Thursday, 28 August 2014

Pan Pastel PINK PINK and more PINK

Over at the Pan Pastel Blog the challenge is all about PINK. Now those of you who know me know i really don’t like pink but recently had a breakthrough when i realised i could craft with it just not wear it or have it in my surroundings.

Have been catching up on my DLP pages, week 29 task was to make a wish list. Here is mine:


Used a Project Life card to create my wish list on, you can see the dots in the frame behind the pink flowers, created this using CAP2.

Went over the page background with a light coat of Magenta Pan Pastel over the base coat of Blush Fresco Finish paint from Paper Artsy, over stamped she script with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink pad, and then dusted down and sealed.

On the card i stencilled the flowers from a Paper Artsy Lin Brown collection stencil using the Snowflake Fresco mixed with Magenta Pan Pastel, dried this off then over stencilled the dots from the same stencil and went round the edge of the card with the Magenta Pan Pastel again to add depth. Added some sparkly pink dots to add a little bling to the flower heads.

Twinkie from Stampotique was coloured using Pan Pastels and with a cotton wool ear bud.  His wings are made from Grungeboard, cut from a Paper Artsy Moth Die and stamped with the matching stamp. He looks very cool with wings doesn’t he!

Went round the card with both Uni Pin black pen and a white Uniball Signo pen, made an error so added a couple of little doodles.

Added the wishes to the card and the title and OH YEAH to the bottom of the page, this comes from Despicable Me, my OH finds it hilarious so this bit is for him lol.


The wish list is something to achieve in the next year, i have my fingers crossed!

Hope you like the macro shot of Twinkie in Pink with wings.

Hope you get chance to leave a comment so i know you have dropped by.


Friday, 22 August 2014

SDC 161 Flowers

Time once again for my favourite weekly challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.

Kristen is the hostess this week and here is her challenge:

We may be nearing towards the end of summer, and for most, the flowers are fully bloomed, but for me, some of the best flowers are yet to come. I love the gigantic sunflowers and the autumn mums, and for that reason, I challenge you to use flowers in your creations this week. Have fun!

Here is my take on this weeks challenge, it is a tad wordy and has a few images, i hope you manage to finish reading before you fall asleep lol.


This is an A5 size piece of card stock which has been a mop up page from my stamping and trying different methods of applying inks onto non coated card.

I enjoy the combinations of browns and blues to create backgrounds, helps my brain to relax and then i can add colours which i am not so good at using.  The stamp is from Happy Stampers North West show about 4 years ago, can’t remember who the manufacturer is, used Tea Dye DI to add some flower shapes to the background.


Have been collecting tea bags for a couple of weeks, drying them out and removing the tea so i can keep the outer paper to stamp on or make flowers. Saw this technique on Pinterest and found it fascinating.

Keeping it very simple i sprayed some Calypso Teal Dylusions spray onto a non stick mat then dipped bubble wrap into it and then brayered the tea bag over the top, got some fab patterns.

Used two sides of the tea bags to make the flower on the left of the above image. Also stamped Darcy Wilkinson’s new stamps from plate EDY09 onto single layer tea bag paper and adhered to the background on the left hand side.

Stamped the other flower from that same set onto the background and onto some plain white card stock. Wanted to colour the flowers to add on top of the stamped images.


Used the honeycomb die from TH Frameworks to cover the stamped images and create a backdrop for the climbing flowers. The flowers were coloured with Inktense Pencils and then fussy cut. Used a wet glue to stick them in place.

Added the grass from EDY09 and then added some white and brown inks through a stencil. Forgot to say used Pan Pastels to add the light source onto the background.




Above are three close ups of the background so far.

A song had been playing in my head over and over and it became the inspiration i needed to finish the plaque. Here is the song, i do hope you like it too. Tiny Tim singing Tiptoe Through The Tulips


Twinkie and Moth Fab are on their 3rd date, he thought it would be a fantastic idea to take her into one of their local parks so he could show her some of the beautiful flowers they grow, this way he would be able to find out which one’s she liked so he could buy them when he wanted to surprise her.

