Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I want you to meet Mr Bones, I bought him at the pound shop with his mate who is a Mummy and still waiting to be transformed poor chap, as soon as I saw them I knew what I wanted to do with them. So here he is, covered in book pages then paint. I made his hat using my Nestabilities and decorated it with the fence and bats from the new Sizzix Halloween long die, then dressed him up in colour and cuffs and a felt tie. I think he looks quite dapper!

One last quick Halloween decoration I made yesterday was this little band to go around a tea light glass holder. I used the Tombstone die from Quick kutz and the skeleton from Sizzix to make this cute decoration.
Have a fun, happy and safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eat cake birthday card

Last week it was my Sisters Birthday. Hubby wanted me to use a photo he took of her a few Christmases ago. I made sure she knew it was his idea!! hehehe

 I loved the 50's look of the digi kit I used, although the card is all made using hybrid crafting ( printed elements from a digi kit, then cut out and collages by hand ) So I carried it through the wrapping and then made a money holder for her Birthday money.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween cushion

For my Altered Pages blog post this week I had wanted to make something a bit different. I always seem to print my images out on paper but this week I wanted to make a little cushion. So after enlarging the image I wanted to use from the Altered Pages Wicked Witches collage sheet I printed it out onto printable cotton, made it up into a little cushion and added a pom pom trim. Quite cute!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween waterfall card

For my design team blog post for Altered Pages this week I have made a Halloween card using the very cute " Black cat or white cat" from the huge collection of Halloween images available from the Altered Pages web site

The little bat tiles lent themselves perfectly to the waterfall part of the card and to finish off I used my Mather Stewart punch and added a couple of bats!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Halloween Blog Hop winners

Thank you all so much for taking part in the Altered Pages Blog Hop and for all the wonderful comments you have left for me.

              So, drum roll please...................

         The winners of a free Altered Pages Collage Sheet are -

                                           * A-Scrap-a-teeny-girl
                                           * Nicle Ibarra

Congratulations to you both. You now need to go to the Altered Pages website - and contact Jean the owner through an email with your choice of collage sheet and mention you are a blog hop winner from the Arty Parrot blog.

       The winner of the grand prize, the scissor mouse is -

                                      * Barbra Rankin

Congratulations Barbra, you completed the whole hop leaving comments and following every blog. If you haven't claimed your prize yet you also need to contact Jean through the Altered Pages website.

                    Thank you again to everyone who took part, I hope you enjoyed hopping and found some inspiration for your Halloween crafting.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Day of the dead fun

Hello and welcome to the Altered Pages Halloween/Fall blog hop 2012. Hope you are enjoying all the wonderful art that has been created by my fellow designers on the Altered Pages design team. Please make sure you read to the bottom of this post as I will be giving away a free collage sheets from Altered Pages and you will then be able to go on to have a chance of winning the grand prize a scissor mouse, so don't miss out!!

As you can see I decided to do something a little different for this hop and chose to work with the Day of the Dead collage sheet from Altered Pages, well who wouldn't want to work with these wonderful characters and using  bright colours which makes a real change for Halloween. I also made a couple of cute little treat bag for the Halloween folks too.

   For those who haven't come across Day of the Dead before, as far as I understand it, it is celebrated in Mexico and Spain on November 1st. It is a day to remember our ancestors and those who have recently died, visiting their graves and spending time there. Little gifts are bought for them and their graves decorated with flowers. They also build private alters in their homes and decorate them with marigolds and sugar skulls.

 So here is my version of a Day of the Dead alter. I made it from scratch using old packaging card and decorated it with a brightish Halloween paper. I did make the image of the skeleton couple larger to fit my alter and added them as the main image. I then made some tissue flowers that I hope look like marigolds ( although my gardening hubby doesn't think so ) to decorate the alter.

 These little bags were cut on my Cricut but you could make your own or use ones you have found in the shops. Altered Pages has lots of different Halloween images its difficult to choose but I chose these cat images from the Halloween Memories collage sheet.

  OK now the important bit, PRIZES!!  To be in with a chance to win a free digital Collage sheet from Altered Pages you need to leave me a comment on this post and become a follower of my blog. I will announce the winner on my blog next week.

 For the Grand Prize - a free Scissor Mouse from Altered Pages ( )

  1. You will need to begin at the Altered Pages Blog -   Leave a comment there and become a follower if you are not already one. Then start to hop!
  2. You must visit each blog in the hop and on each of the individual blogs you must leave a comment on the blog hop post and also become a follower of each blog as you go.
 3.  You must then finish back at the Altered Pages Blog and leave another post to say you have completed the whole hop.           Your name will then go into a draw for the prize and the winner announced on the Altered Pages Blog.

                                                     Good Luck and enjoy the hop!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Canvas Welcome sign

 As you can see I have been playing again with the Ruby Rocket Nostalgia collection. that is available from the wonderful Fruit Pixie ( )  This time I teamed it up with the Cosmic Shimmer chalk misters, also available from the Fruit pixie, they were made for each other and a 12x8 to make a welcome sigh to hang in the hall
The bare canvas was sprayed with the following colours of misters - Pastel Orange chalk mist, Pastel Blue chalk mist, Pastel yellow chalk mist and then to give it a bit of shimmer the Egyptian blue vintage mist. I also sprinkled a tiny bit of Cosmic Shimmer Mica Pigment Pearlescent powder. Once that was dry I played about with the chip board pieces from the Ruby Rocket Nostalgia Collection Pack and some buttons form the Button Assortment Halloween which are just the right colours until I was happy with the look. The stems and bird house along with the welcome word is cut from some of the paper in the pack but everything else is in the chip board pack.
To finish the sign off I added Bead Cafe Large Link Silver Chain and threaded some wool I had through it to soften it a bit and its ready to hang in the hall and welcome all my visitors!