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Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Doll is not just for Christmas...

(photo heavy post)
Last week I won a subscription to 
...and it is fabulous!
It is more than a is also a craft community, and has monthly challenges for
it's members(you don't have to subscribe to join the site!!!)
This month the mag comes with free digi images from 
who are another of the sponsors for our

*using "Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls" from StarStampz*

I decided to use up another old canvas, 
which gave me a lovely dark base...
 roughed out with white gesso...
 Glued my hand coloured image into position
and pushed more gesso through stencils to add texture.
 Next a light wash of gesso over the whole piece
(avoiding coloured section)  to blend in edges.
 The members challenge at TTCRD this month is 
Tic/Tac/Toe, and I chose to use Red/Metallic/Green
 ...smooshed some red and green acrylic (being careful not to mix
as this would make a muddy mess) over the background,
before rubbing more white over the top.
 Now for the metallic.
Thick Gold embossing powder to form a frame...
 followed by watered down Bronze paint from Golden.
 Watering this paint down causes it to separate,
 leaving lovely verdi gris pools.
 I used the same Golden paint on chip board letters...
 and a little Verdi Gris embossing powder around the edges
to reinforce the
"left out in the rain" feel.
 as these little toys are clearly from Christmas's past.
 Close up shots...

Enjoy XXX

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Monday, 4 December 2017

It takes all sorts to make merry...

and it couldn't be anything else but

We have 3 sponsors for this challenge 

As this challenge will last into the New Year, I decided to make
a project using images from all 3 sponsors and post them 
throughout December.
First up is this lovely image from Ppinky Dolls Art.
It reminded me of those wooden panels we used to get back in the 70/80's 
with big eyed children, so it just had to go on a mini canvas.

Recycling an old canvas means you start with lots of yummy texture...
 I coloured with my Promarkers to get that retro 70's feel.
 A liberal coat of white gesso for the canvas before
gluing the image to the surface...
 then added cerulean blue and white acrylic
 to show up the texture again and blend in the image. 
 "Tea Varnish" over the entire piece gives it an aged grungy look...
 and not forgetting the sides for added interest.
  just love how the varnish pools in the textured 
background :D

Enjoy :D XXX

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Add Texture?...thought you'd never ask.

Sponsored by 

*using 1 image from "Annie All Occasions" set*

 2 of the easiest ways to add texture are to 
start with textured card stock( I used white hammered card)
and to have torn edges on your layers.
A light dusting of ink will accentuate the texture. 
The background landscape is another image from 
DigiStamp Boutique "Winter Border set"
 Deliberately "scribbling" when colouring (with your Promarkers) will also 
give a textured appearance...
 and glitter just gives that extra bit of "crunch" to
this frosty scene :D

Enjoy XXX 

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Special request from Santa...

A couple of weeks back my DIL asked if I could make a little doll
 as a Secret Santa ...
This is AliCat :D (WIP)
 The recipient is a cat lover who is also into
all things Halloween...and she also likes the
 I decided to make the doll a literal Cat Lady...
 in an elegant couture dress with matching shoes.
Her necklace is a choker with a bell on lol....
 and her make-up is in the style of the recipient.
The lady in question also has lush auburn hair...
which she is happy to wear up or wild :D

AliCat now has a shoulder tote bag which will hold her accessorises.
(which will include a pointy hat, wand and scroll of introduction) 
Enjoy XXX