Saturday, 11 April 2009

Saturday Colours!

The theatre has been very quiet lately, and I have to question whether I should carry on with the performances at this moment in time. However I shall show you what I made with the mirror that I found in one of my favourite shops.

I used masses of pearl necklace , a lot of Glossy Accents as glue, and the Face stamps from The Artistic Stamper. Patience was a necessary must as most of the beads kept sliding off!

This fortnight's challenge is


Any colour you like on anything you like, a card, a LO, a box, absolutely anything at all as long as it has colour in or on it!

I have just returned from the USA, and have not had time to make anything yet, so please comment and leave me a link where your creation is, so I can come and have a look!


Jennie x

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Mirror, mirror....

on the wall, who is the fairest of them all. What a wonderful line from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Tonight's theatre is not Snow White, but a lovely performance from an old friend of mine Here in her own words is what Caroline says about her altered piece
Hi...I'm Caroline and I've been stamping for over 20 years. I have my own range
of unmounted rubber stamps and card Cut-Outs.

Black mirror from Ikea (or plain wood painted black)
Piece of A4 paper torn into 4 bits
Daler-Rowney Interference acrylic paints: Blue, Violet, Green and Silver ( or Opalite inkpad Sterling Silver)
Black Crafter's inkpad (and heat gun)
Stamps from: Butterflies 2 Die Sheet DS120C339
Acrylic glossy varnish
Small butterfly mirrors (CaroLines)
Cover the central square mirror with paper.
Scrunch the paper pieces into balls. Use to stipple the paints on to the wooden part of the mirror. Use all 4 colours to completely mottle the surface.
When dry, randomly stamp the butterfly stamp designs over the mirror using black Crafters ink Heat to set the ink, taking care round the mirror part.
Apply 2 coats of varnish and finish by gluing on the small butterfly mirrors.

I have found the most gorgeous mirror in my favourite shop Heselden Hats,( an eclectic shop full of hats and bits and pieces) and am altering tomorrow, so will post later this week.
So the stage is set, and all you have to do is look in the mirror-lol, and alter it!
Just post your creations in a comment, and as always,
Keep Creating

Sunday, 22 March 2009

A little box

The challenge this fortnight is to alter/decorate a box, and as my daughter Aimee came home this week to work on her dissertation, she got waylaid by all the stash in the house, and ended up making more than writing! Grabbing one of my empty cigarillo boxes, her bag of materials, and a bottle of Glossy Accents, here is what she came up with!

I love it, and as far as I know it was birthday present for a friend. Thank you Aimee for being my guest designer this week.
I do hope you have found a box, and hopefully will have time to make something for the challenge. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

All Boxed up!

Tonight there is lots going on! Firstly I have the winner of the blog candy, and then there are the participants of the last challenge, and finally we have the next challenge! Lots of exclamation marks for a small blog challenge!!
For those of you who took part in the last challenge , a big thank you. Here are the wonderful pieces:

The Winner of the blog candy was picked out of the hat and will receive all of the stamps! So step up onto the stage

Please email me so I can send you the candy.

Finally tonight's performance is a challenge to those of you who have boxes lying around just waiting to be altered and decorated, and generally messed with. This is mine

Ok, where is my altering, well, no excuses, I have had 2 weeks, and the rehearsals were terrible, and life got in the way, so if I do mine this week, can I see yours too please? *lol*
As usual, it can be any sort of box, cardboard, wooden, metal, cereal, cat food box, any box you wish to alter!
I look forward to seeing your creations, and I promise to post mine later this week.
Happy Creating

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Photo Call

Good Evening and welcome to the Theatre once again. Tonight the *Objet* is a

You can take any photo, family, newspaper cutting, internet, and all you have to do is alter it or decorate it. I took one I found in a drawer of my daughter on her Birthday in 1998, and added my favourite papers, and some grungeboard, and covered her in glossy accents, hence the little dots! These are air bubbles!!!
For those of you who take part this fortnight, there is the added extra of blog candy! Yah! I hear from a corner of the theatre. All you have to do is mention the challenge and the blog candy on your blog , add your altered photo link in the comments, and you are in tit to win it!
Here is the candy-all of these new stamps from The Artistic Stamper. The winner will randomly chosen on 14th March.

I look forward to seeing your creations, which will be fabulous as always

Happy Creating


Tuesday, 24 February 2009


It has been one of those kind of weeks, that seems to have stretched from here to there and then back again, and I missed posting the new challenge. So apologies to all, and the theatre will open its doors on Saturday once again!
Jennie x

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Potting Shed Productions

Welcome to tonight's performance of the Objet D'art Challenge. Thank you to all of you who joined in the altered book. There were some lovely creations.
Tonight we have another guest designer! Yah! Welcome Hels to the theatre.
Please pull up a seat and may I present to you the
Here is Hels creation:
and here is how she made it:

The pot I used has been lurking in the back of the shed for years and once I dusted it down, I primed it with two coats of Gesso. Once the Gesso was dry, I applied a thick coat of acrylic paint, using a mixture of Ranger Adirondack Willow and Lettuce paints to get the right colour I wanted.
I let this dry completely and then I painted over a thick coat of PVA glue, immediately covering the wet PVA with Ranger Adirondack Gold acrylic paint. As the PVA and the paint dry, they separate and leave a scratchy crackled effect. However, my craft room is really cold so this didn't take as it usually does, so the crackles are not as defined as I would have liked.
For the centre panel on the "front" of the pot, I took a piece of Appletini TSS Metal and using a couple of different texture moulds, I made the flower pattern and the scroll pattern on the metal. Inbetween the patterns, I used a refining tool and hand doodled some squigles which added some depth to the metal. I used a sanding block and removed the raised areas of colour and then distressed the metal with gold acrylic paint, buffing to a shiney finish once this had dried.
The reverse panel has three stamped flower heads also onto the Appletini, embossed in gold and mounted onto card for ease of attaching to the pot.
The stamping around the top and bottom of the pot was achieved by using Ranger Archival ink and embossing to seal the image and the stamp I used was a scroll design from The Artistic Stamper.
Finally, I used my Melt Pot and a couple of silicone moulds I had made, one of a leaf and one of a fancy button, and using gold UTEE, I made several of these little embellies, attaching them to the pot using silicone glue.
Hels, thank you for being guest designer this week, and I am off to find a pot lurking in the garden!
You can do whatever you like with the pot, be it plastic, china, glass, terracotta, a broken one or a full one. Just fill it full of fun and flowers , of course!
Happy Creating