Thursday 30 October 2014


Two new dies this week :-) cobwebs decorative strip & layered leaf

Here are the results of a brief play
Some scraps of stencilled card that have been die cut, embossed & then the raised areas have been brayered.

A scrap of "Magic Eye" paper, some metal for the cobweb... & a couple of punched spiders.
This is getting linked with the challenge across at Moo-mania (metal)  and here is the one I forgot to post/link for the last theme which was bright. I used a highlighter for the background & the bulbs which are actually the reverse side of a small ornament stamp!

Monday 27 October 2014

Stencils & leaves

Journal52 is calling for us to use stencils this week so after a little digging around through the pile of "under papers" I found a piece that has about 6 different ones scattered across the surface...nice to be able to use some "stuff"! There is swirls in pink, hexagons in 2 sizes brown, trellis in shaded lilac,fragments in fired brick (hard to spot), small circles in orange. The art is... Inked in black soot is also a stencil.

A doodled border with some white uniball highlights & circles frame the quote but I feel I still need to add a little more around the edge but will have to wait for another day.

DLP wants leaves and somewhere....somewhere quite safe that I cannot remember where it can be....I have some beautiful leaves that an Australian artist friend has sent me over the years. She paints on these local leaves and then stamps onto silk fabric....gorgeous! Anyway, I digress. I did not find them :-( but I will.

I did manage to use up a small pile of stuff that was sitting on my desk (yay!) and produced 4 pages, 2 full size & 2 "flip-in"

A piece of patchwork style leaves paper for the background, a page from a bible printed in Pashtun - love the calligraphy of it, and assorted leaves that have been stuck down and then outlined with a charcoal pencil (2 die cut leaves & the rest are stamped & fussy cut).
The tipin page is DI spritzed with water and then mopped with a wipe giving a ghosting effect. I've stamped assorted small leaf clusters around the outer part of the page, a frame (harvest season berries & grasses) a die cut leaf (mop-up) & a free stamp/border on the lower part of the page. The leaves have been coloured with derwent watercolour pencils & inktense pencils.

The reverse of the tipin has a doodled diecut border, a play with a new stencil that reminded me that I have a load of skeleton leaves so I dug them out & added an assortment of colours & 3 stickers I inked/stamped a few months ago.

The reverse of the main page has more skeleton leaves, unfortunately the glossy accents has leached some of the colour out of the 2 darker pink ones so I now have visible dots :-(. The other leaves on the page are stickers that I bought in Boston the year we first went over to visit the family after our granddaughter was born, I've almost used them all up now- just a few still left on the backing sheet.

I filled the void doodling with a gold & 2 shades of copper rollerball pens.


It's Monday morning again, Bill has had his hip operation & he came home on Saturday lunchtime.
I now need to feed him plenty of fruit & vegetables.... But not this one that I've made for our inchie challenge!

Or this one which is Pumpkins over at the twinchie challenge...

Friday 24 October 2014

Merry Christmas

No, I know it's not Christmas yet, fortunately! It's just that I'm getting some of my backlog taken care of before becoming my husbands nurse again!!!

I'm taking part in the and for the one I've taken inspiration from Linda's colours & pinked edges on the topper...

The card itself has been stamped using Rubber Tapestry stamps in DI evergreen bough & festive berries.
The topper has been created with a Stampendous frame stencil/ evergreen bough & the stamp was a free one inked with red pigment ink as are the edges.
I added 2 little red gems to the image.

I'm linking this the the challenge which is sponsored by

Rudolph day

It's time to share some of the Xmas productions...

Yes, I've been busy sticking! A lot of them had just been waiting to be assembled & now I just need to link in to the Rudolph day site :-)

Thursday 23 October 2014


Finally! I've been playing & getting messy whilst making my October tags for Tims challenge.

