Thursday, 26 April 2012

Out of the Hat Creations Challenge 6

The "Arches" Challenge certainly did produce some fantastic work from the Hatters team Chrissie Janet Florence
and from those that took part Monika Cathryn Zoe Suze
so a big THANK YOU for joining us your work was stunning and it was lovely to see you.
This week we have a new challenge number 6 from Out of a Hat Creations these challenges are themes from the "Hatters Team" and all thrown in a hat then pulled out so you never know what it might be. I must admit this week (to use a picture you love or the one published on the challenge site to influence a project) had me a bit stumped. I have a picture on my dinning room wall which I love See photo below. I bought it from a cafe in France, sounds romantic but it wasn't it was the wettest July they had for donkey years and we had an awful holiday but did pick up this lovely picture and did some antique shopping (for garden tat), trust me there was nothing else to do LOL oh that's not true we drank the wine hee hee.
So using my picture I made a clean and simple abstract design on a card using chalk inks and stamping and I just had to add some bling. Way out of my comfort zone as I don't do clean and simple or abstract. I do hope you join in with us even if it out of your comfort zone, well it is a challenge after all. Have a lovely weekend fingers crossed for some sunshine. Hugs All and thanks for your kind comments.
Sandra XXX

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Out of the Hat Creations 5

This is our 5th challenge from the Out of a Hat Creations challenge blog. This week it is a shape them "Arches" there are so many different styles so hopefully this will get the creative juices flowing and you will feel like joining in with us. I do hope so.
I have used a 4 by 6 ins arch and painted it in pomegranate used some crackle glaze and painted over it in storm cloud needless to say it didn't crackle as it should, still as all good crafters do they solider on and so I stamped my swirl in purple ink and the text in black. The little frame is a Nellie's oval and it is die cut out of purple paper and I threaded silk ribbon through it. I then mounted my stamped little girl (I love this stamp). My chipboard bird has been embossed in white wow and then woodware shabby white and pink sparkle. The glitter spots are sequins. The title:  well I was listening to my Elvis CD and singing along to yes you've guessed it. "Its a Wonderful Life"  This whole piece is actually more purple than my camera has shown. Do pop over to Out of a Hat Creations and join in we would love to see you there. Take a look at the other team memebers projects they are great. Chrissie, Florence and Janet. Thanks for stoppin by. Hugs Sandra X

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Pebby's Altered Book

I really wanted to share this lovely altered book with you. It has been made by my Mum (Pebby) she has spent a while on this not really knowing where it was going and then finally the finished project. She bought a book from an second hand book shop (it is Oscar Wilde) anyway the centre was cut out then layers of guesso and paint, stamped and coloured with DI tissue (it is text stamped) and stuck to the book front metallic gold rubbed into it and the bottom corner used texture paste, alcohol ink and embossing powder and charms pushed into it.
The sides and back have been guessod and metallic rubbed and text stamp.
The flowers are coloured with glimmer mists and the centres are handmade by Mum as is the 2.5 ins miniature bear (Oscar) he is designed by Mum and made from mohair and fully jointed.
Mum is a miniature bear artist of some note popular world wide. I am very proud of her and this is a really lovely altered book.
Thanks for looking Hugs Sandra XXX

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sea of Green

The 2nd challenge from the ladies at The Artful Times has been set by Sam and she loves Green. Hence the theme, we can do anything so long as it is predominantly green. As I have a horrible cold and feel like death warmed up I have had a very quiet day crafting got a good few projects sorted (every cloud has a silver lining) :D. I have chosen to paint a little canvas with sage and then stamped the florals with 2 different greens, bamboo and green tea the flowerpot has been stamped onto green paper and cut out and stuck on. The stems are green silk ribbon and the rolled paper flowers have been cut out of green paper. I have used orange to stamp the butterflies and colour one of the flowers. The edges of the canvas have been rubbed with metallic gold. Oh yes I added a little heart button and a mouse popped out from behind the flowerpot. :D Thanks for looking. hugs Sandra X

Friday, 13 April 2012


The Craft Room Challenge is running a Music themed challenge and for this I have cut out a 4 x6 ins arch shape and used DI victorian velvet, bundled sage, dried marigold and antique linen. Stamped with my new swirl stamp in purple, torn some music sheet and rubbed in antique linen added gold leaf and a few punched out butterflies (the paper I used  had music notes on them) the mage is from paperwhimsy download which I cut around, highlighted with a white gel pen and added gold leaf on her wings and placed slightly raised. I added the saying (please excuse my grammer) a rolled flower and a few pearls and lace. Thanks for dropping by. Hugs Sandra XXX

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Out of the Hat Creations. challenge 4

The Challenge pulled out of the hat (Out of the Hat Creations) for this week was a bit tricky as I had to rummage around in the Diamonds shed sacred ground LOL. He bless him thought I had completely lost my marbles (maybe he is right LOL). Anyway I found a large tin full of all sorts of stuff like old coins, snaps,  washers, brass bits (collar dog backings) from his Army days some old buckles and old sacking.
I decided to make a fabric art (art really?) hanging. So I chose 2 sorts of fabric that had a design that looked like rusty circles and old colours. I backed with some wadding and did a bit of free form sewing all over it. I hand dyed a piece of used colour catcher (I just love these sheets so versatile) using water and acrylic paint just a quick dunk and sewed it to my fabric. i covered the fabric with wunderweb and gave it a blast with my heat gun it resembles cobwebs which I also found in the shed :) I cut circles out of the colour catcher and sewed washers to it with metallic thread and sewed on the brass colour backings the snaps were fabric glued. It is all attached with wire and green garden sticks also from the shed. Thanks for stopping by me blog and the lovely comments. Hope you can take part in our challenge as I would love to see what you come up with. Hugs All Sandra XXX

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Out of a Hat Creations

This little time piece is something I have had in my craft stash for ages and not known what to do with it. the challenge this week at Out of the Hat Creations is to use something from your craft room you have had for ages. So I  decided to decorate the inside of this clock case. I used vintage style paper, cut out the face of a lovely girl to stick inside and added vintage lace and a bead there is also a little Jewell to the side, some pearls from her necklace and a  dangle bead and bow charm. On top of the watch case a tine heart with an arrow through (I put it too near her head OOPS) All the items are mementos that her loved one carry with him. I hope you can find time to join in you must have some stash you have always meant to use for fun. We would love to see what you can do just post on the  Out of the Hat Creations challenge site.
Thanks for looking Hugs All XXX

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Artful Times Challenge 1

A new challenge blog has sprung into action called  "Artful Times"  run by the lovely Von, Neet and Sam. Good Luck Ladies :) the blog looks great. The first challenge is make a tag.
As it is spring and we have had some lovely weather and all the blossom is out (I just love it) I felt all flowery. Tag cut out of a lovely piece of paper inked over to tone down, decorated with vintage lace a flower made out of a pinwheel and small Rosette mixed with a bought flower and leaves. The butterfly is chipboard embossed, I stamped the words. Clean and simple unusual for me.
Also a quick plug for another new blog where you can take part in a challenge Out of a Hat Creations. There will be something for everyone so do check it out if you have time.
Thanks for looking and hugs all. X