Saturday, 3 December 2016

Always Use Rubber - Any Festival

I've been a bit lost researching my family tree recently, its that time of year when creativity goes a bit flat.   My fascination with history adds interest and background to the family tree research.   Challenges still going on and this time at Always Use Rubber, thinking that Christmas and winter holidays might be a bit late now Jane thought a theme of any Holiday/Festival celebrated by your country or faith.

With my calendar in mind this is my May page, celebrating May Day.   Modern celebration is workers rights and the union movement.  My memories are from when I was about 8 or 9 and we danced around a maypole at school.

Off I went then on a hunt for a maypole image on eBay found this beautiful image from Stamps Happen.   Its a big image that makes a real statement without anything else.   Stamped in blue and coloured with felt pens.    Edges of the card dusted with blue and green DI.   The butterflies flitting around are some of my oldest.   This is making me look forward to May next year and seeing this everyday.

At the end of December the team will select a winner from the Top 3 for this challenge and for the Next 2 challenges.   The prize will be our monthly $15 voucher from the very generous Alleystamp.

Thought I'd share this with The Butterfly Challenge, Mrs A has set a month long challenge which must have fairies, elves, gnomes or pixies.   

Lemon Shortbread - Always Anything Goes and they are always so pretty.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Embarrassing or what!

I forgot and the whole thing was my flipping' idea.   Go Tag Thursday Guest Designer Christmas Trees, well the GD bit is not my idea that was the wonderful, generous Sandra, thank you.

With all the Christmas themes around this time of year it occurred to me that a Christmas Tree is the perfect fit for a Tag so I suggested it.

The first tag is a Dream Weaver stencil with gold embossing paste and Viva gel dots.   Gold coloured pigment ink over the edges and gold ep for the snowflakes and sentiment.

The second tag is a very old rubber stamp used on a blank that had been dusted with Red, Green and Yellow inks.   The same snowflakes stamped around the edge and then various coloured pens filled in some of the elements.

Sharing with
Hand Stamped Sentiments - Picture Inspiration

Simon Says - O Christmas Tree

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Always Use Rubber, Things with Wings.

It has been a busy time recently making Christmas presents and other bits and bobs but next years calendar has been a very important project.   It is finished now but as some of the pages are being used as inspiration samples for Always Use Rubber it cannot be shared in all its glory yet.

The December page can be revealed now though as it features Angles, well the challenge is Things with Wings.

Lovely old wood mounted stamps again from my Christmas stamp stash, they do not get a lot of use now but could not think of anything better for this theme.   Stamped and masked the main angels and then the background stamp placed behind them.   Masks still in place Red and Green DI dusted over.   The music flourish and holly added after, and yes the holly edge is deliberate, not sure it worked but it does kind off lift the holly.   Infill colouring with Sakura Sparkle pens.   Very simple, but oh so right for December's calendar page.

At Always Use Rubber we have a monthly prize from our lovely sponsor Alleystamp.   The winner is selected by the team from all our individual challenge top 3's.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Finding the right motivation

That is sometimes the problem.   The desire is there but an actual project to get your teeth into is missing.   So you spend a lot of time stroking your stash waiting for the butterfly that is your brain to settle on just one thing.

Eventually you fancy is taken by a mask form and you get to work.    As this is a plastic form so stamping and heat embossing is not an option.  Found some Making Cards paper Saved for the watercolour type flowers.  Fussy cut some of these out to stick on with Modge Podge, before sticking the flowers on came across a couple of there things on my table a scrap of printed tissue and a floral wreath that was diecut in gold card some time in the past.   Sorted out the arrangement and glued it all down.   Starlight paint in silver on the edges and dragged in over the dry glue.   Decided this mask needed a bow and some butterflies.   Butterflies stamped in stayzon onto more scraps, this time vellum, and fussy cut.   The bow tied in green ribbon attached with silicone glue dot as were the butterflies.   Self adhesive gems and pearls to add a little bling.

