Category Archives: Howlstooth & Scaringbone

DT Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I have the card I made for father’s day for my Dad to share with you as my design team entry for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.

I started with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped Postscript over it before then adding the turquoise ink with a clarity stencil brush. Then I added a piece of the patterned paper as a contrast. Sometimes that’s all you need for a patterned paper to do. Next I stamped and cut out and watercoloured the plane from a Creative Stamping stamp set.

To add the sentiment I used the Claritystamp alpha stamps … forgot how much I love these so it was good to dig them out and use them!

So this is my design team contribution for this month… don’t forget to check out the blog and why not join in?

Happy crafting!


More woof and meow

I have some cards I made using the fab Mama Elephant stamps … this time the cats came out to play too.

I stamped the full image and coloured them with promarkers and then die cut the image using two different dies.

This gave me two different card toppers. I created the cards using bright Daffodil Delight cardstock and some scraps of papers. I like the bold look of using the promarkers… it creates a very different look to the watercolour.

For the Dogs I used watercolour pencils to colour them and again chose some scraps of paper and then some Crushed Curry cardstock for the bases.

So two different looks for these super cute stamped images and different from yesterday’s tag too. And love using part of the big image rather than just leaving it as it is… makes the set even more versatile.

Happy crafting!


For ATC’S sake … 86

Just a single ATC to share today. 

I used some Gelli printed dsp for this one… it was a spotty paper and then has some fun patterns printed on the top. of course I forgot to take a picture of that! So to start this one I added some stamping using White acrylic.  Next I added added lovely circle die cut I got in added swap. Next the script bird stamp which I stamped on another piece of scrap which had some ink on it. I added shading and depth using the Inktense pencils and then the sentiment I inked using the alphabet stamps. 

Really love how all the colours work together and the white paint pops on the background. 
Happy crafting! 


Postcard swap- all about halloween

The theme for the postcard swap in October was “all about halloween”.

Now I didn’t have a clue where to go with this at first having used up my Halloween thoughts for the ATC swap which I shared yesterday … but then I decided to just start with some dsp that was halloween coloured … the lovely Howlingtooth and Scaringbone dsp that SU did a few years ago that I used for scrapbook pages from our halloween trip to Disneyland Paris. And then I just followed where my mojo took me!

I tore pieces up and collaged them onto a 6×4 piece if packaging I used for the base. Then once that was dry I added some black gesso to blend the papers together into the background.  Then I added some lovely Autumn Fire Fresco finish paint which works perfectly with the papers. I also used a stencil I have that I thought looked a bit like a spiders web and some glass beads gel through it to add some texture. 

Next I grabbed a die that I have had for several years and never used and die cut the gothic arch window from some paper. I coated it with black gesso and then a layer of the glass beads gel too. Yes as regular readers of my blog know I am obsessed with glass beads gel! 

Here they are drying… the glass beads gel dries clear… although the die cut is on the postcard it isn’t stuck down. I knew I had plenty more layers to add! 

Next I felt I needed a scene through the window so I stamped the bare forest from indigo blue in a mixture of distress ink colours and added embossing powder to it, heat set it and added more distress ink over the top! 

I cut it to the right size for the window by die cutting it and then trimming off the ornate frame part. Then my card sat untouched for a couple of days! Well OK it might have been closer to a couple of weeks… but I got distracted! He he! 

OK fast forward to when I finished the card. I added stamping and embossing using some Tim Holtz stamps that I ended up buying due to the realisation that I had no halloween stamps at all!  

I then added the Undertaker skull stamped image that I then embossed too. Lots of fun layering up with muslin and thread. 

Added some white pen outlines and highlights. 

I love how this came together when I finally finished it. Hope the recipient loved it too! 

Happy crafting! 


DT: Fab’n’funky : Winged Things

Hello! This week it is my turn to host the challenge at Fab’n’Funky and I chose Winged Things! Be it fairies, birds, butterflies or planes I want to see things featuring wings!  So please pop over to the blog and join in.

This week Lacy Sunshine are sponsoring the challenge.  I used this image called Rory Catching Butterflies which is ever so cute.

I decided to go for a big image and to make a change from the usual white cards so instead printed onto cream laid paper and use a cream card blank as the base.


I cut the image out using a fiskars oval cutter and coloured the image using spectrum noir pencils because I love the way the colour picks up the texture of the paper.  I creates a lovely effect. I really think it works well when colouring fabric.

I edged the oval with ink and then chose this striking paper from the stash that was from an old Halloween themed set called Howlstooth and scaringbone.  I softened it by adding the seam binding and flower from the stash though.

The sentiment came from an art deco magazine set and I thought it worked well with the image.

So please do come see what everyone else made and make me something with wings!


Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Technique

Ok this week I decided something… To do a new type of prompt for Thursday Treasures … Techniques! This is because I realised it was something I hadn’t done before and fancied trying! So this is this weeks prompt is…


I use patterned papers quite often… But usually I go for one main pattern rather than mixing them up. Now when I buy a dsp from SU or buy a kit this is usually very easy as they are coordinated to go with each other … So I just needed to pick one kit and go for it!

I chose to use the retired Howlingtooth and Scaringbone dsp to go with this picture of Maya at Disneyland Paris in the Minnie Mouse Halloween fashion area as it is a Halloween photo after all!


This dsp is quite a statement in itself and with the busy picture this has ended up being quite an “in your face” type of page! I decided to really mix up the angles and focus on mixing things up rather than coordinating to be honest. I used this pin as my inspiration for this. The stickers were from the Simple stories kit called Say cheese and these didn’t exactly coordinate but in this layout it didn’t seem to matter!

What do you think? Do you use multiple patterned papers in your layouts? Please let me know.

Happy crafting!


Thursday treasures! Photo prompt

Yes here is Thursday again!

And this week I thought I would go for a photo prompt… And boy have I found a gorgeous prompt for you!


I wonder what you will choose to take from this prompt… The heart, the hands, the sunset, the colours? Whatever you fancy!

I went with colours as they reminded me of the autumnal trees we saw at Disneyland and so looked through the papers and decided that the Howlstooth and Scaringbone dsp I had was perfect to go with the colours in the photo and teamed it with the Crumb Cake cardstock.


I started the page off by stamping Gorgeous Grunge splodges along the bottom part of the page using Crumb cake ink. I also used the splodges from French Foliage to add some different patterns.

Then I cut papers and cardstock to sizes that seemed to work. The sketch I was following was based loosely on this one I had pinned on Pinterest.

I inked everything on the page with either Tangerine Tango or Crumb cake using a sponge to darken and define the edges. I added the French foliage stamped leaves too which I fussy cut out of the Very Vanilla cardstock, and the little Paris stamps … Appropriate for the venue of the photo obviously!

Then the title I created from some new alpha stamps that fit my tiny circle punch – perfect! And of course some stickers. The journaling is on strips of very vanilla and then I also added some sticker words.

Finally some Liquid pearl dotted around the bottom to add texture and bling!

Love this page and whilst I admit when I chose the picture for the prompt I wasn’t expecting to do an autumn page I think it worked pretty well in the end! Not sure if this picture would have ended up like this without the prompt I have to admit! Good fun … And as I’ve attended my second funeral in two days today, it was good chill out therapy too!

Happy crafting!