Thursday 30 June 2011

Together forever

While trying to tidy my craft desk and find a little order in all the chaos I seem to work in, I came across an image of another  favourite stamp from  Paperbag studio. So rather than store it in  my bits and pieces box, I set to and made this card.
The paper  layers  are Prima I think, and  I used vintage photo  distress ink for shading.  The image fitted easily into a Spellbinder die shape and  the swirls were cut from a sissix die. Lace and buttons from my sewing stash to finish it off.
I did manage to  create some order, but came to my usual conclusion, that as long as there is a small space to put the craft mat the rest will find  its own level. Anyway every time I have a tidying session I can never find a thing for days afterwards.
  Challenges  that this card  fits the theme are,
Tic, Tac, Toe over at Sugar Creek Hollow a beautiful challenge blog I found recently.
the Tic, tac, toe line  is the horizontal one where  you have to show-Lace -Buttons -Die cuts.

Also at  Just for Fun   its   'Anything Goes'  this week , so these two treasures will be making an appearance over there as well.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate you calling


Week4 over at Make my Monday and the last of the floral challenges. This time we have been given a Sketch to follow.
I used K&Co papers for my background. The rose stamp is an all time favourite of mine, I have no idea who its by, its so old. The colouring is done with cosmic shimmer paints and dried marigold distress ink,  needless to say the other items are from my stash.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate the comments you  leave.

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Less is More-week 21

Week21  already  over at Less is More , Chrissie and Mandi have given us a Sketch to follow this time.
I have missed a few weeks of this great challenge blog, but it is a real friendly bunch of folk and I'm sure they will forgive me.

So, here are a couple of my efforts following the sketch. I used layers  Papermania papers for my strips. Stamped a few Joanna Sheen small flowers to put on my circles. The bling and buttons came from my stash, and the sentiments are from an Inkilicious stamp sheet.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate you calling.

Tuesday 28 June 2011

Tea Box

This weeks challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays is very straight forward. One instruction only,  'Alter a Box'.
Once again our Sponsers are the lovely folk over at the Craft Barn.

So this box started life  filled with tea bags. It will be going  as a gift to a friend , filled with assorted teas.
It was a real simple job to alter this. The box was covered with  K&Co papers, with the addition of a few left over toppers from a Graphics45 sheet. The ribbon and label came from my stash..

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at my box, I hope you will join in the fun with us over at TioT's.

Monday 27 June 2011

Steam power ?

Steanpunk is the current challenge over at Just for Fun, there are some great examples to see,   that make you want to try it yourself. I have made a few steampunk cards etc.  recently, great for the blokes in your life.
I have used  Creative Expressions stamps, I was so pleased  I bought these  fabulous 3 co-ordinating sets.
The cogs die cuts and embossing folder are TH. Distress ink as usual is my favourite colouring choice, tea dye, frayed burlap and vintage photo. The rest came from my stash.
Thankyou for taking time to stop by and take a look.

Thursday 23 June 2011


The new Spotlight challenge is asking us to have,  'Sentiments as the Focus'.
All the information and super examples can be found here.
When searching out  my Inkylicious sentiment stamps, I thought a  simple easel card would be just the job to display the  words. With a showy flower to act as a stopper.
 It went  just as I hoped,  until it was time to ask my OH to  take a photograph of it. This is the best of  many tries.
The other stamps I used  are Creative expressions, the papers etc, are from my stash.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look. I realy appreciate your comments.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

For you with Love.

Just a quick post this evening, blogger has been a bit unhelpful today again.
The  challenge for  week 3  over at Make My Monday  continues with a flower theme. This time to make a tag.
The background on  my  tag was stamped with a variety of stamps, using  Antique Linen, Tea dye and Victorian velvet distress inks to colour. The image is a Crafty Individuals stamp. The flower, lace and trimmings are from my stash.
Thankyou for stopping by I always appreciate you calling.

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Summer Solstice

Over at Try it on Tuesdays this week, we are celebrating the first day of summer. The challenge this time is anything goes,  card, tag, scrapbook page  etc.  whatever takes your fancy.
 However we do want you to show  the   'Sun'  somewhere  on your creation.
Please pop over and see the super examples made by my DT friends here.
The picture of Stonehenge  is layered on matt gold cardstock with  assorted Prima papers.
When looking for a suitable photo, I did a Google search asking  for free pictures  of Stonehenge, some amazing results came up.
I stamped  a sentiment and wild flowers onto acetate, covered the picture, then fixed it in place with brads.
The bright flower came from my stash.
I hope you all have  the sun  shining where you are today.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look at my card, I realy appreciate you calling.

Monday 20 June 2011


The folk over at Just for Fun this week have challenged us to 'Get Tangled Up'.  I was so pleased when this was explained  and I could have a go at doodling. Pop over to see the Fab examples here.
Now,  at first I thought this may be quite straight forward, but it has taken days for me to get on with it. 
 I began with stamping a quote on an ATC, looked at it for ages, picked out a pink, green and black pencil and decided not to get side tracked until I had some kind of pattern on the card. I have to say,  this is me well out of my comfort zone. The background I dabbed with tattered rose distress ink and added a bit of bling.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Sunday 19 June 2011

Just messing about.

First I will explain my title, 'just messing about'. Like a few folk I always have a page of my play book/journal open.  I don't do waste and that goes for ink as well, so I have quite a few 'messy' backgrounds to play with. So here is the result of adding a recognisable stamped image to  a couple of  the pages.
 It was a good way to spend a wet Sunday morning.
The bike in the doorway is from a Darkroom door Set.
The Horses come from a Kazelcraft plate.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I always appreciate you calling.

