Tuesday 28 February 2023


Welcome back to Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge.  We are all feeling refreshed after our break and ready to break out the ink and water!  

I went with a tag for my option today and included the Wings brief.  I started by making a background with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers.  I added water to some watercolour paper with a paintbrush and then added very diluted ink from both colours and let it dry naturally.  Once dry I added a touch of a Tim Holtz stencil over the top with a light dusting of the Peacock Feathers. I added some background stamps from Tracy Evans called Flutter.  I used the same ink but added a lot of water to it to give a very watercolour effect to the stamping.  I also added some stamps from Aida Domisiewicz #47 from Aallandcreate and cut out the words 'Fly Away' and added them on tope.  The other sentiment is also from this set and I stamped it on tissue paper then used Dina Wakley Gel Medium to adhere it.

The butterfly stamp is from Tracy Evans called Glide.  I stamped it first to get the background images then re-stamped the butterfly and cut it out.  It was coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers - using the one ink to get the various dimensions of colour.  Once dry I added a clear embossing powder from Creative Expressions which really brought out those lovely colours and made them more vibrant.

I added some black thread behind the butterfly and added some thick foam to adhere it. I also added some black ribbons from my stash and some black pearls. I added Peacock Feathers to some white ribbon to colour it for the top ribbon.

Wednesday 22 February 2023


Our challenge this month at Christmas Craft Creations is Pink.  I must admit this isn't a colour I think of when doing Christmas cards so it was a great challenge for me also.  I am sponsoring our challenge this month with a new stamp set from Bipasha BK for Aallandcreate of this lovely bird stamp called The Old Vase.

I started off my card by masking the shape in the middle using some masking tape.  I used Distress Oxide ink in Spun Sugar for my pink middle.  I added some white dots with a posca pen and some touches of glitter from a Spectrum Noir pen in Sparkle.  I added a piece of card stock across in pink which was stamped with snowflakes and cut out and added the word Believe.  Some sprinkles and some glitter snowflakes finished off my card all layered on to some pink cardstock from Stampin Up.

Tuesday 21 February 2023


We have a lovely choice of spring colours for you for our Colour Challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I have all of these Stampin Up Colours with the Flirty Flamingo being a marker pen.

I decided to use three retired SU sets for this card - Choose Happiness which gave the sentiment and that lovely leaf, Bliss which gave the lovely bird and the little flower and Lots of Lavender which gave the background petals.  


Monday 6 February 2023

Hand Stamped Sentiments

Welcome to another challenge for Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Here's our sketch challenge for you this week.

I started my card by using some Distress Oxide ink and a stencil for the middle panel. I used just inked panels for the side and stamped a Tracy Evans flower stamp. I used the same stamp in the middle panel and for the jar of flowers. 


Thursday 2 February 2023


January was a month of two emotions - Happiness and Sadness.  The sadness was losing my darling Welsh Springer Spaniel Tegan at the age of 13.  She had been poorly and we had tried treatment that sadly didn't work and we had to say goodbye.  I'm not sleeping brilliantly as there is a hole in our lives and I'm up early crafting away.

My Happiness was and still is bursting out - our first Grandson Rowan Luke was born on 18th January.  My daughter was told, like me, she would never have children so to have two - a granddaughter Hazel age 3 and now Rowan has indeed been a blessing.  Mum and baby both doing well and we are over the  moon.

Both of these events have had me crafting early in the morning and at the  moment I am really loving making Mixed Media canvases.  I can lose myself in them, especially listening to the videos of Tracy Evans as I love her style of teaching.

I'm sharing a piece I made yesterday and I just adore all the layers on this piece. My favourite colours are Vintage and this has is full of them with just a touch of my other favourite colour green.

I have some canvas boards I actually bought a few years ago from TK Maxx and they were gathering dust.  I took my time making this allowing the layers to dry inbetween rather than rushing it.  I started with a layer of Gesso to allow all the layers to stay in place.  I then added some Daler-Rowney Texture paste with a Tim Holtz stencil. Once that was all dry I added colour to the background and the texture pste.  I used some Distress Oxides and also some Deco Art Mixed Media Antiquing cream something else I'd not used before.  This is how it looked before the layers.

I started adding some layers.  I have an old book that I use for mixed media and I took some pages as a base layer.  I then added some of the gorgeous Ideaology Collage paper in Aviary - another thing that had been lying in my room not having been used.

I used some of Tracy Evans stamps for the flowers, the pots, the wellington boot, the birds and some of the sentiments.  The flowers were watercoloured with Distress Oxides and layered and then clear embossed.  I added some Tim Holtz embellishments to the flowers.  I added lace and washi tape and string.  Aaround the edges I added some Tim Holtz Distress Crayon in Tarnished Brass metallics.

I'm adding this into the following challenges:

Paper Funday - AG - lots of layers
Use Your Stuff - Mixed Media

Delighted to have been chosen as the winner for Use Your Stuff 

Wednesday 1 February 2023


Welcome back to another challenge from Once  Upon a Time - I'm excited to see how our image above inspires you this month.

I loved the grey colours with that touch of yellow and it reminded me of a set I have which I haven't used in a long time from Clearly Besotted with the little mole.  The sentiment is just perfect too for the book.  The card would make an alternative style for a Valentine's card.



Welcome to another monthly challenge at the Male Room - this month we would like to see your nature cards.

My card uses some more stamps from Tracy Evans at Aallandcreate.  They are such fabulous stamps if you love to make collage projects and they are my favourite type of projects to make.  I started by using my gel press and some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Salty Ocean for my background.

I stamped the background stamp called Feathered Bloom in Versafine Nocturn.  I added the bird from a separate set called Wire Birds. I also used and cut out some of the extra words from the Wire Bird set.  I layered the bird and added a real feather behind his tail.  Some strips of Washi tape and some embellishments from Tim Holtz finished off the card.  This is a Double Length slimline card.