Monday, 31 January 2011

Love hearts

This is for Papertake sketch 52:

I chose the Forever Friends paper and bear from their 'with love' range for the Forever Friends challenge: dots and spots. The dots were produced by embossing with a folder and sanding to reveal the inner core of the card. Likewise the embossed hearts on the strip on the left, using core-dination red card with a pink core revealed with sanding. The three single hearts above the teddy were punched and the shiny hearts are Country Companions epoxy stickers.

The sentiment is a digi from Squigglefly.

Thi is also for:

Karber 23: use something old - the FF papers are old
Rainbow Lady 137: beary good
Creative inspirations 52: Valentines/love
Cupcake inspirations 96
I did it 40: the red challenge
Pile it on 5: punch it (the 3 hearts above the bear)
Stamp, scrap, doodle: a punchy challenge (the punched hearts)
Stamp dreams 68: dots
Ann's creative nook 122: anything goes - Valentine style
Cards for men 3: Valentine/love (yes, I know it's lovey dovey, but it is for Valentine's Day!)
Tellen's place: male - make it for guys
Alphabet: M for men
Aly's 34: for the guys
The crafty pad 106: something for the boys
Craft your passion 43: bling on your love
Inspiration Avenue: shine (the epoxy hearts)
Fiskarettes Monday challenge: Valentine - use red
Lexi 32: Valentines
Paper issues: Valentine's day
Spoon full of sugar 136: Valentine
Aud sentiments 20: love theme
Stampavie 16: love
Craft your days away 12: love
Charisma cardz 4: Valentines/love
Speedy the cat (Mark's finest papers) 40: Valentine card
Meljen 43: hearts
One powerful hour: sweet sweet love
Simply create 36: give your heart away
Creative sketches: holiday challenge (Valentine's Day)
Wild orchid 16: love is ...
Prairie fairy Fridays 45: for a sweetheart
Bunny Zoe 8: love is in the air
My time to craft 125: emboss, emboss, emboss
Tuesday throwdown 33: distressing (sanding the embossing)
Crafty purple frog: a distressing challenge
Beary sweet 18: friendship or love
Delightful: have a heart - love challenge (the sentiment is a Squigglefly digi)
Delicious doodles 10: spots or stripes
Cooking it up with Katie 46: sketch me a textured punch
Paper playtime 36: January's digi - anything goes (the sentiment is a Squigglefly digi)
Do you stack up 4: patterned paper
Fab n funky 57: delight in your digi
Totally Gorjuss 65: as you like it
Penny's 45: anything goes

Simply Oriental

In recognition of Chinese New Year on 3 February - it will be the year of the rabbit - this week's challenge on Daring Cardmakers is to produce something oriental or featuring a rabbit.

This is also for Stamp man 15 'oriental', Asian/Chinese New Year for My Sheri crafts 42 and Chinese new year - celebrate Asia for Sentimental Sundays (sorry the sentiment is tiny, but the love sentiment is there in Chinese and English text).

For this card I used a piece of textured paper from the DCWV Far East stack - I do love these papers, but haven't used any of them for quite some time, so I enjoyed making this card. Because the paper has so much already on it, it's not necessary to add much to it and it would detract from what's there already.

I used some PM oriental stamps that I bought a while ago and hadn't used up until now. I stamped The hanging lanterns on the left towards the top with tattered rose DI, which only just shows up, but is in keeping with the other pale pinky images already on the paper. I then stamped the tree in the bottom left corner and the symbol with the word love in the top right corner. The addition of a few coins finished the card.

I'm really tempted to add more, but it doesn't need it, so I'm leaving it as it is.



I'm also linking this for Flourishes timeless 102: add some kind of hardware (the coins)

Sunday, 30 January 2011

white winter birthday

This is for this week's sketch on Anyone for Anya:


Because the card is mostly white it is difficult to get a photo - if I try and whiten it more then you can't see the snowflake embossing on the righthand side - unfortunately, it ends up with a blueish tinge, but you get the general idea and I assure you it's white irl.

I've used one of my favourite Greeting Farm Anya stamps, just using copics for hair, face and clothes, leaving the coat white and adding crystal ice stickles for the fur.

