Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Favourite Technique...(at the moment!!)

I am sooooo glad that this weeks challenge theme at the Stampotique Designers Blogspot is all about incorporating your favourite background technique, because this week I have just started playing around with alcohol inks on acetate!!!...I wonder why I haven't done it before now!! but I absolutely love it, even the frustrating randomness of it is quite appealing!!, I get the same feeling with the Brusho's color crystals, they are quite unpredictable but I am learning to control them to a point!!! even tho I like that they seem to have their own mind. Anyways, like I said, I have just started playing with my alcohol inks on acetate and just lovin the results, all very different, all gorgeous. I even run a couple of the acetate squares through an embossing folder before I dripped inks onto it, and I love that too. I have had my alcohol inks sitting in the drawer now for ages and ages not really sure what to do with them, but, I tell all of a sudden I have to go for fresh supplies and new colors.....somebody stop me!!!!! LOL...all my crafting friends will understand.  I attached my inked up piece of acetate onto another Stampotique stamped background, journey collage, with tiny brads, then added the small butterfly stamp with stazon ink.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Neon Lights

Well...after a long rest...sun, sea, and way too much food and alcohol...especially alcohol!!!! I am back and itching to get back into doing some challenges, after all, if you don't use it, you loose it, and I feel that I haven't done anything arty for ages and my mojo is still in Lanzarote!!!! so straight back into it.
My first project is the challenge hosted by the talented Astrid Stulemeijer over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blogspot, she is having us thinking on the bright side and challenges us to use neon colours in our project. Well, I did use neon colours, they are fabric paints tho, and dont appear very neon on the photo, but in real life they are quite bright..promise!!! Also, I am  entering it in this weeks Tag Along Challenge cos I really wanted to support the fabulous Kay Wallace who is this weeks hostess, and she is challenging us to choose the theme of Angels. I adore my Stampotique stamps and so regret not having a Stampotique angel image...grrrr, definitely need to go Stampotique shopping very soon, especially with the gorgeous ones that kate Crane has just fetched out, they are adorable. Anyway, you have to work with what you have, so I have used the "Rear View Mirror" image and given her a pair of acetate wings taken from the "Large Butterfly" image...which is my absolute favourite butterfly ever!!!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Feeling Green!!!

As soon as I saw what the subject was for this months challenge over at the naughty or nice challenge blogspot, which is to make green, or green things a central focus of your design, and also the Sisterhood of SnarkyStampers challenge is to make a get well card. Well,... straight away this image came into my head, so I had to roll with it pretty quickly...cos with my memory the way it is!!! boy oh boy!!!.  I used the Tim Holtz splatter stencil and acrylic paint, building the layers up and heating it up with my heat gun until the paint bubbles, love this technique. Anyways, the idea made me chuckle, I just need a sick friend (literally!!) to send it to!!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Bring Me Sunshine.

Well....  Boooo Hooo..... this is my last week as guest designer on Stampotique Designers Blog, I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing my cards in the line up of the other super talented designers for Stampotique. The fabulous  Kaz Boughton is the hostess for this weeks challenge and she is looking for a little sunshine, she says "It's cold in the UK and I can't wait for it to warm up.  Show me something sunny to hopefully encourage the sun to come out".
I have been having so much fun playing about with my brusho colour crystals and I adore the rainbow effect that I made by sprinkling a few crystals in line  using colours of the rainbow, then spritzing and flicking water on the paper. The LARGE BUTTERFLY stamp is stamped onto acetate, and then cut out, I then bent the wings for dimension, in real life it looks gorgeous, but on the photo it looks quite flat....grrrrr!!!! I also used the JOURNEY COLLAGE stamp in the background and then white embossed it so that the brushos would resist it,  have also used the SPLATTER LONG as a trail on the butterfly. Anyway, thank you to Stampotique for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be featured on their blog. :)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Believe Love Dream

I made this card using Ryn Tanaka's beautiful Mermaid and water effects stamps, the background is the fabulous brusho crystals. The mermaid is actually stamped and then cut out and shaped so that the tail curls towards you, I dont think you can see the dimension too well here. Aren't those water effect bubbles just amazing!!!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A Very Merry UN-birthday To You

This week the amazing France Papillion is the hostess for the Happy Unbirthday Challenge over on the Stampotique Blog.   France says that we often expect cards on our birthday.  How about surprising someone with an unbirthday card?  With or without Alice in Wonderland inspiration, make a happy unbirthday card. So here is my UN-birthday card with some Alice influence.

I have used six Stampotique images, in the background I have used JOURNEY COLLAGE, then Arwens GOTH CHANDELIER, also the GIANT SHROOM, WELCOME DOOR, THE TWEEDLES, and the TINY BEE on one of the mushrooms. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this card and quite like how it turned out. 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Love and Hearts

Kristen Catalano is this weeks hostess for the Stampotique Designers Challenge, and as love is in the air she says that as February 14th is Valentine's Day, why not create something that is surrounded by hearts and love?.
For this weeks sample I have used Daniels Hearts, and the Tinman stamps, both from Stampotique. I had a ball doing this, ooooh I just love drippage and splats!!
I actually cut out the Tinmans heart and then popped him up from the card to show that he has an empty space where his heart should be, but I guess you cannot see the dimension in this photo. I am just lovin being Guest Designer for Stampotique. 

Monday, 9 February 2015


Today the Technique Lovers Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers is all about using embossing folders to stamp an image, you just open up your embossing folder, I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Gears folder, spritzed it with dylusions sprays, then a spritz of water, I used glossy photo paper instead of watercolour paper, it sucks the colour up, but I also love this technique with watercolour paper as you get a beautiful watery effect. I then stamped the little robot on a separate piece of paper, coloured and cut him out, then added the voila!!! my valentines card for my fiance or my little grandson done.....ooooh just thought on, I am gonna add a little heart on his chest.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015


Yippeeeeeeee.....I am the Guest Designer for all of this month over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge. I just adore all of the Stampotique stamps so I was super proud when I was chosen. All of the other designers are super talented pressure there then !!!!!!!! LOL.
My first card for this weeks challenge which is hosted by Sue, is for the Oranges and Lemons challenge, which is to use citrus colors in your project, so I first went to the supermarket and bought some oranges and lemons!!!, cut them in half and did some fruit prints, dipping my cut up fruit in some dylusions squeezed orange and lemon zest spray ink, well, I just had a ball doing this, I loved how the prints came out, and I know I will be doing this sort of thing again, maybe with other fruit and veg, but I wanted my orange and lemons prints more defined and animated, so I went round them with my black fine tipped pen, and then drew in the segments, I then stamped the amazingly cute Daniel Torrents BURU image, cut him out, and had him sit on one of the oranges. I love how it turned out, and I hope you do too.

Symbols of February

Hi there blogland friends. Today is the start of a new challenge over at the Hambo Hoedown, the blogspot for Hambo Stamps, and the subject for this months challenge is .... "Symbols of February." Meaning Purple for birthstone (amethyst), Violets (for the flower), and anything water or fishy (Pisces and Aquarius are the zodiacs). For my card I have used the GERANIUM digital image, and colored it in with my purple pencils, cut it out and stuck it onto my mixed media painted tag I do hope you will hop along to the hoedown and join in the fun.