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Lindsay Mason ATC swap… through the window… 120 – 123

I made another three ATC’S for a swap that Lindsay Mason organises… and the theme this month (Feb) is Through the Window. 

I actually did mine on video… here is the link.

However it is a little long as three individual atcs takes time. So here are the pics of the final pieces. 

Three very different ATC’S but all featuring windows as per the brief.

Hope you get a chance to watch the process video I made. Sorry it’s so long. Next time will just have to do the whole thing on fast forward and learn to do voice overs. 

Getting there with my videoing skills though and enjoying doing them even if the editing gets a little tiresome! 

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! 


Watercolouring with distressinks Kassa style!

The lovely Karen Haylesden  (aka Kassa) has a really cool way of colouring images using Distress inks as watercolours.  I decided to practice my way of doing this Kassa style. 

I used an image I printed on hammered card. Ideally it would have been watercolour card but it was what I had to hand so went with it! The image was a freebie I was directed to through one of my DT groups from All Dressed Up… and found they have an Anything goes challenge at their blog as long as you are using their images… so I am of course entering that challenge!

I started with a base of spun sugar, then Worn Lipstick, Wilted violet and Salty ocean.  I let it dry in between layers.


How cute?


I dies cut out the image and printed it a second time so I could layer up the sentiment a bit.


Then chose two pieces of paper from the stash box and some stickers and pearls.

Love this style of colouring and whilst I am nowhere near as talented as Kassa I do love how this worked. 

Happy crafting !


Colour my Monday! Daffodil Delight!


Happy Monday! Time to start this week off with something colourful!

And what better than a BRIGHT colour…


I love this zingy colour ! It always makes me think of summer! So I decided on some summery paper to help show it off!


Gingham Garden from last years catalogue is such a bright and cheery paper. Apart from a bit of scrapping I have rarely used it so it was nice to use both side of this one sheet on this card. The Daffodil Delight for the dress on the Gorjuss girl and bottom mat, and the flowery mixed side for the main background.

I also used some Spellbinders dies for the panel behind the girl, and a docrafts one for the little label.

For a change when using this kind of stamp I didn’t grab my Promarkers and instead used the SU markers. As a result, less blending, but as the main item was the paper pieced dress I don’t think it looks too bad.

I added a little lemon rose bud and some Island Indigo bakers twine. Cute! Hope you liked my zingy card?

Happy crafting!