This is for:

Incy wincy 78: winter wonderland - but no Christmas cards
Stamp something: winter somethings
Die cut dreams Christmas 51: winter birthday
Drunken stampers 52: birthday bash
2 sisters 24: girls just wanna have fun
All that scraps Wednesday: let it snow
Fun with shapes and more 75: snow or ice (die cut snowflake stickers)
Cutie Sunday 129: white
Double Dutch 60: white wishes
Hodge podge 7: white on white
CCEE 1104: white on white
Wags n whiskers 46: white
Crafts and me 22: monochrome
Frosted designs fabulous Friday challenge: monochromatic
My time to craft 125: emboss, emboss, emboss - dry
Totally Gorjuss 65: as you like it
Penny's 45: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes
Shabby tea room 46: winter wonderland - photo inspiration:

Thinking inking

It's the end of the month once again and time to get the next circle journal into the post tomorrow for the group on BF forum. This time I had the pleasure of contributing ny DLO to Hels' 'thinking inking' CJ - an opportunity to get inky fingers (yes, they are very inky!).

I used a couple of text stamps from the Tattered Angels rockin' renaissance that I received as part of a prize - you can see them here. I also used some printed flowers Hero Arts stamps - stamping on to acetate and then using alcohol inks on the back - a mixture of stream, red pepper and wild plum, although very little of the red pepper seems to have survived!

I distressed the edges of the pages with stormy sky and dusty concord DIs. I ran the acetates through my xyron to stick on to the pages. I stamped some white flowers with a Hero Arts flower print stamp and used the DI to colour them - and a bit of stickles in the centres.

The flash photo makes the stormy sky colour look lighter than it actually is irl.


The sign in tag, using some of the same stamps and DIs:

I'm linking this for:

Dragons dream tags TIO 66: make a statement - the text on the tag
Crafty Ho's: no designer paper
Wednesday stamp: inky backgrounds
Stamptacular 96: whateva
Paperminutes 150: flowers
Pixie cottage 54: flowers
Tuesday throwdown 33: distressing
Crafty purple frog: a distressing challenge
Crafty Emma 21: bold and bright
Crazy 4 challenges 72: vintage or shabby chic
Paper romance: anything but a card
If the shoe fits Fashionista Friday 64: anything but a card
Penny's 45: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes

Simply thinking of you

This is a clean and simple card for Technostamper Monday lunchtime sketch 158:

I used double sided Fancy pants antique paper (I love this design) and just stamped 'thinking of you' on part of the reverse, added three craftime flowers and the card was done. I chose the paper for the colour scheme on Stamp dreams 67: brown and green. It's also for Sew many challenges 41: green with envy.

It's also for:

Ooh-la-la 72: three of a kind (the 3 craftime flowers)
Do you stack up? 4: patterned paper
Paperminutes 150: flowers
Pixie cottage 54: flowers
Top tip Tuesday 19: flowers
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes

Saturday, 29 January 2011

A yummy card

This is for the sketch on CPS 202:

A quick and simple card using 'chocolate sprinkles' cardstock and cupcakes with sentiment strips, all from a kit bought last year from QVC - I actually bought it because I wanted the cupcake stamps, but am still trying to use up the cards and die cuts that came with it.

This is also for:

Tanda teaser 163: pink and brown
Cupcake 126: food for thought
Scrappy frogs: hey cupcake
Moxie Tuesday trigger: sweets for the sweet
Pixie dust studio 59: who's the chef?
Creative stamp friends 17: shapes - die cuts
Crafts4eternity R4 technique/theme recipe: polka dots
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Res-Q 68: get in line
Penny's 45: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes

A touch of lilac

Oh dear - I entered a couple of cards for this week's Play Date cafe challenge 66: colour splash - lilac, but, unfortunately, I didn't look properly and failed to see that the card should have been black and white with a splash of lilac.

So here is a card that I hope fits the challenge. The paper and the large topper was from a pack by 'red line' - when I bought this I thought the toppers were die cut, but they weren't, so I had to cut by hand. I then mounted on to a piece of DCWV textured lilac card and cut round that - the result: a very simple card. The topper is so big that there isn't room for anything else, even though it's a 6 x 6 card - and it hides most of the swirly paper underneath. I added a couple of PM ribbon bows just to add a further little splash of lilac.

