Friday 17 May 2024


Joining in with the Inspired By Inspired By challenge today and their image.

I've used an old stamp by Tracy Evans called In the Bucket and used various marker pens to colour it in including some Tim Holtz Distress markers.  I've kept it clean and simple and not thrown a load of my usual mixed media style at it - that was very tricky for me! 

I'm also adding this into the following

 Krafty Chicks - Clean and Simple 
 Craft Rockets - Flowers 

Wednesday 15 May 2024

I Spy With My Little Eye - something for boys or men - Guest Designer

I am delighted to be invited by Ellie of Ellies Corner to be a Guest Designer for her challenge  I Spy With My Little Eye this week where the challenge is something for boys or men.  I don't get so daunted at male cards as I used to since becoming a Design Team member for The Male Challenge but I still had to put a bit of a thinking cap on as I really don't have a lot of male type stamps!

I did find this old set from Creative Expressions which I had bought a few years ago as hubby, and my daughter, love to fish and I knew it would come in handy.

I started off by spritzing my watercolour paper with Distress Oxide Spray in Speckled Egg. 

Once that was dry I used a stencil which I think looks like fish scales and spritzed it with Walnut Stain and then turned it over and added it to the paper.  I love how it gave a messed up image of the stencil lol! 

I stamped the stamp which is all one image in Versafine Clair Nocturne and covered it in clear embossing powder.  I re-inked parts of the stamp such as the words and the fish and added them as embellishments.  The male image is one of Tim Holtz paper dolls and I cut him away from his friends he was standing with - after all fishing is a solo sport.  I added some twine at the bottom for his feet to look like fish netting.  This one will be set aside for Hubby's birthday. 

I'm adding this into the following:

Daisy Chain - Boys/Men
Stencil Fun -  Background stencil 
Dream Valley - Man/Boy
We Love Stamping - Vintage 

Tuesday 14 May 2024


Welcome back to another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge and our mood board.  Apologies for the gremlins we had on the site last two weeks where it closed the link.  I hope you all managed to add your projects.

I took my inspiration from the bird and the colours and I wanted to try and replicate the soft imagery behind the bird. I used a gel press in soft greens and pinks to create the background and added a leaf stencil.  

I used a couple of old stamps from Kaisercraft which hadn't had an inking in a while.  The bird and butterfly is from Anthology and the background branches and birds are from 13th hour.  I stamped the bird and fussy cut it out and added some tw3ine behind it and some hand drawn musical notes.  The sentiment is from Tracy Evans. 

Monday 6 May 2024


A fabulous collection of what look like wild flowers is our inspiration for you this month at Inspiration Station.  

I thought I'd try to create my basket of flowers on some Kraft paper and use some coloured pencils.  This doesn't always work for me so it was a challenge but I was pleased how it actually worked this time.  The trick is a good white pencil and I  bought myself a new one from Faber Castell which seems to have worked a treat. 

The flower basket is an old stamp from Stampin Up - I added some stencilling behind for the basket to sit on and the little petals are also a stencil from creative Expressions.  The sentiment and extra leaf petals are from Tracy Evans. 

I'm adding this into the following:

Triple B - Blooms, Butterflies 
The flower challenge - colour your flowers 
Make My Monday - Florals 
Outlawz Challenge - Monday - AG 

Friday 3 May 2024


Creative Artiste is a monthly challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations, we'd love to see you enter the challenge.

Welcome back to another month's challenge at Creative Artiste - we look forward to seeing what lovely Mixed Media projects you've created this month.  I'm sharing some ATC's on the theme of Spring that were the project for a swap on my own facebook group The Joy of Sets.  We love to swap cards and challenges each month so if you'd like to join in with us come and find us.

I created the backgrounds first with some stencilling, stamping and some texture paste.  This was then overlaid with some papers and flowers from Tapology and some vintage papers from an old book.  I added some cut out butterflies and found some little charms in my stash.  I finished off with some lace and some faux stitching around the edges. 

Here's my April page for my ongoing calendar for 2025. The background was part of a paper from Stampington Magazine - the words April and the quote is from Country living magazine and the stamps are from Tracy Evans. 

I'm adding the ATC's into the following

We love 2 Create - AG Mixed Media 
Tic Tac Toe - Butterflies, Flowers, Lace ribbon 

Wednesday 1 May 2024


We are looking for your Transport inspired projects this month at The Male Room - Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

My card started out with a gel press background with some yummy vintage inspired colours by Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. The numbers in the background are from the Visible Image set You're a Classic.  They were embossed in silver embossing powder.  I then used one of the car stamps and some Versafine brown ink and cleared embossed it.  The smaller car is a cut out from some mixed media papers from Taperlogy.  The cogs are die cuts from Tim Holtz. 

Tuesday 30 April 2024


A great sketch for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I look forward to seeing what you do with this. 

I started with a stencilled background with Speckled Egg Distress Ink. I added some strips of old Stampin Up DSP for my background.  The butterfly stamp is from Tracy Evans and the outer frame is from Creative Expressions.  I used some handmade paints from Reneeissance Colours to colour the butterfly.  They have a lovely shimmer to them.   The sentiment is from Tim Holtz Ideaology. 

Monday 29 April 2024


I'm playing along with the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps which is below. 

I used a stamp from Sam Poole for Creative Expressions called Botanical Collage.  I kept the colouring simple with some water colouring with Tim Holtz Watercolour Pencils and a touch of shimmer on the butterfly from Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  I added some butterfly washi tape behind and on the little circle behind the smaller butterfly.  I stamped the background with Tim Holtz Weathered Wood in a similar stamp to the grid stamp on the Botanical stamp.  


I have a new purchase of some Tim Holtz dies Funky Nature and wanted to have a play as soon as I got them.   I hadn't even spotted the lovely feather die when I bought them and this was definitely the one I wanted to use first. 

