Saturday 30 September 2023


Welcome back to another challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  You can choose Anything Goes or add the option of Tropical.  I stuck to the AG as I really didn't have anything to suit Tropical.  

I'm sharing these gorgeous little robins from Creative Expressions called Bubble Robins.  I'm lucky enough to be on the Design Team for this company and get early product from them to have a play with.  These were some of my favourite Christmas stamps I received.  I do love robins.  I stamped the robins first and then coloured in with some Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I then did a light colour wash behind them and added some splatters in the same coloured ink. 

Friday 29 September 2023


I'm not really one to make Hallowe'en cards but Songs and Rhymes challenge had something I just had to join in with.  Plus it had me singing the song all day and it was one of my favourites to sing back in the day when I used to!  So their song is Midnight from Cats musical.  I took the idea of the cat and the Midnight of the song to create my little 4x4 card.  

I used the moon from an old SU stamp set called To the Moon and then stamped the black cat on it from Visible Image set Curious Cats.  I stamped it in Versamark Nocturne and then clear embossed it to make it shine - although it's not shining in my photo.  The background is another SU Set called Drybrush and the added little stamps are from a very old SU set called Bitty Boos!.

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It's always time for tags in my world but now I'm making a start on my Christmas tags - some of my favourite things to  make.  Since I've been on the Design Team for Creative Expressions everything I make goes to them and I seem to make loads of stuff and have nothing here lol!  So while I have a bit of time I'm going to start making things I can keep and show straight away!

So Christmas Tags has to mean Tim Holtz stuff.  This tag started with the TH tag die cut using the large tag.  I then took a piece of green coloured paper and ran it through ann embossing folder called Cable Knit - I swooshed it with Walnut Stain to bring out the embossing.  I then cut out some of the TH Holiday Green mini dies and inked them with Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce.  I added some Daler Rowney white paste and some Cosmic Shimmer white glitter when the paste was still wet.  The berries were coloured with a Posca pen.

The added pieces ore stamped from one of Tim's Christmas sets that comes with a stencil - called Vintage Holiday.  I added the deer from Darling Deer dies, some stickers from last year's Christmas sticker book and a touch of the velvet trim to the top.  

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Wednesday 27 September 2023


Welcome back to another challenge from Christmas Craft Creations - if you've been with us since January this year you must have a great collection of Christmas cards ready in your stash.  Our challenge this month is Metallics. I don't have a lot of metallics in my stash but I do have Tim Holtz Metallic Distress Crayons so they were my go to for this card.

I used an old Christmas embossing folder and then covered it in the Brushed Pewter Distress Crayon.  The stamp and sentiment is from Tim Holtz Watercolour Trees. I stamped it in two lots of grey ink and added the bright red baubles and some Spectrum Noir sparkle. The sentiment was embossed with silver embossing powder.  I'd been looking for an O Christmas Tree stamp for years and when I saw it on this set I had to have the whole set lol! I added some silver thread from my stash behind the tree and layered it onto some red cardstock.  

Remember to add our graphic above to your post to be in with a chance to win some goodies this month.  This month I am offering this lovely stamp set from Bipasha BK  for Aallandcreate. 

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Tuesday 19 September 2023


Welcome back to another challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments and our lovely mood board.  I so wish I could have that wreath on my front door - isn't it just beautiful!  My card was inspired by the little box of flowers. 

The colours look a bit washed out here when they are in fact quite dark browns reds and greens - all of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The flower set is from Tracy Evans at Aallandcreate called In the Bucket.  I kept it simple with watercolouring.  The sentiment Autumn is a very old one from Stampin Up.  On a wooden block - wow I haven't used one of those in a while!  I do still have stamps on wooden blocks but must admit they are rarely used - how about you - are you still an avid wood block user?

Thursday 7 September 2023


September has arrived and with it summer in the UK - we last had hot weather in June but this week we are back in 30 degree heat.  Just as we were all thinking of autumn!  

Our challenge this week at The Male Room is Leaves.  One of my favourite things to add to creative projects and here I've used a lovely set by Tracy Evans.  Tracy doesn't retire her stamps and doesn't date them but this one came out in 2021. 

I stamped and cut out some of the leaves and even found a very old leaf brad I had in my stash!

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Tuesday 5 September 2023


We have another Sketch Challenge for you this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  

I' ve used two sets from Sam Poole for Creative Expressions.  The background is from a set called Timeless Roses and I've used the numbers strip for my cross pieces.  I then used a set called Butterfly Walk to create the panel down the middle. I added the colours using Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Pencils - a new addition which I'm having fun playing with. 

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Friday 1 September 2023


Welcome back to another challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolour - with the option of using layers.  This was a definite added option for me as I love using layers on my cards.  I started out using a stamp set by Tracy Evans for Aallandcreate and adding some soft colours to the background.  I stamped and cut out the bird, the butterfly and the hare and layered it onto some textured ribbon.  I added the sentiment to some calico.  


Welcome to another month's challenge at Creative Artiste Mixed Media.

Some time ago I had an interesting find in a charity shop.  It was a replica package from the British Museum regarding the Suffragettes.  This little packet of treasures sparked my interest -we all have heard of one or two of the ladies who gave so much so that we could benefit years down the line but I don't think we really know that much about what they had to put up with.  It has made for fascinating reading both from the little replica pack and the further research I have been doing.  

I decided I wanted to use this little pack in some way and decided that I would do a set of Suffragette Tags which has some photo images of some of the ladies, who I personally had never heard of.  So let me introduce you to two of them.

Our first tag is of Miss Grace Roe - born 1885 in Surrey England and died in 1979. I am glad she survived to see Women's Votes being given.  She joined the Campaign in 1908 having heard Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel speaking.  The image of her on the tag is from 1914 when she was arrested for being a member of the Women's Social and Political Union and she was imprisoned in Holloway Prison Here she endured hunger strike and forced feeding until there was an amnesty from the Government of the time due to WW1. After the War she opened a opened a bookshop and metaphysical library in Santa Barbara, California. She stayed in close contact with Christabel Pankhurst.

I've used Tim Holtz Tag dies for both of my tags.  The background has been made with Distress Ink and Texture Paste.  I've used the Rosemary Edition by Alison Bomber PapertArtsy stamps to emboss the background with the words and I fussy cut the rosemary sprig.  The Hope embellishment is an old one from my Stash and I've added some calico ribbon.

My second tag shows a lady called Mary Gawthorpe - she was born in 1881 in Leeds, England and died in 1973 in New York. She was a teacher and left teaching to join the WSPU in 1906.  She was arrested many times over the years and eventually left the UK to emigrate to New York City in 1916 where she became active in the American Suffrage movement.

The second tag uses Distress Ink in Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet and Peeled Paint to match the colour of the ticket from the pack.  I've added some texture paste through a brick stencil to represent the brick walls that these ladies faced and also how they built their way to success.  I've used some pieces from Taperlogy also.

These are obviously just very short snippets of what these ladies did but I have found it fascinating and will continue to create some mixed media tags with the contents of the little replica pack.