This is also for:

Kort o mania 32: create a fantasy (ohhh, when I went into Kort o mania to find the link, I discovered that I'd won a prize for challenge 31 - yippee!!)
ABC: M is for magical
Pollycraft 77: black, white and 1 other colour

Commissioned 40th birthday card

I was asked to make a 40th birthday card, perhaps using purples and pinks. It's good to have a sketch to focus on, so I chose that given by Emma for Sunday sketch & stamp 45:

I used all Basic Grey papers - euphoria, blush and lemonade. The stamp is on that I bought quite a while ago at a craft fair - this is the first time I've used it, I have to admit - Sleek designs 'elegant lady', coloured with copics.

I added three of the prima flowers that I received this morning as part of my prize from Creative Prompts and Let's Capture our Memories - you can see the post about it here. They look so lush I just couldn't wait to start using them (and I still have three of them left).

The colours are for Curtain call 66:


I'm linking this for:

Fiskarettes Monday challenge: use a stamp
Totally Gorjuss 65: as you like it
Ooh-la-la 72: three of a kind (the prima flowers)
Mixed media Monday: size matters - outside your comfort zone - this is an A5 card
Crafty pad 105: something girly
Do you stack up? 4: patterned paper
Paperminutes 150: flowers
Pixie cottage 54: flowers
Fun at fairy knoll: flowers
Top tip Tuesday 19: flowers
Basic Grey 36: flower power
Drunken stampers 52: birthday bash
The play date cafe 66: colour splash - lilac
Crafty Emma 21:: bold & bright
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes
Etsy inspired 124: too cute Kawaii - I chose the pink flowers here

Look what postie brought me this morning

In August it was announced that I was the July winner on Creative Prompts challenge blog - you can read about it here. The prize was $20 to spend at Let's Capture our Memories online store. Because of various things going on at the time I didn't actually choose my items until the beginning of December and then there was a hiccup with the post ... all sorted out by the lovely Tanya from Let's Capture our Memories ... and this is what arrived this morning:

I'm so glad I chose these items - I can't wait to start using them. In fact, I need to make a commissioned card today for a 40th birthday and the request was to include pink/purple, so I think some of these gorgeous primas are going to be put to good use straight away.

BF January inchies received

Here are the lovely inchies I received this morning from the group swap on BF forum for January 'green and orange'



Thank you, girls, for the lovely crafting.

Santa cupcake

This is for the sketch on Sketchy colors challenge 55:

It's also for ABC Christmas challenge B is for black and white, which calls for the use of a Dustin Pike image (sponsoring the challenge) - this is the image I used.

The main background paper is from the Webster's Christmas range (the other side of a double sided paper - oh, how could I possibly not use the other gorgeous side?). The black with sparkly stars and circles was an offcut left over from long ago. The sparkly sticky ribbon is Anita's. The sentiment isn't very clear here - it says 'with love at Christmas'.

As this card features a Santa I'm sharing it for my CHNC challenge 5 - if you haven't yet discovered my Christmas challenge blog, please hop on over there - it would be lovely to see your creations.

This is also for:

Pollycraft 77: black, white and 1 other colour
The lollipop ladies 12: allsorts of things - some black
Cupcake 126: food for thought
Scrappy frogs: hey cupcake
One stitch at a time 46: as you like it Christmas
Creative sketches: holiday challenge - Christmas
Stampin' B 95: use a song as your inspiration - Santa Claus is coming to town
Karber Christmas January 5: create a Christmas card using a digi
Fab n funky 57: delight in your digi
Craft your passion 42: use two patterned papers
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes

CHNC challenge 5: Santa

For challenge 5 on Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog I'd like you to include Santa on your Christmas card, or whatever you call Santa - Father Christmas, Papai Noel, Saint Nicholas ...

For my card I've used the sketch for this week's Jingle Belles challenge:
I'm also entering the card for Bah! humbug 4: an oldie but a goldie, Winter wonderland: my sentiments exactly, Sparkle creations Christmas 2011 week 8: no colouring and Christmas cards all year round for January: anything goes.