Twinkie is not gardener and isn’t too sure what he is looking at, all of a sudden he starts singing ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ to Moth Fab, she is laughing adoringly as she likes that he is making the effort.

Then, Twinkie stops and asks, these are tulips, right? Moth Fab gives him a huge hug and says who cares…




Macro shots of the hand written words and to show the dimension and textures on the plaque.

I do hope you are still awake, thank you for sticking with this long post and if you still have the energy i would love to read your comments.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Speed Crafting

Catching up on my Twitter timeline i noticed that Keren Baker was taking part in a Speed Challenge on her Blog. If you follow the link above you will find all the details if you want to have a play and links to the other Craft Friends who joined Keren for this challenge.

Here is my attempt, i missed the 10 minutes by a fraction!

timer for speed craft 1 aug 2014

Here are the supplies i gathered.


After 7 minutes of craft time


The completed card


I didn’t use all of the supplies i gathered, some of the items i chose were mop up backgrounds and embellishments from stash that had already been coloured, this helped with the time constraint.

Hope you like my attempt, i had fun just throwing colours and bits together and no time for thinking.  Maybe you feel like joining in too.

Thanks for dropping by, looking forward to reading your comments which are always much appreciated.


Friday, 15 August 2014

Christmas in July Folder

ON 28th July i wrote this post as i was entering the Stampotique challenge for Christmas in July. One of the projects i attempted to make was a folder to keep all my Xmas information in.

Sent off for some file mechanisms from this company, when they arrived i had to make changes to the size as the mechanism was too large for the folder i had already started to create.

Removed Heads from back and front and was left with the dot adhesive showing, covered it up with a few die cut harlequin sheets and where the adhesive was showing i added copper thunder gilding flakes.


You can see the way the flakes have adhered to the dots, makes a great foil background. Added Grunge Paste to add a little texture to the cover.

Coloured the whole of the front of the cover with Pan Pastels then wiped off the excess and spray sealed the area.

Doodled around the diamond shapes, added some Washi Tape from DoCrafts, then assembled the layers for the words.

Wanted the folder to have an element of fun, got the idea to give it two different ways up.



Added two signatures using three pages in one so ended up with six sides i can use.



When you open up the ‘Nice’ side you see the Gorjus girl on the front cover and the teddies with presents on the pages.



When you open up the ‘Naughty’ side you see this woman who is so enraged at herself for getting on the naughty list that she is pulling her hair out…

The pages show the tree is bare and there are no gifts.

There is always Hope and most of the people who end up on the naughty list usually make it onto the nice list for Santa’s delivery night, Ho Ho Ho!


Used bakers twine to secure the signatures and added pouches on the inner leaves of the folder to store little titbits.

Sealed the whole cover with Satin Glaze Fresco finish Paints, when dry i added the layers and words.

I do hope you like the updated version of my Christmas in July folder, i am going to make another folder a larger size so i can accommodate the new mechanisms.

Really enjoyed making this, hope you have time to leave a comment.

Thanks for dropping by.


SDC 160 Music as Inspiration

I have really enjoyed this weeks Stampotique Designers Blog challenge which has been set by Kathi Rerek.

I love music and enjoy most genres ranging from liturgical music to rap, from classical to head-bangin' rock! Music fills my soul and moves me emotionally and physically.

Let's see how music inspires you! Use song lyrics, music notation, or words associated with music in your project and share it with us!

Have fun! I can't wait to see what you all create!

The song that most moves me at the moment is by Massive Attack and it is called Angel. The First line lyrics are ‘You Are My Angel’ which is why they are on my grey board.

This song came out in 2009 and i fell in love with the track and haven’t fallen out of love with it yet. I do hope you enjoy listening to it.


Stamped Angel Boy onto white card stock with Archival ink then dusted with Black Pan Pastel. Used a Jokar battery operated eraser to remove all the colour from his wings. Initially i coloured them with Copper and yellow Pan Pastels but then decided to use DecoArt Media Crackle Paste and this is what happened.


