Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Traditional Christmas card

I normally avoid card making as i am not a great card maker,but i did have a couple of nice card backs in my stash and i do love the combination of red and gold, so a card began to come alive with a little help from Emerald Creek.

I just love my design team role in Altered Pages as they have lots of inspiring products and fellow team members. This month i was trying out the gorgeous Allure embossing powders by Emerald Creek. I used Charred Gold which is totally different from any other embossing powder i have used and its Luscious. (see close up further down the page ).

I began by choosing a ready made card back from my stash and a gold mirri card. I used Versamark clear and an old text stamp and stamped over the mirri card. Then added the gorgeous charred gold embossing powder and heat set with my heat gun..
Next i fussy cut some Christmas Ponsietta flowers from a printed page and i layered them up with a little 3d foam on the backs. I arranged them at the side to show off the charred gold text which looks much better 'off camera'.  
I then needed something to back the topper with and decided to cut up another old piece of striped red Christmas card-stock. I used Versamark around the edges and the embossing powder again to frame the card.
I placed the topper on to the card stock and then arranged on my card back.I have a lace die cut in white card so i again used Versamark and Charred gold and embossed it twice for depth. Here is a close up of the charred gold effect. Isn't it gorgeous?.

Finally i added some tiny little flatback pearls to the centers of the Flowers and this simple card was finished. 

Altered Pages with Emerald  Creek in November 2017 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Emerald Creek Embossed heart and Shoe

I was lucky enough to try out some amazing embossing powders from Emerald Creek this month with  Altered images. I went for the darker tones in the Allure powders and they are 'Awesome' So beautiful. I got to creating a couple of things with the 'Onyx Frost' and wow did i have fun !

I began by using a wooden heart shaped pendant. I covered it in Versamark  clear ink and  and then covered it in the Onyx Frost embossing powder.

I repeated the process four times allowing the layers to cool in between each application.

On the fourth layer i got a patterned acrylic stamp (from my stash )  ready and then inked and embossed the last layer. I did not wait more than 5 seconds then pressed the stamp into the warm embossed surface, I held it there for around thirty seconds and lifted it away leaving the gorgeous pattern imprinted on the heart. 

After i finished embossing i decided to dust with mica powder and then added some Stickles glitz to the finished item. I attached a silver chain and now i have a gorgeous piece of jewellery.

In addition to this i had made a little shoe from air dry clay and i decided that the gorgeous Onyx frost would make a really glam finish. So i embossed the shoe and added some lace and stickles. 

Both of these projects were created for the Altered Pages Blog in association with Emerald Creek. Go check out all the gorgeous products available.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Halloween Party

Fantastic and beautiful Crafters Workshop stencils were the inspiration for my piece this month. I was enchanted by the amazing and varied stencils from Gabrielle Pollacco at TCW . I wanted to go colourful (as I usually do ) and here is the result.

Journal page for Altered Pages with TCW by June Macfarlane.
The journal page background was created with various Acrylic paints mixed in blue, yellow and green. I literally just 'Made a mess '.                                         
After drying with a heat-gun I chose the 'Crazy waves' stencil from TCW  and used more paint in the same colours but deeper hues over the stencil randomly rather than exact as the stencil is. 

I decided to brighten it more and add a little sparkle for the 'party atmosphere', I used gel pensWink of Stella and white paint pen for the doodling.

Next it was time to 'holiday it up' I chose the fabulous Dead Skulls collage #3136 fussy cut around each piece before adhering with a Glue Stick. 

Lastly I added some bling with the blue sparkle accent embellishments. randomly between the images

Please join the fun for Halloween this month with Altered Pages and The Crafters Workshop  TCW.  See lots of fabulous projects from the design team Artists.

Thanks from June 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Floral fantasy

I created this journal page using recycled paper, wallpaper and others Plus i used the gorgeous Spectrum Noir pens plus the Signal gel pen in white from That's Crafty. I also used acrylic paints for the background flowers in yellow tones. This one was designed especially for That's Crafty Blog Challenge . Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Forever Autumn card

Over at That's Crafty Blog   the theme is Forever Autumn'
I am really pleased to work with the gorgeous colours of Autumn and I made this simple card for the challenge. 

I used ...

I am pleased with the way it turned out. I used the multi medium to adhere the napkin and other materials to the card. I pounced the ink onto the sentiment with a stiff bristle brush and also around the edges after distressing with scissors.

Thanks to my friends over at That's crafty for your inspiration.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Double tag split

I am a little late posting this one. Should have posted yesterday. I am not posting a lot lately but much is due to my illness and the Amitryptilene i have to take in large doses for the pain. It makes me so very very tired. I am going to GP tomorrow for injections in my thumbs but will ask about alternate meds.  Will try to get round blogs in the next day or two. Missing you all x

My Tag project for Altered Pages is this duo of tags I created. I had much fun making them and am over the moon with the result.

September is Tag month so pop over and get tagging  :)  Here is the link to join in the fun.

I began by cutting two tags on my cutting machine. I used a small piece of Washi tape to secure them together for stamping and embossing. I used a dark distress ink and clear embossing powder but any colour embossing powder would work . (sorry the photo would not show as well as i wanted it to ) I stamped using the gorgeous stamp for the tags and stamped it halfway over each tag and then heat embossed because i wanted to use wet water paints over the whole tag so i wanted it water proofed on the image   Ink from HERE   Embossing Powder HERE  Lost coast Stamps HERE

Next I sprayed the tags with water and then using orange and yellow water colours in a water brush i painted over randomly. Then blotted with kitchen paper and dried with a heat gun. This muted the colours considerably.  Paints and brushes HERE

When the tags were dry i stamped with a text stamp. andomly around the edges and then perked perked up the colours and blended around the image more with the water paint again.

