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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Autumn colours

I hope everyone is safe and not suffered any damage from the gales , we have been lucky and not been too affected by them although I did get almost blown off my feet this morning going for my morning paper !   I thought we were supposed to get an Indian summer but it seems like an early Autumn instead.  Several challenges are asking for autumn colours so thought I'd have a little play.
I coloured an A4 piece of card with spiced marmalade/ fossilised amber and festive berries oxide inks direct to paper and then spritzed. I stamped and cut out the leaves from it, plenty left for more cards. The background is stamped with fossilised amber and spiced marmalade as is the flower. Now the stamp is an Inkilicious one called fantasy dandelion but it looks more like a sunflower to me. I'd like to enter these challenges

Ellibelles Corner - signs of Autumn

Modsquad challenge - Fall colours

Stinkininkers - Leaves are falling

Crafty Card Makers- Autumn colours

and another little card I made with leaves die cut from the same A4 sheet

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

B is for................

B is for ballerina, blue and black.  There is still plenty of time to enter Stamping Sensations September challenge with is anything beginning with B ( and please tell us what your B is ! )  We are a stamping challenge and must see stamping as the main point of interest on your entry.  For this card I have used Inkylicious ballerina, stamped with black versafine onto a brusho background and added a dark blue mount.

For my second card I have used a balloon stamp by Indigo Blu. The background is done with pan pastels, the Up and away stamp was free with Creative Stamping a while ago. My "B's" are balloon, blue, black and birthday.

Slap it on !

The new challenge starts today over at Try It On Tuesday and the theme is "slap it on"  paint,colour,textures ,be as messy as you like. The team have some fabulous examples over on the challenge blog.  I might have gone a bit overboard on my journal page but I certainly got very messy and thoroughly enjoyed doing so.  Gesso'd the page and then roughly added some Paperartsy Fresco paint,added some torn book paper (most of it ended up covered up)the birds,paintbrush, feathers and striped pieces are all from a serviette, used some blue paint to stencil the branches,stamped the words onto a piece of tissue,everything is stuck on with modpodge except the little chipboard birdcage which kept falling off so used cosmic shimmer glue for that. There is some stamping with some old Tim Holtz stamps and thats it. Hope you will join us and make your own "slap it on" piece.

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Fashionable stamping challenge this month is to use a quotation, the quotation I have used on my card is a free stamp from a Creative Stamping magazine a few months back.  I've used a piece of brusho background paper ( from that stack that never gets any smaller !) other than the quotation stamp all the other stamps are an old Inkadinkado set that I had completely forgotten I had, just came across them while looking for something else .Now I've found them think they may be getting used quite a lot.

while I had the Creative Stamping stamps out I made another card using the drum kit and another quote from the set.The words on the drum are from a set of stamps from a company called Stamp Camp, there are sixteen small quotes and although I've had them for years its the first time I've used one .

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Mistress Mary

The stamped image of the little girls was in a pile of bits and pieces on my table, the words Little maids all in row kept running through my head so eventually I went with the flow and made my Mary, Mary, quite contrary page. Stamped the flower onto the page and also stamped another flower head and stuck it over the stamped one. The colourful flowers at the bottom are from a big pile of them that I spent several hours cutting out after seeing a piece on Sue's blog .  There is still a week to enter the challenge at Try It On Tuesday and the theme is Childhood, lots of lovely inspiration on the challenge blog.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Acrylic block stamping

One of my favourite techniques is the acrylic block stamping, I made several with various distress oxide inks, I can never stop at one background .  My sister sent me a set of GinaK stamps earlier this year and I had not got round to using them until now, they are beautiful stamps, stamp very sharp and clear, think I might be adding some to my wish list but I don't think they are available here in the UK.
I'd like to enter my card into a challenge I saw using this technique, squeezing in at last minute before it ends

Modsquad challenge - Acrylic block stamping

Here's a second one I made, on the first one I had matted onto black card but hadn't done so on this one so I decided it would be a good idea to go round the edges with a black fine line pen, it wasn't the best idea as I did get a couple of wobbly bits !

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Things with wings

I made this card last night for a couple of challenges but didn't get round to posting it until now.  I wanted to enter the Butterflyspot challenge as I always seem to miss it these days.  From the list which is the letter E I selected the three colours Electric yellow,emerald and eucalyptus, I used an embossing folder, heat embossed the stamped panel and added the dots as embellishments, the seventh item is of course the butterflies.  These colours are not a combination I would normally use but I quite liked the finished product.  The poppy pods and large butterfly are a very old stamp set way back to Graphicus which then became Elusive Images and now Chocolate baroque. I think they were one of the first A4 sheets of unmounted rubber stamps I bought, I think they have brought some of them out again now.  I'd also like to enter Allsorts Challenge - Things with wings
and Retro Rubber Challenge  anything goes - my stamps are very old, 10, 15 years maybe more!


