Sunday, 21 September 2014

Altered Playing Cards Week 3

It's the 3rd week of Claudine's altered playing card challenge, and I've gone along with the themes of steampunk and Autumn.
This has an alcohol ink background, and some stamping onto tissue paper. The cogs have been painted with VerDay paints.
This one has a Fresco paint background. I used that to cover the mud that I made with my first attempt with the alcohol inks. The stamps are by Incylicious. The seed pod was on a plant so on it went. Its been filled with Glossy Accents so hopefuly it should last now.
I'm really enjoying Claudine's challenge, and can't wait to see what she does next week.
Thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Rise And Shine

Bombshell Stamps have a challenge of polka dots and glitter this month, which really got me thinking! This is what I came up with.
The stamp is from the aptly named 
 Rise and Shine plate.
The background is Portfolio pastels, and Fresco acrylics through a stencil for my polka dots.
I'm afraid you can't see too much of the glitter due to the lack of light here at the moment.

Here's a bit of the glitter!
I love Bombshell stamps, they give me a chance to practice my colouring (or lack of) technique, and they are just fun!
Hope the sun comes out wherever you are, and have a good weekend.
Thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, 18 September 2014


The challenge this month at Lost Coast Designs is Clean and Simple. Not usually my style, but I have just got this fabulous stamp so had to join in.
Don't you just love this bird lol he's called Bird Bones. This is as C&S as I can do, look at all that scary white space.
Hope you like him, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Just One Stamp!

My lovely teamie Sam has set the challenge at Stampotique, and it's a fab one! She wants us to use just ONE stamp eek. Here's what she says 
Stampotique stamps are VERY addictive, many Stampotique fans have LOTS of Stampotique stamps and often a few stamps are used in just one creation which is wonderful because they all work so well together. The most Stampotique stamps I used for one creation was 15, this got me thinking . . . lots of Stampotique stamps can spoil us for choice so how about using just one stamp. I found using just one stamp quite a challenge, so as hostess for this weeks challenges at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog I am inviting you to use Just One Stamp! 
Here's mine
The wonderful Helen Chilton showed us how to make a bag charm here using stampboard, and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to make another. Stella has got center stage with lots of Distress Inks. The seam binding has been dyed with the same inks to match.
Hope you can join in too - you should, it's fun!
Thanks very much for looking x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Long Hot Summer

The theme at Indigo Blu this month is Indian Summer. As soon as we talk of long hot Summers I always think of the Style Council hit, so here's what I've come up with.
I started by stamping the flowers and dragonflies from the Live, Laugh, Love plate and embossing in white. I then went over with distress inks, and Dylusion sprays, then stamped and embossed the dragonflies again. The text is from the Circus Alphabet plate.
Stamping in a straight line is soooo over-rated lol.

 I'm enjoying the extended Summer, and hope you are too.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Loving Heart

There has been lots of inspiration flowing from PaperArtsy  Towers so far this month, and one that really caught my eye was Gillian's canvas using the new Darcy stamps. The colours are gorgeous and as this set had recently landed on my door mat I was keen to give them a try.
The bit that really brought mine to life was the paint spatters. It was all looking a bit brown up to then but the paint gave it a bit of a kick! I even got my crackling to work, so definitely a result:-)
I've used Darcy 09, for the feathers, Sara's ESN 11 for the background and the quote, and Ellen's EEV 08 for the inkwell.
I've learnt lots making this, put on a fair bit of crackle and it WILL work, be bold with the spatters, and how to colour the feathers so thanks very much Gillian. I'm now going to make some PA Christmas cards :-)
Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks very much for looking xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

Game of Cards Anyone...

My fabulous Stampotique teamie Claudine is hosting an altered playing card challenge. She's going to do 2 a week, so at the end of six months we will have a full deck of cards. 2 a week, even I can do that!
Here are Claudine's 
Aren't they gorgeous?
And here's mine. I've used the same techniques as Claudine with a few substitutions here and there.
This has been my first attempt at using digi stamps and another teamie Janet Klein has a wonderful etsy  shop full of them, and at the moment she's offering a huge 20% discount. I've also used Janet's rubber stamp Large Fleurfly that's been stamped in the purple and pink 'mop up'.
This is a really fun adventure Claudine, and I can't wait to see what we are doing next week xx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Monkey See, Monkey Do....

Hi, it's my pleasure to be hosting the challenge today at StampotiqueNapoleon once said that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.What he should have said is that we are a nation of animal lovers. Nearly everyone I know has got a cat or dog, a pet rabbit or bird, and I know that my Stampotique teamies have their pets too. So this week we're celebrating the fur and feathers and I challenge you to create something with either animals or birds. So put your best paw forward and bring it on.

Here's mine 

Yep it's that chipboard album again lol. I started with lots of paints and stencils for my background then stamped Text Block 3 in ink and Splatter Long in white paint.
I liked it but thought maybe it was a little bright/overpowering for a background, so feeling very brave (or stupid) I went over it all with some watered down white acrylic, and thankfully I liked it much better - PHEW.

I blobbed some Glossy Accents over my stencilled lollypop trees.
Poor old Flying Monkey has been sadly neglected lately so he's had an outing. I love the saying 'monkey see, monkey do'it describes me perfectly. The only way I can learn how to do anything is by doing it. 
For this I've also used
Oh Tree
Wee Owl

It would be great if you could join in with our challenge, and bring out the feathers or fur. I can't wait to see what you make. Have fun! x

I've just seen that the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is make your own background, so I'm entering my journal into that, along with Stamping Sensations who's challenge is Things With Wings.
Thanks very much for looking x