Tuesday 31 August 2010


Made this tag for Tag You're It challenge which is make your own background.  This background is made with the shaving foam technique. Making backgrounds is quite an obsession with me and I have a huge folder stuffed full of all kinds of stuff. I can never make one or two pieces, just don't know when to stop, This is one that I made years ago, I am trying to use some up instead of just making more but don't think its working very well as the folder just keeps getting fatter ! Used  friends stamp from Art Journey, wording is from an old Stamping Up set.
There is a new challenge at Art Journey so I am putting this on there too as it just ties in with their theme which is friends. I only have two Art Journey stamps (up to now ! ) but  I do love their stamps.

Monday 30 August 2010


  1. I was sorry to see that ReadySteadyStamp are not doing anymore challenges. I have really enjoyed doing them as I found they really made me think in order to incorporate enough of the ingredients,some of them very strange at times !   My card has several of the ingredients 1. heart shape, 2. lace. 3. light blue/beige/white&cream. 4. pearls. 5. flowers. 6. pearlised effect(on the banner and butterflys) 7.banner. 8. butterflys.  The heart stamp is an old Inca one, embossed in white.It has been interesting digging out old stamps and finding different ways to use them. When I first started stamping everything was stamped and embossed usually in gold or silver straight onto a card blank, then just coloured in,its amazing that we thought our cards were wonderful back then but I still have not lost that great feeling when you first stamp a new stamp !

Saturday 28 August 2010

At The Seaside

I have been wanting this child on the beach stamp for about two years after someone sent me an atc with it on.  Last Tuesday it arrived in the post, my lovely Sister had found it and sent it to me as a little surprise.
I thought it went perfectly with this little poem from R.L Stevenson. The poem is in a Childs Garden Of Verse book which I got as a Sunday School prize in 1949! as you can image it is now rather battered and worn but I have always loved the book.  I am really digging the old stuff out now, the background stamp at the bottom of the card is from a company called Embossing Arts and dated 1993, wonder if they are still around ? This is a belated entry for Tuesday Taggers challenge. 

Thursday 26 August 2010

Dressed to the nines

Theme Thursday challenge is for Vintage Men, I have a real one at home but had better not put him on here !  My 4x4 has papers by Graphic 45, the very dapper fellow is from the Graphic Fairy.

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Angel Kisses

Well just for a change from vintage etc I thought I'd have a go at Penny Black challenge I saw somewhere ( bet I can't find it again !) This stamp is an old Penny Black called called Angel Kisses (860K-1995 !) coloured with copics , the papers are My Minds Eye, flowers and buttons from stash. I did manage to find it , its pennyblackfriendssaturdaychallenge

Scrapbook Tag

When I saw the theme for Louise's challenge on Kardkrazy I was really pleased! I have not done a lot of scrapbooking but what I have done is all with old family photos.  The two people on my tag are my grandparents, Lucy and Edward. The baby in the pram is my Aunt Kathleen. The old postcard was sent by them to my grandmother's grandmother,  Eliza Marwood who brought up my grandmother after her own mother  died.The top photo of them in the car is the front of the postcard, seems it was so easy in those days to get a postcard made with your own photograph on it. The sad thing is that Lucy was dead at the age of 30,leaving 3 little children behind.

Gone With The Wind

As if I have not had enough trouble with my computer tonight now I find that Google have altered how I put things on my blog! This is my tag for Tag You're It Challenge which is The Silver Screen so here are Rhett and Scarlett. I have always loved the book and have read it countless times but I don't think I have ever sat through the film!The top image is from Google and Clark Gable is from Jacque at http://jardimdasborboletas-jacque.blogspot.com/ who has some fabulous vintage images..

Saturday 21 August 2010

Just because............

Nothing to do with stamping or challenges but just wanted to show these beautiful hydrangea flowers from the gardens.

Easel card

An easel card for the Stampman challenge. Dragonfly is stamped on a piece on inked paper and then acetate put over it.I made this panel a while ago and never got round to making it into a card. The papers are from Crafty Individuals and papermania rose garden.Metal dragonfly coloured with alcohol inks. Stamp is, of course, Aspects of Design which I have had for a long time.

Thursday 19 August 2010

Not on paper ?