As usual I have had to improvise :-)

I've done 1 tag with home made paste, cargo stencil, Martha Stewart spider stamp, recollections pumpkin, 2 smaller pumpkin stamps, TH black tinsel, scrabble letters, metal rimmed sticker that I've written on. The stamped images were coloured with DI (wild honey, spiced marmalade,ripe persimmon, rusty hinge, crushed olive & forest moss) the tag was coloured using  distress stains transferred into a spritzing bottle (spiced marmalade, crushed olive, dusty concord, antiqued bronze)

The second tag has been coloured using silk paints from DEKA (zitron, pistachio, plum). The large pumpkin has had a layer of iridescent fire nail varnish on the orange & a green sparkle one over the foliage, I had run out of glossy accents at this stage! I've used a slightly longer tag and punched the bottom using a Martha Stewart cobweb border punch. Random letters from my stash.

The third one I coloured with the distress stains and then used the Halloween embossing folder. I used rusty hinge DI brayered over the top - the large pumpkin is sealed with clear nail varnish, the left one has glossy accents & the right one is the fire top coat. Random letters from my stash, a spider ring cut off from the ring and a Jolle's Boutique skull raised sticker

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Winter wishes

Time for my share for week 3 on the challenge.

Inspired by the snowflakes I dug into my stash....

A piece of card that had been swiped through some Hydrangea ink, I've given it the water splats treatment and then added some cosmic shimmer sprints using a stiff brush that's been hanging around in the "occasionally used" brush pot. The shimmer is not showing too well here!

A trip through the cuttlebug using a Tim Holtz snowflake folder, I then brayered over the raised surface with pine needle distress ink & another sweep using gold ink.
I've also edged the card with gold ink & EP.

A remnant of white foam has been diecut & small gems attached. A white snowflake, also from the box of Christmas stash, has been added + a greeting strip that I was given last week???it seemed destined for this card.

I just need to link in now with Linda's boutique who are sponsors of the challenge

Hope everyone is staying safe in the strong winds that are raging out there, it's made it a perfect day for me to be stuck indoors crafting. 
I was discouraged from visiting by Bill today, they are still struggling to get his blood pressure sorted out. He has been on his feet though & it seems the op went well :-). Here's to getting him home Saturday.

Monday 20 October 2014


I realise it's not really week 39 but it's been 39 weeks & 3 days since Bill broke his pelvis and today is the big day that he gets his "whole hip" replacement. My fingers are firmly crossed, well, not whilst typing! Everyone tells me he will be a new man, this might workout a whole lot cheaper for him than a divorce in that case :-D

Anyway, it's Monday and time for a new inchie / twinchie share so here they are
Ombra is our inchie....hhhhmmmm, shadow? Yep, that'll be easy then....a five o'clock shadow!
Careful with the razor my man!

And our twinchie is leaves
Another ink mop-up with 3 leaves diecut from paint samples.

Job done! Breakfast consumed, time to walk the dog& then it's a case of waiting until mid afternoon for news of the patient......

Sunday 19 October 2014

Journal pages

Well, DLP wants us to draw what is in front of us RIGHT NOW! No way was I even going to think about going there....WAY too much mess! So I narrowed my focus.....AHA - I have just the thing :-) not that I can really draw but who's's my journal and it's about learning :-)
A Yankee Candle done with inktense yellow, derwent watercolour grey, Ranger Distress paint in shaded lilac, gold Sharpie.
The page is a random piece of paper that was on my desk that just happened to have the right colours on it :-)

Journal 52 is all about magic so I set about making a page out of nothing!
An Underpaper, branch stencil, tree stamp around the edge, the cobwebs & owl on a branch are Martha Stewart stamps, spookylicious, butterfly fairy & the bats against the moon are Chocolate Baroque and the standing fairy & toadstools are Lavinia Stamps that came free with a magazine recently.
I added holographic glitter & embossing powder to the fairy wings & fairy dust.

Saturday 18 October 2014

week 2

Another week, and I'm late with my card for week 2 of Linda's tags!

This time I've chosen to go with her colour of green for my stencilled background. I've chosen to use a Spellbinders die to cut some card to create my own stencil, I tried to cut some plastic that I had but all that happened was stretched plastic rather that cut :-(

I added a band of ribbon down one side with some pearl accents that echo the ones that are on the wreath. This has been stamped  embossed, coloured and mounted on thin foam pads.

Linda's shop is sponsoring the challenge

Tuesday 14 October 2014


A new one for journal 52...mosaic.

