Monday, 4 January 2016

All That Sparkles

Well...I am feeling super proud to be one of the chosen 3 in the last Indigoblu Challenge, so I get to be a guest, showing an inspirational piece on their blog for the current INDIGOBLU challenge which is "ALL THAT SPARKLES"
 It was only back in May 2015 that I first entered an Indigoblu challenge, and then I only had a couple of stamps, now my collection is quite extensive, but I still go back to my absolute favourite... the Flutterby.... well I do have a bit of a Lepidoptera obsession!!!
The theme for my Christmas cards this year was all about recycling, all made with mostly recycled materials, packaging, book pages, old jewellery that I no longer wear...etc, so I think I was still in the same mode when I made this wall hanging, with a piece of corrugated cardboard box, and some acetate from other makes me never want to buy any card ever again!!!! (hang on....who am I
I thoroughly enjoyed making this,  I started by stamping the FLUTTERBY stamp onto acetate with stazon ink, then using double sided adhesive strips I adhered the fabulous WINTER DAWN MEGA FLAKES to the back. The wall hanging is a piece of corrugated packaging, first gessoed, then added texture paste through a stencil, added some blue and pink spray ink, then once dried I added glass beads and silver sprinkles for extra sparkle oh my how it shines in real life!!!! 

I am also entering it in the That's Crafty Anything Goes Challenge

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Indigoblu Mostly Blue Challenge

Well.....I know I am a stranger now to my blog...and my craftroom!!!...what with spending precious time with my Grandson, dancing, and working!!!... and getting older and feeling shattered much more easily these days....sighhhh!!!! I am juggling with getting in my room and looking at all the challenges going on, but I noticed that this months Indigoblu challenge is all about making your project mostly blue!!....soooo... I thought I had better make a start on my Christmas Cards, and as I have just purchased Indigoblu's gorgeous Large Snowflake, I set to work on my card. I started by adding gesso to my bookpage, then added some watercolour paint, let it dry, then white embossed the Snowflake Lace stamp to the bookpage, then sewed it to my blue and gold mats. I then white embossed the Large Snowflake on blue card and fussy cut it out and added the jewel in the centre..(an end from a hairclip), then added some ruched up blue mulberry paper and added the sentiment strip, then the beautiful snowflake and some extra gems...that you cannot see in the photo!!. I just love Indigoblu stamps.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Frame it!!

I have made this......well I don't know what to call it,  but it started out by being an experiment for a place name card that one of my clients asked me to do, but I think it qualifies for this weeks challenge over at Indigoblu which is all about "frame it", after all, it is a frame...made from two Tim Holtz caged birds dies, sponged to give a patina effect, to showcase the beautiful Indigoblu flutterby stamped image. I added a couple of embellishments and attached a a tag  (where the name would have gone) but I stamped a saying instead.

Paperartsy Pigment Powders Challenge

I'm baaaack!!!!!! after a few weeks off with going on my holidays, and turning 50!!!!!! heck!!!! and having my gorgeous Grandson Jack, dancing, and working,  I didn't seem to get in my craft room half as much as usual,  and  felt like my mojo was slipping away, so..... as the saying goes... if you fall off your bike, get straight back on!!!
So here I am, and the first challenge I noticed was that Paperartsy are having a pigment powders challenge ....well I just adore Brusho's, tho I have to admit that they are the only pigment powders that I have tried, they are sooooo vibrant, especially the emerald green one.
For this challenge I was inspired by Kay Carley's Be The Rainbow card. I started by inking up the Paperartsy Clocks 1 stamp with versamark ink then embossing with white powder, then sprinkling Brusho's on my card and flicking with water.I mopped up the water from the two clocks then left it all to dry.I then stamped the clocks again with vintage sepia ink and blotted it to make it more muted, then went around the outlines with Brusho's and water, finally added some lines with black pen, after a bit of sewing and matting, my card is done.!!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Precious Metals GD card

Wayhaaay.. how about that!!!... my card got chosen yet again as an INDIGOBLU challenge top 3, so I get to be a guest designer for them yet again, feeling honoured or what!!!
The challenge this time is "precious metals", so metallic paints, megaflakes, etc...
I cannot tell you how much fun I had doing this card, I was transported right back to my childhood days of doing wax crayon rubbings on gravestones, leaves, and all sorts of different textures....except that there were no wax crayons in this technique. I started out with a sheet of aluminium foil, I laid it over the CIRCLE DOT BACKGROUND stamp and rubbed over the top with my bonefolder, then defined the circles more with my ball tool, taking care not to tear the foil, then leaving the foil on the stamp, I gave it a coat of black acrylic paint, then added some brown, orange and teal paint, dabbing it on here and there with a sponge, when it was dry, I rubbed silver gilding wax over the surface lightly to bring out the circles. I matted and layered it with shaped die cuts, and clear embossed the same circle stamp on the top layer.  I sponged FLITTERGLU onto the dinkie FLUTTERBY stamp, stamped it onto vellum,  and added the MORRIS DANCE mega flakes....ohhh how I love that colour!!!, I cut them out and added them with silicone glue. I made the little banner using a word from the TRULYMADLYDEEPLY stamp, and added it with a couple of metal brads. 
I hope this has inspired you in some way, and would love to see your precious metals creation over at the Indigoblu Challenge Blogspot.

