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Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Hello everyone, hope you are all enjoying today’s sunshine! I have two for the price of one Craft Barn alpha challenges this time. I missed the deadline for the ‘J’ with a twist of dragonfly so will post that one below this fortnight’s alpha which is a straight forward letter with no twists of anything! The letter is ‘A’ and here is my (very simple) interpretation of it…

Dictionary 05-16 A sig

I do like Acers very much especially in the autumn when they have those beautiful colours if the weather has been cold enough that is.

Materials used:

Wrinkle free method using DI inks – Seedless preserve, Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber.

Memento Inks – Olive Grove, Cottage Ivy, Morocco

Stamp – Inkylicious Oriental Awakening

Computer generated Dictionary definition.


‘J’ with a dragonfly:

I went very simple for this challenge and printed off an image of a Junk boat and stamped the dragonfly on one of the sails; as this type of boat was used predominantly in Asia and dragonflies are usually associated with Asian culture they seemed to go well together!!

Dictionary 05-16 J with a dragonfly sig

Materials used:

Distress Ink – Vintage Photo

Archival Ink – Jet Black

Dragonfly stamp unknown

Bird stamp Inkylicious Take Flight

Zig ‘Wink of Stella’

Internet for Image. 

Thank you for looking and may the sunshine on you over the  Bank Holiday weekend 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


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


Q&L #18

The words for this fortnight’s Craft Barn challenge are Childhood and/or Easier; these were strange words for me and after looking through the various quotes brought back not such pleasant memories. I used a quote by Agatha Christie “One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life, I think, is to have a happy childhood”, sadly I wasn’t one of the lucky ones and I am just so happy that adulthood lasts much longer than childhood!!




Hand made foam stamp

Unknown rubber stamp

Inks – Versamagic Mango Madness

             Archival Jet Black



I suppose because the childhood quote brought back not so nice memories then this Easier quote resonated very much with that period because my mother was not only an abusive person but she could also criticize for England. This quote is by Benjamin Disraeli “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct”.





Stamps – PaperArtsy letters Plate 5

Inks – Distress Inks Bundled Sage, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade

             Archival Jet Black


Thank you for looking x



Q&L #7

Hello!I was so pleased to see my name appear on the Wall of Fame over at The Craft Barn for my Q&L #6 piece of the VW camper!   Many thanks to everyone who left a comment, this is much appreciated.

The words for challenge number 7 of The Craft Barn Quotes and Lyrics challenge are Change and/or Truth. David Bowie’s Changes was the only song lyric to come to mind for this one but being a bit of a Bowie fan that was okay! My hubby thinks I have weird tastes when it comes to music lol.

This was quite an easy one as part of the verse is ‘Time may change me But I can’t trace Time’ so having plenty of clock stamps that made life so simple!




Inks – Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade

                                         Vintage Photo

                                          Victorian Velvet

                Archival       Jet Black

Stamps – PaperArtsy Plate 5

                  Art Journey Clocks

Computer generated text 


This was a bit of a tricky one, finding quotes I liked with the word truth! When in doubt turn to either Shakespeare or Voltaire, both of these pen masters provided us with plenty of quotes. Voltaire was my inspiration for the second side and gave me a good quote – ‘Love Truth, and pardon error’.

Voltaire a sublime master of the pen

Voltaire a sublime master of the pen

For some reason this has come out lighter than it actually is (Did I split an infinitive there?? No place else for the ‘actually’ to go LOL).


Inks – Distress Ink Dusty Concord

                                      Chipped Sapphire

           Archival         Jet Black

Stamps – PaperArtsy plate 5

                  Jenni Bowlin Pen nibs


Thank you for looking x


Second home!

At last I have finished the second house printer tray; I made this more challenging for myself as I wanted a hipped type roof to provide some extra spaces for birdies. Although the construction turned into a bit of a marathon and much head scratching to work out the maths I think it did work.

Full frontal!

Full frontal!

Click on the photos to see the enlarged version. The whole house is covered in book pages that were inked with Distress inks Dusty Concord and Victorian Velvet and over stamped with flourish and script stamps. Most of the small ‘rooms’ hold buttons that came from a swap. Each of the buttons is made from clay which were decorated and coloured; these buttons are so gorgeous that it was a shame to hide them away in a drawer hence the making of the house. The ‘flower’ in the centre is made from porcelain made by a very clever lady, Kym, who took part in the swap and is Founder of UK Stampers forum.

