Saturday, 1 August 2015

It's in the bag.....

Over at
Challenge #66
is all about
Kraft Paper Bags
 What you can do with a kraft coloured paper bag?
It could be altered, inked, reshaped, painted, cut up,  repurposed…. 
or whatever else you’d like to create with a kraft paper bag.
Time to get arty!
I had 2 sizes of kraft paper bags in my crafty stash...
So...this is what I created for my DT piece..

I altered both bags with assorted papers, inks, stamps, buttons, charms and twine....
Now Hop over to.
Let's get Arty
..for the full deets on this challenge...and see what other fabulous Krafty Paper Bag inspiration my arty team mates have created for this
....and there's a Super prize up for grabs for the challenge winner...
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Enjoy the journey.....

Over at
Compendium of Curiosities
Challenge # 33
I also can't believe that we are already on the second-to-last technique in the fortnightly challenges working our way through Tim's
Linda and her talented Curiosity crew
have been playing with
 Tim’s Altered Surfaces technique    
(Using page 45 of Tim's book )
My eldest son is working and living in Australia for two years, he has been out there 8 months already...So proud of him...and miss him sooooo much....but he is having an amazing time making new friends and having amazing experiences (which makes it a little easier for me!!).....and I'm sooooo excited because the moment...we are making plans to visit him on the other side of the world.
So I'm putting together some pressies for him, and I made this card (incorporating Tim's altered surfaces technique)with him in mind...
 Tim Holtz Alpha Parts
were used for the Altered Surfaces technique.
I've incorporated lots of TH idea-ology embellies (LOVE Tims embellishments!!) - (word band, arrow, wing, typewriter charm, monocle, hinge clip, philosophy tag, metal and file tab.)
Tim Holtz papers
 TH stamps (The Boys)
 I've highlighted Australia on the map using the 'Monocle'
I've chosen a 'A' from the 'Typewriter letter charms', My sons' Aaron's initial!
The alpha parts I opted for to use the Altered surfaces technique are.. an 'Arrow' and 'ADVENTURE' which is just the perfect sentiment...for all the exciting experiences he will be havingin Oz!
I've also used Tims faded layers technique (p.58 of his book) to create my backgrounds using 'bubble' and 'Harlequin' stencils and alcohol inks.

If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #33

who along with her crew...have some gorgeous Altered Surfaces inspiration!
You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book

....and for this challenge.
The wonderful Inspiration Emporium, 
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!


Hope you all have a lovely week!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Summer of Color 5: Week six

WOW!!, we've arrived at the last week of
 and again....what an amazing 6 weeks it has been!
 A Humongous Thank you  to Kristin for being a fabulous hostess and encouraging us all to play along with different mixes of colours combos... especially the ones out of our comfort zones!
This week colour combo is...
1 Orange + 1 Orange + 1 Blue orange is a colour I rarely choose... so I checked my crafty stash and found 2 shades of orange felt!
...and inspired by the fox hunting debate on the News ...I created a felt fox brooch and added the blue in the form of a crochet doily flower.
Sadly, like all good things...they have to come to an end:(
My Summer of Colour now complete, it has been FUN. I've enjoyed creating a variety of different things for this challenge...
Week 1 Knitted Mermaid
Week 2 Photography
 Week 3 Altered fabric book cover
Week 4 Inky, painty, stencil and stamped journal page.
Week 5 Embroidery Hoop Art
Week 6 Felt Brooch
I've also enjoyed visiting other participants and seeing the gorgeous variety of colourful entries! :)
Thanks for everyone who have visited and commented on my SOC posts... I'm still playing catch up here!! if I haven't commented on your creations...I'll be around to see you soon!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x 


Friday, 10 July 2015

The Summer of Color 5: Week five (and four!)

