Wednesday 16 November 2016

Gingerbread House Christmas cards.

Hi again crafty friends,

I'm really in the festive mood and can't wait until Christmas!

I want to put up my tree, but fear it may be
a little too early! I just love the twinkling of fairy lights 
on dark and warm, cozy nights, curled up with 
a hot cup of drinking chocolate with plenty of whipped 
cream and mini marshmallows.

 My tree is a wonderful bronze colour and i have red and gold 
decorations, Angels, Harps and stars which are all 
glitzy and sparkly gold.

My daughter loves gingerbread men, so I was really excited  
to use this wonderful Spellbinders gingerbread house die.

It's so cute and now has become one of my favourite dies.

I also bought these delightful wooden shapes from 
the Range, it's a shop we have in the uk, probably 
very similar to Michaels in the U.S.A

This card has been made for my youngest son, as he loves anything cute,
and I know that this wooden Reindeer face will be adored!

I wanted to keep with the same colour theme
of brown and red for each card.

I have made them all 3D by die cutting the main house shape 
and I created a hidden folded tab at the top of the card to hold 
the two pieces of card together. 

This third card has been made for my oldest son and 
a wooden stocking has been hung on the doorframe. 

I have used a lot of Xmas red stickles glitter glue on the cards
to give them all sparkly accents. 

I have had so much fun making these, 
'hope you like them too? 

Thanks for stopping by

Zowie xx

Roll up, Roll up! The Circus has come to town!

Hi friends
hope you are well! 

I've been so busy crafting over the last couple of days.

I wanted to make something with a Circus theme, 
so I have created these little beauties!

This altered art tag has been made using 
a Tim Holtz Ray layering stencil,
Broken China, Aged Mahogany and Wild Honey distress inks.

I have also used a variety of stamps to create the background,
once everything was dry I adhered this wonderful
image of an elephant that i found in a book at home.
Finally, I added a couple of acrylic gem stars in matching colours. 

For this tag I have used the same process, but added
some torn pieces of scrapbook paper to the edges 
of the tag, to give a collage effect.

Next, I adhered this image and 
then I stamped the word 'applause' and 'strong man'
and added some yellow stars to complete the look. 

I really hope that you like them? if you would like to stop by 
and leave a comment, it would be so lovely to hear from you!

Zowie xx

Saturday 5 November 2016

DT project - Life in a snapshot challenge November 2016

Hi friends,
hope you are well!

Here is my DT project for Life in a snapshot design team 
November challenge.
I wanted to create a Christmas card this time.

I have used a pre-scored Kraft card and this
wonderful vintage Christmas paper by a company called TNco. 

They design such beautiful paper collections. 

Both sheets of paper have been distressed using the blade of 
my scissors and Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink. 

November challenge sketch.

Here I have used these beautiful stamps by Crafty Individuals, which 
I stamped onto watercolour cardstock using jet black Stazon ink.

I coloured the images using Aged mahogany, Crushed olive
and Vintage photo distress markers with a paintbrush and water. 

Once dry, I then layered them onto single squares of 
Kraft cardstock. Next, I adhered those onto the card itself.

Finally, I used a border of coordinating paper and adhered that 
in between the stamped images. I also made a bow using 
the same paper and added a single red crystal gem into the centre
to give it a little bit of Christmas bling!

If you would like to join in with the challenge and for a chance to win
a mystery prize from Things to alter, please click on the
 link below or you can find the challenge over at
facebook; Life in a snapshot.

Thanks once again for stopping by

 Zowie xx

Friday 4 November 2016

Altered art; artist trading cards

Hi friends,
hope you are well!

Today I am sharing with you, my altered art artist trading cards.

When i first started crafting, many moons ago, it was scrapbook
 pages and tags that i mainly created.

It's been so lovely getting back into making tags and
artist trading cards.

This atc (artist trading card) I have named
'Her magical wings gave her the courage to fly'

I have used a mixture of vintage paper to create
a collage effect. The beautiful mermaid image had been
hanging around for some time doing nothing, so
I had to show off her beauty somehow!

Once everything was adhered to the card stock base,
I added some appropriate words, from an old book.

Next, i added some sparkly cabochons which i outlined
with a vintage photo distress marker.

I'm really pleased with how the project has turned out.

'Betty had many sweethearts'

For this atc, I have used some blue looking vintage paper
and distressed the edges with broken china distress ink.

Next, I used picked raspberry and broken china distress ink
with a bubble layering stencil by Tim Holtz to achieve the background.

I then used a music note and sewing stamp around
the edges of the atc.

Finally,  I fussy cut out this wonderful image and adhered that and
some torn paper to complete the look.

I have also added some glitzy silver cabochons.

The inspiration for this atc
came from my very own
retro tattoos!

'Apparently Mona Lisa was very professional'!

I created this using a printed luggage tag from my
own craft stash.

I have used this image of the Mona Lisa before in
another one of my projects and love it so much,
so had to use it again!

I adhered the image and some words from an old book
onto the tag. Next, I stamped a crown using one of
my own stamps and adhered that onto the top of her head.
I also used platinum stickles to give the crown some added sparkle.

To complete the tag, I stamped the word 'fabulous' onto a
separate piece of white card and altered the colour
using Wild honey distress ink,
which I adhered to the bottom of the tag.
 Finally, I added some sparkly red hearts.

I really hope you like these altered art projects?

Please feel free to leave a comment and to follow my blog,
it would be very much appreciated.

 Zowie xx