Monday, 8 December 2014

Shabby-chic mixed media canvas

Today I'm sharing a Vintage styled, mixed media canvas that I've created as an end of year gift for a swap on Facebook.   The only brief was for it to be mixed media and to be able to house a little calendar that could be replaced each year.

I started with a deep framed 8x8" canvas and then using a scraped paint technique gave it a base of a light terracotta with highlights of a mossy green and gold. The edge was done in a darker terracotta (created by mixing the other colours together and adding a bit of red). I then did the same with 2 smaller canvases - one was 2.5 x 2.5" square and the other 2 x 1" the smaller one I also wrapped with some lace border ; and then glued them in place on the main canvas.

Next bit - embellishments :o) I love digging through all my bits and bobs decided what to use!   I chose some metal filigree pieces and added paper roses, together with a little bottle cap shaped piece holding a picture of a butterfly.   I stamped some sentiments onto tissue paper and used melted beeswax to place these.  I also went around the edge of the larger canvas with some flourishes in dark glitter glue.  A lovely metal dragonfly placed on the lace covered canvas and a matching piece of lace across one corner finished of the main piece.

Then I had to work out how to place the calendar and how to make sure it could be replaced each year.

I realised that the calendar was just a little smaller than a credit card so I decided to cut a sleeve from a plastic card wallet and used some patterned packaging cardboard as a back for it. I made a little flap out of some scrap card and used this to fasten it to the bottom of the canvas, covering it with some washi tape.

I'm really pleased with it and hope my swap partner is too.

I would like to enter this canvas into the following challenges :

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - Challenge 22 V is for Vintage - here

Sugar Creek Hollow - Challenge 101 Not a Card - here

 Artist Trading Post Exchange - Recycle for Christmas - here (recycled packaging and card wallet)

Frilly & Funkie - A Vintage Holiday - here (created for New Years)


Miriam's Crafting Blog - Challenge 19 Handmade Gift - here

Thanks for reading
Stefanie xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

December - New month & some news :o)

So countdown to the end of the year - I'm just wondering where it went!?

I wanted to quickly share the result of a workshop I went on the other weekend, it was a needle-felting one.  Loads of fun, and more tiring on the wrists then you would imagine!!  It was a last minute decision to go, two of my friends were going and there was a spare place - so 'Why not?' I thought.  These are the cute little penguins we made - mine is in the middle.  He has now been named Hector and adopted by my Auntie who fell in love with him on first sight!

We started of by making a cone shape for the body using wool tops and building it up by needling in layer upon layer of more wool.  The needle is a special one designed for the purpose and has a little barb on the end which helps the layers mesh together.  Next was the head which began is just a simple ball shape.  Once both bits were the right size and shape we put them together and joined them by needling more wool over the top.

Greys and black were added to make up the 'tuxedo' look of the penguins and then the face.  I added some quirky eyebrows to mine so he looks a little like a rock-hopper!!

Hope you like them!

And now my news!!  I'm really excited to announce that I will be joining two design teams in January!! They are at Altered Eclectics and Rhedd's Creative Spirit - two challenge blogs promoting mixed media and altered art that I have enjoyed taking part in over the last year and I'm really looking forward to sharing my makes over the next few months!!

Thanks for reading
Stefanie xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014


Apologies for the absence - things have been quite manic with me, and the dreaded Fibro went into a bit of a flare :(   Anyway I wanted to share this little mixed media artwork with you that I made, I really wanted to post this in time for Rememberance Day as this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War.  A very poignant time.

I used a small A6 sized canvas, and first sketched out the outline of the poppies.  Then the layers of paint were built up together with inclusions of bits of lace and mesh to give texture and dimension.

Just a short post, but thank you for visitng, will be back to normal shortly

Stefanie xx

Friday, 31 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 31 - otherwise known as Samhain

Well, the final day has arrived!  Well done to all of you that have managed to stay with us the whole month!!  Make sure that you remember to visit the other Wicked Bloggers to see what they have to share today :o)

I've really enjoyed sharing all my different makes through the month, and seeing what everyone else has had to offer too.  I love all the spooky stuff!

