Category Archives: Altered Art

a new bag

well, i so badly wanted one of those tim holtz messenger bags but alas they are not available to buy and as i am not a retailer or will i ever be at CHA then i had to take matters into my own hands and create my own.

first step was to have one made for me as  i am not a seamstress and alas it is a challenge for me just to be able to sew on paper for crying out loud!! so an ask was done and not only did she create for  me a wonderful messenger type bag but also a really super cool flower to put on it.

so here is what i started out with; my bag and all the color washes

and then came the spraying of the colour. the hardest part of the whole process was the actual decision of what i wanted the end product to look like knowing full well that the end product wasn’t going to be anything that i had in my head at this current stage.

once it was all color washed it was time for the heat set and rinse cycle. so i ironed and ironed and then threw it into the dryer and then rinsed in the tub

not that is the scary part as one sees so much ink come out of the garment that you wonder if any will be left once you are done rinsing!! but as you can see this is what it looked like once it was done it’s last cycle in the dryer

now for the decorating of the bag!! the total fun part. out came some dylusions stamps and some more color wash, a paint brush, archival ink, a bit of gesso, a couple of magnets and some tim holtz ideology.

and here is where i left it last night

and because it looks so much different during the daylight hours i thought i would post it for you to see what the actual colours look like



is it finished.. probably not. it needs a little something but i am not quite sure what… perhaps a word or another stamp or a bit more decorations… i am thinking about it for a while. totally open to suggestions though!!!!!

til next time…


art parts

have you heard of them..  tried them..

how about clearly for art. it comes in white, black and clear?

i have been a huge fan of the lovely Wendy Vecchi (http://studio490art NULL.blogspot for quite some time.

she creates the most wonderful pieces of art from this product called Art Parts.

she also has her own line of stamps out. i have only one set.. for now!

and do you see the little memo pin. i saw i think it was last year her filling a line of them with glossy accents to make them an accent.. brilliant she is.

pop on over and check her out but be warned.. you will need a cup of java cause you will be staying a while!

in the mean time please do take a boo

at my below creation. i love how it turned out! the black flower and butterfly.. black clearly for art and the leaves.. art parts.









til next time…


Ti ‘me’

so here is another project i have been working on.

i love taking the time and playing in my craft room. I really love how this one turned out.

i started out with two 6×6 chunky canvases and applied some Tim Holtz  paper to them with a bit of Claudine Hellmuth multi matte medium. in the meantime i had my melt pot heating with some beeswax and once melted and the medium dried I covered them in some beeswax. i then used my Ranger heat gun and evened out the wax on the papers.

then it was time to dig out a couple of  my Tim Holtz sizzix dies, the clock and butterfly which i cut out of  some grunge paper.  oh how much fun i had doing this. i may or may not be a little addicted to the smell of this product!!! i then ran a sheet of Ranger sticky back metal through with the butterfly die… i so wanted to play with a bit of alcohol ink!

Once all the products were cut out i started colouring with distress stains and alcohol inks and archival inks and embossing powders and well anything messy!!! fun fun fun.

the quote is from a sheet i downloaded from Rhonna’s (http://rhonnadesigns site which i pop dotted onto the canvas; i used a bit of my new gathered  twigs ink to edge them.

I also used the new ripe persimmon and seedless preserves on my project to go with the orange, purple and black  challenge over at Inspiration Emporium (http://blog NULL.inspirationemporium really i would have used those colours anyway because i love love love my new distress ink pads.
til next time…


Canvas Corporation challenge

What a fun time I have had with the Room Spacing kit that i received from Canvas Corp (http://blog NULL.canvascorpcrafts

We originally entered the challenge where we were to receive the kit to do a ‘scrap room’ but with their heavy schedule they have been under and with all the travel well EVERYONE wants their attention. So our challenge has been delayed. So instead they sent each of us a different kit to ‘play’ with in the meantime.

My kit was the outdoor room… how perfect for me.

i have been trying to figure out whether to get a pool and where to put it but then i wanted a deck more than a pool.. i had been fighting this back and forth.. This ‘plan a room’ allowed me to see i didn’t have room in my backyard for a pool, a deck and maintain my existing flower beds.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out and see what Randi (http://6dukes NULL.blogspot NULL.html) did with hers!!

til next time ….


SAME – frames for family

Well yesterday was Father’s Day and last month was Mother’s Day.

I didn’t make it down to visit for Mother’s day but thought i had better get my butt down and visit for Father’s Day.

These are the frames i gave Dad & Barb.

Barb seemed to like hers… Dad on the other hand has a mind like mine, or mine is like his i suspect. I made the comment that i found it hard to make a ‘male’ frame so his wasn’t as ‘detailed’ as Barbs. All i had really that i could think of was sprockets. But then again i could have used stamps and such as well i suppose looking back but oh well i didn’t.

Anyway he came up with all kinds of ideas.. one being making an oval frame and attaching a chainsaw chain(?) to it. I am going to start planning.. perfect idea for a Christmas gift.. maybe a clock .. hmm now i am thinking!!!

it was good to visit. i do miss them.

til next time…