Friday, 30 November 2007

Perfume bottle

The Wednesday Challenge is on the theme of words. Here's my effort.


Stamps : Time to Stamp ATC set 1; Elusive Images Fleurs et Parfum; Crafty Individuals 21

Inks : DI Dried Marigold and Shabby Shutters; Watercolour pencils; StazOn black and Olive Green

Extras : Copper wire shaped on a wire jig; orange brads; PP by BG

Partridge in a pear tree

Toot toot! DCM have asked me to be guest designer for the next 2 weeks - I was so excited. Daft of me to take this on during the 'silly season' - endless concerts and rehearsals - but I thought it might keep me sane!

My card is on their theme of birds (tweet, tweet). I have used an image from the internet.


Stamps : Lakeland LtdOrnate set;Stampington Scripted Greetings

Inks : DI Black Soot, Tattered Rose and Dried Marigold; Glimmer mists Walnut Gold and Candy Apple red; Archival Black

Extras : PP by Scenic Route and BG; scallopd edged scissors; BB red; MM pink brads; green 'wiggly' wire (?)

Thursday, 29 November 2007


to Rein,
whose name was pulled out of the hat as a contributor to my 10,000 hits challenge. Your paper artsy stamp set is on its way tomorrow. Thank you to all those who helped me to celebrate - I really appreciated the effort you put in.
Ros x

Tidings of great joy

The Created Byhand challenge is to make a card on the theme of Christmas with vintage browns and burgundy. I used the colours they suggested, but they've come out more pink than burgundy on the top layer.
The image is from Flickr.


Stamps : Elusive Images Wise Men; AudDesign swirls

Inks : DI Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Aged mahogany; Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson, Coffee Bean and Cosmic Copper

Extras : Dovecraft brads; Madeira Metallic thread; BB brown

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Christmas Eve

The DCM challenge is entitled hanging up your stocking. This image is from the internet. I accidentally ripped the background of my 1st attempt, which was, of course, much better than this one, and a better size.


Stamps : Stampington Christmas Found Elements; HA Timeless Icons

Inks : DI Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Antique Linen; Adirondack Sunshine Yellow and Caramel; Glimmer Mist Walnut Gold

Extras : flower punches; red seed beads

Haute Couture

The TMTA challenge is on headwear. I think this is a great hat! I have opted for quick and easy on this atc - just sponging, stamping and a spritz with glimmer mist.

You still have until Thursday to join in my challenge - see the 10,000 hits entry.


Stamps : Sunday International Lady with Hat; Crafty Individuals 13

Inks : DI Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters, Aged Mahogany; Glimmer Mist Walnut Gold

Sunday, 25 November 2007

White lace and promises

The 4x4 Friday challenge is on the theme of stamped lace. These Carpenters lyrics have been haunting me all day - well, some of them as I can't remember them all!


Stamps : HA Wedding, and Fanciful Heart Filament; Time toStamp ATC Set 2

Inks : Versamark; Fluid Chalk Blue Iris; Marvy pen Peach Pastel

Extras : Seafoam White and SGme clear EP; HA pink card; Decoration Ribbon; PM sparkly white brads; tracing paper; pink paper

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Multi tasking

The Saturday Stamper challenge was so multi faceted it should have been hard, and I think I might have groaned when I read it. But after finding this image on Cora's blog, it all came together quite quickly. So, I had to include friends, buttons, button wisdom, diamonds, and chalk inks.

I cheated on the buttons as there are some on the girl's coat. The diamonds are stamped on very subtly. I decided to name the dog Buttons, and then base my saying around him. It seemed appropriate as they are pulling thread.


Stamps : HA snowflakes; MSE Friends Always

Inks : Fluid Chalk Olive Pastel, French Blue, Blue Iris and Lime Pastel; Versamark Pen

Extras : Seafoam white EP; computer text on tracing paper

Song without words

The DCM challenge uses the above title - in other words, we have to portray a song without referring to the words on the card. This one is very easy to guess - as usual I've been humming away whilst creating. I've used the November 4 sketch from 2Peas.


