40th birthday altered book art

40th birthday altered book art

I altered this book as a birthday gift. The recipient is a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and I managed to find a damaged book with a map on the inside reminiscent of that great saga.  I folded the pages to create the ’40’ and stained the edges with distress ink to help the numberd stand out. I used a ribbon to hold the book in place for display.
40th birthday book 1e

I created the scene for the back cover using Craft Artist and kept it within the fantasy theme. I’ve covered the sentiment for privacy reasons.

40th birthday book 2e

I’d like to enter this for the following challenges

Creative Loops- recycle

Craftin Desert Divas- Create a scene

Love to Create- Anything creative/ mixed media goes

Kitty Bee Designs- Fairytale/fantasy

Polkadoodles- Birthday celebrations



Hand painted OOAK shopping bag- I’d rather be on holiday!

Hand painted OOAK shopping bag- I’d rather be on holiday!

I’ve painted a new long handled tote bag for my Etsy shop. This was inspired by my mum- we sometimes call her Mrs Holiday because she is a big fan of cruises now and when she isn’t on one she is talking about wanting to be on one or how marvellous they are. I would have put I’d rather be cruising on the bag but it might be taken the wrong way 😉

I plan my rough composition on paper first. I started by drawing the outlines with Derwent Inktense Blocks
Inktense blocks. I then applied layers of inktense (blocks for washes of colour and pencilsfor detail) painting on some  Golden Gac 900 Fabric Painting Medium between each layer to set the inktense (it actually turns it to ink).

I think Inktense are becoming my favourite medium as I love the variety of ways you can use them. I also love being able to use them on some differemt surfaces. I love painting bags as shopping bag totes are an essential item and I love being able to have personalised one of a kind bags which take my art outside the 4 walls of houses and exhibitions!


I’m entering this for the

Creative Loops challenge- water

As You Like It Challenge- favourite non-card project and why

Creative Moments- Anything Goes

Inspiration Destination- Anything Goes

Lemon Shortbread challenge- Anything Goes

Throught The Craftroom Door- Anything Goes

2 Creative Chicks- Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics- Mixed media/ altered art. Anything goes

Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge- Earth Day

Crafts Galore Encore- Anything Goes Challenge

Make My Monday- Watercolour

Not Just Cards- Always Anything Goes











Diamonds and pearls- Hepbern dress


This card is full out girly- diamonds, pearls and lace!  I used the beautiful image Hepbern dress by A Day for Daisies.

Hepburn dress  Day for Daisies

I coloured the image with Promarkers, Collectors ProMarkers and flexmarkers (Hair: canary, sunflower, yellow, vanilla. Skin: Almond, putty, dusty pink, tea rose. Dress: Duck egg, oasis, honeydew, aquamarine). I painted some highlights onto the dress using pearlescent waterfall green acrylic ink.

I used Craft Artist 2 to make the image background and background paper. I made them both by sampling the colours from the Our Daily Bread Colour challenge.

I used my Cougar electronic cutter to etch a frame design on lilac pearlescent card. I used Spun Sugar Distress Sticklesto outline the frame design and around the outside of the card.

Hepburn dress a day for daisiesI created the digital backgound paper featureing a lace ribbon, strings of pearls, glitter and diamond and pearl embellishments. I colour matched these for the ODB challenge. I created a mathing paper for the inside.


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges. Please do go over and check out all the wonderful inspiration there.

Paper Minutes- Lyrics I went with Diamonds and Pearls by Prince
Top Tip Tuesday- Ribbon & Pearls (gutted this is the last challenge as I love this blog)
Incy Wincy Designs- Frame It (always good to have a frame around an image)
Lost Coast Designs – Circles
Perfectly Rustics-Anything Goes With Glitter
Whoopsi Daisy- Make it Girly

Braid in my hair by Day for Daisies for Spring

I first saw the stamps by A Day For Daisies being used by the wonderful Coops– I always love her cards and I fell in love with the stamps. This stamp is called Braid In My Hair and I thought it was perfect for a floral Spring birthday card.


The image was coloured with Letraset Promarkersand FlexMarkers and I used Sakura Souffle Pens on the birds to give some contrast to her hair. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts. The yellow paper is from the first edition paper pad- hideaway
and is layered onto black card from my stash. I used a flower petal punch with Papermania Parkstone Paper to create the sentiment flower and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

Braidinmyhairdayfordaisies2I would like to enter the following challenges

Sentimental Sundays- Springtime flowers

Come and Get It Challenge- One for the girls

Make My Monday challenge blog- flowers

Deep ocean challenge- Easter/ Spring

The Shabby Tea Room- Beautiful Blooms

Sketch and color challenge number 10

16th birthday memory frame

16th birthday memory frame

I can’t believe the backlog of projects I’ve got to blog. You may have noticed I’ve been busy moving and redesigning my blog. I should be back to regular posting soon.
TodayI’m sharing a comissioned project for a 16th birthday gift. I was asked to make a one of a kind memory frame with blue in the colour scheme and for several reasons I decided an astronomical theme was appropriate.
I took the photos in a bit of a rush and they aren’t brilliant as it is difficult to photograph due to the glass.
16th memory frame 1

I decided to use some cork in the layers.

