Sunday, 31 August 2008

Doodle with Kaboodle

There's a new site on the block, called Kaboodle Doodles. For their 1st challenge you can download some patterned paper to use in any way you wish. There's a choice of 4 colourways. I really like the drama in the black and red option. I doodled the border of the sentiment to match the butterflies and the ribbon.
I seem to have gone back into butterfly mode!


Stamps : Paper Artsy free mini; Stampington Butterfly

Inks : Marvy Pens Black and Crimson Lake; Archival Black

Extras : PM Large Eyelet; MM Ribbon; Red paper; Kaboodle Paper

For Ros

The Lots to Do challenge today is to craft your name. Fortunately mine is a short one! This is intended to be the cover of a 4x4 book for forum swaps. The two sprays that I used were very vivid, but have blended well together and toned down, although the scan hasn't picked up the glimmer. I'm not convinced by the flourishes along the left hand side, but as this is where the holes will be punched by the BIA it doesn't really matter.
I've added a photo taken at an angle which gives you some idea of the glimmer:


Stamps : Crafty Individuals 121; Paper Artsy Man of Numbers 2; Invoke Arts Pens and Nibs

Inks : Adiondack Ink and Colorwash in Wild Plum; DI Refills Broken China and Mustard Seed; Archival Black

Extras : Imaginations Letter Dome Stickers; Perfect Pearls Bronze

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Laugh and love tag

The challenge on the Saturday Workout site is to use the shaving foam technique. There's a very good tutorial for it on this site. Even Peter enjoyed this one, and insisted on mixing the colours and pressing the card down himself. I noticed he disappeared when it came to clearing up....
I think you can just about see the sparkle on the photo.


Stamps : Simple Expressions Orient; RSTapestry love flourishes

Inks : DI refills Faded Jeans and Broken China; Archival Black; DI Tea Dye and Faded Jeans

Extras : DCWV Brown Card; Glossy Card; Shaving Foam; Waterbrush; PSX Diamond Sparkles; Sheer Ribbons; MM eyelet

Friday, 29 August 2008

Fluttering off

I don't usually participate in moo challenges, because I'm not too keen on the size, but today I couldn't resist the butterfly theme on Make a Moo or Two. I thought I'd make them up into a card for a friend who's off to university in September.

I shall also submit this to the 2Peas Hoarders challenge of using up 3 items you've had in your stash for a while. The moo background paper was a left over from another project, and the brad and the patterned paper were items in an RAK.


Stamps : Stampington Fresh Flowers Elements; Paper Artsy Backgrounds 2; Elusive Images ATC set

Inks : DI Scattered Straw, Broken China and Pine Needles; VersaMagic Magnolia Bud, Turquoise Gem and Night Sky

Extras : Cream ribbon; PM mini buttons; Brad and pp unknown; DCWV blue card; Prima Flowers

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

For Rachel

This is a card I made for a very dear friend for her birthday.


Stamps : Paper Artsy Squiggly Ink Mini 11; Stampington Scripted Greetings

Inks : VersaMagic Spring Pansy, Pixie Dust and Perfect Plumeria; Archival Black; Versamark

Extras : PM Buttons; Waxy Flax Bubblegum; fibres; Seafoam White EP; BB card

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Time keeper

I made this atc for the Created ByHand Challenge which was to use a new technique. I see that the TMTA challenge is called Tick Tock...fascinating watches, so I'll enter this for both.

The new technique is one I saw on Patti Behan's new blog, where you 'splat' with Dabbers. She demonstrates this on a video. This image covers up most of the background, but you can see evidence of the splatting! I distressed the edges of the atc with some scissors (not having any fancy gadgets) and sponged with gold.


Stamps : Crafty Individuals 110; BLine Designs Tic Toc

Inks : Adirondack Stream; Archival Black; Color Palette Gold; Adirondack Dabbers Pool, Cloudy Blue, Juniper and Stream

Extras : PM Domed Sticker; Collage Keepsakes Key

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Where did you get that hat?

The Lots to Do challenge for this week is iris paper folding. I've never tried this before,but gave it a go. Remarkably like paper piecing in patchwork in effect, which I enjoy.

I shall try and redo the photography in daylight tomorrow - it looks a bit warped!
Edited : the card was given away before I had a chance!


Stamps : Stampington Scripted Greetings

Inks : Archival Black

Extras : Paper Cellar flower sequins; PP by Provocraft; black Paper; mini Pearl String; Ribbon Rose

Art from the past

This is my design for the orange skinnies swap on Lots to do forum. The background is made by layering up the stamping. Not many oranges used, but I think the overall effect is orangey!


