Wednesday 28 April 2010

WS - Tim Holtz

Wednesday Stamper this week is honouring Tim Holtz - the great idea of Jaine and you can see her wonderful canvas on her blog here. I'm obviously not alone in loving Tim and his ideas and I was surprised at how many of Tim's products I have. One thing I noticed though is that my inks are getting dry - I need some re-inkers or maybe some new there's a thought. Considering I bought them in the States over 3 years ago they've lasted me a long time.

Just in case you haven't come across Tim before - here's a link to his website.

I used a selection of Tim's stamps and one of his Idealogy Masks called Timeworks. The inks are all Tim's distress inks:

Aged Mahogany
Weathered Wood
Worn Lipstick
Milled Lavender
Antique Linen

Monday 26 April 2010


I found N a difficult letter to come up with something for the inchy alphabet challenge this week - nut or nature were the only things I could think of but then found a Stampin Up stamp with November on it and some Chrysanthemums - I must admit they are not my favourite flowers - I always think of them as funeral flowers.

Speaking of Nuts - here's a recent picture of our pup Tegan - growing up fast - she's now 6 months. This ball was proving a bit too big for her! Look at that sunshine - looks like summer doesn't it - although the sun has deserted us here today in Hampshire and its back to damp and dull! Nice while it lasted - hope it comes back soon.

Friday 23 April 2010


The challenge over at Something Completely Different this week is to use the Letter H. A slight cheat here as I'm going to include one of my alphabet inchies - as its one of my favourites its nice to give it another airing!

Thursday 15 April 2010


Do you know its nearly 24 years since I was last in Paris. My hubby took me there for our 1st wedding anniversary as a surprise trip and it was so gorgeous - we often say we'd like to go again and, really, as we live in Hampshire - its not that far away to just jump on the train. I can remember walking and walking and walking - so much that I broke my shoes! The best meal we had was overlooking Notre Dame sitting by the Seine drinking a bottle of red wine and eating some baguette and cheese. Over at Sunday Postcard Art their challenge is Paris - hence my memories. Here's my postcard - the Eiffel Tower stamp is from Tim Holtz.

From Paris to Egypt - somewhere I'd love to go but have never been.....yet. My map is for the Three Muses challenge

Ready Steady Stamp!

The challenge over at Ready Steady Stamp is to use three or all of the following ingredients:

I decided to try and use all of them in my layout of a wonderful holiday we spent in Mexico in 2004.

Wednesday 14 April 2010


The challenge at Lots to Do this week is to use embossing - I've used a variety of stamps here - the embossed image of the girl is Cherry Pie - the others are Stampin Up.

Hello Dolly/Three Muses/Theme Thursday

Another piece from me today - my mum is seriously ill in hospital although last night I found out they may be sending her home today where she lives practically on her own which has me incensed. I live about 5 hours away from her and can't believe the hospital would even consider sending home a woman of 86 who isn't eating or drinking. So before I do battle with the hospital again - a bit of "time out" for me

This piece is for the Mixed Media Monday challenge whose theme is Hello Dolly. It also fits in with the Theme Thursday challenge which is to include hats or crowns!

And yet another piece from me - i must be on a roll! lol! This one is for Inkurable Stampers who wanted us to show an example of the spotlight technique - i've used a Cherry Pie stamp here for my Three Muses and made a 4x4:

Tuesday 13 April 2010


I've finally persuaded my very talented daughter Emma to start her own blog for her digital art - its early days yet but you can find her here - she also does commissions and not only of horses but most animals.

Some art!!!!

I surprised myself today by actually sitting down and doing something creative. After the difficulties of the past two weeks I was inspired by Wednesday Stamper to join in with their theme of trees. I have this wonderful tree stamp by Cherry Pie that I often use and just played around with it a little. Perhaps this is the start of me getting back into my stamping - doing the Stampin Up thing spoiled my enjoyment of crafting. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction....

The piece sounds melancholy - must be my mood - the words say "on my own" - not quite as clear in the picture.

I also came across a tag challenge Kard Krazy who asked us to find inspiration in a quote. I found this quote about Love which struck a chord with me at the moment and the stamp of the family image is by Tim Holtz.


The week before Easter we suffered a sad loss in the family when my sister in law died suddenly. Inchy challenge blog had to go on hold for a few weeks as real life definitely got in the way.

I'm back now, but not sure for how long as my mum is now seriously ill in hospital - everything comes together right?

Anyway our challenge at inchy challenge blog is up to the letter L which I chose to represent Love.

As a thank you for being patient I'm also offering some blog candy - so pop along if you fancy a chance - in case you don't know you'll find inchy challenge blog here