A Christmas Tag

I delivered my finished mini book order today and they were thrilled.......I wasn't however because I forget to take some photos..............doh! A last minute idea of adding some beautiful images from the Graphic 45 Secret Garden and Botanical Tea Papers along with one from Fab Scraps which I purchased yesterday whilst visiting Time to Create had me creating right up to the last minute.  I had my camera out ready but then got side tracked as you do.

Oh well, it has definitely inspired me to make one for myself at a later date but for now I am still creating for the swaps I have signed up for.  One of them being a Christmas Tag Swap.  Inspired by a couple of current Challenge Themes, I revisited some I made last year by creating a similar background using Distress Stains and stamped text. Today's tag is however layered a little differently and uses a different stamp for my main image.

I love the effect achieved by dotting the Distress Stains across my background.  The Christmas Text (Darkroom Door) stamp was stamped with Memento Luxe Ink - Color Rhubarb Stalk, the edges inked with Red Archival Ink, and the ornament image (Unity Stamp Co) was stamped with Jet Black Staz On and Colored with Memento Markers - Love Letter, Pistachio and Peanut Brittle.  The torn paper was some left over from another project and the decorative strips are from Bazzill.

I am linking the above tag up to the following challenges:-

Craft Room Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Vandicrafts.com Artistry Challenge #13 - Fashion Your Background
Inky Chicks Challenge #40 - Christmas
Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - Christmas (Old Stash Item Used - Bazzill Decorative Strips)

Here's a look at the one's from last year using a similar background and idea.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Vintage Christmas ATC's

My apologies as I am still a bit slack with my posting and commenting since my return from holidays.  I have been working on a special order/project as a retirement gift, it's a mini book with tags, each tag is for decorated on the front and blank on the back allowing each person to write a special message.  The book itself is also decorated and has special quotes.    I will share more about this once it's completed and it has been given to the recipient however today I do have some more small pieces of art to share by way of some Vintage Christmas ATC's I have made for a swap over at ATC's for All.

My backgrounds were created simply by tearing a mix of papers into pieces and sticking them down to create a patchwork effect.  I then added color to them using Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.

Next I used my Darkroom Door Polka Dot and French Text Stamps with Archival Ink in Green and Blue and randomly stamped these patterns onto the background before adding my collage images which are a mix of images from some free collage sheets and some from Altered Pages.

I added some further details with stamping using Black Staz on such as the Holly Leaves and Sentiments, color was added to my stamping with Memento Markers and Big Brush Stamper Pens.

To finish I added some faux stitching and edged them all with Gold Delicata Ink.  I have signed up for another 3 Christmas Type Swaps and hopefully these will all get me in the Christmas Spirit.

APC Week 3 plus a few other cards

Hi Everyone!  I have had a very lazy week since our return from overseas, reading and the odd bit of crafting here and there.

I am still nowhere caught up with the Altered Playing Card Challenge but here are my cards for week 3.

I am trying to follow at least the background techniques shown by Claudine each week.

The first card uses Alcohol Inks.  I only own three colors so used these with a little blending solution to create the background.  I then stamped some leaves and my sentiment onto the background with Black Staz On.  Coloring my leaves with a Memento Marker.  Before adding some butterflies that had been stamped on white paper and colored with distress ink and finished with a few rhinestonesbh.

My second APC has been colored with Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge and a touch of Aged Maghony Distress Ink all blended with a baby wipe.  I also added a sand texture to this with a touch of sepia ink.  I then used this same color in archival ink to stamp my sentiment before adding my stamped leaf which was fussy cut and colored before outlining with a white gel pen.

All the stamps I used on these cards were from Unity Stamp Co.

Also this week I have made a start on my swap cards for a PAT (Pick a Theme Swap) over at ATC's for All.  For these types of swaps each participant (5 in a group) picks a theme they would like a card to be made for.  Everyone makes one card for each participant in line with the chosen theme and then sends them to the host who then sends them out.  This type of swap is great if you are collecting particular themed cards as you end up with four cards to add to your collection.

Here are the first two.  I am playing in the Mixed Media/Collage Catergory, the first card theme was Buddah's and the second was Vintage Halloween.

The buddah image is one I have in my stash as I love buddah's myself and have a great collection of them.  The background is a gelli print with some black stamping (a flourish) down one side.  I then took a selection of off cuts from my G45 Birdsong Papers and layered these before adding my buddah and some Cherry Blossoms cut from another collage image.  The Geisha Stamp Image was from a collage sheet by Joanna Grant and I edged one side with a touch of Gold Leaf (I think this is what is causing my camera to put a fuzzy blur down the side of the buddah).

For my Vintage Halloween Card I used this delightful collage image from an Altered Pages Collage Sheet and layered once again some G45 papers (Steampunk Spells) over a black painted background.

Back home and getting into the swing of things.

Hi Everyone!  We're back from our overseas holiday and I just have to say that I had a fabulous time and New Zealand is a beautiful country.  I didn't have a chance to post anything while I was away so I have a bit to share with you now

Starting with some photos.

We started out in Auckland and spent one day touring the Bay of Islands before heading to Rotourua.

On the way we stopped off for a tour of Hobbinton (Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Movie Set) in Mata Mata.

In Rotourua we had a full Maori Culture Experience at Te Puia.  Which included the men being shown how to do the Haka, seeing a kiwi and exploring some of the thermal springs, mud pools and geysers.

