Saturday, 31 October 2015


Did you know that Halloween has its roots in the Celtic lands and was a harvest festival? The Celtic festival of Samhain marks the end of summer so just to cheer us up, it is winter tomorrow.

This week's Craft Barn challenge theme is Halloween so I made a tag.

Ingredients used
Tim Holtz Stencil : Shatter
Stamps : Chocolate Baroque Witches Brew and Tim Holtz Bird Crazy
Wow Black embossing powder
Birds are coloured with Promarkers
TH Distress Ink : Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke

Happy Halloween/Samhain everybody x

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Good Luck Craft Barn

This is the card I made to wish Sandy and Ian Good Luck with their new Craft Barn journey. The shop is now closed (and I will miss it) but the online shop and classes are continuing and I am sure exciting new things will be coming soon.
The blog challenge theme this week is Good Luck so this is my entry.

I used Kaleidacolor Melon Melody ink with a brayer to make the background on white stamping card and debossed it with my Tim Holtz Layered Leaf embossing folder. The TH layer leaf die was used to cut the leaf aperture out of woodgrain card stock and mounted on top.
I added TH Big Chat stickers for the sentiment and a bit of twine and mounted it all on a deckle edged card.

Best of Luck to Sandy and Ian for the future and many thanks for all the fun times and inspiration at the Sandy Lane shop and Lingfield. x

Thursday, 15 October 2015


When I saw that this week's Craft Barn challenge was "Light" it was the perfect prompt to get out a kit I purchased at the Craft Barn over a year ago and get it made. It is a Tando Creative kit designed by Karen Gist called Christmas Fireplace. So, my interpretation of light is firelight.

Can you see the tea light flickering in the grate? Obviously it is not a real tea light it is a battery operated one, this piece is made of chipboard and we don't want disasters in the home do we.

I used a Fresco finish and Decoart mixed media paints to paint all the chipboard pieces. I added some doodling with a white pen on the baubles and stockings and glitter of course. There is a bit of distress ink on the bunting over the fireplace as well, I stencilled the stars. For the wood effect on the fireplace I used coffee archival ink and a Kaisercraft woodgrain stamp.

Here's another photo taken outside.

Now you can see the glossy accents on the "Christmas" word and the berries. My favourite bit of this project is the tiling. These pieces were painted with Decoart Cadmium Red mixed media paint with some gold interference paint added on top and finished off with a bit of treasure gold.

A close up of the tiles:

See the little tea light inside, I picked up a pack of three for £1 from the Pound Shop.
I had great fun with this project and am proud of myself for finally getting it made.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Spooky People

My last minute entry for the Craft Barn Challenge this week is a Halloween inspired panel which I have mounted on a card. The theme this week is people and I had at least a dozen ideas in my head, just the usual problem of finding the time to do them, frustrating isn't it. I picked spooky people for my project.

I masked out a moon and used Pan Pastels for the background in purple, red and yellow to get the purple and orange blend. They blend so well. All the elements to build the Halloween scene are cut from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations dies set : Halloween Shadows from Kraft Core card stock, nostalgia collection.

Have a great Sunday.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Love Lovely Life

Happy Sunny Sunday everybody.

Stamps used :
Stampers Anonymous : Tim Holtz Bird Crazy and Crazy Accessories
Craft Individuals : Alice Palace Love Lovely Life

Alice Palace panel stamped in black archival ink on glossy card tinted with victorian velvet distress ink. The crazy bird is coloured with Promarkers as is her hat and bunch of flowers.
Mounted on a dotty paper frame.