Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Way Down Deep In The Middle Of The Jungle

Hello.  Welcome.  It's cold, grey and wet and I'm sorry, but my witty repertoire, if I ever have any, is also feeling a little grey.  So I made a card in bright colours to hopefully inspire energy and happy thoughts.  


This is DRS's Jimbo and the Gang simply stamped onto white paper with Dried Marigold distress ink.  I was going to add some extra colour but I actually liked the clean look.  I ripped the edges and added some more Dried Marigold.  Then I layered it on some more ripped edge layers.  A few brads and a piece of knotted stamped ribbon and its a happy everything card.

Joining the fun at
DRS Designs Challenge 144 - Inspired By Color
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 234 - Layer Torn Paper
Papertake Weekly - Black and White and....
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for your visit.  Hope you are enjoying sunshine and mojo.  Hugz

Sunday, 19 October 2014

All At Sea

Hello.  Welcome.  I'm going to say it in pictures cos I falling asleep at the keyboard.  What do they say?  Don't drive while tired.  Ah well.   I've been working on my APC for Claudine's challenge.  This is week 7.  See Claudines cards HERE.  

Card 11  I applied various blue distress inks to my card base, dripped some water and dried.  I embossed a piece of old packaging with Sizzix Cirque ef.  





I decided to stamp my sentiment on the background.  And messed it up.  Then I decided it need something else and hi-jacked the turtle that I had stamped for another project.  The stamps here are all Crafty Individuals.  The gold edge was created using my Pilot gold marker.  The seahorse and leaves are Sizzix dies.


The seahorse was cut from gold corrugated plastic from an old chocolate box.  I coated it with crackle paint, which crackled and started to fall off!!  So I added some copper acrylic and then covered the whole lot with glossy accents.  Hopefully everything will stay put now!!

Card 12  I used VersaMagic chalks for this card.  Blues for the background and brick red for the stamping on the background.  The stamps are all Crfty Individuals, except the lady with the ship on her head.  That's a PaperArtsy stamp.  I used some paper tape to mask the center of the card before applying the inks, so I'm sorry, but I will be taking the love away.  Hugz





There she is, lady with a ship on her head.  The compass is a CI stamp covered in glossy accents, and a finger print!!!! LOL  Impatient crafter at work again.  The metal do dads are from Korthobby and maybe CI as well.  I did a knot with some twine and the CI seagull was stamped on vellum and fussy cut.  


My seaside duo.  And that's me up to date, at least for a few hours......

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Thanks for dropping by.  Big hugz and crafty wishes.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

2.4 Kids

Hello.  Welcome.  It's that time when my entry for The Craft Barn's Q&L challenge is due and I have to admit this was a tricky one.  The words were destiny and gift and after checking over at brainyquote I remained uninspired.  So I thought about it a bit and decided to find out what people thought was the greatest gift.  So I put that into the search engine and wow, that's interesting.  It seems the greatest gift vary widely, from the mundane to the ridiculous and serious places in between.  Luckily I decided that I liked the American author Dennis Waitley's definition.  He says


"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots
of responsibility and the wings of independence"

Sounds good to me


I decided I was going to use Stampotique's Birdy Up stamp so I popped over to see what their challenge is this week and it's pink, purple and black.  Ooh, delicious.  So that's where the colour scheme came from.  I found a large pink card and stamped PaperArtsy feather in various shades of purple.  I stamped each colour and then clear embossed it , which allowed me to wipe off any ink and gave me a masking effect without the masks.  Then I stamped a Crafty Individuals script stamp all over and wiped any excess ink off the embossed areas. 



I cut three trees using Sizzix Tree, Green die out of some paper I brayered with black and purple.  I stamped Birdie Up on a piece of Crafty Individuals background paper and cut them out.  I liked the flowers so I left them attatched to the birdy on the left and added a couple more on the right.  The birds above the trees are a Crafty Individuals stamp and the pink flowers were cut using Cheery Lynn BAF#3 embellishment die.  I added a purple rhinestone to each



Getting the quote on gave me some challenges.  I didn't want to print it out on paper and obscure the background and the pens I had didn't want to write on my background.  I tried acetate, but that was only a semi-success.  Then I struck on the idea of writing on white tissue paper and gluing that on.  Perfect.  The background still shows through and my quote is legible.  

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Just A Walking The Dog

Hello.  Welcome.  Just a quick post cos I been playing with Flonzcraft's Girl with Dog stamp again and wanted to share.  Love this stamp.  I based my design on the current STAMPlorations sketch.  


I stamped Girl with Dog in black archival on a piece of Crate Paper patterned paper from the Lemon Grass Collection.  Then I cut out a tag shape using Taylored Expressions Tag Stacklets 1, the largest size.  Then I cut the bottom of the tag up, inked all the edges and stuck it all back down on the same patterned paper.  Then I tried some fancy cutting with the die, but I had already cut the top off the second layer so I ended up cutting straight across the top, which put it below the tag curve, but I figured that was OK.  Then I put the whole thing on an orange base card that I had added some chocolate ink to and had another go at fancy die cutting.  The sentiment ' Friends are Always in Fashion' is a stamp from The Greeting Farm.

Joining the fun at
STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge 21
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge
Flonzcraft Challenge #25 - Colour Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Color Coordinates

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Snow Angels

Hello.  Welcome.  I haven't been doing too well with the Christmas cards this year.  How about you?  Last year, despite not usually thinking about Christmas til November, I joined in some challenges and made a few a month.  This year I haven't made many at all.  So I decided to sit down this afternoon and see what I could come up with.  Inspired by Wow Embossing Powders challenge, same stamp, different ways I have ended up with two xmas cards!!  Score!  


