Sunday, 30 September 2012

Postcards at Artful Times 14

Hope you are all enjoying Sunday. Nice and dry in my part of the UK. The latest challenge at Artful Times is a "Postcards" but you must have either text or numbers within the design, I couldn't decide so had both LOL. You should check out the DT designs all so very inspiring.  
My vintage Postcard background is TH papers which I have rubbed with Antique linen and edged with gold. Overstamped with a TH stamp stamp in the corner and the measure tape at the bottom. Added vintage lace my lovely lady she is a pre cut die I have had for ages and a chipboard C painted in gold paint and rubbed with metallic. I was supposed to be sorting my craft stuff in readiness my annual craft retreat week which begins on the 5th Oct WooHoo can't wait. We all sort out a project and to do so are very busy. A bit of walking, a lot of eating and huge amounts of crafting Perfect. 

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Altered Bottle

Morning everyone. Hope you enjoyed the Halloween theme as much as I enjoyed looking at your projects.
This week we are asking you to alter a bottle. I just love altering stuff it really is a lot of fun. I did 2 bottles got a bit carried away LOL. They both started out life as small shower gel bottles so are plastic. I have loads of these so plenty of shapes to chose from. I gave the bottle a coat of gesso and then painted with multi surface paint. I must admit it took about 4 coats. I have also used metallic rubs to age the look. The pink bottle has been covered in texture paste and once dry painted gold then added jewels.
The blue has been treated in the same but instead of texture paste I have used rock candy crackle glaze and metallic rubs. Both lids have also been decorated.

I am really looking forward to seeing your Altered Bottles. Enjoy the challenge. Do take a look at Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects.
Get ready for the Out of A Hat Christmas celebrations in October :)  Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comments. Hugs Sandra XXX

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Fashionable Stamping - Alter Something

Over at Fashionable Stamping the challenge is to alter something. I have used a little wooden heart hanging with a beach scene cos I just love the beach and particularly beach huts.
Painted it in sky blue, sponged gold around edges.
and Neptune ink through sequin waste.
Stamped the beach huts (Clarity Stamps) and stamped seagulls. the beach huts I have dabbed a little pink paint to enhance. The bunting is a die and is cut from felt. Thank you for stopping by. Hugs Sandra. X

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Halloween - Trick or Treat

Morning everyone, wow we had some gorgeous Oriental projects last week thank you for joining in with us. This week we have gone all scary well it is nearly that time of the year. I have made a tag using an image from Dezinaworld. It is black and backed with fabric that has been spatted with paint. Hand sticthed around the edge with orange thread. Then layered over with black sparkle netting and then calico more hand stitching in purple. The image printed onto acetate then glued to the calico. My young witch ready to Trick or Treating. I am looking forward to your projects this is always a fun theme. Do take a look at  Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects. Coming soon - get ready for the Out of A Hat Christmas celebrations in October :) Hugs Sandra XXX

Monday, 17 September 2012

Lovely Trees

The lovely ladies of The Artful Times have chosen "Trees" for the fortnightly theme, take a look at their DT projects just great. Such a lovely theme I am a tree hugger I just love em. I did a tag with the natural look so I cut out in brown card. Tore a page from an old nature book from a charity shop (I confess I find book tearing really difficult it seem almost sacrilege, but is very effective). I washed a little guesso over the page to dull the words and then dabbed through masks of sequin waste and harlequin dark red and dark green and stamped butterflies. I punched out 3 small tags inked the edges and rubbed in sepia then stamped the 3 different size trees from my clarity stamps, such gorgeous stamps. I strung them together and put at a slight angle for a bit of perspective. finished with a bit of lace, button and safety pin. Thanks for stopping by to look and your comments mean so much. Hugs All Sandra X

Thursday, 13 September 2012


Fabulous projects ladies last week thanks you for joining us. This week we have gone all Oriental this is a lovely theme and gives a lot of scope to create so I do hope you will join us.
I have made an ATC (2.5 by 3.5 ins) the card has been painted black and the edges heat embossed with gold. I have also embossed a little butterfly and some ghosting flowers stamped onto the card. The vase is made from papermania Oriental selection and is raised up. The flowers are made from ribbon and a little jewel in the centre they have been mounted on wire to raise up very simple from me this week.  Please do look at Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects. Coming soon - get ready for the Out of A Hat Christmas celebrations in October :) Hugs Sandra XXX 

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Recycle Packaging

Wow you all have some lovely techniques and projects to share with us. A BIG thank you. This week for the thrifty crafter we ask you to sort out your bits of packaging be it cardboard or tins anything really. We all keep some I am sure, I know I do. We are asking you to make a project out of this stuff. I made a tag out of an old amazon box. I tore of the cover to reveal the corrugated and rubbed some metallic gold over it, I made a vase from the rest of the package and stamped text on the backing bits. The heart and flowers and leaves are made out of a beer can and coloured with alcohol inks. The heart is covered in stickles. I have attached pieces of old wire to the flowers to enable them to lift up. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. Please do look at Florence, Janet and Chrissie to see their lovely projects. Coming soon - get ready for the Out of A Hat Christmas celebrations in October :) Hugs Sandra XXX 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Inchies for Artful Times

Over at the Artful Times challenge blog they are looking for inchies. I always think these little loves make such lovely projects and the DT team have certainly provided some gorgeous pieces.
I have chosen an ATC (2.5 by 3.5 ins) the card is coordination's sanded back, I think it looks like a piece of denim. I have cut a piece of calico (I love working with this stuff) the stamped image is the top bit of a Crafty Individuals set onto an inch card in sepia. Glued to the calico and framed by lace  and decorated with tiny little blue buttons. I have added a little hand stitch, vintage lace and a heart button to finish.
Thanks so much for dropping by to take a look. Hugs Sandra XXX