Sunday 27 December 2009

The Stamp Man Award Event

As part of the Stamp Man's Blog Candy and Award Event (see details on previous post), you are asked to pick your best (or favourite ) project for the year and leave a comment on the blog post so that they can come and look at your work. As Jill says, a great way of starting another blog hop and seeing other crafters' artwork. I've just finished their blog hop and it was really fantastic to see all the different blogs with completely different styles-very inspirational.
I've chosen the above card as it features a background paper made using watercolour crayons that was actually my first technique posted on here. I chose it because it is a technique that I use time and again as I love a shabby chic look. It's really easy to do and is ideal for making decorative papers for cards, scrapbooking and embellishments.
If you'd like to see how to make it, click on the watercolour crayon technique sidebar label to see more examples and a short tutorial.
Fliss xx

Thursday 24 December 2009

Blog Hop by The Stamp Man

Just to let everyone know about the Stamp Man's fun blog hop, details above. As you'll see, there will be giveaways so it's worth adding it to your reading list so you don't miss anything.
I took part in the Hero Arts one last week and it's really great fun as you get to see lots of different blogs with some fantastic artwork on them.
Merry Christmas, Fliss xx

Wednesday 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone

This one's for all of my friends and followers to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy and hopefully prosperous New Year.
Thank you all for all the lovely comments and support that you've given to me since I launched my blog in April this year. I can hardly believe that 7 months has passed since then. It only seems like yesterday that I didn't know how to add links, pictures etc etc here (there are still a few things I can't do though!)

Hoping that you all have a lovely time and manage to get a bit of rest, and crafting done.
Sending hugs, Fliss xxx

Sunday 20 December 2009

Crafty Individuals Gallery

I've just had an email from Crafty Individuals and am thrilled to say that my 2 Turtle Doves (Part of the 12 Days of Christmas UK Stampers Challenge) is now in their gallery. It's actually the first thing that you click on and you can see it here if you're interested. They've also put a link to my blog which is great.
This has really cheered me up as I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself at the moment having unintentionally gone ice skating yesterday morning on the nasty patch of ice and ended up flat on my back on the pavement, having banged the left side of my back and my head on the way down.
As you can imagine, I felt a complete idiot and today has been difficult as I'm getting more aches and pains as the day goes on and the bruises haven't even come out yet. I don't normally want it to rain but I do at the moment as the ice is all still there today and our council doesn't seem to be doing any gritting. At least the ground here is mostly level. In Brighton several people have broken bones due to no gritting in the streets there. Some friends of ours who live there haven't been able to get their car out since Thursday as the street where they live is a hill.
I hope everyone is OK and not suffering from the same problems.
Fliss xx

Friday 18 December 2009

Polka Doodles Challenge 31 DT Gift Set

Morning everyone! Woke up today and discovered that the world has turned white-a really big surprise as I live on the South coast just one road back from the sea and we don't get snow very often. The South Downs tend to act as a barrier but not today! It's caused chaos of course with closed roads, slow trains and lots of school closures-a real shame for all those children looking forward to the last day of term parties.
Anyway, enough of that and on the the next challenge at Polka Doodles where anything goes! You can make anything you like so do join in if you can. On the DT, we've all made things using the gorgeous Back to Nature CD. I'd never used a CD before joining the team and I'm definitely converted! The CD has loads of backing papers, coloured images, digital stamps that you can colour yourself, decoupage elements, shaped card elements....... the list goes on!
I've chosen to make a gift set using the Stackies Floral Collection with a little box and a matching card. I've also sneaked in a bit of stamping (couldn't resist lol) using the lovely Daisy Doodles set which has a total of 26 stamps in various sizes with cute little owls, ladybirds, flowers, leaves, flourishes and sentiments.

The box (one of Papermania's Back to Bare Basics round box set) was painted with deep lilac acrylic paint. I then stamped the flourish design all over with black dye ink. The stamp can be twisted in several directions to make really pretty patterns and I know I will be using this one a lot!
I printed out the Stackies Floral set in green and mauve and cut out various sizes of flowers. I layered these up for the top of the box using foam tape. I added a ribbon band.
The card has a decorative stamped panel again using the flourish stamp and all you do is stamp it in a row up the card, stamping the image upside down every other one to make a very stylish pattern. I embossed the card itself on the right side with the Cuttlebug Textile folder.
I made a further layered flower with various sizes and foam tape and made leaves by resizing the largest green flower and cutting some petals into leaf shapes. The stalk was made from a scrap of diagonal striped paper from the CD. I finished with a sentiment from the large variety you can choose from and a little ribbon from American Crafts.

Tuesday 15 December 2009

Really Retro

This is my entry for this week's Play Date Cafe challenge set by Alison. Here's the inspiration to use:

The colours screamed retro at me so that's what I decided to go for and I've developed an easy inking technique inspired by retro textiles.

