Sunday, 1 February 2015

Beer Mats and Cereal Boxes!




I took part in The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge last year, and each fortnight I altered a beer mat for the current theme.  Having got to the end of the year I needed to make something with them all and decided to do a book, so I made pages for the book from cereal boxes and found some more quotes for each one to stick on the opposite pages.  Here are a couple of pics of the completed book.





An example of the completed pages.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Journal52 - Sillhouettes

Our prompt for week 4 on Journal52 is Silhouettes, and I am pleased to say I am keeping up so far! My page this time is all Distress Inks, no sprays this time.  I always seem to think of this stamp when Silhouettes are mentioned, although I think I might need to invest in a new black ink pad fairly soon as it looks a bit pale!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - January


I've decided to have another go at Tim's 12 Tags of 2015.  Last year I managed 6 so hopefully I will get round to making them all this year!  My January one is my version of what Tim made using what I have already got in my stash - and the best bit was the paint splattering at the end!  I do enjoy doing this immensely and did it in the bathroom but did have to clean the sink afterwards as it too was splattered!

Here is what Tim made!

I am also entering this tag for my old challenge blog, the Alphabet Challenge's current challenge which is Y for Year - I hope this counts!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Calendar Challenge - January




The Craft Barn's new challenge for 2015 is a Calendar Challenge, and each month we will be given a colour and a word that we have to incorporate.  This month we have Aqua and Snowflakes.

Anyone who followed me on last year's challenge will know I like to use beer mats and yes I have decided to use them again this year to make a small pocket book calendar!  At the end I will bind it with my Bind It All.  I have decided to make a perpetual calendar so have typed out all the months and dates to cut up and use and I found an ideal Crafty Individuals stamp in my collection to use for the first challenge.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Journal52 - Conversation Starter

The prompt on Journal52 this week is Conversation Starter.  I was stumped for a while as to how to go about this one, but then remembered a conversation with my mum last week about her plans for the garden this summer so that seemed a good one to go with!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Gruffies & Guests Ch#13 - Anything Goes with the Option of Buttons and/or Bows

I posted the halfway reminder today for Gruffies & Guests Anything Goes with the Option of Buttons and/or Bows Challenge.  As usual there is a fab prize to be won so pop on over and take part.  For my DT work I made quick ATC which could be used as a topper for a card also.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Journal52 - Just Be

The second prompt on the J52 challenge is Just Be.  I have finished my page with time to spare for a change, I doubt I will be able to keep this up though!  I used a mixture of sprays, inks and stamps for the background and found that my Posca white pen still works even though I haven't used it for a while so that is a plus!

Friday, 9 January 2015

Journal52 - Pathways


While blog hopping the other day I came across a challenge that I would like to take part in this year - if I can keep up with it!  It is a weekly journalling challenge called Journal52 and the prompt for week 1 is Pathways.  I have made my journal page using inks, sprays and stamps from my collection.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Q & L Challenge - Faith

We have reached our final challenge on The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge that has run all year and I am very proud of myself for keeping up with it all!  I have yet to complete my book that I am making but that is first on my list for after Christmas!  Our words this time are Faith and/or Harmony and I chose Faith for my altered beer mat.  I had a stamp in mind when I chose the quote and then realised I had already used it for another mat so luckily had another stamp I could use instead! (Crafty Individuals one).  The quote is by Rabindranath Tagore.

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my blog each fortnight.  I am looking forward to seeing what the new challenge is going to be in January!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Gruffies & Guests Ch#12 - Anything Goes with the Option of Blue and Silver

I have just made the halfway reminder post for Gruffies & Guests Anything Goes with the option of Blue and Silver challenge.  For my DT work I made an ATC using scraps of paper and some HM stickers.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Q & L Challenge - Risk

We are up to the penultimate themes for The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge which has been running all year.  Our words this time are Risk and/or Heart.  I chose to use Risk for my altered beer mat. The quote is by Plutarch.  I am making a book for all my beer mats which is coming along slowly and probably won't be finished now before Christmas, but will be one of my first jobs afterwards!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Q & L Challenge - Journey

