Category Archives: Dictionary

For ATC’S sake … 124 & 125

Another couple of ATC’S towards the challenge for the year… 

I started with these Gelli prints on patterned paper. I added some stamping using the Dictionary stamp. Next I added some stamped flowers which I cut out and edged with pink ink, and then added some of the splats from Timeless Treasures.

Both of the flowers were stamped several years ago and have just sat in the stash. Good to get them out and find a use for them. 

I then added some iridescent medium through a stencil over part of the each of the cards.  Once it was dry I added the finishing touches…

… flowers and a little quote which I got off a calendar.

Love how these both came out. 

Happy crafting! 


Always time for tea … for ATC’S sake… 97

I found a little bag I made with my friend Helen some time ago at the back of my craft shelf and decided to take it apart and use part of it for an ATC… 

I can’t remember the stamp set name or the dsp the strip of lemons comes from but the technique we used was black embossing and then colouring the words in. 

I added it to a base made from packaging onto which I stamped the Dictionary stamp. 

Love it. 

Gave this away as a RAK a week or so ago. 

And as for my challenge…. so close to 100 and well ahead of schedule too so may be able to take an ATC holiday at some point. 

Happy crafting! 

Build a tag … a mini marvel project 

I’m participating in a project through my mini marvels Facebook group. Each week we are given an instruction and we need to spend less than 10 mins on doing that on the tag… or whatever substrate you want to work on.

Here is my tag and the progress pics…

Weeks 1 and 2 saw me adding gesso, then some Midnight (with a brayer and a stamp) and Amethyst fresco finish paint. I also added to scribbles in the paint with the end of my brush to add pattern. 

Week three had me adding texture paste through a stencil (I then added some Infusions over it too whilst the texture paste was drying).  The week four instruction was to collage onto the tag. I chose some papers and scrapbook stickers that happened to be on the desk at the time and worked well with the colours.

Now at week 3 I decided to do a second tag too as a comparison! (Yes one challenge was not enough for me!)

I only have pics of it from weeks 3 and 4 but promise I followed the instructions the same for weeks 1 and 2.

Week 5 was a simple instruction… add a layer of translucent paint…. so I did all over both!

To this I added a purple deco arts fluid acrylic.

And for the blue I grabbed the south Pacific Paperartsy fresco finish paint which is a translucent finish.  

Next week the instruction was to add or drip ink or paint.

For the purple tag I added Dylusions white spray ink and the blue tag I added green acrylic ink. Like both of them although drips are not usually my thing. But like that this challenge is challenging me to do something different.

Next instruction is to add some more stencilling. 

I chose copper paint for the purple one and a very pale blue for the blue/green one.

Then the instruction came to add clear gesso. Problem # 1 is I don’t own clear gesso. So used Matt medium instead. Problem # 2 is white Dylusions ink did not stay put and so ended up with smears all over the tag and dulled down the copper stencilling. Grrrrrr! Ah well, sure it will be fine with another layer of something or other on top!

The next week’s instruction is to add stamping so I can try and rescue that Dylusions mess! 

I added stamping to both projects using black gesso. 

And I am really happy with how this looked. It also distracts from the streaky white Dylusions on the purple one. 

I must admit I couldn’t resist edging the tags too. It just felt like the time to start doing that. 

Week 10 saw us adding a focal image… I had a hunt through my box of tricks and found two things that called to me to be used; a butterfly die cut I received in a swap and an image I’ve had in the stash for so long I have no idea where I got it! Of course I forgot to take photos at this point. The following week the instruction was to add doodles.

And then today the final instruction was posted…. add a word from a book or magazine! 

So my tags are now finished…

Love how they both came out and glad I’ve kept the instructions on layers to remind me for other future projects.

Thanks Chris for organising this fab challenge. 

Happy crafting !


July’s ATC swap! Books a plenty

It is time for another Lindsay Mason ATC Swap.   This month’s theme is books which is one I have done before.  I used the same stamp as the focal image then but did a different interpretation this time.


This was all the prep stages… I did one long strip of cardstock for the background with fresco paints and a finnabair stencil and Timeless Textures stamp.

