Tuesday 22 February 2022

Hand Stamped Sentiments #383

I love this sketch we have for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I love anything with tags on.

I decided to dig out my old friend the Rooster from Home to Roost.  He is one of those sets that will always be with me as it's just such a fabulous bird stamp.  

I used some old SU DSP for the background and just inked up the edges.  I started off by laying some ink down on my tag with Distress Ink in Old Paper.  I then added a leaf stencil from Lavinia Stamps and added some extra textures with an old script stamp from SU.  

The bird was coloured in with SU Marker pens and a touch of Wink of Stella on his feathers.  I stamped the greenery at his feet.  The sentiment has been inked on to a piece of ribbon.  I added some thread around the tag and ribbon at the top. 

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Monday 21 February 2022


I spotted the challenge of Hands over at Shopping our Stash Weekly and found that quite intriguing.  Digging around in my stamps I found the Mindful Moments set from Visible Image stamps. Perfect!

I started by making a background with some acrylic inks from Arteza.  I stamped and cut out the image, added some Distress Ink in Speckled Egg and stenciled over the top with silver embossing paste from Stampin Up using one of their mandala stencils.  I added some extra silver embossing to the edges of the card. The silver embossing gives the card a lovely sheen.

 I used the wording from the set and kept it plain and added the extra hands.  I added some words to the background with an old Cherry Pie art stamp script stamp.

Tuesday 15 February 2022

CAS - Clean and Simple

A bit of a change of direction from me today after all the mixed media and grunge.  Something Clean and Simple and hopefully Elegant for the Allsorts challenge.

I took my inspiration for the card from the sketch over at Retro Rubber.   I grabbed the old SU set Botanical Prints which I haven't used in such a long time and the flowers are so pretty I thought they could stand up to being CAS all on their own.   

On opening my stamp set I found some of the extra bits that came with this set so I used one of the cut outs to look like Trellis behind the flowers.  I stamped the flowers in Distress Archival Ink and Versafine Clair.  I used a stitched framelit to cut them out and layered them on dimensionals to make them pop a bit more.  The sentiment is from an old Simon Says Stamp set.

Simply Less is More - Birthdays 
Retro Rubber - Sketch 
Double Trouble - fruity colours 

Saturday 12 February 2022

Art Journal Page - T stands for.....

I was inspired for my Art Journal page today by the challenge at Altered Book Lover by Elizabeth and Blue Beard which said T stands for......  Mine is a double T - T stands for Time to Try as I start on this art journal journey, which I'm loving by the way.  My new passion is trying clusters too and I added one to this page.  

I decided to do this in my clean journal - as opposed to my messy book altering one.  I wanted to use just two inks and Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet is one of my favourite at the moment and I paired it with Speckled Egg.  I used a make up brush to add my inks to the page and then used a Tim Holtz stencil for the clocks.

I have a new stamp set from Woodware Craft collection called Vintage Circles and they are just perfect with their images of clocks and butterflies.  I stamped some direct to the page and others I stamped in black, coloured in and then cut them out.

I added one of my clusters to the bottom of the page.  I stamped my sentiment on to some vintage fabric.  I am trying to include fabrics into my mixed media.  The quote at the top is from Tim Holtz Ideaology and I thought if fit perfectly with my theme.

T also stands for Tea Cake and at the moment I am making a Bara Brith - a Welsh speckled tea bread made from fruit soaked in tea.  Bara Brith literally means speckled bread. 

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

We Love Stamping - Stamping and stencils 

Tuesday 8 February 2022

Hand Stamped Sentiments #IC382

If you are a regular to my blog you know I'm not an SU demo and don't have any of the latest products.  I'm starting to become a firm believer in using all the mountain of stash I have - especially from an environmental point of view.  We crafters use a lot of papers and surely the supply isn't endless.  So I'm doing my bit for the planet and using up that mountain of supplies I already have rather than buying new - at least until it's run out - I wonder when that would be?

For my card today I've used an old SU stencil for the brick wall and some Tim Holtz distress ink - letting it fade down at the bottom.  The stamp set is also an old one I think called Feels Like Home.  I stamped the image then cut round the edges and roughed them up a bit and added some ink round the edges.  I used Versafine Clair ink in  Warm Breeze to stamp my image and used some old SU marker pens to colour in the door. I used a touch of Nuovo Drops just to give some added interest. 

Monday 7 February 2022

Tim Holtz' Cat Chat

It's been a while since I've played with this fun set so I thought it needed an airing especially as I have the co-ordinating dies.  

I was inspired by the colours and image of the rather grumpy cat at As You See It Challenge.  I didn't have all their SU colours but did have Crumb Cake ink and cardstock and Calypso Coral.  I used Distress Inks for the greens.  

I started out by using my Gel press to mix and add the colours adding lots of water to give them a subtle look.  I stamped the cat and coloured him in with the two SU colours.  I added some stencilling to the background and also added some of the images of the milk bottle and fish bones which come with the set. I cut a few of them out also and added them to the card. I layered it onto black and then Crumb Cake card stock.

I was a bit stumped for the sentiment for this then found this great one in my stash.  I hope it also makes you smile.

I'm adding this into the following challenges

A place to start - Critters
Stamping Sensations - anything with a tail
We love stamping - plus stencil
SUYP - AG cats

Thursday 3 February 2022

Art Journaling

I started Art Journaling last year when I was so frustrated at a longed for house move that just wasn't happening.  I found putting my thoughts and feelings onto paper really helped me.  I found a variety of artists on the internet but the one who spoke to me most was Shawn Petite and I have learned so much from watching her videos.

I started out first on papers and made my own book of sorts.  Then I found an old book in a charity shop and have breathed new life into it by adding my art to its pages.  Here I can be as messy as I like as no-one sees it.

At Christmas hubby bought me a gorgeous leather bound book which he said was for my journaling.  It's so lovely I can't let any Gesso or mess near it lol!  So I now have two books in which I journal - one where I can be messy and one where I need to take a bit more care.  I'm showing both images here.

I've just found an Art Journal challenge on the internet called Art Journal Journey and they asked What is your Style?  Well I really don't know yet - and it seems to be different depending on which book I'm working in.  I'm enjoying this art medium and working through what I like and what I don't.  I'll be interested in looking back in a few years and maybe seeing how my style will change.  

I rarely share my journal pages on line but here goes!

This is what I call my clean pages journal:

I'm adding this page into the More than Words challenge for the use of Florals and Stencils.

And this is my altered book pages 

Delighted that my following page won Top 5 over at Try it on Tuesday 

I'm also adding this into:

 Try it on Tuesday Challenge for their add a quote 

Valentine's Card

I thought I'd share my Valentine's Card for hubby this year - quite safe as he never looks at my blog lol!  This will be our 40th Valentines together - my how the years do fly by.

I started off using the Gell print and Distress Ink in Crackling Campfire and Speckled Egg.  They made a lovely background which I'm going to do again.  I added the heart from Visible Image stamp set called From the Heart.  Using an embossing pen I embossed parts of the image in Crackling Campfire and Speckled Egg Glaze.  I added the little sentiment from Tim Holtz ideaology pack and some of Tim's velvet ribbon.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

IA&S - hearts
Country View Challenge  hearts and flowers and bold print