Can't believe it's Week five already!!...
 I'm joining our lovely hostess Kristin again at Twinkle, Twinkle  
along with the other talented participants
who are creating some amazing colourful creations 
for the
Summer of Color
So on to ...
Now I LOVE this colour combo...
1 Green + 1 Green + 1 Pink
My favourite week so far!!
So I decided to grab a journal, and get all inky & painty with stamps and stencils!!
Agh!... I missed the deadline for last weeks colour challenge...and it's still a work in progress!!..Kristin really challenged us!  In her words 'possibly the biggest challenge of our event.' 
The colour palette for Week Four of The SOC 5 was . . . .
1 Red + 1 Red + 1 Metallic
(Eeeeek ;) - LOL!!)
I  decided to do some embroidery, but didn't quite get round to finishing it!
(such a busy week!!)...Anyway, I thought I would show you how far I got ;)
(vintage red linen, red checked fabric, gold buttons, lace & thread)

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done with these colours and next weeks Colour prompt..
...if you would like to join in the fun hop over to

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Rusty Books.....

Over at
Let's Get Arty
Challenge # 65
It's all about ....
Anything to do with books:
 e.g. pages, print, origami, gift wrapping with it, repurpose or make your own miniature book, a new book, cover a book , dress up a page inside a book or it could be about your favourite book.....
or any idea of your own, so long as it has something to do with books!
Whatever it is….make it arty!
So...this is what I did for my DT piece...
Inspired by a workshop that I took with Andy Skinner earlier this year, I used some of the DecoArt Media create
 faux rust, crackled and peeling paint!!

I love the faux rust effect the DecoArt media range gives these chipboard elements.
 I used stencil paste through a Andy Skinner stencil (French elements) to create a raised texture. Then my background on my book cover has been painted and inked. I then used a crackle stamp to complete the shabby look.
I added my faux rusty pieces
and painted, stamped and rusted heart(wrapped in wire)
..along with a TH idea-ology doll.
Here is my finished chipboard book cover...

Now Hop over to.

..for the full deets on this challenge...and see what other wonderful inspiration my arty team mates have created for this
....and there's a Super prize up for grabs  for the challenge winner...

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

First Update on the 2015 Scavenger Hunt

I came across Maria's (Rinda's)  Blog...Gallo Organico,last year and planned on taking part in this interesting photo challenge then, but due to my operation and recovery period, didn't get round to completing it !
So this year, I'm jumping in again!!
 I'm a keen photographer (but no expert lol)So, I thought I'd join the
 2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt for some practice opportunities and of course it sounds like fun.
  We've recently been away for a week in Gran Canaria and I managed to cross quite a few subjects off my list, as well as a few photos taken locally when we got home.
So,I've done quite well with this Scavenger Hunt so far and have managed to cross 12 of the list.....
1. A bouquet of flowers
At home in the garden

 2. An ornate door knocker


 3. A person walking a dog (or other animal)...
A camel walker in Maspalomas , Gran Canaria
4. People playing a board game or card game

 5. Architectural columns

 6. A metal bridge

Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria

 7. A turtle
I thought this was going to be a difficult one for me to find.... had to grab my camera quickly..when I see this lady carrying her Turtle inflatable in Maspalomas , Gran Canaria :)

 8. Someone "plugged in" to social media

9. A tent

 10. A college or university

 11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish

Playa de Mogán, Gran Canaria

 12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet

His and Hers loos in Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria

 13. A merry-go-round or carousel

 14. A traffic signal

 15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it
Boat, Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria

 16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air

We climbed the steps of Las Conchas up to the highest viewing point (Mirador) where you can experience these panoramic views of  The original fishing village of Playa de Mogán

 17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms

Policemen in Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria
 18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle

 19. A ticket booth

Ticket booth for dolphin boat tour - Gran Canaria
20. A natural body of water
Atlantic Ocean

 21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt".

 Alternative A: People eating outside
Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella

Street Artist in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

 Alternative C: A rocking chair

It also amazed me how quickly my hubby started looking for items on the list while we were travelling together, especially when we both clocked the 'Turtle' opportunity...we just stared at each other and rushed for the Camera!! LOL
And a special thanks to Rinda for hosting, yet again, another fun hunt.
If you want to join in the fun hop over here...
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x