Tuesday 30 June 2020


Another week another sketch plus challenge over at Try Stamping on Tuesday - this one had the added challenge of Vintage. I love vintage and making vintage cards so I was definitely up for this challenge. 

I have to share a little something with you - when I sat down to do this I had a bit of a Deja Vu moment - I was convinced I had already made a card for this sketch.  I checked my file on my computer and it wasn't in there, it wasn't in my phone and it wasn't in the pile of cards on my desk - but I am convinced.  Then it came to me what I had done - on my Facebook Group we send out RAK cards and I think this one got sent out before I even had a chance to photograph it.  Oops - so I had to think of something else.

I'm really loving what developed and I think it's better than the original one I did lol!  I had been gifted the new background SU stamp Drybrush by a demo friend as she had ordered it incorrectly and didn't think she'd ever use it.  Well I must admit this one would have passed me by in the catalogue but Wow!  I love it - it is so good for doing the distressed, grungy, arty time cards I love doing.

You can see here it has done this lovely background - I used Tim Holtz's stamping platform which makes stamping it as a whole stamp a lot easier - but equally you could just ink it up and add your paper to parts of it.

I've used it here with Powder Pink and then I went over it with a brush and some Crumb Cake.  I cut a strip off the end and stamped a word type stamp from SU Background Bits in Early Espresso.  I then cut that out with a little heart die cut I have - I didn't waste those little hearts though and added them randomly to the card.  

I used a paper doily cut to the shape and gently brushed with Crumb Cake was adhered to the top left and then I used some stamps from Happy Wishes.  I stamped it in Early Espresso and coloured the flowers in with Powder Pink and an aqua painter.  I cut it out and frayed the edges and sponged them.  A touch of ribbon on the bottom finishes off this card and I think it looks very vintage.

I'm adding this into the following challenges 

Take A Word Challenge - Hearts and Flowers
Crafty Cardmakers - Create your own background
Double Trouble - Use your Stuff


Saturday 27 June 2020


I had such fun with this challenge we have for you at Sweet Stampin this week - Make Your Own Background.  I've been spending a lot of time playing with my Tim Hotlz inks - inspired by his Facebook Lives showcasing his products and his mantra of just go and create.   

I started off this piece by clear embossing a stamp from Stampin Up Botanical Prints together with the butterfly from the Bliss set.  This allows the images to show through once you add your inks.  I used a mixture of Tim Holtz inks to get the colours I wanted. I added the word Friend from the Botanical Prints set.  

The bird is a new die from Tim Holtz called Feathered Friends.  I kept him simple as there is enough going on in the background.  I layered him on to some Circle Thinlets from SU which I had in my stash.  I added some twine under his feet.  The sentiment comes from SU Special Someone and I added some antique brads.


Friday 26 June 2020


I had great fun playing along with this challenge from Simon Says Stamp which is Shoot for the Stars.  This wasn't what I had in mind when I started to get out my inks but it was what I ended up with.  Does that happen to you ?  You go way off base?

I started off with a piece of 6 x 4 piece of cardstock,  stamped the moon and then masked it.  I then started blending with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain and a touch of Black Soot.  I also used some Walnut Stain Distress Spray and some Distress Crayons.  I spritzed with water and dried in between until I got the colours I wanted.  I used one of the birds from Crazy Birds and inked him in the same colours with a touch of Barn Door and Spiced Marmalade for his beak.  I added some Googly Eyes from SU which I got in their sale.  I knew they'd come in handy for these birds!

The tree branches are also from SU Colourful Seasons as is the framelit branch which was inked in Walnut Stain and Black Soot.  I added some stars from SU Star of Light and embossed them in Pumice Stone Embossing powder.  They didn't quite shine as much as I liked so I added some cut out stars.  I used some scraps of paper I had earlier embossed with embossing paste - it's always worth keeping little bits of scrap.

The sentiments came from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sticker book and I thought the words went well with the piece - 

I'm also adding this into

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - Make a Scene
Arty Divas - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes

Excited to be a winner for Tuesday Throwdown


Tuesday 23 June 2020


It's my choice of colours for this week's Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge #HSSCC342. I hope you like my choice and I can't wait to see what you do with them.

I chose Pool Party as my background card stock and added some SU Shimmery White Embossing paste with a touch of Pool Party ink added and used the diamond stencil to make my background.  As I had some paste left I added some to a piece of white card stock, also adding some Bermuda Bay ink and then cut this out with a framelit.

