Saturday 31 August 2013

messy owl

well I almost didn't post this as it's a bit of a mess, I've messed about all night trying to do something for the Alpha/dictionary challenge, nothing inspired me about the letter O.  I tried to do something with an oak tree stamp and leaf stamp, binned all those attempts, spent ages rooting about in stamps ,nothing appealed, finally found my steampunk owl and decided he would have to do! I started to colour him with distress markers which I have had for a while and never used but they were a disaster so he's a bit of a funny colour, couldn't get them to blend at all , decided I don't like them and will go back to my favourite colouring medium of water colour paints and pencils which I've used for years. Anyhow here is my fat book page for the Craft Barn Alpha/dictionary challenge Letter O

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Shabby Butterfly

I really should have been making a card for a Son In Law but felt more like making something more feminine! I had seen something on Pinterest (Did I say I was obsessed ?) about making doilies with corner punches so had a go with the only Martha Stewart corner punch I own, not perfect but worked pretty well ,the pin said if it wasn't perfect stick an embellishment over the bit that was wrong so that's what I did. Papers are G45 secret garden. The flowers are another obsession I have at the moment for stamping them on canvas that has been spray inked, stencilled and stamped , of course the ones I have already made never match what I am doing so I have to make more and more. Few challenges I think it fits:

House Of Cards     - Shabby and vintage

Addicted To Stamps - shabby/vintage

Fashionable Stamping - Sew'n'sew - real of faux stitching ( faux stitching and the buttons are stitched on)

Anythingchallenge- In the garden add some butterflies

Crafts Creations - Butterflies

Vintage Stamping - Wings and things

Friday 23 August 2013

HappY Birthday To You

Where has this week gone? I seem to have been crafting but haven't made anything I can post on my blog yet. Tonight I realised I have three family birthdays next week and no suitable cards (how is it that even though I have a box full of cards nothing ever seems to be appropriate ? )  so tonight  in between chattering on the phone to a friend, getting absorbed in gawking at stuff on Pinterest- I'm obsessed with it LOL  I put together this simple card for four year old Great Grand daughter .That's one down and two to go !   Thought I would put this on Make My Monday challenge which is a for a new baby or a child's Birthday Card.

Friday 16 August 2013


While I was rooting about looking for a stamp I came across these dictionary stamps a friend gave me and I've never got round to using them, I missed one of the Craft Barn alphabet dictionary challenges and had not had any ideas for the current one which is the letter D, soon as I saw these stamps I knew what my letter D would be, torn dictionary page, stamps ,dylusion inks and some alphabet stickers and another fat book page done.

Alphabet Challenge - newest stamp

The Craft Barn - Alpha/dictionary challenge


The second challenge at The Male Room is for reflections, either meaning of the words, I've got the reflection of the boat and I think the words are a bit reflective too .All stamps except the anchor are from Artistic Outpost Huck Finn plate which I really do not use enough, coloured with pan pastels. I had a terrible time doing the reflection ,couldn't get my head round which way to roll the brayer ,then it was upside down, choice words were used! anyhow I am happy with how it turned out in the end.

The Male Room - Reflections

Try It On Tuesday - Create a scene

Artistic Outpost - anything goes

Monday 12 August 2013

Sit Back

I think I've only missed a couple of Fashionable Stamping challenges since it started but when I saw the new challenge I nearly decided to miss this one out, it's so not my genre, I don't do clean and I don't do simple! but hey ho that's what challenges are all about isn't it?  The other thing I don't do is straight and you would not believe how difficult I found it to even stick post it notes in a straight line to mask out the centre bit !  I have seen a lot of cards recently with the coloured strip across the centre so thought I'd give it a go, I used pan pastels which was maybe not the wisest thing to do as I ended up with dusty bits on the white but they came off easy enough with the eraser, anyhow this is my version of clean and simple one layer ( the dark surround is just the piece of card I used to scan it on)

Fashionable Stamping- CAS one layer

Sunday 11 August 2013

Fun In The Sun

A few challenges around with a summer theme, dug out this Oxford Impression seaside set and a few stamps from Crafty Individuals,background beach scene is Do crafts. The shells are some nasty plastic ones that I coloured with alcohol markers but they still look a bit naff !

Drunken Stampers- Beach

Crafts Too Challenge You - Fun In The Sun

The Artistic Stamper - postcards/travel/holidays

Heck Of A Challenge - summer holidays

Sunday 4 August 2013


Quick card tonight for a few challenges. Going to be away for a few days and probably won't have any internet connection.

Our Creative Corner  - Words, Words, Word

Country View Crafts - Quotations/sayings - mine is from a Hero Arts Stamp

House Of Cards - Picture Inspiration - I've taken orange/white flowers and an Oval

Crafty Cardmakers - 1 Stamp, 2 DP. 3 embellishments (die cut spray, paper flower, pearl button in middle of flower)

and now for the twist - I just realised I have stuck the whole card together upside down!  will have to do a dismantling job       LOL

Thursday 1 August 2013


Quick card for a new challenge which started today or rather yesterday as its now after midnight ! I actually quite enjoy making masculine cards as I like anything nautical/vintage cars/trains etc, plus I'm drawn to browns and blues rather than pretty pinks etc. Got this stamp a while ago but hadn't used it before, bit of map DP, mesh, anchor  and one of my very oldest stamps, the compass.

The Male Room - anything goes as long as its for a male

Addicted To Stamps - anything goes

Creative Craft Challenge - Blue and Brown


Butterfly collage

Had a nice messy time making this collage, I spent quite a time stamping and colouring a background piece and then ended up with hardly any showing, covered with bits of tissue tape/paper, bits of paper and stamped odds and ends, bottle top butterfly, stampin up text flowers  etc........Couple of challenges

Ali Crafts  - Butterflies

Try It On Tuesday - Collage with text