Growing purple

I’m buzzing by with another tag in the same series that I shared earlier in the week. As with the other two I will be linking this up over at Sunday Stampers for the purple challenge.


As you can see, this is majoring on the purple! I’ve used a mixture of blue, pink and purple distress inks and a variety of stamps to create the background. After the tag was inked, and before I stamped, I spritzed my Alphabet Soup stamp with water and pressed it on to the tag. Once removed I left the water for about 10 seconds and then blotted with kitchen roll and dried with a heat gun. The ink reacts with water so leaves a ghostly impression of the stamp. You can just about make it out in the corner of the photo’ above.

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The flower was stamped and heat embossed. The word was stencilled and I added a scribbled border.

It seems appropriate to be sharing this on Roald Dahl Day – it reminds me of Violet Beauregarde blowing up purple after eating the special chewing gum!

Hope you have a happy Saturday and thanks for buzzing by.

Lavender’s green

Apologies if you came to view this post on Monday. I inadvertently clicked the wrong button!

Using purple is the theme for this week’s Sunday Stampers Challenge and I have been having a play with stencils and stamping to produce two pieces that are the same but different. Take a look:

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I’ve used the same techniques and the same Stampotique sunflower but have altered the colours and additional embellishments.

For both tags I started by dusting the base with ink – Tumbled Glass on the first and Antique Linen on the second. Then I ‘ve used a brick stencil and built up the colour with the same inks and added a second colour in places choosing Shaded Lilac for one and Frayed Burlap for the other. Whilst the stencil was still in place I stamped through it using a dictionary page stamp and Vintage Photo.



Then I stamped the sunflower over the top and paper pieced it. I used a dotty stamp over the petals.


Then the tags went in different directions. For the purple one I used one of my AHA girl stamps and a punched butterfly. I used a zig-zag stitch stamp around the edge and added a border top and bottom that was stamped, cut out and stuck. The stamp if a newbie from Stampin’ Up! and makes a nice addition to my favourite Dylusions stamp that is similar.


I used a stencil for the words.


On the second tag I added some stamped bees and the words.


I used a different faux stitching stamp and a Dylusions border stamp, using some green Archival ink, top and bottom.


I love this technique of stamping through stencils and plan to try out a lot more. Like I did, you can find lots of inspiration and ideas over on Wendy Vecchi’s blog.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Too many hearts?

With this week’s theme over at Every Inchie Monday being red, there was one thing I wasn’t going to do and that was hearts as I have used those a lot on various inchies. I had lots of ideas – telephone boxes, pillar box, robins, London buses, The Red Shoes, Little Red Riding Hood… the possibilities were endless. So what do I do? Yep, hearts:


I used Neil Walker’s Alphabet Soup background stamp and heat embossed using white embossing powder. Then I punched out the inchies and coloured them with distress inks. The hearts were cut free hand and I added a little shading with a black Stabilo pencil. The words were printed out on my computer.

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I then decided to play some more to create these next two.


The first was made by inking some card with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap and adding the heart. Then I covered the whole piece with crackle accents. Once dry I rubbed in some more Walnut Stain.


The second was made using some fibre paste mixed with white paint. I pressed the heart into it whilst it was still wet and then left to dry overnight. Next day I flooded the heart with some crackle glaze and when that was dry added a little ink.


So six hearts when I planned none – but you can never have too many hearts, right?!

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Halloween House

I was super excited when I found out that this month’s Gecko Galz cross-promotion was with Rhonda’s Originals as I love her designs. Add Hallowe’en in to the mix and it doesn’t get much better! There are few gremlins hunting the Gecko Galz website at the moment and Leanne is asking customers to purchase from the Etsy site instead. Here’s my DT project for the promotion:


It won’t surprise you to know that this is likely to be the first of several Halloween houses! I cut the house base from chipboard, I thought a wonky roof might be more in keeping with a Halloween theme. I covered the base with papers from this month’s Coven paper pack  and then added a scalloped strip from the Words and Music paper collection. I added black acrylic paint and white gel pen around the edge.


Then I added the elements. The spooky moon bat and birds are from Rhonda’s Originals.


I love the boots on the bird!


The skeleton portrait is from the Haunted Ephemera  set. I’ve also used images from Altered Halloween and Midnight Magic collage sheets and the Witches Collection ephemera set.


