Sunday, 30 March 2014

How Many Cat's Eyes in a Mile?

Hello.  Welcome.  It's a glorious sunny day.  Hurrah.  I have been doing some gardening but just had to come in and finish off this tag I started yesterday inspired by Brenda's extended tag. 

I started by cutting down a tag that came as packaging with one of my Prima doll stamps.  These have sepia coloured text on them.  I added some crumpled tissue paper and then white paint through a Prima stencil.  Not much of the text left showing at this point.  

I decided it looked a bit bland so I used stamps from PaperArtsy EDY06.  I stamped the circles in Memento London Fog and the leaves in DI Pine Needles.  I also went around the edge of the tag with the Pine Needles ink.  

I didn't have a flower I liked so went with the tree and the cat from EDY06.  Love these stamps.  I did some faux watercolour with DI and then stamped with archival and fussy cut.  I've used Wink of Stella on the circles and then glossy accents.  I masked the tree trunk and stamped with the book script stamp from PaperArtsy.  I've also used Wink of Stella on the cat.  

I mounted my tag on some Crate Paper, added a Hero Arts sentiment, some Prima flowers and buttons.  Couldn't resist making another Prima flower butterfly.  Check out Darcy's post for details.

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes With Buttons 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Transparent 

Thanks for your visit.  Let me know what you think.   Hope the sun has found you, wherever you are.  I'm off to top up my vitamin D.  Hugs

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Walking into the Future

Hello.  Welcome.  Over at Poppystamps they are showing off their new releases and I was really taken with a card by Mary Mac which used a background die at an angle.  So I thought I'd have a go using Memory Box Diamond Background die.  This is a card for a Confirmation.  In Norway nearly everyone gets confirmed when they reach 15.

I cut the die and backed it with a double sided sticky sheet and then added glitter.  Bling.  Then I offset it on a bright pink panel.  The stamp and sentiment are both from Kort og Godt, stamped in VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria chalk ink.  The flowers and the little pin wheels are cut using Cheery Lynn BAF#3 Embellishments die and I added some enamel dots.  Then I mounted the panel on a slightly darker shade pink card.  

My card joining the fun at
Joan's Touch Challenge #6 - use a lattice, pink and white, flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 125 - Celebrate
Bunny Zoe's Crafts March Challenge - Monochrome
Stamping Sensations March Challenge - Pretty in Pink
Penny Black and More March Challenge - So Sweet

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great weekend.  Hugs

Friday, 28 March 2014

Journal Technique

Hello.  Welcome.  It's been a busy old week.  Spring has arrived, at least for a few days, and much time has been spent outdoors.  A month ago Darcy was showing some amazing techniques with the Art Journal and I have been dabbling now and again.  Suddenly the deadline is looming and it's a lovely sunny day!!!   As luck would have it the farmers decided to spread cow muck today and despite the sun I have stayed in because the smell is horrendous.  My man was out for a while and came in smelling awful.  It just clings to you.  So, I have had a go at finishing my AJ page.  

Here's my page and faux tags.  Really pleased how they turned out.  I used a prima mask in the background with chocolate pigment ink and stamps from EDY06.  I hav followed quite closely with Darcy's method.  Loved using the ruler to make the tag on the right look like ledger paper.  The tag holes look better in the picture than in the real I think but I am pleased with the drop shadow which I created using promarkers.  The tag on the right is coloured using promarkers.  I went round the edge with a thin black marker and then added some inky smudgy fingerprints to the corners and the edge to make it look like I had inked the edge.  The sentiment is from USFD1 stamped onto an area I masked and made white with my paint marker.  Added some shadows round with promarkers.  

This is the real tag I made.  I was dissapointed my crackle didn't crackle but once I used the prima stencil I used for the background with some cream acrylic I thought it looked a bit old wood so happy in the end.  I stamped the tree from EDY06 on tissue and added itand also the sentiment from the same set.  

Had to make one of those darling butterflies.  Used Prima Fairy Belle flowers and they came this colour which was great.  

Joining the fun at
Paperartsy - Darcy Journalling Month 2
I Love Promarkers Challenge 212 - Anything Goes 

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great weekend.  Hugs

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Easter Eggs

Hello.  Welcome.  Thanks for taking time to visit and for your kind comments.  I do appreciate your support of my little corner of blogland.  Tonight my thoughts turn to Easter.  Easter Chicks, Easter Eggs.  I miss the chocolate eggs of the UK.  Here in Scandinavia you buy a card egg covered with happy chickens in Easter bonnets and fill it with sweets.  It's just not the same.  That said, I don't miss walking into the supermarket the day after Christmas and there are the chocolate eggs!!  What's to do after Christmas but eat chocolate eggs till Easter......