Our two new words on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Journey and/or Friendship.  I chose to use Journey for my altered beer mat, but was a bit miffed when I got my Tim Holtz stamps out to use for this and found that yet another set of acrylic stamps had disintegrated - a bit of wheel fell off this one.  I won't be buying any more acrylic stamps I've decided, I've lost count of the stamps that I have had to throw away because they fall to pieces - and I do clean and store them properly!  This quote is by Drake.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Gruffies & Guests Ch#11 - Anything Goes with the Option of Christmas

I have just posted the halfway reminder on Gruffies & Guests for the current challenge, which is Anything Goes with the Option of Christmas.  For my DT work I made a Christmas card using one of my cute House Mouse stamps that I have had for ages and comes out every year!

We are sponsored this time by Scribble and Scrap Crafts with a great prize of a £10 voucher, so pop on over and take part!

I am also entering this card for Papertake Weekly's challenge - 2 or 4 legs

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Q & L Challenge - Moon

The next two words on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Moon and/or Sensation.  I went for Moon in the end having looked at lots of Sensation quotes but not being able to find one that would fit on my beer mat!  The quote I have used is by Jean Ingelow who was a poet in the 1800's. Luckily I was able to come up with something suitable from my little stamp collection!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Q & L Challenge - Nowhere

We are nearing the end of this year long challenge from The Craft Barn, Quotes & Lyrics,  and our two new words this time are Nowhere and/or Hug.  I chose to use Nowhere for my altered beer mat although it took me a while to find a quote short enough to fit!  I eventually settled on this one by Henry A. Kissinger and I think that the Paper Artsy image of the man I have used looks just like he doesn't know where he is going!  Therefore it fits my quote perfectly!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Gruffies & Guests Ch #10 - Anything Goes with the Option of Halloween/Halloween Colours

I have just posted the halfway reminder over on Gruffies & Guests for the current challenge, Anything Goes with the Option of Halloween/Halloween Colours.  For my DT work I made an ATC with my lovely little pumpkin stamp I bought years ago and get out every year, and some Tapestry stamps, and a HM sticker.

We are sponsored this time by Dis Digi Stamps and you could win a $10 voucher if you take part so pop over and have a go!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Q & L Challenge - Destiny

Our two new words for The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge, which is the 20th one - I can't believe where the year has gone! - are Destiny and/or Gift.  I chose Destiny for my altered beer mat and found a quote quite quickly for this one, thinking I had several star stamps in my collection to choose from. Half an hour of searching later I eventually found some tiny ones I could use - I was certain I had others in my modest collection!  This quote is by William Shakespeare.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Q & L Challenge - Patience

Our two words this time on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Patience and/or Better.  I went for Patience for my altered beer mat, but it took a while to find one that I thought I would have an appropriate stamp for!  I got there in the end!  My chosen quote is by Leo Tolstoy.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Gruffies & Guests Ch# 9 - Anything Goes With the Option of Fall

I have just posted the halfway reminder on Gruffies & Guests for our current challenge, which is Anything Goes with the Option of Fall.  For this challenge we can use any Gruffie, House Mouse or Happy Hopper images.  Due to technical faults! I am unable to print off any images so stamped this ATC using a cute HM stamp and a lovely leaf stamp which I watercoloured with Distress Inks.


We are sponsored for this challenge by Bearly Mine Designs and you could win a £10 voucher if you take part, so pop on over to the blog.

I am also entering my ATC for the Ruby's Rainbow's (one of my old teams!) challenge, Anything Goes.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Q & L Challenge - Childhood

Our two words this time on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge, are Childhood and/or Easier (I thought it said Easter when I first read it!).  I chose to use Childhood this time for my altered beer mat and it gave me the opportunity to use this lovely stamp for my chosen quote, which is by Andy Goldsworthy.  I've used this stamp many times for Christmas cards.