Sunday, 30 November 2008

Altered Mirror

Altered Mirror
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Made this mirror for the big craft show at the NEC i the UK.
Its made of all odds and ends i usually put to one side or throw away.
Anyway lots of people commented on it for the two days i was there so i am making a few for Christmas presents.
The NEC was amazing this year considering there is suposed to be a recession.
Anyway we have been so busy since then getting the new shop ready for our grand opening next weekend i havnt had time to blog till now.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Musical vamp

Musical vamp
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
THis is the ATC i have entered for TMTATC challenge.
The theme this week is Purple which is one of my favorite colours.
Hope you like it.

Nestabilities Board 1

Nestabilities Board 1
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Myself and two of my dearest friends Di and Jean have been working hard for the past week designing some sample boards for the paper craft show at the NEC Birmingham UK as the other boards were getting a bit shabby looking with all the travelling around they do.
This is the first Christmas board we made up and it shows how you can use the spellbinders dies on their own or combined with rubber stamps and scrapbooking papers.
If you come to the NEC you will see how fabuluos they really look in real life.

Nestabilities Board 2

Nestabilities Board 2
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
This board combines samples that our customers have sent in and isnt their work terrific.
Thank you ladies and your names will be put under your cards tomorrow so that people at the exhibition can see who made them.

Nestabilities Board 3

Nestabilities Board 3
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Third board shows work by Di and Jean and other customers who have sent us sample to the shop.
Thank you girls and your names will go under your cards tomorrow ready for the exhibition.

Monday, 10 November 2008

And the winner is

blog candy winner is
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Lucky Dolls 123.
You are the first name to be pulled out of the old ciggy tin.
The blog candy is yours and i will contact you straight away.
Thanks to everyone who joined in and stay tuned for another giveaway soon as we have the NEC craft show at the end of this week and i am sure to have more blog candy after that.
Thanks again for joining in and three cheers for Luckydolls 123.
Smiles Rob xxx

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Goddess Art Pin ATC

Goddess Art Pin ATC
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
THis is my entry for both TMTATC and Wednesday stampers.
The theme this week is Angels so i thought this was quite fitting.
The instructions to make this is on the artquest website as i was asked to be artist of the month a while ago.
Art pin ATC made using Rubber stamps,stampbord,Metal,inks coloured pencils ,gel pens,lumieres,brads and rhinestones.
THe Background is a Stampboard ATC which i have painted and then rubbed distress inks onto.
I left it unstamped so that the art pin is prominant.

Queen of the Nile

Queen of the Nile
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
My entry for Tuesday Challenge.
The theme this week is Black and Brown tones.
I made this ATC some time ago but it fits the theme.
hope you like it.
Will post more pages of my moulin rouge boook soon as this week has been hectic with new deliveries,getting things ready for the NEC craft show in Birmingham.Making lots of new samples with the new frameabilities,nestabilities,borderabilities and grandeborder dies for the wizard and getting everything written down on paper for our two day grand opening of our new shop on December the 6th and 7th.
I will tell you more nearer the date.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Blog Candy give away

Blog Candy give away
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Hi everybody no moulin rouge page tonight as i am still tired after the papercraft show at Doncaster yesterday.These are some of the embelishments i was making on our stand.They are made with friendly plastic,shrink plastic,pinata alhohol inks and krylon pens.
If you would like the chance of owning them then just leave a comment and i will randomly select the person next monday.
You dont have to live in the UK this is open to everyone in blogland.
smiles and good luck

Sunday, 2 November 2008

la moulin rouge 3

la moulin rouge 3
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
second page of the book depicts one of the artistes just putting the finishing touches to her makeup before her evening performance.
Still not completely finished but i will add more to it later.
I am really enjoying doing this and keep thinking about the next page while working on the current one.
Im off to demo at a papercraft show in Doncaster tomorrow so it will probably be Monday evening before i can do another page but i will put it up as soon as its ready.
Thanks for dropping by
Smiles Robert

Saturday, 1 November 2008

la moulin rouge2

la moulin rouge2
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
First page in the book
This depicts one of the showgirls performing her act.
Used Nestabilities and cutlebug dies through the wizard machine.Grungeboard,distress and pinata alchohol inks,friendly plastic moulded keyhole,peeloffs and krylon gold pen.
Its not completely finished but i will add to it as and when.

