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Perfect Just The Way I Am

My Skyping crafty partner in crime and myself both made a tag this afternoon and as usual both turned out different, (apart from the frame).  The input we both put into these sessions is inspiring.

Knew that I wanted to have a framed image on my tag and to make the frame I was going to use string.  Irene started to make her frame wherein she used matchsticks.  How cool was that so my frame was made with matchsticks as well, (thanks I).  Painted with black gesso then added some gold gilding wax.


FSC Wants Numbers

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight want to see ”NUMBERS” on your make.  Amanda picked this theme and I thoroughly enjoyed making this card.

I also enjoyed taking the photo … yes you did read correctly, all my whining and whinging about photo taking is a thing of the past  (I hope).

Andrew bought me a super duper light tent with all the fandangle of lights on stands that goes with it.  (OMG it’s huge!!!!!)  Took the photo with the white background (it comes with four different coloured background sheets) and I was very impressed with the results so left it white.  I usually like to do a coloured background around my work which I create in gimp.  This is my first take and I can see a lot of practising ahead with the contraption but I am going to really enjoy the challenge of it .

A huge thank’s and more Andrew.

The background was made by spritzing water onto the card before dropping some granules of coffee onto it, leave until it soaks in then wipe off any excess.  Dragged some paint and ink across the card when all was dry.  The sewing machine also saw the light of day for the first time this year!!!

It was so easy to achieve the tarnished look on the die cogs.  Cut them out with greyboard, inked with versamark before sprinkling with black soot and aged mahogany distress embossing powders.  Finished off by rubbing some gold gilding wax on the edges..

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


Upper Class Toff

What a spiffin upper class toff this old chap looks from the Paris Memoirs collection of Tim’s stamps.

First saw him on Hels blog here, it was love at first sight so I had to go and buy the set.  Thanks Hels for the fabulous inspiration and also for making me spend more dosh lol.

He came Saturday morning and I had him inked and coloured onto card by Saturday afternoon.  Making things I love is easy but the photography bit not so much that’s why he is only just on the blog today.  Also my first time of inking some stamps I was lucky enough to win at the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #11 and the generous sponsor for this particular challenge was Inspiration Emporium.  I chose an Artistic Outpost collection here, (plus some other stamps) and used the building from the set.  Other stamps used are from Stampin Up and Creative Expressions.

Spiffin Old Chap

I wanted everything one layer but it seemed to be missing something so I ripped and tore a piece of book page, added an itsy bitsy piece to the edge and corner which transformed it immediately.

It would be rude not to show Hels how she inspired me so I have entered into her Sunday Challenge – Anything Goes.  Thanks sweetie x x

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Inky Background.
Artistic Outpost Challenge – Anything Goes using an AO stamp


Beer Mat Album

Didn’t realise how long ago it was that I last made a Beer Mat Album, over 2 years ago.  My last one which you can see here was a Beer Mat Brag book,  coincidentally it was also for another FSC New Year challenge … da da da da – spooky!!!

Fashionable Stamping Challenges starts off the New Year with a theme of  ”Something New” which was picked by my fabby teamie sister Esther.  This could be new stash, new technique or even a new resolution which you may have made (and already broken lol)!!!!

Still on a roll with my new Gelatos but this time I have used them to cover the beer mats.  Aged the frame with a sprinkling of different distressed embossing powders before adding the image.  The corrugated background was coloured with Gelatos.

Not going to bore you too much about how it was made because time is such a precious thing to us all.

“A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”

Hopefully my pics tell a story just as well as a large amount of descriptive text.


One thing which I will tell you is that Gelatos seem to work better with a primed surface, Gesso being my preferred medium of choice.

(Irene told me the tip about the Gesso.)

I have used a mixture of new and old stamps, dies and even some new masks which gives a different feel to each page.


Last page of the ‘Beer Mini’ which uses one of my new Christmas stamps, isn’t she just divine?


I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.


Gelatos Playtime

I have Irene to thank for introducing me to Gelatos.  Seen them around blogland but I really thought just another paint gadget … wrong!!!  They are fantastic and so easy to use.  Me and I are having a Skype session today and guess what we will be using??

Below is another make using the gelatos for the background.

2 Shirl

New Year, New Stash At VSC

Happy New Year to each and every one of you and welcome to my first project of 2015 which also happens to be the first challenge at VSC.

Vintage Stamping Challenges has a challenge theme this month of New Year, New Stash.  This means you can make anything with all that new stash you received over Christmas.

This is one of those projects that I had no idea where it was going until the very end.  I can never be accused of over thinking my makes because each one just takes on a life of it’s own along the way.  This one is designed along the lines of a matchbox and has three tags inside which hang freely when opened.  The front has a stamped tissue paper image which I lightly coloured.

The first two pics shows the box and the sides, the next two is when the inside is pulled open revealing a stamped eye image.


When the drawer is opened everything slides out and lays flat.  This is where my imagination went into overdrive and I used the Ticket Strip die to attach the tags.


Below you can see how the tags swing freely and all the detail of the stamping.


Each tag has some amazing stamped images from Flonzcrafts on them plus each has been lightly coloured.


