Brushos, Design Team, Digital stamps, Handcarved, Spectrum noir pencils

DT: Back to Basics and Beyond: Resist technique

Hello… in amongst all the Christmas madness I have a bright and cheery birthday card to share… which happens to be my design team contribution to the Back to Basics and Beyond challenge blog… and the challenge is … RESIST TECHNIQUE.

one of my favourite uses of this technique is to create a water colour background so that’s exactly what I did!

I used the Handcarved background stamp which I partially inked with versamark, stamped and then heat embossed. Then using diluted brushos in purple colours and a brush I added the colour. I also splashed colour to add to the messy vibrant patch of colour.

I chose a focal image (digital stamp from all Dressed up) and coloured it with spectrum noir pencils. Then I Found a happy birthday sentiment in my stamps and added that on a die cut circle. I edged the circle to make sure it popped with a stampin write marker.

Finished it off with some sequins.

Happy crafting!


Digital stamps, Spectrum noir pencils

Playing … always fun!

Today I have a card I made just because I was playing at my desk!

After layering up the main sentiment focal point I decided I wanted there to be another image so chose this lovely digi from All Dressed up that I had coloured in spectrum noir pencils.

I’ve been colouring in front of the tv quite a bit the past few weeks so I have a stock of digi images coloured in and ready to craft with now!

Anyway finishing touches were the sequins which I filled with glossy accents as it adds an extra element of fun!

Happy crafting!


Design Team, Digital stamps

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge 

Hello… and how quickly we have already got to the beginning of April.

Today I have another design team contribution to make for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge…where the challenge is to use some… you guessed it… patterned paper!

I managed to use two pieces of patterned paper, two washi tapes strips and a digi image I have had coloured for about 2 years just waiting to be used!

I wanted to keep it quite simple this month as the sentiment and image needed to be subtle and quiet against the pastel papers.

Now off to see what others have been up to with their stash of patterned papers over on the blog.

Happy crafting!


Digital stamps, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Stitched framelits

Playing in my art journal

I had a little play in my journal just because… and I used scraps of paper and some masking tape before adding gesso. Then I added lots paint using a brayer and my fingers.

I also used Inktense to define some of the borders of the papers and layers and then pen and doodles.

I then added some doilies, a frame i had made with the stitched square and a digital stamp I had coloured with promarkers. I also found some butterflies that worked brilliantly with the colour scheme.

I also added lots of stickers and some rub ons.

I love the fact I used lots of bits and pieces from the stash that I have had for ages and yet managed to keep the page working as a cohesive page.

Happy crafting!



Digital stamps

Pretty dog card

When I was making the card I shared yesterday I found some digi stamps I had coloured and decided to make a few cards. Here is the first one… 

I used the purple stripey paper and some black card to make the background and then the pink card that I die cut a stitched shape oval from to make the image pop! 

For a change I chose to use a die cut foiled sentiment from a batch I found in my stash and had forgotten about. 

Nice to find something and make use out of it.  Tomorrow I will have another card I made from the stash of digi stamps I found! 

Happy crafting! 


Digital stamps, Spectrum noir pencils, Stitched framelits

Happy birthday Big Bro

It was my brothers birthday a few days ago and I made this card for him.  No idea why but the grumpy looking dog made me think of him! Ha Ha Ha! 

I used some pieces of patterned paper and scrap cardstock to make the background and the mat for the image and I did the partial die cutting technique so that his ear came out of the oval shape. 

I coloured the inage using my spectrum noir pencils.

I added a tiny drop of glossy accents to the dogs pupils too to add some dimension. 

Cute and fun and hopefully my brother liked his card. 

Happy crafting!


Digital stamps, Distress oxide ink, Happy Moments

Let them eat cake postcard 

The theme for September in the Facebook postcard art swap group I am part of was “Let them eat cake, or bread” or “Marie Antoinette”.  So I had to use the fabulous Marie Antoinette Octopode Factory digital stamp! 

Of course it is very unlikely that Marie Antoinette uttered the infamous phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” herself… in fact no proof at all that this was attributed to her… and that was why I went with the title I did for my postcard. 

I printed her off on the linen cardstock and then coloured her using distress oxides and my waterbrush.  I then diecut a frame from another piece of the cardstock and sandwiched them together with glue. This was she looks like she it looking out of a frame. I added a little ink to the edges with a waterbrush to add some soft definition. 

Next I added a cake that I stamped and cut out from the Happy Moments stamp set. I did cut the candles off though and then added colour using the distress oxides and a waterbrush again.  Next I added the hand stamped sentiment and edged that with the same colour ink as the frame. 

I then added the topper to a piece of Berry Burst cardstock that went well with the Seedless preserve distress oxide ink I had been using.

Finally a little wink of Stella for Marie Antoinette’s crown and the cake flowers and stand to add that little bit of sparkle! 

Love it! And hopefully so will Sally-Ann, the recipient of the postcard. 

Happy crafting!


Digital stamps, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

For ATC’S sake … 58, 59 & 60

Hello! Hope you are having a good weekend. I’m back to add a few more ATC’S to the pile…

I started with three cut up Gelli prints onto book paper.

I then grabbed some digital images I had coloured already and had ready to use. i also grabbed some pieces of blue paper, denim coloured fabric, punched pieces and some muslin scrap.

At this point I knew I also needed to do some shading so I grabbed my Inktense pencils and my water brush. 

And this is how they ended up… 

White pen highlights and some blue Inktense for adding some shading… a cute one that’s for certain. 

Some glimmer inks added to help moon for extra shimmer and some light brown Inktense for shading and then some gold pen doodling. So serene! 

And now the for the funny one… 

I ended up tearing the book print and adding it to another piece of cardstock I had wiped off a stencil on where I had used iridescent medium. l love this. I also added some Inktense to create shading under the dog and the some oof the edges of the paper before I tore it.

Love these very different looks with similar ingredients … and that will be 3 more towards the challenge.

Happly crafting !


Digital stamps, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils

For ATC’S sake … 26

A single ATC to share today… 

My batch of cut up Gelli prints was the starting point for this one. 

I added torn strips of patterned paper a bit of lacy doily and a textured heart cut out die cut. Then added the little chair digital image which came from A Day for Daisies. It’s part of a set of garden chairs but I decided to just use one of them for this.

Finished  off with the flower and card candi and a little Tim Holtz stickers word and doodling with a silver pen. Then mounted it onto navy cardstock.

Happy crafting!


Digital stamps, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Washi tape

For ATC’S sake … 4

Today I have ATC number 4 to share. this was a quick cute one.

I used some book print I had already done some Gelli printing on as the base and added the pink paper and some cute stars to it.  Then I took some glittery washi tape and tore little strips which I put along the bottom half like a mosaic. The rabbit image is a digital stamp I had already got coloured in from ages ago and the word stickers are Tim Holtz ones.

Love this cute bunny rabbit and a cute ATC to carry on with the challenge..  361 to go! 

Happy crafting!