Thursday, 16 August 2018

First Cuddles Scrapbook Layout

Today I have another Scrapbook Layout to share with you all, this is another layout I completed while at my local monthly crop.

This layout is one of my most precious memories as it is of me and my beautiful baby niece having our first cuddles. (Lots more cuddles to come for my little munchkin and me)

This layout was created by using a piece of white 12 x 12 card stock and a page out of the 8 x 8 paper pad called It's A Girl, I fussy cut each hexagon out of the page and arranged it onto my white card stock piece until I was happy.

After this was done and all stuck down I then began to back my photo onto another page out of the paper pack and then onto a beautiful piece of purple polka dot foiled paper from another paper pad and stuck it all done, Finally I added some embellishments around the photo, added the banner in the top left corner and to finish the layout added my title.

Here is some close ups

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this layout and it has given you some inspiration to try something a little different to what you normally do for a scrapbook layout.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Like Father Like Daughter Scrapbook Layout

Hi all

Today I am sharing a 12 x 12 Scrapbook layout with you all which I did while at my local crop.

Here is the one of three layouts I completed on the day (I will be sharing the others will you)

This layout is of my Brother when he was a baby and his daughter (my niece). I can not get over how alike they are, there is no mistaking what so ever who her Daddy is, so of cause I had to title this layout Like Father Like Daughter.

Here is a close up of the title 

When my brother sent me over the collage he put together of himself and his Daughter I knew I had to do a layout with it.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Altered Hoop Mixed Media

Hi All.

Today I have something a little bit more dark and Gothic to share with you all, this project was a bit of a light bulb moment, so here it is 

A Gothic Dream Catcher

I absolutely love how this turned out,I am so happy and pleased with it. The above picture is taken with the flash to show the amazing colours.

Here are some pictures of the Dream Catcher without the flash and a couple of close up shots of the Raven Skull in the centre which is a 3D printed piece.

I am thinking of doing more of these in all different colours and themes so keep your eyes open for those and who knows you could own your very own ;)

I hope you like what I have done with this piece and it inspires you to go with those light bulb, go with the flow moments.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Love to Create - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Altered Eclectics -Anything Goes- As long as mixed media
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Monday, 13 August 2018

August Motivation Inspiration

Hi all

Well I can not believe we are in August already which mans it is time for me to share my DT inspiration with you all for this months Motivation Inspiration challenge.

This months 5 prompts which we have to include are as follows:

No Title

You can create what ever you like as long as the above prompts are included.... This month I have done another scrapbook layout and here it is

This layout is a very special one as it is a layout of my beautiful adorable Niece who is only 2 months old. She is so tiny as she was born very early... I will be doing more layouts of her some of which will be when she was first born.

So how did I cover the 5 prompts?
Prompt 1. Bronze - I added Bronze Brads one in the top right corner or the photo layers and one in the bottom left.
Prompt 2. Floral - Beautiful flowers either side of the photo
Prompt 3 Fairytale - The papers used are Graphic 45 Fairy Dust, I have fussy cut some toadstools from one of the papers in the collection and also used another paper which is the centre part of the layout which has fairies on.
Prompt 4 Spring - Covered with the flowers and I thin the colours are Spring
Prompt 5 No Title - Not added a Title.

The products I used for this layout are as follows:
March Charmed Cards and Crafts Kit - Graphic 45 Fairy Dust
Double Sided Tape
Tombow Glue

I hope you love this layout as much as I do and it gives you lots of inspiration, If you would like to join in on this monthly challenge (no prizes just a bit of fun to help your crafty mojo) you can join the Facebook group >>>> HERE <<<<

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Altered Jewellery Box

Hi all
Today I have a new creation to share with you all, this one is one of my biggest mixed media pieces I have done to date and I hope you all like what I have done.

I have had this plan wooden jewellery box that I got from my local craft centre for over 12 months and didn't have a clue what I was going to do with it until now......

So here is what I have done with it

As you can see I have completely altered it and made it into a Steampunk Jewellery Box complete with a mini top hat which I have made from scratch.

Now for more photo's of the jewellery box including some close up photo's

It has a draw on the front at the bottom

Side of the jewellery box 

The back of the jewellery box and mini top hat 

More side on photo's

Now for a close up of the mini top hat, as you can see I have added some black feathers and 3D printed cogs and gears which I painted.

The inside of the jewellery box, showing the tray which can be taken out and some of the mirror.

This project has been an a labour of love and I have enjoyed every minute of bringing it to life, I will definitely be doing more projects along these lines.

I hope you like what I have done with this jewellery box.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft -Anything Goes Challenge #73
Altered Eclectics- Anything Goes as long as it is mixed media
Classic Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes 
Morgans Artworld - Anything Goes 
SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenges - Anything Goes-Steampunk/Industrial
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

August Crop Artist Trading Coin Swap

Hi all

I thought I would pop on and share with you all this months Artist Trading Coins for the monthly swap we have at Crop Central

This Months theme is Mystical (Fairies, Dragons, Wizards, Unicorns etc)

So here is what I have done

I went for Unicorns this time as I do a fair bit with fairies on so fancied a change, to do these coins I used the following supplies:

2.5 inch circle Die
Distress Inks - Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Carved Pumpkin
For The Love Of Stamps - Unicorn Dreams
Spectrum Noir Markers
Wink Of Stella - Clear

I can not wait to swap these with the lovely ladies at crop this Saturday  and to see how we have all taken the theme and made it our own and different.

