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Monday, March 31, 2008

Gothic Arches " Asian "

"Linda M. is our hostess this week and she selected the theme “Asian” as our challenge. Linda created this beautiful arch to share and inspire us all. What comes to your artistic mind when you think of Asian….geisha girls? temples? beautiful costumes? Whatever it may be - we want to see it here in arch form this week!"
For this Arch I stamped text on a textured arch and outlined with gold metallic pen, I stamped and embossed the Asian image, sponged with water based inks and bleached parts of the image, I highlighted small parts of the image with sakura gel pens and finished off with a small charm embellishment.

TMTA,," Spring

TMTA theme this week is Spring -
"Nature is coming alive again. The first blossoms on the trees, birds twitter and brighter days "the first things I relate to spring"

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Arte y Pico award

I've been given the Arte y Pico award by Chrissie Thanks Chrissie I am delighted to receive it=0)
There are 5 rules attached to this and they are :-
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award itself.
4. The Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte Y Pico" blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.
These are five Blogs I look in on regularly and every one inspires me .

Friday, March 28, 2008

Daring Cardmakers.

Daring cardmakers " Needles and Pins"
This weeks theme was set by Jane.
"I want you to design a card to any theme- but I want you to include pins or needles of some sort. Sewing needles, safety pins, dressmakers pins- any type of pin goes !:)"
This is one of my favourite rubber stamps and I use it a lot, I hope you can see the pin ,click photo for more detail =0)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Theme Thursday, Pink and Brown.

"This week’s theme is the color combo “pink and brown”. Use these colors as the main colors in your creation this week! You may use other colors as well, but have pink and brown as your main colors in your art! Use collage images, rubber stamps, fancy paper , embellishments or any other art supply to give your art a “pink and brown” look. Make an ATC, 4 x 4, card, inchie, altered tag, skinny or whatever you fancy!"
I love this colour combination and would rarely use pink with a boy image but I like the end result.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Daring Cardmakers " Flowers"

The Daring Cardmakers midweek challenge is " Flowers"
"Simple? Aww but hold on…….there’s a little twist because we don’t want to make it too easy for you. We want your cards to have flowers on but we don’t want to see any Prima’s or shop brought blooms. The idea of this dare is for you create your flowers yourself, so let’s see what you can come up with."
For this challenge my card has purple and pink punched flowers with a relief paint centre.

TMTA " Texture Effects"

TMTA theme this week is " Texture Effects"
"Do you also like to splash? Yes, then let’s start, get your paint-pots, brushes, Gesso, glue and the like and start."
For this challenge I started out with some brown metallic cs sprayed with gold paint I then attached a butterfly and start building up layers of EP adding tiny beedze ,gems and paua shells , finishing off with a co-ordinating ribbon.

Wednesday Stamper

Wednesday Stamper " Purple" "This week we challenge you to show us the many shades of PURPLE!"
For this challenge I layered purple, gold and cream CS, for texture I used a fine purple mesh held on with gold brads I then stamped the little sailor boy on lilac cs and embellished with a boat earring =0)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


( Click photos for more detail )

Was having a browse around some Digi sites over the weekend and came across this Digi pk and the minute I saw it I thought of Niamh from the Craftsupplies forum and had to give it a go as I love a challenge and this was something different for me, so this is what I came up with, it is a mixture of digital images layered to make the base photo with extra images raised to give a 3D effect I also added real buttons , rough thread, brads a charm and a digi tag to add dimension and finished it off by highlighting with diamond glaze.

Friday, March 21, 2008


Some Easter cards made from Digital printouts,to add dimension I layered the images with foam pads and added diamond glaze for a bit of shine.

(Click small photos for detail)

Have a very happy Easter.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Theme Thursday " Miniature Art"

"This week’s theme is “miniature art”! Use collage images, rubber stamps, paints, fancy paper , embellishments or any other art supply to make your “miniature”creations! Make 1 or make a few! "
For this challenge I made three Moos.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wedsnesday Stamper "First letter First name"

"This week’s Wednesday Stamper challenge is to make some artwork with the first letter of your first name. That should provide us with very many different things. You are completely free to use this letter as you want, for example make a feature of the letter itself, or use a word that starts with the same letter as the first one of your name. We are very curious how this challenge will turn out" For this challenge I stamped a jester stamp with stazon then re stamped the image onto pink and green paper cut out and layered over images.The letter J( for Jackie) is a cardboard letter inked with stazon and the stitching is white gel pen, The text is computer generated and the embossing is a cuttlebug folder.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I made these pieces from micro slides and a plastic slide mailer I received from Mary (MM). The top pieces are a little black box I was keeping because I cannot throw small boxes away and knew it would come in handy ( and it did ) I brightened it up with a little piece made up with four very delicate glass slides placed over some collage pics and mounted on to some very thick board, for the metal soldered effect I cheated and used silver relief paint.

