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MY NEW ART BLOG HERE I would love your company.

A New Year and a New beginning... I have created a new blog filled with old and new art. It is time for me to focus on something new. I will be leaving this blog open for inspiration and so I can look back at what I have achieved in the future but I will be adding no further content here.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Kitchen canvas

A bit of painting going on today to create this kitchen canvas.  The chipboard shapes from Tando are a fabulous base for acrylic paint.  I used a canvas board which was also painted with acrylic... before adhering the completed kitchen pieces to it to create a faux clock. 

I love to create items that I can have on show at home but I think this would make a nice gift too.

Shame I won't be wearing a chef's hat anytime soon.... not being the world.s best cook IYKWIM
Chris xx

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas

To all my Friends and family for your continued support through the ups and downs of 2010... for following my arty crafty journey and for being the best of the best.... THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart :-D

I hope that you are all blessed with love and happiness this Christmas and hope Santa brings you everything you wish for.


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Dyans Christmas tag challenge 4

Not enough days before the Christmas to share the rest so these are the last for now... hope you enjoyed the fun while it lasted...I did :D

I think these speak for themselves... my favourite is the last one.... I think it's a hoot.
Chris xx

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Dyans Advent tag challenge 3

I don't think I will get the whole lot finished in time for Christmas... but I am definately going to carry on till I've done them all. 

Somebody doesn't want to end up on the dinner 

I'm hoping for lots of yummy pressies

and my definition of good is to smile nicely and if all else fails ...BEG rofl
Have a great day all
Chris xx

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


is coming... and so is Santa... you do believe in him don't ya ;-)  So in honour of the cuddly man with the white beard I created him a star of his very own.  I used gorgeous paper from Crafty Individuals....

as well as this gorgeous portrait of the man himself from the same place.  He deserved a frame and this wee frame from Tando was just the job.  I coloured it with copics before adding Tim Holtz crackle paint .  The two little hearts on top were removed from the sides.

Hope you are ready for him :)

Chris xx

Monday, 20 December 2010

Chistmas decoration

Another heart used from the  Tando ' Home hanging chipboard set'....this time to create a decoration for my Christmas tree. I covered the heart in this gorgeous Crafty Individuals Christmas paper and added some hand cut wings covered in the same.

Tip : Don't throw out your Tando packaging... the card comes in really useful for little extras like these wings, ATC backs and to put through your diecutting machines ;-)

I used a tube of 3d glitter glue to add around the edges and also a little snowflake charm and clear gem for a little bit of luxury.

A really easy project but something I can keep in my decorations box to use for lots of years to come.
Chris xx

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Dyans Christmas tag challenge 2

Sharing my second lot of tags for Dyans challenge today.... I am having a ball doing these :-D

this one is one of my that saying.

Wish that Christmas calories didn't count!!... but for me as soon as I look at the Christmas pud the weight starts piling on. Don't think my metabolism is slow.... it's STOPPED!!!

 eeeh I'm only naughty sometimes though...I do try to be good ;-p

Have to say that this one doesn't really fit with me .... don't drink much falling down water... even at crimbo.  Something to do with the fact that it turns me into an even more raving lunatic than I already am AND I just don't DO hangovers :D
Hope it's warm where you are... tis freezin' here.
Chris xx

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Dyans Advent tag challenge

This is the first chance I've had to share with you the tags I've been doing for Dyans Advent Challenge it is really good fun!!  I LOVE the cool funny downloads and I've had a couple of tena lady moments while I've being doing my tags.  The funny Christmas sayings are right up my street...rofl.
I have had to do four at a time to catch up so allowed myself an hour for them (don't think that's  really cheating..ha ha ha).  I did quick watercolour masterboards cut into 4 and apart from the bits I had to use I allowed myself a black pen and a white pen.

It's just as well I don't have a would be maxed out!!

