Sunday, 26 April 2009

Cacao Suchard

I found this great image on flickr for the Gothic Arches theme of chocolate. I'm not sure what the 4 represents - something to look up!
Stamps: Stampington Butterfly Girl and French Dictionary; Time to Stamp ATC set 1

Inks: DI Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Antique Linen, Aged mahogany and Tea Dye; Marvy Black Pen

Extras: Image from Rohtola on Flickr; Scissors to distress edges

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Beaded Feather

I really enjoyed making beads for the Saturday Workout challenge, although feel they would look better on a hanging or canvas than a card. Something to try another day. Also, looking at the card as a photo, the bird stamp would have been better in a darker colour. If you click on the photo you get a close up.

I made the beads by coiling long triangular coloured strips of paper around a cocktail stick. and then winding metallic thread around that. After covering with versamark, I dipped the bead into Amazing Glaze for a couple of layers.

Stamps : Crafty Individuals 161 and 183

Inks: DI Scattered Straw, Broken China, Pine Needles, Antique Linen and Faded Jeans; VersaColor Lagoon Blue and Pacific; Versamark; Fluid Chalk Yellow Ochre

Extras: Feather; Madeira Metallic Green and Blue threads; Blue wire; Judikins Amazing Glaze; Cocktail Stick; Beads

Friday, 24 April 2009

Imagination is the eye of the soul

I usually find the moo size daunting, but was inspired to participate in this week's theme of quote for the Make a Moo or 2 challenge. The black border is just background, not part of the Moo. The quote is by Joseph Joubert, a French essayist.
Stamps: PaperBag Studios Addison; ISC About Me; Time to Stamp ATC set 2

Inks: Versamark; Archival Black; Watercolour pencils

Extras: Detail White EP; Black and white card


I've missed the Tag You're It challenge since it closed down, but am very pleased to see that Frankie has set up a new site for tag lovers called Tag It On. This tag below is to wish her well, and uses the theme of blossom as a 'pre-opening' challenge.
Stamps: Hero Arts Treasure the Moments; Elusive Images Good Deeds

Inks: Marvy Pens Jungle green and Victorian Rose; DI Tattered Rose

Extras: Waterbrush and Spritzer; PM Eyelets; Celebrations Ribbon

Wednesday, 22 April 2009


The ATC Wednesday theme is lace. Rather than use real lace, I thought I'd use a lace stamp, which I batiked and overstamped. This was the best focus I could manage.
Stamps: Timne to Stamp ATC set 2; Stampington French Dictionary

Inks: Versamark; VersaColor Bisque and Topaz; VersaFine Onyx Black

Extras: Sheer ribbon; Prima Flowers; Brads; Clear EP

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Birds of a feather will gather together

I made this card for the Crazy Amigos theme of proverbs or sayings. It's a variation on a card I made a year or so ago, but promptly lost! I prefer this version.
Stamps: Hero Arts Old French Handwriting; Time to Stamp Birds of a Feather; Just Johanna Bird Right, and Bird Left

Inks: DI Aged mahogany, Antique Linen and Scattered Straw; Archival Black and Sepia

Extras: Prima Flowers; Brads

Sunday, 19 April 2009

First jaunt

The Sunday Stampers theme is cars. My daughter passed her driving test this week, so this card is for her.
Stamps: Tim Holtz Enjoy the Journey, No journey is too great, and Flourish; Stampington Scripted Elements

Inks: Adirondack Eggplant; DI Dusty Concord; VersaFine Onyx Black; Brilliance Moonlight White

Extras: Word tag punch; MM ribbon; Black card

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Paris Chic

The Theme Thursday challenge for this week is glamour girls.
Stamps: HA Fancy Hats; See D's Ancient Alphaber; Crafty Individuals Crackle 116; R&L Travel Paris DarkRoom Door Venetian Vol 1; Stampington Venezia Correspondence

Inks: DI Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Aged mahogany and Brushed Corderoy; VersaFine Onyx Black

Extras: Black card; Vintage Button; Black lace

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Art ticket

The ATC Wednesday theme is modern. I wasn't quite sure how to interpret this theme, but looking at modern art in google pictures, I think this atc might fit the bill. The background is a photo of a rusty car bumper from adrisbow on flickr, but looks like a textural canvas.
Stamps: Invoke Arts Travel Tickets; ISC ATC Elements 2; Time Holtz Staples; SU! Explore

Inks: Brilliance Mineral; Archival Black; Versamark Pen; DI Black Soot

Extras: Detail Gold EP; Copper Eyelets

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Scatter seeds of kindness

The Crazy Amigos challenge is nature. I started this card a while ago, and then lost direction with it. It was good to come back and finish it.

Stamps: DarkRoom Door Friendship Flowers

Inks: DI Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick; Archival Black; DI Refill Tea Dye and Broken China

Extras: Perfect pearls Gold; Prima Flowers; Gold Brads; Sheer Ribbon; Corner Punch

Monday, 13 April 2009

Pink blossom

The Graphicus challenge for April is to use blossom, and the colours pink and green. I used pebeo pearl touch in the centre of the flowers, but as it dried it took on the pink from the flowers, which is much softer.
Stamps: Elusive Images Good Deeds

Inks: Adirondack Oregano, Wild Plum and Pink Sherbert; DI Pink Lipstick; Marvy Pens Jungle Green and Victorian Rose; Di refill Milled Lavender

Extras: Pebeo Pearl Touch; Sheer Ribbon; Circle punch; Swirl stencil; DCWV cardstock; Sticky Fixers; Waterbrush

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Testing nibs

Happy, Happy Easter


He is risen indeed,


I made this card for the So Artful challenge on hands.