Stamps : Non Sequitur Greco-Roman Collage set; DarkRoomDoor Doors; Paper Artsy Nature 3 and Backgrounds 2

Inks : Ecoline Chartreuse and Burnt Sienna; Fluid Chalk Tangerine; VersaMagic Hint of Pesto; ColorBox Chianti; Brilliance Moonlight White; Adirondack Rust

Extras : Green Ribbon; Gold Brad and hardware

Friday, 22 August 2008

Movie Star

The Tag You're It challenge is to use paper punches. I've used a tag punch and the eyelets are cropadiled (if that's a verb!!). Strange that the ribbon has come out quite dull - irl it's brighter!


Stamps : Paper Artsy free mini

Inks : Adirondack Cranberry and Pink Sherbet; DI Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw; Versamark Pen; Inkessentials White Gel Pen

Extras : SGme Clear EP; Seafoam White EP; Ribbon; PM Eyelets; Cropadile; Tag Punch

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Damask Butterfly

This is a card I made for a challenge on the Artylicious site to use stampbord. This created many problems for me, and nearly didn't get made. The butterfly on the stampbord turned out paler than I wanted but I couldn't tamper with it as it's my only piece and I would probably have wrecked it!

Then the background ended up much brighter than I wanted so I streaked diluted gesso on it and kept sanding the colour away. I suppose I can't hide from the fact that I'm a bright colour lover!

The only way of copying it to here was to photograph it, in the dark, on a white cloth. So it is really a square card!


Stamps : Elusive Images Delightful Damask and Butterfly Whimsy

Inks : Adirondack Stream, Willow and Lettuce; Inkessentials White Gel Pen

Extras : Gesso; Sandpaper; Stampbord; Ribbon; Prima Flowers; Brad; Black Paper

Love to your house

The Arty Girlz challenge is to add shapes to your work. Lots of shapes here: some punched and some stamped. This has come out quite bright - sorry if you have to reach for the sunglasses!


Stamps : Paper Artsy Love and Kisses 1; HA Treasure the Moments

Inks : DI Spiced Marmalade, Pine Needles and Shabby Shutters; Adirondack Colorwash Wild Plum; DI refills Broken China and Mustard Seed; Glimmer Mist Walnut Gold; Versamark; Brilliance Moonlight White

Extras : Seafoam White EP; Inkessentials White Gel Pen; Perfect Pearls Gold; Heart Punch

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Hermine inspired

Hermine has set a challenge on her blog to use her background as the basis of a new art piece. It seems sacrilege to do anything to it as it stands on its own as a fantastic piece of fabric paper, but needs must! I've used a feature stamp, and faintly added complimentary stamps to the background, which is only a small section of the piece, but my favourite part.


Stamps : Paper Artsy Letters 5; Stampers Anonymous Flourish; BLine Designs Tic Toc; HA Old French Writing

Inks : Adirondack Rust and Meadow; Archival Black; DI Black Soot; Versamark; Brilliance Moonlight White

Extras : Seafoam White EP; Bronze Photo Anchor and Brad

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Eurocycling, and winner

The winner of my 400th post giveaway is....

###Crafty Carol###

Congratulations - the stamps are on their way. Thank you to everyone for their encouraging comments.


The Created byHand challenge is to include the word 'dream' on your work, which I have incorporated into one of the 3 transport 4x4 pages for a challenge on Lots to Do forum.

I wanted to choose a more unusual form of transport, but create the feel of a journey. There's something rather exotic and elegant about a penny farthing.

I had a ball with all my sprays, and still have clean hands, for once!!---

Stamps : Crafty Individuals 161 (script) and 116 (crackle); R&L Travel France set; Time Holtz Enjoy the Journey; SU Travel words 2582; Paper Artsy Travel 4; Judikins London cube

Inks : DI Antique Linen, Black Soot, Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick; Archival Black; Glimmer Mists Olive Vine and Candy Apple Red; Sticky Fingers Sprays Aqua and Bluebell; DI Refills Broken China, Tea Dye and Mustard Seed; Ecoline pink; StazOn Olive Green, Ultramarine and Blazing Red

Extras : Tissue Paper; image from internet converted to b/w; PM Domed Stickers; Perfect Pearls Gold and Pearl; Black paper; Vellum Glue

Monday, 18 August 2008


I have combined 2 challenges - one from Lots do Do which is to use something recycled on your work, and the other from Cora to use one of her images to celebrate her 50th free images post.

Lots of watercolour distressing on the 2 backgrounds, and a recycled postage stamp.


Stamps : DarkRoomDoor Doors; Paper Artsy Travel 1

Inks : DI Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans and Vintage Photo; Adirondack Latte; Archival Black

Extras : Image from Cora; Junior Dymo Labeller; Postage Stamp; Paper Cellar Square Gems

Saturday, 16 August 2008

There's no place like home

This is a card for Steve for our wedding anniversary today. 22 years - can you believe it?! He is architect trained, so couldn't resist this stamp set when I took Catherine to the NEC Quilts Festival yesterday. I also bought the ribbons, which I couldn't get to lie straight, but no fabric - which stunned everybody at home as I'm a sucker for batiks!. Most of my money went on art materials for Catherine.

