Artist Trading Coins, Gorgeous Grunge, Handcarved

Shiny black coins

Some more coins and more Black ones. This time the background also had the metallic splats from the Gorgeous grunge set.

I then added the embossing from the Handcarved stamp and black powder to add more texture.

Then I stamped and embossed the plane image from a magazine freebie set and added some detail to the images using the sparks paint. Finally I added the sentiment stamped and embossed in white and a bit of gel pen doodling.

Love the shine and the texture on these coins but kept them so they could be quite masculine too… would make a fab coin topper for a male card.

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Gorgeous Grunge

Grungey bird card

I needed a simple just because card and decided to make a one layer card using this fabulous bird stamp I got as a magazine gift recently… I just adore it … plus I have been slightly Hunger Games obsessed recently and it makes me think of the Mockingjay symbol.


… I stamped it in versafine and heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I added the Gorgeous Grunge splashes and splodges behind the image using distress oxide ink. I love the vibrancy of the inks.

Next I took the black soot and seedless preserve oxides and watercoloured the bird.

This made the bird stand out more but also made the black less stark and gave the bird some texture.

Love how this came out and will definitely be doing something similar to this again with this stamp.

Happy crafting !


Burlap, Butterfly basics, Dictionary, Dies, Distress oxide ink, Gorgeous Grunge, Handcarved, Hardwood, Postscript, Timeless Textures, Watercolor words

Last night’s crafty session

So I had lots of fun with my friends at last night’s crafty session. We each made a background…. 

Then we cut them up to a template and swapped pieces so that we would make 5 cards… two with the backgrounds we had made and the other three cards would be using one piece from the others. 

So my cards … well if I am honest I finished them after work tonight before I put everything away… but they were mostly done last night… 

Using my pieces of background… 

From the piece that Mara made… 

From the piece Mo made…

And finally the piece that Kathie made… 

I loved being able to work with the panels others had made and love how different they all were. I must admit that as I had the luxury of a bit more time than just during the session I did add a few extra bits (the additional elements like the flowers and butterflies) but kept to the same available materials as at the session. 

Really good fun! 

Happy crafting!


Gorgeous Grunge, Gorjuss, Promarkers, Letraset, Roald Dahl, World Map

November Artful ATC swap …. books and literature

Another month… another ATC swap! 

This month the theme is books and literature so I dug out the Gorjuss girl stamp I’ve used before and used the same quote I’ve also used before.  I did however add some little extra splashes of gorgeous sparkle. 

Couldn’t resist making this as loved it so much last time I made this … so cute and love the vintage look! 

Next I decided to dig into the Roald Dahl stash that I’ve had for ages and rarely use. I take it out, look at it and stroke it and put it back! Time to use it… well a piece of 2.25inch x 3.25inch piece of paper and a couple of stamps…. plenty of the stash left after that excessive use I can tell you! Ha ha ha.

So  added watercolour to the edge of the papers to give them a vintage look and coloured in the stamped BFG and Sophie using the watercolour pencils. Then once I’d constructed the ATC layout and stuck everything down I added more of the watercolour as shading and to add dimension to the quote.

I also used ink to edge the piece and the same of the ATC blank I mounted it on. When I had adhered them together I then took a damp finger and wiped round the edge to smear the ink a little and make the base card less clean. 

Really love how this came out and so pleased I am using this Roald Dahl for such a cool use instead of only stroking it and leaving it in the cupboard.

Looking forward to seeing the ATC’S I get in return. 

Happy crafting! 


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gorgeous Grunge, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz, Tap tap tap

Lindsay Mason ATC swap  – all about autumn

The theme Lindsay chose for October’s ATC swap was quite open…. all about autumn. So I decided on three very different ATC’S but based on the same base…. cut up bits of scratch paper to which I added texture paste through a different stencil on each one.

I also decided to play along with the mood board provided for the challenge at the mixed media monthly challenge.

This first one I used a Clarity stencil of a seed pod and then added distress stains and nougat fresco finish paint over the top. I wiped it back once it was partly dry to reveal some of the background pattern and colors. 

Once that was dry I added some Inktense pencils and blended with water for the shading on the pod and some outlining. I also added the sticker for the title and some stamping in the background too.

