely June's blog HERE.
I have added another of June's lovely images the face mask but added Tim Holtz pin so it looks like a hand mask with bow on.Added some wire netting,i have used the free stamp from a Craft Stamper mag to stamp the flower out on newspaper,cut out and added glossy accents and floral brad to centre.The Brads holding the netting are also Tim Holtz.The sentiment is computer generated.Thebow is papermania.

Hope you all have lovely day thanks so much for all the lovely comments on my altered gravy pot.Also the stamp folder i made from recycled hardboard they are much appreciated.

Have very creative day!

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Good Morning all you lovely woywwers hope youve had a good week.Welcome to another woyww last Wednesday of January Where does time go!Girls wil be on half term soon!Anyway this where we all go around the world snooping at craftyness.If you'd like to join in pop by Julia's blog and join in the wednesday ritual.

Thankyou agaion for all the lovely kind messages youve sent Sophie and especially to Annie she was over the moon with the card and cute teddy ,never seen anythinglike that before.Still not well we are waitning on the bloods to come back hopefully today,so may be we shall no more,can't afored her too loose naymore weight as shes look thin ,and grey.Had the papers from the council and health board as they were informed straight away!Well new years not got of to great start as l;ast week and im still sorting out our bank are card was skimmed and lost alot of money.What annoys me is thr bank has told us they have gone into our account all hours of day and night various times took money out .They where a company apparently bet when looked into it registered at empty pizza resturant somewhere in London!!!!So im unsure wether we will get anything back!But just been a nightmare getting to call and change debit card /bank details .Thankgoodness bank did most of the transferring.So thats been my week.So nothing much done in the crafty area.Yesterday managed to start a tag for Hels Sunday stampers hoping i find time to complete ,and last weeks project still on the desk untouched!

Now i have to say got around most of you last week the ones who didnt get message just wouldnt let me leave one again so i expect that would be blogger playing up once again.

Above is the tag i started and afew charms and bits ready for going onto it.In the background last weeks project not much further forward.

Below is my Tim Holtz case i am trying to fill and get organized this is on the floor to the right of me.I shall try and get round you just hope blogger isnt having one of those days he seems to be having far too many lately!

Have fab wednesday and creative week until we meet next week whihc will be 1st Feb .Time just seems to fly and still no snow!:( Just remembered for all who wanted to know where i got my steampunk images from here's the link:

Love n hugs

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012


Good Morning and welcome to another woyww yep....Wednesday again and boy are these weeks going fast.since christmas time just seems to be flying by!So if you wanna join in with the weekly Ritual of the tour of craftyness to see what everyone's been upto and of course the state theyve left their desks pop on by Julia's blog.

Before we get onto my desk which isnt that inviting today i will update you on my Eldest daughter.As you know has not been well now since Dec27th.Well she's still not well im afraid to say took her back to drs for check up on Monday and now this infection has now spread from originally in her bowel ,then kidney now into her muscles.So it's not good ive got to take her on friday morning to have another blood screen.As this infection if it has gone into her bloodstream may end up in Hospital.In the mean time she's on another anti-biotic a stronger one.(If this dont work i think they will take her in for IV antibiotics)So just waiting game as she wastes away she's lost so much weight as few weeks now since this happened .Thankyou for all the lovely messages ,cards people have sent i and Sophie do appreciate them very much!

Now onto my desk the top piccy shows centre of my desk i have got round to playing with my Studio940 art parts ,Not got too far as yet as ive completed my stamp folder and altered gravy pot i know alot of you wanted to see.They are coming up.Some flowers i got as birthday present that arrived yesterday,also yesterday got another B'day prezzies which is a fantastic Tim Holtz conficurations tray ...ohh my expression when i opened it must have been of excitment ,as Sophie turned and said omg not another Tim Holtz thingy!!!how many do you

This above piccy is the pile of bits stacked ready to use on this next project .Printed sheets of some Steampunk images.few clock parts and my 2 altered books sadly to say have not got any further than last weeks peek.
Now below is a file i have made from recycle cardbaord and made into a stamping folder to hold more of my stamps .More piccys and deets HERE

The below piccy is my Gravy pot now altered more piccies and details are HERE. As i know that few of you were interested to see how it turned out.