Ingredients Used:
VersaColor Ink Cubes in Scarlet, Lime and Orchid
Textured Card in White
Pink Card
Image from Dezinaworld Mono Touch Collage Sheet
Ribbon by American Crafts
PaperMania Floral Ribbon Brad
Bright Brads and Fabric Flower
Clear Embossing Powder
Cuttlebug Paisley Embossing Folder
The retro background paper is really easy to make using the ink cubes. You simply start at the top of the card with your first colour (I used pink) and press the side of the ink pad on the card, repeating to form a zigzag pattern across the card angling the ink pad up and then down. You repeat this with the next colour (scarlet here) and then the third (lime). Once you have reached the bottom, you fill any gaps at top and bottom with the corresponding ink colour in the pattern. You then emboss the whole panel with clear powder.
My card also features a white panel embossed with the paisley folder and 3 brads pushed in at the top right side. I cut out my chosen collage image complete with the border as the colour worked so well here. I finished off with ribbons and a fabric flower with a brad centre.

Sunday 13 December 2009

White Christmas

Hello everyone, hope you've all had a lovely weekend. I'm sitting here typing whilst watching the X Factor final. From my point of view, it's been really difficult this year as I've actually liked quite a few of the final 12 and I think they're all winners. I'm hoping they will all get a singing career out of it as they do deserve it.
I've got a card here which fits several challenges:
Sophisticats with a theme of a verse and flowers but no image
Stamp Something with a theme of Winter Wonderland
Gingersnap Creations  also Winter Wonderland
Paper Cutz with a theme of a Snowman or Snowflakes
Kaboodle Doodles with a theme of Snowflakes
Crafty Calendar with a theme of Winter Sparkle

Ingredients Used:
Inkadinkado Snowflakes a Plenty 98397 Clear Stamp Set
Black Dye Ink
Pink Ink
Blue Card, White Textured Card
White Glitter Border Stickers
Flowers and Glitter Brad
Cuttlebug Machine and Snowflakes Folder
The background is simply stamped with a variety of snowflakes in black ink on a square of blue card. I then embossed it with the snowflake folder. You may notice that the whole square is embossed. This is because I have found that with certain folders, it is possible to pass the card through the machine a second time and emboss again without getting a messed up piece of card. The overlap does not show when using the snowflake folder.
I printed the words to White Christmas on white textured card, cut the rectangle out and edged it with the glitter border. I then inked 2 of the flowers with a little pink ink and layered them with a deep pink and a silver flower and glitter brad.

Saturday 12 December 2009


Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  Before anything else, I want to say a big welcome and thanks to all my new recently joined followers. It's lovely to see you all.
I have a card here which I think fits 3 different challenges:
Papertake Weekly  with a theme of red or green must not be seen
Saturday Spotlight with a theme of music
Stampin for the Weekend with a colour theme of blue and brown

Ingredients Used:
Crafty Individuals Stamp CI-224
Magenta Cling Set CSET15
Clearly Inspired Stenciled Flowers MCS216
Music Background Stamp
VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink
VersaColor Smoke Blue, Sky Blue and Lilac Inks
Neocolor 11 Watercolour Crayons in blue shades
Cream Card
The background paper for this card was made using my watercolour crayon technique and the blue crayons. Please click on the side label if you'd like full instructions on how to make this paper. I stamped the roses on in smoke blue, then sepia. This gives a lovely antique looking paper.
I stamped the bird design twice and inked one with the VersaColor inks. I cut just the bird from the second and stuck this on top of the coloured bird panel.
I stamped the music background in sepia and tore the edges. I then stamped the square floral design from the Magenta set in sepia down a long strip of cream card. I stamped the music text in sepia and cut out by hand the piece I wanted to use. I assembled the card as shown in the photo.

Friday 11 December 2009

Vintage Steam Engine

I've made this card for my hubby Andrew's birthday tomorrow as he likes anything to do with the sea and railway engines and that sort of thing. As I usually do a nautical themed card, I decided to do a steam engine one this year having found this image on a sheet of railway themed stuff at a local craft shop.

Ingredients Used:
B Line Designs Time Stamp HC513E
Basic Grey Aged & Cofused Sublime Cinnamon Paper
Engine Image by Hunky Dory
Distress Ink in Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen
Habanero VersaFine Ink
Old Book Paper
Dymo Machine
Woodware Screw Head Brads
To make the background paper, I simply cut a square of the Basic Grey paper and stamped the time image all over in the Habanero ink, only re-inking after stamping it twice. I rubbed black soot ink round the edges.
I cut out the train image and ribbed the edges with the soot ink. I then stuck this to a mount of torn edged cinnamon paper with the screw head brads (just perfect for men's cards). I rubbed ink on the torn edges.
I tore a square of old book paper, rubbed it with Antique Linen ink, crumpled it up, smoothed it a little and added Vintage Photo on the creases.
I assembled the card as shown with a greeting printed on the Dymo machine.


