Wednesday, 14 March 2018

I’ve had a good couple of weeks, winning a second place prize from

Stamping Sensations


Top Five in Try it on Tuesday

and Winner in Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

So I’ve been doing the happy dance Smile

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

This week, I’ve been playing with lots of scraps, using up bits of backgrounds and just doing some quick and easy bits, using new stamps and parts of stamps. 

This was my pile of ‘Works in Progress’, either coloured or waiting for colour…


… and here are some of the results.

Scraplings (offcuts of folded cards created when cutting prefolded cards to size) – these two are roughly 3-4cm wide.


Simple 3” square cards…


A simply stamped card, dry embossed…


Another simple 3x3 card…


…and using up a scrap of background paper…


There’s more, but that’s enough for now. I haven’t had much chance to post before now, so I thought I’d just pop by to say hello.

I’d like to link one of the above cards to:-

Everybody Art Challenge – Anything Goes

Inspiration Destination – Anything Goes

Sparkles Monthly Challenge – Clean and Simple

Thanks for looking!

See you soon



Thursday, 8 March 2018

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is ‘Whatever the Weather’, so I was thinking of this while stamping today.

I used one of my favourite girly stamps – Tatty Buttons – to make these two cards.


This one is a little OTT with colour, but that was intentional… maybe I should’ve made her a little plainer?

There’s an optional ‘girly’ theme over at

Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes, so I’d like to enter this one for that.


This is my favourite, though. I LOVE this stamp!


I’d like to enter this into:-

Addicted to Stamps Challenge – Make your mark

A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

Mix it Up – Anything Goes

This one is a little different…


I’d like to enter this into the

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Girl Power Challenge and the

Ladies Only Challenge at Allsorts

That’s all for now…. back soon!

Thanks for looking



Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Good morning, stampers.  Hope you’re well.

Yesterday I had a bit of a different kind of play – less inky and a bit more organised, playing with different things.

For the Ladies Only Challenge at Allsorts I made this pretty, girly card…I used Spun Sugar for the stencilled background and Prisma Pencils to colour.


Next time I’ll be a little more concerned about where the wording falls – I was so busy making sure the words stamped straight, I didn’t notice the t was on the shoe.

This one was just a simple Penny Black stamp I use a lot for quick cards – I don’t know why but I just love this little sheep! I dry embossed it with one of those partial embossing folders to take away the plainness.


I tried this card last week, but the word didn’t stamp properly and I was really frustrated with it. When I checked it the foam underneath was undercut on all 3 of the set of stamps – I didn’t expect that from Hero Arts. I decided to unmount them and put them on EZ mount – much easier to use and far more reliable now Smile


That’s actually Citrus ink but the photo doesn’t show the brightness well.

While dry embossing, I did a little more on this card.



This one is for the Floral Delight Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. I love this flower stamp set! The flowers are very  simply coloured with Prisma Pencils and I cut the word stamp in two to give more options. The edges are sponged with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

I’ll also enter the

Addicted to Stamps Anything Goes Challenge.


Thanks for looking

See you soon




Sunday, 4 March 2018

I think I got the bug Smile - or am I just desperate for Spring?  I had a lovely afternoon playing in my journal, painting with acrylics and drawing (of a fashion) this time, and enjoying a bit of meditation on God’s word - Phil 4:8 - at the same time! (Interestingly, I tried to put the reference in brackets but kept getting a little green(eyed?) monster, so if anyone likes keyboard shortcuts, colon, 8 and bracket gives you Alien)

This is my spread.…


I often journal along the lines of drawn or stamped images and that way I can journal to my heart’s content. This was fun! I love Spring, flowers and colour, and it was so good to think of good things and just enjoy life’s blessings.

I’d like to enter a second time in the

Art Journal Journey’s Spring challenge

(I may be back again before the end of the month – this is a great challenge!)

Most of the snow had gone by last night here – hope you’re not still snowed in or at risk of flooding if you’re in the UK. I know there’s challenging weather in a lot of places in Europe and in the US, as well as here in the UK. You’re all in my prayers!

Back soon.

Thanks for looking



Saturday, 3 March 2018

I was thinking Spring today, for Art Journal Journey’s Spring Challenge

Fortunately, most of the snow has gone from around here, unlike most of the rest of the UK – I’m so grateful Smile

Here’s my page…journalled all over, as usual…isn’t that what journalling is for? I used a new stamp from Woodware – I quite like it, though I wish they’d do some rubber instead of acrylic! 


