Sunday, 31 January 2016

While the cat's away...

Today I want to share with you a card I have made with this lovely penny black mouse stamp. It's coloured with promarkers and mounted on some lovely paper from my rather large stash! I die cut the scalloped circle and mounted a craftwork cards sentiment in the middle.

I'd like to enter this card in to the following challenges;

Penny black Saturday
Penny black and more
Stamping sensations

Friday, 29 January 2016

Q is for...

I'm thoroughly enjoying playing along with the craft barn dictionary challenge. This is the second week and they've gone for the letter Q. I'm sticking with trying to have a nature inspired dictionary so for Q chose...


This was one of those happy occasions where it all just seemed to come together. 
I first inked the page with antique linen distress ink, then stamped a card-io leaf and branch stamp in bundled sage around the edges.
I looked up some pictures of quinces and drew this one with fineliner and water colour pencils. My drawing skills leave a bit to be desired but I think it is at least recognisable!!
I added crafty individuals dragonflies in versa colour bronze, subtle, but just about visible!

It all seemed to be done rather too quickly so a couple of days later I went back and added the Q which I drew first on to tissue paper and pasted on. It is coloured worth gold gel ink and edged with fineliners. Finally I finished it of with glossy accents.

Page two done, I wonder what page three will bring?

Less is more silhouette

One more quick entry to this week's less is more silhouette challenge. Technically this is cheating as it's not really a silhouette if you can see the features in the owls face but I'm hoping I can be forgiven!!
The moon was created with a circle mask and the background inked with versa colour inks. The stamps are from two different card-io sets.
I would also like to enter this in to try it on a Tuesday's challenge which also happens to be silhouettes.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Sunset silhouette

I've made this card for this week's less is more challenge  and the try it on a Tuesday challenge which this time both have the theme of 'silhouette'. I had quite a few ideas for it including fairies and trees and other such things but at the last minute I stumbled upon this memory box die and decided it would make a good silhouette. I inked the sunset with versa colour inks in canary and camellia and a fabrico pad in tangerine. The sentiment is a very old stamp with the house image not inked, made by all night media.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016


This dear little mouse is a penny black stamp called 'squeaky'. I've made a very simple card with him by flat stamping (using black impress) and colouring with promarkers. 
It is mounted on glittered vellum and lilac paper from my stash. The sentiment is another stamp from a penny black T for transparent set called 'enjoy'. 

This card is destined for the following challenges;

Penny Black Saturday - Anything goes
Penny Black and more - One for the girls
A bit more time to craft - Anything goes
Simon wednesday - Create with critters

Monday, 25 January 2016

A thought for 2016

So did anyone watch the queens speech on Christmas day?! I must confess I never have done before but did for the first time this year. HM was talking about how it had been quite a 'dark' year in many ways, think; Paris attacks, flooding, refugee crisis etc and it is easy to see where she was coming from. In my personal life, 2015 was a pretty tough year and included a fair number of unexpected trials. The Queens message didn't stop there however and she quoted the passage from John 1v1 in the bible, which says; 'The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not overcome it.'

Personally I found it a really encouraging message (you never know, I might even watch again next year!) It is easy in the midst of things to start feeling hopeless and as though evil, be it in the form of famine, war, terrorism or natural disaster, is taking control. What this passage is saying is that although these terrible goings on are happening all around us, they are not enough to overcome the good that is also in the world. 

I decided it was time to focus on the good a bit more. I am determined that 2016 will go better than 2015 and I came up with this little crafty project to help me on my way. (Lets face it, all good ideas need a crafty project to help!)

This is my jar of hope for 2016. As you can see in the picture there are some little tags attached to the outside. As the year progresses I plan to write the good things that happen on these tags and post them in the jar. At the end of the year, no matter what else has gone on, I will be able to look back over all the good things from 2016. 


I used a large flat sided kilner jar and covered it in torn pieces of blue mulberry paper glued on with a mix of pva and water. This represented the 'darkness.' I added a moon shaped mask and inked on a moon and stars using a Lavinia stamp. I also added brilliance moonlight white ink directly over some areas.

I cut four panels of K and Co paper, used a circle punch to create inverted round corners and drew a border with a brown fineliner. I then stamped Crafty individuals 'stamp a meadow' set and stuck each panel to the jar. I wanted to show plants growing in the night as a way of representing light in the darkness.

I printed the text using hero arts alphabet sets and cut the individual words out. Finally I finished off using bits and bobs, a few buttons and a ribbon from crafty ribbons. 

For the tags I printed on scrapbook paper from my stash using Crafty individuals stamps from a variety of sets (I'm absolutely loving the dragonflies at the moment!) and giving them a more varied look by applying bits of DI in tumbled glass. 

As you can see for the lid I die cut a scalloped circle, added more stamping and distress ink and finished off with buttons.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'd love to hear if anyone else is doing a new year inspired make?

Id like to enter this make in to the following challenges;

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Happy birthday Grandpa!

This card was inspired by this week's sketch from freshly made sketches. I know we all struggle with men's cards but I do think the clean and simple look is the way forward for them. After all, there aren't many men who are in to fussy and frilly are there?!
This card is made using craft work cards candi, a fineliner and a promarker both in black, personal impressions happy birthday stamp and paper from my stash.

My Grandpa is s very gifted musician so this one's for him. Happy birthday Grandpa!

If also like to enter this in to the Casology 'clear' challenge as there is lots of clear space.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Hold on to your hats!

I love this stamp from little claires. I've stamped it very simply and coloured it with promarkers. I plan to add a sentiment to the top right corner when I know what occasion it is for!

I'd like to enter this card in the the craft barn 'hats' challenge and the Casology clear challenge.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

B is for...