Today though I want to share something slightly different, and hope that you don't mind too much.  They are still stamped image cards, but they are more spiritual than spooky.

I am more likely to refer to Halloween as Samhain, you may not be aware that I consider myself a pagan, that is to say that my spirituality is linked to a love of nature and the different seasons of the year; I try to honour this in my daily life - eating local foods when they are in season, rather than imported foods (I believe our bodies are attuned to certain types of food depending on weather and amounts of sunshine, etc) and I keep myself aware of how the days lengthen and shorten as the year cycles through the season.  I follow what is true to me, but I certainly don't want to enforce it on anyone else, but I thought it would be apt to share a creation that reflected this view of the season.

The phoenix on the left is from Third Coast Stamps, as is the sentiment below it, I've coloured it with promarkers.  Unfortunately I do not know where the Goddess image in the second card is from as I bought it second hand, but I think she is lovely.  The sentiment on this card is handwritten.

I often think of Samhain as a time to reflect on the year that has gone before, and then to turn my thoughts inwards to focus on what I would like to develop in the upcoming year.  Much in the same way as harvests have finished, and that seeds are planted to over-winter and then to grow in the Spring.  It is also a time that pagans honour those that they have lost, as with The Day of Dead in Mexico, we believe that those that have been lost to us can draw close at this time, and so we make an effort to remember them.

I hope that you do not mind me sharing these with you today,

Thanks for reading

Stefanie xx

Thursday, 30 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 30

Wow! Welcome to the penultimate day on the wonderful Smeared and Smudged bloghop - 31 Days of Halloween!!  If you haven't already do visit the other Wicked Bloggers following the links on my sidebar.

Today's offering is a pair of steampunk vampires, showcased on Tim Holt's die-cut cabinet cards.

 I've cut 4 of the cabinet cards - 2 for the front and 2 for the back - and used Tim's Coloured Crackle technique - as shown in his Compendium of Curiosities III - page 53.  I cant share the steps of this process as it is the focus for the latest CC3C organised by Linda Ledbetter which you can find here . I think it gives an authentic worn leather look when shown in the browns I have used, but it's amazing how different it can look in different colours.

The centerpieces are a pair of free digi stamps that I got here  I've coloured them with promarkers but kept the colours quite muted to give them an older look.

As I am wanting to enter this into the CC3C challenge mentioned above I decided to have a look at the requirements of the other fabulous Tim Holt themed challenge site - A Vintage Journey - and found that the current theme is Halloween using Tim's die-cuts - bonus!!  So as its been a while since I've entered either I thought I would combine the two.

I wanted to use slightly 3d embellishments so i die-cut some of Tim's cogs from black cardstock and then went over them with a metallic bronze pen.  I have also added some of Finnabair's mechanicals and a small Prima rose which I've also highlighted bronze.

I really like the finished project and hope that you do too!

Thanks for reading

Stefanie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 14 - here

A Vintage Journey - Challenge 17 Halloween to Die For - here

Altered Eclectics = October challenge - here


Opus Gluei - Challenge 194 Ghostly Goings On - here

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 29!!

Definitely into the home straight now!! Have you checked out the other Wicked Bloggers yet today? Remember all the links are on my sidebar :o)

Today is another card, but rather than a colored image this one is a simple embossed one with a little stamped sentiment in the middle.

The card was originally white but I have coloured it with Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and  Brushed Corduroy.   It actually doesn't look as patchy in reality, so I'm a little disappointed with the photo, but that's how it goes sometimes.

The sentiment in the middle is from a great Artistic Outpost Halloween set and is stamped in Stampin'Up Soft Suede.

Then I've simply matted it onto a slightly large piece of black cardstock.

Thanks for reading

Stefanie xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 28

Hi - I'm sharing another card with you today, a little late again I'm afraid our UK clocks have just changed - they go back an hour, and it always takes me a while to get used to it!!

The centrepiece of this card is by Simply B and was offered as a free digital stamp by them in conjuction with Kit and Clouder who do online colouring classes.  They offered it to be used in a Facebook challenge, which was to colour her in monochrome but with a splash of colour.

