Thursday 28 July 2022

Guinea Pigs

I'm having another play with Anita Jeram's stamp set Paint Town and wanted to use these lovely little guinea pigs.

My colours were inspired by Global Design Project which asked for the following colours.

Tuesday 26 July 2022


Welcome to another challenge here at Hand Stamped Sentiments and our mood board for the next two weeks.  I must admit this was a challenge for me as I don't have any caravan type stamps or even any dog stamps!!  So I took my inspiration from the bottom left photo.

I wanted to have another play with those lovely Anita Jeram stamps and that dark sky was just perfect for the Stargazing set. I stamped the images first.  The trees are from an old Tim Holtz Christmas set Holiday Joy stamped in Versafine Clair Shady Lane.  

I then carefully inked my sky with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot and Fossilised Amber taking care to leave an area of white around the bears.  The bears were water coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in a various palette of browns.  

I spritzed the distress oxide inks with water and where there were some white spots I added some Spectrum Noir sparkles.  I cut out the sentiment from the same set with some deckle scissors and popped it on dimensionals.

I'm adding this into the following challenge:
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolouring 
Simon Says Stamp - Wed - AG 

Monday 25 July 2022


This was certainly a challenge.  I came across this image at Inspiration Station and wanted to play along but was stumped for what to do.  Rummaging in my bits box I found a piece of water colour cardstock I had discarded as it had a streak of red down the side - but eureka -  the idea for my card was born.

I used the Basket Weave embossing folder from Stampin Up to represent the picnic basket and added an extra stripe of yellow Distress Ink in Fossilised Amber and another in Cracked Pistachio to match the picnic blanket. I added the ink direct to the paper and it coloured in the lovely little squares of the embossing.

I pulled out some Tim Holtz wildflower thinlets which I haven't used in such a long time.  In my same box of bits I found some green background I had made with a gel press and used it for my flowers.  The sentiment is from Tracy Evans' set The Great Outdoors.  I added a touch of twine around it and some washi tape in the same colour palette to the bottom. 

I'm also adding this into the following challenge:
Allsorts - Summer 
Color My Heart - choose 3 colours

Mice just want to have fun!

I'm playing along with The Paper Players today and following their sketch for my card.  I wanted to use the mice from the Anita Jeram set Paint Town. 

I started off with some watercolour paper from Tim Holtz to stamp my mouse.  I used SU Real Red for the paintbrush and Tim Holtz Distress inks for the rest.  The paper is some very old SU paper and I simply added the great sentiment from the set.  

A quick and simple card you would think but you should see all the ones that went wrong before I finally was pleased with this one lol!

Sunday 24 July 2022


Thrinchies - what are they?  They are little works of art 3" x 3".  Throughout the month of July I've been joining in with Aallandcreate's Facebook celebration of Tracy Evan's stamp sets which has been challenging us to create thrinchies.  The challenge has been to create a thrinchie every day with different theme prompts.  

Tracy's stamps are quickly becoming my go-to sets as I love their collage style and how easy they are to mix and match.  So far I have done 26 out of the 31 thrinchies but I won't show them all here - just my favourites and the theme they were for.  They are quite addictive though and I'm going to be lost when July is over and they are all done.  I'll then have the challenge of making a little book to keep them all in.

All of them have been watercoloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Thrinchie no 12 - Botanical

Thrinchie no 16 - Bloom 

Thrinchie no 19 - Colours 

Thrinchie no 24 - Daisy 

Thrinchie no 26 - Clocks 

I'm adding these into the following challenges 

TGIF - Favourites 
Happy Little Stampers - AG Watercoloured

Wednesday 20 July 2022

Anita Jeram - Paint Town

I'm having another play with my new Anita Jeram set and was inspired by the colours in the As You See It Challenge. Although I don't have those SU colours I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Kitsch Flamingo and Saltwater Taffy.  

