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 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.

Fairy Friends

Hi Everyone!  This past week I have fallen back in love with a fairies and actually went on a wild adventure in search of one.  I went to where the wild things are.  You can see just what I saw while on my journey over on the Altered Pages Blog today as we team up this month with Sin City Stamps.

Here's a sneak peak of where I went.

I want to go where the wild things are - one of my first plays with Pan Pastels

And whilst searching for fairies I found some more and just had to use them to create some framed ATC's which I will be giving away next month when I go to NZ to meet with some of my crafty friends.  These delight creatures are from the Butterfly Fairies Collage Sheet from Altered Pages.

Supplies Used:
Cardboard for ATC Backs
Leftover Paper Scraps
PaperArtsy Grunge Paste
Distress Inks/Stains
Staz On Inks
Small Flower Stamp
Various Embossing Folders & Hand Carved Stamps for Impressions
My Own Hand Carved Stamps
Fairy Collage Images
Dew Drops
Perfect Pearls
Gel Medium

Thanks for stopping by.

Scrapping some more on Sunday!

I have definitely been in the mood to scrap these past few days and being able to do it digitally enables me to be sitting out interacting and watching TV with the family at the same time.  Here's a few more Digital Layouts I created on Sunday.

My first layout was inspired by me spending a hour or so out enjoying the sunshine and weeding the garden in our pool area.  I was thinking of Spring and warmer weather and the beauty that comes with that.

Joyful - uses paper and elements from the Simply Me Kit by Heidi Nicole Designs.

BB - Bright and Beautiful uses papers and elements from the His Purpose Mini Kit from Heidi Nicole Design and template from Southern Serenity Designs.  BB (our cat's name) is short for Bright and Beautiful which is what the meaning is of her true official pedigree name Clarabell. Both BB and her brother Felix love climbing into boxes or anything that resembles a box, no matter how big or small. Here she has jumped into my waste paper basket in my craft room and is sitting on the rubbish in it.  I just happened to have my camera handy to capture the photo.

Let your Dreams Take Flight Journal Page uses papers and elements from the Bucket List Kit by Meagan's Creations. This quote always comes to mind when I see a kite. I loved the dreamy colors and elements of this kit so thought I would make a quick page to finish the night.

Moving into Monday I hope you have a great week!

A Scrappy Saturday

Hi Everyone I hope you are doing well.  I've been tied to my computer of late doing behind the scene things for Unruly PaperArts which I continued doing on Saturday along with tiding up my hard drive and organizing documents and photos onto an external harddrive.  Its amazing just how much we accumulate over a short period of time.  But I am feeling a lot better now that I have done this and it makes it much more easy to find a file I may be looking for.

Because I was already at my computer playing with photos I decided to do a couple of chick digital scrap layouts while I was sitting with hubby the football and a late night movie.

The first one is photos taken from a day in April this year when we took Curtis who was in our care at the time to Dolphin Magic at Coffs Harbour.

Dolphin Magic using Papers and Elements from Heidi Nicole Designs Everyday Matters Spring Collection

The second layout is of some of my feathered friends who frequently visit our garden.  As you know I love to relax by sitting, watching and taking lots of photos of them.

Feathered Friends using Papers from the Bucket List Collection by Megan's Creations.

Both of these were quick layouts using Die Cut Templates Vol 3 Layout Designs by Meagan's Creations.  Templates for Digital Scrapping are where the Design is all done for you you simply add in your choice of papers and elements.  Dolphin Magic uses Papers and Elements from the Everyday Matters Spring Collection by Heidi Nicole Designs and Feathered Friends uses Papers from the Bucket List Kit by Meagan's Creations.  Both Designers have stores at the Digi Chick.

It hasn't been all computer stuff, I have been making a start on organising arty things to take to New Zealand and playing with a few new supplies for upcoming Design Team Projects.  While this morning we spent a short time outdoors weeding in the warmth of the winter sun.  Starting with the garden in our pool area as we thought we'd tackle the one with less weeds first.  Only about 10 more gardens needing our attention.

I do hope you are enjoying your weekend whether it be a scrappy Saturday or Sunday or just a relaxing time with the family! :)

Steampunk Book Covers

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all doing well!  Today I have an extra project being shown on both the Altered Pages and Leaky Shed Studio Blog.

The Altered Pages Design Team has been showcasing the Leaky Shed Chipboard Elements throughout July.

I decided to play with the genre of Steampunk, this is something I haven't really done too much before and using some 6 x 6 mat board pieces from Altered Pages  I decided to make some book covers.  I My projects features two sets of Chipboard Pieces from the Leaky Shed who have an assortment of Steampunk Inspired Elements for you to choose from.

I loved getting inky fingers and how this turned out!   But for all the details and to see my project in full you will have to visit the Altered Pages Blog.

Have to share my excitement too today as it's now only seven weeks till I fly out to New Zealand for holidays and my annual catch up with my AFA Art Friends.