I used my grey and black promarkers for the main part and then bright pink to bring out her Day of the Dead make-up.  I've then matter her up on a piece of grey card set at an angle on top of a square black card.  The sentiment, just 'Halloween' for which I've used lettered brads on a peice of bright pink card to tie in with the colouring.

I'm still not completely happy with my colouring but I think it is getting better, I'm promising myself the Kit and Clouder classes when I have some spare pennies (maybe a Christmas present :o)  ).

Hoping you like her!

Thanks for reading, do remember the rest of the Wicked Bloggers are also sharing Halloween makes each day, the list of links is over on my side-bar.

Stefanie xx

I also wish to enter this card into the following challenges:

Fantastic Tuesdays - Anything Goes with a Twist - Monochrome - here:

Sweet Stamps - 193 Spooky - here:

Dream Valley Challenges - 93 Halloween - here :

Through the Purple Haze - 65 Halloween - here:

and Timbro Scrap Mania Stamping Challenge Blog - 103 Halloween is coming - here:

Monday, 27 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 27

Hi again - I've been racing against time to get this posted on time as we went on a last minute overnight trip yesterday and I only took my promarkers with me and a couple of images to colour but no cardstock or anything else. We got back about 90 mins ago so it's been dash dash dash!!

I've used a lovely digital stamp of a vampire stepping out of her coffin,but for the life of me I can't remember where I got her from - I will rack my brains and then hopefully be able to update this post with the details.   Note to self - in future when saving digital stamps keep the site name in the title!!

The frame is a lovely layered arch with a corner cobweb from Tando and I've used three distress inks on the back piece, Spiced Orange, Bundled Sage and Dusty Concord to give a smoky feel to it then the arch itself I've coloured with Brushed Corduroy. I've then picked out the cobweb with a metallic silver pen although I don't think it shows too well on the photo. 

Don't forget the other participants in the blog hop are all listed on my sidebar, please pop across to see what everybody else has to share today (in a much more prepared way I'm sure!)

Thanks for reading - I shall (fingers crossed) be more organised tomorrow!!

Stefanie xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 26

So Day 26 - here we go :)

Today I'm sharing a Pumpkin King.

The pumpkin is a paper maché one and I've coloured it with sharpies.  I wasn't sure that would be enough, so I left it for a while as I thought I might need to go over it again with paints or something but when I came back to it I was really pleased with the colour. It's maybe a little difficult to see against my red wall - sorry!

The crown actually came from my trip to visit family in New Orleans earlier this year - we were there for some of the parades (not the main Mardi Gras though) and as the floats go by they throw beads, stickers and toys - all sorts really - and this crown was on a bright beaded necklace - I just knew I'd find a use for it and this seemed perfect!

 I've then stood him on a little wooden stand ( the sort you use for crystal eggs) and added a stamped 'happy Halloween '.

This photo is taken from a little further away so it gives a bit better impression of how he looks on my mantelpiece.

Thanks for reading - don't forget to visit all the other Wicked Bloggers following the links on my sidebar

Stefanie xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 25

So we're into the final week! Hard to believe October's going so fast!

Today I'm sharing another card with you.

I've used a tombstone digistamp from Delicious Darkness as the central image here on a black base card with a central strip of paper from Pink Paislee's Hocus Pocus collection. In the centre of the tombstone I've added a laser cut skull from That Craft Place, which I've coloured over with a promarker in Umber.  The sentiment is stamped in orange and then embossed with clear powder.

Thanks for reading - don't forget to visit the other Wicked Bloggers on the hop, all the links are on my sidebar.

Stefanie xx

Friday, 24 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 24

Thanks for visiting - hope you're enjoying the Smeared and Smudged blog hop - do remember to visit the other Wicked Bloggers who are sharing their makes - the links are all in my sidebar.  I can't believe we're so far through already!!

