Saturday, 31 January 2009

Challenge entries

Hi all... these are the fabulous entries for this months alter a photograph challenge :D You girls have all done a wonderful job and each one is beautiful in it's own unique way and such a variety of techniques used... well done and thank you for taking on the challenge.


Patty's Kristen's
Thanks so much to all of you ladies who entered the challenge... the winner will be chosen and announced later today so don't forget to pop back :D
Catchya later
Chris xx

edited :-PLEASE READ
Due to a mistake with my email address it appears some entries have not been received... we will be extending the challenge date until 2nd February to allow those entries to be re-sent.... the correct email address is Please accept my sincere apogogies for this and for the delay in announcing a winner.

Chris xx

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

ATTENTION... PLEASE READ This will stay at the top until challenge finishes x

Hi everyone,

Please read this update....

Due to constructive feed back from some of our friends in blog land Chris and I have decided to change the poll voting system.

We have decided to use the RANDOM GENERATOR to pick our winner....
If you know of anyone taking on this challenge would you please help us by spreading the word that the voting system has changed.

If you would like to take part in our challenge then PLEASE put your before and after altered photo/foto onto your blog... post a comment with us telling us you are taking on the challenge, and please include your blog address so that Chris/Chriss and fellow bloggers can come and visit you :))

As before PLEASE send by email the 2 copies of the pic before and after to...

Chris at she will then put them on 'the papergirls' blog giving each one a number ready for the random generator draw.

We do hope that this has not caused you any problems, we want to get it right for everyone taking part.
We appreciated the feed back, thank you.

Please see post Friday, 23 January 2009 for this months challenge.
Good Luck to one and all.

Chriss and Chris xx

Artygirls challenge Create an ATC

Hi, I am pleased to have found some time today to join in the Artygirlz challenge... I have trie to join in with their challenge for the last 3 weeks however crafting time has not been on my side :(

As ATC's are my first love in art and craft AND I have promised myself to create more of them this year to add to my ever growing could I not take on Artygirlz challenge this week.

If you would like to join in the fun AND create an ATC then pop over HERE
Both stamps used are from Paperartsy...don't you agree she is a little stunner.
Thanks for the challenge J&C
Chriss x

Friday, 23 January 2009

Alter a photo challenge

Here we are as promised our January challenge to 'ALTER A PHOTO' our challenge challenged both Chris (Mrs Bling) and I as we had never done one
But that's what it's all about.

So here we go this first photo is of Chris' DD and DG and don't you think they are the spit of our Chris.

Here it is altered...Chris gave it a real grungy background with a modern feel to it, those letters are so small, she did them free hand and then took for ages to cut them out .... 'Fancy that'Chris enjoyed it so much lol she did a second one to share with you... once again DG. Wait till you see this altered piece it is sooo gorgeous and original the words are wicked.

What did I tell took her all night to come up with those words but hey it was worth it original is that.
Mine, well, some of you have seen my photo I chose to alter already in the post below but for those that have not here it is.
2nd from the left is my youngest son Leigh, he was best man for his good friend Jez 2nd from the right.
Although challenging I did have alot of fun with this one... I used gesso on the background to start with.

changed the heads using images from Artchix studios which I have had a lonnnng time... searched a catalogue for the red pieces and combed a magazine for the words.
I am actually so pleased with it I am framing it.
O.K. you want to join in the fun I can tell :).... and so you can....
Everyone can take part by altering a photo and sending..... *****UPDATE*****... THE BEFORE PHOTO AND THE ALTERED email to Chris at ..... by the closing date Friday 30th Jan 09. at midnight UK time.
Chris will put them up on here along with a poll for you to vote on your fave piece of work....ATTENTION.... there will no longer be a poll voting system PLEASE see the post above. THANK YOU. xx
This month we have been sponsored by Caroline at 'Bubbly Funk' she has been kind enough to donate this fab prize below of 6 assorted shades of chalk inks by Versa cool are they, we are so jealous as we cannot win them...neither Chris or I have tried them YET, watch this space!
So why not pop over and visit Caroline and see what other goodies she has .... hey, whisper... ''She has up to 50% OFF many of her products.''
Click on HERE
She also has a forum that you may wish to join in with the fun.

