Tuesday 28 May 2024


Such soft pretty colours for our challenge this week at  Hand Stamped Sentiments. I recently received  some new stamps for my birthday and I chose a few sets from Alison Bomber at Paper Artsy.  This set is her Fodder Berry Edition with a gorgeous selection of berries and I thought they would suit our colours. The colours in the card are closer to the colours above - they've just seem to have gone even paler with my phone taking the picture.

The background was created with the gel press and then I stamped the berries stamp on the ink before removing it with the paper - you can just see a very fine white image of the berries behind.  I coloured the berries in and added some extra stamping together with a tag and the sentiment. The extra sentiment is from one of Tracy Evans stamp sets. 

Friday 17 May 2024


Joining in with the Inspired By Inspired By challenge today and their image.

I've used an old stamp by Tracy Evans called In the Bucket and used various marker pens to colour it in including some Tim Holtz Distress markers.  I've kept it clean and simple and not thrown a load of my usual mixed media style at it - that was very tricky for me! 

I'm also adding this into the following

 Krafty Chicks - Clean and Simple 
 Craft Rockets - Flowers 

Wednesday 15 May 2024

I Spy With My Little Eye - something for boys or men - Guest Designer

I am delighted to be invited by Ellie of Ellies Corner to be a Guest Designer for her challenge  I Spy With My Little Eye this week where the challenge is something for boys or men.  I don't get so daunted at male cards as I used to since becoming a Design Team member for The Male Challenge but I still had to put a bit of a thinking cap on as I really don't have a lot of male type stamps!

I did find this old set from Creative Expressions which I had bought a few years ago as hubby, and my daughter, love to fish and I knew it would come in handy.

I started off by spritzing my watercolour paper with Distress Oxide Spray in Speckled Egg. 

Once that was dry I used a stencil which I think looks like fish scales and spritzed it with Walnut Stain and then turned it over and added it to the paper.  I love how it gave a messed up image of the stencil lol! 

I stamped the stamp which is all one image in Versafine Clair Nocturne and covered it in clear embossing powder.  I re-inked parts of the stamp such as the words and the fish and added them as embellishments.  The male image is one of Tim Holtz paper dolls and I cut him away from his friends he was standing with - after all fishing is a solo sport.  I added some twine at the bottom for his feet to look like fish netting.  This one will be set aside for Hubby's birthday. 

I'm adding this into the following:

Daisy Chain - Boys/Men
Stencil Fun -  Background stencil 
Dream Valley - Man/Boy
We Love Stamping - Vintage 

Tuesday 14 May 2024


Welcome back to another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge and our mood board.  Apologies for the gremlins we had on the site last two weeks where it closed the link.  I hope you all managed to add your projects.

I took my inspiration from the bird and the colours and I wanted to try and replicate the soft imagery behind the bird. I used a gel press in soft greens and pinks to create the background and added a leaf stencil.  

I used a couple of old stamps from Kaisercraft which hadn't had an inking in a while.  The bird and butterfly is from Anthology and the background branches and birds are from 13th hour.  I stamped the bird and fussy cut it out and added some tw3ine behind it and some hand drawn musical notes.  The sentiment is from Tracy Evans. 

Monday 6 May 2024


A fabulous collection of what look like wild flowers is our inspiration for you this month at Inspiration Station.  

I thought I'd try to create my basket of flowers on some Kraft paper and use some coloured pencils.  This doesn't always work for me so it was a challenge but I was pleased how it actually worked this time.  The trick is a good white pencil and I  bought myself a new one from Faber Castell which seems to have worked a treat. 

The flower basket is an old stamp from Stampin Up - I added some stencilling behind for the basket to sit on and the little petals are also a stencil from creative Expressions.  The sentiment and extra leaf petals are from Tracy Evans. 

I'm adding this into the following:

Triple B - Blooms, Butterflies 
The flower challenge - colour your flowers 
Make My Monday - Florals 
Outlawz Challenge - Monday - AG 

Friday 3 May 2024


Creative Artiste is a monthly challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations, we'd love to see you enter the challenge.

Welcome back to another month's challenge at Creative Artiste - we look forward to seeing what lovely Mixed Media projects you've created this month.  I'm sharing some ATC's on the theme of Spring that were the project for a swap on my own facebook group The Joy of Sets.  We love to swap cards and challenges each month so if you'd like to join in with us come and find us.

I created the backgrounds first with some stencilling, stamping and some texture paste.  This was then overlaid with some papers and flowers from Tapology and some vintage papers from an old book.  I added some cut out butterflies and found some little charms in my stash.  I finished off with some lace and some faux stitching around the edges. 

Here's my April page for my ongoing calendar for 2025. The background was part of a paper from Stampington Magazine - the words April and the quote is from Country living magazine and the stamps are from Tracy Evans. 

I'm adding the ATC's into the following

We love 2 Create - AG Mixed Media 
Tic Tac Toe - Butterflies, Flowers, Lace ribbon 

Wednesday 1 May 2024


We are looking for your Transport inspired projects this month at The Male Room - Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

My card started out with a gel press background with some yummy vintage inspired colours by Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. The numbers in the background are from the Visible Image set You're a Classic.  They were embossed in silver embossing powder.  I then used one of the car stamps and some Versafine brown ink and cleared embossed it.  The smaller car is a cut out from some mixed media papers from Taperlogy.  The cogs are die cuts from Tim Holtz.