The second big challenge of this house was making the small drawers! The main difficulty was that the horizontal and vertical main pieces aren’t truly horizontal and vertical! Three drawers contain the remainder of the swap buttons. Here are a few (!) close ups of the different rooms.

roof section

roof section

left hand drawers

left hand drawers

020 sig

including beaded bird

including beaded bird

037 sig

022 sig

015 sig

026 sig

034 sig019 sigThank you for looking x


In for a penny….

….in for a pound goes an old saying! So as I have tested the challenges water and found it not too terrifying I decided to make another card using the faux airbrushing technique. The stamps I used on this card were ones I won in a draw; they are KatzelKraft and are superb stamps. The images are fun and they stamp so cleanly and crisply.

fauz airbrushing using KatzelKraft stamps

f aux airbrushing using KatzelKraft stamps

The background has been inked with Whispers Green Dye Ink with the circles sponged through an acetate stencil with VersaMagic Spanish Olive. The images were stamped with Distress Inks Vintage Photo, Archival Jet Black and Versamagic Spanish Olive.

Thanks for looking x


Use a highlighter!

Paula Whittaker , a very talented crafter wrote an article for Craft Stamper magazine (August issue) about a very simple but effective background for stamping over. For the background a highlighter pen is used – those pens used to highlight text on paper – other marker pens can be used for this effect too. The technique is so simple but I had never thought of it!

Highlighter pen background

This is a good way to use up all those offcuts of cardstock we seem to accumulate; I collected together predominantly white cs but also some cream cs. Colour over the whole piece with a highlighter pen or other marker pen such as Copic or Promarker, then swipe distress ink over the coloured section to tone down the pen. In my case I used Vintage Photo and Antique Linen; I was a little light handed with the distress ink over the majority of the piece but darkened the edges more. Use a selection of stamps – silhouette types seem to work well on these backgrounds.

On my base card I masked off an area and stamped some verse or used a script or music stamp through the mask and then adhered the finished piece of cardstock over the top of the script.

Love this technique, hope you have a go!

Thanks for looking x


Leslie saw a wonderful piece of artwork on the wall of a washroom she visited whilst on her ‘day job’. She took a photo of this artwork, constructed from metal, and challenged us to come up with something using it as inspiration.

Photo of Circles artwork

Now I would be delighted to have this piece grace one of my walls! It is beautiful. For my challenge piece I chose to use air dry clay and cut two different sizes of circles out of the clay…. approximately 1¾ and 1¼inch diameters…….using uninked rubber stamps I pushed these into the clay to leave good impressions and then put the clay circles onto a piece of aluminium foil left the clay circles to dry for two days.

After the circles had dried I ground to a halt! I couldn’t make up my mind what medium to use to colour them with. Whilst rootling around in the drawer where all my various ink pads are stored I came across a set of drawing inks by Winsor and Newton; I fell in love with the delicious colours, dinky little bottles and boxes of these inks and hardly used them since buying them but they seemed perfect for the clay circles.

Using Peat Brown, Purple (which came out a sort of pinky colour), Ultramarine, Brilliant Green, Deep Red and Black India Ink and a small paintbrush the circles were painted, edged with a gold pen and I rubbed Goldfinger gold green metallic finish (by Daler Rowney) lightly over the patterns just catching the raised surfaces.


painted circles highlighted with Goldfinger green gold metallic paste

I quite surprised myself as I liked how these turned out!!

I thought to make a wall hanging similar to the one Leslie took a photo of so I glued two pieces of mountboard together….I had bought some decent sizes of mountboard from a picture framing shop, the mountboard was all the same useful size and with the edges bevelled.  So two pieces made a very sturdy backdrop for the circles;  a piece of narrow black ribbon was sandwiched between the two pieces and then distress inks were brushed and sponged over the mountboard surface. The colours used were Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen, a script stamp inked up with Antique Linen was stamped over the inked mountboard, the circles adhered with very strong glue and then the same script stamp inked up with Walnut Stain stamped around the edges (or dropped on as happened on the last stamping!!!!!!)

Circles wall hanging

If you look at the top….and you don’t need to peer closely either…you can see the effect of dropping an inked stamp!!!!!!!  Apart from that boo boo I quite like how it turned out 🙂  The overall size of the piece measures approximately 9¾ x 6¼inches  in old money or 24.5cms x 16 cms.

Thank you for looking x

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