Wednesday 28 December 2011

New Year

Wishing you   a  good   New Year, with the hope of   Health, Happiness  and Peace  for everyone.
 This is my  piece  for this weeks Colour challenge  over at  Gingersmap Creations.
We were asked to use the colours- 'Soft Yellow and White.  GS 132
The paper layers , flowers. lace, glitter  and lettering are all from my stash.
All the colouring is watercolours and acrylics.
A Memory box die for the swirly corner.
The stamp with the Angel of Peace is from Debbie Moore.

I would like to thank all the amazing, talented, lovely Gingers for inviting me to be a Visiting Artist for the past two months, I have enjoyed every challenge theme, many getting me out of my comfort zone, to try new things.

Challenges- Anything Goes at the Craft Room

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

Friday 23 December 2011

Happy Christmas

I would like to wish all of my Blogland Friends and Followers, a very Happy Christmas . 
Thankyou for stopping by  to  visit, it is something I realy appreciate.

Wednesday 21 December 2011


Well here she sits , 'Cinder-bella', waiting for her Prince to come and  take her to the ball. 

I had fun making this  for  todays   new  Gingersnap Creations  Inspiration challenge
Random Redhead Challenge-Candelabras, Chandeliers and Candles..

I used  a Debbie Moore CD , 'Twilight Queen' for all of my images and background papers.
The candelabra is a Prima , Shabby Chic embellishment, the fun element was rolling small strips of paper to make the candles, this had to be a labour of love, especially when sticking the edges together so it didn't flatten the shape. 
The corners were cut using a Memory Box die.

Thankyou  for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Altered Mirror

First of all I must apologise for having to cover the mirror with a piece of card. There were to many reflections  on the day the photo was taken. Also this is what I made to take as a swap. to the 'Geordie Meet' back in September.  I never got round to blogging it then so  when I saw that that our challenge theme at Try it on Tuesdays this week is  'Anything Goes', I hung on a little longer to show it to you.

For once I didn't pick up a stamp, very unusual for me. the mirror was covered using Graphics 45 papers. The edges trimmed with lace and gold coloured binding. It was a Tim Holtz Alteration die for the manequin and flowers from my stash. I hope you will pop over and see what my teamies have been making.  We would love you to join us , maybe like me you have something waiting to be blogged, remember, the choice of what you enter is yours.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments

Monday 19 December 2011


I didn't think I would have time to join in  this week at Just For Fun , the new theme is 'Summer'. Then,  as I was tidying my craft desk  I remembered these pages in my play journal.  Memories of my summer in caravanland.
As usual it would be hard to say how the backgrounds evolved, but  I know this is a Mo Manning stamp. She looks a real charactor doesn't  she.

Adding this page as well,  memories of the days when the wind blows in all directions and  everything flies all over, you  even have to hang on to your  summer skirts.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your  comments.

Sunday 18 December 2011

Meet me in Paris.

Travelling Around the World, is our new theme over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, for challenge No 11. So if you could choose anywhere in the world , where would it be.
 Pop over and see where we are all heading off to and  get all the details.
Although I have to say that at this time of the year, my choice would be definately be, at home with my loving family and good friends.
You can also get an advanced note about  of our first challenge for 2012

However,  I chose Paris as my destination and with it the memories came flooding back of days long past and many happy holidays in France.
For this card I used stamps by Chocolate Baroque ,Darkroom door and a random stamped background..
The  tag reads 'Secrets Travel fast in Paris',  I enjoyed playing with the shrink plastic again to reduce the size. Colouring used was tumbled glass, tattered rose distress inks and watercolours.
The trimmings are all from my stash.

Thankyou for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Thursday 15 December 2011

A red bow and a stamp three ways.

Not a very inspiring title but it fits what I have been making.
This tag,  I think is one  the last Christmas items  I will be making this year.
The background is shaded with tumbled glass distress inks, stamped with a  few snowflakes,   before running through the crimper.  Words are from a Hero Arts set and the deer by Stamper Anonymous.
The Seasonal theme this week at Make My Monday is  to add a ' Red Bow'.

My next bow is on a Birthday card for a friend.
 I was wondering what to make when I saw   the new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is 'Use it Three Times, to show how versatile a stamp can be.
The rose stamp, is old, well loved and used.
Here are my three ways-
Base layer, random stamping using Adirondak Expresso
Next layer, a resist technique, dusting with  Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls after stamping from a clear embossing pad.
Topper, heat embossed  with Lava Black embossing powder. Then coloured with watercolour paints.

Again, it was hard to get good photos and I wished I hadn't added a layer of miri to the card. The shadows make it look as if it wasn't layered properly [it is in real life].

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

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Waiting for Santa

Waiting for Santa, a magical time of the year.
I have made this card for  for the new  Supply Challenge over at Gingersnap Creations GS 131.
We are asked to used some wax on   the project.
This is something I am not familiar with using.

Then I remembered a bargain buy of some Seals and Sealing wax in a January Sale. There,  I knew that they would be useful one day.
 So my wax addition is a little tree.
The stamp I used is by Crafty Individuals, coloured with watercolours.
One of the layers is covered in snowflakes,  and I used a Martha Stewart punch for the corners.

I will be adding this card to this weeks challenge over at  Winter wonderland, the theme is  Let it snow.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Vintage tag

Not many more days now till the big event, when we all hope that Santa will call and leave us a few crafty goodies under the tree.
Our challenge theme for you  this week, over at Try it on Tuesdays is to make a 'Gift Tag'.
The base of this tag is cut from one of my pre stamped backgrounds, using a variety of stamps.
A piece from an old french book came next, with lovely vintage image that  was in my blog candy package from Valerie.
A Tim Holtz stamped ticket and a sprig of die cut holly are other additions. All shading is tea dye and vintage photo distressed inks.

