Friday, 24 September 2010

The Stamp Man Blog Hop and Altered Challenge

Hi guys.  Today is the start of The Stamp Man's Altered Challenge and also of their blog hop!  For those of you who are taking part in the blog hop (which is open to everybody) you should have come here from The Stamp Man's ATC Swap Blog - if so then you are on the right track!! And for those of you who don't know what I am on about can I suggest that you visit The Stamp Man's Challenge Blog in order to find out all about it and to begin the blog hop!

Basically the 'blog hop' will be happening over the next 2 weeks to co-incide with The Stamp Man's Altered Challenge.  You will need to collect letters along the way (that each of the hosts will give to you) which will make up an anagram and leave comments on each of the blogs, that are taking part in the blog hop then lastly leave a comment at the last blog hop solving the anagram!!  You'll find that each of the blogs are offering different prizes with there being 12 different prizes to be won!!

So in summary here's what you need to do -

- Display The Stamp Man Challenge blinkie on your blog (if you have a blog). 

- Create a post about our blog hop with a link back to our challenge blog

- Leave a message on each blog you visit, if you do not leave comments at each one, you will not be eligible for the prize.  If you don't have a blog you must put your full name in your comment.

There is a letter on each of the blogs, once you have worked out the anagram leave your answer on the post below the last letter you visit, instructions will be given there.

So don't forget to leave me a comment at the end of this post in order to be in with a chance of winning one of my stamp sheets which is one of my creations - AOD 46 Rob and Rosie Robin unmounted stamp sheet.

Now I've got to say that I've never altered anything before in my life as I just don't do 'altering'.  It isn't something that really appeals to me but I have had a go for this challenge.  But I'm sure that you will all do a much better job than me!

Anyway here is my effort and to be honest I think this will be my first and last go at this as I really didn't enjoy doing it! As you can see I had a letter 'T' to decorate so after it had been painted with gesso (which Mrs Stamp Man kindly did for me) I used two green colours of alcohol ink to colour the letter itself. Then I stamped strips of black card using a gold inkpad. (All stamps used on this letter came from either AOD 50 Japanese Thoughts or AOD 51 Japanese Minis unmounted stamp sheets - both of course available from The Stamp Man.) I stuck the strips of black card to the letter and then stamped, coloured and cut out elements from these 2 stamp sheets to decorate the letter with. Both the front and the back of the letter were decorated in the same way.

This photo shows you a closer look at the plum blossom branch so that you can see the colouring a bit better which was done with a mixture of Tombow pens and twinkling H20's.

In this one you can see the dragonflies a bit closer up. After colouring them I applied glitter glue to them so that they really sparkled!

On the sides of the letter I stamped some Japanese wording from one of the stamp sheets using black StazOn and cut out a couple of plum blossom flowers to pretty it up a little.

This is just a different view of the letter as a whole so that you can see the writing on the sides as well as the decoration on the front.

And this picture shows the very top of the letter which as you can see I decorated with flowers and tiny dragonflies.  I can't remember now how long this letter took me to do as I did it a few months back.  However I know that at the time it seemed to go on for days!!  Anyway back to the blog hop............

Now that you have seen my Altered Letter the actual letter you need from me is infact the letter  

 T
 
Now you need to hop on over to Frankie's blog to get your next letter!  Have fun and good luck and don't forget we want to see your altered items over on the Challenge Blog!!

38 comments:

Sandra said...

Well you may not have enjoyed doing it Kay . . .but it's VERY effective!

Claire said...

Its a shame you didn't enjoy making it, I've really enjoyed admiring it - really beautiful!
Claire xx

brenda said...

A super piece of artwork Kay, absolutely stunning.

B x

Lou and Mel said...

Another lovely altered letter - its amazing how different they all are! Shame you didnt enjoy making it - maybe next time will be better?

Josephine said...

Oh, that's lovely! The embellishments are gorgeous.

