Friday, 17 April 2015

Liberate Your Art - Postcard Swap 2015

One of the projects I've recently taken part in....
is Kat Sloma's
postcard swap.

The swap involves sending 5 postcards with prints of your art work to Kat ......then Kat sorts through the bundles of postcards that she receives and posts 5 random postcards back to you together with one of her own lovely art cards. 
1290 pieces of art liberated
214 artists participating
12 countries represented

Kat (and her swap helpers) did an awesome job!
This is the fifth year of this fabulous swap.

 I decided to get some postcard prints made of some of my altered  artwork......fabric art, collages and dressform, these are what I sent off to Kat...


I know where a couple of my cards landed in the world....
there new homes are in Ohio and Georgia USA
....just wondering where the others ended up???
Did you get one?!!  ;)

and these are the beauties I received in return....
Postcard #1 is from
Mary Jane Henderson
(Brisbane, Australia)
A gorgeous painty collage - Love the colours!
Thank You Mary Jane!
Postcard #2 is from
Jana Johnson
 beautiful artwork - Sadly this card got a little scratched and battered en-route to the UK...but it still did not distract from it's Beauty!!
...and there were lovely quote on the reverse of this card.
Thank You Jana
Postcard #3 is from
Mary Clemons
..another wonderful collage...painting & monoprints - So clever!!
Thank You Mary!
Postcard #4 is from
Ellen D. Mika Brown
awesome torn paper collage with crayon rubbing - mesmerising!
It also came with one of my favourite quotes on the reverse of the postcard...
'Art is the only way to run away without leaving home' (Twyla Tharp)
Thank you Ellen!
Postcard #5 is from
stunning photography of birds on a wire!
Love the message too!
Thank You!

and finally
Postcard #6 is from
the lovely hostess herself
Kat Sloma
Gorgeous photography!!
all the way from Oregon USA
Thank You Kat!
....and some extra swaps 

'Your wings already exist' (Janice Darby)
'Pheasant' (Amy Irwen)
'Wonder' (Sherry Harmes)
'Amazing Shell' (Lisa Schwinghammer)
I've got a thing about 'wings'..even the amazing shell reminds me of a beautiful butterfly!! I absolutely adore these cards! 
Thank you again Janice, Amy, Sherry and Lisa for trading art with me :)
It was fabulous swap! always
Such Fun waiting for postcards to drop through the letterbox :)
Thanks so much to Kat for the incredible job you did in organizing this exchange.
...and to all the lovely Arty participants and Kat's helpers, it's been fun following and seeing all the wonderful variety of postcards being posted on FACEBOOK.
I'm  glad I participated, and looking forward to taking part hopefully again next year.

Thanks for peeking!
Jan x


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Flowers.......

Over at
Challenge # 62
It's all about ....
Altered Paper/fabric challenge
Alter/change (in an ARTY way) the pattern on  patterned paper or fabric. Use some/all/tiny piece of your original paper/fabric in your project. is the patterned fabric that inspired me....
Some old vintage floral curtain fabric
(....The 'Sound of Music' film keeps going through my mind for some reason LOL!!
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself.....)

 Anyway...back to the Challenge!!...
I've been meaning to start another fabric journal for ages...
so this fabulous challenge gave me the Inspiration and motivation that I needed!!
......I've used some of the vintage floral fabric in its original form for the background of my fabric journal page and then cut out two of the flowers from the same fabric and made them into padded embellishments to decorate my fabric journal cover
To make the padded floral embellishments, I've just cut them out and backed them with some felt (sewn together), these little embellies would also look good, with a pin added to the back to make a fabric brooch?
Here is the fabric journal cover I created for my DT piece...
I dug through my fabric stash... and found some complimentary fabrics, vintage buttons, doilies, lace, pins, vintage embroidered linens and a picture printed onto fabric
All collaged and hand sewn together.
Now Hop over to.
..for the full deets on this challenge...and see what other wonderful inspiration my talented International team mates have created for this
 Altered Paper/fabric challenge
....and there's a Super prize up for grabs for the challenge winner...

...and, I've got lots of this fabric left....
to make some more fabric pages ....or even a dress or two like Julie Andrews in the film!! ;) LOL
Oh No, got that pesky song in my head again now!!..
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread.......

 On that Note!....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Crazy Birds and some Tim time!.....

Oh, I've missed playing along with Tim's inspiring tag art so far this year!! So I was more than ready for some Tim time!!
Here's Tim's Creative March inspiration

This month...Tim has got us playing and experimenting with our distress paints and some embossing.
Whoooo...I just love getting painty!