A bit of purple passion here as my decorated paper turned out slightly darker than intended due to a slightly blocked misting bottle. One of the hazards of DIY but I like the result so it could be serendipity which I swear has to be my middle name!

Ingredients Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts Old French Writing
              Rubber Stampede Woman in Repose 3942F
              Magenta I0359
              Hero Arts Zinnia Style E3274
              Penny Black Dreams 2711F
              Stampers Anonymous Paisley K5-1153
Memento Inks in Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly, Sweet Plum, Lulu Lavender
VersaFine Ink in Imperial Purple
VersaColor Inks in Heliotrope and Lilac
Watercolour Paper and Paints
Glimmer Mist in Wine and Roses
Adirondack Color Wash Spray in Wild Plum
Paper Flowers
The background paper here is very easy to make. All you do is cut a piece of watercolour paper to the required size and paint it with watercolour paints-I used deep pink and purple. I dried it with a heat gun (I'm impatient but you could air dry it) and sprayed on the color wash and Glimmer Mist. I stamped the Magenta flower in Grape Jelly and then Imperial Purple. I stamped the Hero Arts flower in the gaps in black.
I stamped the woman in Imperial Purple and cut her out leaving a narrow border. I then cut a slightly larger piece of lilac card and stamped the paisley design in the lavender ink. I cut a larger piece of watercolour paper and inked it with the heliotrope and lilac inks. I then stamped on the French writing in grape jelly. I inked all the edges and layered the panels up.
I stamped the Penny Black text on lilac card and hand cut it out. I inked the edges in black. I assembled the card as shown, using a left over scrap from my second RSS banner trimmed with scallop scissors across the background paper. I finished the card with paper flowers and a glittered centre.

Polka Doodles DT Cards

It's now time for the next challenge on Polka Doodles and this is my first week on the team.  I've been having a play with the gorgeous Back To Nature cd which has loads of papers and digital stamps, plus lots of elements to make shaped and 3D cards.
I've actually got 2 cards to show you as I didn't scroll down the page quite far enough to realise that it should be a New Year card. How silly am I! Here's the sketch to follow

The brief is to make a card with an envelope on it or that is an envelope and with a New Year theme. Here's my first one which isn't a New Year one!

When browsing the cd contents, I fell in love with the shake a tail feather collection which has loads of peacock themed papers, toppers, greetings and images in gorgeous shades of aqua, lilac and green. If the colours sound familiar, it's because I have chosen those very colours for my Christmas banners.
I chose various papers and a border from the collection and put them together with an image and some paper flowers. I really love a mix and match look.
Here's my second one which is for New Year:

For this one, I've used some of the cute little owls with their house. The house comes in various sizes and can be used to make a gorgeous 3D shaped card. I printed mine out and cut out aperture then adhered it over some Home Is Where The Heart Is and plaid papers. I made a little envelope from some stripy paper and added the greeting. I cut the owls out and used my favourite trick with an embossing ball tool to shape them. For anyone who hasn't seen this before, all you do is use a large ball tool, turn the item over on a soft mat and rub in a gentle circular fashion on the back. This gives a lovely rounded appearance to flowers, animals, birds and so on and makes them look 3D with very little effort.

Thursday 10 December 2009

Angels Galore

This card was made using this week's sketch from Polka Doodles and was a work in progress when I received my fab DT news on Sunday. The theme on Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper is angels so I'm entering it in that one. If you haven't had a look at her work, do pop over as she has some fantastic artwork on there as well as the weekly challenge.

Ingredients Used:
Crafty Individuals Stamp CI-173 (flourish)
Crafty Individuals Stamp CI-258 (text)
Crafty Individuals Miniatures-Christmas
Ranger Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Broken China
Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy Ink
Black Dye Ink
I cut 4 x 4.5cm squares from textured card stamped twice with the text stamp in black dye ink. I sponged the squares with the Distress inks. I inked the edges of these and 5 angel images from the book of miniatures with black ink.
I cut a square of white card and trimmed the edges with scallop scissors then stamped the flourish design all over in the poppy ink. I stuck the decorated panel to a red card blank with the fold at the top and added the stamped squares and angel squares.

Wednesday 9 December 2009

Vintage Christmas

Hello Everyone,
I've at last managed to finish my entry for the Play Date Cafe with the colours red, green and white. As it also fits the Lots to Do theme of snow, I am entering it in that one as well. I couldn't resist using a gorgeous vintage image of a little girl with a sledge kindly shared by Kerry at the Graphic Addict for my card as I have a friend who loves the vintage look and the colours are her favourite too.

Ingredients Used:
Holly Stamp by Personal Impressions
Poinsettia Stamp by Stampendous
Ornate Border Stamp by Impression Obsession
Red and Green Pigment Ink
Green Dye Ink
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
I printed out the vintage image and trimmed the edges with deckle scissors then mounted it on a narrow border of white card. I made a frame by stamping the border round the edges of a white card rectangle (I masked the side edges after stamping and embossing them and then did the top and bottom) in red ink and embossed with clear powder. I then sponged Peeled Paint Distress ink over the top.
I stamped the holly all round the edges of a red card blank in green dye ink. I then stamped the poinsettia in both red ink and green ink and embossed them with clear powder. I cut out the whole image in green and just the flower in red. The card was assembled as shown and a computer generated greeting added.

