Wednesday 30 January 2013

Value time

 I have made this 4 x 4 inch Fat page  for  Challenge 44 over at Out of a Hat Creations  the theme is  Clocks .
A bit last minute, so I hope to get it posted in time.
A selection of Clock/time stamps make up the background and clock faces,  all of which have been so well used  that I cannot name the individual makers .

As you can see from the photo on the right  I put it together with a brad  so that the dials as well as the hands can move.

All the colouring is Distress inks, Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo.

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Tuesday 29 January 2013

From the Heart

'Get ready to Celebrate Valentines Day' with us over at Try it on Tuesdays, all we ask is that you include at least one Heart on your entry. Please pop over to see what we have all been making.

My project is going to be a hanging, except I have yet to add the ties and the backing board.
The layers are  from my stash  edged with a Martha Stewart corner punch

The heart shape  was triple embossed before stamping into it with a favourite rose stamp while it was still molten hot..
The shading is Victorian Velvet distress ink and the bird an Alterations die cut..

Thank you for stopping by I always appreciate your comments.

Sunday 27 January 2013

Share some Love

'Share some Love', is our new Challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Please pop over for all the details and see what my DT sisters have been making.
This small heart shape  3 x 3 .5 inches was just waiting in my  box for a make over.
After a coat of cream acrylic paint,  I coloured with distress stains, broken china and a bit of picket fence.
To add some texture I used Stampendous  Frantage embossing powders Aged Marine and Aged Gold with a sprinkle of Lavender crushed glass glitter.

The image I framed in the heart ,  is an old favourite stamp from Queens Dresser Drawers. One of my first on-line purchases many years ago.  This is shaded with Distress inks, shabby shutters, victorian velvet and vintage photo.

The trimmings  came from my stash and I coloured the string with weathered wood distress ink.

Challenges that I hope to enter as well are-
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 191 Valentines Day/Love
Live and Love Crafts  Challenge 7-' Something Old', - the stamp.

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

Saturday 26 January 2013

I love Paris

'Lots of Layers' is the new theme this week over at Sugar Creek Hollow.
Please pop over to see what we have all been making and get all the details, we would love to have you join us. As always we love to see a Shabby Chic/Vintage style.

This is one of my favourite styles of card making. This one has 9 layers including the lace.
The base card was stamped to begin with, but its nearly all covered with the papers.
I used a selection from a Graphics 45 paper  stack for  layering,  as well as plain black card.
For the image I used a Crafty Individuals stamp.  All the shading is, can you guess, -- Vintage Photo distress ink, it is in constant use with all my card making.

Will also be entering this card for the challenge over at Simon Says stamp and Show - 'What are you known for'.   I love  vintage and layering.

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

Monday 21 January 2013


Time to tell you about our new Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers

The new theme is Belated Birthdays, and the card must include a sentiment, please pop over and see what we have all been making and get all the details.
 Our sponsors this time  are Milk,Coffee digital stamps.

I have used  one of my new Crafty Individuals stamps  on this card., I love these  cute rabbits.
The sentiment was computer generated as I didn't have a suitable stamp. 
The embossed layers are   old favourites, tree bark and leaves.
The base card was random stamped  with another old favourite, a  Stampers anonymous stamp.
The shading is distress inks, weathered wood, shabby shutters and walnut stain.
I used water colours on the rabbits.

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

Sunday 20 January 2013

You're late

Its seems so long since I last  made an ATC,  when I saw the new challenge over at Artful Times,     called
'Calling Time on an ATC',   I thought I would give it a go.
The main image is an Indigo Blu stamp, I added glossy accents to the clock face.
There are a few time stamps on the background and a torn piece which was embossed using a time folder,
 I used  distress inks for colouring, antique linen,  shabby shutters and tumbled glass.
The words were taken from this quote also from the Indigo Blu set --.
No wonder you're late.
Why, this watch is
exactly two days slow.
I tried to get them all on the ATC but had to play around to get in the words shown, hope he's not to late.

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

Saturday 19 January 2013

All dressed up.

 For this weeks challenge over at Sugar Creek  Hollow we would like you to choose a line  from our 'Tick, tack, toe 'board. Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.

 Once again  I am making pages for a  monthly  swap with a friend. All the pages will be  4 x 4 inches square.
We both love vintage and shabby chic.
At the end of the year we will each  have a lovely book to look at and treasure.
 So here is what I made for January following the line which includes- Lace, ribbon and pearls.

On this side that  I am calling the front, the base layer  was embossed already, then shaded with distress ink.
The trimmings of green  open  weave  lace, cream lace, ribbon and pearls were from my stash.

 You can see a little lace  at the top of my page, this needs to be pulled out.
 The photo on the left  shows the tag that is hidden inside.

On the right is what the reverse side looks like.
The same base layer, a piece of a doily, shaded with Tea dye distress ink. All the images and the tag were made from Graphics 45 papers.

Thank you for stopping by, I realy appreciate all your comments.
If you are having snow, like we are here  in the N.E. of England, stay safe and warm.

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Fashion Plate

'Lets get Stitchy' is the theme for the coming fortnight over at Try it on Tuesdays.
We would love to see some stitching on the entries, 'real or faux'.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.

