Thursday, 30 October 2014

Who Are You Kidding

Hello.  Welcome.  Ooh, look, nearly the witching hour. 

For my background I painted some masking tape with acrylic paints and stamped the sentiments from Unity Stamp Co. Be Afraid set.  I used Dreamweaver's Waves stencil and Colorbox Black Cherry Chalk.  I think this stencil will be making regular appearances.  Isn't it gorgeous!

The sentiment says Be Afraid - Very Afraid, but who is she kidding.  Isn't that the cutest voodoo doll you ever did see? 

The doll is Frazzled from Unity Stamp Co.  No, that's what the stamp is called!  Very applicable at the moment because I am also feeling a little frazzled!   I coloured her with promarkers and gave her some bats.  Those are applicable too!!!  I also added some black ink smudges.  Hey Doll, say Boo!

Joining the fun at
DREAM It UP! -  Happy Hallowthanksmas
Unity Stamp Co - Friends With Flair
Vintage Stamping Challenges #25 - Colour Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Standing On The Corner, Out In The Street

Hello.  Welcome.  I've been working on an idea all afternoon but it just wouldn't become what my inner eye saw so clearly.  Do you ever get that?  So I decided I'd start something totally new and I have gone CAS

This card came complete with the deckle edge.  It was pale mauve but that didn't seem right so I saturated it with Colorbox Plumeria and Black Cherry chalk inks.  Yummy.  Then I blended some black arcival along the bottom.  I cut Poppystamps Antique Lamp Post from a silver metal sheet.  The ghost is part of Unity Stamp Co. Be Afraid set.

Joining the fun at
Poppystamps Challenge #1 - Falloween Fun
CASology Week 119 - Ghost
Stampotique Designers Challenge 170 - Ghouls and Goblins
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tea Anyone?

Hello.  Welcome.  Nearly the end of the month again!!  Where does the time go.  I've had my Die-Namites dies on my desk for a few days hoping for inspiration to strike so I can join in with their sketch and dare challenge.  Then Mark's Finest Papers wants a teabag holder.  Now as a dedicated tea drinker how could I resist?  Then there's the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which wants Kraft and closes tomorrow, without me having an entry in sight!!   And they all came together like this....

I used a piece of printed kraft for my base and added some black archival around the edge, and an extra few smears.   I cut two Die-Namites Windy Wheat die from kraft card and added some chocolate ink.  The burlap is a piece Kay sent me that I have been hoarding.  Thanks Kay.  Hugz.  The little tea bag pocket was a free gift with an order from Unity Stamp Co.  I stamped the sentiment, masked it, and stamped the image from Crafty Individuals Tea Tree stamp set.  I added some strands from the burlap and a maple leaf brad to the tea pocket.  I have simplified the sketch and thought it needed a little more so I used the sentiment stamp to go around the edge of the card.

Here's a close up of the tea pocket.  I decided to keep with the colour scheme and added a chocolate tea bag to my tea pocket.  This one doesn't have a little string so I added a burlap thread loop.  

Joining the fun at
Die-Namites October Challenge - Die, Sketch and Dare
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 235 - Tea Bag Holder
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Kraft
Rubber Dance October Colour Challenge - Vintage Tones
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Treats

Thanks for your visit.  Off to make quince jelly.  Hugz

Monday, 27 October 2014

Hats All Round

Hello.  Welcome.  Are you feeling the jingle yet??  I had my pumpkin party on Saturday so now my thoughts are turning to Yule.  Or Jul, as they say in Norwayland.  I was going to share one card but since I used embossing powder I decided to add a quicky using the stamp in a different way and join the fun at the Wow Challenge.  Let's do them in reverse because the second one I made uses the stamp in it's entirety, whilst the first one, which is the second one, uses just the border.  

This is the stamp I am using on both cards.  It's Crafty Individuals Winter Wonderland, stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I ripped around the embossed image.  This black card has a white core, which I have taken advantage of here.  Then I matted on a piece of red and ripped the edges of that as well.  I mounted on a black card and added a God Jul (Merry Christmas) white embossed on vellum.  This is a Panduro Design stamp.  