Background stamps HERE

Finally I chose a background stamp and stamped swirls around the edges. I added ribbon in yellow tones and the tags were done. It was a lot of fun and i will be making more tags this month. 

 For Altered Pages Design Team by June Macfarlane.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Using it up

I have come to a couple of conclusions recently. One is, i am getting too old to sweat the small stuff. I am giving up doing digital so much but have a huge collection of images to share which will be shared on my other blog Dezinaworld15. This will be done over the next year and the unedited photo's will have their own category for all those who wish to use them.

I also realized that art .... physical art is all about (for me ) 'The play' factor. So i am journalling a lot lately. Also as i can not afford to keep going with all the new stamps inks, embellishments etc etc i have decided to carry on making journals, the odd tags and cards but i WILL NOT be buying any more craft things  except for paint or ink. I am using up my current stuff instead and recycling. If i don't have the newest things, i will survive and make art play all the same. 

I hope everyone else is having a great time this week. Is anyone else doing the same ? I just cant keep up any more lol. Wish i could.

This is just a little painty fun journal page from yesterday 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Hi all i have not been around much due to my health issues and helping my son with his anxiety issues. Its been a tough couple of weeks but all is ok. I finally got a diagnosis of Osteoarthritis in spine and joints and am currently being weaned ON to Amitryptiline so started on 10 mg to go up in two weeks.

I have created a little bit so thought i would come and post some of my recent makes.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Dreamscape Card

I have to say i am very very enchanted by Lost Coast Stamps. So much so that i found  an outlet in the UK where i could order them and have done so.  introducing me to these beauties..... Thank you  I just want to thank Altered Pages for partnering another awesome company.:) I am a happy girl.

Now onto my project. I decided this time and unusually for me, to make a card. I wanted one that could be used for any occasion for male or female so here it is.

List of products used

Lost coast  buildings stamp
Cardstock - black and white
Corrugated card 
Water colour paints
Black ink 
Tissue paper
Glue to adhere tissue paper
Double sided tape
Foam mounts
Wink of stella pen
decoupage glue
White pen
heart stamp and reality stamp are old ones from my stash.

I began by soaking the white card in water spray then added various, pinks, oranges and red water colour paints with a brush and merging together for a background. I dried with heat gun and then stamped the Lost Coast stamp onto a white piece of tissue (i usually save it from gift wrapping and recycle )  with black ink.
I painted a coat of decoupage glue on the surface of the painted card stock then placed  the tissue carefully on to the surface and smoothed out. I left to dry then trimmed off the excess tissue. I added another layer of decoupage as a coating to the top and dried again.

I  mounted the stamped piece onto black card pre cut to fit. Added the sentiment and hearts with the black ink then added white dots with white pen. Its hard to see but i also added twinkle to the buildings with the Wink of Stella brush. I used foam mounts for mounting it onto coloured corrugated card then added to the front of a white card.  I hope you like it. I love the stamp and know i will use it often. Thanks for visiting and have a lovely week.
June Macfarlane

Monday, 24 July 2017

Grunge bird

Over at That's Crafty they have a grunge challenge .... well of course i could  not resist I am entering this one with Lost Coast stamp from That's Crafty online store
I justadore  this bird and it was a lot of fun grunging everything up :) 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Todays journal page

Getting plenty of art done lately due to the fact that I am confined to the house. Its lovely to be able to play so much. Here is a journal page for today. Mixed media collage page. The hearts were free drawn and then filled with torn paper mosaic style, then cut out and glued onto journal. I also added Viva Rusty Patina, Pens, Acrylics, torn page from my colouring  book that I did a while back and some junk mail. Also I blended a lot with one of my fave mediums which is Inscribe Pastels.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Art Deco journal page

I was so excited that Altered Pages  are partnering Lost Coast designs this month. I was a bit upset as I have been in bed most of this last month due to spinal problems and was afraid I wouldn't get to do a project with them but I found a way to do the project without the need for paints etc and could just use a little table on my bed. This is the result and I am very happy with this journal page using the fabulous Lost coast stamp 'Art Deco face'.

The products used 
Lost coast stamp
White tissue paper  (I recycled )
White pen (from my stash ) 
Scraps of recycled wallpaper and scrap paper
die cut steampunk gears (from my stash )

I began by stamping the gorgeous image on to white tissue paper and I have to say it stamped perfectly first time. 

Next I needed to colour the journal page. I used inks this time and pens rather than paint but either would work. 

The next step was a to place something to fill a little space at the top as I wanted to place the image further down. I used recycled papers and layered up and distressed and glued down with tacky glue.

Next  wrote some text  to the rest of the page in white, I wanted this to show under the tissue image. 

Now I was ready to place the Lost coast Stamped image I added glue stick to the surface of the page and NOT to the image as it was too delicate. After smoothing over and leaving to dry, I got some old gear die cuts I had in my stash and I painted them with copper and dark brown for rusty kind  of effect. I glued once more with tacky glue and left to dry. A fab and fun project thanks to Altered Pages and Lost Coast designs.