31 Dec 2016

In the Bleak Midwinter

Hi bloggers

I have been on a new crafting journey this year as I was introduced to the Clarity Stamps Groovy Board system for parchment crafting, many many years ago I tried this craft and quickly realised that my Line work was not good, so gave up, this System means I get crisp lines everytime and I am really enjoying learning the new skills required to take this Groovy Journey further, this said I made this Christmas card

I used the new Groovi Club Baby Plate which is sooooooo cute and I would like to enter this in the
Clarity Challenge, I am  being brave as this is only the second card I have made with this system, all my other attempts with this system are still works in progress so watch this space as they say I may be brave and post '''Tis a scary journey for a stamps no ink used!!!!

Clarity Challenge Blog.         Carol Singing And Christmas Joy

Crafty Boots Challenge.       Winter Wonderland

10 Jul 2016

Underwater Hanging.

What a day At Wimbledon Andy Murray wins for the second time.......I was so nervous that I just had to make something while the match was on otherwise I would have no nails left by now lol. As we are away in the Motorhome I only had a few bits with me but managed to make a hanging, with free stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine seahorse, distress inks...never leave home without them....and shell stamps from somewhere.....
My hanging fits in with Country View Crafts July challenge circles (air bubbles)

The sea horse was stamped on to card which had been splooshed with distress inks in momento ink expresso, which I cut out between the breaks in the match, as were the shells all edges were distressed
Background was made using distress inks these were also splooshed over the card and water drops added (more circles) . Lastly I inked up the sea horse stamp just around the edges where the bubbles were with white  brilliance ink added string and it was done..... Now watching Heather Watson in mixed doubles.......omg!!!!!!

26 Jun 2016

Owl Trio of Tags

Hello Bloggers

Today a new challenge starts on Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog #194 Tag It!

My inspiration card is sponsored by SLS Lines
Whimsical Owl Trio

I couldn't resist this Trio of Owls and have coloured them in bright colours which I really think suits the Whimsical look of the design and it was great fun.
Spectrum Noir pens were my choice of colouring medium in bright pink, pale blue, lime green and yellow.  I cut them into three tags added distress ink around the edges and coordinating ribbons.  The background was a piece of pearl pink card which I embossed with a brick design embossing folder by Sheena Douglass.
Hope to see you over at the Challenge

till next time

19 Jun 2016


Hi everyone

Today I am posting my DT inspiration for Glitter N Sparkle Challenge #193 which starts today and the theme this week is Anything Goes.

My sponsored image for this challenge is from Auror Wings

I wanted to make something other than a card and as these cute mermaids reminded me of the Sea so I decided on a hanging and my theme was seaside based.  I found a frame that had been lurking in my craft room and painted chalk paint in places. The Mermaids were cut with one of my favourite dies a Tattered Lace circle die, I always seem to reach for this one as it is so versatile I love the holes which can be threaded with ribbon or thread for a different look.  Spectrum Noir Pens for colouring the Mermaids, I added sequins to their tails and gems and also a little glitter here and there, I mounted onto foam pads for height and added some net and various die cuts.

I would also like to join the following challenges

Thanks for stopping here


29 May 2016

Flower Power

Good Morning

                               How the weeks fly by and once again its time for  my DT card for
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog Challenge #190
which  starts today and the Theme this week is
Flower Power
My Image this week is
Flowers in a bottle
from one of our sponsors
A Day for Daisies

This is a gorgeous image to work with so many possibilities I chose to keep things simple.
I have used Spectrum Noir pens to colour image, which I printed out twice and cut out the flowers to give dimension, the edges were inked with peacock feathers distress ink.  An embossing folder from spellbinders was used for the white layer and bakers twine wrapped around. The sentiment is from stampin' up so are the oval punches.  Edges of card were inked with same ink and I attached the main image with foam pads.

Thanks for stopping by

22 May 2016


Hi Everyone

Time seems to flying by and here I am again with my DT card for
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog Challenge #189
which  starts today and the Theme this week is
Anything Goes
My Image this week is
Fancy Butterflies
from one of our sponsors
Sparkle N Sprinkle

These gorgeous butterflies are a joy to colour so many possibilities, I chose to colour with Spectrum Noir and added glitter to them which does show up on a close up just really hard to get the camera to show it up well, the sentiments were cut with spellbinders dies and I inked through the dies with distress ink, mowed lawn and picked raspberry.  The designer paper was added to the card blank before adding the sentiments, the butterflies I mounted on foam pads.