Tuesday 8 December 2009

FANTASTIC NEWS! And More Of Tim's Tags

I'm so excited at the moment that I'm practically bursting with it lol. On Sunday afternoon I received an invitation from Nikky at Polka Doodles asking me to join the Design Team. How fantastic is that?! I've been on cloud 9 ever since (after I'd picked myself up off the floor!!!) and am soooo looking forward to working with the team and the gorgeous Polka Doodles stash.
I would like to send many congratulations to my fellow new DT members too:
And now I'd like to show you my versions of days 3 and 4 of Sir Tim's gorgeous tags. Day 4 was quite a challenge as I didn't have anything to make the focal point and had to think outside the box lol

Here's day 3 and my Santa stamp is CI-163 by Crafty Individuals-this will be getting a lot of use methinks! I made the little tag myself using a cut down punched tag which is inked and the text written with a Sharpie marker. It was then double embossed with clear powder. I've used grey raffia instead of jute string.

And here's day 4 which was the most challenging yet. Tim used a little memory frame but as I didn't have this or anything else small enough, I made the shape from mount board and cut a window in it. I stamped the little snowman and snowflakes (Hobby Art Town House clear set) on another piece of mount board cut to the same size and inked it. I covered the front piece in embossing ink and coated it with 2 coats of pewter embossing powder. I added a little frosted lace Stickles at the top and stuck the 2 parts together so that the snowman showed in the window. I attached a K & Co charm and attached the little house with wire through a picture hook. I added a ribbon bow at the top.
The remainder of the tag was made in a similar fashion to Tim's by stamping and masking then inking with various Distress inks.
Hope you like my version.

Saturday 5 December 2009

Tim's Tags and a Challenge

First I have a challenge entry which is for Polka Doodles Challenge 28 where you need to use 3 papers and a stamp.

The papers I've used for this card are by Basic Grey which have are just beautiful. I chose 3 and cut them out to fit in 6 panels on lilac backing card. I then stamped on faux stitching to emphasise the patchwork look. I added a stamped image by Stamp-It, coloured with my Prisma pencils and then inked around the edges. The finishing touch is a layered paper flower.

I've been following the super talented Tim Holtz this week as on 1 December his 12 Tags of Christmas started. If you haven't yet had a look, it is worth it for the fab tutorials with loads of great hints and tips. I've started making the tags but have only finished 2 so far as my challenge to myself is to make them with the supplies I have. Hopefully you'll like what I've done so far.

This is day 1 and I made my snowman by creating a paper template and cutting him out of white card which I coloured with black ink. I stamped snowflakes on him and embossed them with white powder. I then covered him with Glossy Accents.
My background is covered with several coats of clear embossing with a crackle stamp impressed due to lack of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.

This is day 2 and my frame is made using the new Cuttlebug Frame. I rubbed the raised edges with embossing ink and embossed them with gold powder. As the method of applying the ink is not perfect, the end result was a slightly distressed look which is in the spirit of Tim's tag.
I'll be working on days 3 to 5 tomorrow and it will be a definite challenge as I hardly have any of the supplies he used for days 4 and 5.

Friday 4 December 2009

Joy Is Where You Find It

A very appropriate title for my latest creation as this saying is so true today. The builders have gone and I have heating and hot water-absolute heaven as you don't know how much you miss it until you haven't got it!!!
The icing on the cake today is not this however, but the news that my Enchanted Dreams card took second place in Polka Doodles Challenge 27. To say I'm thrilled to bits is an understatement!
The card I have made is for a one day only challenge on Dezinaworld and you have to make something using lilac and silver. As this is a favourite combination, I just had to enter and the prize is fantastic too as it's one of June's gorgeous collage sheets due for release next week. So hurry if you want to enter as time is ticking away.

Ingredients Used:
Impression Obsession Ornate Borders WP130
Hero Arts Old French Writing H2365 and Find Joy C3065
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Paisley K5-1153
A homemade stamp (foam heated and brooch pressed in)
Palette Lavender Sachet Ink
Silver pigment Ink
Silver Embossing Powder
Image from Art Freebies blog
Flowers and Pearl Brad
The background papers were made by stamping the writing and the paisley on lilac card with the lavender ink. The scallop edged strip was made with the homemade stamp using the silver ink and embossing powder.
The papers were layered up with the paisley strip stuck to lilac card with a border stamped and embossed in silver.
The card was assembled on a silver embossed pattern square card and flowers were layered with a pearl brad. Finally the greeting was stamped and added.

