Thursday 28 December 2023


This is my last week for being Guest Designer over at Krafty Chicks and it's been a pleasure to be part of their team for a month.  Our final one is All Occasions. 

I used this gorgeous mouse from Anita Jeram from the Colorado Craft Company.  I chose to do a Thank You card ready for all those cards needed for January to thank you for my Christmas gifts.  I stamped the mouse first then masked him off and added a Tim Holtz stencil behind him. 

I'm adding this into the Stencil Fun challenge 

Wednesday 27 December 2023


We hope you are still joining in with our theme of Christmas Decorations - such a busy time of the year but being able to sneak away for a bit of crafting can help keep you calm.  I'm joining in again with my die cut decorations from Creative Expressions. The sparkles in the paper was made by Tim Holtz Festive Micro Sprays.

Thursday 21 December 2023


Oh it's CAS over at Krafty Chicks where I am still the Guest Designer for this month.  As regular readers to my blog will know I'm not great at the CAS cards - I love to throw everything at it in a Mixed Media type of way and find it hard to just leave it alone.  Here I've used some old Kaisercraft stamps - they are individual stamps but when you put them together they do create a tree shape.  I stamped them in different colours of greens to create my tree.  I added the star and a water droplet to the top.   The little pot is from Tim Holtz.  I really had to walk away then and not add anything else.

Sunday 17 December 2023


I know I'm going to feel quite bereft over the next few weeks as all my Christmas crafting is completed.  It is my favourite time of the year to craft - I may just carry on and make sure I'm ready for next year though lol!  

I'm playing along with Allsorts Challenge blog who have challenged us with Christmas flowers/wreaths.  This one was made with an old Tim Holtz holly stamp and greenery.  The mugs are a very old set from Gina K Designs.  I've added Nuovo drops on the berries. 

Thursday 14 December 2023


I'm on week two of my Guest Designer slot at Krafty Chicks challenge and we are up to Christmas.  My favourite time of the year for crafting.  I've gone with an idea by Tracy Evans for creating your own baubles for me card.  I've used a stamp set from Kaisercraft . I stamped the holly foliage in Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina and added dots for the berries with a red Posca Pen.

I then cut a circle out of some scrap paper and used the same DO ink together with Dusty Concord for creating the baubles.  I added a touch more stamping to the top of the baubles.  The images within the baubles were stamped with silver embossing powder.  The little tops of the baubles are from Concord and 9th and I hand drew the thread.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th and the music stamp is from Tim Holtz. 

Wednesday 13 December 2023


Welcome back to another challenge from Christmas Craft Creations and if you are still crafting along with us - well done.  Our theme is Decorations and I've used some lovely old stamps by Clearly Besotted as baubles in my wreath style card.  The wreath was made with stamps by Tracy Evans which are just leaves that I've stamped around the shaded circle.  The little images were cut out with a stitched circle die, coloured in with a touch of red and some white for snow and layered into the wreath.

Thursday 7 December 2023


I am delighted to have been given the chance to be Guest Designer for Krafty Chicks challenge - and I get to stay the whole month.  This first week's challenge is stamping.  I used a stamp set by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions for my  stamps. And it isn't even a Christmas card lol!

The background was made using Sam Poole Botanical inks which give a gorgeous soft background colour.  I added some of her paste too through a letter stencil.  I used a piece of hessian to stamp the wording and a frame from Taperlogy for the butterfly.

Wednesday 6 December 2023


I'm sure we are all in full on Christmas mode at the moment.  Well done if you have the time to join in with our challenge this month here at The Male Room.  We are all about the cards for the men in your lives which we know can sometimes be a bit tricky.  

My card uses a cleverly designed die cut from Creative Expressions which lifts and layers part of the holly leaves called the Paper Cuts Cut and Lift Collection Holly Berries craft die.  I started with a background I'd made with a gell press and some Tim Holtz Distress paints.  I didn't want a typical holly colour so went with Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean and a touch of Peeled Paint.  I added a layer of green cardstock behind the die cut.  I added some red Posca Paint for the berries with a touch of white for some snow.  The Winter Wishes die cut is also from Creative Expressions. 

