Sunday, 30 August 2015

E is for Elephant

My entry for the Craft Barn challenge this week is a tag. The theme this week is animal which is handy since I have an outstanding alpha tag project that is yet unfinished and I needed to do something with an elephant. I have also been playing with a home decor project today so had some scraps of paper that really needed using up. This tag is what happened.

Distress inks : Peeled Paint and Hickory Smoke (love that new Hickory Smoke)
Paper scraps : Tim Holtz Wildflower Paper pad
Ribbon coloured with the same inks used for the background
Dylusions Spray : Linen White - when it reacted with the distress is went a light grey colour, nice.
Elephant Stamp : Any Skinner Circus set, a bit of water colouring with the hickory smoke ink
Random stamping around the edge : A TH swirly floral thing 
Sentiment : Tim Holtz

I am having a great Sunday doing nothing but crafting, hope you are enjoying your Sunday too.
Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


The Craft Barn weekly challenge is to use spray. I thought that would be pretty easy but the first part of the challenge was to find my sprays as I'd not used them in a while.

I found some Fireworks sprays in Angel Pink and London Fog, a nice colour combination but, those little bottle nozzles get clogged up so they needed a good wash. The pink did not spray, the result was more of a blot but I liked it so went with it. My white teapot also got a bit of a makeover as some of it ended up there as well. I have to say, I don't recommend these sprays.
I got a much better effect using the Tim Holtz distress spray. It is easier to control and the colour is richer.

For the challenge I have made two note cards. The sprays are used for the backgrounds on watercolour card.

Stamps used :
Tim Holtz Cityscapes CMS224
Tim Holtz Runway CMS214

I stamped the images onto the watercolour card and masked them before spritzing the backgrounds with the sprays. The sentiment on the London version is a die cut and Bonjour is stamped. The panels are mounted on Kraft card and a bit of baker twine added to finish them off.

More Runway and Cityscapes to come, currently work in progress.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

I Love Chocolate

The Craft Barn weekly challenge theme is "something sweet and sugary" so this theme is just begging for a chocolate offering. I decided to try and keep it simple, mainly using paper crafting although some stamps are used for the sentiments on this card.


Marianne Designs : COL1366 Chocolate is the Answer Die & Stamp Set 
Marianne Designs : COL 1367 Box of Chocolates Die & Stamp set
Spellbinders Nestabilities : Labels Four
My Minds Eye : Paris & Co paper
Ranger : Coffee Archival Ink  
Tim Holtz Distress Ink : Vintage Photo

The paper bow was made using a We R Memory Keepers envelope board. This card is big, at 7 inches by 7 inches that is a bigger card than I would usually make but where chocolate is concerned, I reckon big is good.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Craft Barn Weekly Challenge 9 : Colouring

It has been an age since I entered any blog challenge so here goes, this is my entry for the Craft Barn Weekly Challenge 9 which is colouring using pens.

Stamp: Stampendous Cling Winter Birds.
I used Promarkers to colour the image:
Greens : Lime Green, Bright Green and Forest Green
Reds : Lipstick Red, Crimson and Burgundy
Browns: Satin, Sandstone, Cocoa and Walnut
Blue (for the dotty shadows) : Powder Blue

Some glitter is added to the bobbles on their hats and the snow on the branch and the card finished off with a bit of peeled paint distress ink around the edges.

Another Christmas card done to add to my 2015 stash, I am ahead of the game!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Pretty Pastels

It was Saturday morning and I was up earlier because I had booked a TV ariel engineer to come to my house. I was thinking it would be a good idea to play with my new PaperArtsy JOFY stamps so I have no idea how I ended up making two cards using Inkylicious stamps. Anyway, these two cards are what I made.

Stamp : "Poppy Lea", sentiment "Make a Wish"
Background : Adirondack Caramel, Raisin and Denim dye inks applied with duster brushes.
Poppies are highlighted with Sakura pens and a border doodled with a black pen.

You need glossy card stock to get the inks to blend nicely but it is quite hard to get a sharp image with the stamping. My meadow flowers faded away at the bottom but I reckon that's OK, it is a hot summer's day and I have rescued it by popping a bow on top. 

Stamp : "Allium"
Background : Masked a shape and applied the same colours of dye ink with a duster brush.
The Allium are highlighted with a silver Sakura pen and similar doodling around the shape.

Until next time, Thank you for looking. x

Monday, 3 August 2015


A little card for a friend's birthday this week :

Stamps : Personal Impressions by Lindsay Mason : Overhaul Needed

This one was fun to do, I love that Robot's expression.