The sentiments papers were cut from Christmas gift bags and the Santa collage image (one of my favourite Christmas stamps) was stamped with versafine onyx black.

It's also for:

Fiskarettes Monday challenge: use a stamp
One stitch at a time 46: as you like it Christmas
Creative sketches: holiday challenge - Christmas
Stampin' B 95: use a song as your inspiration - Santa Claus is coming to town
Corrosive 100: reuse, reduce, recycle - the sentiments papers were cut from Christmas gift bags
Stampin' sisters for Christ 73: vintage style (the Santa stamp)
Creative Friday 36: vintage (the Santa stamp)
Craft your passion 42: use two patterned papers
Allsorts 88: saving nature - I recycled the Christmas bags
Crafty Emma 21:: bold & bright
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes

Friday, 28 January 2011

Black, white and red

This is for Sketch Saturday 139:

The flowers and sentiment are Craftime (I've realised the sentiment was a bit crooked, so I've adjusted it since).

Papers are all Basic Grey (black and white spots from June bug, red and white spots from Lemonade, not sure about the strip across the middle) on a black linen card base.

This is for Basic Grey 36: flower power and Going grey (Scrap-creations) colour challenge: black, white, red.

This is also for:

Pile it on 4: love is in the air
Aud sentiments 20: love theme
Stampavie 126: love
Charisma cardz 4: Valentine/love
Craft your days away 12: love
Bunny Zoe 8: love is in the air
Pollycraft 77: black, white and 1 other colour
Theme Thursday: red and black
The lollipop ladies 12: allsorts of things - some black
Sugar creek hollow sensational Saturday: black and white and a splash of one colour
Paperminutes 150: flowers
Pixie cottage 54: flowers
Crafty catz 67: flowers
Fun at fairy knoll: flowers
Top tip Tuesday 19: flowers
Some odd girl: scallops galore (nestie die cut)
Creative stamp friends 17: shapes - die cuts
Crafts4eternity R4 technique/theme recipe: polka dots
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes

White on white

This is for Card Patterns 99:

There are a few challenges around atm calling for a lot of white to be used, so this is for:

Double Dutch 60: white wishes
Flutter by Wednesday 139: white on white + butterfly
Hodge podge 7: white on white
CCEE 1104: white on white
Wags n whiskers 46: white
Crafts and me 22: monochrome
Frosted designs fabulous Friday challenge: monochromatic

I'm afraid I had to resort to a scan which makes the card look grey in parts because of the various depths of ribbon and card - everything is white irl with various textures. The image ( Funstamps 'swirling wings' stamped with versamark and heat embossed with detail silver) and surrounds were cut with nestie labels, the surround being cut from glitter card. The embossed dots were embossed with a Crafts-too folder with my cuttlebug.

Updating with this photo, although, unfortunately, I think this is worse than the scan - lol! It's so difficult to get a picture of white on white.



This is also for:

Creative stamp friends 17
: shapes - die cuts
Crazy amigo: labels (the nesties)
My time to craft 125: emboss, emboss, emboss - both heat and dry
Crafty creations: 103: let's heat it up (heat embossing)
Anything goes: butterflies
Pals paper arts 78: bows - clean and simple with a bow
Some odd girl: scallops galore (cut on my rotatrim)
Crafts4eternity R4 technique/theme recipe: polka dots
Gingerloft 10: things that fly
Creative inspirations 51: celebrate (birthday)
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Another sympathy card

This is for Eat sleep stamp sketch 115:

This is another sympathy card (insert: with deepest sympathy) for Speedy the cat (Mark's finest papers) 39: sympathy card.

The stamped image is Penny Black sparklers and the embossing with cuttlebug folders, which is good for My time to craft 125: emboss, emboss, emboss, Southern girls: a pressing new challenge - dry embossing and Res-Q 67: dry embossing,

The colours are for Play date cafe 66: colour splash - lilac or any shade of purple and for Creative craft: monochromatic madness and Crafts and me 22: monochrome.