I was totally chuffed when I pulled out this spoon charm with this one although I don't think you could eat turkey with a spoon...pmsl

Thankful that I don't have to hit the shops this year.... done all my crimbo shopping online...whoohooo all done 'cept the wrapping  ;-p

Some chocolate would be nice too.... just simply to help me recharge the old batteries IYKWIM.
For more fun and frolics go check out Dyans blog :-)

Chris xx

Friday, 17 December 2010

Grungy atc'c

Sometimes I get really fed up with 'pretty' stuff and just wanna create something a wee bit different.  So when I found these ace free images from Altered I just had to have a play.  I used some digital background that I had been messing around with and printed them out.  The first one is covered lightly with acrylic paint and the other just left as it was before adding the frame.

 This handsome guy is baring his heart (from Tando mini arch frame set) because he is soooo in Love :-D

SHE is honoured to be the recipient of his affections... he's just her kind of guy!! lol

He keeps her acrylic painted , chipboard, framed portrait on his bedside table. Don't ya just love a Love Story :-)
Chris xx

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Bad hair day

Do you have bad hair days.... I have them all the time... especially now I'm older and have to resort to colour from a box to cover the white  My niece recently asked me why I had hair like her chocolate... I asked what she meant and she said....because it's white at the top and brown at the bottom just like my chocolate bar!!!!!

So after that little conversation I have decided that if my hair is as nice as chocolate  ;-D  I am gonna love it no matter what it looks like.  This little lady from Dyan's fab downloads has the strangest pony tails ever...ha ha ha... but she is embracing their uniqueness  ??? wearing her best hat to hide her roots while hiding behind her dark glasses...just in case she bumps into anyone she knows..pmsl :-D
Have a great day
Chris xx

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Sunset painting

Well I wasn't going to share any more sketching or painting with you just yet BUT I can't help it.... I HAD to show you this because I am jumping through hoops at myself ;-)  My sister gave me some oil  pastel crayons and I had never used them before but had to have a go.

Well you could knock me over with a bloomin'  feather cos I did this with them... yes ME... I DID THIS!! I can't bling-kin well believe it.  I am shocked at how much I love it and more so by where it came from...who'd have thunk it. 

 Anyhoo only one little problem so I'm hoping that one of you lovely peeps will be able to help me.  The artwork doesn't dry but because I did it on a canvas board I don't want the hassle of framing it.   Does anyone know of a way to seal oil pastel art.  Even touching it produces marks and fingerprints and although they can be smoothed out I want to display it without worrying about anyone spoiling it by being touchy feely.  Any help gratefully received :D

Chris xx

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Christmas is coming...

and I've not yet made one Christmas card.... slap my wrist and hit me round the face with a  At this rate I will be rushing to buy some...eeeeh naughty naughty !!  I can't help it I'm just not in the mood to make cards.... but I have made some Christmas

I covered this fab Christmas Stocking from Tando with some paper that I had inked, painted and splodged (technical a while ago and forgot about.  I love it... and it's so different from the usual Christmassy colours of red ,white and green.

 I even managed to add a lickle bit of bling... whaddya think of that.... and now that the bling has resurfaced from my crafty stash you just never know where it will end up next ;-)
Have a great day
Chris xx

Monday, 13 December 2010

Dairy doll

A bit of fun with this one cos I was in a playful mood.  There's nothing quite like letting your imagination run riot.  Created with backgrounds and images from Lisa's Altered Art.

She may have fish for feet... but I sure hope her feet don't smell
Chris xx

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Vintage village

Tim Holtz papers are just yummy.... gorgeous... delicious and I just had to use them to cover this little mini village from Tando.  It seems like forever since I did anything in this style and I loved it.  The little family are from Lisa's Altered art...  aren't they just the cutest.

So they have new little homes... even if they can't go inside.... tis a bit like land of the  (who remembers that t.v. programme )

I made the doors and covered the roofs with hand painted stamped paper...

and edged them with gold pen.