Over at Art Impressions the challenge is Take a Peek.  I've used a trifold card and cut a window so you can see Birdie in her nest.  The card was green.  I sanded it and used a ball tool to emboss some lines.  Then I added some white ink to give the impression of old wood.  I used real chicken wire in the aperture.  The borders were cut using Memory Box Pepita die in two shades of green and a Wink of Stella clear.  The sentiment is hand written.  

I coloured Birdie with sharpies.  The background is DI Iced Spruce and I stamped using some dry wall tape.  Gotta love that Birdie

Here's the inside of the card with an Easter greeting and some eggs.  OK, so maybe we do blue as well.......

Joining the fun at
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge 131 - Take a Peek
Country View Challenges - Paper Chase
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Transparent hope my window counts
Die Cut Divas - Let's Emboss It

Thanks for your visit.  Back soon.  Hugs

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Masterboard. Masterpiece?

Hello.  Welcome.  The stamping was fun.  The colouring was long.  My hand is fit to fall off and I think I still need some yellow.   Inspired by Jo over at PaperArtsy I have made this masterboard. 

Black and white.....

Colour.  What fun..

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Have a great evening.  Thanks for your visit.   Hugs

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Left Right Straight On

Hello.  Welcome.  Hope you are having a great day.  Has spring sprung with you yet??  We've had lots of weather today.  Rain, wind, sun, sleat, hail, thunder.......   That's what the weatherman calls changeable!!  Hope it changes for the better soon.   Over at PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo has been wowing with some great techniques.  I decided to combine this with my entry for The Craft Barn Q&L challenge where this fortnight the words are Art and Road.  I found a quote I liked (thanks Brainyquotes) by Les Brown, an American businessman,

'Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life' 

I started with a brayer background.  I wanted to keep it light so I used pale yellow, bright yellow, orange and burnt umber.  Then I stencilled with white acrylic using PaperArtsy stencil PS007.  I also stamped with some plaster board tape to give the broken net effect. 

For full details on how to get here you need to check out Ellen's posts.  I have stamped leaves from ELBo4 in black and added some ripped map paper.  I used a black tripaint pencil to outline the map paper.  These are water soluble like the ones Ellen used.  Then I had to get brave!!  I did a sketchy circle with my black promarker and then the first bit of the quote.  I missed out the 'the' but can't do anything about that now!!  It still makes some sense.  The only white pen that wanted to play this afternoon was a Gelly Roll.  Then I added some arrows and the jalopy cut using Sizzix Movers and shapers set.  The jalopy is embossed and coloured as per yesterdays post.  This is quite big to be a card.  May have to frame it.  I like the lettering but definitely something to practice. 

Joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.   Love reading all your comments.  Keep 'em coming.  Whatever you feel like saying is OK by me.  Hugs

Friday, 21 March 2014

Sound of a Superhero

Hello.  Welcome.  Many moons ago I purchased a goody box.  I always hope that these cheap lucky dips will yield a real treasure, and they often do, but along with the treasure there is usually a turkey.  In this particular box were some Kanban paper craft toppers.  Now I have nothing against such things, they do some really pretty ones, but these particular ones were super tiny heroes - good and bad guys.  Well!!  Just not my thing.  Pow! Bish! Bash! Uff!  Stick them in a dusty corner......  And then a light at the end of the tunnel.  Jenn over at Wicked Wednesday says show me your superheroes!!  Well, blow me down and stand me back up again.  I immediately grabbed these toppers and, after some fussy cutting and a bit of this and that........

Meet Super Tiny Frog.  He was going to be leaping a tall building but I couldn't find one small enough.   Instead he's showing his muscles lifting Sizzix Movers and Shapers Jalopy.  Now I got all excited cos I though I could emboss this with the Artful Muse Jalopy embossing folder.  Unfortunately there is a size difference that is ascetically displeasing.  Unwilling to be deterred I decided to do a bit of old fashioned embossing and improvisation.  So I set the front wheel in place in the embossing folder and using my ball tool got some detail.  Then I moved the die cut to align the back wheel and used the ball tool again.  Then I moved the die cut again, oh you get the idea.  I think it was quite successful.  A swipe or two with DI Walnut Stain and ta dah.  The words are also fussy cut from the topper sheets.  Not sure what a Plunk! is.  Maybe that's the noise when Super Tiny Frog drops Jalopy on his head!!  My ATC was one I cut the other day from a DI experiment failure.  I added VersaMagic chalk around the edge to give a bit more Biff!  Or maybe that's Boff!  Never really understood Superhero speak....

