Thursday, 28 June 2012

Pan Pastels

Grabbed a little time today to do a first play with my new Pan Pastels...need to do more playing!
I made a background using the Permanent Red & Violet tints plus I added a little of some other pastels
(Conte Crayons), stamped Elusive Images IRIS plate with Versamark and then dusted with Violet tint...Not sure about the card that I have is the back of an old christmas card but as it was a first test I thought I'd see what happened.

Then I wanted to assemble the bits for another tag, Chocolate Baroque "Echoes of Italy"

I coloured the background with Distress inks in Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut.The pattern was stamped with versamark & embossed with Copper, the 2 tiles stamped with Walnut & clear embossed, then coloured in with Tea Dye,Vintage Photo, Antique Linen & Walnut. All the edges were finished with Marvy Mettalic Copper.

Hope you enjoyed looking :-)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A new week

Not got up to much crafting since my last post- husband Bill has had the op on his shoulder to mend a 2cm tear to a tendon & is immobilised for the next 6 weeks so I get to be nursemaid....

So I've been treating myself to some new goodies; finally got the Tim Holtz festive greenery die, summer edition distress inks & this morning another little parcel containing Chocolate Baroque "sunny sunflower" stamps a couple of distress markers and Pan Pastels! Now I just need some play time so keep watching this space ;-)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

happy birthday

NO, not mine...well not yet anyway.
I was playing around with ideas whilst lying in bed last night (listening to Bill snore) and when he announced this morning that he was popping along to the golf club to see the boys I decided to make the most of his absence :-)

A white 5x7 card,a freebie stamp from Cardmaking & Papercraft, some Colorbox "wild hare" ink+ clear embossing powder and Rangers distress inks in Spun Sugar and Iced Spruce to watercolour the flowers and leaves....Clean and Simple!

I am entering this one on Try it on Tuesday

Monday, 18 June 2012


Fashionable stamping challenge... That caught my interest so I am sharing this card made using Crafty Individuals stamps and distress inks

Friday, 15 June 2012


There I was, getting all excited at the thought of doing a "Tag Tuesday" camping tag...but they are oversubscribed so....I decided I would make an ATC instead for when I next do a swap
Inkadinkado "road trip" stamp sheet with Distress Tumbled Glass & Bundled Sage used for the sky/grass, silver ink for the Aerostream style caravans & Ivory, Satin, pastel Beige, Cinnamon promarkers for the little caravans/trailers. I also added Glossy Accents to the windows to add a little shine.

This would be the only way to camp this week-end as it is pouring with rain here in Scotland :-(
And whilst looking through some of the photos I found this one of an ATC that I made a couple of years ago, also the same set of stamps.
Have a good week-end, hopefully not too stormy- the forecast for England looks pretty dire :-(

Thursday, 14 June 2012

less is more...

Decided I would have a go at a One Layer Card/ use a flourish so fingers crossed that I have followed the rules....

The flourish is a Stampology one, the bird is Inkadinkadoo and the greeting is Pink Petticoat. I used Colorbox Aqua pigment ink & clear embossing powder.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Cards cards cards (sorry-no piccies)

It's been a busy few days here in Banchory! 55 Christmas cards for my husband's aunt, mainly using religious fronts that have been recycled, and 18 blank cards suitable for any occasion (some male ones too!) all these to be done for her birthday as that is what she likes to receive.... Added to that, I am still working on a card for Bill's 70th which is next month!!! He is going into hospital on the 22nd for surgery on his shoulder which will then be strapped & his arm immobilised for 6 WEEKS!!! Guess who won't be getting much crafting done and also this means no escape to our chalet in France for the month that we had planned :-((

Thursday, 7 June 2012

June tag.....1, 2, 3

OK! the Jubilee celebrations are over for another 10 years so I hope everyone has some lovely memories to keep them going.
I had planned to do some planting out of pots & baskets but the rain yesterday was torrential at times so put it off until today....and had myself some fun time in the workroom. I had ideas that had been buzzing around in my head for a couple of nights (interfering with my sleep!!!) and I have been playing with Tim's June tag ideas....but as usual I did not have many of the bits I needed so I improvised A LOT!

I used China White watercolour paint & brown ink for my base tag as I've no distress stains, no "rose" ribbon so came up with options, no Ranger pen/nibs so another solution was pre-tinted photo or Promarker, no file tab but an off cut of card+ some silver pigment ink & embossing powder did a not bad job- all I had to do was add a number & an epoxy sticker. My ribbons got swiped through the same paint as I used for the base tag and the paper layer under the photo was a paper bag I got on my first trip to Boston (Mass) when I went to visit my granddaughter for the very first time 9 years ago- if you keep things long WILL come in useful!

this is the tag using Promarkers to tint the photo which worked quite well, the twill REMEMBER ribbon & heart buttons are stash from the USA as is the small metal "friendship" tag. I am entering this one in Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2012- June

this version has a pre-tinted photo on copy paper, not so keen and the satin rose was misted and then dragged over Dusty Concord distress ink.

In this version the photo is printed onto gloss photographic paper & was already tinted so all I have done is add stamped numbers down the side and Vintage Photo ink around the young lady with some Walnut ink on the edges, again the INSPIRE, flower, ribbon & leaves came from my stash.

And as you will have noticed...I remembered to rotate this photo! I am still learning......Hope you don't get dizzy looking at this sideways :-)

this one is being entered in Try in on Tuesday's anything goes

Monday, 4 June 2012


My only crafting this week-end was in the kitchen making food for our street BBQ and applying Rimmel nail wraps- very shabby quality though!