Wednesday 15 June 2011


Grungy Monday week-11 over  StudioL3 and Linda has set us another technique challenge. This time we have to visit Tim Holtlz blog here to find out all the details of the technique we are to explore..
I did the layer of the card ,coloured with stormy sky, tumbled glass and broken china distress ink,  following the instructions  found in the post on his blog way back in 2008. I had great fun when I got to the  stage of ironing the paper. [you will have to follow the link to see this bit]. Good job it was the craft iron I had to use, the household one  is only let out of the cupboard on high days and holidays.
Other colours used were, mustard seed and black soot.
The stamps were Darkroon Door and Crafty Individuals. Other layers of torn paper from my stash as are the rest of the bits and pieces.
The Stampman, Challenge 24 -Boys and Men
SimonSays Stamp and Show Show your Distressed /Torn Edges.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate you calling and the comments you leave.

Cassie . [clean and simple]

                                          Week19 over at Less is MoreAnother and the one layer card challenge set by Chrissie and Mandi is 'In the Frame'
I used an oblong template for my frame using  dried marigold distress ink to colour and shade.  The stamp I used is  by Stampotique, the words I have had a while, but I think they suit this unusual lady. I had to stop myself adding a lined frame round the shading and would love to know what you think about line/or not.
Another challenge that is asking us to try clean and simple technique  this week is here at the Stamptique Designers Challenge 32.
Thankyou for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Tuesday 14 June 2011

Dames de Paris

The theme for June over at Crafty Individuals  is  'Vintage with a Heart'..
For this card I used Prima Papers  for the  layers, they seemed to blend so well together.
The stamp is Crafty Individuals C1-303,  coloured  with cosmic shimmer watercolour paints.
I used the  T.H. Tattered floral die   for three of the petal layers of the large flower with a single layer under the small rosebuds.There is distress stickles on the flower petals, but not all has shown up so well on the photo.
The lace and heart charms came from my stash.

This card will I think also fit the theme for this week at, Make my Monday,  which is to include die cut flowers.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Butterfly days.

The challenge  for this week  at Try it on Tuesdays is to make a    'Tag'    and the theme is  ' Butterflies.'
There are some great examples  made by my fellow DT friends, over at TioT's.
My tag base, is stamped with a variety of stamps. Coloured with distress inks tea dye, worn lipstick, bundled sage and mustard seed.
 The main image is a Paperbag Studio stamp, Lily is coloured with cosmic shimmer paint.  [I nearly always call this little lady that name when I use her on my pieces.]
I had great plans to make some butterflies from scratch, but have used these real pretty ones from a T.H. Salvage Sticker pack. For the corners I reached for a favourite Martha Stewart punch and the other items came from my stash.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate you taking the time to call by.

Saturday 11 June 2011

Distress Ink-o-Rama

Week 10 over at StudioL3 and Linda has made many folk extremely happy,  to play  and create with Distress Inks, this has got to be  one of my  most used  mediums created by Tim Holtz, if you haven't visited his web site before,  the  inspiration and ideas,  fair blow you away..
For this piece I used a selection of Tim's Stampers Anonymous  stamps. The layers I embossed with a  brick alterations plate. The bird is a die cut and the photo is from the Salvage sticker pack, the rest is from my stash.
Now to the colours,  my fingers still have  areas of these shades of Distress Inks, -tea dye-walnut stain-wild honey-black soot. For the highlights I used vintage photo distress stickles.

Just for Fun  also has a Tim Holtz challenge this week  the theme is  'Something Anything all thing Tim'

Both these challenges have fantastic examples by the DT's.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciated you taking the time to call.

Wednesday 8 June 2011


There is a new challenge blog called Make My Monday, it has just started this week and the first theme is for the card to have a red flower.
This is my last post from caravan land, we are heading home tomorrow.
The words on the sentiment are, Too much of a good thing is simply wonderful. I can relate to this with all the cakes and chocolates I have managed to enjoy recently. Just thinking I should have saved the packages, they may have been useful for another challenge. What an excuse to buy more.
The stamps are are  from a Darkroom Door set, which I just had to have when I visited the Artists Trading Post the other day. The papers etc are from my stash
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I hope to catch up with you all soon.

Tuesday 7 June 2011

She's got eyes everywhere.

Catching up with one of my favourite blog challenges over at Just For Fun  this week  its  'Eye Spy with my Little Eye', how you interpret the title is up to you.  Yipee, I have just the right stamps with me for this one.
I used stamps from a sheet of Aspects of Design, by the Stampman, the eye stamp on my background seemed just right for the theme.   It is coloured with worn lipstick distress ink.

I will also add this card to the  new  Craftroom Challenge blog, whose first theme is Anything Goes.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Sunday 5 June 2011

From the two of us.

Well, I am real late with this weeks card. It is my version of  using the Shabby Chic technique on one of the layers, using my limited caravan supplies. Papers were not a problem I just wish I had packed some daubers, but not to be stuck I used some paint splashes and rubbed them around a bit.
GrungyMonday week 10. Linda over at StudioL3 has asked us to pop over to Tim Holtz blog see the technique for this week, instructions here, where you will see how its done using the correct products.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look.

Saturday 4 June 2011

Big Boys Toys

Thought I would share with you  a photo of my lads toys. We have spent the last 9 days with them  and other landrover folk  at the National rally. As you can see it was a field in the middle of nowhere, but the company was fantastic.
 We are now  spending a week in Derbyshire recovering, before going home. I will be on the hunt for a craft shop or two. Well it would not do to miss an oppotunity  to  find a few things that I cannot possibly do without.
This is my altered Cd for this weeks Try it on Tuesdays. I did have it on a pre-post but it seems to have gone walkabout. it was to alter anything, with a dream theme. The Cd will detatch from the background to make a hanging. It is a decoupage from a Joanna Sheen CD, it is ages since I have used it.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I will visit you all as soon as I have better internet connections.