Monday, 27 August 2012

Blog Candy

Bank Holiday Monday today so I took a break from clearing out the wardrobe, tidying up and ironing to go to the Craft Barn for a bit of inspiration (and to part with some of my hard earned cash!). 

Check out The Craft Barn Blog as its Blog Candy time :

Saturday, 25 August 2012


The week 7 Challenge at CASolgy is to use the colour green. I love green, possibly my favourite colour - well, it is this week!
This card is not a new idea, I've used it many times and I think it lends itself quite well to a clean and simple design.
I think I need to pop by the DIY store again and replenish my stock of paint strips, I'm wondering what I might be able to do for Christmas using the same idea.


  • Tall slim pearlescent card
  • Dulux paint strip card picked up from DIY store
  • Inkylicious Wild Meadow rubber stamp, stamped in black archival ink
  • Mount on pastel green pearlescent paper 
  • Best Wishes peel off sticker to add the sentiment.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Keep it Simple

Keeping it simple is often quite hard to do. I have often ruined a piece by adding too many embellishments or combining too many different techniques on one project.
The week 81 challenge at Less is More is tearing so I thought I might enter this small card example. The card was really quick to make, a torn piece of earth tone background paper mounted on a copper coloured die cut label that I found in my bit box. Add two gems to make the body of the bug and draw legs on him using a Sakura Micron 0.1 black archival ink pen.
I hope you like him.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Tim Holtz Tag Challenge June

I am now playing catch up so here is my version of the June Tim Holtz inspired tag. For this one I used a small luggage tag, spritzed the background with Shimmer Spritz and stamped random images in black. As the tag is so small the background is pretty much covered. I downloaded the vintage photo image and colour tinted it with Distress Markers. Added a few embellishments and this is the result. I think I prefer the larger tags to work on, more real estate.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

IndigoBlu FlitterGlu

I love the IndigoBlu range of rubber stamps so treated myself to a FlitterGlu starter kit and a set of the Pomp and Pagentry rubber stamps back in February when I visited the Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft show at Bluewater. The snow came down the night before so the show was pretty quiet, good for us but not so good for the exhibitors.
Here is a card that I made. 
I used evergreen bough and festive berries distress inks from the Tim Holtz winter set for the background and swirls. The Union Jack is stamped with FlitterGlu and Yorkshire Dales Mega Flakes applied, the gentleman was stamped with black archival ink.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Tim Holtz Tag Challenge August 2012

Finally, after deliberating for weeks, I am creating my first blog post.
Inspired by a friend's post yesterday, I decided to have a go at the Tim Holtz August tag challenge. Having none of the materials used in the example I had to improvise.
Background embossed and sanded ColorCore card stock using a Darice embossing folder. Spellbinders die cut shapes to make the frame and having no cameo rubber stamp, I remembered I had some cameo embossed card in my stash so coloured it with black soot distress ink. The flowers and leaf were added and the padlock die cut from gold card.
Hope you like it.