Now feast your eyes on this selection of goodies and they could all be yours

What are you waiting for, get out those photo's and have some fun.
Have fun and have a fab week.
Chriss xxx

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Challenge.. alter a photo

Tomorrow brings our monthly challenge.... 'To alter a photo'

Here is my photo I chose to alter.... the young man 2nd from the left is my youngest son, Leigh, he was best man to his good friend Jez on his wedding day, Jez is 3rd from the left.

Come back tomorrow and see how I altered it, I will give you all the information you need to join in the fun.

Chris will be showing you her before and after altered photos too.

For the challenge we have been sponsored by Caroline at 'Bubbly Funk'.... love that name :)
click on HERE and see what goodies she has in her online shop... Pssst.... she has a sale on too... many items up to 5o% off may also like to join up and meet her forum members.
I think you are going to like the prize she has donated...thanx Caroline.

See you tomorrow...dig out those photos/fotos
Chriss x

Thursday, 15 January 2009

created by hand ...challenge

Here is my ATC entry for the Created by hand challenge...... over HERE
I have used this rather gorgeous stamp from... lol you guessed it Individuals... the postal stamps are also theirs.
This was also my first time using Tim Holtz inks and boy do I like them...purchased by Chris from Karen at Scrapz
Dont forget the Crafty Individual ATC competition with Fabulous prizes to be won...check it out HERE
Thanks for looking...Chriss xx

Thursday, 8 January 2009

awfully big art adventure - charms

Costume jewellery which I have had for many many years came in very useful for Linda and Rosie's challenge this week.

The first piece had a huge black stone in it until I used great force and pushed it out from the back, 2 of the chains were fixed back on by Chris ( we had a chocolate free...yes us, the 2 chriss' have had a crafting night without chocolate...never been known.... we put on too much weight from these crafting sessions last year so this year we aim to remove it... harder to remove than put it

After removing the stone i cut a picture from a wonderful set of images which I bought from Karen at Scrapz. Chose some bling and adhered 4 pink diamonds to this already ornate it a new lease of life.

This very blingy blue piece is another broach to which I just added an Artchix Studio image bringing it more up to date.

The top picture of the black and white charm is the front and the legs the reverse side of this started life as a blue metal tag charm to which I adhered the 2 images both from Artchix.. added a little bit of stamping, some words from a magazine and silver embossed the sure to hold the metal charm with pliers or something similar as i forgot that the metal underneath would get HOT... ouch!! some swear words... as Chris would However I did manage to give her a wonderful beauty spot on her chin from the tip of them. I added a chain to complete it.... thanx Chris for the chain. x

The last one... although the frame looks metal it isn't, it is plastic, coated in metal paint using another Artchix studio image and part of necklace which I cut up.
Between Chris and I we went mad with these gorgeous images.

Thank you to both Linda and Rosie for setting this challenge, both Chris and I enjoyed it so much we are this space.

Why not pop over to Chris's and see what she created as they are gorgeous.

Now to try and get round my lovely people who have left me comments while I have been AWOL again.... sorry life once again got in my way.

Thanks for looking
Chriss x

Saturday, 3 January 2009

I See Stars

This gorgeous Crafty Individual Stamp is what I used to create my arch xx

This is my entry into the Fiskarettes monthly competition 'I see stars'

I so enjoyed creating this Gothic Arch.

I built up at least 6 layers of gold embossing powder by heating and melting until I achieved a thickness I was happy with and whilst still hot I carefully stamped my chosen image into the hot choice being one of Crafty Individuals ...It gave off so much texture.... click picture to enlarge

Once the gold was cold I them used gesso and inks to finish the background.

I them inked the stamp with an ocean breeze colour, cut out the image, stained it with black tea and then adhered it in place.

I am pleased with the results...:))

Thought I would share this housework banner with you

I must say Housework has been stopped in my house for sometime now, since I began using my living room to craft in.... it's a creative mess...but I have promised myself to clean up more often.... lol.... if i cleaned once a week it would be more

I hope that i managed to get round all our followers and those which i also follow either over the Christmas or New Year period...If I have left anyone out I must apologise as I didnt mean to.

I wish for everyone a FABULOUS 2009.

Chriss xxx