Saturday, 14 December 2013

ATCs and Alpha pages.

Hello Everyone. I am up early as I seem to have a long list of things I want to do today. I try not to make my life so different at Christmas but then it seems to get hectic for reasons I can't seem to work out why at all. Also the new plant house arrived yesterday and there is a 7 day limit on checking all the parts are in the packs--no mean feat as there seem to be many, many components. I do love jigsaws and so does Vic so maybe that will be a help.

This week at Wicked Wednesday the theme is Creepy Christmas

This is what I made. I can recall lots of Christmas morning when I felt that I looked just like this after being out half the night at a Christmas Eve bash. I cut out a sort of skull shape and a Father Christmas hat shape and it all evolved from there.

Next is Moo Mania where the theme is Painting Utensils. Do check there and maybe join in as the team have decided that you don't have to include a Moo so long as you follow the theme. This will mean more people join in the challenges.

I painted a background then added some paint in the colours on the brushes image. Then I added the moo with the brushes image on it. Apart from some water this is what I think is needed to create a painting.

Last but by no means least are my last two pages for the Dictionary Challenge at The Craft Barn. This has been a wonderful challenge to be a part of and we are promised yet another exciting challenge for 2014 which starts on January 12th. I now have a great Alpha Book that I can enjoy for years and years and have gained so much inspiration from all of the team and the other entries as well. A big thank you to them and to the people who have commented on the pages as well.

For the letter 'I' my choice is Imp. Description is Devil's child and this image seemed just right. I tried to balance out good and evil by adding a good fairy sending magic to get rid of the demon.

I used various spray paints on the background which unfortunately covered over the print so I had to reprint the  meaning of the word Imp

Not sure who made the lovely brass stencil as it goes way back to when keeping packaging hadn't entered my head

Last letter is X and not much choice at all for that one

I just loved this word and this image. Xebec is a small Mediterranean vessel with three masts.

The background is just stripes done with Bingo markers pens that I got three of £1

I made the three textured shapes to represent the 3 sails of the vessels. The stencil to make the shapes is supposed to be a sewing shape and I got a round one as well as they were only 50p each at a Craft Shop in Hull. Amazing what can be used with Grunge Paste to create unusual textures.

Have terrific day everyone and get too worn out shopping

Love Chrissie x


  1. Wow, what a huge amount of gorgeous work, love your alpha pages, especially the imp, and the creepy Santa is wonderful, although I wouldn't like to have him come down my chimney! Good luck with the plant house, looks like you will have plenty to do! Hugs, Valerie

  2. oh wow.. what amazing Art Journal Pages Chrissie.. they are just gorgeous!
    And yeah.. an amzing idea for the painting utensils too.. clever to make this cool connection between the splatters and the points of the brushes ...

    and thank you for supporting us with announcing our news from MOO MANIA here on your blog!

    Makes me happy dear Chrissie!
    Wish a fab third advent sunday to you!

  3. Super pages, glad you added the good fairy, great "X" word, learnt something new there. BJ

  4. Hi Chrissie. You've certainly been busy. Very inspirational art pages, but must say I love that creepy Santa, it's simply fab! Have a lovely weekend! XXX

  5. Great makes, love the Alpha pages, fantastic one for the letter X.
    Hope the Glass house has gone up okay.
    Yvonne x

  6. Oh my word! Oh my word! I do love your work but after seeing you Santa, my mind is all a jumble!!
    Happy Holidays!!

  7. I agree, you are a busy girl! I like the humor you added to the ATC Creepy Christmas, since it's really hard to think of Christmas as creepy.

    Your work is wonderful, and I especially like the texture you got on your Alphabet Art Journal.

    Marianne xo

  8. You have been busy Chrissie. Your dictionary pages are gorgeous and I love that spooky card
    Rosie x

  9. Four cracking makes, Chrissie! Your creepy F.C. skull made me smile, and I love the art palette with the painty brushes... but it's the dictionary pages which really catch the eye. Fabulous inky spritzing on the imp page - what a brilliant word choice - and the good fairly looks just stunning! And I love the Xebec too - what an amazing book of beauty you must now have. Will look out for 2014's challenge...

    Oh, and good luck with the plant house jigsaw!
    Alison xx

  10. You have been so busy Chrissie ! Love your creations - as always ! Good luck for the plant house ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

  11. Lol @ the Creepmas ATC. I feel ya, I've definitely felt that way a time or two. So glad you joined us at WW this week!

  12. Well done on finishing the dictionary challenge - great artwork and educational too...never heard of a xebec before!! Merry Christmas

  13. Oh Chrissie, 2 more Fabby pages to add to your Alpha Challenge book, I struggled with X...I love your page and the word that you chose!...It's also been Fun seeing what everyone else did with the Alpha challenge...Jan x

  14. Fabulous last two pages Chrissie for Alpha challenge, Your ATC is scary but I love it great fun.

    Merry Christmas


  15. Visiting from The Craft Barn - great last two pages Chrissie. I really like the texture you added.
    Merry Christmas :o)

  16. Wonderful work. I especially like our thoughts about good and bad and have to tell you that it was my thought looking a your page - before I read what you wrote. So you sure nailed it.

  17. Very creative, all your project are fabulous. Love the texture on the I and X pages.

  18. Love your word choice for X - never heard of that boat before and I really like the way you added those textured sails with the grunge paste. Your I page looks very dramatic too! Can't wait to see what they dream up for the 2014 challenge! Claire

  19. Great backgrounds on both pages. I love your X word.

  20. Fabulous last two pages, love the colours and textures on the backgrounds.

    Sylv xx

  21. I'm glad you made it through the whole year and enjoyed it. Your finished book will be something to cherish.
    Thank you for playing with us at the Craft Barn and Happy New Year.

  22. Hi Chrissie love your alpha pages the backgrounds are beautiful and I too learnt a new x word very handy if I should play scrabble in the near future. See you at the new challenge.


Thank you for all of your comments. Reading them brings precious moments. Isn't it great to be able to be in touch with so many nice people in this way.