We finally succumbed to a cold here and I’ve been feeling really crappy for the last 5 or 6 days, so I haven’t even had the energy to post or create much. I have a lot of projects in my head, the usual list of Christmas cards, etc. to make/write and I just know it won’t all get completed on time, but I’ll just have to do what I can and stop feeling sorry for myself, won’t I? Next year I promise myself I’ll be better organised. I think the whole Craft Fair thing got too intense and I became a bit overwhelmed, in all honesty. So, a new approach is needed in 2009…

However, Crissi & Julie of Artygirlz (fellow Design Team members on Aunty’s Forum), have challenged us to use frames this week and I am entering this one I made a couple of weeks ago… I wrote at the time that all it needed was a suitable image. Well here’s the finished article with a little inner framing too!


People’s reactions to nude pics can be quite funny – especially in prudish, Victorian England (yes, still!!) and if anyone remarks on the photo, I tell them it’s my Grandmother… I know it’s naughty, but I can’t help it!! She definitely would’ve loved this photo anyway – she was quite a character. Her fave tipple was Pink Champagne (Sekt) and she smoked cigarettes with a long black holder, 1920s style, although she only puffed elegantly!! She had a big boxer dog called ‘Bobbi’ who drooled everywhere and did the headshake where all the dribble makes a large circle round his head before it flies off in all directions? Yuck!! Eventually, she died of cancer at the age of 76, but not before she had as much fun as possible. WTG, Omi!

Ay, those were the days….Christmas in Berlin, all singing round the piano on Christmas Eve, getting squiffy, exchanging presents and Pfefferkuchen, Bunteteller (I think that’s how it’s spelled), which were brightly coloured plates – one each for everyone – piled high with fruit, nuts, chocolates and soft chocolate-covered or iced, Xmas pfefferkuchen stars.

I might try for something similar here next year… 😉


Scrolls and flourishes!

Thjat’s this week’s Craftaway a Sunday challenge and I altered a boring photo frame for DH using CollageVisions images and some copper acrylic paint. The scroll stamp is from Crafty Individuals. I think it’s much more saleable now and gave me another opportunity to practise!!

It has just struck me how amusing it’d be if somebody bought it and altered it! Heehee!!

Love triangle!

This altered frame was made this evening with This Thursday, it’s all about‘all change’ in mind for various reasons. It also happens to fit in with Theme Thursday’s Hearts‘ challenge, so my little love triangle is now a double header!!

Poor ‘Sophia’ (well, she just looks like a Sophia to me!), is having trouble deciding between Harry the Roguish Wanderer and steady Ermest the Stockbroker… poor love!

Normally, I take the frame , remove the glass and stamp onto it as I did last week, but in this case, I found that the glass had been glued to the wooden frame, so I couldn’t. Okay, that meant a bit of a different approach, so I took a piece of scrapbook paper from Paper Pesto and decided where my images were going to appear. I drew round a chipboard frame twice and used gold Krylon pen to create the frames. I then stamped the 2 chaps and Sophia onto sticky-backed acetate (RAK’d to me by my mate Cat, as were the rubons!).

Using the images and the frames as a guide, I applied the black paisley rubons, a bit like wallpaper to make the background a bit more Victorian. Being a compulsive doodler, I went mad with a white Sakura Gellyroll pen and highlighted the rubons! I then chose some beautiful gold leaf rubons and added them strategically to the paper. I wrote HARRY and ERNEST at the top of the frames and then removed the backing from the stamped images (which I’d cut out) and stuck them in place.

So, I’ve changed the way I’d normally treat an altered frame, I’ve changed from my usual type of acetate and I’ve used highlights on rubons for a change. I also decorated the frame with punchinella hearts and silver acrylic paint. I really like how this turned out and despite the poor light and the flash bouncing off the glass, the photo’s not too bad. All 3 characters are from the Victorian Plate by Ria at Home Impressions.

You can also the work of the entire Home Impressions Design Team on our blog HERE – which gives you a chance to see the other Plates we’ve been working with this month!

“Clearly Clever” Frame!

This Thursday, it’s all about… being Clearly Clever – sponsored by Clevercut.co.uk! Now DH and DD brought me some frames back from market with them at the weekend and I decided to alter one of them using my alcohol inks and the beautiful Oak, Ash, Thorn stamp from Third Coast RS. Here’s the result:

I stamped the image onto the glass with black Stazon and left it to dry. I then used alcohol inks straight onto the chrome frame – red pepper, butterscotch, cranberry and a little sage. I would’ve used the mixatives but I haven’t got any yet!. The pic doesn’t do this justice, it’s gorgeously mottled in RL. The background was run through the cuttlebug script folder and then enhanced using metallic rubons. I did use a tiny touch of white sakura gellyroll pen on the back of the glass to her eyes and mouth. This is one of the most beautiful images I own – I think she’s completely dreamy!

Step outside your box Saturday challenge!

Last Saturday, Lisa challenged us to depict The Fabric of Our Lives“. I’ve been pondering this all week and then DD was ill and the week has vanished. I wasn’t really up to messing about with the sewing machine this evening and I haven’t any canvas board at the moment, so I opted to collage a frame. The fleur de lys are integral to the frame and cutting them off would’ve been awkward in any case. Well this is how it turned out…


The photo is from an old collection I have; the fabric is from my Scrapstore textile pack. The frame was a 50p car boot bargain; the flowers were RAKs from Donna and Jane; the button part of a bagful from Carolann; the background is the doily one I made last night. The acetates are from Crafty Individuals and the journal stamp is Papirloftet (Crafty Krafts).

The assembly is all mine!! 😉

All done and in the post!

Well, that’s it now – Crissi’s pressie is in the post and on its way to her. I hope she likes it… I learnt a lot from the making of it – mainly patience!! I also took Sheila’s advice and when I wasn’t quite sure how to proceed, I put it to one side for a day or two and then went back and looked at it again. It really helped, hunni!

It’s a fun project and I want Crissi to look at and grin… I’ll let you know what she says!!

My next project is to pop some altered dominos in small frames and take them with me when I go to market. I have been invited to have a stall at a Mediaeval Weekend at Chapelton, Devon in August, selling my crystals, incense and stuff and all my Pagan cards/altered work. Only trouble is, I have to decide now… and as DH is away that weekend, I need to plan round DD and the dogs. Decisions, decisions!

Altered Frame

I started this frame a couple of weeks ago, after finding it at a Car Boot sale. Using Sheila Oliver’s floorwax technique (on the glass) with some very old bookpaper and one of the Tanda stamps from the Backgrounds set, I added some gold acrylic paint and a drop of sage alcohol ink.

I let that dry and then decided that as the image was so striking, I shouldn’t go mad on the frame itself, or it’d disappear. So no frills, ribbons, etc., just some distress ink, a sprinkling of gold embossing powder, a couple of vellum quotes and some shrinkie tiles I made a while ago – experimenting again!

I sent it to my lovely friend Sheila, as she admired it so much and although she makes the most fabulous cards, she don’t do “altered art” – LOL. Therefore it seemed the perfect Thank You pressie. 😉