It's also for:

Stamp insanity 44
: find your zen - peaceful project
Everybody art 126: my favourite thing - the colour purple and stamping
Crafty sentiments: my favourite things - the colour purple and stamping
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes

With deepest sympathy

This card is for Waltzing mouse sketch challenge 31:I've used the colours for Cards and things colour challenge 63:

Papers are from my offcuts box - the main background is K & Co and the other two papers are DCWV. The stamped image is Magenta coloured with copics.

There is no sentiment on the front, but the insert inside it printed: 'with deepest sympathy'.

This is for:

Paper sundaes 53: distressing (the torn paper)
Tuesday throwdown 33: distressing
Crafty purple frog: a distressing challenge
Speedy the cat (Mark's finest papers) 39: sympathy card
Challenge up your life 35: clean and simple
Paperminutes 150: flowers
Fairy tale 6: flowers

Petit garcon

I was asked to make a welcome baby boy card for a French couple.

The background paper is K & Co cuddly friends - the moon is a die cut from the matching sheet, raised up with 3D foam (although you can't see that here). The sentiment was computer generated and printed on to a scrap piece of My Mind's Eye paper - this was raised up with 3D foam as well.

This is what is printed on the insert:

This is for:

Creative card world new card challenge: cute and cuddly
Crafty calendar 16: new beginnings
Pear tree 33: blue
Simon says: animal antics
Let's craft and create 11: a stitch in time (knitting)
Creative inspirations 51: celebrate
Craft your passion 42: use two patterned papers
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental

Prize from I love promarkers

I received a £10 voucher to spend in Joanna Sheen's online shop for winning I love promarkers challenge 47 - you can read about it here.

This is what I bought:



I love embossing folders, so it's good to be able to add to my ever-growing collection.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

A treasured friend

Another quick card, this time in the shape of a bag with a pop-up 'HI' and an added rub on sentiment, which says: Happy Birthday to a treasured friend.



This is for:

The paper variety: friendship
If the shoe fits Fashionista Friday 63: you've got a friend
Creative cottage 31: shaped cards
Paper romance 34: fun shape
Crazy challenge 51: dots and stripes
Crafty pad 105: something girly
Prairie fairy Fridays 44: happy birthday
Sarah Hurley 26: birthday girl
Creative inspirations 51: celebrate
One stop craft 115: more than one fold
The lollipop ladies 12: allsorts of things - some black
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Moxie fab color inspiration: bright and bold:

Heart felt thanks

Another quick card from the pop-up kit - ideal for times when you don't feel like being creative.



This is for:

Paperminutes 150: flowers
Fairy tale 6: flowers
Order of the opus gluei 87: key to my heart
Totally papercrafts 50: add a heart
One stop craft 115: more than one fold
Challenge up your life 35: clean and simple
Sisterhood of crafters: anything goes
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental

Thanks a latte

Another quick card from the recently acquired pop-up kit.

This time it's a swing card:


This is for:

Dottie's world: time to say thanks
Cupcake 126: food for thought
Crafty creations 103: let's heat it up - hot beverage
Gingersnap GC85 chestnut theme challenge: hot beverages
Crazy challenge 51: dots and stripes
The lollipop ladies 12: allsorts of things - some black
ECP 30: black and white (hope the splash of colour is OK)
One stop craft 115: more than one fold
Challenge up your life 35: clean and simple
Sisterhood of crafters: anything goes
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental

Party! Party!

Last week I bought a 'pop up' card kit from QVC for those times when a quick card is needed.

This is the first one I've made from the kit (the sentiments are rub ons):



It's for:

I did it 39: card for a child
Cards for men 2: let's party (suitable for a boy, I think)
Aly's 34: for the guys (as above)
Allsorts 87: male/boy (as above)
Sarah Hurley 26: birthday girl (equally suitable for a girl)
Prairie fairy Fridays 44: happy birthday
Paper playtime 35: anything party related
Creative inspirations 51: celebrate
One stop craft 115: more than one fold
Sisterhood of crafters: anything goes
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes
Wild orchid 15: let's get sentimental
Sentimental Sundays 39:

It's official!!

I should definitely stick to cardmaking.

