Thursday, 4 January 2018

Skeleton Leaves

The challenge at The Artistic Stamper this month is "Anything Goes", so I thought I would set on with a birthday card for my friend. I had a few lollipop sticks on my worktop, so I decided to use them.
I started by taping four of them together and then stenciled texture paste through the SMALL DOTS MASKthen I went on to spritz it with different inks. while that was drying I stamped and embossed one of the SKELETON LEAVES and made a little "friend" tag with one of the many words from the FRAMED WORDS stamp set.I then added these to the lolly stick mat,with a bit of raffia and then added this to a card front mop up....mopping up the excess ink from spritzing the lolly sticks, with a piece of card.


Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year and Thank You


This months challenge over at The Artistic Stamper is an anything goes challenge, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make some Thank You cards to give to the kind people who bought me gifts for Christmas.  
I started by making an A4 masterboard using paints, the SMALL DOTS MASK, the CALLIGRAPHY MAT 12, and the GRID BACKGROUND stamps.  



I then cut my masterboard up into little squares and stamped the small butterfly from the INSECTS AND BUTTERFLIES stamp set and a thank you sentiment to finish off. 



Happy New Year to each and every one of you and keeeeeeeep crafting!!!!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Two for One

I made these two cards for The Artistic Stamper Blog, I didn't set out to make two but the second came about from the scraps from the first, so all's good....


here is the second...


For the details on how I made these...and a little story on my very obvious corrugated card obsession!!!!... it would be great if you hopped over to THE ARTISTIC STAMPER BLOGSPOT, and maybe join in their ongoing Christmas Challenge, it would be great to see you there. 


Monday, 4 December 2017

Happy Kissmas

Hi.  Well.. this is  my very first design team post for  The Artistic Stamper and for my first card I wanted to do a Christmas themed card with non traditional colours and to make use of a stamp that is not necessarily for Christmas. I have this Rodin's "The Kiss" statue on my fireplace... (obviously the small version!!) so when I saw that The Artistic Stamper had it in a stamp....I just fell in love with it, a versatile stamp that can be used for lots of occasions... ie... Valentines Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings,....and now...... Christmas!!.



I started by inking up an old book page, then stencilled blue ink through the SMALL DOTS 6x6 mask, I then stamped and heat embossed the SNOWFLAKES, then on a separate piece of paper, stamped the THE KISScut it out, and along with the computer generated sentiment, added it to my card. 
I do hope you can join in this months challenge over at THE ARTISTIC STAMPER , where, of course, the challenge subject is Christmas. I look forward to seeing all you fabulous makes. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

We Three Kings

Well......the 1st of December, and the first post for me as a new ARTISTIC STAMPER design team member!!. I am so happy to be joining this talented team and looking forward to using their fabulous stamps.
There is a new challenge over on The Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog, and the subject is Christmas!!.


For my very first design team card I have started off with distressing a piece of sheet music...We Three Kings of Orient Are....apt, because I have used three of the crowns from the CROWNING GLORY stamp set, I stencilled some flake and glitter glue through a section of the A4 SWIRL MASK then added some gilding flakes, but then knocked it back with gesso. The sentiment is from the CHRISTMAS GREETINGS #2 stamp set, I then finished off with the computer generated Three Kings names and some sewing.
I do hope you will join in the Artistic Stamper Christmas Challenge, I look forward to seeing your creations.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Beautiful Life

I am combining two challenges this week, the MIXED MEDIA MONTHLY CHALLENGE has set a colour challenge, the colours really got me going because I already have the colour palette in my spray inks stash!!!, lovely almost fluorescent colours, and who doesn't love a rainbow type colour challenge!!











I have used the fabulous VISIBLE IMAGE  "sparkle in the rain" stamp set. I started the drippy background with my paints, then splattered the paints on a separate piece of card, then stamped the image with purple ink, cut it out, edged with the purple ink to make it stand out a bit more, then stuck it onto my background, the words "beautiful" and "life" are from other visible image quotes that I have paired together.