Well thats all have a great Wednesday and Creative week ahead .Hopefully we have seen the back of this cold spell although stil wishing it would snow!(Im about the only one who does want it to care sorry if i didnt make it round you all will try better this week hopefully more time today.Girls who one my Candy will try get to post office next few days..

Love n hugs

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Altered Gravy Pot

Altered Gravy Pot From This to....

This........ Vintage lady holder
Good morning another -5 frosty cold morning sorry i didnt get chance to upload yesterday.So here's the altered gravy pot.This is a swap im hosting alter something from your kitchen cupboard.Now alot of you kept asking how do you get rid of the smell.Well first wash it out this is cardboard pot, dry and then i add a lavendar bag into the pot cover and leave for few days and bingo hey presto no gravy smells!
I first covered the pot with Bo bunny "EtCetera Collection" distressed and stamped some sentiments randomly Artistic Stamper meaning of;us a couple from Timholtz.

Then i added this gorgeous bit of ribbon with beading work around the top.Ive had this in my crafty stash for while you know the feely touchy lushy one that you dont realy want to

I found this beautiful image in my stash that i coated in crackle paint and left to dry for few days .Whilst i got on with the altered domino.which you will see further down in one of the piccies.Once crackle paint had dried i wanted lots on so did take some time you can help along with heat gun but wasnt in a rush so let it crack and dry by it self.I then rubbed down with dry baby wipe and added vintage photo distress inks ontop so the ink went into the cracks.
Hopefully close up in piccy below..(.you may have to click on it to enlarge and see better closeup)
I added tissue tape to cover up the seam of the paper where it over lapped and then added small vellum butterflies punched out with wee pearl on running down the tape

I added various embellishments around the pot ,from tags ,butterflies to charms and few extra pearls onto the ribbon around the top .

The wording DREAM i added glossy accents to to give abit of dimension.

The pot it self is stood on a round wooden piece of board whihc i sanded and then distressed with distress stain vintage photo and the glue guned it onto the base.
Well i hope you like the end result of my recycled altered art gravy pot.Before you throw anything away just take alook and see wether you can alter it!You will be surprised .This is now going off to my swap partner for her to hold her tools,pens ect on her craft desk so do hope she likes it!

I am entering this into januarys challenge over at the Artistic Stamper:Vintage theme.

Have good day and see you tomorrow for WOYWW yes wedensday again where are the days going to!

love n hugs

Monday, 16 January 2012

Dt Post for It's Crafting Time..Recycled Stamping Folder

Good Morning Monday sure is a cold frosty one here in Norfolk.Today is my first creation for Dt post over at It's Crafting Time.This week is a sketch made by the lovely Pina.I have used the sketch and rotated it for the fornt of my creation.Which is another folder to keep my Tim Holtz ,Crafty Individual stamps in. Now i have created this as many of you who know me i hate throwing anything out .So i have used some hardboard from the large envelopes someone sent me .
I have cut to the size that i required leaving little index corner at the top of both pieces .I have added 3 holes with my Big bite as i will be holding this together with jump rings.
After cutting out i then sanded all edges down so they were all smooth.I have used papers from my stash for the front im unsure who these gorgeous papers our from.Ive had them in my crafty stash for sometime you know the ones we lush about rather than the back and inside ive used Bo-bunny "EtCetera Collection"I have used scor pal tape to stick down all papers as i adore this stuff and sure it wont come off at anytime.As this will be a well used folder once completed.
Photo showing after cut hardboard and added holes

I then distressed all edges using Ranger Distress Inks.
In vintage photo,Gathered Twigs.I added the lace to the hession and fixed that to the front cover .(Do this before adding decorative paper to inside as this way covers the edgingup).
I then distressed my die cut and small doilie using the inks as above.For the Title i used Grunge board letters .(from the seasonal set.)
Inked those using the same distress inks then added Inkssentials Glossy Accents to the letters,let those dry naturaly.I then went onto make the lace flower cut a strip of lace depending on length depends one the size of the flower you want to end up with.For this i only wanted a small one .Along the top of the lace use a running stitch pulling slingtly as you go so it starts to ruffle.Then when you get to the desired shape finish off by sewing the middle of the flower together.I have then distressed a wooden Button in vintage photo ink.
I have added this to the center of the lace flower with a length of twine.