I'm sharing this with
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Hand And Bow
Eclectic Ellapu - Pink Team Anything Goes with a Bow
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything with snippets

Thursday, 10 November 2016

This little house

As has become the norm on a Thursday checked out Go Tag Thursday, if you have not seen this challenge yet go, now!   There is a new theme every week and the only stipulation is to make a tag, what you do with that tag or where you put it is entirely up to you.   I've been playing with different ideas for tags.  This week the theme is House/Home.

Then i went over to Challenges for Days to see what other challenges there are than might inspire me, and found.
Colour Throwdown with a very interesting pallet.

Using DecoArt paints I whipped up something resembling the colours.

Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media

So what did I do?   Tando arch and frame, more of the prize I think, Tando people and a heart.   Everything given a good base of white Gesso.   Then play time with DecoArt paints and tints, colours painted on in splashes and dashes, colours mixed and painted over.   A little stamping, every house needs a cat, some pen marks more paint including black and white this time.  Everything glued together.   All good tags need a ribbon I used it here to help secure the arch to the frame and maybe as smoke from where a chimney might be?

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Purple and Gold

I like this combination.

I like it so much in fact that I stuck completely to the with just those colours.   The gold paper came with me from Southampton originally it was part of a kit, I just do not make up kits the elements were worth saving.    The stamped and embossed image is from Creative Expressions a wood mounted stamp.   The flourish is grunge board with 3 different types of gold colour applied.   Gold embossing ink, Imagination Crafts Starlight paint and Alchemy Wax topped off with 3 quarts beads.

Now who to share this little creation with?
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Perfectly Created Chaos - Heat Embossing
Lawnscaping Challenge - CAS
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything goes must use snippets (Gold Paper)
Less is More - Purple and Gold

Monday, 7 November 2016

Not exactly a Card

The Youngs calendar for 2013 was 12 sides of card that fitted into a clear plastic fold over frame/holder.   Toward the end of the year when the new calendars were issues I was shocked to discover that we were not using the holders again!    Shock horror what a waste, a quick dash round the building resulted in quite a few being rescued.   My 2014 calendar was made by me, in the roughly 3 years since I have from time to time made little art pieces that fit the holder, easy replaceable art.

CAS on Sunday have the theme of flowers, ideal theme and subject for a new little treasure.   I love poppies, in fact the last one of these little pages made featured this very same poppy stamp.   Keeping it CAS this time I used a Clarity corner stamp and Clarity poppy.   Stamped in green colour added with Chameleon pens.

Challenges who I hope will like this
CAS on Sunday - Flowers
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Red for Remembrance
Fantasy Stampers - Poppy Appeal
Clarity Challenge - Blast from the past.

Sunday, 6 November 2016


I am a pacifist.   I think we can gauge how far our civilisation has come by looking at the ways we make war, it probably started with two family troops fighting over a good cave and in those fights it is entirely possible that no one was seriously hurt never mind killed.   Today well turn on the news we have got so much better at the art of war.

WW1 was hailed at the time as the war to end wars, in that regard it failed.   The service men and women returning from those bloody stages we then expected to just slot back into daily life as if nothing had occurred.   Many were so badly wounded that they could not, the British Legion was founded to help take care of them.   One of the things they did was to give Ex service men the job of making simple paper poppy's which were sold to raise funds to help the legion work.   Remembrance day was first marked on 11th November 1919 one year after the end of WW1.   Today we continue to honour that tradition remembering the consequences and sacrifice made in all conflicts then and since, and sadly there have been a lot of them.  

I have great respect for our service people.    No surprise then that my November page is in honour of Remembrance day and all it stands for.

This Sweet Poppy stencil was produced originally as an act of remembrance with proceeds from the first batch going to the legion, I don't know if they still donate but the intention is one to respect.

Red and Green dusted and stencil brushed onto plain white card.   Viva crackle glaze spread over it.   The crackle effect did cause the card to buckle so this is the only kinked page in the calendar.   Wanting this to stand out and speak for it's self the inks were just dusted and stencil brush dabbed around the edge of the piece.

I wanted to enter this into 2 challenges but they both require stamping so I will just invite them and their followers to come and look.

