Wednesday, 23 July 2014

12 tags of 2014 July

Have you seen Sir Tim's new tag for July? you can see it HERE,  fabulous!!! embossing shrink plastic sheets, using distress crackle paste, and making sand from embossing powders and glossy accents!!! all wonderful techniques, and I had a ball just having a go. I can't for the life of me understand why I haven't entered Tim's tags challenges before now!!! but now I have a bit more time on my hands as my term has just finished with the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen hoo.. I loved being part of that!! So..... here is my take on Tims 12 tags of 2014 July tag.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Yippeeeeee..I Won!!!

How proud am I!!!!!!! My very first Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014 challenge....AND I WON!!!! I mean......I am floating on air!!!! Thank you Sir Tim, See you next month!!  (see previous post for my tag) :)

Monday, 30 June 2014

12 tags of 2014 June

I was actually working on another card, and doing plenty of faffing about (as I do it so well!!) and you know that rare moment....well, rare for me!!! when I was suddenly on a roll and the next thing I knew I was making this card for the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014, June challenge. I am bowing down in admiration for the creative genius that is Sir Tim I am sure all the crafting world is too!!. This is my first time entering one of Tim's challenges, and I am sure I will enter some more. Here is my tag, using the dot fade stencil for this months technique, I had the idea to die cut the Umbrella Man and do the same technique that I used on the background. This is so much fun and very addictive. The ribbon on the top of the tag is the piece of kitchen paper that I used to blot up the excess ink, I left it to dry then cut it up into eh!!!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Piggin Hot!!!

Here is my card for the half way mark in the Hambo Hoedown Summer themed challenge. I have used the HAMMOCK PIG,  CRAB, and  BIG CRAB rubber stamps from Hambo Stamps. Hope you can join in the fun, you can link up HERE 

Monday, 16 June 2014

Fancy One?

I have made this card for this months Naughty or Nice Challenge where the theme is "for the men". I know my partner Pete would love to receive this card!!!.....he always fancies one!!!!! lol. (please don't make me explain this card!!!..I would be too embarrassed!!)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Here comes the Summer!!

Today is the new day for the next monthly Hambo Hoedown Challenge, and todays challenge is SUMMER, so interpret it as you want, maybe you will have to use a bit of imagination if you live here in England!!! as I write this, I can hear the pouring rain on my craftroom window!!...sigh!! is nice and dry here in my own little haven with my craft things all around me...and creeping ever nearer to me!!! Anyways, here is the card I made for this months Summer theme challenge.

I used real sandpaper for the sand (thanks Pete). Isn't this BIG CRAB the cutest thing with his cheezy grin. You can purchase him HERE at Hambo Stamps.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

May Flowers

oh my!!! how quickly those two weeks have gone!!! we are half way into the Hambo Challenge, which is to include flowers on your project. For my card I have used one of the FLOWERS digi images from Hambo Stamps, there are actually three different flowers in this set. I printed the flower in three different sizes, colored them with promarkers, cut them out and then decoupaged them onto my stamped, stencilled, and sewn background. Hope you can join in the challenge, there are two free digi images of your choice up for the winner!!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

A Happy Hoedown Return...Yaaaaay!!

OH Hambo Hoedown!!!.....I have missed you sooooo.... but, Yaaaaaaay.....your'e back.!! The challenges are once a month, there are two free digis up for grabs so come and join in the fun of the new  Hambo Hoedown Challenge where this months theme is flowers.
Oooooohh I can't stop experimenting with mixed media backgrounds, they are so much fun to do, I admit I am not an expert yet like Dyan Reaveley, Magda Polakow, or France Pappilon (bowing down in admiration!!) but we all have to start somewhere eh!!.
I started the background of this card with a layer of crackle glaze, then spread on some cream acrylic paint, it is always magical to see the cracks appear!! then I stencilled on the honeycomb using acrylic paints, then outlining it with a charcoal pencil, added some painted drywall tape, then finished off with some sewing (my new love too!!).
The flower is the GERANIUM  digi image from Hambo Stamps

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

My Cycle!!!

I think it was on pinterest or somewhere on the web while I was roaming (and wasting another day of my life!!) that I saw a similar saying to this one, I think it was a whole lot more insulting tho, I was even gonna make this card really rude and use the F word, but backed out and just put "back off" instead!! I got the inspiration to use red splatters from a card i did recently on the SCS site for the Dirty Dozen Design Team of which I am a member, it was an Easter card and the splatters were to depict the blood of Christ. I wanted an image of a really angry lady, but this is the only one I have, from Indigoblu's Pomp and Pageantry set. I have entered this card in this months Naughty or Nice challenge which is One For The Ladies.

Friday, 11 April 2014


Hello there Hambo friends, and welcome to the fantastic "Ham and Bacon" blog hop, I just love hambo's blog hops, and this one is all about Kevin Bacon....get it!!! Bacon!! (nice one Lyn) lol. Anyway, the thing is that you have to use any Hambo Stamps image to depict any Kevin Bacon Movie!! and wow!! are there a few to choose from, so I cannot wait to see what movie everyone else has chosen. I had lots of ideas, even...can you believe it....The Hollow Man!!!! but it was too complicated to do!!!(him being invisible and all) ...btw...that looks a great movie, am gonna have to watch that sometime. Soooooo I finally chose to depict..... Apollo American historical docudrama starring Tom hanks, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, and of course Kevin Bacon, a 1995 film that dramatizes the aborted Apollo 13 lunar mission, en route, an on board explosion deprives their spacecraft of most of its oxygen supply, forcing NASA's flight controllers to abort the moon landing and turning the mission into a struggle to get the three men home safely. So here is my card......

I have used 3 separate images for my Pop Up Box Card.. the astronaut and saturn are from the SPACE BOY SET, the moon is the MOONSCAPE digi image, and the earth is taken from the GLOBE rubber stamp. I loved doing this project, and can you believe it, It folds flat, so is great for mailing!!!! the images appear suspended, but are actually on acetate strips glues to spaced bars at the top of the box, which is surprisingly easy to make. 
Hambo Stamps will be giving away a $15 digi shopping spree to one randomly drawn hopper who leaves a comment at each post along the way, also there will be a "Best In Show" prize!!!,  the deadline for commenting is Monday April 14th at 10.00 pm EDT, the winners will be revealed on the hoedown Blog on Wed, April 16th, so why don't you leave me a bit of love, then  hop on over to and see which Kevin Bacon  movie she has chosen!!