Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mona Madness.....

......is the theme for this week's Wednesday Stamper . As I don't possess a "Mona" stamp, I resorted to rooting around all my papers and finally found a small image of her on a sheet of Da Vinci papers designed by Lisa Vollarth for Design Originals. So here I am at the last hour entering the above ATC for this week's challenge.
Both stamps used for the background are from Stampington's Da Vinci collection.

Grimm Tales - "The Seven Ravens"

In my PW group, Lucinda is very kindly hosting a 4x4 Fairy Tale fat book project. As I joined up pretty late in the day, most of the more common tales had been picked so I resorted to a little research and discovered to my delight the tale of "The Seven Ravens"............as I adore these birds, this fit the bill perfectly!

Above is my interpretation.......the two photos show the front & back of the page prior embellishment. Rubber stamps used for backgrounds: tree - Paperbag Studios, diamond pattern - Above the Mark.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Time Defined

This 6x8" collage is my contribution for this week's Wednesday Stamper - TIME
Stamps used:
Phrenology head - Invoke Arts
Large clock - Magenta
Small clocks - Non Sequitur (part of a plate)
Clock gears - Above the Mark
Roman Numerals - Stampers Anonymous

Sunday, January 14, 2007

and here's another Faux Poste.

This time added as an embellishment to an altered puzzle piece......didn't scan too clearly due to the domed letter E! (Background stamp by Toybox)

Faux Poste

This week's contribution for Wednesday Stamper.
Colorbox chalks background then just simple stamping & masking.

Friday, January 12, 2007


Have you ever considered white as a colour? Gather together white materials from your art supplies, ie. papers, fibres, fabric, embellishments etc and be surprised by the different shades of white.

I made these ATC's for a "White on White" swap & concentrated on texture as well as different shades of white, which was really fun to do. Unfortunately white is one of the worst colours to scan and my photography skills are not the best!

Sunday, January 07, 2007


I've finally managed to complete my charms for the Oh So Charming charm swap. If you fancy having a go at these, I've included the instructions. Warning......soldering is addictive!

Glass marbles
Rubbing Alcohol
6 mm wide copper tape
Bone folder
Lead free solder
Soldering iron
Silver jump rings
Silver Indian bell charms

Clean the marbles well with the rubbing alcohol.

Measure some copper tape by wrapping around a marble to gauge the circumference allowing a little extra for overlap (approx. 5.5cm) and cut as many pieces as required.
Then cut each 5.5cm strip down to narrower pieces making them 2mm wide.

Wrap 2 pieces of copper tape around marble in opposite directions forming segments & burnish well with a bone folder.

Flux & solder over the copper tape.

Flux & solder jump rings to top & bottom, then wash charms in warm soapy water. Once dry, polish with silver cloth.

Attach bell charms.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Wednesday Stamper

The challenge for this week's Wednesday Stamper is "Shapes", so my shape for this week's submission is circles. Have used the torn background again for this ATC.......note how the walnut ink remains darker on the torn areas.

More ATC's

Have been having fun making backgounds using a technique from Collage Discovery Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth.......basically you stick down a page from an old phone book with gel medium & before it's completely dry apply strips of masking tape then tear them off which also peels off a bit of the backgound paper. Before colouring the backgrounds with tinted gesso or walnut ink, I also applied strips of contrasting old music pages. The above ATC's were made using these layered backgrounds.