Stamps : Denami manger; PSX Ornate star 4

Inks : Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch and Caramel; ColorBox Frost White; StazOn Black; Versamark

Extras : SGme Clear EP; blue PP by Imaginisce; BB brown; Sticky Fixers

Friday, 23 November 2007

Copper Butterfly

Theme Thurday's challenge is to use chalk inks on your work. There is a good link on their site which leads to suggestions on chalk ink techniques. I have used one of them here; sponging the colours on, overstamping, and then layering with brilliance inked acetate. (Obviously, their instructions are more explicit!)---
Stamps : HA Old French Writing; Stampington Butterfly Girl

Inks : Fluid Chalk Olive Pastel, Yellow Ochre, Yellow Citrus and Burnt Sienna; Brilliance Cosmic Copper

Extras : Japanese copper paper; DCWV Green card; MM copper eyelets; Sequin Waste; Judikins Embossable Laminating sheet

Alpha U and V

Isa has set 2 challenges this week. Here are U for Urchin and V for Violin ( I've been waiting for weeks to do this one!!). The Wednesday Stamper theme is diamonds, which I have included on the violin atc.


Stamps : PaperBag Studios Addison; Time to Stamp ATC set 1; Stampington Small Violin

Inks : Alcohol Inks Butterscotch, Terracotta and Gold Mixative; StazOn Black

Extras : Pearlescent black paper

Thursday, 22 November 2007

10,000 hits challenge

10,000 hits is fast approaching. I can't believe how many of you come to visit me, and leave such praising comments. I really do appreciate it!

To celebrate this momentous occasion I would like to challenge you to use this vintage image in a piece of art work, and leave a link here.

At 10.30pm next Thursday (29th Nov) UK time I will close the challenge and draw a name out of the hat. The chosen name will receive a paperartsy stamp set. You will need to leave some way to contact you.

Contributions from:

Deck of Me, weeks 39 & 40

The prompt for week 39 was someone spesh...

Steve, you pick me up when I fall down; you bring me back to earth when I'm over the top; you are my rock, totally dependable. You are my special-est person. Thank you!


Stamps : Stampington Facade; AudDesign

Inks : StazOn Olive green and black; DI Peeled paint

Extras : PP by BG


Week 40's prompt was not anymore... How are you not anymore?

I was an unhappy child; lonely, and frequently withdrawing into a dream world. Once I discovered my gifts of music, creativity, and faith, I learnt to be happy with myself.


Stamps : Paper Artsy One Penny 2

Inks : Sticky Fingers Spray antique gold, pink, Lilac and Bluebell; Moonglow Desert Moon Sunset Pink; StazOn Ultramarine

Extras : Tissue and tracing paper

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Christmas wreath

The DCM theme is baubles, bells and bows. I have opted for the bow. I found this in a drawer whilst looking for bells. I cannot think how long it's been there! Needless to say I never found the bells....


Stamps : Stampington Christmas Found Elements; Elusive Images Wise Men

Inks : Versamark pen; DI Dusty Concord; VersaMagic Hint of Pesto

Extras : PP by K&Co; cream brads; Violet EP; ready made bow decoration; waste circles from peeloffs; purple BB card

Tuesday, 20 November 2007


Created ByHand asked for the use of a tag for their challenge this week.


Stamps : Crafty Individuals 101 and 118; Paper Artsy Man of numbers 2; Elusive Images Fleurs et Parfum; Lakeland Ltd Ornate set

Inks : DI Milled Lavender, Antique Linen and Dusty Concord; Archival Black; Versamark; VersaMagic Sea breeze and Pixie Dust

Extras : MM eyelet; Hampton Arts Candy Turquoise EP; BB card; EI tag; Tissue Paper; fibre scraps

Monday, 19 November 2007

Ornate House

The TMTA theme is houses. As I didn't have a house stamp I had to think quite a bit. I was tempted to to something with the cube houses from Rotterdam, but got a bit stuck. So, I made up my own house after seeing the keyhole on an SA stamp.


Stamps : Invoke Arts background; Stampers Anonymous Mosaic

Inks : Archival black

Extras : PP by HOTP; black and cream paper

Soul mate

The Gothic Arch challenge is on friends. I love the composition of this photo from above the mark. The swirls and the edge are embossed with pearl gold but don't really show up here.