It's just as well that my 'playtime' today was to create something just for me, because nobody else would want it!!

I showed lots of crafting supplies on my WOYWW 86 post, getting ready to decorate a canvas just for me - well, it's staying 'just for me' because I'm too embarrassed to show it here!

I still love my melting pot (oh yes, it made a good job of melting the beeswax) ... but as for the encaustic art stylus ... mm ... anyone want to buy it?

The canvas is going in the bin ... and I'm going for a much-needed cup of tea.

WOYWW 86

Yes again, Wednesday has come round again with lightning speed, so it's time for WOYWW 86.

I've just got out lots of things so that I can have a play - not sure what I'm going to achieve, but this has been sparked off by the challenge this week on DCM: it's all about me!

Long ago I bought an encaustic art stylus with the intention of trying out some crafting with beeswax heated in my melting pot ... but, until yesterday, I hadn't got round to getting any beeswax. I had been enthused originally by watching Suze Weinberg's videos - and, so, at last, I thought I'd try and put some of my enthusiasm into action.

I might or might not use the supplies in front of me - I'll see how it goes and how the mood takes me. If and when I make anything that is remotely presentable, I'll share it later.

Meanwhile, I'm going to be creative for the sake of it - it will make a change from making things for other people.

You'll notice that I'm going to be working on a canvas (something I'm not that comfortable with, but, hey, I need shaking out of my comfort zone) - it's about 11.5" x 9.5", so quite a nice size to be able to try out lots of techniques and hope that they come together - lol! And it was only £1 from Poundland, so nothing much lost if it turns out to be a distaster.




Update: you can read about the results of my 'playtime' here.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Going crackers

This is another card for my own 'let's see some bling' challenge 4 on Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog - thank you to all those who have contributed so far to this challenge - there's still time to keep up with the New Year's resolution and make a card for this week's challenge - by Friday at 22:00 UK time.

This is also for this week's challenge on Jingle Belles: pretty in pink and green and Bah! humbug 3: Christmas crackers.

This cute little stamp of the robins pulling the cracker was in a set of three I bought this morning at Hobbycraft - 60p for the set - bargain or what?! (You can see the other bargains I got here).

This was one of those 'very hard to photo' cards because the panel on the lighthand side is a very reflective foiled mirror card - it would have been easy to have taken a picture of me with the camera reflected in it, but I didn't want that - lol! My bling, of course, is that foiled mirror panel and also some silver pen work on the cracker, the rest of the image being coloured with copics.

This is also for:

Christmas cards all year round January
: anything goes
Gingerloft 10: things that fly
Challenge up your life 35: clean and simple
Truly scrumptious 49: brown, pink and green
Let's ink it up 8: anything goes
Paper cutz 75: your choice
Penny's 45: anything goes
Cutie Sunday 128: anything goes
Woodware 11: anything goes

Just a little shopping ...

I had the opportunity this morning to get a lift to Hobbycraft at Crayford, so I took advantage and managed to get a few 'essentials' - lol! and a few bargains.

I found all of the stamps in the bargain bin - the total cost for the stamps came to just less than £11, which would have been the original price of the one with the three fountain pens. The brads were cheap too.


Quite a long time ago I bought an encaustic art stylus having watched videos of Suze Weinberg using the melting pot and beeswax ... and until this morning I didn't have any beeswax ... so you never know, perhaps one day soon I'll try out the stylus.

BF January twinchies: ladies with bling

Last night I had an enjoyable time making my inchies for this month's swap on BF forum - ladies with bling.

I used one of my favourite stamps: Hero Arts 'gracious lady', stamping with Brilliance crimson pearlescent and heat embossing with detail clear. I then used dusty concord DI to lightly paint parts of the image and daubed glue around the edges, dipping in Art Institute glitter to create 'blinged' edges.


These are also for:

Alphabet: L for ladies
Fiskarettes Monday challenge: use a stamp
Creative craft: monochromatic madness
Crafts and me 22: monochrome
For fun: glitter
Kaboodle 51: bling it up
By the cute and girly: bling it on
Challenge up your life 35: clean and simple
Glitterbabe's 28: anything goes with sparkle
Woodware 11: anything goes