I've used the lovely Botanical Prints stamp and matching die cut for my flower using the above three colours to colour it in with an aqua painter.  I had some of the white card stock left with the paste on it and used the corner die cuts from the set to add some extra interest to my card and not waste any of that texture paste.  

I added a lovely piece of ribbon and the sentiment is from the same set added to the die cut that came wit the bundle.  I added a matching pearl and added some to the card.



Our challenge this week at SUO is Summer. Well the last few weeks here in the UK you would have thought we were back in winter. Lots of cold rain and wind and dark clouds - apparently though summer is back to see us later this week - with a vengeance and a heat of nearly 30 gulp!

My card celebrates summer in a slightly different way.  I've used a lovely old set called Postage Due - I wonder if the little stamps would fit the new punch?  I stamped the background in Basic Gray and added a touch of Powder Pink water colour in various places.  I used Soft Sky and Pool Party and Powder Pink to stamp the little stamps. I added some retired DSP and some ribbon across the middle.

This card speaks summer to me because of the French theme - so many people visit Paris in Spring or Summer and sadly not many travels are being made at the moment.  I know we won't be doing an overseas holiday this year and maybe not even one in our own country. I do feel for those who are in the hospitality business as it must be so tough for them.  


Thursday 18 June 2020


I came across a new challenge the other day called More Than Words and it looked really interesting.  I chose to do a Scrapbook Layout of my son through the years.  I love the idea of the doors and the word Hello in the challenge.  Here is their challenge:

The papers are from Kaisercraft and I cut out those lovely doors from one of the papers from the Kiasercraft kit - the sentiment about the doorways to a life is my own. I found some lovely quotes from Tim Holtz Clippings Sticker Book which really suited the photos - especially the bottom one where it says "He Could Make it on his looks alone" while he is pulling a funny face - it makes me smile!  I added some keys and a little padlock to the doors - as a child you often wonder how your children will grow and what they will do.  My son is now an archeologist and we are very proud of him.  

I'm adding this into the More Than Words challenge 


Tuesday 16 June 2020


Here's our sketch for you this week at Try Stampin On Tuesday with the option of Patterns.

I had a great play with this one and grabbed some Tim Holtz and Stampin Up stuff to play with.  I started off by making a background for my bird with the new Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink mixed with Gathered Twigs.  What better colour for a bird than that gorgeous blue.  I used the Feathered Friends thinlets by Tim Holtz to cut out my bird. I added some Versamark with an embossing pen and then added clear embossing to give my bird some shine.  So that he had something to stand on I cut out one of the framelits from Colourful Seasons and also the little leaves are from That's The Tag and glued them on to the branch. I added a touch of linen thread to represent a nest for my bird.

The patterned backgrounds used some of the same Tim Holtz colours of the blue and the brown but I stamped some patterns from Gorgeous Grunge on to them and cut them out with stitched framelits.  I continued the pattern of dots onto the background card stock and sponged the edges.  The musical notes are drawn by hand.  The little sentiment is from a book of sayings by Tim Holtz and I added a button with some of the same thread.


Saturday 13 June 2020


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Thank you for joining us on another Joy of Sets Blog Hop - with members of the Joy of Sets Facebook Group started by me over 3 years ago. Our blog hop is organised by the very talented Angie Mckenzie who keeps us all on our toes even though we are all over the world! Don't we just take technology for granted these days?  We would not have been without it during these pandemic times of most of us being in lockdown.

I decided to do a scrapbook page for this month's hop.  2020 would have seen us off to Greece for another week of bliss but sadly as the world is on stop we cannot go.  I did two pages and couldn't decide which one to show so I'm showing both!  They are both taken on Greek Islands and they are two of my favourite with Paxos just edging out in front.  Skopelos is famous for being the Mamma Mia island but luckily it hasn't become spoiled due to the success of the film.

I've used Kaisercraft papers and embellishments on both pages.  I've used a stencil to add waves to the Skopelos one.  Both of the cut outs of the Greek Islands came from a small UK based craft company Sunshine Scrapbooking- I was amazed to find them on there.

Skopelos was in 2018, it was our second time here, and this year our son came with us - I love it that at 24 he still doesn't mind coming on holiday with mum and dad!