Today I'm sharing a witch's wand that I've made for a swap; the tags I've shown over the previous two days are some of the extras I'm putting in :o)

For the swap we were supposed to alter a toy fairy wand but I didn't have one to hand so I looked around for something else I could use instead.  I came across one of my old paintbrushes that I hadn't cleaned properly (oops) and the bristles were really hard, so not much use as a paintbrush anymore.  I decided to paint it black and then work from there.


The next step was to wrap it in an organza ribbon that had silver cobwebs and spiders on it.

For the end of the wand I attached a black beaded tassel and added a couple of metal charms and a skull bead into it; I also added a square cork pad on the flat bit where the bristles are, painted it black and secured a bit of black card on top which I had stamped with a five pointed star.

Thanks for reading

Stefanie xx

Thursday, 23 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 23

Here are the rest of the witch's tags from yesterday's post - sorry to make you wait (again!)

Firstly a snapshot of what they looked like when the ink sprays had dried.

The sprays used were a mixture of Glimmer Mists and Dylusions.  The effect on the black one doesn't show too well on the photo unfortunately but it has a really nice metallic/luminous finish on it.

With the first one, I printed out and added a digital tag from Ephemera's Vintage Garden and a Happy Halloween digital stamp with witch from Rubber Stamping, and a little charm of a boot.

On the black tag I've stamped 'The Witch's Rule of Three' by Cherry Pie Art Stamps they have an amazing range of different and unusal stamps.  I used a light bronze metallic ink pad for this.  The coloured image is the digital stamp Earth Mother from Delicious Doodles.  I've then just added a piece of filigre metal to the front of the tag.

Don't forget to visit the other Wicked Bloggers using the links in my sidebar.

Thanks for reading


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 22

Today I'm sharing a 2 from a set of witch themed tags that I've made to send off as a little extra with a swap. The swap itself is a witches wand and I will share that another time.  Not a very exciting share today I'm afraid but a step towards a nice little gift.

The first tag was one I received in a little bundle of extras I got with another swap. Being in a dark burgundy card I thought it would look good with this cosmic shimmer lapis black embossing.   The stamps that I have embossed was from a set of magickal themed stamps I was lucky to find for sale second hand.

The second little tag was originally cream but I've coloured it with Spiced Marmalade distress inks, with just a little Brushed Corduroy around the edge. The little cat is die cut from glittered black cardstock.

I've then created two larger tags, cutting one from cream cardstock and the other from black. I've then used ink sprays to create some really nice backgrounds, but I'm waiting for them to dry before I go any further so I will share them tomorrow when I've finished them off :o)

Thanks for reading - remember to pop by to see all of the other Wicked Bloggers!

Stefanie xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 21

Wow - can you believe we're over 2/3's the way through this amazing blog hop organised by Smeared and Smudged?! Hope you're enjoying it as much as I am :). If you've gotten a little lost along the way, the blog roll is on my sidebar :)

Today I am sharing a tag I've made, with reference to Edgar Allan Poe, the gothic writer and poet.  He was one of the first gothic style writers, and in my mind his work The Raven is inextricably linked with Halloween.

I got a wonderful quote sheet from Gecko Galz to use in one of their challenges, and I have also shared this on their Facebook page :o)

I started with a Ranger tag in Kraft card (size 6 1/4" x 3 1/4") and firstly blended distress inks over it.
I used Dusty Concord, Brushed Corduroy, Faded Jeans and Spiced Marmalade to create a nice background on the tag.

I've then used some of the quotes from the Gecko Galz page, again having blended over them with distress inks, added a stamp of E A Poe himself from a Wendy Vecchi set, and a lovely little raven laser cut from That Craft Place.  I've then finished with a metal MME sentiment 'be an original' and a Tim Holtz pen-nib.  The ribbons are a velvety brown one, a striped organza one and a thinner cream coloured one.

