Back To School

ARTchix Trip To Paris was one of the sheets I received in The Altered Element’s July DT package, along with some buttons. This sheet is packed with collage style images of females, images of Paris, buttons, etc. What struck me is that the young women look as though they could be young schoolgirls or even secretaries. So the idea came to me to alter a journal. In my stash I had a journal, the type purchased for altering but The Altered Element sells a lovely journal with a lock. I also altered a pencil case (also in my stash), after all you need somewhere to house the pencils which you will use to write and draw in your journal.
Supplies – ARTchix Trip to Paris, papier mache pencil case and journal (ready to alter), Mod Podge, white tissue paper, Staz-on Timber BrownDecoupaint Old White, copper acrylic paint, French text stamp, buttons, lace.


Journal & Pencil Case


Note – for both the journal and pencil case, prepare tissue paper by stamping French text onto the tissue with Timber Brown Staz-on ink.

1. Sponge cream acrylic paint onto cover. 2. Tear pieces of prepared tissue paper and adhere to cover with Mod Podge. Dab down with a foam brush, taking care not to tear the tissue. Layer some pieces for added texture. Leave to dry overnight. 3. Cut out image from Trip To France. Layer onto card. Cut out again. Add charcoal to edge of image for definition. 4. Tear a piece of text scrapbook paper. Sponge Distress Ink in Tea Dye and some charcoal onto edges. 5. Layer girl, strip of text paper, lace, button to journal. 6. Sponge some Decoupaint Patina in Old White onto a vintage pen nib. Use silicone glue to adhere to journal
Pencil Case

1. Gesso and then cream acrylic paint  2. Adhere stamped tissue paper as for journal 3. Sponge copper acrylic paint randomly followed with Old White Patina (follow those steps for inside also) . It was my first time working with the Patina paint and I was impressed with the ease of use.

4. Add scrap of text paper, ink a found work and stitch 2 buttons – add to lid 5. Add 2 pieces of dyed lace (as per Tutorial Part II) to opposite corners

I have created direct links for products which can be purchased from The Altered Element. 

She Liked The Finer Things In Life

At Gothic Arches Challenge the theme set is Marie Antionette. I knew I had downloaded a sheet of images from The Graphics Fairy which could not be more perfect for the challenge.

I wanted the shape of the arch to echo a tier of a cake – used Anna Griffin paper and overstamped with a small “Paris” stamp, crown, fan and Fleur de Lys. The Graphics Fairy sheet is packed full of images, I didn’t even use half of the sheet!

She Wore Flowers In Her Hair

Paperbag Studios are having a challenge, the theme being “Flowers” and using any of their stamps. I own the set called “Flourish”. Belle is one of my favourite stamps from this set, even though it has been some time since I last used this stamp.

Normally I stitch buttons onto this image but opted for 3 teeny flowers. For some reason I always add flowers to her hair.  Added a velvet rub-on, lace and layered two flowers at the bottom of the image. The paper that the image is stamped onto is made from food colouring and walnut ink crystals decanted into a spray bottle.

Eyes of a Dreamer

“Christmas Colors In July”  (red and green but not a Christmas tag) is the theme at Tag Tuesday (Kard Krazy). Yikes! Let’s just say, that the combination of red and green are not even my favourite colours for Christmas but I decided to go with the flow and see what I could come up with.
Searching through images I have on file I came across this gypsy woman (The Sum of All Crafts) and I knew I had some deep red lace which I had not had the opportunity to use before now.

Sponged DI in Peeled Paint and then stamped with Fired Brick. Cut around the image and layered to tag along with a scrap of velvet, Prima flower, word tile and the red lace, tore the velvet into a strip and threaded through tag hole.

Pretty As A Picture

At Theme Thursday this week’s theme is Vintage and Tags, well I couldn’t resist playing along.

Painted Prima packaging with emulsion (latex) paint, some stamping to form the tag base.  Piece of “fish paper” (my friend Doli brought some of this paper back from Cyprus, apparently used to wrap fish up!)  painted with green emulsion and  more stamping. The flower is crochet trim from a crochet coaster (sponged Tattered Rose ink onto it), a crochet flower and a daisy cut from some trim for the centre. I’m never sure if this is a boy or girl so I chop and change to suit, today it’s a girl! Inked a found word with Tattered Rose layering over a scrap of lace and scrap of vintage fabric. Finally threaded some cream lace to form the tag.

Life’s A Beach

ARTchix Seaside Cuties sheet of images along with some Mica Flakes were included in The Altered Element DT package this month. Now I could wax lyrical and tell you how I was inspired by the Scottish summer to work on this altered canvas but the day I made this the weather was more suited for ducks lol.
On this particular sheet the images come in two sizes. For this canvas I used one of the larger images, cutting around the female as I did not want the background.
Supplies – ARTchix Seaside Cuties, Mica Flakes in Mother of Pearl, square canvas, paints (cream and copper), Distress Ink in Bundled Sage, dyed gauze (see Tutorial Part II), 3 flat back glass pebbles (or similar @ The Altered Element), found word,  sequin waste and  charcoal. Stamps – shells

Instructions – Paint canvas with cream acrylic, dry sponge copper acrylic. Use sequin waste and sponge copper acrylic through the waste, sponge some Bundled Sage ink onto the canvas . Stamp shells with copper paint . Drape dyed gauze across the canvas . Cut out image, edge with charcoal and adhere with silicone glue (use plenty of the silicone for dimension)

 . Add generous amount of mica flakes adhering with a clear drying glue . Add 3 glass pebbles, underneath one  of the pebbles add the word “beach” which was inked with Bundled Sage.
The combination of the copper paint, mica flakes and the glass pebbles results in the light catching this canvas beautifully. So that’s my little piece of summer on a canvas!

Challenge @ Crazy Amigo “Summer Holiday” – the beach would not be my ideal summer holiday destination, would rather a trip to Paris, but the canvas fits the theme at Crazy Amigo so have decided to participate in their “Summer Holiday” theme.

Dance Card

For this week’s DT artwork for The Stampsmith I selected an image from Flappers No 1. It’s possibly a letter she is holding but I can see her as the type of young woman whose dance card is always full.

This card was simply put together with co-ordinating pattern paper, a velvet rub-on, piece of ephemera, glass flower bead with a flat back pearl centre and a gorgeous piece of ribbon which fortunately was the correct size.  A pretty, elegant card.

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