Super Tiny Frog is joining the fun at

That's all folks!  Thanks for your visit.  Hope you have something exciting planned for the weekend.  Hugs

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Cupcake Queen

Hello.  Welcome.  I'm having great fun playing with Double Cupcake Anya stamp from The Greeting Farm.  Actually this is one of those projects you finish and realise it's going to fit in everywhere.  It's going to be perfect for a friend who didn't get an card this year on her birthday because, quite honestly, I still don't know what happened to February.  As I was colouring this Anya I thought she would be perfect.

I coloured Anya with Promarkers and used VersaMagic Peach Pastel Chalk ink for her face.  I added Wink of Stella Clear to her boots, cupcake frosting and the butterfly, but her hair is also glittery so I must have put my fingers in it whilst still wet.  I tried some shading on her hair.  Quite adventurous for me.  I also used glossy accents on the butterfly because this really brings out the wink.  The panel behind her is corrugated card with gesso and Walnut Stain DI.  I cut it using X-cut Ornate Frame die.  The pink layer and the cupcake border are some un-named printed papers I have.  The photo corners and enamel dots came with my card from my February CCC buddy Linda.  Thanks Linda.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp.  I added pink ric-rac ribbon to the bottom of the card and around the corrugated frame as well.  I used Walnut Stain and a patterned Fiskars brayer on the white base card to give a bit of interest. 

My card joining the fun at

Thanks for dropping by.  Your lovely comments are read and read again.  Hugs

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

How Lucky Is That??

Hello.  Welcome.  Still on the theme of luck.  Checked out lucky symbols.  Rabbit foot!  Never understand that one.  I mean how lucky is it for the rabbit??  And rabbit tails!  Please see previous sentence.  Why does chopping a bit off a rabbit make it lucky??  We got some funny ideas....... 

I coloured my ATC base with distress inks.  Then I stamped Cornish Heritage Farms Little People Collage using Memento London Fog.  I added some lucky 7's, a black cat cut using Sizzix Movers and Shapers die, a PaperArtsy LPC003 hat which I added three horseshoes cut using the smallest Go Create die, a 4 leaf clover and a lucky penny.   I went around the edge with VersaMagic Hint of Pesto.  

Joining the fun at
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 127 - Leprechauns and Luck
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Lucky
Stampotique Designers Challenge 138 - Green 
StampARTic February Challenge - A Pop of Colour

Thanks for your visit.  Thank you for your lovely comments.  Hugs

Monday, 17 March 2014

Lucky Cupcakes

Hello.  Welcome.  A happy St Patrick's Day to you all.  Well, you have to get with the mood don't you?  It seems it's lucky and green all over the place so I thought I'd offer up something along those lines as well.  

I have used Double Cupcake Anya from The Greetings Farm.  Coloured with Promarkers and sitting on a lucky horseshoe cut from green mirror card using a Go Create die.  I've used twine to suspend the horseshoe from the Tando Creative chipboard border which I coloured with Emerald Fantasy Prisme paint.  This chipboard is from Work of Parts Come Fly With Me kit.  She was hanging just from the twine but I realised that wouldn't work so I have used foam pads behind.  I've used a piece of brown wallpaper to back my panel.  Lovely texture.....

I have altered her a bit to make her cupcakes more lucky.  I think that was a strawberry on top but it looked enough like a heart that I stamped it lots, cut them out and made lucky four leaf clovers.  The butterfly was coloured with green Wink of Stella and then I added glossy accents.  It really brings out the sparkle.  The sentiment is a Crafty Individuals Stamp, distressed and coloured with DI Mowed Lawn and then mounted on a ribbon.  

Just a close up on the chipboard so you can see the detail and also the lovely effect of the Fantasy Prisme paint.  Like cracked enamel.  

