Friday, 30 November 2012

Anything Goes

The lovely ladies (Von & Neet) over at Artful Times have set a theme of "Anything goes. Well last week I attended a workshop at my local Quilters shop. It was a fabulous day and Mandy Shaw of Dandelion Designs was our tutor (Lovely fun lady). We made this wonderful red work Christmas wreath. We ripped up strips of linen and tied around a coat hanger made into a circle. Then made felt stars and hearts, the designs are hand embroidered a first for me as you can probably tell by the dodgy holly leaves and robins LOL. But I am very proud of my wreath and happy with the theme so I can share it. Thanks for looking. Hugs Sandra XXX

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Return of the Mousetrap

Gorgeous music entries last week this theme really did hit the spot :) This week we are having good fun with the Mousetraps again I am looking forward to seeing what you can do with the MT. I have gone all sort of whimsical x steam punk. The MT has been painted black to start with, then crackle glazed and a whitewash cover which looked yuk and didn't crackle very well, so I dabbed some gold metallic and then dark blue through sequin waste. I have added patches of little watch parts pushed into glossy accents and dripped with rust alcohol ink. cut out the little boy added random letter and number painted with metallic gold the little label is his propeller made from the old watch bits I had. Do be sure and check out Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects. Take care and thanks for joining us. Thank you so much for the lovely comments left on my blog I really appreciate them. Hugs as Always. Sandra XXX  

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Fabulous projects last week Thanks for joining us. This week the theme is Music. I have a tag which has been inked with Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick and Tea Die. Stamped with text masked and stamped with music. A swirl stamped and heat embossed with gold. I added pieces of old book page and red music fabric (which I have brushed over with gesso) and a vintage music note charm. To me music goes hand in hand with dance hence my lovely ballerina. Do be sure and check out Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects. Take care and thanks for joining us. Hugs as Always. Sandra XXX   

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Use some Stash

Hi All, I hope you had fun with the Locks and Keys we certainly ad some gorgeous entries thank you for joining us and for stopping by to leave lovely comments on my blog I really appreciate it. This week we are asking you to have a rummage and use some of that stash good idea to clear out before Christmas to make room for more LOL.
I have made a retro / shabby chic butterfly hanging. I have covered chipboard with sticky back canvas, painted it with antique white and dabbed some metallic gold around the edges then stamped with text in sepia. The butterfly is made from some gorgeous retro fabric shared with us by Lorraine, I have made a very bad attempt at free form machine stitching ( I am still practising this technique but its hard). I have hand stitched to some jute and beaded and added some lace and buttons to finish. Hope you join us this week as there is gorgeous prize on offer. Do be sure and check out Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects. Take care and thanks for joining us.
Hugs as Always. Sandra XXX 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Fabric Tag

The lovely ladies over at Artful times have set a Fabric Tag as the theme. This fabric tag (The Elements) is made from a piece of canvas, card and calico. I made a sandwich of these pieces and painted the canvas with sand and antique rose. I have then stamped it with text in sepia and used a mask to dab through metallic gold and marked with faux stitching. The face is dabbed with the gold metallic and the hair blowing in the wind is fibres. It is supposed to represent the Elements, wind, sun, rain. Thanks for looking  Hugs Sandra X 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Locks and Keys

Hello everyone, gorgeous Nature projects last week thank you for joining us.
This week I think this week we have a fab theme of Locks and Keys it really lets you use your imagination. I have chosen to alter a matchbox it has been waiting to be altered for ages. First gave it a coat of gesso as I wasn't sure where I was going with it I ended up covering it with paper which had some pattern on it and stamped in grey some text and dots. I then added in small areas some rock candy crackle once dry I rubbed with copper treasure gold, added torn paper. The topper is chipboard and has been painted metallic gold then stamped with a romantic text heart stamp and a couple of jewels to finish. I painted the ends in gold metallic paint and added a gold bead for the handle. The inside has been metallic painted has the same paper as a liner and a piece of tea stained lace. The lock and key is chipboard and has been painted black then crackle glazed and painted over with the metallic gold. I have punched out two images and placed one under a fragment and the other has been glossy accented. Each side has tissue which I stamped with the word secrets. This someones secret assignation treasure. Now if you have not fallen asleep with all the details and still reading. well done. I confess I am quite pleased with this little treasure I am putting this matchbox up for a swap so if you fancy a swap with your Lock and Key project let me know, first come gets it oh I am happy to post anywhere. Do be sure and check out Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects. Take care and thanks for joining us. Hugs as Always. Sandra XXX PS next week we have a special prize on offer.

Thursday, 1 November 2012


Thank you to all who joined our Hatters Christmas and shared your lovely projects. Hopefully some good Christmas ideas have been swapped.
This week we are celebrating Nature it is a perfect time of year for it, everything turning such gorgeous colours, although my tag is more like Spring LOL well it must be spring in Australia.
I have DI inked the tag with worn lipstick, antique linen and tea dye, then stamped with text. The flower blossom is from an old book page and was already torn so I used it and inked the edges. The note edged green card is a punch I have from Stampin up. To decorate I have used tea stained lace, buttons. A piece of muslin stained with worn lipstick and ruffled into a flower fixed with a button, and a little chipboard butterfly painted gold. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me lovely comments. Do be sure and check out Florence, Janet and Chrissie lovely projects. Take care and thanks for joining us.
Hugs as Always. Sandra XXX