Monday 30 April 2012

For the Boys at Crafty Cardmakers.

Challenge 67 at Crafty Cardmakers  is 'One For the Boys'.

We have two very generous sponsers. Both offering Store Vouchers for the winners.

Doodle Shop


One Stop Card Crafts

Please pop over to Crafty Cardmakers for all the details and see what my DT friends have been making.
We look forward to seeing what you have been making.

I made my card for my OH's Birthday. The background is  a home made design splattered with Distress stains through a mask, then spritzed with water. I used a watch face  stamp by Indigo Blu  for the random pattern.. The clock is a Sizzix die cut, covered in tissue paper and the  bloke is an Inilicious stamp.

Challenges I am entering are-
Artful Times - Time
Make My Monday - Time

Thank you for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Thursday 26 April 2012

Bird Man

Another wet day here in the UK, so what better thing to do than get inky in the craft room.
The background and metal embellishment  for this tag were made following the instructions found in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2 - page 58,  Faux Patina . It is part of the challenge rules that I cannot explain how I made it.
The main colouring are Wild Plum and Stream, alcohol inks with Antique linen distress ink on the image.
The stamps used  are from a Paper Artsy plate.

Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 2

Make My Monday- week 36 Birds or Animals, maybe  I am a bit outside the box with this tag, but he does have a bird's body.

Thank you for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Anything Goes My Friend

Its 'Anything Goes' for this weeks challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays. However you may need to pop over and read all the challenge details. This time we are asking you to link something on your project that you could buy at The Craft Barn, they are our generous sponsers this week.
So on my card you could buy the Crafty Individuals stamp the link is here
For the base of  the card I used a leaf  mask colouring with Wild Honey Distress stains. I then gave it a generous spritzing with water.
The image is water coloured, then shaded with vintage photo distress ink.
The music, paper  rose and Memory Box die cuts came from my stash.

Challenges I will also enter are-
Happy Daze Design Team Challenge for April is April Showers, use anything watery.

Monday 23 April 2012

Out of the box

Fancy Folds is the current Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow . This got me thinking so much 'outside the box', that I decided to make one
. A good while ago my friend Caz  showed me how to make a box using two sheets of square paper.
Some pretty paper, a little measuring and cutting,  then  a few folds is all it takes.

For this box the panels and sides  have been randomly stamped  using an old Poppy and  well used script stamps. All the trimmings are from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

Sunday 22 April 2012

Pretty on Pink

Our new theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges is 'Embossing, wet/dry'. We would like to see your stamping as well. Please pop over and see what my super team mates have been making and get all the details for the challenge.

As you can see a couple of my layers are Dry Embossed.
The flower stamp is  from a set by Nantucket.
 I used some Woodware embossing power, for this part of the card.
Its got no name but comes from a set of pastel colours.
The flowers were coloured with water colour paints.
All the shading is Tattered Rose Distress ink, with a little Shabby Shutters on the edge of the card.
Other items used were Nesties for layering Memory Box Butterfly die and some lace.
I can see new changes have been happening in Blogland  while I've been away, so I think I will be feeling my way around yet again for a few days.
Challenges  entered-
The Stampman -Show us your Shabby  Chic or distressed style.

Looking forward to visiting you all  and  thank you for stopping by to take a look, I always appreciate your comments.

Tuesday 17 April 2012


A little late posting this as I am still in Caravanland with not alot of access to the net. Sorry I am still not able to visit you all.
 Our new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers  this time is 'Magical, Fantasy', so we look forward to seeing dragons, fairies etc as your main focus. Please pop over for all the details and see what my team mates have been making.
We are sponsered by Crop Stop and Di's Digi Downloads you have both kindly offered Store vouchers for our winners.

I have used a LOTV  fairy image for  this card . With a little glitter added to her wings.. The swirls are from a Memory Box die, the border cut from a Martha Stewart punch.. The backing papers and ribbons came from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look. I realy appreciate all your comments.

Thursday 12 April 2012

Man and his bicycle.

First of all appologies if I don't get to visit you all in the next few days. The internet connection is not good where we are staying, to many hills and valleys, I think.

All the men in my family love cycling. I wonder how they would have managed to ride one of these.
The image is a Chocolate Baroque stamp. All the others are Stampers Anonymous and my favourite script stamp.
One of the layers is embossed with cogs and wheels.
Shading is vintage photo and antique linen distress inks.
Challenges I will be entering are -
Cheerful Stamp Pad -challenge 40  From the Past
Make My Monday - week 44, Vintage

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

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Pampered Pets

'Pampered Pets' is this weeks  new challenge theme  over at Try It on Tuesdays.
Please pop over and see what my team mates have been making and get all the details.

