Saturday, 31 January 2009

Dream a little Dream

The Art Creations Friday image is this beautiful lady. I have been so impressed by some of the backgrounds created by the design team that I decided to have a go at making one of my own, which I turned into an ATC. It's very textural - like molten rock.


Stamps: DarkRoom Door Little Dreams; Paper Artsy Backgrounds 2

Inks: Adirondack Dabbers Silver, Shell Pink and Snow Cap; VersaFine Onyx Black; DI Black Soot

Extras: Vintage Image


The Saturday Workout technique for this week is distressed gesso backgrounds. I love working with gesso, so really enjoyed making this card. I used 2 pages from a vintage book about London Promenade concerts, both of which I gessoed and inked twice over. I continued the distressed look along the borders too.
Stamps: PaperBag Studios Dress Up; DarkRoom Door Little Dreams

Inks: DI Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Old Paper; Versafine Onyx Black

Extras: Vintage paper; Gesso; PM Pearl Brad; 2 different sized Flower Punches

Friday, 30 January 2009

Purple Wings

The Tag You're it theme this week is purple. Lots of sparkle on this tag - but it doesn't show up on the scan!---

Stamps: Elusive Images Delightful Damask; Paper Artsy Wings 2

Inks: DI Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord; Adirondack Eggplant and Purple Twilight; Versamark; DI Refill Milled Lavender

Extras: Detail Silver EP; Tracing paper; Elusive Images Tag; Silver Ribbon; Purple Brads; Perfect Pearls 'Pearl'

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Plum and Gold

These are the colours set by the Graphicus blog January challenge, with the additional theme celebration. Birthdays are always cause for celebration! Although I used a plum named colour, this has come out remarkably pink!
A while back I received some Creative Acrylics as a free gift with an order from Elusive Images, so was pleased to use one here. I brushed over the sentiment with orange chalk, which gives a gold effect.
Stamps: Elusive Images Butterfly, and Delightful Damask sets

Inks: Alcohol Inks Wild Plum, Eggplant and Pearl Mixative; Versamark; Brilliance Moonlight White

Extras: Elusive Images Creative Acrylics Happy Birthday; Glossy Card, Gold Paper and Plum Card; Detail Gold EP; Judikins Embossable Window Plastic; Sheer Ribbon; Orange Chalk

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Day Dreaming

The Art Creations Friday site has given us another girl image to create with. Here's my version - I wasn't sure whether to use these words, or 'feeling blue', as I felt she looked a bit sad! The colours say it instead.
Stamps: Elusive Images Delightful Damask; SugarLump Studios Heartfelt Collection

Inks: Adirondack Denim, Stream, Wild Plum and Purple Twilight; Versamark; DI Black Soot

Extras: Computer generated text; Detail Gold EP; Black paper; Prima Flower; Grey Brad; Vintage Image

Friday, 23 January 2009

Numbers tag

The Tag You're It theme this week is numbers. I added my tag to another background to make a card.

I inked the brad and the washer with alcohol inks to blend in with the colour scheme. The background was inked, spritzed and placed in the embossing folder. As I don't have a cuttlebug machine, I used a rolling pin and elbow grease!


Stamps: Crafty Individuals 101; Paper Artsy Mini 23

Inks: DI Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans; Versafine Onyx Black; Alcohol Inks in Cranberry, Stonewashed and Pitch Black

Extras: Cuttlebug Folder Rough Diamonds; Prima Flowers; Silver Brad and washer; Knitting Fibres; Black Paper

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Green Bird

This is a card I made for my daughter Catherine's birthday.

Stamps: Crafty Individuals 21, 116 and 183

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black; H2Os in Olive Vine, Irish Mist, Sea Glass, Fern, Sage, Green Tea and Copper Penny; Marvy Black Pen; Adirondack Meadow

Extras: Green Card; PM Pearl Brads

Monday, 19 January 2009

Love Hearts

This is a card I made for a valentine challenge on blog attached to the scrapz shop). The instructions were to avoid the colours pink and red. The closing date is Sunday 25th, and the winner will be chosen through a voting system.

