Thursday, 30 August 2012

Out of A Hat Challenge 23

 A very few did take part and made wonderful altered Mousetraps for the challenge last week so Thank You Ladies for joining us. It was a very different challenge but great fun, maybe if you ever have a spare Mousetrap you will have a go.
This week we are looking at Favourite techniques or products now come on we all have those don't we :) I found this really hard as I love so many techniques and use all types of products. However I have always loved the resist stamping technique but confess not to have used it lately. The technique is described beautifully on Sam's Technique Zone blog. There is a raft of techniques on this blog so well worth a visit. It is where I learnt about it. Very quickly, I used glossy card and stamped the swirl with clear ink, once dry I rolled ink with a brayer and then gently rubbed with a damp cloth to reveal the resist stamping. You can see this below. I must admit a couple hit the bin LOL. I then stamped butterflies in black ink to finish. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. Please do look at Florence, Janet and Chrissie to see their lovely projects. Hugs Sandra XXX 
PS Thanks to Sam for her brilliant Technique Zone

Monday, 27 August 2012

Floral at Fashionable Stamping

The challenge over at Fashionable Stamping is anything floral. Such a lovely theme so I thought I would join in. I have cut a piece of card 4 x 6 and covered it with muslin that has been sprayed with cosmic shimmer Lemon Grass. The torn paper is from a nature book and has been distressed and stamped with leaves. I have overlayed with stamped flower onto canvas and that I have painted with acrylic. The flower centre is beaded. The lace is vintage and the lace flowers are also beaded. There is a handmade flower with buttons and a sentiment to finish. Oh and the whole lot has been machine sewn with metallic thread. Thanks for looking. Hugs Sandra XXX

Thursday, 23 August 2012


Gorgeous projects by you all last week, it is always great to see what you can do. Can I just remind you to take a look at our  Hatter's blog & please read our rules of entry, Thanks.
I am really looking forward to seeing what you will make of this challenge "Alter a mousetrap" when I first heard this I did think OMGosh ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I did a few deep breathes and came up with this. I covered the MT in paper and stamped text over it, added bits of old book and gold leafing I rubbed in sepia to age it all. And on the shiny metal I dripped rust alcohol ink to age. To decorate I used  2 punched out paper hearts and I made 2 rolled paper flowers and a swirl. Can you spot my cheeky mouse he holds the secret to escape of the trap Thank goodness LOL. I do hope you give it a go it was a lot of fun doing this and the best thing is we the DT did a swap mine went to Florence and I was lucky to get Chrissies. Then Janet made us all one each as a surprise.
Thanks for stopping by and do look at  Florence, Janet and Chrissie to see their lovely projects.  Hugs Sandra XXX

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Black & White

Fantastic projects last week ladies, I love visiting and seeing what you come up Thanks you for joining us The Hatters. this week we have Black & White plus another colour. I have chosen a tag of black card and an inner tag of white card. The stamped image is one of my favourites she is so pretty it is from Crafty Individuals. She is stamped on white card and edged in black card. I have painted parts of the image in the additional colour rose pink (crafty notions) paint. The black lace has been added and the fringe. Thanks for stopping by and do look at Florence, Janet and Chrissie to see their lovely projects. Hugs Sandra XXX 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Decorate a Box or Bag

 Hope you are all finding time to craft with the excitement of Team GB I must admit I have really enjoyed this Olympics. I have still found time to craft as well. Thank you to all those who made a Lines project they were fab. So the
Out of A Hat challenge this week is decorate a box or gift bag. Hopefully you will be inspired this week. I love decorating boxes and recently did this box for my friend who had a very special
 birthday. It was the box my new mobile phone arrived in. It has been covered in paper and lightly painted over, stamped onto and embossed, rubbed with gold leafing pen and added embellishments. I have popped a button on the front to make a draw and inside I popped a matching altered domino book (sorry about the photo for this) and one of my little bears  (Louis 4ins high, designed and hand made by me)  the little sweater was hand knitted by my Mum. Thanks for stopping by and do look at And do take a look at Florence, Janet and Chrissie to see there lovely projects. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs Sandra XXX

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Mona Lisa at Artful Times

Challenge number 10 over at The Artful Times and Von has chosen Mona Lisa, she is a good choice, very iconic. I am making myself a sampler book a place where I can indulge my love of fabric, lace, buttons, beads, bows mixed with paint, ink and any other technique I want to try out.
My Mona Lisa is an image printed onto calico using Tshirt transfer paper. I have dipped a piece of muslin into watered down dusty rose acrylic paint for the backing and some of the embellishments. Used pieces of music sheet paper underneath the fabrics and for stamping the Eiffel tower onto. The fabrics are green silk (which is peeping through the lace border) cotton and vintage lace. The swirl is cut from gold card and I have beaded the top corner along with some hand cross stitches. I have rubbed some gold metallic to give an aged look. It was such a pleasure to make this. Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comments. Now back to the Olympics. Hugs All Sandra X

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Line upon Line

Thank you to those that shared their gorgeous projects with us last week and a big Thank You for the lovely comments you left us. I can't quite believe we are at Chelleng number 19 where has the time gone. The theme is Lines and I have choosen a tag with lines of sewing. I have used paper strips, fabric strips, vintage lace, and a line drawing stamp for the face, this was a freebie from craft stamper. I have machine sewn lines and hand stiched a border line around the stamped image. I am looking forward to seeing what you can do. And do take a look at Florence, Janet and Chrissie to see there lovely projects. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs Sandra XXX
PS Congratulations to  TRACY  of Papercraft Nut who is the lucky winner of Janets draw.