I started by stamping Unity Stamp Co. Snowpeep Gabe onto white card using VesaMark ink.  I embossed one image with white powder and the other with black.  Then I used my Sizzix circle dies to cut them both out.  



The black embossed image I coloured with markers, edged the circle with blue ink and then mounted on two patterned papers from the stash.  I'm not going to admit how long it took me to find two papers that I thought worked together and with my snowpeep topper as well.  Do you ever have that problem?  Or are you someone who just picks up a few sheets and they match perfectly?  So that's card one.  



 I used the white embossed image as a resist.  I coloured the circle with various blue Distress Inks, light in the middle, darker to the outside.  I edged the circle with VersaMagic Night Sky and went crazy with the Wink of Stella clear on the background areas.  Then I cut a little foot from wood patterned paper to make it a snow globe.  The background is a piece of patterned paper.  It came with a snowy slope, a tree and some snowflakes.  Perfect.  I ripped the edges, inked them and mounted on a DCWV embossed white card.  


Yeah, 2 down, loads to go LOL

Joining the fun at
WOW Embossing Powder October 2014 Challenge - Same Stamp, Different Ways
Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
CHNC Challenge 198 - Something Round
Penny Black and More October Challenge - Get Ahead For Christmas

Thanks for your visit.  This is a Friends With Flair post so be sure to leave some love.  It might turn out to be a lucky comment.  Hugz

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

What's Your Style?

Hello.  Welcome.  It was a gorgeous day today.  Only 2°C when I got up but blue skies and sunshine, when it cleared the mountains LOL.  So glad I picked the pumpkins and tomatoes the other day, although there are still a few tomatoes hanging in the greenhouse.  Hopefully they are still usable.  

As this card came together it made me reflect on styles.  I say my style is simple and rarely clean.  I have problems with Steampunk, am not sure I know Grunge if you wave it at me and tremble to my toes at the mention of Art Nouveau.  But with the help of a gorgeous stamp from Flonzcraft I think I may have cracked it.  I loved the elegance of this silhouette and might have finally managed an Art Nouveau style card to be proud of.  Well, I like it.  All comments gratefully received.   



I started by stamping Flonzcraft's Girl With Dog onto orange card.  Using a piece of black card I cut the aperture using Cheery Lynn Spring Flower Burst Doily Angel Wing.  Then I cut two Cheery Lynn Southern Charm Valance's.  I backed the cuts with some ribbon and put them back in the negative spaces.  The Spring Flower Burst doily was cut up and placed behind the aperture.  I mounted the panel on a black base card.  


I think it maybe needs a bit of orange something as a frame around the aperture but I am a bit wary of screwing it up since I am pretty happy with this look.  I was thinking glitter, which is always a bit of a one shot option.  Maybe I will see if I can get some orange rhinestones.  What do you think??

My black and orange beauty is joining the fun at

Thanks for dropping by.  Off to get me a hot chocolate.  Hugz

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Danse Macabre

Hello.  Welcome.  Here's my post for this weeks altered playing cards.  Hurrah, up to date.  It's week 6 already and I am so pleased I have caught up.  This is such a fun challenge and I am trying to copy Claudine's where I can with my existing stash.  So here we go......

Claudine's Week 6 cards can be found HERE

Card 9 I painted my card with primary magenta acrylic.  I did take a picture but it was boring so I'm not showing it to you.  So there!!  Claudine used Tim Holtz stamps for both her cards but I don't have those but I do have a Sizzix embossing folder (don't know the name) so I inked it up with Colorbox Plumeria chalk, put in a piece of white tissue and ran it through the bigshot.  Then I glued it down and while it was still wet I rubbed areas away to expose the background.  OK, you can see a picture of that



As I've said I don't have the stamps Claudine used but I do have the Halloween Shadows die so I was going to use the line of people along the bottom but.....  Well, I'm working on these giant cards, 9x14cm LOL, and I tend to orientate them upright so the people were just too small.  After some brain crunching I decided to scribble around the edge with an embossing pen and add black embossing powder.  Then I die cut Sizzix raven and cat movers and shapers dies and also embossed them with black.  These dies are a little bigger than the images on the embossing folder but close enough for us chickens.  

Card 10  This was a non-starter cos I had nothing Claudine used and no ideas.  So i decided to splat some frayed burlap and fired brick distress stain on my card.  I liked that and decided to fill the gaps with copper acrylic paint.  I didn't like that but when I tried to wipe it off it went all like this, which I did like.  Don't you love a happy accident.  (This photo is a little bit red.  I think I caught the metallic gloss so actually the finished card photo is more like the real colour.  Say la doo dah)




Honestly, I don't know what happened!!  I found these Retro Halloween stamps and decided to use the witch's head, but she needed a body, so I used the skeleton stamp.  Then it looked like the diet had gone a bit wrong so I added the bubble alphabet stickers and DRS spooky eyes to break up the background.  The bat looked suitably surprized so I stuck him on as well.  


What a pair!!  I am loving this challenge and all Claudine's fab inspiration.  I am loving my altered deck.  I am trying to think up a way to display them.  They are too cool.  Am I allowed to say that about my own art??  Yeah, why not.  

These beauties also joining the fun at

 Thanks for your visit.  Hugz