Monday, 30 July 2012

Scrap ATCs

Had some scraps left over after making some tags this week-end so I decided to put them to use on some ATCs.

the card is coloured with Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Gathered Twigs & then embossed using Tim Holtz Wood Grain folder. The raised parts were then highlighted using Gathered Twigs & Walnut ink.

The branches came from the Autumn Gatherings Die strip & are coloured with Walnut, the acorns are from the same strip & coloured with Vintage Photo.

The Owl on the Nestabilities Label is done with an Inkadinkado stamp using Versamark & then dusted with eye shadows! The leaves are from the Chocolate Baroque Sunny Sunflowers sheet- they are coloured with Bundled Sage.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Fur you

A birthday card for Nina- we got our dog from her :-)

Paper from stash, stamp is a Personal Impressions one.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Another tease

The week has flown by! Bill has now got his arm out of the sling & has been chasing me to do jobs around the garden as the weather has been dry so very little crafting has been done.... A few things started but none finished:-( I'm sure you all know that feeling so I decided to show another little glimpse of one of the finished rainbow tags. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 21 July 2012


Well as the test post seems to have worked I thought I'd post a small portion of a project I'm working on- rainbow tag swap- the tags are not going out until late August so cannot reveal too much but I would not want anyone to think that I was slacking.

Mobile test post

Fingers crossed that I manage to post this... A photo of the book I made for a road trip we made through Spain for my 50th birthday

Friday, 20 July 2012

Less is more...

A simple challenge but a hard descision....which stamp to choose! Eventually decided to go with this parcel & greeting, both from the Celebrations sheet from Creative Stamping 3, so 3 parcels, 3 words & 3 little gemstones. The inking was done in Colorbox cat's eye Queue Lavender.

Hope you enjoy :-)

Saturday, 14 July 2012


70 Years ago my dear husband was born! 35 of those years have been spent married to me.... and to mark the occasion I needed a card that would show some of his interests so here is the finished item where I have used some old maps (appropriate sections of course), papers that I won last December, the car/ beer mugs stamps are Creative Stamping freebies,the bicycle is Tim Holtz & the skier is from A Muse Art Stamps- the numbers were cut using my cuttlebug.

He fell off his bike back in December and damaged his rotator cuff so has had a 2cm tear to the tendon no cycling at the moment! He used to rally but not in a car like the one on the card, he does enjoy driving however & does all the driving when we go driving to the South of France. Ski-ing is our joint passion and we spend every winter on the ski slopes in the southern french alps.

A real fan of "real ale" we will be heading along to the Deeside Brewery beer fest later on today and as a birthday treat a friend has arranged s taxi for us all so no one has to be a designated driver :-D.

I don't expect to be receiving a handmade card from him on Monday but I am sure that there are some lovely cards for me to open.


Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


Not quite! The TIOT challenge set me thinking that I had not done an awful lot with a set of stamps that I had bought from Art from the Heart whilst in Harrogate a few years ago and I decided to remedy the situation....

First I brushed some distress inks onto white card (Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge) then a little stencilling using Ripe Persimmon before using Aged Mahogany & Fired Brick to stamp with, the edges are done with Aged Mahogany.
The Scrabble tiles came from my stash (USA) and the cards themselves I cut from some card I bought ages ago at The Paper Mill Shop at the outlet in York, a rich yellowy orange.

Friday, 6 July 2012

try it on a tuesday

Sleepless nights...brain whirring.... ideas galore...but some rows appealed less that others or was not sure that my idea quite fitted the rules!

So I ended up making 2 cards following the same "Bingo" line of Brads,Flower,Die cut/punch + a butterfly. this is the one that I am linking to TIOT where I have used one of the Sunny Sunflower stamps from Chocolate Baroque, Spellbinders eyelet square die cut, paper from stash as is the ribbon, 3 glitter brads & butterfly which I seem to have had for years!!! The sunflower was coloured using Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade & Rusty Hinge - the stamping was done using Walnut + some clear embossing powder.

For the second one I use a darkish green 6x4 card, cream card stamped with a daisy stamp from a Personal Impressions set that I stamped using green pigment ink, the flower used some offcuts of white card over stamped in "black Soot" (not sure what the stamp is) & then die cut using Sissix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Flower Garland- a couple of layered offcuts of green card and the word stamp is from a sheet of Pink Petticoat stamps then a little lace butterfly added to the corner. Quite a clean, simple card this time.

Hope you like them :-)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

4th & 14th July

Tim Holtz has posted his July as I have no canned air, no alcohol ink, no Statue of Liberty....the list goes on & on....I tried to do something with what I did have.

So I set to with some white card, blue ink, red ink and my felt applicator! Not quite the same effect as Tim achieved but hey he's a pro!I did however use the New York skyline and the star strip from one of his clear stamp sets, the stars I stamped in red + red embossing powder & also ColorBox blue + blue glitter- the glitter was not very successful :-(  I mounted the white card onto red, then blue card.Die cut a white star & a red one to punch the tag hole through for the ribbon (stash) I do not consider this to be one of my finest by any stretch of the imagination but it's all part of the learning curve.
And then it was time to try something else... As I did all my education in french....Yes that would explain why my English is sometimes rubbish...and I still spend a lot of my time in France I just had to make a tag related to the "quatorze juillet", this also just happens to be my dear "other half for the past 35 years" birthday so time to get more ink on my fingers :-D.   More white card, Paper Artsy Hot Picks Xtra 01 (ink splats) stamped in Ranger distress inks in Festive Berries & Salty Ocean (both from limited ink collections) I used the same colours to ink the edges of the tag. A freebie fireworks stamp from Craft Stamper for some explosions that used clear embossing powder & red/blue glitters. The stamps Arc de Triomphe, Paris (hidden under the threads), France & Bonjour came from Clear Stamps.Some dymo tape for the date, ribbon from my stash , a die cut and a mini Eiffel Tower...Job done! Hope you like the end result.

Monday, 2 July 2012

through the arch...

Still no improvement in the weather here in Scotland despite the fact that we are now in a new month! Oh well, I guess we will just have to make the most of the fact that we can be indoors crafting :-)

I did a little more playing with my Echoes of Italy stamps yesterday, another tag & also a card. Still so much to explore with this set that I have still not done anything with the Sunny Sunflowers that arrived last week.

The tag I made using the Archway garden gate & the Villa, plus some "foliage" done with a Paper Artsy stamp from the Swirls & Curls 1 plate, the butterfly was a freebie.

the main piece of paper came from my stash- all I can remember is that it came from a pad of papers that I purchased in the USA about 8 years ago...The scene visible through the wrought iron gate was coloured with Promarkers, distress inks and felt tip pen.
The card is a 5.5" square in white, the next layer was from a freebie calendar and then the doorway was stamped onto sketchpad paper. I stamped with black pigment ink & used clear embossing powder. the door was coloured with "Peeled Paint" distress ink as are the foliage part of the topiary trees (Craft Stamper Freebie) I used Derwent watercolour pencils for the terracotta pots and finally used some Glossy Accents on the glass panes in the doors to give them a shine. As yet the card has no message inside!Hope you like, thanks for your visit :-)