Friday, 28 May 2010

Altered Tins -- Again!

My crafty friends know that I love to create altered art. I can take a discarded tea or chocolate tin or an old box and turn it into a decorative and functional item.

I used to make a lot of altered pieces, which I would use as end-of-year teachers' gifts -- usually the boxes and tins would be stuffed with chocolate. However, my moody teenager son told me that they don't do gifts for teachers any more. That would be the height of embarrassing to tote in gifts. Poor teachers!

However, I've been itching to do some more altering, and I've been saving some perfectly sized boxes and tins for the last year. I decided to show some of the ladies in my crafting group how to alter using glue and designer patterned paper.

One of my friends, Ruthann, picked out some gorgeous paper to use on her box. I loved it so much that I had to copy hers! The altered tea tin that I made was inspired by Ruthann's design.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

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I had a chance to pull out my Copic markers and color some images after downloading them from a cool website, Pink Petticoat.

For those of you addicted to coloring with alcohol markers, you know how they can transport you to your childhood, when you were allowed to endlessly scribble in coloring books! It's quite therapeutic coloring with these markers, and I love to participate in art swaps featuring Copic markers.

The backing papers for most of my cards are from Stampin' Up, and they seem to match the funkiness and quirkiness of these Petticoat houses.

You will notice that I haven't used a lot of sentiment stamps on the cards. I've discovered lately that I never seem to have just the right card with the right sentiment when I need it. Therefore, I decided to keep these simple, and I can add sentiment stamped images later.

These happy and springy cards are perfect to send for any occasion.

Friday, 7 May 2010

New Stampin' Up Colors

Oh my gosh! I haven't posted here in a long while.

My family and I were among the thousands that ended up taking an extended spring break holiday when our flights back to London were canceled due the the Icelandic volcanic ash. We finally got home a week later than planned, and I am just now getting back into gear. In fact, after I finish this quickie blog, I plan to spend some time coloring with my Copic markers. Yippee!

When I was gone, I discovered that UK Stampin' Up is planning on introducing new colors in the fall. They will be discontinuing quite a few colors and replacing them with newer shades. This is all very exciting, and I hope to share more with you about it later. In the meantime, you can see the colors that are being added and retired by clicking below:

New Colors

Retiring Colors

If you want new colors NOW, Stampin' Up is introducing three new colors straight-away: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Soft Suede. You can order ink pads, paper, ribbon, and coordinated designer paper in that range. To see the promotional flyer about these new products, you can click on the link below and it will open a pdf:

Stampin' Up UK New Products

If you live in the UK and would like me to order any of the new products, or if you are interested in a catalog, please send me an email at Thank you!