Friday, 31 October 2008

la moulin rouge grungeboard book

OK i havnt posted in ages but i really have been busy.
Have just been enjoying having a dog again and of course we are moving our shop to bigger and better premises so that is taking a load of our time and i am enjoying every minute of it.
Loads of new things arrived at the shop today and when i saw the grungeboard books i just had to have one and start playing.
Used grungeboard,oval nestabilities,distress inks,cuttlebug folders,krylon pen.
Good to be back in blogland.
Love and smiles Robert

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Meet Harry our new baby

This is Harry who has come to live with us and we are so happy.
Harry is a Cockapoo a cross with a cocker spaniel and a poodle.
He is 12 weeks old and we have had him for almost two weeks.
Our lives have been so empty since we lost Barnie last December and now having Harry around its just brightened our world up and we are all getting along just fine.
He is a lovely little charactor so playful bouncy and loving.
We named him after Gordons grandpa who sadly passed away a few weeks ago.
I have just put our names down for puppy training classes which we start in two weeks time
so i will keep you informed on how we are doing

Saturday, 28 June 2008

What ive been doing

Havnt posted since April as ive been really busy gardening.
Wanted to grow my own veg this year so in March i turned the conservatory into a greenhouse and started all my seeds off.
As you can see from the picture they all did really well and had sprang to life by mid April.
Last October Gordon made me three raised
beds on the walled side of the garden as it was a bit of a mess and needed something doing to it. We also took the old paving slabs up and made a pebbled area and behind the beds we made a woodbark area so we could add fruit bushes.
As you can see in the pictures its really looking good and im so proud of my little veg and fruit patch,I have used one bed for strawberrys only and next month they should be ready for eating.
The middle bed has runner beans,kidney beans,French beans,peas,carrots and mooli a large indian radish that is fab raw or cooked.
The last bed has pac choi,lettuce,brussels sprouts,brocoli,radish,oions,garlic and beetroot.
In front of the kitchen i have tomatoes,courgettes,and herbs growing.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Witches ATC

Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
The theme this week on TMTATC is Walpurgisnacht which i think in English means Night of the Witches,but im not sure.
I just love these old crones swapping spells over a nice cup of tea they look as if they wouldnt hurt a fly.

Friday, 25 April 2008

3D Mermaid ATC

Mermaid ATC
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Made this for the TMTATC challenge
This weeks theme is Mermaids and Water Sprites.
My ATC background is made using card,twinkling H2os,and deep image crystal clear glazing crystals.
Although the back is wavy it is still ATC size and looks like the ocean floor.
The Mermaid face is made of friendly pastic,with beads,charms and rayon threads.
A little different i know but i was in a 3D collagey mood and i hope you like her.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Monas Cat

Monas Cat
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Made this for the tag you r it challenge group.The challenge this week was to make a tag using no stamping.
Ive used clipart,tassels,peeloffs,bindi,s and ive used one of the air dry clay molds i made earlier today,Its the one that came out all raggedy which i love.
The background is a peice of card that i have used Pinata alcohol inks on and i much prefer the colours of these to the ranger ones they seem to stand out more,
Anyway thanks for looking and i hope you like it.

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Molding Madness

Found some old molds i made ages ago as i was rumaging round this morning, so got my Makins Clay out (terracotta) and pushed some in the molds.
As you can see i started to run out when i got to the chat noir mold so two of them are going to look nice and tattered.
I will show you how they come out when they are dry and i have coloured them.

Saturday, 19 April 2008


Gordon and i were at the Ally Pally papercraft show selling our wares and we had a great time as usual.A big hello to Marina and Mary it was lovely to see you both again.

The samples above were made by our friend Jayne using our Rubber stamps,Twinkling H2os and twinkling H20 solution that enhances the colours even more and enables you to paint onto acetate plastic glass and other shiny surfaces.
Jayne demonstrated this product for us and we sold out of the 200 bottles we took with us in a day and a quarter.
Thanks Jayne for helping us this weekend we really enjoyed your company.

Another great day and the highlight of it for me was meeting Linda and her friends.
Linda was really upset because she couldnt get her friendly plastic to do friendly things and always ended up in a mess.
So i sat her down in front of everybody and took her through it step by step and she was fabulous and so was the brooch she made.
We worked out the problems she had been having was caused through overheating the plastic, which i dont think she will do again now shes got the hang of it.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge 2
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Paris is the challenge this week for Theme Thursday so i chose the Moulin Rouge as it was a place i would have loved to have visited when it was first established.
I have used rubber stamps and ephemera.
The dancer in the center is one of the original showgirls and i love the way the curtains are flowing around her.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Button Doll

Button Doll
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
This is my entry for the Wednesday stamper challenge.
This weeks theme is Button Dolls.
The buttons and beads are made from friendly plastic.
The youth,wings and background stamp are from Once Upon a Stamp.
Finished it off with rhinestones.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

New Product FLEXI MAG

New Product Board
Originally uploaded by Eclectic Storm
Happy new year everyone.
This is my sample board for our new product, FLEXI MAG a paper (gloss or matte) which has a flexable cuttable magnetic backing.
It takes all inks and can be run through an inkjet printer .
You can use it as a backing for shrink plastic,stampbord etc to make magnets too its really good fun and has put me back in the mood to craft.
We are launching it in Farnborough this weekend and it will be on our website early next week.
Smiles Robert