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Alpha Challenge

On the Craft Barn blog the new challenge is for a piece beginning with the letter ‘S’ and the added twist is that a shell should be on there somewhere! Well I thought I’d had a brilliant idea coming up with a fairy silhouette sitting on/in two shells but when I showed it to my DH he said it looked like the angel of death!!! He wasn’t at all impressed. Hope it generates more excitement from others:)

Dictionary 04-16 S with shell sig

Materials used:

Stamps – Fairy & large shell unknown

                 Hero Arts Antique Engravings

                Marianne Designs die and stamp set

Inks – Versafine Jet Black

            Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme

Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent watercolour paint Pastel Blue  

Mica Powders       

Thank you for looking x


Third ATC!

This third ATC for UK Stampers is a bit of a cheat as the word isn’t one word but either can be hyphenated or two words!!! This is artistic licence and hope I shan’t be thrown out of the swap group! Here is ‘A is for Air borne’

04-16 A is for sig

Materials used:

Stamps – Debbi Moore Designs Flutterby

                 Inkylicious Take Flight

Painted scrap paper

Foam dots

Ink – Archival Jet Black

Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Ink – Lilac Blue, Magenta Flame

Pen Touch Calligrapher Gold


Thank you for looking x


Second ATC

Here is the second in the ‘A is for…’ series of ATCs for this month’s UK Stampers ATC swap. During a recent tidy up and re-organisation of some containers of oddments of card stock I came across the piece I used as a backing for this ATC, it is in fact a piece of packaging which had an interesting colour and design on it.   This ATC is Alarm Clock.

04-16 A is for 3 sig

Materials used:

Stencil – Papercraft Imagination

Inks – Brilliance Pearlescent Rust

            Archival Jet Black

Letraset – rub ons, Tim Holtz rub ons

Stamps – Art Journey Clocks

Pen Touch Calligrapher’s Gold 

Thank you for looking x



This month on UK Stampers our Alpha ATC swap has to be ‘A’ so I tried to come up with three different ATCs.  The first one is A is for ART

04-16 A is for 2 sig

Materials used: 

Water colour paper washed with green acrylic paint

Stencils – Imagination Crafts – flourishes

                 Crafters Workshop – Mini Art is

Inks – Versacolor – Opera Pink, Atlantic, Canary, Old Rose

          Brilliance – Pearlescent Thyme

         Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Elusive Images


              Artistic Stamper -Botanical 2

Pens – Adirondack Cranberry; Marvy le Plume 11; Pen Touch Calligrapher Gold. 

I have several projects in mind I want to do so thought I would clear the decks early of all the swaps and challenges and make a start on one of the projects – a firescreen for our sitting room hearth. However I was sent a very full box of stamps a while ago and they also needed sorting, putting some cushion mount of some and getting them put into the right binders and indexing them; two days later I still haven’t finished them and one of the binders desperately needs some order and organisation and dividing into a second binder as the first one is rather full to bursting!

I really will make a start on that firescreen project!!

Thank you for looking x




Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

First of all many apologies for not getting around to everyone to leave a comment and to thank all those who left lovely comments for me.

This fortnight’s challenge at Craft Barn is the letter ‘D’ with pink somewhere. I had several ideas but a quick flick through my stamp index showed me this stamp which I have yet to use. It was amongst an assortment given to me and sadly I don’t know who it is by.

Dictionary 04-16 D with pink sig

Materials used:

Stamp – main stamp unknown

              Marianne Designs

Rub ons – Letraset

Tim Holtz Tissue painted with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Paints, paints also used for splatters.

Ink – Archival Jet Black

Thank you for looking x


Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

It took me ages to come up with an idea for the Alpha Challenge at Craft Barn this time; nothing would spring to mind then I was rootling through a box of die cuts and came across some gate and fence die cuts I had purchased from the well known auction site! Light bulb moment – I had my word!!! The letter was ‘G’ so I had Gate.

Dictionary 04-16 G sig

It may not easily be seen in the photo but I opened the gate and used a small piece of foam to keep it open, hoping to invite you in to view the statue!