Joining the fun at
Papertake Weekly - Black and White plus one
STAMPlorations Sketch Challenge #22
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Weather Forecast

I also made a shaker card using 2 pieces of corrugated card to give me the depth for my shaker.  I embossed a piece of pink card with Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder and added some pink and gold ink.  I stamped the border from CI Winter Wonderland around the aperture.  The penguins are also a Crafty Individuals stamp.  I stamped them on some paper I had used to mop up some distress inks and stole some hats from some santa stickers.  Now I have two penguins with hats and two santa's without LOL.  The border is Cheery Lynn Tiny Bubbles Border cut from gold mirror card.  I tried using gold embossing powder around the edge but the die cut was too deep so I decided to add some Dreamweavers embossing paste and sprinkle the gold embossing powder onto that.  Fab.  I think the embossing paste puffed up here and there when I was heating giving even more delicious texture.  

Love the penguins.  I have a piece of white mulberry paper in the aperture as well to give a snowy fluffy effect.  The edges of the pink layer have been distressed to make them stand out.  I backed my shaker with a piece of paper from CI Christmas Background papers pad.  

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So here they are together.  Two more for the Christmas card pile.  Yippeeee.  

Joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.  Off to finish putting things away after the party.  Hugz

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Brights Just Make Me Happy

Hello.  Welcome.  It's been a while since I joined in at PaperArtsy.  Even though there have been loads of post I think, ooh, that's great, must try that.  It seems the time is just slipping away.  So tonight I decided to sit down and find one I really liked and get my version out there!!  So, I found 4 post that just floated my boat, so I stopped looking, and finally decided it had to be Helen's Portfolio Experiments because she used my most favorite stamp from PaperArtsy LPC022.   Not that I have any portfolio's LOL......

I started by stamping Modern Girl from LPC022.  From the left; a bad impression with some trial colouring, two coloured differently with Galaxy Markers, a second generation stamp. 

After embossing my card with Sizzix Cracked embossing folder I coloured with Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean distress inks.  Someone got all excited and forgot to change foam between the pink and the blue so that's why the Salty Ocean looks a bit muddy instead of bright!! 

I die cut the leaf and coloured with the blue galaxy marker.  I didn't have a flower stamp so I thought, how difficult can it be to draw a flower??  Arrrgggggg, very.....   So I sketched a few more lines in and miraculously it looked better!!  Galaxy marker colouring and some black line details to finish.

Joining the fun at

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  Hugz

Friday, 24 October 2014

Cracked, But Not Broken

Hello.  Welcome.  Doesn't it always all come at once!  Sometimes good, sometimes not, but it seems it has to all come at the same time.  Hugz to everyone who has a challenge to overcome.  Hugz to everyone who has a chance to take a breath and relax.  I hope there are more of you in the latter category than the first one.

I saw a post on the Die-Versions blog reminding us that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  They are having a think pink hop and you can link in your projects that relate to Breast Cancer Awareness.  I know this is a cause that is close to the heart over at the Unity Stamp Co. as well.  I don't know if that was the thinking behind this stamp set, but I thought the sentiment was perfect to remind you to stay strong in your soul.  

I inked my card with VersaMagic Pink Petunia.  I embossed with Sizzix Cracked embossing folder.  I thought that was a good representation of how devastating it must be to hear that you or a loved one has this illness.  I inked over the embossed areas with the same ink to add a subtle highlight.  Then I stamped both the image and the sentiment from Unity Stamp Co. Precious Things set and Worn Lipstick distress ink.  I must thank Marie over at Mixed Media Mojo because this beautiful stamp was part of the prize I won in their WCMD challenge.  I am blessed.  Hugz.  I was going to leave it at that but decided to add a ribbon and a rhinestone.  I think it fits.  

Joining the fun at
Die-Versions- Think Pink Blog Hop
The Unity Stamp Co. - Friends with Flair
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for your visit.  Off to decorate the place with pumpkins for my Thanksgiving/Harvest party tomorrow night.  Hugz

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