Sweet Stampin' - Red for Remembrance
Fantasy Stampers - Poppy Appeal

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Make over!

Have you noticed a few changes to this little place?   I've given myself a new background and header.   Needed to do it and been thinking about it for a little while just needed a direction to take it in.

Inspiration came for Less is More and another momentous week from them.   Chrissie co-founder and hitherto leader of Less is More is taking a break and will be a less frequent team member at LIM.   I can understand why, it is time to enjoy retirement, grandchildren and holidays.   Would just like to say thank you Chrissie, kick back and have fun.   This weeks theme purple and gold.

Just for fun I'm also sharing this with 
Try it on Tuesday - Hand made by you.

Always use Rubber - Destinations

Good Morning, we have a new challenge for you at Always Use Rubber and it is Jane's choice of Destinations.    Jane's thought process for this went Holidays (British use not just public holidays), Travel, Places you might visit and ended I think with anywhere you might send a postcard from.   Now I'm not big on going away for a week or two but I do love visiting, sitting and watching the sea. Don't forget there are Top 3 places to be awarded and the possibility of being the monthly winner with a terrific prize from our sponsor Alleystamp.

So my August calendar page is a pastoral scene set somewhere along the Jurassic Coast.   A place to sit clifftop watching the waves go by.   The stamps are all from Stamping' up, the colouring with Chameleon Pens.

How many of our entries will be the North Pole?  In the mean time I'm sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps - Holidays (not perhaps what they had in mind but what the heck!)
Colour Crazy Craft - Anything Goes


Friday, 4 November 2016

A different kind of Tag

As soon as I saw this week's theme at Go Tag Thursday I got excited, Birds and Birdhouses.   Did not know what I was going to do but think it is a brilliant theme.

The MDF Tag/Brag book thing I have used before but the papers used had not stuck well and were easily peeled off.   Back to bare board the back plate had it's paper stuck back down, the cage top lavishly coloured with Imagination Crafts Alchemy Wax.   Artistic Stamper Love Birds set provided the stamped images, XCut die cut made the flourish bird flying free and Viva gel pens added little embellishments.

I'm also sharing this with
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything but a card
Mod Squad - Going for Gold
Deep Ocean Challenge - Use Dies and/or Punches
Take it Make it - Anything goes with stamping.

This and that

Think I've got a couple of half decent photos this morning.    This card inspired by Butterfly Challenge.

The prompts this fortnight Q for Quote and/or Quicksilver.  No quicksilver/mercury in my collection of crafting materials so silver ep it is.    Got a bit of a different challenge going on, Izzy Granddaughter told me that her Mum has a new job Manager of a charity shop.   Finally somewhere to send my more tasteful and acceptable cards!   So now my wacky might have to be kept in check!

Background here Brushos over stamped with two of my favourite butterflies, the quote simply says butterfly kisses, the two words separated across the panel.   Dug out an older but delightfully delicate punch for the panel corners and opening edge of the card.

Butterfly Challenge - Always with a butterfly Q for Quotes and/or Quicksilver
Creative Ladybirds - JFF Anything Goes
Perfectly Created Chaos - Heat Embossing and thank you Mrs A for bring this challenge to my attention.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Shortage of daylight

Am not liking this condensation of daylight and it is going to condense even more before we get those longer daytime periods.   Well those of us on the northern half of the planet are, the further north the fewer daylight hours we will have for a little while now.   Problem with that is the restriction it places on our crafting time.  Crafting by electric light is OK up to a point but colouring and colour matching can lead to some un-expected -intended results.    Taking pictures of finished projects is difficult as well so this is all I have to share today.

Might add more pictures tomorrow to do it full justice, the overall dimensions are h 13" w 9.5" d 3.5".    It has taken me a couple of days a lot of which was waiting for ink, paint and glue/sealant to dry.