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Christmas Wishes

Hello everyone. It's been a few days now since I've been able to do any crafting as we've been without heating since Monday morning (really bad timing as Monday night went down to 1 degree!!!) and hot water since yesterday morning. Also have had a house full of very noisy workmen as we're having to have a new boiler because the old one packed up. Doesn't do much for creativity!
I've finally managed to get the second banner for the Ready, Steady, Stamp Challenge finished so without more ado. here it is

The brief this time was to include a Christmas Tree, Eyelets, Cut 'n' Dry Stamping and Kraft Paper with your colours.
Ingredients Used:
Swirl Tree SC2009E by Hobby Art
Crafty Individuals CI-237
Christmas Wishes F3682 Hero Arts
Border from Impression Obsession WP130
Brilliance Pearlescent Olive and Purple Inks
VersaFine Spanish Moss Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Acrylic Paints in Aqua, Lilac and Olive
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
Brown Kraft Paper
Ranger Tarnished Gold Embossing Powder
Crystal Transparent Embossing Powder
Gold Bow
Purple Eyelets and Purple Pearl Cotton
Cut 'n' Dry Foam and items to impress (brooch and texture plate)
My banner background was painted with acrylic paints and stamped with the Crafty Individuals background in Spanish Olive.
I ended up with 2 Cut 'n' Dry backgrounds as I couldn't decide which I liked best! The lilac one was a texture plate impressed and stamped in Pearlescent Purple. The other was a heart shaped metal brooch which was then stamped in Pearlescent Olive on lilac card.
I stamped a border on the torn Kraft paper and embossed it with the gold powder. The tree was stamped in Spanish Moss and embossed with the crystal powder.
I threaded purple cotton through the eyelets several times. The gold bow and stamped, inked text completed the banner.

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Tim Holtz's 12 Days Tags

Just to let you know that lovely Tim Holtz is once again doing his 12 Tags of Christmas this year and it's worth joining in as he will be having a daily prize draw for those who leave comments on his posts.
Have a look here to see what it's all about.
You may also not know that poor Tim is in a bit of a state at the moment having had a very nasty experience last week when someone broke into the boot of his car whilst he was at a restaurant and stole his computer etc and some of his artwork. He's understandably very upset by this but has still agreed to do his 12 Tags. He's also having a special contest for those who work along with him to make their own version of the tags. Can't wait!!!

Tuesday 24 November 2009


This tag is for this week's challenge at Just Us Girls which is a colour theme of Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue and Really Rust

I had a slight struggle with the colours on this one and hope they came out as they should.

I cut a tag from white card in my current favourite arch shape and then painted it with acrylic paints. I stamped a large background design on the top and embossed it with clear. I then stamped a row of borders from Technique Tuesday Bijou Borders set in Pearlescent Rust and embossed them with clear powder. The image is from Dezinaworld and was mounted on pumpkin orange card. To finish, I glued a brass stamping at the top, added paper flowers (the centre one was painted with Orange Peel H20 paint) and stamped text from B Line Designs in the rust ink.

Monday 23 November 2009

Lady in Lavender

This week's challenge over at the Play Date Cafe is a soft colour combination chosen by new DT member Jules whose lovely blog A Vintage Chic  is well worth a look for the gorgeous vintage projects and lots of mouth watering recipes.

My card is quite a simple one as I didn't want to swamp the beautiful image with too much detail.

Ingredients Used:
The stamp is a lovely rose I've had for ages (source unknown)
Palette ink in Lavender Sachet
VersaColor ink in Sky Blue and Lilac
Vintage Image from Art Freebies
Lilac Mulberry Paper
White Japanese Lace Paper
Stitched Ribbon
Silver Ribbon Buckle from Making Memories
The simple background paper is made by stamping the rose all over a square of soft blue card with the Lavender ink and then sponging on a little lilac ink in the rose centres.
I inked the edges of the printed out image and then assembled the layers as shown on a white textured square card.

Sunday 22 November 2009

Old Fashioned Girl

This is my entry for Challenge 18 over at Incy Wincy Designs with a theme of purple.

The purple corrugated panel on this has gone a bit darker than the actual thing but I couldn't fix it without altering the rest of the card too much. The actual shade is a deep violet.
Ingredients Used:
Crafty Individuals CI-189 and CI-237
VersaFine Imperial Purple Ink
VersaColor Heliotrope, Violet and Topaz Inks
Palette Lavender Sachet Ink
Purple Acrylic Paint
Coloured Pencils (I used Prismacolor)
Corrugated Card
White Parchment Card by Southfield Stationers
Paper Flowers, Button and Butterfly Sticker
The background for this is really easy and was made by stamped the background design on a square of the parchment card, then inking it with the Heliotrope and a touch of Topaz. The edges were inked with the Violet.
The image was stamped in the Imperial Purple ink and coloured with the pencils. I then inked the main areas and the edges with the VersaColor inks to draw the colours together and soften the effect.
I inked the edges and part of the large paper flower with Heliotrope and Violet.

