A place where no rules apply, and fingers get inky and stained!!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Tim's Tags ... and FC!

Well my interpretation ...
Day 1 - Ellie and Beth helped with this one .. .well actually they did most of it!!!
 Day 2 - I created my own resist paper to ink up, just by heat embossing the stamped image.

Days 3 and 4 are in progress - sickness in the house meant they got pushed aside!!
 Day 5 - love love love this technique ... so much that I did another ...
In a different colourway!!

And a Christmas card ... I did think i had done all my cards but I am 5 short!!
 I stamped the Santa collage in versafine and then coloured his face and eyes in using distress inks.  The dp is Bo Bunny Snowflake collection and I stitched it to the cardstock and distressed it all.  I added some stained seam binding and lace, and  knot and christmas tree charm.  Finally I stamped the sentiment straight onto the dp in versafine.

Creative Card Crew - Tis the season
Creative Craft - real/faux stitching
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Try it on Tuesday - Father Christmas
My Time to Craft - vintage Christmas
Ladybug Craft Ink - Snowflakes and sparkle

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Another Bauble

Yep, still chipping away at those Christmas cards ... I made this one in a bit of a playing session.  I used distress inks and glamour mists to create the inked background, and then stamped the swirly sentiment onto it.  The I took a text stamp and brushed it with bleach and stamped it over the sentiment (which I masked).  Finally I cut the result out using a Spellbinders ornament die, and cut a larger one for a mat.  The cardstock is SU and I scored the teal one using my score board.  Finally a bit of organza ribbon and a bow.

I got the idea of stamping with bleach, aving had another go at colouring images stamped onto Kraft with bleach ... not sure how good bleach is for the rubber though!

Oh La La Creations - bingo - ribbon, diecut and sparkle - the glimmer mist has pearlised and sparkled the bauble
Ladybug Craft - winter blues
Creative Inspirations - winter colours
Creative Card Crew - monochromatic
Divas by Design - monochromatic

Monday, 21 November 2011

Elegant bauble

Its no a colour I use ...pink!!!  But having made a different kind of Christmas card over the weekend i thought I would have a go at pink again!  I stamped one of Waltzing mouse's Ornaments in versamark onto pink cardstock and embossed it in gold, before cutting it out using my nestie baubles.  The dp is Basic Grey Jovial and it is pinks and creams and golds with flowers nad texts on it ... so not me!!!  Finally I added some white organza ribbon and a double loop bow to finish it off.
I now need to recover from the pink experience!!
Waltzing mouse  - sketch
Colour Create - pink, white and gold
Paper Sundaes - beautiful bows

Friday, 18 November 2011

Could I do it again???

I was playing around with a Tattered Angels mask and some glimmer mists ... and look what I created ... an eye.  I was looking for a splodgy, pooling colour kind of look, if that makes any sense.  When it dried I noticed that with the mask line it looks like there is an animal's eye ... not sure I could ever replicate that one!!

Thursday, 17 November 2011


So whilst the girls were having their bath I had a play again with inks, mists and masks ...
For this card I used a mask from a Tattered Angels Blossom set. I inked the cardstock in marigold DI and then placed the mask across.  I then inked over in rusty hinge, honey and vintage photo.  When it was all dry I spritzed over with frost glimmer mist.  Finally I stamped the sentiment.
Simon Says Stamp - thank you
Sisterhood of Stampers - thanks
Stampavie and more - anything but square
For your inspiration - photo
Corrosive Challenge - thanks
Sentimental sundays - thank you
Aud's Sentiments - thank you
Little Miss Muffet - simplicity
Papercraft Star - thank you
Creative Card Crew - thankful
2 sisters - anything goes
Card Makin' Mamas - thanks

And this ongoing ... I had an idea to use one of my MS punches to create a mask.  Having punched the mask, i inked over it using Victorian Velvet DI and then spritzed over it with gold glimmer mist. I used a scrap piece of card and swiped it with the DI and then mopped up the waste glimmer mist onto it ... dried and cut a TH tatter flower out.  Just pondering if its a centre flowe, off the edge, needs a stmping/embossing ... just needs a something to finish it off!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Its Wednesday and time for a snoop round the crafting blogs led by Julia.

