Wednesday 30 May 2012


Week  7 of our journey into discovering the Techniques in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2.
This week Linda at StudioL3  has us opening  the book at  page 49 and trying out hand at Brushless Watercolours. The challenge is sponsored by eclectic Paerie
 As always I cannot share how I did the background.  The colour is wild honey distress ink, edged with vintage photo.
The stamps I used  are  from Stampers Anonymous, Pink Paisley and Susie Blu for Stampavie, this little lady will become a favourite of mine she was coloured with promarkers.
My first efforts with this technique is on the right. I think I got a bit carried away with the water spray.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.
My next posts will be schedueled, so I may not be able to visit you all for a few days.
I will look forward to catching up later.

Monday 28 May 2012

Paris City of Dreams

'Distress It'  is our new Challenge  at Crafty Cardmakers running for the next two weeks and hosted by Feesby. We would like you to make your entry to have a distress shabby  look.
We are sponsored by  the Digi Doodle Shop who are offering a generous  voucher for the  challenge winner.

Please pop over and see what we have all been making and get all the details.

The base layer of this card is graphic 45 paper.
The main image is a stamp from Indigo Blu.  I scraped around the edges with  a piece of sandpaper. The distressing was done with the aid of my favourite colour  Distress inks. Tea dye and Vintage photo.
I used a memory Box die for the corner.
The other additions came from my stash.

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Saturday 26 May 2012

Grace for Sugar Creek Hollow

Vintage Fashion is our new  challenge for this week  over at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Please pop over to see what we have all been making, get all the details and we hope you will join us this week.

We are sponsored by the Digi Doodle Shop who are offering a generous voucher to spend in their fabulous store.

I was thrilled to be able to use one of their Vintage images to make this wall hanging.

It all began with an off cut of mountboard 9 inches square, which I covered with a piece of Egyptian cotton.
One of the layers already had music as a background,  to add interest I  used a Stampers Anonymous stamp with clear embossing ink which I brushed with gold  mica powders. I was wanting it  to fade into the background.. The corners were heat embossed adding a few assorted beads while the powder was still hot.
Now for the main image, I named her Grace because she looks quite graceful to me.
I used my favourite colouring method again, watercolours, then  fussy cut , before placing on the picture.
The other additions came from my stash.
Challenges also entered-
Anything but a Card at   The Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge
Add Fabric at   The Craft Room Challenge

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Tuesday 22 May 2012

For the boys

This week over at  Try it on Tuesdays  our new challenge theme is Father's day or  for the Boys.
You can make anything you chose as long as it fits our theme and challenge rules.
Please pop over to see what my DT friends have been making and join  us this time.
I am in Patriotic mode for this card, the backing papers are all from Debbie Moore's London CD.
The stamp is by Lost Coast.
Shading is Vintage Photo distress ink and trimmings came from my stash.
 I think this bloke looks like he's decided to give in and just go with the flow as the UK gets closer to celebrating the Queens Jubilee.

Challenge also entered-
 London Celebrates here  at Penny Black and More at Allsorts
Thank you for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Monday 21 May 2012

Getting Inky.

This is the the frame I altered at  the Craft Workshop on Saturday, which had been organised by my good friend Cazro.
We had a fabulous day with Jill   [Mrs Stampman] who guided us through some amazing techniques to alter this frame.  We were provided with a mirror  available from that well know furniture store, a bag of goodies to use on the frame and a CD to take home so we can refresh our memories on how to use some of the products.
Some of the items  we used were Moonglow shadow inks and Stampendous Frantage products.

To describe everything we did would take a very long time. We painted, stamped, embossed, embellished, got extremely messy and inky. It was amazing to see how everyone's frame looked so different even though we started off with the same things.
Towards the end of the day we made some toppers for cards, I will show you these later'

I decided not to put the mirror back in the frame, instead I have added a some metal pieces into the recess when I got it home..

 Thank goodness Mr Stampman brought along  a variety of products we used,  so we could  purchase as well, I am going to be experimenting with these in future.All available from the Stampman on line shop.

Jill I enjoyed every bit of my day, thankyou, it was crafter's heaven, you showed and taught us how to do some amazing things.
 Caz, that day out is sure going to take a lot of beating  9.30a.m. to 4.30p.m. of wall to wall crafting bliss.
This might just fit  the challenge  at  Rainbow Lady -'Lets get Inky'.

Also the challenge over at Art with no Boundries which I have just found for the first time.
the challenge is Anything Goes/A  Frame of Mind.

Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a comment, I realy appreciate you stopping by.