Love the small crackle, looks even better when a little Treasure Gold is added.


Covered the Grey Board with Snowflake Fresco Paint, when dry sprayed Dylusions Ink colours, Lemon Zest, Dirty Martini and Calypso Teal over the top. 

For some texture i chose to use the Mini bliss Stencil from TCW,which has now been discontinued. Spread a thin layer of the Grunge paste and let it dry.

Stamped Journey Collage on the surface to add a little more interest to the background. Knew it wasn’t going to stamp perfectly but i like that.

At this stage i forgot to take any more pictures until it was all assembled.


Used a washer to make Angel boy’s halo, coloured it with Zesty zing and Paprika Fresco Paints.


Used a Tam’s Whimsy Stencil to add the hearts and the stars, coloured them in using Posca Pens.

Angel boy stands on a scallop wood border from Prima which has been coloured using Inky Pool Fresco Paint, over stamped with Journey Collage stamp and heat embossed using white WOW Powder. The ribbon is from stash.

Added treasure Gold in Renaissance and Onyxite to the mini bliss areas, wanted to create a glow emanating from Angel Boy.

To finish off the board i used a scrap piece off a TH On the Edge die cut and attached it to the top.

Lyrics are hand written onto cream card stock, added Pan Pastel colours, sealed then roughed up the edges, added a hand doodled border. Adhered the lyrics to the board and then i was done.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how the project was made, would love to read your comments.

Thanks for dropping by.


I would also like to enter this into the Challenge over at That’s Crafty, their challenge is to use stamps.





Monday, 11 August 2014

Q&L Challenge 16-Family and or Thing.

Over at the Craft Barn the latest Quote and Lyrics challenge asks us to use either or both of these words, Family or Thing.
Found a song by Rhonda Vincent, the lyrics are from a song called Good Thing Going this a link to You Tube so you can see her performing the song.

We've gotta good thing going you and me

It's hard to see how lucky

Between bills, jobs, and family

We've been through things both good and bad

Once lost everything we had

But our love always seems to see us through

We've gotta good thing going me and you

Created another iCard in CAP2.
Q&L Chall 16 Family or Thing Aug 2014
Used Blessed digi Kit to create the words in the background and the faith love trust banner. Butterfly Garden digi kit for the flowers. Banners and Dividers digi kit for the flourish around the lyrics. The background is from the Swirling Memories digi kit.
Q&L Chall 16 Family or Thing 02 Aug 2014
The reverse of the iCard showing the Challenge number and date created.
Really enjoyed searching for these latest words, loving the challenges very much. I do hope you will come and join in with the Craft Barn challenges very soon.
Thanks for dropping by.
Just to let you know, i have printed and mounted all the digital challenges and added them to my hand crafted ones at last!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

UK Art Swap - Last One

Have completed my last swap for the Yahoo Group i belong to.

Have enjoyed taking part and have had some beautiful items in the swaps. I do hope the lady who receives this postcard will have had as much fun as i have taking part in this one.

Theme is a postcard with sewing on it.

Here are the postcards i made.


Both have been created using the new Darcy Wilkinson EDY09 plate.

The blue background is Dylusions Ink sprays, used Archival Ink in Watering Can on both postcards.

Used Staedtler colouring pencils to colour all the flowers and add the highlights and shadows.


Here are the cards after the sewing has been added.

Used orange, green and turquoise threads to add depth and texture. On the blue coloured card i did four different techniques to add the sewing on to the flowers.

On the tall card i used free motion embroidery only.


Added acrylic felt backs which were sewn on the back of the cards using running stitch.


Added the word hope using the Frumptious Alphabet set from Roald Dahl.


Added the sentiment from EDY09 and scuffed up the edges and inked with cornflower Blue Archival Ink.

Kept both postcards flat as i am posting one of them.

Hope you like them and am looking forward to your comments.