The base is a ply wood panel from HobbyCraft might have to get another one of these.   It has been painted in Black Gesso to set the other elements off.   The big paper mache puffy heart has a base coat of white gesso then been spray painted with Imagination Crafts mixed media spray and Glimmer Mists.    I love building colours up this way and the added benefit of drip marks,    The fan shapes at the top at the top are part of the amazing Tando prize I got earlier this year, the flower shape came from a purchased Tando kit.   The fan base coloured with Glimmer Mist, the top as you can see was split up.  The frame painted in black gesso, the inners and the flower run through an embossing folder and then painted with Imagination Crafts starlight paint then brushed over with Imagination Crafts Alchemy Wax.    Fans and Heart glued onto the black base everything left overnight to really dry and set.

Today happy that everything was in place the heart was stamped and heat embossed with gold ep.  Then Modge Podge brushed over the whole piece.   Health warning here the Imagination Crafts spray paint is water based, the Modge Podge re-activated it which resulted in changes to the other colours that had over sprayed it but I think it is still OK.    Into the wet Modge Podge Stampendous glitter shits and flakes were sprinkled and a piece of holey lace placed at the bottom of the base board.     Then it was the long wait for that to dry before hanging it on the wall to photograph.

I'm entering this into 
Crafting with Attitude - Always anything goes.
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Creates and Makes - Always anything goes with option This month Ribbon or Lace
Altered Eclectics - Anything Altered Goes
DL Art - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Get Creative - Anything Goes

Hope to be back tomorrow daylight/photography permitting.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Is it to late for Purple and Green?

I do have a couple of projects on the go, but nothing to share with you yet apart from this shell pearl necklace made up yesterday.    The beads were all in a bead scoop with lots of others but all the purple ones have been used here.   Silver plate chain and findings and a lot of fun.

With the same sense of fun in mind thought I'd share this with
Cupcake Inspirations -  Always a picture inspiration

Crafty Gals Corner - Anything but a card.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

November, already

I know it happens every 12 months, this is the time of year for some of us when Autumn settles in, seems it has started as it means to go on.  Dull, wet and overcast, best make the most of those few daylight hours and get crafting.

 At this time of year all over the land foxes are pairing up, locking, and getting ready to welcome next springs cubs.    When I found this little fox mask at the Range it just fell into my shopping basket demanding to be a future project; and it has been ages since I last 'did' a mask.

The paper mache form was given a white gesso coat first followed by Imagination Crafts gold shimmer paint.   The remains of a fat square dipped into Bronze Powertex and throughly coated before being laid out on a piece of card.  The face settled onto the fabric, time for scraps and snippets.  Various pieces of lace and ribbon given the powered treatment and laid over and around the project, together with a couple of little wooden trimming things.   Next small balls of clay were dipped into the remains of the powered and added randomly over the project and some Brushos sprinkled onto the still wet Powertex.   Everything then left overnight.

We are told with Powertex to leave it an hour to start to go off before applying any dry brushing, but if you leave it longer the hardening process is more advanced and there is a firmer surface to work on.   Water spritzed to activate the brushos.  Playtime, pigment powders and varnish provided by the Powertex people Green, Orange, Red and Copper were used given the darkness of the Powertex used it was the Copper that worked best.

Back to the mask and out with the ProMarkers in Red and Orange.  Brush marks in the gold were filled with pen the eye sockets outlined and dots added to accent shapes.   Rough string used for the hanger added with contact glue, a bit messy but the string is not going anywhere.   The Papyrus die cut butterfly is a bit battered and the worse for having sat on my work table.   You might remember that I have problems using this die and this was another failure damaged by my efforts to get the bits out.   What better finishing touch but a battered butterfly?

Over time the drying process continues and the treated fabric gets stiffer and stiffer, it has long since been peeled off the backing card.   This project now hangs in the hall with a lot of my other masks.  From there I'm sharing the with.

Altered Eclectics - Always anything altered goes
Mixed Media Mojo - Autumnal with twist Metallics
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Always anything altered goes
A Inky Mess - Always anything mixed media

In closing, my Granddaughter called me yesterday to tell me she had just had her nipples pierced.  Yep I cringed as well.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Chain Maille

Something I have been struggling with for a while, just cannot seem to get all the little jump rings into the right place.    Thought I had figured out Box Chain but when I went back to it everything came out wrong.    So it is very satisfying to have made a series of Mobius rings with copper jump rings and turned them into a bracelet.