Why not give Artist Trading Coins a go yourself they are a lot of fun and addictive, I can not wait to find out what next months theme is going to be.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Monday, 6 August 2018

Be The Change

Hi all

Today is challenge day over at Happy Little Stampers and I am here to share my first Design Team piece with you all for this mixed media challenge.

This months theme is 

Here is my creation

For this piece I used the following supplies:
Large Dylusions Journal
Black Gesso
Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap - Melange
Distress Stain - Vintage Photo
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
Texture Paste
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint - Yellow Oxide and Titanium White Mixed
Butterflies - Fussy Cut from Anthology Paper 

Here re some pictures of each page to show the wording which is "Inspire, Hope, Be the change" and at the bottom going across says " Follow your heart"

I hope you will come on over to the Happy Little Stampers blog and take part in this challenge.
The winner of the challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stamper Store. IF YOU USE STAMPS BY HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS AND YOU ARE OUR RANDOM WINNER THE PRIZE WILL BE DOUBLED

Hope to see you taken part in this months mixed media challenge and i hope my art journal spread gave you some inspiration

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Dream Canvas

Hello all

Today I have a mixed media canvas piece to share with you all, I have been wanting to do this canvas idea for a long time but was not in the right mood and I am sure you all know when it doesn't feel the time it is best not to do it in case you mess it up, sooooo yesterday was the day to tackle this and I am so pleased with it.

I have called this piece "DREAM" and here it is 

As you have now probably guessed why I have called this canvas "Dream"....... Not because of the Dream laser cut wording but as you can see it is a Dream Catcher.

Here are some close up's to show you some of the details on the canvas

I added a fair bit to this to give it that "wow" factor and to be honest I got a little carried away but I think it looks perfect, only thing is the pink colour in the photo's has not shown up as much as I would have liked.

What did I use to make piece? Here is he list of products:
8 x 10 (20 x 25 cm) Canvas
Prima Rose Quartz Papers
Prima Rose Quartz Puffy Stickers
Prima Wild & Free Say It In Crystals 
Lace Trim
Dream Laser Cut MDF Wording
Dylusions Paint - Slate Grey and Rose Quarts ( I made my own sprays with the paints too)
Mixture of Flowers
Metal Butterfly Charms
Kaisercraft Ink Spray - Charcoal
Texture Paste
Glass Bead Gel
Matt Medium

I hope this canvas has given you some inspiration on using your paper pads in a different way and that you like what I have done. 

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes With Optional Pastel
Love To Create Challenge - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes

Saturday, 28 July 2018

July/August ATC Swap

Hi all

Well its that time again to share with you all my next set of ATC's for the Charmed Cards and Crafts swap.

This months theme is SUMMER - with layers

Here is my take on theme

For these ATC's I used the following:
White Cardstock
Neon Paints - Pink and Yellow
Texture Paste
Pebeo Studio Acrylic Dyna Paint - Green Yellow
Pop Of Paradise Stamp Set
Acrylic Block
Flirty Flamingo Ink Pad
Melon Mambo Ink Pad
Garden Green Ink Pad
Emerald Envy Ink Pad
Tombow Glue
Foam Tape

On the back of each one I have inlcuded my name, date, number of the ATC, Theme, and name of the set "Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons"
If you would like to take part in the ATC Swaps you can join the group >>> HERE<<< and all details shall be in there.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Friday, 27 July 2018

The Best Thing About Memories Is Making Them Layout

Welcome back to my blog today I have another scrapbook layout to share with you all.

This layout features a photograph of - From left to right - My Great-Grandmother Violet Elizabeth (my Nan's Mum), My Nan (Holding my Dad) and my Great-Grandmother Sarah Jane (My Grandad's Mum)

I have scrap-lifted this layout from one of Gold Dove Crafts layouts and I love how mine came out and if you know of Virgina's beautiful layouts you will see how different the same layout can look using different elements and theme.

The supplies I used for this layout are as follows:
A few embellishments from my own stash but majority are from the kit
Envelope Punch Board
Double Sided Tape
Paper Trimmer
Distress Tool.

I did this layout on the same day I did the layout I shared with you all yesterday which were done at my local crop, as this kit was our monthly crop kit too, the lovely Karen who owns Charmed Cards and Crafts puts together a little prize for the best use of the kit but it must be done while at the crop, all of us who did had our layouts voted for on a secret ballot and this month I WON!!! I was so surprised and happy...... Here is what I won

Just look at those beauties... Prima Flowers, Die, and some metal vintage embellishments.

I hope you like what I have done and my take on Gold Dove Crafts layout, and I hope this has given you lots of inspiration.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Darling Scrapbook Layout

Hi Lovelies

Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you all which I created while at my local Crop a couple of weeks ago.