I’m dedicating this to a blog follower of mine, Roberta, who I know loves Halloween. Thinking about you and hoping you’re OK :)

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Buzzing about steampunk

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Anything But A Card and the theme is steampunk. All of the DT have come up with some fabulous samples which you can check out today and over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget we also have a DT call out for new members – buzz over to the blog for all the details. You have until 13th September to apply and Susan would love to hear from you :)

Here’s my DT piece for this month’s challenge:


Have you seen this new bee die from Tim Holtz? I could barely contain my excitement when I saw it and even more excited that it comes with an embossing folder. I have been die-ing (see what I did?) to share this with you but wanted to wait until I blogged this, my first project that uses it.


The base is a piece of chipboard that I have covered with honeycomb embossed card and then painted with a mixture of metallic acrylic paints. Then I’ve added die cut gears and painted them to match. I’ve also smeared on touches of black acrylic paint for a grungy look.


I die cut the bee, also from chipboard, and then embossed it. Oddly (and I am sure there is a good reason for this) the die doesn’t have any antennae on the bee and yet the embossing folder does. Once embossed, I painted it in the same colours I used for the background.


Then it was just a question of gluing on some watch parts (a bulk purchase from Ebay). What can I tell you about watch parts? Do not kneel on them – it will hurt. Do not drop them and think you will pick them up later. You won’t and then you will kneel on them and it will hurt. When you drop them and pick them up immediately double check you have them all because if you don’t … about three weeks later you will stand on them and it will hurt!


Before I made this piece I had a play using some of Wendy Vecchi’s Clearly for Art. I was inspired by a fabulous bee she had made, using this die/embossing set.


I covered the Clearly for Art (I used the white) with some of Tim Holtz’ sticky foil and then die cut and embossed the bee.


Next, I added some colour, using a yellow Promarker which, over the top of the foil, has taken on a gold appearance. Then I glued on the watch parts and allowed it to dry overnight.


Now the magic of Clearly for Art is that you can heat in and then mould it to give shape and dimension.  If you don’t like what you’ve done you simply re-heat it again. There’s none of the drama that you are inclined to get with shrink plastic. If you are heating something that is embossed, don’t over do it as this ability to return to its original shape will work against you and it will flatten out.


This is the first time I  have used clearly for art and I love it. I also can’t wait to start some more projects using this fabulous bee – it will make a change from houses. Or maybe I can find a way to combine both!

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Still looking on bright side

This week I was determined that I wouldn’t do anything with houses for my Sunday Stampers project and, if you buzzed by yesterday, you will know I was true to my word. Then this happened:


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What can I say? Except in my defence I was thinking about a card for our new neighbours and then just started playing, next thing I have two little projects and no card for our new neighbours. I’ll do that tomorrow! Anyway these stamps are by Kat Fullman and are about a couple of inches high, just to give you an idea of size. For my first piece, I had a scrap of card, slightly larger than an ATC. which I thought I would use up. I coloured it with distress inks – Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry. Then I used Neil Walker’s alphabet soup background stamp and Vintage Photo over the top. The border is a stamp by AHA and the flowery sprig, one of my “go to” stamps is from Stampin’ Up.


The houses were stamped separately and coloured with more distress inks. Similarly, the sun/moon (you decide) which is by Inkadinkado.




For my second piece I used all the stamps in the set and joined them together by mounting on some neutral cardstock. Then I simply coloured them with distress inks, white pen and Promarkers.

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Wishing you all a very bright weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

On the bright side

Those of you that are with me on Facebook will know that yesterday I set about the mammoth task of re-organising all the kit and paraphernalia for my job. When it’s not being used, everything, and there is a lot, is stored in my garage at home. Many of the boxes have been around for almost seven years and were beginning to show signs of wear and tear. So I set about re-boxing and re-organisaing the lot, ditching quite a bit on the way. I did the classic thing of losing the will to continue but had made such a mess I had no option but to see it through to the end. Take a look:

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At this point, it all seemed fairly manageable. All I had to do was take everything out and put them into my bright new shiny boxes with proper lids. Then it all got a bit messy:

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It won’t surprise you that it was at this stage I lost heart. But I did it and everything got cleared away:

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Someone said it looked like I had cleared up a murder scene! However, that blood-like stain is actually rust left behind from a skip! Anyway, despite my aches and pains I feel so pleased to have tackled it and done it. I now need to do the same with my crafty stash. As I’m feeling much brighter, although VERY achy, after my labours, today’s project reflects that:


I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is to use bright colours. The base is one of my old Stampin’Up invitation postcards that I’ve covered with card. I used up what was left of my Dylusions ink sprays to create the background and did a little ghosting with a circle stencil, also by Dylusions. Then I stamped script and leaves using three different shades of green to try and create depth and layers.


