Monday, 22 January 2018

Winter Is Coming

Good afternoon and happy Monday. The second challenge theme at Lost Coast Designs for January is I Am Woman, and for this one I've got my punk on.

It's on the inside of my journal cover, and here's how it looks next to the first page.

There are a squillion more pictures over on the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity, and if you click on the magic link here you will be whisked over there as if by magic.

I'm also linking this to the following challenges
Mixed Media Monthly - Ring In The New - new stamps and new journal.
Craft Stamper - TIMI challenge
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies

Have a wonderful day, and thanks very much for looking xx

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Getting Beach Ready

Good morning and happy Sunday. I'm sharing another of my Creative Dyary pages, and hopefully preparing another one later today 'cos next week starts tomorrow! I often (very often) start things with the best of intentions and never finish them, so I'm trying really hard to do my journal pages each week, and to write in them.  This is this weeks.

This was the week that I went back to the gym. I've been going all over Christmas but only for a swim, but Monday was D day. So off I went, and had my body fat analysis done, and yeah I've got some, quite a lot in fact! This just made me think of the advert that caused all the fuss last year, hence my beach bod!

This is the left hand diary page, all ready for writing in. The words are the Dylusions equivalent of Chit Chat stickers.

My girl is a combo of a couple of stamp sets. She has a bit of an attitude 'cos I had to fit here head on and didn't leave much room. Anyone would have an attitude if they had their head rammed onto their shoulders at this angle!

I hope you're having a lovely day whatever you're doing, and thanks very much for looking xx

Friday, 19 January 2018

Another Dyary Page

Good morning and happy Friday. This year I started to keep a Dylusions Creative Dyary. This is the second page that I made.

I've not really scribbled in it, that's just where I've covered up what I've written in - not that it's anything exciting, I just don't want you to see how dull my life is lol

This was a grey page and I decided to keep it that way. I tried to tye the two pages together with stamps and stencils.

I made some more bunting for the other page.

Then I've used Dylusions paints, inks, stamps, and stencils to decorate my page, along with a sticker for the date.
I now need to crack on with next weeks page as this month is flying by.
Have a great weekend and thanks very much for looking xx

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Noble Tree

Good morning and Happy Wednesday. Happy Little Stampers currently have an ATC challenge which is 'trees'. Here's mine.

I started with a watercolour background, and then stamped my PaperArtsy tree stamp from JOFY15. Mmm looks a little bare!

So I used 2 of the tiny stamps from the HLS Mix Mash to add some foliage.

And finished off with some paint spatters and sequins. I really enjoyed making this, so nice to get something started and finished in a day lol.
I'm also entering this into the Happy Little Stampers watercolour, and 'anything goes with HLS challenges, and PaperArtsy's ATC challenge.
Thanks very much for looking, and have a fun day x

Monday, 15 January 2018

Learning To Fly

Good afternoon and welcome to my second post of today.  We have a new challenge starting over at Lost Coast Designs, called 'I am Woman', and here's what I've made.

I started out by gessoing a tag and then roughly painting with Deco Art Media acrylics. 

Then I rubbed through a stencil with a wet wipe to remove some of the paint.

Once dry I used a different stencil and went through with a fuchsia Portfolio pastel.
I stamped the Feather Diva With Face onto vellum and coloured lightly with pencils.  The Carmen's Veranda Fly clear stamp has also been stamped and embossed onto velum, torn around, then held in place with brads.

This is a really fun challenge and I hope that you join in. You don't have to use Lost Coast/Carmen's Veranda stamps (but we love it when you do)

Have a very happy Monday, and I'll see you later in the month xx

Roll Up, Roll Up

'Cos the circus is back in town! Good morning and happy Monday. Can you believe that we're half way through January already, it seems like this year is going to go as quickly as last! As you know, Rubber Dance is combining the colour and theme challenges into an either/or/both, and this months theme is 'Vintage' I had to put on my 'big girl pants' for this one, but here's what I've made.

I started by covering a chipboard album cover with some Graphic 45 paper and gessoing over to knock it back a little.

Then I grunged it up a bit with lots of rusting paste and crackle medium. It's looking quite vintage now - or should I say old and messy!

The lovely Elephant has been stamped three times as I wanted to dress him up a little. An elephant should always look his best in public! 

And here he is! The words are from the same paper pad, and I've given him a ball to balance on. To say I wasn't really sure what I was going to do for this challenge, I'm really happy with how it turned out, and they don't call it a challenge for nothing!

These are our lovely colours, and you have until the 31st January to join in.

All of our stamps can be found here, and as always you can have them winging their way to you with free P&P by quoting SDFreeShip on all orders of 15 Euros and above.

I hope you join in with our challenges, and have a very happy January. Thanks for looking xx

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Good evening and happy Saturday. I've had a bit of a play day today. Loads of things that I should have been doing, none of it got done, but I had a really fun day. This is what I made.

I've had these Paperbabe stamps and stencils for a couple of years now, but I've only used them once. They're the mini's, but they're a really good size - this is an 8x8 album. I'd seen what the lovely Tracey had made at New Beginnings, and it made me want to have another go, so after spending 45 minutes trying to find them (they were exactly where they should be, and where I looked first grrr) I had a quick You Tube recap on how to use them.

I stamped and drew her onto watercolour paper, as I wanted to use my watercolour pencils. Then I put clear gesso over the top to give it a bit of tooth. This sealed it perfectly, there's no budging the 3 dots that I'd left for the eye, nose, and mouth lines. Grrrr number 2!

I used my Inktense, and the 4 Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils that I own lol.

I made the background by die cutting some patterned paper. It's a bit of a new years resolution to try and use some of the mountain of paper that I have. I used up 4 here - result! I liked how it looked, but thought it was a little bit boring.

Sewing machine to the rescue - I much prefer it now! I showed it to Neil before and after the stitching and he couldn't tell what I'd done. This is the man who notices if I've moved his glasses a millimetre to the left!

I've made her a dress out of more paper (that's 5 now) and given her a sentiment and some sequins to cheer her up a bit. I had great fun making this, just 'cos I wanted to!

I'm entering her into the following challenges
Paperbabe Stamps - Anything Goes
That's Crafty - Feeling Blue
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Winter Blues
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Use Patterned Paper
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies
Craft Stamper TIMI January

Have a fun weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Love This Life

Good morning and Happy Wednesday. It's my turn over on the Rubber Dance blog and this is what I've made.

Actually there's rather more of it there, and I would love it if you would pop over and have a look. It's really easy, just click here.

As always if you would like any of these fabulous stamps, just quote SDFreeShip on any orders of 15 Euros and above for free worldwide P&P.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks very much for looking xx