...and I've finally managed to get my hands on the Crazy Birds stamps, they seem to be sold out everywhere?!.
..and I couldn't wait to use these quirky little fellas on a project or two! 
So I replaced the butterfly stamp from Tim's tag  with one of the these little cuties!
So this is my Entry for Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015
 ...Just LOVE idea-ology doo-dads!!
Thanks again to Tim for some amazing inspiration and Looking forward to seeing what Tim excites us with his April tag  now...

So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A week of crafty Bliss.....

...I've just come back from a lovely week away with Hubby and Barney Boy...
and am glad to report the house was still standing ... after leaving two of my sons in charge while we were away!!
...So I've just caught up with the dreaded holiday washing & ironing....housework (ooops..sorry for swearing!)all done...
So I thought I would blog about my week of crafty Bliss!!
If you saw my last post, you would of seen I won some tickets to the....
at Olympia...
Well...I had an absolutely lovely day...
Lots of wonderful stalls, goodies to buy and beautiful inspiration...
Here's what hopped into my shopping bags and came home with me that day!!
Yarn, Ribbons, fabrics, beads and some rather large knitting needles!!
I've already used the smaller of the pair to knit a nice chunky cushion cover (using 7 strands of assorted yarn)
...and then on Saturday I was lucky

to have a fantabulous workshop with the talented...
as a pre-Mothers Day treat !
 I have been a fan of Andy Skinner's Art for some time.
So when I found out that he was running a workshop local to me at
 That's Crafty in Romford
I was uber excited to get a place on one of his classes!
So...With Andy's expert teaching and guidance...
We altered these plain boring pieces
to create this antique-y yummy painty goodness...
My finished project.
...using some of the DecoArt Media Range..which are amazing products.
Oozing with faux rust, crackled and peeling paint!! Love Love Love it!!
I learnt lots :)
...I Just adore the rust effects that you can get from paint techniques!!
I really enjoyed Andy's workshop,  It's the first time I have visited 'That's Crafty'
It's run by the lovely Laura and Graham....they sell a wide range of papercraft and mixed media art supplies. They also have a very large selection of stamps and masks, stencils and templates.
So a few more pennies were spent that day :)
On these little treasures...
Thanks again to my three lovely boys who treated me :)
Oh, I will definitely be back for another workshop and a crafty shop at That's crafty in the future ;)
Now, I'm off to play with some of my new goodies!!..Time to get painty me thinks!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Playing with fabric.....

Oh, I have been having sooooo much fun playing along with Linda's lovely mini fabric sampler swap
over at
and last month I received my sampler from the hostess herself
and this is the little beauty she sent to me...

...just perfect for the month of February
I adore it!!
...from the sweet little pocket
to the beautiful cherry and vintage fabrics
gorgeous trims and buttons!
Linda did an amazing job!
..and just take a peek at all the sweet lil goodies that Linda enclosed inside the pocket on her mini sampler...Thank you again Linda for such a fabby trade.
...and my February mini sampler swap was sent to Elizabeth  in Texas
all packaged and ready to go...
I know that Elizabeth has received it now so here's a pic of what I created for her...
I've used vintage and newer fabrics
lace, trims, buttons,
ribbon rose, doily,
embroidered heart and wings
I've already started on my sampler for March...such a fun swap!!
...and...Yay....I won a couple of tickets to go to the
at Olympia
which starts today
So I'm looking forward to going
and buying a few new knitty and stitch goodies!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Sunday, 1 March 2015


A new look...and Challenge #61
Over at
(Previously known as Let's Get Shabby)
'Let's Get Shabby'
Challenges first started in 2009
 Times have changed and many of us have found our styles have too!
So it's time to move forward and add in being a little

Colour Swatch Challenge!
Pick a photo from your own photo gallery – put it through ‘Chip It’    

to  get the swatch colours….  

And create a project  based on at least four colours from the colour swatches.

On your blog we will need to see:

Two photos….

One of your ‘Chip It’ photo with the swatches


One of your arty project 

And list the colour names of your choice.


Here Is my 'Chip It' photo and colour swatches...
I decided to alter a card and wooden 'Boat' Blank for my DT piece.
First of all I rooted through my crafty search of paints, fabrics, ribbons some of the colours from my colour swatches.
Painted my boat blank... in 3 of the colours...mixing my paints to get as near to the colour swatches as I can.
...then I decorated my sails with...fabrics, lace, crochet flower & doily, buttons, embroidered heart and a little hand - stitchery!
I crackle painted the base of my boat using a PaperArtsy crackle medium between my blue and and white coats of paint.
Then I added a Tim Holtz 'word band' Enjoy the Journey.
So Inspired by my 'LetsChipIt' photo swatches
from this
to this....
Anyway I hope you will hop over to
Let's Get ARTY
..for the full deets ...and to support us in our new look challenges.
You will also see what other wonderful inspiration the talented international Arty girls have created for this challenge #61 and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner....

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x