15 May 2016

Ribbons and Lace

Hi everyone

Time seems to flying by and here I am again with my DT card for
which  starts today and the Theme this week is
Ribbons or Lace
My Image this week is
Thinking of you
from one of our sponsors
Patties Creations

Sunflowers are my favourite flower they remind me of summer and always look so cheerful.
I have coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and kept the image quite large to fill my card blank. I added glitter to the wings of my butterfly and also to the centre of the sunflower.  Teal ribbon and vintage lace were the finishing touches for my card. A simple design and a quick card to make, I wanted  to allow this beautiful image to be the star.

I would also like to join the following challenges

Patties Creations Design challenges #122 - Mothers Day / Flowers

Lemon Shortbread Challenge #15 - Anything Goes

Crafting from the Heart challenge #111 - Anything Goes

The Ribbon Girl Blog May "Any Image" Challenge

'til next time

8 May 2016

Looking Good!

Hi everyone

Time seems to flying by and here I am again with my DT card for
which  starts today and the Theme this week is
One For The Ladies
My Image this week is
Looking Good  from
All Dressed Up

She looks like she has fun shopping and I really enjoyed colouring her
I decided on this lovely paper another from my stash bits box so no idea of the origin, I loved the colour palate and carried the colours into her clothes.  I punched white card with a lovely lacy punch and cut the edge from a scalloped piece of Jade card.  I inked all the edges of the card paper and image with distress inks picked raspberry and peacock feathers.  Lastly a rummage for some flowers and a lucky find was the Ice cream sundae chipboard embellishment, the colours were a perfect match.

1 May 2016

Krayzee Katz


A new challenge starts today at Glitter N Sparkle Challenge blog

Theme for Challenge #186 is Shaped cards

My image is Krayzee Katz

I decided to go with a monochrome look and an Easel Card.
Image was coloured with Inktense pencils in shades of blue, outside of image was inked with stormy sky distress ink with the die in place.  Die used to cut the shaped layers was spellbinders labels, sentiment was stamped in archival ink denim and edges of card were distressed.
Finally I added blue Gems

I would like to join the following challenges

till next time

24 Apr 2016

Underwater Scene


The Weeks just seem to fly by these days I turned around and The Craft Barn have announced another letter in the Alpha Challenge I am trying to keep up with lol.

This time the letter is S and the twist is use a shell, well I immediately thought seaside......wish I was there.........but after reading through my dictionary I found the word Seaweed so I ran with it.
on my page I have included several S words......Seaweed, Seahorse, Shells in my Underwater Scene

Firstly I washed over the whole page with Aqua Tint Inks using lots of water, next I wiped over with a damp baby wipe to lighten areas. 
My stamps are from Sheena Douglas A Little Sketchy Range - I used 3 sets in all I will put all the details at the end of the post, using  2 different colours of Aqua tint Colour I painted them  onto the seaweed stamps they were quite wet and stamped I love the effect this gives and was really pleased with the resulting seaweed which really looks like it is under the water. 
I had to add a Seahorse to the scene as I adore these cute little animals they fascinate me and the male looks after the babies!!, would love to see one in real life.
The seahorse was inked up with distress inks peacock feathers and over stamped in vintage photo, there is one solid stamp and one detailed which is great for this effect.  The little fishes were stamped in vintage photo and with damp paint brush I moved the ink around the images.
Lastly I stamped the shells in distress paint -  fossilized amber and tea dye, there was a lot of paint on the image which I painted into  the shell shape which gave an opaque cover, dried this with heat gun and over stamped in vintage photo and spiced marmalade to give back the shell definition. The edges of the pages were inked with vintage photo, also the dictionary quote edges and the letter S which was firstly painted with the same distress paints and lastly there is a great quote stamp with the set and it just seemed to fit........

To discover a seashell is to discover a world of Imagination - Michelle Held

Phew hope you hung on in to the end lol,  this took longer to type than to make. I had great fun making my mixed media Art Journal page and am really pleased with the result, thinking I might make another one in a similar way but on canvas and hang in the bathroom I have just the space........

Many thanks for the lovely comments left on my last AJ page post everyone is appreciated very much.

I would also like to join in the following challenges

Ingredients used
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy Stamps range, Hidden Stars - Seahorse, seaweed; Underwater Angels - Seaweed; Sea Shells.
Spectrum Noir Aqua Tint Inks -  Bright and Beautiful set;
Distress Inks - peacock feathers, vintage photo, spiced marmalade; Distress Paint - Fossilized Amber, Tea Dye;

'till next time

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