Saturday, May 19, 2007

Faux Cupcakes from downunder

These are some cupcakes I bought from Natasha Burns in Australia. they are my first in a long line to be collection. I'm really over the moon with these as the photos don't do them justice, Natasha has definately got a new client here...........can't wait to get some lavender strawberries and faux sweets .................all at 0 calories yay

ciao ciao
crafty joan
ps photos are copyright please ask rightful owner ( natasha ) for permission to use, thank you

Thursday, May 17, 2007


These are a pair of earrings I have been commissioned to make. I have used a scanned vintage image from my postcard collection , sterling silver earwires and hearts and precious stones.
I would also like to send many comforting hugs and friendly kisses to a dear artistic friend in the USA , who was over the moon with some fantastic news only to be kicked in the gut with some bad news and now she will have to wait for some rusults to confirm the outcome, which must be terrible.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the news will again be good. She deserves some good in her life as she has always had to struggle with each day. Wish I could be there to comfort her and hubby.
tata 4 now
crafty joan

Monday, May 14, 2007


Saturday evening I made 8 flowery charm bracelets, seem to be going thru a fad of making these bracelets with these specific beads. I have been buying some from an American e-bayer 'princess by design' as some of these beads I just can't find here in Italy.

I am making some more for 2 special people in America , can't say whom yet, but I know they often look at my blog. Just hope they like what they see here as it will be something similar.

Am also thinking of starting an etsy shop to sell some of my creations, up to now I've never had the courage as I've seen so many greyt things about that I've never felt up to standard. Me thinks now is the time to try if they sell, they sell if not I tried.

Here in Italy it's very hot, sticky and humid already, to think summer hasn't started yet !!!!!!!!!!! OMG.

off to cook lunch for the tribe
ciao ciao
crafty Joan

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Flowery bracelet

Today has been very hot, so I went downstairs into my studio and decided to make a bracelet with some flower beads. I got carried away and in the end I made 4 bracelets. Here's one of them. These are the only flowers that survive in my house......I don't have green fingers !!!!
ciao crafty joan

Sunday, May 06, 2007


This is an AATC , a what? an AATC = an altered artist trading card. I made this ATC a year back and I wasn't over the moon with it, something just wasn't right.
I received some rubber stamps last week from firecraker designs and decided to add some of their stamped images to the ATC and for me this time it worked out and I was happier with it.
The ATC background was done using a stamp ink pad on paper for acrylics, then doodled over and a vintage image added, then after one year altered .
ciao ciao
crafty joan

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

International ATC chain

Hi there,

I saw this on Evie's blog entry for 23rd April,2007. There's the first international ATC chain going on, all you have to do is make 6 ATCs of any theme and post them to the 6 persons on the list and mail them within a month. You then delete the person at the top of the list and add yours to the bottom, hopefully you will have international ATCs winging their way to you. If you are interested please contact me,

I made these ATCs using Cherry Pie rubber stamps coloured in with watercolurs and put onto a black cardstock background.

ciao ciao for now

crafty Joan

My chain ATCs will go out on Saturday.