Artygirlz farewell…

This is the last Artygirlz challenge for the forseeable future. It’s very sad, but as my pals Julie and Crissi have said, they’ve been setting challenges since September 2007 – I never realised it had been so long…

So, I continue my love affair/obsession/addiction to altering puzzle pieces and in line with their theme, “Stamping”, I have used images from Home Impressions Cogs n Clocks and Funny People on this one – which is 4″ wide by 5″ high! I know, it’s a huge puzzle piece, isn’t it?


Thanks for all the fab challenges and inspiration girls – catch you on your blogs and over at Auntys! 😉   xoxoxo


Rosie & Linda (Awfully Big Art Adventure) had bookmarks as their challenge this week and their examples are gorgeous. Created by Hand asked for blue and green combos and Artygirlz wanted us to “Smile”, so I’ve combined these three into a bookmark with an Italian flavour!


I used Italian text pages and images from The Little Blue Things collage sheets from Ten Two Studios, an olive green cs base and brayered blue ink over the text page. I added the rubon words (TLC), covered the whole thing with bookfilm and added the embellie!

I love making bookmarks – they make fab gifts to friends and I use 2/3 at a time myself! 🙂

Old Postage Stamps…

They’re so useful in backgrounds, aren’t they? I’ve covered several themes in this collage (which came together unbelievably quickly!) – Make It Mondays – Postage Stamps; Created by Hand – Stripes; and Artygirlz – Butterflies.


The original cardstock is maroon, although you wouldn’t know it now! I used torn text pages for the base, then postage stamps from my stash, gesso (removed from the most interesting stamps), distress ink and embossing powder and finally black stazon; a black pen and a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white.

The card itself is 10″ x 4″ – wonderfully long and thin to cover… The stamps are by ThirdCoast RS (postmarks) and Personal Impressions (butterfly). The Poppy Heads I bought on Ebay long ago…

Behind closed doors…

You never know what’s behind a door, do you? Well, despite the creepy exterior of this wired tag, there’s a beautiful lady…



Isn’t she pretty? I used 2 sections of one of the little  Row House Books sent to me by Lisa,  (which you can buy here), cut a door in the lower half of one and chose an image from the Faux Postage set HERE. You know me – I like macabre and contrast and silly phrases… 🙂

This is my entry to ‘Wire’ for Artygirlz and ‘Doors’ for Rosie & Linda’s Awfully Big Art Adventure.

A Festive Mousemat!

I very much like simple shapes and the Created by Hand challenge this week struck a chord with me today when I saw the triangular Christmas trees we are asked to use in our artwork. I designed and made a lot of cards last year and quite a few of them used simple triangles for trees, so this was great fun.

I also like the fact that Julie & Crissi (Artygirlz), asked for a piece of work using our favourite medium… and I am pretty passionate about stitching/textiles (otherwise known as Cloth, Paper, Scissors!!). I have some foam pads which are sticky on one side (recycled waste from the Scrapstore) and I hit on the concept of making my own festive mousemat this evening.

I used fabric-like paper with silver spots on, some free Crafty Individuals papers from a magazine for the trees, a holly stamp from Home Impressions Christmas Plate and the Happy Holidays stamp gifted to me with a collage stamp I bought from Grandma Patti in the USA – Ebay. I held the shapes in place with a dab of glue and stitched them in place with metallic green thread (had a few tension issues at first…), but I really like it!


I couldn’t make it more dimensional, or it’d be useless as a mousemat, so it’s a flatwork!

Happy Birthday Artygirlz!!

Woohoo! Artygirlz is a year old today!! I can’t believe I have been blogging and doing Crissi and Julie’s challenges for a whole year! So we naturally enough have to celebrate the birthday, don’t we? I have had a free card kit in my stash for a long time. I don’t like them – there is no challenge in just assembling these cards, so I made all three and gave them a makeover. Now this coincides truly, with the This Thursday, it’s all about… raiding your stash and dragging out stuff you’d forgotten you had.

Every so often I go through my storage bins and get out stuff I have had for 6 months or so that I haven’t used and I debate whether it still has any appeal for me… if not, it goes in the recycling bin or to my friend Lisa, for her Headway Group to use to make cards, etc. Crafting is one of their favourite therapies – yay!! So here are my birthday cards for AG!!

Images from Crafty Individuals

Stitching stamps from Tandastamps.

Artygirlz challenge #15

My mates Crissi & Julie, over at Artygirlz have set an embossing challenge this week! So last night I sat messing about with a piece of paper that I had embossed with the cuttlebug stylised flowers folder and here’s what happened (eventually)!!


I backed the paper with a stiff piece of card, sanded the raised areas and then sponged on Frayed Burlap and Firebrick Red distress inks with the emphasis round the edges. Then I stamped the flower scroll along the LHS (left hand side). I sponged the same background onto a small piece of white cs, sprinkled some gold EP (embossing powder) onto it and set it. I then stamped the tag onto the background with stazon (black). I cut it out and glazed it with Anita’s 3D gloss stuff and left it to dry. I attached a small red bow to the top RH corner and highlighted the central flower with a little gold acrylic paint, then applied glaze just to the flower and a few of the other buds that were raised. Once everything was dry, I added a red heart brad and attached the tag to the bottom with a gold brad.

The stamps are from Christmas pressie package – from DH – all from Crafty Individuals, which I {heart}!!

I shall probably use this ‘skinny’ as a card topper for someone’s birthday card later this month! There are loads of new art challenges for me to get involved with this month, so let’s hope the creative juices keep a-flowing!! 😀

Arty Girlz challenge #12

Crissi and Julie at artygirlz have picked Christmas as their challenge this week!! Here’s my altered lamp/candle holder which I made for last month’s Design Team project over at Aunty’s Forum, where, like them, I’m a DT member!!

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A bit prettier than the Pike innit?!! Thanks for looking…

ArtyGirlz Challenge #9 – Hearts!

Julie & Crissi (Artygirlz) have set this week’s theme… This week’s challenge is ‘Hearts’ so as usual feel free to interpret our theme as you like and it’s entirely up to you whether you make a card, an atc…bake a cake etc.

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So I used a scrap of embossed card (Cuttlebug hearts folder) and the lovely image of these sweet girls to make a Christmas card. I’m a fan of using unconventional colour combinations and I like the way this turned out!

NB: Every crafter who knows me, knows how much I dislike making Christmas cards… I’m a bit of a “Bah Humbug!” person, so having an image like this to work with has probably meant that more people will receive ‘proper’ handmade cards this year – LOL!

Arty Girlz Challenge #8

Bling!! Over at the Artygirlz Blog: This week’s challenge is ‘Bling’ so we’d like to see anything sparkly or shiny on your project – so you could use glitter, gems, metal, anything at all as long as it shines 🙂 That’s what they say, so here’s my take on the challenge… a “Fallen Angel” card I’ve made for market. My ‘Bling’ is the gold EP and the little gold brads, plus shiny eyelash fibres!! Hope ya like it girls! 🙂

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BTW – Has anyone seen my photo in this month’s issue of Crafts Beautiful Magazine? 😉