Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tempus Fugit

I can believe that it has been so long between posts!!  Time really does FLY!  It's been all work and no play, but now that the long holdays are upon us, PLAY is high on the agenda.

I know it's a little late for Halloween but I thought I'd put this up as I had a lot of fun making it.  This is made with one of the Configurations box sets and with bits and pieces that I've bought over the past few years from various places such as Inspiration Emporium, Alpha stamps and other online craft outlets.

I had a great time working out what I'd put in the various bottles and came up with the idea of making some fun and 'naughty' things out of FIMO.  I have't used this stuff for a long time and I'd forgotten how much detail you can add to it.  Worms, rats tails, oranges, the green apple and the pickled men's 'bits' (no I wasn't mad at the hubby, just thought it would be fun!) are all made out of FIMO.

The wine bottles, kettle and the hen are all dolls house miniatures that I picked up at the local hobby shop called Stainbridges. (I alway blow my pay packet here!!)

Here are some close ups of the different sections.

I can't remember how I made the blood, but it worked out well and because I have put some wax on the cork lid, it hasn't evaporated. 
(I have found that if you cover the cork stoppers with wax it prevents evaporation and inhibits mould from forming in the water.)

Skulls and Kettle
Pickled Worms

I have a close up of the picked mens 'bits'  but if you feel this may offend, please go no further!!

Happy Crafting.


Pickled Mens 'Bits'

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Holiday Craft Fun!!

Thank goodness for holidays!!!

Going back to full time work has meant that my creative pursuits have been on the back burner for the past ten weeks.

For the past week during the holidays I have had some 'me' time and have been playing for a couple of days with some new ideas and techniques.

Here are some of the ATCs I have completed.

'Fish' has been done using the Watercolour Background technique I learnt in Kelsey's class last week. The stamps are from Fred Mullet, which I have highlighted with some Twinkling H2Os. Unfortunately these photos do not show the iridescent quality to the paints. For some 'bling' I have added some rhinestones to represent bubbles.

'Turn over a new Leaf' is also done with the Watercolour technique, but I have also used another water colour technique on the stamp to highlight the leaf. I have once again used the Twinkling H2Os to add some highlights to the teal coloured areas.

'Beauty' has been done on a tissue paper background whihc has then been sprayed with bronze Glimmer Mist.

The picture is attached with small screw brads, with pearl and German Scrap embelishments added as highlights.

'Free Soul' is on a metallic background with the stamp from Beeswax stamps.

The picture is pretty dark, but links beautifully with the stamp.

Happy Crafting!!

Sonia :-)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's been a while!!

I haven't had the chance to do a post for a while due to holidays, house renovations and going back to work. This has severely cramped my art time, but hopefully I can now get some balance back and spend some time creating.
These two ATC's were done using acetate which has been put through the Cuttlebug to create the patterns on the corners and sides of the ATC. The impression left by the cuttlebug has been coloured using a gel pen and glitter glue. I have used two of my favourite stamps from Stampers Anonymous.

'Gone Fishing'
The background has been done with the shaving foam marbling technique and then the images, cut-outs from the cuttlebug and clear dots have been added. I have gone around the clear dots with a fine gold pen to highlight them. I have then raided my husbands fishing box for the hook and line and then added the Greman scrap.

I have started going to Kelsey's classes for Technique Book Five.

The cover was done using altered CD's. This is a fabulous technique, especially since you can use a variety of products to colour the CD's which still allow the iridescent background colours through.

Last Tuesday's class was working with metal. This thin, malleable metal can be run through the cuttlebug using the embossing folders and then altered using alcohol inks, sandpaper and just about anything else.

This is the name badge that I made with this technique.
Happy Crafting
Sonia :-)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Smooch Inks with Kelsey

On Thursday at Kelsey's ATC class, we all had an opportunity to 'play' with Smooch Inks. A little of this product goes a long way. Yesterday I played even more, when I received some new stamps from Stampotique Stamps.

As you can see, I went a little bit 'nuts' with my old Dragonfly stamp from Stampers Anonymous. I wanted to try several different colour schemes and have added some Martha Stewart micro beads to the corners for highlights as well some Ranger Stickles to add glitter to the wings without interfering with the Smooch colour underneath. (The scans do not do justice to the colours I have used.)

This is the other side of the Dragonfly stamp. (This one is probably my favourite.)

'Moth Fab' is an old stamp I got from Stampotique a while back but the fance is one I received yesterday and thought would add another layer to this piece.

'Weasel with Sign'
Another new Stampotique stamp.

'Angel Boy'
Another new Stampotique stamp.

Go to Kelsey's blog to see better examples of this technique.
Happy Crafting.
Sonia :-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Marbled and Crackle ATC's

The last two sessions with Kelsey have been on marbling and metallic crackle.


The background has been done with the marbling technique using Distress Reinkers in Fired Brick and Black Soot. I have then stamped the background using one of Michelle Ward's stamps.
German scrap with some Treasure Silver and some read pearls complete the piece.


The background for this is using the metallic crackle backround in Halo Blue Gold (Lumiere) on black card. The gold embellishment at the top is from the cuttlebug range - Wrought Iron. The picture is of silent screen actress Theda Bara.

'Children Need Love'

This has used the same background technique as above. I have used a metallic copper and then dry brushed some Jo Sonja Iridescent Turquiose to give it an aged patina. German scrap, brads and some Cinnamon Stickles add interest and Treasure Copper and more Iridescent Turquoise to the edges, complete the piece.

Happy Crafting
Sonia :-)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Another Journal Page

It has taken me some time to get this page how I wanted it!! The stem and leaves are a stencil that I have designed and cut out of plastic and used Distress Inks over the top of. The quote is from the 'Quote Garden' website. I have masked the central flower and used green distress ink around it to make it more prominent and to add focus to the overall piece.
Hope you like it.

I have also been working on some more ATC's and will post them in the next few days.

Happy crafting.

Sonia :-)

Thursday, October 14, 2010


For the past few weeks I've been trying to make some pages for a journal. I have had inspiration from Teesha Moore's blog looking at all the amazing pictures she has made for her new studio in San Francisco. These are my first two attempts. Hope you like them.

Sonia :-)