Monday, 31 January 2011

Compendium Challenge!

WO HO This is the week i've been waiting for..Thank you Linda x
 Page 48 in the compendium and 
I love any excuse to make a bit of Jewelry so here's my take...
This has to be my favorite piece in all the challenges so far.
Funny enough I made this without first looking at the instructions page, and low and behold i went and used not only the same bookplate as Tim, but the same colour too, I guess the first time i looked at the book his image must of embedded in my mind!
 I filled the plate with old book page and micro beads, highlighting the word adventure, and covered with glossy accents, I also added a swallow charm, which i did the painty treatment on too.
 A mini grunge flower went on to compliment the metal leaves i had added
And I added some swarovski crystals to a trinket pin for a pretty detail on the chain.

I used a brad, a jump ring and some artistic license to attach the closure to the ball chain!
I can't quite believe we only have a handful of pages left, but i hear a whisper that the end.... may not be the end.. Oh Linda you tease!
Thanks for stopping by
♥ HUGZ ♥


Hello Blogland.
The time has finally come to once again enjoy a giant blog hop around the globe hosted by the very talented Lisa of A Whimical Bohemian for the 5th and sadly final year of the
The One World One Heart Event 
{Click the link for all the details on how you can be part of the fun}
I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG Thank You to Lisa for all of the hard work over the past 5 years, I wish you well for the future on the journey that is life.
Last year was my very first OWOH event and i loved it so much i just had to take part again this year.
So on to the Event...
'Its open to all active bloggers worldwide'
Hi my name is Nicky but everyone calls me Minxy.
I am a self confessed craft-a-holic and have been making things for as long as i can remember. I am a dabbler in all crafts but master of none, but my passion is mixed media {coz that pretty much covers everything lol}
 I like nothing better than getting inky, painty and generally messy in my craft room. I love all things Tim Holtz, He was the one who made me believe i could do altered art, or at least try it!
 I also like to dabble in Jewelry making, photography and love dancing round my flat to all sorts of music!!
It gives me so much pleasure to think that maybe i can inspire just one person out there with my arty creations
 So please feel free to have a good old nosey round my blog!
But before you do make sure you leave me a comment on this post so i can enter you in my 'door prize' giveaway.
Please leave a way for me to contact you and also a link to your blog so i can come visit you.
So to the PRIZES!

Up for grabs first is a large handmade matchbox in a vintage style stuffed with goodies

Next i have a handmade US style postbox also in a vintage style and also stuffed full of goodies

And then lastly i have a little grungy mini canvas art hanging
And who knows if i have time i may just add a few more!!!
Thank you for visiting me and if you are also taking part in this wonderful event i salute you x
If you have any questions there is an email linky in my sidebar.
So for now i shall say a fond fair well, 
Have a lovely few days of hopping fun and i shall be back to pick and announce the winners on the 17th Feb.
I will list the winner here on the blog and contact the winners by mail.. {so don't forget to leave a way to contact you!}
Until then let the hopping fun begin!
♥ HUGZ ♥

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Christmas in January!

I've got a running challenge with my dear friend Ann this year to make 5 christmas cards a month so actually come christmas time neither of us will have to rush like we always do..
So Ann here are mine so you know i'm not fibbing
I tried cut and dry felt to make your own ink pad for the first time during Tims tags, and i knew straight away this would be a great idea for christmas cards too.. And although the images are all the same i have switched up the elements on each card to give each one a slightly different look.
Not long now till OWOH begins.. i'll be back bright and early tomorrow so see you then x
♥ HUGZ ♥

Saturday, 29 January 2011

More CJ pages!