Sugar Creek Hollow 's theme  this week is Vintage Tags.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Sunday 11 December 2011

Just for fun

Something completely different to festive card making.
 I have been experimenting in my 'play journal' again.  The background was already coloured and stamped, this was done over time  by blotting stamps  and distress ink.
So I thought it would fit  this weeks seasonal  theme over at Just for Fun  'Spring'.
The birds, mushrooms and flowers were cut from a paper napkin.
Added  few hearts  cut from a piece of scrap paper and added a few words.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Friday 9 December 2011


I am in tag making mode for the special family Christmas gifts. Last minute as usual, but as they come to stay with me over the holidays, I have a few days to finish them off.
This tag is made using  Stampers Anonymous stamps, an alterations die cut clock.
The background stamping is snowflakes and pine branches using tumbled glass and bundled sage distress inks. All the shading  is watercolour paints.

.Over at Simon Says Stamp and show some 'Elements of Time'  is this weeks challenge, so I think my clock will fit the theme.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Thursday 8 December 2011


This hanging ornament isn't very big about 6 x 2 inches. 
 The shape  hasn't a makers name, the blue is just one coat of acrylics.
I was pleased about that , as it was such a fiddle to get between all the letters.
The letters and stars  were painted with silver acrylic paint, then stamped with a Stampers Anonymous snowflake stamp.
I used a Paper Artsy stamp for Santa's image. There is a sprinkling of glitter over the surfaces, but its a bit hard to see on this photo.

 The theme at the  Stampmans Challenge blog  this time to Create an Ornament.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Wednesday 7 December 2011


I know its a few days into Advent but  I can show you this project today.
It was made  for the first Challenge in December over at Gingersnap Creations.
Thankyou all for inviting me to be a Visiting Artist  again this month.
The theme for this week is  'Starry Nights'. GS 130
This started life as a mirror, bought from Ikea. Out came the acrylic tester paint pots for the background, then I had fun smudging on silver paint.
The Advent days  clock is from Tando as are the trees and Santa's sledge .
It took some working out to get the right size numbers for the dial, this is where the old computer came in useful. All the colouring was done with acrylics.
As you can tell the glitter was liberally sprinkled and I added some stars to guide the Sleigh.
Covering  the mirror in the centre  is a  craft paper, printed with   one of my favourite Christmas poems by Clement Clarke Moore, it goes like this,-
Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse.
This is now hanging in my kitchen, with the pointer moved every morning bringing the 25th ever closer.

Just has a message from Zoechaos about a Winter Festivals challenge over at Tando Creative so I am  posting my callender  here as well.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Tuesday 6 December 2011

The Big Guy

Card week again over at Try it on Tuesdays and this time  the theme is Father Christmas.
My card is layered with a variety of papers. The 'big guy' is a Paper Mania stamp.
The shading is watercolour paints. Antique linen and vintage photo distress inks.
Once again I used my Holly Alterations die, adding a stamped Tim Holtz ticket.
Please pop over and see what my team mates have been making, and join us this week.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Monday 5 December 2011

A Winters Day

 I have finished my cards, hip hip, hooray.
 Over the next days I will be adding  a few more for you to see, I love the run up to Christmas, when everything gets to look so festive.
This winter scene was made using Lindsey Moore stamps. Lots of glitter, some white flower soft on the fence posts and cottage roof. I used watercolours to colour.
The tree is  a Tim Holtz die and the ribbon came from my stash.

Make My Monday  - Seasonal, add some glitter.
Just for Fun             -Winter
Chocolate Baroque have a  White Christmas challenge, pop over for all the details, there is a super prize on offer
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Christmas Trees

Another Christmas card ready to post.
This time I have used navyblue cardstock for  some of the layers but it has shown black on the photo. Again poor light in the north, we have an icy wind, its freezing cold as well.

The main image is a Personal impressions stamp which I heat embossed using white powder, then coloured with watercolours, adding a bit of red  glitter . Finishing with papers and ribbon from my stash.

Sugar Creek Hollow  Non traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Card Makers Heat Embossing

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Sunday 4 December 2011

The Dressmakers.

Dressmaking/ corsets/ accessories   is our 10th Challenge theme  over at Fashionable Stamping challenges.    Please pop over  here  for all the details and see what we have all been making.  We love our stamping and hope you will include some in your work.

I  enjoyed making  this small  collage hanging,  a real change to Christmas cards.
The stamps  used  are by Creative Expressions and Stampers Anonymous.
I stamped the tailors dummy onto stickyback canvas,  to add a bit of texture.
All the colouring is antique linen, vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks..
The trimmings are all from my stash.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments

Thursday 1 December 2011

Book in a box.

Make my Monday's challenge this week is to  ' Make a  box in a Christmas style'.

This little box is shaped like a book and is 2.5 x 3.5  x1 inch in size.
I spent a bit of time tearing decoupatch paper, very theraputic when the computer is in a 'go slow' mode.
 Had a load of fun sticking down the small pieces.
 Inside , I made a pull out book, it is decorated on both sides, using a variety of stamps,  pictures  etc.   This is the best photo  of many, I hope  it  gives  you an idea of the inside.
It is now parcelled up and ready for posting to a crafty friend, who I cannot persuade to use her blog.

Jusr found the Happy Daze blog's December challenge is gifts and  tags. So the box will pay a visit here as well.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.