Sunday 20 May 2012

Steampunk Mary

Our new theme over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges  is 'Steampunk'.
I hope you will pop over and see what my  team mates  have been making and get all the details.
Remember we like to see stamping on your project.

I realy enjoyed making this larger size card 8 x8 inches.
The background papers came from Jem's designs Steampunk CD.
Layered with plain card, I also cut out and added  a few spanners to go behind the clock.
The stamps are Andy Skinner- on the clock face
 and Graphics 45-lady with the key
Cogs and Clock, which I embossed with antique gold  are Tim Holtz die cuts.
All  shading is  Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks, with water colours to colour Mary.

Out of the Hat Creations -Challenge 9 Bingo, my line is Flowers, Die Cuts, Bling [gems in the flowers] and an Image.
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge- Challenge 127 Steampunk
Crafting When We Can  -Steampunk

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Saturday 19 May 2012

Pearls and Swirls for Sugar Creek Hollow

Pearls and Swirls is our new challenge this week over at
Sugar Creek Hollow.  Remember that we like you to use a Vintage , Shabby Chic or Primitive style for your entry to the challenge.
We are welcoming a new D.T.  member this week, Heather Hudson, please  visit to her beautiful blog and see her awesome work.

Also we  welcome Amelia Breytenback as our Guest Designer this week,
please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.

So how did I make this card-
The base card was stamped and clear embossed with a swirls stamp, then the surface lightly shaded with  Wild Honey distress inks.
The main image is from  Inkadinkado stamped using
Coffee Archival ink, then highlighted with water colour paints..  I used  Spellbinders die  [labels2]for the layers.
The swirls are Memory Box die cuts.
Trimmings and pearls came from my stash.

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Thursday 17 May 2012

Calendar- Fat pages

Its been a while since I showed you some of my Calendar fat pages , that I am swapping with a friend who doesn't blog. The size is 4 x 4 inches

This was the front of  April's page, stamped onto canvas with the free stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine. I cannot find the photo of the back,
must have deleted it. The backgrounds were random stamped using a variety of stamps.
The current challenge at Moving Along with the Times is
Keeping it Real, I hope these little rabbits look real.

Front ..                                           Back.

On to May, at least I remembered, to take this photo side by side, before sticking back to back.
The backgrounds are random stamped  and embossed using  an old flower stamp [maker unknown], then highlighted with water colours.
The image of the lady comes from  an Outpost
set of stamps. I used a black ink so it would stand out from the background.

The May Referral Challenge at the Artistic Outpost blog is Travel. I hope this will be okay for the theme.

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

Tuesday 15 May 2012

Shattered Stains

This week Linda at StudioL3 has guided us to Page 48 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol.2.
The Technique we are to try is Shattered Stains.
Simon Says Stamp are the sponsors of this Challenge 5

The stamps I used  making this tag are by Indigo Blu and Inkylicious.
Distress inks were, Tumbles Glass and Victorian Velvet for shading.
The Butterflies were made using a Sizzix die .
So what did I do to the butterflies?  all is revealed on Page 48.
Needless to say I will be buying more Distress stains when I next visit a Craft Shop.

I will be entering this tag into the challenge at-
Simon Says Stamp and Show--Anything Goes.

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

Monday 14 May 2012


Our new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is 'Birthday Balloon Bonanza'. and is hosted by Mynnette, who is celebrating her Birthday this week.
Once again we have two generous sponsors offering two super prizes for the winners.
Di's Digi Downloads


The Stampman

My first thoughts about this challenge was that I didn't have any balloon stamps. Then I remembered that maybe one of my Craft C.D.s might be of help. As you can see I ended up making two cards.
For this one I used papers and images   from Popcorn the Bear. Its a simple pyramid card with minimum cutting out.

My OH when taking the photo's thought I had flipped my lid when he saw how' girlie', this one looked. I used the Paintbox Poppets C.D. for all the papers and topper.
Both the CDs are from Crafters Companion, the extras I used were Martha Stewart punches a button and some ribbon.

I hope you will pop over and see the fabulous examples my DT friends made and get all the details.

Thank you for stopping by I always appreciate your comments.

Saturday 12 May 2012

Scent of a Rose, for Sugar Creek Hollow

This week at Sugar Creek Hollow our new Challenge is to make a Tag.
As always, remember we like you to use a Shabby Chic/vintage/primative style.

Our Sponsor is A Day For Daisies  who are offering a voucher to use in their fabulous store for this weeks winner..

