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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 Weekly Challenge

Craft Barn are running a weekly challenge as well as the Alpha/Dictionary fortnightly challenge. Think this is to keep us all on our toes and make sure we don’t languish between challenges!

Anyway I have made a needed birthday card using the theme of the weekly challenge which is Triplets. Using various inks (materials listed below) on a piece of white card stock cut into three-near-as-possible-equal-sizes I stamped a flower image three times and then mounted the three pieces onto dark green card and then onto a folded A5 size of cream card stock. Made two score lines and stamped Happy Birthday between the score lines. Inside where the sentiment will go I also stamped two sets of leaves using second generation stamping and a PaperArtsy Flora and Fauna stamp

weekly challenge triplets 2016 a


Inks – Versamagic Mango Madness;Persimmon;Red Magic; Night Sky;Spanish Olive;Purple Hydrangea.

Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Penny Black Floral and Feathers; Happy Notes.

Thank you for looking x


UK Stampers postcard swap

I am always in awe of regular bloggers who can come up with original titles for their posts, sadly I don’t number amongst them!

Over on UK Stampers Sam has set an open theme for our monthly postcard swap. Recently I received, from a very kind friend, a large envelope stuffed full of stamps so some of these had to be used to make my postcard, however few of the stamps came with their original packaging and my friend has no idea who manufactured many of them. So does anyone recognise the little birds and corner flourish? The centre birds do now have a name but the parrot and flourish are still anonymous.

Enjoy Life's moments

Enjoy Life’s moments

The shadow stamps are hand made using dies to cut out funky foam and inked up with Versamagic, the birds, flourish and saying were stamped using Versafine Onyx Black. The squiggle around the edges is so obviously hand “drawn” with a fine (0.5) black Letraset pen !

Hope someone can name those stamps.

Thank you for looking x


Q & L #15

Flying in by the seat of my pants again! First I lost a week and thought I’d run out of time and then discovered I still had a week which then flew past filled with all kinds of trials and tribulations.

Enough of my waffle, it is time for the Craft Barn’s quotes and lyrics number 15 challenge. The two words are Mind and /or Ignorance; as soon as I saw Mind then the song Windmills of your Mind sprang into my mind! There are many versions of this song but my favourite is sung by Noel Harrison for the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair” although Sting sang the song for the later revised film.

Windmills of your Mind

Windmills of your Mind

Various shades of Versacolor and Versamagic inks were used for the background with the keys being stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and the clock in Memento Terracotta. The windmill image was downloaded from the internet onto printer paper, cut out and coloured with watercolour pencils and adhered in place after I drew the very wobbly spiral.




A very wise saying of Confucius. Wish I was as wise as he is reputed to have been.

The background was inked with Versacolor Sea Foam and Old Rose and the Artemio script stamp was inked up with Old Rose. The book/candlestick stamp (unknown) was inked with Brilliance Graphite Black and the Jenni Bowlin Pen nibs with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust.  The quote was downloaded from Brainy Quotes site.

Right off to link up before it closes 🙂

Thanks for looking, it is much appreciated x


Q & L Challenge 3

Aaargh I’m not doing well with this challenge, time flies passed too quickly. Here I was thinking I have just made it for number three only to find number 4 s up already! However I am going to add Q & L’s numbers 2 and 3 here anyway to prove I have done them. What am I wittering on about? The Craft Barn’s Quotes and Lyrics challenge.

For the third Q&L the words were Strong and Miss

Strong quote

Strong quote

On white card I brushed Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade, the quote was printed directly onto the card. In Vintage Photo is stamped the harlequin design from PaperArtsy Letters (plate 5) and the statue is from Creative Expressions Lost Garden and stamped in Archival black ink.



The background to this card was brushed with Versamagic Aegean Blue and Ocean Depth. The stars were stamped in Brilliance Cosmic Copper; the leaves (Oriental Awakenings) is stamped in Versamagic Red Magic and Hint of Pesto with the moon/clouds stamped in Archival black.

Q & L 2 Silence & Dazzle



I chose the lyrics Silence is Golden for this theme so I combined an image of Tutankhamun who is not only silent but whose mask was richly decorated in Gold! The words are computer generated; the background is decorated paper to which I added gold embossing. The images are raised on foam pads.



This was a difficult quote to locate! The background inks are brushed on and I used Versamagic Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth and Persimmon. The images were stamped in Archival black and a little Hint of Pesto brushed over the woman.

Thank you for looking x






Another great forum I am a member of is UK Stampers and every month Samantha Read sets a theme (or not!) for our postcard swap; some months we have a ‘free theme’ which means we have to think for ourselves and I have a real problem with a free month!! I can, and frequently do, think for myself but when it comes to a craft swap my mind can become a complete blank! Panic sets in as there are no parameters! Usually I either fall back on old favourites or luck might play a part and for last month’s swap luck did play a part; I remembered a collage style that Jann Gray did on one of her Youtube videos. I love Jann’s creativity and she makes it all look so easy however she is a perfect teacher and instructor!

May's postcard swap

May’s postcard swap

So incorporating some of Jan’s teachings I created a collage of sorts. I have to say that this was sooooooooo close to going in the bin but my DH wouldn’t le me throw it away! I was convinced it was overdone and far too cluttered. The main image ( Aspects of Design Botanical) was stamped centrally with Versamark and embossed with black detail embossing powder and Versamagic Sahara Sand brushed over it. The image was then masked off and the other images were stamped, again masking where necessary, with Hero Arts ‘Antique Engravings’ stamps and various colours of Versamagic and black Archival inks. A white gel pen was used in places to create highlights.

Thank you for looking and may the sun shine where you are 🙂


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