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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

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New Craft Barn Challenge

Hello! At long last I am back here in blogland. It has been so long since I have posted I had almost forgotten my password:) Since my last post we have moved to sunny Cornwall, the unpacking is almost complete and only one or two jobs to finish doing to our new home. We are loving it here and wish we had done it years ago. We are now on the look out for a doggy companion!

Well to cut to the chase there is a new challenge on the Craft Barn blog it is a dictionary challenge and the first letter is ‘B‘. For my entry I am using 4 x 4 inch card stock however this first entry is a pretty sad affair as I was fast running out time!

Dictionary B 01-16 sigI chose the word Block as in Block of Colour and that is the dictionary definition I have gone with.


Card stock from stash

Inks – Versamagic – Persimmon, Mango Madness, Aloe Vera, Spanish Olive, Ocean Depth, Night Sky, Red Magic,

Memento –     Starlight Silver

Versafine –   Onyx Black

Stamps – Penny Black Chantilly Lace; Creative Expressions Crackle; Artistic Stamper Ink Blots; Creative Expressions Lost Garden; Penny Black Happy Notes.

papier-mache letter from stash

Black acrylic paint

computer generated text coloured with highlighter pens

Thank you so much 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 #4

Over at the Craft Barn blog the Quote and Lyric challenge’s words are Marriage and Age, those entering can use either word or both; I have tried to use both so I came up with a quote on one side of the 4 x 4 inch and a lyric for the other side.

My first offering – Age  – is a quote by Oscar Wilde, just love this quote. Not sure whether this is ironic or did he have his tongue firmly in his cheek?

Quote and Lyric Craft Barn challenge side one

Quote and Lyric Craft Barn challenge side one

On white smooth card stock (measuring 3.75 x 3.75 inches) various shades of Versamagic Chalk Inks were used for the background and for the stamped flourishes (manufacturer unknown). The lady is a download from the internet. The faux stitches were done with red and black fine liner pens.

The second side is a song lyric Let’s Stick Together by Bryan Ferry.

Craft Barn quote and lyric challenge Marriage

Craft Barn quote and lyric challenge Marriage

Again various shades of Versamagic Chalk inks were used for the background and the foliage stamp. The silhouette is another internet download with black fine liner pen for the faux stitching. Both pieces of card stock were mounted onto a black square of card measuring 4 x 4 inches.

Thank you for looking x


OLS #2 Repeats

Over on One Layer Simplicity the challenge is to do repeat stamping. Now this isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, well not for me as I’m challenged in many ways such as straight lines or properly spaced images! I don’t think my brain copes well with these things so it is definitely a challenge. I only had to throw one piece away though so not so bad.

Repeat stamping

Repeat stamping

As the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed there isn’t a sentiment yet on this card, this will be added when I use the card. I quite often make up a batch of cards and don’t add any sentiments until I come to send the card.

I have used a smooth 300gsm white card base tent folded DL shape. The home made foam shadow stamp has been inked with Versamagic Aegean Blue; the butterfly image is a freebie from Craft Stamper by Chocolate Baroque and is inked with Versamagic Ocean Depth. The butterflies were masked to add the flourish ‘tails’, the flourish stamp is from PaperArtsy (HP1005) inked with Brilliance Cosmic Copper.

For the inside I used second generation stamping of the butterfly and tail to add extra interest!

Thank 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


Postcard Swap

For some months now I have participated in a postcard swap on the UK  Stampers forum; some of the makes for the swap have been well within my capabilities but just occasionally Sam slips a blinder through that is a tad outside my comfort zone! It is all good fun though and there are few rules; as it is a stamping forum then stamping must appear somewhere on the postcard, postcards are approximately 6 x 4 inches but don’t have to be rectangular but they must be able to go through the postal system ‘naked’ – that is without an envelope so any embellishments must be well adhered but participants tend to keep the cards as flat as possible.

There isn’t a theme for this month – we can do whatever we want so I went with a grid postcard:

March 2013 Postcard for UKS swap

March 2013 Postcard for UKS swap

I was lucky enough to win some plates of Art Journey’s stamps so I gave one or two of those stamps an outing on this card! I used Versamagic Chalk Inks Red Magic and Mango Madness for the background colours, the stamps were inked with Memento Potter’s Clay and Archival Jet Black. The whole card was edged with Potter’s Clay to finish it off.

For February’s postcard swap Sam came up with Getting Emotional which really threw me in a spin! After much head scratching I went with a sad/happy card and found the theatrical mask on the internet and resized it. One half of the card shows a grey, rainy day with a happy spring time on the other half – a good compromise!

February 2013 Swap 'Getting Emotional'

February 2013 Swap ‘Getting Emotional’


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