My lucky lady is joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Lucky
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 94 - Shades of Green
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Mother's Day or Special Girl

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you are all having a lucky day.  Hugs

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Just Around The Corner

Hello.  Welcome.  The weather is rubbish but I am still feeling springy.  It's Saturday so I've been working on my entry for the Cheery Lynn Challenge which this week is Easter.  Also over at Joan's Touch the recipe this week is a circle, peach, teal and layer your butterfly.  I had to check teal.  Then realised this was a friends wedding colours a few years ago.  Oh, that's what you call that colour.  So a search through the stash and I found Bazzill dots in peach and a few different papers from MME Collectable and a piece from Cratepaper that looked teal to me.   My pictures look a bit blue but these papers look blue green in the real. 

I used this sheet of MME which looked like basket weave.  That started me on Easter Baskets and I decided on a rocker card.  I cut a 15cm circle and then Cheery Lynn Spring Flower Burst Doily from the Cratepaper and the angel wing from the Bazzill.

I've used Cheery Lynn Designs BAF #1, BAF#3 embellishments, Wheat Heads, Cutie 2, Mini Dimensional Butterflies.  The big butterfly is Crafty Individuals Lacewing Butterfly and the frame for the sentiment was cut using Sizzix Scallop Rectangle die.  The sentiment is an Anita stamp.  I used Wink of Stella clear on the butterfly and the little flower centers are Glitz It Pearlescent glue.  I've also used VersaMagic Ocean Depth ink here and there

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 123 - Easter
Joan's Touch - Challenge 4

Thanks for your visit.  Have a great weekend.  Hugs

Friday, 14 March 2014

Just a Little Fishy

Hello.  Welcome.  The wind is blowing the rain is raining and I am getting a little inky.  Hee hee.  Best way to spend a yukky afternoon.  As I have said next month is a big birthday month for the family so I am trying to get ahead, a very rare occurrence for me!!  I am sure I will get complaints from tropical fish experts about my fishy colours.  Especially from the young experts!   I will just plead artistic license.....


I have used Distress Inks and an acrylic block to make my background.  I've used at least 10 different colours for this project so I'm not going to list them all.  I used a Hero Art stamp to make the frame.  Wasn't sure if it was a tree, but decided in the interests of this project it was coral and stamped all around the edge in Marigold and Worn Lipstick DI.  Then I used Salty Ocean and The Crafters Workshop Mini Numerals stencil.  Then Seedless Preseves all around the edge. 

The fish and the sentiment are both Hero Arts stamps.  I stamped with black archival on white card and fussy cut.  The fish were coloured with Sharpies and the sentiment with DI Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord.  The middle fish at the bottom is mounted on foam pads.  Doesn't really show in the photo but looks quite good in the real. 

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Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you are warm and dry and getting some quality crafty time.  Hugs

Little Bow Sheep

Hello.  Welcome.  Just wanted to share a little black and white project that was inspired by Teresa Abajo's post over at PaperArtsy. 

I stamped my image from LPC003 onto white card.  Added some buttons, lace, ribbons, a flower and a wobbly eye!!  Yeah, it's a little strange.  I figure a sheep bow tie was needed as well.  This art is becoming a little Bizarre.   

I used texture paste through Memory Box Honeycomb stencil on matt black card.  I added some ribbon with letters on and the image.  

I was going to use a white card base but it didn't look right so I went with glossy black.  

My card joining the fun at

Glad for your visit and your kind comments.  Hugs

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Big Shoes

Hello.  Welcome.  Thanks you all for your lovely comments on my post before last.  I had such fun making that card and it seems most people, 8 out of 10 who expressed a preference LOL, would prefer to act their shoe size rather than their age.  Personally, since I have small feet and was quite a precocious 5 year old, I may have to find some bigger feet and act that size instead. 

I've been working on an ATC for Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge.  This week Jenn has set the challenge of Crazy for Coffee.  Knew I should have bought that coffee bean embossing folder!!  So short of coffee themed stash I went to the kitchen.

Tonight friends I have decided to build my ATC from coffee filters.  Natural colour ones of course.  If anyone is interested, including me if I check back for tips, stick your filter layers together before you cut.  Coffee filter paper stretches when wet so I cut, stuck and then had to cut again.  I think I went with 6 layers and am quite pleased with the thickness and strength of my ATC.

