Sunday, 15 February 2015

Her Debut

Introducing our new cat Coco (Chanel). 
She is a lightning-quick, gymnastic, ninja cat who is practising her skills of breaking and entering (into boxes, bags, drawers, cupboards - in fact anything she's not supposed to enter!).  Her balancing act on the top bars of the clothes dryer is very impressive and the way she swings around the bannister post is worthy of a gold medal at the cat Olympics.
Of course I've had to 're-home' all my small craft items likes scissors and tape runners as she was pulling them out of the pots on my craft desk and playing with them.  Her favourite is the rolls of double-sided tape which she picks up in her mouth, throws into the air and then catches with her paws. A  feline version of Quoites but not a safe toy for a cat so they also are locked away.
Coco is from the Cats Protection and is our second rescue cat, following the sad loss of Smudge in November.  She could never be a replacement for Smudge and not only is Coco a different colour but an entirely different personality.  She is just a year old and needs lots of toys and games to keep her stimulated so we're busy hiding things in old shoe boxes and small paper bags.  I don't who's more exhausted, us or Coco but it's great fun.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

New House

My daughter will be moving soon for her job so I wanted to make a card to welcome her to her new home. I didn't want to make a traditional card with a house and usual sentiment, so when I saw the current challenge of 'Numbers' at Fashionable Stamping Challenges that gave me the idea I needed.

I used a Kraft card blank and roughly painted white chalk paint across the front.  For the stamping I used DI Seedless Preserve and Dusty Concord.   I used my new Flonzcraft bracket and alphabet stamp sets and  'Wish Dream' from Tim Holtz Stuff to Say, stamped directly onto the card.  The numbers are stamped onto watercolour paper for texture and cut so they look like tiles. 
Simple but effective and hidden amongst the numbers is the one for her new home.
If you want to join in the challenge you'll have to hurry.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Affairs of the Heart

To decorate a dressing table I decided to make a small plaque and with Valentine's Day looming, the theme of love and romance seemed appropriate.  I didn't want to use the  traditional red as the plaque was to have a vintage feel, so I opted for my favourite Distress Ink colours in muted browns and pinks and some inky, messy distressing.  
I started by painting the brown chipboard oval with white chalk paint then used texture paste and a heart stencil, edging them with a red felt pen when dry.  Next I dabbed a little  Festive Berries stain onto the base and smeared this over with a baby wipe, including the hearts.  This gave the base a soft colour  Then I spritzed it with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Antique Rose.
The sentiment frame is cut from Cricut Elegant Cartridges, screwed up a little to create some subtle creases and lightly distressed round the edges before being inked with Tattered Rose and  threaded with cream ribbon.   I had the perfect sentiment from Tim's Stampers Anonymous 'Stuff to Say' set, stamped with Vintage Photo.
The flowers are inked with Tea Dye, varying the amount used: the petals curled with a very thin paintbrush handle.  The wooden heart is coloured with Vintage Photo stain and a small piece of lace, a few pearls and some dark brown twine finish it off.
I'm entering this into two challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Love is in the Air
Frilly and Funkie - Be My Valen-twine

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Love Hearts, Ribbon and Lace

It's the first challenge of 2015 over at ALTERED ECLECTICS where the theme is Anything Goes as long as it's altered art and not a card or other papercraft.
For my DT project I had to go with a Valentine theme but opted for a different colour than the traditional red and decided to alter a small frosted glass perfume bottle as a decorative piece for myself.
Here's the naked bottle plus the bits and pieces I used.

I decided to use teal green and vintage white for all the painted elements, using crafter's acrylic paint.  The heart is made from Martha Stewart paper clay and a mould then painted.  The cardboard was ripped from a box and the outer layer of brown paper stripped away to reveal the corrugations.  Once painted I rubbed a little silver paint across it and used this to edge the sentiment and the heart. 
The stopper was covered with paper painted in teal before wrapping the lace around it and this and the ribbon was secured using a clear adhesive.  For the sentiment and heart I used a hot glue gun. 
The sentiment is a miniature plastic domino from a Christmas cracker, painted with crafter's acrylic in vintage white, then stamped using DI in Evergreen Bough. 
A few pearls and a teal acrylic rose on top of the stopper finished the bottle of nicely.
I hope you'll join us in this month's Altered Eclectics challenge.   Pop over and check out the amazing DT inspiration, then share your amazing projects too.