16th memory frame 2

I thought for a teenage boy it would be fun to use some wood stars with red beer bottle tops to add some colour.

16th memory frame 3

I thought I could get away with a bit of bling to give a starry effect.

16th memory frame 4

I cropped and resized the photos digitally and placed them to show the progression through the years.

16th memory frame 5

The current photo was taken by his brother and I digitally merged it with some paper and overlaid the lyrics from my wish for you.

16th memory frame 6

I made up the stars using layers of paper and a touch of bling to draw attention.

16th memory frame 7

I couldn’t resist using the little kraft photo corners.

16th memory frame 8

This is my first memory frame for a teenage boy so fingers crossed that he likes it and that he has a great birthday!

I’d like to enter my layout to the following challenges

Not Just Cards challenge 15

Craft My Life- all crafts challenge

Bimini Moose Scrapbook Challenges- Always anything goes

Scrapper’s Delights- Always anything goes

Scrapbooker PhD- challenge 21 bling

Crafting with Attitude- anything goes








Hi all!
I made this card for a supporter of Argyle so it is was the perfect chance to combine a male sports cards with spots and circles.

I made my papers using Craft Artist and colour matched to the Argyle logo.

I used a Lili of the Valley digi but recoloured the shirt with promarkers and did the background and football with distress inks.

This is the base when the card is opened up.

This is the back of the card.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Cute Card Thursday For the boys
Dude Time Doodles –  masculine , sports
Fab ‘n’ Funky – celebrate maleness
Crafty Sentiments – Spots or Stripes
Whimsy Inspiration – spots and dots
Do You Stack Up?Circles
Lili’s Little FairiesAnything goes
Inspired by the sunrise.

Inspired by the sunrise.

I struggle with male cards so I needed lots of inspiration. I thought I’d use blue for the Digital Tuesday challenge and then I saw the Can You Digi It challenge and decided to team it with orange.

I used a layout from the Critter Sketch Challenge

and thought that topping the card with stiched bunting would be perfect. So here is my card

I blended distress ink around the edges of the card. I designed my paper using Craft Artist so virtually all of the elements are digital.

My image is a Lili of the Valley die cut but I added some extra clour and coloured the background.

It is difficult to see on this photo but the orange edges around the bunting are a satin stitch effect.
I decorated the inside of the card in matching clours but added the sun and buildings element.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Digital Tuesday – Winter Blues (either wintry or blue)
Crazy Amigo Challenge –  Bunting
Glitter Geeks – Stitches
Crafty Ann’s – Stitching
Can You Digi It – Sunset and sunrise inspiration photo at the top of the post
Critter Sketch – Sketch at top of post
To garden or to relax in the garden?

To garden or to relax in the garden?

This is my birthday card for a gardener. It was inspired by the photo for The Stamping Boutique challenge.

I love gardening (although it’s not much fun trying to do it in the rain at the moment. I especially like when you’ve done some gardening and you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea out there!
I inked the edges of the card with distress ink. I created the background paper using Craft Artist.

I used a Lili of the Valley die cut and coloured the background and tree with Distress Inks. I used a LOTV sentiment.

In keeping with the theme I added twine and a mini metal trowel I found.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Cooking It Up With Katie -green, gorgeous, garden
Moving Along With The Times– Gardening or flowers
My Mum’s Craft shop – the great outdoors
The Stamping Boutique – Inspiration photo at top of post
Special Spring Bedhead birthday

Special Spring Bedhead birthday

Another 21st card today and I also made some matching gifts which I’ll blog over the next few days.
Inspired by Spring Colours and flowers I used my new Krista Smith Bedhead digi as my other theme was books as the recipient is a real bookie!
I made the papers and frames using Craft Artist. I coloured the edges of the card with distress ink and punched the paper corners with a MS punch.

I coloured the digi with Pro and flexmarkers and highlighted with pearlescent inks. I’ve shown a couple of angels to show the pearlescent effect. Looks a bit OTT but it really just shimmers a bit as it catches the light.

I also made some paper for the inside of the card and punched the corners. I’ve smudged the message for privacy.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Digi Doodle Shop’s Best – Use something new from your stash (new digi)
Flourishes –  Birthday Card
Little Miss Muffet Challenges – Spring colours/pastels
Raise The Bar – Cutesy Easter / Spring
That Craft Place – Spring
Little Claire’s  – Spring
Wags ‘n Whiskers – Flowers

Party Time Tuesdays – Flowers

Let your light shine picture

Let your light shine picture

The last in the matching set for the 21st birthday is a picture.
I made the paper using Craft artist. The digi is from Sylvia Zet.

I used Pro and flexmarkers to colour the digi. I highlighted using pearlescent inks. I used glossy accents on the necklace gem, centre of the flower and the lantern glass.

Last picture is at an angle to try and show the pearlescent highlights on the digi and the large flower.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Tuesday Throwdown – Pastels
Creative Mondays – Anything but Card
Totally Stampalicious – Anything but a Card 
Sassy Cheryl’s -Soft Pastels
Crafty Creations – Spring
I Love Promarkers – Spring
Creative Craft Challenges – Anything But A Card