2019 saw hubby and I return to Paxos for our third time.  It was early in May and the weather wasn't always brilliantly warm and sunny but it was still very relaxing.  We would have gone back this year but sadly as the world is on stop Greek holidays may have to wait not until next year. Luckily I still have some Ouzo!  

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Here is a list of the full hop just in case you get stuck.

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Sweet Stampin challenge this week is Die Cuts/Punches.  I recently got a Gemini electric die cut machine for my birthday and the die cut below came with it.  I cut it out first and then used it as a stencil - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the colours and a blender brush. The colours I used were Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive, Ripe Persimmon, Dusty Concord and Peacock Feathers.

 I then added another of the die cuts in the middle and added some ribbon and some pearls.

I love the way this die cut has become a stencil and how well it shows up using the inks.  What a great way to get more use out of your stash!  I'd love to see your project if you do something similar.


Friday 12 June 2020


I've been caught up with the excitement of Tim Holtz's new colour Speckled Egg.  I could only find a Distress Oxide ink to begin with but it's a start.

Someone on Facebook asked me for a tutorial - I didn't really take pictures as I was doing it as I was just going with the flow but here's a description of how I did it.

I started off with a piece of SU Very Vanilla for my background.  I added a soft brushing of the Speckled Egg first and then added some Tim Holtz's stencils - Splatter with a darker sponging of the ink and Faded Dots with Speckled Egg and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I used a touch of Walnut Spray stain on the Faded Dots stencil and then added that to the background.  

On a separate piece of paper I added some more Speckled Egg and Gathered Twigs and used the Wildflowers thinlets to cut out the flowers. From the same paper I cut out the Scribbly Butterflies - as I don't have the glaze I simply pushed the butterfly into my Versamark pad and covered it in clear glaze.  I layered it onto another butterfly cut out in brown card stock.

My SU trimmer is quickly running out of sharpness on the blades and as these are no longer available it is starting to rip my card - so I went with it and ripped the edges and then sponged them.  

The sentiment is from Tim's Clippings Sticker Book and it was just perfect for this butterfly - I added some linen thread to a last piece of the sponged paper and added some pearls which I also coloured with a bit of the Speckled Egg ink.  I added it to some Very Vanilla card stock but sponged the edges first with the Speckled Egg as the background. 

I'm adding this into the following challenges :

Creative Artiste Mixed Media #61 - Anything Goes
A Vintage Journey - Rustic
Moving Along with the Times - Things with Wings
Fusion Challenge - Butterfly
Time Out Challenge - word prompt - Butterfly/gardens


Tuesday 9 June 2020


On a Blogger note - I am using the new Blogger format which apparently is coming into force in June.  Gulp - I find it quite confusing at the moment - I suppose it will take a while to get used to - especially the labels.  Is anyone else finding it tricky? 

I've been inspired by watching some of Tim Holtz's recent Facebook videos to actually have a go at some collages.  Here is my first attempt.  I found this image of a very dapper gentleman in some Tim Holtz Ideology ephemera pack I had so he was the basis of my piece.

I started off with some Distess Oxide ink in Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone -and used the spray to add some water.  Once dry,  I added some old Tim Holtz stencils I have which are clocks and gears - I can't remember the name of them!  I also used a word layering stencil by Tim and used some of my Distress Crayons in Pine Needles to add some words and numbers.  I used another old Tim Holtz stencil of dots with some Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  Just to break up the blues I added some Distress Ink in Fired Brick to add a bit of brightness. 

Once my background was done and I was happy with it I added all my pieces of ephemera. I liked the piece that said J & P Coats which I thought went very well with the man and added a few extra pieces.  I had some samples of backgrounds I had made with the distress crayons in Vintage Photo and used this to cut out some Tim Holtz thinlets.  I added some words which I thought went well from a new set of Idea-ology sticker book and decided to call my man Maurice! I went over his coat with an embossing pen and clear embossed it just to make him stand out a big more.

I quite like my first attempt - I think I need to get a few more things for collaging though especially maybe some sort of gel medium and just have a bit more of a play around.  I'm amazed that I had all this stuff in my stash and have never really had a go at collaging apart from on Scrapbook pages.  

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Double Trouble - For a Man
We Love 2 Create - Mixed Media Anything Goes



Welcome to another challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments and this is our sketch week.

