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Archive for the month “July, 2016”

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

I missed a couple of letters however I have now caught up again:) This fortnight the letter is ‘N’ at Craft Barn Alpha challenge and I am almost out time!!

Dictionary 07-16 N sig

So N for nibs! I do love pens and collect them all the time – not to use though. They go with that stack of paper I have also collected 🙂

Materials used:

Stamps:  Home made background ‘stamp’

               Jenni Bowlin Pen Nibs

              The Artistic Stamper Botanicals 2

              Prima Firefly

 Inks – Versafine Onyx Black

            Versamagic Night Sky, Red Magic

Letter from stash painted with Imagination Crafts Starlight Emerald Metallic Paint. 


Letter ‘W’ in Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Dictionary 06-16 W sig

As a child we frequently had whelks and cockles to eat as a snack but I have to admit that they are not to my taste these days – well not the whelks!

Materials Used:

Imagination Crafts Starlight Metallic Paints Emerald and Sax Blue

Ink Versafine Onyx Black

Image from the internet.

Stamps – Hero Arts Antique Engravings


Letter ‘K’ in Craft Barn Challenge

IMG_0225 Dictionary 06-16 K sig

Materials Used:

Imagination Crafts Starlight Metallic Paints Sax Blue

Image from Internet

Stamp – KatzelKraft Autumn

Ink Versafine Onyx Black

Thank you for looking x



The theme for our postcard swap over on UK Stampers for this month is Peaches and Green.

07-16 peaches & green sig

This was the closest I could get to a peach colour! More pink and not enough orange perhaps!?

Materials Used:

Inks – Versamagic Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea, Mango Madness, Pink Petunia

Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Sweet Plum.

Distress Inks – Cracked Pistachio

Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy

Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Debbi Moore Designs Flutterby,

Cart-US  Bird on a Branch

Crafty Individuals CI-256

Penny Black  Floral & Feather, Happy Notes


Thank you for looking x



UK Stampers ATC swap is still going strong and hosted so well by Vonny. This month’s letter is ‘T’ and I couldn’t resist the imaginative Trees for my ATCs!!07-16 T is for sig

I do love my trees but wouldn’t it have been nice to come up with something far more imaginative and creative???

Materials used:

Memento Inks – Northern Pine, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage ivy

Versamagic Inks – Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky

Impress ink – Chocolate

Archival –     Jet Black



Inkadinkadoo 93174x

Marianne Designs

Inkylicious – Oriental Awakening

Thank you for looking xShabbyBlogsDividerF

Been a while!

Just don’t know what is going on with me these days but I can’t get a good routine going for blogging! Once upon a time it was easy; exactly the same is happening with my crafting time, I am not spending enough time in my crafting den and it all should be so much easier these days because I have my very own space. No longer do I have to clear the craft things away to get the computer out or put away craft stash and computer because I fancy writing a letter! Is it because life is too easy now? Or something else? Answers on a postcard please 🙂

I have been crafting a little and I have plenty of ideas chasing around in what passes for a brain.

bird cage sig

I created this book fold called a bird cage after watching many videos on Youtube about book folding and cutting. I should have kept more books when we moved! I used Graphic 45 papers on the inside of the covers and added some feathers that one of our one neighbours gave me, her late husband used to make his own fishing flies and these feathers had been languishing in a drawer. The colours in the feathers are gorgeous.

I made two little birds to sit on the top of the bird cage; I used a PaperArtsy stamp for the image and then adhered some feather filaments to create the tails however I made the mistake of leaving the book on a low table and our little pesky dog pinched one of the birds!!bird cage 2

The book was a nature book full of colour photos hence some of the colour on the folded pages, I enhanced the colours with various shades of gilding wax in blue and gold.

There are a few more ideas for folded books on the back burner!

Thank you for looking x


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