Saturday 21 November 2009

Enchanted Dreams

One card for three challenges. The first being this week's Paper Play with the theme of "Read All About It" where you need to use book text, a script stamp or newspaper text. The second is Polkadoodles challenge for this week which is a sketch plus the colour brown. Finally, the card is also being entered in the Flutter By Wednesday's challenge on Danni's Dreams  the theme being to use a butterfly, fairy or angel. As my little girl has wings I feel she fits in nicely with this one.

Ingredients Used:
Crafty Individuals CI-258
Distress Inks in Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo
VersaFine Ink in Toffee
VersaColor Ink in Old Rose and Umber
White Parchment Card from Southfield Stationers
Vintage Image from Carol Anne's Boutique
Lace, ribbon etc.
Gold German Scrap Border from Paper Artsy
A really easy card to do, the background for this is a square of parchment card inked with Tattered Rose Distress ink and then swiped several times with the Vintage Photo which was smudged before it dried. The text stamp was then stamped all over in the Toffee ink.
The image was inked in the top corners after printing with the Old Rose ink and put on a mat of dusky pink card, first stamped on the left side with a border stamp.
What looks like buttons on the card are actually card and were made from a vintage button set still on the backing silver card which I found in a flea market yesterday for a bargain price of £1. I scanned them and printed them out then cut out those I needed, inked the edges with Umber ink and rounded them from the back with a ball tool.
The flowers were inked on the edges with Old Rose and layered with a pearl brad.
Do have a look at Carol Anne's Boutique as she has some beautiful images on there along with some very inspirational posts.

Thursday 19 November 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

As I'm a bit behind with my Christmas cards as usual, I decided to have a go at making a Masterboard which has been featured in Craft Stamper and is also the theme of Saturday Spotlight this week. As my finished item has the colours red, gold and green, it also fits in with this week's challenge at Tuesday Taggers . Finally, it also fits in with the Sunday Stampers challenge run by Hels Sheridan-to have a look at her fab work click here . The theme this week is Christmas Trees.
OK-here's my Masterboard first

This is just a bit of it as I used a piece of watercolour paper measuring 16 x 12 inches.
I painted it with red and yellow watercolours and then sprayed it with Glimmer Mists in Wine & Roses, Olive Vine and Emperor Gold. I stamped Hobby Art's Christmas Sentiments GR1052G all over in Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink. I just love this stamp as it's so useful for background papers as well as cutting up for greetings.
Here's a card I made with just a small piece of it:

I embossed part of a red square card with the Cuttlebug Holly Spray folder and stuck a piece of the decorated paper on the left side.
I stamped Hobby Art's gorgeous new Swirl Tree SC2009E in VersaFine Spanish Moss ink and embossed it with Crystal transparent powder. I then cut it out and rubbed the back with an embossing ball tool to make it curve out. I embossed a manila tag with part of the Cuttlebug Lace Tree folder and stuck the tree on. I gold embossed the edges.  I finished off the tag with a paper flower and some red and green pearl cotton wound round the bottom. A really easy card to make once you've made your backing paper.

Wednesday 18 November 2009

Glimmer Mist and Ink Spray Mixed Bag

As we have a really nasty day weatherwise down here in the South, I've decided to stay in the warm and do some crafting. There are quite a few cards here which I've made from my sample pieces from a class I taught here in my house on Monday. The shop where I used to teach has sadly had to stop doing classes and reduce it's craft stock to just card due to the recession. As I love teaching, I'm carrying on based mostly at home.
The class we did was based on using various spray inks-Glimmer Mists, Cosmic Shimmer Mists and other spray inks from Sticky Fingers, Crafty Notions and Adirondack.

I have used watercolour paper for the majority of the papers as I really love the textured effect that it gives to the finished paper.
Ingredients Used Here: Cosmic Shimmer Sprays in Golden Mint and Antique Copper. VersaFine Inks in Olympia Green, Vintage Sepia, Toffee, Crimson Red and Imperial Purple. VersaColor Inks in Umber,Bisque and Boysenberry. Coloured Pencils.
Stamps by Hobby Art: Open Tree SC1951G and Robbie XM1560MD 

Ingredients Used Here: Sticky Fingers Sprays in Aqua and Delphinium. Glimmer Mist in Lavender Fields. Glimmer Screen Set-Flights of Fancy. Ribbon. Kaleidacolor Ink in Blue Breeze. Hobby Art Stamp-Christmas Sentiments GR1052G

Ingredients Used Here: Glimmer Mist in Emperor Gold. Cosmic Shimmer Spray in Golden Mint. VersaFine Inks in Vitage Sepia, Toffee and Spanish Moss. VersaColor Inks in Umber, Topaz and Split Pea. Crafty Individuals CI-224. Scrappy Cat Clear Stamp Set Flower Shadow SCR1026. PaperMania Stamp Duo Set Silent Night PMA9079102. Coloured Pencils. Manila Tag. Ric Rac Braid. Flowers and Ornamental Brad (Making Memories).