Scratchy bracelets are fun as well have made a few using Flourite and Quartz but this time I made one with something a little more precious Jadite, it feels really nice to wear as well.

Of course now the clocks have changed we are going to struggle to get good light for photos, had to turn the light on at 3:30 today but before then did manage to snap a pic of my July 2017 page.   It is not the last one I will show you but it was the last page needed for the calendar.

Have you heard of Yupo synthetic paper?  I had in connection with Alcohol inks and decided to try it.  On Ebay found some from SAA.  It is interesting stuff feels very smooth, soft and maybe fragile but is is not fragile at all.  With a piece of this fascinating stuff cut to size alcohol inks were dropped on to it.  Being synthetic the paper did not absorb them and they just spread across the surface drying slowly.  More inks dropped on top the the first ones and so on around the page.  One thing that struck me is how for a summer page these colours express hot sunny days, but at this time of year the same colours are all over craft blog land as Autumnal colours.

This paper is marketed as perfect for Watercolour and Acrylic paint, which suggests t can be stamped onto with dye based inks, something I'll try another day.   Not wanting mud my favourite TH stamp used with Stayzone on other rescued report cover.   Don't think it needs anything else.   Turns out July is pretty much a themeless period at least in papercraft terms so a hot background and an Asian Elephant sums it up.

That alcohol ink did not bleed through the paper so my guess is that solvent pens like ProMarkers will not bleed either.  Something else to check out along with lots of other techniques and mediums, not to confident of heat embossing. 

Sharing July with
Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media
MFP - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Autumn Colours (or Halloween)

I'll keep you posted as I explore more things with this interesting paper.

Saturday, 29 October 2016


The theme this week at Less is More.  It is their 300th challenge and that is a terrific achievement, congratulations to all the team especially Chrissie who is the Co Founder.   It is the direct influence of this challenge that has made CAS so popular.   I've followed on and off for all the years, perhaps taking the micky in the early days when CAS still meant an inchie mat with a topper in the middle of a blank card in my mind.   6 years on things have changed here and I often find CAS is a form that works for me.

Celebrate then; this card uses 3 stamps the champagne glass, and the musical flourish are both probably 10 years old, the stripes are from the Stamping up grungy backgrounds set.   Glass stamped in gold and masked.   Stripes stamped in 2 colours of colour box chalk ink.   Musical score stamped in gold.   Felt pens used to colour glass stamp (including ribbon) and a little more purple felt pen used for shadow and grounding of the glass in the stripes.   The bubbles have been touched with Viva Gel Pen to add a dash more colour and dimension.

I'm also sharing this with
Crafting with Dragonflies - Spots and Stripes
The Pencil Case - Anything Goes must use hand colouring
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes


Friday, 28 October 2016


The challenge this week at Go Tag Thursday is "Your Favourite Theme"  Well after thinking about it have to admit to not having a favourite theme.    But this is a kinda Anything Goes isn't it? and they can be hard.

So this is a tag using this set of stamps that I do not use very often, and I think they are about to have an argument.   Living with two cats I've seen a few of those!    Cats outlines stamped in Archival Coffee and coloured with felt pens.   The round object between them stamped with the top of  distress paint lid and also coloured with more felt pens.   The freehand drawn lines and red drops are also felt pen.   The tag has been dusted with Distress Inks, purple and orange.  

Checking Challenges for Days looking for other challenges found
Moving Along With The Times - Cute Animals

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Been a little quiet

A rather unusual sight my work space lacking a project.  Been a couple of things going on mostly practice pieces incomplete and not things to be shared, at least not yet.   Yes Alcohol Ink has been involved.

I can show you June 2017's page for my calendar.

Just a bit of fun and acknowledgement of the Solstice and it's importance in our History.    The Stone Henge stamp is one that was made for me years ago by Tanda I could never persuade Andrew to release it and so mine is the only one in existence.   Distress and Adirondack dye based inks used to cover card with of course my ever faithful inkylicious dusters.  I cannot remember who made the sum its stamped with Brilliance Inks, some of the yellow picked out with orange felt pen.  Other detail also added with felt pen.