This layout is of my beautiful Nan and the photograph which I used is of her when she was in her late teens early 20's, this lady is my world not just my Nan but like a Mum to me.

For this layout I used some elements from the Vintage Charm Kit along with some extra beautiful papers which I purchased from Thompsons Craft Supplies. I also added some ephemera from my own stash.

This layout took me a while as I played around with where everything was going for some time until I was completely satisfied and then I took a picture of it so I would remember where everything went as I stuck each individual piece down.

As you can see on this layout I have included lace, pearls, cheesecloth, wood veneer along with the beautiful ephemera pieces from the kit and my own stash. I added the sewing machine, scissors, ruler, button and spool to the layout as my Nan worked in textiles for many years, she loves flowers and butterflies so this layout really is her.

Once everything as stuck down I finished it off by doing some antique gold ink splatters which I also used as a base behind the photograph which you can see peeking out at the top and on one of the sides.

I have decided that this piece is going to be framed instead of just going into an album.

I hope you have Enjoyed seeing this layout and it has inspired you

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Vintage Artist Trading Coins

Hi all

When i first saw Artist Trading Coins I thought they looked really cool and knew I had to give them a go at some point, So after seeing lots of different inspiration and watching a few you tube videos of different people doing them I jumped on the bandwagon as they say.

So here are the ones I have done

My Inspiration for these came from watching Mike Deakin as soon as I saw him use the paper dolls I just had to do my own as I love love love how they look.

The supplies I used to create them are as follows:
Thick White Cardstock
Neon Acrylic Paints
Bubble Wrap
White Acrylic Paint
2.5 inch Circle Die
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers
Black Soot Distress Ink

I can not wait to make more in the vintage theme with the paper dolls and in other themes especially as I am taking part in a swap each month at my local crop, For this month I kicked it out off with the theme Music and everyone who took part made 3 to swap and they all were amazing, next month is going to be just as amazing and I am sure I shall what I do, I forgot to photograph the my Music theme ones :( oops 

They are so easy to do, so much fun and very addictive I hope these have given you some inspiration to make your own.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

I would like to enter into the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Sentimental

Sunday, 22 July 2018

July Motivation Inspiration Layout

Morning all

Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you all which I have done as part of the monthly challenge over at Motivation Inspiration

This months 5 prompts which have to be used are as follows:
Wood Embellishments
Use Your Scraps

So here is what I came up with

This layout is of me and my hubby to be when we had a random day out in Blackpool, to include the 5 prompts I used: Gold Kaisercraft Ink Spray, Scrap pieces of papers which I layered behind the photo, I used some scrap vellum which has some lovely hearts on, I also used some heart and Love stickers and a love quote cut apart. I then added a key and butterfly wooden embellishent, to finish it all off I added a title using some cork alphabet stickers.

If you would like to take part in this fun challenge you can join the group >>> HERE <<< it is only a bit of fun and something to hep give your mojo a kick when it is lacking. Each month we have 5 prompts to include on our creation. The challenge is kicked off on the 1st of every month by Laura who will share here creation first then on the 2nd week you will see some inspiration from Caroln (Cal) and then the 3rd week I post my inspiration :) 

Hpe to see you over on the group and joining in and I hope my layout gives you some inspiration.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Art Journal Play Time

Hey Hey 

Today I  thought I would share with you all a double page layout in my large Dylusions Art Journal.

This time I didn't use any texture pastes etc and just kept it simple with minimal supplies a bit of a back to the basics.

So here is what I came up with although it was more of a go with the flow play

No Flash


For this layout I used the following supplies:
Large Dylusions Art Journal
Distress Oxide Inks
Water Spray
Cog Die Cuts in Kraft Card
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers
Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

It is quite surprising what you can achieve with just a few supplies which is something we seem to forget when we are so used to using texture paste and more, as we say less is more at times and i really enjoyed doing this with little supplies, it was a bit of a Grab 5 like Adele (Inkie Quill) does.

I hope you like what I have done here and it inspires you 

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Friday, 20 July 2018

Steampunk ATC's

Hi all

Well it has been a while but I have a few new things to share with you all, starting with some Steampunk ATC's.

These ATC's were done for a swap I took part in, back in May run by Charmed Cards and Crafts and of cause I loved every minute of making and swapping these.

So here is what I came up with

This picture was taken with the flash

Without Flash 

I used a number of different products to achieve these ATC's, here is a list of what was used
Thick White Cardstock
Modelling Paste
Black Gesso
Miss Moneypenny Paint from Indigoblu
3D Printed cogs
Die Cut Cogs from greyboard 
Sentiment stamp from a Visible Image stamp set 
Prima Opal Magic and Alchemy waxes 
Copper Embossing Powder

I love love love how they turned out and the way the prima waxes really bought out the detail of the cogs etc.

I hope you like what I have done and if yu would like to take part in the swap you can find all details over on the Facebook Group >> HERE <<

Xx The Crafty Bat xX