My friend Alison has now received her CJ back so i can share the page i made for her
 And this was the page she did in my CJ
Don't forget tomorrow night is the start of One World One Heart event, so make sure you pop back to be in with a change of winning some lovely goodies.
♥ HUGZ ♥

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


So here we are mid week once again, the day when the world shares how messy or neat they are with the Duchess of Desks Julia!
I had actually forgotten it would be wednesday today so my desk is a WIP area, although i've had to remove it as it's not for your eyes just yet lol, but you can see the tag i just made which is in the post below this one.
And the silver winged body is me just playing with my hearty clay, its great coz you can paint it and it takes it really well, not sure what i'll do with the painted piece, it's there hoping an idea will pop out at me lol
Thank you to everyone who visited me last week, I managed to visit you all back too, but thats all i managed, so sorry if i didn't get to you. I had lots of people wonder how i got to No.1 and to be honest i think it just luck, as like this week, I've had a restless nights sleep and have woken up stupidly early... so i may just sneak back to bed for a couple of hours and visit some desks later!
♥ HUGZ ♥

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Another week of january speeds on by, but with it brings another fabby Compendium of Curiosities challenge HERE with the lovely Linda
Page 50 this time and 'Weathered Wood Grunge'
Not quite sure why he called it that as mine doesn't look weathered or indeed like wood!!!
Still, minor details...
I made this as one of three tags for a swap i'm taking part in.
I took the sentiment as my inspiration, and i created footprints over my grunge, using gold paint dabber and my hand, once it was dry I coated the prints with matt accents.
I was going to just stick the heart to the tag but decided to make it look a little bit more interesting by eyeletting it to the tag and then threading some black cord so it looks like its held on that way.
I finished with a smidge of rock candy stickles just at the edge of the sentiment.
Right i can't stay and chat as i have 2 more tags to make.
thanks for stopping by x
♥ HUGZ ♥

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Wedded Bliss!

Just a quickie today as i've several project on the go but nothing blogable as of yet... 
So i thought i'd share the card i made for Tony's sisters wedding that i forgot all about till i found the pic just now.
The stamps are by Paperbag Studio and Hampton Art.
Also used an MS punch and on this occasion some peel offs!
I also made a matching money wrap, and i'll share that too when i can find the pic lol
Have a fab weekend
♥ HUGZ ♥

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Who Needs the Oscars!

Or the Grammies or even the BAFTAs
When right here in blogland we give our own awards.
And the lovely Ellen has presented me with not 1 but 2 of the beauties.
 and secondly

Part of receiving these awards is to tell you 8 things about myself {I too am pinching the topics that Lori used}, and then pass the awards on to 4 other special bloggers.... 
So my eight thing...
 1. International travel: I Haven't been to very many places, Spain, Italy, France, but the furthest was Santa Barbara in California, My uncle used to live there, He's since moved to Colorado.
2. Music tastes: Anything with a good beat, I have a very eclectic taste, from Eminem to Creed, But my favorite style is Dance, mainly Trance and Hard House
3. Favorite Foods: Got to be a 3 way tie between Fish and Chips {from the chippie} A nice roast Chicken Dinner or A Toad in the Hole.. Yummmmmmm... DOH! I'm hungry now!
4. Fave colors: I'm a Red/Pink girl... If i'm creating Altered stuff then it's usually Red, but when i go all Cutesie then it has to be Pink!
5. Something I try to do every day: Breath, Love myself, Love others, Craft, Pray to win the lottery LOL
6. Biggest wish: To swim with Dolphins, I know its something ALOT of people say but i've wanted to do it for as long as i can remember, so about 25+ years
7. Biggest fear: This is a toughie as it's not that i don't fear things, i just try not to think about it lol 
8. Jobs I've had: Everything from assistant in a hairdressers to working the tills in a bookies. Still looking for the right job but running out of time lol
And now... to pass the awards on to 4 other special bloggers.... 
1. Paula @ A New Beginning
2. Sherry @ Got Art
3. Sam @ Bugger Buggers Blog
4. Shelly @ StampTramp
♥ HUGZ ♥

