Thursday, 29 March 2012


Hi peeps - I'm a bit late, but just managed to get my card finished for this week's LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE
The lovely Mandi and Chrissie have given us a super choice this week - to incorporate 3 previous
themes into one card.  I have chosen Week 1 - Pink, Black and White, Week 25 - Button or Ribbon, and Week 56 - Don't Scrap it.

I hope there is enough white space to qualify - it really is a very easy and simple design
which just involved cutting 3 triangles from scrap card, and randomly stamping the La Blanche Roses
with Black Archival ink, adding a little Spun Sugar DI around triangle edges and on some of
the petals (though the colour doesn't show up very well in the pic.).
Sentiment - Layers of Color Art Stamps
Pink ribbon, and a large pink glass button, both from my craft box.
Enjoy the sunshine ~ Love to all ~

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Hello lovely bloggers everywhere - hope your week is going well?
Just popping by to share my make for this week's challenge at LESS IS MORE. Our lovely LIMette Leaders, Chrissie and Mandi, would like us to do some Masking, so I decided to use a technique which involves three stamps.
 I am sure lots of you will know how to do masking with three stamps, but for those of you who would like the details, I will pop them below.
Update - March 30th - My card has been ShowCASed - whoo-hoo! 
Thank-you Chrissie and Mandi !

 1. Stamp the Torn Aperture onto a piece of cardstock.
2.Stamp again onto a piece of paper (larger than the cardstock).
3. Cut out the aperture centre only. (mask #1).
4. Place mask over the image you stamped onto the cardstock.
5. Stamp a suitable image over the mask (I used Hero Arts Gracious Lady). 
6. Remove mask. 
7. Stamp aperture once more onto paper, then cut around the image. Do not cut out the centre.(mask #2).
8. Place  mask #2 over the entire image which you stamped onto cardstock.
9. Stamp a background image (I used Inkadinkado Lace 90355).  Remove mask. 
I would love to know if anyone else has used this Artifacts "Torn Aperture" stamp in the past?
Here it is (looks a bit strange doesn't it)!  I bought mine several years ago, but I've checked and it is still available from The Stamp Bug online shop.

On my card I also used Versafine ink pads -  Crimson Red and Smokey Gray.  Copics here and there to give some shading.
Red Bazzil cardstock.

The Anna Griffin sentiment stamp was also masked - the full wording is Forever and Always, so some cellotape over the unwanted bits before inking does the trick! (Remove cellotape before stamping - but I'm sure you know that)!!!
Apologies for the looooooong Post!
Enjoy the rest of your week ~ love to all  ~

Thursday, 15 March 2012


Hi wonderful Bloggers - ooooh, the sun is shining here as I type this Post, and Hubby is busy at his allotment, so I'm a happy crafting bunny!
This fortnight's beautiful photo at FOR YOUR INSPIRATION which Steph has provided for us to work with, screamed "Oriental" to me, however, it might scream something else to you!! That is the joy of working with these stunning photos - we all see something different in them.
All the details, plus some fab. work from the other Teamies, can be found by clicking the link above.

...... the photo .....
..... and my interpretation .....

Real Red card - Stampin' Up
Cherry Blossom stamp - from a very old acrylic set by Habico called "Chinese Flowers 2.
One of my all-time fave. stamps - "Cinnabar" from Stampington .
Tiny "With Love" stamp - Papermania Chatsworth set.
Martha Stewart punch - Garden Trellis.
Gold Momi Washi paper.
Jet black Archival ink.
Antique Linen Distress Ink lightly applied around main image and on the Trellis.
A litttle colour added to image with Copics (shows up better when you click to enlarge).
Image layered with black and red cardstock.
So - what do you see in that photo?  Hope you will join in the fun ~
Love to all ~

Sunday, 11 March 2012


Hi Lovely bloggers - I hope the weekend has been a good one wherever you may be? 
Are you all joining in this week's LESS IS MORE ONE LAYER, with Script challenge?  Go on - you know you want to!
Here is my offering - I know it looks as if  I am still in last week's  LIM Neutrals mode, but it was quite unintentional, and the base card is actually the most gorgeous shade of pastel greyish green - "River Rock" from Stampin' Up. (Twas my last piece too - sob)! 
Could I get it to look green on my photo? NO!  May try again in the morning.
UPDATE! - Took another pic. this morning with natural daylight in the room -  much better result! (Would love to learn more about photography) !!

SU River Rock cardstock  
Crackle background stamp from IndigoBlu, "second-stamped" with Versafine Vintage Sepia.
Crafty Individuals script, stamped with Vintage Sepia.
Chocolate Baroque image from the Fantasy Meadow set, inked with Staz-on Timber Brown.
Sentiment from Layers of Color Art Stamps.
Have a very happy week ~ love to all

Thursday, 8 March 2012


Hope you are all well my lovelies. I have some flowers for you today - 
some neutral, some vibrant!
Firstly the neutrals, which I have popped on my card for this week's
 The Lovely Mandi and Chrissie have asked us to use NEUTRALS
on our projects - anything from off-white to black, and shades of beige, brown, and grey in-between.

Punched layers and base card  - SU Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.
Paper snippets and an EK Success Flower Punch ~
 (the gingham is a Wendy Vecchi stamp inked with Staz-on Timber Brown).
Stems created with a pin-pricking tool.
Tiny bow - SU Linen thread.
Sentiment -  Penny Black.
Very old metal press-studs for flower centres.
My card is also entered into Di's Snippets.
OK - onto the vibrant flowers -  I wonder if anyone can tell me the name of the blossom tree in these photos I took on holiday in Tenerife? The large flowers are the most lush, vibrant orange, the petals tipped with yellowy-white, and at the side of each flower is this strange but wonderful "banana-like" growth. 

Any ideas peeps??!!
Love to all ~

Thursday, 1 March 2012


Good morning lovely Friends and Followers!  
The holiday was super, but it's oh-so-great to get back to all the things I love, including Blogging!  Thank you for the wonderful comments you left whilst I was away - you really are the best.  I will catch up with you all, as soon as possible.
I am so excited to share my first DT project for the FYI Challenge, and I hope you will pop over there to check out the fab. inspiration from the very talented Design Team, and details of a 15% discount at Your Next Stamp for all participants in the challenge. 
Here is this fortnight's amazing and inspirational picture which we would like you to work with, and you can interpret it in any way you wish  - how could you resist joining in the fun??!!

Sooooo - here is my offering - hope you like it!

Acrylic "Bravura" stamp bought years ago on e-bay and never used - just waiting for the right moment!
Inked with Adirondack Denim.
Mermaid and sky coloured with Copics.
Layers - leftovers of white and navy card, roughly torn.
Base card  - Bazzill - sorry don't know the name of the colour.
A sprinkling of Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds glitter here and there.
"Bliss" sentiment also from SU.
Shell and twine from stash.
I would like to enter the following Challenge - 
Tuesday Throwdown- Paper Tearing!
Update, March 6th - my card was chosen as a Top 3 at Tuesday Throwdown - thanks ladies!!

As promised, I will be popping back in a few days with candy for my Followers, so keep checking!

Love to all ~