Vintage Page Designs

April 30th 2012
Ali Manning from Vintage Page Designs is releasing some new kits at her Etsy Store this week - the theme of her first kit is "Birds"! I am one of the lucky ones to be a Guest Designer for Ali & her bird kits. Ali's kits are packed with gorgeous vintage book pages and bird illustrations - perfect ephemera to create a wide range of things with!

The first creations I am sharing are 2 little notebooks I altered using the bird pages and images

Here is a picture of what the notebooks looked like before their makeover (very boring):

Make sure you visit Ali's Blog, her store and the other Guest Designers to see what fabulous creations can be made with old paper and don't miss out on purchasing Ali's kits when they are released on Thursday 3rd May.

Art Frivoli Tea

April 30th 2012
A reminder post for the current challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad "Time for the Queen's Tea" - a great theme with lots of possibilities!!

For this reminder post I have made a little ATC using some gorgeous "Jane Austen" Themed images from Art Tea Life. Don't you just love the wording - "Art Frivoli Tea"???

The Sun is Shining

April 29th 2012

A reminder post for our "You are my Sunshine" Challenge at Wicked Wednesday. I've made this ATC using images and a sentiment from Chris at CS Designs - I love Egyptian style anything!! I have used Smooch to add the colour to the images.

We would love to see your interpretation fo this theme - you still have a few days to join in and the chance to win an image from our sponsor!

Rain Down On Me!!

April 28th 2012
This is my altered coaster hanging for the current Smudgy Antics "Rain Down on Me" Challenge.

I've used a Smeared Ink image and added some rain clouds along with a little saying printed in a "rainy" font!! I've used watercolour paints to add some colour to the clouds and image. I added some glittery paint to the clouds and wording as well to give a "wet" look for the challenge theme!

Vintage Wedding

April 28th 2012
A reminder post for our Wedding/Anniversary Challenge at the So Artful Blog.

I've made this vintage style wedding card. I cannot remember where I got the image from - I've had it for many years so if anyone knows please let me know!!

You Are My Sunshine!

April 26th 2012

What a "sunny" theme for our new weekly challenge at the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog!! This week our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps so as usual you have the opportunity to win a great image when you enter your ATC!

This week I have made 2 ATC's with a "sunshine" theme using collage images from Art Tea Life & Lisa's Altered Art.

We can't wait to see your creations - I could do with some sunshine here!!

Believe in Yourself!

April 23rd 2012
Some more inspiration for our Anything Goes Challenge at Art With No Boundaries - please remember to read our rules before linking up your creation!!

I've used another great Solitaire image from CS Designs - Mysterious Butterfly along with some cute little butterfly graphics from Dezinaworld. The sentiment is also from CS Designs.

This is also perfect for the new Macabre Monday Challenge at the Haunted Design House Blog "Eye Can See You" as the Mysterious Butterfly Solitaire image is all about the "eyes" - they really stand out behind the mask & I've used bold colours to give a bit of a "Gothic" look - I like a bit of darkness in my creations every now and again!

I like the clean look of this card with the red/white/grey & black. And becasue I have used the "Butterfly" masked Solitaire image and butterfly graphics I am also entering this card in the new Our Creative Corner "Butterflies" Challenge. I think the metamorphasis from caterpillar to butterfly is truly a miracle and I love this butterfly quote:

If nothing ever changed
There'd be no butterflies.

Chamomile & Licorice Will Cure Tummy Upset!!

April 23rd 2012

A fun "tea time" challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad this fortnight - the "Time For The Queen's Tea". My little tag is made with images from a really cute collage sheet from Art Tea Life. This little "Queen Bee" has a cuppa all ready! I have to say I am a big "tea" fan!!

This weeks sponsor is Pollycraft so make sure you pop over & check out their store!

Celebrate a Wedding or Anniversary

April 21st 2012

A brand new inspirational challege at the So Artful Blog - Weddings/Anniversary with optional colour theme of Red, Burgundy & Green.

I've made this little ATC using a beautiful wedding image from June at Dezinaworld, some textured papers and a cute little rings charm!

We hope you can join us this fortnight for our new challenge!

An Earth Day Reminder

April 21st 2012
A quick reminder that you still have a few days to enter our Earth Day Challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog. You have the opportunity to win an image from our sponsor Just Some Lines!

I've made another watercoloured ATC with the Just Some Lines "Emo Springtime" image!

Earth Day

April 19th 2012
Our new challenge at the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog is "Earth Day" and our sponsor this week is Just Some Lines whose images we have used on our ATC's and you have the chance to win an image when you enter!

My ATC uses the "Bird in Tree" image which I printed on watercolour paper and then coloured with an Aquawash Pen & watercolour pencils.