Mojo working well :-)
Chris xx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Flower power

Time to share some of the DT goodies I have been creating.  The little chipboard flower frames from Tando Creative  are just the cutest and fun to use. They also receive colouring with Copic pens delightfully. The chippie absorbs the ink so layering the colour produces a lovely varied effect and it's sooo easy!! I used the frame part of the flower on this arch ....

cos this little girlie from Lisa's altererd art deserved a pretty frame :D

I couldn't leave the center circle  that pops out of the chipboard flower so used it on this little mini tin that I covered with tissue and modpodge.

I added some wings to the flower centre piece and adhered this image ...also from Lisa's altered art ...onto it edging the piece with a gold ink pen.

Small is beautiful :-)
Check out more gorgeous projects on the Tando blog.
Chris xx

Friday, 10 December 2010

Okay this is the one.

My most favourite of all my sketches.... why.... well not only cos I love her sweet face... but I also managed

to draw plaits...whoooohooo.  I'm well chuffed with meself and I think this is the best of the hairstyles I've drawn too. My sketching isn't stopping here but I have to make room to blog more goodies so this is it for now.

Hope you enjoyed sharing with me :D
Back tomorrow with some DT stuff.
Chris xx

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Sketch journal page10

Only one more sketch to share after this one...then we have to have a change of scenery so to speak...lots to share over the coming weeks cos my mojo is in overdrive (never thought I'd hear myself say

Anyway still been changing hairstyles on my girlies (though my favourite one of all is the one I will share tomorrow... I know... I'm a rotten tease ha ha ha).

Hope you like her :D
Chris xx

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Sketch journal page9

Getting a bit braver now and have started to add more detail to my sketches.... this one inspired by the lovely Hawaiian girls who wear gorgeous flower garlands on their heads and around their neck.

I'm having more fun with the hair too now that I'm not doing just outlines filled with colour.

I think that soon I will begin some larger pieces... these are only about 5" x 7"... just so that I have more space to experiment with the backgrounds. 
While rutting through my crafty bits looking for something the other day I came across some Crayola Shader pencils (sometimes I am soooo glad I am a and I can't wait to try them to see what different effects they will offer me.
Thanks for looking
Chris xx

Monday, 6 December 2010

Sketch journal page8

Check out the hair....rofl... bet you've never seen anyone with hair like this :D  My mind works in mysterious ways.    Maybe I was trying to draw feathers cos she looks a bit birdish don't ya think. 

 Anyway she may have a bit of a strange barnett.... but I love her green eyes.  It's still a surprise to me how my sketches turn out and every one has a special place in my heart.  Love Love Love drawing....can you tell :-)

Only a few more to share this week as I have some DT stuff that I want to share too.... thanks for indulging me on my little journey.
Chris xx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sketch journal page7

When I was a little girl I always had dreams of being a ballerina... I wanted to wear those gorgeous dresses in Swan Lake.... but I never got to take dance lessons... being the eldest of seven there were never enough funds available.   So I drew my own little ballerina in waiting....

 Complete with her own pink hairband, bun...wispy curls and crossover cardigan :-D

She's probably going to grow up to be a Prima Ballerina and dance in the Nutcracker.
Chris xx

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Sketch journal page6

More sketches from my art journal to share with you this week.... hope you aren't bored with them :D  A bit different though... as this time I am sharing pretty girlie's instead of ladies.

Still loving coloured pencils and experimenting a little with hairstyles too.  Like everything else practice makes perfect and I feel am improving... you can decide as the week goes on.  ;-)

Chris xx

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Sketch journal page5

I forgot to take a photo of this sketch before I coloured it... sorry :D  I find it really peculiar that once I start to sketch... whatever face I'm doing at the time... that the whole drawing just seems to evolve on it's own.
I had no intention at all of this ending up as a Nun but it did anyway...weird or what.

I wonder if it's something in my subconscious mind that leads me to draw what I do especially as I have no particular project in mind when I begin.

Whatever it is I'm not complaining :D
Chris xx