And here's my hive a mess and creativity ...
 I started playing yesterday afternoon, using a TH tattered flower die cut I had spare, and just paper clipped it to a piece of cardstock I had sprayed with gold glimmer mist.  I then sprayed over at an angle Santa Baby and Tattered leather mists and left to dry ... yep no heat gun!!
So we move on several hours ...
 One dried homemade paper, and one made using the resist technique.  I thought I would have a go at seeing if I could use masks as the base ... sort of worked ... need a bit of practise on that!!
 And as I loved my flower paper so much ... .I did it again using purple and blue mists ...
 and then added glitter glaze to the masked area, and glitter glam to the flower that was the mask, put it on pads and popped it on the cardstock ... liking! 

Need to play more!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Christmas is coming ...

I've been getting all inky again!!! And playing!!

For this Christmas card, I used stormy skies, faded jeans and chipped sapphire DIs to created the night sky (using a punched circle to mask off the moon), and after drying, spritzed some pearl glimmer mists over it.  I stamped the Inkylicious silhouette town and santa out using versafine ink.

2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Allsorts - black, white + one
Totally Gorguss - Christmas traditions
 Top tip Tuesday - Anything Christmas Goes
Penny Black and more at Allsorts - All creatures great and small (reindeer!)

I used an Inkylicious tag and smeared it with iced spruce and evergreen bough DIs, before misting with dewdrop glimmer mist.  I debossed the tag using the CB large snowflake cut and emboss set and then covered the tag in rock candy crackle paint, scrapping off the excess so there was only paint in the debossed sections.  I added a snowflake  made the same way as the tag base, and added a snowflake cut using a Spellbinder's die.  Finally some ribbon.

Creative Craft - minimalist
Crafting for all seasons - texture
Fabulous Friday - embossing
Bows n Berries - create a tag

Saturday, 12 November 2011


I love playing and getting inky ... so while my lovely hubby gave the girls their dippy eggs (ewwww!!) I got inky ...
I used the ghosting technique for this card, making my card blank from glossy photo paper.  The leaves, from Waltzing Mouse Stamp's Frame it set, are stamped in versamark.  I made a mask using my deckled rectangle nesties and distressed over the leaves using wild honey, gathered sticks and walnut stain.  I added some hemp twine, tied through a wooden button, and cut a leaf stamped in cocoa ink.
 For this card, I used the same mask as the first card, but used an ordinary card blank.  I distressed the mask using the same inks, and then stamped the leaf in walnut stain and rusty hinge DIs.  Again a wooden button with hemp threaded through.  The leaves are stamped in walnut stain and rusty hinge and a little of the cut off hemp has been added to create a tag.

Less is More - leaves
Just us Girls- ghosting technique
Waltzing mouse Sketches - sketch

Friday, 11 November 2011


I made my auntie's birthday card last night, she doesn't do fussy, but loves butterflies!!!  The butterflies are punched using a TH movers and shakers die and a Martha Stewart punch, and the cardstock is a mix of SU and from my stash.  I embossed the lower half of the cardstock and then added the ickle butterflies.  Just some flat backed pearls to embellish.

Fab n Funky - all white on the night
Color throwdown - pale pink, real red, limeade and pool party
DutchDare Card challenge - punch time
Crafts and Me - birthday
Fabulous Friday - embossing
Do you stack up - inspiration by a song
CES - Entertain us

The song that inspired me is one the girls are constantly singing, thanks to hymn practise at school ... if I were a butterfly. ...
If I were a butterfly
I'd thank you Lord for giving me wings
If I were a robin in a tree
I'd thank you Lord that I could sing
If I were a fish in the sea
I'd wiggle my tail and I'd giggle with glee
But I just thank you Father for making me, me

For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile
You gave me Jesus and you made me your child
And I just thank you Father for making me, me
And so on ... Its not a bad song I am sure, must have a nice tune ... wish the girls could sing it in tune ... oh and know all the words!!!

I love Fridays, partly as it is the last working day of the week, but mainly as it is time for the Totally Papercraft Challenge, and the DT are all amazing people, with a wicked sense of humour!!!!!  Anyway this week's challenge is Victorian.

 I made a tag using GCD papers and a bauble from Waltzing mouse's Holiday Ornaments set.  I stamped it in Cherry cobbler ink and then took my quickie glue pen and 'coloured in' the no-inked parts of the bauble and added gold glamour dust.  Everything has been distressed to give it that vintagey feel, and these dp are very Victorian in their style.  I just need to make the card for it to go on!!!

Thursday, 10 November 2011


 I used this Hero Arts stamp, and coloured it in reds and warm grey promarkers.  I embossedthe kraft cardstock with a leaf folder, did some scoring and added some red gingham (loves me gingham!), very simple really.

Crafty Creations - kraft, white +1
Creative Craft - minimalist
Crafting for all seasons - texture