I forgot to take a picture before I added my letters but while my stuck together layers were still wet I added some instant coffee powder.  Doesn't that give a nice mottled effect.  And a little Eau de Kaffe as well.  I was going to die cut letters but couldn't find the size I liked and then decided I wanted big letters.  I fussy cut from brown card and went around the ATC edge with VersaMagic Jumbo Java chalk ink.  Did you see that?  Jumbo Java = Big Coffee.  Yeah?

I checked the stash for a suitably crazy looking subject and found Rabbit from Stampotique.  The coffee is coming to get you!!  He looks so worried.  I stamped him in Jumbo Java, just to keep with the theme.  

Coffee Crazed Rabbit is joining the fun at
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 126 - Crazy for Coffee
The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Letters, Words and Numbers
Inky Chicks Challenge 24 - Monochromatic
Bunny Zoe's Crafts March Challenge - Monochrome
Country View Challenges - Paper Chase

Thanks for visiting and thanks to everyone who voted for my card over at Joan's Touch.  I wasn't lucky last week but am working on this weeks offering.  Take care, be crafty.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Steak and Chips

Hello.  Welcome.  Inspired by Joanne Wardle's one layer card and keen to try out my new Darcy snail stamp I made this.  Next month is a BIG birthday month for my family so I need to try and get a few cards in hand. 

I started stamping the circle die from PaperArtsy SIBM4 in Limelight and the PaperArtsy snail EM04 in Peacoat.  The circles were too pale and the detail on the snail was just a blur.  So I stamped the circles with Peacoat and the snail in black archival.  Then I masked the snail and splatted with Inky Pool and orange.  Wasn't so tidy today and my box of tags was in the firing line.  Oops!!  Ah, well, just call it art.  I did the torn distressed corner thing and then decided to add the bird on a post from PaperArtsy Bloom set and the sentiment from SIDD5.  I had some JM34 flowers left over from this project so I thought I'd use them here. 

Joining the fun at
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Kort o Mania Utfordring 103 - Fargekontraster
ALBC - Are We There Yet
StampARTic February Challenge - A Pop of Colour

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a great weekend and have been lucky enough to see some sunshine.  Hugs

Saturday, 8 March 2014

A Quote From My Mother

Hello.  Welcome.  I have been wracking my brain cell and that of for a good one for this weeks Craft Barn Q & L challenge.  They have been my go to for my previous entries but quite honestly they weren't much help this week.  The Q&L words are Marriage and Age.  Well, what sort of quote is 'a good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband'??!!  It didn't seem to get any better so I checked out age and that wasn't so inspiring.  Then I remembered something my mother used to say.  I hope a quote by mum counts.  I'm using

'Act your age, not your shoe size'

I made a painty background using acrylic paints and then white through Memory box Honeycomb stencil and also flipping the painty stencil to give the negative image.  I also stamped with the white paint using PaperArtsy script stamp from LPC003.  

I couldn't find any shoes so I went with these guys.  These are four of the five characters in The Greeting Farm Spooktacular stamp set.  Cute or what.  They didn't have very big shoes either so I have used a black marker to give two of them boots.  I use a white ink pad all over the background to tone down the bright colours a bit.  A pity, but my funny little guys were getting a bit lost in the busy.  The words are computer generated.  Might try and get a better photo tomorrow, there's a shadow on that one.  But it's nearly midnight here and tomorrow is another day...........
Well, I had fun.  Thought it might make a funny birthday card.  Funny ha ha?  Funny wierd?  Funy weirdo.   Ooh, I detect overuse of the UHU.   

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Thanks for your visit.  Have a great Sunday, whatever you may be doing.  Hugs

Swan Song

Hello.  Welcome.  Thank you all for your lovely comments you have left on my posts.  I really do appreciate the time you take to visit and it is so nice to know that you have enjoyed my crafty endeavors.  Your comments are little ray of sunshine so thank you so much for visiting my little bloggy corner. 

Joan, formerly of Joan's Garden, has started up her challenges again.  I really enjoy Joan's challenges.  She does a little recipe that really makes you think and put things together that maybe you usually wouldn't.  Well, it works like that for me.  I missed the first couple but here I am with my card for number three.  Joan's recipe this week was embossing folder, green and white and an oval.

