Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Freaky People Tags

I am in love with doing weird freaky people at the moment (see my stamp head ATCs) so I have also made some freaky tags. No postage stamps this time, just cut up magazine images. I went through my embarrassingly large stack of fashion mags and cut out bodies, legs and heads and then mixed and matched them. Stuck them on to inky painty tags and roughly (it is supposed to be rough - honest)  outlined them. I'm quite pleased with how most of them came out, although some are not freaky enough for my liking! They have names because they are being sent with the junk journal swap I am running over on UKScrappers.

I still have some tags left over so I may just make some more for me.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the day.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stamp Heads/Postage Stamp People ATCs (almost)

Strictly speaking, not ATCs at all as I used the wrong die. Oh well, so they're a little bigger, but that actually works better for some of the images I think. I have some old stamps kicking around and I thought it would be fun to do something with them. I took my stamps with heads on and placed them on images cut from fashion mags. I tried to match them as much as possible for size, colour, position etc. You'll see what I mean. I poscaed (is that a verb? it is now!) over the bits of the images that didn't fit in and voila! Stamp head people.

I thought these might make a good swap over on UKScrappers - off to do a write up.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Steampunk Altered Paintbrush

I am on a roll at the moment. I have also done two domino pendants but the photo is rubbish and they have been sent now. Not that this photo is much better, but hey ho.

My theme for this on was steampunk and I was making for Frances who made this amazing witch doctor altered brush for Lou. So, no pressure then! Mine is not as wow, but I think it does look better than in the photo. The face is made from liquid fimo from a mould I made, then painted to (hopefully) look like an old bronze so beloved of the Victorian era. The handle was covered with a door fitting and then the whole lot was smothered in watch parts. Reminds me of this fab song!

I hope she likes it.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Junk Key

Another quick update. I have finished a few bits all at the same time. This one is a junk key round robin where we all take a key and start adding charms and other bits to it according to our theme. Mine is Day of the Dead so I have taken an old house key and added some appropriate charms and a bit of ribbon from the lovely Sian.

I also received a key from Frances who had a fairy tale theme. She had already added the teeniest genie in the bottle. I added a miniature book that I made myself from a Walter Crane illustrated Cinderella book. You can't see it in the photos but it is a proper opening book with pages. I also added a wish charm and a fairy godmother cardstock tag.

The other ones in my group will be steampunk, gothic/Edgar Allen Poe and Alice in Wonderland. I can't wait to see them.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spoon Angel

I love swaps - they give me a great excuse to try out new stuff without having to live with the results!

One of the ones I have joined recently was a spoon angel swap run by the lovely Chrissie. Inspired by an article in Craft Stamper, the deal was to make an angel out of a teaspoon and stick it on a canvas. Hmmmm. I am no good at painting faces on anything that is not totally flat and I didn't get the swap partner who didn't want a face, so I had to think. A rummage through my pile of crafty stuff and my daughter's toy box led to a combi of silligum and an old doll. I made a mould, filled it with liquid fimo (love that stuff) and shaped it to fit the spoon. My swap partner wanted teal/purple/black as her colour choice, and that was it. However, I happen to know my swap partner a little and she is, like me, a bit of a sci-fi geek and likes Dr Who. So, going with her colourway, here is my angel, loosely based on the weeping angels and set in a spooky graveyard, with "don't blink" written underneath. I really hope she likes it.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Junk Journal Swap

Just a quick update for those lovely people who are in the junk journal swap I'm currently running on UKScrappers. Now that I have received everything, here is a glimpse of all the covers and a little hint of the loveliness inside each one. More to follow ...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Arty 12 days of Christmas, Junk Journal and Day of the Dead Quality Street Jar (phew!)

Well, I took part in a swap (quelle surprise!) for the arty 12 days of Christmas and got lots of lovely bits from Ally, my swap partner, so I made a junk journal with some of the stuff, and here are the pages.

Every one of these pages includes at least one bit from the swap (although the last page may be cheating as it is some of the tissue paper that some stuff was wrapped in`).  I must say I loved using something I didn't already have as it really sparked my creativity. Thank you Ally.

All the bits were in a container, and mine was a Quality Street chocolate thing.  One of the challenges of the swap was to alter the container, so here is my day of the dead quality street jar. I covered it with dictionary pages, then drew and painted with posca pens.

The tree of life (above, and with more true to life colours) and a sugar skull below.

Thanks for looking, and have a good one.