Vicky said...

T is for terrific you may not have enjoyed doing it but it looks gorgeous still, love the colours of it.

Hugs Vicky xx

Margreet said...

your T is so beautiful with all the flowers and dragonflies....you cannot see you did not enjoy creating it!
xxx Margreet

Sarah_W said...

T for Totally awesome ;) xx

Bluefairy4U said...

Hi, Kay well you have done a marvellous job of the letter T. maybe for Thomas he he. I am not an altered artist either, but can see you have spent a long time doing it and it's wonderful, lovely colours and the plum blossoms finish it off so well. See you soon I've booked your class. Love JO.xxx

craftymum said...

Oh Kay
how beautiful is this?!!!!Quite stunning
Love sarah X

Aisling said...

You did a great job decorating the T.

Kate Creates - a lot of mess, just ask my family..... said...

Another pretty summery letter - how could anyone not love it!
Kate

Anikraft said...

Loving the T! It's really pretty!!! Anika x

Lynne Phelps said...

For someone who doesn't enjoy altering, I have to say you did a FANTASTIC job! Lovely!

Anonymous said...

Condivido pienamente il suo punto di vista. Penso che questo sia una buona idea.
Assolutamente d'accordo con lei. Ottima idea, condivido.

Sid said...

what a 'T'reat to the eye !!

Craftnut said...

How exciting a decorated T for TRACY. You shouldn't have Kay lol. Its very pretty and i think you have done a fab job - i don't think i would enjoy having to alter something like that!

Tracy x

Anonymous said...

Love it!!!
Dragonflies, I say no more! ;-)

Cathy xx

Brenda Brown said...

I think it's really fab and you've done a brilliant job with it. Hopefully it will grow on you more.
Luv B xxx

Sarah said...

WOW, its amazing, but I am sorry that you didn't enjoy doing it. Its a great piece you have created.
xxx
Sarah

Zoechaos said...

Sorry you didn't enjoy doing this the result is nethertheless gorgeous. xx Zoe

Lisa said...

Even though you didn't enjoy doing it I think it's fab, really love the blossom stamp along the top of the letter

Tracy Evans said...

Love your letter 'T' and the blossom and the dragonfly's are gorgeous. Tracy Evans x

Lorraine said...

wow i love it i am very keen on the oriental parts and this is fabulous xx

xxxtglxxx said...

This is absolutely stunning! Wow. Though it was a challenge, its an amazing result. Beautiful :)

Thanks for the chance to win, good luck everyone xxalisonxx

http://xxxtglxxx.blogspot.com/

Stampersue said...

Fantastic Altered letter Kay. Sorry you didn't enjoy making it but it is a beautiful piece of art.

Stampersue
X
http://stampersue.blogspot.com

georgina said...

Enjoyed or not this is a wonderful piece of work, just think the colour choice was great, luv Georgina xx

Von said...

That is so you :0) very pretty and I love it :)
Von

Noreen said...

The butterflies and flowers are so delicate, and the black sets them off beautifully.

Jocelyn said...

Love this - its very pretty

Julie said...

It is stunning, I love the oriental feel to it. xxx

Sue said...

This is so pretty, I love the way you have decorated the side as well as the front x

Colleen said...

Well I think you have done a wonderful job, even if you didn't enjoy it!! It is lovely.

Jayne said...

Super cute!!

Kay Griffin said...

Wow! Stunning, I love all the flowers and dragonflies and the colours are gorgeous :) x

Jack said...

I don't know why you didn't enjoy doing this because I think your letter is absolutely awesome! Great blog hop xx

Lin said...

What a shame you didn't enjoy doing this as the end result is completely stunning. I am so in awe as I hop through the various blogs at just how different and how derned beautiful each letter is.

Lin xx

lisa said...

I'm a bit late hopping, Kay but this is amazing. I love the blossom and you have so much detail on all sides.
Just beautiful.
hugs Lisax