Inks – Versacolor – Green Tea; Green

Versamagic -Ocean depth;Night Sky;Sahara Sand

          Brilliance – Pearlescent Rust

          Memento – Bamboo Leaves;Cottage Ivy; Rich Cocoa

         Versafine – Onyx Black

         Distress Inks – Vintage Photo, Black Soot 

Stamps – Cute Companions

                 Inkylicious Oriental Awakening

                Creative Expressions Lost Garden

                Cart-US  Birds on a branch

Fence/gate die cut


Thank you for looking xx


Craft Barn Alpha challenge

It is a month since I did the Craft Barn alpha/dictionary challenge thanks to a slipped disk/over rotated something or other – whatever it is the pain has been awful! Consequently I haven’t been able to do much crafting however I did manage this fortnight’s ‘R’ challenge.

Before we get down to business  I’d like to apologise in advance as I doubt whether I will be able to get around to everyone who has entered this challenge; also apologies to those who show their entries on Facebook/Pinterest, etc as I am not signed up to those I can’t comment. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment on my blog, your comments are much appreciated.

Dictionary 03-16 R sig

For this month I did a very simple piece. I painted a rough square with some Frosted Mint acrylic paint and then stamped the image on top and coloured with pencils. Added the dictionary definition and put a touch of gold around the edge! Simples:)

The paint I used is from a range by Docrafts and they are lovely shades, mainly pearlised or metallic but a nice addition to my other acrylic paints and not expensive either!


Docrafts Artiste Acrylic Paint – Frosted Mint;

Stamp – Elusive Image;

Ink – Archival Jet Black;

Coloured pencils (a range from Ryman’s)

Pen Touch Gold

Many thanks for looking x


F with a twist

It is time for the Craft Barn alpha/dictionary challenge. I’m sneaking this one in only a smidgeon ahead of the deadline! We had to come up with something beginning with the letter ‘F’ but there had to be a heart in the mix somewhere. My first heart didn’t show up as a proper defined heart so had to add a small line of green hearts at the top right corner.

Dictionary 02-16 F with a heart

I was also able to use up a few things from my craft stash that have been hanging around for more years than I care to think about! The three fans and the gold string beads have been lurking in a drawer for too long.


Graphic 45 pearls of Wisdom paper from the Bird Song Collection

Distress Inks – Cracked Pistachio; Mermaid Lagoon; Abandoned Coral.

Stamp – Stamp Addict and small heart was a free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine.

Fans and gold beads from craft stash.

Thank you for looking x



Over at UK Stampers the theme for February’s postcard is a song title or lyrics; I almost forgot this swap as we were having our bathroom done – it was totally gutted but is now, after a week, fully operational again! So having to contend with the plumber coming and going plus one mischievous puppy the swap flew out of my head.

I chose ‘Tea for Two’ for my theme, a very old song but I had been given some stamps of teapot and cups so now was the time to ink them up.02-16 Song titles

I have no idea who is the maker of these stamps. The text background and teabag stamp is from the Scene-velopes set. The ‘table’ is created by die cutting a piece of funky foam and inking up with Distress ink Vintage photo and stamping it in place after masking the teapot and cups.


Inks – Distress Inks Vintage Photo; Fossilised Amber; Peacock Feathers.

Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Scene-velopes

Die cut oval shape

Computer generated text.

Thank you for looking


C is for …..

Don’t you just love my catchy titles??!! I am very envious of those folk who have the sort of mind to come up with witty titles.

On the UK Stampers forum for the last few months I have been joining in with the postcard and ATC swap. We are doing an alphabet theme with the letters being drawn randomly each month and this month’s letter is ‘C’ so my choice is Cats; I do love cats!

For the back ground of this first one I came across an idea on Craft Barn that one of the CB design team, Dawn Heald, had used and that was brayer liquid peals onto card stock for a background. It hadn’t occurred to me to use liquid pearls that way however my motto is try anything once. I haven’t got many colours of liquid pearls but do have some different colours in Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects in brights so I mixed and matched with both products and the end result is very pretty with a shimmer.

02-16 cat 3

The shimmer doesn’t come through in the photo but it is there – honest!

02-16 chilled cat

I do love those KatzelKraft cats – real cool dudes!

02-16 cat 2

Managed to get a blob of black ink in the wrong place!!


Inks – Distress Inks – Mermaid Lagoon;Chipped Sapphire;Bundled Sage; Broken China.

Versamagic Inks – Spanish Moss

Memento – Morocco;Potters Clay.

Archival Jet Black

Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects Brights – Red; Purple.

Liquid Pearls – Platinum Pearl;White Opal.

Stamps – Inkylicious- Olde Wall; Oriental Awakening

Katzelkraft – cat; autumn

Creative Expressions – Lost Garden

Thanks for looking x


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