Saturday, 29 March 2014

12 Tags of 2014 : March

I love Tim's March tag. The stamps are great, the technique is lovely to do and there is not a die cut anything on it! I have the mini versions of the stamps so my March tag is small but cut from Ranger manila card as recommended.
The full tutorial and fabulous examples are on Tim's blog.
Here is my tag. I stuck to the tutorial as closely as possible but left off the word band as I don't have those and didn't want to spoil it by improvising.

My photo is doesn't show the airbrush stencil effect too well but it is there. I used a chicken wire stencil as I don't have the one Tim used so it is subtle. Great images to work with and lots of fun to do. I love that egg!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Little Houses

A project that I really enjoyed doing, a key hanger using a Tando Creative kit.

The parts are thick card except for the base which is made of wood. I used a mixture of PaperArtsy Fresco Fonish paints and Tim Holtz Distress paint for this project.
TH Distress Paint : Iced Spruce, Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass.
Fresco Finish Paint, London Bus, Irish Cream.

The houses are painted with the Irish Cream acrylic paint and then I used a Crafty Individuals crackle stamp with Jasmine Mixed Media Inx by Colorbox. Here is a close up:

For the roof detail , I used a Kaisercraft Wood Grain stamp and coffee archival ink over the London Bus paint. The script on the background panel is an Inkylicious stamp called Latin Text. A close up of the roof:

This project took me some time but was worth it, I shall send it to my Mum for Mother's Day. I bought my kit from The Craft Barn, the link shows the same project in a different colourway. All I need to do now is find a way to wrap it.

Monday, 17 March 2014


A little project I completed at the weekend, a very simple one but lots of fun to make. The photo was taken outside for a change as the weather was so good on Sunday. Interesting that the Iced Spruce distress paint I used on the edges of the heart matches the weathered paint on my garden table.

Small wooden heart - PaperArtsy
Background painted with white gesso
Images from Hero Arts CS017D Anna's Collection - Floral Sketches stamped in coffee archival ink.
Tim Holtz Distress paint  - Iced Spruce dabbed around the edges.
( ... its the same on the back, almost the same).

And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Upcycling Maps

Today's post is to show a birthday card I made recently for a friend using an old ordnance survey map and the lovely Tim Holtz Globe die I picked up in the Sizzix sale in January. I love that globe.

The background is a panel from the OS Dartmoor 1973 one inch tourist map which bought in a charity shop for 50p. Yes, it was difficult to cut it because maps are so lovely but I already have a copy of this map so once the scissors were poised, all it took was a deep breath and a brave snip and I was away. 
The globe was cut twice from blue and green textured card stock. I cut out the land masses and mounted them on the globe after distressing with antique linen and vintage photo inks.  A little treasure gold is added to the globe and the sentiment stamped in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. Nice. 
I may make some more of these, they are simple to do and I have loads more panels left from my 50p map purchase.