The Image I used on my tag is called the Scent of a Vintage Rose and comes from the Vintage Digi stamp section at the store, beautiful isn't she.
For the base layer of my tag I stamped then  embossed with pale pink powder, a favourite Rose stamp.
A piece of embossed script, all shading is Tea Dye and Spun Sugar Distress inks.
The image was water coloured, before cutting out.
The trimmings all came from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look and I hope you will visit here to see what we have been making.
We hope you will join us and I look forward to visiting you all.

Challenges also entered-
Out of the Hat Creations--Vintage Lace
C.R.A.F.T.  Challenge 154 Celebration.   This tag is going on a gift for a special occasion.
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Challenge 42 Tags

Thursday 10 May 2012

Faded Layers

I am just in time to show my take on this weeks Technique  Challenge set by Linda over at Studio L3 from Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Page 43- Faded Layers.
I used  Stampers Anonymous stamps and a clock face mask.The colours are  Victorian Velvet, Wild honey and tumbled glass.
Once again, I cannot say how this evolved. But next time I will be using a different Archival ink to black.
With the resulting piece I have made a 'Just Because', quickie card.

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

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Swim little Fish.

On the  Beach is the new Challenge over at Try it on Tuesday.
Imagine yourself by the sea and join us, we have extended the time for you to enter and the challenges will now run for two weeks.
Please pop over for all the details and see what my team mates have been making.

I decided to alter this door hanger, the fish tail is still work in progess, as I hope to find some real shells next time I am at the coast.
The colouring for the background is layers of acrylic paints, mixed to get the shades I was wanting. The base layers are painted the top layed are dabbed on with a piece of kitchen paper. I used watercolours for the stamped images.
All the stamps are by Chocolate Baroque.

Thank you for stopping by I realy appreciate your comments.

Sunday 6 May 2012

Cities of the World

Cities of the World is the new theme  at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
It was my turn to choose the theme, little did I realise that my initial title choice would  have us getting our 'thinking caps on,'  big style.
As we are celebrating the Queens Jubilee this year and the Olympics are fast approaching and I live in the U.K.  I am off to London.
Please pop over and see the destinations  that my fabulous  team mates went to  and  get all the details.
 Remember we like to see some stamping on your entry.  Also we are looking forward to see where you will be visiting.

The  background  was randomly stamped with a stamp from Chocolate Baroque.
 Next  I used a mask of our Union Jack flag  dabbing it with Distress Inks, Broken China and Fired Brick.
The collage stamp of London is from Crafty Individuals, with the other additions coming  from my stash.
The ribbon trim was a real find  last time we were in Yorkshire, I loved the row of Guardsmen.

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Saturday 5 May 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow,' Black and White'.

At last I can share some good news, I have been wanting to shout out loud  for a little while, but today I can.
The  fantastic DT over at Sugar Creek Hollow have asked me to join the team. I am truly thrilled and honoured and look forward to the challenges.

 So,the new Challenge for  this week over at Sugar Creek Hollow is - Black and White, the only place you can add colour is on the Focal Image.
I made this card using plain black and white cardstock for the layers, the base card is also white.
 To trim the corners I used an embossing  corner punch. The die cuts are by Memory Box.
One of the layers is stamped with my favourite old French script stamp, so well used I never put it away.
 The main image  is part of a Queens Dresser Drawers stamp, after cutting away some wording etc,  this was  given the splash of colour using watercolours.
I hope you will pop over and see what we have been making,  read all the details and join us this week.

Challenges also entered-
Paper Take Weekly- Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges2- Anything Goes

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Thursday 3 May 2012

The Queens Tea Party

Had to play with some new papers yesterday, all celebrating the Queens Jubilee.
They came from a craft CD by Debbie Moore.
I can only describe it as a tag with a collage, because all it involved was mainly cutting out.
Some water colour highlights and Vintage Photo distress ink for shading.
The one stamp I used is from an Artistic Outpost set, the cup and saucer, which I am sure will be used lots.
A cup of tea is highly rated here in the UK.
I added a bit of sparkle to the sugar cubes and coming out of the cup for a bit of steam rising up.
The Cheerful Stamp Pad   -Time for the Queens Tea
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A kaleiderscope of colour.

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

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Marbled stains

I have been trying the next  Technique Challenge set by Linda at Studio L3
Week3 when we refer to page  46   in Tim Holtz's book, A  Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2, to find out how to  do Marbled Stains.
This weeks challenge is being sponsered by Electicpaporie

Following the rules I cannot explain how I made the background.

 Using a background  piece that I made, I  stamped  this topper  with  Studio 490 stamps , trimming   with a few small pieces of left overs from other projects,  that were in my bits box.

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