Ingredients Used Here: Sticky Fingers Spray Inks in Aqua and Delphinium. Glimmer Screen Set Winter Crystals. Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder. VersaColor Inks in Seafoam, Celadon and Turquoise. Crystal Transparent Embossing Powder.

Ingredients Used Here: Sticky Fingers Spray Ink in Olive and Walnut. Crafty Notions Spray Ink in Cherrylicious. VersaFine Ink in Crimson Red. VersaColor Ink in Umber and Topaz. Glimmer Screen Blossoms. Hero Arts Stamp Old French Writing H2365. Image available here by clicking on Free Vintage Image Downloads on the side labels. Sticky ribbon.

Ingredients Used Here: Pale Blue Card rather than watercolour paper. Glimmer Mists in Lavender Fields and Twilight. VersaFine Ink in Smokey Gray and Onyx Black. VersaColor Ink in Violet. Denami Snowflake Stamp. Elusive Images Gibson Lady E0443. Crafty Individuals CI-138. Artemio Clear Stamp Set 10001002.  Glimmer Screen Winter Crystals. Halographic Glitter. Silver Embossing Powder.

Ingredients Used Here: Glimmer Mists in Wine & Roses and Olive Vine. VersaColor Ink in Peony. Distress Ink in Peeled Paint. VersaFine Ink in Olympia Green. Hobby Art Lady Of Fashion Stamp GL1906E.  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder from Ornamental Iron Combo Set. Glimmer Screen Blossoms. Clear Embossing Powder. Gold Textured Card.

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Paris Dreams

This booklet is for this week's Play Date Cafe challenge which has a colour theme of pale blue/green, cream, tan and brown.

My booklet is a little zigzag style piece of artwork with featured tags on a Parisien theme.

Ingredients Used:
Hero Arts Old French Writing H2365
Crafty Individuals CI-173
Large Background-source unknown
Collage Images-Dezinaworld French Set
VersaFine Inks-Vintage Sepia, Toffee
VersaColor Inks-Seafoam, Topaz, Paprika, Umber
Prima Flowers
Brads and Sticky Ribbon
Brass Stampings-Empire Beads
Basic Grey Motifica Stucco Pattern 12x12
The booklet was made by folding the paper in half and sticking it together. It was then scored to form a 3 panel booklet.
Manila tags were inked and stamped and then the collage images adhered. Embellishments were added.
The booklet was decorated with some more of the French set ephemera before adding the tags.

Thursday 12 November 2009

Angel Wishes

A first for me as I've managed to make a card that fits 4 different challenges. The first is the sketch for Just Us Girls Challenge 6 which I've used as the layout for the card. The second is the latest Sophisticat Challenge, the theme of which is Wings and the third is Papertake Weekly with the theme of something digital and sparkle. The fourth comes courtesy of the lovely Avril Ann whom I know via Sophisticat who kindly told me about Tuesday Taggers, a challenge blog where she's also on the DT and the theme is no patterned papers. This is right up my street as you know I almost always make my own being a bit of a DIY fanatic-after all it's so much more fun!!!

Ingredients Used:
Hero Arts Real Pine stamp H2887
Dezinaworld Digital Collage Image: Angels
Green and White Parchment card-Southfield Stationers
Versacolor Inks: Evergreen, Green Tea
Distress Ink: Peeled Paint
Embossing Powder: Tarnished Gold, Crystal
Prima Paper Flowers
Jewels and Gold Braid
The main background paper is stamped in Green Tea and sponged with Peeled Paint on white parchment card. The rectangular bar is stamped and embossed with the gold then sponged with Green Tea. The circle is green parchment card stamped with the same pine in Evergreen and embossed with Crystal powder for sparkle.
The card was assembled to the sketch with the cut out angel and jewels added to the flower centres. A greeting finished it off.

Fly Me To The Moon

The challenge for the next few weeks over at Ready Steady Stamp is to make a Christmas banner which will make a lovely decoration to be treasured for years to come.
The Challenge 9 ingredients to use are:
Your Colours
Glitter or Gems
Heat Embossing
Stamped and Cut Out Image
The colours I have chosen for my banners are Aqua, Purple, Olive and Gold as I wanted something a little different from traditional red and green. Also, the baubles for my tree are shades of aqua, green and purple so the banner will go well with those.