Stamps : PaperBag Studios Addison; AudDesign; Paper Artsy At Home 3

Inks : Adirondack Peach Bellini and Wild Plum; DI Milled Lavender; Versamark; Marvy pen Magenta

Extras : Pearl Gold EP

Sunday, 18 November 2007

T for Tea

The sketch above is for Isa's T challenge. This is my interpretation. I really enjoyed the colour scheme last week, so continued with it on this card. You can just about make out the cup embellishment.


Stamps : Stampington Cup Collection and Letter T

Inks : Brilliance Coffee Bean; VersaMagic Turquoise Gem

Extras : PP by Fancy Pants, Crate paper and Debbie Mumm; Brown ribbon from chocolate box; MM blue brads; Clear shrink plastic

Saturday, 17 November 2007


The theme for Saturday Stampers is tone on tone - ie, variations of one colour. The lighter BB card is much lighter irl.


Stamps : Paper Artsy Letters 5; Stampers Anonymous Mosaic

Inks : H2Os in Cranberry, Icy Iris and Cranberry; DI Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord; Sticky Fingers spray Lilac; Archival Grape

Extras : BB in 2 shades of purple

Friday, 16 November 2007

Boys will be boys!

I bought a postcard with this image of the boys on it at my local antique market today - was very pleased with this find. Boys is the subject of Theme Thursday. As I have included trees on the top panel, I am entering this for 4x4 Friday too.


Stamps : Stampington Christmas Found Elements; Paper Artsy At Home 3

Inks : DI Walnut Stain; ColorBox Frost White; VersaColor Brown

Extras : image from postcard; brown brads; PP by BG and FancyPants

Golden Highlights

The DCM theme for this week is to use gold of some sort on your card. I have used it as thread, EP and paper.


Stamps : A Stamp in the Hand Round Lantern; Time to Stamp ATC set 1

Inks : DI Mustard Seed, Dried marigold and Spiced Marmalade; Versamark

Extras : Space dyed thread; MM eyelet; pearlescent black paper; Japanese paper; Detail gold EP

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Posing with a stool

The Wednesday Stamper theme is chair. I've used another image from Nancy's blog.


Stamps : Paper Artsy Schooldays 3; Time to Stamp ATC set 1; BLine Fern

Inks : DI Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose and Faded Jeans; StazOn Olive Green

Wednesday, 14 November 2007


The challenge given by Created ByHand was to use alcohol inks. I have used an image from Nancy's blog on this atc.


Stamps : PaperBag Studios Addisson; Paper Artsy SchoolDays 3 and mini numbers

Inks : AI Stream and Stonewashed; DI Black Soot and Weathered Wood; Archival Black

Extras : PM brads; tracing paper

Pile of parcels

The DCM midweek challenge has the above title. Here is my take. The central present is raised with sticky fixers.


Stamps : Denami present; Clarity More than words

Inks : H2Os in Gold Dust, Majestic Blue and Snapdragon; Versamark; Adirondack Butterscotch

Extras : Violet and Candy Turquoise EP; BB in blue and purples; Sticky Fixers

Tuesday, 13 November 2007


The Gothic Arch theme is text. I have gone to Cora's blog for more inspiration and used one of her photo shares.


Stamps : Stampington Christmas Found Elements; ?Denami Diamond Dust; Clarity More than words

Inks : DI Frayed Burlap, Dried Marigold and Antique Linen; VersaColor Topaz; Castaway; Marvy Pens Bottle green and Red; Adirondack Stonewashed

Monday, 12 November 2007

Stars of the silver screen

The TMTA theme is Hollywood. I couldn't get to the computer earlier to print off genuine stars, as my daughter was doing her homework. So I chose likely candidates from my stamps.


Stamps : Crafty Individuals 101; Stampington Checkerboard; Tim Holtz Staples; HA Film Background Block; Time to Stamp ATC set2

Inks : DI antique Linen, Shabby Shutters and Fired Brick; Glimmer Mists Walnut Gold and Candy Apple Red; black pen; StazOn Olive Green; Archival Black

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Tagged time

Well, I had a wonderful time at the Hobbycrafts show today. I watched a brilliant demo of glimmer mists at BLine, so here is my take on them. Obviously they don't glimmer on the scan - one day I must get the hang of decent photography! I only bought 2 colours as I was running out of money. Christmas is soon... :-)

The tag fulfils the Saturday Stampers theme.