To enter this month’s challenge just click Mr Linky at the bottom of the VSC web page and maybe it could be you who wins the $20 from Flonz’s store. Please visit the DT’s blogs for more inspiration and also it would be nice to leave them some love.


Playtime Tag

Had a very quick play with my Gelatos which Andrew bought as one of my Christmas pressies.


I am in love!!!  They make the quickest and easiest backgrounds.


Flimsy & Delicate But Very Beautiful

If it wasn’t for Andrew, the making of this flimsy and very delicate teensy weensy ‘Tea Bag Book’ could not have been possible.  Not being typically English of me but I have never formed a relationship with tea.  (Really can’t stand the stuff.)  I’m a REAL coffee drinker kinda gal, black and no sugar but if out for coffee and cake with friends then it’s a large LATTE with Starbucks being my fave.  None of your ole instant for this baby.

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a theme of  ”Heat It Up” which was picked by the lovely ‘Mrs B … as you know it’s Avril to you and me.

She looks really fed up but  I love this image which is why I decided to add her to the front of the album.  Left the back rather plain as there is so much going on elsewhere.

Andrew probably only drinks one cup of tea a day, so collecting used tea bags has been a struggle for me … he forgets to keep the used bag!!!!  Finally managed to dry out a few so this little book could see the light of day.

1st pic shows the used t-bags (dried) but with the tea emptied out.  2nd, details the stamping and embossing.  3rd, is where I have added an extra piece of paper onto the edge of the bags.  Because of the flimsiness of the bags I had to find something which wasn’t very heavy and a light manilla envelope was perfect for this.  Also distressed over with DI Vintage Photo.  4th, the reverse side of the bag where I have collaged some tiny images mainly from one of Tim Holtz collections.


1st pic shows some unused t-bags which I wanted to alter into little tags that fitted inside the square t-bags.  I had to open each bag individually, pour out the tea then flatten ready to make the tags.  2nd is the made up tags which had some stamped card fitted inside.  How this was done was to stamp and emboss some sentiments and quotes onto the card then these were placed inside the white tissue-like paper bag.  Again because it is only like a tissue paper you have to work very carefully with the materials.  Sealed the end with a Spellbinders cut down tag die .


More and more pics, this time with the album put together and displayed in all it’s glory.


Just about near the end of the photo showing and I really hope you enjoy looking at this album as much as I enjoyed making.



Who Saves Old Toilet Rolls

 OK no jokes about the whiff please, Irene has said enough for everyone lol but finally … after not having a bath or shower for a week (because of the op on my leg) … I had a long, long soak last night so that the stitches would dissolve.  The leg now looks like the colours I have used on my box  (black and purple)!!!!  The stocking stays on during the day for two more weeks but it can come off at night, phew that will be a relief in itself.  Irene and myself have still been Skypeing and crafting which has been a life saver for me.

How many of you does this happen to, you reach over for a paintbrush, which happens to be kept in an old plastic mug, and they all fall over with brushes falling everywhere?  Got so fed up with this happening that an idea started to form in my head.  Plus the satisfaction of making something from start to finish without knowing how it is going to turn out is a real buzz.

These are some of the items which I started with, which I am sure you recognise, toilet roll holders and a block of wood getting a once over with black gesso.

Below is the finished make and also a few before and after pics.  No measurements are given because everyone uses different loo rolls so each make would end up a different size.  My box ended up being, 6″  x   5  1/2″   x   4 1/2″    Hopefully from the pics you can see where I was going with the plan and the block of wood at the bottom makes it very heavy which gives the stability to the whole project.  The ladies peeking out of the window remind me of “The Ladies Of The Night”, what do you think??

Paint BoxPaint Box 1

A bit further on with the project and the loo rolls were also painted black before adding to the block of wood.  Grey board sides were added (recycled from my bit basket, some far away project which never made the grade).  Starting to take shape now.


All frames are cut from the Tim Holtz Window Box die which I crackled and painted.  Paint colour is called Amethyst from the JOFY  Limited Edition  at PaperArtsy  and used with some black gesso.  Crackle paste was used with the Fluer-de-lis stencil mask.  Only a teensy tiny bit of stamping  and this was mainly on the odd bits of G45 paper.  I did stamp on the bottom of the box just to tie it all together.

Paint Box 3Paint Box 4Paint Box 6Paint Box 7

Entering into the challenge at Artist Trading Post called ‘Lets Celebrate’ – I am celebrating the fact that my brushes won’t be rolling all over my desk anymore … YAY!!!

Nikki from A Vintage Journey has chosen a theme of ‘Let’s Celebrate’ which is the same as the above challenge.  You also have to say for this challenge what influences you from Tim Holtz.  For me it’s always his dies, they are my all time favourite cutting dies.

Mr Brush Box is now sitting proudly on my craft desk and what a gorgeous thing it is to look at.


Second Make With Brusho’s

When you look here you can see my first make with Brusho’s.  What I forgot to say in the post was the type of cardstock I used.  It was a 300gsm watercolour card.

This time I have used the Clarity white coated cardstock which you can find here.  Totally different types of cardstock producing different looks to the projects.

No preference yet of which cardstock I like the best as I am still in the experimental stages and there are so many more to try.