Sunday, 30 October 2011

Early Expresso

One more Christmas card, at this rate it will be a year next Christmas before I have enough cards!
This one is for Fashionable Stamping's Coffee and Cream Challenge. I don't have much Stampin'up
card but out of the four colours I have I used vanilla, Soft Suede and Early Expresso, they just went together to make this card with a bit of inking and stamping and some diamond dust. The main stamp is Crafty Individuals and the swirls are Inkadinkado Gem Stone Flourishes.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Trouble linking?

I put the Eccentric piece on Gingersnaps and Simon Says last night but when I looked today they are not there, everytime I try to link them it comes up saying refresh in a few seconds ? anyone know what to do? I've tried deleting and reposting but still does the same thing

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Now I don't quite know what this is going to be, I did start off intending to make a steampunk page for my book but kind of lost the steampunk theme along the way. All the stamps are from Indigo Blu, I can see I will be needing more of them !  Although the background looks a bit brown its actually Pumice Stone DI and the rest of the stamping is done with that or Versafine smokey grey as I was trying to keep to one colour for Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, I did slip up and stamp the top wording with versafine black by mistake but isn't grey just a lighter shade of black ?? also putting ii onto Gingersnaps challenge of black and grey.  For those who asked, Mamma cat is doing fine ,she is sitting on my scanner right next to the computer and keeps dabbing at the computer screen trying to catch the curser, the kitten has just run up my back, over my shoulder and fallen off my knee onto the floor, quite difficult to concentrate at the moment !  For a certain smart a.....  who has made 57 Christmas cards ,well what can I say, talk about rubbing salt in the wounds !!!!!!  I have made one more tonight, only about another 65 to go, I'll get there in the end you'll see !
Now I've just realised that the Gingersnaps challenge should have had a Edgar Allan Poe connections,well this is him visiting London on a foggy day.

Christmas Postcard

I just don't seem to be able to get settled down to doing any crafting this week, I know I should be cracking on with Christmas cards but just can't seem to come up with anything I really want to make!
My friend who came over yesterday asked me if I could store her stamps while she is moving, ha ha
like I need more stamps !! so now I not only have hundreds of my own but all hers as well so I will spend even more time looking through stamps and wondering what I could do with them instead of actutally sitting down and making something.Tonight I got out five or six stamps and made myself make a card using some of them, its not very exciting but at least I made one.  Then I played about with my new G45 stamps and made this Christmas postcard which I do like for once. We had the cat to the vets today to have her spayed,she was supposed to wear a halo collar when we fetched her home but she was so distressed with it and then nearly hung herself between the windowsill and a chair that I have had to take it off,hope she doesn't chew her stitches out!
I'm putting my card on a couple of challenges
Winter Wonderland - vintage Christmas
abc christmas challenge - vintage Christmas

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Halloween treats

I was going to do all sorts tonight but sat watching tv until 10pm and then decided to make these little halloween treat bags, they have three chocolate halloween figures inside, I was going to make some more but ran out of pumpkins and decided its a bit late to start searching for more of them to print out,I think I must have downloaded them last year as they were already printed out in a bag with some other halloween bits and pieces. Have a friend coming over tomorrow and we are hopefully going to start on Christmas cards, just can't get in the mood for them this year.Just adding this to a few challenges
Craftybootschallenges - anything halloween
Make My Monday - Halloween / Black& orange - not sure if this is eligible as its not a card ?
ThereShe Goes      -   Halloween

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Blog Buddies Fat Book Page

This is the Fat Book page I  sent to Caz for the Hallow'een swap, know she has got it so its ok to blog it now, the witch and cauldron are Lavinia Stamps and I just love the witch ! the rest of the stamps are from a set of  Hampton art stamps. As there are such a lot of Hallow'een challenges about at the moment thought I could put in a few.
Addicted to Stamps - Halloween
I Brake For challenges - Halloween
Papercreationsink  - Halloween

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Reality Check

I've joined Caz's fatbook swap for Hallow'een and as I had never done a fat book page before was a little nervous about it, however I have done my page, just need to post if off to Cazro now .Now I've made one page I thought I'd do another just for fun and this is one I did this afternoon. Its all collage,except for the Paperartsy wording stamp. I could have sworn I had a raven(or crow) stamp but Ican't find one so maybe not. This one came from vintagegraphicsfairy and it is really a crow and not a raven.  The background and E.A Poe image are from Plush Possum Studio who have loads of hallow'een stuff  to download for free. I'm putting it on these challenges:

Gingersnapcreations           - Ravens
Hooked On Craft Challenges - something spooky
Quirkycrafts                        - Spooky
So Artful Challenge            - Crow image
The Stampman                   - night time

Monday, 17 October 2011

English Tea

Sugar Creek Hollow challenge this week is Vintage tea featuring tea Cups/tea pots, nothing better than a nice hot cup of tea,just had one to revive me after my shopping trip ! I've used bits of paper from my scrap box,the teacup image is from Crafty Individuals and the ladies image is from Plush Possum Studio free collage sheet. The stamped T labels are on a cube stamp my sister sent me a long time ago and it doesn't have a make on it. I've been looking for hallow'een bits and pieces to make some little goodie bags for trick'n'treaters but I haven't had much luck, nobody seems to have anything but costumes etc so looks like It will have to be a bit more inventive. We only get  maybe six or so little kids round as we live in a cul-de-sac with mostly old peope (older than us ! ) so its just one or two people who bring their little grandchildren round. (hope its the same this year !)

