Monday, 29 September 2008


Over at my crafting forum I have a brand new competition running throughout October. This is an atc competition and you are allowed to enter as many atc's as you like on the theme of

There is a crafting stash prize going to the lucky winner so pop over and get posting

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Palette knife texture

I fancied trying something out with the 3d paints i have stored in my craft stash that i never use. They have a nozzle for use which i decided to take off and just use the paint direct with a palette knife and see what it turned out like. I enjoyed this and quite like the effect considdering its my first attempt ever. Lots to learn but really worth it i feel.
Here are the pics.
The first one is a portrait type face on a 4 inch (approx ) square of card stock. The second is an atc which i have called ' Yellow flowers '

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Autumn inspired

A walk at a nature reserve inspired me today with this atc and also did two spanish atc's on a background i made from twinkling h2'o's yesterday.

New Stamp Inspired this one

Inspired by my new Eiffel Tower stamp. I love Paris its one of my fave places in the world and would really love a stamp of Notre Dame but guess it aint as popular as the Eiffel
Yesterday I joined my new art group and already have been asked for demonstrations on paper crafts so will treat them gently but hope to convert to atc making ...
Here is the new one

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Red Feather Art Award

Once again i have been on the look out for particularly striking art. Fresh work by exciting artists and again have found one or two that have been outstanding but none better than this one which is an atc by 'Rustycage' aka Deb see Debs blog HERE What I liked about this most was the colour and effect of the background which enhances a very simple image and makes the whole thing extraordinary. I also got in really quickly and managed to snag it for a swap ( yayyyyyyyy !! ) so looking forward to adding this one to my collection. So here we have this weeks Red Feather Award winning art work - Well done Deb !! Please leave me a comment for this artist and please point me in the direction of other fabulous art work that you may have seen so i can take a look

Monday, 22 September 2008

Group Art

For absolutely ages i have looked for a local town group with similar interests to mine and finally i have found one. In fact it was pretty much by accident and it was while i was having my hair cut that i met someone who knew someone .... i am sure you know how it goes. Anyway I will join them mid week and see what it is like but its pretty good because they are looking for some new ideas, new blood and something a little different from basic water colours, acrylics and such so i shall be introducing them to atc's, embossing etc as they havent heard of it .... oh what fun !!!! hehehe

Other than that , this week has been really busy for me and not a lot of crafting or art searching going on so i shall post just these three atc's and hope to bring you a new 'Red Feather' award winner a bit later this week

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

I really find crafting so expensive when i want to try out new things and i fancied some of that gorgeous alcohol ink background look ... you seen it ??? Anyway its far too expensive for me to start collecting at a tenner a time for the inks and of course all the other bits and bobs so i decided to make my own budget version and i reckon they didnt turn out to shabby :) what do you think ? please leave me a comment and also take a look at how i made them on my other blog here

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

First Red Feather Award Winner

I have found some amazing work on the internet this week and none more so than the host of excellent atc's at Trimcraft. It was hard to choose just one for our first award but i found an exceptional work that has everything, colour,depth and fabulous content. This one is by Jenni. Well done Jenni ( aka cardmadfairy )
Please join me in congarulating Jenni on her award

If you would like to see more of Jenni's work you can see it HERE
Congratulations on making such a fine atc and here is your award !!!!

Great Link

Jeanette Janson please see link

Fabulous altered art,collage and more at this talented ladies site HERE
how wonderful it is just to spend time in search of art. I could spend hours just browsing the net and finding little gems like this place.
If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

Monday, 15 September 2008

New Art Recommendation Of The Week Award

I love all things that are artistic and especially Altered art and atc's etc. As a tribute to the many wonderful peieces of work i see on the net and in blogs i would like to make a weekly/fortnightly feature of the works i come across each week by featuring a link to the artists work and blog or website. I would also like to give an award to those amazing artists who create these fabulous works of art. This is my Red Feather award
If you know of anyone who you would like to nominate please do leave me their url and i shall make a visit

twinkling h2o's

I bought some fab twinkling h2o's from a craft fair and have gone mad with them lately. Here is a couple of the atc's I have made using them.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Embossing a Scene

This is my very first attempt at this but i love embossing so much and have had a good years love affair with the art hehe :) so i wondered how easy it was to create a complete scene using just inks, embossing pen, powders and stamp pad. As i currently only have one embossing pen in clear i decided to try a snow scene first.

I began with an atc sized card in navy blue and then stamped straight from the pad randomly up the card from bottom of the atc. I then used the pen to fill in the details and embossed in white. Then i added small details like the little house and trees in the background and embossed again. I used a tiny amount of brown to make these stand out. To enhance the snowy mounds i highlighted parts (or low lighted hehehe ) in a powder mix of lilac,white & miscellaneous spills which i keep for just such things.