Thursday, 31 January 2013

Time ATC

To put Time on an ATC is the latest Artful Times challenge theme.

 I coloured the card with faded jeans Distress ink and stamped the background with black Archival ink. I adhered this onto some card that I'd coloured with walnut stain. The image is of the Gecko Galz Manoman collage sheet, I distressed the edges and embossed with gold. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with gold. I added a watch charm.
All the stamps are by Creative Expressions.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Alpha Challenge - Letter C

I have quite a few circus stamps and don't get much chance to use them, so when I saw that the letter for the Craft Barns Alpha Challenge was C I knew what I was going to do.

I tore a couple of pages out of my old dictionary and stuck them into my journal. I coloured my patterned background with felt tips. I stamped some stars with white acrylic paint  but the paint soaked up the colour of the felt tips so I drew around the stars with my white Posca pen, but again this soaked up the colour too.
I stamped the images onto white card and cut them out. I decided not to colour them in but just went lightly round the edges with some vintage photo Distress ink to take away some of the whiteness.
I added some die cut letters and a metal letter C
The stamps that I used are from
Stampers Anonymous
Artistic Outpost
Hampton Art.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Inchie Beach Huts

It's Monday again so it must be time for the Every Inchie Monday challenge. The theme this week is HUT. I wasn't sure how I was going to fit a hut onto an inchie but I found an image of some beach huts on the Internet and decided to use it for my inchie.

I resized the image to 1" and printed it three times. I cut the huts out on two of the images and 3D them. I added some Flowersoft sand to the bottom of the inchie.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Coffee Time

I've not been able to join in with the Sunday Postcard Art challenge since before Christmas but have found a little bit of time to play this week. The theme is Coffee Time.

I must admit that I'm not a coffee drinker - much prefer tea. I found all the images for my card on the Internet.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Wizard Of Oz Twinchies

The Wizard of Oz is the theme for the UK Stampers January twinchie swap.

The stamps I used are by Artistic Outpost.
I coloured the background with Promarkers. I stamped the shoes, coloured them and cut them out then I spread some cherry Ice Stickles over them. When the shoes were dry I adhered them to the twinchies.

I'm entering my twinchies in the Show Us Your Twinchies  challenge Anything Goes.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Lime Green, White and Grey

I've made this card for the latest Just Us Girls challenge, it's a colour challenge - lime green, white and grey.

 I sprayed a white card blank and some white card with fresh lime Dylusions ink. I used a Stampers Anonymous stamp for the image and adhered it to some grey card. I added ribbon, lace and a little butterfly charm.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Card For A Man

It was one of our friends birthday this week - this is the card I made for him.

I covered a square card blank with some paper from my stash.
I adhered some aluminium foil to card and embossed it with a Sizzix/Alterations folder, then I covered it with black acrylic paint and wiped off the excess.
I stitched round some brown card and then adhered my image - I used a Katzelkraft stamps.
I embellished the card with staples, chain, clock charm and a peel off sentiment.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges.
Try It On Tuesday Let's Get Stitchy Real or Faux.
Cards For Men Transport.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Craft-Room Colour Challenge

Another fortnight has gone by and it's time for another Craft-Room challenge. The lovely Esther has decided on a colour challenge so the challenge is Monochrome.

Our sponsors for the challenge are Tando Creative.


I stamped some images onto some ribbed kraft card and adhered it to a kraft card blank. I stamped the main image and sentiment onto cream card and matted them onto brown card, I embellished it with some twine.

The stamps that I used are
Crafty Individuals, the main image.
7 Gypsies, background images.

I used coffee Archival ink to stamp with.

The rest of the Design Team have made some fabulous samples so why not visit the Craft-Room Challenge to take a look.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Heart of Stone

Stone is the theme this week at Every Inchie Monday.

I punched out a heart and coloured it red and covered it with Glossy Accents and then covered it in the tiny stones. The stones are from the gritty stuff that goes on top of pond plant containers.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Gecko Galz 30 Days Of Valentines

 On the Gecko Galz website we have started our 30 days of Valentines where each day we will feature a stunning card by one of our talented design team members with instructions on how to make it. But wait there is more...we will also feature a product of the day each day that you can purchase for half price this not only gets you in the running for our monthly purchase and win contest (one customer each month who has made a purchase from us will get a fab prize) but also is a great way to collect Gecko Galz products for half the cost. Then on February 14th we are going to ask all our customers and followers to vote on which one they like best and from everyone who votes one lucky winner will get the March 2013 product package 6 collage sets, 1 paper pack, 1 stamp much FUN! So we invite you to pop by each day and grab the ideas on making fab valentines day cards for the the loves of your life!

Today it is my turn to have my card featured.