A craft stamper free stamp (leaf) & a Chocolate Baroque crackle stamp, some alphabetson stickers....

The brown leaves were done with ink & the multicoloured ones with felt pens.

That's me up to date with the journaling but still plenty to get done this week! See you all again soon :-)

DLP stars

Journal 52 did stars months ago and now it's time to do another page....

Another colour altogether this time, an under paper with stencilling, stamps, embossing, some die cuts with added smaller stars & even a few stickers made their way onto this!

The base layer has some nail varnish painted on in places!

Close ups...yes, there is even some glitter!

A totally different take this time after the night sky of this winter :-)

Monday 13 October 2014

Ungual quote

Monday it is & an inchie you shall have...
Ungual I is and dripping with blood, must be that a "ripper" has been seen in the neighbourhood 

And for twinchies this week we have "quote"  some stamping on a mop-up

Thursday 9 October 2014


I may be missing the colours in Maine & indeed in the alps at our chalet as shown in the photos but I'm escaping to Edinburgh to see what is happening there! I'll be back on here in a few days so hope you all have a good weekend :-D

Monday 6 October 2014


Monday is here time to share a new inchie or should that be 3?

And whilst I'm here I'll share my cake twinchie....

Hope the wind is not too bad where ever you are, the forecast gales have yet to materialise here, enjoy the rest of the day :-)

Sunday 5 October 2014

Funkie junkie

I've  followed this site & the 12 tags for a few years now & as I shall be spending the festive season in the uk this year, I decided I'd join in the fun.

I decided to go with the "Scandinavian" knit style background. Not the Tim Holtz one,  this is a free stamp by "Don & Daisy" that came with Papercraft Essentials a couple of years ago. I've repeat stamped the border with red ink & then clear embossed. The star ornament is another freebie & here I've used a red card scrap with gold ink/EP then mounted it onto the card with some foam pads.

 That's 1 card done and about 45 more to make!!!

Now to work out how to link this to the Funkie Junkie blog & her store which is sponsoring the challenge....

Saturday 4 October 2014


Its world card making day and I've made.....none.

I did manage to get both of the journal challenges done though which was a good thing.
Journal 52: experiment went live yesterday & I spent the evening & part of the night pondering....had some ideas but nothing too firm.
DLP: polka dots we'd had some clues but the theme isn't released until late Saturday lunchtime.
I'd decided that I was going to take a flyer & hope it was indeed dots.

I took another of my donated marbled papers, did some stencilling with pine needles DI, added some blue dots with salty ocean and a home made roller stamp of dots plus some stencilling through sequin waste in brushed corduroy. All that remained was some doodling with a black sharpie, a white posca pen, a little in the way of happy mail (Chaplin & 3 circles that remind me of planets).

I had the song "windmills of your mind" running through my head so I had to add an orbital belt to one of the circles.

I got some craft foam & washer border die & made myself a stamp :-) and used some metallic, silk (!) paints, some of the patterns overlap & create shadows. I outlined with a white gelly roll pen and a turquoise pen. Added a happy mail circle ringed with a little smudged charcoal.

Most of all I had fun & what more can you ask for when it's raining outside :-)

Enjoy the weekend....

Friday 3 October 2014


Time for a moo...

The current theme is autumn colours & I've used a "wrinkle free" mop up scrap with some die cut leaves that are left over from a project last year: tissue paper that's coloured with distress inks,& overstamped with a script stamp (wine grape varieties)

In case anyone is curious the paper in the background is a page from the bible in pushtu! I salvaged it from aunties flat when we cleared out, I love the art of the script :-)

Have a good weekend...

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Twinchie recap

Following my mishap with blogger earlier in the year a lot of the twinchies never got linked to the twinchie challenge blog site so I'm setting about fixing that.

Also the lady that hosts the site has been slacking big posts since early April so as the challenge does not close until the end of the year we thought we would swamp it with our twinchies....we hope she will forgive us :-)

So here they are:

Blossom & sky blue

Flourish, ribbon, acetate & smile

Music, birthday,sport & memories

Sunshine, waves, tropical & BBQ

Sunshine,shoes,boat & chillies

Cars, games,safari & books