As you can see, I have my own pampered pet Meg,  Meggymay is her full name, but is only used on High days and holidays now. It was used quite a bit when she was younger and up to mischief.
The background  of the tag  was sponged with Wild Honey, Broken china distress stains and a rose Starburst stain. These I daubed onto my craft mat  and blotted up with a dried out baby wipe to use as a sponge.
I used a Studio490 stamp for the embossing , it was a Woodware powder, the colour unknown.
The Leaf swirl is a Memory Box die, with the other additions coming from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

Monday 9 April 2012


I'll take your word for it- is the new challenge theme at Frilly and Funky,
The  background on my tag has come from a large piece I made a few days ago, when I libereally sponged a card with  Broken China and Wild Honey  distress stains, then sprayed it with Starburst  stains [pink].  The stamps are Stampers Anonymous and the words are favourites of mine.
The die cuts are by Memory Box.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, your comments are always appreciated.

Sunday 8 April 2012


'Nautical' , is our new  theme over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges  for this coming fortnight.
We hope you will join us, please pop over,  have a look at what we have been making and get all the details. Remember we like to see stamping on your entry.
For my card I used  stamps  by Crafty Individuals.
When I decided to layer some of the images, I wish I hadn't chosen the Galleon, it was a bit of a pain to cut, so don't look to closely.
All the colouring and shading is Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky distress inks.
The knots are a Sheet Bend, Clove Hitch and a Reef Knot, all remembered from my Girl Guide days many, many, moons ago. They are layered on an embossed panel, the Seagull on the top is a Chocolate Baroque stamp.

I am entering this card in the current Challenge at Lets Ink it Up which is 'Distressing'.

Thank you for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Friday 6 April 2012

Thinking of Summer

Snow again for a couple of days in my part of the UK, so what better to think about  than summer.
I searched out my Darkroom door stamps, this image of the bike propped against the tree is a favourite of mine. We used the cycle quite a bit in summer when on family holidays.  The only addition to the image is a touch of antique linen distress ink.
The base layer is from  Prima  Moulin Rouge collection. Another layer is a piece of linen.
The die cuts are Memory Box and were sent to me by  a friend who doesn't blog.
To finish, I added a strip of open weave calico, satin ribbon and lace.

Challenge entered -
Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog April Challenge--'Ribbons and Lace'.

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

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Diesel Punk

Well, I know you cannot see the hair for the hat and goggles, but I will leave that to your imagination.
I have used stamps by the Artistic Outpost again, I think this image is kind of cute and he goes so well this the bike. The images were water coloured using cosmic shimmer paints.
The background wall was daubed  with distress inks before it went through the embossing folder.
Challenges entered-
Make My Monday , the challenges this month have been chosen by Caz and the theme is Men and Boys. This week it's 'Wheels'.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, I always appreciate your comments.

All sewn up

Another  card made using  from elements  from a CD.
The current challenge theme  at CD Sunday is 'All Sewn Up'.
 I used  Debbie Moore's  Shabby Chic Haberdashery. Adding  a button, some ribbon and a piece of open weave mesh. Hope this was allowed .
CD crafting is not as easy as some may think, in fact if stamping and inky fingers  is your first love, as it is mine. I would say this is quite hard.. I would have loved to reach out and do a bit of distressing with inks on this one, but resisted the temptation.
Thank you for stopping by to take a look, I always appreciate your comments.

Monday 2 April 2012

Easter Greetings

Challenge 65 over at Crafty Cardmakers and we are asking you to make any project as long as it has an Easter theme and is hosted by Doreen.. Please pop over and see what my team mates have been making.
Our sponsers this time are -
Digi Doodle Shop who are offering a store voucher.
  Hobby Art with some super stamps to be won.
All the details can be found here

I made this card using a set of Stamps from Chocolate Baroque called Punky Romance.
The layers are a variety of papers from my stash, as are all  the other additions.
 The shading on the main image is my favourite distress ink Vintage Photo,  for  colouring I used Cosmic Shimmer watercolours.
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I always appreciate your comments.

Sunday 1 April 2012

Fly butterfly.

 When I was making rosettes from a Sizzix die cut,  the other day , this one went walk about and I had to make another. Now we crafters know thing get put somewhere safe. So when this appeared  in a box of flower cuts, I added  it to the tag I was busy making.
The base was coloured with Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade distress inks before spritzing with a  Dylusions Amber spray. I used an embossing folder for the leaves.
The stamps used are Studio490 [butterfly and background leaf], Inkylicious [sentiment].
The colouring for the butterfly and leaves are watercolours
Rainbow Ladies , ChallengeNo 198, Butterflies.
Artful Times. make a Tag- your choice .
this is another new exciting challenge blog, I hope you will pop over and join the fun.

Thankyou for stopping by, I always appreciate your commenys.