Background papers from the Gecko Galz Star Crossed paper collection.
Image from the Gecko Galz Love Me Do collage sheet.
White Card Blank.
White Card.
Spellbinders Heart Square Die Set.
Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Lace, Ribbon, Flowers, Gold Heart.
Rubber Stamp Sentiment [unknown].
Distress the edges of the card blank and image then colour the edges with the distress ink.
Using the white card die cut the heart squares and colour with the distress ink.
Stamp the sentiment, cut out and colour the edges.
Layer all the elements together.
I'm entering my card in the
Simon Says Stamp and Show  Lace Love Challenge.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Alpha Challenge - Letter V

I've decided to join in with the Craft Barns Alpha Challenge. The first letter is V. I've got an old dictionary and have decided to tear the pages out and stick them in a journal. The word that I've chosen is VEHICLE.

I've ringed my word but it doesn't show up very well. 
I've used Distress stain, Fresco paint and DecoArt paint on the pages.
I also used Crafters Workshop and Creative Expressions masks.
The stamps that I used are Katzelkraft, 7Gypsies and Stamp Bug.
I stamped the images onto tissue paper before adhering them to the pages. I added a few dots with a white pen.

I'm also going to enter my pages in the
Fashionable Stamping Challenge  Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Get Those Embossing Folders Out

The latest challenge at Artful Times is to use two or more embossing folders so I've made a card using three.

I started by embossing the edge of my card with a Sizzix/Alterations butterfly die, I sponged distress ink over the butterflies. I adhered paper from my stash. I used a Cuttlebug happy birthday folder to emboss some Kraft-Core card and I sanded the raised bits. Next I used some Distress ink to ink my Cuttlebug rose folder before embossing the card. I cut it to size and tied some ribbon round it. For the butterfly I used a Marianne die and added a large gem.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges.

Just Us Girls  Add Ink To Your Dry Embossing. Technique Week
Artful Times Get Those Embossing Folders Out.
Come and Get It Tie A Ribbon Round It.
Allsorts Dies and Punches.
Make My Monday Die Cuts and Punches

12 Tags of 2013 - January

This year I've decided to join in with the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 challenge, I wasn't able to last year.

Distress ink used, iced spruce, picked raspberries, wild honey and walnut stain.
Stamps used,
7 Gypsies Steampunk set for the hands.
Sam Pooles Art Phrases for the sentiment.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Girl Inchie

This weeks theme for the Every Inchie Monday challenge is Girl.

I printed the Gecko Galz image twice and cut out one of the girls. I covered the image with Glossy Accents, while it was drying I wrote the words round the edge and then adhered the image.

Friday, 11 January 2013


The theme for the UK Stampers January ATC swap is Keys.

Last weekend I bought a PaperArtsy/Lynne Perrella stamp set and decided to use them on my ATCs. I masked the faces before colouring the background with scattered straw, festive berries, salty ocean and mowed lawn Distress ink. I stamped the key using a stamp from the 7 Gypsies Steampunk set. The ATCs were embellished with Woodware lock and key brads.

I'm entering my ATCs in the following challenges.
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes.
Fun With ATCs Something New. New stamps.
Try It On Tuesday New Stash. New stamps.
Order Of The Opus Gluei  Free For All.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Inchie Star

I've decided to join in with inchie challenge at Every Inchie Monday. Every Monday we're given a word for the theme and hopefully at the end of the year we'll all have 52 inchies. I shall try and keep it up. The word this week is Star.

For the background I used a scrap of card that I'd coloured ages ago, added a piece of blue sparkly angel hair and added a glittery star that I found in my stash.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Less is More

I've made this card for the Less Is More challenge, the theme is Black and White with a touch of another colour. It's been a long time since I entered one of their challenges but I have more time now to join in again.

This was a very quick and simple card to make.
I wrapped some thread round a scalloped card blank. I stamped the Crafty Individuals stamp onto white card with black Archival and matted it onto black card. I added the sentiment and my little bit of colour is the three blue gems.

I'm also entering my card in the Allsorts Clean and Simple Challenge.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013


It's the first challenge of the year at the Craft-Room, the theme for the challenge is Valentines and it has been chosen by Nikki.
Before I show you my card I'd like to thank you all for entering the tag challenge, the entries were fabulous and I'm going to find it very hard to choose my top three.

Our sponsor for the challenge is Crafty Individuals.

I coloured a white card blank with peacock feathers Distress ink. I decided that it was too strong a colour for what I wanted so I adhered some white lace round the edges of the card.
I coloured a Sizzex Alterations embossing folder with peacock feathers and wild honey Distress ink and then embossed some white card. I coloured the edges of the embossed card with vintage photo.
Using a Heart Squares Spellbinders die I cut two squares.
For the image I used a Crafty Individuals stamp masking the face before colouring it with wild honey.
I used a Marianne die for the hearts.
I embellished the card with a couple of pins and some seam binding that I coloured with peacock feathers.

The rest of the Design Team have made some fabulous samples so why not visit the Craft-Room to take a look,