Stamps: Invoke Arts Pens and Nibs; ISC ATC set and All About Me; Time to Stamp ATC set 2

Inks: DI Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain; Versa Fine Black

Extras: Domed Sticker; Gesso; Vintage text from book; Black Card; Water Spritzer

Saturday, 11 April 2009


The Saturday Workout technique for this week is Fossil Stone. The link to details of this technique is on the SaWo site. In real life the background on this atc is more green, and has a stippled effect.
Stamps: Time to Stamp Leo's Plate; Tim Holtz I See Paris

Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black; Adirondack Willow, Oregano and Mountain Rose

Extras: Hairspray; PM Clear Domed Sticker; 2 Flower punches

Thursday, 9 April 2009


The Theme Thursday challenge is sewing. Lots of vintage items from my MIL's sewing box that I inherited - the button, poppas (or snap fasteners) and the sewing pattern tissue paper background.
Stamps: TTS Vintage Sewing; Paper Artsy School Days 1 and Buttons 4; Crafty Individuals Crackle 116

Inks: Archival Black; Adirondack Oregano, Sandal and Butterscotch

Extras: Vintage lace, button, tissue paper pattern and snaps

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Heart tag

The Crazy Amigo site has Tim Holtz as their theme for this week, so here is my tag using various products and techniques promoted by him.
For the background I placed drops of alcohol inks and blending solution on a craft mat, and smooshed a piece of glossy card over the top. Note to self - the silver mixative is difficult to stamp over!
Stamps: Tim Holtz Take Flight

Inks: Alcohol Inks Stream, Stonewashed, Butterscotch and Silver Mixative; Archival Black; Versamark Pen; Distress Crackle paint Brushed Pewter

Extras: Washer; Silver Ribbon; Mini Grungeboard heart; Detail Silver EP

Dancing dresses

This is my first contribution to the ATC Wednesday site. The theme is dress.
Stamps: Time to Stamp Vintage Sewing

Inks: Adirondack Currant, Red Pepper, Meadow, Cranberry and Wild Plum

Extras: Pebeo Pearl Touch; Perfect pearls Gold; Prima Flowers; Sheer ribbon; Image from Tuscan Rose CD 3

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Two elder brothers

This atc is my first contribution to the So Artful challenge site. The theme is the colour turquoise and hats.
The title comes from the text, which is the opening page of Robinson Crusoe.
Stamps: Paper Artsy mini 3

Inks: Adirondack Aqua, Sail Boat Blue and Stream; VersaFine Onyx Black

Extras: Gesso; Vintage text; Word ties - a freebie from a magazine; Dovecraft Brad; Mica; Black Paper

Seeds and buds

The Created byHand theme is Spring. For this card I made 2 twinchies, and gessoed over the pp to dull it a bit.
Stamps: DarkRoom Door Friendship flowers; HA Fantastic Flourishes

Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black; Impress Garnet; Green unknown; DI Black Soot

Extras: Black card; pp by Fancy Pants; Gesso; Paper Cellar Lace Tape

Monday, 6 April 2009

Inkurable orange

This is a card I made for the Inkurable Stampers 1st birthday challenge to use their signature colours of orange, black and white. As I made a crazy patchwork background I'll also submit this for the Saturday Workout blog. After glueing the scrap pieces, I toned them down with gesso.


Stamps: Paper Artsy Wings 2 and Backgrounds 2; Stampington Latin Parchment

Inks: DI Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade; VersaFine Onyx Black; DI Refill Tea Dye; Versamark Pen

Extras: Gesso; Perfect Pearls Bronze; Precoloured scraps; PP by Provocraft and Scenic Route; Photo Anchors and brads; Paper Cellar Lace Tape; Gold EP

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Artful Journey

This is my contribution for the Lots to Do challenge to create something based around the word art. I like the words on the background stamp which are all relevant to the theme.
Stamps: Invoke Arts Travel Tickets; Paper Artsy Pierrot 1; ISC All About Me

Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black; Adirondack Oregano, Butterscotch and Currant

Extras: Water Spritzer

Congratulations TYI

After an enforced silence for 2 weeks because of a lack of internet service (don't ask!!) I'm now happily back at the computer, sharing my work and looking forward to seeing that of others.

The Tag You're It site is celebrating one year of challenges, so it's appropriate that happy birthday is their theme this week. The scanner never seems to be happy with the colour of my embellishments - they do match really! They will also match with some cardstock for me to make up into a card.
I'm pleased to use my winnings from one of the draws from TYI - just right for this project!
Stamps: Green Pepper Press; Studio G

Inks: DI Mustard Seed, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick; VersaFine Onyx Black; DI Refill Tea Dye

Extras: Hand created paper from a friend; PM Buttons; Magic Mesh; Ribbon; Q&Co Brads