Monday, 27 July 2015

You're How Old!!!!

Oooooohh.... over at That's Crafty, they have launched their own range of stencils, super cute dinky ones that I just gotta have, so the theme for their challenge is stencils.  And guess what!!!... over at Mixed Media World they are sponsoring That's Crafty and are giving away 10 of the new stencils to the winner of the challenge which is all about... yes, you guessed it ....Stencils!!!. fantastic news because...aswell as having a butterfly obsession... I also have a stencils obsession too, i just think that they are so versatile, I especially love spraying through them and then mopping up the ink residue on the stencil for another card... just love em!!
For my card I have used my two favourite stencils, the Paperartsy Lin Brown circles stencil, using modelling paste through it over my brusho, ink and bleach background, then I used the fantastic large TCW trilobites stencil....oooh I just love it!!! these ancient creatures are so fascinating. Anyways I hope to be in with a chance to win all those lovely stencils, and like I gotta be in it to win it!!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Twinchie Tiles

This weeks challenge over at the Stampotique Blog is all about "twinchies"...little 2x2" works of art. I had this idea of doing something on a 4x4" piece of card and then cutting it up into quarters to make a tile effect. 
I started off with stamping the Collage Journey stamp onto my card in portrait mode, then scraping acrylic paint with a bank card to tone down the wording. then I stamped the large Butterfly....(my fave by far butterfly)!!!  onto tissue, colouring it in and adding it to my card with matte media, then cutting it into four 2x2" squares. I made the base with the same Journey Collage stamp and some stitching, then added another tissue butterfly to the bottom. I then added the tiles, raised with dimensionals. 
I have to say I love this card....probably because it has my favourite butterfly on, but I also love the tile effect too, and the distressed effect of the scraped paint.  Is it wrong to praise your own work!!!! 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Eyelets and Staples and Brads..OH MY!!!!

for this weeks Stampotique Designers Challenge, the hostess is the fabulous Kathi Rerek, and she is challenging us to use attachers, the older the better.  Thinking of eyelets, brads, staples, etc.  Bonus points if someone uses all three.  Extra super bonus points if someone attaches Stampotique images to each other.
Wow!!! what a challenge, I mean.... I cannot think of  the last time my stash of these things saw the light of day!!!!...but hey.that's what challenges are for eh!!. I have to admit that I struggled with an idea for this though, apart from the one idea that stuck in my brain, but required a Stampotique stamp that I don't own yet, soooo save that idea for another time!!!  the image I used is the Daniel Torrent image called HUNK.  I am loving all the doodling going on at the moment in peoples artwork, so I spritzed some gold ink through a Lin Brown stencil on top of my Tim Holtz harlequin background, then doodled around the circles with my white pen, I kinda like the outcome but on reflection, feel it is a bit busy for this image, maybe better with a butterfly image.....grrrrr....there I go again with that damned butterfly obsession!!!.
I managed to use all three attachers, brads on the crown, even a beautiful jewelled one in the centre, eyelets on the bottom of the card, and staples on the sentiment. 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Profanity!!!!!! GULP!!!

After winning the "D is for Dudes" challenge over at the Sisterhood Of Snarky Stampers blogspot, I get to be guest designer for this weeks challenge which is "R is for Rude"!!!!!  (a.k.a. the new profanity challenge).
Well...... all sorts of ideas were spinning around in my head, and I thought of one that I actually came up with a while ago.....but never would I have dared to show it on my blog or anywhere else, but kept the idea in the back of my mind just in case anybody I knew were going through the process of I.V.F. I thought this kind of card would put a smile to their faces at a time of anxiety and apprehension!!!....and now seems like the perfect opportunity to show my card.
The cute guy is Dr Needle, a digi image from Hambo Stamps, he is just adorable, and oh my word.... when I emailed the card to Chris, I hoped that I hadn't gone too far with the profanity, but...and in her own words..."for the record, you can NEVER go to far with the profanity at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers"!!!! sooooooo.... there you are!!..... get crafting and cussing!!!

Friday, 10 July 2015


Ohhhh my butterfly obsession is still here so I just loved it when I saw that the INDIGOBLU blog challenge title was "flutterby"!!!  My Indigoblu stamp collection is growing nicely and of course I just had to have the dinkie flutterby stamp, a beautifully detailed butterfly. I stamped it on parchment paper, cut it out and added it to my brusho background with silicone glue for dimension,  I love the Indigoblu sentiment too.