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


Crazy desk day is here once more with the ever so crazy but lovely Julia waving us off from the starting line.
Here is the current condition of my desk,
Click for a bigger pic where you can read all the labelled things!!
If your a garden birdy watcher {and you didn't already know} be sure to sign up for the Big Garden Birdwatch 2011 on the 29-30th of Jan.
So i'm all set for some friendly plastic and studio clay embellishment making today, i figured i'd made all the molds now it was about time to put them to good use!
And here are the latest molds i made from the very cute hearts that my friend Alison send me
She made them out of something called 'Hearty' clay and boy is this stuff weird, unlike any clay i've ever known, its kinda foamy/spongy when dry, and it's ultra light too. Perfect for card embellishing when you don't want the weight of a polymer clay piece.
You just know i gotta get me some of this stuff lol
I've had quite a productive few days art wise, most of which i can't share as its future CT work, always a good idea to get ahead when you can! But i did manage to make one piece of art for my one world one heart giveaway which i might show a sneaky peek of before the event if i get chance.
Right off to hop round some desks... Made it to about 70-80 last week, so might start from 75 today and try and hit the higher numbers for a change.
♥ HUGZ ♥

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Dotty Colorful Layered Fragments!

As you may of guessed from the title,  I have combined 2 of my usual challenges again this week
Compendium of Curiosities which is Pg 57 and Simon Say Stamp'n'Show some 'Polka Dots'
This is totally NOT my usual style when it comes to cards but i wanted to make it so that the fragment stood out on the card. 
I used the gorgeous corner stamp from my Stempelglede 'grunge collection' set, The dots are an embossing folder.
I'm still feeling it needs something in the bottom right hand corner though!! Is it just me being me.. What do you think? I've never been very good at minimal cards, always want to add more and more and more!
♥ HUGZ ♥

Monday, 17 January 2011

Is it a Bird, Is it a Plane...

A little break today from the journals to show this sneeky peek of what i created over on the 
Any idea as to what it might be?
{no sneaking off to check first either lol}
All i can say is what i created wasn't what the stamp was intended for!
♥ HUGZ ♥

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Journal Pt.3 & An 'Alternative' canvas!

So todays Journal pages were created for Tracey
And these were the pages she created for me...
As you can see i had no set formula to any of the pages, i just went with the flo for each individual person. 
Now this is the canvas i originally started to make for the Simon Says Stamp'n'Show challenge but bottled it as i wasn't sure if i wanted to share it.. but I had a little time to think and decided 'oh bugger it' i'll do it and that will be that.. so here it is...
 As you can see I masked the background using the spiders web and a home made red glimmer mist.
The girl has been hand drawn, than coloured using polychromo pencils and acrylic paint.
Not sure why i was so worried to share this, I guess it's just not my usual type of thing and being a first attempt well i was just being silly i guess!
Anywho, Thanks for dropping by. TTFN.
♥ HUGZ ♥

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Journal Pt.2

Todays pages were created for {as if you can't guess from the page itself lol} Wendy
 And these were the pages she created for me.
Keeping it short and sweet today i'm afraid, as the old head still isn't playing nice so i'm trying not to spend too much time on the comp. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day!
♥ HUGZ ♥

Friday, 14 January 2011

Journal Pt1

Hello my friends, Thank you for the kind wishes yesterday, My head is still banging but the vampire aversion to bright light and vice like grip of my head is somewhat better today!!
So while i feel up to it i'm quickly blogging this post.
I hosted my very first Circle Journal swap which started the middle of last year with several of my angel forum friends.
These are the very first pages i created in the first journal i received which belonged to Shazza
 And these are the pages she created in my book.
I love the mix of cute and distressed as i have a personality for both, although my cute side has been suppressed for some time, I'm just having to much fun with the altered stuff.
I'll be back again soon, maybe over the weekend with the next page or two!
♥ HUGZ ♥

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Just a quickie!

Hay peeps, Just wanted to say sorry if you've hopped by today to see more from the journal, I've been in bed most of the day with a mega migrain, and am heading back there in a mo as i just can't seem to shift it.. Hope to be back and blogging tomorrow x
♥ HUGZ ♥