Once the letters are dry i then Distressed some scrabble tiles with Gathered Twigs Distress ink
I cut some corragated card and distressed that the same but then added Tattered Angel Glimmer mist Latte to give a bit of a glimmer to.
Now i stuck the letters down to the card except the "S" at the beginning and end these i stuck onto the tiles to get some dimmension.To finish off i added pearls from my stash in cream and brown.The top i added beautiful metal lock which i wanted to age abit so i followed Tim Holtz altered metal wth paint technique which i use alot.I used Arondack snow cap dabber
applied directly over the metal charm in all the wee edges ,before the paint dries simply wipe excess off with a cloth,until the desired look you want appears .I then added some distress ink vintage photo on top in some areas to get the finished oldy look.

For the inside cover i distressed round the edges using the smae 2 inks.Then i used distress stain in Walnut and splatted randomly on the page to get the desired effect i wanted .This is the inside front cover whihc will be the index.The letters are grunge and covered in distressed vintage photo ink,once dried wither with heat gun or left i added glossy Accents.

for the back cover same as the inside except this time i added some stamped sentiments from Artistic Stamper in distress inks Gathered Twigs from the Autumn seasonal set.

I then added a quote from the bo -bunny paper set i used and distressed edges ,then added glossy accents to the wording .Leave to set.You can if you want to add fibers or ribbons to the jump rings but i like mine left plain on this occassion.

Then you can either fill with plastic sheets to hold your stamps or just use the card they come on.I had some Tim Holtz sleeves left so thats what ive used .I am entering this into this weeks Simon Says Stamp & Show : Anything but a card.

I hope you like my recycled folder for stamps ,i actual fact you could make a folder like this to hold your metal dies instead of plastic sheets use magnetic.

Well i hope you like my finished altered item would love to know what you think .Please pop over to the Challenge blog and join in with the sketch at it's Crafting Time
Have alovely monday please pop back tomorrow as i have an Altered gravy Pot to show you!

love n hugs
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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Late Birthday Present

Morning all just quick one as still attending to poorly daughter found out yesterday she has High strain of the infection Campylobacteriosis .........lovley.So just carry on but having to push fluids as i can see her ending up in hospital at this rate.Anyway stole few mins to come and show you something that made my day!!!! Just had to show you what arrived in the post from my friend in America!So lush i just love Wenddi's Art Parts.Im lushing over all her new releases that she's show casing at the moment.

But how excited was i when i opened the parcel which i have to say only took 3 dyas YES 3 Days !!from USA how about that for service better than royal

I shall let you drool too.

Just need to find time to play maybe at weekend if not too shattered when rest family home can go sneak into

Have fab day looks very snowy sky here think snow on it's way next week can feel air getting colder and feel snow in my bones...lolusually right too!!!!

Love n hugs

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Woyww ....Candy Results

Good Morning Woywwers yes flying by it is Wednesday and another day when all us addicts travel around the world to view all the lovely crafty desks.To see what everyone's upto.Thanks to the lovely Julia the brains behind this Wednesday Morning Ritual so pop over to the Stamping Ground and join in.

First of all i would just like to say big Thankyou for all my lovely Birthday Messages left l;ast Wednesday and also on friday when i turned it was so lovely made my day!im easy pleased.Also thanks so much for all the well wishes you sent my eldest daughter she is still poorly and the DR/GP is ringing everyday.which have to say makes a change !The results came back and she has got Salmonella Poisoning which is also affecting her Kidneys.So we are now on 3rd antibiotic,anti sickness pills plus pain killers.She is getting very down as shes not been out since 27th Dec when this hit her.she's nearly takeing as many pills as me daily.Keep making her smile saying gotta get you a medicine pot!What does really annoy me is the school are on my back first time shes been off they sending letters ringing me asking that we keep all drs appointment cards obviously to prove shes been to see them.So ive now going to send her back with all the empty pill packets and date them in letter .They soon get fed up as were up to 9 at the moment.Well will she be back monday i was asked yeaterday,so i just said how longs a piece of string !

So thats everything up to date oh my mojo returned on Monday not to the usual get up and craft but im trying to find sometime daily to craft where i can.

Well this is my desk this morning and the large tub is the gravy pot you may have seen on my desk last wednesday ready to be altered ,couple of books i have also started on altering never finished.

