Treasure and Embrace

A hearty welcome to you all.

I have been busy, busy, busy with mixed media the last couple of weeks.

Who knew it could be so much fun making such a mess with paint and then it turns out to be a nice piece of art!Treasure-#-1I just love the paper collaged on here. It is the Simple Stories “Homespun” paper pad.It gives it a very country feel.Treasure-#-2This is a 8 x 8 inch wooden panel. I sketched the bird and collaged the hearts on top of my background.Treasure-#-3

Treasure-#-4The sides was collaged as well and rounded off with some washi tape.Treasure-#-5Have some fun with mixed media, but beware, it is very addictive.

Have a lovely week and thank you for visiting.

Happy Crafting Everybody!

Create Art

Hello again all my sweet friends.

I would like to share another mixed media canvas with you guys.Create-Art-#-1This is a 6 x 6 inch wooden panel. I applies layers and layers of media on it to create nice depth and texture.Create-Art-#-2This time I attached some metal butterfly wings to my red heart. I aged it with some acrylic paint and then vigorously rubbed it with a cloth. That way the paint only stay in the crevices.Create-Art-#-4Some drippies and stamping with bubble wrap, and of course many more stamps were applied.

(My name is Alana and I am a stampaholic.)Create-Art-#-3The sides looked so sad and empty just with the black, so more imagery made it look pretty.Create-Art-#-5I just couldn’t resist putting this bling doorknob on the top. The metal piece were also aged like the wings .Create-Art-#-6Hope you enjoyed the post. I would love to hear from you, so please do leave a comment.

Happy Crafting Everybody!

LIFEBOOK 2014….The Journey so Far.

Hello everyone.

This week I would like to share something a bit different than usual.

I have a wonderful husband that gave me an e-course for Christmas! It is called LIFEBOOK 2014 by Willowing & Friends.

What a wonderful journey so far! Each week there is a new lesson from very renowned artists lined up with video and pdf tutorials, and get this, it is yours FOREVER!

It is mostly mixed media, and boy, I am learning a lot of new things.

week-1Week one was chock full of info on color and drawing. The girly above is my guardian angel and my “word” for the year is CONFIDENCE.

This class was presented by Tamara Laporte. She is the great mind behind this whole course.week-4This mixed media piece was all about my favorite things. Off course this is just a drop in the bucket of my favorites.

The lesson was presented by Kelly Hoernig. I loved every second of this piece, and is a great teacher.week-5This lady is called “Cotton Candy Diva”. Loved, loved, loved this one. The class was presented by Marieke Bokland.

She is from the Netherlands and as sweet as her creations. She made it so easy and my inner critic got a deaf ear from me with this creation.

So this is what I have been up to the last couple of weeks.

Thank you for visiting and remember to try something new this week.

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Remember When Altered Tin

Hello dear readers.

Winter is here and what is better than a cup of coffee to chase the cold away.

We love coffee and have a few empty tin cans, which I just love to alter.Remember when Altered TinFirst paint, then modge some pretty paper on and embellish with a few bits and bobs.Remember when Altered Tin detail#1Drill two tiny holes opposite from each other for the wire handle. Put can on soft carpet and step lightly on its open end to give it a bit of a flattening bend. See that your holes are on the bend. This is totally optional. I do it to give it a more of a used/old look.Remember when Altered Tin detail#2Try to modge over everything, that will seal it well and increase its durability.

Happy Crafting Everyone.


If the Altered Shoe fits

Hello readers.

Who doesn’t like shoes? Ladies,…. anyone?

Since the first pair of  shoes were made I am sure women all over the world just adored them.

Although this is an old shoe form I just loved altering it into a prettier image.ALTERED SHOE For the pretty fabric rose I followed a tutorial of  Donna Courtney. You can find the tutorial here: Visit thedecoratedhouse.blogspot.comALTERED SHOE detail 1

The rest is done by stamping with permanent ink, and some chain details. I simply glued the metal embellishments down with Fabri-Tac.

It looks gorgeous on my craft studio wall.


Enjoy your weekend and remember if the shoe fits, buy it in every color….

Happy crafting everyone.


Vintage Altered Bottles


Hello everyone.

What a nice week so far.

We visited the Calgary GREAT CANADIAN SCRAPBOOK CARNIVAL! last week. It is hosted by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine every year. Boy, did we have fun buying all those nice scrapbook goodies from some of the top retail stores in Canada. Next year I shall be crafting with the Calgary girls for sure.

Today I would like to share with you more bottle art.