I hope you like it :o)

Thanks for reading

Stefanie xx

I wish to enter this tag into the Quoth the Raven - Challenge 37 'Tag Along' here:

Tag Along - #60 Poe - here:

and also the Gecko galz Papercrafting Challenge page on Facebook - here:

Monday, 20 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 20

Firstly - thank you so much everyone for your lovely feedback on my shadow box!! I was away overnight (which is why this is a little late being posted) so haven't yet had chance to reply to them, but I will go back through them later on :)

Today I wanted to share a 'cutesy ' Halloween card. This image is from Dilly Beans again, and I've coloured her with my promarkers and a crayola metallic marker in silver.

I've then matted and layered her, firstly with an 'echo' outline in black card and then two layers of Halloween themed papers, finishing on a simple single fold black card.

I thought this would a complete contrast to my recent posts, and I hope you like her!

Thanks for reading & please remember to visit all the other Wicked Bloggers following the link in my sidebar.


I would like to enter this into the Dilly Beans challenge - Halloween - here:

Saturday, 18 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 19 - Big Reveal :o)

Well it's past midnight in the UK so I'm posting this now as have a day out planned :)

Well if you've been following along with the Smeared and Smudged blog hop you will have seen my previous posts giving little sneak peeks of today's full project.   I hope you're ready and that you're not disappointed!

Here we go then :

The little shadow box is from Tando, it's been really fun to do. I decided to just shade the frame slightly with Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade blended with Dusty Concord. I didn't want to paint the frame on this one as I wanted the contents in each little alcove to be the main focus.

There were two cubbies I didn't share, just because they were very simple really the top left section holds a little wooden witches hat (That Craft Place) and the one on the bottom row behind the tickets is holding just some bits of ghost confetti.   I've also added a little skull headed key to the right hand side of the outer frame.

As a reminder, these are all the sneak peeks that led us here:

I hope you think it was worth the wait and the suspense - thanks for sticking with it!!

Remember to visit the other Wicked Bloggers following the link in the blog roll on my sidebar - thanks for reading


I would like to enter this in the following challenges :

Haunted Design House - Use Wood - here:

That's Crafty - Spooky - here:

Altered Eclectics - Another Month, Another Challenge - here:

Craft and Smash - Gothic - here:

My Artistic Adventure Challenge Blog - Challenge 11 Halloween/Fall - here:


Rhedd's Creative Spirit - October Challenge Halloween or Not - here:

31 Days of Halloween - Day 18

Ooh - last little peek - full reveal tomorrow......

This little chap is from a King Cake that we shared when we visited my Uncle & Aunt in New Orleans earlier this year. It's a tradition that they have during Mardi Gras - somewhere in the cake the little baby is hidden - whoever finds it in their slice has to buy the next cake. I've coloured him green and wrapped a little sari ribbon around him that I've slightly discoloured with a red promarker.

The base of the little cubby hole is part of a page from a German book, I really liked the font - it's very Gothic.

By his feet you can see part of the stamped Halloween tickets that appeared in the first sneak peek (although in a different position - I changed my mind!) back on Day 9 of this month long blog hop organised d by Smeared and Smudged. I thought that it would tie all the peeks together before the full reveal.

Thanks for reading - do remember to visit the other Wicked Bloggers - the links are all on my sidebar.

Stefanie xx

Friday, 17 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 17

Hiya - thanks for all your lovely comments about yesterday's cameo! I really appreciate them :o)

So today is the penultimate peek - are you ready?

So this little spider looks to have caught himself a tasty steak! The flying meat digital stamp is from Wonderstrange they've got some brilliant images - well worth a look. I printed out 6 copies of the image coloured them and then layered them up. The spider is again from That Craft Place I've just coloured him black with red eyes and fangs.

Hope you like?

Thanks for reading and do remember to pop over to see what the other Wicked Bloggers have to share today :o)

Stefanie xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 16

Hi - glad you all enjoyed yesterday's ATC and slight diversion :o)  Today I'm back with another little reveal for you from my larger project.

This is a little cameo that I've given a bit of a makeover to using my promarkers.  I guess she's not exactly scary but she has a haunting beauty.  You will maybe begin to get an idea of the layout now as the cute little stamped bat is making another appearance.  He was also in view when I shared the skull bead photo.

So just a short post today, but we are back on track for the full reveal which will be over the weekend.

