Thursday, 15 November 2012

Altered Book update..............

Evening all,

hope all my blogger buddies are OK out there??

Ha ha ha, I'll try to keep this short but know I will fail miserably!!!!!!!!  I have a few new spreads in my altered book that I would like to share with you.  The amazing Elizabeth has done us so so proud with the course that she has provided and I am sooooooo sad to think that the end is now drawing near.  We have one more lesson to go in which we will be looking at techniques for decorating our book covers, Elizabeth has sagely advised us all to try to make sure the inside of the book is completed first hence why I am manically trying to find as much time as possible in order to get this done - only about 8 double spreads to go, arrrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhh.  Lol, why oh why did I pick such a thick book!!!!????


The first spread is my completed image transfer spread that was promised in my last AB post.  It still doesn't look finished to me but I have to be honest and say I'm not too sure what else to do with it!! Any suggestions would be gratefully received peeps.  Tee hee, I couldn't help myself but put hats on the bottles, the images came from a fashion spread in a weekly UK magazine.

The bottles on the left hand page are packing tape transfers of bottles I found on a printed collage sheet, the colour may not have transfered very well but I still liked the outline images I was left with.

The three bottles on the left of the right-hand page are packing tape transfers of images from an advertising flyer that fell through my letterbox, these have transferred perfectly.  The bottle on the right is an attempt at a multi-medium transfer using multiple crossed layers of the medium painted on top of the image, lol not a technique I will be trying again to be honest!! I stopped trying to get all the paper off the back as there had been a few worse failed attempts prior to this one where the images ripped completely.  Hey ho, always worth trying these things. 

This next spread is another example of using folded pages to create pockets.  The central pages have been covered and collaged with some K&Co papers, the base pages were painted and stamped with a Viva Decor stamp using stazon, I then sponged some additional paint through my favourite Tando Creative sequin waste mask.

A tag 'line-up'.................and in more detail..............

The tags were all cut from kraft card, inked, painted, stamped and embossed within an inch of their lives and lots of embellies and sentiments were added.  Needless to say much fun was had by me!!!!!!

This spread was a layout experiment and I kept it as simple as possible.  The ladies are by Crafty Individuals and were coloured with pro-markers, the background was created using a purple glaze and some craft tape that was free with a magazine.  I am in two minds with this one as part of me thinks the ladies look a little daft just floating on the grid, this could be solved possibly by grounding them a bit with some charcoal and a paper stub to create some shadow - the other part of me quite likes it and feels that I went with an idea and should just be happy with it, what do you think????????

Ha ha ha, this one was a bit of a disaster to start with!!  I had stamped a lovely texture stamp around the page and went to put a glaze over the top - daft mare me had used the wrong ink and it all smudged!!!!!!!! The upside of it is that I quite liked the black smudgy effect of the ink mixing through the paint and decided to leave it as it was. The autumn leaf background images were on a free to use collage sheet I found on the net, these were stuck down and edged with a bronze metallic pen for definition.  The additional leaves on top are stamped from a Paperartsy set, painted using distress inks and clear embossed to finish, the little paper flower was clear embossed and added to finish.


Ha ha ha, I didn't promise it would be a quick one!!!!!!!!

This was another depths of the night idea that I just had to try, lol I have the strangest dreams don't you think!!  I stuck three lots of three pages together, cut them sideways into three sections and then decided to stagger the pages in sections again (soz for the lousy explanation but I think you can see what I mean from the picture??)  I ended making an awful lot of work for myself by deciding that I wanted to alternate the background colours (front and back!!) on the pages involved.  More paint was added through my fave Tando mask and I then stamped all the sides individually using a Tattered Angels flourish, Phew!!
But that was not all, each section then got a page edge of some sort i.e. inked lace, flower strips, die cut strips and punched circles (stamped and embossed too).
For added interest I decided that there should be other elements on most of the sides too, these were either Pink Paislee ephemera, Lynne Perrella stamped images or Paperartsy stamped sentiments................

Ha ha ha, that's it for the moment folks, hope you made it through??

Stay warm and safe my lovelies.
Thank-you sooooo much for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.

Huge hugs x x x x

Thursday, 8 November 2012


Evening all,

hope everyone is well out there?

Ha ha ha, I don't make many cards but like the old 'bus' saying the need to make these three came at once!!

The first one is a birthday card for a very special lady in my life, my gorgeous niece Victoria, who had a birthday recently.  She is a 'girly' girl who loves pink and purple so the Dylusions came out for her.  Lol, I tried to be clever and mask off a panel on the card but needless to say it leaked under the masking tape so I ended up cutting the panel from the original card and mounted it on to a new one........

The card was embellished with some stamped and coloured flowers from a Dylusions stamp set and I added some patterned tape and gems to finish.

The second card was made for a member of my on-line craft group UKPC, who incidentally shares the same birthday as my niece.  I masked off and inked a background with distress inks and stamped one of my faves from the Hobby Art 'Beauty' collage stamp set using coffee archival ink.  I then added accents and a border with a metallic glitter pen to finish, sorry that they don't show up in the photo very well though!!........

The final card was made for a monthly card swap that I have been participating in through UKPC.  The theme this time was embossing.  Ha ha, I got a lot carried away and threw every embossing technique I could think of at this card (tee hee, can you spot them!!), ooh, and a lot of colour - sunglasses at the ready my lovelies!!!!!!!!

The stamp set used on the last card is from Inkadinkadoo, lol I can't remember the name though, sorry!

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.
Huge hugs x x x x