For the plastic slide mailer below I used alcohol inks and outlined with gold metallic pen,then added a photo a glass slide and a paper embellishment.

Monday, March 17, 2008

TMTA...Transparant Art

" Show us your ideas centred around transparency. Stamped on foil, or images printed on foil, thin plastic or mica tiles. Anything transparent is well suited to add even more depth to a card or an ATC. "
For this Challenge I layered a piece of acatate with the word "Style" stamped with stazon over the collaged atc and held together with two brads.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

5x7 Fairy Card !!!

This might show where my head is atm =0) I made this card for the 4x4 Friday challenge but obviously after making and uploading I then realised I had made a card meeting the challenge requirements except it is a 7x5 card LOL ( Any 7x5 Fairy challenges out there LOL) Ah well, not to waste it I will leave it here anyway =0)
The background is coloured with chalks and the delicate flower is gold embossed.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Theme Thursday " Mannequin/Torso"

This week’s Theme Thursday theme is “torso - mannequin”! "Use collage images, rubber stamps, paints, fancy paper , embellishments or any other art supply to make your creation in a torso - mannequin theme. " For this card I used a non sequitor image coloured with pencils and a Hero Arts image for the background all mounted on coordinating CS layers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Little book of Quotes.

This little book/ Mini Journal is made following Carries Scrapwest tutorial, My little book holds some of my favourite children's vintage photos and some children's inspirational quotes.

(Click on each photo to read the quotes )

Wednesday stamper " In my garden "& Gothic Arches " Transition"

The Wednesday stamper Challenge this week is " In my garden" and the Gothic arch challenge is " Transition " so I will put this piece forward for both challenges .(The transition is from one season to another ) I made an arch with Gold embossed garden gates, I stamped and embossed the main inside image with black detail EP then masked the circle and sponged with ink ,I then added one of my favourite flower fairies.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


A couple of Digital cards made with with a mixture of Digital scrapbook creations Packs, to add dimension I added pink gems to the Ballerina card and for the flowers on the "Just for you card "I used diamond glaze and embellished with buttons and small pink bows.

Monday, March 10, 2008

TMTA " Fashion"

The TMTA theme this week is Fashion.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

DCM " Take a break "

The Daring cardmakers challenge this week was set by Mel...
The dare involves creating a card incorporating a tea bag or coffee satchel - just perfect for days when somebody may need a quiet rest and break.
Where are all the square tea bags when you need them, =0) OK so I improvised and folded a round one instead and put it into a sizzix scallop pocket.The tea cups are stamped with Majestic blue ink and I used diamond glaze to add shine, I then finished off with a tea pot, tea bag and cups charms.

Friday, March 7, 2008

You make my day.

Monts Mama Mia has made my day by giving me this award Thank you Judy.
I would like to pass this award on to Aine/Gertie, Audrey , Diane, and Deb. who in one way or another have inspired me and I love looking in on their Blogs to enjoy their stories, photos, cookery or just to see what they are up to =0)
You can pass it on to whoever makes your day =0)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Digital Hybrid.

Keeping in with the Vintage theme I enjoyed so much over the weekend I made this digital Hybrid card using the" Henri" digi pk from Digital Scrapbook creations, I layered a beautiful image which I fell in love with on Saturday on to some textured card very kindly donated to all of us from Linda ( Kelly paper crafts ) Thanks for everything Linda.I finished the card off with some real buttons and stamped the word " Cherish ".

This is another card from the same Digital Pk.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Arty get together,

Collage Style pendants
I had a fantastic crafting, chatting , catching up day yesterday with a few of the girls and tried lots of different techniques including Soldering, Triple utee, wax crayon melting ,Image transfers and more, these two Collage style pendants are the only soldered pieces I managed to finish and I have lots more to add as soon as I finish them. Thanks for a great inspirational day =0)
Triple utee embossing, Alcohol inks and Image transfers

This is another piece I finished today, The background is Audrey's triple utee and alcohol inks technique and we transfered images with Carrie .

Encaustic art

Mary, I'm not sure how impressed you would be with these cards but this is what I saw through your window =0) ( they look a bit better irl.)