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Monday, 21 October 2019


Yep, ArtCoins are something else that I love to make & collect. Created in the same way as ATCs, but circular obviously! They are 2 1\2 inches in circumference & traded, but never sold.
Here are just a few that I have made in the last 6 months

The coffee pots were created on MDF bases, water colour paper that a coloured using Distress Oxides spray in Pickled Raspberry, Seedless Preserve & Walnut Stain, splashed with water to help it fade, before stamping on the pots using Walnut Stain ink. Sorry, but I don't know the name of the stamp I used, I was a thank you gift kindly popped into one of my many craft purchased 🙂 I think the words are from a Tim Holtz set, but not sure?!

The travel ArtCoins below are on MDF bases, which I gesso'd in white. When completely dry, I heat embossed each one using a few pots of WOW Embossing Powders, that had arrived just that morning to try them out, as you do! The colours are Sunburst, Lavaburst & Greengage. I experimented with them, because I was in a playful mood 🙂 on the train, I used some sequin waste as a stencil & patted the WOW Embossing it through it, giving it that honeycomb effect. I did the same with the truck one, but the effect was a little different, it actually resembles a snake skin effect. The balloon one I decided to sprinkle the powder directly on to the coin. Sunburnt & Lavaburst are mixed & the Greengage is metalline! The stamps are from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous range, sorry I don't know the name of the set that these are part of. 

The next set of ArtCoins, were again on an MDF base & covered with had coloured backing paper. This time using Brusho paint pigment, when dry I stamped them using the free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine. I then dabbed all over each coin with WOW embossing ink & sprinkled with Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals by Cosmic Shimmer, then melted it with my heat gun. This not only gave them a clear glassy finish, but it also enhanced the beautiful Autumnal colours.

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Salty hugs
Jane 🌴

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Halloween .......

Personally, I'm not a fan of this particular celebration myself. However, I do enjoy using the traditional colours that are normally associated with Halloween & I love seeing fellow crafters interpretations & project makes to celebrate! This aside, I am taking part in one of my regular ATC swaps again this month & of course the theme is Halloween........ Now I don't own any craft items that are specifically Halloween so I had to improvise & it was great fun because I do love a challenge! This is what I came up with & I really do like it, I just hope the recipient does?
This ATC was easy to make, fun too
My favourite base to create my ATCs on is Framers Mount Board, which is what I have used here. It is sturdy enough to withstand liquid sprays & inks as well hear embossing etc.
I painted my card with PentArt black gesso, when dry I randomly dabbed acrylic paint in green, orange & purple paint.
Next I decided that I wanted more texture, so after a rummage through my scraps bag, I found some green netting fabric (think tutu net) this is where I got stuck, no matter what I that fabric just would not stay stuck down! Me being me & not one to give up, I decided to heat embossing powder through the netting. This not only worked, but it actually melted the netting too. Once realised what was happening, I was able to control which areas I wanted to melt & to what degree. I love the effect it created & great texture too.
I then took a plaster cabochon which had a skeletal ribcage & painted with more black gesso & allowed it to dry thoroughly. Then, using my finger for more control, I rubbed some Cosmic Shimmer gilding wax, I used enchanted gold just on the rib cage to highlight it. Nice huh?!
The ATC still needed something to make it work, so off for another look through my craft drawers for something suitable & found some fusable fibre, also known as angle hair, in just the right shade of purple. I heated it to make it more manageable, which allowed me to then tease it around the edges of the cabochon after I fixed to to the ATC.
Then I used a couple of cardboard words from one of Tim Holtz collections, filed & coloured the edges & I was finished.
I would like to enter my ATC into the following challenges please.....
Bleeding Art Challenge Blog
Funky Junky Boutique Challenge Blog
Try It On Tuesday Challenge Blog
Altered Eclectics Challenge Blog
More Mixed Media Challenge Blog

Tuesday, 1 October 2019


Gosh I am not good at this blogging lark, I forget to update it lol
Today I will share my recent ATCs & ArtCoins with you, they have all been traded now, because they were made for various swap groups on Facebook. 
Do you enjoy making & trading ATCs?
The first ATC I made for myself while playing around with my embossing powders & gun. I enjoyed making it & how it turned out, so I have decided to make a series of them. I will the series "A Bird's Eye View" the collection will be scenes of various places around the coastlines of the UK.
Anyone that knows the UK, might be able to guess where the inspiration came from to create the ATC below?!
It is a bird's eye view of the Needles on the Isle of Wight in Hampshire

Thank you for visiting me Jane 🌴

Monday, 23 September 2019

Give away result........

Sorry that I am late in choosing a winner for my Name The ACT competition, but I have been in hospital. I am ok now, but knocked me of my feet for a few weeks.
The winner of this ATC is
 Jane Stillman
She chose the name that I think suited it best
This is what Jane said

"This is beautiful - I would call it - Don't go breaking my heart' because of the crackle xx"

Congratulations Jane, I will contact you through Facebook for your address!
I will be back soon with another ATC to give away
Salty Kisses
Jane 🌴

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Do You Collect ATCs? Naming Competition ...