I have been playing with some of the Botanical Prints DSP and spending some time out in the sun (when we had it here in the UK) to do some relaxing colouring.  These have been coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and an aqua painter.  Someone said they would never be able to cut it once painted but I was very brave and decided to take a slice and add it to my card.

I cut out a circle with a stamping up 1" circle punch and used it as a mask to ink in my circles in Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Ink.  I then added a stamp from SU Gorgeous Grunge just to give the circles some interest.  The flowers are from Botanical Prints and again coloured in with Distress Inks.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I added some Old Olive ribbon to finish it off.

Now to think of something else to use with those lovely papers! 



We have a colour challenge for you today at Stampin Up Only challenge.  These are a challenge for me also - as I am not a demo I don't always have the very new stuff and I don't own all the inks so I have to really look through my stash and see what I can use.

I started off with a piece of DSP from Magnolia Lane suite which has the Petal Pink colour.  I then stamped the flowers from Botanical Prints and coloured them in with Powder Pink for the fruits and Soft Suede for the leaves!  Doesn't it look like a soft green not brown?  Yes that surprised me too!  I used the matching framelit to cut them out and added them with dimensionals.  The banner came with the Botanical Prints kit and I used black for the sentiment.  I added some ribbon from my stash in Coastal Cabana.


Saturday 6 June 2020


Another month and another grid for you to play with over at Joy of Sets Tic Tac Toe - #JOSTTT018.  I've chosen to do the top row of Nature, Summer and Animals.  I started off with the Waterfront set from Stampin Up - nice to see this remaining in the current catalogue.  The sun is from an old set Kinda Eclectic and the birds are from Wetlands.

The little sheep and the sentiment are from Clearly Besotted called Kiss Me Quick.


Thursday 4 June 2020

Simon Says Stamp Make Your Own Background

Simon Says..... Make Your Own Background - I'm joining in with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge today as it inspired me to get the inks out and get messy.  It was one of those days where I sat at my desk and couldn't get motivated and then I found this so after a few torn up sheets I wasn't happy with I finally got something I liked.

Browsing my challenges I also popped into the Library Challenge and saw their challenge for Peter Pan.  Now I have a tale to tell here if you fancy reading.  When I was 11 I starred (yes starred) in a local youth show of Peter Pan and I made my singing debut as Wendy.  There I was singing my heart out in the harness flying on the stage bashing into scenery but still carried on singing.  I went on to sing on stage in later life but then it turned to Opera but I will always fondly remember my first real role and Peter Pan has always had a place in my heart.  The sentiment I've used on my card from Visible Image stamps captures Peter Pan completely.

I started off with some Distress Oxide Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean.  I added them to a craft sheet and then spritzed with the Distress Sprayer until I got the colours I wanted.  I gave them a little helping hand with my heat tool as I'm not that patient.  I did an extra bit ready for the butterfly.

I then used a Tim Holtz word stencil and some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and a circle stencil I have with some Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  I added one of the word stamps from Visible Image called Imagine, Dream Inspire - I used the dream one on the background as well as on the cut out for the butterfly.  The lovely toadstools are from Kaisercraft Stamps called Enchanted and I inked them with Ranger Archival Ink in Vermillion - one of my favourite red colours!  I coloured in the stalks with a touch of Tattered Rose and an aqua painter.

I used one of the grass stamps from SU Waterfront and High Tide to make the grasses at the bottom of the toadstools and the little butterflies are from a Special Someone by SU.  The Life sentiment is from Kaisercraft Enchanted.  I then used one of the Tim Holtz Scribble Butterfly thinlets to cut out the butterfly and added it with dimensionals.  I added a touch of Wink of Stella and some Nuovo drops on the card and the butterfly.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Make your own background
The Library Challenge - Peter Pan
Little Red Wagon - Create your own background
Arty Divas - Anything Goes
Artistic Stamper  Retro
Stamps & Fun - Nature or flowers


Tuesday 2 June 2020


Our sketch for you this week at Try Stampin on Tuesday has the added challenge of Sweet Treats. 

 I chose to use this delightful little set from Clearly Besotted called Feeling Fruity.  I used some Stampin Up Stampin Blends to colour in the little mice and their fruit.  I used some retired Stampin Up DSP with fruit slices for the background and used my retired scallop punch to cut out the scallops.  The embossed flower is from Cuttlebug and I added some SU sequins to the centres.