I'm really losing the plot! I could swear I had done a write up of this page but as it didn't appear obviously hadn't!  As a change from making cards I thought I would try a bit of art journaling, haven't actually got a journal yet but using an old water colour paper pad as a makeshift one.  The background is done with some of my homemade ink sprays one of which obviously has some mica in as its very shiny, some embossing paste through a stencil and a bit of stamping which doesn't really show very well.  The wording stamp is from Bee Crafty, typed the other words on computer.Kite is Crafty Individuals,flowers woodware. The girls were from the internet ages ago and never used on a project.  This is my DT piece from Try It On Tuesday challenge which is Childhood. The design team have some fab examples on the challenge blog, hop you will join us.

Monday, 3 September 2018

One for the girls

Penny Black and More challenge is Make It Feminine. I don't often get to use this PB funtime girls stamp but its my stepdaughters birthday this month and she likes a glass or two so thought this would be a fun card for her.  I used a couple of layering dies from the Christina 6x6 collection, the wine glass paper was a freebie as was the purple backing paper. Cheers sentiment is from a Woodware set. 

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Something beginning with B

This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is "Something beginning with B". On my card I have bird,blossom and blue.  The stamps are by Bee Crafty and were free with an issue of Creative Stamping. I particularly like the little feather stamp that I have used on the backing paper. Bird and flowers coloured with water colour paints.

We are sponsored this month by Bee Crafty with a £25 voucher for their on line store as the prize for one lucky winner

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Blue & Gold

Completely forgot it was the end of the month and I had not made my DT card for s Christmas Sparkles , panic station this evening but remembered that there are some lovely papers with the new issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft so nothing was needed but to mat and layer onto gold card and then onto a white DL card and add a Christmas wishes circle,  Think I may be making a few more with these papers. The team have some lovely cards over on the challenge blog so hope you will pop over and have a look(and then I forgot to post it on here duh!)


Card made for my brothers Birthday, he's having his Birthday BBQ tomorrow although his Birthday is later in the week, hope it is a fine day.All the stamps are from Close Tp My Heart set  "Life in pictures" I'd like to enter my card into The Male Room Challenge which is Photography and cameras

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

All is calm

 Running late for the Rudolph Challenge this month so its a fairly quick card using some older stamps. I do like the trees in this set, those and the deer come with dies but I don't like dies that leave a white edge, usually end up cutting it off so I just stamped and fussy cut the deer,holly leaves and berries. Background is coloured with one of my home made sprays, no idea what it is but its got a bit of shimmer . Stamped the trees multiple times using secondary stamping for some of them.  I did try to paint the snow at the bottom with acrylic paint but the blue kept coming through so torn a piece of card and stuck it on, added a bit of glitter to it..

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Fairy Wishes

Made this card for one of the Great Grand Children , she will be nine on Friday, time flies !
Made the background with distress oxide inks Fossilised Amber and Spiced Marmalade.Stamped the Inkylicious fairy with versafine black, dried it and then restamped it with versamark and heat embossed it with crystal embossing powder (wouldn't have dared to do this without my Misti ! )
Stamped the foliage with Memento green ink and the wording again with versafine. She is nine so hope she doesn't think she is too big for fairies .

I came across some "Poly Plates" that I got from Crafty Roo a couple of years ago at Port Sunlight and I'm ashamed to say I have never used them so thought I'd have a play, didn't have much luck using paints but they worked well with distress inks and misted with water, it's a bit like stamping with an acrylic block but I do like that it's round. Made a few cards with the results

Did make a few more but they are all very similar.  Now I need to get on and make my card for Maureen's Rudolph Challenge before it's too late.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Take a ride

New challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time it is "Take a ride"  cars, boats, trains. bikes or fantasy machines, the choice is yours.  For my card I have used a very big background stamp,this is a 6x6 card and it only uses about two thirds of the stamp, I think it was a DoCrafts but I don't have the packaging. ,gold embossed and coloured with distress inks using baby wipes. The penny farthing guy is an old Elusive Image (now Chocolate Baroque) The design team have some great examples on the challenge blog.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Floral Wreath

A little mid month inspiration over at Stamping Sensations
For my card I have used the Rubber Dance Floral Wreath stamps, coloured with copics.