This pretty collage style ACT, is what I would like you to name for me, the winning name will win the ATC shown. If the name I choose had been suggested by more than one person, then the name of those people, will have their names picked out of the proverbial hat.

My inspiration for the ATC came from a scrap of paper that was just too pretty to throw away! So, how did I make it? 
I started with an MDF base, I began by covering with the paper by Craftbox UK, because the paper was to small to cover the whole of the ATC, I decided to paint the top part & for this I used DecoArt Crafters Acrylic in Purple Passion.
When it was completely dry, I applied a 2 part crackle liquid by Cosmic Shimmer, while drying I heat embossed the little MDF heart using Persian Indigo embossing powder by WOW! this is lovely, with it's beautiful rich colour & gentle shimmer. When cool I stamped over it using a random word stamp & edged with black Archival Ink by Ranger. Sorry, but I don't know what brand the stamp is or what the words read, it is to small for my poor old eyes to make it out lol..!  After adhering the heart in place, I went back to work on the top part again.  I felt that even though the crackle paste had worked nicely, the piece still lacked something? So after a think over a cup of tea, I remembered that I had some sticky back gems, you know the cheap ones that come on a line of glue? I never use them normally, but they were the perfect finishing touch. So, I ran a line of glue following the curve of the paint, to make sure that they stayed out & then with a sponge I dabbed some of the same paint on them to blend them in ..... Voila, I now had an ACT that I was happy to share .....

So a few rules ...
Leave a comment below with what you think this ATC should be called.
Share on your own blog &\or Facebook page, linking back here.
Please follow my blog, but isn't essential, but I will follow yours in return.
I am happy to post international
You must be happy to email me your postal address
Naming Competition ends at midnight GMT on 15th September 2019

Thank you for visiting my blog today
Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses
Jane 🌴

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

A Summery Tag ....

Today, I am sharing a pretty tag I made yesterday after a walk with Dave & the dog!
We decided to walk around a lovely housing estate near us, that always have beautiful gardens that are chock a block full of flowers.
I took inspiration from the gardens to make this rather lovely tag
Remembering that a lovely fellow crafter had gifted me some hand printed & embossed paper flowers. First off, I dyed them using my new spray mist inks & when dry I brushed each flower with a water based  varnish. I then coloured some mini clay balls  using the yellow ink & placed them in the centre of the flowers I sealed them in place using glossy accents. When dry, I turned the flowers over & glued on some pretty braid with leaves attached for added effect.
Next, I selected the tag I wanted to use & covered it with paper, patterned for a summery feel & free some faux stitching around the edge & tied ribbon at the top of the tag. After deciding where my flowers would go, I stamped a little bee near the top before attaching the flowers. Below the flowers I attached a little pink tassle, just for added detail really & to coordinate with the pink in the ribbons!
Next, I stamped out the little butterfly twice, one of them I glued flat on the tag, the second butterfly I coloured before bending & carefully applying glue just to the centre of the butterfly, glued it on top of the other one, lifting the wings slightly.
Finally, I stamped the word Summer on a piece of card & attached at the bottom of the tag. I find creating something in a CAS style very difficult, because when I try to do it, to me it always looks unfinished, but I am quite pleased with how this tag turned out

I would like to enter this into the following challenges!

Thank you for stopping by my blog, please leave a comment
Salty kisses
 Jane 🌴

Monday, 22 July 2019

This started life as a Cheese Triangle Box ....

Dreaming Of The Sea

Today, I am sharing an altered project with you. This was such fun to make, even though when I first day down at my desk, I didn't have a clue what I was going to do or how I was going to do it!
I began by trimming & tidying both the lid & base of the box, then I painted it inside & out with 2 coats of a pearlescent paint, I used Folkart Pearl Acrylic in Aquamarine. Next it secured a length of cotton twine around the base of the box, there was a handy joke already in the base, so I chose a pretty button with a raised back, tied the twine to the button & thread both strands of the twine through the hole, the button secured the twine without needing to glue.
Then I set about adding allsorts of sea themed embellishments to the lid, including natural shells, tiny pebbles, sea glass, charms, beads & more, all stuck down with pentarts gel medium, to make sure they won't fall off. I also used coloured sand, ink sprays & sequins.
 Next was to tackle the cotton twine, so out came the bead box. After choosing which beads & charms I wanted to use, I tied them to the twine securely & trimmed off the excess!

This was created as a swap item, I was a little sad to see it go, but it's new owner loves it & I received a pretty box in return.

I would like to enter this box into the following challenges please

Thank you so much for visiting me today, I always return visits & comments
Sandy kisses
Jane 🌴🐚🌴