Friday, 14 October 2011


I made this card "just because "  I wanted to try a couple of new stamps that I got at Port Sunlight.The round map one is from Stamp Camp and I just "needed" it as soon as I saw it. The large background stamp is one of the Cover A Card stamps from Impression Obsessions, I have a few of their stamps now and they are so useful. All coloured with distress inks. The little ship is from a Crafty Individuals stamp.  I'm putting on a couple of blogs , a bit tongue in cheek but they roughly fit the challenges (I hope!)

The Stampman - Circles
CCEE Stampers - The Day Columbus discovered America  ( thats the tongue in cheek bit ! as the circle stamp is France I think !)
The paper Variety  - Nautical

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Tranquil is the title of my post and I'm anything but tranquil at the moment, in fact I'm getting over excited again !  I was over the moon to have my card chosen as the winner on Fashionable Stamping as there are such fabulous creations on there that sometimes I feel quite inadequate with my offerings!
also I was a random winner on Simonsays stamp and show and got to spend a whole $50 in their shop,had a fab time last night shopping.  Anyhow down to earth and my latest offering which is an Autumn scene for a few challenges

Try It On Tuesday    - Peace and Tranquility  - a walk in the woods always feels calm and peaceful
Make My Monday   -  Autumn Trees
Kaboodledoodles     -  Leaves

Also saying Hello to three new followers, so pleased to have you looking in, welcome !

Monday, 10 October 2011


 There seems to be quite a few Hallow'een challenges around at the moment( wonder why !)  Last year was the first time I had ever done anything Hallow'een and although I didn't think I would like it I loved it, I do like the dark gothic type stuff but as I can't really do digital things I don't get to do it. I had great fun making this tag, love the witch stamp, she is going to be making a lot of appearances this month. Witch and wording are Hampton Art Graphic 45,trees are CI. I'm entering it for a few challenges
1.      Dragons Den      - The Whole Of The Moon
2.     Cupcake Craft Challenge - Halloween
3.     Make It Monday - Anything Goes
4.     Stampsfun   - Halloween
5.     Quirkycrafts - Halloween
6.     Rainbow Lady - In The Misty Moonlight

Had a fabulous day at Port Sunlight last Saturday, so many stamps, so little time (and money !).
Actually we spent five and a half hours there plus nearly five hours travel so it was a long day and I was shattered when we got home but I had a bag full of goodies ,nearly all stamps other than a few dies , a couple of masks and some metal charms, I still have stamps from the Harrogate show in September that haven't kissed ink yet so lots of stuff to play with, just need to find the time and to be quite honest I can make the time but I seem to waste a lot of time on the computer and also getting round to deciding what I actually want to do !

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


Another quick post just to say welcome to my new followers, so happy to have you looking in. Love followers and love comments !

Trash to Trash !

Well I have spent two evenings messing about with this and although the finished result is really rubbish I have so enjoyed doing it !  I started out with a piece of corrugated card packaging and played about just daubing paints on with my fingers and getting good and messy. I bought the metallic paints inThe Works at 99p a large tube and they are fabulous, I only got three colours so I'm off back tomorrow to see if they have any left, not a lot there when I got these, I nearly didn't get them as I have so much paint etc but so glad I did. The last picture is an attempt to show the lovely glimmery finish.I also had fun stamping with gold paint, used bubble wrap and bottle caps and a stamp that is supposed to be fireworks. I am putting this on Sugarcreek Hollow Trash to Treasure challenge although I'm a bit ashamed of it ! and I'm also putting it on Sunday Stampers as it has got my Mojo working a bit.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


A quick collagey make card , too much lolling about in front of the tv tonight, had to watch Strictly and then it was too much effort to move ! finally rolled in here and put a few bits together, most of the stamps are Aspects Of Design from the Stampman and I have had them a long time, I can always rely on them if I need to make a masculine card in a hurry. All dabbled with distress inks and a bit of bakers twine.Might just manage to sneak this in on Simon Says Stamp and Show and its also for 
St Lukes challenge  both of which have a male theme.Also putting it on One Step Craft Challenge which is Just For Men