I then cut the strip into four.

The Gorjuss girl I stamped and coloured using different medium for each and then cut them out and adhered them using matt medium. 


The finishing touches were the title and some doodling… although I made a little oops on the bottom one… so went very black for that.  But it’s ok… This one I will keep and the other three to the swap… and this is why I always make an extra one just in case.

Happy crafting!


Raggydoll sisters … a new circle journal

My raggydoll sisters are some of my favourite people in the world.  We formed our sisterhood through a circle journal and I know we will be friends for life.  One of the group had had some time away from art journalling and needed some help getting started again so I suggested a journal swap and a few others wanted to join in… so we are currently a group of five on this project. 

The idea is to do a background on a journal page and then pass it to the next person for them to finish.  They then create a background and pass the journal onto someone else who will then finish the page etc.  No idea how this will work in reality but it was a bit different from the usual circle journal ideas so I thought it was worth a try.

So I wanted to keep costs low for this for my journal so created this loose leaf journal from pieces of scrap cardstock that I had to hand. They are all the backs from patterned paper packs or watercolour pads.  I cut them down to roughly 6×6 inches.  The covers were a thicker cardstock and I cut these slightly larger.  For the time being they are bound with book rings to make life easy for posting and for them to be created on.


So my first background I decided to add some sewing pattern pieces to.


This added some texture and pattern.  As I had them out I decided to add Brushos and use satin glaze to activate them which should make them more permanent.


I used Purple, Brilliant Red and Cobalt Blue.  I loved this effect and will be trying this again but for this background I wanted something more.

So next I took my brayer and some cream coloured acrylic paint and added it to the page.


This picked up the texture and muted the colours a little.


Next I stamped the Dictionary stamp in archival and the Everything Eleanor swirl in purple acrylic paint.


I then added the stencilled pattern and loads of white and black splatters.  And done!

The theme for this page is flowers… I wonder how Leanne who will finish the page will finish it… It is such a strange but cool idea to now leave the whole page for her to finish off!   I also get a page to finish off that Marie has started.  This is an exciting project and will share how it goes over the next few months.


I also started on the journal cover. Not entirely sure that the plan was to do the covers too at this point but at least I’ve got it started.

Here is the first stage.


I used brushos and satin glaze to add the background and then acrylic paint for the stencil and stamping.

Happy crafting!


Mixed media card class

Tonight it’s time for me and my friends to play card making mixed media style!  This time I decided to play with the large background stamps and see what I ended up with.


This one I made a Brusho background using Positively Chevron. Then stamped beautiful birdhouse by Claritystamps.


This time a distress ink blended background with water splodges and used the World Map with Sky’s the Limit stamps.


Next a painty tag using handcarved and summer silhouettes and some gorgeous silk trim.


Finally I used a stencil and stencil brushes to create this soft card.  I used the Dictionary stamp and then Awesomely Artistic stamps to finish in a mix of purples and browns.  Love the effect of the brush on the linen cardstock too.

So wonder how we will all get on making these at class… what I know will happen is that we will have fun and feel chilled out doing it!

Happy crafting!


Use them or lose them #12, project #2

This week I have been playing with the  Dictionary background stamp.  On Sunday I shared a journal page where I had used the stamp three times.  Here I have a set of cards using the stamp to its full effect as a background stamp.


I picked out some dsp with a subtle grey circle pattern and onto this I stamped the entire stamp using a grey ink.  I then cut the panel out so there was just a small border. Then I used the Clarity bubbles stencil to add the circles in Lost Lagoon and Bermuda Bay.   I then edged the panel with the grey.  I mounted this on a piece of striped dsp in the same subtle grey but edged this with the stencil brushes and the coloured ink as well as the grey ink.


One I made much darker than the other. 
For the focal point I added the typewriter from Tap Tap Tap set using a Versamark ink and black embossing detail powder.  I also stamped it again on white paper so I could cut out the sheet of paper as a piece of contrast for the typing to show up on.  I then used the tap stamp to do the border.



Love how these came out.  Perfect partners these two stamp sets.  Love them both.  They are not going anywhere!

Happy crafting!