Sunday 30 December 2012

Dare to be different.

Our last challenge of the year over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and we would like you to
'Surprise Us'.  So you will guess from this theme you will have free choice  in what you make.

I chose to make a card using a Creative Expressions stamp set Vintage Vixens.
The image was water coloured and the shading, Vintage Photo distress ink.
I used some new Metalic distress stains on the die cut clock, it looks darker in real life and not so shiny.
A few trimmings from my box to finish and its ready to be posted.
One of the paper layers was dry embossed with cogs and clocks.

Remember to include some stamping and please pop over to see what my design team sisters have been making.

Thank you for visiting me, I always appreciate your comments.

Sunday 23 December 2012

Happy Christmas Everyone

To all my Friends and Followers out there in Blogland, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave me, and for following my crafty journey.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a healthy, peaceful New Year.
Yvonne xx

Friday 21 December 2012

Christmas tag

Sharing a tag with you this evening. It's hard to believe that Christmas is so close. I have yet to wrap the families gifts.
This tag is made using a Woodware image, the last of those I stamped up using stamps lent me by Siobhan.
I used Coffee archival ink , with Tea dye distress inks for shading.
The corrogated paper was made using an old plastic gadget that takes strips of paper up to 4 inches wide.
It came to the surface in my craft room while I was looking for something else, which is yet to be found.

Challenges entered -
Stamping Sensations  -December challenge is TreeMendous.
Crafterscafe Challenge - Challenge 11  - Tags
Craft-Room Challenge - Make a Tag

Thank you for stopping by I always appreciate your comments.

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Deep in the woods.

Our last Challenge of the year over at Try it on Tuesdays and we would like you to  to take a few picks from our ,'Lucky Dip'..
We are giving you a choice of 6 ingredients and would like you to include 4 of them on your entry.
Die cuts,Ribbon,Pearls,Distressing,Stamped image and a Sentiment.
Please pop over and see the choices  our  DT have made and  get all the details.
 We are sponsored this month by  Deicious Doodles with a super prize on offer.

My choices were,-
Die cuts for layering, ribbon and pearls for trimmings and a stamped image.
As you can probably tell my colouring was vintage photo.

Thank you for stopping by, it is a busy time for everyone just before Christmas. I always appreciate your comments.

Sunday 16 December 2012

A little bird told me.

'Mask It', is our new Challenge theme over at
Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  So this time we would like you to use a mask as well as see stamping on your project .
Please pop over and see what my design team sisters have been making this time and get all the details.

I decided that I needed a change from Christmas cards and used this quirky stamp and sentiment by Lindsay Mason on this card.
The base card is covered  with black spiders mesh. Then a couple of blocks of masking before adding the image layers.
All the colouring on the masks was sponged with distress inks. A mixture of  Spiced marmalade, Victorian Velvet and Vintage photo.
The main image was water coloured, she looks quite a character to me.
Wonder if that bird us looking for somewhere to nest?

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

Saturday 15 December 2012

Just a Note

Our last challenge of the year over at Sugar Creek Hollow is to 'Make a gift',  could be a  bag/box/enclosure etc ', but not a card
Remember we like to see a Shabby chic/vintage style for your projects.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.
Also welcome our Guest Designer  Jytte.

Sorry I can only show you what the top of the box looks like. It was away in the post when I remembered  I didn't have a photo  from the side as well. I can show you some of the notelets I made to go inside.

For the box and three of the notes,  I  used a selection of Hunkydory papers and toppers.  They were so quick to make with the addition of the trimmings from my stash.

The notes on the left have toppers made from material scraps and an old buttons.

I have made a few of these note boxes as gifts this year and have made many cards like these last ones to fill them.
All the extra shading is  my favourite colour distress inks, Vintage Photo and Tea Dye.

I must apologise for not getting to visit you all recently,  I often wonder how time always seems to gather speed at this time of the year.

I do thank you for stopping by and realy appreciate your comments.

Monday 10 December 2012


Another hanging from me today. This time made with our New Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers in mind. . Lin who is hosting this challenge wants us to be inspired by a song she heard sung byJim Croce.
She has written it up, the words are lovely
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.
Also see the lovely goodies our sponsors are offering this time.
This is our last challenge for this year, we will be back on 7th. January.

The song is called 'Time in a bottle'.
I chose the 4th verse as my inspiration

'If I had a box for  just wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory of how they were answered by you'.