I letterpressed a piece of green card using Sizzix Damask embossing folder and Distress Mowed Lawn ink.  I used Cheery Lynn Emperor Swan Doily die to cut the aperture and backed it with paper from DCWV Cherry Limeade stack.  Then I cut the swan in white and used DI to colour the frame.  I added Cheery Lynn Tiny Bubbles Border.  All the flowers are Cheery Lynn dies: Wheat Heads, Build a Flower #1 for the leaves, Build a Flower #3 Embellishments for those tiny little flowers and Cuties 2 for the big flowers.  I added a ribbon and a double bow and some more of those tiny flowers cut from the DCWV paper.  All the pearls and the pretty brad are from Storyteller.  

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Thanks for dropping by.  Off to finish my entry for The Craft Barn's Q&L challenge.  Where did that two weeks go to?????...........

Friday, 7 March 2014

Black and White and Orange

Hello.  Welcome.  Another very wet day here so a chance to work on a PaperArtsy inspired project.  This week Clare Lloyd is back with some lovely projects and I particularly liked her ATC post.    I loved the technique and decided to make a card

I started by spreading some paint around on some card.  If you like messy you'll enjoy this.  Or maybe it was just me....  Then I stamped with JM34 and cut out the flowers.  

I loved Clare's background but couldn't find a suitable stamp.  I did find a piece of wire mesh that I inked and stamped with.  If you think it's a great idea just be aware that most mesh is over layed so you can only stamp with one direction then you re-ink, rotate and stamp again.  The imperfect effect is pleasing.   I also used Crafty Individuals Splat stamp.  

I scattered my flowers and decided they needed a vase.  The best thing I came up with is this lovely bottle from LPC001.  I drew some stems to ground the flowers.  Maybe I need a shadow under the bottle as well.

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Thanks for your visit.  Your comments are little rays of sunshine on these grey days.  Have a great weekend everyone.  Hugs

Where's The Pizza?

Hello.  Welcome.  It's been a busy sort of a day.  It should have been a crafty day, grey and wet, and I did get some things done but the internet was on holiday and I've been working evenings this week so this is my first chance to share.  My man came to my crafty space to see what I was doing.  
"What you doing?" he asks
"Mini-pizza box" says I
"Pizza?" says he
"Nope, not even a mini one".  
I think he went away a little disappointed.  I on the other hand am very pleased with my first ever mini-pizza box.   I used the tutorial over at Scor-pal.  This was so easy to do with my scor-pal but still easy if you don't have a scoring board. 

I scored and folded MME I Believe Poinsettia paper.  Love these double sided papers for making boxes.  I cut a thumb hole to make opening easier.  It's a bit rough  I was going to use a die until I realised you can't successfully put a folded box through a bigshot!! 


I cut some of these using the Poinsettia paper again and also the Dots paper from the same range.  I used Crafts Too Frames 9 die and X-cut Ornate Frames die.  The edges have been inked with Brilliance Red Rocket Gold and the little strips I added are again from MME I Believe.  I found these die cut paper ribbons on the accessory sheet.  

I stamped the witch from The Greeting Farm Spooktacular stamp set, I have the red rubber edition, and re-dressed her for Christmas.   I coloured with promarkers and added clear Wink of Stella.   I love these little stamps and am managing to find uses for them other than just Halloween.  Great fun looking for new potential in old stamps.  Or even new stamps.......

So here's my finished box.  I've added some red ribbon to the die cut corners, a mini pom-pom to her hat and some sticky gems and snowflakes from Craft Creations.    

And inside?  A set of matching tags. 

My box of Christwitches is joining the fun at
The Greeting Farm FFF - Use a Diecut or Punch
Scor-pal - More Than One Score Challenge - Christmas in March and Dies
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 93 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Tag It 
Crafty Ribbons Challenge 79 - Anything Goes With Ribbon 

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

One For The Money

Hello.  Welcome.  Happy Tuesday everyone.  Hope that the week is going well for you.  I've been working on some ATC's.  The other one is a work in progress but this one came together with a little inspiration from Wicked Wednesday where the theme is Child's Play and Stampotique where they are looking for Monochromatic.  Hoping this pleases

I stamped little Elvis from Paperartsy Urban Snapshots Fancy Dress 1 stamps onto white card with black archival ink.  Then I used clear Wink of Stella brush over his outfit.  The bling photographed quite well.  I cut a black ATC and embossed it with Sizzix Patchwork embossing folder.  Then I highlighted the embossing with Docrafts Artiste White pigment ink.  It was a bit bright so I removed some with a piece of tissue.  I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, ripped and edged with archival.