The bird was stamped, coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced.


I used vintage photo to stamp the little butterflies – these stamps are from the Darkroom Door String Inspiration set that you see me use so frequently.


To finish I used my rotary stamp for the words and my favourite Dylusions border stamp around the edge.


I’ve created two or three pieces using this postcards and have a stack more to use up. I’m thinking I need to put them altogether in an album or journal of some kind. Any ideas?

Thanks for buzzing by.

Very vellum

Having recently been very close to the wire with my projects, and failing completely last week :(,  for City Crafter Challenge Blog I thought I’d grab the opportunity to get in super early this week. I actually completed this on Tuesday, the first day of the challenge, and then the light decided to play daft (bright sun, grim cloud and no happy medium) and put paid to my plans! However, I’m still a lot earlier than I have been and am very happy to share this with you today:


The theme for the challenge is to use vellum. I wondered if I would be able to find my stash as it’s not seen any action for about a year when I was making tealight cards. Anyway, I needn’t have worried as my super tidy way of crafting (ahem!) meant that, naturally, there was a piece just lying around underneath my printer.


First off, I made the background from vellum. Then I remembered that important thing you need to factor in when using vellum and that is that sticky stuff generally shows through – even if the packet says it won’t. Had I known how the finished card would end up I could have got away with it, but as I only had a vague plan I swapped the vellum for standard white card. I embossed the honeycomb and then lightly brushed on Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade distress inks and mounted it on some black card.The flowers were stamped onto vellum and heat embossed with white embossing powder before cutting out. I added a tiny bit of colour with distress inks just to add a subtle tint. I coloured the centres orange and added a twinkle of clear glitter.


The butterfly was created in the same way except I used a plain die and then over stamped the top layer with script.



This card probably needs a sentiment or some words but I decided that, at least for now, I would leave it as it was as I rather liked the simplicity and I prefer to then personalise a card when I know who it is going to and why.


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This week over at Every Inchie Monday we are channelling the Renaissance. As always, there are some fabulous creations, not to mention inventive thinking, from the other players. Do buzz over and take a peek. I’ve opted for some little collages :


These were made using some papers and images from The Gecko Galz. The backgrounds are from the Background Jewel It collection which I have combined with images from the Leonardo’s Visions collage set.


Because the designs were very detailed and small I manipulated and combined them digitially. I’ve used a gold leaf pen around the edge.


I think the one on the right above is my favourite. I love how her face fades into the background. A complete fluke achieved by playing with different tools on the formatting tab!


Now, this collection only partly reflects the first thought that came to mind when thinking about the word Renaissance and it would have been wrong of me not to create an inchie that truly represents my intellectuality. So I present to you:


When my boys were younger we lived through a very Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle (they were, for some reason, not allowed to be called Ninja turtles back then) period. When I asked my eldest son (now 25) what colour band Leonardo wore he rattled them off for each turtle with frightening speed. Glad to know their education wasn’t entirely wasted!!!

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Sweet sixteen

Pinch and a punch it’s the first of the month! I’m pleased to report that my working summer ordeal is finally over and I survived…just! I think it will take me awhile to recover and get my sparkle back but it’s a joy this morning to know that things are slowly but surely returning to normal! I’m also excited that we have a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme for the next fortnight is “sweet sixteen.” Here’s my DT piece:


I’ve used one of Julie Nutting’s doll stamps and stamped it onto some book page designer paper. After colouring her face, hair, arms and legs with Promarkers I have paper pieced the dress using some of my favourite paper from the Gecko Galz Wild Roses paper pack. Crystal clear glitter adds some sparkle to the bodice and I used some organza rose trim along the bottom of the skirt.




I couldn’t resist adding some silver glitter to her shoes.


To showcase the girl I’ve layered up some designer papers after distressing the edges. The ribbon is seam binding that I’ve coloured with Spun Sugar distress ink. I’ve added in extra pieces of ribbon to create additional tails and some scraps of lace to frame the image.


The finishing touch was to add the sentiment and a tiny pink heart brad from my stash.


We hope you’ll find time to come and join us over at Crafty Boots Challenges – you have a fortnight to link up your sweet sixteen projects.

Thanks for  buzzing by.