The scanner turned the colours a bit washed out so the true effect is much richer.
Ingredients Used:
Crafty Individuals CI-071
Flourish from Crafty Secrets clear set Cherubs SM02
Border from Impression Obsession clear set Ornate Borders WP130
Acrylic paints: Olive, Aqua, Purple, Lilac, Metallic Plum
VersaColor inks: Violet, Boysenberry, Lilac, Heliotrope, Turquoise, Celadon
Palette Noir ink
Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink
Embossing Powder: Clear and Tarnished Gold (Ranger)
Gold Krylon Pen
Stickles Crystal Glitter Glue
Folk Star Punches (Woodware)
Aqua Glitter Card
Prismacolor Pencils
The main background was made by inking the triangle with the lighter shades of VersaColor inks then dry brushing the acrylic paints over the top. The Flourish design was stamped all over in the Brilliance Pearlescent Olive ink. The edges were inked with the Boysenberry ink then the gold leafing pen run around them.
The star was made using a pattern enlarged from the punched star. I inked it with shades of purple and stamped the flourish in the olive ink. I sprinkled on clear powder while the ink was still wet and embossed it. I ran the leafing pen round the edge.
The border was stamped and embossed with the Tarnished Gold, then inked with aqua and lilac. I cut it out with deckle scissors.
The image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and cut out. I painted the moon with the glitter glue. I assembled it all, adding inked computer generated text and punched glitter card stars.

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Mellow Fruitfulness

This is the card I've made with the gorgeous vintage seed packet image provided by the lovely Jeanette for the challenge on Soartful at the moment. It's a very simple design using a photo I took of some of the gorgeous pumpkins that come in my veggie box at this time of year. I never realised until I had the box just how many varieties of certain veg there are, not just pumpkins. At the moment we get a really interesting green cauliflower called Romanescu that looks like a cross between a cauli and broccoli. If you're interested do go and have a look at the website of Riverford Farms and you're in for a real treat.
Here's the card:


This is my entry for the latest challenge at the Play Date Cafe the theme being red and black. My card has a very graphic style inspired by the photo with the chosen colours and I decided that as it is the time of year when we remember all those brave soldiers' sacrifices for us, the theme will be the hope that they have given us for the future.

Ingredients Used:
Innovative Stamp Creations Friendship Plate
Papermania Build A Poppy Clear Set
Crafty Individuals CI-258
Impression Obsession Word Frames WP118
Red, black and white card
Palette inks: Noir and L'Amour Red
This deceptively simple to make card just involves layering stamped papers and building up the 3D poppy from the set.

Monday 9 November 2009

Light A Candle

I'm finding these challenges a really great way to get some of my special Christmas cards done as I haven't actually got that far with mine yet. Too much blogging I think!
This card is for the Sophisticat challenge with the theme of ribbon and buttons and was chosen by Cheryl. A great theme too.
As the card has lots of bling in the way of glitter, jewels and sparkle,  I'm also entering it in the Allsorts challenge as the theme this week is bling.

There's quite a lot of bling on this which you can't see that well in the photo so it might look better if you click on the pic to enlarge it.
Ingredients Used:
 Penny Black Candle
 Snowflakes by Art Impressions and Denami
 Embossing powder: Silver and Jewelled Gold
 Embossing ink
 Lavender Sachet Palette ink
 VersaColor ink: Lilac, Orchid
 Glitter glue, jewels, paper flowers and leaves
 Velvet ribbon, flower shaped button
The background paper here was made by sponging the lilac inks on card and then stamping on snowflakes with the Palette ink. Further snowflakes were stamped on with embossing ink and embossed with silver powder. The whole panel was covered with embossing ink and embossed with the translucent jewelled gold.  Gives lots of bling!
The candle was stamped and embossed then coloured with watercolour pencils. Glitter accents were added.

Sunday 8 November 2009

3 French Hens-12 Days of Christmas

It's time for day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas challenge over at UK Stampers and here's my take on this one.

Ingredients Used:
 Paper Artsy MN39
 Fleur de Lys and Bonjour from an All Night Media set 91416
Illustration of hen
Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China
VersaFine Crimson Red
The background card was inked all over with the Scattered Straw ink and then other colours to produce a reddish panel on one side and a blue one on the other. The Paper Artsy text was stamped in Crimson Red on the right and the fleur de lys in the same colour on the left. Bonjour was stamped repeatedly in Broken China on the left.
The hens were inked and then rounded out on the reverse with an embossing ball tool. A stamped number and computer generated text was added and the edges were inked.

Saturday 7 November 2009

Vintage Beauty

This is a much more arty card that I've made using my stamps and a couple more from Hobby Art that go perfectly with the doodle stamps. It's in warm Autumn shades as it's really chilly down in the South today and I wanted some cheery colours.

Ingredients Used:
All stamps are by Hobby Art:
 Oodles of Doodles Set 1
 Diamond Background DC1921D
 Script GR1907G
Distress inks: Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo
VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink
Parchment Card by Southfield Stationers
Image-Collage Ladies by Dezinaworld
The main background paper is inked in Distress inks and stamped with the Diamond background in orange and brown.
The 2 decorative strips were inked in similar colours, one stamped with the Script in Vintage Photo and the other with the Diamond background and the small doodle flower in orange and brown.
The flowers were stamped in Vintage Sepia and coloured with darker shades of pink, red and orange. They were cut out and embossed on the reverse to give a 3D effect.
The collage image was cut out and inked around the edges.
All pieces of background were inked around the edges before fixing on the card and the remaining accents were added with foam tape.