Art With No Boundaries "Anything Goes" Challenge

April 17th 2012
Our new challenge this fortnight at Art With No Boundaries is "Anything Goes" - so let your imagination run wild & share your amazing creations with us!

I've used several of the Solitaire "Behind the Mask" Designs from CS Designs to make this card along with a great CS Dsigns Sentiment "Dare to be Different".

I have also made this card for the current Desert Islands Crafters Challenge. The items I have used from their "itinerary" are: No Flowers, Red & Black, Rounded Corners & a Quote!

Dont Let the Attire Fool You....

April 16th 2012

This post is a reminder for our  "From the Past" Challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad which still has a week left to run AND is also my entry for the Gingersnap Creations "Last
Century" Challenge and the current Frilly & Funky "I'll Take Your Word For It" Challenge.

The image is from the Altered Pages "Pretty Petticoats" Collage Sheet and the fantastic humourous sentiment - which I thought matched the petticoat lady perfectly - is from CS Designs.

More "Rainbow" Inspiration

April 14th 2012
A quick reminder email for our So Artful "Rainbow" Challenge which is current for another week.

I've made this card with image & sentiment from CS Designs. I've coloured the image with chalks in colours of the rainbow!

Belated Easter!

April 12th 2012

I should have posted this earlier for Easter!! This is my Altered Coaster entry for the current Octopode Factory Friday Challenge Blog.

I've used an image I won from a previous challenge "Rosalina" - she's great! The egg & bunny ears Rosalina is wearing are from collage sheets by Lisa's Altered Art. Of course everything is pink - my favourite colour!! I think Rosalina is looking somewhat concerned about that big chocolate bunny!!


April 11th 2012

 If nothing ever changed
there'd be no butterflies.

A great new challenge at Wicked Wednesday! Our sponsor this week if Dilly Beans and you have the chance to win an image just by entering!!

More "Eyes" Inspiration

April 10th 2012

A reminder for our Art With No Boundaries "The Eyes Have It" Challenge - you still have a week to enter and we would love to see your creations!

I've used another of the "Arty Expression Designs from CS Designs and altered a coaster. The image has been coloured with chalks and matching pink embellishments added!

I am also entering this at the Creative Monday Challenge - Anything But a Card and the Make it Monday Challenge!

From the Past

April 9th 2012

A new challenge at The Cheerful Stamp Pad this week with a great sponsor "Altered Pages". I've used an image from the "Pretty Petticoats" collage sheet.

I've used the new sketch from the Fussy & Fancy Challenge Blog to set my card out. The patterened papers are from Bo Bunny and everything has been sponged with 'Old Paper' Distress Ink to give that aged/vintage look!

We would love to see your creations this fortnight!

Take a Word - "Skinny"

April 9th 2012
This week's theme at Take a Word is "Skinny" a 3 x 5 inch creation!!

I've used a gorgeous Asian image from June at Dezinaworld along with Japanese papers & a little gold coin charm.

Altered Notebook

April 8th 2012

Here's a little "altered" notebook for the April Challenge at Bombshell Stamps Challenge of the Month which is "Altered Ego".

Here's the notebook before altering with Japanese papers & the Bombshell Geisha image:

And here's the notebook after:

The Colours of the Rainbow!

April 7th 2012

A new challenge at So Artful for this next fortnight - "Rainbow / Colours of the Rainbow". I've made this little "flag" with strips of coloured paper and images from a great collage sheet from Art Tea Life.

We would love to see your bright creations so make sure you link up!

Chocolate Overload

April 6th 2012
This is what we may all look & feel like at the end of the Easter Weekend!!!

I've used a "Stitchy Doll" image from Smeared Ink with a nest & egg images from a great collage sheet from Dezinaworld.

I'm entering this in the current Smudgy Antics EGGstatic Challenge!

Woodland Nymphs & Forest Fairies

April 4th 2012
This is our new challenge theme at Wicked Wednesday this week and our sponsor is "All That Scraps" which means you have the chance to win one of their images when you link up your ATC!

This week I was given the "Nymph Lucy" image to work with and I've made a partly digital style ATC with a gorgeous background from June at Dezinaworld and a quote found at the Quote Garden.

Hope you can join us this week with your nymph or fairy images!

The Eyes Have It!

April 3rd 2012
The theme for the new challenge at Art With No Boundaries this fortnight!

I've made a card based on the Split Negative Technique. I printed the images on some great text patterned paper from Bo Bunny. I've used a great Arty Expression image from CS Designs and I made the sentiment myself.

We would love you to join us for our "The Eyes Have It" Challenge!
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