So I thought I'd share this with
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark
Through the Craft Room Door - Always anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Hand Made by You
Crafting From the Heart - Always Anything Goes

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Acetate and Vellum

What a fabulous combination.

Two mediums I enjoy you can imagine my delight with this week's Less is More Theme, Acetate or Vellum.

The Acetate card is an old report cover, I 'rescued' a lot of these when working and bound files were being shredded.   So base card sorted.   The Vellum is years old, back in the days when the shopping channels really did bring us things that were new and different not to mention affordable.   I suspect this was something from that Dawn B introduced us to here in the UK but I might be wrong.   The kit came with A5 vellum sheets in various colours that had colour fade pattens, these were match by coated card in the same colours and designs.    The card being coated looks fantastic but is no use at all for stamping but the vellums continue to be great stash items.    I've used 3 different vellum papers to die cut the butterfly, die cuts attached to Acetate with Glossy Accents on the body.    White paper diecut stuck inside for any message, job done.

Had to wait until today to make this as yesterday was all about making bracelets.    I spent a lot of time opening and closing jump rings to make that charm bracelet mentioned the other day.

All 925 silver the bracelet chain is 2:2 for strength, the toggle clasp is much more secure than it might look the toggle is longer than the loop so is very unlikely to slip out accidentally.   There are some little charms I've been collecting for this bracelet and I am sure there are many more to come.

Also had to thread this bracelet, having seen the pattern in the Jewellery Maker magazine it is something I really wanted to construct.   The blue green stones are Lapis Lazuli, the jump rings and findings are silver plate.

Both bracelets fit nicely and have that wonderful drape and dangle that I love.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Always Use Rubber - Winter and or Spring

Always Use Rubber got off to a reasonable start, thank you.   For this fortnights theme I came up with the idea of Winter and or Spring.   A lot of people are making Winter theme, Winter season cards at the moment. We thought this might be a good way to introduce Always Use Rubber to them.

I'm part way through making my 2017 calendar and my inspiration pieces for the challenge as some of the pages.   This is January, mid winter but with a promise of spring if you look in the right places. I love snowdrops and am hoping by the end of January to see the poking up in one of those sheltered spots.   

Snowdrops in the foreground masked and a snow laden bare tree placed behind.   Snow on the ground and a Robin on a branch.   Above a clear blue sky and wintery sunshine, a flock of birds fly past.   David Essex fans, do you remember "A Winter's Tale"?  When I look at this page I can hear him singing.

Sharing this page with, and inviting visitors from, to join us.

CCEE Stampers - One Layer
As You Like It - Do you prefer new or old stash? and Why?  Old stash, I'll buy new stuff but tend to use it with the old.   I'm also a rubber stamper from way back when only wood mounted rubber stamps were available.   They are still the most satisfying stamps to use.  Everything used on this page was at least 2 years old the stamps are all 5 + years.
A Snowflakes Promise - ATG alternative Seasons.
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes (no Digis)
Craft your Passion - Always Anything Goes
Use your Stuff - Mix up the stamps, I've used 4 different makes of stamps on this project.

Hope to see you all joining us at Always Use Rubber


Friday, 21 October 2016

Vintage Male

This week's theme at Go Tag Thursday

Just reminded me of an Indigo Blu set with images a little older than Vintage really but they express the idea rather well.   Stamped the gentleman first and masked him before stamping the Union Jack.   The two expressions are from the same set and have been embossed with gold ep.  The lion was also embossed.   The round stamp coloured with felt pens really does feel like the seal of approval.    Tag edges dusted with vintage photo.   The ribbon is from a treasured meter or so only used on very special projects.