The base of this hanging is a 6 x 4 inch canvas. Over time it has been  stamped, masked and  sprayed, wiped over with gesso to clean off the brush , I don't do waste paint etc.,  re- sprayed  to cover the gesso,  then left to sit around on my desk for simply ages.
However it seemed just what I was looking for,  to use for this project.
The images used all come from the Graphics 45 papers A Ladies Diary'.
My 'stitchy'  additions  are the  machine embroidered flowers and the stitching up the ribbon trim.
The rest of the bits and pieces came from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate the comments you leave.

Sunday 13 January 2013

One careful Lady Driver

'Planes, Trains and Automobiles. is our first Challenge of the year  over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
I hope you will pop over for all the details and see what my design team sisters have been making.
Please remember we like to see some stamping in your challenge entry.

I have made this card using  images  from The Artistic Outpost  Diesel Punk set.
I just wonder if this little lady will keep to the speed limit driving her car.
One of the background layers  was  stamped in a variety of stamps from the set
Two layers  were  dry embossed with a wheels , cog and time plate. All the colouring is Distress inks, tumbled glass, vintage photo and walnut stain.
The base layer of the card is covered with an old map.

I will also be entering the Artistic Outpost January Referral Program  which is Anything Goes,  using their stamps.

Thank you for stopping by your comments are always appreciated.

Saturday 12 January 2013

Winter White

'Winter White', is  this weeks Challenge over at Sugar Creek Hollow.
We would like to see a card all in white, only the focal image can have some colour.
Please pop over and see what we have been making and get the details. Remember our style is vintage/shabby chic.

As you can see I made  a card with a focal  sentiment in black.
 This was a gift from Cec  to all of us on her DT at SCH..
The words are-
A friend is one that knows you as you are,
understands where you have been,
accepts what you have become and gently allows you to grow.
                                                   William Shakespeare

The layers used are Spellbinders die cut Labels 6 and the Fancy Lattice  die cut.
A dry embossed word layer.
The flowers swirls and leaves are also spellbinders, the Positively Me set.
Lace and pearls from my stash.

I will also enter -
Challenge 51 at the Cheerful Stamp Pad - White as Snow.

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

Wednesday 9 January 2013

By your Side

Another one of my  new stamps  by Crafty Individuals  is getting used today.
These two geese seem to be giving each other a good talking to.
The base layers are a selection of dry embossing folders, brick and two types of leaves.
The over stamping is a Stampers Anonymous stamp.
The colouring is tea dye, walnut stain, tumbled glass and weathered wood distress inks.
The geese are water coloured.

Challenges I will be entering are-
Make My Monday  - Dry Embossing
Artful Times - Challenge 20 Use two or more embossing folders.
Crafters  Cafe Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thank you for all the comments you leave,  they are greatly appreciated.

Monday 7 January 2013

Once upon at Time.......

Our first Challenge of the year over at Crafty Cardmakers is hosted by Eva.
The theme  is to Create a Fairy Tale Scene.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have al been making.
We have Two sponsors this time The Stampman
           Di's Digi Downloads.

My choice of a Fairytale to be inspired by was Raspunzel, with the Princess locked in the tower.
The base layer came from a DCWV paper stack The stamp I used I think is one from 'Stamptivity'.
This was layered on embossed brick papers.
All the colouring in was water colours, with distress inks for the shading.

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

Sunday 6 January 2013

Thanks so much

Chalenge 41  over   at  'Out of the Hat Creations' and the girls are inviting us to join them at  the
Hatters Tea party.
They have issued the invite and and this is my reply.
I had fun making this card.
The stamps used  are from Crafty Secrets and Crafty Individuals.  I used a selection of stamps and masks on my background, look close and you can just about see Alice and the March Hare.
All the shading is distress inks, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye and Shabby Shutters.

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

Saturday 5 January 2013

New Arrival

'Celebrate Something New', is our first challenge theme of the New Year over at Sugar Creek Hollow
You could celebrate a new job, new home, new baby, new love.......please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.
For this card, I used a selection of papers and elements from the Graphics 45 paper selection, Little Darlings.
The papers all blend and go so well together.
With the addition of some trimmings and the trusty Vintage photo distress ink,
I enjoyed making this card, and if you look close there is not a stamped image in sight, unusual for me.

Other challenge entered-
Divas by Design Challenge 66  Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate you taking the time to call.

Tuesday 1 January 2013

She Art and TioT's first challenge for 2013

Happy New Year to everyone.

                        Before I tell you all about our first challenge of the year at Try it on Tuesdays.

I would like to share with  you one of the gifts I received from my OH at  Christmas. It was this beautiful She Art figure. You can imagine how thrilled I was to open this parcel.

So for  our new Challenge at TioT's I just had to use this as my inspiration.

The theme is 'New Stash'.
We would like you to use something new that you received as a gift or something that has never been tried out before and tell us about it.
Please pop over for all the details and see what we have all been making.
Our Sponsor for January is Crafty-emblies

So here is my version of the She Art figure using  an image and papers that I bought a while ago and never got round to using. The wings were embossed with Frantage embossing powder and they realy shine.
The words that I stamped for her dress   are  Stampers Anonymous.
-A dream is a wish your heart makes .
-Its not who you are that holds you
back, its who you think you are not.

Where did she end up?

She is the focus of a canvas collage.
The background is random masks and stamps. Coloured with some of my new Distress stains that I had as a Christmas gift.

The sun was also embossed, the house made with She Art papers.
The flowers were fussy cut and then water coloured with some seed beads in the centre.
My OH made me the frame.

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your comments.