Thanks for reading and as always do follow the links on the blog roll in the sidebar to visit the other Wicked Bloggers :o)


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 15

 Hmm I'm wondering if maybe you'd like a break from my daily reveals? There are only 4 bits to go now - but I think today I'll give you the day off from that and instead share another ATC that I made for a Halloween swap. Don't worry though - the reveals will be back tomorrow.

This uses another Stampotique stamp (totally addicted see!) Teddy.  The main background is a white card base that I've swiped Spiced Marmalade distress ink over, then the flames are a clip-art image printed on light card, cut out and stuck in place, then I've outlined the flames with orange promarker just to increase their size.

Teddy was stamped onto cardstock, fussy cut and then coloured in beiges and pale greens, then red for blood!  I stuck him in place over the flames and added a pool of blood under his feet,

The sentiment 'Something wicked this way comes' is stamped using that darling little set of alphabet stamps I've been using all week.  Such a good buy :-)

Thanks for reading & please do pop over and check out what the other Wicked Bloggers have to share the blog roll is on my sidebar.

I wish to enter this ATC into the following challenges:

Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge 57 - Anything Goes with a twist : use yellow - here

Try it on Tuesdays - It's spooky - here

Aurora Wings Challenge - October Special Event - All Gored Up - here

Punk You Girl - October Challenge - here


The East Wind - Challenge 17 - The Spooks Come out at Night - here

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 14

Here we are again - Day 14 - I'm really enjoying this!!

Today I'm sharing a peek at this scary pumpkin :o) so another step closer to the finished piece!

The background is stamped in black archival ink on white card which I've then blended over with distress inks in Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord.  The pumpkin is again from That Craft Place from their Halloween grab bag.  I've left him uncoloured as I like the marking left from the laser cutting.

As always, remember that the links to the other Wicked Bloggers are listed on my sidebar, please do pop over and see what goodies they've got to show you today.

Thanks for reading


Monday, 13 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 13

Hi, thanks for popping back for today's sneak peak :o)  after this there are 6 more little cubbyholes to share before revealing the full project.

The background of this came from a digital sheet Poisonous Labels, available to purchase from Ten Two Studios  I think they're great!  In front of this is a tiny little flask filled with green food colouring and a tiny stamped 'P' for poison on the front.  Hope you like!?

Please remember to visit all the other Wicked Bloggers listed in the blog roll on my sidebar.

Thanks for reading


Sunday, 12 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 12

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my sneaky little reveals so far. I really appreciate them :o)

So without further ado, here is today's

The skull is actually a bead, I bought a little string of them a while ago, just because - as you do and you can just see part of a stamped bat which I've shaded with promarkers.

Thanks for reading and as always don't forget to visit the other Wicked Bloggers following the blog roll on my sidebar.


Saturday, 11 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 11

Hi - thanks for popping back for another little look :o)  Can't believe it's Day 11 already!!

Today I'm sharing a quick view of the man himself - Edgar Allan Poe, gothic author and poet, probably best known for his poem The Raven.  Here I've used a Wendy Vecchi stamp and just slightly tinted his face with some light promarkers.

To his right is a little book, I've concertinaed some card for the inner pages and then a slightly larger piece to form a cover which I've covered with printed washi tape.  I've then finished it off by wrapping a strand of hessian string around it a few times and tying the ends together (you'll see it better on the final day of this project share :o)  ) 

Don't forget to visit the other Wicked Bloggers - the blog roll is on my sidebar - hope to see you back tomorrow.

Thanks for reading


Friday, 10 October 2014

31 Days of Halloween - Day 10!!

Day 10 then - a third of the way through - I'm really enjoying this and hope you are too!

So another little sneak peak at my larger project:

A little cauldron from That  Craft Place coloured black and with a silver pentagram.  I've stamped the phrase 'hubble bubble' behind it.  The paper at the back of this little segment is from a 6 x 6 pad - 'hocus pocus' by pink paislee.

Pop back for more tomorrow.  Remember to visit the other Wicked Bloggers using the blog roll on my sidebar.

Thanks for reading