Friday, 6 October 2017

STEAMPUNKED

Hmmmmm.... steampunk is not really one of my strongest themes, but hey, that's what these challenges are for eh!!..to challenge yourself !!.. so I have joined in with this months  THE ARTISTIC STAMPER "steampunked"challenge.
The background started off as a cogs embossing folder print, where you put ink on an embossing folder then lay the paper on it to get a print of the design, but I didn't put it through the machine as I didn't want the paper embossed!!. It came out a bit rubbish, not too clear, so I got the TST steampunk mask and inked through it, then added a few paperartsy cogs stamps, the Artistic Stamper grid background stamp, then finally the carabelle studio Man and Bird stamp...oh and to finish off, the Indigoblu Quintessentially English stamp.
FRILLY and FUNKIE are also having a "show us your stamps" challenge, so I am entering it there too.

Friday, 29 September 2017

PAPERBABE picture inspiration #57

Well... I am still lovin doin the PAPERBABE challenges, and this weeks is a picture inspiration challenge, also, a double whammy...cos I get to add another Christmas card to my stash!!!..so it's all good!!!.
I know these are not typical Christmas colours, and they are not necessarily colours that I would usually use, or would think of putting together, I am more of a blue n green type of girl!!, but I guess that is why I enjoy these challenges, treading outside my usual comfort zone, thinking outside the box...and all the other cliche quotes!!... lol.
All the products used, the girl template, the snowflake stamps, the herringbone stencil, and the sentiment stamp are all from Paperbabe.  I love the end result, hope you like it too.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

"Only Blue" #2

.......Well I did say that my favourite colour to use is blue!!!!.. so I have done another card for the second week of the STAMPOTIQUE only blue challenge. Isn't this Stampotique mermaid adorable!!!... her name is Smumanha.
 I did the background with the Memory Box "rings and puddles" stencil, then smudged it a little with some watery white paint, I love the effect and thought it fitting for a watery scene.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Feathers Appear When Angels Are Near

I made this card for my lovely friend who wrote a song in remembrance of her son Roman who died while he was quite small. The song was very poignant, heartfelt, and just a real tearjerker. One of the lines in the song has lyrics similar to these, so when I heard it, I was inspired to make a card for Amanda to let her know how beautiful her song is.

The stamps I have used are the VISIBLE IMAGE 
"Angels are near" stamp set.
I am also entering this card in the THAT'S CRAFTY  "fly Away" challenge,
and THE ARTISTIC STAMPER  "take a little colour" challenge

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Only Blue

This weeks theme for the challenge over at STAMPOTIQUE ....(of which I won with the last Blue and Green challenge) was an easy one for me, the title is "Only Blue"...meaning use only blue on your work, .....well my favourite colour to use is blue....they say it is a sign of insecurity!!!...but who says that!!! lol. anyways, I love all shades of blue, especially the teals and turquoise's....oooohhh yummy. I have used Stampotiques cheeky little chappy, Buru, and also Daniel's hearts for the background.
Also over at THE ARTISTIC STAMPER, on their facebook site, the challenge is to "take a little colour", so I am taking my chances there too.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Vintage and Metal

I think that I am hoping that if I do Christmas cards for challenges, then by December I will have made enough to give out!!!... I hate thinking of a theme for my Christmas cards, I love the process of making them, and once I have decided, I usually do them all the same, but this year I think they will be a miss match of all the ones I have already done.
Soooo... with that in mind, I have decided to make another Christmas card while entering the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and the topic is "Vintage" and also the Country View Crafts Challenge where the subject is "Metal".
I tried to make the frame metallic by painting the frame black, then adding gilding wax to it.
So, thats another Christmas card done, and in my favourite kinda style at the moment, recycled corrugated packaging. dont ya just love it when some of the supplies are for free!!!.