This piccy is to the left of my work desk and under that 12x12 is a DT project that i cant show until next week .But i have altered something to make a folder for my stamps.Thats all im .The wee pinky wheel got free with homemaker mag and it is to make flowers with as you can see last night had wee play,but didnt get completed.

This is where everything gets pushed to the right of the
My distressing tools which havent been put awayone of the altered books im finishing and a wooden round whihc ive just added distress stain onto and is drying for next project.

Thats my desk this week i will add photo of the gray pot as ive nearly finished altering it .so hopefully will upload later today.
Candy Results

Now Big thanks to everyone who entered my candy afew of you didnt add to sidebar or follow rules so you where ommited plus not being funny i think from what i saw they were just these peeps who just look for candy!if you get me .Anyways we have added names to hat and the first name pulled which will get prize 1 .......................;drum roll.bongo's

CONGRATULATIONS GO TO......The following

FIRST PRIZE.........CATHY (N0 16).... surprise package with T/Holtz


Then i thought lets do couple more so i pulled 2 more names from the hat who are:


FOURTH PRIZE...........ANN B (14)

So girls please email me at address on my blog with name addy details.You have until Sunday 15th to claim your prize.Wish i could give you all something,but dont dispair i have alittle valentine candy coming soon!
Just to say Blogger playing up has the diagnostic notice displaying when i go to visit various blogs so will pop back later and try again....dont you just hate it when you get that!

Have fab Wednesday take care

Love n hugs

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Candy Now closed

Thankyou for all the lovely birthday wishes.The candy is now closed and will be back Wednesday on the WOYWW post to announce the winners.Sorry not been on before now but daughter still poorly and have been back n forth to drs.Have lovely Monday hugs

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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Woyww 135....Our First Woyww for 2012

Welcome to the first Woyww of 2012.Here's Wishing You all a Very Happy,Healthy,Creative New Year.Now first woyww of 2012 how exciting wonder what this year has in store for us?and wether it will go as fast as 2011...Who knows ehat i do know it's the Wednesday ritual of traveling around the world to visit other crafters alike see what theyve been upto.So if you would like to join in with this fun wednesday addiction pop over to the Boss and take part.Before i show you what's going on in my workspace just quick reminder if you havent entered my Candy be quick only 3 days left so check it out Here.Yes thats when i turn 21 again!oh my another grey it will be a nice day all bestest peeps born in jan im day before Sir Tim Holtz hows

Anyways enough of birthdays and age we havent got off to great start this year already.My eldest fell ill last wedensday and well had emergency dr in New years day as she just couldnt keep anything in some bug or food poidoning unsure which but no vomiting and i re member when i had salmonella boy did i throw up!He wasnt much help except told her she had bug gave dyoralite well im sure most of you know the taste is ransid.Then the biggie starve for another 4 days .poor girl nothing on her anyway.Today wasnt happy with her so took to see our dr tonight explained everything .Well shes dehyrated whichwe new of course .Now she has servere pain round her back and left side whihc today been told the infection she has had has now travelled to her kidneys due to dehydration.So apart from being in pain ,on the toilet,not eating poor things has had fab new year!At one point my youngest daughter went in to living room to see her sister then i heard almightly scream .Ran in and sophie was laid on settee my youngest chloe thoought she was dead so pinched her when she had no reaction started slapping her face!!!poor thing but she does look ghastly but we did laugh about it after ,at least she cared as usually at each others throat!So thats my start to new year apart from that we are

Now my desk well yes bit state this is whats on the center of my crafting a tesco gravy grannules pot im just starting to alter .As my mojo seemed to joi Hels and go on it's hols for while.But hoping it is back now to stay.

To the right of my desk this is where i push stuff and pile is my scor pal tape whihc i just loveeee,Empty ribbon reel ready for altering .Also acouple books i sm going to alter and post it nore box.Nothing much exciting .Mind did get my prize from Neil thanks so much my battery died before i could photograph them so i shall do that for next week. Lastly i wanted to show you this beautiful altered Jar that i was given by my good friend June when i was home.Couldnt take better piccy as battery died in camera.Must make note to myself to re charge camera before
Absolutely stunning photo doesnt do justice.Anyway enough rambling from me .
Have fab wednesday and like me i hope your glad to be back to normality!well as normal as we can be for another year or should i say 11 months!
So better get started on those Christms cards and gifts for next year wont be
Love n hugs

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