Still plenty of time to join in the challenge which is anything goes with your current favourite stamp

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Dancing Cheek to Cheek

Came across this stamp whilst looking for something else and thought it would have been ideal for the Try It On Tuesday challenge " inspired by a song",  I have had this stamp a long time and think it's only been used a couple of times, I think it may be going into the "get rid of box" as I find it difficult to do anything with although I do really like it. The papers and die cuts are all from my scrap box which is overflowing !   There is still a week left to enter the challenge and there is more inspiration today on the challenge blog.  Nearly forgot to say that my song inspiration is Dancing Cheek To Cheek.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Enjoy the ride

Although it looks like an inky background it is actually a piece of designer paper, stamped the wording, stamped and fussy cut the motorbike (Red Lead Designs stamp) added a bit of torn map paper and the stamped tyre tracks.  I'd like to enter these challenges

Allsorts challenge - From Boys to Men
Addicted to CAS - Masculine

Friday, 10 August 2018


Well I don't know about anywhere else but the change in the weather here is a shock to the system, I have had to put on a jumper and I very nearly turned on the heating !  In line with the weather I've been playing about with the stamps that are with Creative Stamping magazine this month and on a very autumnal scheme.

Had to use this cute little bird somewhere. I love the blackberry stamps too and I always enjoy making a wreath card.

It was the hedgehog stamp that I first noticed on the stamp set but you can hardly see him on here hiding in the pile of leaves, he does show up better in real life!

This is my favourite of the three although my red squirrel seems to have become more of a ginger squirrel on here ! 

Not made these cards for any reason or challenge, just enjoying my stress free playtime

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Inspired by a song

Time for a new challenge on Try It On Tuesday and this time the challenge is "Inspired By A Song", the design team have some lovely art to share with you so do pop over and have a look.
My card started out as something different but seemed to have a mind of its own! Background is a mix of Dylusion spray and one of my home made ones that has quite a lot of lustre to it, think it was made with Luna Light paint.  The flowers are Woodware Fancy Flowers,stamped onto painted paper and fussy cut. The butterflies and bees are both Crafty Individuals, wording computer generated.

Whoops!  I forgot to mention the song title which is the hymn All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small.  It started out as going to be a song about sunshine but sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Quick Christmas card

I thought I had missed Maureen's Rudolph challenge for July but then I got an email from a fellow blogger to tell me it was running a week late.  I have been quite busy the last few days but tonight I just found time to make a very quick CAS card.  I still had the ink sprays out from earlier cards so got messy again with them.  I had enough inky card to make four of these which I will put together later. Just mounted the panel on some gold card, the die cuts were already in my Christmas die cuts box so just a case of assembling them.  

Funny Fungi

The months are flying past and its time for the August challenge at Stamping Sensations.  We have a new sponsor this month Rubber Dance Stamps  and I have used one of their stamps , Funny Fungi for the main stamping on my card (the small fairies and toadstools are by Inkylicious)  I made the background with brusho colours , stamped the Fungi with black ink and then bleached them out (first time I had used bleach on Brusho and was happy it worked so well)  painted them with Brilliant watercolours. The challenge this month is an Anything Goes one but as we are a stamping challenge your entry MUST have stamping as the main focus to be considered for the lovely prize of a £25 voucher for Rubber Dance shop.

Something beginning with B

I was very happy to be asked to be a guest designer on Penny Black And More
challenge.  The challenge is for something beginning with B so for my card I have used one of my favourite stamps "Botanical notes" there is also B for butterfly and B for Blue.  The background paper is from a Tim Holtz Wallflower pad.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Krafty Christmas

Time for the August challenge at Sparkles Christmas and this month Caz has chosen the challenge to use Kraft card. Now I have to say I am not a fan of Kraft card but when I do use it ,it has to be with red!  So my card is almost self explanitary, Big star is a Sue Wilson die, small stars are punched,Christmas word  I picked up in a sale bin, think its a Sheena Douglas. Hope you will join us in our challenge and add to your Christmas card stash.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Just a note

Searching for some Christmas papers I found a couple of sheets of this ,I think it was by Craftwork Cards and given to me by a friend.  I coloured in the flowers with zig watercolour pens and made a couple of note cards

The Just a note stamp is a free one from Crafty Individuals, never used before but now I've found it will be using it again as I love the font. There is still a week to go on Try It On Tuesday challenge which is to use book paper/magazine paper etc.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Have Cake !

