Wednesday 27 June 2012

A Moth to the Flame - Happy Daze June Guest

For my final post as June Guest for Happy Daze I have decorated a candle using an Icarus stamp by Lost Coast Designs, to represent their June Bug Challenge. There is still time to join in this challenge and there's a great prize!

I would be delighted if you went over to visit me at the Happy Daze Blog!

Sunday 24 June 2012

Crafty Individuals' June Challenge - Summer Ball

The June Challenge over on the Crafty Individuals' blog is 'Summer Ball'. I only had one stamp which I felt was particularly appropriate so I wanted to use it in a slightly unusual way by using this box with a 'bubble' aperture to also represent the Ball, and to highlight the lady in the beautiful dress (CI 346). I used papers from the Summer Background pad and a selection of stamps, and gave her a fan made of shrink plastic from CI 335. I did a bit of fiddling about with my stamping as I wanted the 'dance card' part of the stamp repeated around the edge of the top of the box, and I also wanted to line up the chandelier on the outside and the inside of the bubble, but to also stamp it twice and layer it up to make it look dimensional. I then added some gems for the bulbs.

The box is lined with the Forget Me Not paper from the Summer Background Paper Pad, and some pearl trim:-

The flowers are made from shrink plastic and embossing powder, and the perfume bottle and label are from CI 335 again:-

The little 'feet' are links from a broken bracelet that look like diamond rings:-

I do hope you will join in the challenge!

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Jane Austen Canvas for Happy Daze

Today I have my second post for my guest month at Happy Daze. I have decorated a canvas with mini canvases on it, with a Jane Austen theme. The canvas was a very kind present from Brenda and she had beautifully wrapped it with a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and some beautiful faux porcelain melt post flowers. I haven't used the tissue wrap before but I am a huge fan of his tissue tape and I really loved using this! Happy Daze sell the two different designs as individual sheets if you don't want to buy the whole roll, which I think is great. I also used Glassine paper for the first time.

And Terry, I have used shrink plastic again! I hope you will like it.

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Happy Daze June Guest - Altered Bottle

I've often mentioned on here that I buy all sorts of interesting goodies from Happy Daze. It's the main online shop I use as it sells all the unusual bits and pieces for altered art that are hard to find, and is also the UK stockist of one of my favourite stamp ranges from the US, Artistic Outpost. I've also mentioned how much I have been inspired by the Design Team, for example with the clasp handbags they got me into. I follow their blog postings regularly as I really admire this particular DT who make such original and varied items.

So you can imagine my delight when they asked me to be their June guest! To be asked to be a part of something you admire is such a lovely feeling. I have been asked to make three items over the course of the month, and today's is an altered bottle, which started life as a bubble bath bottle. My wonderful best friend, Elaine, bought me this bubble bath as she thought I would like to decorate the bottle afterwards - this was such a thoughtful gift as she is not a crafter herself, but she takes an interest in what I do and understands me!

You can see the finished bottle and how I made it here.

The bottle at the painted stage:-

I enjoyed making this project more than anything I have made since our flood. I was so excited about the invitation, it motivated and lifted my spirits. So thank you very much, Happy Daze, for asking me!

Monday 11 June 2012

Luce Change - Fancy Floral Footwork

Over on Unruly Paper Arts, my alter ego Luce Change, has made these shoes! Pop on over to see how they were made!