I coloured a small wooden  plaque with cream acrylics, also the wooden leaves. The base was stamped with a variety of stamps before adding more colour, mainly distress inks and cosmic shimmer paint.
The tickets are Stampers Anonymous
The top one says-
Sometimes fate and  your dreams can collide.
Another says-
A dream is a wish your heart makes.

The letters are die cut from the Alterations Vintage Market alphabet strip.
For added texture I used Frantage powder.
Other items are from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by I realy appreciate your comments.

Saturday 8 December 2012


This weeks Challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow is to use Stencils or Masks on part of your card/project.
Please pop over to see what we have all been making and get the details.

I thought I would begin by showing you  the 6 x 4 inch  canvas  and the mask I used, to create my background.
The colours are a variety of spray inks, including Crushed Grape  from the Dylusions range and a  Picket Fence dauber for highlights.

.I always had in mind to use this Chapel Road stamp, which I stamped in black  onto canvas, this in turn was layered onto muslin.. The shading was Dusky Concorde distress inks.  The trimmings all came from my work boxes.

This was a project I realy enjoyed making, but taking  the photos was something I'm pleased my OH does for me. There were a few polite  words spoken  at the time I can tell you.

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

Thursday 6 December 2012

Pink Christmas

When making Christmas card to post this year, I have been thinking simple layering.
No foam pads, to keep it thin enough to take a second class stamp.
I was quite  pleased with the resulting card that  I made a few more in the same style.
Shaded with Distress inks, a light covering of Victorian Velvet gave a subtle pink shade for this card.
The Bauble, which was water coloured  and words are Stampers Anonymous stamps.

Challenges I will enter are-
In the Pink  Challenge 9 'Gonna be a Pink Christmas'.
CRAFT Challenge 184 'Christmas'.

Hello to my New Followers thank you for joining me on my Crafty Journey.
To my friens who stop by, thank you for calling , your comments are always appreciated.

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Tuesday 4 December 2012

Lets get Inky

                          Our new Challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays is ' Lets Get Inky'.
Well how could I refuse not to get covered in inks, a favourite occupation of mine.

But there is some exciting news to share with you first. We are thrilled to introduce you to our new DT members. So please pop over for all our news and see what we have been making this time.
This month we are being sponsored by
Delicious Doodles who are offering our December  Monthly winner 4 Digi stamps of their own choice.

 Here  is the Tag I made.  Distress inks  used  for colouring were Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough.
The baubles which  were embossed first  are from Stampers Anonymous, as are the background  ferns.
I think the word stamp is My Minds Eye.
 I  do  hope you will join us and  'get inky'.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

Sunday 2 December 2012

Stepping out

Our new Challenge  over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges is-
'To die For'.
We would like you to use die cuts on your entries, also please remember we like to see stamping as well. I hope you will pop over for all the details and see what we have been making.

This small hanging was made as a gift for a crafting friends Birthday. I hope it has reached its destination by now.
 First of all the compressed paper block was sprayed using Dylusions inks, then stamped  front and back using a variety of stamps and masks. The picture on the left shows the underside. Which wasn't over stamped as much as the front.

The words by Wendy Vechi on the back say, -
"I had no clue
that one tiny
Rubber Stamp Purchase
would lead to this"...
True for many of us crafters I think.
The die cuts I used are all Sizzix.
The image is a Lindsay Mason stamp, coloured with cosmic shimmer paints.

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

Saturday 1 December 2012

Santa is on his way

'Distressing', is our new theme this week over at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Please pop over and see what we have all been making and get all the details.
Remember we like to see your  Vintage/Shabby Chic style .
This time I decided  to make a tag. As it is now 1st December, I think I will  start panicking soon, on the things I have still to make.

The papers I used are from Kanban. , with a piece of torn printed Kraft card.
The Santa image is  cut from  a Graphics 45 sheet before  taking the blunt scissors to the edges. A realy good way to distress something as you never know how  it will tear.
Using a  die cut Poinsettia  and trimming from my stash to finish the tag.
All the shadings are distress inks, Walnut stain. Festive Berries and Peeled paint.

I will also be entering the following challenges-

Fussy and Fancy -Challenge 77    I love Christmas
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog,  'Santa Clause is Coming to Town'.
Crafts4Eternity -R 100  Christmas Chaos.
Live and Love Crafts  -Challenge 6 Anything but a card.

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