Stamps : BLine Fern and Tick Tock; See D's Ancient Alphabet

Inks : DI Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold; Archival Black; Glimmer Mists Walnut Gold and Candy Apple Red

Extras : Elusive Images tag; wool scraps

Faces in the mirrors

This quote stamp is from a pack of lucky dip stamps I bought a while back. This is perfect for the 4x4 Friday theme of faces. All the images are from the internet.
Of to the NEC today for a spend, spend, spend. I might be some while...


Stamps : Lakeland Ltd Ornate set; quote unknown

Inks : DI Mustard Seed and Antique Linen; Adirondack Sailboat Blue; Versamark

Extras : PM metal rimmed frames; silver detail EP; DCWV blue card

Saturday, 10 November 2007

S for Stitches

Isa's Alpha challenge is S this week, with the additional options of the work being a bookmark, and using the colours green, blue and brown.
I got out the sewing machine to fulfill my own title. And I do intend to use this, as my books are always left out open face down.


Stamps : Vintage Sewing

Inks : Ecoline Light Green, Turquoise Blue and White; VersaColor Brown

Extras : MM copper eyelet; YLI Harvest thread; wool scraps

One moment in time

Once more I have combined 2 challenges : Theme Thursday asked for the use of the number 1, and a new challenge site for me, Created Byhand asked us to work an ATC on a black background.
The image is a share from Cora's blog.


Stamps : Stampers Anonymous background; Time to Stamp ATC set1

Inks : VersaMagic Sea Breeze and Aloe Vera; VersaColor Brown

Extras : green paper; Cora's image; BG motifica number sticker

Friday, 9 November 2007

Getting Corrugated

This is the theme of DCM's challenge today. After spending about an hour looking for corrugated card (and I know I've got a lovely sheet of gold somewhere!) I discovered a box which I pulled apart and painted.

The flower stamp was inked with Marvy pens and spritzed with water before stamping.


Stamps : HA Meadow Petals and Happy Birthday

Inks : Adirondack dabber Pool; Marvy Pens Brilliant Yellow, Steel Blue and Oriental Blue; Sticky Fingers spray Aqua

Extras : gold paper; sheer ribbon

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Deck of Me, weeks 37 & 38

The prompt for week 37 was draw something. Once again, I turned to Mary Fleeson's work for inspiration. The Salt challenge for this week is from the hymn book so this will be appropriate for that too.

'Light of the world you came down in the darkness, opened my eyes, let me see'. I have been singing this song all the while I have been drawing, grateful for the reminder. 'Here I am to say that you're my God.'


Stamps : AudDesign

Inks : watercolour pencils; DI Weathered Wood; Archival Black


The prompt for week 38 was I wonder..

I wonder at the tenaciousness of life. Even in extreme conditions there is evidence of living matter. Yesterday I noticed plants clinging to a wall that had benefitted from a dripping drainpipe. Survival is such a basic instinct.

When my daughter saw this card, she commented that it was just like the pub wall we pass regularly. It was easily recognisable!


Stamps : AudDesign; Crafty Individuals 53; Paper Artsy Frames 4

Inks : DI Peeled Paint; Archival Black; watercolour pencils

Extras : image from Mayang Gallery

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Sunset Leaves

I have combined 2 challenges on this entry : Wednesday Stampers theme is leaves, and the Scrummy Stash Cafe has scalloped edges. The bottom edge IS straight; I find the scanner distorts the edge when I use brads!
The sky was just this colour as I walked home from school this evening, and lit up the trees to make them really orangey - it was beautiful!


Stamps : Time to Stamp ATC set 1; Stampington Butterfly Girl; Non Sequitur Greco-Roman Collage; Crafty Individuals 147

Inks : H2Os in Cherry Sorbet, Sunburst, Pink Arthurium, Cranberry and Gold Dust; VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria and Hint of Pesto; Fluid Chalk Yellow Ochre

Extras : PP by K&Co; Purple brads

Snow for Christmas

The DCM challenge on the theme of snowflakes (or snowmen) meant that I could use my metal embellishments. (I've had them for about 3 years).