I used a Tim Holtz tag die for my tag and used some good paper that could cope with the inks I was going to throw at it.  I used some Distress Oxides in Speckled Egg and Crushed Olive with a touch of Salvaged Patina for the background.  I added some Texture Paste through a stencil in Delicate Blue by Cosmic Shimmer.   I used the same colours for the die cuts - adding a touch of Vintage Photo into the mix.

The bird is another of Tim Holt dies and I just added a touch of script stamping to give him a bit more interest.   I added some Tim Holtz Washi fabric tape, some lace and a twig for the bird to stand on.  The sentiments are from Tim Holtz Ideaology.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

I Spy - something with wings 
NBUS - new dies 
My Time to Craft - Die cuts 
Inspire Create - something new - new dies 

Wednesday 24 April 2024


Our challenge this month at Christmas Craft Creations is non-traditional colours and there have already been some great ideas in the gallery from the team and all of you playing along.  Here is my contribution.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks on my background in mainly Speckled Egg but then added some added drops of pinks, oranges and purples.  The branches are stamped in Versafine Morning Mist.  

The image of the girl is a very old rubber stamp from my stash - she's so old I wasn't sure she would still even stamp but l luckily it still works.   The wording behind her is from Alison Bomber and her new word Christmas stamps with the wonderful In The Bleak Midwinter poem from Christina Rosetti.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Daring Cardmakers - Something Old - the old tag stamp - something new - the background word stamp
Outlawz Challenge - Christmas 

Sunday 21 April 2024


I was inspired by the challenge at Just Add Ink #698 to create this lovely blue card.  Their challenge is choose 2 items from Leaves, Flower, Pots.  What a great challenge.  I had to go to my trusty Tracy Evans for this and used a few of her lovely stamps.  The little pot is from her set Containers and teh flower is from Friendship Florals 

I'm adding this into the following

Just Add Ink - Flowers, Pot 
We love stamping - Spring - or AG 

Wednesday 17 April 2024


I was lucky enough to be gifted a lovely stamp set by a member of my own Facebook Group The Joy of Sets last week.  Some beautiful Art Deco images of men and women and probably not a stamp set I would have chosen but I had great fun using it.

I used a gel press for the background with Victorian Velvet Distress Oxide and added a Tim  Holtz word stamp in the background.  The die cut is a new one  from Creative Expressions and I added a panel behind it with the same stamped words and added a touch of bling to the centre of the flowers.  The woman is from the Art Deco set and she was embossed in Versafine Chianti.  

I'm adding this into the following:

Dream Valley Challenge - Make it female 
NBUS - new stamp set and die cut 
Unicorn - Use Dies 

Tuesday 16 April 2024


Welcome back to another colour challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Such pretty spring colours I look forward to seeing what you create with them. 

I started my card by using my brayer to layer the three inks on the left hand side of the card with some added pink on the right.  I then used some of Tracy Evans' new boutique stamps called Malva for the background and the cut out flower.  I used some old Stampin Up stamps and dies for the branches from A Jar of Love.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I added a few embellishments to finish off the card. 

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Try it on Tuesday - Song Title - Hello by Lionel Richie - I used to listen to him all the time when I was younger and haven't heard him in such a long time. 
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Make your own background 
Cupcake Inspirations - Flowers 

Saturday 6 April 2024


Welcome to another month's challenge at Creative Artiste Mixed Media where our challenges are always Anything Goes as long as you've used at least 3 different types of medium.

I rarely share my journals but I wanted to just show this double page spread this month.  The tissue paper in the top left and bottom right actually came wrapped around a garden gift from a company called A Blackbird Sang and the garden accessory was wrapped in this lovely paper.  It was far too good to throw away and became the inspiration for this page.  

My journal is an old leather bound book hubby bought me years ago and it has handmade papers in it which can be a bit tricky when working on so I always cover the pages with lots of gesso before I begin.  The background colours were made with Sam Poole Botanical Stains in Carrot Top Green and Tea Leaves  from Cosmic Shimmer - I loved the way they turned out. I added some background stamping with some Tracy Evans stamps and two of her birds.  The feathers are from Stampin Up.  I doodled on some flower images and added some strips of Washi tape.  

I'm adding this into the following challenge:

Here's my calendar page also for March - a year long challenge I have set some of my members of my FB group to create our own calendars for 2025.  I'm adding this into the following challenge:

Simon Says - Monday - Spring flowers 
Dream Valley - Spring flowers 
Here is a place to Start - AG with flowers 

Friday 5 April 2024

The Male Room #185 Embossing

Our challenge this month at The Male Room is embossing. I used an old embossing folder I have and inked it in Distress Ink and used Distress Metallic crayons for the raised part of the leaves.  I added some Tim Holtz die cuts and a die cut Happy Birthday sentiment from my stash.  This card actually became my card for my son's 30th Birthday and for that I added an extra heart and a 30 but left it blank on this one.  

I love how the embossing turned out and will be trying that again. 

Tuesday 2 April 2024


Our mood board this challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments  is very spring like - I wish we were enjoying spring here in the UK but we have had constant rain for months!  

I've used the image of the wellington boots for my card - I created a yellow background with the gel press and added background stamping.  All stamps are by Tracy Evans - both her old stamps and her new Boutique stamps.  I cut out the flowers and the boots and layered them onto the card.  

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Monday 1 April 2024


Welcome back to another challenge from Inspiration Station. I was inspired by the globe in our picture to create this mixed media tag using stamps by Bipasha BK from Aallandcreate. 

I used a stencil from Tim Holtz and some texture paste to create some of the background.  Lots of grungy inks and stamping to go with the great images which I stamped on tissue paper.  This allowed the globe and phone image to be seen rather than cutting them out.