Then I die cut some frilly bits, added distress ink and then stuck them down. 

Next I added some embossing using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp and some metallic brown/red powder. This time stuck on the pod too but I like the effect it created. 

Finally I also added some embossing to the gold metal butterfly charm I found in my bits and bobs box. I added the embossing to give it a more vintage feel.

The next one I added colour using distress crayons to provide a rich autumnal colour scheme. I then stamped using the alphabet stamp from Tap Tap Tap set. Next I added the lovely wooden frame that was in some happy mail I got.

I then hunted through the bits and bobs box again and found a couple of flowers and some punched circles from dsp. I inked them all up and then used a screw top brad to fix them together. 

I chose my phrase from the Tim Holtz stickers and did some more outlining. Finished! 

The last one I went for a Halloween theme and used lots of black gesso through a stencil, then white and orange marker for the highlights and outlining. Finally the image is a Tim Holtz stamp and I thought the muslin behind it looked good with the image and the graphic background. 

Love how all three came out… all very different and hardly any of the background now looks like it came from the same piece of scratch paper. 

Looking forward to seeing the swaps I get back! 
Entering the halloween one into the atc around the world challenge.

Happy crafting!


Gorgeous Grunge

Happy birthday Julie

Today’s Julie’s birthday and so time to make her a card from everyone else and me at work!

I went bright and cheery.


Plenty of Gorgeous Grunge in Strawberry slush and Crisp Canteloupe and a lovely bird and flower stamp.

I did inside the card….


And the envelope too!


She actually got her card and presents on Wednesday as she’s off today on leave.

Wishing her a very happy birthday!

Happy crafting!


Gorgeous Grunge, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #21 project #2

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This is another quick project… a fun bit of doodling in a journal.


I use melon mambo, elegant eggplant & rich razzleberry for stamping the splodges and then doodled the flowers which I then coloured with ink and a white gelli roll pen.


It is a panel across the page… but got some mucky finger prints on it so prefer the cropped pic above! 

The stamps?  Use them and most definitely keep them!

Also entering this into the doodles and scribbles challenge at Paperartsy inspired by the doodled flowers that Hazel added in her keepsake box.

Happy crafting!


Digital stamps, Gorgeous Grunge, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #21 Gorgeous Grunge

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

I don’t use this stamp set as often as I thought I would I have to admit… but know how useful they can be for adding pattern and texture to journal pages… yes it’s Gorgeous Grunge.

Decided to see if I could turn these cute digi stamps from Polkadoodles unto something grungey?


I had coloured them both with Promarkers and used the same colour palette of browns and yellows but thought I would challenge myself despite this start to end up with two different looking projects.


First the boy… I layered the stamps straight onto the blue card blank keeping to black ink.  I added the digi stamp with some foam tape to raise him up. Finally added some blue stickles.


Next the cute bear and cat…


This time I chose a shaped card blank and used bright colours for the stamping and a coordinating green ribbon.

Of course I also added some clear stickles.


Love how these both look… simple and easy to achieve with the versatile stamps for the background.

Happy crafting!


Canvas and Mixed Media art, Forever Young, Gorgeous Grunge, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #19 Forever young

So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!

This week I have reached for one of favourite SU stamp sets which I have not used for ages.  Forever Young was one of the first sets I bought and I used to love creating with it but that stopped a while ago and I just never seem to be drawn to it now.

So that needed to change and it needed to be tested in my challenge.


I decided to make a sample page for art journalling class where the theme is vintage.  I’m not really a vintage kind of girl so this was a challenge but the little frames and silhouette heads worked well I thought.


I used some watercolour paints to add warm tones to the “wallpaper”.


More colour and some distress ink texture using Gorgeous Grunge stamps.


It was based on an image I saw online.

I built up the layers.

And lengthened her skirt.

I thought the other side of the wall needed some colour too so added inks.
Then started defining her and adding shading and depth.
And then the quote finished off the page.

I have to say I am glad those stamps spoke to me this week as this page is lovely. Very happy indeed with how it came out. As for the stamps being keepers or Losers… undecided at this stage. Need to see what else I come up with this week.

Happy crafting!


Time to create a girl for the page…. I fancied Julie Nutting style but my only julie nutting stamps were too modern so had to create