To make the background paper I clear embossed snowflakes on black paper. I then smooshed on metallic rub-ons with my fingers, and wiped over with a tissue to make the embossing stand out. Very easy, and very effective! I used a glitter EP for the date, but you obviously have to see this irl to get the sparkle.


Stamps : Stampington Christmas Found Elements

Inks : Metallic RubOns in blue and silver; Versamark; VersaColor Lagoon Blue

Extras : pearlescent paper in grey, black and blue; PM metal snowflakes and brads; MM blue brads; Enchanted Creations Dreams EP

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Bird of peace

The TMTA theme is also birds. The image is a Victorian drawing from jrtcollector at Flickr.


Stamps : Stampington Loose Leaves; Elusive Images Scripts and Timepieces; Peace unknown

Inks : Fluid Chalk Maroon; DI Shabby Shutters

Extras : red ricrac; PP by Fancy Pants and BG

Monday, 5 November 2007

Look at the Birdie

The Gothic Arch theme for this week is birds. I have used an image from Cora's blog, not realising until I put in this link that she had as well!

Again, I have been playing with the gesso. I love the slightly opaque look it gives, and how it dulls down really bright colours.


Stamps : HA Background Stripes; PSX Swirl Flower; Tim Holtz Swirls

Inks : DI Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Broken China; VersaColor Lagoon Blue

Extras : Gesso; sheer ribbon; Cora's image

Saturday, 3 November 2007

La Farfalla

The Saturday Stampers theme today is collage. Usually my Italian vocab is limited to musical terms, but I thought this title would go with the Italian labels on the atc.


Stamps : AudDesign; Stampington Butterfly Girl

Inks : Versamark; Archival Black; DI Aged Mahogany

Extras : Micro detail white EP; Prima flowers; PM sparkly black brad; peach netting; Butterfly image from Crafty Individuals Flowers and Butterflies pad; PP by Fancy Pants and Scenic Route; corner punch

Butterfly post

I have combined 2 challenges on this piece. One from DCM to use hand cut items, and the other from 4 x 4 Friday to use faux postage.

I have coloured the background, and then applied gesso. I have been meaning to play with this more extensively for a while now. Great fun! I forgot to put on my glasses when I cut the postage stamp out last night, and then found it really hard to focus when I had to drive to collect my daughter from a music rehearsal!! Will I ever learn!

Stamps : Crafty Individuals 6; Time to Stamp ATC Set 1; Paper Artsy Man of Numbers 2; Clarity Stamps 1st Class post

Inks : DI Aged Mahogany amd Peeled Paint; Adirondack Lettuce; VersaColor Brown

Extras : Gesso; PP by Scenic Route

Friday, 2 November 2007


A very naughty Pixie has enticed me to contribute to a new challenge site. Theme Thursday suggested using some script on your work.


Stamps : Paper Artsy Travel 4; PaperBag Studios Addisson

Inks : VersaColor Heliotrope; Adirondack Mountain Lake and Eggplant; Archival Grape; StazOn Olive Green

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Deck of Me, weeks 35& 36

Week 35's prompt was strength.

"Nothing can keep me from His love, that shines through the darkest night. No enemy below, above, can triumph against His might. For in my weakness I am strong, with christ my shield and Christ my song."

The lyrics are by Geoff Baker.


Stamps : AudDesign; Elusive Images Roman Soldier set

Inks : Kaleidacolor Creole Spice; Versamark; Archival Black

Extras : Pearl gold EP; MM RubOns


The prompt for week 36 was life is beautiful....

Life is a gift from God; a beautiful treasure which He delights in. Most of it is unnoticed or unappreciated, but there nevertheless.

I used the scraps from a previous project on autumn, and double stamped the tree to give it more depth.


Stamps : encaustic wax tree stamp; AudDesign; Crafty Individuals 21

Inks : ecoline Burnt Sienna, Chartreuse, Forest Green; Marvy pen English Red; VersaMagic Hint of Pesto; StazOn Olive Green and black