Sunday 30 June 2024


Are you like me when you get new stamps ? - It's like Christmas and birthdays all rolled into one.  I purchased some of Alison Bomber's stamps from her new release from Paper Artsy.  I recently lost one of my cats - Jet was only 12 and two months ago was diagnosed with cancer and he went downhill quite quickly.  He was a rescue 10 years ago and we just didn't have long enough with him.  I saw these stamps from Alison and knew they would be perfect for my journal page for him.   The stamps are EAB41 Pressed Grasses Umbels and I loved the words and that crackle stamp is a must!

I've also had another play and made a tag with these lovely stamps.  I loved these soft colour combinations of Distress Oxide Brushed Corduroy and Versafine Medieval Blue - they have such a vintage feel to them.

I'm adding this into the following:

We love Stamping - AG plus florals 

Tuesday 25 June 2024


After 6 years of being on the Design Team for Hand Stamped Sentiments this will be my final project.  It's been an honour to be part of this great challenge for so long and I wish it continued success.

Over on my Facebook Group the Joy of Sets our swap this month was a snippet with a beach theme and I thought they were perfect for the images we had to work with for this challenge. Mine were inspired by the quote at the bottom which actually came on some tissue paper that was packaging and was just too nice not to re-use.  The background was made with the gel press with Distress Oxide inks.  The stamps are all from a very old set by Kaisercraft.  They are the only beach style stamps I actually own! 

A big thank you to those of you who over the years have commented on my designs for the Challenge Blog and I'm sure I'll continue to see you around blog land.

I'm adding these clusters into the following challenge:

Outlawz - Card free Zone - AG 

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Hand Stamped Sentiments #440

Time for another challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments and I hope you enjoy using our sketch.  I wanted to use some lovely new stamps I purchased from Alison Bomber from Paper Artsy.  I love her natural style and as she loves words as well as pictures and William Shakespeare her stamps always have a bit of both.

These images are from a set called Violets Edition. I created my own background papers by using Alisons Stamps.  I used Tim Holtz Watercolour pencils to colour them in - they are my new addiction for water colouring and I find them so lovely to use.  I did a flip fold card with the circle adding the two bits together.   

I'm adding this into the following 
Sunday Stamps - use of colours 
Colour hues challenge - sage and pink

Friday 7 June 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.

Its the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Creative Artiste Mixed Media where we ask you to include at least 3 different mediums on your project.

I'm sharing another journal page - I just love how this one turned out.  I was even so disciplined that I let the layers dry in between throwing all my mediums at it.  After adding gesso to the page I added some paste with a stencil and then used some inks and lots of water to get that smudged look.  The inks I used were Liquitex Acrylic Muted Grey and Tim Holtz Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides.  The image of the window top left is a Shawn Petite stencil and the little window and frame is actually from my husbands model railway buildings - one he'd thrown away and I nabbed it.  It's just perfect for this page.

The butterfly die cut is from Tim Holtz and I added a pen nib to the body.  I added some background stamping from Alison Bomber stamps and the seal is of a ship at sea.  She has told us the significance of this stamp to her set in one of her videos.  I used some washi tape with the word Journey underneath the butterfly and the sentiment is from Alison's stamps.  I used an oil pastel crayon around the edges of the paper.

I'm sharing my art journal page with Art Journal JourneyArt Journal Journey - they ask what makes you  happy?  Art journaling makes me happy - I never thought I would be able to be this creative! 

I'm adding this to the following challenges:

This is my May calendar page - I've set us a challenge on my own Facebook craft group The Joy of Sets to create our own calendars for 2025.

Wednesday 5 June 2024


I hope you enjoy our challenge for you this  month at The Male Room.  I love to add twine to my cards so this was right up my street.  I started my card by using a background I had made with the gel press and some Distress Paints.  

I then stamped the image of the phone box in Versafine Pinecone and clear embossed it. The stamp is from a set called Phonebooth Elements by Bipasha BK for Aall and Create.  

The tag is another of the stamps fromt he same set and I added it in front of one of Tim Holtz' paper dolls - he looks just the sort of gentleman who would be trying to use the telephone. 

I'm adding this into the following :

Alphabet Challenge- E is for embossing - the telephone booth has been embossed 
Let's Createnull     AG add ribbon 
Double Troublee Trouble - Masculine 
Krafty Chicks - Stamps 

Monday 3 June 2024


Welcome back to another challenge from Inspiration Station.  How will our image inspire you this month?  June is a very busy birthday month in our household so I could readily relate to this image.  

I chose to use one of Anita Jeram's lovely stamps and just had to include the one with the lovely balloon. I water coloured the image with some Tim Holtz Distress water color pencils and then used a stitched die cut to cut it out.  I layered it onto some old Stampin Up DSP.

Make my Monday - B is for Balloon and B is for bunny 
Outlawz - Happy Birthday 
Addicted to CAS - balloons 
 Crafty Calendar - for a child