I had a more romantic approach towards this project.1This was fun to make and I got to use beads, pearls and fabric and a variety of embellishments all together. 3For the pretty fabric rose on the tall bottle I followed a tutorial of  Donna Courtney. You can find the tutorial here: Visit

The tall bottle has a crackled effect. I got the idea from  Visit (Wendy Vicchi).

And to top it all off the feather was added for a nice shabby chick look.2The fabric rose on the small bottle was attached directly onto the lid, how easy is that! You can even fill it with candy for a great gift.

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Crafting Everyone.


Happy Thoughts Altered Tin Can

Hello everybody.

We here in Calgary are having the most awesome weather. Nice sunny days to enjoy before winter arrives. Fall is just around the corner, and with it brings time to be extra creative while its cold outside.

Here is one of those “off the page” crafts some of us love so much. An altered coffee can.

Happy Thoughts Altered Tin Can #1

First I painted the can with acrylic paint, then modged some pretty scrapbook paper and teared offcuts onto the can. Drill two tiny holes opposite from each other for the wire handle. Put can on soft carpet and step lightly on its open end to give it a bit of a flattening bend. See that your holes are on the bend. This is totally optional. I do it to give it a more of a used/old look.Happy Thoughts Altered Tin Can #2Embellish further with crayons and die-cuts. Remember to modge podge over the whole can and the embellishments made out of paper to seal it well.

Happy Thoughts Altered Tin Can #3Take some craft wire, or wire that will easily bend, and measure how long you want the handle to be and add a bit more. Now you fit the wire through the drilled holes, twist and curl it as your artistic license allow you to do, and there you have your own unique altered art!

Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful creative filled week.

Happy Crafting Everyone.


Tea Time Tim Holtz Clock

Hello again. Hope you had a lovely long weekend.

This is my second Tim Holtz clock. What can I say, they are just too nice to leave alone.Tea Time Tim Holtz Clock I am a big fan of Alice in Wonderland and loved, loved, loved altering this clock into my own little piece of wonderland.

Tea Time Tim Holtz Clock detailI used G45 paper and a Tim Holtz clock. After gesso and paint I spattered and sprayed ink on the outside, I  added a few stamps here and there, and artificial moss for the inside. The little tea pot I found at a secondhand shop out in the countryside. Just one of many things The Beloved (husband) wanted to know “What for?” This is what it is for Darling. Tea Time Tim Holtz Clock collageFussy cut out images, and lots of little details, like the teabag and banner finished of the clock. Best is to have fun with it and don’t plan ahead too much. Let the details fall in place as you go along.

Thank you so much for visiting, hope I gave a little inspiration to you all.

Happy Crafting Everyone.


Sipping Starbucks Scrapbook layout

Hello visitors. Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite indulgences.

STARBUCKS coffee of course.

Sipping Starbucks Scrapbook layoutAs I first set foot in this magical place of aromas and cosiness, I knew I was hooked. Luckily there is a coffee shop around almost every corner, so I don’t have to go far for a fix of this delectable java.Sipping Starbucks Scrapbook collageMore about this layout. One nice large focus photo takes the spotlight, with smaller images in bookplates. Also note the photo placed on the larger focus photo in the corner. This is a nice way to include more images if there is no space left.Sipping Starbucks Scrapbook detailI liked doing the title in a rounded fashion and then placed arrows all around the page to emphasize the title “Around every corner”. The inchies in the corner blocked in that empty space quite nicely.

I would love to hear your comment on this page, so feel free to leave one at the end of the post.

Thank you for visiting. I am going to get me some coffee now….

Happy Crafting Everyone.

Altered Bottles with an African flair

Hi everyone. Happy Wednesday to you all.

As I mentioned in my “About Me” page, I am from South Africa. So some of my work gets an “African flair”, whether I wanted it that way or not.Altered Bottles with an African flairThese were my first altered bottle attempts. It was not my intention to make it look African, but it came out that way. Altered Bottles with an African flair collageIt was also the first time I tried my hand at soldering. Lots of fun I tell you. Please just do a bit of research first and try not to burn the house down like I almost did. (long story). The tall bottle has a crackled effect. I got the idea from  Visit (Wendy Vicchi). Also use creative items for the top of the bottle if you decide it needs a lid of some sort. Here I used a doorknob and a big old bead.Altered Bottles with an African flair closeupIf you like altered bottle art check out my Pinterest board called “Jars & Bottles”.

Thank you for visiting with me, and I shall be back soon with more goodies to share.

Happy Crafting Everyone.


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