There’s even a bit of glitter on there, though you can’t see it in the dark light photo… I rarely use glitter and especially in my journals, but it just seems to go with the theme…new life, new birth, new hope – and glitter!

Thanks for looking

Be back soon



Friday, 2 March 2018

Make My Mondays Challenge is Messy Backgrounds.

That’s something I can manage… I love playing around with inks and making a mess!

These are just Oxide play backgrounds…




Another Vintage style card for Try it on Tuesdays… I’m still playing!


And I’d like to enter the

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge – Anything Goes

Back soon.

Thanks for looking.




Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Brrr!  It’s cold outside in the UK!!! Fortunately, I live in the North West and for once, the weather here isn’t anywhere near as bad as the rest of England.

I’ve had a bit of a change this week, decided not to use as many flowers and to play around a little more, so this is the result. I’ve also had a week of making things I wasn’t really happy with and that’s frustrating!

I love these images and had to use the quote because used with the images, it made me smile. I enjoy black and white now and again because it changes the focus of my stamping and makes me think a little more. I stamped the lady first, masking her before stamping the tiled floor.


I fancied playing around a bit with more collage type images and found these two girls, already cut out and ready to use, so I just had to use them in my journal…


…and on this card, which I stamped the Paperartsy house I’ve had for ages and not used.


A bit more journalling… from my A4 journal.


Finally, an experiment that went wrong… but I love the background colours, so I’m blogging it anyway!


I’d like to enter the following challenges:-

Try it on Tuesday challenge – vintage

Tuesday Throwdown Black and White Challenge and

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes.

Thanks to Country View Challenges for a Top Three award – woohoo!!!

Thanks for looking.

Be back soon!




Monday, 19 February 2018

I needed a Birthday card today, so I made this, using Oxides and my trusty Lavinia stamps.


In the interest of science, I made another one at the same time, using different words, on another type of card…just experimenting.


As you can see, one turned out much deeper coloured than the other, even though I used the same inks at the same time.

I also made another leafy card – disappointed in the wishy washy results of the other day, I decided to sponge them on this time and lightly spray.  I’m much happier with the result, though I can’t wait for the Spring light, so my photos improve…you can’t really see the background stamping or the differentiation of colour on any of these – shame.  That’s the bit I work hardest at!


This is for the

A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge - Anything Goes.

While I was a it, I also overstamped the greens/pinks card from the other day, just to finish it off. I like it better now.


Then because there’s a glossy card challenge over at Paperminutes, I had a self indulgent moment and did a little bit of resist stamping on glossy card, using one of my favourite colour combos, though they look much lighter on glossy – Raspberry Pink and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. I stencilled a bit of a brick wall in the centre, to give it a bit more depth.


Back soon.

Thanks for looking.

God Bless!



Saturday, 17 February 2018

Happy Mail Day!

The postie brought be some ‘stash’ yesterday and earlier in the week…so I had a quick play.

Love these stamps (Bee Crafty) but the XL is a little limiting and would work much better in my journals…something to try tomorrow, along with the other one I haven’t yet used! For some reason, today has turned out to be a green day…I was just trying out some of the newer Oxide inks for a change. Must confess I’m not as wowed this time around – the colours aren’t my natural choices.


This is a stamp set I’ve coveted for a little while, so I decided to go for it. I tried two different looks, again using the newer Oxides in the first, which I have mixed feelings about. It’s moody but I think I should’ve added some focal stamping to complete it. I much prefer the Oxides for background work and stencilling, rather than stamping, as I’ve done here.


This one I like more, but that’s partly because I went back to my trusty Versafine ink for the focal images..


And just to prove how versatile Lin’s lovely grasses stamp is, I made a CAS card with it.


I’d like to enter this one into the Clean and Simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

This is a journal page…


Back soon.

Thanks for looking.

God Bless!



Friday, 16 February 2018

Addicted to Stamps and More have a Clean and Simple Challenge this week, so I thought I’d get my CAS head on – not easy on my work surfaces, which are usually covered in ink Rolling on the floor laughing but I had a go…

I used an old Paperartsy Stamp set – not even sure if they sell them any m ore – but I like this quirky lady. We’re doing a ‘Think Spring’ mingle on KCUK, so I thought I’d do just that.


While thinking Spring, I was also playing around with birds…


…and blossom…


…and more CAS Flowers…


…and another bird!  (I LOVE birds!)


Besides Addicted to Stamps (linked above) I’d like to enter one of the above into

Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations – Anything With Flowers

Dragonfly Dreams – Flowers

Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Anything Goes


Sparkles Forum Challenges – Clean and Simple.

Thanks for looking.

See you soon.