Just had another play with this Penny Black stamp, I don't know why the sequins look pink on here as they are really a sort of yellow/peach colour.  I have spent two afternoons and evenings sorting out the enormous stack of  craft magazines that had accumulated in the corner of this room. I think it must be a couple of years since I made any attempt to sort it out! I do subscribe to two magazines but think I will cancel at least one of them ,the last few issues have been quite disappointing. Anyhow I have ended up with just one basket of them now (plus a pile of articles I've torn out for future ideas,mostly techniques that I'd like to try, just need to find a home for them now) We had a lovely downpour last night and through the night and then again this morning and late afternoon,everything feels much fresher now. Anyhow I'd like to enter my card into a couple of challenges which are

Cardz4galz - Food and/or drink
Always Happy Birthday - Birthday/ cake

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Book Paper

Its time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time we are asking you to use book paper on your project.  For my page I have used a piece of inky card layered with music and patterned tissue, I added torn strips of print from an old book and then layered a piece of Idealogy Collage paper over the top and added a couple of chit chat stickers. For more inspiration take a visit to Try It On Tuesday challenge blog to see what the design team has to show you,look forward to seeing your entries.

Monday, 23 July 2018

A Perfect Gentleman

A very quick collage card using Graphic 45 Perfect Gentleman papers.  I have hoarded and stroked Graphic 45 papers for a few years now but the time has come for them to get used !  As I have a big concertina file full of them including every tiny scrap saved it will take some time to even slim the file down a bit but making a start with this card.

Cardz4guyz Challenge - Men's Fashion

Flowers all over

Still playing with Brusho paints and getting messy,  I stamped and embossed the Hero Arts stamp and embossed in gold, sprinked patches of  Rose Pink and Emerald Green Brusho and liberally sprayed with water allowing the paint to flow and cover the entire image. After that dried I painted the flowers and leaves with the same Brusho colours. My very ancient Krylon gold pen finally expired but I found another gold leaf pen to edge the piece with,background is another piece coloured with the same brusho colours. I'm feeling quite liberated just enjoying what I'm making at the moment and revisiting old techniques. I'd like to enter a couple of challenges

Allsorts Challenge - Flowers All Over
Ellibelles Corner Challenge - also Flowers all over

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Planes,Trains and Automobiles

Ages since I've made a collage style card as they seem to have rather gone out of favour but on mission to regain my pleasure in crafting I've had a go at making one.  Looking through challenges I saw that Frilly and Funky have a challenge for Planes,Trains and Automobiles and that their style is vintage or shabby chic and that is what kick started this piece, not sure if it meets their criteria but I'll enter it anyway.
Also like to enter these challenges too

The Male Room  -  Include an unexpected item ( The Panama Jack clothing tag in the R.H corner)

Watercooler Challenge - Masculine   
Stinkininker challenge - planes,trains and automobiles


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

More Crafty Individuals

Another card for our July challenge at Stamping Sensations  In My Garden theme, this month we are being sponsored by Crafty Individuals and as I have lots of their stamps it was hard to choose which to use. I have used the acrylic block stamping technique for the background and them simply stamped over it with black Versafine ink, added a little colour to a couple of the flowers and the dragon fly and some punched butterflies from a left over bit of the oxide ink back ground piece, there is still plenty of time to enter our challenge so hope to see you there.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


The challenge at Try It On Tuesday is to Add A Quote and there is still a week to enter .  After I had made my DT card last week I thought that I do not use my quotation stamps nearly enough so last night I made a batch of Brusho backgrounds and tonight I have been stamping and adding quotes to some of the pieces.

For this one I have stamped the Crafty Individuals Baroque background, the quotation is from an old set of Elusive Image (now Chocolate Baroque) stamps and the butterflies are also Elusive images stamped onto an extra piece, of inky paper and fussy cut

For my second card I have used Inkylicious Ballerina stamp, added a bit of glitter to her Tutu and a quote from a very old Chapel Road stamp set, a few punched glitter stars added.

Used the gorgeous Visible Image butterfly for this one, quote from Artistic Stamper and foliage from Inkylicious

This is my least favourite but maybe it will grow on me ! its a Woodware stamp and an Elusive image butterfly, I have tried to add a bit of colour to the plants but think I would stamp it in another colour another time.

I have been really struggling with crafting for some time now and have even considered giving it up but I've made a few decisions as I have realised I was feeling pressured to produce cards for my charity ,making cards I knew would sell rather than just making what I really like, so I am putting that on hold for the time being.  The above cards were my first just for fun play and I have enjoyed making them .

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Add A Quote

The new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is to" Add A Quote"  NOT a sentiment.  This is not the card I had intended to show but I have not been able to get a decent scan or photo of the other one as I'm having lots of problems with my computer. On this I have used a HoneyDoo stamp of the dancer and the wording is from Inkylicious. The background is one of my inky pieces ,I think I may have used Glimmer mists on it and I've just added some little glittery stars. Hope you will join us in our challenge.

This was the first card I made with the dancer stamp but I liked the pink one best !