Sunday, 15 February 2015

Mid challenge inspiration by Sammy

                     FEBRUARY'S CHALLENGE IS HERE

Hi all, Sammy here with your mid-month inspiration post. Remember this? :

That's the pen pot I prettified for this month's DT inspiration. And I'm back to show you all how I did it.
First of all, I started with a MDF blank and covered it in gesso.

Technically it wasn't really necessary to do the gesso part, but I did anyway. When I sit down to alter something, I rarely know what I'm going to do. I might have a technique I fancy trying out, or a product I want to use, or simply a style I want to play with. This time, my brain was in full-on Tim Holtz mode, so after the gesso I chose some papers from a Tim pad and cut them to size.

Now because this was a large sheet of paper (12x12), and it was somewhat darker/distressed around the edges, I took some Walnut Stain distress ink and inked the cut pieces, to give it a more uniform look.

I glued the pieces onto the blank, and went around all the edges with tissue tape. I went over everything with a coat of multi medium, to make sure it was all stuck down and stayed in place.

Next I chose some blueprint stamps (I love, love, love them soooo much!) and stamped a different design on each side, directly onto the paper. This wouldn't work with all types of stamp, but I think it's perfect with the blueprints.

And then I painted the images with Distress Paints.

I added a word band, which I also Distressed using paint, and added some paint smudges to the image panels.

And finally I finished it off by adding some label letters.

And there's the finished pen holder. It's going to be sitting on hubby's desk when he moves into his new office. And you know what? I'm rather jealous! Guess I'll have to make myself one too!

I hope you all enjoyed the step-by-step, and if I've managed to inspire you to play along, you can enter this month's challenge here.

Have a fabulous day!


Sunday, 1 February 2015

February's Challenge

Here we are, in to February already,where did the last 4+ weeks ago....
We have some news for you this month...unfortunately our team member Laine decided to step down from the design quite early on in January due to health issues...we of course are sorry to see her go...
The good news is, we have 2 more team members on board....Elaine ( aka Ellapu ) who is joining in with our February challenge....and we also have Nanette, who will be joining in with our March Challenge.

We had some amazing entries for our challenge, you are all so talented, but we can only have one winner.
 Winner of our January Challenge is Jane and she was chosen by teamie Julie who loved the connection to London.

                                            No.32 Jane's Journal

Congratulations Jane...your project is amazing.....remember to take our winners badge for your blog.
We would love to have you as our Guest Designer for the March Challenge....please email Sandie for the details

                              February's Challenge

As always our challenges are Altered Art/Mixed Media only, there is no theme.
You may enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be a separate post on your blog
You may combine our challenge with 20 others only.

Here's what our teamies have created for your inspiration.....

Be sure to check back on the 15th to see Sammy's Mid Month Tutorial for her design team project.....

                                                 Altered Pen Pot

                                         Altered Wooden Stamp Block


Altered Journal and planner-
using a lot of junk mail.
                                                Elaine.aka Ellapu
                                 Altered 'Laughing Cow' Cheese box

                                    An altered "Mills and Boon book"!
                                A perfect tribute for the valentine month.


                                        Altered Journal Covers