Thursday, September 20, 2012

Finally - Sian's Stampotique Frame

Of course, this is for a swap - it seems I don't do much crafting for any other reason!

This is for my friend, the lovely Sian. She hosted a swap to alter a frame based on one she's seen in a Craft Stamper article some time back. I think the example was part of a configurations box, but I went for a canvas frame. Her theme was Stampotique stamps, and she very kindly stamped some out for me as I didn't have any at the time (a sorry situation which I can happily say has now been remedied).

Now, Sian's a bit of a rock chick so I decided to go with a rockin' out sort of theme. I got a bit carried away and thought that it needed lights and sound too.  So, after a lot of faffing and a couple of ebay purchases it has it all now. You'll see what I mean.

I've already shown the back, which is the front of one frame. The recessed bit at the back of that holds the lighting. Then, there is another frame that sits on top to make the whole thing (the two are just held together with slim magnets but can be pulled apart easily) and this time I decorated the back.

See those things that look like guitar amps in the corners? They are the diddiest little ipod speakers and they just went perfectly. I found an old, sometimes iffy, ipod shuffle on ebay for eight quid all in (sorry I couldn't afford a fancier one Sian) and loaded it up with some of her current favourite music

And here's a short clip so you can see what I mean about the sound and lights. It sounds and looks rubbish because I am having technical probelms, but actually the little speakers sound okay and it looks way better in real life.

So there you go Sian - I hope you like it.

I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog as I did use Sir Tim's tissue tape on the frame (although you may have to make the picture bigger to see it!).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Circle Journal - Lyrics

An older thing but something I didn't put up before. I have a fabby altered frame to share but my camera has gone walkies and I am so frustrated, so here is something in the meantime. It's my entry for the CJ I was in and the theme was song lyrics. Honestly, I did try and make it upbeat but I don't listen to much happy cheery music (never have).

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And the CJ owner asked for the lyrics to be included so they are behind the heart.

 And this is the tag behind the photo which explains why I chose the song.

And that's it until I can find my camera!

Have a good one!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Octopode Alice Cards

These were made for the lovely Sian's monthly card swap. where the challenge was to use books as your inspiration. I just had to go for Alice, so there is some text from the book in the background and the quote is also from Alice. I photoshopped together a frame for an Alice illustration from Lucky Palm with some flowers and Alice from the ever wonderful Octopode Factory and hand coloured everything with a mix of distress inks, watercolour pencils and a water brush.

I'm entering this in the Octopode Challenge for how does your garden grow? and the Altered Alice for lovely garden and bright flowers.

Thanks for looking and have a good day.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Art Journal CJ - round one

I thought I would post my first entry for the art journal  CJ I've just joined. This is for Caroline and her theme was "How do you feel today?". Well, she caught me on a bad day so it's not exactly upbeat, but here it is. I hope she likes it.

I'm entering it into the Stamp Man Challenge Blog as the theme this week is to use hot colours!