Sharing my tag with
Go Tag Thursday - Vintage Male
Crafty Creations - Not a Card
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing wet or dry

I shared a necklace with you recently, I've made a bracelet to go with it.  My mother had a silver charm bracelet I don't know what became of it but I'm practicing now to make one for myself.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

February in Halloween Colours

So I did some research for the February page of my calendar.   Probably the best known February date is 14th St. Valentines Day.   Hearts then and two lovely Indigo Blu stamps poppy heart and Love is.   Then I thought of Mardi Gras, turns out in 2017 it is on the 28th February.    Colours Purple, Green and Gold.    So my February page, hang on what are the Halloween colours?   Purple, Green and Orange close enough, with little touches of black here and there. 

A5 card, hearts stamped and embossed in gold then coloured with felt pens.   Jazz images, by Hampton Arts,  stamped in Colour Box chalk inks.  The rest of the card dusted with Orange, Purple and Green distress inks.

So based on colours sharing this with.

ColourQ - Colour Palette.
The House that Stamps Built - Picture Inspiration, I've taken the colours.
Creative Friday - Purple

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

When is a Dragon a Seahorse?

When it is a Sweet Poppy Stencil.

As in the one I've used on this wooden draw box.   The box was prepped with DecoArt chalk paint, DecoArt Crackle glaze and more chalk paint to make it crack.   When it was dry the stencil placed on top and dye based colour pushed through and black pen for the eye, on top of this a clear embossing glaze added.

The next day play time.   The two fish are from Bombshell stamps in America.   Stamped in red Memento then coloured with felt pens using belief it or Red and purple as well as pink!  DecoArt acrylics in Turquoise and White added touches and a mix of the two coloured the Dragon/Seahorse neck and jaw.   

The draw part was prepped in the same way and then a strip of Imagination Crafts shimmer paint painted along the bottom.   Stamping' up shells stamped in grey and coloured with more felt pens.

Treasure Gold in Rose Quartz coloured touched onto corners and edges, along side this Imagination Crafts Alchemy Wax in Bronze was added.   The Bronze has also been rubbed over the Seahorse into the gaps between the stencil paste, colour was then taken off the actual embossed areas.

This is going to be the home of some of my pearl jewellery.    Thought I'd show this box off with:

Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - Boxes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - Mixing up the Stamps

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

April's Page

Phoenix stencil is a new one for me from Sweet Poppy, yep one of those that I got on Sunday.   Think I've found a new and interesting way of embossing and colouring the images.   Firstly using a stencil brush or Inkylicious Dusters apply Adirondack dye based ink or Distress inks, then add embossing paste either clear or as here Imagination Crafts glitter paste in the usual way.    Using dye based inks means that when wet paste is added the ink is re-activated and tends to be absorbed by the paste.

Left the card overnight to go off and give myself time to think about the next steps.   I already knew that this would be for April.   The Phoenix is a symbol of re-birth, a fresh start, new beginnings, I love the symbol rising from the ashes.   Easter is also in April in 2017 again a celebration of renewal. So this has to be the April page.

The flame stencil used below the phoenix is I think Imagination Craft but if I'm wrong I apologise.   The outlines were traced with yellow felt pen and then coloured with more of those pens.    Shabby Shutter DI dusted onto the bottom of the page.   Adirondack Lake Mist and Sunshine yellow were dusted over the top part of the card.   Clarity blossom branch stamped green Memento and then coloured with the felt pens again.   April is done and literally dusted.

While making this I was struck that the colours used are Autumn shades, Yellows Oranges reds Browns and Greens.  So I'm entering this into the following challenges.

Artistic Inspirations - JFF Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Shades of Autumn
Addicted to Stamps - Embossing wet or dry
A Gem of a Challenge - Colour

Monday, 17 October 2016

Day out and a little jewellery

Had a nice day yesterday, wondered over to Doncaster for Stamp Magic at the Dome.   In the morning the weather as wet spray on the 180 convinced me to drive a little more slowly than I would in better conditions.    In places it also looked like I'd missed the best of Autumn with bare trees along the way.   Coming into Doncaster the weather started to improve as did the scenery at the Dome facility.

I guess I'm jaded but the show was something of a let down.   Yes of course I managed to spend money, the man selling card stock was there as ever with smooth white card at a good price so stocked up on that.   Sweet Poppy stencils had some interesting designs, including the only decent Robin in the whole show.    Inkylicious were there as well, as regular visitors know I don't seem able to do anything without their dusters.  For me that was more or less it, very surprised there were no alcohol inks or distress re-inkers.   In fact there were no stand out products at all, god for peeps like me no massive spending spree either!