We then had a lovely few days in Napier which is a beautiful seaside town known for its Art Deco Architecture and wine country.  Before heading to the most southern point of the North Island and the small fishing village of Ngawi.  We had four days staying in this very isolated, rugged yet beautiful part of the world.  We climbed to the the Palliser Bay Lighthouse, visited with fur seals at the seal colony and hiked into the pinnacles which is also a location where filming for the Lord of the Rings took place.

Mountains, rolling green hills and lots of sheep such as the photo below was typical of most areas we drove through.

From Ngawi we drove North West to a small beachside town of Waikanae which is where we stayed at a friends holiday home (just 45 min drive north of Wellington) and was the location of the AFA Australian NZ Art Meet.

Our get together catching up with old friends and making new ones was terrific, we crafted, laughed, drank and ate till our hearts content and the hubby's had a good time too.

Here's a look at some of what we got up to.

My drawing of a Tui (NZ Bird) ATC Size

One of my Birch Tree Paintings ATC Size

We learned how to draw birds from photos, paint birch trees with ink, coptic book binding, and how to make a goddess doll, to name a few.  We even had a full day of classes at the local scrapbook shop where we were shown how to make a button bracelet, an origami box and a wonderful chipboard quote book.

I am still a little tired, and need to find time to get around and visit you all to see what wonderful creations I have missed while being away.

Altered Playing Card Challenge and Getting Packed to Go!

Hi Everyone!  Since my last post I have been busy getting lots of art stuff ready to take on holiday for my 3 day catch up with my AFA New Zealand and Australian Friends which has included me stamping out and cutting up 100 x ATC Backs, and cutting up ATC Blanks along with preparing kits for the two classes I am teaching whilst there.

I will be teaching my Spring Topper and Paper Doll Christmas Angels.

I did however also manage to find time to join the fun of the Altered Playing Card Challenge being hosted by Claudine over on her blog.

Week 1 was to prep your playing cards by sanding and/or adding Gesso and for Week 2 Claudine shared cards created by using Spray Inks to create her background.

Here's a look at my two cards using Dylusions Spray Inks for my Backgrounds.

This Tim Holtz Quote Stamp was already out on my Desk and is so true!   I would drink to that hence my cute choice of collage image.

This bird stamp was also out on my desk from another project.  I added a little texture to the top half of the card background using a handmade stamp and a green ink  My word Fly was stamped on white then colored with Gelatos using a waterbrush.  

Around the edges of both cards I have used a checked border stamp by Dylusions.  I colored in some of the squares with a White Posca Paint Pen.

This is definitely going to be my last post before we fly out on Friday.......but I will try and do a post or two while we are away and I have a post going live a little later next week for Altered Pages where I will be using my Pan Pastels to create a fun journal page dedicated to my love of coffee.

Have a great week!

I'm still here!

Hi Everyone!  Sorry it's been a bit quiet here on my blog but once again I have been struck down by the dreaded flu and have spent the past week in bed mostly........this time it got the better of the rest of my family too with both my mum and hubby ill.  Not good when we are fast approaching the date we fly out to New Zealand......I have still got a to-do list a mile long.

Anyway I am popping on today to let you all know that this month the Altered Pages Team are partnering with Pan Pastels and my first project is now live over on the blog.  It also includes a video showing my recent play in layering and mixing them with other mediums.

The exciting news is that simply by leaving a comment on any blog post this month puts you in the running to win a wonderful set of Pan Pastels for yourself.  The more times you comment the more chances you have to win.

Here's a look at a little of my inspiration for my play too.......my little hybrid friend who has become a daily visitor and is not afraid to be only a short distance away from me,  

I am not sure how many posts I will be doing before heading off, but I will try and bring you a couple of posts with photos of our trip whilst we are away.

Weekend Play, lots of ATC's being made!

ATC's have been on the agenda of late.  Getting lots made to swap when I am in NZ next month.

All of these are using up some Gelli Prints with the first five using various images 
from Altered Pages Collage Sheets. Altered Pages have some great Color Themed Collage Sheets and Vintage Halloween Images.


The last two use various collage images I had in my stash from Studio Tangie AJC2014 and brought from Etsy.  The also use pieces cut using one of my Alterations Frameworks Dies.

 Thanks for stopping by today!

Crafter Hoarders & Altered Pages Challenge Blog Hop

Today the Altered Pages team is joining with the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Team for one of their fabulously fun blog hops - #14 Button it Up!

Crafters of every type are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store...usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!  You can participate in the Craft Hoarders Challenge and win a prize from the blog sponsor... Altered Pages!

What better than to team with buttons then some Vintage Sewing Collage Images and I couldn't stop at just one project.  I made two canvases like the one below, by layering grunge paste onto the surface and then stamping (to leave an impression and add texture) as well as adding my buttons. Once dry I used inks to stamp over my impressions and add the background color before finishing with some Dew Drops.

Supplies Used
4 x 4 Canvas Board, PaperArtsy Grunge Paste, Various Buttons, Kept in Stitches Stamp Set by Altered Pages/Mailbox Muse, Vintage Sewing Collage Image, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Staz On Ink - , Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Ink - Peanut Brittle, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Marker - Peanut Brittle, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Delicata Ink - Gold, Robin's Nest Dew Drops

I do hope you will join the fun, hop along and play along in the challenge too!  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog you visit.

Danie  May (That's me - You are here)

We have joined the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team to find the links to their posts visit the Craft Hoarders blog here

Don't forget that leaving comments during the AlteredPages and Craft Hoarders blog hop allows you to be entered into a random drawing for an AlteredPages Blog Gift - a Set of Japanese Oil Pastels and a huge Ephemera package.