Tag Tuesday asked for a tag on something other than paper this week. I tried to think of something clever but couldn't. Decided to use this atc size piece of stampboard, coloured with distress inks, stamps from Elusive Images, quite liked it when it was done.First time I have punched holes through something like this with the cropodile tool and I was surprised how easily it did it.

Messing about in boats

Here's my card for Tuesday Taggers challenge. This week it is "messing about in boats" Used my Artistic Outpost Beyond The Sea stamps for this. Have to say the girl does not look too happy in that little boat, maybe she is feeling sea sick !know I would be.

Tuesday 17 August 2010

Tag You're It

The challenge on Tag You're it this week was "No Stamping" I very rarely make anything without some stamping but now and again its nice to do something different.
Now I do have a considerable amount of stickers ! don't ask me why as I very rarely use them, I did have a lot given by a friend who used to have a craft shop but I also had a lot before that. Anyhow this tag background is just a collage of ticket stickers. the three girls are from Graphic 45 boardwalk paper as is the 5c ticket strip down the side. Can you imagine wearing wool bathing costumes ? bet they stretched like anything when they got wet !

Stampman atcs

Managed to get my atcs made for The Stampman atc swap which is Time this month. Paper Artsy and Hero stamps. The atcs are almost the same, just different little photos on each one. the background paper was in my scrapbox, just enough to do the three atcs. The first grungepaper clock I made I tried to ultrathick emboss it but it went so dark couldn't see the clock numerals so had to start again.The little watch parts are just stuck into glossy accents.

Monday 16 August 2010

Is it a cat ?

When I looked at the list of ingredients for Ready Steady Stamp challenge nothing "spoke" to me ! The only cat stamps I have are cute Penny Blacks and cute is not allowed. Finally found this leopard stamp so hope big cats are allowed.The ingredients I have used are
1. Skinnie - the centre panel
2. Cat - the leopard
3. multi coloured - alcohol inks on the metal panel
4. heat embossing - bamboo stamp embossed in black on r/h panel
5. metal sheet - embossed in cuttlebug and coloured with alcohol inks
6. card stock
7. distress inks used on cardstock edges
8. gems - black gems used om centre panel

The leopard stamp is an old one from Impression Obsession and the bamboo is from

Sunday 15 August 2010


Bought this frame at Port Sunlight back in May, think it came from Artistic Stamper?
Painted with white gesso and two shades of blue acrylic. The old postcard view of Scarborough is a download and I'm afraid I can't remember where from. Used distress inks to stamp the shells and sentiments which are from Artistic outpost. The starfish are some I bought a while ago and I did not realise then that they are actually real dried starfish, probably would not have bought them if I had known !the little seahorse is from a paperclay mould. We used to go the Scarborough quite a lot when we were children but I think this scene dates even further back than then .

Saturday 14 August 2010

Crowned ancestor !

Made this tag for Kardkrazy Tag Tuesday challenge (very late I know !) It came out much grungier than I had intended. The main collage stamp has ancestor down the side so I thought I would crown him and have a royal ancestor in my family. The main stamp is from Stamp Attack, the crown and coat of arms is Viva.

Friday 13 August 2010

Blue Jay

This is my tag for Tag You're It monogram challenge. Bird is Tim Holtz/sizzix alterations die/letter J is grungeboard Tim Holtz alphabet. Coloured with Broken China,Chipped Saphire and Spiced Marmalade distress inks. Background stamps Artistic Outpost and Paper Artsy. Don't know if anyone else gets as messy as me with distress inks both by hands have very blue fingers tonight !

Wednesday 11 August 2010


Here's my card for The Stampman Challenge which is take two colours. Now if anyone says that I almost always go for black and white but today I thought I'd have a change, I found this flower image from Magenta already stamped, coloured and mounted on the piece of pink paper so thought I was well on the way BUT not so, everything I did went wrong, punched the strip of green paper, stuck it on, tried to move it and tore it and the paper underneath too! fortunately the next piece I did managed to cover the damage underneath, glue from the pink doily punched piece went everywhere so I thought I,d stick on the pink flourish with glossy accents which then oozed out from underneath it, not a happy bunny ! Not the most wonderful of cards but I,m entering it anyway !