Friday 1 December 2023


Welcome to our 100th edition of Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge

Wow isn't that something.  And to celebrate I am offering a prize for one lucky winner.  I look forward to seeing all  your entries and, as usual, please ensure that your projects are mixed media.  If you are unsure we do list in our Rules what counts as mixed media.

My project is a Tim Holtz style Accordion Folio.  I created the folio myself rather than purchase the ready made one - they are very easy to make and they can become quite addictive.  This is the second one I've made in a month and this one just had to be a Christmas one using some of Tim Holtz Ideaology pieces.

To see a video of this Portfolio in full - click on my Instagram link below.

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas or whatever season you celebrate and look forward to seeing you all again in 2024!

I'm adding this into the following challenges

Thursday 30 November 2023


It is sad to say this is our last Happy Little Stampers post.  All the crafting blogs that Kylie Purtell runs, and there are quite a few, will be closing in December.  She is needing to take some time away from crafting and we will all miss her and wish her well.  So this is our last post for Happy Little Stampers Watercolour.

I've used the lovely set from Jane's Doodles for Creative Expressions for my card.  I masked off the backgrounds and added some Tim  Holtz colours.  The mugs were coloured and cut out and layered on dimensionals.  

Tuesday 28 November 2023


This is our last challenge for you for 2023 from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  The Design Team are going to take a well earned break over the festive season and will be back in full swing in January 2024.  If you've stuck with us all year and so many of you have give yourselves a big pat on the back.  We couldn't do it without you joining in with us and sharing your talent.  A big thank you from me.  So for our last challenge we have a nice simple sketch for you.

Oh you know me - I don't do simple!  So I used an old embossing folder I think it may be Sizzix which has stockings on it.  I then wanted to use this old stamp from Tim Holtz called Carved Christmas.  I added some greenery from Tim Holtz dies and added one of his bells to make the card sing!  This card is going to be for hubby this Christmas. 

It only remains for me to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas/Holiday/Winter season and see you all again in the New Year.

I'm adding this into the following

Wednesday 22 November 2023


Welcome back to another monthly challenge at Christmas Craft Creations - if you've been with us all year you will have a great start to your Christmas card collection.

Our challenge this month is Add a Hat.  This nearly had me stumped but then I remembered this older Tim Holtz set Carved Christmas 1 with the great linocut hat and knew I had to use it. 

I used a Tim Holtz stencil for my background using a soft palette of Aged Mahogony ink over an Antique Linen background.  I added some Tim Holtz collage Holly paper,  I embossed the stamp then cut it out and added it to a gold stitched circle.  I added a white gel pen to the word Jolly.  I cut out some Tim Holtz foliage and added it under the circle and added a twine bow.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Tuesday 14 November 2023


Welcome back to another Hand Stamped Sentiments Colour Challenge.  I chose colours as close as I could for our challenge this week.  I first cut out a circle out of copy paper and added it to the cardstock before creating the background with  a mix of TH Pumice Stone and Bundled Sage Oxide distress inks.  The holly stamp and the stamps around the circle were inked with Stampin Up Mossy Meadow.  The stamps are by Tracy Evans Aallandcreate.  I added a touch of Berry Burst to the robin and the berries.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz. 

Friday 3 November 2023


Welcome back to another Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge where our challenge are always Anything Goes.  I'm in full-on Christmas mode at the moment - it is my favourite time to craft and my favourite type of crafts.  I love all things Tim Holtz for Christmas so decided to go full on with this canvas and use some of his little squares which I think came out last year.  I covered the canvas with gesso first and then used Ultra Matte Medium from Liquitex to stick all the pieces down.  

I added some little wooden ornaments from my stash, having first inked them with Distress and added a touc of sparkle.  The Believe is a die cut I also had in my stash.  I added some Tim Holtz Ideaology bells and quotes.  The deer is from Tim Holtz die set. 

I loved the way this turned out and will definitely be making a few more.