I used the August #3 sketch from 2Peas, and diluted the alcohol inks with pearl mixative on a craft mat.


Stamps : Stewart Gill PB1

Inks : Archival Black; Alcohol Inks Cranberry, Butterscotch, Espresso and Pearl Mixative

Extras : MM RubOns; Q&Co Brad; ribbons from 21st Century yarns; Glossy card; Prima Flowers; Circle Punch

Friday, 15 August 2008

Christmas tag

The Tag You're It challenge today was entitled Christmas in August. So I went the whole hog with the red and the green, and LOTS of glimmer, which of course you can't see!!! Simple, but fun! ---

Stamps : Hero Arts Scribble Tree; Paper Artsy xmas 1

Inks : Glimmer Mists Olive Green and Candy Apple Red; DI refill Mustard Seed; StazOn Black and Olive Green; Alcohol Ink Gold Mixative

Extras : Perfect Pearls Gold; Chipboard Star Buckle; fibres; PM large eyelet

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Marie Antoinette

The Theme Thursday challenge is about Marie Antoinette. I wanted to recreate a portrait for her (a la Ros). The original background is very dark, but I had a piece of card left over from a project that suited her perfectly.


Stamps : Paper Artsy Schooldays 1; Crafty Individuals 118

Inks : DI Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany and Dusty Concord; VersaMagic Spring Pansy; Versamark

Extras : Perfect Pearls 'Pearl'; Mini Crystal Gem; Detail Silver EP; Image from Internet


Yesterday I achieved 400 posts, so to celebrate this I'm giving away this set of stamps. Please comment on this post by Monday 18th August by 10.00 pm UK time. I will pick a name out of the hat. Please leave some way of contacting you.

This is my first attempt at a thrinchie - a 3x3. This is for a swap on the Lots to do forum which also has the theme of children.


Stamps : Time to Stamp Beach Memoirs

Inks : Adirondack color wash Stream; Archival Black; Adirondack Aqua and Stream; DI Scattered Straw

Extras : Gesso; Magic Mesh

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Marvellous dragonflies

A contribution for another swap on Lots to Do forum. This time the challenge was to create a 4x4, and a matching inchie, using the same motif on both. The idea for this card came from an article in Crafts Beautiful, a magazine I don't normally buy, but did because of the free Paper Artsy stamps offer!


Stamps : Paper Artsy Squiggly Ink Mini 9

Inks : Adirondack Peach Bellini, Rust, Aqua and Sail Boat Blue; Archival Black; Inkessentials white gel pen

Extras : Waterbrush; Brayer


I made 3 ATCs in this design for a swap at the Lots to Do forum. The challenge was to use one of the techniques on this new site by sam21ski and hilmof. I chose masked stamping.

I was undecided as to what colours to choose, so I got out my distress inks and chose 3 at random with my eyes shut. Fortunately they were analogous. I watercolour-distressed for the background, and then spritzed using a homemade glimmer mist.

So many sets of 3 on this atc, so I had to call it triplicate!


Stamps : Elusive Images ATC set; Invoke Arts Pens and Nibs; Stampington Venezia Correspondence

Inks : DI Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose and Dusty Concord; Adirondack Eggplant; Versamark

Extras : Detail Silver EP; Paper Cellar Crystal Gems; Perfect Pearls 'Pearl'

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Trip to Palermo

The Created byHand challenge is journey art. Here's my contribution:


Stamps : Paper Artsy Travel 2

Inks : Adirondack Wild Plum, Peach Bellini, Willow, Lettuce and Cranberry; ColorBox Fresh Green; Archival Black

Extras : Prima Flower; Waxy Flax Peach; PM Button; Brayer

Monday, 11 August 2008


Well, I'm back from all my gallivanting. I spent a week in France with the Youth Orchestra (with 24 hours' notice!!), came back to do some frantic washing and sleeping, and then went to the Lleyn peninsula in Wales with the family for a week. Talk about contrasts in weather - France was boiling (I'm not much of a heat lover), whereas Wales was cold and wet. I've spent all of today washing and ironing, and getting my phone sorted out after 2 weeks of it being out of order.

Back to crafting with a smile. Here's a card I made for the Lots to do Challenge on the theme of Oriental, using a sketch from 2Peas. There should be brads on the ribbon but I felt they intruded. Note to self - buy more oriental stamps...


Stamps : Judikins Beneath a Plum Tree; A Stamp in the Hand Round Lantern

Inks : Versamark; DI Walnut Stain

Extras : DCWV Far East and Neutrals mat stacks; Waxy Flax Sage; Detail Gold EP; Woolworths RubOns; Ribbon recycled from a chocolate box