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, 8 August 2014

SDC 159 Bows

Over at Stampotique this week the theme is bows. Here is what Jackie has to say about her choice of challenge:

Jackie is our hostess this week and here is her challenge for us:

Ribbons have been around since the Middle Ages. Merchants travelled the world, buying and selling ribbon, many of which had gold and silver in the silk. ribbons were a sign of nobility and worn only by the rich. By the seventh century ribbon was part of the fashion industry and was part of clothing.

Today ribbon has numerous uses, and it is a favourite crafting accessory, I have lots of it!

You can make fabulous bows with it to adorn your cards, scrapbook page,  tags, journals etc..

So I would like to see you adding a bow to your project, if you don't have ribbons, bows can be made out of many mediums such as paper, clay, string to name but a few!

I looking forward to seeing your creations with a bow!

I don’t usually add bows to my projects but this week i have made three cards with bows on them. 

I know i am only allowed one card as an entry and this will be the one.


Black Card stock for base A5 card.
Gold hammer card with a border cut out from a very old border punch.
Cogs embossing folder.
Clock and wing stamps from Paper Artsy.
Dress forms are from Creative Expressions, ribbon is from stash, flower made from hand cut shapes.
Head on dress form is Moon Girl from Stampotique.
Ribbon from stash.
Sentiment Paper Artsy.
Ruler is from an Urban Stamp set from Papermania.

Made this for a friends birthday which is coming up very soon.


The other two cards i made resulting from this challenge are:


Tatty Button has an admirer he loves the red ribbon in her hair and has been wanting to talk with her but can’t summon up the courage.  She is looking out for her latest crafting purchases from the postman while he watches from afar…


Bought myself a couple of the latest Zendoodle stamps from Lindsay Mason botanics (which is the one above), Toadstools and Fillers, which are amazing and can be used as wonderful background patterns too.

Used the new Darcy Wilkinson stamp plate EDY09 to create a background, this has not worked at all, the perspective is all wrong, will know next time lol. However i do love Darcy’s new stamps, i doodled something very similar in my learning to draw journal at the beginning of 2013 and here is the stamp just as i envisaged, it was a sign i had to have this set.

Used Portfolio Pastels to colour the seed heads and the botanics stamps, used Rainbow Glazes to add a little shine and of course a little bow. 

Do you see a Wizard’s hat, i do and it reminds me of Terry Pratchett stories from the magical kingdom.

The ink splats were optional but seeing as the card wasn’t working i thought what the heck and splodged away.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by, would love to read your comments.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

SDC 158 Black, White and a pop of colour

Over at the Stampotique Designers Blog this weeks challenge has been set by the lovely Kay Wallace, here is what Kay has to say:

Kay here and it is my turn to host the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week!  What might seem like a simple challenge to most, for some, whose work is generally full of colour, it really will be a challenge.  But, for all of us, it's good to try something different. I have been on a black'n'white artistic kick lately because I love the crisp freshness it can bring to a card, journal page or ATC. Whatever you decide to do, keep it black and white with just a pop of colour!

Here is my entry for this weeks challenge.


Used black card stock, Dylusions stamp plate Fancy Florals DYR40941 and Darcy Wilkinson stamp plate EDY07.

Swiped the base card with an anti static bag before stamping with the larger leaf and the smaller flower stamps from the Dylusions stamp plate. Used a Versamark ink pad then embossing with WOW white embossing powder.

Stamped the smallest flower again onto a gold fancy designed paper and cut out the smaller inner flower to get the smallest sized floral on the plate. Coloured the inner with turquoise Sakura Glaze pen and the back of the flower with Cornflower Blue Archival ink.

Attached the flower onto the base, added a bead that looks like a washer for the centre.

Stamped out the word Bloom from the Darcy Wilkinson set, cut and added a black border with a pen, then inked the edge with Archival black ink. Adhered the word to the card.

Kept the card CAS, it is one of my favourite crafting techniques.

Thanks for dropping by, hope you have time to leave a comment as i always look forward to reading them.