My ATC joining the fun at
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 125 - Kids at Play
Stampotique Designers Challenge 136 - Monochromatic
Kort o Mania Utfordring 103 - Fargekontraster
Inky Chicks Challenge 24 - Monochromatic

Thanks for your visit.  I love to read your comments.  Hugs

Send a Card, Get a Card

Hello.  Welcome.  Just realised I haven't posted the card I made for February's Card Chain Challenge.  I am really enjoying taking part in this.   If you don't know you sign up to send a card to the person above you on the list and get a card from the person below you on the list.  I am a new participant but  Deborah has been running this for a few years.  The full reveal for February is HERE and the sign up for March is HERE.  It's amazing how much fun it is to make something for someone you don't know and to receive a surprise card in return.    Every ones a winner.

I used the sketch, the theme of friends and some of the suggested colours to make this card, which I sent to Sue in New Zealand.  The papers are from Prima Lyric Collection.  I stamped the pink one with Crafty Individuals Oriental Fans stamp.  The Lady is also Crafty Individuals coloured with promarkers.  I added some washi tape and the sentiment is from The Greeting Farm Pretty Hat stamp set. 

I loved the card I got from Linda (USA).  So beautiful.  If you want to see it and all the other lovely creations that were sent and received last month check out the full reveal.  Want to get some happy mail??  Why don't you sign up?  It's more fun than a box of chocolate frogs.

My card joining the fun at
Fashionable Stamping Challenge 67 - Anything Goes
7 Kids Challenge 94 - Anything Goes

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

A Work of Parts

Hello.  Welcome.  So, did anyone spot February passing?  Quite honestly I feel like I have been hibernating and have suddenly woken to discover another month gone!!  Ah well, can't wish it back again.  Must just move on and use the time we have the best we can.    

The main GDT over at PaperArtsy this week was Pam Thorburn.  Now Pam is a scrapper and despite my best intentions I often feel inadequate in the face of a layout.  Pam is trying to help us out by sharing lovely tips and her third project really lit a flame.  Check it out.  It's gorgeous.  This is actually a work of parts so I shall deal with things separately and then pull it all together, we hope!!

It's been a while since I made my own tape.  It was still fun.   Here's a section of my altered masking tape still stuck to the back of my cutting mat.

Fresco Finish Inky Pool with PaperArtsy stamps top and Crafty Individuals stamps bottom.  I remembered from my last washi make that tonal stamping an under-layer makes for more interesting tape.

Adirondack Butterscotch acrylic with PaperArtsy and Prima stamps.  This was my first attempt with the flower stamp, JM34.  Wow!  I did think I should have ordered a different stamp, I mean how many flowers do you need??  This one definitely!!  Hey JOFY, it's gorgeous.  I love how it fits perfectly if you rotate it to give almost seamless stamping.  Even for me. 

Orange acrylic with Prima Lyric stamps and more JM34.    That Prima bird is so sweet.  Brain was firing on all cylinders today and I made a good batch of tape to give me plenty alternatives.   On to the background....

Please to excuse the unusual shape of my paper.  I was looking for some watercolour paper and then remembered seeing these during the re-organisation of the crafty space.  I'd forgotten I had these!!   For the scientists amongst you this is a 32cm Whatman 3 filter paper.  Cool eh??  If you don't know what I'm talking about don't worry.  If you do, I apologise cos that means next time you use these at work you are going to be distracted by the crafty opportunities missed.  Unless of course you are a chromatographer and then possibly your scientific experiments may have the chance to become ART...... I rescued these from the skip saying I'll use those one day.  Today is that day.  I used the same three colours, Inky Pool, Butterscotch and orange, diluted.  I splatted, rather than spritz and run.  Actually very pleased with my splats.  And the craft room has remained relatively splat free.  Result.

I stamped a Prima Doll onto black card, embossed with white embossing powder and paper pieced her.  The skirt is many layers and I added lace trim on each layer for a nice frilly effect.  

I added some stamping.  The center image was Hero Arts Dandelion Frame with Bundled Sage DI but it was too detailed for my absorbant filter paper.  Never mind, Pam said something about not having exact stamping to give a grunge look.....  Good show.   JOFY JM34 there again and I also pulled out the seldom used Clearstamp Rollergraph set.  Love that these wheels self ink.  

Added washi.  

The whole thing.  Have though about cutting this down to card size but she actually is growing on me.   Just need to find a big round frame

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Thanks for your visit.  Hope you have had a lovely weekend.  Back soon.  Hugs