This is the challenge that I have been most excited about getting started on. I remember seeing snippets of the Craft Barn's last alphabet/dictionary challenge but I wasn't on the blogger scene back then so this is all new and exciting for me.

It's not being done in alphabetical order and this is the first week, so,

B is for.... buttons... bees...burst....balloons....?
I considered all of these before deciding B is for ....


I couldn't help myself, Butterflies were the theme for our wedding and I just love them. Whenever I can I photograph butterflies and in my minds eye I had a bit of an idea about what I might do. All I had to do was work out how to make it work!

First off I drew round the definition with my fine liner. I'm really enjoying the fact that my dictionary has the occasional picture in it, and this just happened to be one of them, so I went around that too.

Next I inked all around the edges of the page with tumbled glass distress ink. After that (although not pictured here) I added a bit of bundled sage DI, including inking some through a memory box floral stencil.

I die cut this little memory box garden and butterfly die in a beautiful basic grey paper called blush, and added a little bundled sage DI.

I now set about punching out a LOT of butterflies, as well as cutting round some that occurred on the gorgeous memory box paper 'butterfly ballet' I inked them all randomly with splashes of tumbled glass.
I folded a couple more strips of blush paper and balanced them on the dictionary, then I set about layering up the butterflies, balancing them one on top the other and sticking with a strong adhesive.

I stamped one of the stamps from the Little Claire's butterfly tree set in both lower corners of the pages and coloured with watercolour pencils.

A few more embellishments followed, including some punched flowers and spots of liquid pearls, and there you have it, week one of the dictionary challenge! It just about works as a pop up page but I am very cautious opening it!

I used the following materials for this make;

Distress ink; tumbled glass, bundled sage.
Versa colour; Neptune
Inkssentials blender
Memory box stencil; Garden floral confetti
Memory box die; Garden and butterflies (actual name unknown!)
Basic Grey paper; Blush, Admire
Memory box paper; Minuet, Butterfly Ballet
Woodware Butterfly punch small and medium
Little Claires stamps; Butterfly Tree
Derwent; Watercolour pencils
Liquid pearls; Garnet
Stickles; Eucalyptus

As well as the Craft Barn challenge, I would also like to enter this in
The Butterfly challenge (Butterflies and ink) 
Stamping sensations - anything with a die

With a flourish

Of all the challenges over at Less is More, I think I find the one layer ones the hardest. Somehow there's always the temptation to stick something on...
Anyway, I've been doing a few thank you's after all the Christmas one and this is what I came up with for the theme 'flourish.'

I just love this vine stamp from Lavinia Stamps. I inked a little versa colour ink in the background and embossed the stamp with gold 'wow' embossing powder. The thank you stamp is by hobby art.

Thanks for joining me today. Pop back soon as I will be revealing my entry for the Craft Barn's new alpha/dictionary challenge. It's the first week and there's still time to enter. They're not doing things in order so this week it's B is for...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The two types of crafters

I have come to the conclusion there are two types of crafters in this world. Those who do simple, clean and those who do embellishments to the max. I love the look of both. In the same way that it is often said those with curly hair wish it was straight and vice versa, I wonder if the same is true of crafters?

I certainly find it a lot easier to create clean and simple looking things and try as I might, even when I set out to create a complex, multi layered 'all out' sort of piece, more often than not, once I've put the first couple of things on the card I realise I'm happy with it and nothing else added looks right. This is not to say that I don't like doing clean and simple, I do, I love it. I just want to do both!

The Little Claire's challenge to create a 'special' Christmas card set in me that very feeling. 'This must have LOTS on it.' I had it out on the table for the best part of a week, kept going back to it time and again and still I would say it is only very tentatively dipping its toe in the waters of 'embellished to the max.'

I can only apologise for adding a Christmas card in January. I love Christmas but even I'm not ready to start again yet! This is going to be my hubby's card for next year as I didn't get to enter the Little Claire's challenge before the big day this year but still wanted to take part. He also tends to get neglected and ended up with a rather hurried offering this time around. So as long as I remember to give it to him next year he'll at least have something I've spent time over!

I used a mixture of rather fiddly paper piecing as well as colouring to decorate the snowman. 

Ingredients for this card;
Little Claires, Snowman bunting stamp
Basic Grey 'Figgy pudding' and 'fruitcake' papers
Memory Box Winter sprig die
Sizzix nesting scalloped circles dies
Liquid pearls - Garnet
Stickles - Eucalyptus
Button, brad  and ribbon from stash

So then, which type of crafter are you?

Monday, 11 January 2016

I want to ride my...

A very simple flat stamped card following this weeks Freshly made sketches challenge.  I've made this one for my brother who goes everywhere on his. 

I used; Little Claire's bicycle stamp ( avoiding inking the basket on the bike for a more manly feel!)
Woodware words (from a very old tool and construction themed set)
And papermania bazzill card.

Apologies for the poor photo quality, I lost the light today before I had time to photograph it.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Something new for a new year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a super Christmas. I took a short break from the blog over the festive season - we had quite a houseful, nine in total, plenty to keep me busy. Anyway, with the new year underway I thought it high time I share one of my Christmas pressies with you. A new speedball stamp making kit! That's right, there's no stopping me now, with this kit I can make any stamp I want!!! (I may be a little too excited about this!)

It's very simple to use. I've had a go at designing my own images but alternatively you can trace anything you like and print it on to the rubber ready to carve. I've made a little woodland set to start off with an oak leaf, mushroom and birds.

These are the first cards I've done using the stamps, along with a penny black sentiment and tiny scraps of paper from my stash.

Here they each are close up

I stamped the oak leaf in DI antique linen, everything else was stamped with impress 'chocolate'.

I'd like to enter them in to the following challenges;
Allsorts- what's new? (Answer; carving your own stamps!)