Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Dragon's Dream TIO DT Piece - Wedding

With Helen choosing W and Lace, for this theme there was really only one option.


I started with a Kraft tag, Used a Crafters Companion Stamp of a bride stamped in versamark with Grey Cosmic Shimmer powder to emboss her in (I thought black would be too harsh) and cutoff her skirt, which I promptly replaced with some lace.  Mounted her on the tag and used the sentiment stamp in stazon black to remind what it's for.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I was asked by the super talented @Massofhair on twitter to take part in a just for fun blog hop, having never done anything like this I hope I don't disappoint.

Something about myself

I am an administrator within the NHS by day and by night/at weekends I pretend I know what I am doing with ink, paint, stamps and papers n card.

I started out as per my bio, cross stitch embroidering but wanted quick result projects and moved into card making, and then the steampunk phenomena hit and that spurred me into altered art.

I am midway through the decade that begins with a 4 and have no intention of growing old gracefullly.  I am an ageing rocker and ex biker (never did pass my test but my ex hubby had so I just sat back and generally went to sleep).  

The Current Mr Hall is a mad model builder and we are both Sci Fi junkies.

Not many of you will know this either, I was the first membership secretary of the Guild of Fans and Disciples, the Terry Pratchett Fan Club and basically ran the club for three years before my second daughter arrived, and having two littlies under 5 and running the club were just a tad too much.  

What are you working on at the moment

I'll be brutally honest, mainly DT work to get ahead and some picture frames that I sell at my Christmas fair at the NRM at Shildon - the only one I do regularly.

I also need to get my finger out and design and make the model club Christmas Cards (Hubby runs the club and has done for 22 years) as well as our ones.

Why do you Create What you do

For me it's escape, a space for me to block the world and focus entirely on something, the creative process lifts me out of the daily humdrum and when it works out better than expected I get  a real sense of achievement out of it.

How does your creative process work?

Go with the flow, I have an idea of what I want to make, what I want to use and an image of the finished article in my head, but it generally is a case of once I'm in full flow nothing will stop it till it's finished.  Then I generally say I hate it.  Show it to @Sunshine_Cazz my bestest friend int eh world and my crafting buddy/conscience and she tells me straight, don't like or fab.

How do you stay focussed/motivated?

I stay focussed by ............................    oooooooooo shiny!!!!!!!

No honestly, if after an hour I am still staring at the wall behind my desk, or am finding spots to tidy and haven't actually done anything I pack in, I never force it, if it ain't gonna happen today it ain't gonna happen, that way I don't get too disheartened.  I think if you set yourself small goals you stand more of a chance of achieving greatness in bite size pieces.  I'll let you know when I get there lol.

I hope I didn't bore you too much, please pop and see the other lovely ladies included in this hop

and my final nomination (she doesn't know yet!) @sunshine_Cazz

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Cup Cake delight

Made for a colleague who has hollow legs and keeps the office supplied with cakes

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Dragon's Dream TIO DT Piece - J & Diecuts

It's Eizabeth at the helm this time and she has chosen J and Diecuts.

For this tag I used an oversized chipboard tag and coated it in pale blue acrylic paint in an attempt to mimic the colour of those tacky tuxedos you see in movies.  I then used a music stamp with versafine lagoon blue to make the background.

The focal stamp is Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, a Stampsmith stamp I acquired recently, I stamped him in versamark and used  ranger black detail powder to emboss him and cut him out to mount using pinflair.  I used a cuttlebug cut and emboss folder to get the Pointy hand and used a die cut topper from KanBan to prove it was Jazz.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Happy Birthday and as you're leaving

Two recent Birthday Cards I made for customers.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Altered Eclectics DT Piece - Chunky ATC

I had never heard of Chunky ATCs until a friend on Twitter made one, She then very promptly sent me a RAK containing a blank block and 4 stoppers for the tops.

I started by basing this in Do Crafts Jumgle Green, then applying a coat of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze and used Do crafts Sage on the top.  I then used PaperArtsy Tikka and chalk, I then used Do Crafts metallic Bronze to dry brush all over.

The images were all stamped in Black Stazon from various Tim Holtz stamp plates.