I've just seen that the Created byHand theme is hearts, so I'll add this.

Stamps: Stampington Romance Elements; HA Gingham Ribbon

Inks: DI Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord; VersaColor Heliotrope

Extras: Image from Tuscan Rose CD 3; PP by Imaginisce

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Dreaming of Venice

The Lots to Do challenge is to use keys, and the Vintage Veranda challenge from guest designer Jacqueline is Dreaming of Far Away Places, using a grid format. I'd love to go to Venice one day....
Stamps: DarkRoom Door Venetian Vol1; Stampington Venetian Correspondence

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black; DI Aged Mahogany, Old Paper and Tea Dye; Versamark

Extras: Black and pink paper; Detail Gold EP; Sheer ribbon; Collage Keepsakes Key

Friday, 16 January 2009

Love is in the air

The Created byHand challenge was to use the word 'love', and the Theme Thursday theme is 'Couples', so when saw this image on the Tuscan Rose CD 3 I knew I had to put them together.

I treated myself to a new computer; which is wonderful. The internet connection is much faster (after the initial hiccup of not being able to get online at all), I no longer have to wait 10 minutes for it to boot up, and the memory is amazing, which means I can view all the images on the above mentioned CD rather than about a quarter of them!
Stamps: Stampington Collage Cube

Inks: DI Aged Mahogany, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade; Versamark

Extras: SGme Clear EP; Prima Flowers; Green Brads; PP from Art Impressions; Pink Paper; DarkRoom Door Wordstrip Venetian; Image from Tuscan Rose CD 3

Life Journey

The Art Creations challenge this week is to use this vintage image. I added a challenge from Inkurable Stampers to use a puzzle piece, which I cut out from Grungeboard.
Stamps: Invoke Arts Pens and Nibs; Stampington Venezia Correspondence and Loose Leaves

Inks: VersaMagic Key Lime, Hint of Pesto and Sea Breeze; Versamark; DI Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo

Extras: Detail Gold EP; Vintage Image; DarkRoom Door Wordstrip Venetian; Grungeboard

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Leo's Pears

I'm so pleased that the Lots to Do challenge site has not closed down after all. It's been taken on by Hilda, and her challenge this week is called In the News. We're to use newspaper on the card background.
I spread gesso onto the background card, and then newspaper onto that. When dry I pulled off the unglued paper, and then babywiped the dabbers around.
Stamps: Time to Stamp Leo's Plate

Inks: Adirondack Dabbers Butterscotch and Sunshine Yellow; StazOn Olive Green; Adirondack Butterscotch ink; Watercolour Pencils

Extras: Newspaper; Red card; Gesso; Babywipe; Aquabrush

Saturday, 10 January 2009


The Saturday Workout challenge is to use the soot technique. I wonder how many people set their smoke alarms off doing this! I didn't, but regret doing it in my bedroom as there's now a burning smell in there. I hope DH doesn't notice!!
Stamps: Paper Artsy Nature 3 and Man of Numbers 2; Time to Stamp Leo's Plate

Inks: Adirondack Latte, Stream and Slate

Extras: Glossy card; Candle; Hairspray; Gesso; Dymo Labeller; MM Ribbon; Black Paper

Friday, 9 January 2009


Well, a belated Happy New Year to everyone. I'm back after a much needed rest. I didn't realise how run down I'd got until I stopped! Christmas for music teachers and their musical children tends to get a bit manic!

Here's my first offering - a contribution to the Theme Thursday challenge entitled Vintage Valentine.
Stamps: HA Long Writing Background; Stampers Anonymous

Inks: Adirondack Cranberry and butterscotch; DI Black Soot

Extras: Image from; Celebration Ribbon; Red card; PP by BG; Prima Flower; Yellow Brad