One nice surprise while there on the Inkylicious stand I reached for a shopping basket at the same time as someone else, as it happened there were just 2 there 1 each.   Glancing up I realised that the other person was Sally Holmes of Crafty Salutations.    Sally is a talented crafter and also natural world photographer who I very much admire.   Sally is also a lovely person and it was great to have a little catch up.

Driving home the sun was out, it had become a beautiful afternoon.   Just had to keep reminding myself that my foot is not made of lead.   Home safe sound and with out speeding problems (fingers crossed) I finally managed to make this necklace that has been tickling my imagination for a little while.

Feature copper S hooks, copper jump rings and copper wire.   Very low on copper wire will have to get some more.   I have had the cabochon for ages and cannot now remember what type of stone it is. Black with white flecks.   It hangs nicely on the neck as well.

Umm I've got some new toys to play with, share later.

Friday, 14 October 2016

More Autumn

This time the trigger is Go Tag Thursday, with the theme of Autumn.

This time the tag has been die cut from orange card, then stamped with Clarity Stamps and then coloured with ProMarkers.   Glossy Accents used to just high light one or two elements.  The leaves are also die cuts.   One is cut from greaseproof paper, it was torn from the edge of the  cake tin the other day and crumpled perfect texture for an autumn leaf.   The other is cut from Crafters Wax paper also crumpled.  Alcohol ink has been used to colour the 2 leaves.    The edge of the tag was been brushed with DI in Walnut Ink.

Other challenges to share this with
Go Tag Thursday - Autumn
Moving Along with the Times - Trees and or Leaves
Stamps and Stencils - Elements of Nature
The Crafty Addicts - Autumn Colours

More Jewellery yesterday, meet a friend for lunch and wanted something to liven up mu outfit.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

I Made a Cake!

A chocolate fudge cake.   So what you might ask well anyone who knows me will know that this is extraordinary behaviour.   In fact it must be about 45 years since I last made a cake.   Even more amazing this tastes nice.

While this confection was in the oven I also made a post card.6" x 4".   Would not survive in the post as it is 3D, it was also great fun.

These are Tanda stamps I often wonder what Tania and Andrew are doing these days they did produce some fantastic stamps.

Base is white postcard the edges coloured with Brilliance Orange.    The mat is more of the partly faded purple card used the other day.   All 3 images have been coloured with ProMarkers and fussy cut.

The idea for the postcard format was sparked by Sunday Postcard Art although their Wizard theme was for the previous week.  However the are challenges this can be shared with

Passion for ProMarkers - Halloween/Halloween Colours
Retro Rubber - Boo (This stamp plate is probably about 10 years old)
Try it on Tuesday - Scary and Spooky
Crafty Boots - Halloween

Think I'll have another slice of cake now.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Falling leaves

At this time of year these warm russets, Oranges, yellows and still some green.   Falling leaves and bare trees.  All around in craft land images portraying this time of year, some with pumpkins and witches and things.   The cycle is rolling down fruits of the year ending in a blast of colour, the leaves making a blanket for new life in the coming spring.

This I guess you would call it a journal page is a 6" square of Tando grey board.   Given  coating of gesso and then freely daubed with yellow, red, orca, and green.  Sometimes mixed, sometimes undiluted colour.   Two die cut mats (Leftovers from the frame used here the other day) the metal foil one covered with Alcohol inks from the same colour families blended with blending solution and then more inks dropped on top.   The White die cut dusted with various autumnal DI, Elusive Images bare tree stamped onto coloured mat, felt pens used to introduce leaves.   Looking through things I came across a leaf die set with paper and vellum leaves cut.   Decoupage glue holds it all together.

I'm sharing this with.
Love to Create - Always anything Mixed Media Goes
Fashionable Stamping - Trees
Allsorts - Colours of Autumn
Take it Make it - Autumnal Creations
CRAFT - Picture inspiration