Sunday 8 August 2010

Tag Swap

Oops ! I forgot to do my tags for Tag Your It challenge, I,m posting them anyway as the swap is open until end of August. The call was for Olive Green/Burnt Orange and antique white. I have used the same seed packet stamp from Artistic Outpost on them all with different flowers on each tag. I wish I had not put the top swirl on as the colour looks completly wrong now I have scanned them, it is actually green but it looks more blue on here. This weeks challenge is Monogram and I have lots of unused chipboard alphabet letters so can used some of them up.

Friday 6 August 2010


Here is my card for Tuesday Taggers challenge "Black". Very simple card, stamps by Paper Artsy, birds on wire is Artistic Outpost and wording is Stamp Attack.
We have been to Pickering Steam Rally today and I,m so tired tonight ! The traffic was bad going there and then we had to park such a long way from the show field I was tired out before we got there. I spent a long time looking at tool stalls which was so exciting (I don't think!), I love the fairground organs and the steam engines etc and enjoyed seeing the parades of all the old vehicles ,just a shame they don't have a craft stall or two as well!. My sister in California had surgery today and it has been on my mind all day but I just called her husband and everything went well so I can go to bed and sleep tonight. Its times like this it is so hard being so far apart.We talk on the phone a lot and try to "Skype" but without much success up to now, don't know what we are doing wrong as everyone else seems to use it with no problems, I,m a total techno numbskull so its probably me thats to blame.

Thursday 5 August 2010


Ready,steady,stamp has the usual long list of ingredients of which I seem to have managed to use rather a lot! don't seem to be able to get "the less is more" that some people do so well.I have used :-1. Travel- theme and word on tag.
2. Patterned paper -Graphic 45.
3. Cork - fancy corners- cuttlebug die
4. Tag - stamp by Invoke art
5. Film strip -Tim Holtz, pictures from G45.
6. Brad - to attach tag
7. metal embellishment -button lower corner
8. Glossy accents to attach film strip&
9. Epoxy sticker in middle of button
10.Distress -edges of paper and edges of card
11.Stazon - to ink car stamp (Elusive images)
12.Map - Graphic 45 paper
13.Card stock for card base

Off to cook the dinner now and then put my feet up for a while. Had a friend over today to craft, always nice to have someone to exchange ideas etc.

Wednesday 4 August 2010


Tag Tuesday has a mannequin template for this weeks challenge, I thought I would enjoy doing it but then I found it harder than I thought, when I looked at what other people have done I felt a bit daunted ! Eventually just decided to collage it with vintage labels and add some beaded braid to the bottom edge.

Tuesday 3 August 2010

The scenic route

A card for Lots To Do challenge which is The Scenic Route. Once again I've used an image that was already stamped as it seemed just right for this subject. the glossy card had been coloured with distress inks and the car was stamped with green stazon,then I used a cotton bud to bleach out the car,the dp is from my scrapbox and the green inky piece from the everlasting pile of inky papers ! After I scanned it I realised the brad in the centre of the cog is purple! I thought I had used a brown one.Wording stamp is Paperbag studio. I can't remember who the car one is, think it could be personal impressions but I know its in a box at the back of the cupboard and its late !


Well maybe its retribution for doing "cute" but I have had a terrible time trying to upload this card tonight, I started about 8pm and its now almost 10pm ! my computer is always very slow but tonight it has been terrible and then blogger seemed like it wasn't working properly either. The only reason I made this card is that I found this little fairy already stamped and coloured languishing among some other stamped stuff and thought I could make a very quick card Hah! it took me ages. We do have a great grandaughter's second birthday coming up soon so it will be fine for her. Off now to make something inky and grungy......... Nearly forgot I was going to put this on the LOTV challenge which is a sketch.

Sunday 1 August 2010


Saw on my friend Babs blog that there was a challenge for Black/white and one other colour on Stampavie. I love black and white cards so thought I'd have a go,Nearly forgot to add another colour though! Main stamp is by Art Journey as is the word precious, the scroll stamp that I made the black& white paper with is from Artemio,this is a wonderful set of stamps for making backgrounds with. Been out in the garden this afternoon helping with the hedge cutting. We have a long hawthorn hedge and its very prickly! also collected a few nettle stings but at least the garden looks a bit tidier.