I love this little guinea pig and he seems to be the only one I've inked up so far so I need to play with some of the mice.  I've added him here with a great splat stamp from Creative Expressions set Circles of Time.  It was just what I wanted to showcase the colours.  I added a touch of sparkle with some coloured gems.

I'm also adding this into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion 

Sunday 17 July 2022

Birthday Flowers

Playing with some more Tracy Evan's stamp sets today - it's not often I do blue flowers but that was the colour I went for this time.  

The background was created with a touch of Antique Linen in Distress Oxide and I used a few of Tracy's Stamps here for the background.  The flower was inked in Salty Ocean and cut out.  The little container was stamped in Frayed Burlap and also cut out. I added a touch of thread behind and cut out the bird to add to the pot.

I'm adding this into the following challenge - 
Addicted to stamps - Birthday 

Anita Jeram Stamps - Stargazing and Paint Town

Colorado Craft Company has another release of Anita Jeram stamps and I do love these.  I was lucky enough to get a set of the Stargazing in the UK as apparently it's sold out of some places in the US.  I warn you though - you will keep humming the tune from Coldplay.

I kept this card simple with some water colouring on Tim Holtz Watercolour card stock - using Distress Oxides in Chipped Sapphire, Unchartered Mariner and Black Soot with just a touch of Wilted Violet.  The grass used Bundle Sage and the bunnies were coloured in with Frayed burlap.  I added the stars with silver embossing powder and that finished off this lovely card.

I'm adding this into the following challenges

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - make your own background 
Addicted to CAS - kids Anita Jeram is a children's author

For this next card I used the other new set Paint Town.  I loved the words that went with this set and thought they were great for us crafters.  I've kept this one simple with the little guinea pig and his paintbrush.

I'm adding this into the Daring Cardmakers CAS challenge.

Tuesday 12 July 2022


Welcome to another colour challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  As usual our colours are guide lines in case you don't have the Stampin Up colours - just use the closes colours you have.

I've just purchased this lovely new set from Tracy Evans stamps and wanted to do a simple watercolour card with this lovely image.  I used Versafine Black for the outline and had to use my Tim Holtz stamping platform as it is quite a large stamp.

I used Highland Heather for my purples and varied the colour by adding less or more water.  I actually only had Coastal Cabana in an SU Soft Pastel but I think it worked really well.  The vase was inked in Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Ink and I added some of his Distress Crayon in the same colour to add definition.  I added a few sparkles and the sentiment from the same set. 

I've kept it simple as the image is so lovely.

I'm adding this into the following challenge:

Tic Tac Toe - using the middle horizontal line - birthday, flowers, sequins 
Addicted to Stamps - Birthday 

Monday 11 July 2022


We have a lot of birds visit our bird feeders and one beauty is the little Nuthatch.  I was delighted to find Tracy Evans had done a stamp with this gorgeous little bird.  I used some Distress Oxide Inks for my background and when dry stamped some background images from another set by Tracy called Pinecone.

I cut out a stitched circle framelit and inked the bird on this and added it with some dimensionals.  The various sentiments and numbers were stamped and then fussy cut.  

I'm adding this into the following challenge:

Allsorts Challenge - Allsorts of Animals 

Wednesday 6 July 2022


Our challenge for you this month at The Male Room is Monochrome.  I chose to use sepia for my monochrome colours. 

My card is for a 21st Birthday - with all the keys and the admission through the door to adulthood?  Maybe although they grow up much quicker now - don't I sound old lol!

I started my background with a Tim Holtz stencil and used Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The key stamps are from Kaisercraft and the door is from Stampin Up.  I added a ticket from Tim Holtz and one of his paper dolls which I haven't used much and I thought they'd work well for this 21st Birthday Card.  I added a little metal key which I  had in my stash.  I used Versafine Clair in Acorn for my dark browns, stamped off when I needed it a paler brown.

I'm adding this into the following challenge - 

Inkspirational - Monochrome